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Pyrotechnics on Parade

Posted by
Curly (South Shields, United Kingdom) on 19 August 2011 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.

This is what yesterday's visitors were watching, the start of the Saturday evening sea front parade during the 2011 Mouth of the Tyne Festival in South Shields. It always begins at Gypsies Green Stadium, and these marvellous street theatre entertainers then lead a way right along both beaches with the crowd trailing along behind them like the Pied Piper of Hamelin. The music and sounds are always stirring and eclectic, and there is fire and lights, sometimes lasers too. By the time they reach Littlehaven Beach there are thousands packed in to watch a fireworks finale.
Shot on 10th. July 2011

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CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Mate, Sir, if this doesn't get a Spotlight, there is no justice!

19 Aug 2011 5:35am

purelysnow from Seattle, United States

Amazing image, Curly

19 Aug 2011 5:43am

PATRICK from miramas, France


19 Aug 2011 5:54am

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

stunning capture Curly.

19 Aug 2011 6:20am

PascalXLD from Rennes, France

C'est superbement saisi

Bonne journée

19 Aug 2011 6:20am

digitalCG from Manchester, United Kingdom

You're on form at the moment curly, this one is a belter.

19 Aug 2011 6:42am

Ank from Zwolle, Netherlands

I can feel the athmosphere and I almost can hear the music. Great photo this is. Love the colors and the clouds just make this whole complete. In my country there is a festival that is called 'Deventer on stilts' and almost 30 acts on stilts are wandering around the innercity that day, this reminds me of that.

19 Aug 2011 6:46am

Nik from Bude, United Kingdom

Great capture. The colour and detail are wonderful, and you really convey the atmosphere of the scene.

19 Aug 2011 7:08am

Henny from Thorn, Netherlands

Great photo Curly! I think I once saw these people performing here in Holland...Love the colours and like Ank says you feel the atmosphere..The colours are so in harmony....I took a long look at this shot and I would probably have cropped it...I wonder why you didn't and I think I know now..... This is learning from a pro :-) ....

19 Aug 2011 7:10am

@Henny: I wasn't keen on the intrusion of the photographer on the right, but cropping would have lost much of those important shadows which lead in at the foot of the picture.

flyingwind风飞扬 from TY, China

Wow, all is so fablous!!

19 Aug 2011 7:19am

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

wow ! perfect shot

19 Aug 2011 7:21am

Stefanie from France

Great capture. Lights and contrasts are very nice.

19 Aug 2011 7:23am

morgan from canyon Country, United States

awesome shot!

19 Aug 2011 7:40am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

I second those demands for The Spotlight here - a truly remarkable image for both content and ace presentation. A knockout for sure.

19 Aug 2011 7:43am

Florence from Paris, France

I dream to shoot at such event. So scarce in Paris. How do call them ?
Your shot and its colors are simply amazing, such a clever disposal. I will not be surprised to see you with a Spotlight dear !

19 Aug 2011 8:10am

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Excellent image my friend! Movement, light and color as a Martini shaken well ... I love riding acrobats on stilts ... Very good photo friend! A hug, Adela

19 Aug 2011 9:00am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

a shot from another world . My you do have fun up there in the north :)

19 Aug 2011 9:03am

Z from Shanghai, China

wonderful shot. I love the blend of different colors and moves in one picture

19 Aug 2011 9:31am

kitty from Seoul, South Korea

This is excellent - it is quite exciting to see this shot. Have a nice weekend ^^

19 Aug 2011 9:37am

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Wow ! What an incredible photo... The post treatment is just perfect, and what an interesting subject ! 5***** Have a lovely day Curly :)

19 Aug 2011 9:53am

@Tamara: Very little processing at all with this one Tamara, just a curves adjustment to deepen the shadows and a high pass filter to sharpen.

Lara from Vienna, Austria

beautiful and vibrant scene, with the strong light in the background!

19 Aug 2011 10:08am

Greg from Haha, France

Beautifull picture and colors

19 Aug 2011 10:22am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Amazing...great event with lots of fun...A++

19 Aug 2011 10:32am

Ian Bramham from Manchester, United Kingdom

what an amazing sight!

19 Aug 2011 10:55am

Scene by Sharon Photography from Kingston, Ontario, Canada

wow - this is fantastic - it must have been so amazing to be there in person

19 Aug 2011 10:55am

@Scene by Sharon Photography: This annual event really catches the eye for colour and spectacle, different performers each year and the crowds get bigger and bigger!

k@ from Paris, France

WOw, this is excellent, Curly, your angle & vantage point, the light, the colors and above all the subject - bravo.

19 Aug 2011 11:12am

Heinz from Hamm, Germany

ganz hervorragend. 5*

19 Aug 2011 11:23am

Laurie from Prescott, United States

What a magnificent capture, Curly! This is just beautiful! and how exciting. One more thing I must experience and time our next trip around. Beautifully excellent!

19 Aug 2011 11:31am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Truly fabulous shot, Curly. Love the pyrotechnics against the sunset. A brilliant frame - as well as the main performers I like the guy on the twisty tower at the back and the glimpse of the crowd.

19 Aug 2011 11:40am

Hashem Hosseini from Mashhad, Iran

wow! how amazing, full of motivation,
Actually i can feel the music in the air.

19 Aug 2011 11:50am

Hashem Hosseini from Mashhad, Iran

wait wait... u know what i just remembered when i look at this pic? it reminded me of Pink Floyd songn High Hopes (video clip)
I'm sure u r familiar with it cuz they are British.
how amazing!!!!!

19 Aug 2011 11:59am

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Wow, Curly, speaking of Spotlight - THIS definitely needs to get that award! I just love this scene, sir! What a whimsical, yet sort of animated look to these drummers with the tall players and skirts...I really love this one in every respect! Just great!

19 Aug 2011 12:18pm

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Spectacular image ! Excellent colors, excellent lighting. Five stars*****

19 Aug 2011 12:30pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

This is FANTASTIC ... the light, shadows and performers all belong in the Spotlight! I am also fascinated by the man very high up on the right hand edge, and am glad you did not crop him out. ***** and more.

19 Aug 2011 1:04pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

A beautiful shot. Nice report !

19 Aug 2011 1:20pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

This is just bizarre, but a great capture of it. Wow!

19 Aug 2011 1:32pm

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

This is an absolutely stunning shot!!! Fascinating! How I admire your angle and impeccable placement to heighten the atmosphere! Remarkable work Curly!:-)

19 Aug 2011 1:55pm

dean musgrove from Simi Valley, United States

Too Cool! Tim Burton would be inspired by this.

19 Aug 2011 3:16pm

Landy from Miami, United States

llena de ritmo y preciosos colores gran detalle en su totalidad buen procesado de imagen saludos

19 Aug 2011 4:04pm

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Great image, it's really fabulous! Magnificent shot. Good day.

19 Aug 2011 4:18pm

Enzo from Lausanne, Switzerland

Magnifique! j'aime beaucoup le sujet, la composition et l'atmosphère crépusculaire aux couleurs sublimes. La plus belle image que j'ai vue sur aminus3 aujourd’hui ... Elle mériterait un Spotlight ! 5*

19 Aug 2011 4:42pm

Loukas from Ilioupolis, Greece

Impressive photo, setting and colors

19 Aug 2011 5:03pm

Williams from East LaHave, Nova Scotia, Canada

A wonderful photo Curly, Fantastic & surreal.

19 Aug 2011 5:24pm

El pare from Prepirineu, Andorra

The light in background is fantastic

19 Aug 2011 5:27pm

janina from Melbourne, Australia

This looks like great fun...wonderful capture, curly! ^)^

19 Aug 2011 7:12pm

Marleen from Doesburg, Netherlands

I bet Mr. Dali would have loved to paint this scene.....!
Amazing and stunning, the sky works really well here....5* and I hope the Spotlight jury pays attention;-)

19 Aug 2011 7:19pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Don't know if I would want to be up on those stilts with the fire below. Wonderful action shot and the fire illuminates everyone's faces.

19 Aug 2011 7:24pm

maximage from Mase, Switzerland

Great capture. Lights and contrasts are very nice. Good job.

19 Aug 2011 7:48pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

This is amazing! The light on these street entertainers gives it such a surreal atmosphere! 5*!

19 Aug 2011 8:16pm

manos from Athens, Greece

Impressive colors and light.

19 Aug 2011 8:19pm

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

Spectacular! Bravo, Curly

19 Aug 2011 9:48pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Amazing. Fantastic light and colours. Great capture of this lovely entertainment. Five Stars. :)

19 Aug 2011 10:36pm

Andrew from Simsbury, United States

This is incredible; like something out of a dream-excellent job!

20 Aug 2011 12:51am

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

very well taken - just the right shutter speed too - the overall exposure and colours are spot on and there is juts a hint of movement in the blurry legs - wonderful!

20 Aug 2011 2:58am

RORO from LE HAVRE, France

One or your best shot i have seen !!

20 Aug 2011 11:15am

@RORO: Thank you very much, glad that it moved you to comment.

Nitin from Shanghai, China

Incredible stuff here Curly. Sheer genius and unmatched skills. You're amazing and this picture is just a testimony to that fact. Have a great weekend - cheers!

20 Aug 2011 12:44pm

@Nitin: Oh, if the rain stops, I might do a little gardening!

The Dark Dude from Maestoso, United Kingdom

hey dude
man, thats an awesome shot
love the colors duderoo

20 Aug 2011 2:48pm

larry from somewhere in, Singapore

Now ain't this a rare sight.

20 Aug 2011 4:10pm

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Congrats on the Color Spotlight - amazed it took so long ! Well done.

20 Aug 2011 6:27pm

@Ronnie 2¢: Thanks Ronnie, not even sure if this is the strongest of the frames that I shot that night!

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Congratulations for the Color Spotlight. Good day.

20 Aug 2011 7:00pm

@Tede: Thank you very much!

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Congratulations on your well deserved spotlight Curly, I knew this was a winner ;)

20 Aug 2011 7:41pm

@Tamara: I always liked this one but there are another six or seven that could compete with it, it was a great night for photography.

acm from St. Louis, United States

Wow, what a creepy image! Gorgeous light.

20 Aug 2011 9:35pm

@acm: Creepy? You should have heard the weird music! Glad you like it all the same.

Mj007 from Osaka, Japan

OMG its very cool!! i love it!!

21 Aug 2011 12:12am

@Mj007: Thank you.

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

Well deserved placement in the Spotlight!!!

21 Aug 2011 2:34am

@Judy aka L@dybug: Thank you very much Judy

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Great job....Congratulations on color spotlight!! ...beautiful image.

21 Aug 2011 5:09am

@PRASHANT: Thank you very much.

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

Congratulations for the colors spotlight

21 Aug 2011 5:26am

@Calusarus: Thank you very much Fred.

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Wow Curly - awesome shot. Congratulations on Spotlight.

21 Aug 2011 8:40am

@kiwisa: Thank you, how is your winter?

sawsengee from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

amazing street carnival.....beautiful light, colours & atmosphere......Congratz. on the Colour Spotlight

21 Aug 2011 9:47am

@sawsengee: Thank you very much, wish there were enough night scenes around here to try and have a go at the type of pictures that you so wonderfully produce.

Marleen from Doesburg, Netherlands

and......fortunately they paid attention ;-) Congratulations on your well deserved Spotlight Curly!

21 Aug 2011 10:01am

@Marleen: Thank you very much Marleen.

Florence from Paris, France

Hehheh ! I was right. Congrats dear ! :-)

21 Aug 2011 10:17am

@Florence: Well......not often you get anything wrong Florence, thank you very much indeed.

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

even stronger! love the wild mood, very scifi like. and my 5* here :)

21 Aug 2011 11:18am

@daniela scharnowski: Thank you Daniela.

Nina from Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States

This is awesome! Reminds of a couple kids movies that have come out over the past couple years, really great costumes. But how you captured them in this perfect light, with that fire orangy glow...it's just brilliant. Congrats Curly! This is one of my favs!

21 Aug 2011 12:40pm

@Nina: Thank you so much, glad you like it.

Vaido from Võrumaa, Estonia

Great colourful photo, congrats!

21 Aug 2011 2:58pm

@Vaido: Thank you so much!

Céline from New York City, United States

Congrats on the color spotlight ! Cool shot !

21 Aug 2011 4:37pm

@Céline: Thank you very much Celine, nice to hear from you.

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

By golly they sure have a visual impact..excellent shot...nice..

21 Aug 2011 5:22pm

@StarCosmosBleu: Thanks for your comment Marcel.

Henny from Thorn, Netherlands

yeahhh! congrats on your spotlight!

21 Aug 2011 8:36pm

@Henny: Thank you very much Henny.

Gerard from Dieren, Netherlands

Congratulations on your spotlight Curly, fantastic shot.

22 Aug 2011 9:15am

@Gerard: Thank you very much Gerard.

Laurette from Johannesburg - Fourways, South Africa

A fabulous capture. Congratulations on the colour spotlight !

22 Aug 2011 10:28am

@Laurette: Thank you very much for your visit and comments Laurette.


wonderful colors...
amazing shot...

22 Aug 2011 1:32pm

@SILV3R WOLF: Thank you for your visit and comments.

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Wow, this is fantastic! Congratulations on a well deserved spotlight.

22 Aug 2011 2:16pm

@Ralph Jones: Thank you very much Ralph.

vz-nostalgia from The City of Delightfull Madness, British Indian Ocean Territory

sweet jesus... This is as surreal as it can get. A Theater of Absurd. Fantastic take.

22 Aug 2011 5:48pm

@vz-nostalgia: Thanks very much for your visit and comment, where on earth is the City of Delightful Madness?

Visualaccent from somewhere in the, United States

Everything was said already! Congratulation!

22 Aug 2011 6:04pm

@Visualaccent: Thank you very much indeed.

marc from Granby, Canada

Fantastic and nicely done I have to said enchanting! very cool Curly

22 Aug 2011 6:55pm

@marc: Thanks Marc.

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Back again to congratulate you on your Spotlight!

22 Aug 2011 8:10pm

@Steven: Thanks Steven.

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Stunning! Congratulations on the Color Spotlight!

23 Aug 2011 3:34am

@Steve Rice: Thank you very much Steve.

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

Superb, fantastic light and these entertainers look superb

23 Aug 2011 5:59am

@Christine: Glad you liked it Christine

purelysnow from Seattle, United States

I'm glad to see this one get the color spotlight! Again, great work!

23 Aug 2011 7:03am

@purelysnow: Thank you very much for your comments.

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

The Night od The Witches....what a capture!!!!!

23 Aug 2011 11:32am

@Japanalia: Glad you like it thanks for your visit, how are things?

PD from Kansas, United States

Great shot! -- surreal subject.

23 Aug 2011 1:20pm

@PD: Thank you for your comments.

Loretta from Pretoria, South Africa

Wonderful mood! and lovely colours. Great shot and well deserved spot!!

24 Aug 2011 5:44pm

@Loretta: Thank you very much Loretta.

Spirit from Pretoria, South Africa

Very interesting and so amazing. What a wonderful photo and congratulations and capturing this magical moment so successful! I am so glad that you shared this with Aminus viewers!

24 Aug 2011 5:58pm

@Spirit: Thank you for your visit and comments, they are very much appreciated.

Mithun Varma from Bangalore, India

Amazing melange of colors! Definitely a color spotlight. Congrats.

25 Aug 2011 6:25am

@Mithun Varma: Thank you so much for your visit and support.

Ddo from Verdun, France

Diabolic women in a fantastic shot. So well catched. Congratulations

25 Aug 2011 8:23pm

@Ddo: Thank you very much, so glad you like it.

Melocoton from Salamanca, Spain

fabulosa curly *****

26 Aug 2011 8:53pm

@Melocoton: Thank you very much for your comments, this really is an exciting event to see and photograph each year.

alireza from andishe, Iran

Very beautiful image, feeling and intelligent

27 Aug 2011 5:00am

@alireza: Thank you for your visit and comments, I'm glad you like it.

HM Zainul from Brunei Darussalam

Amazing work

27 Aug 2011 6:41am

Ryan Hammond from Tucson, United States

Best shot I've seen in a long while! Perfect picture, Curly!

27 Aug 2011 9:12am

@Ryan Hammond: I have to say that I'm pretty pleased with the result.

Kaushal from Groningen, Netherlands

wow! Absolutely brilliant shot! Well done!

27 Aug 2011 10:29pm

@Kaushal: Thank you very much for your comments.

Skyriani from Nelson, New Zealand

wow, Curly. One of my favourites! Great composition, processing etc etc etc!

28 Aug 2011 6:31am

@Skyriani: Thank you, more of this event to come shortly.

Albert from Sweden, living in Hamburg, Germany

Congratz on the color spotlight! Well deserved! It is an outstanding photo!

28 Aug 2011 10:13am

@Albert: Thank you Albert, hope you are well.

J.R. from Ginowan, Japan


28 Aug 2011 11:20am

@J.R.: Glad you like it, more to come shortly.

Elena Kotrotsou from Drossia, Greece

Excellent capture, congrats!

29 Aug 2011 8:46am

@Elena Kotrotsou: Thank you very much Elena, so glad you like it.

Scene by Sharon Photography from Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Congratulations on the spotlight - so completely deserved - this image is outstanding!!!

30 Aug 2011 12:20am

@Scene by Sharon Photography: Thank you very much Sharon.


most impressive shot

30 Aug 2011 12:45pm

@DIMITRIOS: Thank you very much I'm glad you like it.

Phil David Morris 2011 from Saskatoon, Toronto, New York, Canada

This is beautiful, the color spotlight for these robotic girls thrust in a parade,
and the guy at the far right seemingly about to be slinged to the front of the
parade, the photo seems to be a complete fantasy !!~

4 Sep 2011 3:48am

@Phil David Morris 2011: Thanks very much Phil, have you been away on holiday?

Reed from St. Louis, Missouri, United States

Wow, I'm sorry I missed this last month - what a stunning image, so other-worldly, so bizarre that you just cannpt believe it is a real scene. I suppose some of that has to do with the post-processing, but the parade is different than any I have ever seen, too. Way cool, Curly, way cool!

18 Sep 2011 12:21am

@Reed: Very little post processing at all with this one Reed, just a curves adjustment to deepen the lower notes and a light sharpen with the high pass filter, that was it, nice and simple.

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria

Wow..fantastic image..congrats!

25 Sep 2011 2:48pm

hmzainul from Brunei Darussalam

Lovely shot

9 Oct 2011 5:40am

Candid1 from Washington, DC, United States

W O W ! ! !

4 Nov 2011 5:28pm

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1/60 second
ISO 200
27 mm (35mm equiv.)