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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Oct 29, 2011 TJ’s Halloween


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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Oct 22, 2011 Coyote Lake Camping


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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Oct 09, 2011 Fleet week SF


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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Oct 02, 2011 Uesugi Pumpkin farm


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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Santa Clara Art and Wine Festival


Tulia once again performed at the Santa Clara Art and Wine festival. I setup the GoPro and dropped it in front of the stage. But apparently I hit a wrong button and didn’t get any video :(

But I did get pictures and some short clips of Tuli. She did great. Its amazing to watch how she has progressed over the years.

It also amazes me how many dances she is in now. So many routines to remember…

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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 03, 2011 Eastern Sierra Fishing


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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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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Fogged in

Up early before going to work. Tried to get up to coyote point in Fremont older to catch the sunrise.

The fog was low and I thought I was going to get lucky and catch the sunrise over a sea of fog. But when I got up there I was probably less than 100′ from the clearing above the fog.

Instead I got this with my phone.


I don’t know what it is about this picture.  But it summarizes how I feel.  Mellon collie and sad.

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