Batting Practice on the Slopes
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Batter's Up! -- Makino Ski Area -- Takashima, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 38 mm — 1/320 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Batter's Up!

This is the final installment about taking Anthony skiing, where we he skied for the first time, and together we did lots of sledding, and had fun watching others sled and crash. As the day was winding to a close, a mini snowball fight turned into batting practice....

Direct Hit! -- Makino Ski Area -- Takashima, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 44 mm — 1/250 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Direct Hit!
Home Run -- Makino Ski Area -- Takashima, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 44 mm — 1/250 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Home Run
Probably Wishes He Missed This One two words:   face · splatter -- Makino Ski Area -- Takashima, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 38 mm — 1/200 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Probably Wishes He Missed This One
two words:   face · splatter

I'm sure I made a comical sight taking these shots. Normally when I take shots while pitching to him (something I've done several times, but apparently have never posted) I normally hold the camera in the right hand and pitch with the left, but for whatever reason I didn't do that this time. Rather, I held the camera in my left hand, arm curled underneath and hand wrapped comically up and around to just reach the shutter-release button. This allowed my right hand to be free to lob the snowballs.

On the way back to the car, we passed through a small area used for overnight camping...

Snowy Campsite -- Makino Ski Area -- Takashima, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 31 mm — 1/160 sec, f/8, ISO 360 — map & image datanearby photos
Snowy Campsite
The Rugged Outdoors -- Makino Ski Area -- Takashima, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 31 mm — 1/160 sec, f/8, ISO 560 — map & image datanearby photos
The Rugged Outdoors
Too Chilly For My Tastes -- Makino Ski Area -- Takashima, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 36 mm — 1/160 sec, f/4.5, ISO 280 — map & image datanearby photos
Too Chilly For My Tastes
Messy-Haired Rosy-Cheek Boy enjoying a can of warm corn potage drink -- Makino Ski Area -- Takashima, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 36 mm — 1/200 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Messy-Haired Rosy-Cheek Boy
enjoying a can of warm corn potage drink
Messy-Haired Me Photo by Anthony Friedl -- Makino Ski Area -- Takashima, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70 mm — 1/160 sec, f/2.8, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos
Messy-Haired Me
Photo by Anthony Friedl

My hair felt much more messy, so much so that I was disappointed when we got home and I found that it looked so tame in the photo. At the time, it felt as messy as Anthony's hair looked during lunch (which is to say crazy-wild hat-hair messy).

The return home was somewhat crazy too, with lots of delays because people without snow tires would find they got stuck on a hill and would just stop, blocking the lane. Even a big-rig truck stopped this way, on a fairly steep hill, and cars with snow tires could pass only when the oncoming traffic allowed, which was not often. The car a few in front of me tried to pass, and fishtailed all over the place, but it must have been because he didn't have snow tires, because the car in front of me, and I, had no problems (because I learned my lesson about snow tires two years ago).

Then there were the folks on the two-lane highway doing 15mph where 50mph was the reasonably safe speed, blocking everyone in a long moving traffic jam. Sigh.

We finally made it home, and within five minutes Anthony was sound asleep for a well-earned rest.


All 4 comments so far, oldest first...

Mmmm… Corn Portage Drink. While I’m tempted to say only in Japan… I’ll refrain since here in New Jersey we have Clamato juice.

Oh well, pass me another spaghetti hotdog and a mountain potato kit kat. Its all good.

— comment by Ron Evans on February 20th, 2010 at 4:35am JST (7 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

I love these photos. “Direct Hit!” has got to be my favorite. The spatter of the snowball is very dynamic and I like how Anthony is trying to pull his head away to avoid it. BUT, the kid in the red suit in the background has an expression like, “What the HECK!” Great shot.

Seeing the tents reminds me when I went camping once up near the base of Mt. Rainier when we made snow caves and slept in them. It took us all day to dig them out and surprisingly, they were very warm to sleep in.

Fantastic photos. It looked like you guys had a lot of fun.

— comment by Earnest Barr on February 20th, 2010 at 8:23pm JST (7 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Jeffrey, you need to brush up on your French. 😉

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Potage

Grrr, thanks, I think I originally had it right, but was a bit too mindless with the spell-checker later. Fixed. —Jeffrey

— comment by Thorf on February 24th, 2010 at 1:58pm JST (7 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Anthony took a nice pic!

— comment by Anne on September 19th, 2012 at 2:32pm JST (5 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink
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