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