Saturday, January 14, 2017

Osprey Atmos AG 50 - Unboxing

Hey Beautiful People,

Welcome to the unboxing video of my amazing new backpack. I literally saved around $100 off retail by winning this pack on ebay. I'm sure stoked to have it, and I will be very shortly climbing another mountain doing a winter ascent using this pack.

I actually plan on snow camping overnight, so, I really should get an idea how well this pack performs.

If you like this video, please don't forget to give it a thumbs up, and be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel for more great videos in the future!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Mt Baldy - Hike it out

I'm finally getting around to editing, uploading, and posting my video from my ascent last November of Mt San Antonio aka Mt Baldy. The 1064 summit was my very first and has really created a passion in me for hiking, climbing every decent sized mountain in Southern California. before I venture north to take on bigger, taller mountains, such as Mount Whitney, and possibly Shasta.

This was my first mountain vlog, and it's lacking, but I really hope to make a few very interesting winter ascents mountain climbing vlogs. I have all the winter gear to winter camp overnight. The only thing missing is an ice axe which I will hopefully get by next week.

I'm all signed up for the #SixPackofPeaks2017, so I will without a doubt hopefully be ascending some mountains in the very near future if all goes well.

I have to apologize as this vlog is lacking as I started having some major camera issues at about 9K feet, so, I am not sure if it was the altitude making my camera sick or exactly what it was, but I had a battery meter showing 40% battery, but my video camera literally just died about 30min before I reached the actual summit of Baldy.

Luckily I was able to get some still shots which literally saved the day.

Since signing up for the SixPackofPeaks2017, it's a given that I will actually be doing Baldy again this year, and I am planning a snow ascent hopefully here in the next month or so. Should be interesting. So, stay tuned!

Now without further ado. PLEASE DON'T Forget to LIKE & SUBSCRIBE!! #OptOutside #HikeItOut #RavHolly

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Tai Lopez - Scam Alert

It's literally been 10 months since I released my notorious Tai Lopez video, from my SCAM ALERT SERIES on my YouTube channel. View Channel - Click Here

Pushing 100,000 views, and over 700 comments to date it is without a doubt the most successful YouTube video I have produced. In my opinion far from the best, but everything Tai Lopez is resourceful.

It's definitely been an interesting ride, keeping up with the comments. Which brings me to the point I will be adding a follow up video very soon.

So, if you haven't seen the original....knock yourself out, and be sure to comment, and subscribe!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Amboy, California - Deserted Desert Town

Hello Beautiful People,

This is actually a continuation of my Kelso Dunes Vlog.

I actually shot this the exact same day after leaving Kelso Dunes headed back home to Joshua Tree.

There was just so much footage that I had to split it up, so not to have an hour long vlog.

The Deserted Desert town of Amboy, Ca. is literally on the way so I decided to make a quick stop in, and give you guys a look around. This little desert destination has been the location for a couple music videos, and even a movie or two that were filmed out in this little Mojave Desert Ghost Town.

On the way home I also made a quick stop out at Amboy Crater and am looking for feedback if you guys think it might be worth it for me to go back, and make a #hikeitout vlog out of it.

Hope you guys enjoy the vlog.

Remember your feedback --good, or bad is very much appreciated. So, feel free to comment, and let me know what you think.

Also, don't forget to give the video a thumbs up, if you like the video...and...don't forget to subscribe.

Thanks for watching guys! I truly appreciate it!!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Kelso Dunes and New Year 2017

Hi Beautiful People,

I just wanted to take a moment, drop a note, and thank everyone who sent me text messages, phone calls, and reached out to me in September of last year when Charlie my dog was killed.

Losing that little dog was so much harder on me than I ever could have imagined. Even though it's been four months I still miss him like, crazy, and think of him on a daily basis. I'm usually very good at not getting too emotionally attached to anyone or anything, so, it really shocked me how hard that loss hit me.

My entire goal for last year as some of you know was just to go hard, and see what I could accomplish on my YouTube channel. I got a little obsessed with it actually seeing what strides I could actually make in a year. Goal one, was just to learn the in's, and outs of how YouTube actually works, and discover, and learn as much as possible to hopefully take my YouTube channel to the next level.

Goal 2, with YouTube was to have 100 videos uploaded by years end....I was moving right along, and had my goal well within site, when low, and behold September 14th, 2016 rolled around, and I got the phone call from Charlie's pet sitter saying he was dead.  It really just kinda put a halt to things for me. I really didn't have any desire to keep producing YouTube videos at that time. Even though I would film vlogs still I never would take the time to edit them, and upload them.

Needless to say, I fell short of my goal and only got to 90 uploaded videos in all for the year.

Considering what happened I am still very happy with that. I LOVE reaching goals, but it's the putting in work that actually makes me feel just as accomplished.

I started the year of 2016 with a little over 200 subscribers. I ended 2016 with just a little over 3000, and though that's nothing to brag about in the YouTuberverse it's growth which was my real goal for the year. I have learned the in's and out's of YouTube and understand the system now very well.

Here is a cool little year in review from TubeBuddy if you would like to check it out.
Rav Holly - 2016 YouTube Year in review

So, for 2017 my goal is all about value on content production. That's where my channels still very much lacking. Putting it together, and making really interesting content people actually will sit, and watch is my obsession.

I rate my videos at about a 4/5, on a scale from 1 to 10. So, I know and understand to have a truly successful YouTube channel and to be a successful YouTuber I need to get my production value up, and on point. That means doing the work now to make really enticing interesting videos. That's the thing that still truly escapes me, story-line is the hardest part for me, and I acknowledge this. It's a puzzle that I am enjoying figuring out.

I do this because it's a hobby for me, it's fun for me. It's a learning experience that is truly fun, but the key is being successful in some aspect of it, and I am not sure I'll ever reach that goal, but I'm having fun trying.

My channel is all over the place, and so many other YouTubers have given me advice on finding my niche, and sticking with it. Most point to the fact I have so many years of Photography knowledge to share that my channel should focus solely on Photography, photography tutorials and such.

The problem with that is I have been doing Photography as a means of income, and a job for so long it's literally the last thing I want to focus on with my YouTube channel. So, I have been struggling with a concept struggling with a direction to focus my content. So, I'm still winging it until hopefully, I can stumble onto a niche that truly works for me. Hiking/Mountain Climbing/Mountaineering has become a new passion of mine so I'm hoping I can produce some fun videos pertaining to that subject that might be fun to watch. #HikeItOut

Until then I want to thank the ones of you who have stuck with me, and watch my videos as they are.

I'm hoping 2017 will be a year of really moving forward in storyline development and upping my video production value.

I have somewhere along the lines of ten videos I shot last year, that I never got uploaded so I am now in the process of actually going through, and editing these videos, and uploading them to my YouTube channel. Once that's done I'll be concentrating on new videos for this year, shot this year. Until then here is my first new YouTube video of the year, shot in October of last year. I hope you enjoy it. Feel free to leave feedback in the comments. It's actually VERY much appreciated.

Monday, February 15, 2016

How to Loop, and Auto repeat YouTube videos 2016

Tired of having to run back to the computer every five minutes to restart that favorite YouTube music video?

Well, in this short tutorial I will teach you just how easy it is now to set your videos to loop, and auto replay, so you can listen for as long as you like.

Don't forget if you like the video please leave a thumbs up, and for more cool tips in the future, be sure to subscribe!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Giant Rock Vlog Ep 1

Hey Everyone,

So, I finally got around to doing my first YouTube Vlog.  Recorded with just my iPhone so the quality isn't perfect, but it's convenient, and makes the vlogging process pretty painless.

If you read my last blog post, "Haunted by Giants" then you know I had a somewhat weird experience the middle of the night, out in Joshua Tree National Park. I'm pretty certain still I saw something, unless my eyes were just playing tricks on me. What that something was I am still not for certain. It was just something that moved in the night, and drew my attention.

After posting the blog post in the PhotoJunkie Facebook group, one of our members, and fellow Photographer, Kristen Urlacher informed me of a place, her, and her husband had been to called Giant Rock.

She said it was kinda of an eerie place even visiting during the day, so I knew I had to go check it out for my Moonscape series I am working on. So, after the experience I had the night before. I decided to document my journey this time.

I think most people look at my Moonscape photos, and don't realise, or understand since they are so bright, and blue, that I am taking these photos in the middle of the night, just using the full moon as my light source.

Anyway, here is my journey to the historical Giant Rock.

Be sure to check back next week, when I venture back into Joshua Tree Park, back to the same rocks I thought I saw something spooky. Also, will be venturing into the park, and hiking two miles into the supposedly haunted Lost Horse Mine.


Giant Rock, is the largest free standing boulder in the world. It was considered sacred ground by the Native Americans who lived in the area.

It is also supposedly a hot bed for UFO activity. CHECK OUT THIS STORY BY CLICKING HERE

Giant Rock, like the Bermuda Triangle, and the Ancient Egyptian Pyramids, sits on the 33rd Parallel

I hope you enjoy this vlog, if you know anymore deserted spooky places, or scenic places around SoCal, that I can visit in the middle of the night for my Moonscape Series. Please let me know!!