Behind the Shot: Sky Rock Overlook

Behind the Shot: Sky Rock Overlook
The Shoot to Serve assignment that expires tomorrow, Woman Worshiping God, has been on my radar for several weeks… Problem is, I don’t live near any epic overlooks or “perfect” locations that the assignment demands. Yes, I live in the “Mountain State”, but the mountains here not the kind of mountains Margret is... Read More »

Re-Thinking “Dark” and “Light”

Re-Thinking “Dark” and “Light”
Even if you don’t consider yourself to be a photographer, I’m sure we’ve all taken pictures during special events of one sort or another! And whether it was a holiday celebration, a birthday party, a wedding reception (anything festivity-related), I’m guessing it was probably indoors. Celebrations are indoors most of... Read More »

Ever Heard of the “Glowy Effect”?

Ever Heard of the “Glowy Effect”?
Ever heard of the “glowy effect”?If you haven’t, that’s ok because, well, I just sorta made it up the other day. For the current Shoot to Serve assignment, Glowing Sunlight, I simply didn’t know how to clearly explain the effect I was envisioning would be an awesome way to shoot this assignment.So I came up with... Read More »

Behind the Shot: Stormy Mountain Majesty

Behind the Shot: Stormy Mountain Majesty
Stormy Mountain Majesty Denali National Park, Alaska Downloadable as a free desktop wallpaper for Lenspiration subscribers   This is what sunset looked like at 9:30pm on that beautiful, Alaskan summer evening. “Pretty late, for a sunset,” I thought. And it really wasn’t actually dark till after 11. Sunsets are... Read More »

How Do You Deal With Temptation?

How Do You Deal With Temptation?
I love Sunday evenings! Especially after the time change. It gets dark so early one can sit down and enjoy a good book for what feels like “late into the night” without it actually going late into the night! Last night I was reading William Gurnall’s “The Christian in Complete Armour”. I bet if camera’s had been... Read More »

Behind the Shot: Diamond Ring

Behind the Shot: Diamond Ring
Diamond Ring August 21, 2017 Total Solar Eclipse Downloadable as a free desktop wallpaper for Lenspiration subscribers The first time I heard about it was in early July. “Hey, you planning on taking any pictures of the solar eclipse next month?” a friend asked as I was packing up after the Sacramento... Read More »

Do I Ever Delete Photos?

Do I Ever Delete Photos?
In this digital age, the cost of snapping a photo is insanely cheap. But does that mean I keep every single photo I take? This is a question someone asked me the other day, and an important question for those who are just starting to think about how they will set up their own personal processing workflow. Deleting... Read More »

How Bulb Mode Works

How Bulb Mode Works
Did you know that the longest shutter speed your camera offers is 30 seconds? Even in full Manual mode, you can’t set the shutter speed to be any longer than 30 seconds. So, what do you do if you want to open the shutter speed for longer than that? This snapshot of star trails had a shutter speed of 843 seconds! You... Read More »

A Marvel Worth Musing On

A Marvel Worth Musing On
It was surprisingly warm for a late-September evening as I lay there gazing up at the stars. My brother and I had dragged out our cots and sleeping bags onto the driveway, and oh! it was worth the effort just to be able to gaze up into that incredibly clear sky! There wasn’t a cloud to be seen, there was no mist in... Read More »

Stacking My 3 Favorite Filters

Stacking My 3 Favorite Filters
Stumbling on the “perfect perspective” doesn’t happen by random chance very often. And finding a good angle to shoot Mt. Shasta reflected in Lake Siskiyou was no exception. I spent a lot of time trying to find a good spot, and it’s ironic how easily accessible the spot I finally settled on turned out to be! Want to... Read More »

Someone’s Looking For Your Photos

Someone’s Looking For Your Photos
Have any random photos of storm clouds? If you’ll take the time to submit them, there’s someone willing to use them. Last week’s Shoot to Serve photo request came from the IBLP Family Conferences. They were looking for pictures of storm clouds to use as a background image for a powerpoint of the hymn “A Shelter In... Read More »

Four Photographers Get Some Great Advice

Four Photographers Get Some Great Advice
Thank you, photographers, for participating in the recent Shoot to Serve photo assignment, Titus 3:5-6 VersPic Opportunity! Here’s an update from the VersePic director, Ben, on why he used the picture he used and why he didn’t use the pictures he didn’t use. This is some extremely practical education that you folks... Read More »

A Story From Gibson Ranch

A Story From Gibson Ranch
Back in July, after the Sacramento Family Conference, there was a group of conference staff that needed to get to the airport early Saturday morning. Even though it meant getting up at like 3:30am to get them there (and we were all exhausted from running the conference that week), I volunteered to do the airport run... Read More »

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