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

109 – Spur

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No matter how much darkness tries to corrupt your path, you must keep on moving. I took this shot at my college during a busy time. I liked the shape of the shadows so I crouched down to take a few shots when people started to get into the shot. I simply used patience to create the shot that I wanted. It is a favorite shot of mine but I can see how I can make it better. Would have stepped back a bit so the light wouldn’t be as badly reflected through the glass on the right. I do like how you can only see one of the subject’s hands. It has disappeared inside the darkness thanks to her backpack.

Watching the NBA finals, disappointed that the Spurs can’t win a single game against the Warriors. I know they can do it but they defeat themselves. I have the same problem in my own life but I’m learning faster than they are. I took a step in a positive direction today, however, I need to step a bit faster. I was filled with energy and made more positive decisions than bad ones. That’s it for now but I hope you all have a great day.

Peace,

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

 

Day 43 – Start

DSC05295.jpg Had a great day realizing what weakness of mine that I needed to work on. At times I take things too seriously and can say some things in the wrong tone. Working to rid myself of that weakness and speak from an open and honest heart while not attacking anyone.

This photo is my attempt to explore interior architecture. I’ve taken a photo of this hall before but not at this angle. My goal was to show contrast, invoke an emotion, and to work with lines. I believe I accomplished all three to some degree. I do some things I may change the next time I capture this place.

Steadily, I am seeing an improvement in my photography and art in general. It’s an exciting thing to noice especially when you pour everything into your crafts.

Day 38 – Delete: Journey of Discovery

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

Day 37 – Time

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Daring myself to explore different genres of photography and to be more courageous. This photo is a step towards positive progress. I will continue to explore street photography and explore new areas.

Been hitting the books and the streets rather than consuming media. Exploring my mind and actions to understand who I am and how I tick. I’m happy with the progress but I am not satisfied. I’m hungry and that is a wonderful thing. It’s keeping me motivated on what I am doing.

Stay focused,

David

Day 32- Near Failure

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

D30 – Up To You and No One else

LRM_20180126_121102-1-016 mile walk which was killer on my feet and back. However, I accomplished a lot and got a lot of thinking done. There’s nothing like walking long distances to clear your mind and make decisions. I am developing into a more decisive man and a man of action. Taking everyday slowly and will continue to push myself.

This photo represents care hence the sign to the right. You have to take care of yourself and what you love. I really loved the lighting of the place and wanted to figure out a good way to capture an interior like this. So far this is my best attempt at it. I will continue to try and to experiment in the future.

Day 29 – 2 String Journey and the Crooked Path

LRM_20180126_113014-1-01Watching Kubo and the Two Strings and loving every moment of it so far. It’s a beautiful film, it makes me pumped to create my own beautiful work. Still exploring styles, myself, my photography, and my design work. It’s difficult and at times I question my passions. I take a moment to look at my goals and find myself filled with confidence and a small fire. It’s a great feeling, it’s something I haven’t felt in a long time.

Not every path you take will be straight. At times the path may become crooked. Take a moment to understand why it has and rotate the situation to your benefit. This photo represents just that. The photo gives us a sense of uneasiness which is perfect for the topic at hand.

Remember to truly open your eyes,

David

Day 11 – Courage

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I’m an anti-social/shy man who has a hard time dealing with people. It is something I have worked on in the past few years. Recently, with me walking in the morning I have been able to communicate with strangers on a frequent basis. As an introvert small talk is as difficult as doing rocket science. No matter how much we study it doesn’t always work it. I simply say “Good Morning” or “Have a nice day” with this two sayings I have been able to break out of my shell. However, most days I simply don’t feel like dealing with people but I still manage to go outside and walk.

This photo is apart of a therapeutic photography project I have been doing for a while and it is apart of my artistic style. Basically, it represents the desire to  get out but darkness surrounds us and will drown us as soon as we come back into the house. I am proud of this photo despite how simple it is. I love my work and will continue to work on my photographic work.

Have fun,

D