Day 98 – Closer

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This shot was accomplished after many bouts of trial and error on a decent day. My current camera’s ability to capture things in motion is questionable at best. So I had to take many shots before it come out just right.

I’m exploring myself by trying to analyze myself from a neutral mindset as if I was analyzing another person. Its quite challenging but I am getting results.

That’s it for today, I need to rest up as I’m under the weather again. 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

Shadows of Doubt

Will it go in or will she commit another fault? The shadows hide her face as she ponders this. Caught the ball as she was bouncing it. I felt like this shot would be better in black and white to convey doubt. The other players face is too far away, but he ponders the same question. I believe you need to breathe and simply focus on the task at hand. Forget the last shot and keep going. 

Pose of Victory

A tennis player showcases how he slices the ball. When it does it, it’s a pain to hit because you have to guess how the ball will land. We took a tennis class together, so I was able to see his grow from the beginning. I may edit this photo, I’m still experimenting since I want to improve as an artist in general. I’m still new to action photography, but whenever I am not playing I am capturing my friends playing. 

Passion is a business

No matter what your passion is, it’s apart of someone’s business. Eventually most of us want to make our passions apart of our work/business. The thing is sometimes money gets in the way. You may not produce the work you dont like because the client likes it or you’ll simply do work for money. 

Or you may just lose your passion after being fired, laid off, etc. We must ask ourselves why we started our work and what our passion truly means to us. We can’t allow anyone to take our passions away from us. 

I’m a big time basketball fan and d-league hopeful. Recently, my hometown team traded a superstar calibur player. He came back here to say goodbye and it was amazing to see the emotion he exposed as he choked on his words. The team used him as an escape goat for all their problems but he is not letting that ruin his passion for playing basketball nor for helping the people of this city. 

I’m sure he told himself it’s just how we do business. No matter the odds never lose your passion and keep charging on.

This photo was taken in downtown Sacramento at night. I was about to get in my car when I turned around to see this. I uploaded a black and white image but today I show it without editing. I wanted to capture the spirit of the team and the hotel that was showing the teams logo on its side. I love the lights on the top and all the colors that don’t seem to be overbearing. I’m trying to evolve as an artist and photographer. I will be attempting not to make all my images black and white. It will be a challenge but one I must take to improve.

Aim higher than the moon,

David

Game of Life

​Someone loses and another win. That’s life but you cant lose all the time. Eventually, you’ll get the W. Just keep your head up and keep going all out until you left everything on the court, field, gym, etc. Then if you lose you’ll still be proud that you gave it your all.

Try and try again, do it a thousand times if you have to.

Smile,

David

Don’t defeat yourself

Don’t allow yourself to quit. Sometimes all we need is a moment to breathe and calm down. Close your eyes and allow yourself that moment. When we get too angry or frustrated we end up making it worse. We have to forget and move on.

Dwelling on mistakes will just cause more. The more you try to be perfect the more you will fail. Don’t get down and simply be the best you can be. 

This shot was taken at Cosumnes river college with members of the unofficial tennis club. One player was simply making too many mistakes that was costing him the game. I simply sought out to capture his mood. 

Outwill yourself,

David

Shadows on the court

Nothing like some good tennis to get your day started. I was able to take a few shows before getting some practice in. I love experimenting with shadows and lines. I wanted to show that you want the ball to be on the other side of the court. You always aim above the net not at it. Meaning you must set hug goals for yourself and an even higher one. 
You can win a point after a long volley, an excellent ace, or even a smash. Whatever it takes score all the points you need to capture the win aka your dreams. Never give up and never give in.

You can do it!

David

Merge what you love and you will be the greatest 

One great way to be a better photographer is to merge what you love. Take shots related to your hobbies or what you love. I love basketball I often take photos of basketball hoops and courts whenever I go to new ones. Your love of your subject will come through the photos making it even better.

It’s like when you take a photo of your lover your emotions and their emotions can truly shine through. This makes the photos better in my opinion. So merge your love of photography with outside interests and you will find yourself taking more quality photos and you will expand as a photographer. 

Get those shutters going,

David