In The Moment 

I was invited to visit my grandfather’s aunt. I jumped at the chance because it’s a new area thus I can take a ton of photos of new environments. I was able to go past my hometown so saw a lot of familiar sites that have been ingrained into my memories. It was a very enjoyable experience. His aunt’s house was stellar it was too big for her to live alone it.

But his family is very weird due to a fight all his aunt’s and mothers didn’t talk to each other for decades. They still don’t communicate. It wasn’t until my grandfather went to pick up some pizza a few months. His aunt was standing in line and the two talked for the first time in about 20 years or more. It’s complicated so let’s not dive into it too deep. 

The focus on the shot was how much stuff was in her house but no people. It was filled with items but appeared so empty at the same time. It reflects heavily on how the owner of the house lived before her stroke. That is what I wanted to portray in this shot but it’s true meaning depends upon the viewer.

I will be posting more than once a day after today. I have a lot to share so be prepared.

Have fun!

David

Keep going

Trying my best to keep my head up through the new challenges in my life. Striving to get my photography out there to spread my art and my name. Exploring new avenues like pinterest to try to get out there more. I have a lot to learn, the downside to being a friendless introvert is that you always start at 0. I’m learning to be more social especially in real life and Instagram. Currently, I have 72 followers on instragram and 2 for this blog. When I woke up this morning I had 75 followers. I often see that number rise and fall rather quickly at times although it hasn’t dropped past 70 since I passed the number. It taught me to not really care about my follower count and just focus on improving my craft and to leave honest comments on other photographers photos.

Besides that I fully understand I need to market more. I need to socalize more with other photographers and to be on other social media platforms. I m loving this process as I know I am puting true had work into my passion. Quitting is not acceptable to me,blood, sweet, and tears are. So basically I am going to keep pushing through all the bs and keep my eyes focused on my dreams. Someday I hope to be a known photographer who has his own style and beautiful art.

 Hope you create beautiful things!

-David

Open Your Eyes

Sometimes we can find beautiful things to capture that we see every day. All it takes is to be in the right angle at the right time. We usually are numb to what we on an everyday basis so we might ignore some good shots. So the moral of the story is to keep your eyes open even when you are at home. Explore everything in your life and discover new shots. You have to be obsessed with your craft but not crazy. Work hard and you could be your niche’s Steph Curry. Just take the best shots you can possibly take and improve every single day.

This was taken with my Sony Cybershot on a hot evening. I made it black and white because it looked rougher. Also, I don’t like the pale pink color that my house is painted in. I thought this was a great angle to shoot from, it’s something different for me. Took a few shots from different angles and this one spoke out to me. I am taking more shots of residential houses and trying to figure out how to shoot them while keeping my style. It’s a learning process I am enjoying, even diving into product photography. I am exploring every niche, I am trying to improve in all areas. I feel like I taking a step towards progress everyday.

Keep shooting and keep consistent. Have a great day and have fun!

_David

Explore Everywhere

You should always walk around and inside if you can. It’s great to understand the structure as it is easier to get the right shots and hopes people understand that you know what you are doing. Take in your surroundings and allow your eyes to roam free. I found interesting aspects of exteriors that I didn’t pay attention to before. Like the side of the building might look like a fingerprint from the right angle. It’s something different from the norm. Each building has it’s own character it’s your duty to fully understand it to be the best architectural photographer.

I took this shot with my Samsung Galaxy 3. I made it black and white so there would be a great contrast between the floors and lights. I enjoy the shot as the lighting really pops. It was done in the library building at Cosumnes River College. Always take your time with a shot and you might discover a new angle to shoot. It’s great to understand how light works as photography is drawing with light. The lighting in the shot doesn’t go in the typical straight line so it makes me like this shot even more.

Lastly, explore everywhere you legally can. As long as you are on public property then no one can truly stop you. But be respectful and smile. Don’t dress like a creep! Keep it light and get up close to your subject. Explore everything and you will be a better photographer and explorer. It also helps with losing weight as you are keeping active.

 

Have a great day and have fun!

-David

Wait for It

Sometimes it is the best option to simply stand there and observe your subject. They might do something you don’t expect. You should do the same when you are doing architectural photography as you might just see something interesting. Don’t just assume that there is nothing interesting about a plain building or room. You could just miss the best shot of your life.

This shot was done in the Learning Resource Center at Cosumnes River College during summer semester so there are no people in the shot. I loved the lighting used in this building so I found a moment to capture several times. I took multiple shots from different angles to see which one is the right one. I believe I chose the right one after some debate with myself. Everything was reflective so it was nice. Best thing was I didn’t have to look out for myself in the any of the reflective surfaces.

I took this picture with my Samsung Galaxy S3, once again this was before I was given my Cybershot. I love all my cameras expect for the point and shoot cameras. I just love taking pictures and capturing moments because even buildings don’t last forever.So appreciate whatever equipment you have because your gear doesn’t matter. The only thing that truly matters is how much practice you put in and how much you truly see your subjects.

 

Have a great day and have fun

-David

A Black and White World

I love black and white art. Maybe it’s because of my racial heritage or it’s simply more pleasing to me than color. I have been falling in love with street art and all of the artwork I have seen recently were done in black and white. It’s a great way to convey emotion and to tell a story. I feel like color takes away from the story of a photograph unless it’s done right.

With this shot, I wanted to showcase the space that’s left untouched at a college. The bricks worked well with me so I was able to capture them well while not focusing on them. It make have been better if I made the square in the center brighter. But when I was taking the shot I wanted the focus to be on the lights. Somehow when I see spaces like this I don’t feel like it’s empty. No room is truly empty because I can always find something I can shoot. Even if it’s the bricks on the wall or the tiles on the floor. Never assume there’s nothing to shoot if there is no furniture or luxury items in a room.

One key element of good photography is to view the world differently than others. Take shots that other people wouldn’t. Through trial and error you will improve. Just keep shooting and keep studying. Study your past work , your current work, other photographers, and the principles of photography. Never stop learning and never lose yourself in praise or criticism. Keep your head up and steady. Keep your heart open and allow your eyes to explore.

I’m working on improving this blog with longer posts. I have to overcome some obstacles but I will make this place better one step at a time.

Have fun

-David

 

 

Specs:

Camera: Samsung Galaxy s3

In the “Zone”

I get lost whenever I hold a camera, I just want to walk and keep on walking for hours especially if the weather is nice. I get into my zone when I shoot, I never take a shot thinking of how someone will like it. I take what I think is beautiful and if I do think about what others think then I don’t take the shot. I’m not here to take shots to please others. I here to please myself and be able to show the world as I see it. I don’t allow myself to ever limit myself either. I never saw “I don’t shoot” that stuff. If someone asks me to take a portrait of them I will do it as it is another chance for me to get a camera in my hand. I mainly do architectural and street photography . The key word is “mainly” it doesn’t imply that I just focus on those two genres.

At some point I would love to work with more models in order to add even more human elements to my shots. I normally find moments when there is no one using the halls or walking into the buildings I shoot. I have been doing more portraits trying to develop my own style to it. I’m working very hard to learn everything I need to about photography. But the main way I learn is by doing. Photography is trial and error! You have to experience failures to grow and I have experienced a lot. But I don’t care as I see it as a way for me to grow. I love doing photography and I will continue it forever.

I took this shot with my Samsung Galaxy S3, it was before I got my Cybershot. I want to return to this place and try this shot in a wide angle. I edited it to be black and white (I always shoot in color) because it looked better to me. I love playing with colors and using black and white.

I am working  on editing as well, which has been fun.

I hope you find your shot!

David

Reflecting on Photography

Found myself wandering around aiming my camera at whatever I find to be beautiful. I enjoy doing all kinds of photography. Others have made comments that I have an “eye” for architectural photography. So I do mainly focus on interior and exterior architectural photography but I do not limit myself. I do portraits and street a lot, I have been exploring abstract as well. I take photos everyday, normal I take about 100 photos a day. I am totally in love with the world of photography. I am studying the principles while developing my own styles and studying other photographers like my new favorite Connie Zhou.

It’s my true passion, I have even fallen in love with the editing process. I used to hate it but I know its a must have skill for art. After a while I enjoyed it, I stopped thinking I hated it and kept positive by saying it will improve the shot. Do you have a passion you enjoy on an everyday basis?

This shot was taken in the Winn Center at Cosumnes River College. I love the floor they feature in the building, it’s very reflective and works well with black and white. The building has a lot of industrial elements which I simply love. The teachers made it so some of the areas of the ceiling are not “complete” so we can see the duct work, etc. It is a very beautiful place I suggest everyone to go there and view it. I took this shot with my Samsung Galaxy S3.

Have fun exploring!

 

David

 

Complicated Shadow

I wanted this shot to be complicated with a lot of shadows in order to create drama. It was a mental health based building. I also wanted to capture the reflection, see its like you can’t truly see inside the building. You never know what will happen.

I took this shot with my Samsung Galaxy S3. There was on a VA lot, as I tagged along with my grandfather when he visited a hospital to get an MRI. I quite enjoy this shot because of the meaning I tried to make out of it.

Have a good day

-David

Pursuit of Self knowledge

A piece of paper can not prepare anyone for this world. No one cares what college you graduate from but what knowledge you obtained from that college. Did you get any actual experience? The world is getting harder as entry level jobs now require experience most don’t have the chance to obtain as they are seeking entry level jobs.

I shot this with my Samsung Galaxy S3 from a  low angle so I could capture everything and add weight to the shot. The building appears to be looming over the viewer. In society we place so much value on getting to college but what happens when college is no longer the place it should be? That’s my idea for this shot, to emphasis the heaviness of colleges to students. I didn’t edit this shot besides change it to black and white as it added more depth (aka looked better).

This shot was featured on Cosumnes River College’s official Instagram, which made me happy as it was like they were accepting my photo as quality work they would showcase. My only problem is that they cropped the photo in a way I wish they didn’t.