Working While Working

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Always willing to take a shot even when I’m suppose to be “working”. Photography is a true love of mine and I’m always ready to take my shot. I over-edited this shot to try to see the end result. I obviously like it but I can see areas that I can improve like the floor and the walls closest to the subject.

Been working hard at my day job and not realizing how little effort I’ve been putting into my passions. I’m doing my best to incorporate more passion into my life while still getting a paycheck. Sometimes it’s tough as I’ve been getting overtime almost everyday. Even on my days off I just feel like resting.

I’m in the process of finding a new day job and redesigning this site. I’ll be dedicating more time to myself even as I’m on the clock. I experienced this at my last job but not going to allow myself to just float through life doing more work for others than myself. It’s time for a change and less resting.

I’ve got a few projects on my mind that I will be fleshing out pretty soon. Stay tuned there’s more to come!

Day 8 – Exploring

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Was walking towards the beach when I took this shot but it wasn’t until I was editing the shot did I think about flipping it upside down. It’s something I haven’t done before with color photography but I was like “what the hell”. My third trip to San Francisco was about exploring and being open. I accomplished that and I believe I took a step towards improving my photography as well. Chalk this shot up to me experimenting with my craft.

Tried to rest as much as I can today. Not only was it going to be 108 degrees today but it’s my only day off for 4 days. So I really haven’t properly rested since returning from my trip. I feel like I am still catching up. I often sit and wonder what I should do. The night before, I tend to think of something I will force myself to do. Today, it was walking to Walmart (a mile and a half away), riding my motorcycle to the library and to the post office before I could lay down. I find this helps with the emptiness I feel at times as I struggle to find something to do.

I actually favor my life on the trip, being able to go wherever I wanted and to do what I wanted. I took care of myself and walked everywhere. All I did while there was eat, shoot photos, took some videos, walked, and shopped. It was a fun experience that taught me a lot about myself. Like what I don’t like and do like about traveling, what really interests, yada yada. Basically, I learned where I stand and where I want to be. I am still a little lost but I am okay with that. I’m not rushing leaving the job that I currently have as for now it will be the foundation that allows me to pursue a career that I actually want.

There are no real paths in life because it’s made up. Your path is whatever you choose it to be. I could create a path to become a teacher or a programmer if I simply decided to. We are taught that paths are always clear. Here I am 27 years old about to turn 28 next month and I’m basically clueless. Or am I simply afraid of failing? Afraid of facing fears of communication? Submitting to my anxiety about certain social situations? The trip really gave me time to think and now I spent the last few days reflecting. I’m spending less time on my phone diving into YouTube and online manga. I’m truly allowing myself to think and force myself to sit down and simply think.

It’s one of the hardest things that I have ever done. After a while, I have the urge to do what I need to do or to do something that I want to do. I may get up for a while and pace but I force myself to sit back down and write out my thoughts and give me insight to where I am suppose to go from here.

My shot is suppose to represent me turning my world upside down and exploring life with no filters. Seeing what is truly inside of me as I decide to make my own path. It’s all just a decision and I have to make mine very soon.

Peace and sweet dreams,

David

Day 11 -Action

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Loved exploring the city and cant wait to go back. I hope to capture this place again but with more of the sky. I can see that my photography and decisions are getting better.

I have to act more than I do research but it is truly frightening. We are more powerful than we could ever imagine and we fear that. But I cant do that if I want to truly live. I’m going to shake things up but I will plan with others to do just that.

Peace,

David

When Money Comes More Choices Follow

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When to Go?

I’m looking at my situation from a different angle than normal. Hence this photo taken at a low angle. This Hall receives a lot of traffic but not once have I seen bend down and take a shot in this building besides myself.

Anyway, I enjoy the interior design of this building. The floors are highly reflective and the windows let in good light. What you don’t see is that the architecture teachers made sure that the building was designed in a way that you can see some of the inner workings. I’ll try to capture a photo in the future to showcase the cold beauty of this place.

I’m exploring the option of buying the domain name for this website in order to showcase my work and have more control. Also exploring buying the domain name for a blog that I may monetize in the future. I’m still thinking about both options but I have given myself until tomorrow to think about it.

Common questions ring inside my mind. “Am I ready?” “Should I monetize a blog from the get-go?” Yada yada. Now that I have steady money coming in I have more difficult choices to make. I am leaning towards yes to the questions I asked myself. As I aspire to be a writer and a photographer. I don’t have official experience in either one. But if I do what I want I will get some experience that may get me to where I want to go.

After writing this I decided to say yes and I will set my plan in motion tomorrow after I get off work. I’ll do a bit more research and complete the cosmetic stuff. It takes little acts of courage daily to truly go where you want to go.

Besides that, I will be posting everyday on this blog from now. It will be challenging but it is apart of what I truly love to do.

About time to go.

Live free and happy,

David

Reflection

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I love the architecture at and around Sacramento City College. I love going there when there’s not a lot of people and just snapping away. Whenever I have my camera with me I often take a few shots of a subject from different angles. It was a bit difficult to fit the whole building into the shot with my phone. I’m glad I took the time to be patient and experiment.

Took today to reflect on somethings before I start to get busy. I was able find something to aim for, things to sacrifice, and goals that can drive me to accomplish them. I still have more things to think about before the day is over but I’m not rushing it. Slowly but surely I’ll understand what I need to do.

Have fun and reflect,

David

D93 – Going Slow

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Went to my college for the first time in a while. Caught this after playing tennis and I was thankful that this place was open during spring break.

Had some chest problems today so I kept it slow today. I walked to the library and back plus a quick cardio exercise. I’m feeling better but I’m going to be resting for the rest of the night. Something has to change as I have to get more done and be less stressed at the same time. It’s a difficult task but I’m doing the best that I can with what I have.

Strive for your best everyday,

David

 

D62 – Unconventional Day

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DSC00314-01.jpeg Testing what I can do and how I could show a subject I’ve taken before in a different angle/light. I used to follow the principles but they should be at least treated as guidelines rather than set rules as you can break them.

Walked 7+ miles today, I really pushed myself, however, my body wasn’t as physically tired as it normally is after a long walk. Hopefully, that is due to me Getting stronger and my body adapting to longer walks.

It’s a process you simply have to do everyday and keep your head down as when you look up eventually you will see how far you have gotten. If you keep looking you may improve slower or simply stop what you are doing.

Honestly, I’m happy as I start to build my path better thus making my life better. My family’s life is getting better as well as I continue to improve and develop as the man that I truly am.

Dare to be unconventional,

David

Day 38 – Delete: Journey of Discovery

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IMG_20180203_160057Had a heart-to-heart conversation with myself and examined my photography. I understand I have a long way to go and that I still need to focus on the type of photography I truly want to do. I deleted photos from my instagrams, I had delete over 300 photos and was left with about 79. It made me realize that I haven’t been doing anything to improve. A lot of my shots are not straight, sometimes I focus too much on editing and not the shot itself. It’s all things that I will work on from now on. I went out and shot some basic photos at WalMart. I was able to see some problems and I have decided on what genres of photography that I actually want to do.

By no means, will I quit photography. I will however start to explore what photography truly means to me and have it be reflected in my work. One element that really inspired me was reading Stanley Kubrick’s biography on Wikipedia. I was able to see what he did and how he started. Say what you will about his films, but the man is a legend and he simply grabbed a camera and shot. I was left speechless in a way, I don’t like all his films, however, I do like his camera work. He was able to create the way he wanted and wasn’t lazy about it. Most importantly, he was a shy introvert as well. It showed me just because you are shy and quiet doesn’t mean you can’t become a remarkable photographer or a legendary film director.

From this, I decided to focus on what I want rather than what is so easily available to me. I deleted a lot of photos that were simply taken because I wanted to update my Instagram and this blog. However, that will stop now. I will focus on improving and taking my time with each shot to communicate what I want and to capture shots that have a true impact.

The photo above was an experiment I conducted in Lightroom. It was my first time using Lightroom and I explored it heavily. I like the blue tones that Guillermo Del Toro adds to his films and wanted to borrow it to see if I could make it my own. I am happy with my outcome for the simple fact that the photo is straight, I love the diversity of the colors. I do notice flaws in the shot and will continue to work on it and my photography overall.

Dare yourself to critique yourself without putting yourself down,

David

D35 – Walk Tall and Fly Like An Eagle

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Exploring reality and myself while getting out of the house. I am starting to realize some answers to questions that I have always asked myself. It’s becoming clearer to me as what to do with everything in my life. Slowly but surely I am making the necessary changes to live a better life. I know that there is a giant wave of negativity coming my way soon, however, I will not let this wave destroy me.

It’s easier said than done but I will continue to go like Eagles did against the Patriots. I’m willing to bet it all to capture every 1st down until I get into the end zone. I won’t rest until the job is done even if I have to fight every minute. I will not breakdown until all my problems are behind me.

This photo represents my journey going through life. I may be at a standstill but I am a bridge that will allow me to get to somewhere better. I enjoy this photo a lot because of the good day I was having and the overall style of the photo.

Fly like an eagle,

David

Day 32- Near Failure

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LRM_20180126_121030-1-01I need to work on my time management skills. Nearly failed but was able to upload at last minute. I’m glad I am still able to keep this going and be a man of my word. Have a lot of actions to take and plans to make. A difficult  time is upon me. No matter what choice I make, I will need to work extremely hard to stay on track.

This photo was a quick shot and practice for shooting interiors. Tried to take photos of aisles that had many colors to see what I can do with each shot. I think this shot worked out well color wise.

Make a change,

David