January 1, 2021 at 12:02 pm #56316LenspirationModerator
• Publisher: Calvary Baptist Church (USA) & Scripture Baptist Church (Europe)
• Purpose: We are creating a 2022 Scripture Calendar in an European language with a theme of “The Word of God”. Around 3,500 of the 2020 Calendars were distributed in 2019, and we are hoping to distribute that amount or more each coming year!
• Request: A beautiful, calendar-worthy picture that elicits the emotion of “peace” to illustrate the verse, Psalm 119:165, “Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.”
• Special Instructions: a) The picture should have enough “empty”, uncluttered space in it (a quarter or more of the photo) so we can clearly put the words of the verse on it.
b) As much as is possible, the photo should be European-looking.
b) Our previous calendars have used mostly nature scenes. We don’t want to move too radically away from natural beauty such that people dislike the new calendar, but we will certainly consider creative ideas you might have for illustrating the Bible verse with any variety of objects.
c) In addition to what you come up creatively on your own, here are some ideas of things that could be used to illustrate this concept: A perfectly calm pond or lake, reflections in water, a snowy landscape, mist glowing in morning sunlight in a forest, a cozy village down in a valley photographed during blue hour with lights glowing.
• Orientation: Horizontal; photo will be used at roughly a 2:3 ratio.
• Photo Specs: Highest quality possible. It can not be smaller than 3000px longest edge. Edit however you like. No watermarks.
• How to Submit: Members can follow the A, B, C process outlined here. (Instructions for non-members can be viewed here.) You can submit up to 10 photos.
• Remuneration: Photos will be delivered to the ministry at no cost to them. However, thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, Lenspiration members will be paid $27 if their photo is chosen!
• Terms: By submitting your photo(s) on this forum, you agree to the terms outlined in the STS Photo Assignment Agreement.
• Deadline: Midnight Saturday, January 23, 2021 (or until this topic is no longer highlighted yellow).
Watch how I shot this assignment and get related training on how to shoot it yourself at, On Assignment: A Peaceful Scene!
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January 1, 2021 at 12:05 pm #56574
- This topic was modified 2 years, 11 months ago by James Staddon.
I have literally been looking for a vantage point close to home like this for years! I knew the top of this hill would offer some good views, but I had never made it all the way to the top. This assignment, and a forecast of clingy snow, finally pushed me out of my comfort zone to contact the property owner once again and get out there to finally photograph one of the best views I know of in the county.January 1, 2021 at 2:23 pm #56732Frazer FamilyParticipantJanuary 4, 2021 at 8:55 am #56782
Good point, @frazer-family. I’ve never been to Europe before either. Perhaps looking through an European landscape photographers portfolio would help? David Ward and Maciej Duczyński look like insightful portfolios. If you happen to be going anywhere this month, or have the time to drive and look around Mt. Orford, or maybe scout places along the way to the Rheaumes (Jonathan and I stopped a couple places back in 2019), I think you could find some pretty European-looking photos near you.January 4, 2021 at 9:36 am #56785Frazer FamilyParticipant
Thanks @jamesstaddon, for the great ideas!
In fact, I did take a brief look online to see what European scenery looks like, and what I noticed most predominantly was the topography. There seems to be a lot of hills, mountains, etc. there.January 9, 2021 at 11:16 am #56902Ezra LandisParticipantJanuary 10, 2021 at 4:25 pm #56916January 10, 2021 at 4:50 pm #56919January 10, 2021 at 5:30 pm #56924January 10, 2021 at 8:59 pm #56928Joshua OngParticipantJanuary 11, 2021 at 10:33 am #56942January 14, 2021 at 9:45 pm #57061Jamie ParfittParticipant
I was planning to pull some pictures from my portfolio that seemed peaceful, but Mom challenged me to get out there at blue hour like James had, and try to shoot some peaceful shots of our pond. Unfortunately, our the New York scenery is very brown and drab…we don’t seem to be getting any snow this winter.😏 (So that’s amazing that James had more snow down in WV than we had!) That said, it wasn’t the most picturesque setting, but it was a good challenge. Mom thought the house looked European, and encouraged me to shoot that at blue hour, as well.
None of these seem calendar-worthy to me, but it was a good experience.😉
~NaomiJanuary 14, 2021 at 10:05 pm #57080Jamie ParfittParticipantJanuary 15, 2021 at 2:43 am #57086Joshua OngParticipant
This picture reminds me of a peaceful scene. It was captured in autumn from a suspension bridge overlooking the Avon River in York, a city located 97 km east of Perth CBD. The topography may resemble that of Italy (hopefully), since parts of both Western Australia and Italy have a Mediterranean climate.January 18, 2021 at 1:37 pm #57367
So fun, @momparfitt! At least you had some snow! And it doesn’t look too ugly. Glad you braved the cold for the adventure. If you happen to get some snow before the end of the week, the picture of the house far away would be worth reshooting. And I did do quite a bit of editing to really pull out the blue sky in my photos, so if you do end up doing a second try, I would try brightening things up a bit and making it more blue.
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