Wet weather

"Here Comes the Rain" Cedar Park, 2016
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/7.1, 1/100 sec, ISO400
“Here Comes the Rain” Cedar Park, 2016

こんばんは! Hi, how’s it going?

The weather here in Central Texas has been stormy, humid, and grey. I don’t mind it so much since we need the rain, but what we don’t need is all the mosquitoes! They seem to be everywhere these days. This evening on the way to Bay’s piano lessons, he smushed a mosquito in the car. And when I was doing dishes after dinner, I could see a couple of those pests outside the window just looking to suck my blood. Yuck.

Anyways, I’ve been reading a pretty interesting book about maps called “On the Map” which I borrowed from the library… but I read so slowly that I reached the maximum number of times I could renew it so I had to return the book to the library. 😞 But I have enjoyed this particular book, so I’ll need to give it a couple days, then go borrow it again. And hopefully I can finish it within the 6 week limit.

Okay, time to reach for another book. Have a good evening!

おやすみなさい!

– バロン Barron Fujimoto

Rainy daze photography

"Rainy Commute" Austin, 2016
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/100 sec, ISO200
“Rainy Commute” Austin, 2016

こんばんは! Hi, how’s it going?

We’ve been having some dreary weather here the past few days. As you can see from the photo above it was a wet drive into the office this morning, and unfortunately Koa’s baseball game was rained out this evening. So, I took him to the batting cages so he could keep sharp.

Today I did a few photography-related activities. First, at work I bought a new 50 mm F/1.8 lens for our company camera. 📷 My friend recommended this new nifty-fifty and I used it to take an employee head-shot this afternoon, which turned out pretty good. I’m very pleased with the lens!

Secondly, I tried something kind of fun, which was to smear Vaseline on a filter to simulate a blurry glamour-type photo. I was really trying to go for a dreamy, abstract type of image but I don’t think the Vaseline distorted the sharpness as much as I would have liked. Well, I did get a couple of fun kitty photos, as you can see below:

"Pop Kitties" Cedar Park, 2016
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.5, 1/100 sec, ISO2500
“Pop Kitties” Cedar Park, 2016

And the third thing I did was to make a few prints using our Canon inkjet printer. I’ve never been able to figure out how to print photos… my whole life, things like edges, margins, and general printer errors have left a sour taste in my mouth when it came to home printing. This evening started out with more of the same… but after a couple failed attempts, I think I am getting closer to figuring out how the Lightroom print module works. I’ve been trying to make a print with a nice 1 cm white border around it, and I was able to tweak the settings a bit to get fairly close. With minimal trimming with our paper-cutter, the results were quite nice!

I’ll post a photo of the prints later, but I think I am satisfied for now… pics of the pics will have to wait. 😛

Well, that’s it for today. Have a great Tuesday!

おやすみなさい!

– B Barron Fujimoto

Heavy chair

"Massage Chair" Cedar Park, 2016
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/60 sec, ISO1250
“Massage Chair” Cedar Park, 2016

こんばんは! How was your Sunday? Mine was good, but I’m not feeling 100%…

As you can see in today’s photo, we have a new massage chair… it’s very heavy and not the best looking bit of furniture, but the massage it gives is great. However, moving it into the house was a pain (it took all four of us to move) and maybe I over-exerted myself. So, my back feels a little sore. Or, it could the that I spent too long in the massage chair!

At any rate, I don’t feel so great so I’ll be going to bed earlier than normal, if I can.

Tomorrow is the start of the work-week… lots to do!

おやすみなさい!

– B Barron Fujimoto

Busy day

"Bay and I" Austin, 2016
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.5, 1/20 sec, ISO6400
“Bay and I” Austin, 2016

こんばんは! Hello, how was your Saturday?

Our was really good! This morning, Koa had another baseball game and they won! ⚾️ The final score was 12-2. The game was a make-up for an earlier one that was canceled due to rain… and it is the final game of the regular season. The final tournament starts Monday evening and should run the whole week. Lots of fun! The team Koa is on has a record of 3-10, so they weren’t very good, but they learned a lot and had fun every game. A successful season for sure.

This afternoon, Bay had his piano recital. 🎹 He played really well! I am so proud of him… now he is third from final in the recital line-up, which means he is one of the senior students. I am amazed that he has progressed so much… but really, he has been playing for several years now and practices every day… I guess it seems like he just started! Time flies so quickly and the kids are growing faster than I realize.

Today’s photo is of Bay and I after the recital. We went out for sushi dinner and I asked Mariko to take this black and white photo of us. It’s rare that we are dressed up nicely, so this is a special photo. 😊

Take care, and I hope you have a nice Sunday!

おやすみなさい!

– B Barron Fujimoto

Ballgame

"Cloud like England" Cedar Park, 2016
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/6.4, 1/1000 sec, ISO200
“Cloud like England” Cedar Park, 2016

こんばんは! Hello, did you have a nice Friday the 13th?

Mine was good, with a lot of work finished, but what was fun was watching Koa play baseball in the evening. He hit a rocket to center field, but it was caught. Still, that was his best-hit ball ever and he was fired up!

Anyways, the weekend is here and it should be a busy one, with another baseball game, Japanese school, and a piano recital. Should be fun!

おやすみなさい!

– バロン Barron Fujimoto