Posts Tagged ‘2010’

Happy Thanksgiving.

World Vision ADP GuatemalaIt’s been my 40th Thanksgiving. It’s been a very different year for me. I’ve experienced wonderful joys and difficult sorrows. I have so much to be thankful for. If I were to begin writing about all of them, I’m sure my season of life would end before I was able to pen every one.However, today, I am blessed to be caught up in the hands of grace found in Jesus Christ. I’m blessed to be surrounded by a powerful family that lifts me up in prayers that covers my multiple sins. I’m blessed to have shared over 18 years of thanksgiving with my wonderful wife and I’m thankful for beautiful children.Draw close to God and He will draw close to you. Find Him in the difficult places where He is seeking to restore. Go there and be with Him.Peace.Johno~

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A taste for photography

If you have cable, you’ve most likely watched the Food Network or at least been stopped on the channel as they show delicious entrees that make your mouth water and your stomach growl. I admit, I like the food channel. I use to watch it regularly, but, I soon became frustrated. I couldn’t understand why my food looked and tasted nothing like what was shown. They take this and that, in pre-measured cups and dishes… drop here and there… place everything into one oven… pull some masterpiece from another oven… and TADAAAAA! Frustrating to say the least.Yet, taking a closer look at the food network, you might realize there is much more going on than the one hour show can air. Research, trial and error, adjustments to ingredients, etc. The deal is, it takes time. I found that I’m not the kind of person who wants to take the time to perfect a masterpiece when it comes to food. I try to accomplish my dish in 30 minutes before my wife gets home for dinner and I find that I’ve rushed it to fast, cut corners and have finished half the wine intended for the recipe… and I don’t usually drink wine. Sure there’s iron chef… those guys crank out 7 dishes in one hour on live TV… But, I’m no Iron chef, I’m more like tin can chef. I buy the ingredients and want it to look just like what I saw on TV. Sometimes I get close, but for the most part, I fall way short.Photography can be like cooking in many ways. I get many compliments on my photography and I thank you for your encouragement. But, on the other hand I hear many tell me how they “wish they could take better pictures on their cameras” and I’m here to say, “you can… It’s just going to take some time.” My friend Jason is the master BBQ’er. I wish I had the patience to smoke meat like he does… I think about cooking on my BBQ a few hours before we eat… Jason thinks days before, smokes meat all night for the next day and ends up with a masterpiece that make me want to lick my computer screen when he post an image of his dish.There’s a lot to talk about when it comes to photography, but for the most part it’s not a frozen dinner you pop in the microwave for 3 minutes and eat. Good stuff doesn’t come in a frozen entree that takes 3 minutes to warm up.I want to give an you an example of the photo above as it came out of my camera. I shoot in what is called “RAW” format and very rarely in jpeg, (if you would like to know more about what RAW is, google, “shooting in RAW” and you will find a lot on the topic from people smarter than me). Like going to the market to find all the right ingredients, when I shoot photos, I look for the right “ingredients” that will add to the final product in the end. I try my best to plan for as much as I can, so when I go to the “kitchen” I have everything I need to make the shot what I know it is or can be. So, here is my sunset shot from last night as it downloaded to my computer.There’s a bit of a difference between the first shot and the second… It took some time to make the first shot look like it does. All the ingredients were there. As I stood on the edge of the river, I knew I was going to like this dish.Photography takes time, planning and patience. Much of the splendor of your image will not be right out of the camera… it will be in the kitchen as you combine ingredients and bring the flavors out.peace.johno~DON’T FORGET: Only two days left to post comments and be entered into the drawing to win a basket I packed over from Uganda like a pack mule. Post your comments here and you could be a winner.Here’s a picture of the basket.

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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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June Desktop for 2010

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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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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April Desktop 2010

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52 blessings 08.2010

Well, I’m not sure if this is a real blessing… but many blessings come about because of it. Traveling. Today, my oldest daughter said, “Wow, you know how many miles you will fly this year? How cool is that?” I told her she would drastically change her mind once she took the flight form Seattle to London and London to Entebbe, Uganda. It’s not that cool to fly… However, the ministry, the serving is.

This week I will be flying with World Vision to Guatemala to do some photography for their “Vision” trip. A hand full of World Vision volunteers and a couple staff members will embark on a trip of a life time to see how WV works with communities through child sponsorship.

This is an incredible opportunity for me and it’s a crazy story that lead me to this spot today.

In March of 2009, I signed up with World Vision as a Child Ambassador. A CA is someone who shares the joys of child sponsorship, with churches and other organizations, on how to make a difference in a child’s life, their families and community. Our family sponsors two beautiful kids in Uganda… Zakaliya and Lucy. We wished we could sponsor more children but instead I chose to volunteer and invite other into the joy that our whole family has had.

Sharing the story of sponsorship can be hard sometimes… It’s not that people don’t care, I just think they’re afraid. Afraid of long commitments, failure, putting a face on poverty or a host of other concerns… I hear lots of things. I wish people would take a few more risks in life and just trust Jesus.

Well, I shared with my mother about sponsorship… She looked through several picture folders and fount two little boys she wanted to sponsor. She then told me that she would pray about it and get back to me. She never did. The picture folder that I receive, of WV kids, have expiration dates. This gives them a better chance and more exposure by not letting them “hang” in one spot. Well, the folders expired. She had missed the opportunity to work with these boys. She was truly upset. I told her I had just received several more folders of kids needing sponsorship and so she grabbed the folders and began to read their stories.

Carlos, jumped out at her almost immediately. They both shared the same birthday, January 4th. Not only that, but Carlos has a big family, Five sisters and three brothers. My mother also has eight other siblings. It seemed to be the perfect match. This time she filled out the paper work and became Carlos’ sponsor. So cool.

Several months later, I was having lunch with a good friend of mine, sharing goals for 2010. I told him I wanted to retire from sports photography and do more humanitarian work. I told him I should probably think about contacting World Vision since I was already working with them. I had sent and inquiry about using some of my photos from a previous mission trip… nothing. Not a call, nothing. I knew, this would be difficult. There are so many gifted photographers, I had a pity party scheduled… but I decided not to show up. I had to make a strong effort to plan something in 2010. So I began to think about when I would be thinking about connecting with WV.

Shortly after that, I received a call from the National Director for Volunteer Service. She asked me if I might be available to be their photographer and videographer for a trip to Guatemala. I have to say I was shocked. I wasn’t suppose to even begin to start thinking about this yet and here it was in my lap. I responded with a maybe and that I had to pray about it. With a little one due in December of 2009 and plans for a Uganda trip with my oldest daughter in May of 2010, I was a bit unsure.

All of a sudden it was if I had shown up to something that God was orchestrating long ago. I called my mother, who is a powerful prayer warrior, I shared with her what was going on, that I had been invited to take photos for World Vision and she told me she was just thinking about her sponsored child Carlos. It turned out that he was from Guatemala. She said she would pray about it and that was that.

A few nights later, she called and said God had put it on her heart to pay for any cost, that I would need for the trip. I told her that WV was taking care of most of the cost but she said she would send me a check… She said, “If you go or don’t go, I just feel that I need to send you this.” I told her we were taking one day at a time and much would be decided after Rebekah was born. Dawentte and I agreed that God was up to something and that we would listen to His call. I agreed to prayerfully move forward on this trip. Rebekah was born December 14 and on December 15 I had my first phone conference with the Vision team members. On that call, I learned that we would be in Ixim Achi, ADP #179904. I really thought nothing of it. I was trying to catch up with the team.

January 4th, my mothers birthday, I called, as usual, to wish her well. She asked if I had decided to go to Guatemala and I told her, Yes. I didn’t realize that it had been so long since we spoke. She was excited that I was going and then something clicked in me… I asked her to go get Carlos’ picture folder… I told her there should be a number for the Area Development he was in. She got the folder and read, “1-7-9-9-0—–4.” I couldn’t believe it. God had put something on her heart long ago and now God was sending me right smack to his home. God is on the move and I love that about Him. Tomorrow, Lord willing, I will be in Guatemala and in a few days I will meet Carlos and his whole family face to face.

So all the prep work has been done, and now I sit in this hotel room ready to travel. God is all over this. There is no other reason for my being on this trip other that He has something planned. I am looking and listening.

So traveling is a blessing and to have a place to rest in between is too.

I’m so excited to see what’s next on this journey.

Until the whole world hears.
johno~

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52 blessings 06.2010


I’m not a big romantic, but I feel blessed to have a life that’s full of adventure, mystery and romance. Romance is a part of life. I can’t imagine living without it. Romance is more than a pounding heart, butterflies in your stomach or deep breaths… it’s story.

Romance is a thread that is woven in relationship. It pursues, captivates, embraces.

I’ve got a lot more to learn about romance… I know it’s way more than flowers, however, it seems as if flowers are, many times, the beginning of something special.

I post this on the eve of Valentine’s… I hope the extent of my romance is not a bunch of roses… I hope they’re just the beginning.

But you’ll have to ask my wife.

peace.
johno~

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February Desktop 2010


Click on the photo and it will send you to the desktop gallery for 2010. Place your cursor over the image and a window will slide out. Save image to your desktop.

peace.
johno~

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52 blessings 02.2010

Chalk this up to my first real product shot… I have to say, “I’m blessed.”

I’m not sure I could go into all the details of this photo. Yes, I know it’s a bunch of Canon cameras, but it’s more.

Last year my family and I were returning home form the Oregon coast after speaking at a youth retreat followed up by a few days of personal family time. In route, and on our last leg home, we thought it would be a good idea to stop at a restaurant we don’t often get to. The parking lot was full and for a moment I thought we should just skip it, however the overflow lot across the street had a few empty spots. Sandwiched between three busy food joints, I chose to park our van under a light. It wasn’t dark and it most likely wouldn’t be by the time we finished but, you know what they always say.

We ate, we laughed, we used the bathroom and left. Upon returning to our van after a nice meal, I noticed something black all over the ground and what looked to be a white sock. Funny, there’s a sock on the ground. We approached the car and I noticed that the black on the ground was little pieces of glass… it was glass from our rear window. I thought, “Someone hit our car.” It was Dawnette who said, “They stole our stuff!”

Just replaying that moment in my mind as I write this, makes my stomach knot up. It’s a sick feeling, a stomach punch when you’re not expecting it. A moment when the whole world slows WAY down. “They took my camera bag! They took my laptop. They took my guitar!” In all they stole two laptop bags, with the two macbook pros, my camera gear, and my guitar. An estimated $11,000+ in all “replacement cost.” Not even including the two hard drives that held my photos. (Yes I had 2008 backed up, but not January – March 2009)

Hours with paperwork, police reports and long phone conversations with insurance claims, I thought I would never see another piece of camera gear. Just so you know, all my gear is paid for. I don’t use Visa… I work for it and when I have the money, then I get it.

Looking back now, It was a good check in my life to really see what was important. A friend called me to check on me a few days later. After a bit of conversation, he said, “You sound pretty calm for what’s just happened.” I’m so thankful for that. I don’t want this stuff to rule my life. I want it to be a tool for blessing not binding.

It’s one of those things that you really don’t know how you will react until it happens. In Christ, all I could do was trust that it would be OK. I didn’t need it all back. They had left me with one camera which was under a blanket on the front seat… It was OK… It was. Better than I deserve, our insurance was “Replacement Cost” insurance. I didn’t get everything replaced, but I was able to make some choices that would allow me to use this “stuff” for good. I got some good stuff.

This year, Lord willing, I will be traveling with World Vision to, Mexico and Guatemala and then a return visit to Uganda for Faith Quest Uganda 2010 with a ministry team from the NW. It’s my goal to use the gift of photography to bless many and tell the story of people around the world. Photography is a wonderful tool to be used and I plan on using it for blessings and not curses.

peace.
johno~

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