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Chillingham Castle

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Chillingham Castle, Sir Humpty’s most treasured jewel.

Chillingham is quite possibly my favourite place in the North East, though I doubt you and I have seen it in the same light. The majority will see it in it’s hazy summer glory, for this is when holidays are taken and Chillingham gets to recoup some of the cost of its spectacular renovation: the gory tales and tours are family friendly (well, for the Adams Family at least), and Sir Humpty’s collection of gore-abilia will rightly pull in the crowds. Continue reading Chillingham Castle

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Holy Island Lindisfarne

Lindisfarne sunrise
Lindisfarne sunrise

Wonderful sights often require effort on the viewer’s part – sometimes a lot, at other times not so much – and one of the most spectacular sights in Britain is a perfect sunrise over the Holy Island that is Lindisfarne. Continue reading Holy Island Lindisfarne

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Holy Island Lindisfarne

Holy Island Lindisfarne
Holy Island Lindisfarne
Holy Island Lindisfarne
Holy Island Sunrise

Photography is primarily about developing personal vision: learning to see anew, if you like, though this time through lenses, as you strive to master the limitless perspectives they offer.

It is also about hard work, planning, knowing your subject/object, understanding light, the seasons, angles, hard-earned experience and myriad other details.
And occasionally – very occasionally – its about good luck. Continue reading Holy Island Lindisfarne

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Bamburgh

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Bamburgh Castle. Or at least a small portion.
A Walk Along the Beach at Bamburgh

Bamburgh Castle is a spectacular sight by day but it fizzles out come night time, when it should be at its finest. I’ve no doubt it can be expensive lighting up a full castle at night, especially out of season when there’s few folk around to enjoy the spectacle.
But if this hulking jewel were mine, I’d be looking at ways to light it up so brightly that Tim Peake would be able to see it from his bedroom portal on the space station.
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Beadnell

Beadnell Bay and the Lime Kilns
Beadnell Bay and the Lime Kilns

If you didn’t know about it beforehand (as many watersporters do), Beadnell can throw you somewhat on arrival.
OK, so the Craster Arms looks like a decent place for a pint and a butty, and the church is cute.

But is that it?
Mmm. A stroll towards the coast reveals a collection of nondescript houses (of the forgettable variety that this coast has too many of, and which is one of Northumberland’s few blights).
So is that it?
Actually no. There’s a cute little harbour by the old lime kiln, against which the waves come a crashing when the weather isn’t playing nice, and the same waves provide the surf for the many water sports along miles of duned beach. Continue reading Beadnell