2 Corinthians 5:17,21 VPO: New Life (ends October 23)

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    Frazer Family

    https://www.lenspiration.com/forums/reply/#####/edit/ where “####” stands for the reply number.

    I thought that was it last night, but when I tried that way it didn’t work. I just looked at it again this morning and realised (sheepish grin) that I forgot the “www.” part of it! 🙂

    I’ll try 9 attachments this time.

    Frazer Family

    Hmm… interesting. With ten attachments, the reply vanishes and I’m sent back to the first page of the post, but with nine it seems to work.

    Benjamin Holmes

    Hi Guys!

    Just a quick note to let all of you know that the VersePic that comes out of this VPO will be released on Monday Morning in accociation with our 97th Podcast episode!

    Thank you for your patience in waiting for the final result of the VPO… This ScriptureFocus segment was delayed from being released from when we had wanted to do it originally, and that meant a delay in designing the VP as well.

    I’ll try and post a final update soon giving you all the details, but until then, if you haven’t already read James’s great promo for Sharpening Character’s “Reverse STS” on the blog, I’d love for you to go read that article and learn more about the contest we are running right now in Celebration of our 100th Episode and Sharpening Character’s two year anniversary! (The two convieniently fell on the same date!)

    VersePic Director

    Benjamin Holmes

    HI’m not sure if I’m going to be able to write the closing remarks tommorow or not, but I did want to let you all know that Caitlin Compton’s photo was chosen to be used in the VP! You can see the VP on our website at http://www.sharpeningcharacter.com/versepics. @creative-click-photography, I have the email you’ve asked me to send your ProMembership submission prize to before, so unless you let me know otherwise, I’ll use that email!
    Thanks for the submissions and time you all have put into this VPO!

    Caitlin Compton

    That’s exciting! 🙂 I’m glad you can use the photo! Yes, @bensharpeningcharacter, the same email is fine.

    James Staddon

    Congratulations @creative-click-photography! That’s a beautiful VP @bensharpeningcharacter

    James Staddon

    Hey @bensharpeningcharacter, if you’d like to add your closing remarks here, just let me know and I’ll open this topic back up again!

    Benjamin Holmes

    I hate always having to start these summaries with an apology, but this time, it is definitely warranted! Between work, two web design clients, school, the podcast, and becoming the social media manager for my church, coming back and closing this VPO kept getting shoved to the back of the priorities chart, to the point that I literally completely forgot about it… It has been over two months since we closed the VPO, chose the winner, and sent off the prize, but I would still like to close this VPO officially with an admittedly belated explanation of why I choose the winner…

    I would like to mention that thankfully, this type of thing won’t happen in the future, as we’re switching up quite a few things at Sharpening Character to help out with our ever growing schedules! We’ll be switching to a new format and schedule for the VersePic Opportunities that will allow for much longer deadlines and more engagement while the STS is open! Expect the next VPO to appear in January, and thank you all for your patience and help! On to the VersePic Explanation…


    submitted photos of flowers and a baby goat, and though I do favor plant and still life over animals (more on that later), both flowers felt too mature a subject to suggest the idea of new life and both had a much darker tone than what I was looking for. The photo of the baby goat, while being super cute (loving those baby animals!), was destructively edited with an extremely heavy vignette and monochrome filter. While I can often work around a monochrome photo, the extremely heavy vignette immediately disqualified that photo from being used.


    submitted quite a few photos of seedlings and I loved it! I felt the subjects were good, conveyed the message well, and looked like quality photos, BUT while I love them on their own, they did not work well at all with text. Somehow, just putting text on these photos somehow cheapened them… Besides that, none of the photos worked from a design point of view as I had issues with cropping, trying to fit portrait photos into a 3:4 widescreen format, or simply finding a way to put text in the center of the photo without destroying the visual balance… Again, I really liked these photos, but I just couldn’t get them to work.


    cannot be thanked enough for adding a whole ton of cuteness to the VPO and for submitting so many different photos! More submissions usually means there is a higher chance that I can use one of your photos, but sadly this wasn’t true in this instance… I’m not an animal hater, but I quickly realized after trying out some of these photos that I could never use any photos of baby or adult animals in VersePics. The reason I say that is because our eyes are drawn to other eyes, or at the very least, other faces. When I look at the photo of the cute bunnies in the basket, I’m going to spend about 90% of my time looking at the cute bunnies’ faces and about 10% or less of the time noticing that I really like how the grass and the small basket work together to build a compelling backdrop for the cute bunnies! (Have I said “cute” enough for you yet? 😄) We are drawn to look at other faces, that’s perfectly natural and I don’t have a problem with that, but that fact frequently poses a problem when designing a VersePic. When we can see a face or when something is facing us, we look for it, we are drawn towards that and when I’m trying to put text in the center a photo with an animal or person’s face in it, I’m not only competing for attention but often losing the battle! Additionally and more importantly, while I crop at a 1:1 and 4:3 ratio for VPs, on a phone, what you actually see is a much narrower 9:16 ratio or the even narrower and increasingly more popular 9:18 ratio. Because of this, everything important in a VersePic needs to be visible within those narrow ratios, and nothing looks quite as bad as seeing text on a person or animal’s face or just seeing part of a face cropped off awkwardly… … Very long answer short, as much as I wanted these photos to work, they didn’t work out well…


    I really appreciated @rejoiceevermore submitting some photos, as one of his sessions at a family conference I attended was actually the inspiration for us to start creating VersePics in the first place! I felt both photos were a bit too subtle for me, though. The one with the corn, while still logically fitting the definition of new life, l felt was too subtle in its meaning, as I wanted something that immediately felt “new” and alive. The second photo of the butterfly felt too subtle in that the subject in the photo needed to help the concept of new life across is obscured by a very low aperture…


    I always appreciate @jamesstaddon stopping by with a submission! The photo, however, again dealt with the subject of seeds to bring across the idea of new life which wasn’t what I was looking for.


    instantly stole my attention when she submitted so many different photos through the DFR and with some seriously stunning shots of blossoms! There were so many great options to choose from, most of which could have worked in some form or another, that I really had a lot of difficulty choosing which one to use! The gorgeously “bokehed” background, the feeling of depth that comes with a small aperture, the bright greens and pinks, the photos really were everything I had been looking for! … so, you know, Caitlin’s photo was picked!


    Don’t forget to check back in January for the next VPO, and as always, thank you for your support in this ministry and may God bless you!

    VersePic Director

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