This here is one of my oldest friends, +Gautam Khattak… well, oldest in terms of how long I’ve known him. He’s actually exactly three month younger than me and I was fortunate to be able to spend his 35th birthday here in South Bay two days ago. I’ve known Gautam for about 18 years now, which is a tad mind-boggling. We met on the very first day of our freshman year at Syracuse University. We were both enrolled in the Computer Engineering program and both went on to get our Bachelors degrees and both stayed on to get our Masters degrees right afterward. We also both went on to work for Motorola after our BS/MS stints. And despite living on opposite sides of the globe with extended periods of radio silence, when we do finally catch up, it’s totally natural and comfortable. I still consider him to be one of my favorite people and ma lucky to have him in my life.

I took this photo of Gautam doing a crazy leap in Mexican Hat, UT back in 2008 with my old Canon Digital Rebel XTi and Canon 17-40mm lens. If you were unfortunate to see the original version of this photo, I apologize as it really was heinous. It was in my formative MUST HDR EVERYTHING! period. So, I decided to reprocess it from scratch this morning using Nik Analog Efex Pro and am much happier with this results.