A Face in the Clouds?

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/5.6, 1/1500 sec, ISO200
“Cloudy Face” Cedar Park, 2019

My Fujifilm X100T said it detected a face in the clouds… looks more like a baby elephant to me. Did you find it?

Hamburg Steak

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.2, 1/125 sec, ISO2500
“Hamburg Steak” Cedar Park, 2019

Dinner tonight was Hamburg Steak. It’s a popular dish in Japan, and Mariko made a sweet teriyaki-style sauce for it which made it even more delicious. A small salad, miso soup (made with homemade miso), and fluffy rice make it a perfect meal. 😌

I hope you had a nice day!


Sunburst Photo Settings

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/16, 1/300 sec, ISO200
“Sunburst” Cedar Park, 2019

I love taking cloud/sun/sky photos, and my Fujifilm X100T makes it a breeze! In fact, any camera with an electronic viewfinder (EVF) can help because you won’t be looking directly at the sun, which not only is safe for your eyes, but the live-view allows you to can make exposure adjustments and see what the photo will look like even before you press the shutter button. Compared to my old DSLR and film cameras, using live-view feels like a bit of time-travel.

For today’s photo, these are the pertinent settings:

  • Circular Polarizer – Main effect here is the lens flare and used as an ND filter. I don’t think the polarizing effect was strong because of the angle.
  • F/16 – Stopped-down aperture gives a pronounced sunburst effect.
  • -1 Exposure Compensation – To keep the highlights from getting blown out.
  • Lightroom Preset – Basic color adjustments, bringing down the highlights, and adding a little grain.

I hope you had a good day!


Pet Photos

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/80 sec, ISO3200
“Camera Shy” Cedar Park, 2019

It’s so funny that Lani doesn’t like when the camera is pointed at her. The only time to get a photo of her face looking at you is if you catch her off guard or if she is severely distracted by the prospect of food. 🐶

The cats, on the other hand, are pretty willing to have their photos taken. 🐱

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/100 sec, ISO1600
“Sweet Anko” Cedar Park, 2019

Omakase at Uroko (Soft Opening)

"Omakase" Austin, 2019
Photo info: Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 50mm, f/6.3, 1/40 sec, ISO1000
“Omakase” Austin, 2019

Tonight we went to the soft opening of our friends’ new restaurant, Uroko. The restaurant has three distinct things: omakase dinner on the weekends, temaki hand roll sushi for lunch, and sushi classes on weekday evenings. The soft opening was omakase, and the sushi was wonderful! There were a total of 12 dishes served, and I enjoyed them all, but my favorite was the otoro – so buttery!

"Otoro" Austin, 2019
Photo info: Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 50mm, f/3.5, 1/50 sec, ISO640
“Otoro” Austin, 2019

I actually help with their websites, and sometimes photography too, and tonight I took a lot of photos for the new website. It was actually somewhat difficult because I don’t have lighting equipment (nor the skill to actually use them) so the photos weren’t the greatest. Still, I think most of them came out ok. You can see a few more photos at the main website, or the reservation site.

If you are in Austin and want a great sushi experience, check out Uroko!