It’s not often we get a day of sunshine here in Blighty.
So when we do, people tend to grab their sunglasses, put on their flip-flops and rush to either the seaside or the nearest beer garden.
It’s been lovely today and the ladies of my family decided to have a little run out to South Shields.
One of the parks just across the road from the beach is South Marine Park. It’s always a family favourite when the sun is shining, and it’s a really beautiful place.
Here are some pictures…
Building of the church began in the year 681. Parts of the 7th century building have survived and still form part of the church, which is a living place of worship.
In 674, he approached King Ecgfrith of Northumbria to ask for land for a monastery. He was first given an estate to found St Peter’s, Wearmouth, and in 681, was given land at Jarrow to found St Paul’s.
Ruins are all that remain of the monastery today.
I’m still very much a beginner, but tried to play around with different angles to see what would make nice images.
Here are some of the pictures I took…
After that, I had a walk along the River Don footpath, that runs alongside the monastery, and took some more pictures…
Today is my best friend, Toni and her husband Steve’s first wedding anniversary.
I had the honour one year ago today of being their Chief Bridesmaid, and it was such a beautiful day.
A few months ago, I started thinking about what I could get them for their first anniversary.
I wanted it to be something really special and personal. I looked around on the internet for ideas, but found nothing that I really thought was right for them.
Obviously this anniversary is all about firsts and I wanted to give them something that would remind them of their big day.
So I got this idea of having a canvas made to represent their first dance.
I took this picture of them dancing at their reception, put it into Photoshop and made it black and white.
Then I typed the lyrics to the song they danced to for the first time as a married couple – New Pin by Oceansize – over the top of it to come up with this…
I had it printed onto a canvas at Boldon Picture Framing and I was really pleased with the final result.
It didn’t take me long to design, but it looks great, and Toni and Steve love it too.
The other gift I gave them was even more personal.
While I was researching gift ideas, I found that the first anniversary is represented by paper.
As I’m a reporter, I thought that played into my hands quite well.
I used InDesign – the programme we use at work to design the paper – to create a personalised front page.
I made up a wedding newspaper, called Wedding Bells, and designed the front page all around the happy couple.
I used a picture of them on their wedding day, one taken not long after they first met, and one of their three beautiful boys (also my wonderful Godsons).
I wrote a story all about how they met and about their big day, and added blurbs to give it the appearance of a real newspaper font page.
I’ve replaced the story with placeholder text since it contains some personal information, but thought I’d share it so you could see what I mean.
It’s really cheesy, I know, but they loved it.
So happy first wedding anniversary, Toni and Steve, and here’s to many more.
Next year is represented by cotton, so it’s going to be tricky to try and stick to the theme … but I’ve already got a couple of ideas xxx
So it’s been ages since I’ve posted anything on here. It’s not much of an excuse, but I just haven’t been able to find the time lately.
I’ve been working towards sitting my National Qualification in Journalism (NQJ) exams in order to become a senior reporter. But thankfully, I’ve passed, so now I’ve got a little more time to get out there with my camera.
Today, I went down to Herd Groyne Lighthouse in South Shields.
Shields is such a beautiful seaside town, and the Groyne is just one of the lovely landmarks to photograph.
Here’s some of my favourite of the many pictures I snapped.
One of my favourite things about photography is being able to take something relatively normal and make it look beautiful.
I decided to have a go at doing that myself so went out into my back garden to take some pictures.
I’ve seen the garden pretty much every day of my life, but it’s amazing how differently you see things through a camera.
I haven’t tried to Photoshop the images or anything (I’m going to need to learn to do all that) and they’re pretty basic, but the only way I’m going to get better is through practice.
First of all, I looked at the two different trees in my garden and I really liked the contrast between them.
Looking at the bird feeders, I was trying to focus on the background to make the feeders appear blurred.
It didn’t work brilliantly though. I’m not sure if it’s because they were see-through or not, but I’m sure with some practice I’ll get the hang of it.
I thought some of the pictures looked nice though.
This picture isn’t really of anything, I just liked the way the tree was out of focus a bit.
Hopefully I’ve managed to capture a little bit of beauty.
I know I’ve already posted once today, but seems I’m on a bit of a roll.
Christmas is fast approaching and it’s that time of year when Christmas lights in town and city centres across the country – and probably the world – are being switched on.
Tonight was the turn of South Shields and I went along to watch.
The switch-on is always a fun event to be part of, and it does a good job of getting everyone in the Christmas spirit.
But of course, the line-up wouldn’t be complete without a famous face (or three) to help push the button and entertain the crowd.
The three-piece made it to fourth place in this year’s show after auditioning with their self-penned track, Lovesick.
Here’s some pictures I took. They’re not brilliant, but it’s still early days.
And here’s some of the lights.
I took this next photo just because I thought it was funny.
The Loveable Rogues had to fight their way through a mob of teenage girls to get into their van, which was then surrounded by, you guessed it, teenage girls.
And as the van drove away, the aforementioned teenage girls went running after it … it wasn’t long before they realised they wouldn’t be able to keep up.
Turns out they are, indeed, very loveable.
When I first got my camera, I couldn’t believe the amount of buttons on it.
It looked so complicated that I thought I’d never be able to use it – and the instruction book that came with it was more than 200 pages long.
The camera has auto settings and a really handy Guide setting that lets you choose the effect you’re after and it does all the work for you, but I didn’t want to use that because then I’d never learn to do it all myself.
I decided for my first trip to stick to where I know best – Hebburn.
I jumped in the car and headed over to the River Tyne to get some pictures.
I parked up in the car park featured on the last episode of BBC2 sitcom Hebburn – where Jack and Sarah sit on the car tucking into chips – and had a look around.
There was a ship docked on the Wallsend side of the river and I really liked the way it was reflecting off the water.
I looked at the way other things along the riverbank were making reflections in the water and took a few more pictures.
Once I got home, I started playing around with the Monochrome effects on my camera.
I thought this picture of a little boat anchored down in the Tyne looked really pretty in black and white.
And I thought the Cyanotype effect on this picture looked really nice.
I planned on having a little walk along the river and getting some more pictures, but unfortunately I had to cut my trip short.
As I was walking down the bank towards the little boat in the black and white pic to get some shots of it up close, I slipped on a big muddy patch of grass and skidded down the bank.
Thankfully there wasn’t people around to laugh at me, but even still, I couldn’t continue walking around with a big muddy patch on my bum!
I won’t let it put me off though, I’ll be down there again soon. I’ll just make sure I watch where I’m walking.