30 July 2008

Gone Fishing

Taken tonight at the Derwent Reservoir. There were two kids fishing and having a great time. What a difference from last night seeing kids being kids and not being demons. A joy to behold, to watch their playfulness and hear their giggles instead of insults and abuse. Thank god there are some kids of today that are naive as they should be at that age.

29 July 2008

Black Swan

Taken at a farm near where I live. I was talking to David the farmer tonight and he said he doesn't advertise the fact he has swans on his farm, he's afraid the teenagers will find out and kill or hurt the swans. It's sad the world we live in now, it's full of anger, hatred and killing. The teenagers nowadays are angry, rebellious and hurtful. How someone can hurt such a beautiful creature it is hard to comprehend. But we hear of it day after day some youth has hurt/killed an animal or set upon an old lady. On the news the other day some kids had held down a pony and kicked and burned it with cigarettes. Something sick in their heads I think. I blame the fact there is no discipline in the homes or schools now. Parents are told they cannot lay a hand on their children if they are naughty, the cane and such like at school is banned and teachers are not allowed to hit back if they are attacked in the school room. What is the world coming to.
Last night when I was out with my camera club friends we were set upon by youths calling us perverts and kiddie fiddlers for photographing. We were photographing steel statues for goodenss sake what could be the harm in that. One cannot go along a street with a camera now and take candid photos of people, or children at play without permission. If they do get caught photographing without permission they are breaking the law and are called perverts or such like & arrested.
I'm sorry to go on tonight about this, it's just I was so angry last night when we were called those names and then to hear a farmer feared for the safety of his swans from the kids, it just made me so angry I had to get it off my chest.

Settings

  • Lens Aperture - F/3.5
  • Focal Length - 137mm
  • Exposure time - 1/200 sec
  • ISO 200
  • Aperture Priority

28 July 2008

Terris Novalis







I think i've mentioned the Terris Novalis art in my home town of Consett. The gleaming stainless steel replicas of the late 19th Century surveyor’s instruments are twenty times life size and weigh four and five tonnes made of stainless steel. They are the work of Turner prize winning Tony Cragg.
Tonight was the camera club meeting and it wasn't a very nice night, very grey, dull and bad light. But as always we decided to take some shots anyway of the Terris Novalis sculptures.

Herrington Park




Located near historic Penshaw Monument and at the heart of the City of Sunderland, Herrington Country Park provides a haven for walking, picnics, model boating and cycling. The 170 hectare park is also fast gaining a reputation as the region's key location for large-scale outdoor events.

27 July 2008

Keilder Water


Kielder Water & Forest Park is an area of stunning beauty and serenity, home to Northern Europe's largest man-made lake, England's largest forest and officially the country's most tranquil spot, according to the Campaign to Protect Rural England.

Birds & Deer


Taken at Thornley Woods & Far Pastures Saturday Morning around 8am. I love going to the hides on a Sturday morning it relaxes me and just enjoy being one with nature.

26 July 2008

Lumley Castle



Took these photos Friday night on my way to my camera club. It's not that far away from the club so took a slight detour. The Castle is now a very elite hotel which holds functions and weddings etc.

25 July 2008

Holidays

I'm all excited as i've just booked up to go to Ballachulish near Glencoe in Scotland for my holidays in September. Here's a picture (not mine) of the scenery I will be photographing when I'm there. Please all say a little prayer and keep your fingers crossed it will be nice weather for me.

Black & White

I haven't been able to get out this week so i'm going through all the photos i took last weekend. I thought this would be a good shot for black & white. The sky was very cloudy and dark giving it a dark moody atmosphere. I like it anyway.

Settings
  • Focal length - 11mm
  • Aperture - F/16
  • Exposure time 1 sec
  • ISO 400

24 July 2008

The Bridges

Taken at Gateshead & Newcastle Quayside.

23 July 2008

Tynemouth again


A couple more images taken at Tynemouth. Must get out tonight to take an image for tomorrow.

22 July 2008

Tynemouth


Here are a couple of photos from Sunday down at Tynemouth.

Kylie Minogue





I went to see Kylie Minogue with my friends husband last night. I'd bought him 2 tickets for his Christmas box last year thinking he would've taken my friend (his wife) or his daughter. Neither of them wanted to go because they didn't like her that much. They suggested I should go instead of them seeing as I don't mind her music. Anyway we had a good night, the show was very good and I was quite impressed. She isn't the strongest of singers but she did put a good show on. These photos were taken with my small Fuji compact camera.

21 July 2008

Coast


Took these on Sunday at Tynemouth and Whitley Bay.

19 July 2008

Bamboo Bridge & Millenium Bridge




An 8th bridge has been constructed over the River Tyne between Newcastle and Gateshead... using 20 tonnes of bamboo. The temporary suspension bridge, which spans more than 100 metres, has been built between the Tyne and Gateshead Millennium Bridges by Australian company Bambuco.
While taking photos of the Bamboo Bridge I finally got to see the Millenium Bridge tilt to let the cruiser go underneath. All the years it's been built and this was my first time seeing the event.



Photoshop

Because my image was a litle out of focus here i decided to try a dry brush technique in Photoshop to give it a painting feel to it. I personally like it but it may not be to everyones taste.

Kingfisher



This is the first time i've seen a Kingfisher at my local bird hide Thornley Woods. I couldn't believe what I was seeing. It wasn't too close hence the not so good images but i'm still proud of them and happy to have seen the kingfisher too. A beautiful bird when the sun shines on him.

18 July 2008

Black & White




The Vaulted ceilings and cross of Fountains Abbey.