Saturday, August 24, 2019

Randomness and Determinism


My English teacher taught us that we ought to never start a sentence with an apology.  I am deliberately going against this rule.  Because I think I really need to apologize.  I'm sorry that I have not been active in posting on this blog for several weeks.  There has been life changing events that compelled me to go on a hiatus.  Partly because I was struggling with innermost angst, which I'm not going to get into.  I'll spare my readers my self-indulgence.  Partly as well as I have run out of materials to post.  Sad as that may seem.  I'm not sure how I can keep this blog active.  But for what?  It has been dark times for me lately.  For that, I am truly sorry.

Cheers.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Old School Dating



Not the kind of dating you might be thinking of.  But dating documents with a rubber stamp.  Millennials are familiar with the term "rubber stamping" but more likely will not know where its origin came from.  This was one of my early efforts taken in 2011.  It was more or less a test shot.  I have just purchased the Canon 60D and the Zeiss Planar T 50.  I wanted to get an industrial look so I brought the lens as close as possible to the subject.  No macro attachments.  This lens is so amazing.  Hand held with all settings on manual including focus.

Hope your day is going well.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Lo-fi Wild Flowers


Sometimes I wonder why I use expensive camera equipment to get real sharp and nice color image, only to render the final image as though it had been taken on a grainy film with a cheap camera with plastic lens.  For the record, the image was taken with a Zeiss Zeiss Planar T 1.4/50 lens mounted on a Canon 60D.  The camera was set on a Manfrotto tripod.  Camera settings were at iso 100, f/1.8, 1/500 sec, manual focus.  Try getting that setting on a cheap Holga.  And yet at the end of the day, I decided to process the image as though it was taken with a film camera that would give a bit of fuzziness and grain.  This is a method that most non-photographers will never understand.

Hope your day is going well.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Reflection at Frederiksberg Palace


Frederiksberg Palace  (not to be confused with Fredericksborg Castle) is a Baroque residence, located in FrederiksbergDenmark, adjacent to the Copenhagen Zoo. It commands an impressive view over Frederiksberg Gardens, originally designed as a palace garden in the Baroque style. Constructed and extended from 1699 to 1735, the palace served as the royal family’s summer residence until the mid-19th century. Since 1869, it has housed the Royal Danish Military Academy.

As crown prince, Frederick IV had broadened his education by travelling in Europe. He was particularly impressed by the architecture in Italy and, on his return to Denmark, asked his father, Christian V, for permission to build a summer palace on Solbjerg as the hill in Valby was then known.

Juzno is still under the weather but he thought it might cheer his spirit if he go back to photo editing.  To his shock, majority of the image files that were cataloged in Lightroom were missing.  It must have been wiped out when he updated to the latest version of Lightroom.  The whole revelation made his illness worse.  Oh well, he thought, it is what it is.  Que sera sera.

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

On the Way to Geiranger


I believed we were still in Sognefjord at this time.  On the way to Geirnager.  Norway is the most scenic of the Scandinavian countries.  The weather changes rapidly depending on where one is.  This image reveals the snow cap mountains.  A few miles after, the snow would disappear and it is replaced by the green landscape.

Right now, Juzno is not feeling so well.  Perhaps coming down with a flu and maybe exacerbated by developing an allergy to the Texan weather, commonly called ad the Cedar Fever.  So for the time being, there might not be any new posts on this blog.

Thank you for your visits.

Friday, July 05, 2019

Leikanger Commune



The Leikanger Commune is located on the north side of the Sognefjorden, the king of the fjords.  A charming little farming village in Norway.  The industry in Norway is mostly agricultural and is subsidized by the government.  A farmer cannot just sell his farm to anybody but his or her eldest son or daughter.  If the son or daughter does not want to buy the farm, it is sold to the next in line, and so on.  When nobody wants to take over the farm, only then can it be sold to an outsider.  The paperwork is pretty lengthy from what I'm told.  Also, the farm cannot be used for anything else except for farming the original crop.  For example, the buyer cannot plant potatoes if the farm was producing barley.

Hope you enjoy.   

Thursday, July 04, 2019

Ice Plant LBO


Found this just today.  I might have posted this image some time ago.  It's an old one I shot in 2010 using the Original Lensbaby mounted on a crappy 8 megapixel Canon Rebel XT.  Everything was shot manually including the focus, the shutter speed and aperture.  Surprisingly, I managed to get a decent shot here considering I was just starting to get serious into photography at that time.  I learned so much about capturing images using the Lensbaby.  Focusing is selective and very difficult.  Everything had to be captured using manual settings.  The Lensbaby would not communicate with the DLSR.  So it forces one to persevere or give up.  As for me, I was loving the process and the results.

Hope your day is going well

Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Last Days of the Sunflowers


The wild sunflowers on our front yard have grown taller than us and our olive trees.  It was time to chop them off before they got out of control.  We had to do the gig quickly as the weather was unforgivingly hot.  After a few minutes, I thought I was going to have a heat stroke.

The image above are some of the flowers I managed to cut from their branches.  They make for great photo op but they usually won't last long.

Hope your day is going well.

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

Old meets the New in Kaupmannahǫfn




I love the eclectic character of this image.  Captured in Copenhagen, Denmark.  The old building represents the old era - brick walls and pompous tower that sits in juxtaposition next to the turn-of-the-century lamp at the center and the modern scaffolding behind it.  Where else but only in Europe can one find these elements in the same context.  

Copenhagen's name reflects its origin as a harbour and a place of commerce. The original designation in Old Norse, from which Danish descends was Kaupmannahǫfn.  Now try enunciating that as fast as you can.  Kaupmannahǫfn.. Kaupmannahǫfn... kfrprhhmmmffffnn... kpfttttttt....

Hope your day is going well.

Monday, July 01, 2019

Still Life with Cider at Leikanger


Our hostess treated us with cider at the Leikanger Commune in Sognefjord.  I liked the ambiance here.  Even though this was shot inside a house at daytime, the window lighting and the relatively dark room gave the elements a vintage mood.  Sort of like a scene from one of Ingmar Bergman’s later movies.

Hope you enjoy.

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Nyhaven


Colors ... it’s what attracted me to Nyhavn.  A lovely district in Copenhagen, Denmark.  It's a charming place to hang out, get a suntan and drink chilled Savignon Blanc.  A lot of images have been captured of this place so I decided to give it a different twist.

Enjoy your day.

Friday, June 28, 2019

We are Family


Still in Scandinavia.  This was taken at a charming tourist shop near Sognefjord where we were headed.  I like taking pictures of cute little shop items that are pretty worthless yet expensive.  Don't know why people buy them.  Maybe because these people are tourists.  So likely they are for souvenirs or giveaways when they return back to their home countries.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Instagram 190628


Happy Thursday.  It's my favorite day out of the six days of the week.  Monday is the blues.  Tuesday is moody like the Rolling Stones song Goodbye Ruby Tuesday.  Wednesday is ashen.  Friday is long time a-comming.  Saturday is time for bath.  I sort of lied.  Sunday is my all time favorite.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

This Way to Hans Christian Andersen's House


This street art tells the tourist where Hans Christian Andersen's house is located.  A rather brilliant way of directing how to get there since this art work is a graffiti on a temporary wall where construction is being done.  Pretty soon, I'm sure the wall will be removed and so will the graffiti.  Quite frankly, the house is not that remarkable so I'm not even going to post an image of it.

HCA was a prolific writer but better known for his fairy tales like "The Ugly Ducking" and "The Little Mermaid".  The stories are channels of his life.  He was ugly.  And he was gay.

The often melancholic Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard remarks that Andersen is characterized as, “... a possibility of a personality, wrapped up in such a web of arbitrary moods and moving through an elegiac duo-decimal scale [i.e., a chromatic scale. Proceeding by semitones, and therefore including sharps as well as flats, such a scale is associated more with lament or elegy than is an ordinary diatonic scale] of almost echoless, dying tones just as easily roused as subdued, who, in order to become a personality, needs a strong life-development.”  Somebody please explain that to me.  

Hope you are enjoying your day.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Liquid Lunch at Odense


This was at Odense in Denmark.  Home to Hans Christian Andersen.  You know the guy who wrote all those fairy tales.  He was a bit of a fairy himself.  But that's another story.

Restaurant Grønttorvet.  I was surprised that the restaurant had Indian Pale Ale on tap, which I tried.  I think Rose ordered some light fruity beer.  At this time, my mind is foggy about what had taken place.  I also think we shared a salad or something because the service in Scandinavia was very slow and we had to catch our tour bus in less than half an hour.  So for the most part, our source of nutrition was the beer.  An old German guy we met in Munich told us that beer is liquid lunch.  Good enough for us for the time being.

Hope your day is going well.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Existential Thoughts in Oslo


So I have been thinking - like I always do.  Why does the sun shine brighter in Norway?  A country that has a lot of resources.  They are big agricultural producers.  They are sitting on an oil mine. The country is financially the envy of the world.  The Norwegians are one of the happiest people on earth.  Why is it that they get to enjoy all these while the rest of the world suffers.  Surely they are not religious - even though majority of people are register Lutherans but so few ever worship or visit the church.

Then you may ask: What does this post have to do with the above image?  Actually, nothing.  It's my blog so I get to post anything I want.  Heh.

Hope your day is going well.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

You A'int Seen Nothin' Yet


Crazy weather in Georgetown, Texas.  It's normal from what I've been told.  It's going to get worse in the coming days.

It was late in the afternoon - closer to the evening, and the temperature was still hot, and yet it was raining, and the thunderstorm are causing the mushrooms to sprout on random places, the critters are looking for shelter.

This morning we found a lazy scorpion crawling straight to our bedroom.  It was a good three inches with its pointy pincher ready to find a soft human flesh - preferably that of a non-Texan native.  Freaked out the rest of the day.  I'm not one of those eco-activist who loves to hug trees and leave the rattle snake alone.  I mashed the scorpion to smithereens with one of my old sneakers that was laying next to it.  So now we are forced to wear shoes inside the house.

Hope you are having a wonderful day.

Friday, June 21, 2019

City of Umbrellas


In my previous post, I mentioned that Bergen is called the City of Umbrellas.  Indeed.  It rains a lot.  This image is proof of persistent rain.  No kidding.  I ended buying a raincoat to get through the rainy weather.

But the moments of intense rain is quickly forgotten when the sun breaks through and the city glows and twinkles.  As they say: get an umbrella, wear water repellent shoes, a light water repellent jacket and a good attitude looking forward the rain. Experienced Bergen-people don't leave home without their umbrellas.

Hope your day is going well.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Still Life with Wild Sunflowers and Glass of Savignon Blanc


Another find at the field near our house.  I decided to place the wild Sunflowers on a nondescript bottle of Savignon Blanc. Lately, I have gravitated towards this variety of wine.  It is refreshing - not as sweet as the California Chardonay and not as dry as other French wines.  Perfect for the hot and humid weather here in Texas.  This one is from Marlborough, New Zealand.  I love the SVs from this place.  The chair on the background was installed yesterday.  It took me a while to assemble it as the directions were in Chinese.  It's a nice looking bar stool but a pain to assemble.  There are two more to assemble.  The setting is at our counter top. Rose and I always wanted to have one where we can enjoy appetizers and wine.  We are loving our home in Georgetown.

Hope your day is going well.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Sven Svenson


A Swedish working man who drove us to Trollstigen, Norway.  His name is Stig.  But we shall call him Sven Svenson.  He doesn't like being associated with the Trolls.  I don't blame him.

Hope you are having a great day.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Wild Flowers Near our front Yard


Picked them up this morning at a vacant lot near our front yard.  Don't know what they are but I thought they looked interesting.  There are plenty of wild flowers growing near our house.  I hope they come back next year.  Although that's highly unlikely.  New houses are being built everyday around our area.  Pretty soon I'll have to hike or drive farther to see the wild flowers.  In the meantime, I'm enjoying them.  

Reminds me when we lived in Southern California.  It used to be all dirt road and wild poppies everywhere around us.  The poppies would even grow on our backyard.  That changed when we left for Texas.  Home developers kept building houses in the city.  The 100 year old oak trees were rooted out and replaced with box houses.  I speculate the same will happen where we now live.  It will only be a matter of time.

Hope your day is going well.

Friday, June 14, 2019

21st Century Scandinavian



21st Century Scandinavian.  He traded his eye contacts for a retro bicycle spectacles.  He quit smoking tobacco on his Danish hand crafted pipe.  Nowadays he just indulge in some rolled up unknown leaves while enjoying a pint of diluted beer.  Memo to self:  Must go back to Denmark to purchase more adult beverages.  He is conscious of his beard.  Memo to self number 2:  Been at the barber two days ago so it’s time to return.  Is it also time to take a holiday to the south?  Memo to self number 3: Check weather in Nice, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur.  Life is good.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Garmo Stave Church


Have lost track of our days in Scandinavia.  I do know that at this time we are in Norway.  Lillehammer to be exact.

The image is the Garmo Stave Church situated at the Maihaugen museum at Lillehammer in OpplandNorway.  It is one of the buildings that Anders Sandvig brought to this place.  We were told that Sandvig must have bought over 20 houses at this place because he can.  Just kidding.  Actually, he did buy the properties in this area but I forgot the reasoning behind his purchase.

A word or two about church life in Scandinavia.  There are lots of churches - mostly State Lutheran churches.  More than 80% of the population chose to be members of the church and yet almost all do not attend worship service except for baptism and/or first communion.  Quite frankly, I find this very strange.

Nota Bene:  A stave church is a medieval wooden Christian church building once common in north-western Europe. The name derives from the building's structure of post and lintel construction, a type of timber framing where the load-bearing ore-pine posts are called stafr in Old Norse (stav in modern Norwegian). 

Hope your day is going well.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Bergen Harbor - the City of Umbrellas


Third day in Scandinavia:  Landed in  Bergen from Copenhagen via ferry.  They say Bergen is a City of Umbrellas.  The Bergians are proud of it.  Sure enough it rained the whole time we were there.


From rain to alcohol:

Norway is interesting when it comes to alcohol restriction.  It's hard to buy alcohol in Norway.  Unlike in the States, one can easily buy alcohol beverages in grocery stores.  Norwegian law is very strict.  Perhaps to a point that alcohol consumption is discouraged.  That's why Norwegians go to Denmark to buy wine and liquor.

We had light lunch at the harbor in Bergen, and the only beer one can have in any restaurant is 2.5% alcohol.  That's not even beer in my opinion.  I seem to remember in chemistry class that alcohol has to be at least 5% to be called beer.  I couldn't find wine except at the hotel.  Very expensive.  Like four times the price of a bottle one would pay here in the States.  I suppose that's typical across the board.

Still I think Norway is worth visiting.  The country offers scenic landscapes and fjords.  It's one of the most beautiful places I have seen.  More on this on the next post.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Sofie's Choice


Just give her sunshine so she can get a nice tan.  (Scandinavian women love a nice tan to a point of skying topless.)  She is happy with sipping a mixed cocktail outdoor at Nyhaven, which might just be the convenient place to get a tan.  Maybe a piece of Danish bun.  Or Hygge.  She has a tendency to shut the outside world and commune with her inner self.  A followup coffee from Costa Rica - but don't tell them where it came from.  She a girl from Randers, Denmark.  Maybe somebody could write a song about her.  Much like the Girl from Ipanema.  Life is good.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Quaint Norwegian Village


Charming little village in Geiranger, Norway.  Perhaps my favorite of all the places we stayed at while in Scandinavia.  Serene waterscape with the snow capped mountains behind it.  Fresh heavenly air, green hills and laid back countenance.  Away from it all.  Sooner or later, the solitude it offers will go away.  I try to enjoy it while it lasts.  Later on at night, the cruise ships will start docking.  Then in the morning I'll have to deal with the rude tourists who just arrived.  Suddenly it felt they invaded us with their oversized down jackets and pointy cheese cutter hats and their atrocious manner and ubiquitous selfies. Ugh.  Nothing lasts forever.

Hope your day is going well.

Saturday, June 08, 2019

Dapper Danish Mystery Man


He's a mystery man.  He wears his yellow straw fedora slightly tilted so it's hard to see his eyes.   In fact, he has no eyes.  His face turns green just before he disappears from the public view.  He ties his scarf in twirls of eight - only he knows how to do it.  He strides to the rhythm of Mussorgsky.  He is a Dapper Dan.  And he is Danish.

Friday, June 07, 2019

Lovely Oslo


Historical.  The place where the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded, natives are tall and blond and have blue eyes, herring is a must-eat, pickled herring, herring with mustard sauce, raw herring, a place where everything is expensive, bottled water costs $5, price of diluted beer is not too far from that of water, a glass of wine costs three times the price of the bottle in the States, almost everything is regulated, a farmer cannot just sell his farm to anybody but to the oldest child, the maximum alcohol content of beer is 3.5%, some are less than that, one cannot name their children apart from the list that the government provides, almost everyone is registered Lutheran but never visited a church except a few times in a lifetime such as baptism and first communion, a happy place to be in - if you are a Norwegian.

Thursday, June 06, 2019

Wild Sunflowers in our Neighborhood


Just arrived from our 19-day excursion in Scandinavia/California.  It was the first time I didn't bring my pro cameras.  Just my faithful iPhone 7 plus.  I'm actually happy with some of the images I captured but they would require some minor post processing.  I'll try to post some images on this blog as soon as they are processed.

During the entire trip, I felt liberated without a camera strapped on my neck.  As I mentioned in my previous post, photography is a young man's sport.  It requires waking up early to catch the golden hour, a lot of walking while hauling a couple of cameras, maybe an extra lens for backup, photo gears such as filters and cleaning kit, maybe a tripod, more walking -  all of these guaranteed to eventually break one's back as time goes on.  Thanks to advancement in technology, the handy smartphone can capture some decent photos when done appropriately.  But I'm not ready to get rid of my photography equipment.  Not just yet.

This sunflower arrangement was taken with the iPhone.  Found and took some home today while fetching our mails at our mail box, which was a bock away from our house here in Georgetown, Texas.  A lot of these are just wild and they're huge.  As they say: everything is big in Texas.   Hope you enjoy.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Children are the Future



Between December 16, 2012 and January 3, 2013, I traveled back to the Philippines with my family. My wife arranged this time so we can have reunion with relatives and old acquaintances, trace our roots, and see the sights in various places within the country. Having lost contact with relatives on my side of the family, I did not care much about tracing my roots or meeting relatives. However, I was definitely interested in touring the country, to see both its rural and urban landscapes. Was this interest driven mainly by nostalgia for what used to be familiar, some sort of a pilgrimage to one's native land, or was it simply my passion for street photography? I don't really know but for whatever reason, I was drawn to the idea of traveling to take pictures of places with people in various settings and lifestyles. This photo excursion covered half the length of the Philippine archipelago, starting from Panay island in the mid-section of the archipelago to as far north as the town of Sagada in the Mountain Province. Photos taken were varied, consisting of people in market places of local towns, in rice fields, beaches, mountains, urban malls, slums, city sidewalks, etc.; all showing common people in various walks of life.

Throughout this photo-op I was surprised by the reception from the local folks. Perhaps it was my graying hair or my Westernized bearing, but most local grown-ups looked at me with leery eyes, suspicious of what I was up to. Twenty-five years of absence from this place has made me an outsider. That must explain why the natives gave me those dirty looks, or turned their backs away from the camera, or maintained such phlegmatic faces. I shot their pictures just the same. But the children were different. They looked at me directly, with that candid curiosity wondering who this stranger could be that visited their village. Some were more daring and called me out as "Cano! Cano!", short for "Americano" even though my gray hairs were no closer to the typical blonde hair expected of a foreigner. Others interviewed me, asking my name and where I was staying. They seemed to be open to know and befriend me. They were drawn to me as I was to them, for they were eager to show what they do and where they live. More so, I was captivated by this quiet contentment that they exude. They all seem to be satisfied with what they have and confident with what they can take on whatever the circumstance may be.

I wanted to highlight my encounters with these children. Hence, although I did take pictures of people of all ages I decided to come up with a short series limited only to photos of children. For this series, I shot mostly at a close range. Most of the images here were shot with myVoigtlander 20mm lens on a full frame Canon 5d Mark ii. The 20mm I have can only be operated on manual focus so it was a bit of a challenge although I was not so much concerned about the sharpness of the image as I was focused more on the feelings associated with the moments of capture. Also with the wide angle lens, I was forced to shoot real close to the subject, which I really loved because the results usually provided more intimate views. Plus it allows for interesting dynamics with the subject. If I'm smiling and happy, usually the subject will reciprocate the same sentiment.

The series documents their stories. Although the images were captured in different places, there is a commonality to all. There is intrinsic beauty in the simplistic lives of these children. In the end, it's about them -- in a time when God placed them. I chose the title "Bukas Na Kami," which is a play on words in the Pilipino language. It could either mean "We are open" or "Tomorrow it's us." I'll let the viewers decide which translation they like.

© 2016 Rob Castro

Original essay appeared at Jpg.com. January 25, 2013

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Sunflower on a Gloomy Afternoon in Georgetown, Texas


The builder of our house gave us a Post Office Box.  Never had one before so I feel special.  Like an English business man with his own PO Box.  But mine is rather small.  And I'm not an Englishman.

I have to empty the mail box everyday otherwise the succeeding mails may not get inside.  It's a block away from our house.  I go there with my cowboy straw hat and my pair of Doc Martens.  A rather odd combination.  I like odd.  I like weird.

So I after grabbed my mail and headed back, I saw this Sunflower by the way side.  It was wild.  A lot of wild flowers growing in Texas this time of the year.  I had to take a picture of it.

As anyone could see, it looked like it was shot on a vintage Polaroid camera.  Always have loved that look.  I still have one.  The photos come out low-fi, rather faded color, and not very sharp.  Except this  one was actually captured on a very handy iPhone 7 plus and processed using the Instant Mobile App.  The lesson here is that the best camera is the one you have at the moment.  Learn to utilize it to its maximum potential.

Hope your day is going well.

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Peter Gabriel Stole My Face While I was Surfing the Milky Way


Hey Lady, can I get your number?

Absolutely not, I'm so much in a hurry.

Where are you going?

I'm going to Woodstock 2120.  The band KISS seventh generation is playing.  And the ghost of Moby will be there.  But first I need to get a decent wig. 

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

On the Road Again


Willie Nelson approved Pinot Noir.  This was captured when we drove our cars to Texas.  We were at a hotel somewhere in Fort Stockton, a rather sleepy little town a few miles past El Paso.  There were no restaurants close by.  The only thing to eat would be delivered pizza, which we weren't too thrilled to have for dinner.  Good thing we brought some wines from California.

Thursday, May 02, 2019

Red Poppies in Georgetown


While getting lost trying to find the office to get my Texan Driver's License.  Turned out that the office moved. Found out that the office was a block away from where we now live.  Oh well. At least we got to see the wild red poppies along the streets of Old Town Georgetown.

Seeds from poppies in Europe were sent to Georgetown right after World War 1.  An American serving in the Military sent them to his mother.  She planted them at her home which is now 507 E 7th Street.

From there, the birds, bees and people spread them down over the Old Town.



Tuesday, April 30, 2019

One of these things don't belong



We are now in Texas.  Trying to get a quick break from unpacking our goods.  Just some old images from my Instagram Gallery.  Hope you are having a good day.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Breakfast in California


We drove our two cars to Texas.  Took us three days.  Two nights. 1400 miles.  Left our cars at our new house and flew back to California for the final move.

We are moving to Georgetown, Texas in a few days so this is one of those final breakfasts we are having in Chino Hills, California.  We gave away our breakfast nook and our dining table so we have been eating on our coffee table while still in California.  The meal you see above was prepared differently.  The cut tomatoes were fresh and the egg was cooked in the oven.  Salsa was added for some fixing.  Bon appetit.

Hope your day is going well.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Austin City by Night


Austin has progressed since the last time we were there - about three years ago.  Back then, these high rise buildings were still under construction.  Austin expects more than 30,000 people to reside here and its neighboring cities in two years as Apple intends to make it their headquarter.  This is going to be good for the economy as there will be more demand for construction activities, food supplies, real estate and so on.  This too means that majority of the transplant will be from California.  Austin is probably a good fit for them as it also shares some of California's liberal values.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Mimi, RIP


August 5, 2005 - February 10, 2019.  And we were excited to bring her to Texas with us.  I suppose she was always a California Girl.

Rest in Peace,  Mimi.  Rose and I miss you.  Our hearts cry out.

Saturday, February 09, 2019

But We Won the War


This used to be barracks of the U.S. Army in the island of Corregidor, Philippines during World War II.
On May 1942, the invading Japanese forces captured Corregidor, which was the remaining obstacle to the 14th Japanese Imperial Army of Lieutenant General Masaharu Homma.  Three years later, the U.S. Army would recapture the island, and the war would be over.

Friday, February 08, 2019

Still Life with Existential Clock


Does anybody really know what time it is
Does anybody really care
If so I can't imagine why
We've all got time enough to cry


Robert Lamm/Chicago

Thursday, February 07, 2019

Still Life with Red Hot Chili Peppers


I was having an inkling to shoot again.  Something.  Whatever.  It doesn't matter.  So I took out my Fuji X100F  with the teleconverter lens and started to look for anything I could shoot.  This was the first thing I saw - so here it is.  Still life with Red Hot Chili Peppers.  Don't you love it?

Except for the auto focus, I shot this manually at f2.8 at 1/125 sec at 6400 iso.  I did not intend to render it to look like it was shot on vintage camera but after playing around with Nik's Analog Efex Pro 2, I really like this version.  It's warm, and it looked it was shot with the Fuji Asti 100F, which is one of my favorite film.  Don't think it's still in the market.  I would like to get my hands on it if it were.

Hope your day is going well.

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Five Feet Waiting


Pictured here are the tour guides waiting for the rest of the tourists to climb up from the dance floor.