When Money Comes More Choices Follow

When to Go?

I’m looking at my situation from a different angle than normal. Hence this photo taken at a low angle. This Hall receives a lot of traffic but not once have I seen bend down and take a shot in this building besides myself.

Anyway, I enjoy the interior design of this building. The floors are highly reflective and the windows let in good light. What you don’t see is that the architecture teachers made sure that the building was designed in a way that you can see some of the inner workings. I’ll try to capture a photo in the future to showcase the cold beauty of this place.

I’m exploring the option of buying the domain name for this website in order to showcase my work and have more control. Also exploring buying the domain name for a blog that I may monetize in the future. I’m still thinking about both options but I have given myself until tomorrow to think about it.

Common questions ring inside my mind. “Am I ready?” “Should I monetize a blog from the get-go?” Yada yada. Now that I have steady money coming in I have more difficult choices to make. I am leaning towards yes to the questions I asked myself. As I aspire to be a writer and a photographer. I don’t have official experience in either one. But if I do what I want I will get some experience that may get me to where I want to go.

After writing this I decided to say yes and I will set my plan in motion tomorrow after I get off work. I’ll do a bit more research and complete the cosmetic stuff. It takes little acts of courage daily to truly go where you want to go.

Besides that, I will be posting everyday on this blog from now. It will be challenging but it is apart of what I truly love to do.

About time to go.

Live free and happy,

David

Pursuit of Happiness – 1

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I haven’t explored much color photography since I was using a point and shoot camera as a child. I feel like I allowed the yellow rose to stand out against the brigher colors in the background. It’s a successful shot to me, I would like to return to this shot and use a blurring effect on the background.

I was able to push myself and walk 8 miles in two hours today. Didn’t lift weights like I wanted to but I will tomorrow. It’s a slight setback that is totally my fault. Been losing weight thanks to walking and my job that has me on my feet for most of the time.

I am working on becoming the greatest version of myself so I can truly be proud of myself and my life. Going to be launching a new blog soon so I’ve been doing research and examining what I am trying to do with each blog I operate.

I am continuing college with the goal of graduating with an Associate degree in Film. I am interested in getting a job in the media while working on my photography and writing. It’s not the best degree but it’s the one that I chose to stick with. I’m also keeping my options open and may explore coaching basketball. However, I am aiming to become a professional writer, photographer, and filmmaker. I don’t know how to become one but I am taking time to explore what I want to do. I am walking the path that I laying down as I go.

This is how I work best as if I try to make a schedule I won’t follow it 100% of the time. I am allowing myself freedom while disciplining myself to do things that may not want to but they are necessary for where I want to go in life.

That’s all folks. Have a great day/night,

David

 

In the Shadows

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Understanding that I must take ownership for my life and all the things I’ve done is something that truly has hit me since I started working this new job. I am cutting things out that I don’t need since I just don’t have any time as I am working four am to one pm shifts for four days a week. I only have about eight hours every day when I come home after work to do what I need to. I am still adjusting to the job so I often take a two-hour nap.

I really don’t want this job but I’m keeping it up until I am able to find a new job. Hopefully, it will be in a career field that I actually want to work in. For now, I am doing my best to do what I need to at work to make money and raise capital for the things that I truly want to do. It’s not easy but no one said that it would be. I am at fault and I accept that. However, I will not simply lay on back and accept life. I will raise to do the things that I want to do before I open my eyes and I’ve spent my whole life working this job.

My goal is to be able to take my photography and my writing and turn them into a full-time career. I’m starting by writing for an anime-based website for free and will be hosting my own anime/manga blog very soon while still maintaining this blog. I will probably buy a domain name for this site and make it truly mine. I have to do some more research but I will make a decision by tomorrow.

I am in the shadows now but with small acts of confidence, I will shine. As I love this!

Do what you love and want you can truly be great it,
David

Back to the Basics

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Caught this little sign while I was on a walk. I don’t know where it is from nor what it is for. I am guessing that it comes from the hardware store across the street from this tree. Anyone, it was something out of place so I caught it before it disappeared.

Today, I started working from 4 am until 1pm. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be, but this job is not for me. I won’t quit until I have another job to take its place. I’ve been working there for four days and I already want to say goodbye to this job. I have met some wonderful people, but I won’t allow that to cloud my judgement when the time comes. After I finish this post, I’m going to be updating my resume and apply to some more jobs in a career field that fits me better.

With this job, I will have to sacrifice some more things and to work even harder to improve my passions. I hope to be able to get an official job in a creative field this year. Going back to the basics to me is that I need to focus on improving my passions, focusing on my health, get money, and do the things that I need to do like get a license and be fully independent financially.

It means that I must take the first step in each category as I go back to learn the basics so I can master them.

Be great and live the life that you always dreamed about,

 

David

Growing Up

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Making a drastic change that will be difficult, but truly worth it. I’m working a new job that will give me the capital to do my passions. Thus the pacifier photo,  it symbolizes a new stage in life. I’m going to be able to be put all the plans that I have into action by doing sonething so simple.

I’m saving up to upgrade to a Nikon D3300, which is a basic entry-level DSLR. It will really help and I get public transport for free, so I will be exploring different areas of my city.

I’m doing my best to leave behind the legacy that I want when I close my book and someone else puts it to rest on a shelf that no one can reach until their time.

Baby steps to giant strides,

David

Passion In Shadows

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Despite how simple this shot is, I happen to love it. I love the soft shadows that seem to consume almost everything. Playing with shadows is great and combining it with architecture is really fun. There is a slight human element with the icebox and the leaves. I can imagine how I would make this shot better and will try to explore other options in the future.

This has been my style for s while now and I am looking to explore it with models. I love film noir films and other forms of entertainment that are not afraid to play with shadows. I was inspired recently by a film called The Eyes of My Mother. It’s not the best film by far, but it has cinematography that is simply beautiful. I explore shots when I watch films and find myself sometimes enjoying certain shots rather than the actual movie.

Another film that I enjoyed for its cinematography was The Outsider. It happened to feature another love of mine heavily which is Japan. It experimented with colors but wasn’t afraid to be dark. I could keep this up all day! I am starting to realize the truth that has always been under my nose. I was either too ignorant or I simply didn’t see in-between the lines.

Discovering the type of photography that I want to create, the type of stories I want to create, and the type of visuals I want to create have sparked something inside of me that I thought I lost. It’s a bittersweet thing called passion. I’m doing my best to create and to keep on creating in order to have the life that I want to.

My main goal is freedom, I want to be able to create full-time. So basically, my mantra is to create, compete, dominate, and Japan. It motivates me and I don’t have to say a lot to understand the depth behind each word. It’s a simple technique that I will employ every time I look into a mirror or whenever I have to do something that I may not want to but will help me on this path that I am trying to create.

I have to end it here, but just know that I will be making more posts and they will be longer than usual. Enjoy your life and take time to understand what gets you going.

Peace,

David

Reflection

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I love the architecture at and around Sacramento City College. I love going there when there’s not a lot of people and just snapping away. Whenever I have my camera with me I often take a few shots of a subject from different angles. It was a bit difficult to fit the whole building into the shot with my phone. I’m glad I took the time to be patient and experiment.

Took today to reflect on somethings before I start to get busy. I was able find something to aim for, things to sacrifice, and goals that can drive me to accomplish them. I still have more things to think about before the day is over but I’m not rushing it. Slowly but surely I’ll understand what I need to do.

Have fun and reflect,

David

Smile

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As I was on my daily walk, I came across some random graffiti most likely from people who worked on the street. I don’t know if they did this on purpose, but this graffiti looks like a happy face to me. Not the best shot but the best shot I could have taken at the time. The message of the shot is to simple smile and find the good things in life to ebjoy.

Got to get out of your own head and open your eyes to the experience of life. I’m adding more responsibility to my plate and somehow I feel more mature. I’m sticking to a schedule as I’ll be busy for the next two days. I am going to be the cameraman/cinematographer for a short film Friday and I have a long walk to go through tomorrow. Then cram to get the required readings for a class before the deadline at 9am on Friday. I can’t say it will be busy but somehow I am enjoying responsibility and actually getting outside more.

Since I’ve been walking 3 miles a day, I feel healthier and happier. I do exercise regularly outside of walking. Its important to exercise for many factors and it’s important to eat right. I’m not always doing the latter so I don’t lose the fat that I want to easier. I’m trying and soon I can finally ture live my words I’m trying my best.

 

Have fun and live how you like,

David

Talking to Myself

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Found myself lost as I was looking for a specific building. I caught this shot which proaprob shows that I wasn’t all too concerned about finding what I needed to. In the end, I was able to do what I had to do.

I love all the lines present in the shot as well as the shadows. I wish I captured this shot earlier, so that the light would be softer. I still enjoy the shot but I have room for improvement.

In two days, I walked around 9 miles. The more I condition my body the easier and faster it is to walk 4 miles + on one day. It makes each walk feel shorter than it is as well. I’ve been practicing visualization on each trip which helps me focus on where I want to go in life.

I’m waiting for my acceptance email to officially join a project. Doubt creeps in but I’m doing my best to change the way I talk to myself. It’s not easy but it must be done. I have found myself creating more and simply enjoying life more. I realized it’s a slow process after trying to quit so many times. Doing my best to become the strongest version of myself by getting into shape, both mentally and physically. It’s getting funnier just not easier. This is the path that I chose but one foot is still on the path of ruin that I allowed myself to walk through. Will take time for me to fully step off the path but I can feel my foot inching up a bit each day that I improve myself and do what I love.

 

Peace,

David

A Little Color

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I’m playing with color more even though I often want to switch photo to black and white. This is not my favorite photo but I enjoy the warm colors present in the shot. I would go back and edit it better. I am noticing all the flaws as I write this post. I’m simply trying things in my pursuit to improve my photographic skills.

I’ve been walked 3 miles every morning, it’s a great way for me to start the game. I’m working hard to better my mental and physical health. Sacrificing things as well, my room is looking more and empty as each day goes on. I’m sacrificing all the things that either bring me joy or it’s just something to just watch. It’s incredibly different but I’m learning to fight the suffering to improve my life and myself. It’s a day-to-day process that I will not give up even after I get what I want. I want to be great so I must become great and with that sacrifice is important.

Take time to smell the flowers,

David