Monthly Archives: March 2017

March 2017 Round-up

Well, that’s March out of the way. Can’t say I’ll miss it, really. But you won’t want to miss this: the essential monthly report.


The new scale does seem more consistent than the old one, despite its unfortunate insistance that I’m heavier than I previously thought, so I’ll just have to accept these figures:

March 1: 241.8 pounds (17 stone 3.8 pounds, 109.7 kg)
March 31: 240.9 pounds (17 stone 2.9 pounds, 109.3 kg)

That’s a drop of 0.9 pounds (0.4kg), which is pretty much the opposite of last month


Still eating, and shock, horror, sensation, still drinking less wine.


I did manage a couple of decent walks last weekend, which is an improvement. More walkage likely next week…


The monthly total is manageable 36.


There’s a work related thing that I can’t go into details on yet. Interesting times, or something

Weight and Stuff Report – 31 March 2017

Ooooh, down again today, how exciting. Or not.

I mentioned recently that last weekend was my first visit to the Queen Alexandra Bridge in Sunderland, which meant I had a bit of a surprise. As I approached, at first along the river, then at higher level, I could make out what looked like a brick viaduct, or rather part of one. I avoided scratching my head to avoid getting splinters, but I was curious. Eventually, all was revealed. It really was part of a viaduct! It appears that when the railway was removed from the top of the bridge, they removed the deck leading from it to the next section, and removed everything after that, leaving this wonderful thing. I hope they leave it permanently. It’ll make a lovely ruin in a a century or five….

Viaduct to Nowhere

Viaduct to Nowhere

Camera X-T2
Aperture ƒ/9
Shutter speed 1/170s
Focal length 24.2mm
ISO 200
Taken 12:26, 25 March, 2017
Location 54° 54.9488′ 0″ N 1° 24.3946′ 0″ W

And yes, the caption is a reference to this:

Weight and Stuff Report – 28 March 2017

Up again today…

This is the Queen Alexandra Bridge in Sunderland, which I’d somehow not got around to visiting until last Saturday. It’s an interesting thing, which used to have trains running on top, but the line has been gone for quite some time. More on that to come…

Queen Alexandra Bridge

Queen Alexandra Bridge

Camera X-T2
Aperture ƒ/8
Shutter speed 1/300s
Focal length 16mm
ISO 200
Taken 12:20, 25 March, 2017
Location 54° 54.9393′ 0″ N 1° 24.3718′ 0″ W


Weight and Stuff Report – 27 March 2017

Up a wee bit today

Here’s a sign of something. A sign of hideous abuse of apostrophes in Wearside. On a sign, even!

Apostrophe Abuse!

Apostrophe Abuse!

Camera X-T2
Aperture ƒ/9
Shutter speed 1/180s
Focal length 25.7mm
ISO 200
Taken 12:24, 25 March, 2017
Location 54° 54.9346′ 0″ N 1° 24.3944′ 0″ W

Weight and Stuff Report – 26 March 2017

Up again today in the usual alternating way…

Despite the dreadful ordeal of the clocks going forward and dragging us all kicking and screaming[1] into what is amusingly known as British Summer Time, I was awake and up and about quite early. And as it was another nice day, I decided a trip to Tynemouth Priory was called for, so that’s where I went. I spent over an hour wandering around and committing random acts of photography, including this:



Camera X-T2
Aperture ƒ/2.8
Shutter speed 1/550s
Focal length 29.2mm
ISO 200
Taken 12:25, 26 March, 2017
Location 55° 1.0669′ 0″ N 1° 25.0904′ 0″ W

More to follow, including some which are less obscure.

[1] Possible exaggeration for dramatic porpoises

Weight and Stuff Report – 25 March 2017

Oooooh, down again today, how exciting…

Having done the shopping earlier than usual, I took myself out to Sunderland today. Not into the city, but along the banks of the River Wear, where I saw some old bridges and got a view of one that’s under construction. Photos will appear over the next few days, but before all the bridges and things, I was concerned to see that the Martian War Machine is still lurking there:

Martian War Machine (or not)

Martian War Machine (or not)

Camera X-T2
Aperture ƒ/8
Shutter speed 1/90s
Focal length 27.4mm
ISO 200
Taken 11:41, 25 March, 2017
Location 54° 54.6253′ 0″ N 1° 23.0046′ 0″ W

Looks like its heat ray might have been offline, as it didn’t attack even when I got quite close (as you might be able to see if you look closely).

Woo, hoo, yay, Fuijfilm strike again

OK, I still haven’t done a review thingy on my Fujifilm X-T2, possibly because I’ve just been enjoying it. But even the best toys can be improved upon, and that’s exactly what Fujifilm are doing. There will be a major firmware update for the X-T2 and X-Pro2 within the next week or so which will make various improvements, many of which are things that users have been asking for, including some I’m quite keen to have:

  • Adding copyright data in the camera, so you don’t need to add it in software
  • Giving names to Custom Settings – which means I might finally use them (I would never remember what settings I’d added to sets 1, 2, 3, etc. Names are good.
  • AE bracketing up from three frames to nine – great for HDR fun and games
  • Vertical display of menus – so when you’re shooting in portrait mode you don’t need to bend your neck to read the screen

And much more.

And just to show that they really like looking after their customers, there will be another update in May, which adds a bunch more features including tethering to a computer using Wi-Fi.

Nice, though I should mention that some of the new features will not be available on the X-Pro2 – check out the link for details.

Source: New firmware updates for FUJIFILM X-T2 and FUJIFILM X-Pro2 coming soon.