I Took Matti Haapoja’s Challenge

          Mane, I love YouTube! I really love YouTube! I literally learned everything about blogging, photography, and videography from YouTube. I know, it’s an insanely resource of knowledge. One of my favorite Youtubers, Matti Haapoja, issued a Solo B Roll challenge. The rules were pretty simple. Shoot a 1 min video featuring yourself without any help from anyone else. Seems simple right? Wrong! 

          This was the hardest thing to pull off. Do you know how crazy you look filming yourself? Lol. It didn’t go exactly as I planned but I made the most of the footage I did get. I also had to represent for the home town. I might not win but if Matti likes or comments, I see that as a win!  

Here’s the video! 

           Also, my friends seem to think this could be a sneaker or Footlocker ad. Yo Nike holler at me! 

Life is for Living, 

Michael B.  

A Walk in Shelby Farms

       I rarely get away from the urban hustle and and flow to take time to just think and be alone. I'm usually on the go and doing a million things. So I decided to get out with my camera and a drone.  

Yes, I said drone. I have a good friend that owns one and he let me borrow it. He must really trust me or he has plenty of money to blow! Either way, I'm glad he's my friend lol. I'm definitely no drone pilot, but the DJI Phantom 3 was surprisingly easy to fly. I just need to work on the photography aspect of it.  

Not bad for a first attempt.  

Not bad for a first attempt.  

       Being a city guy, I'm naturally pretty nervous about walking in the woods alone. I know all he tell tale signs of danger in the city. Im not so sharp in nature. I didn't know if there would be a snake or bear lurking. Ok maybe not a bear, but maybe a cougar lol. Luckily, the sun was high and the path was pretty well lit. 

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 I came across this really cool bridge on my adventure. I shot maternity pics near this bridge but I've never seen it in the daytime. There were no trolls under this bridge. Thank God! 

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Where there's a bridge, there should be water, right? Why else would you bridge a bridge? Well I guess there are a few reasons but anyways. There is a littke river that flows near the bridge. There's also a beach! Well there's sand and that pretty much means it's a beach!  While walking along the beach, I saw this little red leaf in the river. In a world of brown, this little leaf decided to be different. A great way to live life! 

 

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Getting away from the city was definitely refreshing and much needed. Being alone in your own thoughts can be highly therapeutic. I will definitely return, but next time I will bring my dog. He would do love it. 

Drone Footage

Life is for Living, 

Michael B.  

Riverboating on the Mississippi!

One of my earliest childhood memories was riding a riverboat with my family. I was probably about 5 and my sisters and I were dressed similar. My dad also had a jheri curl and my mom had a red headband on Andre Agassi style, but that’s a story for another day! I do remember how scared I was to get on the boat, but my parents basically made us go. 

So naturally, I decided to put my own kid through the same horror! I took her on a ride on the Memphis Queen and boy was she afraid! This ride is an annual thing for the Downtown Neighborhood Association, so we decided to crash. 

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Well Maddy was not the least bit afraid. She was mesmerized by the paddle wheel. I don’t think she was out of eyesight of it the entire trip. It was a great experience nevertheless. She got to ride the riverboat for the first time while meeting some really nice people in the Downtown Neighborhood Association.  

Have you ever been on a riverboat? Have a funny story? Drop a comment and tell me about it!  

Life is for Living, 

Michael B.  

A ballerina in the river

            I recently took Maddy down to the "beach" area somewhere near Wolf River. No, I won't tell you how to get there. That's what exploring all about. Get out there and get lost! Anyways, I've been testing out my new Sony Zeiss 55mm 1.8 lens and decided this was a great place to snap a few pics. This is by far one of the sharpest lens I have ever used. The weather wasn't the best but we made the best of the beach, river and her tutu! Here are some photos from this little in town adventure. 

 

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Sand castles  

Sand castles  

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Something touched my foot!!! 

Something touched my foot!!! 

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Life is for Living, 

Michael B.  

Cleaning up with Memphis City Beautiful.

Memphis DNA  

Memphis DNA  

I joined Memphis Downtown Neighborhood Association in their efforts with Memphis City Beautiful and Memphis River Warriors to clean up the riverfront on last Saturday. It was an awesome turn out of Memphians that really care about the city and the cleanliness of the river. 

 

I met some great people and learned some fun facts about Memphis. Did you know Memphis City Beautiful is the nation's first beautification organization? They are going into their 86th year! That's something to be very proud about Memphis!

The Warriors had great tshirts

The Warriors had great tshirts

Also, Memphis River Warriors was started back in 2011, after the big flood, by a group of University of Memphis students. They do monthly cleanups around McKellar Lake, Wolf River, and the Mississippi River. It's also the largest river cleanup organization in the nation that's run by college students! 

Check out more news and events with Memphis City Beautiful by clicking HERE

For more info about Memphis River Warriors, check them out HERE

For info about Memphis Downtown Neighborhood Association, check them out HERE.  

 

The little Warriors!!  

The little Warriors!!  

Hey that's me!!  

Hey that's me!!  

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Now this is a great shot of the New Bridge!  

Now this is a great shot of the New Bridge!  

I'm not trash!! 

I'm not trash!! 

It was a great day that was capped off with a great burger and local beer from Tug's!! Get out and get active and volunteer Memphis!  

Life is for Living, 

Michael B.