Television

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"X-T10" Cedar Park, 2016
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.2, 1/125 sec, ISO5000
“X-T10” Cedar Park, 2016

こんばんは!How’s it going today?

For some reason, Koa has been watching HGTV lately. I suspect it’s because some friends of his are into or something. But anyways, it got me thinking about my own television habits and the types of shows I prefer.

My favorite programs are travel shows and documentaries, so PBS is my favorite American channel. And even when I watch TV Japan, I gravitate towards the travel shows, which can be so beautiful. They don’t have to feature exotic places, but can be just strolling around a new part of town. I find the Japanese travel shows are more laid-back and quiet, while the American shows are kicked up a notch, with loud music, quick zooming cut-scenes, and a need to keep things exciting. I like both approaches, but it’s really cool when a show can just stay on a scene for 15 seconds, with just the natural sound of the environment.

My favorite TV shows:

In general, I have little interest in American television (except for baseball games) and prefer TV Japan, doramas, reading blogs, or watching YouTube videos for my entertainment. Of course binge-watching Portlandia is an exception! Love that show. 😆

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Today’s photo is of my wife’s Fujifilm X-T10 camera. She primarily uses a 35mm f/2 lens on it, which is a great combo! I think the camera looks classic as well, although I personally prefer all-black versions. I’m glad she like her camera!

Hope you had a great day.

おやすみなさい!

– B Barron Fujimoto

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Bread 🍞

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"Breadwinner" Cedar Park, 2016
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.2, 1/125 sec, ISO640
“Breadwinner” Cedar Park, 2016

こんばんは!Good evening, how’s it going?

Wow, the weather has gotten chilly here in central Texas. And by chilly, I mean sub 90… 😜. Seriously though, tonight the temperatures will dip into the 60s. Brrr.

Today’s photo is of Mariko slicing the loaf of sandwich bread for the kids’ lunches. The bread she makes is so delicious, and also it doesn’t have all the chemicals and preservatives of the regular supermarket breads. A win-win!

Not only does it taste amazing, but the house smells so good when bread is baking in the oven. And look how beautiful the color is:

"Sandwich Loaf" Cedar Park, 2016
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.2, 1/125 sec, ISO2500
“Sandwich Loaf” Cedar Park, 2016

Mariko bakes a lot of different things, but the perfect sandwich loaf is hard to beat. If you want to see more of her baking, check out her blog. It’s pretty great.

I hope you had a nice Tuesday. See you tomorrow!

おやすみなさい!

– B Barron Fujimoto

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Black and White

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"Mouthful of Sushi" Carrollton, 2016
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/5, 1/100 sec, ISO1250
“Mouthful of Sushi” Carrollton, 2016

こんばんは!Hi, how’s it going?

So, today’s photo is one I took a couple Sundays ago when we went to Kula Sushi 🍣 in Carrollton (a suburb of Dallas). I was going through my RSS feed and came across an excellent post about black and white conversion in Lightroom and I thought I’d give it a try.

Usually I will rely on my crutch, Nik Silver FX, but I edited the above photo entirely in Lightroom mainly using the color sliders in the B&W adjustment panel. Many people think that black and white conversion is just selecting “desaturate” or “grayscale” in Photoshop, but there is so much more than that (if you want to delve into it). I’m no expert, but it’s fun to see what the different color sliders will do in a black and white image, and I enjoy learning.

Another thing about the photo is that for the past year I have been making a photo every day, and posting that photo. But today I decided I would just post this older photo. Honestly, the four photos I took today were of my phone, a couple slices of pizza, and a receipt. Not the most interesting (to me) nor the nicest to look at.

But I’m fine with posting an older photo. It’s not the end of the world, is it? Anyways, I really like the image above, and wanted to share it. 😄

I hope you had a nice Monday!

おやすみなさい!

– バロン Barron Fujimoto

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Vitamin Water CM (1996) / Eternal Memories (1999)

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Hi guys and gals! The other day I was going thru my RSS feed and came across a cool CM so I had to share. But then it got me nostalgic about my favorite Japanese CM from back in the day (1996). I blogged about it years ago, but I couldn’t find the post so here it is again! I just love the music, thunder, and jingle. It’s perfect!

By the way, the song “Eternal Memories” is by Yoko Kanno, the actress in the CM is Miho Kanno, and the song was sung later by Crystal Kay (1999). I’ve embedded it below. Wonderful song…. give it a listen!

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