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  • The Good Day
    as the eldest son to manage her burial ceremony In Balinese and Hindu culture Gusti is upper caste We knew the burial was going to be a big deal for him along with being a lot of work and expense So we traveled back from Jasri in E Bali in order to be with Gusti and the family at the burial ceremony Donna Made and I went to the event here yesterday I shot motion and stills the entire time in as unobtrusive a manner as possible Canon 70D no strobe 70 200 when being discrete the 24 70L and 11 16 Tokina ATX for video and pov work An all day long thing the sequence of events was really beautiful Members of the Royal family came people from around Bali and of course the entire village His Mother was quite a wonderful woman Beloved I had taught Gusti how to set up for portraiture years ago and he had taken a beautiful shot of her that was framed and on the wall next to where her body lay which he pointed out See I remembered your lessons You showed me how to do that A storm moved in at the ending of the ceremony This is how the finale transpired Everyone gathered outside the home streetside and they did a prayer and burned an offering Then as one all stood and cheered The finale takes about an hour I was told the soul comes to the house for one last time It is the final goodbye for the person In several months the village exhumes the body Job of the eldest son Gusti and they have a cremation ceremony down at the beach The photo below is only a small portion of the people there Burial Ceremony Friendship on Bali means quite a different thing than in the West I intend to write on it a bit at some point I believe that in examining how it works may lie an increase in cultural intelligence for those of us born into Western culture and possibly for Bali as well The subject keeps rearing it s head this trip There is a reason for that At the end of the day after I filmed him tidying up at the grave and obviously having a conversation with his Mother Gusti and I were walking back alone from the cemetery everyone else had gone on back to the house Thunder rumbled in the distance As we walked Gusti put his arm on my shoulder and said David you are my friend I said nothing as I knew what he meant I simply massaged his shoulders the man s neck and arms were in knots Body holding the stress of the week no doubt He sighed as I did this Release Last night the storm which began at the end of the ceremony raged late into the night sending lightning from horizon to horizon I shot a time lapse of it when we

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  • Bali Journal: Week 1
    of no surprise as the travel and shoot modus all of us use is deeply embedded at this point in my life We are staying on the outskirts of Ubud off the beaten tourism path in the compound of a Balinese family and the home of A fascinating Yogi fitness authority named Jocelyn Gordon We did a little bit of motion capture for her website Hoopyogini Fun and she is quite elegant in every way good subject A still of a video frame for Jocelynn Days are a series of time lapse projects design meetings for Donna and Betty B with her various artisans located in and around Ubud Time with the people we laughingly refer to as our super twinkly international friends who gather here on Bali from all over the world Life is good Scary Dangerous Beautiful Rote yet unpredictable and full of all the intrigue and dark allure that is the magic behind the scenes of this Island itself I always see and feel things here that are peculiar to the island I sort of fit in that way A puzzle piece in a tableau not everyone is aware of as existing I am building a pretty fantastic collection of time lapses as the Canon 70D is running day and night shooting in Small Raw format That file size is absolutely perfect for time lapse work and the 7oD is the first camera I have used which utilizes this specialized format Which really helps as my night shoots generally run 10 hours or so and are collecting approx 2k images per night I am using a 2 battery booster which keeps power up with plenty to spare The 5DM2 is a workhorse Still one of my favorite tools for high info stills ad motion capture When combined

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  • Outward Bound: LAX to Denpasar, Bali
    marry me and we had gone separately In the time since I am amazed at the shift which has taken place She and I joined lives in an amazing Hawaiian Chumash ceremony at my home break and that of the Chumash at Refugio beach on the Gaviota Coast where we saw and felt the presence of God waft through the collective of friends and family who turned out as Tom Pohaku Stone Pake Ahmow Blue Wolf and some of the brothers did the cleanse and union If ever there was a water union our wedding day was it So now here we were outward bound out of LAX Our last trip abroad a scant few mos ago to Portugal we did not leave from the Bradley Terminal so this surprise was really special I have always wanted a real home port airport So many times in recent years I would shake my head at LAX Donna and I were shocked as we wound our way through check in which featured a hugely streamlined TSA inspection protocol that eliminated bag shuffling and walked into the departure hall and wow it seemed like a hyper modern version of a set from the Wizard of Oz The new Tom Bradley Intnl terminal is without a doubt a must see and experience place equal to any of the finest airports on the international flight circuit The place featured the typical collective of shops found in those places but also a selection of bars and eateries restaurants that were elegant well run and simply beautiful It is without a doubt the most wonderful send off by LA I have ever experienced As it should be for a City which is home to such a large amount of global cultural contribution Just bring a bit of

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  • True Generosity
    Partridge Hans Rathje Jeanette Ortiz K38 Rescue Mary Osborne nature ocean ocean art Partridge twins Santa Barbara Seth Godin Shawn Alladio Sierra Partridge social change Social consciousness social sustainability surf culture surfer Surfer magazine surfing surf photography Sustainability travel ventura Wave Photography waves Zuri Star True Generosity Posted on September 18 2013 by David Pu u 0 Comments There is a place on Bali which my wife insisted we visit It is a Botanical Garden Seems sort of obsequious the idea of building such a thing in a place where one could plant a broomstick and it would grow But I assure you it is anything but The place is a model of true generosity The man whose dream and life works this was is gone now having become part of that more grand sonnet which time plays with us all But his gift it grows on And it is beautiful beyond comprehension German writer Stefan Reisner authored this and it quite likely is his best work So the next time you think about what matters consider this Sometimes the most beautiful acts are going to be those which you will never get to experience first hand but you authored

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  • bali
    0 Comments Contained within the concept of life if one examines the word itself the thing noun is not really what one may assume A look at the origins of the word takes you back to a Germanic root which actually means leave or more to the point to remain Taken yet to a more finite point Continue Reading Posted in Blog Waking Dream Posted on October 23 2011 by David Pu u 1 Comment Ever have one of those mornings where you awaken to an exceptionally pleasant reality The scenario could be anything But everything in your emergent diorama is as a sensory massage A persistent tap tap tapping drew me as a man on a rope to emerge from a rich and multi hued pool of color which slid Continue Reading Posted in Blog Small Town Big World Posted on April 28 2010 by David Pu u 11 Comments I get a global look at things through my photography business which has web strands anchored to many countries I see something first hand that many do not have the personal luxury of acquiring a broad economic and cultural perspective This country is in the single greatest period of change and challenge since the Great Continue Reading Posted in Blog Touch Posted on October 17 2009 by David Pu u 11 Comments It is not something I have any complete understanding of but for some reason I recognize the touch of my friends and what may be affecting them It often comes in the form of a subtle whisper I have found that if I shut the heck up and just listen the process applies quite dramatically Continue Reading Posted in Blog Bali Journal 7 Gianyar Posted on September 2 2009 by David Pu u 5 Comments Today saw

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  • Bali Journal, Week 2
    by our friend Gusti s home and then made our way out to the shore of E Bali to spend a bit of time at the beach as well as catch up with Michael Lorenti a fellow member of 1 for the Planet with his company Sensatia Botanicals Ketut and her husband Willie drove u s and we made sort of a family type outting of it with the four of us The tempo of life while being much more leisurely here is pretty intriguing on several levels especially when we got to have dinner and catch up with Michael and talk late into the night about all that had transpired in the three years since we had seen each other And then there was time with Isabel a French American woman who owns and runs Villa Kelapa where we would stay this trip Her place is fantastic and is set approx 300 meters back from the shoreline Isabel understands Bali quite well and as a resident and an international citizen brings a perspective to conversation that is rare to find and riveting to interact with Where we stay on the E shore is home to a fairly dark collection of Hindu Gods which generally endeavor to make their presence known in a variety of ways I will write more on that later The Canon 70D was kept busy shooting several day and night long time lapses One night time one with approx 2400 images shot a frame every 15 seconds see gallery sample was particularly remarkable as it caught lighting flashes the rotation of an incredibly dense star field complete with planets and meteors all of it in a jungle frame of palms Donna and I combed the beaches looking for seaglass and met some of the locals I

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  • Featured
    Alladio Sierra Partridge social change Social consciousness social sustainability surf culture surfer Surfer magazine surfing surf photography Sustainability travel ventura Wave Photography waves Zuri Star Category Archives Featured Bali Journal Week 2 Posted on January 23 2015 by David Pu u 0 Comments We left Ubud by taking a winding route by our friend Gusti s home and then made our way out to the shore of E Bali to spend a bit of time at the beach as well as catch up with Michael Lorenti a fellow member of 1 for the Planet with his company Sensatia Botanicals Continue Reading Posted in Blog Featured Ocean Ohana Guardianship Posted on January 8 2015 by David Pu u 2 Comments The other night my wife and I were at a friend s home in Ojai A bunch of us regularly get together and cook for each other An eclectic mix of artists musicians scientists researchers doctors and ex or current military operatives we spend the evening into the night just enjoying the fok out of each Continue Reading Posted in Blog Featured Portugal Posted on October 2 2014 by David Pu u 0 Comments Well it is the end of my first day in Portugal Been here for 24 hours Sitting on the 13th floor in our rental with Donna and Korina in San Jao de Estoril They are crashed out I am wide awake Korina had been burning the candle for days prior to landing She is the Continue Reading Posted in Blog Featured A Faithful Paradigm Posted on July 26 2014 by David Pu u 0 Comments A close friend sent me a story about a researcher who was suing to get a university job position restored after getting fired for being different Here is that news piece Nothing

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  • Running and Gunning
    is hectic in a good way This week saw a fantastic amount of work fulfillment Project 1 A 400 plus work hour piece was delivered for publication on the relation between Nuclear disasters at Chernobyl and Fukushima with Nuclear Powered plants in the U S Project 2 A fun commercial shoot with Coldwell Banker real estate agent Denice Watkins Smith up in Mountain View Ca Project 3 A shockingly random yet dramatic music video shoot for day one of production for my son s upcoming release on a song titled We Love You Satan which features brilliant writing and composing It was a night time shoot and tested the low light capability of both the Canon 5DM2 and Canon 70D systems to their maximum I just looked through the dailies and they sing The acting by the three person cast was as good as anything I have shot in the feature world Really glad I was able to rise to the level this young collection of talent put out there Project 4 I got to shoot some Surfing Woo hoo A golden hour with Larry Ugale and another with my wife Donna The imagery with my wife is for a TV pilot called Upcyclers We are both quite excited about it and the crew and producers were said to be awesome by my wife She is hard to impress We did some long lens super tight motion capture with the Canon 600 F4 IS lens a big fluid head and the Canon 70D Shockingly the 70D was able to pull focus reasonably well using the touch screen Never would have believed it if I had not seen it It has it s limitations of course and is not always 100 percent accurate on subjects moving rapidly at camera but on

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