Monday Snapshots

"New Mic" Cedar Park, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/45 sec, ISO3200
“New Mic” Cedar Park, 2019

Hi there! Just a couple of snapshots today… the first is of a new microphone I bought for recording Koa’s percussion concerts. It’s an inexpensive shotgun microphone which plugs into our Fujifilm X-T10. I only tried it out to see if it works so I don’t know the quality, but it should be an improvement over the camera’s built-in mic.

"Kitty on Toast" Cedar Park, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/80 sec, ISO3200
“Kitty on Toast” Cedar Park, 2019

The second photo is of Yuzu, relaxing on the toast pillow by the ol’ printer. ☺

In other news, I’m going to shoot more using the 16:9 aspect ratio. Years ago when I started building websites, I was really into wide-format imagery. I still find it attractive, so I’ll be taking more photos using it.

I hope you had a great day!


Dark Mornings Once Again

"Morning Glow" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X-T10, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/180 sec, ISO1600
“Morning Glow” Cedar Park, 2018

With the recent time change, my mornings have gotten darker, but I don’t mind since my commute sometimes goes from dark to light and I can see the sky and clouds change colors.

This morning, as I went to the car, I saw the intense pink color and had to take a photo. Just a few minutes later, the color was gone. It’s interesting how time passes quickly at dawn and dusk, at least in this part of the world.


An Old Coaster

"Coaster" Cedar Park, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X-T10, 35mm, f/2.8, 1/40 sec, ISO1600
“Coaster” Cedar Park, 2019

こんばんは。How’s it going?

I’ve had this coaster from a Japanese bar on my desk for possibly 20 years now. Of course, the desks have changed as I moved from home to home, but the paper coaster survives. Actually, is the coaster 20+ years old? I can’t be sure… maybe I picked it up on a subsequent trip to Japan. Is it from a watering hole or a karaoke box? I don’t remember, but I guess it’s not too important. I thought that I could easily do some sleuthing to find out, but I think it’s kind of nice to not know where it came from. Even mundane things that remain mysterious are kind of cool.


Blue Image and Wandering around Japan

"Blue" Austin, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/55 sec, ISO800
“Blue” Austin, 2019

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Lately I’ve been watching videos from NIPPON WANDERING TV. They are high-quality stabilized walking/biking videos around Japan, mainly in Tokyo, which I find super-relaxing, especially because there is no soundtrack other than the sounds of the environment. I like to put one of the videos on the TV and go about my business: cooking, folding laundry, or whatever. It puts me in a good mood. 😊

Please check them out when you have a chance! Here’s one that I particularly like:


Today’s photo is of my Seiko SNDA chronograph watch and Jinhao shark fountain pen on my graph paper notebook. I applied a Lightroom preset named “Blue” that I created a while ago for an image that I’ve long forgotten. I thought it gave a nice effect.

I hope you had a nice day!


The Return of Sunshine

"Morning Light" Cedar Park, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.2, 1/100 sec, ISO2500
“Morning Light” Cedar Park, 2019

After a couple of grey days, I woke up to this amazing morning sunlight. It lifted my mood immediately… is that another kind of solar power? 😆

Have a nice day!