Weight and Stuff Report – 5 January 2013

Down just a tiny bit today, but that’s better than nothing.

After doing the usual shopping, I dithered for a bit about what to do. I did think about going to see the Hobbit movie, but I’m having a lot of trouble building up enthusiasm for that. Then, while intending to look to see if there were any interesting exhibitions on, I saw a news story that got me out of the door a few minutes later. The development in Gateshead town centre has now reached the point where at least one of the tower cranes is no longer needed, and it’s being removed this weekend. And how do you remove a tower crane? You park one of these next to the site:

Quite large

Quite large

Camera FinePix X100
Aperture ƒ/11
Shutter speed 1/60s
Focal length 23mm
ISO 400
Taken 14:53, 5 January, 2013

Then you take it apart bit by bit and load it onto trucks like this one. This loos like a section of the huge jib:

I like the cut of your jib

I like the cut of your jib

Camera FinePix X100
Aperture ƒ/5.6
Shutter speed 1/60s
Focal length 23mm
ISO 500
Taken 15:11, 5 January, 2013

Once the truck moved away, it went a bit quiet, so I decided to pay a visit to the Baltic, as I haven’t been bemused by odd art for a while. I rather enjoyed some of the work by American artist Jim Shaw in the Rinse Cycle exhibition, as it happened. The eye coming out of a TV was especially pleasing in an odd sort of way.

By the time I came out of the Baltic, it was quite dark, and so I took some bridge pictures. To get a good exposure, I had to let the X100 use its flash[1], even though it was quite ineffective at the distance involved[2]. Disabling the flash made it want to use an unreasonably long exposure which would have required a tripod. Here’s the Gateshead Millennium Bridge with its pretty lights on:

Millennium Bridge in Red

Millennium Bridge in Red

Camera FinePix X100
Aperture ƒ/8
Shutter speed 1/30s
Focal length 23mm
ISO 3200
Taken 16:43, 5 January, 2013

and here are the Tyne Bridge, the Swing Bridge and the High Level Bridge:

Three Bridges

Three Bridges

Camera FinePix X100
Aperture ƒ/8
Shutter speed 1/30s
Focal length 23mm
ISO 3200
Taken 16:52, 5 January, 2013

After that, I came home.

[1] Well, if I’d used full manual mode rather than aperture priority, I could have done it, I suppose
[2] Apart from reflecting off the life belt alongside the Millennium Bridge