Taken on my second to last trip to San Francisco when I was in the aquarium. It’s not a shot that I typically take but in the moment, I felt like pressing the button. I find this color of blue to be beautiful and almost warm like a nice blanket on a chilly day.
This shot has a little sentimental value as I was with my younger brothers at the time and I was watching their smiles as they look around at the animals. It was a good moment as it was a new experience for me as well.
I’ve been thinking about this quote by Michael Jordan “Once I made a decision, I never thought about it again”. It has me reflecting on my choices and the decisions that I need to make. Also, it has made me want to work on my mental game and go out there and experience life so I can before a bit more confident.
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.
Simply looked up and captured a “T” in the clouds. It was a nice and sunny day which isn’t all too rare in California. I don’t take too many photos of the sky but this one has to be my favorite.
I’ve been meditating and listening to instrumental music first thing in the morning to slowly wake me up. It’s hoped me, I don’t feel like doing it but I forced myself to. I’m able to control my emotions more. Also been taking cold showers which is really great once you get over the initial feeling of freezing your a## off.
Overall, I’m reaching towards the sky to live the life that I want to. I’ve taken a few steps towards that live but I have to walk up a mountain before I can truly start to see more of the life that I want to life. I’m grateful for the time I have and I will not waste it anymore.
Had 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,