The Pole, Newcastle

Went to see Newcastle’s newest tourist attraction yesterday – the Pole!

It all started when Newcastle City Council widened the curb before energy provider Ausgrid moved the power pole. While they’ve been trading blame back and forth, the power pole has been left in the middle of the road and, naturally, it’s gone viral and become a bit of a tourist attraction. It’s even in Google Maps!

I’m sure eventually it’ll be fixed but it was fun seeing it first. A different kind of street photography for me! 🙂

Photos © CJ Levinson 2019

Squid’s Ink Jetty

Some photos from Squid’s Ink jetty in Belmont last night. It was a really beautiful, vibrant sunset and the dusk seemed to last for a long time afterwards as well, with the lovely hues intermingling with the clouds.

The clouds were moving quite quickly so I tried a couple of quite long exposures (over three minutes each) at the end to try and capture some movement in the scene. I like how they turned out, I think they’re some of my favourite photos of the year so far.

Photos © CJ Levinson 2019

Swansea Sunset Relics

I had a photoshoot scheduled in Swansea yesterday afternoon but it was cancelled at the last minute. Unfortunately I was already in Swansea when I got the call so rather than just go back home I decided to shoot the sunset instead.

Originally I was going to go on to Caves Beach for the sunset but on the way I found the remains of this little pier hidden behind some houses. I loved the decay and texture and some silly litterbug had even left a bike in the water too.

I spent all of golden hour in that spot and it was a lot of fun. Ironically I used to go to Swansea quite often while we lived at Caves Beach but I’d never shot here before. I guess it shows how sometimes you need to look at somewhere with new eyes to really see it.

Photos © CJ Levinson 2019

Belmont Sunset

Beautiful sunset over the lake at Belmont yesterday evening. There were some very interesting cloud formations and at one stage a plane went across as well, leaving a trail in its wake. It was a lovely sunset.

I decided to shoot a couple of panoramas to capture a bit of a different, wider perspective. Panoramas can be quite tricky to stitch with water but these ones came out well and they work well with the other shots.

Photos © CJ Levinson 2019

Dusk 1/9/19

Gold light
Spills across the lake
As the sun sets
On the first day of Spring

Lovely dusk light over the Belmont Baths this afternoon. I almost didn’t go down for the sunset but I’m glad I did. It was a beautiful end to the day and a great way to start Spring.

Photo and haiqua © CJ Levinson 2019

Honeysuckle Drive Photowalk

The photography group I run went for a photowalk along Honeysuckle Drive in Newcastle last weekend. It’s one of my very favourite parts of Newcastle, with so much character and fantastic views, and the walk was a lot of fun.

I did the walk as a photo challenge as well. My challenge was to use a 50mm lens which isn’t my favourite focal length for this kind of a shoot – I love a 50mm for portraits but I prefer something a bit wider like a 35mm for street and environmental photography. So it was definitely a challenge but I like how the photos came out overall.

I did both colour and black & white edits as I enjoyed the contrast between them and I wanted to do something a bit different with editing as well. I hope you like them.

Photos © CJ Levinson 2019