Good grief, where on earth have I been, it's been so long. Don't ask because I don't even know myself. I think I may have been whisked away by Dr Who to another dimension, sadly I didn't grab a camera so couldn't photograph any of this parallel universe I may or may not have visited.
After all that, I hope you are all well.
A friend of mine phoned me the other day and asked if I wanted to go out and take some photo's, the answer came quickly and was a big YES.
I got all my gear together, collected my friend and off we went. Seaham beaches here we went.
We made our way down to the beach known as chemical beach, I was a little bothered that I may grow webs between my toes or fins or something. Anyway, I was willing to risk it for a good shot.
After making it onto the beach we found some fantastic worn posts sticking out the ground, they were everywhere. Sadly the tide was out so although I got some shots of them I would have preferred to have had water swilling around the bottom of them for that little bit of extra drama. I will return at another time.
We then headed for the next beach known as Blast Beach. This is where the coal mine was, well both beaches were the mine, but this one in particular is still strewn with coal. There is also a pill box from WW2 on the beach which once again would be really good if it were sunrise, or if the tide came that high.
What I did find fantastic was the colour of the rocks on the beach, they were all reddish orange and had weird textures. I am guessing they have been burnt at some point or maybe the massive amounts of what could be iron ore is causing the colouration.
At areas the beach looks like an alien wasteland. Apparently, some scenes from the film Alien 3 were shot on that very beach.
I took some shots and then we headed for the car, this is where I began to hate my bag or the Ark of the Covenent as my friend affectionately call it. I have a largish camera bag as I like to take my digital camera, film camera, lenses, filters, in fact a huge list of gear. You never know when you might need it. The problem is the bag is a little bit heavy, 2 stone heavy to be precise, oops!
By the time I got to the car I think I was crawling along the floor. I finally got home and fell into the chair. It was then I decided to do something about it, internet engaged, favourite catalogue shop brought up, trolley reserved, dragged my weary self into the car and collected. Fantastic, the trolley is actually designed for transporting camping gear around a campsite, it can carry just over 4 stone in weight, so my lightweight camera bag will be no trouble for it. I tried it out as soon as I got home and found the bag fits the carry plate perfectly. What a find. I am now looking forward to going out on a shoot, no more tiredness caused by the weight of my bag.
Todays upload is from the Chemical Beach, I used one of the many important filters that I carry in the Ark, err, I mean my bag. The filter was my ND32 which gives me 10stops.
I converted it to mono as there wasn't much colour in the photo anyway and I felt it suited it better.
Thanks for looking and for any comments you may leave me.
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