Here is the latest in our occasional series of pictures submitted by the members of Curly’s Corner Shop Message Board, the most populat forum these days on Tyneside!
The theme last month was “water” and this is the image that I have chosen from the many that were entered, I was impressed by a number of things, the topical winter viewpoint, the thought which had gone into interpreting the theme, the inventiveness of the picture, and the sheer sparkling quality of it.
The picture was submitted by David Gray, also known as “Beachbum” who lives near Lake Erie just south of Windsor, Ontario in Canada, he is an ex pat Sanddancer from Jarrow.
Dave had this to say about his photo:
It was a nice sunny day and the snow on the roof was melting fast so we had icicles all over.
This was taken through the sliding glass doors on the lake side of the house.
The door was closed and so was the sliding insect screen door which you can make out in the picture.
The screen is just about the same stuff as the starlight filters that were all the rage about 30 years ago so I thought I would try for a retro look.
It worked out OK
I was born in Jarrow but spent most of my time in Shields.
My favorite haunts were The Marsden Inn and the Neon Social Club in the Scotch Estate.
I came to Canada 1n 1967 and am now retired.
The picture was shot on a Canon Powershot SX120IS at 1/250 second, f5.6 on 10th. February 2011 late in the afternoon.
My thanks to “Beachbum” for this sparkling little picture and to all those other Geordies and ex pats who took part.
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Hi, and welcome to another picture in our series submitted by members of Curly’s Corner Shop Message Board, the busiest open forum in South Tyneside with over 222000 posts!
I had set the members a challenge of photographing something “Red” and from those submitted this is the picture which I have chosen, it was taken by Shaun Robson, formerly of South Shields but now living in Newcastle upon Tyne. Shaun took his picture with an Olympus E520with the Zuiko 70 – 300mm lens set at 215mm. The exposure was f5.6 at 1/250 second.
Shaun told me:
This photograph was taken the day after the heavy snow fall at the beginning of December and depicts the plight of the single surviving rose in my border. This rose is the only original plant remaining in the garden from the couple who originally bought the property back in 1935 and rises resplendent year after year. I feed all my plants on chicken manure pellets which seem to give them extra life and vitality all through the growing season and in this case beyond. Unfortunately this winter has taken a great toll on the plants in my garden with the weight of the snow destroying many small shrubs and bushes as well as a thirty year old slow growing conifer which has snapped and will need to be dug up and disposed of. I also have a medium size pond stocked with a variety of Koi Carp, Gold fish and Sherbunkins which froze over for two weeks and killed many of the fish as well as bursting the Ultra violet lamp housing which is integral to the filter and we did not notice when the pump was turned back on that the water was not being fully returned to the pond but was flooding the already saturated garden, so I could have lost all my stock – what a carry on.
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This week’s picture chosen from those submitted by the members of Curly’s Corner Shop Message Board comes from David Smith of Chester-le-Street who was born and brought up in South Shields. Dave married an Italian girl and often they visit her home town together for holidays and to meet the rest of her family.
I was particularly impressed with Dave’s portrait of “Carlo” which shows an underlying indomitable spirit and reflects the hardship of a life lived and earned from the land. Mr. Smith told me:
Carlo is a comparatively young man whose face reflects the hardships of the life which he has had to endure. Badly burned and mangled in a serious car accident, suffering from kidney failure and on regular dialysis. Undaunted he struggles on without complaint and working hard on the land in Italy.
The latest submissions from the members of Curly’s Corner Shop Message Board have been of a very high standard and I’m delighted to be able to present three pictures from the latest challenge which I set them. Today’s picture is of Loch Shiel which is situated 20 Km west of Fort William, Lochaber, Scotland, and it was submitted by South Shields man Brian Paget, I liked it’s strong composition with the eye being led along the rope to the boat on the loch, also his good sense in using a tripod for the longer exposure.
Brian had this to say about his picture:
I’m chuffed my shot got chosen. I took it early-ish morning looking North across Loch Shiel from the Loch Shiel Hotel’s landing in Acharacle (pronounced Ah-harra-cul). I took a series of shots mostly just to try out my new Sigma 10-20mm wide angle lens, experimenting with different combinations of aperture and exposure settings. Although I had set up with a tripod and remote shutter release I didn’t expect the mirror effect as there was a slight breeze. This shot was pure luck just a couple of minutes after the wind suddenly dropped, turning a lightly rippled black surface to a mixture of still mirror blending to window to the loch bed. I didn’t really appreciate the shot until I’d loaded it onto my laptop.
The greatest feeling I recall were the midge bites; they were swarming around me, oblivious to the lashings of repellent I’d applied.
I’m sure you will agree it is a terrific shot.
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Many thanks to those members of the Curly’s Corner Shop Message Board who submitted pictures for last month’s challenge which was to provide a night time shot to reflect the happiness of summer in South Tyneside and the north east of England.
This was the picture which I chose and it was sent by Audrey Fada of South Shields and shows some of her family enjoying a “hen night” for the girls up river in Newcastle upon Tyne. Audrey is the young blonde girl in the centre and on her left is her daughter Lauren and on her right her step daughter Kelly as they enjoyed themselves in a Moulin Rouge themed night out near the Centre for Life.
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South Shields Town Hall
Apologies, folks, this post is one day later than I intended, but I simply ran out of time yesterday as I struggled to help fit my new kitchen and take in the Cookson Parade in South Shields. I’ve chosen this picture from the batch submitted by the members of Curly’s Corner Shop Message Board after I asked them to provide pictures with a “summer” theme. This stunning summer sunset showing South Shields town Hall silhouetted against the red clouds was sent in by Graham Slesser of Westoe who had to climb into his loft space to get a view over the roof tops, he just couldn’t resist the temptation. It was shot with his new Nikon DSLR but he cannot remember if it was set to aperture or shutter priority, I don’t suppose it will bother us too much, it’s a smashing picture Graham.
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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.
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