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Doctor Who: Smile

So, here we go with the second episode, but before I start wittering, it’s only fair to say:

While I’m not planning to go into a lot of plot details, it’s likely that the random mutterings that follow will reveal some things you might prefer not to know if you haven’t seen the episode yet, so in my usual way, I’ll include this warning:

Here be spoilers!

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Weight and Stuff Report – 22 April 2017

Weight: 239.2 pounds (17 stone 1.2 pounds, 108.5 kg)
Steps taken: 6,369

Down a wee bit, good stuff.

After the usual Saturday morning shopping, I went out with my little-used Samyang 8mm fisheye lens on the X-T2. I got off the bus at the north end of the Tyne Bridge, then walked back to the Gateshead side, then over the road[1] and back over to Newcastle. From there I wandered down to the Quayside, with a visit to the Side Gallery along the way. I then crossed the Millennium Bridge and visited the Baltic, where there were actually some things I liked.

While the video installations didn’t do much for me (apart from the rotating chandelier, that was nice), I did appreciate Rodney Graham‘s large scale photographs. And Wrot, by Holly Hendry, is a strangely pleasing installation.

But enough of all that, here’s the first photo from today’s trip, which is the traditional view from the Millennium Bridge. I stepped back a bit this time, to bring the railing into the view. This is, I think you’ll agree, a seriously wiiiiiiiide lens:

Full circle (almost)

Full circle (almost)

Camera X-T2
Aperture ƒ/1
Shutter speed 1/300s
Focal length 8mm
ISO 200
Taken 12:45, 22 April, 2017
Location 54° 58.2013′ 0″ N 1° 35.9637′ 0″ W

[1] At the crossing, I may be  :dizzy: but I’m not completely  :drool:

Weight and Stuff Report – 20 April 2017

Weight: 239.3 pounds (17 stone 1.3 pounds, 108.5 kg)
Steps taken: 6,177

Hmmm, down again today. How random…

In more exciting news, my preordered new Ian McNabb CD was delivered at work while I was in Leeds yesterday. More on that when I’ve had a chance to listen to it a couple of times. First few tracks are sounding verrrrrry nice, though.

And here’s some watery Wearside action

Working river

Working river

Camera X-T2
Aperture ƒ/10
Shutter speed 1/420s
Focal length 18.7mm
ISO 200
Taken 11:53, 25 March, 2017
Location 54° 54.836′ 0″ N 1° 23.4971′ 0″ W

Weight and Stuff Report – 19 April 2017

Weight: 240.3 pounds (17 stone 2.3 pounds, 109 kg)
Steps taken: 4,591

Ho hum, up a bit today, which involved a meeting in Leeds that was a bit more informative than the last one we had there.

Here’s one of my favourite bits of Wearside public art, and not the Crystalline Entity from Star Trek: The Next Generation at all. Probably

Shadows in Another Light

Shadows in Another Light

Camera X-T2
Aperture ƒ/4.5
Shutter speed 1/1400s
Focal length 32.1mm
ISO 200
Taken 11:32, 25 March, 2017
Location 54° 54.6732′ 0″ N 1° 22.6365′ 0″ W

Weight and Stuff Report – 17 April 2017

Down another wee bit today. The weather looked a bit dubious, so I scrapped my vague plans to go out with the camera, and did a wee bit of shopping instead. Getting out on Easter Monday meant I was able to get a half-price egg from Hotel Chocolat, so it was worth the effort.

Then I came home, and finished a Blu-ray watching project and had a relaxed evening.

Here’s a view of the new bridge under construction in Sunderland:

New Wear Crossing

New Wear Crossing

Camera X-T2
Aperture ƒ/7.1
Shutter speed 1/500s
Focal length 140mm
ISO 200
Taken 12:15, 25 March, 2017
Location 54° 55.0171′ 0″ N 1° 24.3727′ 0″ W

 

Weight and Stuff Report – 16 April 2017

Weight: 240.1 pounds (17 stone 2.1 pounds, 108.9 kg)
Steps taken: Not a lot

Down a wee bit today, how exciting!

Having been caught out last Easter, I decided not to attempt to go anywhere that might turn out to be closed, so I had a relaxed day in. Finished catching up with my recorded TV, and even made progress on the pile of DVDs and Blu-rays that have been giving me accusing glances for a while. Oh, and after Much Dithering[1], decided on some things to put things in that will enable me to make my home office a bit more organised. Assuming I’m organised to assemble the things when they arrive and actually put things in them…

Here’s a Bristol boat:

Boat Trip

Boat Trip

Camera X70
Aperture ƒ/8
Shutter speed 1/350s
Focal length 18.5mm
ISO 200
Taken 13:15, 4 April, 2017

 

Doctor Who: The Pilot

It’s been far too long since we had regular episodes, so it’s probably wise for me to revive this old thing:

While I’m not planning to go into a lot of plot details, it’s likely that the random mutterings that follow will reveal some things you might prefer not to know if you haven’t seen the episode yet, so in my usual way, I’ll include this warning:

Here be spoilers!

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