Archive for April 2009
New flower beds
The South Marine Park in South Shields is situated opposite the fairground and the beach, it has recently had a lot of money spent on it to bring it to a higher standard.
These are some of the new flower beds set in between the terrace and the boating lake (check the map link), it’s starting to look really great and I’m sure it will be even better in the height of summer.
Camera details: Pentax K100D, 28 mm lens, 1/350 second, f8, iso 200
Bradford Old Bank
The current world recession and the crisis which started in the financial sector is nothing new, as I found out on a recent trip away from South Shields to North Yorkshire. Banking collapses and subsequent mergers were rather common many years ago, and while names like Bear Stearns, Freddie Mac, Fanny May, Lehmans, ING, RBS, Lloyds TSB, HBOS, and Northern Rock may have significance now, there were hundreds more at the turn of the last century.
The Bradford Old Bank was one of hundreds swallowed up by Barclays in 1896 including the South Shields bankers Chapman and Spence, and Dale Young and Co. Click here for details. The Bradford Old Bank (1777 – 1907) was one of those involved in the merger, itself having previously taken over Harrison and Co. of Knaresborough who had originally occupied this building on the corner of the Yorkshire town’s Market Place, there a few more former branches of the Bradford Old Bank in Yorkshire, many of them are now pubs, just like this one in Knaresborough.
Camera details: Pentax K100D, 82 mm lens, 1/250 second, f8, iso 200
There have been a few huge splashes of yellow around South Shields for about the past six weeks starting with crocuses, then daffodils and narcissii, and now we are being treated to a tumultuous torrent of tulips. My guess is that the majority of the bulbs were imported from Holland.
I found this pair in the North Marine Park yesterday morning.
Camera details: Pentax K100D, 67 mm lens, 1/250 second, f5.6, iso 200
NEVER think about what you cannot achieve!
David, this is for you.
This young man was at the head of the parade playing his part in the band from the Living Waters Church in Laygate, South Shields, as we had our annual St. George’s Day Parade and service at St. Hilda’s Church in the Market Place.
He’s a drummer and knows exactly what he is doing, he achieves what he wants in life.
I’ve known is father and grandfather for many years and have worked with both of them, I know they will be proud and happy – lovely people.
Little and large
I found these two old friends having a quiet chat next to their owners outside of a coffee shop in South Shields, just sitting quietly watching the world go by, as you do.
There’s been a fair bit of Photoshop work done here so I won’t bore you with the camera details of the original shot, it was just a quick grab with the Pentax set on auto.
The Tyne Bridge
I took this picture one afternoon recently when I’d taken the children away from South Shields to go shopping for a birthday present. We’d parked the car on the Gateshead side of the river and spent most of the afternoon walking in the city centre, it’s amazing how quick you can get around on foot once you’ve climbed the hill from the Quayside, and that’s without using the very modern Quaylink bus service.
However on the way back the heavens opened causing everyone to scurry about in great haste to escape the rain. In the background we can see the iconic images of the Tyne Bridge, the High Level Bridge, and the Swing Bridge, a view which will be very familiar to locals.
The picture was converted to black and white in Photoshop and light touch of a blue tint added.
You can find more pictures of our region’s capital at Newcastle upon Tyne Daily Photo
Camera details: Pentax K100D, 50 mm lens, 1/125 second, f8, iso 800
Sea Road, South Shields
The flags are flying now, the sun begins to shine and warm the skin more often, there is a gentle sea breeze carrying the odours and flavours of freshly fried cod and chips with vinegar, doughnuts, and candy floss, mingling with roasted coffee beans, mocha and latte, and the sight of Minchellas ice cream melting in small pools around your feet.
The gentle babble of voices and laughter is now and then drowned by the tub thumping boom carried on the breeze from huge speakers pumping 70s disco music or rock ‘n’ roll from the amusement park nearby. Yes, South Shields sea front is well and truly open for business and the flags are flying to catch the eye and entice us with a splash of colour.
I knew before I’d pushed the shutter that I would personally like this image, it’s clean, unsophisticated, simply composed, and strong with primary colours, for me it has the right combinations.
Camera details: Pentax K100D, 28 mm lens, 1/750 second, f8, iso 200