Monthly Archives: February 2018

February 2018 Round-up

February has decided to go out in a very snowy manner, but that’s not going to let you off the monthly report…

Weight

Quite remarkably, I’ve kept up the downward trend this month:

February 1: 220.9 pounds (15 stone 10.9 pounds, 100.2 kg)
February 28: 210.8 pounds (15 stone 0.8 pounds, 95.6 kg)

That’s a quite impressive drop of 10.1 pounds (4.6 kg).

Eating

I’ve stuck with the smaller lunches, and walking at least a little bit most lunchtimes. Combined with the lack of drinkies (would you believe I’ve had no wee drinkies at all this month?), this seems to be having an effect…

Exercise

Only a couple of trips out with the camera, but I did walk a bit in Manchester.

Posting

Another moderately quiet month, with this post taking the total to 37. Which is still more than one a day…

Stuff

I seem to have got another lens. And changes are still coming, but I won’t be going into that for a while longer…

Weight and Stuff Report – 28 February 2018

Weight: 210.8 pounds (15 stone 0.8 pounds, 95.6 kg)
Steps: Not a lot

Up a teeny bit today.

As there was a lot of snow about (heavy fall overnight, still coming down in the morning), and it looked like buses were struggling to get anywhere, I decided to work from home today, which worked nicely. It was quiet, and the coffee is a lot better…

Here’s someone letting off steam in York

Letting off steam

Letting off steam

Camera: X-T2
Aperture: ƒ/5.6
Shutter speed: 1/420s
Focal length: 55mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 20 January, 2018
Location: 53° 57.6722′ 0″ N 1° 4.8981′ 0″ W

Fujinon XF 80mm F2.8 LM OIS WR Macro lens

If you’re reading this on Facebook, make sure to click through, or you’ll miss some photos.

In the early days of my Fujification, I bought the 60mm macro lens. Well, techincally it’s not actually a macro lens, as it doesn’t match the strict definition of being able to create an image on the sensor that’s the same size as the actual object. But it still managed some quite nice close up shots. But Fujifilm being Fujifilm, they’ve now rectified that with the shiny new 80mm actual macro lens that I accidentally bought yesterday. Well, it was like this. I’d seen some reviews, and some sample images and thought I might put it on my shopping list. But I was in Jessops in the Metrocentre and there it was in the cabinet. Ooooooooh. So, I wandered off for a bit, thought about it and went back in and sort of bought it. They made me do it! They forced me!!! I’m innocent, I tell you!

While I was at it, I added a bit of light, the usual UV filter to protect the front element, and took the unusual step of accepting the offer of repair insurance, on the grounds that with the various discounts I was being given, it was effectively free.

I’ve been doing a bit of playing, making maximum use of the new light and not taking the trouble to set up a tripod, and so far I really like what I’m seeing. Here are some more examples.

First, just to show just how close this thing gets:

It's a matter of scale

It’s a matter of scale

Camera: X-T2
Aperture: ƒ/7.1
Shutter speed: 1/60s
Focal length: 80mm
ISO: 1000
Taken: 25 February, 2018

I don’t think I need to tell you the actual size of what you’re seeing there.

There’s always a Dalek around somewhere:

Exterminate

Exterminate

Camera: X-T2
Aperture: ƒ/8
Shutter speed: 1/60s
Focal length: 80mm
ISO: 2500
Taken: 25 February, 2018

And where there’s a Dalek, you just know who’s going to show up:

Eleven

Eleven

Camera: X-T2
Aperture: ƒ/4.5
Shutter speed: 1/60s
Focal length: 80mm
ISO: 800
Taken: 25 February, 2018

And the other thing you’re likely to find here is a dragon, of course:

Dragon

Dragon

Camera: X-T2
Aperture: ƒ/7.1
Shutter speed: 1/60s
Focal length: 80mm
ISO: 1250
Taken: 25 February, 2018

So, seems like a nice lens.

Manfrotto Lumimuse 8 High Power LED light

I’ve got another LED light for photography, but I’ve rarely used it, what with it being a bit bulky and relying on AA batteries that have just run out when I want to use it. So, I was tempted enough by this little thing to wave plastic in Jessops. Well, I was buying something else, and they gave me a discount, so it all made sense.

What we have here is one of a range of LED lights, starting with a 4-lamp one and moving up to this 8-lamp model. Power comes from the ubiquitous micro-USB socket and supplied cable (no power plug supplied,on the sensible grounds that most people will be charging this from a computer or an plug they already have). The charging socket it protected by a rubber cover, but you should note that this isn’t attached in any way, so it has a high risk of being lost.. Oh, and according to the manual it won’t work while being charged.

Also in the box are a filter holder and three filters – a couple of diffusers to soften the light, and one to add a warm cast to the pure white it otherwise puts out. And finally, there’s a foot which will fit in your camera’s hotshoe or on a standard tripod, if you needed to position it away from the camera.

Unlike the previous light, this doesn’t have a dial for varying the power, just a single button. One long press to switch it on, then a tap to cycle it through three power levels, which can best be described as:

  1. Bright
  2. Very bright
  3. Aaarrggh, my eyes!!! The goggles, they do nothing!!!

So, what you have is a very portable, very bright source of constant light, ideal for macro work. First impressions are that this is a nicely made bit of kit, with a really solid feel to it. Oh, and did I mention that it’s bright?

You’ll have seen some samples in the last couple of posts, but here’s another one:

Smiler

Smiler

Camera: X-T2
Aperture: ƒ/7.1
Shutter speed: 1/60s
Focal length: 80mm
ISO: 1250
Taken: 25 February, 2018

Weight and Stuff Report – 24 February 2018

Weight: 213.2 pounds (15 stone 3.2 pounds, 96.7 kg)
Steps: 5,693

Hmmmm, up another wee bit today.

Having woken up at 3:30am to do some essential coughing, and taking a while to get back to sleep, I eventually woke up completely at around 7:40, so this Saturday’s shopping was a bit later than usual.

After that, I decided to go into Newcastle for a quick look at some things, then on to the Metrocentre, where I actually bought a thing before coming home.

The thing in question might have been involved with this quick test image

Ready for my close-up

Ready for my close-up

Camera: X-T2
Aperture: ƒ/4.5
Shutter speed: 1/60s
Focal length: 80mm
ISO: 4000
Taken: 24 February, 2018

Weight and Stuff Report – 23 February 2018

Weight: 212.6 pounds (15 stone 2.6 pounds, 96.4 kg)
Steps: 2,056

Hmmmm, back up today, which may be related to the large subway I had for lunch…

This is an interesting-looking business in Carlisle

Haircut?

Haircut?

Camera: X70
Aperture: ƒ/4.5
Shutter speed: 1/680s
Focal length: 18.5mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 17 February, 2018
Location: 54° 53.7388′ 0″ N 2° 56.2331′ 0″ W