A Photo A Day
During the year 2014 I will post one photo each day. It will be taken by but it can be colour or mono, landscape, street photography or anything else that I personally fancy.
Not HDR but image blending in Photoshop.
These old groynes in the sea at Blyth beach, taken on Sunday.
Fooling around at Beamish Museum.
Miners' safety lamps, taken at Beamish' museum. http://www.beamish.org.uk/the-colliery/ I'll have to get a better one someday. Hard to handle the blown out highlights even though Lightroom came to the rescue somewhat. You got to love the Radial Filter (Shift+M) in...
The book as found in the old church at Beamish. The photo is processed in Lightroom to correct lens, straighten, contrast, sharpen and add some light where needed. In short the usual craft that photographers have been doing for over one and a half century in either...
The Jag at Beamish. I've done a second version with slightly wider crop and minor light adjustments. Spot the differences... I think the second is marginally better, what do you think?
The Old Rocker at Beamish' 50s and 60s Weekend.
The Beach Huts at Blyth appear on many photographs. Didn't really want to take the whole row. Too many people about. This is my take from the front.
The other tree in front of our house.
The field is in Byermoor. The rest I leave up to your imagination. I was following Serge Ramelli's excellent tutorials on Youtube. Also excellent is my own product: Photoshop Tutorials Academy, click the link to find out more.
Garage door in mono.
Tree in Summer in front of the house. Crop circle is not a phenomenon but just a track where the farmer goes around the tree.
Members of the Whickham Photographic Club gathered at Tanfield Railway to take some photos in the nice summer evening. Here are some of my results.
Taken in Delfzijl (the Netherlands).
Prepared these photos some time ago. I've not posted anything for a few days, so here are two in one post.
These windmills in Holland are not your stereotypical windmills as you'd see them for picture postcards. Still makes an awesome sight and they deliver some electricity too.
Oil cans at Tanfield.
At the Beamish' Georgian Fayre. I think I prefer the mono version.
At Blyth war re-enactment days. There has been a bit of news lately about people dressing up as Germans in war re-enactment days. I don't really see the problem. They are normally nice guys with a special hobby.
The Accordion at the Beamish' Georgian Fayre.
The Fireman at Beamish' Georgian Fayre.
On the Roof is a study of the ventilation shafts on industrial roofs in Hoogezand (the Netherlands).
Lined up at Beamish' Georgian Fayre.
Smoking a Pipe at Beamish' Georgian Fayre.
The Stoker at the Georgian Fayre, Beamish.
The Georgian Herder at Beamish' Georgian Fayre. He was actually herding alpacas. Not sure if they were around at Georgian times.
The Northumbrian Piper at the Georgian Fayre in Beamish.
The Divine Tree is right behind our house. It's nearly as I saw it. Removed a power line with Photoshop CC and it's healing brush. Then popped the colours with Lightroom. I wanted a dark moody atmosphere witha strong accent on the lone tree.
Wind and tulips in the Netherlands.
Being a Wallflower has no perks apparently. Taken in the Netherlands.
This signpost says "Local Access Only" in dutch. Near Delfzijl (the Netherlands).
The odd one tulip in a field of tulips, the Netherlands.
Window in Yellow Wall in Hoogezand (The Netherlands). And the same window.
Dark clouds seem to loom over Consett Disabled Persons Club. Is it from a bygone era?
Guarding Consett but agains what?
The Banjo Player at Blyth.
Storming the Beaches at Blyth. This photo had a bit of old photo treatment.
The Old Tommy at Blyth WW2 Re-enactment day.
The Lady and the Ice cream at Blyth.
Baby Shoes in a WWII Jeep. At Blyth World War 2 Re-enactment day. I'm presuming the little girl in question has grown out of it.
German Soldier with Sunglasses This German Soldier with Sunglasses that are presumably for his motorbike was in Blyth World War II reenactment.
Yellow Circle in Delfzijl, the Netherlands.
View on the Derwent Valley.
Time stood still here at 8:43, nature grows wherever it can.
Fata Morgana in the Polder. The bright spring sun creates a sizzling effect as the polder dyke with all it's wind mills disappear into the distance. You can see the eel fishing poles near the shore in the water.
Moody North Sea during the DFDS ferry crossing.
Stairs on the DFDS ferry.
These are just miniature Dutch wooden clogs for tourists. I like the ones with the mind expanding herb. Not something you would wear though. As proof that people still wear Dutch wooden clogs, here are my brother-in-law's clogs. Much warmer in the winter than wellies....
Rusty Container Lock at Byermoor Farm. And a close-up:
Stacked Bales on the farm yard. These bales of hay stacked up to create a nice pattern against a stormy sky.
Dommerskanaal and Golf Course at sunrise (the Netherlands near Schoonebeek). Mono and high key conversion.
Fishing for eels in the IJsselmeer (The Netherlands).
Visited the Netherlands over Easter. Fields of tulips are literally everywhere in the Noordoostpolder.
The Umbrella between the Front Door and the Stairs. In #Glasgow.
Exposed Wires in Byermoor.
Prints of feet at the start of the stairs. The also resemble ears I think,
Approved For Transport at Byermoor Farm.
Horse Eye at Byermoor Farm Stables.
Vaulted Ceiling Glasgow University.
The Approach under the Vaulted Ceilings from Glasgow University. High Key processed.
The Ouseburn going under the Byker Bank.
Oil Cans #2 taken at Tanfield Railway.
This horse was just standing there, shrouded in fog.
Glasgow University arches under the main building.
The Umbrella and the Stairs is another one from Glasgow.
The Front Door, taken in Glasgow today.
The Blue Bucket in Tanfield Railway.
Shattered glass and an old oil lamp at Tanfield Railway.
Reduced Headroom in Newcastle.
A break from the kitchen somewhere in Newcastle.
Two women walking past Bessie Surtees House in Newcastle upon Tyne. Taken from the Tyne Bridge.
On a roof somewhere in Newcastle.
Last Light on Memorial in Newcastle.
These green doors found in an old garden shed in Burnopfield. Possibly for delivery of coal. Which one do you prefer? And I finally fixed my link to Facebook. As usual with these sort of things it was really...
Junk piling up in the old abandoned shed in Burnopfield.
Blue Pegs found Burnopfield.
An experiment in distortion.
Main Entrance in Burnopfield.
Bird's Nest in Burnopfield.
Tyne Bridge from down under. I just fancied doing a photo upside down for a change.
This bench is in Burnopfield. Not a lot of people using it these days.
Just something different. I like the colours of this with all the yellows and raindrops, and just a hint of red. These 'Empties' were found in Burnopfield.
View from the Tyne Bridge #2, or some more Mary Poppins' perspective.
Just learned of a sudden death of a colleague in Tewkesbury. Shocked us all in the Newcastle office. For all those who lost loved ones.
Sunset over the yurts at Gibside. taken right at the back of the house.
Pegs on a washing line at a dilapidated site in Burnopfield. This is a three image HDR photo. I could have taken out some of the blur and ghosting, but I didn't.
Four colours and a Crack in the wall, taken at a 'secret' location in Newcastle. Reminds me a bit of Piet Mondriaan.
New student accommodation is being built all over Newcastle. I took this near City Road.
On an old dilapidated building in Newcastle.
Can, chest and cobwebs at my sisters place. There's some good photography to be done there.
Taken near Castleton in the heart of the North Yorkshire Moors. The smoke from controlled burning of heather to create a balanced habitat for red grouse. This is a monochrome conversion: And a exposure blended version (the photo at the top is tone mapped)....
When taken from the other side, you can see the markings A.D. MM. Not that old really. I had some comments about this one. Some liked #1 better. So here is an alternative version:
Just on the side of the road is this stone. It looks like an ancient menhir but is in fact erected in more recent times.
Photo taken on Saturday whilst driving back from York. Rob and me decided (mostly me) on a scenic detour going back from Rob's interview at the University of York. There were a lot of fires going on. This is controlled burning of heather to maintain a mixture of old...
Found in an abandoned garden in Burnopfield. I don't think this one will ever tell the future.
Chimneys in Edinburgh. Reminded me of the song by the Sherman brothers made famous in Mary Poppins.
These beautiful lichen were on an old gatepost at the side of the road in Northumberland, close to the Scottish border.
Milk Bottles in the Rain taken in Burnopfield.
The Demise of the Pram. From the series "Dilapidation in Burnopfield".
Found in Burnopfield. This one doesn't see many butts.
This is from a quick trip to Burnopfield with Iena. We came home with some nice 'one's'.
Four Doors and a Bike in Edinburgh.
Right on the border between Northumbria and Scotland. From the parking at the border on the A68, looking north.
Taken on a trip to Edinburgh on Sunday.
Newcastle bridges and Tyne. You can just about see the steps that take you down to the river.
This photo was taken at Pickering Station during 2013 memorial weekend.
Capture of the bridges over the Tyne between Newcastle and Gateshead. It's a HDR images combining three separate exposures. It's a slightly different version of one I've done earlier: Using a different method and a bit more contrast. What do you think? Comments...
Not really a sky line, but these are the buildings behind the Baltic taken from the Newcastle side.
I like the stark contrast and the unusual sloping line (the camera was not tilted).
Doorknob on a church door. Thanks to John Race.
Walking in Newcastle. Is this man followed?
Three man enjoying their dinner.
It looks bleak and uninviting. Almost like a prison. A secret location in Newcastle.
This is the main entrance to St. Ann's church in Newcastle.
Kyrië is the Gnome king, or "kabouter koning" in dutch. There's even a wikipedia page about it. But I found him just behind our house. Possibly the third prop in the collection.
Saw these colourful pegs while on a lunch break stroll in Newcastle.
I've recently taken some triple shots in Newcastle. These 3 exposures (exposure -1, 0 and +1) can be converted to HDR (High Dynamic Range) automatically by Google+ Photos. I've installed the Autobackup tray app that is suggested by Picasa when you install the latest...
We had a portrait night last Wednesday (22/01) at Paul Hattams studio in Sunniside. This time, with Paul's help, it was much easier to get the settings right than last year and I managed to get some nice shots. Thanks to model Bonnita.
I've been looking at converting landscape photos to black and white (or a better term would be monochrome, since all sorts of grey is also shown). One of the reasons is that I like monochrome, and I found an article about converting to monochrome like Ansel Adams...
Railway bridge over the High Level Road in Newcastle. Quick snap whilst waiting for the light to go green. This is taken with Linda's camera, the Fuji S9500. It's been given the Lomo treatment in Picasa. Sometimes this will give you quick results. Just something...
A lost doll lying abandoned in a churchyard. A lost soul is looking on.
Walking down to the Baltic at lunchtime.
The tree is the sibling of my winning tree. But no white out this time. Just a glorious sunset after a miserable day.
Been with Rob to Newcastle today. Rob was there for Computing Science prospect day. And another one as the light was already fading.
I've been very busy entering in the new round for the Whickham Photographic Club competition round with the set subject of Street Photography. Tonight (Friday 17/1/14) was the result of Round 2 where I entered three digital images and three prints. The digital photo's...
He just woke up as I clicked the trigger. Reversed it back to colour. I think it's better in colour, what do you think?
The thing with the cogs is an old gasmeter. You can see the cogs just at the bottom edge. Lighting on it not ideal.
Oh no I didn't give you the anwer from yesterday's photo. Quite possibly that it will be tomorrow. Today after work I went down the quayside.
These are not the cogs of a clock. It's old and I guess a pretty rare item. I'll show you the front tomorrow.
While preparing a stew in the Römertopf, one you cannot help yourself looking at sellery stumps. Picture straight export from Picasa. Using cross processing and a slight vignette.
Quick stroll around the farm. The light on the cows was very striking.
On my way to work.
I promised not to do any selfies but as I was lacking models to endure the winter night I stepped in front of the camera for an attempt to do some film noir type images. This is a 15 second exposure.
Trying out Linda's new camera. This is taken while walking home (partly) after work. No tripod, just set the camera on a bollard. I think I might go again with full gear.
Graffiti on the walls of an abandoned bar. In the rear you see the distinctive shape of the Millennium Bridge.
Dark cloud loom over the Sage in Gateshead.
Not sure what that was but it's not going to return.
A sign in Whickham "Central Park".
Wooden bricks belong to a famous dutch game. Olympus 35mm macro lens, ISO 100, f/16, 10sec with manual flashes.
The 2nd of January is normally a day to stop the new year resolution. Not this time. Back to work and I'm looking at this. The photo isn't even in black & white. Can you guess what it is?
My New Year resolution. Take one photograph each day and post it here. Outside our house is a gate. It's not in good nick. Taken with 35mm macro lens. 1/15 at f4.0. ISO 100. Processing in Lightroom. The idea was to take an image that reflects the derelict sign and...