Kalen and Kevin go to work
Here is a guest post from Kalen and Kevin! Two weekends ago we started preparing for our first Blue Knights meeting. This is not the motor cycle gang, it is a Catholic Youth Formation group for boys! Our first year is building the armor of God, and the first thing we had to make were the shields of faith.
So the boys got to play with power tools as we cut up the shields for them and their pals. During our “cutting up” each of the boys took turns grabbing a few photos. Here are a few from their work…
We’ll be painting them this weekend with symbols of faith. We talked about St. Peter and St. Stephen the night of the meeting, and they worked on their memory verse. The whole purpose of this program is to encourage and enable fathers and sons to grow together in faith by providing each other the foundation needed to a a life time of service to God.
So far so good…
P.S. This is the little Fujifilm X-20 going to work here.
Almost game time
Everyone needs practice…and I mean everyone! The boys on the field and Daddy behind the lens. I’d been working out Mr Fuji for a while…and I almost forgot where my buttons were on Mr Pentax!
Today I’d like to make a pitch to really get to know your gear. I know I’ve said that many times before, but I really mean it! I’m looking for ways to reduce post processing time, and the best way to do that is getting the shot right in camera. And oh by the way these cameras have a ton of features we can maximize and use if we so dare!
So today I worked on using high dynamic range and I actually played with the color settings. Yep I took it off Neutral and played with the Dynamic setting with some curves thrown in. Well worked pretty well, except a few were too dark from over contrast.
So get out there and enjoy the fall light! It in an of itself is a wonderful thing to enjoy and play with!
PS Both with Pentax K-5 using the 60-250
Patriot Day Honors
This week we celebrated Patriot Day on 9/11. It truly is one of those few days in modern history when the course of nations changed in a matter of hours.
In the middle of the week I found myself surrounded by the hustle and bustle of the home and work. Coming home exhausted I still could not let myself ignore this opportunity to say thank you to those who served and protected us all these years.
This Patriot’s Day I had some sadness, since the week before a friend from my Infantry Officer Basic in 1993 informed me how many of our instructors met their deaths in the wars since 9/11/01. As we talked names and faces came back to me, and how they led us in our little adventures of learning in the red clay of Fort Benning, Georgia.
So on this weekend amidst the tumult of football games, children’s activities, and counting pennies in this weak economy take a second to remember the fallen…remember those who serve and remember why we are all called to serve as well.
P.S. Fujifilm XE-1 with 18-55. Pre-focused in the late afternoon light and shade.
So Much in one image..so much in one God
Tomorrow is Patriots Day, and as we remember 9/11 we need to remember what historical patriotism is in our country’s history.
Patriotism is selflessness of action when others are down. Patriotism is using the talents God gave us to care for ourselves well enough to have a surplus from time to time. Patriotism is sharing the bounty through charity tithes without being forced under a government edict. Patriotism historically recognizes each person has a right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Note there is no guarantee of happiness..that is why the French ended in guillotines. the Russian revolution ended in some 10 million or so dead, and Mao killed his own millions. I could go on and on…
If you are in doubt as to what you should do to be a Patriot, I think we need not look further than the cross. Simply remember who will be our judge at the end of time. I’ve yet to see anyone go wrong just following natural law in terms of Patriotism. Because when people work together following natural law they build communities. Natural Law does not divide people willfully. We must respect those who go down their own path, under their own right to life self determination. The Founders knew this, and built natural law into our national fabric from the beginning. If you do not believe me read their writings from their own hand, not what a modern author says about them today!
So what will you do today to be a Patriot and join the ranks of those honored? Remember our nation is not one of birthright defining our lives, it is one where we are supposed to have a birthright to stake out our own lives. Whether you are 1 or 91 you can choose to live a life of a Patriot. Simply follow the law that was here before time began.
PS This is an example of re-developing a photograph using new processors. I used OnOne to take a good photo and make it a whole lot better. It is something I could not do a few years ago. So go back and play with the past and bring out the vision you wanted with what we now have today. Hey that is why they kept negatives in the film days! No different at all! Oh and don’t write when you should be in bed…typos abound!