Right Direction

black and white photography, Portrait photography

Always saw these girls pose with their drinks in front of this flower wall at a local boba shop and had to poke fun at them. This is not the best shot that came of that experience but it is a decent one. I took it with my old Samsung J7 Sky. Would love to go back to retake it with a better camera but for a few reasons that won’t happen. Really shows me that I need to get the shot that I want so I won’t look back at the photos later consuming the imperfections.

Anyway, finally printed out my first photo book. It was a good experience that taught me a lot. It’s a simple process to print a book but there’s a lot that goes into it. I have a lot of work to do but I fully fell in love with the experience and plan to release an official photo book in the near future. The one I printed out was a private one meant for my group of friends.

I can honestly say that I am developing more confidence as a photographer. It’s been a long process for me due to being lazy and always doubting myself. But this is what I want to do and need to act accordingly. I have made some changes in my life and stop myself from doing things that don’t help me out at all by thinking to myself “how does this help me be the best version of myself?”. It’s helped steer me in the direction. It takes willpower but I decided to become a more dedicated man.

I’m making more time to create, edit, and upload my work while still learning thru Skillshare. I’ve taken three courses so far: T-Shirt Design Workshop, Food Photography, and Flat Lay Photography. I’ve been dabbling in food photography and have become more conscious of my food photographs. I haven’t dived too much into non-food flay lay photography but will be doing so pretty soon (probably after I finish writing this).

I will be posting at least twice a week on this blog and almost everyday on my social media.

Instagram:

Personal: Storyteller (@drdr2x) • Instagram photos and videos

Portraits: David Robbins (@davidrobbinsportraits) • Instagram photos and videos

Architecture/Street: David Lee (@davidl.robbins) • Instagram photos and videos

Facebook: (1) David Robbins Jr | Facebook

There’s going to be a lot more quality content from me but I will have a few hickups as I continue to grow as a photographer, artist, and as a man.

Thank you and have a good day/night,

David

Experimenting with Drone Photography

architecture photography, black and white photography

A shot of the parking structure at Cosumnes River College. Was heading out with my friends when one of them allowed me to use their drone to shot some shots last year.

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I truly experimented with what kinds of shots that I wanted while still exploring the limitations of the drone itself.

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Wondering which direction I should take my experimentation.

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My favorite shot of the experiment. I enjoy the overall pattern and the breaking of the pattern despite the structure not being captured straight. I was proud of this shot, so much in fact that it’s hanging on my wall.

It was my first time experimenting with drone photography but hopefully it won’t be my last. Sadly, my friend’s drone was stolen and I never made an attempt to buy a drone myself. So I have to simply wait and buy a drone myself if I ever want to experiment again.

It was truly a good learning experience, I would suggest any photography and/or videographer take part in their own drone photography experiment.

Life is a Complex Beauty

architecture photography, black and white photography

I find comfort and risk in taking photos like this one. It is a simple photo of a darkened hallway but I find myself drawn to taking these kind of shots. I like the beauty of the darkness and gorgeous contrast of the light finding it’s place in the hall. I have a few photos on my bedroom wall so I can always look and reflect on certain shots. A lot of them look like this or have similar effects. I am proud of myself and proud of how far I’ve come from my childhood point and shoot days.

For a moment there I was struggling with self doubt but still kept my head up. I had to really take a step back and tell my self doubt that “I’ve got this”. It’s worked so far. It’s a struggle but I will continue to pursue my freedom. Sure, I’ll get lost at times but I will just pave another path until the day I can truly say that I am free and that I am home.

Day 20 – Keep it Going

architecture photography, Uncategorized

Dead tired, work 8 hours then traveled two hours to San Francisco but I’m hella happy. I had a good time with my family. I even let my three brothers have turns using my camera. All of them seemed to like it and one of them taught the others how to hold it properly. I’m a proud big brother. This shot is from Old Sacramento, I took it on the 6th. I didnt edit it but I’ll show it one I make it better. Peace and enjoy the time with your loved ones,

David

Exploring

architecture photography, black and white photography, street photography

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I find myself doing things that I don’t normally do in order to improve myself. I’ve been spending a good amount of time with my two friends. This shot was taken in a field in one of my friend’s neighborhood. I’m drawn to machines and steel. I like to take shots like these especially when there are wires and the weather is perfect. This shot has a dark feeling to it like it’s showcasing an upcoming storm.

Wanted to capture some of the birds that were hanging out but I did manage to capture one in flight and a few on the top. Now that I’ve studied this shot a bit more, it happens to remind me of Hitchcock’s Birds. It’s a film that I enjoyed especially since I watched it with my grandma who first watched it when she was a little girl.

I’m exploring my options and taking time to truly think.

Words are nice but action is better,

 

David

Let it Be

black and white photography, street photography

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A simple shot I took while leaving work one day. I really love the rain and have yet to capture a shot that I truly enjoy. This one is close but I have a lot of work to do. Thinking about trying out another lense.

 

Going to San Fran tomorrow, I’m excited! There will be a lot of opportunities to take some great shots. Hoping that we don’t run into too much traffic while there. Working on getting a better education in the things that I am passionate about. Stay tuned for that and much more.

Enjoy yourself,

 

David

Calm

nature, nature photography, Uncategorized

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Experimented with nature and the color blue one decent day as I walked. The blue could pop more, which is something I will work on when I boot up Lightroom the next time.

Doing my best to stay calm in stressful situations. I actually got a lot done and hope to be able to do more tomorrow. Hanging out with a co-worker/friend for a while outside of work was pretty cool. I’m able to be myself without restraining myself due to being in the workplace. Working hard to become better and do better. Chasing the best version of myself slowly.

Was able to start riding my motorcycle with confidence. Will continue to develop a better mindset that will enable me to stay cool, calm, and collected.

 

Peace,

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.