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Faith of Our Fathers

May 28, 2008 Leave a comment

Recently I’ve come to the realization that we are not getting any younger, one of the things that helped trigger this with me was talking to another SGA who was talking about when his kids move away, as if it were going to be within the decade. In his case it probably will, he’s already got an eleven year old.

What I mean is “those teens of the end” that I envisioned blasting signs in the sky right alongside our parents has been changed a bit over time. Not only are most of my generation having kids, but also starting to have teens as well. Our parents, have nearly all become grandparents for some time now, are getting on in age too and all too often there is a notice that another one that has been called home to their very deserving rewards.

The vision might start looking a bit different, not only once we all start peering through reading glasses or bifocals. We are not teens anymore, age, weight, balding, ailments and gravity will all take their toll on our teen-no-longer bodies. Our own teens might decide to lead other lives then we had envisioned for them or worse, become apostates just like our generation experienced, history has a way of repeating itself. What should not change is our faith, that of our fathers and mothers, some of whom have died in faith, dieing is easy, it’s the living in faith we battle doubts about and drives some to spiritual suicide, and yet others to spiritual homicide.

We have the privilege of the sample of those that have gone before to follow and will continue on even if we are not the teens calling fire from heaven, who cares, we will be a part of training those that will, by faith.

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The Rock will hold

May 18, 2008 3 comments

Yesterday we went to a local canyon with some guys from the other home where some of them did free climbing on small faces of rock, I took the opportunity to take pics of the nature and memory shots for the kids and guys climbing.

This is a bigger climb that we did not do that day but others were doing it so I thought it was good stock setting and shows how big The Rock is to us and our problems and our own ideas so small, He can hold our weight and help our problems simple as a rope.

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One other philosophy thought while up on the top of the ridge waiting to take pics of our guys coming up higher then the tree line to take pics of them. Flowers growing on top of high peaks braving the wind and weather to be the shiny faces of nature they are intended to be even if no one ever sees them, these got to be photographed my me, many don’t yet they live their summer lives content on the Rock taking in the view.

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Earshot

May 9, 2008 1 comment

The theory of sound goes that if there is no receivers to hear, even the greatest noise would fall silent.

This is yet another trip-off in the task of stock sound images, but part of my mental exploration of the project, had a busy day on other fronts and all but will do the photo grind work too, but will spare you all the pics here most probably. Been having good witnessing adventures and lives changed and seeds of faith taking root in people’s lives, which is my real job. But this is what I do for fun, sounds good :P, and an interesting topic to explore conceptually.

(click to enlarge) …and a blupper of my “elaborate set” and shadow, just for the fun of it.

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Hearing Shadows

May 7, 2008 1 comment

Yesterday I got a curious email from a great gal and fellow photographer to help with some pics of sound and music and restful pics as a favor, so I will be doing what I can. I played around a bit this morning with headphones and things I had around. As I was outside for natural light I had to make sure my shadow was not in the pic, then a thought came to me “why fight it, use it”, so I did for some. I don’t know if these are what she wants but they were fun “out of the box” photography norm that I liked them. Pray I get ideas and time for this little project for a Flora and a book on sound and peace.

(click on image to enlarge) Only earphones and my shadow, no PS. my shadow leaning over a whiteboard surface with the earphones on it. Not the easiest to get my hands and DSLR camera hidden in my head shape, could not see the pic as I was taking it, just had to guess and hold it still, just photo fun.

uncut look

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Christmas Presents…

May 1, 2008 1 comment

No, I have not forgotten what time of year it is. I was going to start with a, “nothing is wrong with my head”, but that would not be totaly accurate. I know it is not Christmas, but there was a little contest posted for Activated Christmas covers for ’08 so I thought I’d use it as a learning thing. I love pictures, I even enjoy taking them of everything, but oh how I loath setting up studio-like sets and photo shoots. Being that I do not live in either of the arctic poles and the fact that I waited nearly a day before the May 1st deadline there was no snow and not much but heavy leaves of spring in sight outdoors. I settled on pulling some Christmas decor boxes out and seeing what I could play with.

I take comfort in George Bernard Shaw’s logic of trying something over and over again till you finally get it right. In photography I am not there yet, but still trying. These are some attempts I sent in, remember, saw them first here.

Two different ideas, taken in three different shoots.

Here is a behind the scene look at my “set” (minus the messy room), to show you that you can do anything with nothing if you really want to.

By candle light.

Source material is a printed out pic from my shoot the night before, it’s an original idea, I think.

Baby and me, that’s really how it happened folks! Not the first Christmas of course, but the wee hours of May 1st in my room. Click to enlarge images.

Have fun, and enjoy the fact that it’s not Christmas time yet.

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