Beauty At Its Finest

I am not a fan of the term “ugly“. Yes, I am guilty for having said the word, just like everyone else. However, as I have gotten older, I do not see the need for such a word.

I don’t think I can look at a person and think he or she is ugly.  Honestly, I think that the majority of people have a good heart. I love observing people’s personalities.  And from my observations I have found that if one is truly a rude person, their pessimism shines through 90 percent of the time.

The personality reflects the beauty behind the physical. The quality of the human heart is more important than a pretty face and an empty head.

Haha, oh, goodness! Look at me throwing these cliches around. Forgive me, I just wanted to express my feelings on this subject. And for more expression, below is a video of my freinds and family and their opinons on beauty.  Enjoy. : )

Video Filming and Editing: Second Experience

This video was my second experiment with video filming and editing. I chose this topic on video-games because it’s a hobby my brother and his friends spend a lot of time with.  I used my parents, brother and, of course, my brother’s friends for the interviews.  In each clip I used the big mic and the camera stand.

When I edited the four clips, it was difficult to cut each of them down to make a 30 second movie. There was a lot more I wanted to include.  However, it was a good challenge!

My original idea was to film my brother demonstrating the technique of how to shoot a basketball. But it was raining all day, so video-games became my last minute alternative!  My goal for my original idea to use different angle perspectives for the shoot. For example, my ideas were:

  • First clip: My brother shooting the basketball into the hoop.
  • Second clip: Zoom the camera in on my brother’s hands; which would be demonstrating the position one’s hands should be on the ball before shooting.
  • Third clip: My brother demonstrating correct body technique  before shooting the ball.
  • Fourth clip: My brother shooting the ball again, in slow motion, so that the viewer could get a sense of the correct technique when shooting a basketball.  (Note: I would’ve used slow-motion effect).

This idea would have given me practice with filming at angles. This is something I plan to eventually educate myself on!

Video Filming & Editing: First Experience

Below is the first video clip I filmed and partially edited.  Uploading and editing this small clip was a breeze for me because I have worked with video editing before.   However, I was getting used to the video camera and stand, since I had not been in class to learn about the camera.

I figured out how to use the camera, mic and stand on my own! It took some experimenting, but I have always been good with technology.

The original video length of this clip was four minutes long. I watched the entire video a few tomes before editing it. Then I chose the best 30 second segment in the video that I liked the best and cut the rest out! Easy.

I chose to film my dog for this practice clip because he is entertaining and cute.  Plus, who doesn’t love animals! He was easy to film and wasn’t self-conscious in front of the camera.

The Meaning of Relationships

Recently, a tragic accident occurred in the life of a little girl I know. Her and her father were in a car accident. The dad lost his life and she was rushed to the hospital.

This girl’s accident made think of my dad, mom and siblings. What was the last thing I said to each one of them? It also occurred to me that I don’t always recognize how much someone’s presence in my life really means to me.

It is so easy to hold grudges or be angry with  loved ones. But all for what? To waste negative energy?

The positive relationships in our lives  help form who we are as people. They also help support us throughout life.  Just like the little girl’s dad did with her. I believe that relationships are essential to the human core. We create connections and break connections with people everyday but we shouldn’t take the most important relationship for granted.

Sisters

My sisters and I. We are inseparable.

Treasure those who love support you without hesitation. Embrace their love and give it back.

Indigenous Islands of San Blas, Panama

My trip to the San Blas Islands, Panama was planned last minute when the owner of my hostel in Panama City expressed the importance of visiting the islands. So I went, with the consideration of it being a day trip and a cheap travel opportunity.

The San Blas Islands consist of 378 tiny islands clustered close together in the Caribbean Sea.  Panama’s indigenous tribe, called the Kuna, live on these islands and welcome tourists to stay and experience their culture. Each islands has white sand and palm trees and, of course, the ocean water is pure blue.

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Me on one of the islands. (See the other two islands in the background?)

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Forest of palm trees.

Since I was only there for a day the Kuna people cooked me breakfast and lunch. They had an assortment of tea and made pancakes, bacon and delicious homemade coconut rice!

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My yummy breakfast made by the Kuna People

Just off the shore of Isla Perro there was a small sunken ship that tropical sea life now inhabits. The best part was I was able to to go snorkeling around it!

Also, the Kuna sold their homemade crafts. My favorite handicrafts were the molas, which are cloths with colorful stitching of designs and symbols.

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My picture of the beautiful molas.

The Kuna people were welcoming and, fortunately  shared a part of their unique culture with me.  To have a once in a life time opportunity like this is why I love traveling.

The Beach, My Sanctuary.

San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

I took this photo in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

The beach is a tranquil place. The ocean’s salty ocean breeze, the smell of the sea and the coolness of the wind all adds to the beach’s refreshing and relaxing atmoshphere.

I have layed on white sands and have snorkled among tropical fish that live in the Caribbean’s colorful reef.  I have stood on top of large cliffs, looking down at waves breaking against the rocks.  I have swam in the pacfic ocean in mid-fall with nothing but a swimsuit! Crazy, huh? But my body quickly numbs to the chilled winds and ocean waters.

I go to the beach to be present. It is a place where I do not have to ponder over the worries of life, plans for tomorrow or the happenings of yesterday.

Me, running.

My mom snapped this photo of me running on one of  Oregon’s beaches.  I am dressed for the city with my sleek black boots, white fashonable coat and my coffee.  Maybe I should actually be running to catch the subway…haha. The coast is always a familiar place, a sanctuary of peace, regardless of where I am.

Intricate Details in Nature Photos

I enjoy capturing pictures of nature.  I am fascinated by the intricate details and various designs and colors in nature that is apparent within a photos.

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I took this photo with a professional camera.  The photo on the left is good quality because the camera is, of course better quality. 

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This photo of the dandelion is not as good quality because I took it with my camera phone, which has only 8.0 megapixels.  When I captured the picture of the flower on the right there was a shadow blocking the light.  In both these photos above one can compare and contrast the shapes of the petals and the various details and designs in the grass.

wood & dead leaves

I took this photo with the photography camera.  The details of the rings in this peice of wood is what drew me to capture this picture.  Observe the small bug near the edge of the wooden plank. There are specs of dirt and also one tiny water droplet on the dead leaf.

Capturing and observing these nature photos has opened my eyes to the patterns, designs and colors that make up the beauty world we live in.  Photography is truly an amazing thing.