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Winter Stroll

Winter Stroll

It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to break away from the stuffy office, magnetic computers, and a demanding schedule to just roam around the great outdoors with a camera! No, it wasn’t for long, just a few strolls from one building to another. But it was...

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Back to Backpacks

Back to Backpacks

After returning from Peru, I knew the backpack I had chosen for travel, the Calumet BP935 Small Backpack, was not the one for me. It was very nice, but here were the drawbacks for me: Did not fit my back very well. Even with a waist strap, it was just too big for...

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First Plunge into HDR

First Plunge into HDR

Well, I gave in and finally bought Photomatix. After experimenting with three different programs, Lightroom, Photoshop CS5, and Photomatix, I figured this was the best way to go. Lightroom does an excellent job simulating HDR with it’s Fill Light slider, but the...

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Three Pictures

Three Pictures

Last Wednesday I taught a ultra-short-course in photography composition. It was the perfect day to teach because we were already at a State Park for a day-trip. I gave each person the assignment to take three pictures with the following criteria: Picture with a...

Perspective
Know the Quick Tips

Know the Quick Tips

For when you only have a few minutes to talk to someone who asks for tips on how to take good pictures, you might consider the following elements that have been helpful for me: Produce Emotional Impact Purpose (what message do you want people to walk away from the...

Tips & Tricks
Shooting the Night Sky

Shooting the Night Sky

There is so much creativity involved when it comes to taking pictures at night. Most folks might say it’s best to shoot with a full moon. However, it is just as exciting to take pictures during a new moon. At this point the stars are the clearest and it doesn’t...

Tips & Tricks
Welcome Autumn!

Welcome Autumn!

Though the trees are still mostly green, though yesterdays temperatures rose almost to 90 degrees, though in most respects it still feels like summer . . . there’s a particular rasp in the breeze-tossed trees, the chill of night lingers longer each morning, the...

Tips & Tricks
Shoot Manual!

Shoot Manual!

Just learning how to use an SLR? Is the multitude of settings a little overwhelming? Not sure how to use the manual modes? Persevere! Don’t waste your SLR by using the automatic settings! Learn to shoot with the manual modes (Av, Tv, M) every time you pick up the...

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Be Prepared

Be Prepared

When you do extraordinary things to get an extraordinary picture, I have found that it is important to be prepared with a good response to give anyone who might be questioning what you’re up to. In Indiana a few weeks ago, I was enjoying the warmth of the sunlight...

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A Glimpse into the Past

A Glimpse into the Past

Hi, I came across your site and was wondering how you got started with photography and what equipment you used and currently use. I would love to know how to get into it. --Frances Thanks for contacting me! I'd be more than willing to share how God has led me into...

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"O send out Thy light and Thy truth: let them lead me"! Psalm 43:3a So grateful we can know what the truth is!
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Found an incredible fire tower that you could actually walk to the top of! Talk about nerve-racking, but the view was amazing! #gotowv 
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The clouds really made for an interesting effect during the solar eclipse! I saw one of the eclipse workshop students' photo that looked similar to this, and I liked it so much I immediately went about creating my own version! The trial of clouds turned out to be a friend.
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The Lord parted the clouds for just long enough to be able to see the eclipse in its full glory! Solar eclipses are so AMAZING! 
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Will we be able to see the eclipse?? First contact has passed, and I've only had one glimpse.... 
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The sun was shining for the Solar Eclipse Photography Workshop practice session this morning! Praying it will be clear at the critical moment later today! 
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Solar Eclipse Photography Workshop kicked off last night!! Thank you @gabe_cleator for the photo!
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It was a challenge to work this scene! 😀 Having a prominent sunburst to incluse really helps.
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Not what you'd expect for a Kentucky landscape! 
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"The pride of thine heart hath deceived thee, thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, whose habitation is high; that saith in his heart, 'Who shall bring me down to the ground?'" (Obadiah 1:3). All I can think of is, beware America.
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Had a great time at the IAHE @theiahe convention over the weekend! 7 photography students on the Photography Team Workshop plus 2 alumni @isaac.peterson.media @elijah.fullerton covering the conference while the beginners were getting up to speed!
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For, lo, He that formed the mountains, and created the wind, and declared unto man what is his thought, that makes the morning darkness, and treads upon the high places of the earth, "The LORD", "The God of hosts," is His name (Amos 4:13).
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"...if any say, 'I have sinned, and perverted that which was right...', [God] will deliver his soul from going into the pit, and his life shall see the light." --Elihu on repentance, in Job 33:27-28 
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PRAYER. That's this month's Shoot to Serve photo assignment! Learn how to shoot it yourself or submit your own photos at www.lenspiration.com/current-assignment 
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Wow, picnicking in March is pretty nice! 😀
Really enjoyed stopping at the New River Gorge yesterday! The Lord even worked it out to be there for sunset. 
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