Archive for April, 2011

What am I thinking?

I’m not sure I’ve ever done this to a photo before or not… However, I keep thinking there should be a thought attached to this picture as in, “What am I thinking?” I love the old retro feel of this picture, but I just can’t put my finger on it. What about you? If you could give this picture a photo bubble with her thoughts or words, what would it be?Remember, this little girl belongs to a Christian family and it is an Easter photo.peace.johno~

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My King

Today is Good Friday. Hard to imagine good in so much suffering. However, in His death, He crushes our sin. That’s Good News.

Isaiah 531 Who has believed our messageand to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?2 He grew up before him like a tender shoot,and like a root out of dry ground.He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.3 He was despised and rejected by men,a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering.Like one from whom men hide their faceshe was despised, and we esteemed him not.4 Surely he took up our infirmitiesand carried our sorrows,yet we considered him stricken by God,smitten by him, and afflicted.5 But he was pierced for our transgressions,he was crushed for our iniquities;the punishment that brought us peace was upon him,and by his wounds we are healed.6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray,each of us has turned to his own way;and the LORD has laid on himthe iniquity of us all.7 He was oppressed and afflicted,yet he did not open his mouth;he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,and as a sheep before her shearers is silent,so he did not open his mouth.8 By oppression[a] and judgment he was taken away.And who can speak of his descendants?For he was cut off from the land of the living;for the transgression of my people he was stricken.[b]9 He was assigned a grave with the wicked,and with the rich in his death,though he had done no violence,nor was any deceit in his mouth.10 Yet it was the LORD’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer,and though the LORD makes[c] his life a guilt offering,he will see his offspring and prolong his days,and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand.11 After the suffering of his soul,he will see the light of life[d] and be satisfied[e];by his knowledge[f] my righteous servant will justify many,and he will bear their iniquities.12 Therefore I will give him a portion among the great,[g]and he will divide the spoils with the strong,[h]because he poured out his life unto death,and was numbered with the transgressors.For he bore the sin of many,and made intercession for the transgressors.

Peace.johno~the above image is an original painting I made for the Renovatus church. Combined in this painting are images from Jerusalem, Dominican Republic, and Arizonia and an image of my faceif you would like to see a full resolution, CLICK HERE.

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Multnomah Falls, Oregon

I wish I could say a lot about this shot. It’s not the best it could be, since I forgot to bring my tripod and thus, ended up handholding my camera with image stabilization on, just praying to get that flowing blur on the water and not the trees and rocks.I must say, there was a lot I did wrong taking this photo and perhaps that might be a conversation on, “Important things to keep in mind when shooting waterfalls… and panoramics… and long exposures… and wet locations… and tourist.”But, for now, the photograph is three horizontal shots stitched together with a lot of detail post work in photoshop, using onOne photo tools 2.6.I’m not sure what it is that really grabs me, but I like it and I think it’s worth sharing. Perhaps it’s the retro feel that helps forgive the camera shake and the blur in the photo. Anytime I can save a photo with blur, I’m happy. It just might be that I got to photograph a beautiful waterfall that makes me happy.Needless to say, never give up on a photograph that’s not perfect. With a little time and TLC, you might be able to squeeze something wonderful out of it.For what it’s worth, never give up on something that’s not perfect… Take some time with it and you might be very pleased.Peace.johno~

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