Screentime Saturday

"Orchid" USA. Texas. Cedar Park. 2016.
Photo info: SONY NEX-6, 0mm, f/0, 1/60 sec, ISO250
“Orchid” USA. Texas. Cedar Park. 2016.

こんばんは!Hello! How was Saturday?

Today I spent a lot of time in front of my computer screen at home. I wasn’t working but rather catching up with Asa ga Kita, the asadora that is currently running on NHK. The subtitles that I use have been completed all the way up to week 10, so I was able to watch from week 6 to 10. The story is pretty good! The acting varies from excellent to not so great. I think the best performance so far has been by Miyazaki Aoi who plays Asa’s older sister, Hatsu. On the opposite end is Dean Fujioka who plays Godai Tomoatsu. He’s not terrible, but his acting is pretty stiff and robotic. But that is a minor complaint. So far the story is good and I can’t wait til more subtitles are released!

Today’s photo is a close-up of an orchid that has finally bloomed after over a year. It’s a really pretty color, isn’t it?

Well, time for bed. Tired but feeling good!

おやすみなさい!

-B Barron Fujimoto

Quickest week ever

"Harumaki" USA. Texas. Cedar Park. 2016.
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/125 sec, ISO2500
“Harumaki” USA. Texas. Cedar Park. 2016.

こんばんは!Happy Friday! 😀

In yesterday’s post I mentioned that this week has been going by so fast. I was wondering if today it would slow down and drag on… but no, it kept on flying by! I think although I am very busy, I am having fun, and you know what they say, right? Time flies when you’re having fun!

Speaking of fun, last night I printed out 8 Instax prints. Why did I print so many? Well, I bought some new print sleeves and they looks nice and fun. A little crafty but I like them a lot. I’ll post a pic tomorrow, when the light is better (as usual, I am blogging at night before I go to bed).

The Instax Printer continues to be a lot of fun… I have a few things that I think are important and I don’t place restrictions on when buying or creating. One of them is photo books, and another is printing photos! It’s kind of an interesting aspect of photography for me. I get a lot of pleasure from snapping photos, processing the images, printing the photos, and looking at the prints. Photography is so cool because there are so many angles to the entire process. And there are other aspects that I haven’t even explored, such as exhibiting larger prints. Something to look forward to for sure.

Today’s photo is of some harumaki (egg rolls) that we had alongside some Thai curry for dinner. The harumaki looked better than they tasted, honestly. These were store-bought frozen egg rolls, but deep-fried so they look really good and had a nice flaky crunch to them.

Well, it’s time to get some rest. I wake up early on Saturday’s too so I need by beauty rest. 😜

おやすみなさい!

-バロン Barron Fujimoto

Podcasts

USA. Texas. Cedar Park. 2016.
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/6.4, 1/30 sec, ISO6400
USA. Texas. Cedar Park. 2016.

こんばんは!How’s it going? It’s just about Friday… this week has gone by so quickly. Maybe the fastest for me in a long time, maybe ever. I am so busy at work that the days just fly by!

I haven’t talked about the podcasts that I enjoy listening to these days lately, so I figured I would mention a couple. Of course, I listen to a lot of photography podcasts but my favorite ones are Street Focus with Valerie Jardin and the Photofocus podcasts with Scott Bourne and Marco Larousse.

What I enjoy about these is that they are not really centered on gear or technology. Instead, they focus on the art and inspiration pertaining to photography. I think that at this point in my photography hobby, I am less into gear and specs and more interested in photographic expression. I’m not saying that I am an expert… on the contrary, I have so much to learn about the essence of photography and what it means to have a certain style. I don’t really have one… and as a non-professional, I don’t feel the need to have one. At this time, I just want to document our lives. I try to think what could be interesting to my great grandchildren who might wonder how his or her ancestors lived.

And from a lot of my photos and posts, I bet they would know that Mariko is an amazing cook and baker. Today’s photo is of some donuts that Mariko made at home. I haven’t tried one yet, but they look amazing, don’t they?

Well, I am pretty exhausted… I have been fasting during the daytime and having one meal in the evening. So, I feel great physically and mentally, but get worn out quickly. But it feels good actually… hard to explain but I like it. Makes me feel alive I guess.

Bed time now though. おやすみなさい!

-バロン Barron Fujimoto

Play ball!

"Koa on the Mound" USA. Texas. Cedar Park. 2016.
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/125 sec, ISO2500
“Koa on the Mound” USA. Texas. Cedar Park. 2016.

こんばんは!Brrrr…. it’s cold tonight! ❄️

As you can see in the photo above, we were at the baseball fields. Koa’s new team (The Rockies) had its first game, and it was super chilly out. The kids wore undershirts but of course they were still cold. I even had extra clothes on (a sweater, two jackets, thermal leggings under my jeans, a scarf, and a lined ski cap) and I was freezing!!!

But the game itself was fun and Koa did well. ⚾️ That is him pitching in the photo and he didn’t give up any earned runs. He came into the game as a relief pitcher, with the bases loaded and got out of the inning only giving up one run (on a throwing error). I was so proud! 👍

I am glad that Koa likes to pitch and can go up in the spotlight and do well. I know it can be nerve-wracking! I used to pitch in little league as well, and I don’t really remember much of it, although I think I was pretty good. So I guess pitching runs in the family.

I am finally starting to warm up and I think it’s time to hop into the cozy bed. Talk again tomorrow!

おやすみなさい!

-B Barron Fujimoto

Cold day

USA. Texas. Cedar Park. 2016.
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2, 1/60 sec, ISO3200
USA. Texas. Cedar Park. 2016.

こんばんは!Hello! How are you doing?

Wow, today was such a windy and chilly day here in central Texas. When I left the office, it was in the 40s and my car was getting blown around the lane on the drive home. Not fun. Plus, I drive a Honda Odyssey and that car is like a giant sail.

Once again, I had a busy day at work. But this week, I’ve been using a tool to track the time I spend on each task. It’s called Toggl and it is a free web app which is super-easy to use and has some great features. I know that I am pretty much constantly working throughout the day, but couldn’t recall exactly what I spent my time on. But with Toggl I can easily start a task, giving it a name and associating it to a project or category. It starts a timer and keeps it going until I either click stop, or switch tasks, in which case I just enter in the new task name and it will start timing the new work task (while saving the old task). If I switch back to a task I was doing earlier in the day (or any previous time actually), I can click that task in the timeline and Toggl will start the timing the task using the old settings (name and project). It is so easy!

I can also see a running count of how long I have worked that day, and there are some simple reports to view everything in easy charts or tables. Surprisingly, I spend a lot of my day scoping out tasks and emailing… today I spent over 1.5 hours doing those two things! I’ve found that I use Toggle constantly now… the only time I hit the stop button is when I take a break or go to lunch. Otherwise, I am either working on a task, or switch over to task scoping, or email, or if I have to go into a meeting, I will also track that. It’s actually very interesting!

Okay, enough about work stuff.

So, today’s photo is completely about recreation. It’s another photo of the Pinky:st character, Maki. I think it’s a cool figurine! I have also been tweaking the black and white settings on my X100T, and now I am pretty much set on using the Yellow filter, with +1 to both highlights and shadows, and +2 to sharpness. It gives a nice contrasty look, but the skin tones are still natural-toned. I like it.

Well, it looks like it will be cold overnight here. I will put an extra blanket on. Take care and stay warm!

おやすみなさい!

-B Barron Fujimoto