#504 – 500 Post Retrospective No.4 – Iron and Steel

Britain once had a huge iron and steel industry, but there’s not much left now. The closure of the Redcar works in 2015 meant that there were only two major steelworks left in the UK, along with a number of rolling mills and electric arc furnaces. There had been much retraction of the industry in…

#491 – Teesside Industrial Tourism 2 – Redcar

I’d been to Redcar a few years ago when the steelworks was active. My initial visit was a few weeks before the site shut in 2010, and again in 2013 after it had been bought and reopened by a Thai conglomerate. This reopening didn’t last long and the site was shut for good in 2015,…

#103 – Coatham Sand Dunes 2

I enjoy looking at traditional landscape photographs, I just don’t take many myself. And like anything else, the more you do it the better you become, and vice versa. To that end, when I was on the sand dunes near Redcar Steelworks, I thought there was a definite photo opportunity, but I just couldn’t see it. It…

#59 – Hand held vs tripod

I’ve always regarded tripods as a necessary evil. I hate their weight and the fact they’re so big, unwieldly and time consuming to set up and such like. It’s for these reasons that some people like using tripods, as it forces them to slow down and indulge in a more contemplative type of photography. Each…

#58 – Paddy’s Hole

Fishing boats at ‘Paddy’s Hole’ on South Gare on the River Tees. I liked the contrast between the little harbour in the foreground and industrial Teeside in the  background, and of course the setting sun always makes for a nice sky:) I took this when the light was fading rapdily, and as I didn’t want…

#53 – LX-3 Low Light Performance

Got to admit, I’m disappointed by the level of noise in this photo. OK, so I’m used to very low noise on the D700, but this was taken at ISO200 on the LX-3, and the noise levels are poor (and I’ve reduced the noise in post-processing). My old Fuji F31 was much, much better than…

#49 – the art of cropping

I was one told that a good way of deciding how and where to crop was to cover up the bits you wanted to keep and just look at the bits you want to crop. If they contained nothing of interest, or didn’t add anything to the image, then cut them off. With that in…

#46 – the last resort

I’m a fan of the British photographer Martin Parr (or certainly his earlier work), and when I saw this scene at Redcar,  I was reminded of his book ”The Last Resort’. If you haven’t seen it, it was an ironic look at New Brighton which showed the somewhat squalid conditions endured by visitors to the…