Paddington 2, Burgers, and a Broken Filter

"Ticket Stub" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/125 sec, ISO1250
“Ticket Stub” Cedar Park, 2018

こんばんは。How’s it going?

This morning I was planning on seeing the 8:50 am showing of Paddington 2, but I woke up at 8:30 and had to rush rush rush! Luckily the theater is only 10 minutes away, so after brushing my teeth, throwing on some clothes, and tidying up a bit, it was off to the movies! And when I arrived, I noticed that the movie time had changed to 9 am. Whew!

The movie itself was fantastic. I heard it was good, but I wasn’t expecting to be so impressed. The entire cast is wonderful, but Hugh Grant really stole the show. So funny, especially the dog food commercial. And I loved the scene where the Browns were talking about how actors were despicable and that they lie for a living. It was a meta moment seeing actors talking about actors!

The special effects were amazing as well, with the pop-up book montage being truly breathtaking. On the other hand, the animation of Paddington himself was completely seamless and looked very natural. I never once had a “That looks so fake!” moment.

Lastly, the jokes were clever and refreshing and didn’t resort to cheap bathroom humor. The trailers before the movie, on the other hand, had a total of 3 fart jokes. I mean, come on!

I’d have to say that Paddington 2 is the best movie that I have seen this year (so far). I’m not surprised that it has a “100% Fresh” rating at Rotten Tomatoes.

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In other news, I fired up the grill this evening and made burgers for the family. What made these special was that we also had bacon, avocado, and egg! Actually, Mariko and Bay had egg burgers, which made for a messy affair. But it did look damned tasty. Anyways, all the burgers were yummy, although I overcooked the patties just a bit.

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"Shattered" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/125 sec, ISO4000
“Shattered” Cedar Park, 2018

Lastly, Mariko couldn’t get the lens cap off of one of her lenses and asked if I could do it, but when I looked at it, the cap was stuck on as if someone super-glued it. And I could hear a strange sound coming from it… It turns out that Mariko had dropped her bag (which had her camera in it) and it must have impacted the edge of the lens. I had to use pliers to remove the cap, which revealed a shattered filter. Using the pliers again, I was able to unscrew the filter, then used a soft paintbrush to clear out all of the shattered glass. Thankfully the lens is undamaged, but we’ll have to get another filter. I guess that’s one example of when using a protective filter showed its worth.

I hope you had a nice Sunday!

またね~

Enjoy Shooting

"Cold Front" Leander, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/16, 1/1250 sec, ISO200
“Cold Front” Leander, 2018

こんばんは。How’s it going?

I watched a great video by Kevin Mullins in which he talks about simplifying the photographic process. I agree with a lot of what he says and his idea of letting the camera do most of the work, and you just concentrate on seeing the scene. He also talks about simplifying your gear and amount of kit you carry. I think once you stop thinking about gear, the photographic process gets simpler and purer, and also more enjoyable.

It’s kind of where I am at (and have been for a while) with my photography hobby. I’ve gone through the evolution of buying lots of gear and maximizing specs, lusting after the latest and greatest cameras and lenses, and collecting many different camera formats (and spending a fair bit of money). Then I started gravitating to smaller cameras, ditching gear, and eventually landed with my X100T, which doesn’t even have interchangeable lenses. And I love it! It’s been my go-to camera for the past few years. I don’t need anything more than this. When I travel, I take this one camera, a couple batteries, and I am all set. It makes traveling much more enjoyable!

"Trusty" Cedar Park, 2017
“Trusty” Cedar Park, 2017

I am on a journey to simplify my life, and simplifying my main hobby of photography is a great step in the right direction.

Today’s photo is of the sky as a cold front arrived in Texas. The temperature will drop about 40 degrees in just 12 hours! Brrrr….

Keep warm!

おやすみ

Foto Life

"Car Camera" Cedar Park, 2017
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.2, 1/125 sec, ISO2000
“Car Camera” Cedar Park, 2017

こんばんは。Howzit?

Ever since I bought my new car, I’ve missed some nice cloud/sunset shots because the bag in which I I keep my camera is often on the back seat. The Odyssey had a center tray which was great for keeping my bag on top of, and so my X100T was always close at hand. But not so with the Crosstrek. In order to rectify this unacceptable situation, I now keep a different camera in the glove box so I can take those quick shots.

In today’s photo, you can see that camera sitting in the cup holder. It’s my wife’s old Sony NEX-6 camera, which she hasn’t used it since she bought her Fujifilm X-T10 last year, and has been sitting on the shelf collecting dust. It was easy to sell the NEX-6 lenses on Craigslist, but the camera body and kit lens had some wear and tear, so I never tried to sell it. It operates perfectly, though, and for one-handed operation, I think it’s even better than the X100T.

Besides being easy to use, the camera’s kit lens defaults to its widest angle when you power on the camera, so the need for precise framing is lessened. It’s just a quick flick of the switch, half-press autofocus, and fire. All in a couple seconds.

In other super-important photo news, I haven’t been posting to Instagram as much, but that is going to change! I’m going to try to be less particular (and more spontaneous) about the photos I post, and just have more fun. At least I think it will be more fun. I’m guessing I will lose some followers, but who cares?

I hope you had a nice day!

おやすみ

Daytime Nightscape

"Tiny Airplane" Austin, 2017
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/5.6, 1/2500 sec, ISO200
“Tiny Airplane” Austin, 2017

こんばんは。How’s it going?

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.

I didn’t notice it when I took the photo, but there is actually an airliner flying in front of the clouds. I was surprised to spot it in Lightroom!

Later in the day, I took another photo of the storm clouds to the north. It was pretty scary, and the rain that followed was most intense of the year!

"Storm's Coming" Cedar Park, 2017
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/5.6, 1/1600 sec, ISO200
“Storm’s Coming” Cedar Park, 2017

Check out how crazy it got:

I hope everyone stays dry! Have a good evening wherever you might be.

おやすみ

– B Barron Fujimoto

Photo Expo

"Lighting Demo" Austin, 2017
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.2, 1/45 sec, ISO3200
“Lighting Demo” Austin, 2017

こんばんは。How’s it going?

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.

"Precision Camera" Austin, 2017
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/5.6, 1/850 sec, ISO200
“Precision Camera” Austin, 2017

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.

"Magic Mushroom Burger" Austin, 2017
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.2, 1/100 sec, ISO1000
“Magic Mushroom Burger” Austin, 2017

And besides the photo-geekery, we enjoyed delicious burgers at Hopdoddy. Yum!!!

I hope you had a nice day!

またね~

Second Favorite Camera/Lens

"Tabled Watch" Cedar Park, 2017
Photo info: SONY SLT-A77V, 35mm, f/2.4, 1/60 sec, ISO400
“Tabled Watch” Cedar Park, 2017

こんばんは。How’s it going?

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.

"XA" Cedar Park, 2017
Photo info: SONY SLT-A77V, 35mm, f/1.8, 1/60 sec, ISO1000
“XA” Cedar Park, 2017

The 35mm lens is relatively inexpensive (~$200 brand new), light, and very sharp when stopped down a bit. I love it.

"Anko" Cedar Park, 2017
Photo info: SONY SLT-A77V, 35mm, f/1.8, 1/60 sec, ISO640
“Anko” Cedar Park, 2017

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!

"Nikon & Empty" Cedar Park, 2017
Photo info: SONY SLT-A77V, 35mm, f/1.8, 1/60 sec, ISO800
“Nikon & Empty” Cedar Park, 2017

I hope you had a nice day!

またね~

Approach to Haneda

"Approach to Haneda" Tokyo, 1998
“Approach to Haneda” Tokyo, 1998

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!

Printing

"Prints"Cedar Park, 2017
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/5, 1/60 sec, ISO6400
“Prints”Cedar Park, 2017

こんばんは。How’s it going?

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. 😀

またね~