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Optima Streetcar Challenge

Optima Streetcar Challenge

Optima Streetcar Challenge

Optima Streetcar Challenge

03.09.14

Today was the Optima Streetcar Challenge at Laguna Seca. I’ve been seeing these cars all over Monterey the last couple days. They even went by Cannery Row on Saturday while I was at work. I’m glad I was able to leave work a little early to catch at least a few hours of the last race today. 

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Day 365/365 - Completion.

Day 365/365 - Completion.

12.31.13

I made it! Finally completed Project 365!!! What a long and tough journey it was. Taking a photo everyday for a year sounds easy, but factor in your job, school, house chores, activities you do and whatever else you have during the day and you find that you don’t always have the time to be creative with your photo of the day. There were a few days where I would get off work close to midnight and no idea what to take a photo of because all I have been doing is working all day. While other days I couldn’t even decide which photo to use since I had taken so many that day.

In celebration of my completion, I got 4x6 prints of my photos and I was amazed at the quality. Now I want to enlarge some of these to hang around my house. Next year, I’m moving on to doing print work and since I won’t be doing a 365 next year, I can also play more with my film.

This project was great because I was able to look back and know exactly what I did everyday of the year. I have no idea what I did 2012, but I know everything I did 2013. From starting school in San Jose, getting a new job, my dog’s first birthday, getting a new lens and then breaking it, got a new film camera, experienced some new food, raced Laguna Seca and Thunderhill for the first time, got a new Integra to daily, completely transformed my GSR, to Juan and I’s final work trip to Oakland. I’m glad I chose this year because this has honestly been the best year so far.

Maybe I’ll do this again in the future but not 2014. I’ll still carry my camera everywhere though. It would feel weird to not carry it now after having it by my side for 365 days in a row. Thank you everyone who followed my project. Words of advice if your thinking of doing this, Project 365 is a YEAR-LONG project. Its a test of your commitment and love for photography. Its a lot easier to just say “fuck this” and quit. But to stick it out for a whole year, taking a photo every single day, writing about it and uploading it is a test of your commitment. Theres no award at the end. No trophy. No ribbon. Nothing. Just a personal goal accomplished that you can pat yourself on the back about and say “I did it.”

As always, have a nice day and Happy New Year!

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Canon 7D
Tokina 11-16 2.8 
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Day 364/365 - Lovers Point

Day 364/365 - Lovers Point

12.30.13

Today was my only day off this week so I had to get as much done as I could. Fortunately, now that its getting busier at work, I’m getting more hours which I really need right now. Ran errands and paid this month’s bills. Then I decided to take a stroll to Monterey. Nice little cruise. Always a good idea. Tomorrow is New Years Eve! Last day of the year, and last day of my project.

Have a nice day!

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Canon 7D
Tokina 11-16 2.8 
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Day 363/365 - VW

Day 363/365 - VW

12.29.13

Today was steady at the hospital. Kept moving all day but wasn’t overwhelming. This dope VW came by. I loved it. I’ve always thought these style bugs were awesome. Drove and sounded so good too. I wanted to get a shot of it with my camera but every time I tried to go for it, people would come by that I had to help. Unfortunately, he came out in just an hour so I never got to take a high-res photo. Better than nothing.

Have a nice day!

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Samsung Galaxy S4 
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Day 362/365 - PG

Day 362/365 - PG

12.28.13

Spent some time in PG today. On lunch, Steven and I went to check out that house that lights up to the music. Pretty dope. I’ve seen them online but never in person. I tried to capture it on camera but it just didn’t come out right. After work, I went to PG again to drop off Joaquin. We both got off at the same time so I gave him a ride home. This was the end of his road which then leads down to Lighthouse. I should drive through PG more often. Its really nice. Since there is nothing for me there, I never have a reason do go.

Have a nice day!

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Canon 7D
Canon 50 1.8 
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Day 361/365 - Trapped

Day 361/365 - Trapped

12.27.13

Today was finally a busy day. Running back and forth, traffic everywhere, pedestrians all over the place and cars all over the driveway. These days are my favorite. Everyone complains when its busy but I love it. Time flies and I get good cardio. Plus, people usually tip us better when they see us hustling. This was the view when I was heading out to lunch. Trapped behind a wall of cars.

Have a nice day!

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Canon 7D
Tokina 11-16 2.8 
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Day 360/365 - L Mug

Day 360/365 - L Mug

12.26.13

One of the coolest gifts i got was this awesome Canon 70-200mm 2.8L mug. I’ve always wanted one of these and its awesome that I actually have this lens. I was surprised at the detail. I mean, aside from the weight, it looks pretty dead on to the rear thing.

Have a nice day!

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Canon 7D
Canon 50 1.8 
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Day 359/365 - Merry Christmas

Day 359/365 - Merry Christmas

12.25.13

Since we were up late last night at my mom’s for Christmas, today I woke up at 1:30pm! Wow! My alarm to get ready for work woke me up. I couldn’t believe how late I slept in. When my alarm went off, I remember thinking, thats weird, I don’t have class today. Then I saw the time and was like WTF. At least work was fun today. I got to wear my santa hat and two of our guys had on Christmas sweaters and vests. Everyone was loving them. Tomorrow will be chaos at work. Not ready for that. Oh, and here is my dog in front of the tree. Had to snap a pic since she was laid so perfectly.

Merry Christmas!

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Canon 7D
Tokina 11-16 2.8 
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Day 358/365 - Blankets

Day 358/365 - Blankets

12.24.13

Christmas Eve! Spent the day running errands and doing laundry. I was the only person at the laundromat. Even outside, I was the only car there. Felt weird. Like I was the last human! Also stopped at Del Monte shopping center to pick up a few last minute gifts. For my mom and my sister, my girl and I decided to make them some blankets. For my sister we made a Hello Kitty blanket and frogs for my mom since she likes them. These are full size and are super soft and warm. Laying on them you just wanna fall asleep. Went to see the family and opened gifts.

Have a nice day!

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Canon 7D
Canon 50 1.8 
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Day 357/365 - Painting

Day 357/365 - Painting

12.23.13

Got the chance to get a lot done today. Cleaned the entire backyard and cleaned out a lot of junk I had laying around. Both the thrash and recycle bins are filled now. Also had some time to paint my canards black as well as the front supports and chassis that was still green. Long day.

Have a nice day!

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Canon 7D
Canon 50 1.8 
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Day 356/365 - Drinks

Day 356/365 - Drinks

12.22.13

After work today, went over to BJ’s for some drinks and appetizers with my brother from another mother, Juan. Ever since I gave up my weekdays at the Hospital and then him moving to SJ, we don’t see each other anymore. Sucks how we used to see each other everyday and still even kick it on the weekends and now nothing. At least we got to spend some time and get a few laughs in before he heads back to SJ. Since it was a last minute decision, I didn’t have my camera with me.

Have a nice day!

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Samsung Galaxy S4 
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Day 355/365 - Ornaments

Day 355/365 - Raider Tree

12.21.13

I love Christmas time. And I love my ornaments! Raider helmets! Today was pretty chill at work. Had more to do. We all got to look at the schedule for next week and it is going to be NUTS! Super busy right after Christmas. Cant wait.

Have a nice day!

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Canon 7D
Canon 50 1.8 
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Day 354/365 - Streets

Day 354/365 - Streets

12.21.13

Today was one of those days were I had nothing to shoot. I slept in until 1:30pm! I guess I didn’t realize how tired I was. I NEVER sleep that much. Feels good not having to get up early for school. Came to work feeling so energized. It was slow, but it was fun. We managed to have fun and make time go by. This photo is just a pic I took of the street. Has nothing to do with anything I did. I just didn’t have time to be creative with a photo since I woke up late and worked late.

Have a nice day!

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Canon 7D
Canon 50 1.8 
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