Craster Harbor, Northumberland

Craster Harbor, Northumberland

Today I visited the sleepy fishing village of Craster and took the above photograph of it’s picturesque harbour. It reminded me a little of a smaller version of Dunbar harbour in Scotland, although there were few boats in when I took this picture due to it being low tied. Only a couple of miles up the coast from Craster is what I really came to photograph however, the very interesting Dunstanburgh Castle. It was a fantastic day weather wise and whilst walking along the coast I also got some nice photos of the rock pools and other points of interest on the beach. All of which will be shared at a later date but for now, I thought I would give you the first things first and show you where today’s journey set off from, Craster.

Yachts in Fleetwood Harbour

Yachts in Fleetwood Harbour

I didn’t know what to expect when I was told I was been taken to the town of Fleetwood. It is just north of Blackpool and much smaller. They have a nice shopping centre called Freeport, behind which is the large harbour in the photograph above. I couldn’t take the picture at first as the light was in the wrong place but we came back later in the afternoon to get this photograph, with the sun in the right place. The shopping centre is just off this image to the left.

Boats at Whiteheaven Harbour

Boats at Whiteheaven Harbour

Two reasons for sharing this photograph with you. Firstly, I took an interesting photograph of the modern sculpture at the harbour. It was the most interesting thing I had taken a picture of that day but didn’t really show you what the harbour looks like with all the boats. This is difficult to do as there are at least three different areas, above shows you just one but you do get a much better idea of the place in my opinion. Secondly, I am heading up to Teesdale in County Durham tomorrow for a weekend of photography and this picture was taken in the north of the country also. Yes, Whiteheaven is in Cumbria but Durham and Cumbria are similar to me all the way down here in Manchester. Anyway, the photograph isn’t technically that wonderful (like always I blame that on the weather) but I liked the masts of the boats, as they appear to merge together.

Seagull at Dunbar Harbour, Scotland

Seagull at Dunbar Harbor, Scotland

Whilst browsing through my now extensive collection of photographs of Scotland. I found this interesting picture of a Seagull¬†watching over the beautiful harbour at Dunbar (about 40 miles east of Edinburgh along the coast). The image above is definitely not as good photographically as the one I published on the same day I took this (Tuesday 18th July 2006). But I did want to show the boat on its side, which didn’t feature in the previous photo. Taken into this sun the original file straight out of the camera looks very different, using Photoshop I was able to mask out the foreground rocks and colour correct the background separately to the foreground. This took maybe 15 minutes to do something that would have taken a good 3 – 5 hours in a traditional darkroom. It seems the more technology advances we can do more with our time but that only puts more demands on our time.