Tuesday, April 26, 2016
One important lesson I have learned this year about photographing sports. If a ball is involved, the ball needs to be in the image. If possible the face(s) of those playing the ball need to be visible. That isn't always possible, but it is most desirable.
For those who may be interested in the technical side, I ALWAYS shoot in manual mode and for sports I always shoot in jpeg. For night games at a well lit park I shoot with an ISO of 1600-3000, a shutter speed of 1/400th - 1/500th at f3.5-5.0 and Auto White Balance. I have the focus set on single point, contunious focus and high speed continuous shutter. For my camera, that means it will fire 7 frames per second. Have a blessed day.
Sunday, April 24, 2016
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Spring is finally here and everything is beginning to turn green. While the colors of Autumn are beautiful, most people look forward to Spring. It signals a new beginning. This waterfall is part of a spillway for a small, private lake. In the winter, when there is little rain, it slows to a trickle. But when the Spring rains come, it bursts to life and it seems that the surrounding woods follow its lead and become the most vibrant green of the entire year. It seems to be a reminder that water is the source of life. No plant or animal can survive without it.
Christ is described as the "Living Water" and no one can experience eternal life without Him. Some people never bother to look for meaning in their life while others spend their entire existence looking for their purpose in this world. They thirst for the satisfaction that comes with knowing that they are here for a purpose, what the purpose is and the source of happiness. They may try several different professions or live in multiple locations around the globe. Some will even forsake everything and go on a quest for the meaning of life. As long as they look for fulfillment in the things of this world, they will always be disappointed and thirsty. Christ Himself said, "Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life." (John 4:13-14) The search for personal peace and satisfaction ends at the well of living water that is Jesus Christ. Have a blessed day.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Monday, April 18, 2016
Ahh...Spring Soccer! One of my favorite times of the year.While Autumn is my favorite season, I have to admit that I like photographing spring sports. There is baseball, softball, track & field, and my favorite...spring soccer. Last week the local high school girls team played at home. The team is always a contender for conference and state honors so they are great fun to watch. The boys team is the defending state champs so photos of them will be coming soon.
Thursday, April 14, 2016
It seems that every aspect of our lives have become more casual, from our work, to our dress, to our worship. Somewhere along the line, the importance of God and the relevance of His Church has diminished. If one examines the 25th chapter of Exodus, where the instructions and construction of the tabernacle is described, you will find that casual is not present. First of all, the people gave an offering, not of convenience, but of sacrifice and most importantly, from a willing and grateful heart. The offering (or building fund) consisted of gold, silver, bronze, fine linen, onyx stones, and stones to be set in the breastplate of the high priest. The people gave their very best, not their leftovers, because their relationship with God was the most important relationship in their lives.
One thing has not changed. Regardless of the opinion of society, the most important relationship that a person will have is the relationship they have with their Creator. Have a blessed day.