Pic of the Month: August ‘11

Pic of the Month: August ‘11
I’m posting a day early to allow room for a special announcement for the first of September . . . Raptor in Flight It’s amazing what memory’s we attach to the pictures we take. Want to guess what this picture reminds me of? You probably will never guess. Believe it or not, it reminds me of Acts 26, the chapter in the... Read More »

Capture Lightning!

Capture Lightning!
Thank you everyone for your comments; I know how to capture lightning now! Seriously, because I do so much trial and error, and I don’t get to shoot storms very often, I really enjoyed reading your comments. In all actuality, you probably don’t want to take pictures of lightning the same way I did for that Virginia... Read More »

How Would You Take It?

How Would You Take It?
The evening was warm and blustery, the gusts of wind bringing with them the suggestion of an approaching storm. Then feeble flashes of light could be seen on the distant horizon, easily perceived from my vantage point on the front porch of the Wilkes new home in the rolling hills of northern Virginia. Before too... Read More »

Virginia FEW Conference

Virginia FEW Conference
This weekend I’m in Culpeper attending the Virginia Family Encouragement Weekend, thanks to the warm and energetic leadership and hospitality of the Wilkesteam! I don’t have any pictures from this event yet, but here’s a favorite from the last FEW, in West Virginia. “We will not hide them from [our] children,... Read More »

Northwoods Tubing

Northwoods Tubing
When I get the chance (and when I’m not on the tube), I like to ride along in the motor boat to see if I can capture some of those split-second wonders of tubing. I’ve taken thousands of pictures of people tubing, yet the lure for a better shot is always too strong to resist. I had a 200mm lens with me during the... Read More »

More than Smooth Water

More than Smooth Water
I was going through pictures today and came across two practically identical waterfall pictures I took last month at Bond Falls State Park, Michigan. Notice how the second picture looks so much better than the first one. Both were taken on a tripod only 26 seconds apart from each other on a partly cloudy day. Notice... Read More »

God Provides

God Provides
God provides in both small ways and big ways. At the Conference last week, I lost some small, yet relatively important items. The first thing I lost was the little eye piece that fits over the viewfinder of my camera. I guess this isn’t that important, but it sure was annoying to think that I’d have to go through the... Read More »

Steps to Successful Photojournalism

Steps to Successful Photojournalism
I was asked to take pictures for the children’s programs presentation slideshows at the Indianapolis ATI Conference again this year. Yippee! I was reminded again of the essential steps in shooting a successful photojournalism event: Get all the details from the one in charge. Set up a work station, complete... Read More »

Be Doing and Daring

Be Doing and Daring
Photography is so much fun! It forces me to do things I would never otherwise want to do, takes me places I would otherwise never get to go, and introduces me to people I would otherwise never know. Last week, at the Indianapolis Conference was the perfect example of this truth as I was once again asked to provide... Read More »

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