A Little Extra Effort

"Sunrise in ATX" Austin, 2017
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/6.4, 1/160 sec, ISO200
“Sunrise in ATX” Austin, 2017

こんばんは。How’s it going?

This morning I arrived at work while there was a nice sunrise happening. I wanted to see if I could get a decent photo of it so I decided to take the elevator up to the top level of the parking garage to get a better view. I think it turned out pretty good!

Honestly, there have been many days where the sunrise was really cool but I just didn’t have the motivation to put in the extra effort to find a good spot to view it from. It’s silly、 really, since the effort level is minimal – I just had to press a button to take the elevator up 4 levels, then walk 15 seconds to the edge of the garage. Just talking about it now, I feel so stupid.

In the future, I’ll try to make that extra effort. The results just might be worth it!

FYI, the photo is a panorama from two photos that I stitched using Lightroom and Photoshop. There were some telephone poles and power lines near the treeline that I removed. I usually add a little grain to my photos using Lightroom, but I forgot to do that for this one. Oh well. I still am pleased with it! 😆

I hope you had a nice day.

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Print day

”Instax Printing" Cedar Park, 2017
Photo info: SONY NEX-6, 16mm, f/4, 1/60 sec, ISO1600
”Instax Printing” Cedar Park, 2017

こんばんは!How’s it going?

This evening I printed out several photos that I took in December and earlier this month. I love using my Instax printer! Not only does it make the photos cooler, but it makes me examine my photo library in a different way. When I am making my selections, I ask myself why this photo over that photo, and how come this one is good for sharing online, but it’s not good for printing.

Most of the time it’s because the prints are mostly for myself to look at, while online photos are less personal, less sentimental. I don’t think strangers care about holiday photos so much, do they?

I also use the Instax printer to make prints of my favorite actors and movie posters. I use them as bookmarks or just because I like to look at beautiful faces sometimes. It’s a little odd to be printing those kinds of photos out, but whatever. I love my movie/tv poster prints!

We’ve gotten so used to taking photos to share on Instagram or Facebook that it seems odd to create them simply for our own personal joy.

I hope you had a nice Wednesday.

おやすみなさい~

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Simple Camera

"Camera Love" Cedar Park, 2017
Photo info: Motorola Moto G (4), 3.64mm, f/2, 1/15 sec, ISO3200
“Camera Love” Cedar Park, 2017

こんばんは!How’s it going? Are you staying warm this winter? The temperatures will drop below freezing here tonight, but we’ll be warm and cozy in our beds!

Today’s photo is of my camera, the Fujifilm X100T which I have blogged about before. I’m still loving it – definitely my favorite camera I’ve ever owned. It’s not the fastest, doesn’t have the highest resolution or specs, but it has a certain charm in its body design and the image quality that the jpeg processing produces. That combination is why so many people love their X100 cameras, and Fujifilm cameras in general.

This camera has changed the way I think about making photos. Having multiple lenses that cover the ultra-wide to the super-telephoto range isn’t that important to me anymore. Simplicity has become much more valued to me now. The single focal length simplifies so much. Decision-making is easier. In fact, a lot of decisions have been eliminated… and I love it! It’s truly liberating.

Of course, I value the knowledge and experience I’ve gained from owning and using many different cameras and lenses, and it still comes into play with the photographic duties I sometimes take on at work, but for my personal photography, the X100T is all I need.

I guess this simplification is part of a trend in my life… getting rid of things I don’t need or use. Do I need all the apps on my phone? No, I only need a few. Having less keeps my phone light and fast.

Do I need to keep all the books I have already read? No. I donate or sell them, and free up physical space and clear the clutter. Seeing books that I’ll probably never read again just gives me a feeling of incompleteness. Get rid of them and close that chapter for good. (I made a pun!) Closure feels nice.

There are so many opportunities to simplify!

Focusing on just a few quality items seems to be a path that makes sense to me now. It gets me excited to think about jettisoning the things I don’t need anymore.

I hope you had a great day!

おやすみなさい!

– B Barron Fujimoto

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Postcards from Big Bend

"Modern Vintage" Cedar Park, 2016
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/20 sec, ISO3200
“Modern Vintage” Cedar Park, 2016

こんばんは!How’s it going? Here in central Texas, not only has it gotten colder, but it’s also gotten wetter, with a light rain all afternoon. It looks like it will continue all weekend as well. I’m glad we don’t have outdoor activities planned! 🌧

Today’s photo is of the three postcards I bought at the Panther Junction Visitor Center in Big Bend National Park. I love the vintage design of these! So when I took the photo, I decided to post-process using one of Nik Software’s vintage camera presets. I like the way it came out. 😊

In looking at the designs, I realized that I took some photos of the same subjects or locations. I posted these before, but I thought it was neat to match them up with the postcards – the Rio Grande, the Milky Way, and Casa Grande.

"Santa Elena Canyon" Big Bend, 2016
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/7.1, 1/140 sec, ISO400
“Santa Elena Canyon” Big Bend, 2016
"Starry Night" Big Bend, 2016
Photo info: FUJIFILM X-T10, 18mm, f/3.2, 20 sec, ISO5000
“Starry Night” Big Bend, 2016
"Casa Grande" Big Bend, 2016
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/6.4, 1/170 sec, ISO400
“Casa Grande” Big Bend, 2016

While on the travel subject, I have to admit that I have been getting into watching YouTube videos about minimalist travel, gear, and packing. It’s so fascinating to me! It’s funny, but minimalist travel, backpacking, and motorcycle travel all have similar recommendations, most notably to use synthetic or merino wool clothing (not cotton!), dress with layers in mind, and don’t overpack!

As some of you may know, I love bags and backpacks, and I’ve been searching for the perfect backpack. I pretty much found the perfect (for me) messenger bag in the Patagonia Minimass, but I haven’t found a backpack that I really love. I think I am going to sell my North Face Router and Jansport Hatchet, and pick up an Osprey Porter 30. It looks like a perfect travel backpack! But we’ll see. It’s fun to do the research at least. 😄

I hope you had a nice Friday!

おやすみなさい!

– B Barron Fujimoto

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