Weight and Stuff Report – 18 August 2016

Weight: 215.8 pounds (15 stone 5.8 pounds, 97.9 kg)
Steps taken: 8,857

Unsurprisingly back up after yesterday’s record low, but that was this morning, before I did a load of manual labour in Solihull. On the other hand, it was also before a pizza and a glass or two of wine, so it probably balances out.

It’s warm, and I’m in the midlands. The aircon is on, but it hasn’t cooled me down yet.

Here’s a quick iPhone photo I took on the way back to my hotel

St Martin's Church, Bullring

St Martin’s Church, Bullring

Camera iPhone 6s
Aperture ƒ/2.2
Shutter speed 1/35s
Focal length 4.15mm
ISO 250
Taken 20:34, 18 August, 2016
Location 52° 28.6253′ 0″ N 1° 53.6208′ 0″ W
Update: any previous caption describing the church as Birmingham Cathedral are all in your imagination.

WordPress 4.6 is here

Well, it appeared overnight, but I didn’t have time to look this morning. I’ve just run the update, which was typically quick and didn’t hurt a bit. Well, not so far, anyway. I’ll mention anything I notice…

This isn’t a release with loads of new features, but part of the ongoing improvement and enhancement plan.

Full details from the metaphorical mouth of the mythical horse:

WordPress 4.6 announcement

Weight and Stuff Report – 17 August 2016

Weight: 213.1 pounds (15 stone 3.1 pounds, 96.7 kg)
Steps taken: 4,209

What’s this? Down again? Well, it might be a slightly anomalous figure due to it being a bit warm again, but it is a new low, so I’ll enjoy it anyway. If we exclude the most definitely anomalous figure of 211.8 pounds (15 stone 1.8 pounds, 96.1 kg) on 2 January[1], it’s the lowest weight of the year so far. Yay, etc. Of course, I’m about to endanger that with some restaurants over the next few days, but never mind, heigh ho, etc.

When the redevelopment of part of Eldon Square into a new restaurant area started, the first thing to go was what I always think of as Newcastle Photographic Cliché #2 (after the Tyne Bridge) – the reflection of Emerson Chambers, nicely broken up by the many panels. Well, it’s back in a new form. I suspect this will only last until the building fills with brightly-lit restaurants, which will change the look completely, but for now, the reflection is back:

It's back!!!

It’s back!!!

Camera iPhone 6s
Aperture ƒ/2.2
Shutter speed 1/550s
Focal length 4.15mm
ISO 25
Taken 13:14, 17 August, 2016
Location 54° 58.443′ 0″ N 1° 36.8288′ 0″ W

[1] It was nearly thee pounds lighter than the day before, and I was back up 2.4 pounds the next day

Weight and Stuff Report – 16 August 2016

Weight: 215.3 pounds (15 stone 5.3 pounds, 97.7 kg)
Steps taken: 1,918

No change again…

Just for a change, here’s another photo of Earl Grey, taken in brighter conditions than my last one:

Earl Grey. Again.

Earl Grey. Again.

Camera X-T1
Aperture ƒ/11
Shutter speed 1/500s
Focal length 800mm
ISO 500
Taken 11:31, 13 August, 2016
Location 54° 58.4288′ 0″ N 1° 36.7867′ 0″ W

Weight and Stuff Report – 15 August 2016

Weight: 215.3 pounds (15 stone 5.3 pounds, 97.7 kg)
Steps taken: 1,989

No change today…

I’ve seen this thing before, but only as a vague shape in the distance, never having been able to resolve any detail. It turns out to be the NAREC Offshore Anemometry Hub (or NOAH for short). NAREC being the National Renewable Energy Centre, making the name a nested acronym, which is the kind of thing I like. Anyway, NOAH is a fancy sensor platform, measuring wind, waves, tides and whatever else goes on out there. It’s gathering data for wind farm development. According to a document you can find here, it’s 104 metres above mean sea level and that platform is 10 metres square. So it’s quite big. And a rough estimate from maps suggest it was somewhere around seven miles from the camera, which accounts for the fuzziness. It’s all that pesky air moving around, you know…

Anyway, this isn’t the sharpest or most impressive of images, but I’m posting it for interest – and indeed to show off the fact that my long lens can capture something like that at all…

NOAH

NOAH

Camera X-T1
Aperture ƒ/11
Shutter speed 1/500s
Focal length 800mm
ISO 500
Taken 12:51, 13 August, 2016
Location 55° 1.1017′ 0″ N 1° 25.0241′ 0″ W

Weight and Stuff Report – 14 August 2016

Weight: 215.3 pounds (15 stone 5.3 pounds, 97.7 kg)
Steps taken: Very few

Back up a bit today, ho hum, heigh ho, and other phrases of that nature.

Tynemouth Priory is almost midway between two lighthouses. Here we see St Mary’s Lighthouse, which is marginally closer than Souter – 3.9 miles as the dragon flies. Behind it you can see some of the quite large wind turbines…

More lighthouse fun

More lighthouse fun

Camera X-T1
Aperture ƒ/11
Shutter speed 1/500s
Focal length 800mm
ISO 500
Taken 12:51, 13 August, 2016
Location 55° 1.098′ 0″ N 1° 25.0236′ 0″ W

Have I mentioned that I like my long lens?

Ships, big and small

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Last time I was at the coast, I noticed three identical cargo ships, which I assumed were just waiting to get into the Port of Tyne. It’s quite common to see a few ships waiting out there. But I read a news story about them which was interesting – apparently their owner went out of business, leaving them in a floating state of limbo off the north east coast. Apparently they’re in the process of being sold, so they’ll probably be moving off at some point moderately soon.

So I though I’d go down with the big lens and see what I could do. First, here’s a general view at the wide end of my 16-55mm lens.

Ships

Ships

Camera X-T1
Aperture ƒ/13
Shutter speed 1/500s
Focal length 16mm
ISO 400
Taken 12:39, 13 August, 2016
Location 55° 1.0918′ 0″ N 1° 25.2063′ 0″ W

Now if you view the full size image (click on the one above) you might just be able to make out a vague speck to the right of the second ship from the right. Let’s take a closer look at the short end of the 100-400mm with the 2x teleconverter.

Size isn't everything

Size isn’t everything

Camera X-T1
Aperture ƒ/9
Shutter speed 1/500s
Focal length 200mm
ISO 320
Taken 12:37, 13 August, 2016
Location 55° 1.0948′ 0″ N 1° 25.23′ 0″ W

Oh, that speck looks like a boat some distance closer to the camera than the cargo ship which we can now appreciate is a wee bit on the large side. Shall we take a closer look at the boat? Some tiny one-man thing?

Who are you calling tiny?

Who are you calling tiny?

Camera X-T1
Aperture ƒ/14
Shutter speed 1/500s
Focal length 800mm
ISO 1250
Taken 12:37, 13 August, 2016
Location 55° 1.0947′ 0″ N 1° 25.2093′ 0″ W

Well, at the long end, that’s 800mm[1] we can see that while it’s not something I’d want to go to sea in, it’s not all that small – as you can judge from the standing figures at the rear.

All the above images are uncropped to offer a nice comparison of zoom ranges…

Weight and Stuff Report – 13 August 2016

Weight: 214.4 pounds (15 stone 4.4 pounds, 97.3 kg)
Steps taken: 6,013

Down again today, good stuff. Though it is probably more random wossnameness.

I took myself to Tynemouth today as I wanted to get some shots of some apparently abandoned cargo ships with my long lens. More on that in another post, with rather more photos in it.

This is Souter Lighthouse, which apparently I don’t need to actually visit because I can see it through my 100-400mm lens with the 2x teleconverter. A quick check with a mapping site tells me that the distance from camera to lighthouse was almost exactly four miles. I’ll say that again: this was taken from four miles away, which accounts for any haziness. Oh and that’s a moderately heavy lens with no tripod or anything of that kind, so a big shout out for Fujifilm’s quite impressive image stabilisation technology.

Souter Lighthouse

Souter Lighthouse

Camera X-T1
Aperture ƒ/11
Shutter speed 1/500s
Focal length 800mm
ISO 320
Taken 12:47, 13 August, 2016
Location 55° 1.0612′ 0″ N 1° 25.0907′ 0″ W

Weight and Stuff Report – 11 August 2016

Weight: 217 pounds (15 stone 7 pounds, 98.4 kg)
Steps taken: 1,461

Oh dear, up again today. I blame the weather. Or something.

Here’s a lovely old steam roller[1] from Beamish. Well, I like it. It’s the general air of rust and decay that reminds me of me, err, appeals to me. Yes, that’s what I meant.

Rusty Roller

Rusty Roller

Camera X-T1
Aperture ƒ/6.4
Shutter speed 1/500s
Focal length 22.7mm
ISO 5000
Taken 13:29, 6 August, 2016

[1] Though strictly speaking, it looks more like a diesel roller, or maybe a petrol roller. No steam involved, anyway…