Nov
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2011
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All good things are wild and free

All good things are wild and free. from Mike Ku on Vimeo.

Two different trips to the eastern Sierras. Places include Lee Vining Campground off hwy 120, Little Virginia Lake, Saddlebag Lake, Lee Vining River, Ansel Adams Wilderness, Thousand Island Lake, and more that I’m sure I forgot.

The eastern Sierras has a wild and ruggedness that is well worth the 5 hour drive from the Bay Area. Fly fishing, camping, hiking and backpacking in this area is a holy experience to me. The wilderness is my church.

Thanks to my brother in law Marc for going with me.

Canon T3i
Canon xTi
Panasonic Lumix Lx5
50mm f1.8
18mm-135mm f3.5
20mm F1.8
Dynamic perceptions dolly.

Music by Ben Howard, “Old Pine”

 

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Nov
01
2011
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Oct 29, 2011 TJ’s Halloween

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Since I was working this Halloween, I decided to do something Halloweeney with the kids before Halloween. Trader Joe’s hosted a Halloween event.

We road down there on bikes, the kids in makeshift costumes (from a dance show and from years prior)

Kids got to play games, listen to pirate stories, get face paintings, and tattoos, and of course candy!

The video was filmed and edited all on my iphone 4s.

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Nov
01
2011
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Oct 22, 2011 Coyote Lake Camping

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Took the kids RV camping at Coyote Lake. I’ve boated here before but never camped.

I was pleasantly surprised that the campsites were really nice. Spacious and flat. The kids fished and road bikes around.

The fishing was great for them. Lots of bluegill to be caught.

I even brought Scout along. All in all, the trip went pretty well for going solo.

I shot mostly pictures because trying to get good video footage would have been too tough to setup. Working on a 2.5D video of the pictures.

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Nov
01
2011
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Oct 09, 2011 Fleet week SF

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Oct 09, 2011 Fleet week SF, a set on Flickr.

I’ve never been to Fleet Week in SF and thought this would be a good time to go. The weather in SF was awesome. Sunny and warm. Fraiser went with me to help corral my kids. We took the train up from San Bruno then walked along the Embarcadero.

We waited for about an hour in line to board USS Bonhomme Richard. Once aboard we checked out all sorts of aircraft and vehicles. It was pretty cool.

Afterwards we ate at Red’s then headed home.

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Nov
01
2011
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Oct 02, 2011 Uesugi Pumpkin farm

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Went to the pumpkin farm in Morgan Hill to pick out pumpkins and attend Grant’s birthday party.

We went with the Dedes family. Finished up with a birthday party and then picked out some pumpkins. A good day.

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Sep
15
2011
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Dance Zone Team BBQ

Dance season is here and what better way to kick it off than with a pool bbq.  Almost the entire team came.  The kids loved the pool.  Great food, fun, people, and good times…

I got a chance to shoot with my HD gopro in 60fps.  This was my first try at conforming 60fps to 24fps for super smooth slow-mo.  Final cut pro is great for this.  I’m still learning.  Found out if you convert all your fottage to apple prores 422 then you dont have to render every time you change something. Pretty cool.  Anyway here is the video.

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Sep
11
2011
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Remembering 9/11

Ten years ago, I was waking up and getting ready to go to work at my job at Cisco.  I tried to log on to the internet and read my email.  The internet seemed to be down.  Weird.  Open my browser and then I saw the news.

That image of tower 1 smoking way up high with a giant hole in it.  Chills went down my back.  I turned on the tv and watched with the rest of the world as a second plane few into tower 2.

Ten years later, I read the messages left on Mark Bingham’s voice mail.  It brings all those chilling feelings back.

Ten years later, I am proud to be part of the brotherhood of firefighters.

Today I hang my flag proudly outside my home.  To remember all those that died this day.  All those that served.

Today is to remember that this world is cruel, and man is capable of incomprehensible evil.  But also to remember that humankind is also capable of tremendous good.  Love and selflessness.  I think I’d rather remember humankind that way.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two days ago I attended another memorial of a tragedy that happened a year ago.  The PGE pipeline explosion in San Bruno on 9/9/10.  I was one of the first firefighters on scene of that tragedy.  When that explosion occurred, many of us thought of terrorism again because of the proximity to 9/11 and having SFO right next door.  Just another example of how 9/11 will always be with us.

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Sep
08
2011
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Sep 03, 2011 Eastern Sierra Fishing

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Took a trip to fly fish the eastern Sierras with my brother in law. We camped out at Aspens camp on the Lee Vining River just east of Yosemite off of Hwy 120. Marc caught his first fish on the fly on this trip!

We fished the Lee Vining River with some success. They had stocked the river just days before. The next day we hit the Virginia Lakes area. We spent the whole day at Little Virginia Lake. They stocked days before also but this time with Alpers Trout.

Alpers trout are 2-4 pounds when they are released into the wild. When we got there I walked out to where a couple float tubers had just finished fishing and were getting out. On the ground I see a 17″ 4 pound rainbow. Wow, this was going to be good.

After a slow start the action picked up and we were able to land some fish. I ended the day with 6 fish landed and 3 that came off before I could snap a photo.

The third day we stopped and fished Saddlebag lake. Not much action. Just one for me. Then we stopped and fished Lee Vining creek again but this time the section that comes out of Saddlebag. Caught one.

After that we stopped on the Tuolumne River. I took a nap in the hammock and Marc fished some more with some bites.

The meals we had were great this trip. Lamb tips with rice, Tri tip with green beans and onions, tri tip egg breakfast burritos. All of it cooked over campfires and camp stoves. We had some really top notch tequila that Marc got from an employee. Smooth with no bite. Well not until I woke up in the middle of the night.

While at Virginia Lakes I hiked up the side of the mountain next to the lake to take some photos. I took lots of videos as well so look for a video post soon…

This was a great trip. Had tons of fun, and relaxed as well. I love the Eastern Sierra for it’s ruggedness and for the fly fishing.  One of the fondest parts of this trip was fly fishing in the float tube in Little Virginia Lake with beers in my net hanging in the water.  I landed a few fish with the beers in there.  Something about floating in the middle of the lake out in the wilderness, fishing, drinking, and relaxing.

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Aug
26
2011
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To the brotherhood…

51 Life Teaser from Mike Ku on Vimeo.

I love my job. It’s one of the most rewarding jobs ever. I dedicate this project to my friends, co-workers, brothers and sisters.

This is a teaser for a bigger project I hope to finish by the end of the year.  This last year has been tough and you all have provided me with more support than you know.  This is to say thanks.

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Aug
26
2011
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Aug 21, 2011 Berryessa camping

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Aug 21, 2011 Berryessa camping, a set on Flickr.

Went for a three day RV boating camping trip with Joe at Berryessa. The kids loved swimming in the lake. I forgot how much fun this was.

T no longer has fear of the lake. She was jumping in every chance she had. N even came in a few times.

The kids loved camping. I have to say I enjoyed myself too. Thanks Joe.

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