He Is Risen

At some point throughout the day, stop and reflect on what is really being celebrated.

iPhone

I’m simply tired/frustrated/ticked/disappointed (you get the idea, fill in the blank) at folks who discount the value of mobile cameras for shooting anything.  Stills.  Video.  Doesn’t matter.  This isn’t about how great the mobile devices are becoming nowadays – I’ve always felt this way.  It’s never been about the equipment !  Get it right people.  There are plenty of videos out there where pros take the challenge of unlimited gear vs. mobile phone.  And the results?  Well, judge for yourself.  Here’s just one example I found.  And if it’s good enough for Steven Soderbergh, then it’s good enough for me.  I’m not saying that the mobile device should be your go-to camera – it’s simply another tool in the proverbial toolbox of gear.  Chase Jarvis even wrote a book about it.

“It’s NEVER been about the equipment!”

So, quit comparing megapixels and L-Series or Art lenses.  Stop the ridiculous talk about the sheer size of the camera/lens system.  Or how much it weighs.  Stop talking about how much everything costs.  This is nonsense.  It’s only ever been about the photographer and their eye.  Give the most expensive gear to a noob – see what happens. Give a point-and-shoot to a pro – see what happens.  Makes me wonder what brilliant things Ansel Adams would have done with an iPhone.

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Yep, you guessed it – shot on an iPhone.

Christmas Time

“And the angel said unto them, ‘Fear not, for behold, I bring unto you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.’ And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.’  That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.”

– Linus Van Pelt

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Spring

They say that when you’re doing what you love, you never work a day in your life.  If that’s true, I’ve NOT been working a crazy amount these days.

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I couldn’t resist the blossoming of Spring!

April Fool’s…

…or “Hurry Home?”  I couldn’t really decide which way to go.  Complete inside joke that only a few will understand, but in the meantime, enjoy April Fool’s Day.

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Wonder how long it’ll take to get a text…?

Requests

Apparently I’m taking requests now.

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So my wife has developed quite the “photographer’s eye” these days.

Come On…

Come on Spring – kinda tired of riding my bike inside all the time.  Need some variety.

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Frozen

Poll for the audience…

…how many of you had a Disney song going through your head just now?  Just curious.

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Check out the pattern that the freezing rain made.  Fascinating.

Anniversary

I was being rolled back to the OR exactly a year ago.  What a difference one year makes, huh?

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Has nothing to do with the surgery, I just like the image.  #iphone #olloclip

 

In My Name?

The flowers in church last Sunday were in my name.  It’s was a crazy overwhelming feeling.  I’ve always heard them mention that the flowers were in other names, but this time it was me!  Thank you.

On another note, it’s weird to hear what people are saying in terms of my recent surgery.  On some levels it’s become a bit over-exaggerated.  I think, in some circles, I almost died.  It’s a bit Ferris Beuller-ish.

I can say, without hesitation, that the reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.

Iced Tea

Yeah I make my iced tea with Death Star ice cubes.  Don’t you?

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Phonograph

Shot a holiday event this evening where they had a working phonograph.  So cool to hear that unique sound in the background.

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Mothra

Each time we visit my in-laws, there’s some sort of ridiculously huge insect indigenous to Florida waiting for us.  Crazy thing is, it usually sticks around the entire time we’re there.  This time we named it.

Yep, this is what you get when I accidentally delete my intended one-a-day...

Yep, this is what you get when I accidentally delete my intended one-a-day…

Last Drop

What would I do without my coffee each day?  Now I wouldn’t consider myself a coffee connoisseur, but I am a photo geek who’ll see an image as my morning coffee is brewing, set up an elaborate shooting rig that involves a macro ring light, extension tubes and a full-size tripod on the kitchen counter and fire off close to 300 shots to get this one.  Too much coffee I guess.

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Installing the latest Java update (see what I did there).

 

Wealth

“The greatest wealth is to live content with little.”

– Plato


Looks like it's on fire.

Looks like it’s on fire.

Change

It’s so weird driving through the JMU campus nowadays.  There’s so much that I remember, but there are so many new and subtle changes.  And, of course, as I look around (not paying attention to the roads) I miss traffic lights and totally look like a tourist.  Never mind the fact that I grew up here.

Today we’re band parents at the first-ever Band Day (I swear I’m hearing “band-aid”) at JMU where high school students will be on the field (briefly, but still on the field – and in the stands) with the JMU Marching Royal Dukes.  What an awesome experience for these students.

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Even the potted plants have the team spirit!

Summer Lovin’

I remember my youth when my mom would go out in the back yard and spend an afternoon pulling Japanese beetles off the flowers and dropping them into a can of gasoline.  Yep, that’s how I remember it.  So when I saw the beetles on the flowers today I had to grab my camera and, of course, I like to get creative (go figure).  Not only with my photography, but with the names and post titles and…well everything.  I just couldn’t help myself with this title.  Sorry Mom.

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I know nothing about entomology so this may or may not be a suitable title for the blog posts, but it’s appropriate as far as I’m concerned.

Photo Blog

Can I just post a picture?  No writing.  This is, after all, a photo blog.  Can I just post an image that has no worldly significance other than to portray the subject in my viewfinder?  Is that acceptable?

Yes.

My mother inherited an enormous yard of flowers from my grandmother and is enjoying all the different colors these days.  I seem to remember, when I was much younger, my grandmother cross-pollinating various iris species to get a new one with crazy color schemes.  Am I not remembering that correctly?  Anyway, here's one of the many irises in the yard these days.  More images coming soon here.

My mother inherited an enormous yard of flowers from my grandmother and is enjoying all the different colors these days. I seem to remember, when I was much younger, my grandmother cross-pollinating various iris species to get a new one with crazy color schemes. Am I not remembering that correctly? Anyway, here’s one of the many irises in the yard these days. More images coming soon to my newest gallery here.

Happiness

Doing what you like is freedom.  Liking what you do is Happiness.”


I’m liking what I’m doing and, somewhat more importantly, I’m liking who I’m doing it for.  Horrible grammar, I know, but you get it.

I've said it before, it's the little things that people walk by every day that can really be eye-catching.

I’ve said it before, it’s the little things that people walk by every day that can really be eye-catching.