Whales at Morro Bay CA.

I feel like National Geographics.

I didn’t expect to see whales when checking the surf, but these are the wins worth waking up early for. Here’s a family of grey whales feeding just yards from my tent. They’re so majestic and awe-inspiring to watch. What really got me was the entourage of dolphins and seals dancing, racing and picking at their food scraps. It's moments like these that instantaneously change your mood. Mother nature’s so beautiful. Enjoy.

Anywhere and Everywhere

37.0105° N, 122.1944° W W//

Trip Itinerary :  
a. Highway 84 to Alice's for Brunch
b. 84 to Highway 1 to Pescadero
c. Pigeon Point Lighthouse
d. Davenport Pier

e. Whale City Bakery for dinner

I've met two new riding buddies. Khoi Bui and Henry Li (click on thier names to check em out.) Its cool these guys are into photography as well, they're much better than I am, and have far superior gear than I have. We all rode out to Pescadero CA. this weekend, and stopped anywhere and everywhere in between SF and Pigeon Point. Here are the photos I manage to take while distracted by all the fun.  

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JUST A MINUTE OF BALI

8.3405° S, 115.0920° E//

Trip Itinerary :  
a. SFO > TAIWAN > BALI
b. 3 day, Canggu (Surf, Dues Ex Machina, Souvenirs) 
c. 2 day, Ubud (Campuhan Ridge, Monkey Forest)

d. 1 day, Amed (Rice Terrace)
e. 2 day, Tulamben (Diving Ship Wreck)
f. 4 day, Lombok (Backpack Mt Rinjani, Surf Ekas Breaks)

There is so much to say and share about Bali. In short, I want to retire there. I just love everything about the country, the people, and importantly- the surf. Here's a minute of the hundreds of gigs of footage I took in Bali. I'll edit individual events soon. Enjoy this for now. 

Deus Ex Machina in Canggu

8.6478° S, 115.1385° E//

Trip Itinerary :  
a. Canggu, Bali
b. Deus Ex Machina (address)

AKA. TEMPLE OF ENTHUSIAM

If you're into motorcycles and surfing, then you'll love the brand Deus Ex Machina. Founded in Australia. The name translates to "God of Machines" and yes, they build some mean god given surfing and road machines. Unfortunately my hundredaire lifestyle doesn't support a new bike, or board, but since I'm in the neighborhood I grabbed some swag, lunch and drinks at their in store cafe and bar. Check them out if you're in Bali. 

ps. If you dig the art scene. They have an in store art gallery that's always updated. 

pps. If you skate, there is a half pipe in the back near their Moro garage. Check the photos.  

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Super Bloom @ Carrizo

Cause of the overwhelming rain fall we had this year, parts of California is experiencing a wild-flower "SUPER BLOOM." The phenomenon will only last another two weeks, so plan a trip to the closest hill of wild flowers near you. Here's a link to a few spots.

Anna and I had planned a backpacking trip through Channel Island National Park with her mom as a birthday gift. Turns out Channel Island charter's are not operating. Conveniently enough, its because of the record rain fall we had this year. We made the best of our situation and went on a day hike at Carrizo Plain to experience this years Super Bloom. Here's a quick edit I made for IG. 

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OLD CO-WORKERS, NEW ADVENTURES

As usual, Sunday equals Funday, So I met up with some familiar faces. I use to work with these guys/gals @ Matter GlobalWe arrived early to catch the clouds blanketing the horizon. I bet it's epic during sunset. I can't believe this place is so close to home, I'll have to ride my motorcycle up here soon. Its one of the places I like to frequent, but feel like I never see it all. There is always something new each time I come. Video coming soon.

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Fun At Funston

Just a little drive past Ocean Beach in SF. Depending on which direction you drive on highway 1, is Fort Funston Golden Gate National Conservancy. Primary a dog park, but expect hang gliders, surfers, and your typical SF breeze. The views and hike here is amazing. I would recommend to anyone with a pup. I've known of the park but have never gone, San Mateo has plenty of awesome dog parks so I don't venture into SF much. I'm so happy I did, I like filming on an overcast day. 

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Found a Cave @ Calera Valley

Just south of the parking lot where Moonrakers is, is a small dog park and hiking area. While walking bentley I found this cool CAVE!!! I'm not particularly sure what the name of the trail is, but it's a fun and easy one. Definitely check it out next time your're in the Pacifica CA.

In light of exploration. I'm sorry I won't tell you exactly where I found the cave, but if you scale the sea wall a bit. I'm sure you'll run into it. Here is a photo taken from within the cave of my homie Kris. I can imagine a ton of creative photography type things you can do here. Especially when the light is just right. Enjoy.

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marvelled By The Sea

37.2552° N, 122.3830° W //

Trip Itinerary : 
a. California Coast Route 1
b. Pescadero CA
c. Harley Goat Farm

d. Pigeon Point Light House

At the peninsula walking up to the edge of the cliff, I marvel at the boundless ocean below my feet. Being here makes me feel small, I feel insignificant and powerless. In retrospect, the ocean is just water, and water can be soft and delicate like raindrops. It can be immense and treacherous like a tsunami. It is often harmless, sometimes deadly, but always alluring. We drink it, bathe in it, sail it, and conquer it.  I don't feel minuscule after all. 
 

 Photo taken from the west side of Pigeon Point Light House. Copyright Hoang M Nguyen - Hobo.Life
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Scouting The Bay

Niro and I cruised the bay Sunday scouting locations for our next project. We took the Blackmagic, Dslr and Drone out to shoot B-roll. I can't tell you much about the project now, but I'm excited for whats to come. Here are a few photos taken throughout the day. Some of them are taken on the Iphone7. The quality produced by the 7 makes me want to sell all my gear. Ha.

ps. trying new color correction. 

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Panning

In design, new styles and processes help me move past designers block. If you're like me, being blocked is unproductive to the process, it's super frustrating, and I hate it. What helps me get past creative blocks is trying new styles. Learn other designers thinking habits and design techniques really help. It's like those WWJD bracelets. A reminder to ask yourself "what would Jesus do?" In our case replace Jesus with your favorite designer. 

I've been learning new camera techniques. What's good about this is, I'm getting more aquanted with shutter speeds, ISOs, and aperture settings (the exposure triangle.) Like any craft I believe you just got to put in the practice hours to be good. Thus far I've tried my luck at astrophotography. Today I dabble with Panning. It's funny - for a long time I called it "motion blur photos." I prefer "Panning." It's much more elegant. Panning is a technique for photographing moving objects. From what I understand, it's matching the cameras shutter speed with your subject, pan your camera in the direction of motion, have locked and steady arms, be trigger happy and shoot continuos burst. I haven't gotten the formula right yet, but here are my favorites from today's shoot. 

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 Niroshan speeding by the Alameda Boat Dock.