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Saturday Sanddancer Scene #25

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The Sun Princess

The Sun Princess

Many thanks to Lolita from the Yarra Valley, which is about one hour’s drive to the east of Melbourne, Australia for submitting this picture for inclusion to the irregular challenges I set for the members of Curly’s Corner Shop Message Board. The challenge that I had set them last month was to photograph “squares” and she has illustrated this theme with square portholes on The Sun Princess, a 77000 ton luxury cruise ship which was berthed at Melbourne’s Sun Pier.

The ship was registered in London and carries 1950 passengers and 900 crew, it is 856 long with a beam of 106 ft, and she cruises at 21 knots.

“Lols” and fellow Board member “Sherri” recently took a 12 day cruise with their husbands on this liner to the South Pacific Islands and she has provided us with a few more details about the ship:

The Sun Princess boasts 975 staterooms (almost half with private balconies), eight restaurants and cafes, seven lounges, four pools and five whirlpool spas.

US-based owner Princess Cruises originally planned to bring the liner to Australia for just five months, but strong demand prompted the decision to base the ship here permanently.

The Sun Princess became the biggest ship ever to pass under Sydney Harbour Bridge, squeezing through with just 2 metres to spare.

The picture was taken with a 7 Megapixel Panasonic Lumix TZ which has 10 X optical zoom.

If you would like to keep up to date with my regular picture postings, they are now taking place at South Shields Daily Pictures.

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Written by curly

June 5, 2010 at 10:00 am

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Sailing away

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South Shields harbour

South Shields harbour

A bit like this photoblog really, sailing off across a new horizon, tomorrow sees us looking for greener pastures, if you want to come along for the journey you can join me at South Shields Daily Pictures which already has a reasonable following.

You will find it has the familiar look and feel of a regular photoblog, starting with the current day’s picture and navigation that will take you backwards to the previous day, or to the archive where you can see thumbnails of all the pictures posted, or forwards to the next day. Commenting is just as easy using an email address (which is never seen or published), and your name or pseudonym. That’s it, nice and simple, hope to see you there after the last regular posting here tomorrow.

This blog will be left in place to allow folks to make a journey through South Shields life and to leave their comments, I will be making some irregular postings in the future so it is worth checking now and then, but certainly not on a daily basis after posting 1,130 images so far. Thanks for your support over these past three years and may I look forward to seeing you all in the new place.

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August 30, 2009 at 12:01 am

Last of the greats?

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QE2 off South Shields

Queen Elizabeth 2

South Shields Daily Photo has been away on holiday for a while and these pictures have been brought to you as if by magic.

In September 2007 the Cunard luxury liner Queen Elizabeth 2 paid her last visit to the Tyne and she is pictured here steaming off the coast at South Shields before navigating her way into the harbour.

Picture taken from the North Marine Park in South Shields.

Camera details: Pentax K100D, 450 mm lens, 1/150 second, f11, iso 200

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July 23, 2009 at 12:01 am

Cool cruiser

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Moto Guzzi, Durham City

Italian Moto Guzzi

Somehow shouts out “James Dean” at me, but he was gone long before this model arrived, but once I’d clapped eyes on it I just knew that it needed a picture with some retro treatment. I found it in the City of Durham (not far from South Shields) a few months ago.

The Moto Guzzi California (aka Cali) is a motorcycle manufactured by Italian company Moto Guzzi since 1971, bringing together the company’s heritage, their iconic air-cooled 90° V-twin engines and styling that evokes the classic American Cruiser motorcycle.

At its introduction, the California was part of a trio of motorcycles that included the Special, California and Ambassador and was based on a model sold to the Los Angeles police department. The bike featured a standard seating position, footboards, heel-and-toe gearshift, and linked Brembo brakes.

Source

Cross processed in Photoshop to produce this pseudo Lomo effect, but I think it works a treat, what do you think?

Camera details: Pentax K100D, 50 mm lens, 1/60 second, f8, iso 200

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June 19, 2009 at 12:01 am

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Hill climb

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Pedestrian Tyne Tunnel, Jarrow

The Tyne Pedestrian Tunnel

The first Tyne Tunnel was built to take pedestrians and cyclists under the River Tyne from Jarrow to Howden, it has the longest single section wooden escalators in the world, and they are set at quite a steep gradient. If you live in South Shields and fancy a look around North Shields, Tynemouth and Whitley Bay whilst the weather is warm and pleasant as it is now, then can I suggest you drag that cycle out of the garage and get some exercise, you can be at your destination in under 45 minutes by using the old tunnel.

I deliberately set my camera to aperture pririty for this shot as I travelled down the escalator, I could see other cyclists coming up on the opposite side uphill, so I held the camera as steady as possible for a longish exposure to give a good sense of movement, in fact I wanted sheer speed! I think the escalators move at about 2 mph!

Camera details: Pentax K100D,  28 mm lens, 7/10 second, f11, iso 800

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June 13, 2009 at 12:01 am