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Patiently Waiting for Fall

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I made the mistake of answering the door earlier as I was doing the laundry. Our window was open so whoever was out there knew someone was home so I felt bad for not answering. Anyway, I shouldn’t have felt bad because it turned out to be Jehovah’s Witnesses recruiters. FML. I had thought I could simply turn them away by stating that I don’t speak Japanese but just my luck…they spoke English. That’s actually typical of religious recruiters though. Sigh.

The only good thing that came out of that interaction? The younger lady of the two, upon noticing Miyu quietly appearing at my side, immediately said “Oh! She’s so cute! She looks just like you!” My next door neighbor always says that Miyu is essentially a replica of her father. Without fail. So take that neighbor!

On another note, I feel so incredibly relieved to have finally settled my blog. It’s like I was away from my digital “home” for so long, and after so many years, I finally made my way back. I had forgotten how cozy and cathartic it is to defragment my thoughts through journaling and photography. I think the last time I blogged seriously was around 2007~2011. After that it was a hazy, somewhat dark, roller coaster ride through life.

I have a backlog of things to update on. Ken surprised me with a new camera in late August, for example. I have new mugs that I absolutely adore (one of them, that looks like a watermelon, is in the photo above). Some updates on my arthritis situation. Plans of moving to a new apartment late this year or early next, Miyu’s new fondness of our beloved game HayDay, anxiety over her starting elementary school next April, my looking forward to the colder weather and my gratitude for having survived yet another grueling summer, essential oil sprays, getting my bachelor’s degree next year, and other miscellaneous things.

My three classes are ending soon so I’m in a crunch right now to finish all of my projects. I’ve been feeling guilty lately because the time I was supposed to spend on those projects went instead to my reestablishing my blog. But what can I say? That’s typical of me though. 🙂

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Hello, ND filter.

Alas, I have finally acquired an ND filter for my 56mm on the XT2 for those super sunny days and making other cool effects. I was inspired to get this after I discovered a travel vlogger on YouTube and spending this afternoon at a park not too far from our apartment. I had the XT2 and Ken had the G7X on the HandyPod. When I was reviewing the footage, I discovered that while the quality of the video on the XT2 was far superior, the lack of an image stabilizer made for a lot of shaky, unusable footage. Meanwhile, on the G7X, the image quality is still great, however, there were times when the footage was overexposed and Ken didn’t know how to adjust, and I was too busy with the XT2 to help. Since I can’t technically get an ND filter for the G7X, I decided I might as well get one for my XT2 since I imagine I’ll be using the 56mm for a lot of my B-Roll going forward.

So things I need to work on with the XT2:

  • Focus: Manual or Auto? I had it set to auto during the footage and noticed there were a lot of missed moments because the camera focused on people in the background. Ugh.
  • Image stabilization: Should I get a gimbal? Ugh. More things to buy?!

Things to consider on the G7X:

  • Exposure: What caused the overexposure in Ken’s footage? I thought I had set the whole thing to auto… So maybe auto doesn’t always mean the settings will adjust under extremely sunny conditions? Sigh.
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New Vlogging Gear

We went to Yodobashi yesterday and I decided to take a look at the tripod section. Based on a YouTube review, I was going to get the Manfrotto one but ended up getting the Joby HandyPod instead because it has a nice grip. I have the Gorilla Pod as well that I bought a few years ago but I’ve noticed that it’s kind of bulky and it’s annoying when I want to use it as a standing tripod because it takes a while to straighten the legs out and whatnot. I think I’ll use it when the situation calls for it so it’s nice to keep in handy. Anyway, I also got a car mount thing as well. I’m planning to put that on my windshield to vlog while driving. And about five minutes ago, I just placed an order for a mini microphone, the Saramonic SR-XM1. I’ll be getting that in the mail sometime tomorrow morning.

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Just Another Summer Evening

I didn’t plan on taking photos this afternoon, but I decided to hell with it and I’m so glad I did, otherwise I would not have been able to capture this precious moment that I often take for granted—picking Miyu up from daycare. I learned a bit from this mini-shoot. I had set my ISO to auto and shutter speed to auto as well. Next time I think I’ll leave my ISO to auto and fiddle with the shutter speed because I did notice a lot of blurry shots from the batch. I’m always in pursuit of getting razor sharp images, but I feel like I’m getting closer!

Years from now I imagine I’ll be looking at this photo and remember a hazy, sweltering summer evening, filled with sounds of pedestrian traffic on a pebbled road along with the ever-present cicada, and the silent, joyous moment of capturing my beautiful daughter looking back at me with that unforgettable smile of hers.

Here’s some others from the shoot:

 

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Hello again.

Alas, it’s a new school year today for Miyubear. It’s the last year of hoikuen before she goes off to shougakko 小学校 (elementary) and while I’m trying to keep my terror anxiety at bay, it’s hard to ignore that little nagging corner of my mind where the fear of failure, particularly in the Japanese language department, refuses to subside.