First Light

Photo info: OLYMPUS E-PL9, 9mm, f/4, 1/60 sec, ISO3200
“First Light” Cedar Park, 2021

I was greeted by a soft glow in the home office this morning. What a wonderful start to the day!

By the way, I took the photo with Mariko’s old Olympus E-PL9 camera and its 9-18 mm (18-36 mm equivalent) lens. Fun to use!

I also have started cropping to a 4:3 aspect ratio more. I noticed that the Ozu movies that I am fond of have that aspect ration and I really like it.

Overheating Fujifilm X-E4 Camera

Photo info: Apple iPhone 12 mini, 4.2mm, f/1.6, 1/120 sec, ISO32
“Sun Shield” Cedar Park, 2021

My Fujifilm X-E4 camera shut off during shooting a time-lapse sequence the other day, so I was unable to capture the sunset I was hoping for. I believe what happened was the camera overheated and shut itself down. This has been known to happen while recording long, high-resolution videos, but I hadn’t experienced this with just shooting stills.

In order to stop this overheating from happening again, I made this cardboard shield to block the sun. I also have changed the image size that the camera is capturing frames to “medium” which is large enough to produce a 4K video sequence.

It appears the shield worked as intended as the camera was able to keep shooting even with the afternoon sun hitting the shield. Yay!

I hope you had a nice day. またね~

Short Time-Lapse

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 18mm, f/2.8, 1/6400 sec, ISO160
“Backyard Clouds” Cedar Park, 2021

I set up my Fujifilm X-E4 for a long timelapse, but it shut off early. My guess is that it overheated once the sun started hitting it in the late afternoon. Oh well, I still got enough footage to make a short video:

I hope you had a good day!

World Photography Day

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 27mm, f/4, 1/18 sec, ISO3200
“My Minolta” Cedar Park, 2021

Today is World Photography Day, and I thought I’d take a photo of the camera that started my photography hobby in earnest. It’s my beloved Minolta X-700, which was my dad’s camera before I “borrowed it permanently” for my photography class in college.

My grandfather bought it in Hong Kong in the 80s as a gift for my dad. When I moved to Japan, I brought it with me and got it CLA’d (Clean, Lube, Adjust) at the Yodobashi store in Yokohama for ¥ 5,000 JP and enjoyed practicing photography and using slide film while there.

Ever since digital cameras got up to speed, I haven’t used my film cameras much, although I did stick with Minolta (Konica-Minolta) and even Sony after they bought the Konica-Minolta camera division.

Film cameras are certainly beautiful, but I find film to be too much of a hassle. I know film photography has been enjoying a resurgence (mainly for those who grew up with digital), but I am pretty sure I’ll never seriously go back.

Thank you for all the memories, my little Minolta X-700!

Cloud Snapshot

Photo info: Apple iPhone 12 mini, 4.2mm, f/1.6, 1/20000 sec, ISO32
“Look Up” Cedar Park, 2021

I really enjoyed the cloud-cover on today’s neighborhood run.

I’m also enjoying using the Simple RAW Camera app for my iPhone 12 Mini. I find that the iPhone’s regular photos are too processed for my taste, especially when I bring them into Lightroom for editing, but shooting RAW on the iPhone bypasses the iPhone “magic” and allows me to post-process the photos with greater control. For normal photos, I’ll still use the iPhone’s camera, but for cloud photos, RAW is the way to go.

FYI, the iPhone 12 Mini doesn’t have the option natively to enable RAW photos to be saved, so you have to use an app.

I hope you had a nice day!