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Weight and Stuff Report – 19 February 2017

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

Down again today, which was another one where I couldn’t find the motivation to go anywhere. But I did tidy my home office up a bit, removed some cables that weren’t doing anything useful, moved the Tiggercam over to my main computer, and shut down the one that was only on to do that, and resurrected my Raspberry Pi, so I might start playing with that a bit soon. I’ve now go it  set up in headless mode, with VNC to run it from the main computer, so it’s all a bit easier to play with…

With all this not going anywhere, I’m having to raid the archives, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. There were some days where I took loads of photos but only played with a couple at the time, meaning I’d been missing out on things like this view of the outrageously scenic Elan Valley:

Elan Valley

Elan Valley

Camera X-E1
Aperture ƒ/7.1
Shutter speed 1/480s
Focal length 19.6mm
ISO 200
Taken 11:43, 17 July, 2013
Location 52° 15.8101′ 0″ N 3° 35.7997′ 0″ W

Weight and Stuff Report – 7 February 2017

Weight: 242.7 pounds (17 stone 4.7 pounds, 110.1 kg)
Steps taken: 2,142

Up a wee bit today, hey, ho, ho hum, and other things beginning with “H” that I can’t think of right now.

But never mind that, here’s Tigger

Tigger

Tigger

Camera X-T2
Aperture ƒ/8
Shutter speed 1/90s
Focal length 60mm
ISO 3200
Taken 11:36, 5 February, 2017

Weight and Stuff Report – 6 February 2017

Weight: 242.5 pounds (17 stone 4.5 pounds, 110 kg)
Steps taken: 2,016

No change today, which I’m sure you’ll be expecting me to say makes a change, so I won’t say that.

This chap got in the way when I was trying to photograph Tigger at the weekend

Rex

Rex

Camera X-T2
Aperture ƒ/8
Shutter speed 1/60s
Focal length 60mm
ISO 3200
Taken 11:36, 5 February, 2017

Weight and Stuff Report – 5 February 2017

Weight: 242.5 pounds (17 stone 4.5 pounds, 110 kg)
Steps taken: Not many, really

Hmmm, down again today, which is another one of those not doing much days. Not even any exciting database breaking editing like last week.

Tigger wanted to pose for me today:

Raiders of the Lost Bounce

Raiders of the Lost Bounce

Camera X-T2
Aperture ƒ/2.4
Shutter speed 1/50s
Focal length 60mm
ISO 800
Taken 14:49, 5 February, 2017

 

Weight and Stuff Report – 19 October 2016

Weight: 217.2 pounds (15 stone 7.2 pounds, 98.5 kg)
Steps taken: 1,601

And it’s randomly back up again today. I blame the weather. Or quantum. Or something.

Here’s another Tigger shot

Tigger

Tigger

Camera X-T2
Aperture ƒ/2.8
Shutter speed 1/110s
Focal length 55mm
ISO 250
Taken 16:55, 30 September, 2016

September 2016 Round-up

So, September has had enough and has run off to join the circus, or whatever it is departing months do. Apparently there are just three months left of 2016, who’d have thought it? Leaving aside all that nonsense, it must be time for the monthly summary: the post that saves you reading the rest of my nonsense. Though you might want to look at the pictures. Some of those are quite nice.

Weight

More movement in a downward direction…

September 1: 215.6 pounds (15 stone 5.6 pounds, 97.8 kg)
September 30: 213.3 pounds (15 stone 3.3 pounds, 96.8 kg)

That’s a not insignificant drop this month of 2.3 pounds (1kg), which isn’t bad at all.

Eating

Yes, still doing that.

Exercise

Went to Wales, where I wasn’t all that active apart from the day I went to Cardiff, but I’ve had two proper walking days since I came back. Just need to do some more of that.

Posting

A slightly more active month, with this report bringing the total to 41.

Stuff

Did I mention I have a new camera? Well, I’ve got a new camera.  :tigger:

 

Weight and Stuff Report – 30 September 2016

Weight: 213.3 pounds (15 stone 3.3 pounds, 96.8 kg)
Steps taken: 3,852

For reasons that may become apparent tomorrow, I did my usual weekend shopping and washing today. I even did enough of the ironing to see me through next week at work. And I may get the rest of that dome at some point over the weekend, who knows.

But the main event of today was getting my new camera. I’ve been having a play, and I’m starting to get my head around the new autofocus options. The real test will be when I take it out for a proper play…

So, here’s another early test image – this is an out of camera JPG using the Acros film simulation, which I rather like.

Tigger in mono

Tigger in mono

Camera X-T2
Aperture ƒ/2.8
Shutter speed 1/15s
Focal length 55mm
ISO 250
Taken 17:07, 30 September, 2016

Les does the new camera happy dance

Well, it’s been three weeks since I said goodbye to my Fujifilm X-T1, leaving me without an interchangeable lens camera for the first time in a decade. While I’ve really missed having it, it did give me the opportunity to get to know the dinky little X70 a lot better, and to really appreciate what it can do. But it can’t do everything that I need, so the whole waiting thing was dragging a bit.

But yesterday, while I was enjoying myself in Sunderland, I got an email on my phone from those lovely Wex people telling me my order was in stock and would I please reply telling them when I wanted it. I immediately replied with a “as soon as you like” message, which got a “OK, with you tomorrow” response.

And so, being a bit sad like that, I kept an eye on the Parcelforce tracking site much of today. I’d arranged for it to be delivered to work (where I’m not), so the plan was to go into town when it arrived and pick it up. But I decided I’d go in anyway, wander around a bit and be ready as soon as the tracking site showed it had been delivered.  And being a bit sad like that, I kept an eye on it while I was on the bus, and woo hoo, it suddenly changed to “delivered”.  :bouncy:

So, I popped into the office, picked up my parcel and came home.

Full unboxing and reviewing stuff will follow, but for now, here’s the beast:

Preciousssssssss

Preciousssssssss

And before I’ve done any setting up at all, here’s the first photo taken with it:

My usual model

My usual model

Camera X-T2
Aperture ƒ/2.8
Shutter speed 1/40s
Focal length 20.6mm
ISO 320
Taken 16:21, 30 September, 2016

Tigger insisted on being my first subject, of course  :tigger:

The Return of the Shrinking Smilies

Readers with long memories might recall me muttering about having to fix a little problem with my smilies shrinking a while ago. Readers with memories like mine can click that link to read all about it.

Well, it seems one of the recent WordPress updates must have broken my fix, mutter. I noticed this when I inserted a  :tigger: into my Saal Digital review at the weekend. Instead of bouncing properly, Tigger was squashed into a tiny one-character space, which just isn’t right.

So, last night I reminded myself what I’d done. The key bit of code was this:

add_action( 'init', 'smilies_size_fix_init', 1 );

function smilies_size_fix_init() {

add_filter( 'the_content', 'smilies_size_fix', 11 );
add_filter( 'the_excerpt', 'smilies_size_fix', 11 );
add_filter( 'comment_text', 'smilies_size_fix', 21 );
}

function smilies_size_fix( $content ) {
return str_replace( 'class="wp-smiley" style="height: 1em; max-height: 1em;"', 'class="lcb-wp-smiley"', $content );
}

And after some head-scratching (heedless of the risk of splinters), and a bit of reading, I developed a theory. The last parameter on each add_filter() call is a kind of priority thingy[1]. The lower the number, the earlier the function will be called in the process of generating a page[2].

My theory was that some code changes or other were making my function run before the bit of code that inserts the smilies, so that my clever substitution wasn’t happening any more. SO, I thought, let’s try making it run later and see what happens.

So, I changed the priorities from 11 and 21 (numbers pretty much chosen at random at the time) to 50, saved the plugin, and….

Well, let’s just say  :tigger:

As always, I’m posting this so I know where to look next time something breaks this…

[1] I have mentioned that I’m not a coder, right?
[2] WordPress does Complicated Things to make all that happen…

Saal Digital – Photobooks and more

A little while ago, I picked up on an interesting offer – get a free photobook from a supplier just starting to establish in the UK, in exchange for posting an honest review after getting the book. Well, I do like a bargain, and after checking the conditions and the small print, signed up. The offer came from @saal.digital.uk (that might just work on Facebook), or perhaps better to call them Saal Digital. The deal was this: a voucher code worth £40 against any photobook – if I wanted something more expensive, I’d just have had to pay the difference.

Like most such services, they have their own software, which is available for Mac and Windows. It uses Adobe Air, so there’s a bit more to the install than for some things, but never mind.

When you start the software, you can choose a new project – in addition to photobooks they have a range of prints, calendars and more, but let’s stick to the books for now.

You can choose from a range of sizes, with a nice choice of covers, with various options affecting the price – the padded covers with optional gift boxes look like they might be just the thing for wedding albums, for instance.

I opted for a small, simple book – 19cm square with 26 pages, which with glossy pages came in at just below the value of my voucher, my idea being to treat this as a free sample and consider spending money if I liked the results.

Creating the book

The software tries to make the process quick and easy, and for some layouts and under some circumstances, this probably works nicely. You can select from a range of layouts, with varying numbers of images per page, sections for text, borders, and so on. I tried a couple of these but found that they didn’t quite work for me – images were cropped rather than scaled to fit the boxes, which led to some very odd results. Possibly with more time to play with the settings, I’d have had better results, but in the end I opted for a book of blank pages. It was then easy to drag and drop my selected photos on to the pages, position and scale them as I wanted and add captions. For smaller books, this is probably going to be quicker than tweaking the automated results of the fancier layouts, and is probably how I’d work with any future projects.

Once you’ve sorted out your layout, and chosen a cover image, you select any options and save the project. Placing an order is done within the software, and is a simple enough process. As I had a voucher code I didn’t have to supply payment details. I ordered my book last Saturday evening. The order was acknowledged by email almost immediately, and I was ready to wait for a week or so to get my book. I was moderately surprised to get a despatch notification on Monday morning, and the book was delivered from Germany yesterday.

Getting the book

It arrived nicely packaged – an outer cardboard container held the book which was wrapped in thin foam and a transparent plastic bag, all of which meant that it survived its journey in excellent condition.

And my first reaction on seeing the book? Well, sort of Ooooooh, with an added dash of  :tigger: My chosen cover shot looked better than I anticipated, in full-wrap form. Sort of like this, in fact:

Never judge a book by its cover?

Never judge a book by its cover?

Camera X70
Aperture ƒ/4.5
Shutter speed 1/60s
Focal length 18.5mm
ISO 1250
Taken 08:40, 10 September, 2016

Though a photo of a photo doesn’t really do it justice.

Individual page spreads lie flat and the print quality is superb.

Open wide...

Open wide…

Camera X70
Aperture ƒ/4.5
Shutter speed 1/60s
Focal length 18.5mm
ISO 1600
Taken 08:40, 10 September, 2016

The individual pages are heavy photo paper – this shouldn’t be confused with mass-production printing on normal book paper, what we have here is serious quality.

So yes, I’m impressed with the service, and even more impressed with the quality of the product. Provided you go for a manual layout, the software works well enough (and it’s no worse than others I’ve used in the past, so that’s not a criticism of Saal so much as the state of software in general).

The book I chose is one of the more expensive options – there are also soft cover versions (cheaper) and a spiral bound booklet option with a wider range of sizes and page counts – for instance an A4 sized booklet with 48 pages would cost a less painful £31.60.

As always with such things, it comes down to what you want – there are cheaper alternatives, but I’d have to rate Saal Digital highly for speed of delivery and the quality of the product.

They currently have a £15 welcome voucher offer for new customers, which might tempt more people to give them a try. Based on my experience, I’d say they’re well worth a look if you want to create a photobook.

I’ll also be considering some of their wall decor offers – it’s been a while since I got any large prints of my photos, and maybe this is a good time to try something new.