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

Peace and Lights

black and white photography, street photography

The last shot I took at the Good Hotel on my last trip to San Francisco. I might go back and re-edited this shot to make it a little darker on the sides. I like the background a lot though. My friend isn’t in the center but is still the focal point thanks to the trail of lights. Really happy that I was able to capture this shot.

Crashed pretty hard when I got home. Took a four hour nap and felt like shit afterwards. Studied a bit of stocks and made some investments while also coming up with an investment plan. I’ve found that investing is exciting and can be a bit addicting if you go overboard. I only have a few hundred dollars in the stock market but I know someone who is putting thousands at a time. Two different styles and I can respect his hustle.

Really need to exercise more as I making better decisions with my eating habits and diet. However, with no exercise I’m not going to achieve the results that I want to make. Going to go crazy with it for the next two days because I am off! Going to be focusing on exercising and my online courses. I definitely know that I will see positive results from both.

Just a little update before I get my body moving and head to bed.

Have a good night/day,

David

Takoyaki Woman

black and white photography, Portrait photography, street photography

Stood there long enough for an elderly woman to walk behind the old man featured in previous shots. I really enjoy these series of shots as I do have two more featuring the takoyaki man. I like the line that the people kind of form based on all of their goals. I like the goals and how things are in focus. I have a feeling that the lanterns may be distracting but they also add a little depth to the environment and also form their own line.

It’s a little past mid-night as I am sitting at my desk as I paused the K-drama I was watching. I have the 7 am to 4 pm shift at work today. It’s going to kick my ass but I’ll do my best to fight through it.

Kind of lost at the moment, focusing on developing my self-awareness enough to piece my interests together into a goal that I can chase that puts a fire in my belly. Doing my best to save up as we are in a serious health crisis. I’m taking caution at work and staying inside on my off days. Trying to invest in my health and gaining credentials to improve my status in life. Also catching up on TV shows and movies I’ve been meaning to watch.

Currently, trying my hand at taking courses at Coursera. International Marketing and Cross Industry Growth is my first course, I started it yesterday and I am almost finished with it. I like being able to go at my own pace and not being held back. I may or not continue my studying there but we will have to see in 5 days or I’ll just have to cancel the service. Going to be working hard on learning photo editing as well so I can continue to improve.

Anyway, that’s it for me. Keep sane and stay human,

David

In the Shadows

black and white photography, nature, nature photography

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Understanding that I must take ownership for my life and all the things I’ve done is something that truly has hit me since I started working this new job. I am cutting things out that I don’t need since I just don’t have any time as I am working four am to one pm shifts for four days a week. I only have about eight hours every day when I come home after work to do what I need to. I am still adjusting to the job so I often take a two-hour nap.

I really don’t want this job but I’m keeping it up until I am able to find a new job. Hopefully, it will be in a career field that I actually want to work in. For now, I am doing my best to do what I need to at work to make money and raise capital for the things that I truly want to do. It’s not easy but no one said that it would be. I am at fault and I accept that. However, I will not simply lay on back and accept life. I will raise to do the things that I want to do before I open my eyes and I’ve spent my whole life working this job.

My goal is to be able to take my photography and my writing and turn them into a full-time career. I’m starting by writing for an anime-based website for free and will be hosting my own anime/manga blog very soon while still maintaining this blog. I will probably buy a domain name for this site and make it truly mine. I have to do some more research but I will make a decision by tomorrow.

I am in the shadows now but with small acts of confidence, I will shine. As I love this!

Do what you love and want you can truly be great it,
David

121 Long Walk

black and white photography, nature, nature photography, street photography

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Captured this little guy while on a journey of my own. I don’t take a lot of shots of living creatures besides humans. I saw this snail moving in the street towards something. I will never know where it was going but it doesn’t matter.

I’m exploring new subjects everyday and seeing how I can capture them in an interesting way. It doesn’t always work out but sometimes it does. If I had a chance I would try to alter this shot move but tilting it or cutting out the blurred elements. However, I do like the part of the photo that’s blurred as it adds a human element to the shot that some of photos lack.

Still trying to figure things out, I’m doing my best to believe in the process.

Enjoy life and do what you must to do what you love,

David

109 – Spur

architecture photography, black and white photography, interior architecture

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No matter how much darkness tries to corrupt your path, you must keep on moving. I took this shot at my college during a busy time. I liked the shape of the shadows so I crouched down to take a few shots when people started to get into the shot. I simply used patience to create the shot that I wanted. It is a favorite shot of mine but I can see how I can make it better. Would have stepped back a bit so the light wouldn’t be as badly reflected through the glass on the right. I do like how you can only see one of the subject’s hands. It has disappeared inside the darkness thanks to her backpack.

Watching the NBA finals, disappointed that the Spurs can’t win a single game against the Warriors. I know they can do it but they defeat themselves. I have the same problem in my own life but I’m learning faster than they are. I took a step in a positive direction today, however, I need to step a bit faster. I was filled with energy and made more positive decisions than bad ones. That’s it for now but I hope you all have a great day.

Peace,

David

Day 91 – Going My Own Way

black and white photography, street photography

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Exploring the world and myself at the same time. Rather than simply following a solid plan, I keep my options open. I am willing to experiment like in this shot. I purposely included in my shot for multiple reasons. Once a upon a time I once said to a woman that I felt like the shadow. I can’t really explain it now but I will leave you with that I felt dark when I was younger. I’m completing a photography program in which the final step is to include yourself in your photography.

I force myself to fight laziness to push myself further. I always listen to my body if I ever feel sharp pain and I pay attention to what things actually keep my attention. I’m doing all this by trial and error. Less entertainment, more moving and doing. Thinking critically about everything and simply living the way that I want to. It is a journey that I must complete before I am able to go on another one.

Just start,

David

D81 – Up

architecture photography, black and white photography, interior architecture, Uncategorized

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Exploring reality with philosophy and photography. Took this shot while I was preparing to leave the local library. It’s a place that I come to when I want to do some work without my back hurting from a bad chair and to get away from my four walls. I like this library as the second floor is for adults with the bottom floor for children. It makes it quiet and a more enjoyable reading experience.

I was interested in the light and decided to take this photo as I made my way down the stairs. It’s not always like this since it’s pretty rainy lately. On this day, I explored philosophy and my own mind. When I go to the library, I get work down. I might be there for three hours and get a good amount of work done in an hour and a half. I’m still exploring my options and the library helps wonders with that. I haven’t found the simplest solution but I am working even harder on it. I’m trying to remember the Bruce Lee quote “Feel don’t think” it’s harder than you may think to put into practice.

I completed a section of a free coding camp. I wanted to think about how I feel while doing it but I focused on doing the task and told myself I will think later. I don’t know if coding is my thing as I don’t feel nothing for it and have studied it in the past. I will continue to explore and will work even harder to get to the life that I want and to be the man I know that I can be.

Stay strong and feel,
David

D70 – Feel and Suffer

black and white photography, Portrait photography, street photography

Daring myself to do more self-portraits as an experiment. I have noticed an increase in my confidence in myself and my photography. I like to explore the world, I ofen allow myself to get lost. Often I don’t bring my main camera, as I often leave when it’s very bright outside. I will the nex time I go on an adventure.

I was able to move up a gear but I put myself back down another gear. I still made progress but not much as I would have liked. I see this as me going backwards to move forward. It is a saying that I discovered for myself when I used to play video games a lot in my teens. I simply have to force myself more and more while doing the best work I can. The key is that I need to suffer. I need to suffer to feel life, to suffer through my work, and suffer through my fears to move ahead in life. There have been many setbacks but I will charge on until I can’t go up anymore gears. When I die I want to be able to die happy for a cause and be carried out on a shield. Not as a symbol of saddness but as a symbol of strength, courage, and honor. I am a man and I am a warrior fighting for his cause until the day he dies.

Be a warrior and suffer,

David

D59 – Solid

black and white photography, street photography

IMG_20180225_125124-01.jpegGot to have a solid foundation before you out anything on top of it. I was exploring the areas around my stomping grounds and was thinking of concepts. I discovered how the shadows were hitting the cinder blocks and captured it from a different angle. I like how harsh the shadows are and the details in the blocks as they show you have you have to be tough to lay down the foundation you need. You just have to uncover what’s underneath the shadows to know where to build.

I am loving editing and photography more each time I go out and simply do those two things. I am working on my “10, 000” hours in a way. Not just with photography but with other ventures that I love while I work on my strengths and weaknesses.

Foundations,

David