Went To Film, Ended On An Adventure

I left my house today to film a new video, but ended up on a rather cool & perhaps much needed adventure; Today was for sure interesting.

If you do not feel like reading this, you can listen to it verbatim on the player to the right. You're welcome :D

SEFD hasn't uploaded a new video in almost 8 weeks, every week that I don't upload it wears on my mental process regardless if I show it or not. So waking up today you bet your uncle Ben I was both excited & anxious, but the day didn't start well. You see, it's been raining here over the last couple of days & this morning looked like it was only going to continue & my cameraman Kevin & I were on standby until I checked out the film location & okayed us to shoot. When I show up on site everything is actually perfect, minus 1 thing, the lens that I bought on my new camera only can zoom to 55mm which is barely anything for those of you that don't know. For good practical zooming for pranks & what not, you want to be in the 100-200mm range, but I digress.

On-site, everything was perfect, sun was out, people were out, we had lots of sun left, & yet I found myself frustrated trying to figure out how to maximize with a 55mm limit. "If Kevin sits at this table & pretends to read then I can mess with people in this area, but what if they move to here, what if there is a good group to mess with in this area?" bullshitting really, I was bullshitting, which made me review why I got the camera in the first place & sold my old one?

There are a lot of things that I can say to try & justify why I got the camera, but I think the most important thing to say right now is that it just felt like the right thing to do. Here I am with a camera in my hand that works incredibly, but doesn't make me feel anything extra. My old camera added no extra energy into the equation of filming, or life for that matter, & let's be honest, it's quality was that of a potato.

Any who, I spent about half of my awoke day frustrated on how I could use tomorrow efficiently, because 55mm is my range limit until I order a used lens [ which I placed about an hour ago ], BUT I just can't put off another week without at least trying to get some new footage, excitement & anxiety would team up & kill me. It eventually came to the point in which I just chucked it up to a loss, & figured that tomorrows shoot potentially will be full of errors & fails due to our limit, & there is nothing that I could do about that so why waste any more energy on it? I then turned my focus efforts to benefit from being in the now & some rather cool stuff followed:

I got this dude's consent to take a picture of him while checking out underage chicks. [ Haha I actually have no idea what he was looking at, I just thought it looked cool ]

I got this dude's consent to take a picture of him while checking out underage chicks. [ Haha I actually have no idea what he was looking at, I just thought it looked cool ]

I met a couple of cool roommate ladies, Jaime & Christy, who one of which was working a healthy juice bar on the beach.

I met a couple of cool roommate ladies, Jaime & Christy, who one of which was working a healthy juice bar on the beach.

I got a couple of silent Life Guards to strike a pose while burning the hell up in the truck.

I got a couple of silent Life Guards to strike a pose while burning the hell up in the truck.

I was taking photos of a flower when a bee photobombed the shoot haha.

I was taking photos of a flower when a bee photobombed the shoot haha.

I was talking to a group of kids that were doing bike tricks when a cop rolled up out of no where.

I was talking to a group of kids that were doing bike tricks when a cop rolled up out of no where.

This cool family gave me a ride to the bathroom for the hell of it.

This cool family gave me a ride to the bathroom for the hell of it.

This photo just looks cool.

This photo just looks cool.

& I surprisingly ran into a SEFD fan & had a cool conversation with him & his crew at In-N-Out!

& I surprisingly ran into a SEFD fan & had a cool conversation with him & his crew at In-N-Out!

Today was a lot of fun & undoubtedly meant to be. I think the real lesson that I learned today is this: at the fact that my camera wasn't proving to be sufficient enough for my current needs, that doesn't mean that I need to frustrate myself & indulge in negative energy. Today for me John Wooden's quote stating:

Do not let what you cannot do, interfere with what you can do.
— http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/johnwooden105700.html

was really exemplified. Ironically so, that I later learned that the 55mm lens comes with extended digital zoom; sure the quality will be dramatically downgraded, but at least we get to go out & make some mistakes tomorrow to learn from for when my 55-210mm lens gets here next week.

Today was very cool & I added it to my collection of cool/calm days, in which we ALL need more of. I hope there is some sort of take away for you from what I've learned to day, but beyond that, prepare yourself for some very cool, unique, one of a kind content very soon.

Thanks for reading,

Jabril