February 12, 2017 at 2:39 pm #21515Andrew StevensParticipant
Hello all! Thanks so much for your continued support of Sharpening Character’s VersePics Bible Memory tool! It’s been so awesome to see your submissions coming in each week! This week, we are in need of an image to backdrop Matthew 6:33-24.
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”
Requester: Sharpening Character
Purpose: VersePics Bible Memory Tool (See Sharpeningcharacter.com/versepics for more information and to see examples of past VersePics)
Suggested Image Subjects: Spyglass/telescope, castle/fortress, (sorry, here it is again! ;-)) sunsets/sunrises. If you can think of something else that might work for these verses, feel free to be creative with them! (Also, if you have already submitted sunset/sunrise photos you feel might work in the last few weeks, just let us know in your reply; no need to post the image over again.)
Remuneration: Being a small organization of 4 guys that is self-funded, we cannot offer any payment at this time. Any submissions received would be regarded as a gift towards advancing the Kingdom of God, and helping others to memorize and meditate on His Word.
Terms: You are granting Sharpening Character (and our partner ministry Courageous Men of the Word) the right to use your image for VersePics (be it this verse, or another at a later date. If the latter, we will verify with you before use.) You also grant us the ability to fully edit and Photoshop your photos. You continue to retain full rights to your submissions.
Deadline: 11:59 PM Eastern, Thursday, February 16th 2017
Submission Notes: Please add your submissions as Attachments to your Replies. Please do not use links in the Reply, or add your submission directly in the Reply. You have the ability to upload 20 attachments (2MB or smaller) per Reply. You may make multiple Replies, but keep in mind that we only want to view your very best submissions. Please submit images that exceed 2666px wide by 2000px tall. If you submit a picture below these limits, specifically tell us in your reply so we can know beforehand. No watermarks, text, or any other image modifications please! We will credit you by your forum name with the Lenspiration Watermark in the final VersePic.
Contact: For questions, please email [email protected]February 13, 2017 at 7:28 am #21516James StaddonKeymaster
Let’s use this opportunity to experiment with all manual focusing! Here’s what I mean.February 13, 2017 at 9:39 am #21524
I’ll admit it, manual focus is a lot of fun! I “discovered” it when photographing our outdoor Christmas lights, and manual focus really took my shots to the next level! It’s easier for me to get whatever focus I want, such as on the lights in the corner of the shot, rather than to rely on trying to get the camera to focus on where want it, and then refocus on the background! Grr… 😉 Good luck guys!
February 15, 2017 at 6:13 pm #21593
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I haven’t had much of a chance to think of what to take a picture of, but the first thing that came to mind was a Bible and glasses, only because I didn’t have any of the listed items to take a picture of. I definitely understand if these pics will not work because it didn’t take me long to put the set-up together!
I suppose though, if you like the idea but wanted a different composition, I could try something else for you.February 15, 2017 at 10:08 pm #21599
This is quite possibly a problematic verse to shoot for! I don’t think I could use those pictures Hannah. I’ve had a while to think about it, and the only thing I can think of is possibly someone praying, a good forest landscape shot, or Scottish castles! Just some thoughts, although I’ve always had trouble with photos on prayer in the past, and never been able to use them, so that might not be a good idea! Path shots should be easier to come by, and it’s more likely that I will be able to use them!
As for some tips for composition, try to imagine the verse in the center of your shot; how should that change the way you shoot?February 16, 2017 at 6:02 am #21600
Would you be interested in any snowy paths? This morning i’ll be going out to take pics of the fresh snow that I could try to get paths.
Though I may have some fall trails too.
I have entered pics of someone reading their Bible if you want to look at the “Read-Your-Bible.com” background image” in the shoot to serve category.February 16, 2017 at 9:04 am #21603February 16, 2017 at 11:41 am #21623
Thanks Hannah! Thank you for shooting that winter trail for me! Unfortunately, since the VP’s are made in a landscape rather than in a portrait view, I had some difficulty trying to find a crop that would work well. It was honestly more the fault of the scene than the photo though, as those trees only really work in a portrait view! I really like those fall stairs you submitted, but I’d need to try and crop it a little bit to try and keep them in the main composition of the VP. There is a problem however. When I imported all of these shots into Pixelmator, I discovered that all of these photos are below the resolution I need for the VP’s without cropping the photos… Do you happen to have any of these shots in a higher resolution, particularly the stairs?
Also, if you take your photos in the RAW or DNG format, I have the capability to edit them, even though you can’t submit it though the forum. We’ve been having quite the discussion about that here: https://www.lenspiration.com/forums/topic/opportunity-versepic-city-on-a-hill/page/2/ . If you do have that shot of the stairs in RAW, you can send it to me though this Dropbox link: https://www.dropbox.com/request/w5rf4abOpaPBxE31JuOX . You don’t need to have a Dropbox account to submit the file, as the link will just take you to a file uploader.
If you don’t have a higher resolution photo of the stairs, I may try using the painting process to upscale the shot, as it didn’t look great blurred… Alternitavely, I may need to find another photo… Sorry about that… Thank you for your submissions though! I appreciate your helpfulness!February 16, 2017 at 3:41 pm #21634
I’m officially extending the deadline for this Opportunity!
Deadline: 11:59 PM Eastern, Friday, February 17th 2017
Hopefully that should help! I’ll start working on the VP this Saturday, and I’ll put out a shout out on the other VP forum for more submissions. It’s kind of confusing having three VP Opportunities active at the same time, when this is the only on accepting photos! 😂 Good greif… Anyway, at this point I’d rather try to find another photo on Pixabay than to need to use the painting process again this week, as I’m trying to not use that too frequently… That would likely mean I wouldn’t be able to use your photo of those awesome stairs unless you had a higher resolution shot… Unless of course I got a new app. I’ll explain what I mean later if I use it! Gotta keep the mystery going, right? 😉February 16, 2017 at 9:56 pm #21641AbbyParticipant
I was trying to think of a creative Idea to go with this verse and I came up with a photo of a Bible with a calendar in the background to represent time spent seeking God. The green leaf represents Growth from seeking God’s righteousness. I really had fun experimenting with manual controls. It was very helpful for making the picture just the way I wanted it. Hope this helps. 🙂February 17, 2017 at 8:21 pm #21663
Sorry about the blurry picture, I did notice it that it was blurry. @emilym has one that might work for you That she took of the same stairs, and I’ll have her send it.February 18, 2017 at 7:20 am #21667
Thanks Hannah! I appreciate it, but I was thinking I could just worry about editing later and figure out the text first using your picture of the stairs, and I had a bit of bother with that… I still really liked your photo though, so I tried to find another photo that I could use that has a lot of the same stuff in it. (You inspired me with an idea! It looks to be really cool!)
It’s also a little past my deadline, and I have to get started on the VP right now so I can send it to CMOW by tonight. Sorry about that! I usually can’t afford to wait till Friday for a new picture, and while this week was an exception to that, I REALLY can’t wait till sometime today… (the VP needs to be done by Saturday afternoon…) Thank you for your kind offer though!February 18, 2017 at 11:36 am #21668James StaddonKeymaster
the first thing that came to mind was a Bible and glasses
So creative, @hannahm, about the glasses! Hadn’t thought of that myself. Even if Ben wasn’t able to use it, it was worth the effort. It does seem like a pair of reading glasses on a Bible has more to do with “seek ye first” than a “Scottish castle”, but like I said in this weeks blog post we’re learning the element of approaching out photography from a client’s perspective.
Thank you @bensharpeningcharacter for making the special effort to try to make some of these photos work. Perhaps you’re learning as much as we photographers are. 🙂 And I hope extending the deadline wasn’t too much of a stress point for you!
It’s also a little past my deadline, and I have to get started on the VP right now so I can send it to CMOW by tonight.
Deadlines are deadlines! 🙂February 18, 2017 at 4:09 pm #21675
I was thinking about “kingdom” rather than seek, and that’s the reason I requested castles! In any case, I’m having fun with this VP! So far… I’ve been creating a low aperture effect the hard way, with lots of different layers! It’s all coming together!
Also, that “very specific thing” that I talked about a long time ago in a VP explanation happened. I finally have a phone that works! (… it’s a long story…) Hopefully, that’ll mean that I’ll be able to come on the forum and give thoughts to the submissions and be more active throughout the week, like I was able to this week! (we don’t have inexpensive internet at out house in the country, so we don’t have internet at all.) That should help some!
I am having fun with this VP! Doing some interesting stuff… Hope you guys like it!February 18, 2017 at 6:09 pm #21677
Did you see that @emilym sent you the picture in drop box? I don’t think it was taken in manual though, and it is not in the RAW formation either, but just in case you can somehow use it, otherwise that’s fine.
I hope you were able to find some picture for the back ground. Sometimes it’s hard to know how to take a picture and what to take it of. 😉
Though, hopefully my mind will get more creative as I continue trying to get certain pictures for people 🙂
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