Pizza Class

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 27mm, f/4, 1/100 sec, ISO2000
“Pizza Hands” Cedar Park, 2021

Today we had two families over for an in-person pizza lesson. Usually, Mariko teaches via Zoom but today it was a special visit with friends. Lots of fun! And of course, the pizza was yummy. 😀🍕

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-T10, 35mm, f/2, 1/100 sec, ISO320
“Pizza” Cedar Park, 2021
Photo info: FUJIFILM X-T10, 35mm, f/2, 1/100 sec, ISO640
“Pizza” Cedar Park, 2021

Fujifilm Recipes and Shooting JPG

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 27mm, f/4, 1/90 sec, ISO3200
“Ukes” Cedar Park, 2021

Today I watched a video about Fujifilm film simulation recipes, and spent some time reproducing some.

My Fujifilm X-E4 can connect to Fujifilm X Raw Studio and save unlimited custom recipes which makes it easy to try out different looks on the computer and then transfer any of them to the camera. Since I don’t shoot RAW anymore, having these film presets to create the JPGs in-camera is really neat and fun. It’s like having a roll of a particular film (and/or processing technique) in the camera.

Some will say to just shoot RAW and then apply the recipes in post. I understand the logic (I’ve done that for years) but I now prefer keeping things light and simple. That means culling my photo library aggressively and shooting JPG for a small library size and greater compatibility for sharing.

A bit more about culling the photo library. I shoot daily and it’s important to delete images until I have only 5 or 6 chosen JPG files per day in my Lightroom catalog. My nightmare (and how I used to live) is to have 20 RAW files sitting there, ready for processing or deleting. That kind of clutter not only sat on the hard drive, but also sat in the back of my mind. RAW files offer the option unlimited possibilities, but in my mind, these possibilities are just open-ended questions of “is this better?” or “should I go back and re-edit using these other settings?”. A JPEG gives me a kind of closure to each image I’ve taken. It’s more or less final and I can move on.

All that being said, the snapshots in this post are just test shots and not all that good nor interesting, but I like them anyways.

Other Fujifilm recipe resources:
Joe D’Agostino
Fuji X Weekly — Film Recipes app

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 27mm, f/4, 1/100 sec, ISO2000
“Bike” Cedar Park, 2021

Sashimi Entrée

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 27mm, f/4, 1/100 sec, ISO1250
“Sashimi” Cedar Park, 2021

Maguro (tuna) is not my favorite sushi, but Toro (fatty tuna) is definitely up there!

Twilight Sky

Photo info: Apple iPhone 12 mini, 1.55mm, f/2.4, 1/130 sec, ISO25
“Twilight Sophie” Cedar Park, 2021

Do you know the difference between “twilight” and “dusk”? I always thought they were the same. 🤷‍♂️

Anyways, today I went with Sophie on a ride to test out her new stem (it’s good) and we had to stop at one of the neighborhood photo spots. The sky looked awesome!

Photo info: Apple iPhone 12 mini, 1.55mm, f/2.4, 1/250 sec, ISO25
“Twilight Glow” Cedar Park, 2021

I hope you had a nice day. またね~

Evening Running

Photo info: Apple iPhone 12 mini, 1.55mm, f/2.4, 1/470 sec, ISO25
“Sunset Trees” Cedar Park, 2021

As the summer days heat up, my running times have shifted to later in the day to take advantage of the cooler temperatures. One big perk of this shift is the chance to see amazing sunset and twilight skies. It helps that my iPhone 12 Mini has a decent camera! When I see something worth taking a photo of, I can quickly take it out of my running belt, take my snapshots, and put it back all in a matter of a few seconds.

Photo info: Apple iPhone 12 mini, 4.2mm, f/1.6, 1/500 sec, ISO32
“Sunset” Cedar Park, 2021

Running in the evening does have one disadvantage however: bugs! I have to keep my route away from the smaller paths and trails that have a lot of flying insects because it’s no fun to inhale those little creatures. ☹ But perhaps a mask is an option? I’ll have to give that a go.

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