It is one of those trying times for me right now….challenges, challenges and more challenges.
As I processed this photo it pretty much matched my mood. A dark forest being slowly being lit by the morning sun after a rainy night. The morning haze showing off the rays of light and mist. i see a lot of darkness, but I can still feel the light of the Lord guiding me step by step through the woods.
As a newer artist I still find it extraodinary when emotion guides your artistic decisions and direction. I think that is what makes the whole adventure enjoyable and thought provoking. Yet I cannot help myself from asking if anyone else sees my vision the same way…or will it merely become whatever they want it to be? If someone does not see what you intended are you a success or a failure?
To answer my question, I think it would be silly to think everyone will look at the photo the way you intended. We all have different thoughts, perspectives and references. Success and failure of a piece really depends on whether or not the image gets you to simply stop and think about your photo as they apply their thoughts to it.
P.S. X-E1 with 18-55 shot while cooking eggs and sausage.
The Slow Spring
I don’t know about you, but this almost feels like we’re going to have a year without a summer! The flowers and blooms though are trying to come out and enjoy the sun. Just a quick shot from the yard in the fading spring light this weekend. These flowers are very graceful for a day at most, then they get twisted, and lose a lot of their appeal. So if I want a shot of them, I need to photograph them as soon as they open. So the lesson of the day is to take the shot now, because you never know if it will be there tomorrow.
Good lesson for life as well.
P.S. Fuji X-E1 with 60mm close up lens. (This is not a true macro as it will only do 2:1, not the full 1:1 a traditional macro will obtain)
Premium or Regular?
I received a blessing from God today…I went out to fellowship and take photos with the His Light Workshop Crew.
If you have a few minutes I suggest you take a look at the work of Bill Fortney ( http://billfortney.com/) and Jim Begley (http://www.wowphotoshdr.com/).
What you will find are stunning images of life. You will not find subjects created for shock value or pure sex appeal. You find written word and art which lifts you upwards…toward an appreciation for God and all his wonders. Bill is fond of saying he loves texture in his photos. I also think he is very good at helping you appreciate the textures God adds to your life. Jim makes High Dynamic Range (HDR) photos which knock your socks off in content, technical excellence and message. When you talk to him, you can see feel his love of God coming out in the same manner of an HDR photograph where something we think is too dark for perception reveals itself and the composition makes sense so the message takes root in your heart and mind in equal parts. How do these men do this? By actively listening to you, and letting God work through them in a very humble manner.
See if you come to a His Light Workshop, you better be ready for God to speak through its many members. You need to understand that when you join the crew, they will care about you more as a person than as a photographer. The funny thing is when they do this, they offer more of themselves to you as teachers than most others ever will if they did the reverse.
I saw many examples today of agape love in HDR. People freely giving of themselves to care for others, offering a prayer for others in need, and providing an environment for people to engage in the sharing at a level their personalities and life texture permits. It is not loud, it is not outlandish…it is quiet and subtle..it is the sound of the Holy Spirit working his way through people bringing Christ where needed for their sustainment.
So why the title? Well we all have many choices in life for everything we do. In choosing friends and services I think we also have a choice…we can chose Premium or Regular friends. A regular friend will be with us as we travel through life, but when a challenge arrives they’ll just walk on their own trying to help you with a man’s knowledge. A premium friend with walk with you, and when the time comes not be afraid to invoke God in the discussion of how you shall overcome life’s challenges using his revealed laws of nature and scripture.
The men and women of His Light…they are Premium.
PS X-E1 with the 35mm Prime
Hardened Steel Guards a Box
I took this photo on Saturday, and when I took it I immediately thought about Lent.
One of my goals this lent is to work on accepting God’s love myself in my personal life. I’ve noticed over the last few years that when I accept more of his agape (self gift) I can give more of me to them than I could before.
I know it sounds funny, but it really is true. I see this in the lives of many saints. Little Mother Theresa is a giant in what she she accomplished because of this very lesson. So if I can do this on even a small scale in my life, maybe this could help my family more than I ever could going it all alone.
So even though the world crushes us with all it has to make us harden our hearts towards God, we have to fight that. We have to get a peace in our lives that can only come by keeping hearts unlocked to his spirit’s love.
Might be a neat idea for you to try as well!
PS Pentax K-5 with DFA-100WR, post in Aperture. I used a combination of global contrast, definition and brushes for detail, and polarization.