Getting cozy

"Getting Cozy" USA. Texas. Cedar Park. 2016.
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/60 sec, ISO2500
“Getting Cozy” USA. Texas. Cedar Park. 2016.

こんばんは!How was your Monday?

Today was a busy day for me at work. Lots to do, and not enough time to do it all! But the work is interesting and kind of fun, with a lot of challenges. I am really thankful that I do the type of work that I do. It’s funny but I never gave too much thought about going into a creative field when I was younger… it just sort of happened. I remember when I was in High School, I told my counselor that I wanted to go into graphic design or art and that was probably what put me on this path. It all just fell into place after that. Come to think of it, I never had much of a long-term vision about my career… but things have worked out. I think it has been a good professional life!

Today’s photo is of our dog, Lani, relaxing in the sleeping bag. That green sleeping bag is usually stored in Bay’s closet, but it came out because Koa went to a sleepover and since then it has been used in front of the tv, and now as you can see, Lani loves it too. I guess it could use a washing, and then I’ll put it away.

By the way, my new JanSport Hatchet backpack (in Grey Tar color) arrived today and I like it! I’ll write up some more thoughts about it after I’ve had a chance to use it. But so far, so good!

Well, tomorrow should be another busy day, so I will get some rest now. Take care!



Printing photos

"Prints" USA. Texas. Cedar Park. 2016.
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/60 sec, ISO1600
“Prints” USA. Texas. Cedar Park. 2016.

こんばんは!Hi everyone.

It’s Sunday night and I am sad the weekend is almost over. My kids have a holiday tomorrow so they can relax one more day. Lucky them!

Today I printed a few photos using our inkjet printer. I’ve been having a lot of fun with my Instax printer and have neglected the regular inkjet, but the inkjet makes some really lovely prints. The color, sharpness and vibrance is much better than the Instax prints, but the instant film has a lot more charm. I like them both! We have an inexpensive Canon PIXMA MG7120 which is really convenient, but the Canon ink is expensive. I recently bought some Skia Ink Cartridges which were rated pretty good, and the prints I made today (in the photo above) came out great! I have asked Mariko to look for some nice frames for the 4×6 size so we can display them. You know, it’s convenient to view the digital photos online, but a real print or instax/polaroid that you can hold in your hand is a much richer experience IMHO.

Well, that’s it for now. I need to get some good rest tonight because it is going to be a busy work week!

おやすみなさい!Take care and stay warm!


A nice walk

"Food Truck" USA. Texas. Austin. 2016.
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/6.4, 1/60 sec, ISO2000
“Food Truck” USA. Texas. Austin. 2016.

こんばんは!How are you today/tonight? I hope you had a nice Saturday.

Mine has been a long one… Saturday mornings are similar to weekday mornings in our family because our sons attend Japanese school, which starts at 8am and ends just before noon. This means that I wake up early as usual, then make coffee and get breakfast ready, then wake everyone else up.

Today I took them to school, and my wife and her friend had a “garage sale” at our house. Actually, it was held inside and was advertised to the local Japanese community. Apparently the house was packed, coffee and snacks were enjoyed, and many things got sold! Sounds like a big party, doesn’t it?

But while she was busy doing that, I had a nice relaxing walk around downtown Austin. I actually parked at my favorite book store, BookPeople, then walked all around. Instead of walking on the major streets, I tried to take the alleyways between the streets which are much more interesting to me! I stumbled across the food truck in the photo above, which was painted by Pee Yellow of Peelander-Z, a band we have seen a couple times. Pee Yellow is an acquaintance of ours (a friend of a friend) and his artwork is very recognizable! It surprised me when I came across the food truck, but I guess it was in its normal overnight “nesting place”.

I really enjoyed my morning photo walk, and was happy that I could have a few hours to decompress and get some exercise. Very refreshing!

Tonight is pretty cold, getting down to the 30s in our neighborhood. ❄️ Stay warm wherever you are!



Friday Night Relaxing

"On the drive" USA. Texas. Austin. 2016.
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/7.1, 1/80 sec, ISO200
“On the drive” USA. Texas. Austin. 2016.

こんばんは!How are you tonight/today?

It’s getting late here but I am happy that the weekend has arrived! As the title of this post indicated, I had a relaxing evening. One of Bay’s friends is visiting and they played video games while I catched up watching a week’s worth of Asa ga Kita. It’s a good story so far!

For dinner we had a pizza from Costco, which is one of my favorites! During my have bachelor summers (when Mariko and the kids go to Japan for a month or so) I always eat a lot of Costco pizza. 💗 🍕 It’s tasty, cheap, and easy to prepare.

After dinner I watched “I Hate Tokyo” (上京ものがたり) which was just ok. There wasn’t anything special about the movie but there was a nice message of following your dreams and persevering. I can’t really recommend it though because there are many more movies which are more worth your while. But still, it was relaxing to watch and sip on a glass or three of nice red wine! 🍷

Today’s photo was one I took while driving in to work. The sun was just rising and there were some pretty clouds in the sky. I don’t really compose these photos since I am driving, but I point the camera in the general direction, and snap away and hope I get a nice shot. I am pretty happy with this one! I also took another photo which I posted on Instagram that I like. Please take a look!

Well, I have to wake up early to make breakfast for the kiddos, so I will call it a night.

おやすみなさい!Let’s have a great weekend!


Blue shutter release

"Blue Shutter Release" USA. Texas. Cedar Park. 2016.
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.5, 1/125 sec, ISO1000
“Blue Shutter Release” USA. Texas. Cedar Park. 2016.

こんばんは!How are you doing? I’m well, although I have developed a cold sore on my lip. It’s been several years since I’ve had one, so it was a surprise this morning!

Today’s photo is of a nice shiny blue “Blue Metal Soft Release” that I purchased for my X100T. I have a convex black soft shutter release, but I thought this blue one might look nice on my black camera and since it was only about $5 I figured I would give it a try. The quality and the color of the button is nice, but it is a little too small for the X100T… and also I think the black button I have on it now looks better. So I put the blue button on my wife’s X-T10, and I think it looks great! It also matches the size of the X-T10’s release mechanism almost perfectly! Happily, my wife also likes it and so I have put a little Loctite on it to secure the button onto the threads.

By the way, in an earlier post, I explained that I was going to start using a “Personal Documentary” category to designate my posts with the daily photos. But it turns out that I am also posting daily (or nightly) and including the photo, so I am not sure the separate category is needed. Therefore, I have removed the “Personal Documentary” category. I have been including my daily posts in the “Slice of Life” category in case you are keeping score.

Lastly, I wanted to mention that this has been a tough week in which both David Bowie and Alan Rickman have died. I’ve been a Bowie fan since high school (I remember listening to Changesonebowie in my room with a bunch of friends one night), and I saw him in 1983 during his Serious Moonlight tour. What an amazing show. And I’ve admired Alan Rickman’s acting, specifically his portrayal of Severus Snape. He really stole the show in the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2, didn’t he?

On that note, I will end this post. I hope you have a great Friday!