Tonight some friends came over for dinner. Two of them ran the Austin Marathon in the morning, and they were very hungry, so they brought over a lot of food! It was a combination of Chinese dishes and Korean fried chicken, and most of it was really spicy, which I loved! They know I love the spicy fish from Asia Market, so they made sure to order it, and I would have been satisfied with just that and rice, but all the other food was wonderful as well. And the Korean chicken was on fire! Yummy.
Speaking of the Austin Marathon, I’ve always wanted to run it, but the cost always turned me away. Well, I finally bit the bullet and signed up for the 2021 marathon! It turns out that it costs $99 right now, which is less than what I was expecting. Mariko told me that the price goes up later in the year, and those prices were what I looking at before. Anyways, I guess it’s time to start running more. I’m pumped!
Tonight we enjoyed our yearly fondue! It was delicious, but we didn’t have the chocolate fondue for dessert. Just the cheese fondue main course, which is fine with me since I’m not a huge fan of sweets. Because we were pretty busy this year, our dinner table wasn’t fancy, but the food was delicious as always. 😊❤️
This evening the skies in my neighborhood were relatively clear so I set up my Fujifilm X100T in the backyard to do a little astrophotography time-lapse. I got started a bit late, and it was very cold, so I only let it run for about an hour. Still, I am pleased with how it turned out. Please take a look:
Speaking of cameras, the Fujifilm X100V was announced recently, and I am almost positive that I will be upgrading from my X100T. The new model will be a huge step up for me since I will be skipping a generation (X100F). As far as time-lapse capabilities go, the X100T’s longest shutter speed while using the electronic shutter was only 1 second, thus forcing me to use the mechanical shutter which causes a bit of flickering. The X100F fixed this by maximizing it to 30 seconds. Also, the maximum number of exposures using the interval timer has changed from 999 on the X100T to “infinity” on the X100F. This will be key for creating longer time-lapses without having to babysit the camera. Exciting!
The only thing I still wish for is the ability to lock down the aperture during the time-lapse. The way it works with the T is that the aperture re-adjusts every photo, so there is a slight difference in each exposure which causes flickering in the time-lapse. This forces me to shoot wide-open, which isn’t always the best… However, the X100V has a new lens design which makes shooting at f/2 much sharper. All-in-all, the X100V will be better for time-lapse photography, and I am looking forward to it!
After perhaps 10 years, we’ve finally gotten rid of our big sofa. The fabric in the arms was so damaged by the cats that it was just too embarrassing to keep. Actually, I was fine with it but Mariko said it was time to go. It was a little sad to leave it at the curb, especially because it rained all night on it. But thank you, sofa, for serving us well! 😊