365 photos in 365 days: Photo #232

Yesterday, Michelle had to go to Nishinoshima (a neighboring island) to teach at the junior high school over there, so we decided to have a date night after her work. This doesn’t get to happen very often because we usually have tennis on Thursday nights. But since it’s winter and tooooo darn cold in the gym, tennis practices have been canceled until the weather starts to warm up.

This picture was taken after we got off the boat on our way back home from dinner. This is a long exposure of the boat leaving Chibu’s port. When I first took the picture and looked at it on the back of the camera, the right side of the picture was over exposed and I felt like the light trail didn’t look as cool as I hoped for. We walked home from the port trying to find another picture I could take. We tried some more long exposures but none of them came out how I wanted. When we got home, I popped my memory card into the computer and loaded the image. I sat and thought about how I could make the picture better, fiddled around with the exposure and some brushes in Lightroom, then BOOM! Here’s the picture I came up with:

Location: Chibu-mura, Shimane-ken, JAPAN
Location: Chibu-mura, Shimane-ken, JAPAN

365 photos in 365 days: Photo #163

Location: Chibu-mura, Shimane-ken, JAPAN

Today I didn’t feel like doing anything. So when Michelle left for work I grabbed my kindle, sat down on the couch and I read for 2 hours. Then I reluctantly made my way to the farmers market and did some grocery shopping. When I finished shopping, I put away our groceries, then I sat back down and read again. I really didn’t want to do the laundry or the dishes but being the good husband I am, I did it all. As the rest of the day went on I tried to be more productive but I failed. I couldn’t even bring myself to go out and find a picture. I used the excuse of it being to cold.  And it was.

So after dinner I turned to Michelle and said “hey lets go take a night photo.” Being the awesome wife that she is, she got up, put on her jacket, didn’t bother changing out of her PJ bottoms, and went with me outside in the cold to find a picture for today.

I have been wanting to take this photo for a while. I just never got around to it. I already knew how I wanted to take the picture, but when I took the first one, I was very disappointed to see how it came out. Then Michelle warned me that a car was coming (I knew I brought her along for something 🙂  ).  While it was passing by, I had a little time to rethink the picture.  I decided to zoom out and get more into the frame. Took a couple of more pictures and I was surprised how well it came out.

When Michelle’s away…

Yesterday I went on a camping trip on one of the small islands surrounding Chibu with the junior high students and teachers. We went swimming, dove for sea snails (a delicacy in Japan), had a BBQ, and set off fireworks. It was a great experience and I had a wonderful time with the students. While I was camping, Khoa was home alone for a day and a half. I thought he would be bored, but he found a way to entertain himself.

When I stepped through the front door, I saw our electric fan and thought it looked a little funny:

Khoa was having fun with his DSLR while I was gone…and I thought he would be bored and lonely without me 😛