A Moment

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Once in a while I’ll dive into flower photography especially when I am testing out my camera settings. This was taken at Pier 39 in San Francisco, Ca late in the afternoon. Was looking for a birthday present for a co-worker. These flowers were perfect for me to test new settings out. Not much that I can say for this one but that my focusing has gotten a lot better as has my composition.

Comparing this photo to old photos of mine really makes me smile to see my progress. Anyway, learned a new task at work today that helped me to get through my shift faster. Besides that, work was basically the same. Less people have shown up and security is tighter than usual. Most people are following the six feet rule but not everyone.

Was able to get a little research done but not a whole lot. Did some drawing and was happy with the results however won’t continue to pursue developing the skill. Did a little investing and studying foreign stocks listed on the NYSE. Some people are panicking and selling everything but I’m staying the course. Haven’t picked up Japanese up again but will do so tomorrow. Going to Marie Kondo clean my room tomorrow and hopefully keep it in order.

My exercise routine has grown stall after a week, so I’ll be doing a more challenging one. Going to try to do yoga and other forms of exercise as well. Making the right choices with food and trying my best to prepare my own meals. Hopefully, there will be good results at the end but for now I am enjoying the journey.

Peace,

David

Simple Beauty & Purpose

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I enjoy capturing the simple beauty of life through roses. Their beauty doesn’t last long but it ages well until the day it dies. It doesn’t fight the natural law of living. This shot as reflects my love for playing with shadows and the film noir genre of films. One day we will all die and that is a fact of life. I will not fight death but I will fight life to live long enough to get my fill. It scares me but it is something that I’ve come to terms with.

I hope to someday be able to capture models using this method of heavy shadows. I find women from back in the 40s and 50s to be highly more attractive. Anyway, this will be a goal that I will accomplish soon. Hopefully I’ll be able to do it before this year is up.

Purpose

I am here to tell stories/create, compete, dominate, and to travel. This is my self designed purpose that calls me into the put of fire called motivation, dedication, and discipline. It’s taken me a while to come to terms with who I truly am and what I actually want to do with my life.

Through this job I currently have I’ve been able to buy the things that I need. In a few weeks I’ll be able to buy a DSLR which I will use to improve my photography and my art. I did not pick an easy path but knowing me that’s the perfect way. This job had taught me a lot and I’m more motivated than ever to get out there in the world. I just have to take it step by step and someday I will realize that I am now running free on the path that I made for me.

Be honest,

David

A Little Color

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I’m playing with color more even though I often want to switch photo to black and white. This is not my favorite photo but I enjoy the warm colors present in the shot. I would go back and edit it better. I am noticing all the flaws as I write this post. I’m simply trying things in my pursuit to improve my photographic skills.

I’ve been walked 3 miles every morning, it’s a great way for me to start the game. I’m working hard to better my mental and physical health. Sacrificing things as well, my room is looking more and empty as each day goes on. I’m sacrificing all the things that either bring me joy or it’s just something to just watch. It’s incredibly different but I’m learning to fight the suffering to improve my life and myself. It’s a day-to-day process that I will not give up even after I get what I want. I want to be great so I must become great and with that sacrifice is important.

Take time to smell the flowers,

David

Changes

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Going to update this blog daily again but with more focus on putting multiple photos in each post. This is a shot I took after walking past this area for a few days in a row. I wish I could have made the flower stand out more but I do like the shot.

 

DSC00013-01.jpeg I explored visual hierarchy with this shot. I enjoy this shot a lot, as it is probably the most creative photo I’ve taken with flowers as a subject. There are a few changes that I would make if I get another chance. I can see that my photography is growing gradually each time I view the photos for editing.

115 – Philosophy

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This shot makes me think about life whenever I see it. I enjoy the water droplets on the main rose. None of the flowers have bloomed yet so like my thoughts they are not fully developed. Don’t know much about flowers but I believe I am right. Exploring nature photography with different subjects like these.

Accomplished a bit but I am not satisfied. I failed twice today but I plan to make better choices from now on. I can only control my urges until I develop better habits. I have to face this challenge head on as I am the one that caused it.

Face your past and live in the present,

David

108 – Hokusai

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Capturing the beauty of life through a simples flower. At least this beauty is true and always exposing itself. In the future, I would get even closer to the flower so it stands out more.

Currently, watching “Miss Hokusai” a Japanese animated feature based on a mix of a manga and historical events. It’s a beautiful piece of work that is inspiring me to get to work. Been reading “Osamu Tezuka Story”, a rather large book about the godfather of manga. It’s cool to know that despite being so busy he watched one day everyday like I do now. He often worked on 8 to 10 serializations while also studying medicine. Through this book I’ve been able to see what it takes to become the best of the best. Its a long of work that never gets easier as time goes on. Got to always strive for the best, keep learning, keep improving, and do what you love.

I hope you are on your right path,

David

Day 50 – Love: Make Yourself Uncomfortable

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DSC00977-01Exploring myself and digging to the bare bones of what I am doing and why. Developing my reason why for doing these things is difficult but its a process. You have to get up and put you in a situation that makes you uncomfortable. You have to push yourself to the brink and do the same the next day over and over until it’s a habit. Afterwards, you move on and make something else a habit. You repeat this process while remembering your why and not shaking in the face of temptation.

The world will look dark and bleak but there is beauty in your struggle. You have to keep your head down and focus on improving. Be able to say no to temptation including to your friends and family. Stay focused on your goals every single day. Have your why engraved into your body so when your mind doesn’t want to do it you will do it anyway. Eventually your mind will have into your body and the two will have peace. It’s tough but if you want to change then do what must be done. This is what I had in mind when I chose this photo of mine.

Love the struggle,

David

D49 – Reflection

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Explored a new are today and caught this photo while on this adventure. I’m working up to walk 4 miles a day, at the moment I walk two and a half miles. I enjoyed playing with the shadows and nature as I was deeply thinking. I am focusing on not being lazy with the photographs and plan the shots out more.

Watched the NBA All-Star game and was highly disappointed in more than one way. I realized I that I must take my craft seriously every single time I pick up my camera and I must put out the best work I can every single time I upload something. Also, I need to relax and be more laid-back and enjoy life.

Things are starting to become clearer to me and my path is starting to form as I dig through life. Made some changes but I must change more things to become the best version of myself.  I will continue to work smart and to work hard, this is my promise to myself.

Live well,

David

D42 – Droplets of Happiness

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Editing more and more photos, trying to get better at my craft. The more I edit the more that I like it and find myself getting lost in the process. This photo simply came out of my obsessive need to capture flowers in certain stages. This shot was done early in the morning on a college campus. I was able to make the droplets stand out better than usual. I’m quite proud of this photo even if I can see how I would approach it differently the next time I took a shot like this.I don’t know about flowers in general, I simply capture them in no stereotypical ways. This stems from my first and currently only photography class I’ve taken when the teacher forbid us to take photos of flowers unless they were dead. This barrier actually fits my style better than if I took a photo of a healthy red rose.

Progressing into doing videos as well. Currently, I’m studying up on film-making in general mainly through YouTube, watching films, and shooting videos. I have a lot of video editing to do as well. Tomorrow will be an editing day and hopefully I’ll get a lot done. Been studying psychology, I’m still learning the basics of it through a used textbook. I’m really enjoying it even though it can be difficult to understand at times. I find myself understanding the more I read and review.  Overall, I am enjoying life more and taking one day at a day. This helped me out a lot mentally and hopefully will continue to do so.

Explore the world,

David

Day 34 – In the End

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LRM_20180125_112410.jpgIn the end it doesn’t matter what people want for you. It only matters what you want as only you can live your life. Try not to be anyone else but yourself. You are here for a reason and that is to live and create.

Much better day mentally. I got over my emotional hump and put myself back on the right track. Pushed myself to the limit today and currently resting before I continue to work until I can think clearly anymore. Here’s to trusting the process. 🤗

Dare to create and to live,

David