Day 98 – Closer

black and white photography, sports, street photography

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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

black and white photography, Industrial photography, sports, street photography

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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

black and white photography, sports

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

black and white photography, sports

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

architecture photography, sports, street photography

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

sports

​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