Merry Christmas!

Dave Anthold —  December 24, 2012 — Leave a comment

Family-Christmas-2012

Merry Christmas from our family to yours.  May today be a day filled with love and time shared with those whom you love and cherish.

On a night in small village named Bethlehem, a small baby was born to Mary and Joseph in a small stable area and they named him Jesus.  Jesus came to seek and save the lost on that starry night.  He is the light of the world.  (Luke 2)

May you have a wonderful and blessed Christmas season.

Welcome to the new Snapshots of Everyday Life!  I quietly rolled out a new look for the site courtesy of Chris Rouse and his Simple Church theme based upon the beautifully built StandardTheme for WordPress.

This new look brings me closer to the clean and modern vision I have had for this site.  In addition to working on a new look for this site, I have been tweaking my other blog properties and hope to reveal those in the coming weeks.  I hope you enjoy this new look, and give a shout out to Chris Rouse for designing an amazing theme!

Sr Airman Yeiner Cross Silouette-web

While visiting my uncle in Illinois this past June, he took us behind his church to this giant open field that was filled with crosses.  Each one was crafted especially for this memorial.

6,438 crosses planted in the ground to pay tribute to those who have lost their lives protecting my freedom during the modern “war on terror” campaign.  As you stand at the corner of the memorial and survey each one, you cannot help but be overcome by the moment.  Each cross is someone’s father, mother, son, daughter, brother or sister.

Sr Airman J. Yeiner was someone’s child.

“There’s no tragedy in life like the death of a child. Things never get back to the way they were.” — Dwight D. Eisenhower

Our service men and women represented at this memorial may be gone from this earth, but they are not forgotten.

(Shot in Freeport, Illinois – June, 2012 – Canon 5D/2 | 16mm f/2.8 @ 1/2500 | ISO 100)

[This post is part of the Here Lies blog series.]

Talent alone cannot make a writer.  There must be a man behind the book.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

I had a sinking feeling when I thought I had lost 150 pictures I shot and then I can’t find them.  Yikes!  Good news – I found them (brow sweating over)!

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, do you find that to be true? Sometimes words inspire a picture that is just begging to be taken; however, sometimes the reverse is true.

Sunset Starburst

Canon 5D/2 | 16mm f/22 @ 1/13 | ISO 100

A year ago, I went on two mission trips to Eastern Europe with the expressed purpose of telling the story for all those who were not able to go with us. While on these trips, I wrote over 40 blog posts and took nearly 5,000 pictures. The shear magnitude of writing this statistic nearly cause me to lose my breath when I think about it, considering I still haven’t really gone through all the pictures that were taken.

For some, they choose to find pictures for their blog via stock houses or through Creative Commons. Although, I have utilized the former before, recently I have begun shooting my own photographs for the the blog posts.

Here are five tips for shooting your own blog photographs:

  1. Shoot what peaks your interest - I shoot a wide variety of subject matter from graffiti to nature / landscapes to walls / doors / other objects. I had A.D.D. when it comes to writing, and by shooting multiple subjects (mostly while traveling), I can better find a photograph that will support my writings.
  1. Quality matters - The quality of the photograph matters. If your photograph is fuzzy then that photograph has lost its meaning in support of your message. Shoot with clarity whether it is in color or converted to black & white or some other variation.
  1. Write first, shoot second - Most of the time I am inspired to write about the story that is shown in the photograph; however, sometimes I have an idea for a blog post that I will write and then go take the picture.
  1. Listen to music - This one may sound fluffy, but it isn’t. When I am having a hard time focusing on finding the right shot or several right shots, I put in my earbuds and flip on the music for creative inspiration. My iPhone has a wide range of music from opera to instrumental to hip hop. When set to random, it really helps to get the juices flowing.
  1. Take a break - Sometimes you just need to step back & and take a break. If you are so focused on looking for the right shot, you may need to step back and look for a new perspective. Go ahead, put down your camera and rest awhile. In a few minutes, pick up your camera and the elusive image may show itself.

I hope these tips will serve you well as you explore shooting your own photographs for your posts.

Question: What other tips would you add to this list? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

Tree Top Sky

Dave Anthold —  September 9, 2012 — Leave a comment

Tree Top Sky-web

In the spirit of looking for different view points, I found this shot while exploring some local hiking trails in the Czech mountains.  I looked up & saw the vertical lines that appeared to go on forever.  After a little black and white conversion, I got the photo I was looking for.

(Shot in the Czech mountains near the Hotel Medlov – July, 2011 - Canon 5D/2 | 16mm f/4 @ 1/20 | ISO 100)

 

 

Peaceful Serenity-web

In the heart of the Czech mountains, a peaceful serenity awaits you on the grounds of the Hotel Medlov.  This was the site of the Czech Republic English Family Camp in 2011.

(Shot in Czech Republic – July, 2011 - Canon 5D/2 | 16mm f/2.8 @ 1/2000 | ISO 100)

 

 

Relaxing

This man had dropped off his grandson at the summer children’s ministry in Pskov, Russia and then proceeded to grab his paper and folding chair, and settle in for a relaxing scan of the headlines.

(Shot in Pskov, Russia – July, 2011 - Canon 5D/2 | 85mm f/4 @ 1/1000 | ISO 100)

Thank you Jeff Goins for pushing me to declare that I AM A WRITER!  I have been following Jeff Goins for some time now, and I have read his great little e-book The Writer’s Manifesto and I am a third of the way through his latest book – You Are A Writer (So Start Acting Like One).

Jim-Bible

At the beginning of the book, he asks you to declare that you are a writer.  For me, it was much easier to declare that I was something else…although I still struggled with that especially as it related to my photography (which is what this blog primarily deals with); however, I realized that…

I am not just a photographer, but…

a visual storyteller.

I am not just a strategist, but…

a visual artist of interwoven concepts and patterns.

I am not just a reader, but…

a sponge that soaks in the wisdom of those who have gone before me.

I am not just an Elder, but…

a shepherd on a journey to guide, encourage, lead, and help people grow closer to God.

I am not just a person who puts words on a page,

I AM A WRITER!

As a writer, I share the stories that leave an imprint on our souls.  As a photographer, I capture the still, small moments that leave us breathless and in awe of what we have just witnessed.  Together, they form the basis of this diary.  This journal.  This step into a story that is both lived and viewed.

And with a healthy dose of curiosity…

I DECLARE THAT I AM A WRITER and A PHOTOGRAPHER!

Question:  What do you declare today?  You can leave a comment by clicking here.

[This post is part of the 15 Habits blog series.]