Weight and Stuff Report – 24 April 2013

Shock horror, etc, down again today. Whatever next?

I had another walk with the Fujifilm X100S at lunchtime, partly for the exercise, partly to carry on playing with the camera, and partly to give Geotag Photos Pro another try. This time, I set the logging frequency to “continuous” and told it to use GPS only, and not to make guesses based on GSM signals. And the results were as accurate as I’ve ever had in a built up area. Certainly within a few metres for most of the photographs I took, which is more than satisfactory.

I also found the trick to making the GPX files generated by Geotag Photos Pro palatable to Garmin Connect[1], so with a simple text edit job, I can use the same log to get a useful record of how far I walked. From today’s test, it appears that Geotag Photos Pro is a little less heavy on the iPhone’s battery than the Garmin app, so I should be able to use it for longer trips without killing the phone. Result.

Talking of Garmin, there seems to be a bit of an issue with how the WordPress plugin talks to Garmin Connect – recent walks totally fail to show the map, which is a bit annoying. But you can click the thingy to see the map on the Garmin site, so it’s not too bad. Here’s today’s route:

Lunchtime Walk

Lunchtime Walk

If whatever is broken ever gets fixed, you might see a small map above, otherwise click on the link to see the route.

Update: Looks like the Garmin plugin isn’t getting fixed any time soon, so I’ve abandoned it. Imagine the fun I’ve had editing all the posts that used it to include screen captured maps instead.

But enough about that, and on with the pictures. Here’s a nice bit of decoration on Dean Street. You can just about make out the faint traces of lettering – it definitely says “Cathedral Buildings” at the top, but the rest is very faint. I’d guess it was information about the builders, or owners, or some such.

Decoration

Decoration

Camera: X100S
Aperture: ƒ/2
Shutter speed: 1/680s
Focal length: 23mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 24 April, 2013
Location: 54° 58.224′ 0″ N 1° 36.6063′ 0″ W

This is Reaching for the Stars, a piece by Kenneth Armitage:

Reaching

Reaching

Camera: X100S
Aperture: ƒ/8
Shutter speed: 1/75s
Focal length: 23mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 24 April, 2013
Location: 54° 58.224′ 0″ N 1° 36.6063′ 0″ W

And finally for today, here’s a nicely dramatic view of Newcastle’s City Keep:

The Tower

The Tower

Camera: X100S
Aperture: ƒ/8
Shutter speed: 1/220s
Focal length: 23mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 24 April, 2013
Location: 54° 58.224′ 0″ N 1° 36.6063′ 0″ W

More to come!

Oh yes, and for anyone who takes note of the numbers at the top of these posts, the step count may be a bit off. The battery in my Fitbit died at some point today, after about six months’ use, which isn’t too bad. I had a replacement waiting, and popped it in. It had managed not to lose the data, which surprised me, but then it refused to talk to the iMac until I popped the battery out and in again. It then started talking, but this time the data was gone. I had made a mental note of the steps figure, but I might have got it a bit wrong.