Call me a hipster but I am getting tired of trying to figure what lens, camera, sensor, color space... etc before capturing a frame. I want a camera that takes care of everything with one button. I found that camera. 

How can I say no to $100 discount? 

How can I say no to $100 discount? 

Finally a camera I keep in my pocket with good quality, wifi, gps, built-in ND, fixed lens, flash, RAW capability, 1080p video. Some samples: 

Pacific North West

It has been three months since I graduated from RAIS. Outside of GMP I've had 3 paid gig and 4 unpaid ones. Applied and denied of a full time position. ACing on Shayne's short (finally happening) and DPing on yet another unpaid episode. 

Since then I've also spent ten days in BC with my parents to get the keys to our new home in Port Moody. The neighbour is lovely. Although there were a few things that needed taken care of I think the bulk of it has been solved. The renovation is happening now and it should be done in a month or so. 

This has been a thought that I've had in the back of my mind but I have been putting it of on making a decision. Since my parents have a place in BC now, where the most opportunities for the film industry are, and I have yet to find a stable income here which can sustain me living independently the choice was obvious. It was a matter of making the decision and spreading the word. For most of my friends this was easy. But alas it was done and now I look forward to living in BC, the Pacific Northwest, the West Coast Best Coast...

The thoughts of finally moving to a big city where things can happen have kept me awake on many nights. There are activities I can do, communities to join, foods to eat, places to travel, services to enjoy all year round. There never will be a dull moment. And when it is dull, perhaps I will find someone I rather spend my time with than playing video games in the basement. The possibilities are endless!

 Just writing about this is sending my mind into outer space. But I mustn't get carried away in play and forget to begin my career. It will be an interesting new chapter to find a work-play balance while in the sanctuary of my home and my family. In January, sister, mother and I will be back home to check upon the completed renovation and start moving things in. Setting things up such as insurance and utilities and vehicle to be all ready in place. Preparing for March when mother and sister will officially move in and June for me. 

There are much to plan and ideas to share with you my dear diary. But before that I will leave with you these photographs of my new homestead. Until then, as quoted from an introduction film made in 1945 by US Office of War Information;

"C'mon child of the north west, there's work to do!"


First (paid) DP gig after school

Well technically I've been working on it before I graduated. But this is a pick up and Riley wasn't available so Levi hit me up. Told him my day rate and all was good. The Borden Bridge on which we shot on has interesting architecture. I was concerned about the harsh sunlight so I decide to put on the ND16. I was able to go F/2 on most of the shots, but I was at iso1250 and above in broad day light on a 5D3. Another thing to note the manual focus on the 70-200 is stuck. Nonetheless here are a few screenshots I took on camera, then edited and colored in lightroom myself. 


Did it. Now what?

Yay! Graduated! So great! Now what? Is it going to be helpful? Would it still be approved or would it still be a waste of money and time? This time I'm not sitting around to find out. Doing it my own way and feed myself.  


On a positive note this is now a good way to get a fresh start. 

How long is too long

How long is too long? If someone tells you it is okay to take your time on it, should you? In the back of your mind you are constantly reminded that time cost money. The longer you take the more it cost so you should hurry it up and get it done. But what if it is not what you wanted? Perhaps you chose it because you were told that is the best option? Perhaps you chose it because of all the option that is what make sense, or even it is what would please them? Perhaps you started without really knowing what to do but you shuffle along with the pack to do it anyways. More and more you go on you realize you are not keeping up with the pack and you are falling behind. Then one day they tell you you are not good enough and they can no longer carry you on. You panic since now you have no pack to follow and you need something to go on with because that voice in the back of your mind reminding you time cost money.

So you make for the closest door and you took comfort that this is now your new direction. Then you get too comfortable and you started going your own pace and now you are left behind by this new yet smaller pack. You know sooner or later you will be left behind and that pack will give up on you too. Sure enough, they do. You panic but not as much as before because you have been here before, all you have to do is look for the nearest door again. But before you do you turned around, looked around you and realize you have been two direction but somehow you managed to get nowhere. Now you are panicing more than you have ever had because you have now spend more time(money) than they expected. 

To top it all off where you are there are no closest door, all the visible doors are pretty far away. Not far enough to not see it but enough that in order to reach you must give up something to get there. Then you realize you are in a similar situation before all these started, with the exception that you have now done what you have done. The logical step is to try the other thing seeing it did not go so well the first time around. All the reasoning telling you not to do this other thing back in the beginning is coming back to you. You are reminded of it, making more aware of it now more than ever. Should you REALLY go for it? Will it end up like the last time, or worst? This time you do not have the support you had last time because you have already taken too much time. Soon it will be your own time and it will cost you for the time. 

What are you trying to do? Are you trying to prove yourself? Are you doing this for you? 

Starting somwhere

It has to start somewhere I suppose, but it did not make sense to post something recent. Figured I would start from the beginning. It started with this beast of a camera here in all its glory, back in the early 2000s, and yes that is a pop up flash, thats how kick ass it was. 

As you can see, there aren't many controls to the camera itself, but it was something. My dad somehow was able to teach me the basics of camera, aperture and shutter and all that jazz. But that was about it, not much I can do with that knowledge so I moved on. 

It was until years later when I had my hands on my uncle's D300, for me to realize how much technology has changed, and how photography improved because of it. Taking a photo has never been easier, and I was hooked. 

Later that year during christmas I got my first camera, the Rebel XSi (450D), excited as I was I ripped it out of the box and took it out for a walk around my hometown. 

Form this brilliant gallery you can obviously tell that I am naturally talented in photography, obviously. As I was going through these images for the first time, I couldn't believe how terrible they are. I have learned from then on - the camera does not take good photos, the photographer does.