In June 2018, Myself and 7 of my best friends continued our Brocation saga with a trip to Yosemite with the goal of summiting Half Dome. We rented a van and drove to Yosemite to see what the mountains had to offer. 5 days of hiking boots, dehydrated meals and some of the most intense card games of our lives. It was the highlight of my summer.
At the end of 2017, my family decided to take a family trip to the adventure capital of the world and explore the South Island of New Zealand. We explored caves, saw the world famous Glow Worm caves, and flew over to the 7th wonder of the world, Milford Sound.
On the first day of Summer 18, 2 friends and myself explored Mt Madonna State park. Nestled in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains, the recent rain created a sort of Pacific North West vibe in the park. We explored the park, grabbed some banger’s, and headed back into the town of Gilroy to watch our teammates compete and the Section Championships for Track and Field.
At the beginning of Summer 17 I was in Southern Oregon for my cousin Bridget’s High School graduation. One of my other cousins, Luke, was in town and offered to show me around some of his favorite spots. He taught me lots of new techniques for shooting with gimbals, how to add depth to an image with foreground. It was super awesome to learn all about his work flow, and how his story on how he was able to make his passion a career.
At the end of 2018, my family took a trip to South Lake Tahoe, in order to celebrate my moms birthday. I was lucky enough to be able to invite my best friend Sarah along for the journey. With her help, we explored frozen lakes, tore up the slopes at Sierra at Tahoe Ski Resort, and caught an amazing sunrise at Emerald Bay State Park.
4th of July
I have never been one for big parties, so this year when I had the opportunity to experience the 4th with only 3 of my best friends, I couldn’t resist. It was amazing, We got to our spot super early as to secure a piece of levy to watch from. While we were eating our snacks, I was able to throw the drone up and grab some stunning shots of the Shores where I live. Overall, it was an amazing night, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
Yosemite in the Fall
I suffered a season ending injury during my final cross country season this past fall. However, with heartbreak comes new opportunities. My new found influx in free time allowed me to take a day trip to the most beautiful location in the world. Yosemite National Park. Myself, my mom, and 2 of my best friends drove up to the Valley, and Taft Point for the day, documenting the journey as we went. It was my first time seeing Taft, and I instantly fell in love. The 8 hours in the car were well worth the life long memories I made.
On one of the first days of Summer 2019, myself and 2 friends drove up to Highway 35, otherwise known as Skyline Blvd. We spent the night taking amazing photos and catching up. It got me re-inspired to get out and shoot more this summer, and is what hooked me on car photography
In the Summer of 2019, I dipped my toes into the game of car photography. These are a few of my first attemps
The City by the bay. The town I grew up in. San Francisco is my back yard. Just a short 30 minute drive from my house, San Francisco is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The contrast between the old Painted Ladies to the modern tech HQ’s makes for a very diverse shooting experiences. Admittedly I never got to shoot here as much as I wanted. It is somewhere that I would am definitely going to shoot more of next time I am home.
Yosemite in the Spring
Yosemite in the Spring is one of the more special times in the park. The fresh snow melt creates viscous waterfalls, and vibrant greens and blue tones throughout the park. During spring break, I took my girlfriend and her family up to Yosemite for the day, so that her brother and sister could experience it for the first time. The day was pretty relaxed, and I got to see one of the more secluded public sights, the Redwood Grove at Wawona. The size of the trees really puts your life into perspective. It is something I truly believe everyone should see at least once in their lives.
Yosemite has a unique beauty throughout every season of the year. For me, summer is the easiest time to get up to the park, but it is also the most busy. I’ve found that exploring the park by skateboard and walking, as well as getting up before the sunrise and going to bed after sunset is the best way to avoid the crowds. For the best sunset experience, get up and out of the valley in order to truly take in the orange alpine glow on the granite.
Rome, the Capital of modern day Italy and previously the capital of the Great Roman Empire. The city center has strict building code that prevents the outsides of buildings from being updated. This has created a city stuck in time, with buildings ranging from ancient periods, all the way up to post World War 2. It is quite the site, and I strongly suggest that everyone take a trip here if given the chance.
The capital of Greece and home of the Ancient Greek Empire, Athens sits on the southern coast of Greece. Much of ancient Greece has been destroyed, but the parts that remain have been restored and protected beautifully. The Parthenon sits atop a large hill, overlooking the city. It is quite the site to see in person.
Santorini Greece, that place with all those blue roofs. This place is not just a photographers dreamland, but its also got an amazing story behind it. Wood was so expensive to produce because it only rains 3 days a year, so the lower class chiseled into the rock, creating cave like homes. Its ironic now how these homes have become one of the top resort and tourist locations in the world.
While we were in Santorini, I was lucky enough to be able to have lunch at the most amazing cliff top bar, and enjoy a island brewed, Yellow Donkey Lagered Ale.
Valletta is a city stuck in time. Malta was not a target in either the Allied or Axis Campaign in the Mediterranean, so the country was left almost untouched. The best part of all, the city of Valletta has almost no graffiti. It is super clean, and really gives you and idea of what the mid 18th century looked like.
I enjoyed walking around the city, eating lunch at a corner pub next to the Italian Embassy. It was a really great day. To end our stay, I was able to fly the drone down by the rocky coast, and I got some insane footage of the coastline, and the bustling city above.
However, the best part was how cheap it was. An Aperol Spritz in most places will run you 10 Euros or so, but in Valletta, you could get two for 6.50. Total. Furthermore, my moms and my lunch, including our Gin and Tonics was a total of 22 Euros. A similar mean in Athens would have been well over 30 Euros.
Needless to say, I will be back.
Nestled in the foothills on Sicily, the Gambino Winery is a source of some of the finest Reds and Whites in Italy. Their meticulous de-oxidation process creates a more rich wine, without any of the added chemicals.
This shoot was a surprise to me. I was on a tour with my family, and wanted to fly my drone over the vineyard. I asked the owner for permission, and he not only allowed me to fly, but asked for copies of the photos in exchange for reimbursement later. Lesson learned, sometimes all you need to do is ask.
Divija Grad Party
One final send off. Divija successfully completed her high school experience at Saint Francis High School in the spring of 2019. Her excellent resume, paired with a stellar GPA gained her acceptance into California University, at Berkeley. Her final send off was a party like no other, including a world renowned hypnotist and one of the most spectacular sunsets of the summer. Hosted at a private golf course, friends and family alike spent the night reminiscing on their favorite memories from the previous 4 years.
I teamed up with the company Glow Up to produce a stylistic commercial that shows of one of the many uses of their website.