Four Generations for New Year’s Dinner
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Four Generations 95-year-old Misao with her son (and his wife), granddaughter, and great grandson -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 26 mm — 1/100 sec, f/9, ISO 1100 — full exif
Four Generations
95-year-old Misao with her son (and his wife), granddaughter, and great grandson

I discovered a great way to get a fun group portrait this morning: carefully set up camera on tripod, turn on a self timer set to take a picture every second, make final delicate focus adjustments, announce you're ready to run and join the picture, than loudly bump the whole setup as you clumsily move away. Feign look of shocked “oops”. Everyone laughs. Interval timer takes picture. Hope the bump didn't ruin the shot.

I did that for this shot this morning, except for the whole “on purpose” and “feign” thing. I like the result.

Anthony's mom's dad's 95-year-old mom made a visit for the New Year. She arrived last night in time for a traditional osechi New Year's dinner.

Anthony Receives Otoshidama a traditional New Year's gift to kids (five bucks... he was in heaven) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 55 mm — 1/100 sec, f/2.8, ISO 1800 — full exif
Anthony Receives Otoshidama
a traditional New Year's gift to kids
(five bucks... he was in heaven)
Simple Decoration cover of one of the food boxes -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 66 mm — 1/100 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200 — full exif
Simple Decoration
cover of one of the food boxes
Lots To Chose From -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24 mm — 1/100 sec, f/2.8, ISO 1250 — full exif
Lots To Chose From
Dig In! -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24 mm — 1/100 sec, f/2.8, ISO 800 — full exif
Dig In!
Variety -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24 mm — 1/100 sec, f/6.3, ISO 560 — full exif
Variety
Mmmmm.... -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70 mm — 1/100 sec, f/6.3, ISO 4000 — full exif
Mmmmm....
Trying Some Still-Steaming Bread baked by yours truly ( in a bread machine... makes me feel so “bakey” ) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70 mm — 1/100 sec, f/2.8, ISO 640 — full exif
Trying Some Still-Steaming Bread
baked by yours truly
( in a bread machine... makes me feel so “bakey” )
With a Studied Eye -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 50 mm — 1/100 sec, f/5, ISO 2200 — full exif
With a Studied Eye

We broke out a gift of private-label sake we'd received from a professional-chef friend. He deals only in the very finest things... previous gifts have included both the priceless (matsutake mushrooms) and the pricey (melons). Fumie's grandmother ran a liquor shop in Osaka for 50+ years, so this caught her eye.

She's 95 years old and physically frail, but can still navigate the stairs in her two-story house. Mentally, she seems pretty darn sharp. Here's an example...

Fumie's dad grew up thinking his birthday was Oct 30th, until when he was a teenager filing some kind of paperwork with city hall, he found out that his birthday was recorded as Oct 31st. Returning home to report this to his folks, she said at the time “oh, I probably just forgot the date”. Doh! Anyway, fast forward 45 or so years to last night, and Fumie's dad was sort of ribbing her about the Oct 31st mistake, which she deflected with a dry “that year didn't have that date”. I guess you had to be there, but the delivery was hilarious.. sort of a dismissive but loving “child, you don't know what you're talking about” deadpan that caused everyone else to erupt in laughter while she returned to her food.

It may have been mis-recorded by the government, but it's equally likely that she indeed just didn't remember back then. Japan immediately after the war was not a place of ease or plenty. “Maternity leave” started when labor started, and indeed, Fumie's grandmother was working the fields when labor started on or around Oct 30th. Maternity leave ended not long after labor ended, so I'm sure she had to defer work on the baby scrapbook to concentrate on little things like feeding the family. It was a time of pain, suffering, and sacrifice — that's part of all motherhood — during an era of pain, suffering, and sacrifice. I live in a time of easy and plenty, but I can't remember what year it is without checking the computer, so I don't begrudge her a day or two back then.

More Otoshidama! from Fumie's folks, along with a big coin-shaped disk of chocolate -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 52 mm — 1/80 sec, f/5.6, ISO 6400 — full exif
More Otoshidama!
from Fumie's folks, along with a big coin-shaped disk of chocolate

From the “and now something completely different” department, we pulled out a gag gift from Mommy...

Milk Glasses -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 35 mm — 1/100 sec, f/3.2, ISO 800 — full exif
Milk Glasses
Cold, But Fun -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70 mm — 1/100 sec, f/5.6, ISO 4000 — full exif
Cold, But Fun
Here's Looking at You, Kid -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 58 mm — 1/100 sec, f/2.8, ISO 900 — full exif
Here's Looking at You, Kid

She's Anthony's last surviving great grandparent, though he did get to meet Fumie's mom's mom before she passed, as can be seen in this other “Four Generations” shot.


All 3 comments so far, oldest first...

I appreciate the Portrait Tip. I will use it. With Children I often ask them to make silly faces for several of the pics, then with that out of their system, switch back to pleasant.

Enjoyed the generation view. These are special and I now feel that I have allowed too many of these to slip by uncaptured. Doh!

LOL !
I chuckled with the Milk goggles. thnx R

— comment by Royreddy on January 3rd, 2010 at 3:42am JST (7 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

“makes me feel so “bakey””

You’ve *always* been half bakey. 🙂

— comment by Marcina, USA on January 3rd, 2010 at 11:50am JST (7 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

I seem to remember Anthony having long ago thought up an even better way to get everyone in a group portrait to smile.

http://pic.regex.info/aamf/2002-11-02_19:08.12__03728.html

— comment by Marcina, USA on January 3rd, 2010 at 12:21pm JST (7 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink
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