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Choose Wisely :: Using Photography to Bless and Encourage

DSC_3499Our goal is to use photography to bless others, serve our fellow man, and bring glory to God in all we do.  Last weekend we had the honor of photographing Military Families in San Diego.  Many of the families hadn’t had formal portraits of their family in some time, due to the demands of Military life…

Dunhill has created a series of videos, Dunhill “Voices,” highlighting people who exemplify  “elegance and achievement.”

This video of photographer Don McCullin is quite extraordinary.  He is known in the photography world as a “war time photographer,” a term he hates.  His words are haunting and compelling.  A reminder of why we choose to photograph the good, the beautiful…things that encourage and bless.  You don’t have to be a photographer to appreciate this little video.  There a lessons to be learned on many different levels.  Thanks to David Sims for creating this beautiful video.


Oaxaca Summer 2012 :: Locked and Loaded!

Victory Loves Preparation!

Bags are packed…ready as I will ever be.  I’m heading off to Oaxaca tonight for 2 weeks of shooting with Adventures in Life Ministry.  This will be my 6th trip down in 3 years, and I have learned a few things over the years.

I have learned a few things over the years…no matter how well your prepared, something will happen that will throw you off and cause you to change directions in order to “keep up!”  So I basically gear up for the unexpected.

The biggest lesson of all, is that ministry in Mexico is fluid.  God is in control and He knows the beginning from the end and everything in between.  So if I rest in that assurance, I can go with the flow and ministry will be a lot more fun and successful.

In the end it’s not about whether I’m shooting with a Canon or Nikon camera, or if I’m using a PC or a Mac.

It’s about using the gifts that He has given me to the best of my ability.

So I prepare as best as I can, and I bring what gear I think I will need and use, and then I do my best to shoot what God shows me in a manner that brings Him the most Glory!

All Glory to God!


Oaxaca 2012 :: tecnologia’ desafiada

tecnologia’ desafiada = technology challenged

This was the theme for today in Oaxaca.  It shouldn’t have been so.

I was able to get some work done but my computer was acting up, more than ususal for those who know how messed up my computer is…but it works, that’s what matters.  Thankfully there have been no issues with my camera so while I couldn’t do much editing and posting most of the day, I was able to keep shooting.  This is home base…where I work when I’m not running around taking photos of the men this week.  That’s the computer in question, currently working….to the left, a Toshiba laptop donated by someone from the Rock to the Jesus Geeks, who in turn washed and waxed it and donated it to Americo and Norma, to be used at the training center thats being worked on this week and for use by the local church.  This week the men are using it to check in with family back in the states.The machine that Adventures in Life and Harvesting Hope have to drill wells with needed some work done on the drive shafts.  Some of the men who were in Oaxaca in January with Harvesting Hope took back to the States the drive shaft, to have a new one machined.  Sean brought it with him when he came to Oaxaca this week.  When Dave and Chable’ started to put the drive shaft together, it was just a hair too thick.  Thankfully, there is a metal machine shop that has a metal lathe in order to adjust the drive shaft to make it work.   The photo above is of the machinist working on the drive shaft.Dave and some of the guys from Harvesting Hope came to this same shop 2 weeks ago and they were amazed at how many old classic machines they had, and that they still worked.

One of the machines was an old Lodge & Davis Machine Tool Company of Cincinnati, Ohio.  I did a little searching online and saw an old Lodge & Davis machine, reportedly from the 1890’s, that looked newer than the machine above.I know that in the States, most metal lathe machines are computer controlled…but the machinist in Tlacolula got the job done old school style with a good caliper, a good eye and the human touch.

I started to think tonight, with my computer now cooperating… Canon recently unveiled  their new flagship EOS 1DX and Nikon just announcing the new D800 & D800E…do we need more technology and more megapixels?  I’m using and still loving my EOS 5D.  Not too long ago I was walking through church when this kid I know walked up to me and saw my camera on my shoulder.  He said something like “ohhhh, is that the 5D Mark II!?”  I said nope, I’m rolling with the original 5D.  He immediately lost interest and walked away….

Really!  I felt like smacking the kid up side the head!  Is that what it’s come down to.  Unless you have the latest and greatest camera, you don’t matter or you can’t take great photos….just so there is no question, the answer is NO!

That old Toshiba lap top will be a blessing to the local church and to Americo & Norma.  And as hard as it might be, I will strive to serve Jesus and take photos that honor Him with my viejo(old) 5D.

Praise God for old technology!