Saturday night in Conway, SC. Many people could have been at the movies or taken the short drive to Myrtle Beach to go out to nice dinner or anything else under the sun, but instead, a few decided to join my church family on the lawn beside the church to see J&J Ministries play some great contemporary praise music. Seemed like a great time to play with some new equipment and get my feet wet! Though I have to say, I was not very happy with the first few photos that came out of my camera, I realized that the problems were all user error and nothing wrong with the camera. The focusing system is much more complex in the D600 than my old camera and though these are not the most amazing photos I have ever taken, I wanted to just share a few photos showing how wonderful of thing this was! I enjoyed it and hope we can continue doing things like this on a regular basis! There has been a fire set in the hearts of those at my church and I am so thankful to be a part of this wonderful time! More photos to come!Read More
Well, I am pretty active in my church and I teach a Sunday school class that ranges from 12 to 20 which I really enjoy and it's a blessing every week to get to talk about God with them. Once a month, the church lets the youth have a service of their own on Wednesday night, a time when we all get together, fellowship and have a good time. Well this particular youth night happened to be the day that I received my newest addition to the gear family, a Fuji X10. I am absolutely in love with this camera and decided to try to put it through it's paces. Considering the conditions of poor light, I think the camera held up pretty well in quality. Just goes to show you, that you can make stellar images with the compact cameras of yesterday. Short and sweet today, but I thought I would add in a quick candid photo I took of my sister during one of our board games. Thanks for stopping by!
Every year, I take a trip with my church's youth group to West Virginia on a ski trip. This is a tradition shared by many church groups, in the Bible Belt at least. We all pack in a bus to go visit the mountains to enjoy the fluffy white snow that mesmerizes us so. I won't lie, snow is not something I see much of, so I do enjoy it for the few days out of the year I get to play in it. This year was monumental, marking my 10th year of taking this trip and also the fact that I had the opportunity to stay in a cabin right on the side of the mountain. I could skit right off of the porch on to the slope! The trick was protecting my gear well enough that I could travel up the mountain and ski to my preferred destination. The mountain itself is a nice size but the runs are wide and generally slow which makes it much easier to take a large group of people. I packed my camera bag wrapped up and stuff in my back pack. I also decided to not take any of my zoom lenses as they are the easiest to disrupt calibration inside of. Anyway, the following is a small collection of photos from the trip. Let me know what you think!
My favorite shot of the trip. The cabin we stayed in was a really fun layout and though I could hear everything going on everywhere else in the house, I could see this over the 3/4 wall of my bedroom.
I got Annie a Kindle for Christmas and boy did she use it while we were there! She got a lot of reading done and fortunately for me that meant she walked around with a small softbox in her hand all evening!
"street" photography is much harder on a mountain but people were really active and fun the interact with. Take this guy for instance, I just like the reflections on his glasses and he was totally cool with me just snapping a few.
Due to circumstances beyond my control, Annie and I were not able to get our normal photo on the beautiful snow covered mountain. One of those circumstances included stepping out to the front window of our cabin on our last morning, during the tail end of a snow storm, just in time to watch the transformer blow and knock out all of the power at Winterplace. We packed up the bus in the dark and then I convinced Annie to take quick shot with me in the snow that was coming down pretty hard (at least for us beach people!) It might not be the best photo I have had taken but it is one of my favorites!
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