Blue Hour Clouds over the Neighborhood

"Blue Hour" Cedar Park, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/8, 1/100 sec, ISO250
“Blue Hour” Cedar Park, 2019

I went outside to bring the garbage can back to the house when I saw that the sky was looking pretty awesome. I grabbed my camera and took a few snaps to stitch together in Photoshop. I think it turned out pretty good! It’s amazing how good the stitching technology is these days. I remember having to manually align layers in Photoshop and do quite a bit of blending manually. Now it’s almost entirely automated. Very cool!

"Last Light" Cedar Park, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/8, 1/120 sec, ISO200
“Last Light” Cedar Park, 2019

I hope you had a nice Wednesday!

またね~

We Enjoyed the Colorful Sky This Evening

"Colorful Sky" Cedar Park, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/5.6, 1/125 sec, ISO1250
“Colorful Sky” Cedar Park, 2019

The temperature is dropping as a cold front arrives here in central Texas, but we were treated with an incredible sunset. Here’s a peek through the trees in our backyard. The sky was amazing!

Looking at the Sky Lately

"Sunset" Cedar Park, 2019
Photo info: SONY NEX-6, 16mm, f/7.1, 1/100 sec, ISO100
“Sunset” Cedar Park, 2019
"Sunset Traffic" Cedar Park, 2019
Photo info: SONY NEX-6, 16mm, f/4.5, 1/80 sec, ISO100
“Sunset Traffic” Cedar Park, 2019
"Cloudy Morning" Cedar Park, 2019
Photo info: SONY NEX-6, 16mm, f/4.5, 1/80 sec, ISO100
“Cloudy Morning” Cedar Park, 2019
"Delicate Clouds" Cedar Park, 2019
Photo info: SONY NEX-6, 16mm, f/9, 1/160 sec, ISO100
“Delicate Clouds” Cedar Park, 2019

More Black and White Photos

こんばんは。How’s it going?

One thing I’d like to do is to take more black and white photographs. I particularly enjoy editing black and white in Lightroom, so that’s an extra bonus. So here are a few that I took this evening in my home office.

I hope you had a nice Friday!

またね~

"Black Ink" Cedar Park, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.5, 1/60 sec, ISO5000
“Black Ink” Cedar Park, 2019
"Kitty Cat" Cedar Park, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.5, 1/60 sec, ISO640
“Kitty Cat” Cedar Park, 2019
"Hello" Cedar Park, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2, 1/60 sec, ISO5000
“Hello” Cedar Park, 2019
"Watch" Cedar Park, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2, 1/60 sec, ISO500
“Watch” Cedar Park, 2019
"Mechanical Pencil" Cedar Park, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2, 1/60 sec, ISO1000
“Mechanical Pencil” Cedar Park, 2019
"Succulent" Cedar Park, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/40 sec, ISO6400
“Succulent” Cedar Park, 2019

Yard-work, Subs, and Curry

"Trimming Olive Tree" Torrance, 2018
Photo info: motorola Moto G (5) Plus, 4.28mm, f/1.7, 1/1034 sec, ISO64
“Trimming Olive Tree” Torrance, 2018

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Today was yet another traditional family activity: trimming the olive trees at my parents’ house. 😆 Usually, my brothers and I will climb the ladders and trim the trees, and the kids will clean up the ground and pack the branches and leaves into the garbage bins. This year, Koa wanted to help out on the ladder so he spent some time trimming the front yard tree which is a little smaller than the backyard tree. That’s classic Koa – wanting to give new things a try!

"Tree Work" Torrance, 2018
“Tree Work” Torrance, 2018

For lunch, my mom made submarine sandwiches, which she always makes for us when we visit. It’s one of those meals that is a can’t miss but is a challenge to fit into the meal schedule, which often gets crowded! Mariko says I need to study how my mom prepares her subs, since when I make them at home they don’t taste the same. 😄 So I took lots of photos this time! Of course after 40 years of subs, I know how to make them just like she does, so we’ve come to the conclusion that it’s just the fact that grandma Fuji made them that makes them taste better.

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Another tradition is dining at CoCo curry house, and testing our tolerance for spiciness. This time, just Koa and I tested our limits, with Koa ordering a level-7 curry while I had a level-9 curry. I’ve had level-10 the past couple times, so I figured I would try something new. 😄 It wasn’t too spicy, actually, but the rest of the family’s milder-level curry was reportedly spicier than normal. Regardless of spiciness level, the curry was delicious and it was a fun dinner.

"Level 9 Curry" Torrance, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/100 sec, ISO1600
“Level 9 Curry” Torrance, 2018
"Curry with Cream" Torrance, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/100 sec, ISO1600
“Curry with Cream” Torrance, 2018

I hope you had a nice day!

またね~

"Sunset" Torrance, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/220 sec, ISO200
“Sunset” Torrance, 2018