Today we had some more lovely clouds, as a storm system rolled through the area. At around 1 PM, I took a little break from work and walked outside the building to take the photo above. The sky was a bright blue, but I used Lightroom to drop the blue’s luminance down so that it looks like a dark sky. I think it looks a lot like a moonlit night sky.
Today was a lot of fun because I spent the morning with an old friend and a new friend hanging out at the local camera store, Precision Camera, which was holding their semi-annual EXPO. There were presentations and demonstrations, giveaways, and we got to play with all the newest gear.
I checked out the new Fujifilm X100F, which is the successor to my X100T. I was hesitant to try it out because I might get the itch to upgrade, but as it turned out, I didn’t feel like it was such a big improvement for me, considering the way I shoot, and my snapshot photo style. The improvements which would make me consider upgrading would be an articulating screen and a true mechanical focus ring. Perhaps in the future, but for now, I am still happy with my X100T.
And besides the photo-geekery, we enjoyed delicious burgers at Hopdoddy. Yum!!!
Today’s photos were taken with my second-favorite camera/lens combination that I own: Sony 35mm f/1.8 on my Sony a77. But really, it’s about the lens. That wide-open aperture produces some lovely bokeh, and even the chromatic aberration is kind of pleasing to look at.
The 35mm lens is relatively inexpensive (~$200 brand new), light, and very sharp when stopped down a bit. I love it.
I say it’s my second-favorite camera/lens combination because my Fujifilm X100T is still my favorite. It’s the perfect size for me. While the Sony SLT/lens has killer performance, it’s too big to carry every day. Still, it is a lot of fun!
I have Google Photos automatically upload/backup my photos folder, and its “Assistant” will make animations and movies from sequences of photos. I thought this animated gif created from some film scans was pretty cool. Back in 1998 I had just bought a motor drive for my Minolta X-700 and took it for a spin in Odaiba. That motor drive made the coolest sound!
Today I printed out a few photos on our Canon MG7120 photo printer. I’ve been using some relatively cheap ink cartridges by Skia for a while now, and I think the color is pretty good. Because it’s not as expensive as the name-brand ink, I don’t mind making photo prints. And it’s nice to have both small Instax prints and larger 4×6 (and sometimes 8×10) prints.
I don’t think many people make prints of their photos. But, if you try, it might become addicting! Now looking for some nice photo albums to fill up. 😀
Today’s photo is of my Nikon F and Seiko SKX007. What they have in common is that they are both purely mechanical devices. They don’t have any electronics or need batteries.
We are so used to relying on a power source to keep our devices running, but there is a charm to precise machines that rely purely on craftsmanship and physical design. The Nikon F has an adjustable shutter speed just like modern digital cameras, but the speed is not controlled by circuitry. It’s all gears and calibrated springs. I think it’s amazing that you can choose between 1/1000 of a second up to 1 second, with half-stops in between.
Similarly, the mechanical watch is fascinating in that it can keep a “power reserve” in the form of a spring, which will power the movement of the watch to an accuracy of +/- just a few seconds per day. I can’t imagine the amount of design it must have taken to invent such an accurate timepiece. It boggles the mind. And did you know that these mechanical watches have precious gems as part of their inner workings? I guess most use synthetic rubies (commonly referred to as jewels in watch specs) at points where durability is most critical. But including gems as part of the mechanical design is pretty damn cool.
Thinking about it, all mechanical clocks are astounding. Clocktowers? Wow!
Anyways, I think that batteryless devices are so cool. It also feels good to use a device that won’t produce toxic waste in the form of spent batteries.
All this talk about non-electric things makes me want to light some candles and read a printed book. 😄
I’ll admit, Monochrome May is turning out to be a difficult project!
Today’s photo is of a minidisc, which was a a hardware form-factor which used a proprietary Sony audio format. I used to love my minidisc player, and used it quite a bit. I sold that player long ago, but still have all my old minidiscs, including this special edition Utada Hikaru “Red Hot” version. I don’t even remember what is on this one. But I love the design. 😄
Today was a fun and busy day for me. First off, I worked from home because we had new carpet installed in our living room and I needed to be there while the carpet crew was doing their thing. It’s been 11 years since the house was built, and the super-cheap, light colored carpet has seen its share of wear and tear, spilled drinks, pet stains, and other mishaps. It was looking pretty awful!
So we upgraded with a really nice, soft, high-quality, stain-resistant, and mixed color carpet, and a nice, thick pad with a plastic seal that will make steam-cleaning much more effective. It’s so comfortable!
Work was non-stop but that meant the day kind of went by quick, and before I knew it, the kids were home. Which was good because they could help me move the tv back to the tv stand, and also put the aquarium back. Now everything is back in place and it’s so nice and clean. What a great feeling. 😊
Oh, as an unexpected treat, we had a delicious Korean BBQ meal at home. It was a nice spread… just take a look:
As you may know, Korean BBQ can have a lot of garlic and onion, so I am sorry for extra bad breath tomorrow. 😬 ごめんね
To wrap up the day, we watched La La Land. I must be the last person on Earth to see this movie, but I enjoyed it very much. The music was great, and the scenes were so colorful and vibrant. Very nice! It made me miss Los Angeles a little bit. 😢
Lastly, today’s photo for Monochrome May. It’s a close-up of a red Radio Flyer wagon that we have in our backyard. I liked the design of the 90 and the rust. I have a feeling there will be a lot of close-ups for this project.
Wow, another long list of daily happenings. Once again, if you made it to the end of this post, thank you! ありがとう！