Inspiration

Channel Your “Flow State”

Channel Your "Flow State"

According to recent research, it normally takes 10,000 hours of practice to become an expert in any discipline. Wow. Not that I thought being an expert would be an quick trip, but reading about these type of metrics really puts things into perspective. I came across this information through an interesting article I read on [...]


365 Day 12: Boom Boom

This post is a couple days late due to my recovery time from the extended celebrations over the weekend (yes, I am a lightweight…). The occasion was a birthday party for my nephew Bumii (pronounced boo-mee). I have to say it was a BLAST- I’m starting to wonder who had more fun, the adults or [...]


365 Day 11: The Vintage Brewing Company

365 Day 11: The Vintage Brewing Company

Late post again, I blame the beer and my lightweight tolerance for it. Got some quality time in yesterday with my son. I then took him and the wifey to a local brewery, The Vintage Brewing Company for a quick bite to eat. Great food here, and if I could tell the difference between an [...]


365 Day 10: Words From Ansel

365 Day 10: Words From Ansel

The other day, I found a couple old books at the used book store that were written by Ansel Adams: “The Negative” and the “The Print”. They are two books out of five that Ansel wrote in the late sixties-early seventies. The book is a trove of technical information, alot of which is still applicable [...]


365 Day 9: Jackson Rango

365 Day 9: Jackson Rango

After constant bugging all week, I took my son to the pet store. He surprised me when he saw this Jackson Chameleon and identified it as “a Rango”. I took this shot with Camera+ on my iPhone, used the Clarity filter and Ansel filter in the same app.


365 Day 8: Redbud

365 Day 8: Redbud

The Japanese Redbud at my work is in full bloom. These tiny inconspicuous flowers alone by themselves are not anything amazing. But put them all together and you have a beautiful flowering tree. I took this with my iPhone 4. I used the native camera app with no processing. Flare is from the sun just [...]


365 Day 6: The Clan Part II

365 Day 6: The Clan Part II

Spent the entire weekend with the clan. Because of my brother-in-laws’ busy schedule fighting crime, and my sisters hectic schedule with Ostera, it’s not too often we all get an entire weekend to hang out. For a couple hours before we all parted our seperate ways, we were reminiscing and looking at past videos from [...]


365 Day 5: The Clan

365 Day 5: The Clan

Late nights make for a late post. Hung out with the entire clan yesterday at the house of Henny. My kids wanted to sleep over with all their cousins so the wifey and I had a nice quiet night alone. I thought about how different it will be when the youngest of all our buggers [...]


365 Day 4: Shing, Shing! A Rainy Day

365 Day 4: Shing, Shing! A Rainy Day

Late post, had alot going on yesterday. We had a beautiful week of weather only to hit a gloomy weekend. All day Friday the sun didn’t want to make an appearance. This shot is of my son Atraiu goin out to get the mail yesterday in the rain- right before he broke his umbrella. Of [...]


365 Day 2: The Little Things

365 Day 2: The Little Things

Macro Photography is one of my favorite types of photography. The ability to see things on a much smaller scale is an experience that never ceases to amaze me. Simply stated, Macro Photography is close-up photography, usually of very small objects. Imagine looking at an image of a tiny spider so clear and close-up, that [...]


365 Day 1: Beginnings

365 Day 1: Beginnings

This is my first image, but my third attempt at a 365 blog. You can find my old 365 entries here Like the old saying goes, the wind from a door closing will open up another one. This time around I set a few rules for myself with this project, hopefully it helps me keep [...]


Failure and the Return of 365

Failure and the Return of 365

Failure was inevitable. The first time, I started the project on a whim, inspired by friends, family and random artists in the blogosphere. All of whom took up the same challenge themselves, and flourished. I saw magnitudes of amazing photos, brilliant captures, along with fancy blurbs, captions and even entire stories that offered short glimpses [...]


Where The Blogs At?

Where The Blogs At?

Its been far too long since I’ve written! So much has happened since my last post: more earthquakes in Japan, escalated uprisings in the Middle East, political change and unrest in both the US and Canada, nature’s wrath ravaging the southern US states, the jubilation and celebration of killing Osama Bin Laden, the list goes [...]


Nature’s Hand

Nature's Hand

The massive earthquake that hit Japan today shows our fragility and place in the world. In the end, as humans, we really have only each other and our faith. The tragedy and devastation that shocked Japan today, is a cold reminder that nature’s hand can strike at any time. Even the most stalwart nations are [...]


Define [suhk-ses]

Short post today. I found this video off stillmotion which includes some of my favorite photographers. For any of you looking to get inspired, each of these talented people will inspire you in their own way. Get to know their stories, and see how you can use the experiences of their journey to help you find [...]


The Notion of Motion

According to Newton’s Laws of Motion, the tendency of a body in motion is to keep moving, while a body at rest has a tendency to sit still. With momentum, it’s easy to keep moving, more so than it is to start moving from a dead stop. By melding the laws of science with our [...]


Good Coffee and Musings

I woke up this morning groggy, from only a few hours of sleep. My saving grace was the perk of French pressed coffee to keep me sensibly awake. The smell of fresh grounds is too irresistible, and unlike any Starbucks / Tim Horton’s / Dunkin’ Donuts brew; the taste is richer, and the effect of [...]


Where’s My Reset Button?

Way back in time, when I could spend hours upon hours honing my video game skills, I remember playing a game for days that provided countless hours of frustration. The game was “Battletoads”.  It was developed by the now famous developers, Rare, Inc. It all started with a classmate of mine bragging that he played [...]


three . six . five [33] Break It Down

three . six . five [33] Break It Down

Last night I took my son to Gordon Commons on the University of Wisconsin – Madison campus. My mission tonight: Meet up with the UW Breakers; get to know the local b-boys and b-girls and get a feel for the current state of the culture in Madison, and also to expose my son, Atraiu, to [...]


Jill + Ashton: Scatz Nightclub Wedding

Jill + Ashton: Scatz Nightclub Wedding

This past summer I was given the opportunity to photograph a 2-day wedding for a close friend. The first day, a traditional Laotian Ceremony called a “Su-Kwan” was held, I blogged about it here. It was an intimate and spiritual gathering and it was nice to experience something different. On the second day, a more [...]


three . six . five [018] Scawee Face

three . six . five [018] Scawee Face

In the spirit of Haloween, I photoshopped my eldest daughter Camiya into a Samara look-alike. My son Atraiu saw the image and says “I want a ‘scawee’ face too!” I couldnt resist! (Samara is the cutie from the horror movie “The Ring”) This was a little more challenging as my son is to darn cute [...]


three . six . five [016] My Daughter’s Gone Goth

three . six . five [016] My Daughter's Gone Goth

My kids will always be my favorite models, they are cute, photogenic and make for great subjects for candid photography. I find myself always using them to try out new techniques or to test out new angles or poses. Naturally, impatience will get the best of them on occasion, but for the most part they are always [...]


three . six . five [015] Bulletproof

three . six . five [015] Bulletproof

I am working with my sister on one of her evil genius plans (projects), this one is called “Bulletproof“. I don’t have a lot of details about the project yet, but I will be sure to update as I get more information. Today we shot at Garver’s Feed Mill, a long abandoned building in Madison, WI. The [...]


three . six . five [013] HDR

three . six . five [013] HDR

I read an article recently showcasing the work of Andrew Rees, where he took a beautiful black and white timelapse and converted it to HDR. HDR stands for High Dynamic Range and it is a technique where you take multiple shots of an image under different exposures and use third party software to merge them together. The result is [...]