Seattle Shiba Life 1

Trying out a “silent” video and Mozilla makes for a good subject.


  • First time taking the gimbal out. It’s really annoying to carry around, but the shots are great.
  • Shots are actually across a few days… debated if I should keep on building up more shots to tell a bit more of a story, but I decided to just stop here and go with it. Fairly satisfied with this short version.
  • It’s difficult filming Mozilla while holding a leash
  • Wish the day had a bit more clouds. The sun was really harsh, but I think the shots turned out okay
  • I added some light/flare effects to give some of the shots a bit more character and counteract the harshness. Fairly happy with those shots
  • I shoulda petted Mozilla closer to the camera
  • Maybe next time I’ll get a bit more travel/transit shots

Part 2: Las Vegas

Second part to the Phoenix/Vegas trip:

Vlog notes/observations:

  • Tinkered with some voice-over processing here a bit more… does it sound better? I dunno haha…
  • Holy shaky cam… I need to gimbal and/or get better at camera holding haha
  • Viraj is also a good main character
  • Really noticed auto white balancing messing with me at Bazaar Meat… will manually set it from now on
  • That said, I think I got a bit better at color correcting here… getting more used to FCP’s tools
  • I need to pause a bit longer on my food shots
  • Mentioned this in the last one, but I liked when I had some traveling shots in between locations and missed them when I didn’t… will try to be more intentional about grabbing those in the future
  • The transition from Bardot to pool time seems abrupt… seems like something in between could have helped
  • Similar for the one out of Shang… 🤔🤔🤔
  • I wish I had more footage of the yelling and of Janae going up/down escalators lol
  • I like the lighting at Esther’s
  • I didn’t pause long enough on the spaghetti pomodoro shot so I kinda hacked it a bit by slowing it down and then adding some camera shake effects… not sure how noticeable it is, but reinforcing my mental note to pause a bit more on each dish
  • Voice-overs are feeling a little more comfortable
  • There were a lot of different LEDs at Ichiza and I couldn’t find any shutter speed that would eliminate the flickering so I just gave up on food shots there haha
  • Mozilla needs his own video

Part 1: Phoenix

I went to Phoenix and Las Vegas with old friends to celebrate retirement.

Vlog notes/observations:

  • I originally intended on combining the whole trip into one video, but my friend Wendy suggested I split it, so I ended up doing that
  • Learning more about videos and general practices there, I’m not used to caring about shutter speed much, but I started to use variable ND filters to darken the image so I could use the desirable shutter speed/aperture/ISO for video even when it’s really bright out. In the plane shot here, I could really tell the downside of the VND as there’s some funky colorization going on.
  • I liked the intros I did in this video
  • Final Cut’s stabilization worked really well on the plane landing shot (while Sam is talking about lounges)
  • I don’t know why I didn’t brighten up Jen’s intro… it’s so dark!
  • Trying to find the balance between how I naturally talk and enunciating well and not slurring… I think I did okay, but some parts sound awkward to me!
  • I started to use different pieces of music and tinkering more with audio transitions… I liked the lead into Bacarona and the transition into Mark juggling his apple at Chase Field
  • Didn’t love the transition out of the baseball music…
  • I think I need to stop using auto white balance
  • I need to get better at color correcting with a bit more intent (rather than fumbling around with trial & error)
  • I wish I had a faster lens or something like the FX3… it was rough taking some of latter shots at Binkley’s cause it got so dark
  • Liked labeling each dish
  • Love the audio transition out of Binkley’s and into hotel breakfast. I just learned how to do that lingering echo from a YouTube tutorial and just happened to use it here to test it out and I loved it.
  • I thought I had my Sony ECM-B1M mic set to record from both the front and the back, but I messed up, so my voice is muffled… oops
  • Sam is a good main character
  • I should take more traveling/setting shots so I can better storytell going from one place to another

The Last Day

As I mentioned before, since retiring, one of my goals is to try vlogging and see how goes. I don’t really care for it becoming popular, but I do want it to be targetting somewhat of a general audience as a creative constraint. I’m somewhat of a digital packrat and if nothing else, vlogs are nice to look back in years in the future.

I’ve made a ton of videos on my personal channel over the years, but definitely very amateur. I don’t have any formal training in editing or shooting, so I’m mostly just winging it. With my recent vlog series, I’m trying to up my game a bit and learning along the way. I’ve been keeping mental notes of each video, but I figured it might be nice to just have an accompanying blog post to each vlog I release… kind of like some director commentary. =)

My first vlog was one I made on the day I turned in my laptop and badge to Stripe:

Some notes/observations:

  • Talking to the camera in public by yourself is weird!
  • I generally like the colors in this video
  • First time really doing voice-overs… I think I did ok?
  • I could probably get better at hand-holding my camera… a bit more jittering than I’d like. I have a gimbal but it’s such a PITA… maybe I’ll force myself to use it in future videos
  • In contrast to my predominantly Taylor Swift soundtrack from my personal channel, I started to use Epidemic Sound, just for the off-chance I do eventually end up monetizing the channel. I burned a ton of time searching for music. Content with the results for now.
  • Feel like I did alright with the edits/transitions
  • I could maybe smile more haha
  • Viraj had called me right before I headed to the Queen Anne library to congratulate me on retirement so I think that helped me appear a little more relaxed there
  • I like the Hot Tips?
  • Wish my camera had focused on “Dry Humping” a little bit faster