Process

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A simple shot based on my influences in cinema. It’s an older shot but shows how I experiment with light and shadows. Took this with a Sony Cybershot.

Back after a long time away. Won’t be taking that long of a break again. Been working and adjusting to going to college as well. It’s a challenge I’m doing my best to juggle. It’s been one week so far and I handled it alright.

I have until the 7th to decide if I need to get rid of some things in order to be a better version of myself. Recently, bought Photoshop and Lightroom so I’ll be able to explore editing more. I have a bunch of faw files waiting for me to play with them on my desktop. I’m looking forward to doing so tomorrow afternoon. I’m commiting myself to my path and eliminating options to focus while also remaining open enough to allow myself to progress naturally through life.

 

That’s it for now. Peace!

 

David

106 – Kross

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Was resting after playing tennis for two hours when I took this shot. No one else besides my friend were in the building so it almost has an eerie feel to it as if it was an empty memory. Not my greatest shot but one that I enjoyed taking because of what occurred before, during, and after the shot.

Will be putting what I want to accomplish down on paper and commit myself to what I truly want to go after for. I would suggest the same for anyone who is lost in the world and is struggling to overcome their situation and their failures.

Take note,

David

D81 – Up

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Exploring reality with philosophy and photography. Took this shot while I was preparing to leave the local library. It’s a place that I come to when I want to do some work without my back hurting from a bad chair and to get away from my four walls. I like this library as the second floor is for adults with the bottom floor for children. It makes it quiet and a more enjoyable reading experience.

I was interested in the light and decided to take this photo as I made my way down the stairs. It’s not always like this since it’s pretty rainy lately. On this day, I explored philosophy and my own mind. When I go to the library, I get work down. I might be there for three hours and get a good amount of work done in an hour and a half. I’m still exploring my options and the library helps wonders with that. I haven’t found the simplest solution but I am working even harder on it. I’m trying to remember the Bruce Lee quote “Feel don’t think” it’s harder than you may think to put into practice.

I completed a section of a free coding camp. I wanted to think about how I feel while doing it but I focused on doing the task and told myself I will think later. I don’t know if coding is my thing as I don’t feel nothing for it and have studied it in the past. I will continue to explore and will work even harder to get to the life that I want and to be the man I know that I can be.

Stay strong and feel,
David

Shadow of Life

DSC05300-01The world is so ugly yet so beautiful. It is remarkable the things we can create but sometimes the artist is more flawed than the work they have created.

The world I see is darker than most but it has beautiful light from within. My art should represent that, as I often have forgotten that I will never forget the meaning behind what I create nor why I create in the first place. I love film noir and noh plays. I love dark visuals that reveal beauty. I settle with not having living models and capture the things the world ignores. I want to show that just because something is dark, doesn’t mean it doesn’t have light within it.

This shot is a return to what I experimented with in the beginning of this journey. I am shy/anti-social but I am breaking out to capture new subjects including live models. The floor in this building is highly reflective and the entire interior sees a lot of quality light. I wanted to capture both aspects as well as the pillars and I got my chance on a early day when no one was around. It was a trial and error process that I am proud of myself for.

 

 

D6: The Challenge of Decisions

Didn’t have the best day for the most part but it turned around when I simply decided it had to. I found more pain from inner dialogue than anything physical. It took me a while to come to grips of what I have been doing since the moment I graduated high school. That is allowing myself to run around in circles without an end to sight. I keep on returning to things because I wouldn’t make a true decision. I have had enough of it, there will never be a time where I don’t want to do a thousand things. I have to be okay with that and be willing to understand that the only bad decision I could make is indecision. That’s not me anymore, I am making small decisions everyday and sticking with them while preparing to handle larger decisions as time goes on to avoid my circle.

This photo truly represents what I was feeling a few moments before writing this post. I did not intend for it to represent what it does it jst so happened I took the right photo on the right day.

When Life is Cold

We have have a time in life when everything bad that could happen did happen. Right now, I am in this period. I have a lot of problems that are slowly crushing my shoulders with no real solution in sight. Thus this is why I decided to capture an appliance isle in a hardware store. It repersents the coldness of life through lifeless objects surrounded by steel. I feel a certain coldness from this shot like a few other of my photos. 

When life is cold, you can’t give up. Instead of sitting on my ass, I’m changing for the better. Going through self development and discovery while tackling each of my problems one at at ime. There are moments where I crash but I set up motivational objects all around me. My wallpaper for my Cellphone is a motivatonal quote, my tablet is the same as is my ps4. I have photos of my own hanging on my wall to remind me of my artistic goals. No where in my room or life can I be without being reminded of what I am suppose to be doing and why. You may slip but get up. If there is a wall, smash through the wall. It’s all a journey, so its not going to take a day to fully change but it all starts with one step one change. One simple change can lead to more small changes that end up becoming a big change. 

Baby steps turn into giant strides,

David

Have patience 

sometimes you have to just stand there waiting for the shot you want. With enough patience you may just get what you want. I was shooting pics and without realizing it this woman got into the shot perfectly. She didn’t seem to care that she was in the shot and just kept walking. I wanted to capture the hall and it’s unique colors. I love the yellow that shines when I walk through this place.

This was done with my Cybershot on a rare rainy day. Should have brought a plastic bag to cover my camera. Diy baby:)

Be forever creative,

David

Make it through

There is always light in your life even when you are being engulfed by the darkness. Open your eyes, focus and steady yourself. The darkness can be beaten just master your mind. See the light that shines through the darkest parts of life. Never give in and just keeping moving forward until you can just run as freely as you possibly can.

Taken today with my Samsung Galaxy S3. I knew the type of shot that I wanted so I waited and was able to capture it. I was rewarded for my patience. Turned it black and white to enhance the shot.

Really had a great day and it’s still getting better with about 12 minutes left. About to write like crazy and I might discover something new while having fun.

Find your light,

David

Light in your life

No matter how hard life gets just keep moving forward. If you have to fall then fall forward so when you get back up you will be ahead. Be positive and go out there to get what you want without hiding who you truly are. 

This was done inside Lowe’s, which is a hardware store. I shot it with my ZTE phone. I wanted to emphasize the lighting while working with a human rather than architecture. I’m enjoying the new struggle of adding human elements to my interior shots. Sometimes it works other times it doesn’t. It’s all about how much I get out there and shoot. The message is there is always light in your life even though you may not see it.

I just got done doing a session outside with a model. It was the first time I worked with a model who wanted me to shoot their photos. They would like me to shoot portraits of them in the future. So I’m very excited, I will make a post about it sometime soon.

Have a great night/day,

David

Wait for It

Sometimes it is the best option to simply stand there and observe your subject. They might do something you don’t expect. You should do the same when you are doing architectural photography as you might just see something interesting. Don’t just assume that there is nothing interesting about a plain building or room. You could just miss the best shot of your life.

This shot was done in the Learning Resource Center at Cosumnes River College during summer semester so there are no people in the shot. I loved the lighting used in this building so I found a moment to capture several times. I took multiple shots from different angles to see which one is the right one. I believe I chose the right one after some debate with myself. Everything was reflective so it was nice. Best thing was I didn’t have to look out for myself in the any of the reflective surfaces.

I took this picture with my Samsung Galaxy S3, once again this was before I was given my Cybershot. I love all my cameras expect for the point and shoot cameras. I just love taking pictures and capturing moments because even buildings don’t last forever.So appreciate whatever equipment you have because your gear doesn’t matter. The only thing that truly matters is how much practice you put in and how much you truly see your subjects.

 

Have a great day and have fun

-David