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Brewing up a storm

Posted by
Curly (South Shields, United Kingdom) on 28 October 2013 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

I went down to Marsden Bay this weekend (at the wrong time of day, mid afternoon) with the idea of shooting some longer exposures. Even with stacked ND filters I didn't manage anything longer than 3 seconds at f22. However, the small bits and pieces of "my time" have to be taken as and when Mrs. Curly has someone else to look after her.

This is what is left of Marsden Rock after its huge arch collapsed in 1996, South Shields' folk liked it so much more then. You could walk under the arch at low tide, and many years ago you could climb steps and join the guillemots on the top!

Shot this as the bands of clouds started to move in, the breeze was getting up, and even on the ebb tide the waves were starting to get lively. I've really no idea how good or bad the weather is here this morning (I'm typing this yesterday), but lets just hope that the threatened storm which is passing over the UK doesn't take my roof with it :-)


Whilst the southern parts of the UK got a bit of a battering overnight this "St. Jude's" storm seems to have tracked well to the south of us here. Hardly a breeze to be felt in South Shields and little more than the odd light rain shower - phew.........lucky us!

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Luke from Spokane Washington, United States

Please stay safe!!! This is a beautiful capture!

28 Oct 2013 5:14am

Devi from Chennai, India

Magnificent image of the storm ahead.... Love this shot...

28 Oct 2013 5:19am

Lena from San Francisco, United States

Awesome view ! so beautiful !

28 Oct 2013 5:31am

Bruce from Tacoma, United States

You can feel the change in the weather. Nice low angle to give us the feeling.

28 Oct 2013 5:36am

PascalXLD from Rennes, France

Superbe paysage

Bonne journée

28 Oct 2013 6:17am

ursulakatariina from Ed, Sweden

Beautiful view.

28 Oct 2013 6:35am

PATRICK from miramas, France

excellent 5****

28 Oct 2013 6:48am

David from Avranches, France

I could do with being there right now. Superb shot Curly.

28 Oct 2013 7:03am

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

A beautiful image Curly.
Glad you are able to get out and give Mrs Curly a break from you :-) and so good that you have someone to spend time with her

28 Oct 2013 7:15am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Well, a good use of your limited time. Perhaps a bit to early to say this (07:52), but the damage in Berkshire seems, thankfully to be limited to a few trees down(AKA traffic jams), and a few folk having no electricity.

28 Oct 2013 7:54am

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Just great !
Have a beautiful day.

28 Oct 2013 8:22am

claudie from le havre, France

c'est une beauté Curly !!!! magnifique paysage !!

28 Oct 2013 8:22am

Stu from From Scotland | Living in 京都 Kyoto, Japan

Yep, those clouds look a bit threatening indeed. I know you won't let some rain dampen your spirits...;)

Love the stark mood here.

28 Oct 2013 8:39am

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice long exposure shot!
so beautiful composition, clouds, colors, lights & texture!
Amazing view!

28 Oct 2013 9:08am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Beautiful shot, Curly. I like the strong foreground details - fragments that are symbolic of the fate of the Rock.

28 Oct 2013 10:18am

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Love the motion of the water here, Curly. That's some story about the collapsed arch. Sounds like it was a pretty cool landmark when it was still standing.

28 Oct 2013 10:18am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Magnifique paysage, superbe angle de prise de vue, excellent traitement. Bonne journée.

28 Oct 2013 10:23am

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

Great depth, nice processing.

28 Oct 2013 10:25am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Not much storm here either Curly... Phew... Nice light and textures . I suspect it would convert well to B/W

28 Oct 2013 10:42am

@grouser: It did, maybe I'll throw a little series of monos in later.

Adrian from Wakefield, United Kingdom

great pov, and that sky is awesome, love your approach to this curly, like it alot. PS to answer your question, the rainy town is bradford.

28 Oct 2013 10:51am

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan

Super, my kind of shot:) Hoping the storm passes you by. Good to be able to take a little time we know how tiring that can be.

28 Oct 2013 11:00am

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Excellent informative text and a picture perfect ... Thank you very much for sharing both. A hug, Adela

28 Oct 2013 11:11am

Melocoton from Salamanca, Spain

wonderful horizon curly bravo*****

28 Oct 2013 11:35am

Laurette from Johannesburg - Fourways, South Africa

A beautiful composition with a excellent perspective to the shot ! Superbly captured !

28 Oct 2013 11:42am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Looks really cold. Windy weather by the sea in autumn cold weather is sometimes almost frenzied experience.

28 Oct 2013 11:56am

Rick from Toronto, Canada

So ruggedly beautiful, and a terrific detail rich shot.

28 Oct 2013 11:59am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Yes, lucky you on the storm - no local injuries here that I know of but I got a changed landscape with the trees we lost last night.

28 Oct 2013 11:59am

Etsu from Kyoto, Japan

Splendid landscape. Excellent composition and fine colors. Have a great weekend. :)

28 Oct 2013 12:06pm

Jules from Drayton, United Kingdom

cracking image - must have been a sad time when the arch collapsed

28 Oct 2013 12:08pm

Ainsley from Derbyshire, United Kingdom

A wonderful scene, really congers up the imagination of the incoming storm. I like the punchy gravel colours and the shimmer of blue sky in that contrasty cloud headline. Superb mate.

28 Oct 2013 12:22pm

Lai Chan See from Singapore, Singapore

The low perspective works very well with those rocks in the foreground. A beautiful shot.

28 Oct 2013 12:35pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Wonderful textures in this low angle shot! Super shot Curly! ;-)

28 Oct 2013 12:46pm

digitalCG from Manchester, United Kingdom

It's a good landscape image Curly, and one that makes me curious to see how the arch looked.

28 Oct 2013 12:54pm

@digitalCG: Follow this link for some good examples Peter.

Steyn from Portland, United States

Great de-saturated look, excellent chilly feel about the atmosphere..

28 Oct 2013 1:12pm

Martine Libouton from bousval, Belgium

Un superbe cadrage!! et un très beau HDR!!! J'aime beaucoup

28 Oct 2013 1:19pm

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

View and details are just amazing. A great composition Curly

28 Oct 2013 1:58pm

Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Toronto, NYC, Canada

The placement of the rocks is even perfect in this shot, very beautiful photo !~

28 Oct 2013 2:02pm

Frances from Boston, United States

A truly superb shot, the treatment is spot on.5*

28 Oct 2013 2:53pm

Landy from Miami, United States

buen trabajo me gusta el procesado suave en la imagen un saludo

28 Oct 2013 3:00pm

Ben from Lyon, France

Just love it.

28 Oct 2013 4:26pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Excellent low PoV that you've captured here to incorporate the great textures of the rugged terrain with the dimensional clouds of the sky!!

28 Oct 2013 4:53pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

That sky is dynamic! Glad the storm missed you

28 Oct 2013 5:00pm

BiLL from Belfast, United Kingdom

A full range of colours, Curly. Beautiful capture.

28 Oct 2013 6:59pm

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

In spite of the time constraints and not enough ND filtering, the image is wonderful. I like the subtle effect on the water and still having normal clouds.

28 Oct 2013 7:53pm

The Mouse from Glasgow, United Kingdom

My crisp poke blew away, does that count as storm damage?
Nice shot, great info on the old arch

28 Oct 2013 8:04pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

I think that this still turned out beautiful! I love the perspective and detail and all the color in the rocks. The clouds are gorgeous! I would have loved to have seen the arch when it was still standing. I am glad that the storm bypassed you.

28 Oct 2013 10:32pm

@Elaine Hancock: See my reply to DigitalCG above, there are still some pictures kicking around.

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

lovely pp...very cinematic!

28 Oct 2013 11:11pm

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

Glad to hear you got our for even a little while and this soft, clear image is beautiful!
Many thoughts coming your way!

28 Oct 2013 11:12pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A beautifully detailed shot with those muted colors. Love it.

29 Oct 2013 12:13am

Julie L. Brown from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

Very nice foreground detail. I do like to see your landscapes, no matter what time of day you shoot in!

29 Oct 2013 1:00am

RBL from Oxford, United States

Beautiful clarity and textures; love the slated color palette; very natural and attractive!

29 Oct 2013 1:35am

Toscana from Baden, France

***** . Amitiés, Catherine

29 Oct 2013 2:07am

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

superb work on the composition but especially on the exposure for the entire scene! details and textures are wonderful! excellent photo!

29 Oct 2013 2:45am

L'angevine from Angers, France

j'aime les tons

29 Oct 2013 7:53am

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

Well, yes, lucky you! We have rain again today!
I like that the composition suits the title perfectly! Great details and a touch of pink in almost everything, as if Nature feels compelled to prepare to the "great strike" ahead!

29 Oct 2013 8:18am

Marilla from Turku, Finland

There's definately a big storm coming. You have brilliantly caught that moment when nature is waiting quietly that storm.

29 Oct 2013 8:33am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Very nice view. And I like your way of processing.

29 Oct 2013 12:42pm

franz from Baden, Austria

magnificent frame and processing and dof !!!

29 Oct 2013 4:46pm

Jeff from Honolulu, United States

Love the landscape, Curly. ...and I'm glad the storm missed you (but think of the photo you could have taken in the elements...).

30 Oct 2013 2:01am

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Very beautiful, like it a lot!

30 Oct 2013 10:29am

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