Three Months

As many of you know, I have been making music for going on 10 years now. I don't have too much to show for that but I've realized over the last few years I truly love to make music. It can be a pain in the ass sometimes but in the end I have fun making it. I've lost the ambition to try and "make it" simply because I know I don't have a chance and because I think it would take all the fun out of it. I just like making music. It's fun. It's refreshing. I can be me and I can be someone totally different. I think this is like the third post now regarding this "coming soon" project titled "Positive Vibrations". The project was started almost three years ago during the making of my first album "Walk With Me" (which is available for free download). My good friend David aka Positive ID is the man behind the mixer making all the beats for the project while I'm the one writing the rhymes on my electronic notepad. Through out the last few years life has just not allowed us to connect and get this thing recorded. Well, things changed this last Spring and we've been at it for our third attempt and making some serious progress.

Ladies and gentlemen, I present "Three Months".  I know I probably missed my mark with the weather but what the hell. If you love it and want to put it on your ipod then go here, and download it for free! Spread the word!

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Proof of Life Reunion!

*Left to right: Andrew, Me and Mike.

Wow. The holidays have been a non stop party for the last two weeks. Eating, drinking, drinking, eating more eating and more drinking. I'm pooped!

However, this season has been one where I was able to spend some quality time with friends and family I rarely see. Last night, my life-long friends Andrew and Mike came over. For those of you who don't know these gents, Andrew is the dude I started making music with 7 years ago. Now, he is a professional engineer based out of LA and works on some of the top hits you hear on the radio. Mike, is a writer and Bar Manager at Greenlake Bar & Grill and a really close friend who lives too close for how little we see each other. Put us three together and you get "Proof of Life". We were a local hip hop trio that used to pack the basement of Temple Billiards. We had a blast making music back in those days. It's been 2 years since we've pissed off my neighbors together for partying too loud. Sorry Erin aka #4, but it was all worth it. We talked, listened to a ton of music, caught up, drank a lot of beer, ordered pizza at 3am and had great time doing it. I probably won't see Andrew for another year which was my main inspiration for taking the above photo. Thanks for a great time brothers. It was a much needed night and one that won't be forgotten.

June 2009 "Photo of the Month"

anybodythere Oh technology. How you change the world and the way we view it. Not too long ago, collect calls and quarters were our tickets to communication.  After I got out of high school, things really took off in the tech world though. Cell phones developed fast and became a must have and standard for everybody young and old.

When I got my first cell phone, the only entertainment it provided was the game "Snake", which would entertain a room full of friends for hours. 7 years later and I have a phone that can find me cabs, locate happy hour based on my location, take photos and count my daily caloric intake.

Every month I select a photo that I have taken which isn't always my favorite or best photo, but one that suits the overall feel of the month. This month I decided to push the boundaries a little bit. This month's photo was taken with my phone! All the editing was done in my phone with a program called "Picsay Pro". Everyday I take at least one photo on my phone. Lately, I have been inspired by local photographer Chase Jarvis who has mastered the "iphone photo". It's a whole different type of photography. It's not about camera settings or big lights. It's all about composition and more importantly, the moment. It's just so easy to whip out your phone at any given moment and capture a situation.

Social media sites like Facebook have also helped me share my mobile phone pics with the world. When I'm out on vacation or just having some drinks with friends I can snap a photo, upload it to Facebook and all my friends can see the delicious margarita I'm sipping on.

Phones have developed such great features. I have the T Mobile G1 also known as the "Google Phone". This features a 3.2 megapixel camera! That's the same amount of megapixels my first digital camera had!

Anyways, this photo of the month was taken on Capitol hill on 11th Ave just north of Pike St. This grimey phone booth once had a line up of people waiting to drop change in it in exchange for some airtime to call home. Now, it's just an empty booth and great subject matter for a photo. A photo taken by a phone of a phone that's no longer there.

Below is a slideshow of some of my favorite mobile phone photos I have snapped over the last month or so. Take a look and let me know what you think!

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May 2009 "Photo of the Month"

edmonds-001 This month was spent transitioning into a new job location, traveling down to Portland to catch the Avett Bros, heading out to Spokane for the Bloomsday run and tuning my bikes up for the season.  I really didin't have the time this month to shoot much photography.

I went out on Friday to shoot the Ballard Locks with my brother but I really felt like I was forcing the Photo of the Month. Then on the last day of the month I got a call from my friend Darien Chin. Darien is a really unique and fresh local photographer. His images really stand out from the rest. I have been trying to link up with him for a while in hopes to learn a few things about photography and see what he's all about.

We headed down to Edmonds to shoot the sunset. We hit a few bumps in the road trying to find parking but we got set up just before the sun was setting. Darien practices a style of photography where you take multiple exposures and blend them together in post processing. This enables all the different elements in a photo to be perfectly exposed. This was the first time trying this for me so I felt a little overwhelmed with the sun going down quickly. After reviewing my shots this morning I was sure that the Photo of the Month had been captured.

Here is another photo I edited from the same night. It was hard to chose which one to use for Photo of the Month. What are your thoughts?

Lens - 18-55mm Nikon Af-S

Aperture - f/18

Shutter Speed - 22 and 30 seconds

ISO - 100

Tian Yi Graduated Polarized Filter

Edited in Photoshop CS3

April 2009 "Photo of the Month"

maxfinals-003 This past month has been crazy! Business really picked up for me this month which has kept me super busy. One of the projects I have been working on is hanging my photography in Greenlake Bar & Grill. I have never done a project where I have a checklist of things to shoot all planned out ahead of time. I am more used to just going out and letting the creative juices flow.

We were struggling with what to put over the baby changing station in the women's bathroom. We finally decided on a picture of a baby in a diaper. Well, my boss John Schmidt is always up for using his kids for marketing against their will, so to the Schmidt house I went! It was quite entertaining shooting his kids (that sounds bad...) The star of this shot "Max", really loved this orange soccer ball! So, using my 50mm 1.4 manual lens I was able to capture a soft look of him running after his ball. This lens continues to impress me. It's really hard to use because it's completely manual and the camera doesn't recognize it at all. However, I always learn a lot while using this lens and it continues to hold the title for the best $50 I have ever spent on Craigslist.

Lens - Nikon 50mm f/1.8 Shutter Speed - 1/160 ISO - 800 Edited in Photoshop CS3

Rippin it...

ripyntfinals-024 I got the chance to work with local emcee Ripynt this past week. I must say, he was probably the funnest musician I have worked with so far. You musicians need to step your social game up and have some fun on these photo shoots!

Ripynt just released his sophmore album Reinventing Poetics which has recieved some pretty solid reviews locally. I had the chance to listen to the album while editing the photos and it will spend some time on the ipod for sure.

Below is a slide show of the shoot. Click the 4 arrows at the bottom right to view in full screen.

You can check out Rypints tunes at www.myspace.com/ripynt

He's also looking for stalkers at twitter.com/ripynt