Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Random Beat(s)

A few photos I forgot about, both of which featuring the very sexy Fujifilm x100.


Just Can't Get Enough.

Totally Forgot About This.

A few days ago, I came across an edit that I had shot the material for. This last summer, I shot my first corporate commercial with one of my buddies Ben Zhang. The commercial was for a bottling company called Aseptic Solutions, and it was an amzing experience. I worked with some very cool people. I'm stoked on how professional it looks. A great piece to add to my portfolio! Check it out.

Dream Lofty Dreams.

I've been bit by the loft bug... bad.

Since as far back as I can remember, I've always wanted to live in a loft. One of those old, rustic looking buildings with exposed brick and metal support beams. One with hard wood floors and oversized windows that pour in sunlight. You know the kind of place I'm talking about. The hard part is finding the perfect place.

Minimal Loft - 3D

I'm not sure exactly what attracted me to the loft style living space originally, but I know seeing this guy's toy collection in his space sure guided my interest. The toy collector's name is Pirovino, and he has one of the most epic KAWS collections I've ever seen. Come on now, all six 4 foot Companions. This guys is oozing money.

For the last six months, I've been legitimately looking for lofts of all shapes and colors throughout all of California. From Los Angeles to San Francisco. Don't get me wrong, I've found plenty of amazing loft units for sale, but none are in the price range that's feasible for me. I found a few that are so-so in San Jose (where I'm currently living), but nothing too special. I thought all hope was lost, until I stumbled upon a newer condo complex through a random google search.

The complex is called Plant 51 and was converted from the old Del Monte pineapple cannery into high end lofts and living spaces. How cool is that? This place isn't one of those fake loft complexes that are made to look old and aged. This is the real deal. This is one of those complexes that has history, and that's what I love.

Courtyard // Plant 51

Workout // Plant 51

As a sort of spur of the moment whim, Jenny and I decided to head down to Plant 51 to check out the units for sale. Most of the units were just above our price range, but there's no harm in ogling. The sales rep showed us three level lofts, two level lofts, and a few flats. They were all awesome. Jenny and I were obviously leaning more towards the two level loft, but that fact that none of the available units had any exposed brick walls was a huge letdown. It was still great to see the units in person.

A few weeks later, we returned to Plant 51 with Jenny's mom and our pug Coco. This time we wanted to get some different reactions. We wanted to see how our dog liked place, since their "pet friendliness" is one of the big perks. This time around, we saw a lot more units than the first time. There was one corner unit that we saw for the first time, and Jenny and I instantly fell in love. I was under the impression that there were no two level brick lofts, but I guess there was still one left. This unit had two huge brick walls, black metal support beams running through the unit, and floor to ceiling windows. Needless to say, it was perfect. The only downside was the small upstairs bedroom. We saw some other units that day, but nothing stood out to us like that corner loft. Below are some photos of the unit.

Loft Living Room // Plant 51

Floating Stairs // Plant 51

Aloft // Plant 51

Now, a week later, Jenny and I are still talking about how much we love that unit. With all our tastes and things we already own (vintage cameras, toys, art, etc.), everything would look perfect in that loft. It is very much our style. Not to mention, it's a few blocks from the HP Pavilion, right next to the train station, and a block from a dog park. Can you say perfect?

I am currently going through the mortgage financing phase, but I'm trying not to get my hopes up. Having only worked for 6-7 months after graduating is what's really hurting me right now. Mortgage brokers like to see borrowers working for at least a year before lending to. I'm hoping that having my mother as a cosigner will help things happen, but only time will tell. I'm going to try my hardest to get this dream home. For now though, it is just a lofty dream.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Fuji x100!

This is the best street camera on the market. Hands down.

Quirky but fun...

Virtually silent, very discreet, has that old analog 35mm feel, and an f2 lens to boot. This is my kind of camera. Excuse me while I wipe up my drool

Here are some pictures taken by me and Jenny in the first week of getting the camera.

Can't Put it Down.



Ring Ring.


Raspberry Latte

Last Leaf's Shadow in the Morning Light.

On Thin Air.

Trying out some levitation photos with my girl.

On Thin Air.

Neglectful Blogger.

I'm the kind of person who loves to start things, but has the hardest time finishing things. Blogging is a good example. After an event takes place, I mean to write/blog about it, but something else distracts me. Then something else happens that I wan to post, but I know I have to post the fist event. Before I know it, I have a back log of events and I end up neglecting my blog altogether.

Since I've last been here, I've gotten promoted at Apple, met new awesome people, went to Las Vegas, went to Zion, celebrated my girl's 21st birthday, bought clothes, thrown away clothes, bought more toys, sold more toys, taken more photos, discovered new music, hung out with old friends, girlfriend got a job at Starbucks, found a number of new artists I'm psyched on, Chili's and Pluto's are my new favorite restaurants, taken up the role of beer connoisseur, enjoyed drinking Blue Moon, been eating more red meat, spent the new year's with my love, actually stayed awake to see the ball drop, driven my dog to the pet hospital after eating a bee, seen a number of new and classic films, and other things I can't quite think about right now.

Here are some of my most recent instagrams that have been taken over the past few months

I'm sorry blog, I'll try and be better.