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BT South Tyneside HQ

Posted by
Curly (South Shields, United Kingdom) on 28 November 2011 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

A much maligned building, this is the new HQ for the BT-South Tyneside partnership which will administer many of South Tyneside Council's functions. It is situated on the riverside in South Shields, and for some people it "spoils a good view" (which has only been available for a few short years!) For a photographer, you have to view it as being full of opportunities, which I hope to illustrate for you. One day I will visit at sunrise, these shots were taken at sunset and dusk, but there is ample amounts of glass to utilise for colour and reflection.

This is the front fascia, I found it very difficult to make a decent foreground and was forced by the length of my lens to retreat into St. Hilda's churchyard (I really need a good ultra short lens). Consequently I wasn't over thrilled with this one, I also had the difficulty of coping with traffic, this is a major bus route into the Market Place.

These are all five shot HDRs made in Photomatix Pro 4.

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PENTAX K100D 3/2 seconds F/8.0 ISO 200 18 mm

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Mirjam from Kyiv, Ukraine

Interesting result. Thanks for sharing your experiments.

28 Nov 2011 5:22am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

The house is such a new term. Not very pretty, but not terribly ugly at all. When you have lived a couple of decades, it is found to be a significant architectural creation, and it must be protected. A great picture that tells all.

28 Nov 2011 5:26am

johbont from rotterdam, Netherlands

strangely colored

28 Nov 2011 6:08am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

So, BT are administrating South Tynesides Council functions? You poor people! I have just moved all my mobile, land-line and ADSL functions to BT. THERE WERE 22 SEPARATE FAULTS with what they did, and 3 faults are still outstanding!
Well at least it's unlikely that you will have to pay council tax next year, BT won't be able to get the supporting systems to work!

28 Nov 2011 7:09am

Luke from Spokane Washington, United States

An interesting design!

28 Nov 2011 7:10am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

I've designed a few buildings in my time and still recall a damning comment from someone dear that "perhaps it will look better in daylight" . . funny how things stay in the mind for decades. I am reminded of it now.

28 Nov 2011 7:18am

PATRICK from miramas, France


28 Nov 2011 7:23am

Christine from Ellemford, United Kingdom

Interesting shot, maybe they would like a copy ?

28 Nov 2011 7:39am

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

fantastic shot
have a lovely day

28 Nov 2011 7:51am

PascalXLD from Rennes, France

Superbe j'aime beaucoup

Bonne journée

28 Nov 2011 8:26am

Florence from Paris, France

They stand like ice cubes somehow, the global blue hint helps.

28 Nov 2011 8:42am


Interesting image and comment about the way you came to the final result.

28 Nov 2011 9:33am

Zorilla from H, T & E, United Kingdom

I've got the BT blues because my phone bill is so big
I've got the BT blues because my phone bill is so big
Those phone bills keep on rising
And I can't afford to pay them
Can you dig?

28 Nov 2011 10:25am

Mully from Carmarthenshire, Wales., United Kingdom

This has more impact than the shot straight out of the camera...so, well done for the treatment Curly.

28 Nov 2011 10:52am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Excellent shot

28 Nov 2011 10:59am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

I like your composition with the design of stone and glass contrasting with the soft foreground of churchyard foliage.

28 Nov 2011 11:06am

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan

Looks good to me they shouldn't knock a good photo opportunity

28 Nov 2011 11:13am

Laurette from Johannesburg - Fourways, South Africa

Wonderful composition with marvelous colours and light. Fabulous processing.

28 Nov 2011 11:21am

Tomek from PoznaƄ, Poland

Very nice processing.

28 Nov 2011 11:22am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

I think it works well Curly, though I do have a slight feeling that I'm sliding to the right here and we know that must be resisted :)

28 Nov 2011 11:29am

Jules from Drayton, United Kingdom

I can imagine that this building would appeear normally to be very drab but with your processing it has been transformed and I really like the result! I also love the treatment to the colours of the "The Stagecoach" bus.

28 Nov 2011 11:40am

Don Levesque from Saint John, NB, Canada

Looked at the larger image and details are superb.
If no one has done it yet, you should be crowned King of HDR.
Well done your highness! ;-)

28 Nov 2011 11:55am

Roman from Thiersee, Austria

outstanding HDR shot!
unbelievable colours.

28 Nov 2011 12:05pm

Williams from East LaHave, Nova Scotia, Canada

Great shot, very painterly result.

28 Nov 2011 12:52pm

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

I like the colors and the light effects here. A brilliant capture ! Have a lovely day :)

28 Nov 2011 12:52pm

Paldino from Fort Myers, United States

Love the unique colors. Great photo.

28 Nov 2011 1:25pm

Sido from Seville, Spain

I like the contrast between the foreground and the colourful buildings. Well done in spite of the difficulties...

28 Nov 2011 1:33pm

Paco Rubio from Barcelona, Spain

GREAT!!! ;-)

28 Nov 2011 1:44pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Beautiful light reflected in the facade of the building Curly! Nicely captured! ;-)

28 Nov 2011 2:29pm

Jaytee from Fresno, California, United States


28 Nov 2011 3:41pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

Very nice tones

28 Nov 2011 4:52pm

Laurie from Prescott, United States

Well, as a local resident, I'd probably not like this building very much, but I agree, as a photographer, it does hold so many opportunities now and in the future! This is an incredible shot though, Curly! I really like your point of view here though you had to risk your life in traffic! Beautiful processing! I really must learn that HDR thingie!

28 Nov 2011 5:13pm

Sergei Z from Türi, Estonia

Nice colors!

28 Nov 2011 5:50pm

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

Spectacular processing. The result is very beautiful and impacting.

28 Nov 2011 7:24pm

franz from Baden, Austria

surreal colours, excellent pov ... love the "ghost buses"!

28 Nov 2011 7:45pm

Lena from San Francisco, United States

Wonderful result. very nice desgin and awesome building colors. great captured !

28 Nov 2011 7:52pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

The color is beautiful and an interesting architecture. I like the foreground and where it is from your explanation. And I like the mystical bus! Great composition!

28 Nov 2011 10:11pm

jeffrey from Haydenville, United States

great exposure time! nice architectural shot!

28 Nov 2011 10:30pm

Melocoton from Salamanca, Spain

bravo curly, genial

28 Nov 2011 10:40pm

Dokmateo from Madrid, Spain

Another beautiful composition and excellent treatment! Two thumbs up!

28 Nov 2011 11:40pm

AMH from Buenos Aires, Argentina

wanted curly. the photo is very nice, thank you very much for the text. and this walk that always give us. a hug. Alejandra

28 Nov 2011 11:56pm

dean musgrove from Simi Valley, United States

Good subject for HDR, and nicely done.

29 Nov 2011 1:43am

STEED from D, France

The Future up from the jungle.........Like very much this colourist vision of stone and glasses....

30 Nov 2011 8:10am

3/2 seconds
ISO 200
18 mm