Weight and Stuff Report – 30 June 2013

Back down today, good stuff.

I had to go to work this morning, as we had some things to do that had to be done out of hours, and had the potential to take too long to do after work on a weekday.[1] We managed to get it all done relatively quickly, and so I was back home fro about 1pm. Having unexpectedly got some Sunday back, I decided to go out with the X-E1. By the time I’d had something to eat, it was a bit too late to go far, and there was also the little matter that it looked like it might rain.

So I got the bus into Newcastle, and had some fun in the Monument area. This is a fisheye view from the Monument which shows a decent view down Grey Street and Grainger Street at the same time, which isn’t something most humans can manage. As it was a bit dull and grey, I needed to fiddle with the image a bit, and for no reason other than “I could”, I ended up giving it this rather grungy treatment. It may be a bit over the top, but I like it:

Grungy

Grungy

Camera: X-E1
Aperture: ƒ/1
Shutter speed: 1/210s
Focal length: 8mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 30 June, 2013
Location: 54° 58.4246′ 0″ N 1° 36.7975′ 0″ W

I spent a while trying to get a clear shot of Emerson Chambers. It seemed to be ages before I could get it without anyone standing in front of the windows. But this one sort of worked:

Emerson Chambers

Emerson Chambers

Camera: X-E1
Aperture: ƒ/1
Shutter speed: 1/170s
Focal length: 8mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 30 June, 2013
Location: 54° 58.4436′ 0″ N 1° 36.8123′ 0″ W

I then walked down to the Tyne Bridge where I took some more photographs, including this one which looked a bit dull, so I gave it a good dose of black and white:

Tyne Bridge

Tyne Bridge

Camera: X-E1
Aperture: ƒ/1
Shutter speed: 1/350s
Focal length: 8mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 30 June, 2013
Location: 54° 58.0785′ 0″ N 1° 36.3569′ 0″ W

I crossed back to Newcastle and went down to the Quayside, where I saw this suspicious device:

Alien Invader?

Alien Invader?

Camera: X-E1
Aperture: ƒ/3.2
Shutter speed: 1/170s
Focal length: 28.9mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 30 June, 2013
Location: 54° 58.16′ 0″ N 1° 36.4218′ 0″ W

I passed through the Sunday Market, which seems to have been revived since my last visit – lots of craft stalls, some with quite interesting things which I’ll have to investigate on another day when people aren’t packing up to leave! I noticed a lot of activity further along the river, and realised that people were riding a zip wire from the top of the Baltic down to the Newcastle quayside. Here are some of those crazy people:

Quite mad, all of them

Quite mad, all of them

Camera: X-E1
Aperture: ƒ/16
Shutter speed: 1/125s
Focal length: 200mm
ISO: 400
Taken: 30 June, 2013
Location: 54° 58.2485′ 0″ N 1° 35.8957′ 0″ W

I had a bit of fun trying to catch them in motion, and confirmed that the X-E1 isn’t as quick as the Canon 5D Mark III for that kind of thing, but I still got a few good shots of the Crazy People, such as this one:

Look, no hands!

Look, no hands!

Camera: X-E1
Aperture: ƒ/4.8
Shutter speed: 1/1000s
Focal length: 190.3mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 30 June, 2013
Location: 54° 58.2649′ 0″ N 1° 35.7449′ 0″ W

I then wandered over the Millennium Bridge and decided I’d walked far enough for today, and got the bus back to Newcastle, just in time to get another bus home. Here’s the map of the walk, which you can click to see the fascinating details:

Sunday

Sunday

[1] We always try to avoid that, as some people never seem to go home, which is a bit awkward when we want to disconnect everything…