As promised this week features a few pictures taken from the opposite bank of the River Tyne as I venture from South Shields to take a look at our neighbours in North Shields and Tynemouth.
Tynemouth is quite interesting with its haven featuring the castle and ruined abbey, as well as the statue to Admiral Lord Collingwood, who went on to triumph for the English fleet at the Battle of Trafalgar following the fall of Admiral Lord Nelson. His commemorative statue stands atop the Spanish Battery looking towards South Shields. It takes its name from the Spanish mercenaries who manned guns there in the 16th century to defend against invasion. It continued to be used in this way for naval guns until the early 1950s. It is now a popular vantage point for watching shipping traffic on the Tyne.
These buildings were originally used to house those tasked with guarding the mouth of the Tyne and I thought their original old redbrick would make an interesting HDR. I think this was three hand held shots, certainly I used Photomatix, but I don't recall taking a tripod over on the ferry, so they must have been a hand held burst.
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Read my views in Curly's Corner Shop, to find out a little more about my home town South Shields.
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