Looking up to Heaven

Spires draw you up to God

Spires draw you up to God

Vertical elements in churches main function it to have you look up, hopefully towards where we perceive heaven to be.  This is a reflection of our natural tendencies.  I have yet to find a culture where when they are happy they look down, or when in a defeated stance look up.

Each stone you see weighs 50 to 100 pounds.  Estimates say they moved over 125,000 cubic feet of rock.  Some fathers and grown sons hauled as many as 70-80 loads of stone to help raise this from the ground.  By the way…no automatic lifts or power tools!

Amazing!

-ehw

PS All the info is coming from the parish information sheet…check out their website at www.stfedelischurch.com

Three Portraits

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Up in Chicago I spent the last few days working on my portraits and marketing skills. One additional challenge I put before myself was to start asking people to pose for a portrait for me. In each portrait I wanted to try and start capturing a part of my subject’s personality….and why they are such special people to God and me!

In the first photo you see my friend Richard. He was my table buddy during the group talks and we shared a few wonderful meals together. He is from Mayberry, NC..the real one. He and his loving wife worked hard for years as a husband/wife team in a two person law firm. Now he and his wife are retired…and he is now adventuring. I hope the photo reflects his wonderful, peaceful, calm and friendly personality.  I’ll never forget the vegetable rolls he ordered the last night there!  Even when surprised he was so calm!

The second photo is Levi Sim; now of Portland, Oregon. I hope you see the energy in those eyes. He is a man of seemingly superman energy. Actually doesn’t he look like Clark Kent?…well anyway the energy in those eyes is nourished by a wonderful wife and a little girl they are adopting. I loved seeing him well up over a child he loves so much…made me think of how I felt each of the four times a child entered my life. I hope you can see the joy in his life right there.

The final photo is of my friend Adrian. He and I were table buddies last year at Skip’s. We renewed our friendship this week.  He is smart, direct, and one of the more encouraging people you’ll ever meet. He is a U.S. citizen from Romania … .and if he does not give you inspiration about taking a risk in a completely new land and starting with nothing no one will. He gave me help last year, and this year in the encouragement realm…thanks buddy.

Now I hope you enjoyed my little set of portraits. A little tip to the People of Calgary blog…he is inspirational at meeting and introducing interesting people up there…and one day I hope to add some more jock stories like this.

-ehw
P.S. All with the fujifilm x-e1.  Edited in Snapseed while I waited for the airplane ride home.

Superstar

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Isabelle was a superstar for us in our portraiture class yesterday…she sings, dances, entertains and doesn’t let happiness leave her heart. Lovely gal.

Well today in Bob Coates fine art class we do discussed finishing effects you can put into photos through applications such as photoshop, On One software and others to add to the artistry of the image. Did not take many photos, but I did learn how much more one can do if you want to take the photo beyond normal and evolve it into a hybrid art form….it was almost overwhelming for a guy like me who doesn’t know photoshop at all.

Well I took a few of those techniques and added them to the photo I took of Isabelle yesterday…it is already on her family web page…Dad threw it right up…so I got one happy customer this week!

So thanks Bob for a wonderful eye opening day!

-ehw

Portraits with Michele Celentano

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Yesterday I had the joy of attending a class in formal portrait photography provided by Michele Celentano. Michele is a wonderful tea her who constantly through us into the fire…with a safety net. It was was wonderful.

The key lessons are simple, but the devil is in the details. Where I’m looking big picture she already was two steps ahead of me going into details. Not just any details but how a hand is laid down on a brother’s shoulder, or if the whites of the eyes are too visible….these details are what makes her a master formal portrait artist.

I’d just like to say thank you to her for her dedication to the instruction yesterday. I’ll be taking it home and putting it all to work as soon as I can so I don’t forget the lessons learned….

More importantly I’ll keep some of that passion for the craft she imprinted on me for a long time to come!