The tin of sardines

On a walk round Durham last weekend a Gin bar has opened, it’s basically an end room of the store next door and is tiny inside selling an enormous range of Gin,the image shows the bar! I was stood in the far corner of the room!

More than 10 people in here and it will be Packed.Hence it’s name “The Tin of Sardines”

The owner was kind enough to allow me to photograph inside, trying out a new lens, the Sigma 10-20 f3.5.this was 1/125 f8 at iso 200 still with my wonderful little blog camera, my Nikon D70s.DSC_0018-a

Pit Wheel

A Recent new addition in the village,This is a Pit Head Wheel,originally used to raise and lower cages containing coal miners to the coal seams many hundreds of feet below ground.Nowadays the coal mines have long gone,and these replicas have been erected in celebration of the Heritage of coal mining in the Durham coalfield,many neighbouring villages have had these placed prominently over the years,however this one at “Home” celebrates the heritage of 140 years of coal mining when the village “Pit” was closed in 1962. iso 200 1/60th f11pit-wheel

The Blue House


I visit this local Pub/restaurant regularly for Sunday lunch as it’s nearby in a neighbouring village.A recent exterior facelift has really improved its attraction.The owners were so impressed with the images I provided for them,they treated me and my wife to lunch for free today! iso 200,1/125 f11 D70s at 35mm.I must admit to using the Nik collection software package as a photoshop plug in to process it,


Beamish Trams

A pair of vintage trams at Beamish open air museum in Northeast England.I’d just completed updates to my Adobe software and became aware that the Nik collection of editing software has now been made available as a free download as a photoshop plug in under the filter menu.The original RAW was iso200,1/125 f11 on the Nikon D70s and my new sigma 17-70f2.8


Beamish Bus

Took a day out today to visit Beamish open air museum in North East England today where the past really comes to life,my grandfather first took me here as a young boy and today as a grandfather myself I took my grandson to visit this.It’s an open air museum.over acres of land where buildings from the past have been re constructed to give an insight of life in the north east with a roadway and tramway providing access to all its areas.This is a vehicle on the roadway given an authentic treatment of a view from the 1920’s if they had colour imaging in the day.DSC_0010-2a

Chelsea and I’ve changed my lens!

popped out today to collect a piece of furniture from a local store and walked past a store which deals in media,you know games,dvd’s,electrical and the like and spotted in it’s window a Sigma 17-70 f2.8.This aroused my curiosity as I use a lot of Pro glass on my D300,I’m lucky enough to have the Trinity of glass i.e 12-24 2.8.24-70 2.8 and the mighty 80-200 2.8 however I try to restrict myself here to shooting with my lovely little D70s and an 18-70 f4.5.Well this is gonna change,with a bargain price and a lowepro lens case the deal was done,but only after I’d captured a shot of the sales assistant called Chelsea.1/100 f3.4 iso400.chelsea


HDR Experiments

In the past I was never a fan of the use of HDR or High Dynamic Range processing,being an “old school” photographer,I just really struggled adjusting myself to what it was all about.I’ve been shooting digital now around 15 years and people tell me to try to move with the times,so I tried this effect,somewhat unsuccessfully using photoshop and yet again didn’t like the effect.However an inexpensive bit of software from Photomattix just may have changed my mind.Dedicated to pure HDR processing,I’m finding the results pleasing,and also a bit of fun in the process.Here’s 3 of our 7.5 ton delivery trucks on the fleet of TNT Express in the UK given the treatment.I feel it works well with bold colours.The original RAW was shot at 1/60 f11 iso200,then 4 further exposures both +/- 2 exposure stops to produce this.HDR1

North Bailey

More wanderings around the streets of Durham,if you take the street walk around the rear of the Cathedral you follow this street to cross the river wear over Prebends Bridge,this lovely cobbled street,hasn’t changed in years,although the buildings are now used by Durham University. 1/30th F11 @iso200.North Bailey

Winter sunshine in Durham

A nice Sunday afternoon around the streets of my local County capital of Durham in the northeast of England yesterday with my lovely wife and oldest grandson Joe now six who wanted to visit the beautiful Cathedral.This 900 year old Norman structure perched high above the river wear,is declared a World heritage site.Having my grandson with me evoked many memories of my own childhood,where at his age I spent many a day with my father around the same streets learning photography.Having parked my car on a hillside this time opposite the cathedral,we were greeted to this fabulous view of the cathedral just as the last rays of a winter sunshine cascaded upon its facade.Quite a lot of maintenance work is being done on the building and as such it has had scaffolding on various parts of its structure now for quite some time,but its appeal to me me is like iron filings to a magnet! I just never tire of its magnificence.Again,the little D70s at 1/30th f11 iso200DSC_0018a