Archive for October 2009
I saw three ships/boats
I have decided to choose this picture from those submitted by the members of Curly’s Corner Shop Message Board (which now hosts over 188,000 posts), it was taken by local businessman John France at Lake Windermere in the Lake District, hoping that he doesn’t mind me pushing his original through Photoshop to create this composite.
Of his original shot John said:
“I took this picture in the fog on the edge of Lake Windermere at White Cross Bay, I took a few pics from the shore but for this one I walked to the end of a jetty and I found the effect of only the boats and the water in the pic all the more peaceful.
White Cross Bay is very popular for kayaks and other water sports but fortunately for me it was quite early in the day
and the lake was calm and mirror like,which helped the atmosphere of the photograph enormously.
I almost forgot I took the pic on my mobile phone (nokia 97) goes to show how much mobile technology has come, don’t you think ?”
We certainly agree John, but hope the shock of this new look doesn’t cause too much upset.
Camera details: Nokia N97, 5.4mm lens, 1/1000 second, f2.8, iso100
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South Shields lad set for stardom
18 year old Joe McElderry from Westoe, South Shields has been setting the world alight after his performances on television’s X Factor, the programme created to create new stars of the future. Joe is the big market mover amongst the punters willing to gamble on his winning the talent show, where he is mentored by Girls Aloud singer Cheryl Cole, he has been backed down from 12/1 to 4/1 to win the contest.
In the second live show young Joe sang “Where do broken hearts go” after advice from Witney Houston, here’s the video of his performance
The windows of Joe’s parents’ house are covered in posters advising people to get on the telephone and VOTE FOR JOE!
This week’s contribution from the members of Curly’s Corner Shop Message Board, the busiest online forum in South Shields with over 185,000 posts, comes from Lolita (known as Danet) who resides in Victoria, Australia.
The picture of the blacksmith was taken at the historical Mont De Lancey in Wandin (Yarra Ranges of Victoria).
Courses in Blacksmithing are done here, with accredited certificates. Lolita adds:
“It was a lovely day viewing the whole estate, then to come in from the cold damp raining spring day, into the blacksmith workshop with the fires going, all toasty and warm where I took this photo.”
The Mont De Lancey Blacksmithing Group comprises over 50 enthusiasts who meet every weekend at the authentic Mont De Lancey Blacksmith Shop.The aim is to keep the blacksmithing craft alive by demonstrating and sharing the knowledge and skills of forging with hammer and anvil. The highlight of each year is the annual Australian Blacksmith Convention. The event sees blacksmiths from all over Australia come to Mont De Lancey to display their unique skills and tools for all to enjoy.
Mont De Lancy Blacksmithing Group
Camera details: Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3, 28mm lens, 1/8 second, f33, iso 200
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Photo shop – get it?
The Edinburgh Buildings are on the corner of King Street, South Shields and include a photo processing shop on the ground floor where you can take your cd-rom, memory card, usb stick etc. to have your photos printed, ideal for a bit of heavy photo processing I thought, so off I went and got to work on it.
This image originally came from three separate ,jpg files (bracketed at two stop intervals) and they were processed as an HDR (High Dynamic Range) in Photomatix, before the result was sent to Photoshop to have a few extra layers and a mask added, to finish it off I flattened the image and did a bit of dodging and burning in the sky. Cool, I thought – Photo-shop!
What do you think?
Having made one or two HDRs now I’m almost hooked, so I’ll be featuring a few of them shortly in South Shields Daily Pictures where you can catch up with my latest work.
Camera details: Pentax K100D, 28mm lens, 1/125 second, f8, iso 200
Red sky at night
A wonderful red sunset sky captured by 49 year old South Shields man Brian Riley, showing the view of the few remaining cranes at work on the River Tyne at Aker McNulty Marine in Commercial Road, South Shields.
Brian’s well captured picture was my favourite amongst those submitted by the members of Curly’s Corner Shop Message Board last week (a forum for Sanddancers and ex-pats which now hosts more than 185,000 posts!)
Camera details; Canon D90, 200mm lens, 1/40 second, f5.3, iso 200
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Uncle Sam’s American Circus
The Big Top has just gone up and the circus is in town with huge big trucks and trailers camped on the Bents Park in South Shields. These guy ropes are anchored to some of the huge big American trucks as the big tent went up.
Camera details: Pentax K100D, 28mm lens, 1/500 second, f6.7, iso 200
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