Archive for February 2009
Here’s the winning team from Specsavers posing with their trophy in King Street, South Shields, this is the second consecutive year that they have won the pancake race, which raises considerable money for charity. You won’t need spectacles to recognise those hairstyles when you come to South Shields!
The spiral note book effect was achieved in Photoshop with one of Panos’ actions which are available for free download here.
This is the last in this series and we’ll move on to one or two other pictures over the weekend, and a new mini series next week.
Striding home for Specsavers
Specsavers the opticians in King Street, South Shields won the annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Race for the second consecutive year, and by more than a few lengths!
Here comes the winner flying down the home straight resplendant in red wig and gold shoes – well done young man!
Camera details: Pentax K100D, 75 mm lens, 1/250 second f8, iso 200
This lad racing along King Street, South Shields, appears as though he’s doing an Egyptian dance, rather like the tall tales told years ago about the folks ‘O Shields dancing on the beach (hence our nickname Sanddancers). He’s actually taking part in the annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Race which attracted good crowds, was great fun, and raised some cash for charity too.
Four teams took part in the relay race on Tuesday with each member running the 100 metre course whilst flipping a pancake in a cast iron skillet, those who drop the pancakes really ought to be disqualified, I think!
Cropped from a larger image and colour picked in Photoshop.
Camera details: Pentax K100D, 42 mm lens, 1/90 second, f4.5, iso 200
Every Shrove Tuesday we have a traditional Pancake Race in King Street, South Shields and yesterday was no exception, this is the starting four of the relay waiting for the gun. The four teams represented Asda in South Shields, Asda Walmart Supercentre in Boldon, Specsavers in South Shields, and The Shields Gazette.
The event raises money for the Tommy charity as well as providing great fun and laughs for the participants and the crowds of onlooking shoppers.
Cropped from a larger image
Camera details: Pentax K100D, 60 mm lens, 1/125 second, f5.6, iso 200
Boldon Flats is a wetland situated between South Shields and Cleadon Village, a large area which is regularly saturated forming huge pools making an ideal habitat for birds and other wildlife. Now I am no expert on flora, fauna, or ornithology, so don’t expect me to know what this little fellow is, I ought to have asked one of the many ornithologists and “twitchers” who congregate here to spot the birds. Trouble is, by time I had handed over the camera the bird would have flown.
I think he’s a finch.
Camera details: Pentax K100D, 450 mm lens, 1/350 second, f5.6, iso 200
I found this dove along the end of Benton Road in South Shields, just quietly sitting on a fence adjacent to a huge pond. It was probably one of the most patient portrait sitters that I’d ever seen!
Camera details: Pentax K100D, 450 mm lens, /250 second, f5.6, iso 200
Skateboard Park, South Shields
This is just the sort of place where kids love to play, to be brave and expressive, whether it’s on a bicycle, roller skates, in-line skates, or on skateboards. All the necessary ramps are there to help them get rid of that excess energy.
The skateboard park is located behind the Ocean Beach Amusement Park on Sandhaven Beach, South Shields.
This is “Michael” doing a few ariel twists and turns for the camera.
Camera details: Pentax K100D, 28 mm lens, 1/3000 second, f4.5, iso 200