Here’s why I love Northumberland
Experience the stunning Northumberland coast, with the Iconic St Mary’s Lighthouse just north of Newcastle. Visit the peculiar Seaton Sluice and Charlie’s Garden. Shoot the colourful huts at Blyth before finishing the day by photographing the Iconic Tyne Bridge at Newcastle Quayside at sunset.
St Mary’s Lighthouse
St Mary’s Lighthouse is a classic white lighthouse structure on its own little island just off the Northumberland coast. At high tide the waves lap up over the causeway to the island, so we can make surreal photographs with our neutral density filters. At low-tide we can go down to the rocks and find cracks in the rocks, limpets, pond fish, lines ropes and all kinds of things for foreground interest. It’s a real gem of a location.
Once we have finished at the Lighthouse we head up the coast towards Seaton Sluice and Blyth. This is a beautiful little village that has a huge rock known as Charlie’s Garden locally. The Sluice is a man-made passage through the rock, carved out hundreds of years ago – a curiosity well worth a visit
Our final leg will be in Newcastle Centre, concentrating on the amazing Quayside area.
Here we have lots of different Bridges to photograph, the view from Byker allows us to see most of these lined up around sunset. Once the sun has gone down, all the Bridges are lit up making them perfect to photograph – and if the river is calm, we get amazing mirror-like reflections.