Posts Tagged ‘photo’

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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Blurred.

It’s the only thing I can think of… blur. This last month has been a blur full of ups and downs. I’m so thankful for all those who have stood by our family in thoughts and prayers. This last Monday it had been 30 days since my wife’s mother passed away. Blur.

A mix of things moving so fast and the kind of blur that comes when you first wake up in the morning when you’re trying to read your alarm clock, hoping it says 7:15 AM and not 9:15 AM.As far as writing this blog, I feel like it’s 9:15 AM and I’m late. Your heart races to get ready to go because you realize you should have been somewhere an hour ago. Skip the shower, not the brushing of teeth. Forget breakfast, the most important meal of the day… I’ve got to go. Every attempt to arrive at your appointment is full of detours, red lights and that fellow driving in front of you that seems to have no plans to be anywhere until December 12th… 2012!That’s how I’ve felt. So here I am, back at the keyboard typing away wondering, “Where in the world do I start?”Why not with photography? I’m reminded that not every image looks good sharp. True, everyone wants sharper images and they spend lots of money to get that result, but there is something to be “looked” at in images that are blurred. I’ve posted a few images that I would consider more “artsy” than anything else. These images are ranked in my top images. (Which means I have them saved as desktop screen images).I’ve heard and seen a lot of frustration with images being blurred or out of focus (OOF). Some of these OOF and blurred shots could really be something more if you spent a few moments thinking of new ways to see them. This could be converting the image to black and white, over saturating the colors, adding film grain or square cropping the image.I would love to see some examples of images you’ve reworked. True, some images will not cut it, but you never know unless you try.This is what I’m trying to do with my blurred month. I’m really hoping to get something usable out of the entire thing. I’m hoping for beautiful art and not something I just throw away.peace.johno~

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52 blessings 01.2010


Well, it’s the start of a new year and a new photo challenge. This years photo theme will be “52 Blessings.” After last years photo challenge wreck and the disaster of having my gear stolen in the 3rd month of the year, I thought it would be best to focus this year on my many, many blessings.

Blessing number one… Life. One of my favorite quotes is from Rabindranath Tagore. He says, “Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man.” Oh how true. Life is one of the best examples of hope we have. I believe this is the reason Jesus gives us hope… because He gives life. His life… so we might live.

As I start this year, I start with blessing number one… my life. I know this is a photo of my newborn daughter, but this IS my life. What a wonderful blessing and I am very thankful I have the opportunity to do something with it.

My you also come to know that you are a blessing.

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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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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