I FINISHED MY FIRST CLEANSE

I did it. I finished my first full-day juice cleanse and the experience was unlike anything that I thought would transpire. Firstly, I didn’t anticipate that six bottles of juice acting as entire entrees could fill up my stomach as much as they did. It’s recommended that you drink a bottle every two hours followed by 8oz of water after each beverage. By the 3rd and 4th bottle I was beginning to have a difficult time keeping it down. So, let me walk you through my day.


Bottles 1-2

I started my cleanse at 8am and was excited to see what feelings or effects I might experience throughout the day. There wasn’t much hunger after the first and second bottle and to be completely honest, I was feeling good, especially after the Citrus 1, which I found to be extremely delicious. 


Bottles 3-4

After the third and forth bottles I found myself to be in an amazing mood with tons of energy. Honestly, I even looked at the bottle and asked myself what the hell they put in this stuff. I had meetings and I needed to present in a group atmosphere. I noticed my mind was extra sharp and fully awake. I felt “alive” and the energy was felt throughout the space. I even danced with my girl in our living room as soon as she got home for no reason at all. Now, this is a usual daily occurrence for us but my moves were extra spicy and had a pinch more of pizzazz than usual. We were groovin’ and turned our hardwood floor into a disco for two. 


Bottles 5-6

By this point it was 4pm and I was on my fifth bottle. At first, the two hour window between drinks goes by super fast and you question if your stomach can accommodate all of the liquids, but now I was beginning to feel full but definitely not satisfied. Even with the hunger sensation starting to kick in, I couldn’t believe my energy level was still intact. I didn’t experience a crash as I usually would after a late lunch followed by numerous cups of coffee. With this being said, I had my last juice at 6pm which is my cut off time for my intermittent fasting schedule and at this point I was definitely experiencing some hanger as my mood was shifting to the other side of the spectrum. Thankfully the last “juice” was the Vanilla Almond Milk which was more of a dessert type of vibe than an actual juice. Perhaps it’s the gold-star of the kit for a job well done. I doubt it’s recommended but I added a teaspoon of cinnamon and it drastically transformed the taste to that of an horchata. What? I’m a creative, it’s my job to color outside of the lines. 


So what happened after 6pm? Well, things were fine until around 9pm when I heard an all too familiar knock at the door from my old friend, the hunger monster. My mood fully transitioned and a headache was beginning to form. My stomach no longer housed any trace of the nourishments that my bladder has by now fully expelled. I was definitely hungry so by 10pm I decided to simply call it a night. 


In conclusion, would I do this again? Absolutely. Even at the time of writing this blog post (9:30am) I’ve still yet to eat. After reflecting on my experience over my morning coffee, I realized the discomfort that I was feeling was temporary and definitely mostly mental. Knowing this and listening to my body, I know I can juice for much longer the next time I explore a cleanse. I still keep thinking about how much damn energy I had, and the mood, my mood was nothing short of spectacular. Today I feel as if I hit the reset button on my mind and gut and have come back into alignment. If you’re healthy and live a active lifestyle with a focus on your wellbeing but still feeling cloudy or experiencing any sort of blockage, creative or otherwise, I highly recommend you give this a try. Do it in a safe manner with some preparation and use a juice company that you trust; or if possible, press your own organic ingredients from your local farmers market. That’s what I’ll be doing for round two. Okay, my 10am food alarm just went off, time to dive face first into some much deserved avocado toast.


-Danny


DAILY DELIVERIES

The feeling of getting packages delivered from all across the world never seems to get old. I have broken many of my addictions but camera collecting, or hoarding to some, is a vice that I just can’t seem to kick. It’s to the point where I quite often find myself scrolling through the blue-screen until 2am searching for my next fix. I don’t recommend going down this costly and timely rabbit hole, but if you decide to dive in head first, I created a new instagram account that will showcase cameras that I’m into or ones that I’m willing to let go of for a fair price. I’ll be adding photos and information on them so you know what to look for if you’re also in the market for a new film compact. I highly encourage any collectors out there to submit their favorite point & shoots so I can post them (and tag you of course). Eventually I would like this to bloom into an actual camera meetup where we can nerd-out over film shooters and talk about photography.


Be sure to follow the Steezy Studios Camera Club Instagram account as I hope to build a network and social setting for camera collectors and camera snobs alike; or for those who are simply just curious about cameras and which one they should buy. I really, and I say this with a tremendous amount of honesty, I really hope everyone out there at some point uses a film camera. I cannot express to you enough the feeling you get when you load a roll of film and then get your scans back for the first time. Its one of those experiences that consistently seems to uplift my day, my mood and my creativity, which in turn, has me hooked.


-Danny


JUICING WITH MY MAIN SQUEEZE

I’ve really been trying to explore every spectrum of wellness when it comes to my mind and body; but one thing that I’ve never done is a daily cleanse. To try to help with mental blockage, I practice intermittent fasting where I only eat from 10am-6pm on a daily basis with a fairly healthy diet implemented, yet I’ve still been feeling a bit cloudy recently. This is not a mental state that I like to be in considering everything that I do for work stems from my mind. In hopes to figure out how to remedy this experience, the gal and I decided to do a full one day juice cleanse today to see if it helps free any of the blockage. Now, I am in no way a nutritionist or vastly experienced in holistic health practices but I do know the mind is directly connected to the gut and I do believe in the process of elimination, so if this doesn’t work, hey, at least I can scratch it off of my list. 


We went with the Pressed Juicery® Cleanse #3 after the extremely knowledgeable and friendly staff member gave us an in-depth explanation of what we can expect from the experience. Thanks again Nikki (Pressed Juicery® in Westlake Village) for all of your help.


I’ll be sure to report back to you guys and let you know if this helped clear up my mind or aided in any of the creative-block that I’m experiencing. As a creative (and human), our minds and bodies are the most important vessels when it comes to the level of our experiences and what we can achieve. It’s an absolute necessity to have the highway to our thoughts and ideas be free and open.


-Danny





SYMPATHETIC MAGIC

The girl and I always have long discussions about our future. In particular, we talk about where we want to live, our dream home and what it might look and feel like. We had a general idea of the aesthetics such as a modern-contemporary vibe with a huge front door and a vast airy space that ties in an indoor-outdoor living atmosphere. An aspirational calming space that we can work and grow in but we’ve never had a truly definitive clear vision of what our dream home would actually look like. Then, as a the gal was on a walk last week, she found it. She came home excited and said “you have to come look at this house that’s being built, I think it resembles exactly what we’ve been talking about”. We went to the lot and to my astonishment it embodied everything that I’ve had in my head but couldn’t quite mentally draw out into a full blown visual blueprint of our dream home. 


What is sympathetic magic and how might one use it with photography? The definition is this - primitive or magical ritual using objects or actions resembling or symbolically associated with the event or person over which influence is sought.


To some, I’m sure this sounds like a bunch of “hoopla” and “woo woo” type of imaginary nonsense; sometimes I even ask myself if it will work. But then I remember just how powerful the universe is when I call upon it. The fact that I’m sober, I no longer suffer depression, I’m extremely happy and have financially stayed stable through a worldwide pandemic is proof enough. Add that with a powerful reinforcement that I’ve finally found the person that I was always meant to find (in the midst of a nationwide lockdown) is sheer proof that the universe does in fact listen if you believe. 


Think it, envision it, stand in it, experience the sensation of having it, capture it – then let the universe take over.


-Danny





WE WERE CREATED TO CREATE

I’ll be completely honest, in the pursuit of my dreams, there’s some mornings I don’t even know where to begin or how to start my day. Sometimes I have a hard time putting things into perspective and I question why I even bother working so hard if the rewards aren’t coming fast enough. Then I remind myself, this is all apart of my journey and the only thing that I have control of is if I’m going to show up and move one step closer to what I know is rightfully mine. We all have treasures that are waiting for us, but it’s up to us to go out find them.


SS©2021 Coffee Cups are now available here.


Create Daily


-Danny



FIRST ROLL - NO.6

This is the second iteration of the Rollei™ Prego series cameras that I’ve tested so far and this one has way more features; and perhaps way more issues than the aforementioned. I was so impressed with the Prego AF that I had to find and acquire another member of the family just to make sure my initial impression wasn’t a fluke. Scrolling through eBay I came across this 100WA that features a super compact design with a generously proportioned LCD display on the back. I was instantly intrigued with everything about this camera aside from the asking price of $170 (which is justifiable now that I’ve used it). Not wanting to break my streak of getting nearly all of my compact point and shoots for under $100USD, I decided to initiate my haggling skills. After a few back and forths with the seller, I finally got him to budge as he accepted my offer of $85 (shipping included).


When I received the camera and looked at it for the first time, my initial thought was “oh, she looks even better in person” which is something that I didn’t find myself saying very often back when I was in the midst of my swiping endeavors. The body has a slick compact design that feels good in hand and the visual aesthetics that meet my eyes lust for design. Now let’s talk about the LCD on the back. This is the only point and shoot film camera that I own that features a big LCD display with a toggle-button that allows you to hop-scotch through settings. I was in-like with the big digital counter but I fell in-love when I realized that the display illuminates as you engage the settings. This is perfect for when you’re out at night or shooting candid party moments. I don’t know why more compact cameras from the 80’s and 90’s didn’t offer this feature since most were used for family orientated events. Aside from a small leakage spot on the screen and a couple of vanity based war-wounds, this camera is basically in mint condition. Okay, time to stop swimming in infatuation and load a roll of film to see what this baby can do.


The first two issues that I immediately noticed while shooting is that the viewfinder is quite small and it makes framing a bit tricky, especially if you have bad eyes like this old bloke. Secondly, the flash is automatically set to on. Even if you set the flash to off, the camera will automatically switch it back to auto once you hit the power button. Admittedly, I felt a bit annoyed by this but I had to remind myself to look for the good in all encounters so I realigned my chakras and got back to shooting. I can honestly say I had so much fun making photos with this camera over the week or so that it took for me to get through the roll. Even with its short comings, I still found it quite enjoyable to use. Not only does it feel and look good, there’s also this weird quality about it that compels you to want to use it. I couldn’t quite put my finger on what it was or why I liked it so much, and then I got the scans back and it all made sense.

I had high hopes for this camera because of my past experience with its predecessor and let me tell you, I wasn’t disappointed. As you can see from the images, this camera is pretty consistent and when the auto focus and exposure hits, it hits hard and captures all of the things that I adore about film snapshots. The mood, the vibe, the tones, the grain, it’s all there. Now, this also means that you have to take the good with the bad. When this little snapper is in a mood and doesn’t care to perform for you, it produces muddy, out of focus frames that made me question why I even bothered loading her up with Kodak Portra if she was just going to give me expired Fuji Superia results. With this being said, even with the misfires and squinty-eyed viewfinder experiences, I had a lot of fun capturing these images. So, how do you know if this one is good for you? Well, lets get into the pros and cons


PROS:

  • Compact
  • Metal front chasis
  • Lightweight
  • Easy to use
  • Cool design
  • Sharp Auto Focus (when it hits)
  • Adjustable modes
  • Strong flash
  • Great contrast and tones 
  • Rare


CONS:

  • Plastic rear body
  • Small viewfinder
  • Somewhat slow lens
  • Resets to auto when turned off
  • Focus range is a hit or miss
  • Hard to find and impossible to fix


In closing, even though this camera has its hang-ups and moments of unclarity, I can honestly say that some of my favorite recent snapshots were taken with this little shooter. It was fun to use and once you build up the muscle memory for hitting the settings before you frame your shot, you will discover that this compact will produce some truly beautiful images. If you can find one for under $200, I highly recommend you pull the trigger as these don’t pop up very often.


Film was process and scanned by @DarkRoomFilmLab


-Danny