Side to Side

black and white photography, Portrait photography

Took a shot of my friend on a beach in Bodega Bay, Ca recently. My friend has one eye with double eyelids while the other has one. I took this shot to see which side looked better in photographs. I am proud of this shot, the shadows work well and don’t seem to overpower his face. I like how much shadow is over his eye. It’s a simple shot but I enjoyed experimenting with it in the editing bay. I’m thankful that my friend is always willing to pose for me.

Working hard to explore life more and to understand myself more. I’m reading “Mind’s Eye” by Henri Cartier-Bresson, who was a candid photographer. His book has me exploring more about the philosophy of photography as he considered his camera to be a sketchbook. It’s a great book so far that is pretty short but a good book to read if you want to think about photography at a greater depth. I will write more about it at a later date.

I’m still struggling with self-doubt but I’m not letting it stop me from doing photography or writing. I am going to keep pushing on. It’s hard but it has to be done if I want to have the life that I want.

More later!

“In order to “give a meaning” to the world, one has to feel oneself involved in what one frames through the viewfinder” – Henri Cartier-Bresson, The Mind’s Eye

Pushing Through/Be True

architecture photography, black and white photography, street photography

As I explored Las Vegas I found myself off of the strip staring up at the Raiders stadium. My friend improvised his pose as I took this shot. I enjoyed the moment so this shot is special to me. I tried editing it many times but none of them felt right.

Phew! Working hard on being real with myself and putting my attention in the right places. I’m working on a project that is passing through the editing process. I finally completed two phases of my project and now all that is left is the design plus all the technical stuff.

Basically, decided to publish two books at the same time. They are not going to be photography books but rather they will be poetry books. I always wanted to be a writer with my name on the cover and spine of books. I’m going to be accomplishing that this year. Eventually I will experiment and combine photos with words but for now these two will be just poetry books.

I made a commit to myself to simply do as I please and work for myself. Thus this project finally started to see the light of day after so many days of daydreaming and talking about it. I don’t care for how well the books do, I want to simply fulfill my desires. Even if they bomb I will continue to publish books until I can’t write anymore or can’t take photos anymore.

That is my current goal at the moment and the one I’m focusing on with 100% of my attention.

Strive to be real with yourself as that is the only way to truly change.

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

Working While Working

architecture photography, black and white photography, street photography

Always willing to take a shot even when I’m suppose to be “working”. Photography is a true love of mine and I’m always ready to take my shot. I over-edited this shot to try to see the end result. I obviously like it but I can see areas that I can improve like the floor and the walls closest to the subject.

Been working hard at my day job and not realizing how little effort I’ve been putting into my passions. I’m doing my best to incorporate more passion into my life while still getting a paycheck. Sometimes it’s tough as I’ve been getting overtime almost everyday. Even on my days off I just feel like resting.

I’m in the process of finding a new day job and redesigning this site. I’ll be dedicating more time to myself even as I’m on the clock. I experienced this at my last job but not going to allow myself to just float through life doing more work for others than myself. It’s time for a change and less resting.

I’ve got a few projects on my mind that I will be fleshing out pretty soon. Stay tuned there’s more to come!

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!

Smile and Enjoy The Little Moments

black and white photography, Portrait photography

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

On my Own Path: No More Excuses

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The worst thing about me is that I never truly given my all to something. I was afraid to fail or that was never good enough. So I looked for excuses to use for why I didn’t pursue something wholeheartedly. Read an article about the UFC Jon Jones who is considered by many to be the greatest MMA fighter of all time. He used drugs and alcohol as his prepared excuse if he ever lost any of his fights.

Even a man on top of his career field felt the need to come up with excuses. I really don’t want to live a half assed life full of regrets to match the repugnant excuses. It’s not too late for me to switch things around. I am doing just that.

2021 is my year. I’ve already got rid of some bad vices but I still have a lot of work to do. I’m chasing the greatest version of myself. In this year, I won’t plan it out anymore. I will simply carve myself into the being I have always desired to be. I’m reading, learning, watching, and listening to the world around me. Learning myself and truly following my principles.

No more excuses! I have a roof over my head, food in my belly, a car to take me places, and a bed to rest upon. I have all that I need to succeed. I just have to embrace the fear and make it my b$tch.

I love photography and expressing myself. Both require me to explore the world. This year I will pursue photography and becoming the best version of myself wholeheartedly. I will not stop even when I reach my goals. I’ll simply sit down and write out bigger goals.

Here’s to a much better year!

-D

Exploring Reno & Boomtown

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

On a whim, I decided to drive to Reno, Nevada a few days after the new year. My best friend tagged along and we had a nice but frustrating adventure. Enjoyed the weather out there but the street lights and homelessness in Reno are no joke. It’s not on the level of San Francisco but it is a serious problem.

Besides that, finding parking that wasn’t connected to a hotel was a joke. Finally managed to find one and got some safe parking for free. Walked a few miles around the nearly empty streets of the littlest big city in the world. All I could was the cars wheezing bye and music from the casinos. I’m no gambler but I did hit the slots for a brief moment on someone’s else’s dime. However, turned that dime into fifteen dollars.

Afterwards, we kept walking towards the University of Nevada-Reno. The campus was as dead as a movie theater. It was a pretty nice experience as I was able to practice shooting portraits with no distractions or interruptions until my model fell.

That wasn’t the end of the trip as we had to make the trek back to Sacramento. We went to Boomtown, NV to devour some steak and eggs at Mel’s Original Diner. It was a fantastic idea despite the long wait time. I found Boomtown to much more pleasant than Reno.

I’m actually pondering moving to Nevada due to the standard of living in California. It’s a serious decision that I am not taking lightly. I’m taking some more time to think about it. I will have my decision in 6 to 9 months. Anyway, that’s all from me tonight.

Explore life!!!

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!

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