Saturday, February 18, 2017

Awe...some Monday - Winter Ball

Yes, February is supposed to be the middle of winter, but this past week-end it was sunny and 70 degrees in Northwest Arkansas. There was a Division II college softball tournament in town, so I headed out to the old ball park for a couple of hours Saturday to capture a little of the color and energy of the game.

I like fast-pitch softball. Everything is closer in softball, so the game moves quicker and you have to have your head in the game at all times. A runner is not allowed to leave the base before the pitch, but they can be moving as soon as the pitch leaves the pitcher's hand.

Good fielding skills are essential in softball and everything seems to happen quicker than baseball. Did I mention that the uniforms have gotten much more colorful over the years. If you're looking for a cheap entertaining afternoon or evening, take in a high school or college game. You won't be disappointed. Have a blessed week.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Inspiration Thursday

"Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain that build it." (Psalm 127:1) We are the construction managers of our lives. However, for the follower of Christ, the Bible tells asks us, "...or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own." (1 Corinthians 6:19) God tells us that He has a plan for our lives and it includes living an abundant life. As the construction manager of our lives, we are responsible for building our life according to the plans and specification of the designer. If we are our own designer, then our life is constantly in spiritual turmoil as we try to modify the plan on a daily, if not hourly basis. However, if we are sensitive to the plan that the Creator of life has designed for us, we will find that abundant life. That is not to say a life free of difficulties, but a life dependent upon our Savior. As parents we are also responsible for building the little temples we call children and prepare them to meet the One who desires to inhabit their hearts. That is why God's Word instructs us to, "Train up a child in the way that he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it." (Proverbs 22:6) As grandparents we become sub-contractors that contribute to the finishing touches on these precious souls and prepare them to know about the mercy and grace of Jesus Christ. It all begins when we say, "Have Thine Own Way Lord". Have a blessed day.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Wordless Wednesday - Night Art

 Things continue to change in our little town. New construction is happening everywhere and street art adorns several buildings near the square. I don't always understand the art but I appreciate the colors and composition of the piece.

Unlike some works, this piece makes no attempt to mimic graffiti art. It is a carefully crafted and composed painting that is set in a steel frame and lit with purpose. I have to admit, I am fascinated by the imagination and creativity of the human mind.

I think this piece is much more compelling at night.. Have a blessed day.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Wordless Wednesday - Motion


 The last couple of basketball games I've been working on an old technique to try to capture the motion of the game. This involves slowing the shutter speed down and panning the camera with the players. The hope is to get the player in focus, but those things that are moving fast will be blurred. In basketball that will typically be the hands and feet. Panning the camera also adds a motion blur to the background.
The down side to this technique is that you need to be sitting along the side of the court, which means that you miss some of the action under the basket. Obviously, the up side it that a new level of action is introduced into the image.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Aww...some Monday - Pool Party

During my annual Christmas Music Marathon I don't post photos of other events that are going on in my life. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas this blog is dedicated to the celebration of Christmas. So now is an opportunity to show you what else was going on in front of my camera. I took in a local high school swim meet. These events are great fun to photograph. I can get almost anywhere around the pool that I choose.

The butterfly is probably the most exciting stroke and fun to photograph. It has the most action and water is going everywhere.

Even from the side, there is exciting motion. I cannot imagine the coordination and energy required to master this stroke.

The back stroke is best photographed from the side. I like the fact that the hand is a little out of focus. It emphasizes the motion of the event.

The freestyle is deceptively difficult to photograph. Some of the swimmers only breathe twice per length of the pool and one of those puts their face away from the camera. Timing is everything. It was an awesome day, an awesome meet and an opportunity to get some awesome photos. Have an Aww...some Monday.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Inspiration Thursday - Mercy Tree

"He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justly and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God." (Micah 6:8) If there is any single thing that this society needs, it is mercy. As a nation we seem to have lost our heart for one another and have little desire to show mercy to others. Even those who cry out for tolerance are often the most intolerant of those with whom they disagree. Social media is filled with rants against everything and no mercy is shown in the words chosen by those to post their discontent with this world. Whenever life is not going our way, the Bible instructs, "Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need." (Hebrews 4:16) We could all use a little more mercy and grace in our lives. Have a blessed day.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017