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Drone Wars June 2017

by on Oct.25, 2017, under Creativity, Film making, Sony A6000, Video

Forgot I had shot and edited this video. 

My buddies and I, (John/DJI Phantom 3, Rick/DJI Mavi Pro and Morgan/cool iPhone) decided to go out to the park and test their flying skills. Wanted to see if they could film each other. 

Was kinda tough since the cameras on these quadcopters are more for landscape shots than closeups. But they tested their nerves trying to fly close. 

We got some great footage which I then used iMovie’s fantastic trailer feature. I then exported the event to Final Cut Pro and tweaked it. Kenny provided the voice over. 

I like it. 


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Faces – a B&W Abstract photoshoot Oct17

by on Oct.22, 2017, under Creativity, Photography


My friend Morgan had this great idea to shoot some B&W abstract portraits. We wanted to show her in a “different light” – literally. So she bought some black makeup and I enlisted the help of my buddy Mike to be the hand model. I put a video together (below) to show the process. 

“I love our collaborations”

Although we got a lot of great images, below is the image we are most proud of creating – such depth.

M BW Abstract-047-Edit

What the video doesn’t show it how much fun we had doing this shoot. I “slightly” modified in Lightroom and Photoshop. Then I created the banner above of “FACES” which shows the many of our model, Morgan. 

So enjoy the short video and on the gallery below – click on them for a larger view. 


Thanks for letting me share,


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Superstitious Minds Event – Main Street 9-29-17

by on Sep.30, 2017, under Creativity, Family, Photography, Sony A6000


This past Friday night, Elizabeth, Conny (Imogen) and I went to to hear my Brother in Law (David Castillo) play with Superstitious Minds at Main Street Bar. I took my Sony A6500 and took some photos. We had such a great time. I’ve posted some photos below – click on each on to view a larger version. 

Thanks for letting me share. 


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She is my Wonder Woman

by on Sep.22, 2017, under Family


Today was a tough day. My 17yr old daughter had her 4 wisdom teeth extracted today. She was a trooper. 

Of all the strongest woman I know, she ranks up there in the top 4. Elizabeth being #1. 

I worked from home today so I could help with my little girl’s extraction process. She’s already gone through braces and now had to have 4 wisdom teeth extracted. Her procedure was at 8am and as I mentioned, I was thankful I’m able to work from home to help my wife get her home. 

We thought it was going to take about 2 hours but we were surprised when they called us after an hour. She was ready to go home. She was a bit groggy and you had to ask…

Will this be an opportunity to film her in a goofy moment you see online of parent’s posting their children’s reaction to the procedure. 

She surprised me. 

She was a bit emotional but got to the car and in the house ok. Three hours later, she was sitting on the sofa with Momma bear at her side. A couple of times she used the “bell app” on her phone to get our attention when she went back to her room to sleep but let me tell you – she’s been awesome. She’s a tough girl…just like her Mom. She was already posting pics of herself to her friends on Snapchat and other media to show her friends (and GodMom) that she was doing well. Even during the ABC Nightly News she was so lively commenting on current events. 

Being a film maker, I wondered if I would have used this opportunity to film her in her most vulnerable state, blabbing like an idiot, 

But of course, she continued to surprise me with her strength and resilience. Just like her Mom. 

I’ve posted some pictures below to share how proud I am of this strong, young woman. I’m sure she did better than I did – yes those are my two wisdom teeth pulled as my header image…oh so long ago (25yrs?). 

We will be watching Wonder Woman tonight – to remind me that I am lucky to have these two women in my life. Both are WW to me. 


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Mariachi Lab (Festival) at the Pearl Brewery

by on Sep.18, 2017, under Family, Film making, Music, Sony A6000

Elizabeth and I went down to the Pearl Brewery this past Saturday to hear the Mariachis. I took my Sony A6500 and shot some film. 

Enjoy the video below. 


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