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Catching Up

January is almost gone. Yes, another month passed and it seems as if the older I get the faster things go. I’m not sure how it works, but when I was in Jr. High, it seemed as if time almost stopped. I remember looking at the clock tick forward, on school days, and watching and watching and watching… tick… tock…….. tick. Now, I have a daughter who will be 17 in a matter of months.

I know there are many of you out there laughing and thinking to yourselves, “he better buckle up.” I know. Laugh. Enjoy.

I’m on the ride of a lifetime. I don’t know if I’ve ever been so blessed. I have a wonderful wife, beautiful children… a job. I get to partner with one of the world largest Christian Humanitarian Relief groups known as World Vision, to help make a difference in the lives of children all over.

I’m buckled up.

I’m trying a 366 photo of the day project this year. Here are a few of the ones I’ve liked so far.

You can view the entire gallery by clicking the link below.
Picture of the Day 2012

As February nears, I will be sorry that my Starbucks January mug with free coffee will expire. With that in mind, I’d better head out and fill up my cup.

peace.
johno~

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A book review of “The Hole in Our Gospel” by Richard Sterns

“The Hole in Our Gospel” by Richard Sterns
a short book review

Recently I received a complementary copy of “The Hole in Our Gospel” to review for BookSneeze dot com*. I was overjoyed to receive my copy and thought I would get to it sooner than later. I’m sorry I waited so long to finish this book and review it here for you.

It is the story of Richard Sterns, now president of World Vision US and his journey of “What God expects of us” as Christians today. It’s a very powerful telling of Rich’s personal life and experiences with World Vision in third world countries where he boldly asks Christians everywhere to do what the scripture says, take care of widows and orphans. This is what this book is about. There are over 2000 scriptures dedicated to poverty and justice in the Bible and Rich focuses on this insight and leads us to believe, it must be important.

Of the many stories Rich shares, I was amazed at his story about becoming president for one of the worlds largest NGO’s. It’s hard to ignore God when he is calling you. I was encouraged and wondered how I would respond if God were calling me so clearly.

It would be an error to assume that every Christian understands the difficulties of extreme poverty and justice in third world countries. Many minister and pastors fall short of this understanding. Not because they don’t care, rather, they are just uninformed. If you are looking to equip yourself with a better understanding about extreme poverty as seen through the efforts and work of Rich Sterns and World Vision, then this is a great place to start. It gives powerful stories of children in need all over the world and statistics that can sometimes be overwhelming. It has the potential to change your paradigm and ask you to live different and give different.

There are many organization that are working to make a better world for children. This book focuses on what Rich Sterns and World Vision are doing. In all it is very well done.

Keep an eye out for the launch of my new website and a contest where you could win a copy of this book.

peace.
johno~

* I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

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July desktop of the month


Another month has flown by. I know many of you are planning vacations and your summers are more packed than mine. Personally, I feel like I need to pick up some Montana brochures and relax a bit. Anyhow, I realized as I looked for photos for July’s desktop of the month, that I’m not to patriotic when it comes to photography. I found a few pictures of fireworks, but who wants to look at that for an entire month? So, what better than a good ol’ american landmark… the Grand Canyon.

If you’ve never been to the Grand Canyon, I highly recommend you go. If you have small children, just strap a harness to them and “belay on.” Seriously, it is a wonderful trip for the entire family. Just remember to drink lots of water.

Until then, you can get the desktop calendar HERE.

Peace.
johno~

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52 blessing 22.2010


I hate to take another week off in getting back on track with the 52 pics of the week so I’ll move my lazy butt and get with it.

I’ve been very blessed to shoot sports photography for a local football team here in Wenatchee. I started taking pictures for the Rams in 2004 with my FUJI FINEPIX. I’ve come a long way and now I’m shooting with a Canon 1D Mark II with a 300 f/2.8L and 1.4 extender. Of course, I don’t own the 300 f/2.8 but I have a good friend who lets me borrow it now and then. Last year, I retired as the, “official photographer for the WV Rams. I wanted to focus my time in different areas. This years season, I showed up at their first game and set up a World Vision booth and snapped a only a few shots. It was fun, but I was more excited about getting TWO sponsors for World Vision kids. However, I do miss the fun of trying to get the shot.

I was reminded of that tofsy as I was invited back to shoot for a Rams playoff game. I’m not sure I’ve yet to get that one football shot I’ve been longing for… but I just might keep coming back anyhow. I figure it’s like a game of golf… you can take a hundred bad shots, but you get one nice shot and you just know you have to come back and try again. I have a LOT of bad shots, but sometimes I get so close to the shot I’m looking for.

Today wasn’t the bang up, action packed game… but the Rams did win and now they get to move on step closer to the championships. I’m glad they are doing so well and I hope they get to the championships. Deep down in my heart, I think I will always be a Rams photographer… If they continue to have me.

peace.
johno~

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June desktop of the month

Hey everyone. I know it’s been a long time and many of you are waiting to see the pics from my trip to Uganda… Well, so am I. I really haven’t had the chance to get a good look at them, let alone do the needed post work on the favorites. I seem to have dropped the ball as they say.

I’ve also dropped the ball on paying for my domain names… Right now I’m having trouble with my “lightexposure.org” site. If you wish to visit that site, you must use, http://johno.smugmug.com and you should find yourself in the right place. I realized this because I’ve been up late nights and early mornings trying to rework my website. I’m hoping to launch something completely different this next month, so stay tuned for something new.

As a peace offering to the many 5 of you who have not tossed a flower on my grave and written me off as MIA or dead, I hope you enjoy this shot taken on lake Atitlan in Panajachel, Guatemala. You can download it HERE.

Peace.
johno~

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“About Me…” Contest!

OK, I’ve got another contest. This one will run for two weeks and I’m hoping for some fun input from a bunch of you.

One of the goals I have for 2010 is to work on my blog more than I did in 2009. (so far, so good) I want it to be a site that’s fun, informative, has to do with family, missions, photography and above all, Christ. As I dream about reshaping my blog, one of my most difficult sections is the “About Me” section.

Johnathan is a full time husband, father, youth minister and likes photography on the side.

Photography is his way of slowing down and taking in all of God’s wonderful creation. As St. Paul says, “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.”

To “clearly” see is what Johno tries to do in life and with photography. Every man, woman and child… every mountain, stream and flower are gifts that clearly show the fingerprints of God.

As a ministry servant, Johnathan has partnered with global community efforts, such as World Vision, to bring awareness, education and sponsorship to end extreme poverty.

Can you see my problem? You might have never even read it until now… It’s looooooonnnnnnggg! AND, I can tell that I wrote it. I don’t like talking about me in third person. It reminds me of something out of, “The 3 faces of Eve.”. So, I was hoping for a little, actually a lot, of help from those who know me and perhaps those who don’t know me except for what they see on my blog. This is a big step of faith and I will moderate most comments before I approve them to keep it fun. (although some of you are on the “white list” and can post whatever you want without my moderation… so be nice).

..::THE CONTEST::..
If you could write an “About Me” statement for Johnathan (Johno) Thomas’ blog, what would it be?

Try to be creative and fun… please no swear words… Keep it simple and to the point.

Post your Johnathan Thomas blog “About Me” statements in the comment field and I will pick my favorite one to post on my blog. The winner will receive a hand crafted African basket from Uganda.


How fun is that? This is a fair trade basket that I purchased in Fort Portal, Uganda. The name of the woman, Editta Karambi, who crafted the basket is on a piece of tape at the bottom of the basket.

I put my “About Me” in your hands. Many, perhaps 8, will enter but only one will win. I will send out another reminder later. Tell your friends, share with your boss. I can’t imagine what a complete stranger would say in my “About Me” section.

Peace.
johno~

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"About Me…" Contest!

OK, I’ve got another contest. This one will run for two weeks and I’m hoping for some fun input from a bunch of you.

One of the goals I have for 2010 is to work on my blog more than I did in 2009. (so far, so good) I want it to be a site that’s fun, informative, has to do with family, missions, photography and above all, Christ. As I dream about reshaping my blog, one of my most difficult sections is the “About Me” section.

Johnathan is a full time husband, father, youth minister and likes photography on the side.

Photography is his way of slowing down and taking in all of God’s wonderful creation. As St. Paul says, “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.”

To “clearly” see is what Johno tries to do in life and with photography. Every man, woman and child… every mountain, stream and flower are gifts that clearly show the fingerprints of God.

As a ministry servant, Johnathan has partnered with global community efforts, such as World Vision, to bring awareness, education and sponsorship to end extreme poverty.

Can you see my problem? You might have never even read it until now… It’s looooooonnnnnnggg! AND, I can tell that I wrote it. I don’t like talking about me in third person. It reminds me of something out of, “The 3 faces of Eve.”. So, I was hoping for a little, actually a lot, of help from those who know me and perhaps those who don’t know me except for what they see on my blog. This is a big step of faith and I will moderate most comments before I approve them to keep it fun. (although some of you are on the “white list” and can post whatever you want without my moderation… so be nice).

..::THE CONTEST::..
If you could write an “About Me” statement for Johnathan (Johno) Thomas’ blog, what would it be?

Try to be creative and fun… please no swear words… Keep it simple and to the point.

Post your Johnathan Thomas blog “About Me” statements in the comment field and I will pick my favorite one to post on my blog. The winner will receive a hand crafted African basket from Uganda.


How fun is that? This is a fair trade basket that I purchased in Fort Portal, Uganda. The name of the woman, Editta Karambi, who crafted the basket is on a piece of tape at the bottom of the basket.

I put my “About Me” in your hands. Many, perhaps 8, will enter but only one will win. I will send out another reminder later. Tell your friends, share with your boss. I can’t imagine what a complete stranger would say in my “About Me” section.

Peace.
johno~

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One man's trash might be his own treasure.

I was having a conversation the other day with a friend who just purchased his first DSLR camera. We only spoke briefly about RAW’s capabilities before he exclaimed, “the files are huge.” Then he said, “I’m going to have to start deleting more pictures so I have room on my computer. I told him, “just buy another hard drive.” Here’s why.

Unless you’ve shot your foot by accident, you might want to keep ALL those pictures for another day. After my trip to Uganda in 2008, I had over 5000 photos to work through and it was overwhelming. Trying to pick the best shots for presenting in lectures and gallery shows, I could only take so much editing. I had made the cuts as best I could. No one wants to look at 5000 pictures all at one time because even good people can only take so much.

While working on a recent ebook project on poverty, I decided to take another look at all the photos that were not starred from the first run. No surprise, there were several images that I couldn’t believe I had left out of the original set. I’m not sure what I was thinking. What I do know, is my mind has been refreshed. I’ve also, upgraded a few software programs that have given me new techniques working with my photos. I’ve read journals and blogs of others who have challenged my creativity. The result was found gems.

trypsafrica
These are three of many photos I rediscovered and worked with in lightroom and photoshop cs.

With that, before you trash those photos, be certain you could NEVER do anything with them. And remember, never say never.

peace.
johno~

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"Images of our thoughts"

To my friends and family,


A picture is worth a thousand words…

It has the power to freeze a moment, capture attention and strike emotion.

Photography isn’t a “fixed” medium. It’s an invitation for people to see the world through the eyes of another soul. A transparent look at someone’s hurts, hopes, fears and dreams.

Dreams not only for America, but also an African dream.

A picture is worth a thousand words. It tells a story, shares lives and gives images of something more than self. It can be done, but most photographers don’t take pictures of themselves… It’s a bit awkward. The camera is not designed to be inward, it’s purpose is outward, yet, it gives “images of their thoughts.” The Gospel is also meant to be outward.

One of the greatest troubles in Africa today is the idea of a “prosperity gospel” which is no gospel at all. The idea that, “if I believe in God, he will bless me.” “My goats won’t die, my wife will have sons and I’ll have clothes on my back.” No one thinks, love my neighbor, instead it’s, “love me, bless me… me… me.” This thought must be defeated with Truth.

On December 27th, 2007 I will be heading to Uganda, Africa for a short term mission trip. I will be working with a youth camp started five years ago during our first trip. Among the many things on our list of “to do’s”, it is my goal to pull aside several leader students who will be willing to join the adventure of giving their lives through photography.

Several leaders will be chosen by local missionaries to take part in a 12 month photo training project. During my short term stay, I will be teaching stage one: photography skills to students and discussing photography techniques and biblical principles that will help leaders share a new Way of Life to their communities.

My hope is to teach the basic foundation that fulfills all the law and the prophets… Love God and love your neighbor.

Stage two will be under the oversight of local missionaries (Andrew Martin and Jeff Cash) providing film and film development for students during the year. Negatives will be mailed to me and I will review and comment via email on subjects, themes, etc. Students will continue to share moments of life in their communities through their pictures. Stories will be told. Lives will be shared. Memories made. Love God, love your neighbor.

What we need to do the job is camera equipment, batteries and portable printing capabilities.

If done right, I estimate $3000 needed for this project to be sustained for one year. This would be purchasing equipment and supplies needed for one year, including printing. My hope is a paradigm shift for leaders in their giving and receiving. With this, “Images of our thoughts” project will begin January 2008.

Many of us have a picture of our families. What joy those images bring. Will you share in giving that opportunity to an African dream?

First, pray. Our images of Africa have been ones of sadness, loss and hopelessness. Pray that God is enough and that we might see new images of Life.

Second, I’m asking for your financial support. Please pray about how you might be able to give financially to this effort. Do you have an extra 35mm film camera you would like to donate? We could use it. Film? Batteries? Digital cameras (5mp or higher)

The picture above was displayed in Time Square, New York on March 11th 2005. This little girl, the one photo has touch millions of hearts… I hope to find her again… She has changed my life.

Peace.
Johnathan Thomas

http:www.johnathanthomas.com
http:www.johno.org

Donations:
King’s Orchard church of Christ
attn: Johnathan Thomas / Photography
PO Box 1019
Wenatchee, WA 98807

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"Images of our thoughts"

To my friends and family,


A picture is worth a thousand words…

It has the power to freeze a moment, capture attention and strike emotion.

Photography isn’t a “fixed” medium. It’s an invitation for people to see the world through the eyes of another soul. A transparent look at someone’s hurts, hopes, fears and dreams.

Dreams not only for America, but also an African dream.

A picture is worth a thousand words. It tells a story, shares lives and gives images of something more than self. It can be done, but most photographers don’t take pictures of themselves… It’s a bit awkward. The camera is not designed to be inward, it’s purpose is outward, yet, it gives “images of their thoughts.” The Gospel is also meant to be outward.

One of the greatest troubles in Africa today is the idea of a “prosperity gospel” which is no gospel at all. The idea that, “if I believe in God, he will bless me.” “My goats won’t die, my wife will have sons and I’ll have clothes on my back.” No one thinks, love my neighbor, instead it’s, “love me, bless me… me… me.” This thought must be defeated with Truth.

On December 27th, 2007 I will be heading to Uganda, Africa for a short term mission trip. I will be working with a youth camp started five years ago during our first trip. Among the many things on our list of “to do’s”, it is my goal to pull aside several leader students who will be willing to join the adventure of giving their lives through photography.

Several leaders will be chosen by local missionaries to take part in a 12 month photo training project. During my short term stay, I will be teaching stage one: photography skills to students and discussing photography techniques and biblical principles that will help leaders share a new Way of Life to their communities.

My hope is to teach the basic foundation that fulfills all the law and the prophets… Love God and love your neighbor.

Stage two will be under the oversight of local missionaries (Andrew Martin and Jeff Cash) providing film and film development for students during the year. Negatives will be mailed to me and I will review and comment via email on subjects, themes, etc. Students will continue to share moments of life in their communities through their pictures. Stories will be told. Lives will be shared. Memories made. Love God, love your neighbor.

What we need to do the job is camera equipment, batteries and portable printing capabilities.

If done right, I estimate $3000 needed for this project to be sustained for one year. This would be purchasing equipment and supplies needed for one year, including printing. My hope is a paradigm shift for leaders in their giving and receiving. With this, “Images of our thoughts” project will begin January 2008.

Many of us have a picture of our families. What joy those images bring. Will you share in giving that opportunity to an African dream?

First, pray. Our images of Africa have been ones of sadness, loss and hopelessness. Pray that God is enough and that we might see new images of Life.

Second, I’m asking for your financial support. Please pray about how you might be able to give financially to this effort. Do you have an extra 35mm film camera you would like to donate? We could use it. Film? Batteries? Digital cameras (5mp or higher)

The picture above was displayed in Time Square, New York on March 11th 2005. This little girl, the one photo has touch millions of hearts… I hope to find her again… She has changed my life.

Peace.
Johnathan Thomas

http:www.johnathanthomas.com
http:www.johno.org

Donations:
King’s Orchard church of Christ
attn: Johnathan Thomas / Photography
PO Box 1019
Wenatchee, WA 98807

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Out of "Blogger" prison

Sorry to everyone for not keeping up-to-date with this site as I’ve done in the past. I’m even behind in my POTW project. However, I have been under “house arrest” in blogger land. It seems as if the “Blogger Robot Police” thought my page was a SPAM page and it blocked it until I could notify them. I had to wait for the “real person” Blogger Police to review and unlock my account.

Now I’m free, free at last.

The kids are well. Adam will be one next week. Many of your prayers have been well received and again I thank each of you for your thoughts.

As for me… Well, I’m on a journey. I’m not sure where it will lead me so I’m just listening carefully. I don’t really wish to share my thoughts here yet, but they will come soon.

Until that time comes I’ll leave you with some great looking kids.

peace.
johno~

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Out of "Blogger" prison

Sorry to everyone for not keeping up-to-date with this site as I’ve done in the past. I’m even behind in my POTW project. However, I have been under “house arrest” in blogger land. It seems as if the “Blogger Robot Police” thought my page was a SPAM page and it blocked it until I could notify them. I had to wait for the “real person” Blogger Police to review and unlock my account.

Now I’m free, free at last.

The kids are well. Adam will be one next week. Many of your prayers have been well received and again I thank each of you for your thoughts.

As for me… Well, I’m on a journey. I’m not sure where it will lead me so I’m just listening carefully. I don’t really wish to share my thoughts here yet, but they will come soon.

Until that time comes I’ll leave you with some great looking kids.

peace.
johno~

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