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The Watch Tower

Posted by
Curly (South Shields, United Kingdom) on 17 September 2010 in Miscellaneous and Portfolio.

Rare picture taken inside the Watch Tower of the South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade Watch House on the pier.

Here Brigadesmen can watch shipping entering and leaving the River Tyne as they study the charts of the harbour and the river mouth, just below the centre picture you will see a small square flap which allowed them to use a telescope to get a better view in inclement weather (there was no pier at the time the Watch House was built).

The Watch House is now a Grade ll Listed Building of important historical and architectural interest, it was completely restored and renovated in 1985-86 after more than a century of daily use.

Three hand held images were used to make this HDR in Photomatix.

PENTAX K100D 1/45 second F/3.5 ISO 200 18 mm

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Stefan from Thiersee, Austria

Nice HDR image, well done!

17 Sep 2010 5:23am

Barbara from Oakland, United States

Curly, I love, love, love this image! The soft texture created by your HDR, the shafts of light on the floor boards, the luscious red leather on the chairs, the windows, the composition - all of it. 5 stars in my book! I'd hang this on my wall in a heartbeat!

17 Sep 2010 5:28am

PascalXLD from Rennes, France

Cela rend bien avec le HDR

Bonne journée

17 Sep 2010 5:30am

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

This has got a soft timeless feel.Hand held HDR,well done.

17 Sep 2010 6:48am

Manubhai from Bangalore, India

Good processing and patches of lights adds substance to the image...

17 Sep 2010 7:53am

Phil from Sausset les Pins, France

A good HDR , it gives a good deepness in your shot , well done, Phil.

17 Sep 2010 9:00am

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Wow... handheld ! That's not easy to do, and the result is perfect. Great job Curly ! Have a nice day :)

17 Sep 2010 9:37am

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

Very nicely composed, from the squares of light on the floor to the view out the windows.

17 Sep 2010 9:55am

Steve from Atlanta, United States

A great image with beautiful processing!

17 Sep 2010 12:53pm

AG from London, United Kingdom

What a strong image of record this makes . . can feel the history gazing at this room . .

17 Sep 2010 2:35pm

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

It's got such a smooooooth feel to it! Very nice indeed!

17 Sep 2010 2:38pm

Bear from Cambridge, United Kingdom

Lovely and soft this one; I like it a lot. Is this the Watch house in the Robert Westall book????

17 Sep 2010 2:49pm

Don from spokane, United States

A fine HDR image of this interesting interior. The processing has resulted in a very attractive image. Well done.

17 Sep 2010 3:07pm

Amanda from Jersey City, United States

I can picture them taking a break in here--eating some food, playing cards perhaps.

17 Sep 2010 3:58pm

Julie from Easton, United States

Just like a painting! really cool!

17 Sep 2010 4:18pm

Marie from Visé, Belgium

I love very much this picture, a softness details and emotion... Nice colors also...


17 Sep 2010 4:33pm

❀ Yvonne Simons ❀ from Tilburg, Netherlands

A great HDR! fantastic!

17 Sep 2010 5:05pm

Darren Lynch from Malta

Great Pic Graham!! :)

17 Sep 2010 5:25pm

Houry from New York, United States

Thanks for visit and taking time to comment.

17 Sep 2010 6:53pm

Paul from summerside, Canada

Nice processing Curly great detail and light

17 Sep 2010 8:34pm

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Lovely shot.

17 Sep 2010 9:24pm

willow from Chelsea, United States

The HDR adds a surreal feeling to this. I like it.

17 Sep 2010 11:50pm

Diane from Burnsville, United States

wonder romantic HDR processing. Love it

18 Sep 2010 5:05am

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

hey the light is amazing, bravo Curly!

18 Sep 2010 8:56am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Superb lighting and amazing HDR. I like it a lot !

18 Sep 2010 12:39pm

Susan from Pompano Beach, by Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Very cool capture, and my favorite kind of hdr processing !!! Love this one !

18 Sep 2010 3:07pm

Silverado Photography from Lake, United States

The hdr works well in this shot and the one previous--imparts a graphic feeling such as one would find in a storybook.

19 Sep 2010 11:55pm

Cory from Phoenix, United States

Really warm tones. The HDR makes this shot pop.

22 Sep 2010 2:51am

Becky from los angeles, United States


28 Sep 2010 6:25am

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

Marvelous capture...nice warmth to it all...superb colors

5 Oct 2010 2:09pm

1/45 second
ISO 200
18 mm