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Historic Hartlepool 6

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Curly (South Shields, United Kingdom) on 1 October 2012 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

Hartlepool is less than half an hour's drive from South Shields yet having worked there in the past I've never really had the time to explore its historic "headland". This was the older, original part of Hartlepool, where they "hung the monkey" having mistaken it for a Napoleonic spy!
The "headland" used to be a medieval walled town with two towers guarding the entrance to the port - something which I never knew.

During the First World War the first British soldiers to be killed in action died here after German ships shelled the Heugh Battery in an effort to lure the British fleet into a staged battle.

You can see the pattern of the long terraced streets, very much like South Shields, as they leaned down towards the port, ship yards, and the fish quay. The old Victorian red brick still very much remains although much post war development is evident (and looks out of place). The old Town Hall, now a library, is a magnificent building and the whole area smells of maritime history.

St. Hilda's parish church is huge, and I mean almost cathedral like in scale. It stands in acres of space as streets bombarded by the German fleet in 1914 were demolished and apparently not redeveloped. Unfortunately the church was closed on the afternoon of my visit, I must go back to photograph the interior.

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PascalXLD from Rennes, France

Très sympa

Bonne journée

1 Oct 2012 5:17am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

I get the continuence of the "Oldy worldy" theme, but this one, I reckon would have been better in colour

1 Oct 2012 5:23am

@CElliottUK: Trust me the bright blue sky was as bright as bright could be, but perhaps I could've made a better mono?

PATRICK from miramas, France

excellent 5****

1 Oct 2012 5:25am

ursulakatariina from Leixlip, Ireland

The picture has that 'after all the people of the world had died' feeling in it...

1 Oct 2012 5:33am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

I like how you managed to get the shadow of The Cross in the foreground - I trust it was not resting on your shoulder. Don't agree with Chris on 'color' but I really admired your previous tone-set, myself.

1 Oct 2012 5:58am

Veronique from France, Switzerland

I don't see a cross on the foreground but the shadow of an street lamp with a direction arrow. I'm not fond of the tone (too strong for me) but I like the way you took the picture.

1 Oct 2012 6:35am

@Veronique: I'm starting to agree with you, this copper tone is a bit "heavy".

Christine from Ellemford, United Kingdom

The colour in this is too strong for me and I think it detracts from a great composition, especially the shadow in the foreground

1 Oct 2012 6:55am

@Christine: Yes, the consensus is that it is a bit strong.

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

Absolutely glorious light and exquisite details. The colour is wonderful.

1 Oct 2012 6:56am

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Lovely composition and processing Curly

1 Oct 2012 6:56am

Richard from Ellemford, United Kingdom

I'm with Christine. Great composition though!

1 Oct 2012 7:04am

❀ Yvonne Simons ❀ from Tilburg, Netherlands

I love the processing, well done!

1 Oct 2012 7:15am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Excellent ce traitement comme une vieille carte postale, great job. Bonne journée.

1 Oct 2012 7:27am

@Tede: Dans l'ensemble je pense que le virage est un peu trop peut-être une autre version en mono aurait été mieux.

Christine from Ellemford, United Kingdom

The great thing about Aminus3 is pushing the boundaries and getting the reaction :)

1 Oct 2012 9:09am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Superb and original foreground and beautiful processing !

1 Oct 2012 9:18am

philmess from angouleme, France

Joli effet sépia belle image

1 Oct 2012 9:38am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Love the various treatments in this series Curly. This is particularly nice.good use of the shadow to lead the eye into the frame

1 Oct 2012 9:48am

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Excellent text! An image with a POV and an excellent edition!

1 Oct 2012 10:28am

Surendra from Mumbai, India

Like your work

1 Oct 2012 10:49am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Wonderful sense of history with the rich sepia - and strong foreground provided by the lamp post shadow

1 Oct 2012 11:09am

Hiro from Japan

The texture of the wall is nicely depicted in this mono.

1 Oct 2012 11:42am

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice & amazing!
so beautiful colors, lights, shadows & texture!

1 Oct 2012 12:10pm

Jules from Drayton, United Kingdom

a strong pov - though I do agree with the general consensus on the tone being a tad too strong

1 Oct 2012 12:25pm

Monik from PARIS, France

L'angle de vue est super, le traitement un peu trop appuyé à mon goût mais je respecte le tien! ;-)

1 Oct 2012 12:32pm

gerard1948 from Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Excellent, the treatment is very beautiful. A splendid depth of field and composition. A very nice photo.

1 Oct 2012 12:44pm

Sivana from Frankfurt, Germany

Hi there, I think the tone is a matter of taste. For me, I like it because it´s really not easy to find a subject on what you can use "burning sepia tone". An old chirch or castle is perfect as it makes the image a bit spooky or drastic.

1 Oct 2012 12:48pm

Dimitrios from ATHENS, Greece


1 Oct 2012 1:24pm

chantal from France

Joli rendu de ce sépia très contrasté. Merci pour ta visite chez moi

1 Oct 2012 1:39pm

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Enjoyable series of Monochrome... great work.

1 Oct 2012 1:45pm

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Excellent composition, like the processing and the shadow of the street light..

1 Oct 2012 2:03pm

Calusarus from Drome des collines, France

5 stars, with no hesitation

1 Oct 2012 2:27pm

El pare from Prepirineu, Andorra

The shadow of the lamp close the wall has disappeared ... Who was to blame?
It looks like a drawing in ink. I like the result.

1 Oct 2012 3:05pm

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

I think I'd like the photo cropped at the top of the shadow to focus on the church. Christine wrote about "pushing boundaries" and getting "reactions". They are coming through for you. :D
My question is about the "black-and-white" tag, as this is definitely a dark copper, not B&W ... picky, picky, I know! ;D

1 Oct 2012 3:21pm

@Judy aka L@dybug: Yes, I know what you mean! Laziness stopped me from creating a new tag for toned monochromes.

Baldwin from Bejuma, Venezuela

Superb photo of this magnificent old church ... the color treatment and processing are really fabulous !!!

1 Oct 2012 3:25pm

@Baldwin: I must go back and have a look at the inside.

Lena from San Francisco, United States

Fantastic architecture. so beautiful sky clouds. indeed really really nice image. great capture.

1 Oct 2012 3:28pm

Mireille T. from Ribérac, France

I like this strong sepia tone, the church looks wonderful!

1 Oct 2012 3:46pm

*MЯG* from Tehran, Iran


1 Oct 2012 3:47pm

The Mouse from Glasgow, United Kingdom

The top of the tower/ sky looks a bit b movie ish, but i like it none the less.
Look at me, i've come over all technical, must be my biorythms..........

1 Oct 2012 4:38pm

Lokesh from Hyderabad, India

lovely wide angle shot.....

1 Oct 2012 4:40pm

klausZ from Kufstein, Austria

I really enjoy this series with all these special filters and styles!

1 Oct 2012 5:08pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

An incredible standout in this composition! Your processing brings out beautiful textures and contrasts! Looking forward to your future interior shots. :-)

1 Oct 2012 5:16pm

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

A great series of black and white images

1 Oct 2012 5:20pm

Jatta from Joensuu, Finland

It was interesting to read all those comments :)
Your photo means a different thing to me - it brings to my mind all those castles in Scotland where we visited during our one year living there.
Those tones of your photo are very suitable to the object in my opinion.
Good October to you!

1 Oct 2012 5:25pm

Carol from Leamington, Canada

I rather like this Curly.... it looks more on the sepia side rather than b/w though. The stones in the cathedral seem to have a whitewashed look with this processing. I enjoyed the info too, very interesting!

1 Oct 2012 6:01pm

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Nice compo with the shadow on the ground and lot of luminosity in your processing !

1 Oct 2012 6:34pm

Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Toronto, Canada

It looks like an abandoned town and you have come to the castle, this is very
beautiful, wonderful photo.

1 Oct 2012 6:45pm

Ainsley from Derbyshire, United Kingdom

Very dramatic, the stone work really stands out. A different touch to a traditional mono, I quite like it.

1 Oct 2012 6:55pm

AMH from Buenos Aires, Argentina

is a beautiful picture that transports me to another world to new customs and lifestyles. I'm not this type acostrumbrada edficaciones and I am very surprised to see them they are really there in real life and not just in movies. Your blog opens my mind and amazes me every day of arqitectura. a big kiss. Alejandra

1 Oct 2012 7:39pm

franz from Baden, Austria

i for one like the strong tonality as i like strong colours much more than pastel ones! the compo is 5* curly style ;-))

1 Oct 2012 7:55pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

i love the detail and the tones

1 Oct 2012 8:23pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

Looks a great old place, love the detail

1 Oct 2012 9:07pm

Mohsen Shirzadeh from Dezful, Iran

Very Nice & Historic.....Nice Shot:)

1 Oct 2012 9:24pm

Don Levesque from Saint John, Canada

I like the processing! Wonderful architecture!

1 Oct 2012 9:34pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

the tone is so effective in adding drama to the scene.

1 Oct 2012 9:41pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

I see what you mean about being big. The back side of that church is huge! I like the architecture. Wonderful image!

1 Oct 2012 10:36pm

Isidro from Barcelona, Spain

excelente imagen con un pos-procesado de lujo, muy bonita!!

2 Oct 2012 12:00am

Baldwin from Bejuma, Venezuela

I'm sure it's worth to go back Curly, the interior must be magnificent. I really like these old buildings ..

2 Oct 2012 12:39am

vrinda from mangalore,Karnataka, India

excellent work

2 Oct 2012 1:34am

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

I think the sepia processing works so well with the architecture - nice work.

2 Oct 2012 4:44am

Mooie from Vancouver, Canada

I love the processing... it almost looks ghoulish.... no that's not quite the right word... but like a ghostly image, you know?

2 Oct 2012 4:50am

Tomek from Poznań, Poland

Stunning treatment. I like very much.

3 Oct 2012 8:17pm

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1/500 second
ISO 200
27 mm (35mm equiv.)