Photos: Night Photography

When it comes to night photography, playing with lights and the shutter speed can be fun. Right now you can buy sparklers, cheap neon lights and other things to create images you wouldn’t be able do in daylight. My favorite effect is the ghost like images.

We Made It – Year One.

Next week, Gus and I will celebrate one year together. What a journey. I thought it would be fun to share our story. Here is an audio interview if you’ll like to know the details. Its 25 minutes long so relax and enjoy.

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Our First Date:

Us being friends.

Dating on accident.

After seven months of dating, we finally became a couple. officially.

 

The Images of Life

Life can happen so fast, that even a 2,000 camera can miss it. The past few months I’ve been enjoying my camera phone. When I was 8 years old I use to say, “I wish I could take as many photos as I wanted, to have unlimited film!” Now many years later, I am living that reality, minus the film. The camera phone isn’t the best quality to print but I can’t deny the joy of being able to capture the simple moments of life and sharing them right away.

Maybe this is my way of rediscovering my childhood love of photo taking. If anything this will help me see how beautiful life is and be thankful for all I have.

 

Blog: Creative Night

Last night at our young adults service it was Creative Night. One of the young guys played his guitar and sang, “How He Loves Us.” His passion and love for God reminded me of something I said to myself years ago.

When I was a teenager I went to a summer camp in Texas with my old church youth group. It was my first time on an airplane, first time traveling, first time being away from my parents. There, a bunch of us got serious about our Faith. We returned home excited about God, I soon noticed each week that less and less teenagers were showing up to church.

There was this one Sunday I noticed I was the only one in the front row at church. I looked behind me and everyone who was once there excited, was no where to be found. I was standing there alone, and thought, “Now what?” I remember telling myself, “No matter who comes or goes, I’m going to stay. ”

I lost contact with my old youth group and now 13 years later I’m at a new church and met the most amazing people who are my age who are passionate about the Creator. I now see the life God has painted out before me and that I’m not alone. I had no idea how important the commitment I was making was. We change our minds everyday but once in a while something takes place in our lives and whether its for the good or bad, we make a vow. I was reminded of how important the every day thoughts are. It’s the simple moments that make us who we are.

Creative Night made me think of how different our artwork is from each other and though its different it is limitless on who it can inspire. When we are bold and share a part of us, it helps others look inside themselves.

Movie Scene: I am a Kid

I gave my self a week to film, edit and post a completed movie scene.  Tomorrow I’ll write about the making of, what I learned, and what this scene means.

One thing I will share with you: I have chosen my audience and who I want to delight. I enjoy movies that are honest and full of subtext themes.

Share your thoughts, comments and feel free to critique me. I am doing this to learn 🙂

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The Photo System

I am reading this amazing book called, “In the Blink of An Eye” by famous film editor Walter Murch. He gives amazing insight and speaks a language I understand.

As I begin to work on my small movie scene that I shot this weekend, I am following his instructions carefully. I am hanging on every word.

“Film -is not so much a putting together as it is a discovery of a path..”

“The more film there is to work with… the greater the number of pathways that can be considered..”

“The cut..should look almost self-evidently simple and effortless, if it is even noticed at all.”

“Attempt to produce the greatest effect in the viewer’s mind by the least number of things on screen.”

“It takes more work and discernment to decided where not to cut-”

How do you want your audience to feel?”

“What they finally remember is not the editing, not the camera work, not the performances, not even the story-it’s how they felt.”

“Separate out what you wish from what is actually there…see what is actually on the screen.”

“Editor’s job is to propose alternative scenarios..”

He recommends printing out a few frames from each scene. Taping them on the wall and then looking at each frame. To notice the language of emotions.

“..frames that were never meant to go together and yet there they were, right next to each other.”

“..keep your awareness, to really be alive to the possibilities in each shot..”

Even though I already notice a few mistakes I’ve made, I want to take my time and think about the edit. I want to sit back and look at my wall of frames.

Project Movie Scene

I notice my photography gets better every time I do a shoot. Its mainly because I keep on shooting, even when no one hires me out, I still pick up my camera and shot. Why? Because I love it.

What I really love is to edit. I want to edit films one day and even make them. How and when? Who knows. To be honest, I want to make movies now.  I want to learn the art of storytelling, editing, directing and everything that goes in to capturing a scene. The best way to learn this is to do it. I am apart of a very lucky generation. I own a great camera, editing software and have a massive audiences called the internet. The only thing stopping me from making a movie is me.

I came up with the idea to film a scene that would be in a movie every month, more often if possible. I will gather a few actors, give them the storyline and have them act it out. By doing this I will learn how to communicate, how to shoot, and edit a scene. Here I will make mistakes and learn from them.

I filmed the first of Project Movie Scene this evening. I can’t tell you how much fun I had doing it. It seemed to re-fuel my passion for filming.

Its called, “I am a Kid.”

Video: Love Fool Animation

Here it is guys. The animation that took days of my undivided attention. Shane drew the art work and I brought this little girl to life in After Effects.

The youth department asked me a while back if I would create an animation for the “Love Fool Sex and Dating Series”.  I watched Gumpy,  one of my favorite childhood animations for inspiration. There were a few things I noticed, one, their mouth didn’t follow perfectly to the voice and two, sounds effects do a world of wonders! I felt empowered and went to it. Here is it. Enjoy.