Seashells

Seashells

From yesterday’s panorama to the detail of some seashells. I was attracted to the way that these shells were arranged on the beach.(Click on image for larger version.)

They also reminded me of the early work of Mick Oxley – a wonderful Northumbrian artist. We first discovered his work about 20 years ago, when we saw an exhibition of his paintings of rockpools.

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Low Newton panorama

Low Newton panorama

On our most recent trip to Northumberland, we spent a day travelling up the coast – from Low Newton to Seahouses. This view is taken from the road approaching Low Newton, looking south towards Dunstanburgh Castle.

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The panorama is made up of 4 images stitched together. I like the way that this scene combines agriculture, beach, history and pleasure boats. It’s a summary of the wonderful diversity of life in Northumberland.

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Harbour stumps #2

Harbour stumps #2

This version of yesterday’s shot is based on the original coloured image. I’ve applied a heavy sepia filter, to create an almost monochrome effect.

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I like the way that the filter retains some of the colours of the sea, while creating a darker atmosphere. On balance, I think I prefer this version, but there’s not much in it.

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Harbour stumps #1

Harbour stumps #1

These stumps in Irvine fascinate me. What was there original purpose?

They sit outside the mouth of the harbour, so I wonder if they originally served larger vessels that were unable to berth in the inner port. Or were they simply used as an overflow when the harbour was busy?

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This is a simple conversion to black and white. Maybe it’s a bit nostalgic, but what’s wrong with that?

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Magnum no more

Magnum no more

This photo was taken on the same morning as my recent entries. It’s reflective in a different way to the harbour shots. The building being demolished was the Magnum leisure centre. This played a large part in my youth, being a focal point for teenagers (at that time)… sometimes to participate in sporting activities!

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As I was taking these shots, memories flooded into my mind. But, I felt no melancholy.

The building served several generations. I hope that the replacement facility in the centre of town will do the same.

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Making waves

Making waves

While I was enjoying the calm, reflective mood of a grey Saturday morning at Irvine harbour, this guy had other ideas. Actually, I heard him before I saw him, which gave me time to line up this shot. I wanted to capture him heading through the marker posts – indicating the channel into the harbour.

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If you click on the image for the larger version, you’ll see the Arran ferry in the background. As often happens, I was unaware of this until I started processing the file. A happy accident!

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Calm harbour 2

Calm harbour 2

This shot gives a better impression of the number of boats in the harbour. I never tire this view – looking across the harbour towards Arran.

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I was surprised that converting his image to black and white seemed to work. I thought that the reflections might be diminished. But I think they look fine this way.

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Calm harbour 1

Calm harbour 1

On a recent visit to Irvine, I wandered down to the harbour. I wasn’t very optimistic about getting any decent photos – it was a grey, drizzly, chilly morning. However, when I arrived, the harbour was really calm, offering lots of opportunities.(Click on image for larger version.)

This shot illustrates the conditions – grey and calm. There were more boats in the harbour, but I liked the way that this one was sitting in splendid isolation.

I haven’t done much to this one. Straightened the horizon and adjusted the lighting a wee bit.

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HDR sunflowers #2

HDR sunflowers #2

I was wondering if I could do anything to improve the image that Google produced from my shots (see yesterday’s entry). I came up with this:

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Simply, I de-saturated the blue and cyan to turn the sky grey. This seems to put more emphasis on the flowers, which I prefer. Of course, I’m a bit biased – so let me know what you think. Which version do you like most?

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