Weight and Stuff Report – 16 July 2016

Down again today…

After the shopping, I decided it would be a good day to finally get around to go to Seaham – it’s just one stop past Sunderland on the route that takes you to Middlesbrough if you forget to get off. There’s only one train an hour, and I wasn’t going to make it in time for the 11:30, so I aimed for the 12:30. After a return visit to Earl Grey with the 100-400mm lens and the 2x teleconverter[1], I wandered down to the station and got there in plenty of time. The train even arrived more or less on time and I got on. At which point, the guard announced that because of a problem with a level crossing, the train wouldn’t be going where I needed but via the main line. Mutter. So, I took the Metro to Sunderland to see if I could pick up a train there. Well, I could. The next one that I’d have caught if I’d waited in Newcastle. So I had quick look around Sunderland, got a bit of food and waited. And this time it worked and I got to Seaham.

And what a bright sunny day it was. And how busy it was, as there’s a carnival thingy on, with loads of people. Which meant that I struggled to get all the images I wanted of my primary target, the World War I memorial statue officially called 1101, but generally known as “Tommy”. I’ve seen loads of photos of it, but I still wasn’t quite prepared for the sheer size and power of it. I’ll have to make a return visit on a less busy day (a dull grey day would be fine, as I can see some black and white images being interesting), but here’s one for now:



Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/5
Shutter speed: 1/500s
Focal length: 24.2mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 16 July, 2016
Location: 54° 50.3866′ 0″ N 1° 19.9153′ 0″ W

I then walked down to the harbour where I saw lots of floaty things. More of which to come…

[1] Which was a waste of time as the blue sky and sunshine I wanted for the shot in my brain refused to get in the right places.