Silly and Somber Pictures of Houses

by | Aug 27, 2021 | Perspective | 3 comments

A friend of mine is working on a book reprinting project. Right now, he’s working on recreating the cover. Problem is, he doesn’t have the original book cover image, and what he does have is too low quality for the printer to accept.

So, he asked me about it. “Would you by chance have a picture that looks similar?”


This is exactly the sort of request I would normally make into a big Featured Assignment for all you Lenspirationers. However, there wasn’t the time for that. So, I told him I would look through my archives and see what I could find!

I opened Lightroom and searched for “house”.

And right off, I found this one!

121007_James Staddon_1673 Canon EOS 40D, 17 mm, 1-400 sec at f - 4.0, ISO 100

This next photo I felt had a bit more character, so of all the photos I found, I decided to show him this one first….

131017_James Staddon_8029 Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 60 mm, 1-40 sec at f - 11, ISO 400

“Haha. I fell over laughing….” was his rely.

So, maybe he wanted something a little more well-to-do?

140912_James Staddon_1140 Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 105 mm, 1-100 sec at f - 16, ISO 100

Of course, I was just being silly. Smile 

But in all seriousness, as I was sorting through pictures tagged “house” and “home”, I was reminded of how privileged we are in the United States to think what we think when we think “house” and “home”. I came across this picture I took of a place that’s called “home” for a family living in Tijuana, Mexico….

160504_James Staddon_9085 Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 17 mm, 1-400 sec at f - 4.0, ISO 800

It sobered me up a bit.

I don’t feel like a king every day?

130124_James Staddon_5512 Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 32 mm, 1-125 sec at f - 11, ISO 400

I think I’m entitled to joys beyond the basic necessities of life?

111230_James Staddon_5387 Canon EOS 40D, 18 mm, 30.0 sec at f - 5.6, ISO 400

I can vacation whenever I want, when I feel like the mountains are not vacation enough?

130830_James Staddon_2842 Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 24 mm, 1.0 sec at f - 16, ISO 50

I am blessed beyond measure.

And let us not forget where those blessings come from.

“If ye walk in my statutes, and keep my commandments and do them; . . . I will give peace in the land, and ye shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid: and I will rid evil beasts out of the land, neither shall the sword go through your land.” Leviticus 26:3,6

Eventually, I found a photo of a house that seemed to fit the the request a little better.

This is not the VanEssens house by the way

Not perfect, but the best that I could find.

And this project isn’t over! If you have any beautiful, high-quality photos from your portfolio that you think might work, feel free to share them here. I do not know how much longer this opportunity will be open. It’s not a Featured Assignment.

But the next Featured Assignment will be coming soon! 

It’s launching here on the blog next Friday, September 3, so stay tuned! We’ll be photographing something very specific for Suzanne Shera of Lightlab Etc.  Suzanne is a veteran homeschooler from the Philadelphia area, author of the book, Lightlab, and loves to teach math and physics.

But what’s exciting to me is Suzanne’s passion for spreading the Gospel message to kids using her knowledge of math, science, and light. Light is mentioned in the Bible hundreds of times beginning with Genesis 1:3, all the way through to Revelation 22:5. Just like light is indispensable to survival on this planet, so Jesus is indispensable to a relationship with God in heaven.

And so, she’s asking us for a picture! A specific picture. One she’ll be using in future talks and publications. And you’ll have to find out what it is next Friday!

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  1. Christian H.

    Yes, your photos really are a reminder that we are blessed beyond measure! Thank you for sharing. 🙂
    I really like that last one. Nice picture!


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