Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Traveling to Amritsar

I usually recount my travels in video format, but since my GoPro was dead for the entire 7 hours that I was in Amritsar, I decided to make a blog post highlighting the places that I visited.

I hopped on a night bus from Delhi that I booked off of, which is like the Indian version of Tripadvisor, and I left in the evening in order to arrive in Amritsar in the early morning.  The bus ride was about 7 to 8 hours and it went by as fast as closing and opening my eyes because I was passed out for the entire ride.  

Monday, March 10, 2014

A Word From a Budget Traveler: Money Hurts

A huge concern for a lot of travelers is whether a trip abroad is feasible to someone that lives on a budget.  Luckily, because a lot of developing countries have a cheaper standard of living, it's totally possible to plan out a trip overseas without having to be a cha-millionaire.  There are a lot of beautiful regions to visit as a budget traveler that'll have you experiencing a lot without emptying your pockets.  Regions like:

Monday, March 3, 2014

What's In My Pack?: India

I'm in the midst of packing for my trip to India and I decided to create a short video about what I'm bringing along with me.  I'm still stressing out and I'm pretty sure that I'll be packing late into the night.

Here's what I got so far, check out what is in my pack for India:

Sunday, March 2, 2014

What's In My Backpack?: Southeast Asia

I was messaging with a friend about travel logistics and I realized that a common concern for a lot of beginning travelers is what to bring along with them for their trip.  Well, luckily, I got some experience with this so I put together a comprehensive list of everything that you will possibly need to survive in Southeast Asia.

Please note that I used the word "survive" because I'll be listing the necessities for travel, everything else is just extra that you'll have to decide on for yourself.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Vlog 6: Kickin' It In Philly

This past weekend, I was lucky enough to visit some friends who live in Philadelphia before I make my grand departure off to India with an undeclared date of return.

My friend Thierry so graciously hosted me and a couple of friends for the weekend, and for three days we explored the city, ate tons of great food, and experienced the unique Philly culture.  I didn't know what to expect for the weekend, but what I got was a lot of laughs with some good friends and a good collection of videos filled with dick jokes.

What better use of this footage than making yet another Vlog filled with some highlights from my trip.

Check it out below, and I'll also be writing another post on the great locations that visited in the city.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Vlog 5: Katsucon 2014

In my last post, I posted the video Katsucon 2014: The Faces of Cosplay which showcased the great cosplayers at Katsucon 20.  I spent a lot of time at the con recording cosplayers, but I didn't get to feature everyone in the last video so I decided to create a Vlog in order to share the rest of my experience at the con and give a behind-the-scene look at the recording process.

Watch Vlog number 5 and see Katsucon through my eyes from start to finish.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Katsucon 2014: The Faces of Cosplay

I attended Katsucon 20 this year, an anime convention held at the Gaylord Hotel and Convention Center in Maryland, and I decided to create a cosplay video as a project for while I was at the con.  Equipped with a GoPro Hero3+ Black, I went around recording cosplayers in order to practice my videography.

The GoPro has a lot of power for such a tiny and sturdy camera, but it doesn't have the ISO control, focus, and depth to really get cool shots, especially because I didn't even have an LCD screen on the camera to properly frame or preview my shots afterward.  So with these circumstances, I decided to use the GoPro's unique size and shape to shoot a selfie project by giving the camera to cosplayers and have them take selfies while spinning 360 degrees.

The video turned out great, but mainly because of all the super talented cosplayers that attended the con who allowed me to record them.  It was such a great experience speaking with each cosplayer and getting to know them after shooting a quick video to break the ice.  It's a nice feeling being excited about the creative work of others and having them share an equal interest in what you're doing as well.  Cons are definitely a great place for fostering creativity.

Anyways, after 3 days of shooting, no sleep, and a late night of editing, I created this video; check it out: