Down quite substantially today, but that wads after a long walk…
My plan for this afternoon was to go to the Tales of Antiquarian Adventure exhibition at what I still have difficulty remembering to call the Great North Museum: Hancock. But as my bus crossed the Tyne, I saw a plume of smoke, and wondered what was going on. So, I walked back to the Tyne Bridge, took some photographs, then walked down several thousand stairs to get to the Quayside. This was a wee bit quicker than the alternative routes. I walked in the general direction of the smoke, and realised it had to be in the vicinity of the site which is being turned into Newcastle’s new police station. And indeed, several fire engines were in attendance on Pottery Lane. I wasn’t going to get in the way of the Fire Brigade, so I couldn’t be quite sure, but it seems that whatever was burning was on a vacant site.
After that bit of drama, I walked back into town and took a route via Blackfriars to the museum, where I saw what I was originally planning to see.
More pictures later, but for now, here’s one of the Swing Bridge:
Shutter speed: 1/550s
Focal length: 23mm
Taken: 6 April, 2013
This was a quick test with Silver Efex Pro. It’s a basic conversion to black and white, with selective colour on the bridge structure. That’s the kind of job that used to be quite fiddly to do, but the Nik software makes very easy indeed.
 Possible exaggeration
 But not by much