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Photo Class & Events: What’s happening through the end of the year…

Keep your eyes on this post as we will be adding more information to the below activities after our next meeting. We have a ton of things planned to do over the next few weeks so come out and join us for some photo fun. ALL are welcome to come out and experience our classes and events. We are going to end the year strong and take a few weeks off during Christmas and the new year before coming back in January to resume basic classes from the beginning. We are looking forward to seeing you soon!

– Wednesday 11/30/11 @ 7-9pm
Join us for photo class at the Rock room 353. We will be sharing 5 photos that we have taken over the last week during the holiday. We will also be talking about the upcoming events for the rest of year.

– Saturday 12/3/11 @ 4-10pm
Christmas On The Prado aka December Nights at Balboa Park. Get there early as parking is limited.
The event starts at Noon in case you want to wander on your own first. We will be meeting at 4pm in front of the Photographic Arts building. The museums are open to public for free from 5-9pm. You can find out more information at the links provided below.

December Nights website:
http://www.balboapark.org/decembernights/overview

Map of events (Print before going): http://www.balboapark.org/sites/default/files/decembernights_map_2011.jpg

Event list (Print before going):
http://www.balboapark.org/decembernights/entertainment#dec3

– Wednesday 12/7/11 @ 7-9pm
Let’s get together at the Rock Church room 353 and go over the photos from Christmas On The Prado.

– Wednesday 12/14/11 @ 7-9pm – CANCELLED
Class Christmas potluck & lesson on fireworks photography

– Sunday 12/18/11 @ 4:30pm Sharp
San Diego Parade Of Lights – Location TBD
Come join us for fireworks photography and the parade of boat lights on the bay.

Website: http://www.sdparadeoflights.org/

There is much to do before the end of the year and many opportunities to check us out. Again we welcome everyone no matter what the skill level to join us for any of the events or classes. More to come soon about the above events and what we have planned for next year. Keep your eyes on the Mission Focused site to find out what’s going on with the team, classes, and events.

Blessings,

Jim Wanglund
Mission-Focused.com


Photo Class: Sharing Time 11/16/11 @ 7pm…

We definitely had fun shooting the fountains last week. All are welcome to come out for class this Wednesday to see the results. We will have time to look and critique what we have shot so that we can improve on our skills. We are looking forward to seeing everyone and don’t forget to bring your top three photos to share from last weeks class.

What: Photo Class Sharing Time

Where: Rock Church Room 353

When: Wednesday 11/16/11 @ 7pm

Who: Anyone who wants to learn more about photography, Mission-Focused, or about how to serve Him

What to bring:

Your top three photos from last weeks class
Your camera
Your manual if you have it
An open mind to learn more about photography

See you all in class!

Blessings,

Jim Wanglund
Mission-Focused.com


Photo Class: Wednesday 11/9/11…

Let’s go out and do a photo exercise this Wednesday. We are going to meet as usual in the classroom but will go out to do some night photography at the fountains near Tender Greens. This is your chance to do some fun shots and ask questions as we use the existing light to take photos. Please see the list below for things you should bring if you have them. If you don’t have a tripod I will have a limited supply of them to loan out for the exercise.

What: Photo Exercise

When: Wednesday 11/9/11 @ 7pm

Where: Rock Church Room 353

Things to bring:
Camera
Tripod
Manual for camera
Flashlight if you need extra light
Good attitude and ability to have fun under difficult lighting 🙂

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Blessings,

Jim Wanglund
Mission-Focused.com


Mission-Focused Class: 10/19/11 7pm @ Rock Church Room 353

Tomorrow night we will be sharing photos we have taken in the past. We are asking that you bring 2-3 photos with you and be ready to talk briefly about why you took the photos and what inspired you. This will allow us to get to know each other a little better and our individual shooting styles. Please bring the photos on CD, flash/USB drive, or the medium/card that you use in your camera. We are looking forward to seeing you and your photos.

What: Mission-Focused Class sharing time

– Bring 2-3 photos to share with the class along with a brief explanation of why you took the photo

– Put photos on CD, USB/flash drive, or bring in the medium you used in your camera

– Photos should be put into their own folder to make them easy to find. If you are not sure how to do this please write down the file numbers you would like to show and location on the storage device.

When: Wednesday 10/19/11 @ 7pm

Where: Rock Church Room 353

Why: To learn and share photos as well as our gift for photography

Who: Anyone who has an interest in photography. All experience levels are welcome. Please come even if you are not prepared for this class or never have been before. We can bring you up to speed during and after the class.

Blessings,

Jim Wanglund
Mission-Focused


Mission-Focused Meet & Greet: Wednesday 10/12/11 @7pm

HOW IS HE WORKING IN YOUR LIFE???

What:
Mission-Focused Meet & Greet

Where:
Rock Church Room 353
2277 Rosecrans St.
San Diego, CA 92106

When:
Wednesday 10/12/11 @ 7pm

Why:
Come out to learn more about photography. how you can use it to serve Him, and what is in store for the next few months. We will be offering classes, outings, opportunities to serve in the ministry, and much more. So if you feel a calling to use the gifts He gave you or just want to learn how to improve your shots then come on out and learn about the group.

Who:
ANYONE with an interest in photography. All skills levels are welcome to share in fellowship, to learn, and to serve.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone on Wednesday. Be prepared to bring your questions and we’ll do our best to answer them. We have an exciting year ahead of us and we are looking forward to sharing His ministry with you. If you have a heart for Him, serving, and photography then this is the place for you.

Blessings,

Jim Wanglund
Mission-Focused


Rock Church – Ministry Fair Sunday 10/2/11

It that time of the year again for the Rock Ministry Fair. Today 10/2/11 at all of our services 8am, 10am, Noon, 5pm, and 7pm we will be at the fair talking about our next classes, events, and about what we do. I encourage everyone to come out and learn how you can serve the community and to find ways to serve Him. While we will be representing the Rock Photographers/Mission-Focused there will also be over 100 other ministries catering to whatever God has gifted you with in this world. So please come join us and Do Something! We are looking forward to seeing you there!

About us:

We serve the church and make Jesus first in our lives. Many of us serve in more than one ministry and cover events for other ministries both with the Rock Church and for other organizations like Adventure In Life. We provide training, formal classes, photography services, fun outings, and document field mission life. Most of all we are about serving the Lord with the gifts in photography that He has given us. Come out today and ask us more about how you can be a part of His work!

Where:

Rock Church
2277 Rosecrans St.
San Diego, CA 92106

When:

10/2/11 Today
8am, 10am, Noon, 5pm, & 7pm services (Both before and after service)

What:

All of the Rock Church minitries will be represented and we encourage you to come out to learn more about serving.

Blessings,

Jim


Iaomai Medical Ministries – Guatemala Mission

Just dropped Brother Joe off at the airport to meet up with the team from Iaomai Medical Ministries. After praying and saying goodbye to my friend it left me thinking of how I wish He had called me to participate in this mission. I’ve been wanting to cover Sean Burgess along with Iaomai for quite a while. The last time I worked with the medical mission was too long along ago in Jamaica in 2008. It was an experience that will live with me forever and often I wonder if I was more blessed or the people that we served. I’m excited for the opportunity that Joe and Cyndy have before them to document the work going on in Guatemala. The work will be difficult and I’m sure the line started a week or two ago to receive help but to witness the blessings and His work will be awesome.

We encourage you to learn more about Iaomai through the links below. Also there will be regular status updates right here on Mission-Focused as well. We also would like to ask for prayer for the people of Guatemala, the doctors, nurses, and other volunteers, as well as for Joe and Cyndy that their journey is a safe one and that He gives them the strength, ability, and assistance they will need for this opportunity.

Iaomai Medical Ministries

Mission-Focused Articles

Blessings,

Jim


Do Something World – Barrio Logan

Yet again the Rock Church through our Do Something World actions helped the community of Barrio Logan with some clean up, painting and other repairs.  God was really working through the participants and it was truly awesome to see people pitch in to help the people in this area of San Diego.

We ministered to the homeless as well during our time there and it was great to even see people who were not with the church helping.  One homeless person was busy picking up trash and other debris from around his shelter.  He also had some good conversation with some of the volunteers as he assisted with the efforts.  I would have loved to have gotten the photos but sometimes you just have to know when to put the camera down either to help out or out of respect for someones privacy.  While the gentleman was very helpful he felt ashamed of his situation and didn’t want to be photographed.  Hopefully the Lord will bring better times to this kind homeless man so that he can participate from a different perspective in our next event.  Sometimes you run into people who are mentally challenged,  addicted to something, or just on a bad run of things but more and more it is happening to people who just can’t find a job.  It happens more times than you think  in this economy and we have to remember that we are all just a couple of steps from being on the street.  Pray that this gentleman and many of the homeless get the assistance they need to get off the street and into a home.  The colder weather is coming and any way you can help is appreciated.

Ok now for some of the photos from the event.  Brother Joe should be posting the complete collection soon.

Blessings,

Jim Wanglund


Womens Retreat Photo Booth…

Recently I was blessed by being able to photograph some wonderful women who spent time in fellowship and worshiping the Lord at the annual Rock Women’s Retreat.  Most of my time was spent at the photo booth but I also had time to capture moments in silence with Him and worship with After Eden.  Even with the serious discussions, prayer, and groups the women really had a good time especially with the photo booth.  I’m happy to have been able to serve and help MISSION focused capture some of those moments.

to see more photos from the Women’s Retreat please visit MISSIONfocused.smugmug.com


The Dirt Nap…

Brother Joe our Mission-Focused Photo Lead says all the time that there will be time enough for sleep when he takes a dirt nap.  What he means is that serving God is more important to him then getting sleep.  When his life in this world is done it all won’t matter anyway so why spend all of your time sleeping.  Spend all of your time serving taking only the rest that is needed to keep serving.  Now we all need sleep, even Brother Joe, but there are other types of dirt naps that can happen prematurely.

When we had some down time and Matt needed to come off the roof, everyone gathered to see his exit.  Believe me this looks more dramatic than it actually was but it was great fun for the crew to watch and blow off some steam.  We have been working hard the last few days and great relationships have been formed.  Prayer and having a sense of humor are key to keep the fellowship and work for Him moving forward.  Enjoy the photos and understand that no one was hurt in the following photos 🙂

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Oaxaca Mission Day 2: Construction

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The Adventure In Life ministry is working hard at building more living structures at the Templo Bautista Cristo La Unica Esperanza or The Only Hope Baptist Church of Christ.  Today many things were worked on including setting the form for the concrete pad, setting rebar for a new counter top, plumbing, wiring, and many other things to make life easier here at the church.  See the crew hard at work in the slideshow.  Please keep us in your prayers as we face many of the same obstacles with construction as we would in the states.  Things like wrong parts, fabrication of items to get the job done, and difficulty in getting supplies are just some of the factors.  For a team that has come from many different parts of the US we sure work well together with Him leading the way.  He is truly working through us to get the job done.   Thank you Jesus for the opportunity to do works in your name.


Oaxaca, MX: The Photo Fun

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Well we have been in Oaxaca Mexico for the last three days and the Lord has been good to me as we have toured the local communities, churches, pyramids, ruins, and natural landscape beauty.  I say the Lord has been good to me because I realize that we have it so good in the US.  Now here in Oaxaca we can get many of the favorites in the US like Coke, Italian Gilatto, and Corn Flakes but also get to enjoy much of the rich Mexican cuisine.  We may not always have hot water and some other creature comforts but the people here are awesome and I’m enjoying the tourist side with an insiders look.  I’ll post another blog soon about our tour guide and mission director Dave Miller.

Now the Lord has been good to me but it has come with obstacles.  The last two weeks before the trip, like most times we are doing His work, we face things that have us doubting our abilities or desire to help others.  Patience and perseverance are important any time we do the works that further the name of Jesus.  The first day here was an incredible despite having been pick-pocketed, having to cancel my ATM and credit card, and losing my drivers license in the process.  God shows us that we need to rely on Him to assist us when we have things removed from us.  Thank God that He has put some very special people in my life who were quick to come to my assistance like Cyndy lending me her cell phone, Terry getting me a number to contact a credit card company or Brother Joe helping me to pick up food and other expenses along the way.  I thank each of them for being in my life and being so quick to help a Brother-In-Christ out.

Matthew 6:25-34

25“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?

26“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? 28And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

31“So do not worry, saying, `What shall we eat?’ or `What shall we drink?’ or `What shall we wear?’ 32For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

I’m really looking forward toward our mission work which I will blog about soon.  Enjoy the slide show of the other images I have shot since Monday.  More to come soon so please keep checking the site.

Blessings,

Jim Wanglund

Mission-Focused Photographer


Oaxaca Bound…

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Bro Joe, Terry, Cyndy & I are at the airport in TJ getting ready for our flight to Oaxaca, MX.  We will be covering the mission work of Adventure In Life Ministries building a school and living quarters for visiting pastors.

We also will be visiting local villages doing family portraits and reaching those in need of the Word as well as His love.  If we have access to WiFi while serving I will blog about our experiences so keep an eye out for us here.

Blessings,

Jim Wanglund
Mission Focused Photog


Photo Class 11/10/10…

 

Update:  It is starting to drizzle right now so please don’t forget to bring a jacket.  Also it can’t hurt to bring some plastic bags and rubber bands to protect your camera.  See you soon.  Blessings!

Tonight we will not be meeting at the Rock Church for our normal Wednesday night class.  Instead we will be going to Little Italy to test our photography skills and break bread together at Filippi’s.  See below for more details.  If you are new you are welcome to come out with us in fellowship and to have a little fun shooting with us.  We look forward to seeing you there.

  • Who:  All photographers and skill levels are welcome
  • Where:  Meeting in Little Italy @ the fountain near Nelson Photo
    • 1909 India St, San Diego, CA 92101
  • What:  We will be testing our photography skills here in Little Italy and will share our works at a later time.
  • When:  11/10/10 6:30pm we will meet at the fountain
  • Don’t forget your equipment:
    • Camera
    • Tripod
    • Flash if you plan on using it
    • Batteries charged and ready to go

If you have any questions please email us:  photoministry@therocksandiego.org

Blessings,

Jim Wanglund

Rock Photographer


Photo Class 11/03/10…

Greeting Photogs,

We will be meeting this Wednesday in Room 352 @ 7pm for our next photo lesson.

11/03 – 7-9pm – Room 352 – Framing & Composition

We wll be discussing Framing & Composition this week and hope you can join us.  We will also be talking about our next outing as well to take some photos outside the classroom.  Looking forward to seeing everyone in class and as always it is free to all.

God Bless,

Jim Wanglund

Rock Photographer


Photo Class Wednesday 10/27/10 @ 7pm…

Calling all Photogs…  This weeks photo class is not on the below calendar and will be a bonus exercise class.  The weather seems to be looking good but cool for Wednesday night so bring a jacket because we are going out to the fountains here at NTC.  Don’t forget to bring your camera and a tripod as we explore a little about shooting in low light.  If you don’t have either don’t worry we have a few loaners to help you out.

We will be starting promptly at 7pm this Wednesday so that we have time to go over some of last weeks photos and walk over to the fountains. See below for more details especially if you are new to the class.   I’m looking forward to seeing everyone this week and for those who were here last week I’ll be sending out the info about Av, Tv, and ISO later today.

Please come join us for some fun, fellowship, and learning on Wednesday nights at 7pm in the Jr High Room on the third floor.  Whether you are new to photography or experienced this is a great way to get involved and Do Something.  During this series of classes we will explore the basics of the craft, have practical exercises, and even get in a field trip or two.  If you are interested please join us on the following dates:

10/06 – 7-9pm – Jr High Room – Intro to the team & who we are as a ministry

10/13 – 7-9pm – Jr High Room – Fundamental Techniques

10/20 – 7-9pm – Jr High Room – Practical Use Of Different Camera Modes

11/03 – 7-9pm – Jr High Room – Framing & Composition

11/10 – 7-9pm – Jr High Room – Creative Techniques

11/17 – 7-9pm – Jr High Room – Equipment, Bodies, Lenses & Flashes

  • Please read through your manual for your camera and bring it to class. If you are missing a manual you can find it on the manufactures’ website for most models. You don’t need to know it all, just become a little more familiar with your camera.
  • Always bring your camera to class if you have one. We may need it to instruct you on a particular technique.
    • If you are shooting digital please make sure the battery is charged and that you have a card ready with available space.
    • If you are shooting film please make sure that you have fresh batteries and general purpose film ready to go. If you are not sure what to get don’t worry. Just bring your camera and we will help you with getting setup for our next class.
  • For our first class please bring your top 5 photos in digital format or on photo paper. We would prefer digital so that it is easier to share with the whole class. We will work with most digital formats including but not limited to: CF, SD, Compact Disc, USB Thumb Drives, and DVD.
    • Please make sure the photos are easy to find, preferably in a folder separated from your other photos. If you are unsure of how to do this don’t worry. Just write down the names of the photos on your preferred media on a piece of paper and we will explain how to move the files around during class.
    • Please make sure to also note one favorite of the bunch. Just in case we don’t have enough time for everyone to get through five we will have enough time for one photo each.
    • It would also be nice to have a little background behind each picture. Just a little something to tell the class what you were thinking and why you took the photo. Accidents are welcome as a good part of photography is timing and sometimes things just happen without you knowing how it was performed. This can lead to some interesting discussions to decipher what made the shot.
  • Most important of all is to bring an open mind to others visions and views of the world. We all come from different backgrounds which can make for a great learning experience for us all. A little prayer also can’t hurt and can go a long way toward letting God work in your life.

If you have any questions please let us know: photoministry@therocksandiego.org. I look forward to seeing you all in class.

Blessings,

Jim Wanglund

Rock Photographer


Calling All Those Interested In Photography…

Please come join us for some fun, fellowship, and learning on Wednesday nights at 7pm in the Jr High Room on the third floor.  Whether you are new to photography or experienced this is a great way to get involved and Do Something.  During this series of classes we will explore the basics of the craft, have practical exercises, and even get in a field trip or two in.  If you are interest please join us on the following dates:

10/06 – 7-9pm – Jr High Room – Intro to the team & who we are as a ministry

10/13 – 7-9pm – Jr High Room – Fundamental Techniques

10/20 – 7-9pm – Jr High Room – Practical Use Of Different Camera Modes

11/03 – 7-9pm – Jr High Room – Framing & Composition

11/10 – 7-9pm – Jr High Room – Creative Techniques

11/17 – 7-9pm – Jr High Room – Equipment, Bodies, Lenses & Flashes

Photo Class 1: Fundamental Techniques

Photo Class 1
Fundamental Techniques
Wednesday 10/13/10
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Jr High Room

Are you interested in photography? Do you want to learn more about the art or maybe you just want to take a better family photo? If you answered yes to either of those questions please come join us for our first class. We have already had a great intro session but there is still room for more people. Feel free to come and check us out. For those who would like to participate please see below for a few things to remember to bring to the first class.

  • Please read through your manual for your camera and bring it to class. If you are missing a manual you can find it on the manufactures’ website for most models. You don’t need to know it all, just become a little more familiar with your camera.
  • Always bring your camera to class if you have one. We may need it to instruct you on a particular technique.
    • If you are shooting digital please make sure the battery is charged and that you have a card ready with available space.
    • If you are shooting film please make sure that you have fresh batteries and general purpose film ready to go. If you are not sure what to get don’t worry. Just bring your camera and we will help you with getting setup for our next class.
  • For our first class please bring your top 5 photos in digital format or on photo paper. We would prefer digital so that it is easier to share with the whole class. We will work with most digital formats including but not limited to: CF, SD, Compact Disc, USB Thumb Drives, and DVD.
    • Please make sure the photos are easy to find, preferably in a folder separated from your other photos. If you are unsure of how to do this don’t worry. Just write down the names of the photos on your preferred media on a piece of paper and we will explain how to move the files around during class.
    • Please make sure to also note one favorite of the bunch. Just in case we don’t have enough time for everyone to get through five we will have enough time for one photo each.
    • It would also be nice to have a little background behind each picture. Just a little something to tell the class what you were thinking and why you took the photo. Accidents are welcome as a good part of photography is timing and sometimes things just happen without you knowing how it was performed. This can lead to some interesting discussions to decipher what made the shot.
  • Most important of all is to bring an open mind to others visions and views of the world. We all come from different backgrounds which can make for a great learning experience for us all. A little prayer also can’t hurt and can go a long way toward letting God work in your life.

If you have any questions please let us know: photoministry@therocksandiego.org. I look forward to seeing you all in class.

Blessings,

Jim Wanglund

Rock Photographer


ASK Prayer 08/14/2010

Ephesians 3:20-21  Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

Do you need prayer?  Are you a prayer warrior?  Every few months the Rock has an event called ASK that allows people who attend to get prayer and have people pray for them.  We all have our difficulties in this world and sometimes we feel helpless.  This is where prayer comes in…  when you can call upon our Abba Father to help us with our troubles in this world.

Often we think of prayer as something we do in private or it is something between one individual and God.  In reality it is so much more powerful when you come together with friends and complete strangers who are broken.  Together we can pray for one another for strength, wisdom, and healing.  There is nothing quite like it and the power of prayer in small groups or collectively as community is so much better.

For me personally it was amazing.  I have never really thought of myself as a prayer leader but God took me out of my comfort zone again and again on Saturday.  I had to put the camera down as He was calling many times over the 12 hours I served Him.  You would think that I would have been drained after 24 hours of fasting and 12 hours of prayer and worship but for me it was just the opposite.  I normally do well in groups of people that I know, praying for friends and family.  This time I lead multiple times with people who had some pretty extreme issues like people living with cancer and broken relationships.  People feeling lonely and not knowing that they are not alone, only if they have Jesus in their lives.  God worked through me in ways that I cannot explain.  I have never considered myself an eloquent person of prayer but I just opened my heart to Him and He did the rest.  God you are amazing and you are constantly showing me new things.  You have gone from a whisper in my ear to You speaking clearly that I need to move here or Do Something there.  You have also moved me physically in way that I have not felt in a while. Thank you Lord for using me to help heal others pain by caring and praying for those in need.  For assisting those that are lonely and giving comfort to those are broken, I thank you.   Even though I work hard to please you, sometimes just opening my heart a little more is all you need from me and I thank you for leading the way.  You are awesome!

In Him,

Jim Wanglund

Rock Photographer


Fireworks Class Wednesday 06/16/10

It’s that time of year again so please join us for a class on how to capture fireworks.  We will go over the basics on how to get that great shot and talk about how to shoot in the dark.  We will also have an exercise in which we will shoot and bring back our photos to discuss.  This will get us all prepared for the big show on Independence Day.  Please bring yourself down and if you have the following tools bring them as well:

  • Camera
  • Owners manual or knowledge of how to adjust aperture, shutter, and ISO settings
  • Tripod or other stabilization device
  • Batteries

Looking forward to seeing you in the Jr High Room at 7pm 6/16.  If you don’t make it, here are some tips to help your shots:

#1 Use a tripod.
#2 Use a tripod (In case you didn’t get it the first time). Also remember to make sure that the location you are shooting at will allow them.
#3 Turn off your flash.
#4 Focus to infinity (or the farthest object away from the camera)
#5 Know your subject locations and try to use a backdrop that will identify your location. Fireworks by themselves are nice but with a city skyline or other landmark they are even better.
#6 Shoot often or use long exposures for your shot.
#7 Get to your location early for setup and to get a good vantage point.
#8 Try different angles to make the shot more interesting.
#9 If you are shooting digital, check your photo for contrast and sharpness during your shoot.
#10 If you are shooting film, try doing a double exposure (more than one shot on the same frame) for an effect that will add more action to the picture. You can duplicate this process using Photoshop or other editor for digital.

Practice can be done on the SeaWorld Fireworks from June 19-July 3 (9:50 p.m.)  Best location for these shows will be Crown Point.

Even though there are environmental lawsuit threats that started last year, the big three fireworks are still going on as planned for Independence Day.  Included in this are the Port of San Diego Big Boom Fireworks, La Jolla Cove, and the Del Mar Fair displays.  We will update this blog as the day approaches with times and locations of all the San Diego fireworks displays.

Blessings,

Jim Wanglund

Rock Photographer


WWJS? (What Would Jesus Shoot?)

I really liked it when Brother Joe first asked this question of the team via email a couple of weeks ago.  It was even better when we all got together and discussed it.  I have two versions of  “What Would Jesus Shoot?” and I guess I looked at both of them very literally…

  • The first and most obvious to me was that Jesus wouldn’t shoot pictures of anything.  I did several searches to verify that Jesus was never an observer.  Jesus always took action.  After all the original question that this was spun from was “What Would Jesus Do?”.
    • If he was just watching the world then He would have never died for our sins.  John 2:2 – “He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.”
    • He would have never showed us how to serve.  Mathew 20:28  – “just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
    • How to be humble. Philippians 2:3 – “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.”
    • How to pray. Mark 1:35 – “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.”
    • How to glorify God.  1 Corinthians 10:31 – “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”
  • The second version is that Jesus would not have shot anything while on this world but He would while in Heaven.  Think of the Bema Seat Judgement.  The first judgment will be for our salvation.   The second or Bema Seat Judgment will be a look at how we lived in this world.  Jesus will flash our life before us and will show us where we wasted our time and where we lived for Him.  This replay of our lives will have way more impact on us than any photo or video could hope to achieve.  No special effects or Photoshop required.  Just you and Him together experiencing your life and how you handled it just like you were doing it all over again.  Then He will wipe away your tears and reward you with everlasting life.  That life will then be used to honor Him.  Every time I read about the Bema Seat it makes me reflect on what I can do for Him and have I done what He has asked of me.

Ephesians 2:8-9 – For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.

2 Corinthians 5:10 – For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.

Well that is my take on “What Would Jesus Shoot?”.  I pray everyday that He will give me the strength to do what He asks of me.  I do this so that I can see the replay of my life in a way that could never be captured on film or digitally.  The best part after the replay will be Jesus saying “Well done, good and faithful servant!” – Matthew 25:21

Blessings,

Jim Wanglund

Rock Photographer


Tech Tuesday 04/27/10: No Power, No Digital Photos

We depend so much on the power we take for granted.  It is when it is unavailable or causes us problems that we really start to think about how complex and involved our grid really is to deliver.  Have you ever been involved in a rolling blackout?  Or maybe there is a blackout in your area and you want to know when power will be restored?  I work in the telecommunications world as my primary job and it is a part of what I do to stay informed on the health of multiple networks .  Here are a couple links to start off this article that you might find interesting and always make a good bookmark.

The first is a frequently updated outage page produced by SDG&E .

The second is for when power demands are greater than supply.  This link is updated live by the California ISO.  Great to monitor during the summer when A/C demand goes up and we run the risk of rolling blackouts.

My tech tip for this week is how are you prepared for the inevitable loss of electricity?   Do you know what to do with all of that expensive photo equipment that is hooked up to the grid?  Yea you know the processing tools like your computer, printers, and battery chargers!

Well the least expensive thing you can do is to get a surge suppressor.  Don’t get a cheap one at Wally World or Everything Under A Buck store.  You have probably spent hundreds if not thousands of dollars in gear don’t cheap out on the protection.   A good surge suppressor should be UL listed and have ratings on them to indicate their level of protection.  Here is what to look for:

Joule Rating = At least 1000 joules.

Response Time – Less than 1 nanosecond

Learn more about ratings through Wikipedia.

A surge suppressor is a must for not just your computer equipment but also your TV, stereo, and any other expensive electronics you have at home or work.  Protect them or else you may lose them to a sudden surge on the line.  Even if they are off they are still susceptible to line issues.

Unfortunately they will not protect you against brownouts (low voltage) or other line problems.  For more serious protection get a UPS (Uninterrupted Power Supply).  These cost a little more but offer so much more protection.  They usually include very good surge suppressors but also contain a backup battery.  Be aware though because all UPS devices are not made the same and price is not always an indicator.   I won’t get too technical but there are different electrical waveforms and some devices do better on one type than another.  There are several good manufacturers out there but I prefer APC over all others for price and reliability.  No I don’t get any kickbacks from them although if anyone from APC is reading this please send your donations to Miles Ahead in support of our mission trips.

What to look for depends on your budget and needs.  The more equipment you have hooked up to a UPS or the longer you want to keep them running when the power goes out will increase the price.  Many come with software that will automatically shutdown your equipment gracefully before the battery dies.  The good news is you can usually find one for most home use for anywhere from $40-100.

Here is what I am running now on my computer:  APC 450 ES

Well I hope that helps you out being that the summer season for rolling blackouts is coming.  Luckily I live on a portion of the grid that is attached to a hospital so I shouldn’t be a part of a rolling blackout but I am still prepared  just in case.  I would rather sacrifice $50 in protection gear instead of $1000s in equipment.  Remember the worst part may not be losing the data you were working on but the spike that comes when the power comes back on after an outage.

(Disclaimer:  The above recommendations are made in good faith and don’t cover acts of our Almighty God or by the challenges that we may face while doing His work!  Your experience may vary based on preparedness and other conditions in which prayer is undoubtedly best suited to help you cope with issues.)

Blessings,

Jim Wanglund

Rock Photographer


Rock Hero: Sean Burgess – God’s Healer…

Sean Burgess was honored as Rock Hero today and when I heard he was going to receive an award a flood of memories came back from Jamaica.  I may not know Sean personally but I had the occasion to talk with him a few times while in Jamaica.  If it wasn’t for Sean I would have missed out on some major life  changing experiences.

One of the days I was covering events for Miles Ahead, I had the pleasure of working with the med team assigned to the Flankers Bible Church serving the local community with their medical and most importantly their spiritual needs.  The med team partnered up with locals from the church and had a sign in table up front where people came who were in need.  They went through a triage process and after some basic information was taken as well as vitals, proceeded into  one of two makeshift rooms that were setup with blue tarp near the altar.  After receiving care for their physical ailments they then would proceed to get spiritual counseling and then medication if needed from the pharmacy that was setup in another room.  Watching this team in action blessing people who very much needed their care was truly inspiring.  I even had the opportunity to sit and pray with a couple of people during this moment in time that I will remember the rest of my life.

I am forever in Sean’s debt for having recognized and setup this ministry to care for people in need of medical care.  He provided me with experiences that only God could have provided through him.  Thank you Sean and thank you God for picking him to work through!  I hope to find myself working along side you again in the future, God willing!

Loading up the buses with medical supplies for Jamaica…

Sean giving some last minute direction before breaking up into teams for the four med clinics…

Rock Hero…

Sean receiving award…

Sean quietly giving directions in the background while loading the buses in Jamaica…

Can’t head out to do God’s work without a little prayer…

Makeshift pharmacy setup with over $250,000 in donations…

Girls from the Flankers Bible Church and one of them taking a rare picture of me…

Roxi showing the kids how to use a  stethoscope…

The Miles Ahead Medical Team @ The Flankers Bible Church

Want to learn more about how to help?  Check out the medical ministry website at http://iaomaimedical.org/

Blessings,

Jim Wanglund

Rock Photographer


Tech Tuesday 4/20/10…

I haven’t been contributing much to Tech Tuesday lately but I couldn’t pass on sharing this great article.  Have you ever wondered how those on African safari get those great shots of dangerous animals?  Well check this article out for the details and see the related blog to the ingenious device.  No these guys don’t use a long lens try again.  This is a great way to include two of my favorite hobbies.  One of them is landscape/nature photography and the other you will just have to read the article to figure it out.  Enjoy!!!

Wired Article

http://blog.burrard-lucas.com/beetlecam/


Rock Baptism @ The Plunge

Baptisms are my favorite event to cover for Christ.  Seeing people make their first public declaration is exciting and makes me feel like I did when I was first baptised.  Not that my fire for Him has ever dimmed, but it moves me in a way to do more in my life after seeing those that are new to Him.  That look that you see in their eyes that everything is new is often seen in children but you can see it in adults as well during an event in their lives such as this one moment when they are reborn.

Not everyone is called to baptism though and it is not a requirement.  I witnessed a situation this evening that didn’t surprise me but did remind me that baptism is a calling not just a date in passing.  Growing up as a Catholic, you are generally baptised as a very young child.  I was but I don’t remember because I was only a few weeks old.  Obviously too young to even know what decision was being made for me.  Now there isn’t a specific passage that I can quote that explains the age of consent but I do know that it is different for everyone.  Baptism is not a requirement but when in our country it is so easy to declare that He is my savior, why would you not do it.  There are places in this world that baptism would result in you being hunted down and destroyed for proclaiming your belief in Jesus Christ.  Today I celebrate those that declared their faith and new path in life.  This is your new birthday and I am sure God is smiling at His children of all ages that have come home.  Happy Birthday!!!

Blessings,

Jim Wanglund

Rock Photographer