Look Up

architecture photography, black and white photography

A shot I took of the Kabuki Hotel in San Francisco when I went in 2021. It’s a pricy place but it’s well worth it for the atmosphere, room, and location. If you ever have the chance to stay in SF then be sure to check this place out.

A more stylized image of the Kabuki Hotel. It sucks that I only stayed there for a day but I did make sure to fully experience as much I could. Thanks to the pandemic the hot spring baths were closed but a lot of the surrounding areas were open. It’s a peaceful place to stay in a chaotic city like San Francisco. Plus it was fun to see the fog begin to roll over the hills.

Been staying more architecture photography and videography lately. Haven’t taken a picture in a while which makes me a little anxious to get back out there. Been working my a?! off in my normal job and in studying videography. I tend to make more time for photography and to continue to improve myself and my work.

Adversity and Mentality Through the Waves

black and white photography, Portrait photography

My gracious friend posing for me as we walked around Bodega Bay, CA. It was just after sunset so I had to think creatively to take his portrait. I used a good amount of shadows and played around with positioning. He took my direction well and was patient. This is one of the many pictures I took that day. It was disappointing at the time not to be able to capture photos during golden hour, however, it helped me face diversity and I feel like it made a more receptive photographer.

I’ve been reading “The Tao of Photography” by Philippe L. Gross & S.I. Shapiro. The book has me thinking more about photography and not just in the technical terms. The main message I got from the book so far is to forget yourself and forget the notion of the perfect shot. It’s to not be too hard on yourself and be willing to be receptive and shoot without a solid plan. It also mentions that you shouldn’t leave an area just because the shoot is difficult you need to keep your head up and fight again adversity to become a better artist.

I believe the Bodega Bay trip helped me to accept the knowledge in the book. So I am trying my best to keep reading it and further my understanding of myself, my creative process, my photography, and my mentality. It’s a tall order but it’s the path with the most resistance so it’s the one I need and want to take. There’s been too much laziness in my life and I have to accept that to live is to fight and if I want to live right I need to fight to live the way I want to. It’s been difficult but I am trying. I will not escape and I will obtain the life that I truly want.

Stay golden,

D

Natural Portrait

black and white photography, Portrait photography

A quick portrait of my friend the last time we went to San Francisco earlier this year. One of the few times I took a portrait and didn’t want to make is black and white. I know I need a lot of work when dealing with portraits but I’m proud of this one. It’s simple, decent lighting and a good expression. My friend doesn’t bat an eye anymore when he sees my camera so it leads to more natural shots which I like.

Phew! Working on learning more about my craft. Haven’t been taking a whole lot of shots but have been editing and studying fashion photography. Looking to explore more genres of photography while creating a style and direction for my craft. It’s not a one day journey even though I want it to be. I’m doing what I can to take it day by day and as a photographer and as a man.

I working on myself as I’ve gotten lazy again. But I always remind myself life is too short not to give it your all. I’m making the decisions that I need and following through. Because no matter what decision I make I will be criticized.

More from me soon!

Another Year and Many Journeys Ahead

black and white photography, Portrait photography
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!

Soulless Garden & Pocari Sweat

architecture photography, black and white photography, Portrait photography, street photography

The few positive results of me and my friend’s journey to San Jose. We went to the Japanese friendship garden and let’s say we did not see what we expected to. Anyway, I was able to capture a few good shots with my camera (I miss it – enter crying face emoji). If you have seen my previous work then you should know that I like to play with shadows and capture people in natural situations. Some people may think that the subject of the shot is an angry participant but it’s simply a shot of my friend as we crossed the threshold of a soulless garden.

That day was a long day as we had already drove to Milpitas earlier to have some fantastic Vietnamese food before heading to Palo Alto. We managed to walk the long road to Stanford University before making the much shorter seeming way back out of the campus. San Jose was suppose to be the cherry on the top of a very good day but it was more of a disappointment than I could ever imagine.

However, me and my friend still had a blast. We managed to find this small Asian grocery store that stocked one of my favorite drinks, Pocari Sweat, which I was ecstatic to find. If you haven’t had it before, I would heavily suggest it. I generally say to new drinkers that it tastes like flat 7up or Sprite with less sugar. It may not sound good but I have hooked two people to it so far.

This journey to Palo Alto & San Jose was one of the many small trips I’ve taken this year. I also travel through my job around Northern California so I have to places that I never heard about it before like Cool, Shingle Springs, Cameron Park, and many more small towns. So this is the just the tip of the iceberg of what I have to share.

Hope you enjoy the journey that I am sharing on this site. If not and you are even more of a visional person then check out my Instagram. If you are here for the long ride, hop on and stay tuned in.

Peace,

David

New Beginning

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A simple shot of good times to showcase new beginnings.

Been a while since I’ve updated this blog. I haven’t been taking photos sadly but that will change once I get an off day. I have a new job and will finally quit my retail job. I’m trying to learn how to edit better thru Lightroom and Photoshop. Will be taking a class on the subject matter on Skillshare very soon.

My new job is physically taxing but financially much better than my retail job. I’m hoping that Saturday will be the last time I clock in and out of my retail job. I’m going to miss some of my co-workers but I know that the job isn’t in my future plans and is truly toxic. I am acting on a six month plan that I made up a few weeks ago and so far it is working out well. There’s a lot for me to do but I’m going to push myself to get uncomfortable in order to be the greatest version of myself and to live a happier life.

Peace & stay sane,

D

Waiting

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A shot I took while taking photos of the beautiful water in San Francisco. I’ve reviewed my photos from my trips and I have noticed what I need to improve on. I will focus on improving my photos especially developing my post-editing skills.

Took my new lens out for a spin early in the morning. I played with it and enjoyed the process. Been a while since I took my camera out so it felt like a breath of fresh air. Might post some of the photos here once I upload them to my Google Drive but we will see. I plan to do another photo walk on my next day off which will be Tuesday.

I’m focusing on gaining skills and my health during this world event. Taking time to read and improve my mental health. Now, I will just need to focus more on my physical health so I can truly become the best version of myself.

Just a quick post as I felt writing but have to get prepared for work now.

Peace,

David

Challenge

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A shot of the Golden Gate Bridge that I took earlier this year. It was my first time walking across the bridge and the area around it. I had a lot of fun and it was a true test of combating my fears. I managed to successfully fight my fear of heights and walked across.

Finally, committed and bought a new lens for my camera. It is suppose to come on Thursday. I went with a 35mm lens that I can’t wait to test out. I believe that I am still going to buy a second camera but still doing research on it. Sometimes I wait longer than I should to buy something because I don’t like to spend money. However, watched a lot of videos yesterday and just decided to buy the lens.

Going to try my hand at writing film scripts and a webcomic that I have an idea for. Besides all that, I have just been working and exercising. I’ve lost a few pounds but I’m going to check my weight tomorrow to see if I’m actually made progress. After work today I went on a ride on my motorcycle and I felt so free from all the stress built up from working.

Watched two of my brothers graduation and it hit me kind of emotionally. They are growing up fast but also thought about my time in middle school and elementary. It’s got me motivated to pursue what I want to do no matter how much money I have to use to do just that.

I have a 4:30am shift tomorrow, so going to exercise and hit the bed before I get no sleep.

Peace and stay hungry,

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

Different

black and white photography

I wanted to capture this subject but never could find a good angle until I took this shot. I like the texture but would go back and try to make a more interesting composition.

Had a semi-productive day. I sold off some of my shares in the stock market and holding out on buying anymore for a while. It’s tough to be patient but with the market how it is I’m going to have to be. Listening to top investors like Warren Buffet & David Tepper talk about being bearish which lead to my decision to hold what I got and adapt to the market.

Finally, finished reading The Prince by Niccolo Machievelli. It’s a very good political philosophy book that I would recommend to any one that wants to start a business or simply loves philosophy. My goal is to read 100 books this year and I’m at 18 right now. Next up will be No More Mr. Nice Guy by Robert Glover.

Was able to clean and organize my room some more. I have to re-design my desk which I’m struggling with. However, I’m trying to be more decisive and simply getting things done. Will be reading Marie Kondo’s “Joy at Work” to fix the work side of my desk.

I am proud to say that I have been able to fight off some doubt and stay the course. I’m working hard to battle my inner demons and improve my mind and body. Doing research on diets and exercises to maximize my time. I’ll also be studying video production and editing on top of photography and Japanese. I would like to direct films in some capacity in the future so I’ll be working hard to produce my own material.

Now’s the time for me to produce my own work and not expect to work half ass on the things I love. Will be disciplined and work hard towards my passions and hopefully have the life that I’ve always wanted.

Here’s to your success. Peace,

David