Thursday, January 10, 2013

A Family Tradition - Oseichi Ryori - Japanese New Year's Breakfast

 
Japanese Oseichi Ryori, by Reed A. George
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
iso 160, f2.2, 1/60 sec.
 
My wife is Japanese. Living in Northern Virginia, we don't get all that many chances to celebrate Japanese culture. One opportunity we take every year is on New Year's morning. We order out traditional Japanese food, oseichi ryori. Now I'm kind of a conservative eater, especially at breakfast. But, I thoroughly enjoy welcoming the new year in with fresh seafood and Japanese sencha (green tea) one day per year.
 
I also always grab a camera and take a shot of this year's selection. That tends to be the DMC-LX5. For these shots, I used iAuto, where the camera sets EVERYTHING for you. Obviously, I also used macro focus. Not bad for complete point and shoot automation.
Japanese Oseichi Ryori, by Reed A. George
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
iso 200, f2.2, 1/60 sec.



 
 
 
Ohashi (chop sticks), by Reed A. George
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
iso 80, f2, 1/100 sec.
 
I almost sprung for an upgrade to the LX5 over the holidays - the LX7 was obscenely cheap at less than $300. But, the additional nearly $200 to upgrade the accessory finder from the DMW-LVF1 to DMW-LVF2, necessary with the LX7, was just a little too much. I've got no complaints about the LX5, and the LX7 has a faster (f2) lens, but no advantage in sensor size. So, I held off.
 
Happy 2013!
 
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