Waiting for Bertha #7

Posted by Curly (South Shields, United Kingdom) on 18 August 2014 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

Just over a week ago I was following the progress of Hurricane Bertha as it formed in the Caribbean and tracked northwards to the west of the Bahamas, eventually it neared Nova Scotia before becoming an extra tropical depression and heading across the Atlantic towards Great Britain and Europe. At this point the Met Office and television weather experts began getting all silly and excited, weather warnings were issued, predictions were made of a month's worth of rain in a few hours, damaging gusts of gale force winds etc. Needless to say, I thought they'd all over hyped the event, but others took heed and towns were totally deserted on Sunday, as if a Cat. 5 hurricane had driven everyone into underground shelters! I searched around South Shields for someone to photograph, for some catastrophic consequences of this weather event, for pictures of flash floods or damaged buildings - but all to no avail.

Yes, South Shields was bereft of people, and sadly missing much of the rain that was forecast, we got a few odd showers but nothing too heavy at all. The breeze was brisk at times but nothing to fear, it all ended up as a damp squib here - all very silly I suppose, but I bet others have better weather tales to tell about Bertha.

A deserted Dacre Street in the Laygate area of South Shields, at one time the vast majority of the streets here were built in this fashion.

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Le Krop from Charenton-le-Pont, France

Les photos sur votre site sont impressionnantes. Cette photo-ci, hors de tout contexte, est simplement très belle*****

18 Aug 2014 7:46am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

great glisten to that pavement

18 Aug 2014 10:18am

Devi from Chennai, India

Beautiful B&W of the rain...

18 Aug 2014 11:33am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

A strong B&W image Curly! The wet stone glistens! ;-)

18 Aug 2014 3:14pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

A fabulous image! I love the rainy sidewalk! Fantastic b&w!

19 Aug 2014 12:31am

Pnyks from Warsaw, Poland

Great shot, I almost feel and hear the rain :)

19 Aug 2014 11:04am

Calusarus from Drome des collines, France

A great B&W. Cheers

19 Aug 2014 6:24pm

Josep from Barcelona, Spain

Best in this series so far !!! Great processing in this B&W with high contrast. Very nice composition and reflections in this street image.
(Hope your wife improves day by day. Regards !)

20 Aug 2014 9:51pm

Helen from Melbourne, Australia

I really like the strong vertical you have managed to capture withing strong perspective lines. Nice shot!

23 Aug 2014 6:55pm

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

beautiful BW

25 Aug 2014 12:26pm

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld(old West Wales boy), Germany

This is brilliant.The reflections give the shot so much depth and the processing is spot on.

27 Aug 2014 9:58am

Shar from Pilot Butte near Regina, SK, Canada

Lovely image of the shiny surface. Nicely presented in B&W.

30 Aug 2014 3:04am

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

excellent shot

5 Sep 2014 7:17am

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Beautiful how the water shines on the walkway

9 Sep 2014 9:34pm


Pentax K100D
1/60 second
ISO 800
39 mm (35mm equiv.)


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