In a Rut, or Obsessed?

"Low" Cedar Park, 2016
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/8, 1/1500 sec, ISO200
“Low” Cedar Park, 2016

こんばんは!How’s it going?

So, I’ve been looking back at my Instagram feed and I noticed that half my photos lately have been of clouds. ☁ As you may know, I am taking part in a 365 project, which is where you take one photo 📸 per day for a whole year 🗓. So, there is a little bit of pressure to find a subject to shoot each day.

And clouds are an easy subject to capture, especially if there are really nice ones hanging around in the sky. Part of me is thinking that I am just not looking hard enough for other subjects to shoot, but another part of me thinks that clouds are so cool-looking, ever-changing, and fascinating that I need to make photos of them.

My kids know that I am kind of obsessed… when we are driving I might hand the camera to one of them and ask them to take a photo. Luckily for me, they haven’t been too annoyed. In fact, I think Koa might have gotten the cloud bug as well! This afternoon as we were driving home, he pulled out his phone to take a photo of the “cool” clouds. 😄

I think I’ve come to terms with taking cloud photos… I’ll continue without hesitation since I just love them. Why not?

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In other news, I saw this notification pop up in WordPress saying I have earned a new achievement:

1337

Pretty funny, huh! WordPress has its own social network of bloggers, and it’s fun to read and “like” posts. It’s similar to “liking” on Instagram, but instead of pictures, they are blog posts. Anyways, it was kind of fun to get this notification. ☺️

I hope you had a nice Wednesday!

おやすみなさい!

– B Barron Fujimoto

Blog Tags

"Waterfall Position" Cedar Park, 2016
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.5, 1/50 sec, ISO6400
“Waterfall Position” Cedar Park, 2016

こんばんは!Hello, how’s it going?

Tonight I spent a couple hours working on this blog, specifically the tagging of posts. I read a couple articles about different ways to tag, or rather, different philosophies and how to use categories and tags, but most seem to apply more towards commercial blogs, and not the traditional personal web log.

I’m not sure how I am going to organize the categories, since it seems like everything can go into just a few main groupings. That’s if I use the categories like a main site navigation. Which I am leaning towards doing, then using tags to group blog posts.

Ever since I started blogging daily, it has changed my way of thinking about this blog. How do I categorize those daily posts? At the moment, they are in a “Slice of Life” category… but this whole blog has turned into a “Slice of Life” vehicle… Occasionally I will have a movie, or product review, but these seem to be grouped in with the daily posts. However, some are stand-alone. This seems weird… I don’t like putting blog posts in multiple categories, but I kind of need to if I put different subjects into a daily post (which I like to do).

So… maybe the solution is in tagging. I’m thinking that may be the way to go… converting some of the categories into tags, and eventually the categories can just be down to one (which means I don’t need to call them categories). I will just have the blog posts, and then pages.

I guess that’s kind of back to an earlier, purer way of personal blogging, right?

It’s fun to think about! (I’m weird like that)

So, the blog work continues.

Today’s photo is of Anko, who, like many kittens, finds odd positions to sleep in. The one above is called “Waterfall Position” since it looks like she is headed down the falls! I used my normal Fujifilm black and white + yellow filter film simulation, then adjusted the tone curve, added grain, and slight vignette in Lightroom.

I hope you have a nice evening!

おやすみなさい! – B Barron Fujimoto

** UPDATE **
I’ve removed the categories from the menus and sidebars, and made the tags more prominent!

Morning Downtown

"Shirts for Bookworms" Austin, 2016
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.5, 1/100 sec, ISO1250
“Shirts for Bookworms” Austin, 2016

こんばんは! Hello, how was your Saturday?

Mine was pretty good. This morning I took the kids to Japanese school and then had the morning to myself downtown, so I went to my two regular places: Whole Foods Market and BookPeople. First stop was the market but I didn’t buy any groceries today. Instead I had a healthy breakfast of spinach, cilantro tofu, and salmon. It was yummy! I enjoyed that while working on a blog post. I usually sit upstairs on the mezzanine level and I had a nice little view that you can sort of see in the photo below.

"Blogging" Austin, 2016
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.5, 1/200 sec, ISO800
“Blogging” Austin, 2016

It was nice and relaxing and zero stress. Just what a weekend breakfast should be like! After finishing my blog post, I went across the street to my next stop: BookPeople. The photo at the beginning of this post is of some of the fun t-shirts they have for sale. I particularly like the Choose Your Own Adventure shirt, although I wish they had a “By Balloon to the Sahara” version. I would probably have to buy that one if they offered it, since that was my favorite book of the series.

I didn’t do any book shopping (I have too many books to get through at the moment) but just enjoyed a nice large “Hemingway” from the cafe, which is coffee and two shots of espresso. Just the kick I needed. ☕

It was a perfect morning… I enjoy visiting the book store very much!

Take care!

おやすみなさい!

– B Barron Fujimoto

Fanless Chromebook

"Chromebook Keyboard Detail" Cedar Park, 2016
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.6, 1/125 sec, ISO5000
“Chromebook Keyboard Detail” Cedar Park, 2016

I’ve been using my Acer Chromebook 11 for over a month now, and I continue to use it every day… I love it! One of the things that is so great about it is that there is no fan needed to cool down the processor. That means it runs silently, and since no vents are needed for airflow, I don’t have to worry about blocking them like I do with my Windows laptop. That means I can use it while lying down on the carpet, which happens to be my preferred position to write my evening blog posts.

But not having to worry about venting also means I can put it in sleep mode and throw it into my bag immediately. I just close the Chromebook and put it in the bag. With my work Windows laptop, I wait until it fully sleeps and the fan shuts off before I feel comfortable putting it into my bag. (I have a fear of it not going to sleep, then overheating in the bag, and exploding 😮)

The fanless design is one of several nice features that makes the Chromebook a great solution for my needs.

Coffee shop writing

Leander, 2016
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/60 sec, ISO500
Leander, 2016

こんばんは! Hello!

Today’s photo is one that I took this evening at the coffee shop. I dropped Koa off at baseball practice and then went to the nearby Starbucks to write my A-Z blog post. I enjoy hanging out at a coffee shop, reading or in this case blogging and it’s fun to people-watch even though this particular Starbucks is relatively quiet.

So, I’ve been thinking about what to do with our old laptops. We have three of them that we don’t use any longer. They’re very old, and aren’t 100% healthy. Two of them have hard drive errors, which makes them unreliable and the third is over 10 years old so it is just super slow! It runs Windows 7 just fine, but modern browsers run like molasses on it! But I don’t know the best way to dispose or recycle them. Of course I want to make sure all the data is completely wiped too… I guess I need to do some research!

Well, it’s almost time for bed. I think I’ll listen to the end of the Dodger game (yay, Maeda!) and then read a bit. おやすみなさい!

– B Barron Fujimoto

Don’t stress on your blog

USA. Texas. Cedar Park. 2016.
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/5.6, 1/950 sec, ISO400
USA. Texas. Cedar Park. 2016.

こんばんは!Good evening! How are you doing? Did you have a nice Monday? Yes, I know the start of the week can be tough… it was a busy one for me too. Today’s photo is of the sky from our backyard. The trees are reaching for the clouds! Even they are trying their best. It was a beautiful day. ⛅

Today’s Daily Prompt is an interesting one:

Key Takeaway – Give your newer sisters and brothers-in-WordPress one piece of advice based on your experiences blogging.

So, I’ve been blogging for quite a while now, and my intention has always been just to write about whatever comes to mind, and not have a monetary objective. It’s all about having an outlet, although I didn’t realize that when I first began. But it is something that keeps my brain active. And I think the secret to why I have been able to keep blogging for so long is that I don’t have expectations of gaining recognition or monetary gain. I don’t stress out about those things. So unless you are looking to try to make money with your blog, just have fun, don’t worry about how many views you get, and keep at it! Also, it’s okay to take time off. It would be easy to burn out on blogging if you pressure yourself to write every day. Don’t commit to a post per day. If you fall behind, it’s easy to get discouraged and give up blogging altogether. So make sure to tell yourself that it’s fine to take a break. Also, if you have ideas but they aren’t fully thought-out yet, just create drafts for each idea. I have about 20 drafts like that… and some may never be posted. That’s fine, though. If I decide to work on one of those drafts, it will happen naturally. I don’t force it. That wouldn’t be fun, and I think blogging should be fun! 😄

One last thing: Spellcheck!

Okay, now I feel pretty good about my blog. What a nice pep talk huh? 💪

I hope you have a nice rest of the day! おやすみなさい!

-バロン Barron Fujimoto

This post was prompted by The Daily Post from WordPress.

Blue shutter release

"Blue Shutter Release" USA. Texas. Cedar Park. 2016.
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.5, 1/125 sec, ISO1000
“Blue Shutter Release” USA. Texas. Cedar Park. 2016.

こんばんは!How are you doing? I’m well, although I have developed a cold sore on my lip. It’s been several years since I’ve had one, so it was a surprise this morning!

Today’s photo is of a nice shiny blue “Blue Metal Soft Release” that I purchased for my X100T. I have a convex black soft shutter release, but I thought this blue one might look nice on my black camera and since it was only about $5 I figured I would give it a try. The quality and the color of the button is nice, but it is a little too small for the X100T… and also I think the black button I have on it now looks better. So I put the blue button on my wife’s XT-10, and I think it looks great! It also matches the size of the XT-10’s release mechanism almost perfectly! Happily, my wife also likes it and so I have put a little loctite on it to secure the button onto the threads.

By the way, in an earlier post, I explained that I was going to start using a “Personal Documentary” category to designate my posts with the daily photos. But it turns out that I am also posting daily (or nightly) and including the photo, so I am not sure the separate category is needed. Therefore, I have removed the “Personal Documentary” category. I have been including my daily posts in the “Slice of Life” category in case you are keeping score.

Lastly, I wanted to mention that this has been a tough week in which both David Bowie and Alan Rickman have died. I’ve been a Bowie fan since high school (I remember listening to Changesonebowie in my room with a bunch of friends one night), and I saw him in 1983 during his Serious Moonlight tour. What an amazing show. And I’ve admired Alan Rickman’s acting, specifically his portrayal of Severus Snape. He really stole the show in the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2, didn’t he?

On that note, I will end this post. I hope you have a great Friday!

おやすみなさい!

-バロン

Daily Photos

Hi! I hope you had a nice start to the new year! We had a very relaxing one, just eating osechi (Japanese new years food) and watching movies.

Lately I have been reading about photography projects, and the one that caught my attention is something like a “personal documentary”. I guess it is sort of like a recording of my own daily life… just normal things that we take for granted, but if we give them attention, they can become important things. Or another way to look at it is that in 50 years, these things might be of interest. I don’t know if this is true, but I really enjoy viewing these types of photos.

So, I think 2016 will be the start of mine. I am not sure if I will take a photo every day, but I’ll try. I’ve done 365 photo projects in the past so I am confident I can keep it going! I’ve started a new category in the blog named “Personal Documentary” if you’d like to sort by these photos.

This first photo is about as everyday as I can get… it’s the pen holder on my desk at home. I’ve actually had this beer can for over 20 years. I think I cut the top off of it when I was at university and have used it to hold pens ever since.

"On the Desk" USA. Texas. Cedar Park. 2016.
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.5, 1/90 sec, ISO6400
“On the Desk” USA. Texas. Cedar Park. 2016.

This project seems like a New Year’s Resolution, doesn’t it? Well, I rarely make resolutions, so I don’t think I can call it that but it is something I’d like to make a habit.

I hope you all have a wonderful year and give it your all!

-B