First Competition of the Season

“Drumline Competition” Dripping Springs, 2021

Today Koa’s drumline too part in the first competition of the season. It’s always held in Dripping Springs, which is in the Texas Hill Country and home to several nice breweries, so before his band played at 8pm, we stopped at Family Business Beer Company to eat pizza and try some beer.

It was a nice way to spend a Saturday. 😀 またね~

Homecoming Ceremony

Photo info: SONY ILCE-7RM4A, 70mm, f/2.8, 1/500 sec, ISO10000
“Koa, Mariko, and I” Cedar Park, 2021

Tonight was the homecoming ceremony at the football stadium. During halftime, the “Royal Court”, accompanied by their parents/guardians, are introduced on the field, and then the Homecoming King and Queen are announced. It was a lot of fun, and quite an experience, to be on the field with all eyes on us as we walked down the 50-yard-line.

In the end, Koa wasn’t selected as the king, but I think he said he’d rather someone else won anyways. I’m also glad that he got his wish, but also would have loved for him to be Homecoming King. 😄

A night to remember, for sure!

FYI, the photo above was taken and edited by my friend, Jeremy, who is a photographer for the visiting high school. I wasn’t expecting him to be there, but was happy to see him and he grabbed this photo between his official duties. Visit his Flickr page to see more of his photography!

Photo info: Apple iPhone 12 mini, 4.2mm, f/1.6, 1/200 sec, ISO32
“Large Crowd” Cedar Park, 2021

Drumline Snapshot

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 55mm, f/5.6, 1/640 sec, ISO640
“Drumline” Cedar Park, 2021

Getting ready for the upcoming drumline competition. Sounding good! 🥁

Homecoming Kid

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 18mm, f/8, 1/1600 sec, ISO640
“Homecoming Court” Cedar Park, 2021

Today I rode my bike, Rossa, to see Koa participate in the Homecoming Parade. He’s part of the senior royal court this year so he got to ride in one of the Jeeps, wave to the crowd, and throw out candy to the kids. He was having a lot of fun as you can tell from the photo. 😊

I have never been to a Homecoming Parade before so I didn’t realize it was all about. It was actually a lot bigger than I thought it was, with most of the high school sports and clubs marching, plus the feeder middle schools and elementary schools also had marchers. I enjoyed it quite a bit!

I’m glad that the COVID vaccines have allowed us to have these kinds of activities again. Still, I wore a mask since there was a huge crowd. I was kind of saddened to see that only a few others were masked up even though the county’s vaccination rate is only at 65%. So even though my family and I are well-protected from the virus, 4 out of 10 people there were not and I suspect many of them will end up sick. 😒

Overheating Fujifilm X-E4 Camera

Photo info: Apple iPhone 12 mini, 4.2mm, f/1.6, 1/120 sec, ISO32
“Sun Shield” Cedar Park, 2021

My Fujifilm X-E4 camera shut off during shooting a time-lapse sequence the other day, so I was unable to capture the sunset I was hoping for. I believe what happened was the camera overheated and shut itself down. This has been known to happen while recording long, high-resolution videos, but I hadn’t experienced this with just shooting stills.

In order to stop this overheating from happening again, I made this cardboard shield to block the sun. I also have changed the image size that the camera is capturing frames to “medium” which is large enough to produce a 4K video sequence.

It appears the shield worked as intended as the camera was able to keep shooting even with the afternoon sun hitting the shield. Yay!

I hope you had a nice day. またね~