Stuck by the light...

Stuck by the light…

While I’m celebrating a great weekend with my family and a new toy (that Fujifilm X-E1) I am struck by a statement made by some wise man…

“Every story that can be told has already been told” or in other words all our art is just a rehash of something that’s been done before.

The difference between the art from before, and the art now, is more of relevancy to your personal experience than anything else.  Having been a musician at one point in my life, I can also say with conviction that nothing beats experiencing a live performance of your favorite artwork.  That is, unless you suddenly find your favorite star is really a recording studio digital creation!

I now have a new tool to use with capabilities beyond what I once had..it does not make me a better photographer.  In fact it raises the bar to what a good photographer is!  It says there is more of the world I can explore and shape in my lens than ever before…and more people can do what I formerly did with a point and shoot!

It is no different than when you first feel the light of Christ illuminate your heart, mind and soul.  What you once did good out of recognition of a natural need to create peace rather than discord became a duty since you now understand the word of Christ.   Now you are called to do good and share his word out of duty to further illuminate the world to Christ’s call through timeless Wisdom.

Even though the Bible holds the story of salvation, it is still not complete until you add your chorus to the song of the universe.  When we all sing in key with with his divine will, it is the greatest show on earth.

-ehw

PS just a shot from the new Fujifilm X-E1 to show what a large dynamic range it can recover in a jpeg…yep a jpeg…

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New guy rolling into town

New guy rolling into town

The Big Wheel Is Rolling

Today a newbie rolled into town.  A Fujifilm X-E1 with a cadre of lenses…It  a borrowed a little old to mix with the new for its form factor. So far I must say I’m liking what I’m seeing.  Both the sensor and the lenses appear to be a major improvement from my old camera.  Until later I’ll keep rolling on and getting to know the new kid on the block.

-ehw

Picnic Time

Roswell's Picnic Place

Roswell’s Picnic Place

Walking down the street in Roswell in any season you will see the picnic place ready to host you for a bit on the lawn.  At night it is quite a busy place, and finding a seat on the lawn is harder than it looks!

One of the hard things in composing this photo is that there are so many elements.  Everywhere I looked multiple items poked themselves out to say, “Focus on me!”  I tackled this in my viewfinder by getting the sign to grab your attention…and framed it with trees, sidewalk and the house.   In the end, I hope the composition corralled the picnic scene and made you think about taking one there!

I attended mass tonight, and had to say I could not miss the parallels to prayer life.  I wanted a few minutes of peace…and the dang work phone beeped.  In my job I cannot ignore it, or I could get reprimanded.  So I had to look.  As a result my prayer life..not just then…but always…gets diverted from thinking of God to a distraction  I had to laugh when I thought about how this is the perfect Devil’s tool for my weaknesses…and pulled me away from the solitude required to listen for God’s directions.

So somehow in the next week, I will try to push those distractions away.  I need to carve out the quiet needed to calm my mind and stay on the course the Lord intends for us all.

-ehw

Morning in Roswell

A patriotic morning ...

A patriotic morning …

A nice patriotic morning in Roswell, Georgia.  The downtown of our little city is full of cafes, restaurants, and artsy boutiques.  Wish some of my “stuff” could make it in there someday.

I do enjoy the downtown..the mix of colors, architecture and lovely flowers really are fun to work with.  They are also like my back yard garden.  Changing gloriously week to week.

Oh well…off to church to pray my family returns home safe this week from Virginia…and to thank the Lord for all he’s thrown my way.  One of these days I’ll be starting a tour of the churches down here, they are pretty amazing.

-ehw