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07.20.18         movie reviews  

Equalizer 2


I really enjoyed the first one based on the TV miniseries from the 90s and had high hopes for more. One aspect that I liked was that it focused much more on the human relationship aspects, which is something that is often overlooked and forgotten for action movies. It definitely added to the film, the negative was that because of editing errors, it felt slowed down. Very slow at times.

It is a rental.

07.19.18         instagram  

Screen grab from tonights shoot for...


Screen grab from tonights shoot for @provennutrition Core Energy Drink - they have a big promotion coming and asked me to help with some of their marketing - excited to put this thing together! Thank you @hbvideography @pandjromero and @morgannrudee for your help. CORE is an amazing, low calorie (2g sugar) recovery drink I’ve been using for about 6 months now. I love it! More info coming!

07.18.18         photography  

Tony and Chelsea's 1 Million Subscribers Giveaway!


As many of you know Tony, Chelsea and I teamed up in Puerto Rico to deliver over 1000 badly needed water filters to victims of hurricane Maria.

Today Tony and Chelsea are celebrating their 1 Million Subscribers by having a giveaway for a free camera of your choice and they are also offering their book "Stunning Digital Photography" including a "pay what you can offer". That book is the #1 photography book in the world, so if you love photography and haven't checked it out, you should!

BTW- Tony and Chelsea did not ask me to post this, I am just doing it because I think they and their channel are GREAT. Its one of the only ones that I actually follow.

Congratulations Guys on your 1 Million Subscribers!

Enter To Win Tony and Chelseas Contest Here

07.13.18         instagram  

Fun shoot today on the road to Hana. You guys...


Fun shoot today on the road to Hana. You guys haven’t heard much from me because I’m grinding on my latest photography project, should be done in a couple weeks. #luckywelivehawaii #sony #a7iii

07.10.18         photography  

Case Study #3 - The Endless Summer Shot!


Here is my latest youtube video on shooting sunset silhouettes! I hope you enjoy it!



Gear Used in this video:

Canon 5Diii

100-400 Zoom

Canon 2xiii Extender

07.07.18         michael's insights  

Cave Rescue - Dry Bag Escape Pod


So Ive been thinking about this for a couple days. Those 13 kids stuck in the Thailand cave are running out of time, with new rain coming next week and oxygen levels decreasing. I was reading yesterday that they are trying to find 5 mil wet suits and it just really felt like they were waiting for a perfect situation to act. Its not going to be perfect, but they are going to have to take action soon.

Im a scuba diver, and what little I know about cave diving, I think it there is just no way you could expect those kids to swim out on their own power through that route, they will need to be towed or chaperoned out.

This is what I have been thinking about. Could probably make one in 1-2 hours. Reusable.

07.07.18         movie reviews  

Antman and The Wasp


I know I'm so far behind on so many things, but there is a lot of good stuff happening behind the scenes here. I completing one of the biggest projects of my life, so Im very excited to be able to talk about it soon.

Caught Antman and the Wasp today. I was disappointed! The first one was way better. Some of the visuals were really outstanding, but there were a few problems with this "distracted humor" we saw in Thor:Ragnorok, where the actors just go off on these long targets that don't have anything to do with anything. They went wayyy to many times to that & it annoyed me. Second thing was the villian or villians, just didnt really make a lot of sense. I like having one clear and defined baddy that really screws everything up and this movie was missing it.

I hate to say this, but I think this is a rental!

PS- There is an after trailer clip that ties into Avengers:Infinity war, and Dang....it was so weak. I could have written a much better tie in, but at least it is there. Hint: Think time travel

06.30.18         movie reviews  

Sicario 2


The first one was better and will be a classic. Sicario 2 was solid if you liked the first one. Plenty of timely insights into border security as well as the struggles of those coming and protecting it. Those aspects were thought provoking. I thought it was worth seeing in the theater with my Movie Pass. Very violent.

06.27.18         video  

Sony Mirrorlesses Top 5 Killer Features


My criticisms of Sony Cameras is coming, and Ill update it here shortly, but Ive been asked what are they doing better than other camera companies, so this is my short list.

TL/DW-

1. Sensor Design
2. Full Frame Video Oversampling
3. Eye AF
4. Face Tracking for Video
5. Internal Grading / Log / Gamma Display

Bonus- Camera body design allows for very short time between iterations, but the ergonomics are not that great - so I left it out.

06.26.18         website reviews  

James Patterson's Masterclass


As many of you know I am currently working on my 3rd book, my first fiction book. I just chip away at it every morning for an hour or so. A couple months ago, Master Class had an all you could consume offer of $90/year for the first year and $180 for ever year after.

Id taken the screenwriting course by Aaron Sorkin and enjoyed it, so I thought I would try it out and take a few classes on a few different subjects, including Chess by Gary Kasporov (it was very good and he even responded to me on Twitter), but really wanted to get some good insights for writing.

The Class by James Patterson was just INCREDIBLE. Literally every chapter was just packed with amazing insights. Ill probably watch it a second time.

I am in no way affiliated with Master Class, and am simply saying if you are a writer of fiction, you will enjoy this class very much.

James Patterson's MasterClass on Writing

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