Unfortunately, I own a lot of high-end camera gear. Why “unfortunately?” Well – I have concluded that a substantial portion of my energy is spent on selecting and fussing with equipment. Which camera body? What lens? What settings? And then there is whatever is left for actually shooting. It just doesn’t seem to make sense sometimes. Yes – there are both advantages and fascinations associated with certain equipment. However, if at the end of the day the result of all my work is the almighty image, have I really been faithful to pursuing my potential and the potential of the moment if I haven’t given nearly all my time to the capture itself?
I don’t think there is a black and white (forgive the pun) viewpoint here. I just think it is a question all amateur and pro photographers should challenge themselves to ask. As importantly, and as inspirations to the rest of the world taking millions of photos a day, we should acknowledge that ultimately it is not the equipment, but an appreciation for the art and/or significance of a photograph that matters most.
Pro Photographers with Amateur Gear vs. an Amateur with Pro Gear – PetaPixel (blog)
This is such a fascinating article. Comparing the photography of subjects from long ago to today is something we should probably do more often. This particular mystery tells a lot about our modern evolution in front of the camera. Quite the contrary from long ago, we are totally obsessed with our appearance. In addition, the popularity of the “forced” selfie smile suggests that we are a very different culture today. Perhaps, more self-absorbed and vain; more synthetic and commoditized. This is one topic where there is more much to it than meets the eye.
Now You Know: Why Do People Always Look So Serious in Old Photos? – TIME
What I’m getting at in the headline is that the Internet is most likely the cause of your impotence when it comes to productivity. How many people pick up their smartphones and check something online or in an app in the morning, instead of picking up a camera and capturing a sunrise? Internet Addiction is Killing Your Photography
For most of us, the life of those depicted in the images from this NPR article is simply unimaginable. Still, there is an immense beauty about them that is not easily understood. Probably because hardship brings out the absolute best in us. It separates us from our comfort zone that tends to take off the pressure of truly “living life” and pursuing our full potential.
Hardship builds character. It inspires the possiblity of the impossible. It humbles us to the point where our humanity radiates love, forgiveness, and servitude toward our fellow-man and most importantly, God.
I remember flying back from the Middle East in the summer of 2014 and saying to my beloved wife, “I do not feel like I am taking pictures of subjects anymore. I feel like I am photographing the awesome beauty of creation even in the most destitute parts of the world. I feel like I am photographing God.”
And photographingGOD was born. Blessings…
Absolutely Gorgeous Photos Reveal The Beauty In A Hard Life – NPR
The waste generated by consumer electronics, or e-waste (primarily computers and peripherals, audio and video equipment, telephone and wireless devices, most office machines, and video game consoles), is a serious problem as you may know or will learn from the images and statistics in the Guardian article below. However, the waste is one problem and the cause of the waste is yet another. More specifically, we have allowed ourselves to become a major part of a destructive “throw-away” economy.
The E-waste problem is created by the consumer electronics product cycle. It is the “cycle” part that both creates and amplifies the problem.
Innovation is “dripped” into the hands of consumers to maximize sales and revenues. Similarly, obsolescence is also dripped into the other end of the chain which forces the more conscientious (or frugal) die-hards into the next generation product whether they like it or not.
Manufacturers of consumer electronics have a business growth strategy that requires a continuous cycle of innovation and is strategically timed with driving company value. Innovation is “dripped” into the hands of consumers to maximize sales and revenues. Similarly, obsolescence is dripped into the other end of the chain which forces the more conscientious (or frugal) die-hards into the next generation product whether they like it or not. Companies have intimate knowledge of our buying behaviors and the cycle is fit around those patterns. Worst yet, advertisers (who are paid by the manufacturers) know how to shrink the cycle even further through “must have” incentives and deals, as well as guilt marketing.
Take mobile phones . New versions with new features. New sizes and new colors. Better cameras with higher resolutions. All these new devices will also need new peripherals like chargers, docking stations, etc. More waste without haste. And in the end, the capability of connecting with others and data really doesn’t changed much. One could argue that in some cases the quality of the product, service, and experience has suffered.
We should put pressure on the largest of manufacturers to lengthen the product cycle by (i) building higher quality products made with more durable materials, (ii) improving a product’s upgradeability to adapt to innovations like antennas and storage, (iii) standardize peripherals, like chargers, to be used across multiple products from different manufacturers, and (iv) discourage discounting, trade-up, and other incentive programs which unduly and prematurely tempt buyers.
The e-waste mountains – in pictures – The Guardian
We are in constant pursuit of the fountain of youth and all things new. When something gets old enough, we discard, retire, or replace it. When something gets worn enough, we polish, enhance, or renovate it. My concern is that we may be losing an appreciation for the precious relics of this earth and moreover, the beauty and richness that resides in age itself.
Photographer Beth Moon successfully uses special techniques to accentuate the age of the world’s oldest trees. One such technique involves extending the camera’s exposure time (i.e., the time that the lens stays open to let light into the camera). By this technique, the resulting image is far more vivid and sharp which amplifies the details and age of the subject. A welcomed effect by this photographer.
“I wonder what would happen to our culture and appreciation for age if we were to embrace and promote the qualities of age rather than spend so much effort hiding it.”
So, we can conclude that the more detail we see in an image, the more the subject’s age, wear, and tear are likely to be amplified. This is really not a big secret at all. In fact, the multi-billion dollar cosmetic industry thrives on reducing human detail. Particularly, but not exclusively, facial detail for example. Unfortunately, the consequence is that we promote an adversity to age when we spend so much time and resources hiding it. It is ironic that we would go out of our way to augment the details in nature. Shouldn’t we pursue the same beauty in ourselves? I wonder what would happen to our culture and appreciation for age if we were to embrace and promote the qualities of age rather than spend so much effort hiding it.
Nocturnal Photographs of the World’s Oldest Trees – Hyperallergic
It is fascinating to see how people from developed societies transform physically during the course of a 24 hour day. I promise this is not the case in underdeveloped parts of the world. This a a great project and the photographer has done a great job capturing this phenomenon. Beyond the novel and creative however, maybe a deeper look should inspire us to look at the effort we budget for physical transformation and that which we set aside for spiritual. Just saying! 🙂 -Greg Pai
A photographer took pictures of people at 7am and then again 7pm – The indy100
Local photographer shares gift of memories. ANNAPOLIS, MD. (WUSA9) – A local photographer is on a mission to make sure children with special needs know they’re beautiful – and she’s doing it with a camera. Stephanie Smith is an office manager, but in her free time she takes photos. Lots of them. Local photographer shares gift of memories – WUSA9.com
Nine-year-old Regina Wyllie always had a knack for photography. At age three, the fifth grader from Ayrshire, Scotland picked up one of her photographer dad’s cameras and asked how to use it. And on April 15, she shot her very first wedding.”She first picked up a camera at the age of three when she asked to accompany me to a mountain bike race that I was shooting,” Regina’s dad Kevin told The Huffington Post. Couples Are Asking This 9-Year-Old To Photograph Their Weddings
“Sometimes I do get to places just when God’s ready to have somebody click the shutter.” -Ansel Adams
All of us are photographers of some sort. We run about with our phones or tablets and many of us with our more advanced digital equipment. All of us attempting to catch that special moment, or not. Sometimes just to catch any moment, deeming it special just because every moment is. Even when we are sans-technology, we are capturing such moments with the most amazing camera of them all, our eyes.
This documentary takes us modestly into the mind of one of our most gifted photographers, Ansel Adams. While this brief film could easily be construed as a technical documentary, I prefer to enjoy it as a glimpse into the glory and talent of a marvelously convicted mind. Intentional and driven for excellence. Yes – he strived for perfection and was even under the impression that he could control much of what he was creating. And I believe that God may have even given such freedom because of his loyalty to his gifts. Nevertheless, he knew his limitations and never confused who was the picture taker, and who was the Picture Maker!
1958 Documentary About the Single Most Infuentual Landscape Photographer – Fstoppers
Maya is a 14-year-old, somewhat typical, high school student. What possibly makes her less typical is her willingness to disconnect from the digital madness that has consumed our world. Well – at least long enough to understand what she might have been missing. It didn’t happen voluntarily at first. However, she quickly learned to cooperate with her unfortunate circumstances. Here is Maya’s story in her own words…
Maya Barnes Phone Home… Not!
A week ago, the thought of just putting my phone down for a day made me extremely anxious. But now that I broke my phone, I have no choice but to go without it. It honestly hasn’t been as bad as I expected. I am still able to contact my friends and family when I am at home through my computer, but when I am out… I am completely phone free.
As much as not having a phone has been a little inconvenient, in the way that I can’t contact my parents or friends when I’m outside of home, it has actually helped me focus more on things other than social media and texting. I focus more on school and actually talking to people…actual people and not a screen!
Technology seems to get in the way of people actually interacting and actually seeing the world around them. It may seem as though you are communicating with other people, but you are actually isolating yourself in a way many people don’t realize.
The absence of technology inspired Maya to “blow the dust off” her camera and put her creative potential to work. Check it out. The results are impressive!
Meet Hawkeye Huey, National Geographic’s youngest-ever photographer. What started as “an adventure to build blanket forts” became the trip of a lifetime for then four year-old Hawkeye Huey after he received his first camera as a gift from his dad. That Instamatic launched Hawkeye’s career as a photographer, taking him… Meet Hawkeye Huey, National Geographic’s youngest-ever photographer – Today.com
Life Through The Lens Of Homeless NJ Photographers: GALLERY. An empowering photography project equipped homeless NJ residents with cameras. See some of the slice-of-life moments that they captured. Newark, NJ. By Eric Kiefer (Patch Staff) – June 2, 2016 9:04 am ET. ShareTweetGoogle PlusRedditEmailComments … Life Through The Lens Of Homeless NJ Photographers: GALLERY – Patch.com
The fascinating and pristine surrounds of Antarctica are a sight to behold and capturing it is no easy feat. Yet it’s something that John Bozinov, 25, has mastered by photographing his way through polar regions — using his iPhone as a camera, when it becomes too much of a hassle to pull out a full-sized camera.
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“It’s much easier to be in the moment and focus on your subject when your gear isn’t so complicated,” Bozinov told Mashable Australia.
Photography program helps Paterson youths see art in life’s simple things. PATERSON – Eighth-grader Leidy Rodriguez was home alone washing dishes when something caught her eye about the way the water was hitting the metal sink. So the 13-year-old student at School 3 got her camera and began snapping photos.
Finally, someone took enough notice to at least lay down some ground rules for these things. Selfies, or as I call them “Selfish-ies,” are jamming up the cloud with images that are like plaque on one’s arteries. Selfish-ies serve to distract the subject (who is also the photographer; what a concept… Not!) from all that is remarkable around them. Don’t get me wrong. I have nothing against a self portrait. But I have to believe there are more inspiring captures than the daily deposit of one’s own duck face, kiss face, or fish gape. If threats are cries for help, then selfish-ies are screams for attention. I suggest a better way to get attention would be to turn the camera around, capture a miracle, and share it with the world.
Nevertheless, if you insist on continuing to partake in this selfish exercise or maybe you are so far gone that you must be weaned, then at least avoid the circumstances outlined in this article. Some of them may help you save yourself-ie ! Blessings…
Nine Places You Should Never Take A Selfie
Selfies are becoming popular for people who visit locations all over the world. But they should be avoided in these places. To learn where these places are and why they are a no-no, please read more at usatoday.com
Get ready to experience a kaleidoscope of color and beauty as photographer Diego Huerta introduces us to the Aztec people “through the lens of God’s eyes.” We generally do not get the benefit of this portrayal from the mainstream media but, the Mexican people are ALIVE with culture. Enjoy!
Photographer Diego Huerta Portrays Beauty Of Mexican Indigenous Communities In Stunning Photos
“Emma Ketterer, 13, of Kutztown was diagnosed with Lyme disease. Emma’s photographs indicate that she has a natural, artistic talent, but there is more to her work than meets the eye. “People really look at them, and that was before they knew her story,” said Emma’s mother, SuEllen Ketterer. “This is her therapy. This is what gets her joy and gets her out of bed.”” Read More At Reading Eagle – LIFE
What a waste the gift of photography and all the world’s scenery would be if it were only reserved for the professional photographer to capture and enjoy. We are learning more and more every day about the therapeutic benefits of photography. Photography is more than just taking pictures with a camera or phone. It is a “living” art that blends our sight with the mind and the soul. The good news is that we are all capable of mastering it if we try. And when we do, we sharpen our senses and gain a greater appreciation for the world around us. Emma found her special connection with this amazing art form which changed her life. Praise God! Well guess what; So can you!
God warned us He would place signs in the heavens. It’s ironic that we spend so much time walking around looking down at our phones when the real action is going on in the skies.
“Amy Langley photographed this “angelic” sunrise in Koloa, Kauai, Hawaii on Jan. 13, 2016. A series of spectacular images of the sun were caught on camera this week from New York to Hawaii, with some saying they see angels, doves and crosses. A photograph of Wednesday’s sunrise in Hawaii caught the attention of seasoned photographer Amy Langley from the town of Koloa on the island of Kauai.” read more at wnd.com.
A smile is an expression of joy or delightful amusement. But it is also a way of giving that costs nothing. Smiling, like yawning, is contagious. This is actually a reflex God added to our design. We tend to respond to people with a like expression to theirs as part of our brain’s way of interpreting and understanding what they are feeling. So when you smile, you are gifting that smile and potentially lifting the spirits of another.
This article gives one artist’s perspective; and a valuable one. However, I do not see this topic as having perspectives per se’. Few would argue that the process of “taking pictures” has become routine (even for many professionals) and leads to little satisfaction for all of us just snap, snap, snapping away. This is yet another reason why photographingGOD exists. We want to restore the value of an image; Even one taken with a phone device. Restoring value in imagery however, starts with restoring value in all of creation (mankind, nature, talent & gifts, miracles, etc.) before it gets captured in the camera. A Picture-Taker becomes a Photographer when he or she has connected with the phenomenon that they capture. This connection becomes contagious as others see what the photographer saw and then add their own personal significance. And that’s Amore!
A Picture-Taker becomes a Photographer when he or she has connected with the phenomenon that they capture.
We believe that every image, regardless of the professional quality, fundamentally captures Light (ironically the same function as the human eye itself). And Light reveals colors, patterns, textures, contrasts, miracles, wonders, and Life! So much to marvel at. When a picture-taker becomes a photographer the result is a deeper appreciation and connection with the subject and with God, the Creator of all things.
What makes a photographer when everyone is taking pictures – pbs.org
“When photographer Ken Van Sickle was 23 and living in Paris, he could barely afford rolls of film. One night, hearing that jazz great Chet Baker was playing, he went and took only two pictures, and one was blurry. So what’s happened to photography now that everyone has the technology to take as many pictures as they like? Van Sickle offers his Brief But Spectacular take.” read more at pbs.org
Photographs have power. Creative photography allows us to see the world in new ways, to drop preconceptions, and to find focus in a busy, chaotic world. For some, photography is an art; for others, a job or a hobby. But there’s another, rapidly expanding avenue for camera work – photography as therapy.
“Photography is a tool for meditation, mindfulness and creative living. Now the emerging field of phototherapy embraces the power of making and viewing photographs for healing and personal transformation. Why are photographs so powerful?” read more at bestthinking.com
Of course, we agree that photographs have therapeutic power. Moreover, the article states that “the camera is an instrument that teaches people to see without a camera.” This is the real opportunity and essentially, at the core of what photographingGOD’s uniqueness and approach. Through the use of imagery, we believe that we can restore an appreciation for all of creation and the Creator – God. As we reconnect the universe (and everything in it) with our eyes; and our eyes with our hearts; we begin a process of connecting our lives (and our purpose) with the Source of all these elements and gain a new appreciation for everything.
I remember as a child cutting snowflakes out of folded paper and always entertained by the result. An acceptable rendition of what only God can produce perfectly. However, only when I stumbled on the work of a certain amateur photographer did I truly realize how magnificent a creation a simple snowflake is. Maybe not so simple after all. We can get up close and personal with the snowflake through the work of Alexey Kljatov. Get ready to be amazed!
Photographer Alexey Kljatov uses quick bursts of his shutter to animate snowflakes melting. The sequence above is in reverse.
“Amateur photographer Alexey Kljatov uses a simple Canon PowerShot to capture these pristine photos of snowflakes. No, these designs aren’t the latest in 3D printing technology; they are photographs of snowflakes taken by self-taught Moscow photographer, Alexey Kljatov. Photo grapher Alexey Kljatov uses quick bursts of his shutter to animate snowflakes melting.
“Every photographer with a simple point-and-shoot camera can make very good snowflake photos,” Kljatov said. “For this type of photography, patience, persistence and luck means much more than any expensive photo technique.” Kljatov has been photographing snowflakes for the past eight years.” read more at pbs.org
These photographs inspire me to put away my clunky equipment for a minute and capture God’s wonders more spontaneously. The moments I see them or seek them. Spend more time with them. And get closer to the miracles of creation.
Beauty is in the eyes of the Creator; Not the beholder. All the contest participants were winners Sunday night. In fact, we all win when we celebrate beauty through God’s eyes. Steve Harvey didn’t get it wrong. He just didn’t get it at all. It’s not his fault however. I actually adore Steve.
“The host of the Miss Universe pageant, Steve Harvey, made a huge blunder by naming the wrong winner on Sunday night.
Of course, one might wonder if maybe that was the point. Cameras panned to reveal genuine looks of confusion and horror on both women’s faces as they realized what had happened, and what would happen still: One would be forced to give up the title she’d been given and the other would be forced to take it from her. Some members of the audience began to boo — in support of Miss Colombia or in reaction to Harvey’s blunder, or both”. read more at cnn.com
There is nothing wrong with being fascinated by beauty or even showcasing it. It is what God created. However, the consequences for haphazardly elevating some while subordinating others leads to a loss of the true definition of beauty itself. Beauty pageants should, and can be celebrations. Celebrations of cultures, celebrations of youth, celebrations of physical and spiritual diversity, etc. They shouldn’t be thrones with crowns. Not only pitting one individual against another, but even country against country at times. If anything was revealed by Mr. Harvey’s little faux pax Sunday evening, it should be that we are not very good at assigning beauty. Even with a sophisticated voting system. Beauty has already been assigned by it’s Creator – God.
David Leaser is using new technology and special techniques to capture God’s amazing handiwork embedded in all of nature. His images draw us closer to the detail and color we often miss for many reasons. Without a doubt, with the right intent, innovation and technology can enhance our appreciation for God’s creation.
It’s one thing to use a macro lens on a camera to capture the smallest details of flora and fauna.
Then there’s what David Leaser does, which is less like photography than it is like an MRI image. It’s called focus stacking and involves an array of photographic equipment that far exceeds the usual single-lens reflex camera equipped with a macro lens.
“I wanted to elevate these little tiny flowers into significance, give people a different perspective,” he said.”
And that he does. He also seeks to “have his works lower viewers’ blood pressure and cause them to smile.” I believe that this is exactly why God created such natural beauty on this earth. I pray we all seek ways to draw closer to God’s creation. The result – We draw closer to God.
A photograph has the technical ability to freeze time still. But a photograph that stirs the emotions has the God-inspired ability to freeze time while activating our mind’s senses and the pumping of our hearts. It is a stillness embodied in motion.
“I like it when time is so still that I can actually observe the clock turning under it’s hands” -gp
As we train our eyes to behave a bit more like a camera, we will begin to have a greater appreciation for that which is not obvious in the frame of our sight.
And in this momentary stillness, we can settle back while our soles are activated!
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Nothing says I do like “I Do!” Taken yesterday, this picture captured that exact moment and what a moment it was indeed. The photographer was standing behind a podium less than six feet from the action fumbling through some papers to look less than interested in what was going on. Just as the young lady’s soon-to-be-fiancé knelt, a concealed camera was pulled out and the moment was frozen in time. She was so caught up in the moment, she never really noticed the distraction. That’s the power of LOVE!
God is so good! When we find that special person, He places a love between a couple just like the love He has for us. Those of us that are married, need to remember that moment every day of our challenged days here on earth. It is a split second that we literally see God in each other. Jared and Krista are among the likely few who were able to create an unusual photographic archive of this very candid and revealing event.
Still – the rest of us can meditate on this photo and remember that specific time for ourselves. Rest assure that God was with you that day, and is with you today in your marriage. Bless you all…
The Scriptures say “No one has seen God.” So, how do we photograph God? I believe that we can photograph God by seeing God through God’s eyes. For example, to see images upside-down or inverted requires the aid of mirrors. Similarly, examining the details of objects in space or the molecular structure of life is impossible without the aid of a telescope or microscope. In either case, our eyes alone are not sufficient. So – I believe that we can get photos of God if we have the aid of God’s own eyes. When we learn to see the world and all its creation through God’s eyes (the way God intended), we can’t help but fall to our knees in absolute amazement. When we extend our attention span to a near meditative state and freeze a frame of God’s creation in the lens of a camera, we h
ave an opportunity to see through God’s eyes.
Photos that close in on the most finite details of creation or those that are emotionally inspiring because they connect with the heart are what I call “Close Ups” of God. Abstract and inspirational photos touch our deeper creation. They trigger a chemical combustion in the brain that stimulates both our curiosity and imagination. Details are the “spices of life” and are generally taken for granted while having the most to offer. Often, these abstracts enlighten us. Give us a new and truer meaning or significance to something that we have neglected, minimized or ignored. I recently watched a spider spin its web close up for about an hour and what I learned is that spiders are not scary, disgusting, or dangerous… But Miraculous!