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.

120 Rest X

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Took a short break to take this shot when I was on a four mile walk. It’s simple, I wanted to capture this thing that Ive walked past many times. I might have tried to have the shot be more symmetrical but I enjoy the imperfection in this shot.

I’m starting to see an improvement in my shots and my willingness to wait for the shot I want. Was able to do some yoga that helped clear my mind enough to make some decisions about my life. Still have some things to figure out but I feel like I’m going in the right direction for the first time in a long time. The yoga session also taught me that I need to slow some things down and to live in the moment.

Will continue during yoga for thirty days to see how it impacts me down the line.

Try to complete your own 30 day challenge to improve yourself

Be free,

David

Day 99 – Building

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Caught this shot while exploring a new neighborhood on a lovely Sunday. It was taken a while ago, I love the shot but I can see the errors. I also realize by viewing this shot I do have an understanding of composition and have always been taking shots that I am interested in even if others don’t see the beauty.

Today, was a decent day, however, I have pain in my leg that I have to work out before it gets too bad. Besides that I am feeling a bit better physically. I have also come to realize that I am highly stressed and I need to unwind even though I value entertainment too much. I have to have some results before it’s too late as I have nothing but my health at the moment. I’m doing my best to kill bad habits and establish betters ones. It is challenging to say the least. I understand that I am here because of my past mistakes. I admit that and by me doing that I have become stronger. I have so much to do not only to catch up with where I want to go but also to the man I am suppose to be.

Pursue your dreams, understand yourself, and take action. Own up to your mistakes and be free.

Peace,

David

D97 – Choices

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Took this before playing some tennis. This is my schools batting cages. This area is hardly ever cleaned. I  love this shot as it is simple and combines three passions of mine: Sport, architecture, and photography. I love basketball more than tennis, however, I would have to choose tennis to pursue playing as it is easier on my body. Plus I’m only 5’9 which doesn’t help in either sport. I do play hard in both sports and would love to play on a basketball team. I just pursuing tennis as more favorable to me in the long run.

Did a lot today but I still have a lot more to do. I wasn’t able to do everything that I wanted to do, but there is still time before midnight. I’m narrowing my focus and cutting off things that don’t really help me in the long run. Also will be limiting my entertainment which I have done to a certain point which has be being more productive. Going to focus on storytelling (photography, filmmaking, writing) and fitness. I’m interested in being a traveling photography and filmmaker while also pursuing sports coaching or at least get a certificate to coach athletes one on one. I can find ways to combine both storytelling and fitness, it will be a long progress but will be truly worth it.

Combine what you love if you are lost,

David

D79 – Mistake

Looked up and captured this shot while exploring my city. I am from Sacramento but I reside in a smaller city called Elk Grove that was apart of Sacramento. So technically I am not living in Sacramento so Elk Grove is a new city to me. Anyway, I like to observe the world and this shot proves that. I’m just thankful that none of the birds dropped anything on me but it was a risk that I was willing to take.

I made a simple mistake that I confessed to. I was scared before the mistake but I looked forward to the new chance in my life. However, the mistake I made will make that change happen at a later date. I’m trying to figure out how to rectify my mistake not just for myself but for my family. I owe them a lot and I never know how much longer that I have them with me. I want to become as great as a person I can be so they can look at me with pride and leave this world knowing that I will be okay.

Keep your head up,

David

D54 – Limit

IMG_20180218_105444.jpgBeen playing with yellow a lot and pushing myself to explore new areas. This is a shot I’ve been exploring and decided to take it early in the day.

Pushed myself and walked 4+ miles in a new area. I was able to take a lot of photos but this one is not one of them. I’m still editing the ones I took today. To truly understand yourself, you have to know your limits and truly challenge yourself. I’m proud to say that I did that today.

Do something that makes you proud,

David

D52 – Fundamental

Exploring the city and myself more and more. I am truly enjoying myself and I am discovering new and old things. It has been an thought-provoking week. I’ve explored a few paths and found a simple solution. I have written up a gameplan that starts at this moment. To know who you are is a fundamental step to improving.

This photo was captured on a walk when I had a clear mind. I watched a video about Tim Duncan thus the title of this blog. If you are a true NBA fan then you know what I mean.

Be greater than you,

David

D46 – Fail and Fail again

IMG_20180129_123848.jpgA truly challenging day mentally as I continue to reach deep down to discover the truths that only I can search for and find.

This photo came to fruition as I was walking on a path frequented by retirees and cyclists. No one got in my way nor bothered me as I took shots. I was working with angles and lines while thinking of new ways for me to capture them. I know I did a good job and I have proud of it. I will continue to improve but for now I need to get to the drawing board of life.

Have a good, fun, and safe night/day,

David

Day 44

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Just going out there and seeing what I can do. I took this photo a while ago but recently edited it. The focus is yellow and the grittiness of the light rail. It’s a simple shot that I enjoy. I am aiming to simply create things I want to do, even if no one checks the photos out or this blog. Every piece of art is a hit or miss, instead of feeling down I use this as a little gas for motivating myself to go further and create even more.

Just going to keep it simple today with the little insight of my life. I’m exploring my options and problems to come up with the right decisions for me. I’m planning with my mind on many steps ahead so I never lose sight of where I truly want to be. So basically, I’m investing in the long term even if I have to struggle now. That’s it for now, back to editing.

Always speak from your heart without guilt or shame,

David

D12- Born to…

DSC05443-01I’ve asked myself the question “what was I born to do?” a lot. However, it’s hard to come up with a single thing. Whatever I choose is broad. I love photography, writing, films, and basketball. I thought I would have to keep them separate. Through walks and meditation as well as long talks with myself (not crazy) I decided to adopt them all into one. I haven’t worked everything out but I’m adopted the title of story teller rather than a specific job title. I can’t pick one I know my life would be hell if I had to choose.

This shot was one I took as I explored my photography and the paths I can take in life.

Live well,

David