Paddington 2, Burgers, and a Broken Filter

"Ticket Stub" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/125 sec, ISO1250
“Ticket Stub” Cedar Park, 2018

こんばんは。How’s it going?

This morning I was planning on seeing the 8:50 am showing of Paddington 2, but I woke up at 8:30 and had to rush rush rush! Luckily the theater is only 10 minutes away, so after brushing my teeth, throwing on some clothes, and tidying up a bit, it was off to the movies! And when I arrived, I noticed that the movie time had changed to 9 am. Whew!

The movie itself was fantastic. I heard it was good, but I wasn’t expecting to be so impressed. The entire cast is wonderful, but Hugh Grant really stole the show. So funny, especially the dog food commercial. And I loved the scene where the Browns were talking about how actors were despicable and that they lie for a living. It was a meta moment seeing actors talking about actors!

The special effects were amazing as well, with the pop-up book montage being truly breathtaking. On the other hand, the animation of Paddington himself was completely seamless and looked very natural. I never once had a “That looks so fake!” moment.

Lastly, the jokes were clever and refreshing and didn’t resort to cheap bathroom humor. The trailers before the movie, on the other hand, had a total of 3 fart jokes. I mean, come on!

I’d have to say that Paddington 2 is the best movie that I have seen this year (so far). I’m not surprised that it has a “100% Fresh” rating at Rotten Tomatoes.


In other news, I fired up the grill this evening and made burgers for the family. What made these special was that we also had bacon, avocado, and egg! Actually, Mariko and Bay had egg burgers, which made for a messy affair. But it did look damned tasty. Anyways, all the burgers were yummy, although I overcooked the patties just a bit.


"Shattered" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/125 sec, ISO4000
“Shattered” Cedar Park, 2018

Lastly, Mariko couldn’t get the lens cap off of one of her lenses and asked if I could do it, but when I looked at it, the cap was stuck on as if someone super-glued it. And I could hear a strange sound coming from it… It turns out that Mariko had dropped her bag (which had her camera in it) and it must have impacted the edge of the lens. I had to use pliers to remove the cap, which revealed a shattered filter. Using the pliers again, I was able to unscrew the filter, then used a soft paintbrush to clear out all of the shattered glass. Thankfully the lens is undamaged, but we’ll have to get another filter. I guess that’s one example of when using a protective filter showed its worth.

I hope you had a nice Sunday!


11:59 Photo

"Glasses and Watch" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/40 sec, ISO3200
“Glasses and Watch” Cedar Park, 2018

こんばんは。How’s it going?

For a while now (maybe a couple years?) I’ve been posting to the blog every day, and also taking a photo which is included in the post. But sometimes I don’t get around to taking a photo until late in the day. Amongst people doing a 365 project, these are called 11:59pm photos.

That’s kind of what happened with this photo, although it was 10:50pm, not 11:59. (hey, I was getting sleepy!) I originally planned on posting post a photo from Koa’s evening band concert performance but the photos were all blurry and I just couldn’t use them. However, I quite like my 11:59 photo because the Fujifilm X100T‘s lens is really good and produces some (I think) unique-looking images. It makes even the most mundane subject matter look decent. 😆 Just another reason why the Fujifilm X100T is my favorite camera. 📸

I hope you had a nice Monday!


Enjoy Shooting

"Cold Front" Leander, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/16, 1/1250 sec, ISO200
“Cold Front” Leander, 2018

こんばんは。How’s it going?

I watched a great video by Kevin Mullins in which he talks about simplifying the photographic process. I agree with a lot of what he says and his idea of letting the camera do most of the work, and you just concentrate on seeing the scene. He also talks about simplifying your gear and amount of kit you carry. I think once you stop thinking about gear, the photographic process gets simpler and purer, and also more enjoyable.

It’s kind of where I am at (and have been for a while) with my photography hobby. I’ve gone through the evolution of buying lots of gear and maximizing specs, lusting after the latest and greatest cameras and lenses, and collecting many different camera formats (and spending a fair bit of money). Then I started gravitating to smaller cameras, ditching gear, and eventually landed with my X100T, which doesn’t even have interchangeable lenses. And I love it! It’s been my go-to camera for the past few years. I don’t need anything more than this. When I travel, I take this one camera, a couple batteries, and I am all set. It makes traveling much more enjoyable!

"Trusty" Cedar Park, 2017
“Trusty” Cedar Park, 2017

I am on a journey to simplify my life, and simplifying my main hobby of photography is a great step in the right direction.

Today’s photo is of the sky as a cold front arrived in Texas. The temperature will drop about 40 degrees in just 12 hours! Brrrr….

Keep warm!


Foto Life

"Car Camera" Cedar Park, 2017
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.2, 1/125 sec, ISO2000
“Car Camera” Cedar Park, 2017


Ever since I bought my new car, I’ve missed some nice cloud/sunset shots because the bag in which I I keep my camera is often on the back seat. The Odyssey had a center tray which was great for keeping my bag on top of, and so my X100T was always close at hand. But not so with the Crosstrek. In order to rectify this unacceptable situation, I now keep a different camera in the glove box so I can take those quick shots.

In today’s photo, you can see that camera sitting in the cup holder. It’s my wife’s old Sony NEX-6 camera, which she hasn’t used it since she bought her Fujifilm X-T10 last year, and has been sitting on the shelf collecting dust. It was easy to sell the NEX-6 lenses on Craigslist, but the camera body and kit lens had some wear and tear, so I never tried to sell it. It operates perfectly, though, and for one-handed operation, I think it’s even better than the X100T.

Besides being easy to use, the camera’s kit lens defaults to its widest angle when you power on the camera, so the need for precise framing is lessened. It’s just a quick flick of the switch, half-press autofocus, and fire. All in a couple seconds.

In other super-important photo news, I haven’t been posting to Instagram as much, but that is going to change! I’m going to try to be less particular (and more spontaneous) about the photos I post, and just have more fun. At least I think it will be more fun. I’m guessing I will lose some followers, but who cares?

I hope you had a nice day!


Wispy ☁️

"Wispy" Cedar Park, 2017
Photo info: Motorola Moto G (4), 3.64mm, f/2, 1/720 sec, ISO50
“Wispy” Cedar Park, 2017

Wispy ☁️

Gyoza and Autumn

"Gyoza and Dog" Cedar Park, 2017
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4.5, 1/60 sec, ISO3200
“Gyoza and Dog” Cedar Park, 2017

こんばんは。Just a couple photos for today. I hope you had a nice Wednesday!

"Autumn Sky" Cedar Park, 2017
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4.5, 1/2000 sec, ISO200
“Autumn Sky” Cedar Park, 2017