NOVO Fashion Show!

April 26, 2009

I had the opportunity to shoot the NOVO fashion show this weekend.  It was designed to bring awareness to the burgeoning epidemic of homelessness unfolding before our very eyes.  I also donated a bunch of No Numbers tees for the cause.  They made it look legit.

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Sluggish Saturdays

April 5, 2009

I feel sluggish.  At least at the moment.  Worship practice, cleaning up my home, watching Ruth & Genessee film their video entry to Amazing Race, Dodgers exhibition game, late-night nonsensical traffic and The Hat + Orange Bang to finish out the day.  Here are some photos.

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Escapade To Salton Sea

March 23, 2009

A couple of us aspiring photographers decided to set aside the bulk of a Saturday afternoon to traverse eastward to Salton Sea to shoot the ruins of Bombay Beach, the national treasure that is Salvation Mountain and everything else in between.  It was amazing to see such reckless abandonment and it made you wonder what the story was behind each situation.

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check out the rest of my pics here


Cormorant

March 16, 2009

/WOTD/ cormorant \KOR-mur-unt; -muh-rant\, noun:
1. Any species of Phalacrocorax, a genus of sea birds having a sac under the beak; the shag. Cormorants devour fish voraciously, and have become the emblem of gluttony. They are generally black, and hence are called sea ravens, and coalgeese.
2. A gluttonous, greedy, or rapacious person.

I’ve met many a cormorant in my life and I would be content if I never had to deal with one again.  Unless, of course, he is me.  Then I would want to elbow myself in the face.

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I got invited to second-shoot a wedding in Baldwin Park today with Crystal.  (Forgive the stoopid haircutz.  We all learn from our mistakes, and thankfully and gracefully, hair grows rather quickly.)  The shoot was an interesting experience.  I didn’t think I was second photographer material because I usually just shoot every once in a while for my own self-gratification, but nobody else was available to shoot with her and the opportunity fell on me.  It was a small backyard wedding, which is a good jumping-off point and I had a lot of fun shooting and socializing.  But now I’m utterly and completely drained.  Devoid of energy or inspiration but I’ll be better after a night’s rest.  All I wanted to say was this was a weekend well spent and hoepfully you’ll see the fruit of it soon.


Scintilla

March 15, 2009

/WOTD/ scintilla \sin-TIL-uh\, noun: A tiny or scarcely detectable amount; the slightest particle; a trace; a spark.

If I could infuse my personality with even one more scintilla of compassion, I feel like I would be a much more effective person.

Today was a pretty long day, but it was a day well-spent.  Met up with homies at Bonelli park and we just kicked it for the majority of an afternoon.  It was an overcast day, but the sun came out to mix in a trace amount of warmth to round out the day quite nicely.  The evening was spent at KBBQ in good company with good conversation and the consumption of good food.

I thought I’d post some pictures with color after the black & white set I uploaded yesterday.  Black & White has its place in my heart, but color gives the pictures so much personality.  To tell you the truth, I usually desaturate images that are just too troublesome to color correct cos I’m lazy.

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Esoteric

March 14, 2009

/WOTD/ esoteric \es-uh-TER-ik\, adjective1. understood by or meant for only the select few who have special knowledge or interest; recondite
2. belonging to the select few
3. private; secret; confidential
4. (of a philosophical doctrine or the like) intended to be revealed only to the initiates of a group

The streetwear fashion niche is quite esoteric; not too many people can comprehend spending so much on various articles of clothing and likewise, not too many people can pull off said clothing.

It’s been a crazy couple of days.  I’ve been all over the place.  I’ve accrued one speeding ticket, which should deduct a sizable chunk of change from my already dwindling savings account, and a parking ticket for overnight parking on the wrong side of the street right outside of my own home.  My car woes seem to come in bunches, but I can’t complain.  Some people out there in the world right now would not be able to amass enough money in their whole lifetime to purchase a car, so I’m already blessed beyond measure.  Well, it’s very late, so I’m going to just post some pictures from the last couple of days and go to sleep.  Wow, two inconsequential important days in a row – Friday the 13th to Pi day.  What are the odds?  How often does this happen?

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Neo-Progresso Dinner Weekend – Welcome To Our World!

March 3, 2009

/WOTD/ acute \uh-KYOOT\, adjective: 1. acting keenly on the senses; sharp 2. quick in discernment; drawing fine distinctions 3. of an angle, less than 90 degrees 4. happening quickly, briefly, and severely

I once met a cute girl; she was quite acute.

Movie looks really eerie but I’m still interested.  Gondry never ceases to fascinate me.  It’s always awesome to see when people come up and get the respect they deserve.

I’m so friggin’ exhausted from this past weekend.  There was so, so much going on, and even though it was physically taxing, bodies can recover and it certainly was all worth it.

A bunch of us (@crystal_jean, @oogieoo, @imhenry, @hollyxann, @allanzzz, @jackiejlee, @jessecplee, @krispyapplebee, @ruthchu, @tiffrz to name a few of the tweeters) decided to put on a progressive dinner for the graduating college senior class at church (@g12eddie, @j0shhuang, @chesterhuang, @butterflikisses, @cheekz, @daving, @janeyou, @joobacca, @uhnivek – wow, tweeters be replicating!) to welcome them with open arms to the life we embrace post-college.  We divvied dinner up between three houses, progressing it slowly from appetizers to main courses to deserts, with drivers whisking each of the three groups away after the allotted thirty minute time period.

The day seemed to be one long held breath, at least for me.  First of all, we were a tad short-staffed.  One of the helpers became a driver, and another wanted to document the whole thing on video.  So we were down to three, and we set out to make the main course for 40+ people.

We slowly rolled through Costco (http://qik.com/video/1139239), whipped through Staters Brothers, and pretty soon it was go-time.  The whole preparation period had the feel of the latter half of an Iron Chef competition – time was ticking and the possibility of our imagined cuisine actually materializing diminishing.  With a focused attitude, I humbly began the first task at hand – grating a block of sharp cheddar to shreds.  Idiotically, I ended up grating off a sizable chunk of my thumb.  It ended up being kinda gross, but it was handled.  After that, I was relegated to chop duty, and even though that was the only relatively major hiccup during the whole process, time was still both our friend and foe.

Tick tock tick tock tick.  We finished on time but by the end of the preparation period, every member of the team was crippled in some way – Ruth’s ankle has been on the mend for a month now, Becca’s back had given out and she was perma-glued to the massage chair, and my wounded finger prevented me from being near any water for fear of infection (Score! No dishes!).

Relevant videos – 1 2 3 4

Cheers to a succesful night.

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Hawaii themed dinner – See no evil, speak no evil, hear no evil hula pigs in front of the kool-aid sprite cocktail.

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Everything was so colorful.

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Teriyaki pineapple meatballs.  So delicious.

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LOADED mac & cheese.  Alfredo, sharp cheddar, bacon bits, bread crumbs.  I’m getting hungry just looking at it.  I conquered it, but I suffered later, since I’ve developed a semi-lactose intolerance.

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The different meats you could skewer on to your kebab with their respective sauces.

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This has nothing to do with the progressive dinner.  I just took some shots at work, looking for a suitable header image for the work blog.

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Right outside the shop.  I liked the sky, the oncoming traffic and the church across the ways.