Well this morning was a little more promising with the weather so headed down to Cat and Dog steps at Seaburn (again!) to capture some nice 'wooshery' on those rocks, apparently called Canon Ball rocks. Learn something new every day! As ever, there was a fair amount of plastic washed up on the beach amongst the Kelp. So I picked up 3 bits and put them in the bin. If we all did that it would make a difference. Funnily enough, a jogger on the beach also picked up a plastic bottle too. Not sure if he saw me doing it and followed suit but it was a great sign. We should all do the same. Only took a few moments to place it in the bin.
Up with the Lark this morning and headed down to Collywell Bay at Seaton Sluice, Northumberland for a spot of photographying..! A bit chilly on the fingers and toes not helped by standing in the water for an hour waiting for 'that' photo. Great to be out though. The afternoon seen me at Hetton Lyons Country Park where myself and the wife intended to have a lovely relaxing walk around the lake but it was FREEZING and not just on my fingers and toes this time but also the lake and everything else! couple of phone snaps then back to the warmth of home. before the blizzard conditions hit...and its still snowing...
Went to the Northern Spire bridge this afternoon as there was the chance of a nice sunset but all I got was rubbish! loads of it washed up along the shore. Plastic, mainly bottles were littered around, all of this will be heading back down the Wear into the sea when the tide comes in. Its a shame that some of we humans take no care of the waste we make. Chucking plastic bottles into the waterways rather than taking responsibility to dispose of them responsibly. We are fulling up our planets seas and oceans and killing our planets wild life. One day all this plastic will truly affect our own existence on this planet after the food chain breaks down completely and food becomes scarce.
Today the weather in the North East of England has been, well, challenging! A strong northerly winter wind has been blowing down our lovely coastline and wiping up some impressive waves as it does. So I headed off to the fishing town of Amble in Northumberland in the hope of catching an image of some of those waves, and it was rather tricky. I originally envisioned beautiful morning sunrise light striking the red and white lighthouse on the end of the pier whilst huge fierce waves shrouded the small but interesting structure. However, as the winds were defiantly strong, and the waves unforgiving, they didn't really give me the drama I was after. I had intended to make a new vlog with the visit but trying to juggle a camera, tripod and video set up was proving problematic so I put the video away and concentrated on the still images. Even the tripod went back on my back pack as the wind was just too strong for my 3 legged friend. So hand held shots dodging the waves and spray was the only way. I had hoped to get some long exposures whilst using the tripod but this is the only one that wasn't affected by the wind shaking it about as much. Unfortunately no wave crashing against the lighthouse but still a nice image.
Later in the day when the tide was on the turn, a trip to Seaham Lighthouse in county Durham was called for. Seaham always gives a great show when the waves are crashing so I knew that I would have a chance to get something dramatic. Using a long lens from a distance helps to compress the waves and lighthouse making it even more dramatic but shooting at such a distance has its draw back due to all the moisture in the air which reduces the sharpness on the image. Not to mention the strength of the wind as it tried to thwart my attempts! Still, this location was defiantly the best of the day.
Finally, the last stop of the day was Roker in Tyne and Wear as the light was starting to fade. Its a lighthouse you will have seen frequently on these pages and its so close to home but every visit yields a different image. Even though I had missed the best of the waves it was still a great sight to see as the weather gave its final daylight assault on this iconic Wearside landmark.
What a miserable day its been in the North East of England! Grey, overcast and rain, not the best combination for an outing with the camera. Still, that wasn't going to stop me coming home with at least one image I like. We took a trip to Cragside House in Northumberland and whilst driving around the estate we stopped off at this lovely waterfall. Normally the fall isn't as good as this but the persistent rain filled up the stream turning it into a stunning scene. Whilst I did take a number of other shots around the estate, unfortunately most were spoiled by rain drops on the lens no matter how hard I tried to keep it off. Ah well, heres hoping for better conditions tomorrow. Fingers crossed.
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What a great start to 2018. I popped down to the beach this morning with my wife before we headed off to the shops for our groceries and was greeted with this fantastic sky of colour. My first outing with the camera in 2018, even though it was a short one, yielded some very nice images indeed. When the sun came up all the colour died and its been raining ever since but hey, I don't mind at all! Happy New Year everyone and I hope you have a great 2018.
Well, after popular (ish...) demand, here is episode 2 of my forays into the video blogging world. On Saturday, I took an early morning trip to Embleton Beach in the hope of retaking an image I had taken a few days before but hopefully in better lighting conditions. So out came my mobile phone, this time mounted on a gorilla pod and off I went. But did I get that morning light? Watch the video to find out. Oh and remember to subscribe to my channel and leave a comment if you like it or not as the case may be. Thanks and Enjoy the show!
Last week I found a very nice composition of a beach house and Dunstanburgh castle at Embleton Beach, Northumberland. I really wanted a great sunrise but that wasn't going to happen so I gave it that cold desolate blue look and it worked very well. Today, is the first day of my Christmas holidays so I made a point of traveling back to the location in the hope I would be able to get that warm sunrise I had originally hoped for. Luckily there was some nice colour in the sky and I think I came home with a couple of images I really like. Whether its exactly what I had envisaged is another matter but that just means I can go back and try again. Also, on this occasion I decided to give the Vlogging another go but this time with a little more thought I hope! So stay tuned for episode 2. Hope you like the image!
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So there I was, heading down to Roker, Sunderland, to get photos of a potentially fantastic sunrise and I decided to get my phone out and try my hand at this Vlogging thing that everyone and his cat seems to be doing. Just for fun you understand! Maybe I will get better at it and a better way to film it? Or maybe not...anyway, have a watch and let me know what you think. Would you like to see more like this from my ventures out and about or just the photos?