4/25/2016

God's footprint


This photo reminded me of one of my favorite verses in Psalms 77. It is historical psalm about God leading the Israelites across the Red Sea.  This photo made me wonder what it would look like if we could see God's foot prints. .....You strode right through Ocean, walked straight through roaring Ocean, but nobody saw you come or go.”
Psalm 77:16-19 MSG

4/24/2016

Objectively imposing order.


"The challenge for me has first been to see things as they are, whether a portrait, a city street, or a bouncing ball. In a word, I have tried to be objective. What I mean by objectivity is not the objectivity of a machine, but of a sensible human being with the mystery of personal selection at the heart of it. The second challenge has been to impose order onto the things seen and to supply the visual context and the intellectual framework - that to me is the art of photography."   - Berenice  Abbott

Cobweb at softball practice


"Cartier-Bresson has said that photography seizes a 'decisive moment', that's true except that it shouldn't be taken too narrowly...does my picture of a cobweb in the rain represent a decisive moment? The exposure time was probably three or four minutes. That's a pretty long moment. I would say the decisive moment in that case was the moment in which I saw this thing and decided I wanted to photograph it." - Paul  Strand

4/17/2016

Golden light dandelions



"For my part, I may say that before I commenced photography I did not see half the beauties in nature that I do now, and the glory and power of a precious landscape has often passed before me and left but a feeble impression on my untutored mind; but it will never be so again." - Samuel  Bourne



3/25/2016

My Baby is 13

Where has the time gone?  I will never be able to thank God enough for sending Josie Montgomery to us 13 years ago.

Getting Tossed by Jackson

 As a photographer, there is no greater joy than photographing  my kids playing sports.  I actually have been surprised how proud I am of my kids and how they represent their school.  Having never
been a great athlete myself (I was in the band)  I wonder if my parents ever felt that pride.  The height of my athletic career happened in 4th grade when I scored 6 points in a elementary basketball game.  We lost 28-6  but I did score all of the points for my team that game.

 These pictures are important to me because it is Jackson's way of telling me he loves me.  They won the game went through the good game line and were headed out to right field to have a team meeting. I was shooting him as he passed by and he caught me and tossed me from the stadium.  I love being tossed by Jackson.  I got him back last week when the chorus sang at College Church.  I took photos from all over the auditorium and I ended up on the second row so I could get a few close ups of individual kids.  Jackson was standing in the perfect spot so I really only could see his eyes over the shoulder of the kid in front of him and I could tell he was smiling because he was in a spot I couldn't shoot him.  So, I decided to toss Jackson out of the auditorium.  I made the same hand gestures to him that he made to me only I had to be more discrete.  The best part was all of Jackson's friends seeing me toss him and he could do nothing about it.  I will always treasure these pictures of being tossed by Jackson.

3/24/2016

Dogwood Season

""I didn't want to tell the tree or weed what it was. 
I wanted it to tell me something and through me express its meaning in nature."
~ Wynn Bullock

Moonrise

"Daylight is too easy. What I want is difficult - 
the atmosphere of lamps and moonlight." 
~ Edgar Degas

3/19/2016

High Key Dogwood

This week in photography class we have had my friend, , Faisal Almalki as the guest speaker . He is an internationally known photographer from Saudi Arabia. 

Yesterday, he led our class photo shoot with several different mini theme assignments. My favorite one was the free assignment- " take a picture of something you love."  

I love spring and the blooming that is happening all over campus. I found these brand new dogwood blooms silhouetted against the bright  overcast sky. I struggled with the exposure wanting to see the beautiful detail of the blooms without completely blowing out the sky. The answer came via the little  pop-up flash on my Nikon D750. Every halfway educated photographer knows that that small little flash gives off a horrendously harsh unflattering front light. But that little flash with some calculated exposure compensation was the perfect fill light source and it let me capture my vision of those dogwood blooms. 

I love being a photographer and I love getting to teach photography.  More importantly, I love God and I give him the glory for his beautiful creation and I thank him for giving me the ability to see and take the photos that I share on this blog.