Monthly Archives: July 2007

Even more interesting

I did have a suspicion that “Through the Rainbow” might get into Explore, but I didn’t expect it to get in so quickly. It got as high as 58, which is a lot better than I’ve got before, but at the time I’m writing this, it’s dropped down quite a bit. It’s also attracted more comments and more “Favorites” than anything I’ve done before. Woo hoo! :bouncy:

Really Interesting

Really Interesting

As always, the poster thingy is thanks to fd’s Flickr Toys. And here are the pictures in order of interestingness:

  1. Through the Rainbow
  2. Graceful
  3. Blue
  4. Burnt Out
  5. St Mary’s Cathedral (HDR)
  6. Tynemouth Priory

Sunderland International Airshow 2007

Yes, I went! And I took a fully charged battery with my camera this time. I’ve got hundreds of pictures to sort through, but here’s one to be going on with.


There had been a few light showers, but the cloud stayed high and allowed the Red Arrows to do their full show. The rainbow was spectacular, with both ends clearly visible out to sea. The Red Arrows are pretty damn cool to start with. The Red Arrows flying through a rainbow was very very cool.

A more detailed report will follow, subject to the usual tuit supply issues.

St Mary’s Lighthouse

Good stuff. North Tyneside Council have announced improvement works to St Mary’s Lighthouse. This will include repainting it, which is a good thing, as the formerly gleaming white building was looking a little shabby when I visited it a few weeks ago.

Apparently they’re also working on a Master Plan[1] for the island as a whole, to preserve and improve, and all that kind of thing. Good to know.

[1] Possibly not the kind that involves taking over the universe…

Just a quick update…

No, I haven’t vanished off the face of the web.

I was away on a training course[1] for a few days, and during that time I developed a nasty cold. :wah:

Not all that bad really, but enough to sap me of energy and reduce my motivation to actually do much. So since I got back on Wednesday evening, I’ve been having early nights. And I’m still tired, mutter. Must be getting old, mutter, mutter.

Anyway, unless something stops me, I’ll be off to the Sunderland International Airshow[2] tomorrow, and I aim to take some pictures. Readers with long memories may recall that I had that intention last year, but I had a slight problem involving taking the camera and leaving its battery behind. This time should be better. The battery is charged and more importantly is in the camera. The camera, with a suitable lens fitted, is in the bag and ready to go.

[1] ITIL Foundation, if you really want to know. If you know what it is, you’ll be commiserating, if you don’t know what it is, enjoy your innocence.
[2] Website currently unhappy. Apparently the server is “too busy”. I suspect it’s popped down the pub…


I took this picture in Saltwell Park back in April, but I’ve only just got round to doing something with it. No fancy arty stuff this time, but I did remove some bits of bread and assorted floating debris to clean it up a bit. After that, it just needed a bit of a crop to make the image more balanced, and a frame to set it off. I think the reflection works quite well.

I get more interesting by the day…

Hmmmm. Now that’s a bit of a surprise. I’ve been keeping a vague eye on the “Interestingness” rankings of some of my pictures, but as it happens, one snuck into Explore while I wasn’t looking. I was quite surprised when I saw that my little experiment in selective colour was at 490 in Explore for its day when I looked at it this morning. I was even more surprised to find that it’s since risen to 382, and is showing up nicely in Scout. As always, I’ve preserved the evidence in this nifty poster thingy courtesy of the excellent fd’s Flickr Toys. This one is set up to show all my images that have been in Explore, not just those that were in when I created it.

More Interestingness

More Interestingness

Another photographic experiment

On one of my walks last week, I passed through Newcastle’s coach station, which features this rather nice glass screen. It looked like an interesting thing to photograph, so I turned my wide angle lens on it, and this is what I ended up with.

I cropped the picture down to remove the rest of the coach station and the buildings behind it, then straightened the image a bit to remove the distortion that occurs at the wide end of the wide lens, and finally gave it a slightly different touch with a spot of selective colour. Basically, I turned off all the colours except blue, which I boosted slightly to make the glass stand out a bit.

Low Water

This is another picture from last week’s trip to Whitley Bay. I’d seen a few really good photographs which used these wooden thingies to frame or balance the lighthouse on St Mary’s Island. When I got to them, I thought of doing something similar, but decided to go my own way. I thought they made an interesting subject in themselves, so I took a few pictures from a few angles, even going down one one knee in the damp sand at one point. The bird perching on the pole (or stake, or whatever they are) was an added bonus, which gives it a little extra something.

Low Water

Low Water

When I came to do something with this one, it screamed “black & white” at me for some reason, so that’s what I did with it. It’s certainly more interesting to me that way.