Running by My Old School

Photo info: Apple iPhone 12 mini, 4.2mm, f/1.6, 1/3000 sec, ISO32
“Running Snapshot” Torrance, 2021

After work, I put on my running shoes and headed out for a jog in the neighborhood. It was fun to run by my old elementary school and see that not much has changed. However, the trees in the park next to the school looked a lot taller, and the man-made hills which used to look tall when I was a kid seemed tiny. It was a weird feeling to be at a very nostalgic place during this pandemic time. I guess it’s just a mix of emotions.

It was comforting to see the small things that haven’t changed, like the spiky things (in the photo above) that still fall from the trees to keep skateboarders on their toes.

Photo info: Apple iPhone 12 mini, 4.2mm, f/1.6, 1/2800 sec, ISO32
“Hickory Park” Torrance, 2021

Photo info: Apple iPhone 12 mini, 4.2mm, f/1.6, 1/5800 sec, ISO32
“Hickory Park” Torrance, 2021

Photo info: Apple iPhone 12 mini, 4.2mm, f/1.6, 1/5000 sec, ISO32
“Hickory Park” Torrance, 2021

Curry Take-Out

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 27mm, f/2.8, 1/100 sec, ISO500
“CoCo Take-Out” Torrance, 2021

I made it to my parents’ house, where I will stay a week. I’m not technically on vacation since I will be working, but I’m so happy to be here! My parents and I are fully vaccinated so it’s pretty safe to visit according the the CDC guidelines.

After arriving in Torrance and having a beer, we ordered take-out from CoCo Ichibanya and feasted! I had my level-10 curry of course. It was very spicy, but not as spicy as previous visits. Still, very, very good. I’m satisfied. 😊🍛❤

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 27mm, f/5.6, 1/850 sec, ISO320
“CoCo” Torrance, 2021

I hope you had a nice day! またね~

Astro-Photography from the Rest Stop

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 18mm, f/2.8, 13 sec, ISO1600
“Stars Above” Deming, 2021

I woke up early from my highway rest stop accommodations, and while packing up, I decided to put the Fujifilm X-E4 on the tripod and point it up at the Milky Way. I am pretty happy with the result that the XF 18-55mm “kit” lens produced (with some editing in Adobe Lightroom). 🌃

Overnight at a Highway Rest Stop

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 18mm, f/5.6, 1/320 sec, ISO320
“New Mexico Rest” Deming, 2021

Today I am in the middle of a road trip from our home in Texas to my parents’ house in California. The trip will take two days of driving, but instead of staying at a hotel, I decided to save money and either find a free campsite or stay at a Walmart parking lot (yes, this is a thing!). The rest stop just east of Deming, New Mexico popped up in the map and the reviews were pretty good. I figured I’d check it out and, sure enough, it was pretty nice! I parked by one of the picnic tables and made it my home for the evening.

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 18mm, f/5.6, 1/850 sec, ISO320
“New Mexico Sunset” Deming, 2021

I think there were about 4 other groups doing the same thing, either in their RVs or passenger cars, and I felt very safe. I’m used to camping so this was pretty similar, although I just laid out my sleeping pad and sleeping bag in the back of my car instead of pitching my tent.

I’d say that this is not for everyone, but I’m simply on a long drive to get from point A to point B and not sightseeing. I honestly just wanted to get some sleep before continuing the drive. That being said, I did get to catch a wonderful sunset, and I was able to have dinner (a sandwich I made at home) while video chatting with family. So, it was a pretty good night. 😄

Orchid Snapshot

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 27mm, f/2.8, 1/125 sec, ISO160
“Small Orchid” Cedar Park, 2021

I’m impressed with the quality of the Fujinon XF27mm F2.8 R WR lens. The sharpness, bokeh, and color are so much better than the 23mm f/2 lens on my X100T. It’s not quite as good as the Fujinon XF35mm F2 R WR lens in terms of sharpness, color, and focusing, but it’s excellent for a pancake lens.

FYI, the photo of the orchid has the vibrance bumped up a bit, and sharpness enhanced in the center of the top-left orchid.