Daily Archives: Saturday, 15th October 2011

It’s a Cube! In a museum!

Newcastle’s Discovery Museum has a lot of interesting stuff in it. Some of it is quite old, and was in the museum’s former incarnation as the Museum of Science and Engineering, such as the model of the Tyne as it was in 1929, on which I was able to find my own home, which was fun. But one of the more curious bits is the “Science Maze”, which contains some interactive hands-on things to keep the adults amused while the kids look at the exhibits, lots of old machinery, and an oddly random collection of gadgets. There’s an old video cassette recorder, a lovely collection of old tube TVs, and this little beast:

It's a Cube!

It's a Cube!

Yes, that’s an Apple Mac G4 Cube. It looks in remarkably shiny condition, too. I wonder if it was ever used? Picture taken with its distant relative, the iPhone 4S, of course.

iPhone 4S Camera Test

OK, here we go. These images have been imported from the phone into Lightroom, but have not been tweaked or twiddled with, so as to give a reasonable idea of what actually comes out of the camera. This is particularly good to know if you’re planning to post pictures from the device while you’re out and about…

Starting off in Saltwell Park, we have some ducks:

Ducks

Ducks

And some geese

Geese

Geese

Nice detail and reasonable exposure in both of these.

Crossing over to Newcastle, and here’s Grey’s Monument.

Grey's Monument

Grey's Monument

This is nice – it’s managed a good balance between the bright sky and sunlit buildings with the shadow areas.

And now here’s a frequently challenging subject – Central Arcade. There’s bright sunlight coming through the glass roof, bright lamps, and relatively dark tiles. But I think this image is quite acceptable:

Central Arcade

Central Arcade

And now on to Bath Lane, where there’s the brightly reflective sculpture, sunlit stone walls, and some shadowed areas. And overall, this isn’t bad:

Bath Lane

Bath Lane

Nice exposure here, with the leaves in the foreground

Robert Sinclair

Robert Sinclair

Now here’s one where it struggled a bit – the sky at top left is burnt out, but it was very bright, with the sun not far out of frame. I’ve seen worse results than this from compact cameras under less challenging conditions

Discovery

Discovery

Most of these images could be improved with some minor editing, but they’re not too bad as they are. And with dimensions of 3264 x 2448, there’s plenty of scope for cropping to get a better picture.

So, yes. Seems like a nice camera, but we’ll have to see what it’s like when it’s not so sunny…

iPhone 4S Video Test

Just a quick clip taken today in Saltwell Park. Viewable in HD if you click the thingy. Probably. Unless that doesn’t work. I don’t do a lot of video, you know…

Possibly a bit over-exposed, especially when it comes to the birds on the right, and the background noise is a bit annoying, but otherwise not bad…

Weight and Stuff Report – 15 October 2011

Weight: 221 pounds (15 stone 11 pounds, 100.2 kg)
Exercise: A bit of a stroll

Down a wee bit again today, good stuff.

As it’s been such a lovely sunny day today (on a Saturday!), I decided to take my new phone out and have a bit of a play with the camera. While bright sunny days are generally where little phone cameras do quite well, with the sun being fairly low in the sky, there are lots of interesting shadows around, and the risk of glare. I’ll be posting a selection of images shortly, but here’s one to be getting on with:

Saltwell Park Lake

Saltwell Park Lake

I think it’s done quite well here – the reflection of the island is nice and clear, and there’s lots of detail to be seen in the larger version. The autofocus did dither a bit over this shot – I could have tapped a point to make it lock on, but for now I just want to see what it does when used in pure point and shoot mode.