7 Pictures that represent 7 Things I'm happy about this week

in PHOTOGRAPHY [DAC]5 months ago (edited)

So much focus on negativity in the world you would think most people are just bitter, scared and angry... but as I look around me I realize this week has been pretty amazing so allow me to share.


This is the third year in a row I have staying in this camp spot which has to be one of the most beautiful in all of Utah and

  • I can work with great internet connection
  • The weather has been fantastic
  • The views are amazing
  • People pass by a few times a day but the solitude is amazing, relaxing and yet i don't feel like I'm eerily isolated because I'm not a very far drive to civilization and friends.


Each day i wake up and step outside to this view... this was sunset last night. Seems like i get to see every amazing sunrise and sunset every day that I'm up here.

And the other great part is my airstream itself it's all remodeled and having a clean, organized AND beautiful place to be in also makes me happy.



  • I grew up in San Diego
  • I grew up going to Padres games
  • I grew up loving baseball
  • Watching baseball while editing is the perfect combo
  • First time in 14 years they've gone to the playoffs
  • First time in 22 years they've advanced in the playoffs
  • First time perhaps ever one of the most exciting player in baseball SPORTS was on the team I love.
  • First time a team had 9 pitchers pitch a shutout (let alone a playoff)
  • Maybe the first time winning a playoff series with top two starters injured days before
  • First time so many people are jumping on the bandwagon in these numbers because of what they see in them and not just because of who they're playing.

In any case it has brought some fun to my life and some good distractions... specially for when i'm editing pictures.

I do wish the games were open to go to this year so I could get pictures of the Padres in their awesome new brown uniforms


Basically it's the San Diego Padres and the BYU Cougars that are the sports that I am a big fan of. I don't watch pretty much anything else or really follow much of anything else sports related. My heart just isn't in it.

And BYU also played last night and that was a fun couple hours... destroying the 3rd oponenent in a row... not just winning... DESTROYING. Turning heads... getting tons of people talking about them.

I guess I just Love when others are excited about what I'm excited about. When they love what I identify with.

Just in case you didn't get it... BYU = Cougars... thus this picture of a Cougar I took years ago. Dang cats are good looking animals... specially the big cats... something about beauty + danger.


Below is the LAST EVER PICTURE I took with my Nikon D850
I'm making a huge change... I'm moving to SONY camera system after over 15 years of using a NIKON.

Yesterday around 1pm someone came up the hill checked out my well used camera with over 230k clicks and decided my big big discount was worth the purchase and now i no longer own it. I owned that camera just a week or two shy of 3 solid years. It still took amazing pictures as you see... but... Moving on!

The plan is on Tuesday I'll have a Sony A7r4 and plan on buying a couple sigma lenses.

  • Smaller (I'm ready for easier to pack and easier to hike with)
  • Sharper (The autofocus is spectacular these days AND the in body stabilization makes it so i can shoot sharper images at lower shutter speeds)
  • Bigger (I loved 45mp but 60 is gonna be even more fun)



I'm happy to have people coming up for photoshoots.
Granted I didn't do nearly as many as I hoped this week.
But I did do a bridal shoot earlier this week
And I have family pictures later today

I still have my backup Nikon which I'll be using for the shoots until the new camera and lenses arrive (tuesday)

Then when that all settles I'll be selling the rest of the camera stuff

  • 105mm 1.4
  • 70-200 2.8
  • 8-15mm
  • 50mm 1.8
  • 14mm 2.8
  • 70-300 kit lens
  • D800
    I maybe should keep the camera and one or two lenses for my backup system


ALSO I WORK EVERY DAY ON PEAKD.COM and that also makes me happy... and thankful to have a project to give me more meaningful purpose in doing something cool and valuable to many.
I'm very thankful to have such a great, kind, smart and talented partner to work with like @asgarth


Today and tomorrow I have the opportunity to listen to speakers from my Church (Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day saints)

I'll be kicking it at the computer looking through pictures while listening to very smart and connected people saying beautiful and inspiring things. Juxtapose that to all the strife and bickering that I probably have filled my life with too much scanning the news, watching debates and even looking at my FB news feed from friends who apparently are not happy people right now.

If you delve into the dirty things of this world don't forget to take some time to bring love joy and God into your live even more than normal.

And this picture of a temple represents that to me


But they do live stream so here's that as well

... maybe it will bring you peace and thoughtful direction like it does for me.


I absolutely love the whole idea of this post. It was great to read what you yourself are grateful for, but just in general...we all need to learn to cultivate gratitude, and this post just emphasizes that in the best way! Thank you for the inspiration.

Damn, sometimes I wonder how strange it is, In my country we dont even know what baseball is, only when I was a kid in the movies I saw a game like that, never seen it it real life tho

Yeah understandable... in america there are several very popular sports and in some countries only one or two dominate but there are a few here that don't get played much at all that are popular in other places like rugby and cricket and apparently badminton is the second most popular sport in india. Oh and the national sport in china is table tennis... pretty fascinating.

Oh man I didn't realize that the reason you were so excited about your new camera is because it is a whole new system. Just when I changed to Nikon. It was fun while it lasted. It will be fun to see how you like Sony.

Yay Padres and BYU, that cougar is beautiful. So are those mountains and I am also happy for General Conference this weekend.

yeah kinda makes me a bit sad. BUT i probably can't make money from selling the D800 so i may keep it and one or two lenses.

The Padres are ok for a National League team, but I like the team they share a spring training facility with. The Mariners. Real baseball is played in the American League. Do you think it's a coincidence that you made the playoffs in the only year to feature the DH in the National League? Just sayin'

And about your Cougars. Who ever heard of blue and white cougars? Real Cougars wear Crimson and Grey. WSU. And the name is Butch.

Otherwise, it looks like life is really good for you :) Congrats to the Pads and BYU btw.

haha gotta have alliteration in the name of your mascot. Cosmo the Cougar
Also i love that spring training complex that's where most of my pictures were from last year.

I love that place too. It's just right.

BTW did you know that the Pads used to do spring training in Yuma? Their facility here is now just a marvelous place for the community. The Ray Kroc Center.

Congratulations on your upgrade to your new camera system! This is a big deal. Although I'm just an amateur photographer, I really love this process and noticed a big changes when go away from full frame Canon to Olympus a few years ago. What a relief it was that I no longer have to carry a rather heavy and large camera and lenses on travel and long hiking trips (and before the sale I traveled with two cameras for a while).
Wish you have a good use Sony!

If you delve into the dirty things of this world don't forget to take some time to bring love joy and God into your live even more than normal.

Well said. Spreading love among others gives internal peace.