Loose Tooth
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About to Lose a Tooth the front upper right (from our view) is dangling down, hanging on by a thread ( sorry, I seem to have gone overboard with the thin depth-of-field thing ) -- Rootstown, Ohio, USA -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/2500 sec, f/1.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
About to Lose a Tooth
the front upper right (from our view) is dangling down, hanging on by a thread
( sorry, I seem to have gone overboard with the thin depth-of-field thing )

Having upgraded my laptop drive, I've finally started processing the thousands of photos I've taken in the last few days, and these two are the most recent of the bunch, from this morning....

Anthony's upper front-left tooth is very loose, just hanging on by a thread (so to speak), so I expect it to fall out today or tomorrow. [UPDATE: or the day after tomorrow.] He's never had a baby tooth fall out naturally, though six months ago, we did have two baby teeth pulled by a dentist.

Rootstown, Ohio, USA -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/1000 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos

He posed this morning in a T-shirt he made with his Aunt Natalie the other day, holding a card he spontaneously made for Mommy yesterday (which I asked him to hold for the picture because Mommy will be able to see the photo on my blog before postal mail reaches Kyoto).

Fumie misses us while we're visiting The States, but she knows it's important for Anthony's English, and for his American culture. But I told him that she'll have mixed emotions about his tooth falling out, that on one hand she'll be so proud that he's growing up, but sad that it's while we're away traveling.


All 2 comments so far, oldest first...

We’re going to Himeji in a couple of days for the same reason. Not that you needed to hear it, but…. you’re doing the right thing by having your son spend immersive time in the States for English.

Last year before we left for Japan I’d show my son pics of animals and ask him to say their names in Japanese to which his reply was, “Daddy, I don’t speak Japanese, anymore.” But after that one month in Japan his Japanese was back with a vengeance and has not abated. I’m sure its not as good as it would be if he lived there, but its amazing what a summer abroad can do.

How is your son’s English?

BTW, I’m not sure if your family cares but Anto’ looks really Japanese in these photos. My wife LOVES when our multi-racial child’s features seem to favor the J-side.

Indeed, he does look very Japanese in these shots, much more than normal. I have no idea why, but it’s suffice to say that it’s a Good Thing when he resembles his mother more than his father. 🙂 Anthony’s speaking/listening in English is native fluent. He’s a bit behind his American peers in reading/writing, only having recently shown any interest in either. —Jeffrey

— comment by Ron Evans on August 6th, 2009 at 6:08am JST (8 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

I noticed you are shooting with an 85mm 1.4 Nikkor. Is this new or do you just rarely rarely use it? I usually check out the metadata at the bottom of each picture and it seems like 8 times out of 10 it’s the 70-200mm and the rest of the time it’s the 24-70mm. I’ve never seen the 85mm down there before. On another note, since you are shooting FX are you looking into the new 70-200mm that is supposed to be better on the FX bodies?

I’ve had the 85mm/1.4 for a year or two now, having bought it used from fellow Kyoto blogger Zak. I pull it out when I think of portraits or thin depths of field, and have used it a few times here, but generally don’t use it all that often. When it’s the right tool, it’s really the right tool… just a wonderful lens. The 70-200/2.8 has been getting a lot of use because it’s when we’re outside that I feel like taking photos…. inside Grandma and Grandpa’s house, with 40 years of memories, and now, six grandchildren worth of “stuff”, the inside pictures have less than clean backgrounds. I will be posting some 85/1.4 inside shots a bit later, though… I used the thin depth of field to smear the noisy background. I don’t mind the vignetting of the current 70-200 all that much, though it shows up worse in low-light shots. The front rim of my lens is dinged such that I can’t attach a filter, so that may well provide sufficient excuse to get a new one 🙂 —Jeffrey

— comment by Logan on August 6th, 2009 at 11:25pm JST (8 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink
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