Pushing Through/Be True

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As I explored Las Vegas I found myself off of the strip staring up at the Raiders stadium. My friend improvised his pose as I took this shot. I enjoyed the moment so this shot is special to me. I tried editing it many times but none of them felt right.

Phew! Working hard on being real with myself and putting my attention in the right places. I’m working on a project that is passing through the editing process. I finally completed two phases of my project and now all that is left is the design plus all the technical stuff.

Basically, decided to publish two books at the same time. They are not going to be photography books but rather they will be poetry books. I always wanted to be a writer with my name on the cover and spine of books. I’m going to be accomplishing that this year. Eventually I will experiment and combine photos with words but for now these two will be just poetry books.

I made a commit to myself to simply do as I please and work for myself. Thus this project finally started to see the light of day after so many days of daydreaming and talking about it. I don’t care for how well the books do, I want to simply fulfill my desires. Even if they bomb I will continue to publish books until I can’t write anymore or can’t take photos anymore.

That is my current goal at the moment and the one I’m focusing on with 100% of my attention.

Strive to be real with yourself as that is the only way to truly change.

Still Moving Forward

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Working while working my favorite activity during a few days of the week. Took this shot while doing a delivery at a senior apartment complex somewhere in Northern California. I like it but I need to work on editing the ways a bit and maybe lighten the floor a bit.

Been busing my you know what while taking time to take care of myself. It’s hard to come back after taking a few weeks back but I’ll be making posting here a true positive habit. Been working for others too much and need to put effort in my own work. Working hard to change my day jobs and raise enough money to truly enjoy more of life.

Planning a trip to Washington state soon as my plans to travel to Japan this year are probably up in flames. Either way there will be more photos and more posts from me on this platform. I love doing this I just have a hard time coming back after a long hiatus and an even harder time figuring out where to end posts.

For now, I’ll keep moving forward while taking the right positions in life.

Be kind and appreciative to the people that truly desire it.

Working While Working

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Always willing to take a shot even when I’m suppose to be “working”. Photography is a true love of mine and I’m always ready to take my shot. I over-edited this shot to try to see the end result. I obviously like it but I can see areas that I can improve like the floor and the walls closest to the subject.

Been working hard at my day job and not realizing how little effort I’ve been putting into my passions. I’m doing my best to incorporate more passion into my life while still getting a paycheck. Sometimes it’s tough as I’ve been getting overtime almost everyday. Even on my days off I just feel like resting.

I’m in the process of finding a new day job and redesigning this site. I’ll be dedicating more time to myself even as I’m on the clock. I experienced this at my last job but not going to allow myself to just float through life doing more work for others than myself. It’s time for a change and less resting.

I’ve got a few projects on my mind that I will be fleshing out pretty soon. Stay tuned there’s more to come!

On my Own Path: No More Excuses

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The worst thing about me is that I never truly given my all to something. I was afraid to fail or that was never good enough. So I looked for excuses to use for why I didn’t pursue something wholeheartedly. Read an article about the UFC Jon Jones who is considered by many to be the greatest MMA fighter of all time. He used drugs and alcohol as his prepared excuse if he ever lost any of his fights.

Even a man on top of his career field felt the need to come up with excuses. I really don’t want to live a half assed life full of regrets to match the repugnant excuses. It’s not too late for me to switch things around. I am doing just that.

2021 is my year. I’ve already got rid of some bad vices but I still have a lot of work to do. I’m chasing the greatest version of myself. In this year, I won’t plan it out anymore. I will simply carve myself into the being I have always desired to be. I’m reading, learning, watching, and listening to the world around me. Learning myself and truly following my principles.

No more excuses! I have a roof over my head, food in my belly, a car to take me places, and a bed to rest upon. I have all that I need to succeed. I just have to embrace the fear and make it my b$tch.

I love photography and expressing myself. Both require me to explore the world. This year I will pursue photography and becoming the best version of myself wholeheartedly. I will not stop even when I reach my goals. I’ll simply sit down and write out bigger goals.

Here’s to a much better year!

-D

Exploring Reno & Boomtown

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On a whim, I decided to drive to Reno, Nevada a few days after the new year. My best friend tagged along and we had a nice but frustrating adventure. Enjoyed the weather out there but the street lights and homelessness in Reno are no joke. It’s not on the level of San Francisco but it is a serious problem.

Besides that, finding parking that wasn’t connected to a hotel was a joke. Finally managed to find one and got some safe parking for free. Walked a few miles around the nearly empty streets of the littlest big city in the world. All I could was the cars wheezing bye and music from the casinos. I’m no gambler but I did hit the slots for a brief moment on someone’s else’s dime. However, turned that dime into fifteen dollars.

Afterwards, we kept walking towards the University of Nevada-Reno. The campus was as dead as a movie theater. It was a pretty nice experience as I was able to practice shooting portraits with no distractions or interruptions until my model fell.

That wasn’t the end of the trip as we had to make the trek back to Sacramento. We went to Boomtown, NV to devour some steak and eggs at Mel’s Original Diner. It was a fantastic idea despite the long wait time. I found Boomtown to much more pleasant than Reno.

I’m actually pondering moving to Nevada due to the standard of living in California. It’s a serious decision that I am not taking lightly. I’m taking some more time to think about it. I will have my decision in 6 to 9 months. Anyway, that’s all from me tonight.

Explore life!!!

Palo Alto Times

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Palo Alto

Found some time to get some editing done during my day job. Haven’t been using my time wisely outside of work as I’ve just been crashing after work as I’ve been getting overtime almost everyday. It’s a decent problem to have.

Anyway, I took this shot on my way to Stanford university in Palo Alto, CA. It’s a throwback to the older photos I took in the beginning of uploading my photos to this blog. It was nice to take this kind of shot again. Overall, my time in Palo Alto was well used as I was snapping away and relaxing with my friends.

Actually right after walking to Stanford university me and my friends decided to drive to San Francisco to spend the night there. So Palo Alto was a nice prelude to an even greater experience.

Have a good day and stay warm,

David

Experimenting with Drone Photography

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A shot of the parking structure at Cosumnes River College. Was heading out with my friends when one of them allowed me to use their drone to shot some shots last year.

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I truly experimented with what kinds of shots that I wanted while still exploring the limitations of the drone itself.

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Wondering which direction I should take my experimentation.

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My favorite shot of the experiment. I enjoy the overall pattern and the breaking of the pattern despite the structure not being captured straight. I was proud of this shot, so much in fact that it’s hanging on my wall.

It was my first time experimenting with drone photography but hopefully it won’t be my last. Sadly, my friend’s drone was stolen and I never made an attempt to buy a drone myself. So I have to simply wait and buy a drone myself if I ever want to experiment again.

It was truly a good learning experience, I would suggest any photography and/or videographer take part in their own drone photography experiment.

Soulless Garden & Pocari Sweat

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The few positive results of me and my friend’s journey to San Jose. We went to the Japanese friendship garden and let’s say we did not see what we expected to. Anyway, I was able to capture a few good shots with my camera (I miss it – enter crying face emoji). If you have seen my previous work then you should know that I like to play with shadows and capture people in natural situations. Some people may think that the subject of the shot is an angry participant but it’s simply a shot of my friend as we crossed the threshold of a soulless garden.

That day was a long day as we had already drove to Milpitas earlier to have some fantastic Vietnamese food before heading to Palo Alto. We managed to walk the long road to Stanford University before making the much shorter seeming way back out of the campus. San Jose was suppose to be the cherry on the top of a very good day but it was more of a disappointment than I could ever imagine.

However, me and my friend still had a blast. We managed to find this small Asian grocery store that stocked one of my favorite drinks, Pocari Sweat, which I was ecstatic to find. If you haven’t had it before, I would heavily suggest it. I generally say to new drinkers that it tastes like flat 7up or Sprite with less sugar. It may not sound good but I have hooked two people to it so far.

This journey to Palo Alto & San Jose was one of the many small trips I’ve taken this year. I also travel through my job around Northern California so I have to places that I never heard about it before like Cool, Shingle Springs, Cameron Park, and many more small towns. So this is the just the tip of the iceberg of what I have to share.

Hope you enjoy the journey that I am sharing on this site. If not and you are even more of a visional person then check out my Instagram. If you are here for the long ride, hop on and stay tuned in.

Peace,

David

Focusing In

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It’s been a while since my last trip thanks mainly to the pandemic. I took a break with my friend and went exploring in Palo Alto & San Jose. It was fun exploring Stanford University for the first time. There wasn’t a lot of people which made it easier to take shots of the architecture. I truly love the campus as it has a historical and peaceful atmosphere.

I’m starting to focus in on my goals and dedicating all the time that I can to do what I love. Sure, I still have to work a normal job but I’m working on sitting on more cash while still living life. One of my current co-workers has become one of my friends and has been inspiring me creatively. We have been challenging each other creatively which has been a nice change of pace.

Will be diving deep into Skillshare by taking courses on Iphone photography, video editing, and a few other subjects. Slowly but surely I will become more of the man I seek to become.

Stay focused,

David

Commitment

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Explored Palo Alto for the first time with my friend. We found this tunnel near Stanford University and I took a moment to shoot a few shots including this one. It was a spontaneous shot but my friend was gracious enough to pose for me. It was a good trip, explored Stanford and downtown Palo Alto.

Decided to commit myself to pursuing the greatest version of myself. I am committed to ending my bad habits and adding them with good ones. I’ve already started the process but I have a good amount of work to do. But I know I will prevail in the end. A co-worker of mine has motivated to make the commitment and inspires me to continue my process of pursuing my freedom.

Still shooting with my iPhone 11, will be taking a iPhone photography course to hopefully improve my skills. Eventually, will buy a new Nikon camera. I am thinking about the Nikon D5500 or the 5600. We will have to see in the near future.

I’m dedicated to this new journey I have descended upon. It’s starts tonight.

Have a good night and will write again soon,

David