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A cold November day, but with a strong northerly and high tide at mid-day I knew there was a good chance of a decent sea-scape. I spent 2 freezing hours at the headland in Hartlepool watching 20-30 foot waves crash onto the breakwater before falling back only to collide with the next incoming wave. At times these collisions threw huge volumes of water 30, 40, 50 even 60 feet into the air. When my fingers were just too cold to even feel the camera much less press the shutter, I retreated back to the warmth of the car and headed for home. As I drove out of Hartlepool the first flake of snow fell and, by the time I passed Middlesbrough, about 10 miles away, there was 2 inches of lying snow and blizzard conditions. I made it home just before Loftus Bank (a notorious local hill and my only route home) became unpassable to wheeled traffic. Taken in B+W on my Canon with a red filter to darken the sky, developed and printed at home before scanning the final print, which you see here. Was it really worth getting that cold........ I like to think so.

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