Today’s the day. The day you help save the internet from being ruined.
(Long story short: The FCC is about to make a critical decision as to whether or not internet service providers have to treat all traffic equally. If they choose wrong, then the internet where anyone can start a website for any reason at all, the internet that’s been so momentous, funny, weird, and surprising—that internet could cease to exist. Here’s your chance to preserve a beautiful thing.)
Explore a moment in the relaxing summer nature of California’s Yosemite National Park, at a creek by Rancheria Falls. This area would normally be inaccessible, with the river’s water level typically much higher. Due to seasonal conditions, or perhaps California’s drought, the river was greatly reduced in size and a number of small, inviting pools were revealed.
I’m slowly working on a new YouTube channel called “Moment Explorer”, focusing on simple explorations of various locations, both in nature and in civilization without any editing or distracting music. The first location I’ll be uploading videos from is Yosemite, California.
KPOP Wasabi Challenge video I made for Premium Oppa. I’m pretty happy with how it came out! I’m getting better at creating quicker pacing.
I just started my first semester in the film program at CSU Northridge - looking forward to meeting lots of new people and making some cool things.
Honolulu from my cell phone
My final short film for my motion picture production class at SD City College- I did the cinematography and helped write it.
Shooting this was a great experience! Mostly because everything that could go wrong, did go wrong… I love camping in the desert but holy crap it’s the most unfriendly place for shooting a movie.
KTOWN nightmarket video - All of the food porn
Making our way through the Anza Borrego Desert State Park in Southern California.
The days were warm but accented by a cool wind which would occasionally brew up sandstorms, which we’d see off in the distance. At night the desert got quite cold, and it actually felt colder than it did when we were out in the mountains of Sequoia (Thank goodness for long underwear!). We were also warmed by hearty meals of couscous, bacon, potatoes, freshly grilled onions and mushrooms. If there was one thing we didn’t lack this trip, it was good food! I was too hungry to even pause and take a photo of our camp meals.
If you’ve never made a point to go out camping, gather some friends and go! When we go, we go rough - The first night were literally on some boulders up in a desert canyon oasis, surrounded by palm trees. It was cramped and the terrain was not the best for making a comfortable camp, but what a unique and mystical location it was. There’s something awesome about the sound of flowing water in the middle of a parched wasteland. If you’re not so interested in worrying about finding a good camp area, there are established campgrounds that will still give you an incredible outdoors experience, with the benefits of a bathroom and fire pit.
Playing around with some old shots from my trip to Japan in 2012.
Backpacking in Sequoia National Park, California. 2013
This was my first time on a multiday backpacking trip, and what an awesome experience it was! The first night we hiked only 6 miles, but the uphill climb and the elevation (nearly 11k feet) made it seem 3 times that amount. By the end of the day we were completely exhausted… I was so tired and drained from the elevation change that I could hardly eat.
Over the next few days we hiked down mountains, through forests, and in thunderstorms. We rested in front of shimmering alpine lakes and in mountain meadows.
I think that there are few things more satisfying and nourishing for the mind and soul than venturing outdoors, and roughing it a little bit. It’s satisfying to turn off the cell phone and get away from the conveniences we have every day and, even just for a little bit, experience the world as it is.
Here’s a short that I wrote and helped direct and edit for my motion picture production course at San Diego City College. Making movies is fun!
Featuring music from Perfect Blue and I Saw the Devil.