Bev decided that we would take a walk around Newcastle today, avoiding the normal shopping area and heading down to the quayside. Inspired by Girafferacing's recent post I decided to follow suit and take out my Canon SX50 and see what I could find to photograph in my hometown. I love using this camera as it's not as obvious and in your face as my DSLR, and has an enormous zoom of 1200mm meaning I can stay well away from people while photographing them without them noticing (that sounds a little creepy).
There are areas around Newcastle which have taken street art to heart, using it for advertising. I thought that this one would work nicely if there was someone else in the frame and seeing if it could be timed so that it looked like the guy on the wall was looking at them. It took a few tries and lots of polite people who waited until I took my photo before walking past, but eventually I managed to get someone right in the frame.
Down on the quayside there are plenty of bars and cafes, and I spotted someone sitting in the sunlight reading her book, totally unaware of what was going on outside.
Buskers are always good opportunities for photos, especially if you are willing to part with a little bit of cash. It was also one of those images which I feel worked better in mono. The busker with the mouthorgan was pretty good but I guess he'd been there for a while as after the song he was playing was finished, he packed up and disappeared for a coffee.
On the other side of the bridge was another busker, this time singing and playing the guitar. This time though I got spotted.
I don't know how it is for everyone else, but do you have a lot of homeless/beggars around? There seems to be more and more recently, and seemingly always only there at times when there is the greatest amount of people around. I understand the problems some have, but being abusive to those that don't instantly drop cash into their hands just pisses everyone off.
There is a great area near the Sage, which is given over to street artists. There are some amazing images being created there and I like to have a look around when I get the chance to see what is new. Some of the area is out in the open, others are in archways which are locked off from the general public., but you can still see through the fencing.
What's the one landmark that everyone knows about Newcastle? The Tyne Bridge. Now everyone probably recognises it from the view along the river, not so many looking at it as we see it when we drive across. In fact, usually the only time this angle gets seen is during the Great North Run when 50,000 runners are pounding across it and the Red Arrows are flying overhead. Just in case you were wondering, there is a crossing with an island in the middle of the road. I wasn't standing in the middle of the traffic.
For all of the modernisation that is happening around the quayside, there is still plenty of original features, and I love these chimney pots which can bee seen from the Tyne Bridge.
We are nearing the end of the walk, and Bev is now hinting strongly about coffee, but I want a few more photos. Who wins? Well it ain't going to be me, so I compromise and promise coffee for a few photos of her in the sunlight.
So after 4 hours and over 11,000 steps the walk was over, plenty of photographs taken and it was time for a break. Coffee and a treat.
And I couldn't resist one last photo.
Note - This was supposed to by Saturday 4th's posting but the site wouldn't upload the images. Now it's Sunday morning and the only way I could post was to drop the resolution.