Striving to Improve

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A type of photography that I don’t do much is animal photography. However, I am still exploring my camera and what I can do at my current level. Also trying to gain experience using Lightroom. This dog is known for being chill unless you have a vacuum. He stood still for me an was looking at me the whole time. I simply wanted to practice my photo taking and editing skills. I think I did a good job but I’m sure there is room to improve.

Took a much-needed rest day. Tested out my Xbox One and what it can do compared to my Ps4. Did a lot of soul searching as well and making some progress. Still, have a lot more to go over and I still have to study for a test that I am taking tomorrow. A lot to do but I am enjoying most of it.

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

Exploring Life

Exploring while looking up. I took this with my Cybershot I believe, however, would like to take a new shot of a similar subect with my Nikon D3300. I think I made it too dark which is rare for me to say. Anyway, it’s an older picture and I can see very thing I can do to make this shot better next time. Surely but slowly I’ll improve till the day I die.

Working in retail gives me a lot of time to observe human behavior. A lot of what I’ve seen is negative as if people don’t know how to be respectful to others, products, or the employees of the store. I find so many half eaten things in random places like half eaten donuts in the freezer, half drank Gatorade behind cottage cheese, etc. Besides that, I simply think all day about what I need to do and what I truly want.

I do my best to muster energy to get things done but after this week I’ll be able to do a bit more. I’ll be working less and hopefully will be able to lose some more weight.

Working

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Not bad, but I will have to go back and edit it some more to make the subject a bit brighter. Caught this while walking one day and took several shots of this shot before it disappeared. It’s normal for me to take shots like this daily. I take shots of random subjects and willing to fail in doing so. I treat it as a learning process and will continue to do so to improve.

I’ve been working hard and saving up money. I’m debating on buying Photoshop and/or Lightroom from Adobe. I will have to do research as I do need an editing software that can handle RAW photos. I have a good amount of photos that I need to edit so I will need to decide. My problem is I don’t want to make monthly payments on anything right now. The downside is that my photos will sit on my desktop just begging to be edited and uploaded. Will take some more time to consider my options.

Besides that, I am trying to improve my life by improving myself. Still looking for another job and hopefully one in photography or at least one with videography. Will keep my head up and enjoy the now.

Peace,

 

David

 

Maturing

Stopping a lot to ponder what really matters to me. I fully understand what I need to do and how it differs from what I want to do. Likewise with how I know what I need versus what I want to buy. I’ve done well in controlling impulses to buy things that I really want.

The main reason for this, is that I understand what I need. I’m a shy introvert but I understood I need to be more social. I have made better attempts at doing so and it’s working for the most part. To do photography and writing I have to break out of my shell to do what I love. It’s not something I want but it’s something I need to do.

I’m sacrificing the now for later and spending my money wisely while saving up. I plan to invest in the future, but will start with mutual funds for a while. I’m doing what I am responsible for and slowly but surely my life is getting better. I like that more and more in my room is becoming mine.

Be responsible and have fun,

David

Having Fun

Talked about cameras with a person who really knew his stuff. It was a lot of fun and had me itching to upgrade my current setup even more. Currently, debating on getting a Canon t6 or a Nikon D3300. I will make a decision by Thursday. It’s a tough choice, do I go with the cheaper option or the most recommended option? Is a question that’s been haunting me all day.

Anyway, this photo is a bit older. I was experimenting with editing and the color yellow. I left the man walking in the shot because of his yellow shirt. It seemed to fit the flower. I like the spider web that’s wrapped around the stem. I enjoy this shot and hope to continue to take better shots.

Have fun,

David

Knowledge

Sometimes the best teacher is yourself and a book. Other times it’s getting outside and living life. I’m anti-social introvert with the habit of talking too low and fast, which causes me to stumble over my words. I’m trying to overcome it, but I understand it takes time.

Every passion I want to turn into a career is a gateway to another thing and can be self taught rather easily. The more photos I capture pictures and experiment the better I get. The more I gain pencil mileage the better writer and artist I become. It’s a slow process that I will allow to consume me. As an iron addict once said, “you got to be obsessed with it” – CT Fletcher.

I realized a while ago I learn best when I am doing something hands on. I don’t like to sit in a classroom all day. This was also evident at my job when I was forced to watch videos all day. I actually learned more in one hour on the floor than I did while cramming a ton of videos.

Reading books is great for you, but you need to make time to write your own life story through your experiences. Your life is your story and only you can write it.

Experience and put it your mileage,

David

Walking Alone

Realized that I may walk alone but I am not lonely. I don’t have a true friend only people that I talk to or meet up with once on a while. I’m fine like that, I’m an introvert and my photography seems to showcase that.

I’m working on myself and I tend not to have time to do much else. I do spend time with my family when I can. Now, I’m exploring my options and diving deep into the technical side of my passions. Will be learning the inside and outside of cameras and technical photography terms. Also working on my grammar and sentence structure. A rough road is ahead of me, but I’m looking forward to the challenge.

Going to be looking for a new job as well.

Always be willing to learn as you are willing to teach. Peace,

David

Road

Where am I going? Where have I truly been? I don’t know nor do I fully expect to. I want to fully know, but the harder I try the less confident I become. I am a writer, photographer, mentor, and artist. It’s out there in the universe, I’m trying but I could try even harder.

I haven’t brushed the lips of success yet. I do get discouraged but I keep going. I understand that if I stop then I might as well be a empty shell working a dead end job and never leaving to explore the world.

It’s hurt but that’s life. Traveling down the only road that I’ve ever known..

Sleep well,

David