Jane Bown has died

I was always an admirer of Jane Bown’s portraits in the Observer, long before I took up photography myself, and indeed long before the Observer ceased to interest me that much. I talked about her work after seeing her exhibition in Newcastle nearly five years ago, and I don’t have much to add to that:

Jane Bown – 100 Portraits

Jane carried on working for many years, but has now died at the age of 89. She’ll be fondly remembered.

BBC News Report

Weight and Stuff Report – 21 December 2014

Weight: 215.6 pounds (15 stone 5.6 pounds, 97.8 kg)
Steps taken: 6,150

Down again? How odd…

After yesterday’s odd bout of sleepiness, I had an early night and slept well. I was up nice and early, so I decided to pop into town nice and early to do the last odd bits of shopping I needed to do. This wasn’t an entirely sensible move, as I’d failed to account for the Sunday Trading Laws, which restrict shops bigger than a postage stamp[1] from opening for more than a few hours, which the deal with by opening later than on other days. So I was in town 40 whole minutes before any of the shops I wanted to get into opened their doors. Never mind, I had a bit of a walk around, grabbed a bacon and egg sarnie from Pret, as not expecting to be out long, I hadn’t had any breakfast, walked around a bit more then found shops opening their doors.  :yes:

Ahhhhhhh, but I’d neglected to account for the Really Silly Bit of the Sunday Trading Laws. Some shops open their doors, and let you look at stuff for half an hour (or even an hour in one case) before they can actually, you know, sell you anything. This was a wee bit annoying, and made my quick trip a great deal longer than it needed to be, but never mind. All done now.

This is an odd thing seen in Hexham, fired off from chest level without the aid of the viewfinder and just hoping for a reasonable focus. But it had to be done

Photo booth

Photo booth

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/5
Shutter speed: 1/1000s
Focal length: 14mm
ISO: 400
Taken: 13 December, 2014

Obviously a low-tech approach to the whole photo booth thingy…

[1] I may have got the details slightly wrong

Weight and Stuff Report – 20 December 2014

Weight: 216.2 pounds (15 stone 6.2 pounds, 98.1 kg)
Steps taken: 5,151

Down again today…

I’d intended to have a day out with the camera today. Got the shopping over with moderately early, and was ready to go somewhere, but felt ridiculously tired. I decided to just have a quick trip to the coast, but by the time I got to Tynemouth, having quite possibly dozed off once or twice on the Metro, I decided to give up and come home again, which I did. I plan an early night…

The eternal works in front of Newcastle’s Central Station have led to a new home for this quite tasteful artistic model of the city. Its internal lights now change colour, which is nice:

The city

The city

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/5.3
Shutter speed: 1/30s
Focal length: 70.2mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 6 December, 2014

Weight and Stuff Report – 19 December 2014

Weight: 218.9 pounds (15 stone 8.9 pounds, 99.3 kg)
Steps taken: 8,214

A somewhat higher weight today, which comes as no surprise at all….

Having finished work for the year yesterday  :bouncy: I had a relaxed start to the morning before going into Newcastle to hand over some pressies, and then braving the shops once again. Oddly, the MetroCentre wasn’t that busy, and I was able to get around and buy a few things quite easily.

Today’s photo is another view of some of the Tyne’s impressive collection of bridges:

Five Bridges

Five Bridges

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/11
Shutter speed: 1/30s
Focal length: 78.7mm
ISO: 250
Taken: 6 December, 2014

Weight and Stuff Report – 18 December 2014

Weight: Good question...
Steps taken: 5,629

Today’s weight will have to remain a mystery, probably just as well as I’ve just returned form the second night in a row of drinkies and food…

Today’s photo is of some reindeer seen in Hexham

Reindeer

Reindeer

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/8
Shutter speed: 1/30s
Focal length: 78.7mm
ISO: 400
Taken: 13 December, 2014

Weight and Stuff Report – 16 December 2014

Weight: 217.7 pounds (15 stone 7.7 pounds, 98.7 kg)
Steps taken: 2,148

Up a teeny bit today, but never mind.

There was no escape from work at lunchtime thanks to a meeting thingy, so it’s a very low step count again, mutter.

Here’s another view of Hexham Abbey:

Hexham Abbey

Hexham Abbey

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/9
Shutter speed: 1/45s
Focal length: 29.3mm
ISO: 400
Taken: 13 December, 2014

Weight and Stuff Report – 15 December 2014

Weight: 217.5 pounds (15 stone 7.5 pounds, 98.7 kg)
Steps taken: 3,178

Down after the weekend bloat…

Here’s a view of Hexham Abbey. It’s a difficult building to capture well from the outside, as it’s surrounded by lots of other buildings, streets, trees, obstacles, and more. But this sort of works,  more or less, give or take…

Hexham Abbey

Hexham Abbey

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/22
Shutter speed: 1/40s
Focal length: 88.2mm
ISO: 400
Taken: 13 December, 2014

Weight and Stuff Report – 14 December 2014

Weight: Err, dunno
Steps taken: 7,154

Hmmm. I seem to have forgotten to do the weighing thing today. Ooops.

I went out again today – I made an attempt at some thingy shopping, but totally failed to actually buy anything.

Here’s a view of the interior of Hexham Abbey:

Hexham Abbey interioir

Hexham Abbey interioir

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/7.1
Shutter speed: 1/18s
Focal length: 20.8mm
ISO: 6400
Taken: 13 December, 2014