Today’s photo of the week is one of my favorite skate photos. Took this photo with my buddies camera as he jumps the gap in the school yard.
For the past couple of years I’ve been having dreams in my sleep of playing in a high school basketball game. My teammates I don’t recognize but the coach I can. I’ll be dribbling down the court, making threes and crossing my opponents so bad the crowd stand in a uproar. High fives are exchanged while trotting down the opposite end of the court. But what does it mean? The dream itself feels so real. When I finally realize its just a dream I have this emptiness when I wake up. During my childhood to young adult basketball has always been a huge part of my life. As I grew older my goals of playing pro basketball started to fade away and so did my love for the game. I started running for a few years, hoping to fulfill my urge to compete, but when I go to sleep the sound of the ball hitting the hard wood floor comes back to hunt me. The picture above is one of my good friends/ teammate, Tramaine. This picture was taking during the summer of 2010, he just came back from playing basketball in Germany. Now in Arizona, as an Assistant coach, Tramaine came over for the Thanksgiving holiday and old memories of basketball came about and so did the great moments we shared with the game. We spoke of me picking the game basketball back up but I wasn’t really sure. If I do I without a doubt would have to take my time. But I do know for sure that I haven’t been having those dreams anymore, just silence.
Work hard play hard, as the saying goes. In my opinion I think its more like work hard relax even harder. Last Christmas I gave my girlfriend tickets to fly to New York. We decided to use them the following November. We packed our bags, woke up in the am and caught a ride to LAX. Barely keeping our eyes open from lack of sleep we were told to approach the aircraft, which would take us to our first destination, Atlanta.
Atlanta was a lot of fun, but too short. I was extremely happy to be surrounded by loved ones and everyone was under one roof, it was a great feeling. My girlfriend has never been to this one spot in the “A” called MJQ, the best spot to party years ago, now its just hella packed with GT students. After 3 Jacks, a red bull and a shot of who knows what we called it a night and drove to the lovely waffle house, classic. Miki and I didn’t get back to our room until 4 in the morning, so we just stayed up awaiting for our next departure, New York.
New York was cold but very inspiring. Have never been in New York longer than 3 hours, so this trip was pretty new to me. Everything about that city made me fall in love with it, including the construction workers getting off work and harassing the drivers who’d run red lights. I had this assumption of New Yorkers being very pushy, rude and just straight ass holes but instead I saw, passion, hustle and very kind. Who would have thought a construction worker, during rush hour would make an effort to tell someone bless you or an exhausted employee would give up he’s seat so someone could sit with their partner. It’s the small things that made me realize how amazing this city is. Oh and the pace! Being from Atlanta, then moving to LA I thought I was living in the fast lane. I even had a little pep in my step. When my Boots touched Time Square’s gravel, right then I told myself I’ll never walk in boots again…lol! I might as well trotted to the places we went to. People were moving so fast, but I get it. This is something I definitely have to incorporate in my life. You can feel the energy of the people rushing but with a purpose. There was always something happening. A man grabs my hand ,my girlfriends and joins them together to serenade us, then ask for 2 bucks. A 40 year old designer, looks 23 walks into a boutique and tells the owner they need to have his merchandise in their store. I’d have to say though the coolest thing I’ve ever seen was getting 2 dollars worth of quarters and walking to the corner of Soho to get a street magazine, in one of those old news paper stands, oh and of course having breakfast in Brooklyn and visiting a friend that works in a coffee shop.
So this picture I posted reminds me of everything we did that weekend. The photo was shot in Atlanta at the Hilton. Miki just woke up and she stretched her arms and legs. At that very moment in I knew we were gong to not only have an exhausting weekend but one we’ll always remember.
NOTE: Im a day late…oops!
Hopefully I can keep this consistant but I’m going to try to attempt to post every sunday, for the ‘picture of the week’ series. So for my first entry I have a picture taken years ago, traveling to South Carolina to see my grand parents. The road we traveled was off the 20 east highway and the giant trees formed this massive bridge over the back roads. When I was younger I would get super excited to go through the bridge of trees. It was a indication telling my family and I we were getting closer to my grandparents home. I found this picture in my hard drive, of my computer and I was thrilled with excitement knowing this would be the best picture to start my series with. Fast forwarding to now, my grand parents are at peace with GOD and the last time I went down the stretch of back round the trees didn’t look as big. It was a moment in time were I knew things were changing. That child that was once excited about going under that bridge is no more.The place were my grandfather and grandmother once lived is now empty, but this picture will forever bring those comforting memories back into my adult life.
I was searching online and wanted to test the Lightroom workflow. So I went out a couple of weekends ago to capture some footage and then began the post process. This workflow did take a little more time than workflow 1.0 but whenever I decide to really concentrate on color corrections this is the way to go, at least for me. Below I’ve posted a few screen shots as well as the actual video…enjoy!
Went to Malibu Creek with one of my buddies and shot a couple of test footage. Thanks to Magic Lantern I can now shoot in RAW format. My camera might be a oldy, in the DSLR community, but I sure as hell feel like I came up on a new toy…. YEEEEEEEE!!!!
*Above are screen grabs from the test footage