Summer Rain and Time-Lapse with the Fujifilm X100T

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2, 1/4000 sec, ISO200
“Possibly Rain” Cedar Park, 2019

We got a tiny bit of rain this evening which was nice. But mostly I loved the fun stormclouds.

I captured the following time-lapse with the Fujifilm X100T. The regular battery that the camera uses has horribly low capacity, but luckily it can charge via micro-USB so I plug in a portable power bank and the camera just runs straight off of that. Very convenient!

The built-in intervalometer in the X100T is also nice… I set the camera to take a photo every four seconds, then compiled all the photos into Adobe Premiere to create the video. The only thing I do not like is that there’s a limit of 999 photos in one series. Not sure why they limited that…

The next video is what I would call a fail. I forgot to manually focus the camera, so for each of the 900+ shots, the X100T would auto-focus, and of course, sometimes it didn’t focus on the clouds but instead on the filthy window. Oh well, live and learn! It still looks pretty cool, though. 😂

I hope you had a nice day!

The Farewell and Being Mixed-Race Asian

Photo info: motorola moto g(6), 3.95mm, f/1.8, 1/120 sec, ISO194
“The Farewell” Austin, 2019

I went to see The Farewell today. Loved it. Seeing a movie from a Chinese-American perspective was interesting personally because it’s something that I can relate to, although not fully since I’m a generation or two removed from any family connection with China. However, I know a fair bit about Chinese culture so the movie felt special and the situations were familiar. Come to think of it, Billi is somewhat removed from China as well and is the same generation as my Mom, whose parents emigrated from China.

Billi is 100% Chinese-American (both parents are from China), but I’m mixed-race Asian-American, which is why I couldn’t more closely relate to her. On one hand, I’m a bit envious that Billi can identify as Chinese. On the other hand, as a mixed-race Asian-American, I am proud of my mixed heritage since I can identify with Japanese culture, Chinese culture, and to a lesser extent, Hawaiian culture. But I am not able to be 100% committed to one, and that is somewhat unsatisfying. It makes identity complicated. Hanging out with Chinese-American, Japanese-American, or Korean-American friends growing up, I felt like a mutt (albeit with a bit of pride) inside. My last name meant that people (at least other Asians) saw me as Japanese-American even though I am over 60% Chinese. I’m also 6% English, but honestly, I’ve never identified with that part of my heritage. Why not? Well, I’ll have to think about that… Anyways, it’s complicated!

Back to the movie, the character Aiko was one of the most intriguing for me. To most viewers, her role was kind of throw-away, but I kept thinking about her and Hao Hao and their future kids (if in fact they are getting married) since they will be mixed Chinese-Japanese like me. What will their lives be like in Japan? What will their family visits back to China be like? How much Chinese culture will they be taught while living in Japan? What kind of discrimination will they face there?

Aiko’s situation was actually the most palpable to me. I’ve been in similar situations where I was at my girlfriend’s family gatherings in Hong Kong, and could only smile and be polite. And of course in Japan to a lesser extent, I have to do the same. So when Aiko is at the dinner table and banquet, I could feel her awkwardness! I also know how isolated and lonely you can feel when in that kind of situation for days on end. Gambatte, Aiko!

I was also thinking about POC representation in Western movies – with so many different kinds of mixed-race Asians in the world… would it be possible to depict the cultural complexities for each combination? Is it worth it? Too niche? Or must mixed-race Asians pick and choose where to find their on-screen representation? I wonder what Awkwafina‘s thoughts are about it since she is Chinese- and Korean-American… 🤔

The Farewell has given me plenty to think about. But if I didn’t mention it earlier, go see The Farewell. It’s a great film! 👍

Jerk Chicken and Timelapse

"Jamaican Dinner" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.6, 1/125 sec, ISO3200
“Jamaican Dinner” Cedar Park, 2018

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Tonight I fired up the barbecue to grill up some jerk chicken, and I decided to try out the timelapse feature on our new Victure 4K action camera. It’s actually just an intervalometer function which snaps a photo every few seconds, but the camera has a very wide lens on it and is so light and easy to set up that I thought I would have a little fun and see what it could do.

It took about 40 images, which I later imported into the free Sony Action Cam Movie Creator and compiled this little movie:

I’m happy with how it turned out! In general,I’m pleased with the Victure action camera, which so far is well worth the price (I found it for about $40). I’m sure I’ll write more about it in the future.

But let me tell you about the chicken – it was delicious! We like to use Walkerswood jerk rub, and cooking it on the grill adds even more flavor and crisps up the skin. Mariko made rice and peas in the rice cooker and it was pretty good too! All we needed was some Red Stripe, but we had to settle for Sapporo instead. 😝

I hope you had a nice Wednesday!

またね~

"Fire" Cedar Park, 2017
“Fire” Cedar Park, 2017
"Jerk Chicken" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.6, 1/125 sec, ISO5000
“Jerk Chicken” Cedar Park, 2018