Hot and Cool Snapshot

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 19mm, f/2.8, 1/100 sec, ISO1600
“Hot and Cool” Cedar Park, 2020

Brushed metal surfaces can create some neat reflections. Almost time to eat!

Lucky Shot 🌠

Photo info: SONY NEX-6, 0mm, f/0, 13 sec, ISO3200
“Lucky Shot” Cedar Park, 2020

The early-evening moonless sky was pretty clear so I decided to do a little astro-photography out on the back deck. I used the Sony NEX-6 paired with the Sigma 10-20 mm lens to take a few RAW snaps, and when I got to editing in Adobe Lightroom, I noticed that I managed to capture a shooting star. 🌠 Lucky!!!

Photo details:
ISO: 3200
Shutter speed: 13 seconds
Aperture: f/4
Post-processing: Adobe Lightroom 5.7

I hope you had a nice day!


Anticipation and Restraint

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2, 1/60 sec, ISO320
“B&W Desk” Cedar Park, 2020

Today’s photo is of my desk at home, and on the screen is a YouTube video impression by Big Head Taco of the Fujifilm X100V. There’s no doubt in my mind that I will be getting one of these cameras, and it fills me with excitement. But the anticipation is not something that makes me feel that I need the camera right away. My current Fujifilm X100T is still a great camera that works flawlessly. I’ve had it for years now, and I am expecting to use the X100V for years as well. That knowledge makes it easy to hold off on impulsively pre-ordering the new camera. In fact, I get a bit of pleasure from not ordering it… I’m not sure why exactly. But one day, maybe when we have a bit of extra money in the budget, I’ll just order it. That day might come next month, or next year. In the meantime, I’ll enjoy that dynamic of feeling anticipation and restraint simultaneously. 😀

Artsy Bathroom

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/80 sec, ISO3200
“Artsy Bathroom” Austin, 2020

Just wanted to mention that the art in the men’s bathroom at Ramen Tatsu-ya in North Austin is amazing. And the ramen is pretty good too. 😆🍜❤️

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/100 sec, ISO2500
“Ramens” Austin, 2020

Backyard Camping and Time-lapse

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/125 sec, ISO320
“My Tent” Cedar Park, 2020

Tonight I camped out on the backyard deck to do some gear testing. I received a summer sleeping bag and wanted to see if I could be comfortable in it at 40°F, or what layers I would need to add. If I can take the Aegismax sleeping bag instead of the Marmot Trestles 15, then it would save a few pounds of weight as well as a ton of space in the pack.

Well, I can say that I was comfortable, if a tiny bit chilly, wearing socks, thin thermal leggings, thin thermal top, REI 650 down jacket, and beanie. I put on the jacket because I know that will always be in my backpack, summer or winter, and I didn’t think just the thermal top would be enough. I do think 40°F is the lower limit for this bag, though. And if it is windy, maybe 45°F is the lowest I would take it out with. But I am happy with the results. Now I know!

I also set up my tripod and camera to do a bit of time-lapse. It turns out that the clouds ruined it, but I managed to get about 1,000 exposures, so I’m not to displeased. Check out the video below: