Merry Christmas from Capturing His Glory Photography!
First day of Fall Break with a broken refrigerator! Mom is out with the boys for a medical appointment, so Daddy gets his girls all to himself! So Daddy takes the girls out to the place he can afford, and he knows Kellie will eat the Chicken Nuggets! What else can you do afterwards than get the girls a present! Yes I splurged again and got them each a prayer card for our school room collection!
Sometimes the snapshot is what you need to take home as a good memory, and today my snapshot caught smiles on two roomates happy and lovely with their Dad. Fourteen and three...and the two who have their Daddy wrapped around their finger. It won't win any awards, but it is the moment that clicked.
The hardest part of any religious retreat is when you leave the protection of the cloistered environment and must return to the real world. This weekend Father Jack presented a talk on living your faith in the real world, and not turning a faith community into a faith ghetto. He said this at the beginning of the retreat. It gave us each plenty of time to meditate, pray and plan for the afternoon exit.
For Catholics practicing the magisterium, we face many challenges in the current political and economic climate. In just a single keystroke any one of us can, and eventually will, experience a portion of the sufferings of Christ for our faith. If we are lucky we will not face the physical harm being put on christians around the world, but this is also not guaranteed even inside the once secure United States. The daily newscast is enough to prove these two problems a dozen fold.
Despite these threats, traditional Catholics and christians cannot retreat from society. We must continue demonstrating, even to those who hate us, we respect the image of God embodied in each person. We hope and pray one day, all will celebrate in full communion with our faith as children of God. We must in word and deed demonstrate the faith Christ taught us through the apostles. This is the daily witness of the faith required by all, and the most effective means to evangelize one person and moment at a time.
As a father I often find myself challenged when faced with worldly threats and my calling as a Catholic man. Instinctively I possess a built in desire to protect my family from all evil. I also have a desire to remove threats at their origin. (I've had St Michael the Archangel as my working patron for 25 years, so yes I do mean protect from and root out all evil! ) Despite this, I am a practical man. I recognize one day my number will get called, and I'll be walking with St. Joseph towards Jesus for a little talk. If I do not prepare my children to assume the mantle of defense of the faith and evangelization, I failed my grandchildren's grandchildren a hundred fold.
The solution is easier to conceive than walk. We must maintain the protection of children and families to permit evangelization of our successors in some type of safe environment. As adults we must continue to engage the world as Christ-bearers everyday, no matter the cost to ourselves. This is our cross to bear as we evangelize in word and deed. As the generals of our households, we also must do what all great combat generals do. Be willing to sacrifice the things we love most in this spiritual war. This means slowly introducing our children into the conflict. As their intellect and faith allow, our children must replace our tired bodies standing watch at the gates of the city of God.
In the spiritual war, can we offer no surrender and no retreat. For this is simply how it is in the real world.
This Shelby Cobra is the last of the 67's. Number 500 in fact! I saw the documentation and original window sticker to get all the proof I could need.
So it is also the last of the Cobras in the original Mustang body style. As you can see the car also wears a special badge signifying the good work of the owners to maintain it in original form. Yes it still has that wonderful throaty engine sound. It has about 14,000 original miles on it (well if I remember accurately).
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This morning, before the raindrops came falling down around us...I got to spend some time with two legendary cars (as well as two younger siblings). Yes I visited a Shelby Cobra collector and it was fantastic.
These are a '67 Shelby (number 500) and a '68 Shelby KR. They are wonderful automobiles. True museum pieces if I ever saw one...except these are working samples. Both got back inside before the rain started coming down to protect their original coats of paint. Hearing the engines was also a wonderful experience. I wish I could give you a sample of the sounds along with the photos. The owners were fabulous hosts!
I'd just like to extend my thanks to the owner and his family for welcoming me into their home today. I am excited to return soon and complete the job on a drier fall day. I'd also like to thank them for letting me add these to my public portfolio!
Thats right, the work you shall see in coming days is now part of my portfolio, and therefore available to you through EHW Photography.
My parents were not hippies (not my Army officer Dad!), but we did have this type of camper back in the 70's. Since the statue of limitations is over I can tell you we sat five in a car with only three seat belts for several years. My sister and brother both slept on a hammock over the driver's seat as toddlers. I can't remember if I was in the tent or not. I think I did, at least once. We also went to see the first Superman movie at the drive through in this big bug as a family. That was a fun night. I also remember holding the check from the back used to pay for it...and as an adult I drove past that spot and memory every day for two years 30 years later.
This automobile may not be a horse, but it does foster bonds between who we are today and our past. Maybe it is because we associate travel with growth and freedom here in the USA. I know this is a poor way to explain an American and their automobiles. I just had to get those stories out. The car made me do it!
P.S. X-E1 with HDR Efex Pro2, Slight color treatment in Nik Color Efex 4.
This car sat right next to my booth on Sunday. It was screaming to be photographed. This is one of my favorites from the car. The light and reflection of trees in the chrome makes it almost magical. Well in my opinion! I hope you agree. Any feedback is appreciated.
As with so many cars at the show this one brought back memories for my childhood. This was the car of the Rich and Famous in my teen years. I could never hope to own one (still can't) but they were very refined and lovely cars for their day. Today they are just plain old classy.
P.S. jpeg HDR conversion, nine shots +/-3EV. Done in HDR Efex2 by nik. Color Effex4 chrome correction, and finished in Perfect Effects 8.
I'm very excited. My son and I had a great time at Caffeine and Octane on Sunday morning. I cannot reveal the details yet, but lets just say this photo is practice for an upcoming project.
Although we had many challenges as a family this weekend, it turned out alright. Now I'm getting ready for another good work week with great people solving problems. I can only thank God for the opportunity to care for my family and others whenever possible. Jesus is the greatest example of selflessness in history...and I hope I am living the calling he set before me.
P.S. Fujifilm X-E1 post in Nik Color Effex4..and a touch of sharpening in Aperture with a brush. As always if you want to know what I did, contact me and I'll share.
EHW Photography will be at Caffeine and Octane tomorrow morning from 7A-11AM at 12600 Deerfield Parkway, Alpharetta, Georgia. I'll be selling photos, and hopefully capturing a few new ones to share! Over 600 people and their autos usually attend. So if you want to see classics, hotrods, and modern special editions come on down!
The Roswell Art Festival is on Saturday and Sunday! Come on down and enjoy over 100 vendors selling just about everything from lemonade, paintings, metal works and pictures like mine! I'm also a little nervous since it is a festival with a set of judges looking for best of show. Don't know how I'll fair there.
Take at look at the homepage and you'll see my Fall Portfolio. If there is a gift you need for Christmas...you just might find it! Check my online store and you'll find everything you need!
Something not in the portfolio? Is it in the archives? Well call me and I'll make it for you! You want your own car, family or event photographed? Give me a call! It would be darn fun to make something for you!
Walking through Old Car City an International Harvester pickup sat thinking of glorious days long past...and I thought of shifting my first gears at the age of 7 or so...
See we once had a 1970 Scout, made by IH. It was the fancy model with dual gas tanks and a four speed manual transmssion. It ran on anything according to my Dad. It was pretty smooth going to school down Poverty Lane (yes there is such a road in West Lebanon, N.H.) It was so smooth in fact that my Dad could drink his coffee in an open cup while changing gears!
I know you are now asking how do you drink coffee nicely when you are driving a stick shift? Well that is of course easy when you deploy your optional automatic child transmission to shift on command. I think my Dad was WAY ahead of his time. I mean this transmission was voice activated! "Second! Third! Fourth!...slowing down now Four, Three, Two.......stop...First!" Google car eat your heart out!
I was the proudest second grader on the planet when I got to school. Not only was my Dad the ONLY Army officer in the state, the only one to understand how to build a Army standard bunker...but I was the ONLY child shifting gears of an automobile!
P.S. As for the image this is my first image in the Fall Collection. After reading the HDR Book by RC (www.aboutRC.com) I went back to work on several older photos. Using new ideas, tools and skills many images found themselves re-invented...and much improved. That is the beauty of digital and art...it can grow with you if you challenge yourself from time to time to not live on your laurels. This will be available for purchase on 12x12 metallic floating mount for $115 by the end of the week. Larger sizes available on request...I promise you will not be disappointed..Why later? I am awaiting the proof copy right now to make sure it is just the way I want it!
This weekend my family joined a co-op hybrid school (part school, part homeschool) at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new campus. The event was simple and awesome. Why? Because they opened in thanksgiving, reminded everyone that the core mission of the school is to build the Kingdom of God, and we prayed over the people and facilities for God's grace to reign down on them.
I worked as the "official" photographer. I hope I did well enough that they ask me back! I told my wife that I felt great that I could be a part of the communinty by working. She just smiled at me and whispered, "I know" as she smiled rubbed by head. That wife of mine is a keeper. (She's at teacher orientation today!)
One of my favorite moments was watching the lonely playground quickly fill with over a dozen children. Here I caught just a second of the fun, but you can clearly see my son loving the fellowship of new and old friends. It is a moment of joy I want to hold on to for a long time in my heart.
P.S. For more information on this community of faith please go to the Regina Caeli Academy homepage http://rcahybrid.org
It was a great week in Miami learning a lot about the town...now it is off on the plane heading for home!
After a rough introduction Sunday, Miami provided a lot of fun today. The town is an engineering marvel. Everywhere I turn in downtown there is something fantastic to capture. The people also have a rather nice temperment here to us tourists...especially those that don't speak the prefered language downtown, Spanish. The town does shine with a Central and Southern America twist. You can see it in the business links, food, culture, and vibrancy of the town. Despite all that it does really have an American flavor to it all. In the business district there is the normal go get 'em attitude I found in New York earlier this year. So all in all I am finding exploration here rather fun.
I am enjoying the juxiposition of the classic 1920's Miami and modern day construction. The bridges between islands are facinating...and the huge skyscapers extending all the way to the water's edge. Wow!
Even inside our hotel there are so many fun things to photograph...outside my room by the elevator these lights just screamed to be photographed.
Oh I hope tomorrow to get even better light to photograph this remarkable town.
P.S. All photos shot with the Fujifilm X-E1 and the XF23mm lens. I took the day to practice with one lens and one focal length. I did this to make my mind conceive and execute the photo in a 35mm equivalent on a 35mm film camera. The lens is fantastic. I just need to get better at using it.
One other interesting test I made was to work harder at using the internal controls of the camera to create the tonal curves. One, Three and Four are examples of this with minimal cropping or alignment corrections in Snapseed. The camera is much better than I am still.