6.1.17 – 8.30.17

It’s been awhile since my last update. Still taking pictures, just taking three or four times as long to upload them. It’s been a busy summer from start to finish, but it’s time to finally get all of these photos logged onto my blog. Some of these photos date back to February and March of 2017, however, most are from June through August.

It’s been an eventful summer from a road trip  through the Midwest with the destination of Chicago, IL to meeting my nephew for the first time to landing dead center in the 2017 lunar eclipse path of totality. It’s definitely been one of the more eventful year’s of my life – which is not saying much – and looking through these photos serves as a good reminder as to why I should keep documenting as much as I can.

Before this last photo batch, I never viewed any of my images on a mobile device. What I noticed though is a bit of a bummer: I lean heavy on the red when I saturate my photos. As as result of my lead-red foot, everyone appears more red on a phone. On my computer screen it’s all good, but not so much on mobile.

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Some footage from my return trip to the Atlanta Film Festival (ATLFF), my cousin David  and his wife, Kim, surprise party, TED (Talk) Cinema, Black Sheep Skate Shop video premiere and my coworker’s rendition of “Bad and Boujee.” Oh, and of course – more skate footage.

I’m growing to love film and video more than ever because for the first time I’m using it to document my life. It’s not so much for posterity, but more as a reminder of how blessed I am to have good family and friends (that are like family) around. I can unashamedly say that I account for probably 99 percent of my video views, but the eyeballs on my mini edits doesn’t bother me. These videos have been so helpful in keeping me motivated, inspired and appreciative of just being alive and in good health. I began battling anxiety and depression around middle school, and it has become a big part of my life. Making these edits has given me more tangible memories to combat both anxiety and depression when they decide to creep in, giving me the encouragement to get out of bed and see what the world has to offer me today. In time though, I hope to be able to offer the world something.

In July, I’ll be meeting my nephew for the first time and look forward to capturing him on film & video, which will in fact be for posterity. His name is Jayden and he’s six years old, and easily the coolest person I’ve (n)ever met. Hopefully in the future, I’ll be able to make an edit that spans the years showing his growth as a person. Maybe it’ll even show some of my growth behind the lens.

 

2.18.17-3.4.17

Some footage cruising the local foundation with a skate dawg (Zephyr), wandering Dark Sky Observatory (Appalachian State University) during a stargazing and production on Greensboro, N.C. artist Preme’s “Red” music video shoot.

Haven’t taken as many photos as I’d like to lately, so it’s taking me longer to get a big batch to process. But I am taking more video, so it’s all good.

2.4.17

Today is February 19th, 2017.

I went to D.C. for the first time in over a decade, and it was great. It’s never been a city on my radar, but I fell in love with all it had to offer. The architecture, the history, the fashion sense, the food; It was great.

A few of my high school buddies joined me for the trip, our friend Mike acting as our tour guide. He’s lived in and around the D.C. area for a shade under a decade now. It was a weekend trip, so I’m thinking of uploading a few more later.

I didn’t have a particularly productive outing as far as shooting is concerned. When I tried to get a shot of the Washington monument close up, the complete image couldn’t fit in the frame due to my macro lens. The building architecture in its historical likeness and epic rendition proved to be difficult as well. So, long story short I used my disposables sparingly. I’m on the Craiglist hunt now for both a 35mm and telephoto lens.

D.C. has made me think more about the positioning of the sun and overcast. I was completely unprepared for the difference in lighting and some of my favorite shots are too dark. The negatives can be developed up a stop when I make 4×6 prints, so we’ll see how these and few others come out down the road.


On Feb.4, a protest on the immigration ban in was held in D.C. Unfortunately the perimeter fence at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. was blocked off by temporary anti-protest fencing.

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2.4.17. – 2.5.17.

I took a trip to D.C. recently to visit a high school buddy. I’ve not yet taken the rolls I shot to be developed, but in the meantime I made a quick video edit. For how much video I shoot – zero – it came out as a good reminder of the energy of certain moments. Definitely going o hit the record button more often on my phone. The guys featured in the clip are friends from high school and I appreciate them all being able to put together a much needed mini-reunion.


Film, Photography, Charlotte, North Carolina, Snow Day, 2017

2017

After getting some advice on color saturation, I watched a few tutorials and tested out what I learned. I didn’t realize I’ve been using saturation techniques already, but I’d only been affecting all the color levels. The tutorials helped me understand what colors are prominent in my images and where.  From there, it’s made easier to adjust the color play to my focal point. Thanks, Derek.


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