Is it Worth it?

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When I first saw this shot in my photo folder after uploading it I actually liked the shot. However, the more I look at it the more I wonder if it actually works. I like the subject and the angle. It is the blur that makes me wonder if this shot works. Most of me is saying yes as it is my type of photography. I am weird and go against the grain. My goal is to be me and have my photography represent me and the stories that I want to tell/showcase. So in the need, I have to learn the fundamentals better but at the same time just do me.

Working on changing jobs and exploring my options while I am still young. I am focusing on that and improving myself daily. My life has improved but at the same time, I have more room to grow in certain areas. My social life is at an all-time high as I actually have genuine friends that I hang out with every Sunday and sometimes Thursday. However, it is my career that is the problem. I’ve been working for 7 months now at a retail store. It is a simple job if they leave us alone and allow us to work at a healthy pace. We often have meetings where they celebrate people’s work anniversary. One woman has been there for eight years and what she had to say scared me. “I can’t believe it’s been eight years. I looked up one day and eight years have gone by”. I really don’t want to live like that. It’s okay for some people but not me. So despite my inner self delaying looking for a new job because of all the people I connected with at this job place, I have decided venture out before it is too late.

I am hoping to find a job in the career field that I want to work with or at least a job that gives me enough time to do my passions on the side until I am ready to do them as a career.

Anyway, that’s enough for now. I have to sleep now to make sure I’m 100% for work tomorrow.

 

Peace,

David

Another Look

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Took another shot of the same subject of the previous post. This time the first bolt is in focus while the others are blurred. I like this shot more than the previous one. I am focusing on the fundamentals of photography and trying to improve daily.

Have fun and do what you want,

 

David

Back

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I have no excuse for not updating this blog. I’m going to post as much as I can and get better as a photographer and a writer.

I enjoy taking shots of aged metal and machines. I wish all the bolts were in focus but I do kind of like how the second one helps break the pattern of blurred subjects. Thought about making this photo black and white but I enjoyed the way it looks in color.

 

That’s it for my first post of 2019. I will keep this up no matter what.

 

Stay dedicated,

 

David

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Practiced street photography while walking around aimlessly one day. It’s a genre that I do enjoy but I rarely take photos of graffiti because I don’t know what a lot of it means. I like how the ink really stands out. I like how I edited it but I’m sure I can still improve the shot in more than one way.

Doing my best to hang on while improving my life.

 

Take the first move,

 

David

Editing

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This shot features bushes and trees on a cloudy day. I edited this photo in Lightroom to be much darker in order to create a whole new image. I can see some of my mistakes and have some ideas about how I would edit this photo better. I really enjoy taking gothic-like photos as it fits my personal taste. Hoping to continue to explore Lightroom and photography more.

Getting ready to explore my options as my probation period ends in fourteen days at the retail job. I don’t want to stay because it sucks but some of my co-workers are amazing. It will cause me some grief when I leave, however, it is something I have to do because the company I work for really sucks and I know leaving will help my mental health. Anyway, follow your own path.

 

Stay fresh,

 

David

Striving to Improve

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A type of photography that I don’t do much is animal photography. However, I am still exploring my camera and what I can do at my current level. Also trying to gain experience using Lightroom. This dog is known for being chill unless you have a vacuum. He stood still for me an was looking at me the whole time. I simply wanted to practice my photo taking and editing skills. I think I did a good job but I’m sure there is room to improve.

Took a much-needed rest day. Tested out my Xbox One and what it can do compared to my Ps4. Did a lot of soul searching as well and making some progress. Still, have a lot more to go over and I still have to study for a test that I am taking tomorrow. A lot to do but I am enjoying most of it.

Laziness and Work

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A simple shot that I took when I was testing out my Nikon D3300. I enjoy taking photos of things people often ignore. This photograph is about my journey to discover my path but recently there has been a little breakthrough thus that little spot on the g in Egret fully represents that.

Been working forty hours every week at my retail job. However, I am back to my normal schedule. It has been a tough experience but I’ve learned a lot so far. I realized that I don’t want to be there anymore and I plan to leave. Honestly, I’ve been lazy and succumbing to sloth and gluttony. I’ve been working on developing the necessary discipline. From now on, I will begin to writing posts every day again. Which will force me to edit more and to take more photos. I won’t be writing about what else I will be doing anymore as actions speak louder than words.

My end goal is to live the life that I have always pictured. My current micro-goals are to find a new job, save more money, develop as a photographer and a photo editor, study better, live a more active life, and to develop a better work ethic.

I need to kill my bad habits tonight.

Peace and enjoy your journey,

 

David

 

No Excuses

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I was just exploring on a cloudy day when I saw this drawn onto the ground with chalk. I have no context for it as it quickly disappeared the next day. It’s not the best photo that I’ve taken but I explored leading lines. I realized that the “mom” part of the photo is out of focus, however, I like that element. Besides that, I am using this photo to remind myself that I need to live better, more focused, and to pursue life the way I want to.

It’s important to live life the way you want without excuses. I haven’t posted in a while but it will never be like that again. I m having a difficult time balancing everything so I’m doing my best to cut out things that don’t matter from my life and sacrificing some of what I love in order to better focus on one thing.

So I must

Process

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A simple shot based on my influences in cinema. It’s an older shot but shows how I experiment with light and shadows. Took this with a Sony Cybershot.

Back after a long time away. Won’t be taking that long of a break again. Been working and adjusting to going to college as well. It’s a challenge I’m doing my best to juggle. It’s been one week so far and I handled it alright.

I have until the 7th to decide if I need to get rid of some things in order to be a better version of myself. Recently, bought Photoshop and Lightroom so I’ll be able to explore editing more. I have a bunch of faw files waiting for me to play with them on my desktop. I’m looking forward to doing so tomorrow afternoon. I’m commiting myself to my path and eliminating options to focus while also remaining open enough to allow myself to progress naturally through life.

 

That’s it for now. Peace!

 

David

Exploring Life

Exploring while looking up. I took this with my Cybershot I believe, however, would like to take a new shot of a similar subect with my Nikon D3300. I think I made it too dark which is rare for me to say. Anyway, it’s an older picture and I can see very thing I can do to make this shot better next time. Surely but slowly I’ll improve till the day I die.

Working in retail gives me a lot of time to observe human behavior. A lot of what I’ve seen is negative as if people don’t know how to be respectful to others, products, or the employees of the store. I find so many half eaten things in random places like half eaten donuts in the freezer, half drank Gatorade behind cottage cheese, etc. Besides that, I simply think all day about what I need to do and what I truly want.

I do my best to muster energy to get things done but after this week I’ll be able to do a bit more. I’ll be working less and hopefully will be able to lose some more weight.