Monday, December 27, 2010

#5 - 5 Centimeters per Second Review

My 5th Favorite movie

(sorry, this review is kind of long)

Your average american movie watcher has probably never heard of this film. But among those who love Japanese anime, this movie is extremely well known. Some even go so far as to say that the director, Makoto Shinkai, rivals Miyazaki in brilliance.

5 Centimeters per Second Trailer 1
5 Centimeters per Second Trailer 2
(Don't bother trying to understand the trailer's subtitles.
Don't worry, the in-movie subtitles make sense)

Now, i don't generally watch anime anymore because i realized that a lot of anime suffers from giant robot/alien syndrome, generally have a very formulaic cast of characters, and generally don't explain or expand on plot points. ( I understand that i am over generalizing, and people can make similar arguments about "Hollywood films and endings". But like how some people like to watch different genres. Some people have the same feelings towards anime. )

But "5 Centimeters per Second" differs a lot from the typical anime formula. With no sci-fi element, no headstrong, leap before looking main protagonist, and no mystical theme in it. It takes a look at two childhood lovers that slowly drift apart because of their inability to act. This tragic love story is beautifully told with minimal dialog and very vivid imagery. When a character is in pain you see it, and in those moments the entire color scheme changes, and external imagery is used to convey what happens.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

#6 - 12 Angry Men

My sixth favorite movie

Do you guys remember that movie you probably saw back in High School ?
You know the black and white one during Government History class ?

Even if you don't, you've still probably seen this one.

Youtube unofficial trailer
(this trailer is awesome is cut like a modern movie trailer, with its own fake orchestrated soundtrack >__<)

(there will be spoilers - but really ... who hasn't seen this movie)

"12 Angry Men" is bassically about twelve jurors in a murder case. A boy that grew up in slums was accused of murdering his father. Now in a normal "CSI" episode, or any other Cop drama, the investigation and the trial usually take up the most scene time. With jurors only as an after thought. But this movies entire focus is on the deliberations of the jury members.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Trip to the Tian Tan Buddha

During my trip to Hong Kong, i was able to take a trip to the Tian Tan Buddha Statue.

If you guys don't know or haven't already seen it (or took glanced at the photos below >__<). This statue is gigantic. According to wikipedia (yes) one fo the top five biggest Buddha statues in the world, with 250 tons of bronze. pretty cool

But getting there is the fun part. We had take a Gondola . >__<

The Ngong Ping 360's 5.7 kilometer gondola system is actually pretty straight. So im not really sure why they called it 360... But anyways, its like a Disneyland ride except you are actually dangling hundreds feet above the ground. You'll see:

Just like Disneyland
The ride starts like a normal ride should. Like i said, Disneyland.

First Tower over Water

Thursday, November 11, 2010

My Top 6 Favorite Movies (Intro)

While making my list of culturally important movies that everyone should watch. ( All while trying to watch all these movies myself  )

I was stuck wondering what my favorite movies are. The movies i go back to again and again and never get tired of watching.  The first three or so were easy but it became harder as i went further away from my favorite because there are so many good movies out there to choose from.

So I've come up with my top 6 Favorite movies. Why 6?
Because I like the number, and its small enough that i don't have to keep this up for too long, then accidentally forget to do it.

But before i do, i wanted to make a list of movies that could have easily been up there.

Movies That Almost Made Top 6:
(these are not in any particular order)

Star Trek (2009)
The first fifteen minutes pretty much sold it for me, and is perhaps my favorite part of the film. The Moment that Kirk's Father makes his choice to save the rest of the crew always makes me tear up. The rest of the film follows in an action packed, emotional ride that never lets down. I also like how the film was shot. I like how the camera flows, and the lens flares. The sci-fi is a little loose, but thats okay in my opinion. Star Trek II Wrath of Khan is also one of my favorites, (Shatner's speech at the end shows just how great of an actor that man is). But i just enjoy watching the fun, fast pace, and emotions of the 2009 Star Trek.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

The City of Hong Kong

Yes it has taken me a long time to post this (a trip that happen near a month ago O__o..)


Hong Kong  is absolutely amazing.

I can't say that the city has changed much since the last time. It's still really clean and the food is still Awesome !!!

I want to say that the city has a lot of life. But thats just me trying tog et away from saying that its really crowded. I read somewhere that Hong Kong is probably one of the most populated cities in the world.  (wiki says its the 20th... but what evs)

Markets of Hong Kong

Hong Kong is also probably has the most capitalistic society i have ever seen. Everything here seems to be based on market. Even the Money system can be printed by different companies and can look completely different from each other. I could be wrong on this... but it seems like different banks print their own style of say 10 or 20  dollar bills. Sure they are all worth 10 or 20 HK dollars, but they may be different sizes, quality, etc (some are even washing machine proof ^__^).

Every night shops open up on the streets to sell ... pretty much anything. From the messenger bags, clothes, fruit, to those... (i think those are table saws and sanders) things in the picture below. some which are legitimate products, others which are... cough

Monday, October 18, 2010

Back From Hong Kong

It's now 4:30 in the morning

Yah my sleeping schedule is now out the door, but i rather like waking up early.

Hong Kong was wonderful. Eating Lots of food, and being able to hang out with family.
I really wish there was more time to hang out with family there. But a week is only so long.

I also have about 2000 photos to sort through. So itll take some time for me to get everything up... (or maybe just a lot of these early mornings)

Anyways just for fun ill post some of my last shots from the trip ^__^


Monday, October 11, 2010

The Flight to HK (Economy 2010's = First Class 2000's)

It's like 7am and i just felt like throwing something up.

So my flight was on a Cathy Pacific Boeing 777.


I brought all sorts of stuff to keep me entertained on my..... 14 1/2 hour flight. I was expecting that my Laptop would last about 5, and my books would take me through the rest. But here is what i found:

Outlets for laptop charging


Friday, October 8, 2010

20 Hours till...

So it's about 20 hours till i fly to Hong Kong.
I haven't been back since i was a Junior in Highschool, and a lot has changed since then.

Id like to think that I've grown alittle bit since i was 15, but i dont really think so O__o.
the only thing i can affirmatively say is that now i have God, and a good camera. So for this trip i would like to experience both those sides of Hong Kong (the spirit within the city, and the beauty that city has within it's boundaries).

Just looking back at how beautiful the city was in 2004 really makes me anxious for whats to come. (i really do wish i had a better camera back then.... oh well.. this is still probably one of my favorite shots ever)

Downtown Lights

But Not only the myself, but the city i'm sure has gone through much. The last time i went was just after the fall of the SARS outbreak when Hong Kong was completely cleaned up. Hong Kong has held itself up against the economic crash in 2009. More recently, the people of HK witnessed the deaths of eight citizens in a tourist hijack situation. So much has happened in the past seven years, that it will be interesting to see what has changed. So now that I'm older, and with free reign to go pretty much anywhere. who knows...

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Vine and Branches

I realized that i haven't really been using this blog much like a blog...
so ill restart with this update >__<

A couple weeks ago i went on a camping trip at Lake Arrowhead.

It was a rough week going into this camping tip cause i've just been swamped with stuff to do with no time to relax, take pictures, or really read the Word.

so i was going into this trip with the mind of seeing the beauty that God Created.
A colleague of mine described it to me as General Revelation. Where by God reveals his presence, majesty, and power through the beauty of his creations. The Stars, the Galaxies, everything.


I was so amazed at how clear the skies were. I just aimed my camera up and took a snapshot of the Milky Way.


Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Sunset Pictures

Just came back from work one day and saw this amazing sunset from Home

Sunset Album
More pictures on my Flickr Account !!!



Thursday, July 8, 2010

Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX

This is my favorite lens. 35mm is the perfect focal length for people, group, and everyday shooting.

This lens instantly replaced 18-55 kit lens when i got it, and i never looked back. For and entire year the 35mm f/1.8 AI-S was the only lens that i used, and never felt like i lost any shot opportunities.

35mm sits at the perfect focal length for DX camera users. (those who are using cameras with a 1.5 form factor compared to full frame 35mm film cameras) because of the 1.5 form factor, the 35mm lens acts roughly like a 50mm lens would on a full frame camera. Roughly resembling the perspective of the human eye.

the 35mm focal length on DX is great because it is not telephoto, yet is not wide angle. Sitting at the perfect focal length for capturing everyday things. It's obviously not great for bird photography, but it excels at capture people in the moment.

When you're at a party, taking a trip somewhere, or even just by yourself. You need to have the freedom of taking group photos, yet take some nice close ups, etc. The 35mm is the perfect prime lens for all these situations.

D3000 Review

Calling this a review is a bit of an overstatement. I just felt like talking about my one year experience with the D3000.

Personally the D3000 is a wonderful starter DSLR

It is great because it's small, light, and really easy to use.
I bought mine back when it first came out for around $600. Looking back on that now, it was a steep price to pay for this camera. But today (2010) the D3000 is going for around 400 which is only slightly more expensive than higher end point-n-shoots.

The main positive for this camera is its size and weight. It doesn't hinder you and allows you to move around and compose your shots. It feels only slightly heavier than a larger point-n-shoot, yet doesn't feel cheap. The body itself was built with a beginner in mind. The Camera takes away all the controls that may confuse a beginner and lets you take shots. If you need to change something, the menus are intuitive and allow quick access to everything you need.