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New-Year Trip Recap: East Finally Meets West
Me and My Family my folks      me, my son, my wife      my wife's folks -- Rootstown, OH, USA -- Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 — 1/40 sec, f/7.1, ISO 6400 — image datanearby photos
Me and My Family
my folks      me, my son, my wife      my wife's folks

I'd like to share a bit more from my New Year's trip to visit my folks in Ohio. It was notable in particular because it was the first time for my parents to actually meet my wife's parents.

Anthony and I left Kyoto first, having been seen off at the Osaka airport by Fumie's folks...

Pre-Flight Snack Starbucks in the Osaka Itami Airport (大阪伊丹空港) -- Osaka Itami Airport (大阪伊丹空港) -- Toyonaka, Osaka, Japan -- Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl
iPhone 4S at an effective 35mm — 1/20 sec, f/2.4, ISO 400 — image datanearby photos
Pre-Flight Snack
Starbucks in the Osaka Itami Airport (大阪伊丹空港)

Anthony had a lot of homework over the break (boo, hiss), so we had to squeeze study in everywhere we could. Here, at the gate while waiting for the plane, he's memorizing Japan's 47 “states” and their capitals...

After a somewhat harrowing flight via Tokyo and Chicago (see “Thank You Anonymous Hero at Chicago O’Hare’s Gate E2a”) and a couple of days without luggage, we had a quiet Christmas in Ohio...

Opening Presents -- Rootstown, OH, USA -- Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 — 1/100 sec, f/1.4, ISO 2200 — image datanearby photos
Opening Presents

We don't get much snow in Kyoto (but when we do, it can be beautiful) so Anthony enjoyed the snow and ice...

Rootstown, OH, USA -- Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 — 1/320 sec, f/1.4, ISO 100 — image datanearby photos
Rootstown, OH, USA -- Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 — 1/1600 sec, f/1.4, ISO 100 — image datanearby photos

... and feeding birds on the veranda that have trained my Mom to provide snacks....

Chickadee -- Rootstown, OH, USA -- Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic DMC-TS3 at an effective 29mm — 1/200 sec, f/3.3, ISO 400 — image datanearby photos
Chickadee

But there was study... always study...

Copyright Jeffrey Friedl

Fumie and her folks came in via Toronto (via a horribly-late flight). Her folks had never been to Ohio, and mine never to Kyoto, so after 14 years of marriage, our folks could finally meet.

Warm All Around -- Rootstown, OH, USA -- Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 — 1/60 sec, f/3.2, ISO 1600 — image datanearby photos
Warm All Around
Cheers! with Ohio and Canadian ice wine -- Rootstown, OH, USA -- Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 — 1/60 sec, f/4.5, ISO 2800 — image datanearby photos
Cheers!
with Ohio and Canadian ice wine
Group Shot -- Rootstown, OH, USA -- Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 — 1/40 sec, f/7.1, ISO 6400 — image datanearby photos
Group Shot

I normally would take a group shot like this via the intervalometer, to have a shot fired every two or three seconds so that we'd hopefully get a good one, but this time I tried a CamRanger, which allowed me to fire the shutter from my iPhone. The only problem is that the button on the screen has no tactile feedback, so it was a bit challenging to hit it blindly.

Fumie's folks then took the opportunity to try things some new things: feeding the birds, and sledding...

Another Chickadee -- Rootstown, OH, USA -- Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 102mm — 1/60 sec, f/2.8, ISO 180 — image datanearby photos
Another Chickadee
Sledding Anthony and his maternal grandparents -- Rootstown, OH, USA -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic DMC-TS3 at an effective 29mm — 1/1000 sec, f/3.3, ISO 100 — image datanearby photos
Sledding
Anthony and his maternal grandparents
Three-Generation Race Anthony liked the crashing more than the actual sledding -- Rootstown, OH, USA -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic DMC-TS3 at an effective 29mm — 1/800 sec, f/3.3, ISO 100 — image datanearby photos
Three-Generation Race
Anthony liked the crashing more than the actual sledding
Choo-Choooooo three generations on one toboggan photo by my mom -- Rootstown, OH, USA -- Copyright 2012 Phyllis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Canon PowerShot SD870 IS + 4.6-17.3mm @ 4mm — 1/1250 sec, f/2.8, ISO 125 — image datanearby photos
Choo-Choooooo
three generations on one toboggan
photo by my mom

It was a wonderful day.

Fumie and her folks headed back to Japan the next day, while Anthony and I stayed on for a few days.

In the next few shots, Anthony is helping Grandpa with a lake-related chore...

Heading Out -- Rootstown, OH, USA -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/6400 sec, f/1.4, ISO 100 — image datanearby photos
Heading Out
Rootstown, OH, USA -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/8000 sec, f/1.4, ISO 100 — image datanearby photos
Careful Instruction on breaking a hole in the ice -- Rootstown, OH, USA -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/6400 sec, f/1.4, ISO 100 — image datanearby photos
Careful Instruction
on breaking a hole in the ice
Throwing Snow just because it's there -- Rootstown, OH, USA -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/2500 sec, f/1.4, ISO 100 — image datanearby photos
Throwing Snow
just because it's there

There was much more snow play, and that most-excellent visit to a LEGO store before we returned to Kyoto, via Chicago and Tokyo. On the short final segment, a Japanese domestic flight from Tokyo on ANA, we for some reason got bumped up to business class, which thrilled Anthony to no end:

Enjoying The Fun Seats -- Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl
iPhone 4S at an effective 35mm — 1/15 sec, f/2.4, ISO 400 — image datanearby photos
Enjoying The Fun Seats

But it was the end of a long trip...

Out Cold via the iPhone front-facing camera -- Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl
Out Cold
via the iPhone front-facing camera

Comments so far....

I enjoy your blog so much because I can relate to many of the photos that you post. While your photo skills are constantly getting better, often I find myself fascinated by the content. Having a Japanese wife and a bicultural son (or whatever the safe/pc term is these days) a year younger than Anthony… viewing your blog is almost like viewing my own family albums.

ME & MY FAMILY is a fantastic shot contextually! It really tugs on my heart strings to see your family with your son in the middle as a metaphor for the joining of your families, not to mention 3 generations in one photo. I also love the shot of the ice wine… (Looks delicious.). What did your inlaws think of the sledding and the ambitious American birds?

Lastly… oh the sweet joy of flying to Japan in coach… and miraculously/ironically/don’t-question-the-airline-gods…ly taking that last intra-Japan flight in BIZ class. That same thing (and probably the same airline) happened to us! Talk about being happier than a pig in poop!

— comment by Ron Evans on March 5th, 2013 at 3:31am JST (1 year, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Ummm, Ron, I believe the expression is “Happier than a pig in slop” At least that’s the way I ‘ve always heard it, Jeff’s Dad grew up in a farming family , and he fed a LOT of slop to the pigs in his day. But on the other hand he manured out a lot of pigpens and the pigs were always happy so perhaps we are both right. But whatever floats your goat.

— comment by Grandma Friedl, Ohio, USA on March 5th, 2013 at 9:28am JST (1 year, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Great to see the family pictures. The CamRanger looks very interesting. Thanks for mentioning it. One question: does it work OK when the camera is set up with radio triggers to drive off-camera speedlights?

I don’t have any radio triggers, but I’d think it would all work fine. —Jeffrey

— comment by Tom in SF on March 6th, 2013 at 8:11am JST (1 year, 9 months ago) comment permalink
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