The day started far too early, as I had to catch a train to London, which oddly enough is where I am now. This photo, however, is of a wet day in Newcastle. It’s actually a screen capture of an iPhone video, which I think shows off the Seriously Heavy Rain quite nicely.
It was rather dull and overcast, so I decided not to attempt anything photographic today. Instead, I went into Newcastle, starting at the Laing Art Gallery, where I paid actual money to get in to see a couple of exhibitions. One is of portraits by Jonathan Yeo, a self-taught artist who’s developed his own style, and created an impressive body of the great, the not so great, the good and the cross the road to avoid. Good work, well worth a visit. The other is a collection of photographs of the actress Vivien Leigh, covering her life and career, together with magazines, publicity materials and the odd film poster.
One of Vivien Leigh’s most famous movie roles was Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With the Wind, which makes me wonder if there’s some Cunning Planning going on, or just one of those coincidences that pop up now and again. Because also on at the Laing is a piece called Gone With the Wind, an installation by Claire Williams which, actually I don’t need to describe it, because unlike most things in the Laing, photography is not only allowed, but encouraged. So of course, I didn’t have an actual camera with me, but the iPhone, plus a bit of tweaking, didn’t do too bad a job:
After that, I went to the Baltic, where I enjoyed Jesse Wine’s odd ceramic thingies and a curiously mixed display called They Used to Call it the Moon, which includes some odd things, but also some very nice things, such as some of Stanley Kubrick’s documents relating to 2001: A Space Odyssey. These include his original letter to Arthur C Clarke suggesting they meet to discuss making a film…
Oh, and you know how I said it was dull and overcast? Guess what it totally wasn’t when I left the Baltic? Yeah, clear sky and sunshine. Shame it was a bit late to go home, get the camera and go somewhere, really…
And after that, I paid a quick visit to the MetroCentre to see if something was on sale yet. It wasn’t.
Had another fun and challenging day at work. The good news is that our backup processes work and we can recover data. Lots of data. The bad news is that there’s far too much of the damn stuff and we need to get people to archive the old stuff.
 Yeah, that’s the word. Right.
 I’m sure people still have files from the server before the server before the server before the current one. If I look, I’ll probably find some WordPerfect 5.1 files somewhere…
Fujifilm, as I’ve mentioned before, seem to have developed the odd notion that improving cameras that they’ve already sold and actually listening to what customers ask for is a good business plan. Well, it is, but it’s not one that most camera manufacturers seem to be keen on.
As previously announced, there will be a firmware update for the X-T1, with an expected release date of 18 December. As expected, this will include the new electronic shutter with a maximum speed of a quite nippy 1/32,000sec. Yes that’s one thirty-two thousandth of a second. This is going to be great for shooting with wide apertures in bright light. It also includes the new “classic chrome” film simulation, meaning that first generation X-T1s match the new graphite edition ones.
But there’s more – too much to list here, but there are some items that look like the wishlists I’ve seen on a forum or two.
It will now be possible to customise the Q menu screen so it shows what you want where you want it.
Want to change the functions assigned to the AE-L and AF-L buttons? Yup, that’s there as well.
For any readers with WordPress sites who aren’t following the various alerts, be aware that there’s a security release out now. If you have autoupdates enabled, and you’re running 4.0, you should be sorted out in due course. If you don’t have autoupdates enabled, or you want it done right now, check the dashboard of your site, or get the download from the official source.
In a not quite usual move, there are also patches for 3.7.4, 3.8.4 and 3.9.2, but you are still advised to upgrade to 4.0.1 as soon as possible.