Progress

nature, nature photography

I don’t remember taking this shot but I did. I’m 99.9% sure that I took it in San Francisco maybe somewhere in Japantown. I habit of not taking photos of flowers due to a course I took many years ago. Anyway, when I was editing this shot I couldn’t decide on how to edit it. I simply made the flowers stand out more and add a bit more color to the entire shot. So this is really just a work in progress that I felt like showing. I like the shot but if I could go back I would try to capture the table at a different angle.

Managed to a decent amount of things today. Of course, studied the stock market and made a few more moves. Even cracked open the investing 101 book that I’ve been meaning to read. Going to be following more investing YouTubers when I can find some quality ones. Plus a co-worker told me about a stock site that I have to check out before I see him again.

Read “Innocent” by Avi Arad, Junichi Fujisaku & Yasung Ko. It was okay, I really enjoyed the story later on in the book and I enjoyed the art style except for when it came down to the angels. It’s one volume and not too thick of a manga so they tried really hard to tell a good revenge story. It was unique to say the least. Next up will be “All You Need Is Kill” by a few people haha. It’s the book that the Tom Cruise’s movie “Edge of Tomorrow” was based on. Probably the best American adaption of a Japanese manga.

Went on a walk and rode my motorcycle as well. I really enjoy doing both and will have to try to muster enough energy to do both of them after work so I just don’t plop on my bed and crash after work. Besides that, I played some games and cooked. Doing my best to improve my diet and exercise. I find that if I cook my own meals I tend to snack less and I’m able to control my cravings more.

Managed to work on my goals for this site and the other that I want to start. I will dedicate tomorrow to changing this blog and pursuing my passions. I go back to work on Saturday and will work until Tuesday. Also will be looking for a second job so if I’m able to get one then things are going to be tight. However, I will still dedicate my time and energy to this site and to my other endeavors. It will be hard but it is worth it.

Anyway, I hope life returns to normal for you all. Have fun, try to improve things, and simply pursue life.

Peace,

David

A Moment

nature photography

Once in a while I’ll dive into flower photography especially when I am testing out my camera settings. This was taken at Pier 39 in San Francisco, Ca late in the afternoon. Was looking for a birthday present for a co-worker. These flowers were perfect for me to test new settings out. Not much that I can say for this one but that my focusing has gotten a lot better as has my composition.

Comparing this photo to old photos of mine really makes me smile to see my progress. Anyway, learned a new task at work today that helped me to get through my shift faster. Besides that, work was basically the same. Less people have shown up and security is tighter than usual. Most people are following the six feet rule but not everyone.

Was able to get a little research done but not a whole lot. Did some drawing and was happy with the results however won’t continue to pursue developing the skill. Did a little investing and studying foreign stocks listed on the NYSE. Some people are panicking and selling everything but I’m staying the course. Haven’t picked up Japanese up again but will do so tomorrow. Going to Marie Kondo clean my room tomorrow and hopefully keep it in order.

My exercise routine has grown stall after a week, so I’ll be doing a more challenging one. Going to try to do yoga and other forms of exercise as well. Making the right choices with food and trying my best to prepare my own meals. Hopefully, there will be good results at the end but for now I am enjoying the journey.

Peace,

David

Day 22 – Do You

architecture photography, nature photography

Developed a new habit of taking photos of people taking photos. This is such one that I took on my third trip to SF. Not my best as I can still how I could have improved this shot. Might go back in and crop the left side a bit and in terms of the actual shot I would not cuff of the roof of the building. However, I like that I captured the guy with his head turned as he is moving and a woman taking a shot with her cellphone. Currently, just trying to develop better habits.

Day 7 – Free

black and white photography, nature photography, Portrait photography

Another shot on the beach, the horizon line isn’t perfect straight but I like that effect for this shot. Not my favorite shots nor my best but it gets what I sought to do right and that is to capture a moment and to tell a story. Was carefully examining the area around me and captured whatever caught my eye. I waited and experimented with different shots as one should. It was a freeing experience to stand there taking photos of the beautiful water and the interesting people near it.

I will not fail today! I’ve been up since three am and worked for 8 hours then spent 8 hours hanging out with my friends. It was pretty nice day too (besides the heat). I noticed some improvements in verbal communication as I was able to get my point across sooner and spoke clearer. So it’s a nice little step that I have to keep on improving. It does hurt a bit when I fail at communicating properly but I do my best to kill the negative and use the failure as an opportunity to reflect and learn from my mistakes. so I’m not doomed to repeat them.

Had a nice day with my friends, it’s been a while since we stayed out late. We at some pretty good food, traveled a bit to explore new stores and spent a few hours on top of a parking lot just talking. These are some truly fun moments and I really would like them to continue longer but we all have responsibilities. We share a bit and listen a bit. We learn from each other and we can have open discussions about anything. It’s really good for my mental game and gives me the chance to work on some of my weaknesses.

I will share photos of this eight hour journey with my two best friends later. For now, however, I will have to cut it short. I could write longer but I must rest or I’ll stay up the whole night drown in conflicting thoughts. I am proud of this short post but will continue to write longer posts and give my all to my craft.

Peace and sweet dreams,

David

Day 3 – Baby Steps

black and white photography, nature, nature photography

After completing my goal of walking to the beach I took a shot of this bird. It was making noise but it didn’t appear to be angry, however, I still made sure not to get too close. I still got close enough to shoot the bird while it was in the progress of making noise. Not something that I am able to do a whole lot of lot. I treated the trip as a way to fully experiment with different genres of photography. A big city like San Francisco is a perfect place to do that. I wish I was able to get the bird’s eyes in the shot as they are really hard to see. Anyway, I still like this shot and the memory behind it.

Going to try to take baby steps towards the life that I want to have. I have to realize what I want then take action. Once, after reading a tennis manga ironically called “Baby Steps” I decided that I want to try tennis. A few weeks later, I took a tennis course at college and have been playing it for two years now. I wanted to go on a trip with my friends, two months later that we went to San Francisco together. Just got to get off my ass and figure out what it is that I truly want without any background noise.

It’s easier said than done but it must get done or else I will live a life that I simply don’t want. I have made a few small decisions everyday in order to practice making more important decisions to make it a little easier on myself. I’m still so far away from where I want to be and that’s how the self doubt creeps into me. I simply have to beat the hell out of the negative thoughts and keep taking baby steps towards a goal.

Not much happened today, I did a good amount of research but besides a walk I treated today as a rest day. I’m going to be super busy starting next week as I will have to balance a few things in my life. Will work harder and do what I want.

You do the same. Peace,

David

Day 2 – Fly Hitch

black and white photography, nature photography

I did my best to capture the birds as they were starting to fly away because of a dog that was in a previous shot that I shared. It was a beautiful sight, the birds simply flew in a curve and landed in the same spot. They gave no f*cks about the dog or the people walking by them. I really like the fog in the shot, it gives a mysterious vibe that really showcases the location.

Didn’t get much sleep last night, so today I was pretty damn tired after work. Yet still managed to study Japanese and set up my schedule before taking a quick nap. A blackout occurred around 9:30pm so I wasn’t able to keep up my schedule of releasing posts at 9ish.

Typically on Tuesdays I will rent a few movies and relax while watching them after work. Rented The Hustle (meh), Bright Burn, and Isabelle. Resumed walking a few miles around 6pm. Today, was the first time since I’ve been back from my trip. I had to force myself but once I was out on the streets I enjoyed the experience. Will do my best to make it a daily habit again but can’t promise myself as it’s going to be in the 100s again this week.

I did research jobs and projects that I could join/or apply to. I will do more research after watching Brightburn. There is a tiny hitch as most of the jobs that I researched, they would require me to commute to San Francisco. Which sounds fun but isn’t feasible at the moment. I can see myself living there but at the same time I couldn’t as I know that the quality of living isn’t the best. I can see that from all the homeless and from stories I’ve heard about the rent in the city.

Working on educating myself to increase my chances at landing a better job. So little by little I’m getting off my ass and putting in work. I am not trying to be a scrub for life.

Now go enjoy the night/day,

David

Editing

black and white photography, nature photography, Uncategorized

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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

Calm

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Experimented with nature and the color blue one decent day as I walked. The blue could pop more, which is something I will work on when I boot up Lightroom the next time.

Doing my best to stay calm in stressful situations. I actually got a lot done and hope to be able to do more tomorrow. Hanging out with a co-worker/friend for a while outside of work was pretty cool. I’m able to be myself without restraining myself due to being in the workplace. Working hard to become better and do better. Chasing the best version of myself slowly.

Was able to start riding my motorcycle with confidence. Will continue to develop a better mindset that will enable me to stay cool, calm, and collected.

 

Peace,

David

Exploring

nature, nature photography, street photography

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Was making my home and noticed this little guy resting on a fence near an empty field. I captured many shots of this little critter. I like this shot a lot but I don’t believe it’s the best shot that I captured with this subject. I am simply exploring my photography skills and my camera.

Working on my career when I am not at my retail job. I am exploring what will help me in the future and what I can do now to create the future that I want. It’s hard but it is a worthy challenge. I have to remind myself of why I am doing all the things that I am doing and it helps me get through the difficult times(especially at the retail job).

I hope that my path beings to unblur, unlike this little guy.

Have fun,

 

David