Well, it seemed like a good idea to go for a walk around Newcastle and Gateshead with my new camera. At this stage, I wanted to get used to handling the 30D, which is soooooo much bigger than any previous camera I’ve used that some practice was necessary. To avoid getting too confused, I left the 70-300mm zoom at home, and stuck with the 17-85mm lens. I also avoided playing with any of the numerous settings – getting to grips with apatures, exposures and white balance can wait for another day.
I walked into Gateshead, then across the Tyne to Newcastle. My first stop was at the City Keep, which in the well over twenty years I’ve lived in the area, I’ve only visited once before. The keep dates back to the 12th Century, and was largely restored in the 19th Century. It’s an interesting old building, with some nice museum exhibits, but the best part has to be the stunning view from the roof. I took some pictures there.
I wandered around Newcastle, and succumbed to the inevitable clichÃ© of taking pictures of the reflections in the glass walls of the Eldon Square shopping centre. This is a great example of how modern buildings can fit in with older ones and produce a quite lovely result.
I also took some pictures of the shrouded Westgate House from various angles. It’s gradually being taken down behind those covers. It should be gone by the end of the year.
On the way home, I popped into the Baltic, but unfortunately the balcony was closed for repairs, so I couldn’t take any pictures from there. Then I went over to the Sage, where they were holding their Americana Festival, with a free concert outside. By some quite remarkable feat of random timing, I got there just after the start of Aberfeldy‘s set. I bought their first album on the strength of the single “Heliopolis by Night”, and although the rest of it was quite different from that track, I enjoyed it. Much of the set was based on their recent second album, which I’m going to have to listen to now, and much to my delight, they closed with “Heliopolis”. Good show in a great setting and in lovely weather.
In contrast to my usual habit of taking lots of pictures then not getting round to uploading them for months, I’ve uploaded all the images as they came off the camera. And that took a while – there are over 150 images, and each JPG is around 3MB. Next time, I’ll do the resizing thing first.
I’ll spend some time sorting out these pictures later – a bit of resizing might be a good thing, some of them could do with cropping, straightening or both, and a lot of them could be improved with some Photoshop tweaking. And a final gallery will be more selective than the huuuuge number of pictures on show here. But it should give some idea of what the 30D is capable of, even in the hands of someone who needs a lot more practice…
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