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A day in the life

February 17, 2009 11 comments

All of todays photos were shot on 15 February, ranging from very early (past midnight) to very late (right before midnight).

***CLICK HERE for todays photos***

I had ended Saturday night after attending a live event in Yokosuka where some friends were playing some music at a bar called Moai & Capy, located pretty clsoe to Shioiri station.  Then on Sunday I spent the day up in Nakano shooting pictures with a photo club I belong to.

The D700 continues to amaze me.  The low light shooting at Moai & Capy was an absolute breeze with the incredible autofocus and high ISO capability it has.  The main lens I used was the 50mm f1.4G which oerfomred admirably.  ON Sunday the lens of choice was a Nikkor 20mm f2.8D that I picked up used at Fujiya Camera in nakano, right before the photo club met up to start shooting.  

The theme for the days shooting was “Unusual Perspectives”, thus the large amount of odd angles for most of todays shots.  I really enjoy the photo club as it places some structure on the shooting, and depending on the theme we are using, it can really stretch you and make you think.

I was woken up this morning by a mild earthquake.  Not enough to really worry about, but enough to remind me that I have not yet set up an earthquake disaster kit.   The contents of a typical kit include things that can get me through the first few days of an emergency in the event of THE BIG ONE and I have the good fortune to live through it.   

So now that I am thinking about it, I guess I’d better get around to building my own kit.  

I think I will add the following to it, and keep it in a  handy place:

  • Water – 5 gallons (enough for 5-days)
  • Food– ready to eat or requiring minimal water (MREs work great for this, and have the shelf life of a brick)
  • Manual can opener and other cooking supplies
  • Plates, utensils and other feeding supplies
  • First Aid kit & instructions
  • A copy of important documents & phone numbers
  • Warm clothes, rain gear, sturdy footwear
  • Heavy work gloves
  • Camera (no problem for me there…) and plenty of charged batteries and empty memory cards
  • Unscented liquid household bleach and an eyedropper for water purification
  • Personal hygiene items including toilet paper, tooth brush and paste, hand sanitizer and soap
  • Plastic sheeting, duct tape and utility knife for covering broken windows
  • Tools such as a crowbar, hammer & nails, staple gun, adjustable wrench and bungee cords.
  • Blanket and/or sleeping bag
  • Large heavy duty plastic bags and a plastic bucket for waste and sanitation
  • Beer (preferably Strohs as it is the only beer I know that taste just as bad cold as it does warm)
  • Flashlight (hand crank type)
  • Radio – hand crank or battery operated
  • Whistle
  • Pocket knife
  • Emergency cash in small denominations
  • Permanent marker, paper and MORE duct tape  (You can never have enough duct tape)
  • List of emergency points-of -contact phone numbers
  • Extra prescription eye glasses
  • A few good (long) books 

I think that should about do it.  

Can anyone think of anything I forgot?

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