Turret To Turret

By woolybill1
Weeks after taking this photograph I have noticed that it includes an entire section of the medieval Town Walls of Newcastle upon Tyne running alongside Back Stowell Street from Herber Tower to Ever Tower (pictured) via Morden Tower (a venue for poetry readings since 1964). I gather that this is the longest continuous section of the Town Wall still standing; the proportion of Newcastle's entire medieval walls surviving is exceeded only by York, Chester and Southampton among English cities.

Back Stowell Street extends to the right between the old walls and the line of forbidding buildings that resemble warehouses; the street itself is less than 2 metres wide for the most part, and in one place the double yellow lines used to meet in the middle. Stowell Street itself, just visible on the left, is now better known as Chinatown. That's a few of the ventilation ducts from the restaurants on the right of Version 2, taken specially yesterday in Back Stowell Street to illustrate my text, with Mrswoolybill posing demurely below Morden Tower to add scale. No need for yellow lines any more as no four-wheeler bigger than a skateboard would get through, and no skateboarder would appreciate the cobbles.

In fact yesterday's upload, Juxtaposition , was taken from a point only a few feet from this but facing the opposite way.

Version 1: 1/250th sec. @ f11, ISO 200.
Version 2: 18mm, 1/40th sec. @ f11, ISO 200; for reference only!!!

Mostly clicking and running yesterday, for which I apologise; the band was playing away last night so I had to leave early - and I'm totally cream crackered this morning. Ah, well...

Tags: Newcastle Architecture Chinatown City walls Etc Landscape and travel Town walls Ever turret

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29 Jun 2008 11:17AM
Nice use of the fisheye Bill,
photophantom 14 108 3 Philippines
29 Jun 2008 12:34PM
Brilliant perspective for d fisheye lens.
Cormy 14 3 England
29 Jun 2008 1:21PM
Whats Moira doing alone at the back of Chinatown ??
The mind boggles.
ringyneck 15 315 18 United Kingdom
29 Jun 2008 1:39PM
Love the fisheye view of things.


We have a long ancient section of wall in birmingham....yes paddy built it in 1964. He he.
pascalg Plus
14 37 1 France
29 Jun 2008 1:41PM
i'm learning (in advance) how to use a fe with your photos...
well spotted
like #2, btw Wink
lostintime 14 13 6 Germany
29 Jun 2008 2:30PM
Love the fisheye perspective.
29 Jun 2008 2:32PM
Great choice of lens for the architecture Bill, I do like the old red brick buildings, and always feel its a crime when they brick up a window or door, defacing it. very well detailed shots and good info, Adrian
TyChee 17 275 1 United States
29 Jun 2008 2:53PM
Love the perspective created by the lens. Excellent shot.
taggart Plus
17 47 14 United States
29 Jun 2008 3:44PM
I like how you used this lens, capturing the entire picture, and here the distortion seen appropiate/ useful, very well done, Jennnn
proz 17 205 United States
29 Jun 2008 3:50PM
this is aweome!
imagio 15 12 1 England
29 Jun 2008 4:15PM
Love the perspective and the distortion Bill, does something to it..

Brilane 15 5 12 Wales
29 Jun 2008 6:04PM
Good fisheye effect, great shots.
danbrann 17 640 17
29 Jun 2008 6:31PM
Well preserved Bill and so are the town walls.
glyndwr 15 103 10 Wales
29 Jun 2008 7:49PM
Good lens selection and application Bill.

Hop-A-Long 15 52 1 England
29 Jun 2008 8:04PM
Great use of the fisheye in #1 Bill. Two great images.
Lucy_Locket 14 35 England
29 Jun 2008 9:37PM
Love that fisheye - had one once many years ago... Great shot and informative narrative as ever Bill.
nickyv32 14 135 England
29 Jun 2008 11:22PM
Great fisheye photo, what are you doing in No 2 getting your wife up that back alley....

MissPea 15 8 United Kingdom
30 Jun 2008 12:11AM
Well taken!
mikbee 15 3 8 Scotland
30 Jun 2008 2:12AM
I think I would be arrested Bill ,for loitering down that back alley !!
I could spend a bit of time down there.Good selection of brick and stonework to be seen.Lots of little details.And the addition of some ''rubbish'' in the green bottle!!!! And you have shown me another use for my wife !!!!!! Nice one.
newy17 16 273 United Kingdom
30 Jun 2008 4:59AM
Love the use of the fish eye here Bill it works well hereand a nice candid of moira,thanks for the comment bill i was just getting more and more frustrated lol,,
30 Jun 2008 7:35AM
The fisheye certainly pulls out the wall here Bill, dramatic use of the lens for a real purpose. The back lane is a very romantic place to take Moira, the smells down there of an evening must be more like the Orient than England.

samsalt1 15 34 4
30 Jun 2008 8:38AM
It's strange Bill but I've never thought of Newcastle as a walled city and so your pic has enlightened me and made me think of the Toon in a new way.
Perhaps our get together could happen up there and then you could give me a mini tour of some of these more fascinating areas.

A good use of lens distortion here to emphasise the main subject.

Mikelane 15 1 Wales
30 Jun 2008 12:41PM
Excellent bill wonderful use of the fisheye well captured bill regards
IainH 17 82
30 Jun 2008 7:08PM
The fisheye works well, gives it an almost spherical view, with the foreground leaning out & the background leaning in
TelStar 17 116 United Kingdom
30 Jun 2008 11:39PM
Thanks Bill; very interesting shots. I was introduced to the Town Walls about 15 years ago. I now know a bit more about them.

brownsilent 15 7 2 United Kingdom
1 Jul 2008 7:28PM
This fisheye makes a very interesting aspect of the buildings - really like it!
bliba Plus
16 1 2 Austria
2 Jul 2008 9:06AM
excellent use of the fisheye

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