Weight and Stuff Report – 4 April 2012

In a surprise development, I’m down again today. Can this go on?

After the rain, snow, wind, falls of frogs[1] and the like yesterday, today was something of an improvement. Still nowhere near as warm as last week, and with a quite nasty lazy wind blowing, but with a general absence of rain and snow[2]. I started the day with a walk to Tesco for some supplies[3], then had a return trip on the bus to pour the contents of my penny jar[4] into the magic coin counting machine, which eventually spat out a voucher for slightly more money than my rough guess had led me to expect.

For the afternoon, I went into Newcastle for a visit to the Discovery Museum, where I was reminded why I usually visit such places when the schools aren’t on holiday as well. I then had a bit of a wander round town, dropped off some Easter goodies in the office because I’m nice to my staff and had a very late lunch at Caffè Nero[5]. I did a bit more looking around, didn’t buy anything, and came home.

Today’s picture is another Saltwell Park swan image from Sunday

Reflected Swan

Reflected Swan

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Aperture: ƒ/6.3
Shutter speed: 1/800s
Focal length: 92mm
ISO: 100

The exposure worked well here – the swan is bright white, but with plenty of detail in the feathers. It’s so easy to either under- or over-expose swans, but this one’s come out nicely. Here’s a closer crop of the same image, which shows some of that detail

Swan

Swan

The short exposure[6] has frozen the dripping water.

[1] Note: possible use of exaggeration for allegedly humorous effect
[2] Not to mention frogs
[3] Croissants
[4] Note: may contain other denominations
[5] The usual double espresso and a delicious brie, bacon and caramelised onion panini
[6] 1/800 sec at f/6.3, ISO 100 with the 24-105mm lens at 92mm for those interested in such details