Gathering Storm

By woolybill1
I hope the title speaks for itself.
Taken at 90 degrees to I Don't BELIEVE It! , as evidenced by the presence of the same young lady pondering the wording of her letter.

The base of Grey's Monument is on the right and Emerson Chambers (probably my favourite Newcastle building) stars in the background. One of the stone panels of the base of Grey's Monument has been repaired or replaced in the recent past. It looks distinctly odd. Fifty years' hence it won't stand out so badly.

Version 1: 1/200th sec. @ f11, ISO 200
Version 2: 1/640th sec. @ f11, ISO 200

Tags: Street photography Photo journalism Newcastle Architecture Stormclouds Portraits and people Greys monument Emerson chambers People unaware

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Sahyadri 13 61 2 India
13 Aug 2008 9:23AM
great shot Bill. did you get some closer shot of those faces and expressions?
woolybill1 Plus
15 38 78 United Kingdom
13 Aug 2008 9:35AM
Difficult with a 20mm, Rad, I was already pretty well treading on their toes!
challicew 13 1 1 South Africa
13 Aug 2008 9:36AM
Superb captures Bill. Such wonderful detail. That old building is beautiful!
wyatturp 16 2 England
13 Aug 2008 9:36AM
That sky did it tip down rain

davidhu 16 19 United Kingdom
13 Aug 2008 9:54AM
Good observational shots Bill, and that leaden sky adds a certain something.
photophantom 13 108 3 Philippines
13 Aug 2008 10:28AM
Great street and architectural structure photography Bill.
Herge88 14 40 6 England
13 Aug 2008 10:40AM
Great mood and atmosphere in this one Bill.

Best Matt
Barbaraj 14 450 England
13 Aug 2008 10:54AM
You caught the weather in this.
mikbee 14 3 8 Scotland
13 Aug 2008 11:27AM
Yes,it does look like the quiet before the storm.
Like No 2,and the ''new'' stone does look odd !!
A well balanced ''base'' with the line of people here.
And the Emerson Chambers puts me in mind of the Jenners building here.
Nice ones Bill.
lostintime 14 13 6 Germany
13 Aug 2008 11:27AM
Wow, that sky looks menacing, great atmosphere Bill. Interesting contrast between the people sitting there looking relaxed and the gathering storm clouds (Personally I would start looking for shelter with clouds like that Wink
imagio 15 12 1 England
13 Aug 2008 11:44AM
Gives an overall feeling of people's moods with the menacing sky, well spotted and captured Bill

danbrann 17 640 17
13 Aug 2008 11:47AM
Bill I am so used to seeing Emmerson chambers as a reflection I had almost forgotton what a superb building it is. a good candid, including a weather forecast and an architectural journey.
User_Removed 14 485 13 England
13 Aug 2008 11:49AM
love it Bill, i am really partial to your take on architecture and how you produce it. Great shot

Joline Plus
15 37 59 United States
13 Aug 2008 12:31PM
The gloomy day is perfect for this shot. It seems the mood of the people is a reflection of the weather.
jdenman 13 19 5 Spain
13 Aug 2008 12:45PM
Cracking shots.
lonely_oryx 14 61 55 England
13 Aug 2008 12:46PM
Great use of the light
Rende 14 38 4 Netherlands
13 Aug 2008 1:15PM
Excellent candids; what strikes me most is that the people seem oblivious to the storm creeping up on them.
Mikelane 14 1 Wales
13 Aug 2008 1:43PM
A cpouple of gr8 images bill, very strange the young lady is in this image only this time she's sat on the left of the image ,and 4 uploads ago she was sat on the right of the monument.well spotted bill regards
taggart Plus
17 47 14 United States
13 Aug 2008 1:53PM
They look more like "time to seek shelter" -- quite a storm brewing!
MickyMc 14 8 United Kingdom
13 Aug 2008 3:32PM
Well the storm may be gathering but they all have bare arms and look relaxed. Today the sky is is dark but there is no way I could have bare arms I think its quite cool. Well done for getting such super light.
Cormy 14 3 England
13 Aug 2008 4:09PM
Lovely details Bill and qa tremendously threatening sky in both.
samsalt 13 24 1 England
13 Aug 2008 4:13PM
You're right Bill there is threatening skies everywhere today Smile
It certainly has a good effect here.

TrevBatWCC Plus
13 13 19 England
13 Aug 2008 4:36PM
We've seen quite a few skies like this lately! At least they do provide some dramatic images...
TrevB Smile
13 Aug 2008 5:54PM
Is this the panel for the Dragons Den?

13 Aug 2008 6:15PM
Very much a calm before the storm Bill. Very well captured in mood and comp'.

John Smile
Scaramanga 14 60 6 United Kingdom
13 Aug 2008 6:49PM
Really like V2.
13 Aug 2008 7:22PM
Great observation Bill and good use of this lovely weather!

pamelajean Plus
15 1.6k 2238 United Kingdom
13 Aug 2008 8:33PM
I like the format of V1 - the three monkeys? It was the arm positions that caught my attention.
13 Aug 2008 8:53PM
Dramatic images. They make me want to get my brolly at the ready.
GalleryGirl 14 4 2 United Kingdom
13 Aug 2008 9:01PM
Very dramatic. Love both versions.
Marilyn x
CrownJoolz 14 7 United Kingdom
13 Aug 2008 9:15PM
GREAT pic WB! I love the way they're all sitting in various poses oblivious to the ominous sky gathering behind them.

Today in Weston I walked aloing the seafront through a gale force wind and driving rain - had to walk at an angle just to keep on my feet - unbelievably bad weather. What the hell happened to summer!
Hop-A-Long 14 52 1 England
13 Aug 2008 9:16PM
Excellent sky Bill. Great shots, I do prefer #2 though. Did you get wet then?
dawnmichelle 14 12 United States
13 Aug 2008 10:04PM
fantastic candid shots....
RobinF 15 83 1 England
14 Aug 2008 8:13AM
hese are both outstanding Bill! particularly love version 2 as the lighting is great - so dramatic. Brilliant!
kind regards,
pascalg Plus
14 37 1 France
16 Aug 2008 9:08AM
nice views ;
like number one & the tones in both...
brownsilent 14 7 2 United Kingdom
18 Aug 2008 8:56AM
A great place, yes. I remember standing at the same spot and taking a picture of that great building, but when I was there the sky was bleak and the image turned out crap.
SandraKay Plus
14 233 4 United Kingdom
19 Aug 2008 10:47AM
Superb lighting, a great sky and brilliant observation.
Glostopcat 15 255 2 England
25 Aug 2008 3:27PM
That's an ominous looking sky there Bill, very typical of this summer and indeed last years too
tigertimb 14 40 66 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2008 4:19PM
Great shot Bill; I love the composition with that ominous sky and you can almost feel the heavy atmosphere

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