Doing All I Can

Portrait photography

A shot of my cousin on our trip to Lodi a few weeks ago. I normally hate how he keeps his hair (he is lazy) but today it seems like his hair adds a cool effect to the shot. Need to brighten his eyes a bit but overall I’m getting better at portraits.

Phew, been a long day! Working hard on doing what I need to do and what I want to do. In the process of studying photography and starting a few projects that I was too lazy to attempt to do. Going to be publishing two private photo books for my friends. Sometimes I really just have to kick my own ass to get myself into gear. I procrastinate so much by drowning myself in the escapism of YouTube and Netflix that I don’t pay enough attention to my true passions.

Not going to say that I will suddenly get better but I am going to say that I am forcing myself to get into the right gear. Cutting out bad habits and replacing them with good ones and working on a schedule. For instance, I always take my time to update this blog but once I actually start writing a post I can go on and on. Just have to control my urges and do what I need to do.

More soon,

D

Always Seeking to Improve

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A shot that I took in Lodi recently. This was a spur of the moment shot of my cousin as we explored the nature park around Lodi Lake. This shot is plain to me but I do like the look in my subjects’ eyes. I will go back to this shot and plan something better. I would like to take a tighter shot with more focus on the eyes. I will need to work on my backgrounds as well as my editing. I’m looking forward to the process.

I finished work late today but I was highly motivated to work on my passions. Thus I spent the last thirty minutes editing photos and writing this post. Currently, studying product photography before I jump back into portraits. I built my own makeshift light box to dabble with my Gundam models. My next post might be about that, we will see soon. Going to be taking this more seriously and get out of my comfort zone by taking more portraits of different people. I still have to get comfortable with my new camera (Nikon D5200) and with portrait photography but it is something that I really want to try yet it strikes me with fear so I truly know that is my next step.

I want to see what happens when I put 100% of my heart and effort into this. Even if I fail I’ll be proud of my effort if I gave it my all.

Peace,

D

Photographic Journey

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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

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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!

Smile and Enjoy The Little Moments

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After a nice day and night in San Francisco. Me and my friends headed to Davis, CA to shoot some hoops and get some boba. This was my friends’ reaction to trying a new drink. We had fun talking about life and simply laughing as we learned about each other.

My coworker above slowly became my friend in a short amount of time. We simply clicked this to our mutual love of philosophy, creating, and music. We may have different tastes but we respect that and are willing to accept those differences. To me that’s how genuine friendships are created and I’m grateful for this one.

Happened to teach my friend more about photography and posing during this short trip. He was a willing student that asked good questions and seemed to grasp the various principles of photography that I taught him.

I’m not the best teacher but my passion for photography shines through despite my spur of the moment teachings that I cram a lot of things into. It was a good experience for the both of us. We walked away better creators in our respective crafts.

I’m fully pursuing photography, I’m about to purchase a new DSLR tomorrow. Still doing research about which one I will get but I have a general idea. Going to get the best one for me that will help me on my path. However, will not fixate on it and use the camera as another tool to further my pursuit of my passions. Working hard to develop the path that I truly want. It’s thought but I’m taking the baby steps necessary to do just that.

Take the first step!

-D

Another Year and Many Journeys Ahead

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A shot of my friend in San Francisco. Working hard on taking better portraits!!!

Boom! Like that 2020 is over and 2021 is upon us. I hope that everyone has a much better year this time around. I don’t have many trips plan this year except for two: Las Vegas, NV to Phoenix, AZ to Los Angeles, CA & the biggest trip to Tokyo, Japan. I’m truly hopefully that I will be able to finally fulfill my childhood dream of walking through Japan. We simply have to wait and see with the pandemic. At least I have a lot of opportunities to stash more cash than I normally would.

Planning to leave my job for another one as soon as I can find a better one. It’s not my new years resolution but it’s the first goal I want to accomplish this year. I’ve outgrown my current job and would like to explore another industry while pursuing photography. Been taking my fair share of Skillshare courses and I’m almost done with a flay lay course. I’ve been experimenting a lot with food photography and going outside of my comfort zone.

Have been experimenting with YouTube which I will write about in length in a post in the near future. I only have two resolutions this year: 1. keep my room clean 2. Get closer to being the best version of myself. I have a long road ahead of me but I’m here taking the baby steps necessary to sprint towards my next journey and be able to truly grow.

Happy new year and dare yourself to live!

A Little Fun

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A shot of my friend posing in front of a wall of flowers at a milk tea cafe in Sacramento. We were poking fun at all the girls posing with their drinks infront of the wall. You would be shocked at the number of girls that were doing that. As soon as my friend moved away, a few more girls lined up to take selfies in front of the wall of flowers. It’s thanks to my friends that I’ve been able to practice taking portraits and becoming more confident as a photographer.

Working harder to improve myself and my life. I’ve applied to ton of jobs with very little interaction. I do have an interview on Tuesday and another one on Thursday. The needle is moving, I hope to hear back from a few more jobs before I go on Tuesday’s interview.

Haven’t found the time to study photography or editing but it’s in my queue for tomorrow especially since I’ll be off on Tuesday. Been sleeping a lot after work which leaves me very little time to get things done. It’s a habit that I’m trying to stop which very little improvement. However, once I gradually get back into shape I’m sure things will improve.

Changed my diet a bit, I’ve noticed that it improved my energy levels at work. I’m still experimenting as what I’m doing is just a temporary thing as I continue to find what works for me. I’ll be forcing myself to better my diet with fruits and veggies. It’s going to be hard but I want the results so I must do the actually work.

Get to work,

David

Reflection

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A shot of my friend as we wait for our boba milk teas at Cafe Hana in San Francisco’s Japantown. I’m grateful that my friends don’t mind me taking photos of them while on our trips. It helps me practice my skills and makes me energized when I capture a good shot.

Yesterday was a very productive day for me. I was able to completely clean my room and get most of it organized. Did work for my side hustles & made a little cash. My investment portfolio is up at the moment. I’ve been studying investing practically everyday and I’m learning how to apply what I learn successfully.

I’m taking to reflect on my life and current choices that I need to make. I’m doing the little things that will improve my life because they eventually will turn into something big. I have a lot to achieve and no excuses to not go after what I want. Now is the time while I am still young.

On a side note, really need to learn how to edit photos better. I’ll be going back to my Golden Gate Bridge photos and re-editing them as I am not satisfied with them. It’s good motivation for me to actually start to dive into gaining more in-depth knowledge about the editing process.

Well got work in a few hours, so I’ll end it here with a good night/morning.

Peace,

David

Little By Little

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A portrait I took of my friend as we waited for a light to change in San Francisco. Working hard to improve my portrait skills in order to improve as a photographer and hopefully find myself in a studio. I like how his hoodie is, it adds a little detail in this shot. I’m proud of the progress that I’ve made with my photography but I definitely know what my weak points are.

Currently, I’m researching new lenses for my nikon D3300. I’m thinking about a 35mm or a 55mm. I’ve been using the kit lens this whole time and would like to see what I can do with a new one. Tomorrow, I will decide which one to get after watching a few YouTube videos. I want to get two lees, one for portrait photography and a versatile one for street, portraits, and travel. I’m planning to go on many trips once this pandemic is over.

Also make get a second camera, one good portraits or video. Looking to shoot short films and videos and I’m not the biggest fan of the video side of my Nikon plus would like a flip out screen. It’s something that I will decide soon after doing some more research.

Making a plan to do 23 & Me, so I can finally see my ethnic makeup. I’ve been told many things by family members in the past but none of them seem truly fruitful so I want to take the test. Plus I’ve always been interested in this kind of thing. I will order a kit in the upcoming weeks.

Things are starting to roll for me, I’ve started to instill discipline in myself and better my work ethic. I’m proud to say that my room is clean and organized. Started to work out again and I am watching what I eat. I need to just start writing again, seeking writing projects, growing my photography platform, re-design this site, design a portfolio site, put together a professional photography portfolio, publish a book, and learn Japanese. I’ve got a lot on my plate and I will get it all done as it’s what I truly want.

Working hard to improve myself and in effect my life. Decision making is hard but it’s a must.

Peace,

David

Another Hall & Another Step

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Guess I lied in the last post but this one should be the last one I took in the Japantown restaurant alley. I remember that I purposely tried to take a shot this hall from a different perspective. There is a lot more light which is reflective due to the time of day I took this shot. You can see people entering and even people checking out the food displays. I like the simpleness of this shot and I am glad that I took it. However, I might have waited a bit more to see I could create a more interesting background. What can I say, I like to capture life.

Phew! A day off after three days of retail hell in a mask that is perfect for the quarantine but not for working like hell. Made sure to rest a lot today while still leaving time to be productive. Really focusing on my weight and health plus education right now. I know that I can’t change my job right now so I’m focusing on educating myself and gaining experience that will enable to start a new career once this is over. My weight has gone up and down forever but I’m trying my best to make sure to drop weight and gain muscle. Not looking to get ripped but jacked enough to rock nba jerseys. Haha anyway, I will make a post with my before and after photo once I drop all the weight.

I’m thinking about transiting this blog into a lifestyle/self development blog as it basically already is. Want to take a crack at making blogging a side hustle. Would buy an another site to use a portfolio for my photography and link it to this one. My brand is scattered at the moment, I’m showing no growth except for here. I am trying to merge my creative projects into one so It’s easier to recongize and manage. The international marketing course I am taking is really affecting me in a positive manner.

My goal for this site has always been to promote my writing and my photography. When I posted my photos in the beginning, I only wrote about my photos and that’s it. I experimented once and didn’t write anything. I found myself wanting to write more and more. So someone in my life told me I should try to combine the two. So this has been an experiment as will upgrading this blog to a business one. I’m waiting for the next check to come as I had an unforeseen expense that I had to take care of. Before I do though, I will make sure to formulate a VSA plan and see what I want to go with this.

I’ve ran a few blogs in the past on various topics like anime reviews, youtube channel reviews, k-drama and Korean entertainment news, ans film reviews. None of them were for profit except for the Korean one. I saw very little success but I was passionate about them at the time. However, this is the first time I ever put money into buying a domain name and building a WordPress website. I think the next best step for my writing and photography career is to upgrade this site and to manage my personal brand better.

I want to create for a living which is an extremely hard thing to do especially during times like these. However, I am learning about business and investing as I also want to own my business in the future. I’ve directed short films, filmed a short documentary, filmed an interview, wrote poems, worked on student animation films, etc. I enjoy the process of just doing and I had to hammer that in. I get caught up in the shit I don’t like like editing. I found myself disliking the idea of editing but once I sit down and do it I enjoy the process. For me to succeed I will really need to focus on the last part and get things done.

This is the longest post I’ve written in quite a while. I may do it more often as it felt good to unleash my thoughts. That’s all from me for now, I got the 4am shift so I’m about to get ready for bed.

Enjoy yourself and enjoy your process,

David