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Animoto.com

November 22, 2008

Check out this cool service I was turned on to. It’s called Animoto and it automatically creates slide shows from your pics. You can do an unlimited number of 30sec videos or purchase credits to make longer, DVD quality slide shows. They provide the music or you can upload your own. It’s kinda fun. I wouldn’t use it to try to produce anything super long or something I was going to sell, but it’s a cool way to throw something together fast and when your done it will even automatically post it to your blog (just about any host) or YouTube. This one took me all of 5 mins. to do. Not tear producing drama, but it was fun to do.

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Ansel Adams via Yosemite

September 13, 2008

Last night after Vespers several of us were gabbing about the Law’s recent trip to Yosemite. Now, I can never think of Yosemite without thinking about Ansel Adams and when I start flipping through AA’s work I can’t help but reflect on the influence he had on me in my early teens.

My very first “exposure” to Adams’ work -sorry- was via an article written about him I found in an issue of my Father’s Popular Photography Magazine. Up until that time I had only a fleeting interest in photography and mostly paged through my Father’s magazines looking for pictures of pretty, scantily clothed models. Hey, I was 13! Don’t worry I’ll confess it.

When I came upon the article about the then barely known work of Ansel Adams, I can honestly say the process of “taking a picture” would never seem the same to me again. I knew enough about cameras and photography in general to know that the images printed there where not visually accurate to the I scenes as they appeared on the focusing screen of his 8×10 view camera; No shadows could look that black; No naturally sunlit blue skies could appear as dark as night. I knew there was not a camera nor film made that could reproduce the dynamic tonal ranges and richness he captured. Yet there something so real, so genuine about every photo. I almost felt as if I were looking through his eyes at what he had seen in his mind at the moment of capture. And, in fact, I was. I didn’t know photography could do that.

It was this affect on me that drew me into the art. For me it had been about taking great shots of the family on vacation or a girlfriend. So I’m forever grateful to AA for his vision, through books, speaking but most of all though his work.

Here’s a few of my favorite quotes by the man himself.

“You don’t take a photograph, you make it.”

“Photography is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas (events, places or things). It is a creative art.”

“When I’m ready to make a photograph, I think I quite obviously see in my minds eye something that is not literally there in the true meaning of the word. I’m interested in something which is built up from within, rather than just extracted from without.”

“We must remember that a photograph can hold just as much as we put into it, and no one has ever approached the full possibilities of the medium.”

“No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit.”

“Photography, as a powerful medium of expression and communications, offers an infinite variety of perception, interpretation and execution.”

“The negative is the equivalent of the composer’s score, and the print the performance.”

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My Artist Side

August 6, 2008
mormon temple - san diego

mormon temple - san diego

Every now and then my friends like to have fun with me telling me how artsy-fartsy I apparently am. I readily admit that my head is often off in some other dimension, and it seems, that dimension can only be understood by very few highly intuitive people. Ok, ok, I’m the only one who can understand it: There, you happy Jason?

Anyway, I read many photographers blogs everyday and came across this one I commend to all my artsy-farsty readers – all two of you. It’s a great blog that helped me and my view of my own work and I hope it speaks to the artist in you. I know there’s one in there someplace J. 🙂

The blog is by Guy Tal a very gifted photographer known mostly for his landscape work but occasionally venturing outside the walls others seek to build around his work. You’ll find it HERE. Hope you enjoy it.

Peace to all

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Really? 6.25%?

July 16, 2008

Now is the time.” I heard Father Patrick speak those words during a homily over 5 months ago and I knew in an instant, in the blink of an eye, they had been said by the Spirit and I knew I was one to whom they were directed. I don’t mean that Father intentionally spoke those words to me directly that morning, I just knew in the deepest place in my heart that he might as well have.

Last night Father was over to our house to meet with Barb and I for our normal Tuesday night Catechumen sessions. Being that it his first visit to our home, he walked around the living room taking in the various photos we have of family hanging about and remarked how quickly time goes by; “It’s a vapor” Father said. Then sitting down close to me and looking right into my heart he said in the most serious of tones once more “…so now is the time, now is the time!” And just as those words had hit the center of my being some five months earlier, so they did again, and so the question remains: how will I respond this time?

There is no doubt in my mind that I took the first utterance of that phase very seriously. In fact I made some difficult, real changes to several aspects of my life that were completely out of control, and by God’s grace and mercy have seen wonderful, fresh glimpses of the life of Christ being formed in my core. But I also know that God wants to give me so much more of himself. His life laid down for mine so that I might lay down mine and gain His.

Father gave us more then a few recommendations last night regarding some things he suggested we should read and also some things we could do to prepare ourselves for our first confessions as Catechumen. Honestly, at first, I was slightly overwhelmed, internally searching through my regularly scheduled life in search of an extra minute or two in which to add the additional activities. But it was echoing in me: “NOW is the time!”

So this morning I did a quick little estimate of the time I actually have available and the time I intentionally give to God. Presently, not counting those days I spend in worship with the Church, Saturday night and Sunday Morning, I manage to give to God approximately 10 minutes in the morning for prayer and then about 5 minutes at the end of each day in examine of my day before praying Psalm 50 (that’s 51 to all you evangelicals out there) and closing my eyes. Now I’m not saying that I don’t consider or ponder the things of the Spirit at other times, I do, I’m just talking about time I set aside ALMOST everyday. That’s out of a 24 hr period.

Now I can hear some of you saying, yeah but you sleep for 6-8 hours of that. Ok, I’ll give you that, so now I’m down to 15 minutes out of a 16 hr period. I feel way better. Some might argue, wait, surely you can’t count the time you’re at work. We obviously need to work and often our minds are so occupied between the hours of 9-5-well surely I can’t count that time? Ok, I’ll give you that one as well so now I’m down to what I do with my eight remaining waking, non working hours. Wow, now I’m almost off scott-free. In fact I might just be a spiritual giant!

6.25% of my 8 hours are set apart for God. I’m actually surprised that it’s that high, but I did ask my CPA wife and she gave me that number. I’m not trying to beat up on myself or saying that number needs to 10% or 50% or whatever! The number isn’t the important thing, it’s my heart and I’m just saying that I’m hearing the still small voice again, and it’s not in the thunder, the earthquake or the wind. No, it’s meek and soft, almost a whisper; “Now is the time.”

The bottom line is that I make plenty of time for those things I really love; My Macs, my Nikon, my TV shows, my photography books and magazines. God wants to give me so much more, but it seems that I’m already so full of everything else. Lord have mercy on me. Help me to love you at least as much as these other things, at least that would be a start. “Now is the time.”

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Yeah!

June 18, 2008

Woo Hoo! No I’m not a happy Wamu customer; I just sold my first photographic print. Someone actually wanted a print from my gallery. Ok, ok, so it was my Niece Kelly. Hey, a sale is a sale is a sale. Yes, yes, yes that’s right I did only sell it for the cost of postage, but quit bringing me down! Someone actually wanted one of my prints. It was so cool to see an 11×14 color masterpiece roll off my Epson 1800 and know it’s going to be on a wall not in my house. So woo hoo! Turns out Bonkers-oh sorry, I’ve called her Kelly Bonkers since she was a baby-turns out she loves architecture and wanted a shot I did called “Building Study“. You can click on that if you want to see it.

So that’s it, no deep thoughts for the day, no rants or raves, just a thank you to Kelly, oh and to my wife as well for putting up with my incessant dreaming. I promise, once I’ve made it to the top, I won’t forget all the little people I had to step on to get there. 🙂

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Photoblog Update

May 19, 2008

If you’re new to my blog you might not know that among my passions is photography. I have recently been adding some new photo’s to my on-line portfolio, so if you enjoy photography click HERE. Once you arrive at the blog you can view the complete portfolio by clicking on the “previous button” to work your way back through, or the “Gallery” button to see thumbnails of the complete collection. You can also leave me a comment if you find something the really like or hate!. Seriously, comments and criticisms are very welcome (just be kind).

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Photo Blogs

March 13, 2008

Since I’ve returned to my love of Photography this last year, I’ve really had a blast viewing many of the different photoblogs that are being posted these days. For all you creatives out there, take a look at Jan Von Hollenben’s project called “Dreams of Flying”. It is mega creative and just fun too. Makes my brain feel so small. I wish I could think like this. You’ll find his work <HERE>

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New Photos

March 5, 2008

For anyone interested, I just posted several new images in my online portfolio. You’ll find it here.

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Kennedy Space Center

October 22, 2007

You can see the Shuttle ready to launch behind Jen and Caleb. The launch date is the 23rd and the day we were there was the 22nd so there was a lot of stuff going on. It was really cool.

Kennedy Space Center

Kennedy Space Center

Kennedy Space Center

Kennedy Space Center

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More sky

October 17, 2007

More sky

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Skies

October 17, 2007

Skies