Weight and Stuff Report – 11 January 2017

Weight: 240 pounds (17 stone 2 pounds, 108.9 kg)
Steps taken: 3,336

Up again today…

Had a short walk at lunchtime, mostly for the essential monthly purchase of a kilo of coffee beans from those nice Pumphreys people in the Grainger Market[1], but also to have a look at some local minor drama. In high winds overnight, part of the roof of Eldon Square shopping centre decided it would like to take up a new career at ground level, resulting in the closure of Newgate Street. I took this photo with my iPhone showing the scene at lunchtime – you can see the overhanging bit of roof that might just do some more falling, a fire brigade inspection platform that was on its way down when I arrived, and some of the chunks of roof – looks like some kind of insulation material

Errrr, oops?

Errrr, oops?

Camera iPhone 6s
Aperture ƒ/2.2
Shutter speed 1/1600s
Focal length 4.15mm
ISO 25
Taken 13:13, 11 January, 2017
Location 54° 58.3532′ 0″ N 1° 37.0453′ 0″ W

Weight and Stuff Report – 10 January 2017

Weight: 238.7 pounds (17 stone 0.7 pounds, 108.3 kg)
Steps taken: 2,067

Down again today, strangely enough…

I’ve been having a delve into some of last year’s photos, and picked out a few for the next few days, starting with this rather elderly plane:

Sopwith Baby

Sopwith Baby

Camera X-T1
Aperture ƒ/9
Shutter speed 1/12s
Focal length 16mm
ISO 6400
Taken 10:47, 17 June, 2016

Weight and Stuff Report – 9 January 2017

Weight: 239.5 pounds (17 stone 1.5 pounds, 108.6 kg)
Steps taken: 2,060

Down another wee bit today, how thrilling!

Talking of thrilling, UK readers should be aware that the £1 coin is being replaced by a fancy new  model this year. The new 12-sided coin (any resemblance to a pre-decimal “thruppeny bit” is entirely deliberate) featuring multiple security features[1] to make forgery more of a challenge[2]. I ordered the 2017 coin set from the Royal Mint so I could have one to look at before they go into circulation in March. And in case anyone wants to know, the old round pounds will be withdrawn by October, so if you’ve got a jar full of them, make sure to spend them or pay them into the bank in good time.

This is just a quick shot – I’ll try for a better one when I can set up the tripod and a better light, but it gives the general idea.

Funny Money

Funny Money

Camera X-T2
Aperture ƒ/5.6
Shutter speed 1/50s
Focal length 60mm
ISO 3200
Taken 18:01, 9 January, 2017

What you can’t see in this image, and indeed can’t see with the naked eye[3], is that the fine line just inside the rim actually has text on it – 2017 on each segment on the tails side and ONE POUND repeated on the heads side. The heads side also has a clever bit of engraving that shows £ from one side and 1 from the other.

[1] Including one they’re not telling us about
[2] Nobody’s silly enough to say it would be impossible, of course. Just difficult and expensive
[3] Unless you’ve got much better eyes than me

Weight and Stuff Report – 8 January 2017

Weight: 240.1 pounds (17 stone 2.1 pounds, 108.9 kg)
Steps taken: Very few

Down again today, which ended up being another inactive one.

In fact, I was about as active as this guy:

Standing up for something

Standing up for something

Camera X-T2
Aperture ƒ/2.8
Shutter speed 1/75s
Focal length 29.2mm
ISO 3200
Taken 14:36, 2 January, 2017

Weight and Stuff Report – 7 January 2017

Weight: 241.4 pounds (17 stone 3.4 pounds, 109.5 kg)
Steps taken: 2,037

Oooops, up again, which won’t be helped by me having a singularly inactive Saturday. I got the shopping done nice and early, so I’d have all day to get out and go somewhere, but it was such a dull and grey day that I couldn’t motivate myself to do anything at all other than catch up on my backlog of recorded TV. Well, at least I finished that job…

This photo shows the Sage from a slightly different angle – it’s a tight crop of an image from the X70 which shows the modern building seeming to loom over the old Town Hall…

Looming Sage

Looming Sage

Camera X70
Aperture ƒ/10
Shutter speed 1/160s
Focal length 18.5mm
ISO 200
Taken 11:57, 1 January, 2017
Location 54° 57.6482′ 0″ N 1° 36.3882′ 0″ W

Weight and Stuff Report – 6 January 2017

Weight: 239.5 pounds (17 stone 1.5 pounds, 108.6 kg)
Steps taken: 2,612

Up again at the end of the first working week of the year. Oh dear, etc…

This is the Weather Vane sculpture thingy at Windmill Hills Park in Gateshead.

Weather Vane

Weather Vane

Camera X70
Aperture ƒ/10
Shutter speed 1/125s
Focal length 18.5mm
ISO 200
Taken 11:54, 1 January, 2017
Location 54° 57.6445′ 0″ N 1° 36.5057′ 0″ W

Weight and Stuff Report – 5 January 2017

Weight: 238.3 pounds (17 stone 0.3 pounds, 108.1 kg)
Steps taken: 2,297
To infinity.... and beyond!

To infinity…. and beyond!

Camera iPhone 6s
Aperture ƒ/2.2
Shutter speed 1/100s
Focal length 4.15mm
ISO 32
Taken 08:18, 5 January, 2017
Location 54° 56.8698′ 0″ N 1° 36.219′ 0″ W

Ooops, up again today. Must do something about that…

And I must do some photography, because this is all I’ve got for you today:

 

Weight and Stuff Report – 3 January 2017

Weight: 236.7 pounds (16 stone 12.7 pounds, 107.4 kg)
Steps taken: 3,985

Down a bit today, good stuff…

It was back to work today  :wah:

I managed a short walk at lunchtime before getting my sarnie. The Cunning Plan is to do more of that kind of thing.

This is another view of Carlisle’s Cursing Stone

The Cursing Stone

The Cursing Stone

Camera X-T2
Aperture ƒ/5.6
Shutter speed 1/50s
Focal length 30.2mm
ISO 800
Taken 15:00, 2 October, 2016
Location 54° 53.7774′ 0″ N 2° 56.4524′ 0″ W

Weight and Stuff Report – 2 January 2017

Weight: 237.5 pounds (16 stone 13.5 pounds, 107.7 kg)
Steps taken: 5,258

Up a wee bit today (remember that we’re now on the new improved scale which insists I’m a lot heavier than the old one seemed to think).

Today being the last day before I return to work, I’d planned to go out with the X-T2 and take some photos somewhere. I managed to get myself organised relatively early, and went out with the camera. The problem was, I was struggling to think of where I wanted to go, and while I was waiting for the bus, came to the conclusion that I just wasn’t feeling sufficiently motivated to go anywhere much at all. So I decided not to force myself, brought the camera back home, and had a visit to the Metrocentre instead, where I had a bit of a wander. I was followed home by this strange character, who offered to do some modelling for me.

Man of mystery

Man of mystery

Camera X-T2
Aperture ƒ/2.8
Shutter speed 1/75s
Focal length 45.5mm
ISO 3200
Taken 14:40, 2 January, 2017

He may be making more appearances here. He seems to be lacking a name, so I’ll need to think of a suitable one for him…