“Guys, what would you wish you’d done before you died?”

“Paint a self-portrait.”

“Build a house.”

Well, not really. But I’ve decided to embark on a little creative endeavor for the spring/summer and beyond to learn a new skill — video editing and production. I’ve become a big fan of folks like Casey Neistat and my NPR colleague Adam Cole (and to an extent Ben Brown and Fun For Louis) and the types of Internet videos and storytelling they produce. I bought a new camera for taking quick, HD videos, as well as some editing software (and I have my DSLR as well). But equipment is not the important part — it’s getting out there and actually doing it. The first movie I want to make is one about our dog, Adama. He’ll be my muse for getting my creativity flowing. It will also help to have an easy frame to build a little story around so I can have a purpose while learning to shoot and edit. It will be fun. Or a total disaster and waste of money. Nah.

Here’s a video from Mr. Neistat that I thought was quite fun. Cheers!

Photos from our recent trip to Turkey for a friend’s wedding and them some vacation. It was a gorgeous place, and the Turkish people are so amazingly warm and friendly. I can really understand why people have romanticized the country so much and is such a destination for expatriates. Would gladly go back.

I shadowed my first GORUCK event in order to take photos. This was an epic GORUCK Light with a ton of alums, cadre, singing and a lot of fun people. I’ll be doing one or two these this summer and hopefully another full challenge soon.

So the little woman and I went and got ourselves married — to each other of course. Then we went to Hawaii, the island of Maui, for a vacation/honeymoon. It was amazing and lives up to the hype that people give the place. If you ever have a chance to go, don’t hesitate. We did all the things we wanted to do, saw what we wanted to see, ate great food and swam in amazing water. It was, for lack of a less hyperbolic term, perfect.

I wrote a review on TripAdvisor about the place we stayed in, Maui Ocean Breezes. Our host was absolutely wonderful and I can’t imagine staying somewhere else if and when we go back.

I rented a Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L lens from BorrowLenses.com and it was amazing. I used it nearly the entire time there and I think I’m going to have to pick a lens of that length/speed up permanently. The Canon is too expensive so perhaps a Sigma offering. Below is about the best of what I captured.