Photographic Journey

black and white photography, Portrait photography

Took my little cousin to Lodi Lake in Lodi, CA to check out a restaurant and to walk around the lake. I’ve been introducing more and more photography principles to him as he has an interest in the field. It’s an interesting process as we can bond over our shared passion for this craft. I handed down my super zoom camera to him and once he has a better grasp of photography and wants to continue to pursue it fully then I’ll buy him a beginner level dslr. However, I don’t want to spoil him so I’m going to make him work for it.

I really love this field! At times I am swarmed by thoughts of self doubt but I step back and give myself a moment. I’ll look at my wall, which has my photos taped on 1/3 of it and just reflect. I know I’m not the best but I’m not trying to be. I am simply creating the shots that I want to and trying to be the best me that I can be. If I never get into Magnum Photos then so be it. I want to pursue this field out of genuine love even if I fail. Really just want to see how far I can go and tell a few stories along the way.

Updating this blog is a hassle until I actually sit down and write. I sometimes want to take the easy way out and just update a photo then go back to whatever show that I am watching. But I really can’t do it and don’t really want to do that. I want to present the world with what I can truly do but I believe that at times I try to do as little as possible so I can have a reason as to why I failed. 2021 is my year and I’m going to face all of my bad choices in hopes to create the right choices for me.

Been taking Skillshare courses on relevant topics which has helped me grasped certain issues I’ve had in the past and I’ve gained a lot of practical knowledge from the site. I will continue to take classes that will help me on this journey of mine. I am in the process of re-designing this website and I’m going to be more attentive to it. I have a few photo ideas that I want to flesh out. So beware that I will be having updating this more with content. Going back to my prolific creation roots.

Reno Times: A Few Portraits

black and white photography, Portrait photography, street photography

Explored Reno, Nevada a few weeks ago with my friend. He is always gracious enough to be the subject of my photography. I got lost in the moment of shooting portraits that I didn’t realize he was still wearing his mask. But I happen to like how the photos came out.

At this time I was still experimenting with my IPhone 11’s camera. I’m a little better know as I know a few tricks and gain more knowledge on pogo to graphs. I’m continuing to study daily in order to fully pursue what I love.

Whenever I run out of photos, I plan a day trip and this was one occasion. I was thinking about moving to Nevada but after traveling to Reno and Las Vegas I have no desire to do so. Anyway, I’m planning more trips this year. Will be going to Arizona, Truckee, Galt, Los Angeles, Oregon, Canada, and possibly Washington (state).

It all depends on the pandemic situation. Besides that, everything has been nice and easy. Taking the proper skill share courses to help me improve my writing, photography, filmmaking, and design skills.

I’m getting better at portraits and laying out these posts.

Peace!

Behind the Scenes

architecture photography, street photography

A shot I took after a long walk down to a rocky beach to catch the Golden Gate Bridge from a different angle. Not my best shot yet I still enjoy it. I normally don’t keep my photos colored but I let this one pass through. Kind of wish I focused more on the people, what’s done is done.

Posting this pictures brings back good memories and has me antsy for my next trip. Under the circumstances I don’t know when that they will be. I live in California, which has been hit bad by the virus. I cancelled a trip to San Francisco, San Jose, and Japan. Been dreaming about going to Japan ever since I was a kid so it is frustrating but I understand. Luckily, I still have a job, I work in a retail store. They gave us legal forms to show to the police if we are ever pulled over while we are going to work.

Work is starting to slow down which was predictable as more and more people get their supplies. The shelves are starting to get full again except for the toilet paper and paper towel aisle. Ironically, I was the one who grabbed the last bit of toilet paper today. We are taking the precautions to stay safe. I have the 4am-1pm tomorrow so I’m going to have to shut down soon.

On a brighter note, been working on developing a life plan and working on my Japanese. While take some time on my off day when I’m cleaning to do some photo editing and more writing. For now, stay safe and stay sane.

Peace,

David

Day 1 – Once Again: Accepting Failure

architecture photography, black and white photography

This is not a great shot. It is a throwaway shot that I happened to keep. My friend isn’t trying to twerk but is actually ducking so he wouldn’t be in the shot as he knew I was taking photos of the architecture in Japantown.

I’ve failed two at this 21 day challenge, both were my fault. I will be dedicating morning time to update this blog daily especially on days that I work. Won’t be too hard as I work a 4am to 1pm shift at a retail store. My job is physically demanding but my mind is left to wander. I work hard and people can see that but I don’t care. When I’m waiting for the baler to stop compressing I tend to practice writing out katakana or hiragana.

When I’m left alone in an aisle I will verbally practice Japanese or think of a story I want to write. There is time for me to do what I want but I have to make better decisions and this is what the core of the 21 day challenge was. I’ve changed it from 21 days to 32 as they say it takes 30 days to develop a habit. I will be breaking down my goals to daily habits that I can do to achieve success.

That’s it for now, peace!

David

Another Look

black and white photography, Industrial photography, street photography

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Took another shot of the same subject of the previous post. This time the first bolt is in focus while the others are blurred. I like this shot more than the previous one. I am focusing on the fundamentals of photography and trying to improve daily.

Have fun and do what you want,

 

David

black and white photography, street photography

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Practiced street photography while walking around aimlessly one day. It’s a genre that I do enjoy but I rarely take photos of graffiti because I don’t know what a lot of it means. I like how the ink really stands out. I like how I edited it but I’m sure I can still improve the shot in more than one way.

Doing my best to hang on while improving my life.

 

Take the first move,

 

David

Tower

architecture photography, street photography

Another older shot of mine with a Sony Cybershot. I didn’t edit this one either but I plan to as practice.

I am still learning how to edit raw photos in Lightroom and Photoshop. I still have a long way to go before I can call myself a decent photo editor. For now, I’m watching videos on the topic and photography in general. I’m focused on becoming a photographer but I’m open to explore wherever I go on this path of mine.

Peace for now,

David

Process

black and white photography, interior architecture, Uncategorized

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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

black and white photography, Industrial photography, street photography

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.