Progression & Reflection

black and white photography, Portrait photography, street photography

My first day/night at Bodega Bay, CA. Sadly, by the time I stopped the car at the closest beach to our hotel the light was basically gone. I managed to capture a few shots like this. I wish I captured more of his face but only a little more. It would have been nice to capture more of his eye and I think the background is perfect for a post about reflecting.

I like this shot but I feel like it needs something more. Sadly, the exposure isn’t the best, so I had to drown his with blacks in order to hide the noise. For some reason, I really enjoy the sunglasses in his hands and sadly it seems it’s to be the main focus for this shot. I would go back and capture more of his eyes while having him remove his mask or experiment more with taking beach level product photos of his sunglasses.

Unfortunately, I’ve been stuck at home for a week or so. I haven’t taken many photos, but I am planning a minor shoot tomorrow if the lighting is right and scheduling works out. I still have to reach out to models to see if I can broaden my photography skills and portfolio. It’s something that I need to do in order to progress further into this field. Also, venturing into interior photography thru watching YouTube videos and practicing out what I learn. Improving slowly with my portraits and architectural photography. I’ll get to where I want to be in the end. Just got to take it day by day.

That’s it for now, I’ll be back soon!

Look Up

architecture photography, black and white photography

A shot I took of the Kabuki Hotel in San Francisco when I went in 2021. It’s a pricy place but it’s well worth it for the atmosphere, room, and location. If you ever have the chance to stay in SF then be sure to check this place out.

A more stylized image of the Kabuki Hotel. It sucks that I only stayed there for a day but I did make sure to fully experience as much I could. Thanks to the pandemic the hot spring baths were closed but a lot of the surrounding areas were open. It’s a peaceful place to stay in a chaotic city like San Francisco. Plus it was fun to see the fog begin to roll over the hills.

Been staying more architecture photography and videography lately. Haven’t taken a picture in a while which makes me a little anxious to get back out there. Been working my a?! off in my normal job and in studying videography. I tend to make more time for photography and to continue to improve myself and my work.

Objects & Footprints in the Sand

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I saw this lock on my hotel room and was simply compelled to capture it in the most beautiful way. I believe I did a great job capturing this simple subject. This is a hobby of mine inside the broad world of photography.

Trying to set the mood for a short film about alcholism

A simple photo with no purpose. Now that I see it on here, I realize it may be too dark. This brings up the fact that I need to learn more about editing.

A shot of a couple walking the beautiful beach of Bodega Bay. I may crop this photo on the left but not totally get rid of the lone walker in the upper left. It is funny that I am looking at this photo that I see that the water is leading the eye to the lone walker. I may try to make this photo darker.

Keep up the hard work.

Atmosphere & Emotion

black and white photography, Portrait photography

Took this shot while resting in my hotel room in Bodega Bay, California. Was trying to piece together a short photographic film about alcoholism. I still might do it but for now it’s a work in progress. The bottle is actually just a bottle of water. I don’t drink anymore nor does my friend. However, my friend was on the level on being an alcoholic so I thought he would be the perfect model for this shot.

Again another shot in the hotel room. Was trying to find good angles and the right poses for this particular area of the room.

I like this shot a lot but I wish I did something to the windows to add more of a horror element. I did end up drawing a smiley face on the window for the hell of it. It wasn’t until I started to edit the photos did I realize the horror opportunity.

The last shot of this set. I like this shot only due to my friend’s expression with his eyes and mouth. It was a great shot, I don’t remember what we were talking about it but we did drive a long way so we were both tired. I believe you can truly see emotion in this shot and that is what I chase after.

Doing my best to evolve as a writer and photographer. I have some things like social anxiety to overcome but I am making the effort. I’m going to start to focus on editing more and trying to learn to retouch photos. I can see how I can improve my shots with better editing. Going to try to branch out into interior photography as well. I’m still exploring this bittersweet world of photography and I hope that I can reach the end of the path without giving up even if I never make enough to go full time. I rather try and fail than not try at all. I will be the greatest photographer that I can be and will not stop until my last breath.

Silhouette Portraits Down By the Bay

black and white photography, Portrait photography

Me and my friend woke up late from our naps after a two hour plus drive to Bodega Bay. Thus we took photos later than I wanted to and ended up arriving at a beach right after sundown. I still managed to take some silhouette-style portraits. I am grateful that my friend was willing to do this in order to develop my portfolio and my photography skills. Doing my best to branch out and explore how far I can go with photography. I need to learn more about lighting and editing. Been a little lazy with it but I truly can’t be if I want to do this as a career someday.

These are not the best photos I’ve ever take but I can see that I am getting better slowly. Through these works I can see myself thinking more and giving better directions to the model.

This one is good to me, however, I feel like this is a failure of my editing skills. I need to have the model stand out more against the background. And this shot has a lot of grain which actually fits in with the feel of the photo.

I have a few more to showcase but I will do that with another post soon. Updating this blog and doing more photography is what I am seeking to do most recently. I have to overcome the self-doubt and procrastination as well as escapism in order to achieve my dreams.

Have a good day!

Side to Side

black and white photography, Portrait photography

Took a shot of my friend on a beach in Bodega Bay, Ca recently. My friend has one eye with double eyelids while the other has one. I took this shot to see which side looked better in photographs. I am proud of this shot, the shadows work well and don’t seem to overpower his face. I like how much shadow is over his eye. It’s a simple shot but I enjoyed experimenting with it in the editing bay. I’m thankful that my friend is always willing to pose for me.

Working hard to explore life more and to understand myself more. I’m reading “Mind’s Eye” by Henri Cartier-Bresson, who was a candid photographer. His book has me exploring more about the philosophy of photography as he considered his camera to be a sketchbook. It’s a great book so far that is pretty short but a good book to read if you want to think about photography at a greater depth. I will write more about it at a later date.

I’m still struggling with self-doubt but I’m not letting it stop me from doing photography or writing. I am going to keep pushing on. It’s hard but it has to be done if I want to have the life that I want.

More later!

“In order to “give a meaning” to the world, one has to feel oneself involved in what one frames through the viewfinder” – Henri Cartier-Bresson, The Mind’s Eye

Keeping Motivation

architecture photography, black and white photography

This was taken during my trip to San Francisco earlier this year. I had a difficult time trying to capture this building with my iphone11 but somehow managed it. I love everything about this shot so it’s easy to say that I’m proud of it.

I’m doing my best to make a living for myself after quitting my miserable job and I’ve been doing well for myself. I’m still not doing anything writing or photography related for a career but at least I’m my own boss. It’s tough to stay motivated and disciplined but I’m trying my best.

I often remind myself on why I quit my job a few weeks ago which helps motivate me to take some time to de-stress. For instance, I took some time to get some exercise using a tennis wall. It’s been a long time since I picked up a racket but I really didn’t lose a single step. It felt so unbelievably nice to hit the ball against the wall. It’s simple but so freeing.

I plan to make more time to improve the other aspects of my life especially my health and my passions.

Have a good night

Kabuki Hotel – SF

architecture photography, black and white photography, interior architecture

On a whim, me and my friend paid a good $400 to spend a night at the Kabuki hotel in San Francisco. We always looked at the building from the outside but it was truly worth to see the inside. Life is too short and I want to experience it.

It was a nice visual treat to see the fog slowly roll over the hills of San Francisco from the sixth floor balcony. Plus being able to simply walk two minutes to be inside Japantown was worth the money alone.

Didn’t explore the city as much as normally would. I simply stayed in the hotel room or explored Japantown mainly with my IPhone 11. The place was packed, it was sad to see that some of the shops were closed but that’s for another post. The hotel has a beautiful koi pond with a little sand garden to spend a peaceful few moments.

The gym was bigger than I thought it would be. It featured everything you would want from a punching bag to weight benches. Sadly wasn’t able to check out the spa but I will definitely be back.

I’ve been dealing with health issues and be focused on getting money that I neglected things like this blog even though it means something to me. I promise that I will updating this blog frequently until my creative juices are tapped out.

Smile and Enjoy The Little Moments

black and white photography, Portrait photography

After a nice day and night in San Francisco. Me and my friends headed to Davis, CA to shoot some hoops and get some boba. This was my friends’ reaction to trying a new drink. We had fun talking about life and simply laughing as we learned about each other.

My coworker above slowly became my friend in a short amount of time. We simply clicked this to our mutual love of philosophy, creating, and music. We may have different tastes but we respect that and are willing to accept those differences. To me that’s how genuine friendships are created and I’m grateful for this one.

Happened to teach my friend more about photography and posing during this short trip. He was a willing student that asked good questions and seemed to grasp the various principles of photography that I taught him.

I’m not the best teacher but my passion for photography shines through despite my spur of the moment teachings that I cram a lot of things into. It was a good experience for the both of us. We walked away better creators in our respective crafts.

I’m fully pursuing photography, I’m about to purchase a new DSLR tomorrow. Still doing research about which one I will get but I have a general idea. Going to get the best one for me that will help me on my path. However, will not fixate on it and use the camera as another tool to further my pursuit of my passions. Working hard to develop the path that I truly want. It’s thought but I’m taking the baby steps necessary to do just that.

Take the first step!

-D

Soulless Garden & Pocari Sweat

architecture photography, black and white photography, Portrait photography, street photography

The few positive results of me and my friend’s journey to San Jose. We went to the Japanese friendship garden and let’s say we did not see what we expected to. Anyway, I was able to capture a few good shots with my camera (I miss it – enter crying face emoji). If you have seen my previous work then you should know that I like to play with shadows and capture people in natural situations. Some people may think that the subject of the shot is an angry participant but it’s simply a shot of my friend as we crossed the threshold of a soulless garden.

That day was a long day as we had already drove to Milpitas earlier to have some fantastic Vietnamese food before heading to Palo Alto. We managed to walk the long road to Stanford University before making the much shorter seeming way back out of the campus. San Jose was suppose to be the cherry on the top of a very good day but it was more of a disappointment than I could ever imagine.

However, me and my friend still had a blast. We managed to find this small Asian grocery store that stocked one of my favorite drinks, Pocari Sweat, which I was ecstatic to find. If you haven’t had it before, I would heavily suggest it. I generally say to new drinkers that it tastes like flat 7up or Sprite with less sugar. It may not sound good but I have hooked two people to it so far.

This journey to Palo Alto & San Jose was one of the many small trips I’ve taken this year. I also travel through my job around Northern California so I have to places that I never heard about it before like Cool, Shingle Springs, Cameron Park, and many more small towns. So this is the just the tip of the iceberg of what I have to share.

Hope you enjoy the journey that I am sharing on this site. If not and you are even more of a visional person then check out my Instagram. If you are here for the long ride, hop on and stay tuned in.

Peace,

David