Sunday 30 September 2018

behind the scenes

30th September 2018, Bamburgh Castle, 12noon

I never get tired of Bamburgh Castle - it is a stunning place.

A few here from some behind the scenes locations not open to the public too (wedding photographer's privilege!)

Friday 28 September 2018

either side of sunrise

28th September 2018, Embelton bay, 6:40am

These photos are from around 20 minutes before until 10 minutes after sunrise.

As the Earth rolls round the sun

And another day's begun

From a blanket of grey cloud

The dawn breaks on a crowd

Of faces who wait the day

Then they slowly fly away

From where they took their rest

When the sun sank in the West

storm's a coming?

27th September 2018, Newton Point, 4pm

Extraordinary clouds approaching from the North.

It looks like the end of the world.

In fact it was a very ordinary shower of rain when it arrived

Tuesday 25 September 2018

the best camera...

25th September 2018, Embleton Bay, 8am

"The best camera is the one you have with you" is a quote I normally use to cover those occasions when all I have is a wee camera or indeed a phone.

Today I brought my medium sized camera so I had a bit more zoom power because I knew the waves would be worth photographing.

The zoom is handy for different compositions not possible with my normal camera.

It was very decent of the gulls to fly past the castle while the waves were roaring inn across the bay.

Me and Daisy were both reluctant to leave the beach.

Monday 24 September 2018

Same old, new light...

24th September 2018, Dunstanburgh, 8am

At the castle in the morning light and a return to one of my favourite photographic alignments... "New Sun Through Old Windows".  Around this time and around March the rising sun is behind the tower and casts a sundial shadow across accessible land.

Here's the giveaway shadow of the tower across the ground. The pale patch in the middle is the sun shining through the top window of Lilburn tower.

By standing in the right place, it's possible to line up the sun with any window (not the top window today as it's was in the ploughed field)

Meanwhile the waves were spectacular.

Sunday 23 September 2018

exit stage left

23rd September 2018, Newton Point, 8am

Not much sunrise due to grey cloud so we didn't hurry out.

Once we got there the cloud was retreating to the south.

Nothing in the diary for today so we sat and watched the world go by for a while.  I had a play with some extreme HDR on the phone.  It's a long way from documentary photography but it's striking and good fun.

23rd September 2018, at home, 11am

A bonny Red Admiral feeding on ivy flowers along with many bees and countless other less glamorous flies. Ivy flowers look like nothing to us but they’re a very important source of late summer nectar.

23rd September 2018, Howick, 5pm

Oyster catchers on Howick sandstone in the late afternoon light.


22nd September 2018, Beadnell Bay, 7am

We're getting close to equinox and sunrise is close to 7am (6am GMT) with sunset around 7pm

Sunrise is just about due East

a busy day

21st September 2018, Embleton Bay, 8am

The wind swirls through the grass at the edge of the beach. Like an invisible hand, the wind grasps each blade of grass and forces it to inscribe circles on the sand.

Daisy, unimpressed, waits for games.

21st September 2018, Low Newton, 10am

Highlight of today’s HPB walk was this ‘common hawker’ dragonfly (Aeshna juncea) at Newton Pool. He posed for ages while we all took photos. Look how beautifully he is marked and the structure of the transparent wings is breathtaking.

21st September 2018, Low Newton, 5pm

We waited for the day's heavy rain to stop before we headed out for a walk along the beach to Ship Inn for our Friday pint.

The stormy weather was heading off to the SE... we headed North

Post-pint and we were back at The Skaith for sunset.

Thursday 20 September 2018

after the storm

20th September 2018, Embleton Bay, 7:30am

The storm has passed on and the sea has calmed down.

There's still a chilly old wind though.

Wednesday 19 September 2018

wind on the way

19th September 2018, Embleton Bay, 8am

Beautiful light down at the skaith.

The wind is already picking up with very strong winds due later on.  Meanwhile we enjoy the peace.

something to sniff

18th September 2018, Newton Point, 4pm

A blue sky day for our afternoon walk.  There is a smell in the air and Daisy is taking in as much as possible...

Bad hair day...