Oscar Sunday

USA. Texas. Cedar Park. 2016.
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.2, 1/60 sec, ISO1000
USA. Texas. Cedar Park. 2016.

こんばんは!Hi all! How was your Sunday? Mine was pretty good!

This morning, I took Koa to baseball practice and he learned a lot and had some fun. The coach has a motion sensor that attaches to the the baseball bat and can record a lot of data about the hitter’s swing, including bat speed, bat angle, etc. From that data, the coach can get a good idea of things that the hitters need to adjust in order to hit better. It was really cool! I am expecting Koa to be a big hitter this year. ⚾️

Tonight was Oscar night… the 88th Academy Awards. For the second year, our family of four had an Oscar watching party with ballots where we marked who we thought would win in all the televised categories. This year I got most of the winners correct but it actually wasn’t so fun because I had a huge lead over everyone else. I have to admit to having a good system to choose the winners, but next year I will just go by intuition instead. I feel kind of bad that I won so decisively… what can I do to make it up to them?

Oh well, watching the big show was still fun. But I get so nervous watching the speeches that I will leave the room and return when they are over. I have this thing about live performances… it fills me with so much anxiety that I’d rather not watch. 😰 Someday I need to overcome this. Or maybe I don’t. It’s not like it is a big part of my life anyways.

Today’s photo is another “Slice of life”. Our kids’ favorite lunch is instant ramen. Koa likes to put rayu (sesame and chili oil) into his, and Bay prefers cayenne pepper. They like it spicy! Looking at this photo, I noticed that Bay has some really nice hands. I think it’s because of all the piano practice he does everyday. 🎹

Well, tomorrow is Monday and the start of another busy week. Let’s do our best!

おやすみなさい!

-バロン Barron Fujimoto

Screentime Saturday

"Orchid" USA. Texas. Cedar Park. 2016.
Photo info: SONY NEX-6, 0mm, f/0, 1/60 sec, ISO250
“Orchid” USA. Texas. Cedar Park. 2016.

こんばんは!Hello! How was Saturday?

Today I spent a lot of time in front of my computer screen at home. I wasn’t working but rather catching up with Asa ga Kita, the asadora that is currently running on NHK. The subtitles that I use have been completed all the way up to week 10, so I was able to watch from week 6 to 10. The story is pretty good! The acting varies from excellent to not so great. I think the best performance so far has been by Miyazaki Aoi who plays Asa’s older sister, Hatsu. On the opposite end is Dean Fujioka who plays Godai Tomoatsu. He’s not terrible, but his acting is pretty stiff and robotic. But that is a minor complaint. So far the story is good and I can’t wait til more subtitles are released!

Today’s photo is a close-up of an orchid that has finally bloomed after over a year. It’s a really pretty color, isn’t it?

Well, time for bed. Tired but feeling good!

おやすみなさい!

-B Barron Fujimoto

Quickest week ever

"Harumaki" USA. Texas. Cedar Park. 2016.
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/125 sec, ISO2500
“Harumaki” USA. Texas. Cedar Park. 2016.

こんばんは!Happy Friday! 😀

In yesterday’s post I mentioned that this week has been going by so fast. I was wondering if today it would slow down and drag on… but no, it kept on flying by! I think although I am very busy, I am having fun, and you know what they say, right? Time flies when you’re having fun!

Speaking of fun, last night I printed out 8 Instax prints. Why did I print so many? Well, I bought some new print sleeves and they looks nice and fun. A little crafty but I like them a lot. I’ll post a pic tomorrow, when the light is better (as usual, I am blogging at night before I go to bed).

The Instax Printer continues to be a lot of fun… I have a few things that I think are important and I don’t place restrictions on when buying or creating. One of them is photo books, and another is printing photos! It’s kind of an interesting aspect of photography for me. I get a lot of pleasure from snapping photos, processing the images, printing the photos, and looking at the prints. Photography is so cool because there are so many angles to the entire process. And there are other aspects that I haven’t even explored, such as exhibiting larger prints. Something to look forward to for sure.

Today’s photo is of some harumaki (egg rolls) that we had alongside some Thai curry for dinner. The harumaki looked better than they tasted, honestly. These were store-bought frozen egg rolls, but deep-fried so they look really good and had a nice flaky crunch to them.

Well, it’s time to get some rest. I wake up early on Saturday’s too so I need by beauty rest. 😜

おやすみなさい!

-バロン Barron Fujimoto

Podcasts

USA. Texas. Cedar Park. 2016.
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/6.4, 1/30 sec, ISO6400
USA. Texas. Cedar Park. 2016.

こんばんは!How’s it going? It’s just about Friday… this week has gone by so quickly. Maybe the fastest for me in a long time, maybe ever. I am so busy at work that the days just fly by!

I haven’t talked about the podcasts that I enjoy listening to these days lately, so I figured I would mention a couple. Of course, I listen to a lot of photography podcasts but my favorite ones are Street Focus with Valerie Jardin and the Photofocus podcasts with Scott Bourne and Marco Larousse.

What I enjoy about these is that they are not really centered on gear or technology. Instead, they focus on the art and inspiration pertaining to photography. I think that at this point in my photography hobby, I am less into gear and specs and more interested in photographic expression. I’m not saying that I am an expert… on the contrary, I have so much to learn about the essence of photography and what it means to have a certain style. I don’t really have one… and as a non-professional, I don’t feel the need to have one. At this time, I just want to document our lives. I try to think what could be interesting to my great grandchildren who might wonder how his or her ancestors lived.

And from a lot of my photos and posts, I bet they would know that Mariko is an amazing cook and baker. Today’s photo is of some donuts that Mariko made at home. I haven’t tried one yet, but they look amazing, don’t they?

Well, I am pretty exhausted… I have been fasting during the daytime and having one meal in the evening. So, I feel great physically and mentally, but get worn out quickly. But it feels good actually… hard to explain but I like it. Makes me feel alive I guess.

Bed time now though. おやすみなさい!

-バロン Barron Fujimoto

Play ball!

"Koa on the Mound" USA. Texas. Cedar Park. 2016.
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/125 sec, ISO2500
“Koa on the Mound” USA. Texas. Cedar Park. 2016.

こんばんは!Brrrr…. it’s cold tonight! ❄️

As you can see in the photo above, we were at the baseball fields. Koa’s new team (The Rockies) had its first game, and it was super chilly out. The kids wore undershirts but of course they were still cold. I even had extra clothes on (a sweater, two jackets, thermal leggings under my jeans, a scarf, and a lined ski cap) and I was freezing!!!

But the game itself was fun and Koa did well. ⚾️ That is him pitching in the photo and he didn’t give up any earned runs. He came into the game as a relief pitcher, with the bases loaded and got out of the inning only giving up one run (on a throwing error). I was so proud! 👍

I am glad that Koa likes to pitch and can go up in the spotlight and do well. I know it can be nerve-wracking! I used to pitch in little league as well, and I don’t really remember much of it, although I think I was pretty good. So I guess pitching runs in the family.

I am finally starting to warm up and I think it’s time to hop into the cozy bed. Talk again tomorrow!

おやすみなさい!

-B Barron Fujimoto