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Canon EOS R Review

It's been a while since I was looking forward to a new camera body like the EOS R. Usually I’s wait to see what the next iteration of the 5D line would be and if it had enough upgrades, or if the one I had was getting too old, I’d upgrade. The 5D Mark III and Mark IV bodies I have now are workhorses, and they get the job done well. 

But when I heard about a full frame mirrorless camera that was smaller than a DSLR, had an actual silent shutter, and that it was compatible with my EF lenses, I was stoked. I ordered it and it arrived on launch day. I’ve used it exclusively for the past three weeks on multiple shoots from portrait sessions to events. And although all of those features lived up to its expectation, I returned the camera today.

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Wednesday

There weren’t that many people on the F train down to Essex St. this morning. Maybe 15 at most? I was one stop away when a guy walked in and apologized for the interrupting.

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Never Enough

I recently found a pattern in how I started and ended each year. Each year started with me asking myself: “could I pull this off again this year? Do I have enough to make it to the end?” The year would go on and it would be full of great clients and projects, but as December approached the same question would come up again and crisis would ensue. I thought it was the price you pay of being a freelancer, but that’s not true. It was because of a mindset I chose to embrace; a mindset of scarcity. 

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Traveling Biases

Growing up I rarely traveled. Part due to my parents working 70 hours a week with out PTO, and also because they are naturally homebodies, we just never really traveled. The only traveling I did was short trips to do charity work through church, or college organizations, never been to Disneyland/world/cruise/etc. 

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Andrew Chen for Maekan

Andrew is a good friend, the co-founder of 3Sixteen, and a partner at Self Edge in New York City. But before all that, he is a husband and a father to two beautiful boys, Logan and Hunter. I had the pleasure of spending the day with Andrew and his sons as they spent the morning with building blocks, books, and a trip to the museum. The boys were excited to spend the day with their dad. And I saw how thoughtful Andrew was in steering their bright-eyed curiosity through games and art. 

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How to Make Matty Laugh

Before he laughs he has a curious, almost intense look on his face with his mouth slightly open, as he's deep in though trying taking in the scene. He looks at you with big beautiful eyes, asking you for a clue.  And then when the thought lights up in his head, once he realizes something, he smiles. A big beautiful smile that makes his eyes into a shape of a rainbow, and a laugh that you could listen to all day long.

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I've had the Best in Tokyo

The best coffee I've ever had was at Chatei Hatou in Shibuya. The best steak I ever had was at Gyu-an in Ginza. The best hotel I've ever stayed at was at the Park Hyatt Tokyo in Shinjuku. And the hands down best meal I've ever had was at Kyubey in Ginza. These are true statements, that may fall on skeptical ears because I've wasted the word "best".

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Rediscovering Seoul After Ten Years

It's been over 10 years since I last visited Seoul. I was in college and was taken around by family to different places. I also had no interested in photography then and so all I have are vague memories of playing games and eating noodles on my cousin's college campus. This time around my wife and I went with good friends who took us all around Seoul.  

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Lessons from My Grandfather

He told me stories about his mistakes and victories. 
He told me about the joys he shared, and the tears that he wiped away. 
He told me he was happy.
He told me this moment made him happy. 
And before it was too late, he wanted to tell me he loved me.

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