The Word & Wings: June 17, 2019

I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you. Do not be as the horse or as the mule which have no understanding, Whose trappings include bit and bridle to hold them in check, Otherwise they will not come near to you. Many are the sorrows of the wicked, But he who trusts in the Lord, loyal-love shall surround him. Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous ones; And shout for joy, all you who are upright in heart.

Psalm 32.8-11

On Moving To The Dark Side

The phrase “The Dark Side” is weighted by those who are Star Wars fans where it became a key part of the plot. There’s another “Dark Side” that’s far from ominous! It’s the Dark/Light contrasts of B&W photography.

The Look

Black & White has long been a medium for expression and continues to hold our attention in photography. In many ways B&W communicates the intricacies of an image in a superior manner. Color often overwhelms our perception and the subtleness of a scene is missed.

Toward “Moving To The Dark Side” is taking some steps toward learning to digitally develop B&W images, a process which is still very much in development.

The following images are part of this growing process of expression. If you find yourself interested in growing in B&W processing, I’d highly recommend Blake Rudis and f.64 Academy. Blake is working with Jim Welninski and they’re excellent for developing your B&W artistry.

B&W artistry prints are also available. Enjoy “Moving To The Dark Side” . . .

The Last Light

 

Delta Cotton

 

Boulders and the Big Guy

The Word & Wings: June 10, 2019

Monday morning with the Word & Wings . . .

“If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

Joshua 24.15

Rooted

While photographing in Monument Valley, located on the Utah and Arizona state line, I came across this lone tree that caught my attention. This valley is known for its red-sand, beautiful buttes, and a very desert-like climate. Here rainfall is in the neighborhood of seven inches per year. Needless to say, a tree is something quite special.

While the buttes seriously caught my attention while exploring this area, it was this little tree that kept catching my eye and filling my thoughts. It’s definitely an illustration of not just being tough with what comes against you, it’s about having a root which will hold you and sustain you is some long dry times.

The Word of God speaks to “roots” in various ways. Interestingly, this “root” is often in the truth of God, i.e., his Word declaring life.
The writer of Proverbs comments, Proverbs 12.3,

A man will not be established by wickedness, But the root of the righteous will not be moved.

The psalmist doesn’t use the word root but the implication is clearly understood for one who lives out God’s life. Psalm 1.1-3,

How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the instruction of the LORD, And in His instruction he meditates day and night. He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season And its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers.

Rooted, probably something worth thinking about for my own life. This lone tree might be a good place to reflect and ask where my life is rooted.

If you find you’re lacking a root in God’s New Life in Jesus, then that root begins by your faith in Jesus. Check out John 3.16, it’s worth a read. Here you can begin to grow, stand firm, and be sustained even if the times become long and dry. Rooted, is this where you are today?

 

The Word & Wings: June 3, 2019

Monday morning with “The Word & Wings” . . .

And I saw another angel flying in midheaven, having an eternal gospel to preach to those who live on the earth, and to every nation and tribe and tongue and people; and he said with a loud voice, “Fear God, and give Him glory, because the hour of His judgment has come; worship Him who made the heaven and the earth and sea and springs of waters.”

Revelation 14.6-7

Backyards & Birds

Backyards can be great places to enjoy some bird photography and the necessary things aren’t all that difficult to arrange.

Oriole
Oriole

I recently moved and thought why not create a simple place for some close-to-home photography. Here’s my game plan to make it happen.

I put up a bird feeder. The options here are numerous. My choice was a pole with 4 arms. This way I can put different attractants on each arm. My choices consisted of a black-sunflower feeder, a “bug-cake,” a suet block, and an Oriole feeder. And, remember one the things attracted will be squirrels so you’ll need to have some shields in place to keep them at bay. I added a birdbath and now the bird cafe is complete!

Birds often like to land on a nearby limb to survey the scene before they come to the feeders. To meet this need I used a small broken limb from a nearby tree. I attached this to an old lightstand I had on hand. You may have a nearby tree or bush which will do the same thing.

Now it’s get the camera ready and use anything convenient for some “cover” to break up your presence. I used a covered patio with some furniture on it so I can sit among the things and not be so obvious.

The goal here, besides pictures, is to optimize the two keys to bird photography, i.e., you never have too much glass and you’re never too close. I’d add that to enjoy bird photography you have to be part of the silence. Hopefully you can use your longest telephoto lens and begin to capture some bird pictures. It’s a great way to enjoy some close-to-home photography!

I’ll include some links for some items which might assist your own ideas of how to construct your backyard bird set up. Enjoy!

Sky Cafe A La Carte

Duncraft Weather Log Haven

Heavy Duty 80″ 4 Arm Bird Feeder Pole Set w/ Twist in Ground Socket

Audubon Torpedo Steel Squirrel Baffle Model NATORPEDO

BIRDS CHOICE Recycled Orange Plastic Bird Feeder