First Light

Photo info: OLYMPUS E-PL9, 9mm, f/4, 1/60 sec, ISO3200
“First Light” Cedar Park, 2021

I was greeted by a soft glow in the home office this morning. What a wonderful start to the day!

By the way, I took the photo with Mariko’s old Olympus E-PL9 camera and its 9-18 mm (18-36 mm equivalent) lens. Fun to use!

I also have started cropping to a 4:3 aspect ratio more. I noticed that the Ozu movies that I am fond of have that aspect ration and I really like it.

Cirrus Uncinus

Photo info: Apple iPhone 12 mini, 1.55mm, f/2.4, 1/2200 sec, ISO25
“Cirrus Uncinus” Cedar Park, 2021

I saw these wispy clouds high up in the air when I went out for my run. They look so cool, don’t they?

It’s the first day of autumn and the daytime temperatures in central Texas have dropped into the 80s. It’s already feeling like Halloween season!

Photo info: Apple iPhone 12 mini, 1.55mm, f/2.4, 1/3000 sec, ISO25
“Cirrus Uncinus” Cedar Park, 2021

Chuto Hanpa TP

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 25.4mm, f/3.2, 1/50 sec, ISO800
“中途 半端” Cedar Park, 2021

“Chuto Hanpa” (中途 半端) is a Japanese phrase which means “doing something halfway”, in other words, starting something but not finishing it or leaving it incomplete.

In my house, I’m able to take the photo above often as it seems that no one besides me is willing to put the toilet paper roll on the holder. And I always think, “Chuto Hanpa” and chuckle to myself before putting the roll in the holder.

Besides that task, I’m also the “lights-turner-offer” and “cabinet-door-closer”. I used to get annoyed and complain but now I find it funny and satisfying to do this little bit of tidying up. (can turning off lights be considered tidying up?)


Daily Tea

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 55mm, f/4, 1/110 sec, ISO3200
“Morning Tea Set” Cedar Park, 2021

I’ve been enjoying my daily tea for the past couple of months now. It’s especially nice to drink out of the ceramic cup. It has a great feel to it. 🍵

The only problem is that our cat, Yuzu, also like to drink from it, and when I leave the room I have to put the cup on a shelf, otherwise I return to see her face inside it! 🐱

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 55mm, f/4, 1/160 sec, ISO2500
“Cat Being a Cat” Cedar Park, 2021

Indian Take-Out Dinner

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 18mm, f/2.8, 1/100 sec, ISO800
“Dinner from Tarka” Cedar Park, 2021

This evening we ordered take-out from one of our favorite “fast-casual” Indian restaurants, Tarka Indian Kitchen. Koa was out with friends for dinner, so it was just for Mariko and I eating at home. Before we started eating, I sent the photo above to him to gloat a bit, and he replied with an unhappy emoji. Later that evening, he said the food looked so good that he and his friends ended up getting food from Tarka later! 😁