Weight and Stuff Report – 9 April 2016

Down a bit more today, in the usual random manner.

After doing the shopping I persuaded myself to go out to the coast to have a play with my 100-400mm lens. I was hoping to see some big ships waiting to come into the Tyne, but there was a distinct lack of them. I did see something on the water which was mildly interesting, and which will appear here in due course.

I also had a go at trying to photograph some birds, which is always a challenge. I got maybe one usable shot of a bird in flight, which again will follow later. But I did get one that was quite happy to pose. Well, he might not have realised he was posing, as I was using the long end of the 400mm lens. My research suggests this is a male starling in winter plumage. Any ornithologists in the audience are encouraged to correct me if I’m wrong:

Starling

Starling

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/8
Shutter speed: 1/210s
Focal length: 400mm
ISO: 400
Taken: 9 April, 2016
Location: 55° 2.0344′ 0″ N 1° 25.9412′ 0″ W

Now that’s exactly the kind of shot that I’d never have got with a shorter lens – I’d have had to get too close to the bird and probably scared it off, which is exactly the kind of thing I don’t want to do.

I walked a little way down the coast before my annoying heel started to be really annoying, at which point I found the nearest bus stop and had a ride back to Newcastle and then home.