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Photography 101 – Day 17: Glass

Today we experiment with glass. That is almost ironic because camera lenses are made from a series of specially curved glass positioned in such a manner that amplifies and clarifies light as it passes through the lenses.

What happens to an image if view through additional glass or even plastic?

17a IMG_2487Shooting the image through a clear plastic water bottle certainly adds a bit of mystery to the image. And since the bottle was full of water, light streaks are visible as my iPhone captured this distorted image.  I always have a water bottle with me when I am out and about.

17b IMG_2489Just in case you are curious, this is the image I captured through a water bottle.

The distorted image reminded me of a Bible passage –

For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.  1 Corinthians 13:12 KJV

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Photography 101 – Day 16: Treasure & Close-up

Our Photo101 theme for today is – get close to a treasure. A treasure is person, purpose or possession greatly valued or highly prized. I’ve heard it said that a man’s checkbook will point to where his heart is, his treasure. Our treasure can also be found by looking through our day planner or calendar. If you are like me, you love many people and cherish many things.

The Bible says –

19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; 21 for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6:19-21 NIV)

Of all the people and things close to my heart, it is easy for me to identify where my heart is. I love my wife and children a lot. I truly love my friends, my life and my country. But above all things, my heart belongs to My LORD – Jesus Christ. Therein lies my treasure.
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Child Of The King – Bill & Gloria Gaither

Once I was clothed in the rags of my sin,
Wretched and poor, lost and lonely within.
But with wondrous compassion, the King of all kings,
In pity and love, took me under His wings.

Oh, yes, oh yes, I’m a child of the King
His royal blood now flows in my veins.
And I who was wretched and poor now can sing
Praise God, praise God, I’m a child of the King.

Now I’m a child with a Heavenly home,
My Holy Father has made me His own.
And I’m cleansed by His blood, and I’m clothed in His love,
And some day I’ll sing with the angels above.

Oh, yes, oh yes, I’m a child of the King
His royal blood now flows in my veins.
And I who was wretched and poor now can sing
Praise God, praise God, I’m a child of the King.

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A Photo a Week Challenge: Dead Center

I am always up for a photo challenge. It is time to violate the widely accepted photography “rule of thirds”. The premiss of the rule of thirds is that the subject of the photo is placed on the left or right vertical third of the image and the horizon is place on the top or bottom third of the image. Thank you Nancy Merrill for giving us amateur photographers permission to violate this rule.

This Great Blue Heron was just waiting for us to drive by as we returned from a day trip to Cades Cove in Eastern Tennessee.

Black spot is sort of centered in the frame.

Dead Center
Black spot is dead center of the image after cropping square.

Rule of Thirds
Black spot is positioned on the left third of the frame and horizontally centered.

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Photography 101 – Day Fifteen: Landscape & Cropping

I love landscape photography. For me, it preserves the beauty of what I’ve seen that I can share with others. I think of early travelers and explorers describing with words the scenery they’ve seen and wonder how many times they would say something like, “You should go see it for yourself.”

Palo Duro Canyon is the second largest canyon in the US and is managed by the State of Texas, Parks and Wildlife Department. The Texas State Historical Association describes Palo Duro Canyon as “the most spectacular and scenic landscape feature” in the Texas Panhandle. Many people call Palo Duro “the Grand Canyon of Texas”. I am not sure if that is a good moniker since the Grand Canyon is much larger. As an example, Palo Duro Canyon is roughly 70 mi (110 km) long, has an average width of 6 mi (9.7 km), and attains a depth of 820 ft (250 m), compared to the Grand Canyon which is 277 miles (446 km) long, up to 18 miles (29 km) wide and attains a depth of over a mile (6,000 feet or 1,800 meters).

It was a cloudy, overcast day when we went to Palo Duro Canyon. I can only imagine how much more brilliant the colors are on a sunny Summer day.

15a DSC_0201The steep sides of Palo Duro Canyon display bright colors of orange, red, brown, yellow, grey, maroon, and white rocks that represent four different geologic periods.

15b DSC_0204Caves are abundant throughout the canyon. This one is approximately 40-50 feet (12 meters) in height. The white band is approximately 6 feet (1.8 meters) in height. I zoomed in to take a peak inside and and found some hikers who were taking a break from their hike around the park.

15c DSC_0208Drought tolerant natural vegetation such as prickly pear, yucca, mesquite, and juniper can be found in the canyon.

15d DSC_0217Another view of the colorful strata in the canyon.

15e DSC_0222A one final view. Hope you enjoyed the short tour.

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Photography 101 – Day Thirteen: Moment & Motion

Early in my self-education about photography, I learned that the camera should be set for high-speed to capture the stillness of action unless, of course, the intent is to purposely blur a subject blurred. In today’s assignment, I learned that blurring is OK and sometimes desirable.

The Ocoee Whitewater Center in Copperhill, Tennessee was built for the 1996 World Olympics held in Atlanta, Georgia. Nestled on a sleepy river deep in a rocky gorge, in the Cherokee National Forest, the Ocoee river was modified to provide some of the best white water rapids found anywhere.

Water releases from upstream dams are managed by the Tennessee River Valley Authority and are scheduled through the summer to provide turbulent water flow for thrill seekers and flood control.

When the water is held back, the rocky bottom provides pools of fresh, cool water for sun bathers. Then the alarms go off warning people downstream that the quiet rocky bed would soon become a raging river with whitewater that will flip many experienced kayaks or professionally control river rafts. This is just a perfect setting for today’s assignment. We no longer live in that area and water releases are not scheduled until April. The photos presented are from our visit to this are in 2012.

13a DSC_0346I am standing downstream of the water flow – obviously before the water was released from the upstream dam. Notice the large boulders on the left and center of this image. Water is channeled between these two boulders.

13b DSC_0380The professional river guide, in the rear of the raft, steers between the two boulders.

13c DSC_0391A kayaker is in control of his own destiny. I can say he demonstrated exceptional navigation techniques on his approach to this spot.

There are no white water rapids near my current location and the rain today is keeping most adventure seekers indoors. I look forward to finding locations similar to this where I can apply today’s theme.

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