Most Valuable Currency You Have

The effect you have on others, is the most valuable currency you have. Everything you gain in life will rot and fall apart, and all that will be left of you, was what was in your heart. You are ready and able to do beautiful things in this world today. And you only ever have two choices, love or fear. Always choose love, do not let fear play against your playful heart.

Be in the mindset to accomplish what you never imagined you could.

The Unlit Lantern Now Shining Bright

I’ve lost my way to my dream.

Just short of a year ago I had big dreams of photographing for National Geographic and adventuring with my camera every day. In the past six months, I have barely touched my camera, changed my major from photography to criminal justice, settling at something more stable.

I knew something was terribly wrong because my interactions with others became minimal, I was getting angry at people and my friends  and becoming really stressed out about everything. I was complaining a lot, not eating well. No exercise was in my daily routine.

This behaviour is dramatically different from my normal self who is very go green, into healthy eating and exercising, and playing with her camera every day, almost obsessing over photography as a result of pure passion in hopes of becoming greater.

I asked my friend why he wasn’t getting angry with me as I acted out the past couple of months. He said that it was because I had a lot going on and that he knew I was just trying to get through it. What I realized from that conversation was that I was really going through a difficult time. I gave up on my dream and decided on something that I believed to be a good job, protecting people as a police officer, but it didn’t satisfy what my heart and my dreams and goals had been wanting. I repressed my not only want, but my need for photography and traded it in for something more stable.

Now that I realized what I had done, I am feeling passionate again and more alive than ever.

 

The reason for sharing my story today is that you should never, ever give up on your dreams. Even if you don’t see any possible way to achieve them, there always is and you can’t give up if you know in your heart that’s what you were meant to do- need to do.

 

The “Dark Side of Me” Music Video

On Saturday, I shot set photographs for a music video which will be entered into a film competition.  This specific contest is called a quick fire because we have 11 days in preproduction, production, and post production.

The morning of the shoot we met up at the Visalia Sports Park at 10:00 AM. My group arrived 15 minutes early and waited until the next car pulled up beside us. To everyone’s surprise, we had the same car-though different in year and colour- it sure did receive some chuckles.

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Who wore it best?

After unloading the equipment, we walked down a dirt path and began setting up for the first scene.

While the actors got dressed, camera men put on the appropriate lenses.

Then the director showed everyone their positions.Image

And we were ready to shoot!

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This soldier is the protagonist.
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Hunting down people.

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Here is the protagonist’s wife, who is dead. She appears throughout the video.
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Here, Dylan(left) is showing the soldiers(right) the choreography to a fight scene.

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Caleb filming a scene.
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The fight between the protagonist and antagonist takes place.
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The camera man sets up his shot while actors are learning choreography for the fight scene.
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The antagonist hits the soldier and takes his weapon, holding him at gunpoint.
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Caleb (right) shoots a soldier firing his weapon.
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Caleb and the director show the actors their next positions
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Spencer shooting the soldiers as they run through the forest.
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Dylan runs through the forest, trying to kill the antagonist.
A soldier aims at the Antagonist.
A soldier aims at the Antagonist.
Spencer (right) shooting the soldier hunting down the protagonist.
Spencer (right) shooting the soldier hunting down the protagonist.
Soldier's Wife appears behind him.
Soldier’s Wife appears behind him.
Soldier's Wife strokes his face
Soldier’s Wife strokes his face
Soldier takes a quick break from firing and thinks.
Soldier takes a quick break from firing and thinks.
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The antagonist aims.

This journey helped to provide me with more experience in set photography and learning my settings. Choosing my camera settings is becoming more of an instinct, than something that I still have to take time to set.

Shining Ever So Bright

They won’t believe it,

even when they see it.

 

They never thought I’d come this far

or ever believe I could follow my heart.

I knew I’d be lead to my dream

guided by my heart , they’ll see.

 

My light was shining too bright for them to see.

Instead of coming ahead with me,

They stayed behind with their Ray Bans.

Never came, but stayed,

Blinded by the light I shed.

 

All those years I shined bright

and made my way up this high.

I climbed up to the very top,

smiling after  reaching my dream.

 

I looked back down to see them,

but instead they turned away.

They would never see the view from here,

They barely saw the view from there.

 

Shine.

Shine bright with all your might.

Don’t wait for them-in darkness,

Shine.

Shine until you see the light.

Sam Abell

This morning before school I have been reading/watching articles and interviews about Sam Abell.  He was a documentary photographer for around 30 years and published several stories in National Geographic Magazine. His thoughts, ideas, and experiences about and with photography are compelling. He makes me think more about my photography. I am going to work more on composing my shots, and then capturing them.

I will make my photographs more complex and spend time making the perfect photograph.

Chocolate Frosted Donut Time!

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Scotty’s Donuts|Visalia Ca                                                              Adriane Hale

With me, my entire childhood, has been Visalia’s own local donut shop, Scotty’s Donuts.  This location is accessible through drive thru on Walnut, near Mooney, or you can pop by the window and pick out your snack/meal.  In addition, they have the best, crunchiest ice in town!  You never go wrong with Scotty’s, so the next time you are craving something sweet and want a steaming cup of coffee, or have a birthday coming up, stop by the donut shop!

Rapper D-Sway

Posing at his finest, I capture rapper, D-Sway in downtown Visalia. ImageDowntown Visalia. 2011.                                                                                                       Adriane HaleImageRecord Store. 2011.                                                                                                             Adriane HaleImageCar Garage. 2011.                                                                                                             Adriane Hale