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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

Weight and Stuff Report – 13 December 2014

Weight: 220.4 pounds (15 stone 10.4 pounds, 100 kg)
Steps taken: 10,701

A somewhat higher weight today, quite possibly related to yesterday’s party…

Having left at a sensible time and got home early, and had an early night, I was up and ready this morning for my planned activity. Got the shopping done early (didn’t have time for the Frankie & Benny’s breakfast), then almost as soon as I’d got back, I was off again to the station, where I just caught the 10:22 train to Hexham, which got me there in plenty of time for a planned photowalk. This was a smaller one than the recent Durham walk, with just five out an original ten participants turning up. But this was fine, it meant we could keep track of everyone, and a good time was generally had by all. It stated out bright and sunny, but there were a few showers of moderately heavy rain, which were slightly annoying…

Anyway, I got a few photos I’m moderately happy with, and they’ll be appearing over the next few days….

This is a rather nice carved owl. Actually, it’s one of two, but I preferred this shot where you can only see one:

Owl

Owl

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/5.6
Shutter speed: 1/30s
Focal length: 110mm
ISO: 500
Taken: 13 December, 2014

Weight and Stuff Report – 12 December 2014

Weight: 217.8 pounds (15 stone 7.8 pounds, 98.8 kg)
Steps taken: 3,847

Another small rise today.

This was the day of the office party, so I made the effort and bought a nice Christmas jumper. I thought the bespectacled penguin was a nicely geeky option:

Me

Me

Camera: iPhone 5s
Aperture: ƒ/2.2
Shutter speed: 1/30s
Focal length: 4.15mm
ISO: 160
Location: 54° 58.2747′ 0″ N 1° 36.6502′ 0″ W
Taken: 12 December, 2014

Oddly enough, some people thought the penguin looked a bit like me, which is probably why my highly skilled and supportive assistant Aaron did this:

Also me

Also me

MUTTER.

I get no respect, you know…

Weight and Stuff Report – 11 December 2014

Weight: 217.5 pounds (15 stone 7.5 pounds, 98.7 kg)
Steps taken: 5,134

Down by a scarcely noticeable amount today.

This is a view of the Black Gate with its new external access thingy attached. The idea is that it will be open to the public from next year, and this was necessary to make it accessible. Some might think it’s a case of unreasonable mucking about with an historical building, but considering that it’s been adapted and altered over a period of centuries, I don’t think it’s a problem…

Black Gate Addition

Black Gate Addition

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/7.1
Shutter speed: 1/30s
Focal length: 29.3mm
ISO: 400
Taken: 6 December, 2014

 

Weight and Stuff Report – 9 December 2014

Weight: 218.3 pounds (15 stone 8.3 pounds, 99 kg)
Steps taken: 4,617

Aaaaaand down a teeny bit today. More randomness…

The MetroCentre appears to have been invaded by strange creatures:

Giant Mutant Reindeer

Giant Mutant Reindeer

Camera: iPhone 5s
Aperture: ƒ/2.2
Shutter speed: 1/30s
Focal length: 4.15mm
ISO: 64
Location: 54° 57.3665′ 0″ N 1° 40.0587′ 0″ W
Taken: 6 December, 2014

It didn’t seem to be active, but it’s surely only a matter of time before it attacks the shoppers…

Well, it is December…

So I suppose it’s OK to post this. This has been turning up all over the internet, but this appears to be the original, as posted by the guy who took the time to create it. Star Trek: The Next Generation as you’ve probably already seen it fifty times, but never mind:

Weight and Stuff Report – 8 December 2014

Weight: 218.5 pounds (15 stone 8.5 pounds, 99.1 kg)
Steps taken: 4,405

Up a bit today, in the usual random manner.

This is the Newcastle City Keep. Parts of it are quite old, but it was heavily “restored” in the Victorian era. I was after a shot that isolated it from all signs of the modern world, without having to go the the trouble of cloning out cars, signs, overhead wires, streetlamps, and the rest. I think it more or less worked. Processing in Silver Efex Pro again:

The Keep

The Keep

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/4.5
Shutter speed: 1/125s
Focal length: 25.4mm
ISO: 400
Taken: 6 December, 2014