A somewhat higher weight today, quite possibly related to yesterday’s party…
Having left at a sensible time and got home early, and had an early night, I was up and ready this morning for my planned activity. Got the shopping done early (didn’t have time for the Frankie & Benny’s breakfast), then almost as soon as I’d got back, I was off again to the station, where I just caught the 10:22 train to Hexham, which got me there in plenty of time for a planned photowalk. This was a smaller one than the recent Durham walk, with just five out an original ten participants turning up. But this was fine, it meant we could keep track of everyone, and a good time was generally had by all. It stated out bright and sunny, but there were a few showers of moderately heavy rain, which were slightly annoying…
Anyway, I got a few photos I’m moderately happy with, and they’ll be appearing over the next few days….
This is a rather nice carved owl. Actually, it’s one of two, but I preferred this shot where you can only see one:
This is a view of the Black Gate with its new external access thingy attached. The idea is that it will be open to the public from next year, and this was necessary to make it accessible. Some might think it’s a case of unreasonable mucking about with an historical building, but considering that it’s been adapted and altered over a period of centuries, I don’t think it’s a problem…
So I suppose it’s OK to post this. This has been turning up all over the internet, but this appears to be the original, as posted by the guy who took the time to create it. Star Trek: The Next Generation as you’ve probably already seen it fifty times, but never mind:
This is the Newcastle City Keep. Parts of it are quite old, but it was heavily “restored” in the Victorian era. I was after a shot that isolated it from all signs of the modern world, without having to go the the trouble of cloning out cars, signs, overhead wires, streetlamps, and the rest. I think it more or less worked. Processing in Silver Efex Pro again:
Down quite nicely today. All quite random, but I’ll still take credit for it, so there.
In a development that probably caused a disturbance in the Farce, I skipped the usual Frankie & Benny’s breakfast and just did the usual shopping. My cunning plan was to get out and go to Durham while it was nice and sunny. But by the time the bus arrived and got me into Newcastle, it was a much duller day, and by the time I got to the station, the motivation for travel had altogether wandered off to do something else. I think it went shopping, or something. So I had a bit of a wander, passing by the recently altered Black Gate, then down to the Quayside, which is generally a good place to be with a camera. After I’d done that, I had a quick trip to the MetroCentre, then back to Newcastle and back home.
Various random acts of photography were committed, but you’re just getting one for now. This is a view along the Tyne which I’ve tweaked a bit in Silver Efex Pro, which has made the sky a wee bit more dramatic than it was in what passes for reality around here: