My boys are at the perfect age for Christmas and are so excited about this season. Here’s my youngest playing in his Santa hat.
Occasionally I’m inspired to write. Today as I ran out to experiment with my new camera body, the drops of rain on the flowers inspired me to write what I can express no other way.
Please be sure to visit Kristina Gorokhova who is next up in our monthly project to see her take on the theme, “vulnerable”
“Complete”, our emotion of focus this month eludes me. Many things seem to fulfill me, but none of them truly do. Often, at the heart of things, I realize that I still lack the fullness that I search for. When brought to the point of my brokenness, my soul awakens to the only One who can complete me. From the pain, beauty grows and my heart sings and waits for Him and the day when all things will be made full.
I’m enjoying taking part in this project alongside several talented artists. Visit Kristina Gorokhova and see her take on our theme, “complete”.
“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.
It is the source of all true art and all science.
He to whom this emotion is a stranger,
who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe,
is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.”
Now be filled with wonder as you visit the other artists in our group to see how they have captured “mysterious” in a black and white photograph. I’m humbled to be part of such a talented fine art photography group. Start with here with Sam, fine art photographer.
Tears form rivers eroding canyons left dark and cold. One still resides there, though she fades with time and grace. The fearful heart strengthens only by the power of One calling her out of the shadows and into His light. He makes a dwelling in the wounds, binding them, for pain He knows well. In compassion and mercy, His love brings warmth to the most frigid of hearts. He faced the darkest night to restore and renew His light in every bleak crevice of her heart and any who call to Him out of their darkness.
Thank you for visiting. I’m honored to be involved in this project with some very talented artists. Each month we explore a feeling depicting it in black and white photography. Be sure to visit each artist to see how she depicted cold. Start with here with Cris Stephens.
For our 26 week project, my group is picking topics that correspond with the ABC’s. Each letter of my project represents a term or technique frequently used in photography.
D is for “Depth of Field”
Basically speaking, Depth of Field (DOF) refers to the plane of the picture that is in focus. There are ways to calculate specific depths of field, but I just want to touch on the basics for now.
One way to control the DOF is through aperture settings. The lower the aperture, the more wide open it is and the shallower the depth of field will be. For instance, if one shoots wide open at F 1.4, 1.8, etc. The only part of the picture in sharp focus will be where the focus point is placed. This works well when the photographer wants to bring attention to specific details (newborn features, for example). I like to shoot with low apertures to separate my subject from the background and create nice bokeh. Usually to ensure my subjects entire face is in focus I shoot around F 2-3. In addition, if more than one person is in the picture, and I want them all in focus they have to all be in a clear depth of field. If they are on the same plane, I can still shoot pretty low. However if one is in front of the other or their is a group from front to back, I have to close my aperture between F3-F6, to ensure that everyone is in focus.
Ok, enough talk. Here are a few examples:
The aperture settings of each from top to bottom: F2.2, F4, F8, F16.
This is an example where I would choose a shallow depth of field to cut out the distracting background. At F16, the first picture has to much going on for my taste. The bottom picture is shot at F2 and brings my son into better focus.
No doubt I’ve only touched on the subject of DOF. For further study I recommend this very detailed Depth of Field article by toothwalker.org.
Now be sure to see what the rest of our group is doing with the letter D. Start with Liz; I love the way she captures authentic life.
This month our group is exploring Love… How appropriate for valentines day, right? While love comes in many forms, for the sake of this project I must narrow to one picture.
When I had my first son, my heart filled with a greater love than I had ever known. I had never imagined that I could love so much and want to give so much to another. My heart overflows with love for my boys and I receive so much joy as their momma. They are the result of love committed and shared between my hubby and me. What’s even more amazing is that this love has been given to me from my mother and infinitely more from my Abba Father.
Here are the two loves of my life loving one another:
I can’t wait to see what others in our group have come up with! Would you join me by starting with Penelope? Her creativity inspires me.