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Weight and Stuff Report – 21 January 2018

Weight: 221.1 pounds (15 stone 11.1 pounds, 100.3 kg)
Steps: 4,783

Back up a bit today, which isn’t too unusual for a Sunday, and still nicely lower than a week ago.

Having got the washing done, I decided to take a trip into Newcastle for a bit of a walk and a look around, and even extended it to the Metrocentre. While I was there, it started snowing a bit more enthusiastically, so I decided to head home, which is what I did. The snow has settled and it’s cold enough for it to be a bit slippery rather than crunchy, much less light and powdery, so I’ll be avoiding it as much as possible.

This figure over the main entrance of York Minster is holding a small version of the Minster. Perhaps if I had an even longer lens, I’d be able to see that the small version bears a figure holding a model, and so on…

Yorkception

Yorkception

Camera: X-T2
Aperture: ƒ/5
Shutter speed: 1/140s
Focal length: 252.1mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 20 January, 2018
Location: 53° 57.7325′ 0″ N 1° 4.9993′ 0″ W

 

Weight and Stuff Report – 20 January 2018

Weight: 220.5 pounds (15 stone 10.5 pounds, 100 kg)
Steps: 10,659

Would you believe it, down again to yet another new low for the year, a whisker away from being under 100kg, another whisker away from having dropped half a stone this year, and get this, a really quite significant 21.3 pounds (1 stone 7.3 pounds, 9.7 kg) lower than this time last year.

After the now usual early shopping, I took myself and the X-T2 out for the day. I wasn’t sure where to go, but when I got to the station, I could see it wouldn’t be long before the next train to York, so that’s where I went. Having started the day quite early, I was in York before 11am, giving me plenty of time for a wander. It was a bit dull and grey at first, so I decided to use one of the Fujifilm Acros film simulations for a bit of monochrome stuff, including this lovely bit of stonework on the Magistrates Court, taken at the short end of my 100-400mm lens:

Justice?

Justice?

Camera: X-T2
Aperture: ƒ/4.5
Shutter speed: 1/60s
Focal length: 100mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 20 January, 2018
Location: 53° 57.3904′ 0″ N 1° 4.8803′ 0″ W

As ir was a bit grey, I decided a visit to the Castle Museum might be a good plan. I bought a card that gets me in there, the Yorkshire Museum and the York Art Gallery for a year, which seemed like a good deal at £22. It also gets me a 10% discount in their cafes and shops, though I didn’t take advantage of that today.

While I was in the museum, the weather brightened up a bit, and I continued my Yalk Work, errr, York Walk, with a nice wander around the streets and a look at the Minster. I was thinking of going in, but the queue was a bit long, so I didn’t. Not long after that, I started to hear my legs telling me they’d done enough for one day, and I came home.

Weight and Stuff Report – 19 January 2018

Weight: 222 pounds (15 stone 12 pounds, 100.7 kg)
Steps: 4,925

What’s this? Down again to another new low for the year? Apparently so. So much so that another psycologicackle point seems within reach. Can I get below 100kg before the end of the month? We shall see…

This is the Lifeboat Memorial in South Shields:

Lifeboat Memorial

Lifeboat Memorial

Camera: X-T2
Aperture: ƒ/14
Shutter speed: 1/60s
Focal length: 20mm
ISO: 400
Taken: 13 January, 2018
Location: 55° 0.059′ 0″ N 1° 25.3471′ 0″ W

Weight and Stuff Report – 18 January 2018

Weight: 222.8 pounds (15 stone 12.8 pounds, 101.1 kg)
Steps: 5,090

What? Down again? Down to another new low for the year? And even more firmly below the dreaded 16 stone barrier. Who’d have thunk it?

This is a rather nice thingy in South Shields indicating the way to Arbeia, the Roman fort site, with actual archaeology and some reconstruction wossnames.

What have the Romans ever done for us?

What have the Romans ever done for us?

Camera: X-T2
Aperture: ƒ/4
Shutter speed: 1/100s
Focal length: 30.2mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 13 January, 2018
Location: 54° 59.9818′ 0″ N 1° 25.7025′ 0″ W

Weight and Stuff Report – 17 January 2018

Weight: 223.7 pounds (15 stone 13.7 pounds, 101.5 kg)
Steps: 4,325

Shock, horror, down again today to another new low for the year, and not only that, but a lower weight than at any time last year. Comparisons with previous years are a bit vague because of the former scale’s tendency to make up numbers, but if we apply the arbitrary 15 pounds or so as an estimate of its underestimation, the lowest weight in 2016 would have been not 211.8 pounds bit something in the region of 225 pounds, then it seems I’m below 2016’s lowest weight as well. No point comparing further back than then, as I don’t really know when the random variation began. But hey, it’s progress, and a whisker below the psychological 16 stone limit. Just need to lose another couple of stone now…

This is a large fish, which may contain elements of Les.

Something fishy going on here...

Something fishy going on here…

Camera: X-T2
Aperture: ƒ/4
Shutter speed: 1/60s
Focal length: 22.7mm
ISO: 250
Taken: 13 January, 2018
Location: 54° 59.9937′ 0″ N 1° 25.644′ 0″ W

Weight and Stuff Report – 16 January 2018

Weight: 224.8 pounds (16 stone 0.8 pounds, 102 kg)
Steps: 4,239

Down again to another new low for the year, woo, hoo, etc. And that’s only 0.3 pounds (0.1kg) higher than the lowest weight of last year.

This is a South Shields pirate

Arrrrrrr!

Arrrrrrr!

Camera: X-T2
Aperture: ƒ/7.1
Shutter speed: 1/120s
Focal length: 55mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 13 January, 2018
Location: 55° 0.0348′ 0″ N 1° 25.0022′ 0″ W

Weight and Stuff Report – 15 January 2018

Weight: 225.4 pounds (16 stone 1.4 pounds, 102.2 kg)
Steps: 2,416

Down again today…

This is, apparently, the second oldest preserved lifeboat in the UK, the oldest being the Zetland at Redcar.

Tyne Lifeboat

Tyne Lifeboat

Camera: X-T2
Aperture: ƒ/10
Shutter speed: 1/60s
Focal length: 16.5mm
ISO: 640
Taken: 13 January, 2018
Location: 55° 0.0675′ 0″ N 1° 25.3194′ 0″ W

Weight and Stuff Report – 14 January 2018

Weight: 226 pounds (16 stone 2 pounds, 102.5 kg)
Steps: Not a lot

Up just a few bit, on another inactive Sunday.

My Cunning Plan with Lightroom that I mentioned yesterday seems to be working well – when I looked on the iMac this morning, all the images were where I expected them to be and everything worked. Woo hoo.

Somehow, I’d never noticed this doorway in South Shields before. Obviously I can’t have missed it, so despite it looking like it’s been there unchanged for decades, it must have appeared in that state very recently, having dropped in from a parallel Earth or something.

Time warp?

Time warp?

Camera: X-T2
Aperture: ƒ/10
Shutter speed: 1/60s
Focal length: 22mm
ISO: 1250
Taken: 13 January, 2018
Location: 54° 59.9214′ 0″ N 1° 26.0156′ 0″ W

 

More on Lightroom on two computers

Having got the catalog sorted with Dropbox, today was the first test of my new system. And after importing the photos, I had a thought. Yes, I know, I should be careful about doing things as risky as that, but I just couldn’t help it.

My thought was this: while keeping the whole photo library on Dropbox wasn’t going to be a good plan (it’s too big for my 1TB plan, for a start), how about just keeping the current year’s photos on Dropbox? This works for me, because my images are arranged by date (Images – Year – Month – Date. So all I had to do was create an Images folder within my existing Dropbox Lightroom folder and move the 2018 images (just those taken today, basically) into there. I thin told Lightroom where to find them and could then get on with editing on my MacBook while Dropbox gets on with synchronising them to the cloud where they’ll also sync to the  iMac.

The advantage of this approach is that it cuts out the step of having to move images imported to the MacBook, as they’ll already be in the right place. At the end of the year, I’ll move the 2018 images to the iMac and start a 2019 folder on Dropbox.

So long as I don’t create more than a few hundred gigabytes of images in any given year, this should work just fine. Of course the “make sure you wait for it to sync” thing still applies, though if there is a lag, the worst you’ll have to deal with is Lightroom moaning about missing images rather than a borked catalog.