Say what? Up again? Oh dear…
Here’s another photo of Tommy:
When I processed that photo of the Brecon Mountain Railway’s lovely American-built engine, I just had to get a print. And when I saw the print, I knew I had to get it framed properly, by people who know how to do things properly, rather than Mr Clumsy buying a frame and trying to get things lined up properly.
So, a few weeks back, I dropped off my print at the Frame Shop, part of Newcastle Arts Centre on Westgate Road. Well, I say dropped off, but I actually had a nice discussion with a member of staff over materials, size of mount, and so on. And here’s the result. The photo doesn’t do it justice, really, but I thought I’d show it off anyway. The next job is deciding where I want to hang it. And the job after that is getting a similar frame for my bridges photo.
I’m very happy with the quality of the work, and I think it was worth the £58 it cost (plus the £20 for the print from Saal Digital). I don’t expect to have a lot of prints this size – so it’s worth the investment for the ones I really like.
Mutter, mutter, up again today…
Here’s another one from Seaham. Jewels of the Sea is a series of sculptures inspired by tiny diatoms – unicellular thingies found in the sea. I think the real ones are a wee bit smaller than this:
Back up a wee bit today, how random…
I make no apologies for including another bird photo today. It wasn’t until I looked at the full-sized image that I realised I’d got such a clear shot.
Unlike the previous one, this has been cropped quite a lot, which is another benefit of the X-T2: more pixels to play with!
And down again today. Which is probably as random as everything else…
This is an interesting thing at Seaham. There are plaques around its sides which describe the coal mines that used to dominate the area, but the one at the front which might have more useful details seems to be missing, so I’ll assume it’s a symbolic memorial to the mines, and more importantly, the miners who worked in terrible conditions deep underground and out under the sea…
Oh, and apparently it’s not gold at the end of the rainbow. It’s Sunderland.
One of my reasons for returning to Seaham was to have another look at Tommy, the First World War memorial sculpture. Last time I was there was on a busy day with loads of people around, so it was hard to get the images I wanted. I had much better luck today, and thought it was an ideal opportunity to use the X-T2’s Acros film simulation.
This is an unedited JPG. The sky is completely blown out, but I think that works in this case.
I finally remembered that I’ve been remiss in getting photographs of the long-awaited demolition of the generally unloved Newgate Centre in Newcastle, so I got a few shots today. More of which later, but I was quite interested to see the machinery being used on the large hotel block:
That’s the view from across Grainger Street, where the lower part of the centre is already gone. I thought it would be worth popping around the rear for another angle, which gives a better idea of the size of the rubble mound the digger is sitting on:
Looks like demolition will be over before long. Site clearance is going to be a big job – it’s going to need a lot of truck loads to get rid of that lot.
 Yada, yada, tuits, etc
Down a wee bit today…
I went to Seaham this afternoon. Well, I went to Newcastle first, to commit some acts of photography, then got a train to Seaham, where I committed some more, then got a train back again. More on all that later, but for now here’s one I’m quite happy with.
I was having another play with the continuous autofocus on the X-T2, with it set to the custom setting intended to track erratically moving objects, which seemed to be the best choice for birds in flight in a moderately strong breeze. I’ve got a few nicely successful captures, of which this was the most immediately appealing, as I didn’t need to crop it to show off the bird. Taken at the long end of the 50-140mm lens, with the aperture
wide open at a moderate f/9 to get a reasonably short exposure and get the whole bird in focus.
 Subject to usual tuit supply issues
And back up today. Not at all related to last night’s after work wine and food. Just random, I’m sure…
This is an old banner from Beamish:
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Oddly down today…
Here’s another moody mono one:
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