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Archive for May 2009

Viking raiders

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Vikings at Arbeia Roman Fort, South Shields

Battle at Roman Fort

Viking raiders returned to the Tyne this weekend and attacked the Saxons settled near the Segedunum Roman Fort in Wallsend and the Arbeia Roman Fort here in South Shields.

Members of the “Regia Angolorum” Viking re-enactment group took us back in time to AD 850 and staged battle with the local settlers who had been here since the Romans left the fort. They were part of The Living Frontier, a programme of events which will bring 2,000 years of history to life along Hadrian’s Wall.

Camera details: Pentax K100D, 330 mm lens, 1/1500 second, f5.6, iso 200

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May 31, 2009 at 12:01 am

Posted in Colour, Events, History, People, South Shields

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Watersports

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Sandhaven Beach, South Shields

Sailboarding on Sandhaven

Yesterday was one of those really nice days, warm sunshine, clear blue skies, and a gentle breeze, just right for the beach. So I took a walk along Sandhaven Beach in South Shields late in the afternoon and was surprised at how many people were still there lying back, soaking up the sun, building sand castles, or queueing for ice creams. There were quite a few enjoying their sports out on the chilly waters of the North Sea too, with surf boards, sand yachts, and kite boards, it all looked a bit challenging but great fun!

Camera details: Pentax K100D, 450 mm lens, 1/1000 second, f8, iso 200

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May 30, 2009 at 12:01 am

Circles

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turf rolls, south shields

Turf wars

Patterns and curves can be interesting no?

These are rolls of turf being laid down in the South Marine Park, South Shields yesterday. It was a hot afternoon and the gardeners were in a hurry to get them laid down and watered, the park is getting busy!

Camera details: Pentax K100D, 50 mm lens, 1/350 second, f8, iso 200

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May 29, 2009 at 12:01 am

Posted in Colour, Parks, South Shields

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New supermarket

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Asda, Coronation Street, South Shields

Asda, Coronation Street

The new Asda supermarket (part of the Walmart Corporation) in South Shields, opened it’s doors a week ago. The building is built on “stilts” with much of it’s car park below and is accessed either by lifts, stairs, or moving travelators, designed to accommodate a much greater range of produce as well as a large ‘George’ clothing department, and cafe, the supermarket is already proving popular. This facade is almost 100% glass, providing ample ambient light for the building and allowing shoppers and staff to get a good idea of what time of day it is, the store trades 24 hours!

It is situated in Coronation street opposite St. Hilda’s church.

Converted to black and white in Photoshop

Camera details: Pentax K100D, 28 mm lens, 1/250 second, f8, iso 200

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May 27, 2009 at 8:01 pm

A seat by a pond

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Pond near River Don, Jarrow

Pond near River Don, Jarrow

I found this a few days ago when I was on a bicycle ride around South Shields and Jarrow, a small pond adjacent to the River Don at Jarrow, close to the A19 dual carriageway and the Tyne Tunnel.

It’s ridiculously well hidden, a secret known only to a few perhaps,……. I’d been looking for butterflies, moths, or other large insects or even a colourful bird (I’ve heard that a kingfisher makes visits to the river near this spot) when I saw a swathe of long grass flattened by the winds so I decided to look further beyond. That’s when I discovered the pond, and this little stool that had been someone’s comfort as they perhaps watched birds, or frogs, or fished (although I doubt that the pond is stocked with any fish), or just sat in quiet solitude watching the clouds roll by.

There has been some manipulation in Photoshop here to try and replicate an HDR image (high dynamic range) with a number of layers, blend modes, vignettes, and gradient maps, before a couple of sharpening passes. I just hope you like the result.

Camera details: Pentax K100D, 28 mm lens, 1/250 second, f8, iso 200

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May 27, 2009 at 12:01 am

Posted in Colour, Jarrow, Landscapes, Photoshop

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Hexham Abbey

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Hexham Abbey

The Parish Church of St. Andrew, Hexham

South Shields Daily Photo had an “away day” yesterday and I visited Hexham in Northumberland, about an hour’s drive from South Shields. Most of the shops were closed as it was a public holiday, which was a shame. but we spent some time in the park enjoying the warm sunshine before taking a quiet look around Hexham Abbey.

There has been a church on this site over for 1300 years since Queen Etheldreda made a grant of lands to Wilfrid, Bishop of York c.674.
Of Wilfrid’s Benedictine abbey, the Saxon crypt and apse still remain. In Norman times Wilfrid’s abbey was replaced by an Augustinian priory: the church you see today is mainly that building of about 1170-1250, in the Early English style of architecture.  The choir, north and south transepts and the cloisters, where canons studied and meditated, date from this period.
The east end was rebuilt in 1860 and the nave, whose walls incorporate some of the earlier church, was built in 1908.
In 1996 an additional chapel was created at the east end of the north choir aisle. Named ‘St Wilfrid’s Chapel’, it offers a place for prayer or quiet reflection.
Since the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1537 the Abbey has been the parish church of Hexham and today is still a centre for worship and witness to the Christian faith.

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This is the view of the high altar and the fantastic 12th. century architecture and glass.

Camera details: Pentax K100D, 28 mm lens, 1/8, second, f3.5, iso 800

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May 26, 2009 at 12:01 am

Posted in Buildings, Churches, Colour, History

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Market day

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South Shields market

South Shields Market

A busy Saturday on the market, it always seems busier when the weather is better, and all of the stalls are occupied. We can see St. Hilda’s Church in the background, where you can pop in for a cup of tea or coffee on market days. We have had a market here in South Shields for hundreds of years, regular markets are held on Mondays and Saturdays, and a “flea market” is held on Fridays, every week of the year, whatever the weather!

Camera details: Pentax K100D, 55 mm lens, 1/180 second, f8, iso 200

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May 25, 2009 at 12:01 am