My First Week Without Facebook (#DeleteFacebook)

One week ago today I deleted my Facebook account as a gift to myself. I must be honest and say I was a bit apprehensive about going through with deleting my account—permanently deleting my account. I had been building up to the idea for months. So I’ve had 2 questions about it. 1. How did you go about doing it?… Continue reading

I Love the Fog and Mount Tamalpais

So, what could be better than a 4k time lapse of the fog as seen from just below the West Peak of Mount Tamalpais? This is about an hour of time compressed into 40 seconds. So, while the fog and the clouds appeared stationery to the naked eye, they are actually very active over time. That amazing motion is quite… Continue reading

In Case You Missed It: Dame Helen Mirren

Dame Helen Mirren, not your typical actress, reads Ulysses on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, not your typical late show host. The portion of Tennyson’s poem she is reading so brilliantly: Old age hath yet his honour and his toil; Death closes all: but something ere the end, Some work of noble note, may yet be done, Not unbecoming… Continue reading

My First New Zealand Video Short

The sheer beauty of New Zealand is staggering. This New Zealand Video Short project presents two areas of that country: the Waimangu Volcanic Valley on the North Island, and Milford Sound, from Glenorchy to the Tasman Sea, on the South Island. Waimangu Volcanic Valley New Zealand Map On July 2, 2017, we hiked down the Volcanic Valley shooting photos and… Continue reading

That Basket of Deplorables Is the New Face of US Terrorism (Updated)

Peter Cvjetanovic, 20, told KTVN that he traveled from Reno to Charlottesville. Read the story here. I’m late to learning the details of what has transpired from the Nazi and White Supremacist terrorist attacks that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia.  I refuse to use the term “Alt-Right.” These are militant, white, Nazi terrorists that want to usher in to this… Continue reading

Love Is Love: In a Heartbeat

Esteban Bravo (left) and Beth David (right) [LA Times]With over 22,000,000 views in just one week, this little animated short by computer animation students, Esteban Bravo and Beth David, has taken the internet by storm. The young creators of the project said they wanted to challenge the notion that LGBT content is not suitable or appropriate for young audiences. The… Continue reading

San Francisco Gay Pride: You Haven’t Lived until…

I confess, I’m not much of a parade person. I don’t hate parades; I just don’t like them. They simply don’t do anything for me. I’ve been to Atlanta Gay Pride a couple of times. Whatever. Not worth going back. But San Francisco knows how to throw a party, let me tell you. The Bay to Breakers Race is insane… Continue reading

Learning Out Loud

I was interested in exploring shooting anamorphic video with the iPhone 6s+1. In fact, I was interested in seeing how far I could push video with the iPhone generally: nighttime, directly into the sun, etc. I also wanted to try mixing some 360º footage into the my little project to see if significantly changing perspective in a normal “flat” video… Continue reading

Awww, Shucks!

Yay for Vimeo! They present video in the correct aspect ratio without letterboxing, unlike YouTube! All that effort to produce 1:2.39 aspect ratio content, and then YouTube adds that hideous black letterbox! Come on Google, get up to speed here! And what’s with the thumbnail that’s not in the correct aspect ratio at all?! Anyway… Shot on my iPhone this… Continue reading