Wednesday, November 19, 2008


I decided to make a blog for my photography hobby and knowledge. So, feel free to check it out and tell your friends to check it out. I have toyed with the idea of teaching a photography class... but I will most likely gauge that idea on the success (or lack of) of this new blog.
My idea is to share photo hints and tips while pushing myself to learn and try new things with photography, while sharing the results.
evening light

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

High Spur Canyon - Spencer's First

Spencer did a fabulous job in this canyon. What a trooper... 4.2 miles and an 80 foot rappel.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

sorry, venting again...

So I was cleaning off my desk and found the flag etiquette pamphlet that came with our flagpole. As I was reading through it, I remembered something that really disturbed me last Spring. I was with the friend up at the City County building in Salt Lake. There is a statue there done by my great-grandfather. It is of 2 kids, one pointing up at the flag. On the side of that statue is a plaque with what used to be the pledge of allegiance on it. Now what exists there on the plaque are the words of the pledge of allegiance with the words "under God" taken out. How in the world does a city get away with taking one of the most (if not the most) important elements out of the pledge of allegiance? I was and am appalled and disappointed.

Update:  5/3/2011
It was discovered that the words "under God" were not included in the pledge until 1954. 

Monday, November 10, 2008

photog notes

I went out to shoot my sister's family tonight and it was a little darker than I had hoped. So we rearranged and made do. Here are a few of those shots...
In this image, I have a flash behind them to give a rim light and I have a flash through an umbrella camera right on a light stand. Both flashes have warming gels over them. I have been shooting with a really cold white balance (around 3000-3400) today to try a certain cold background with warm subjects.
From Allens2008
Here I added a small (Lumiquest) softbox over the flash behind them to give a softer light and moved the umbrella flash to camera left. Unfortunately, my f-stop was too wide open and didn't allow everyone to be in focus. (Mental note... even in small groups, shoot at f-stop 4.0 or 5.6, no smaller) One more...

Moving on... I wanted to see how far I could use commander mode on my Nikon to trigger the 2 flashes, so Amber got to be my subject again. Here I used a gold reflector (36 inch, I think) on the floor in front of subject. I shot a flash from 3 feet away from reflector to bounce up at subject... no warming filter this time, but still WB3000. The blue on the background was a CTB (blue gel) over a flash aimed at wall behind subject. I was pleased with being about 17 feet from subject and still trigger flashes.
Gels and Reflectors
On Camille's I just used one flash lower than eye level on camera right and still shot at WB3000. This one I took into photoshop and blue'd up the background a bit.
With all of these shots, I set the exposure value to -1.0 to -1.3 stops on the camera. Then I set the flashes to +1 on most of the shots. That way, my background was not as bright as my subjects. The flashes compensated for the camera and correctly exposed my subjects. The only exception was Amber's shot where I had the flashes set at 0 and the camera still at -1.0 stop.
CTO gel

Thursday, November 6, 2008

a word on kids and teaching doctrine

Does everyone have a "favorite apostle"?... one that seems to talk directly to our heart and mind?... one that, more often than not, seems to say exactly what we need to hear? In the days of my youth (which sometimes I think I am still in), Neal A. Maxwell was my fav. President Eyring now fills that seat at my table. In searching for New Testament doctrine re: the Resurrection today, I stumbled upon this powerful talk entitled The Power of Teaching Doctrine
Some of my favorite exerpts were as follows:

…Simply hearing the words of doctrine can plant the seed of faith in the heart. And even a tiny seed of faith in Jesus Christ invites the Spirit

…Your descendants will teach doctrine to each other because you taught it.

…A wise parent would never miss a chance to gather children together to learn of the doctrine of Jesus Christ. Such moments are so rare in comparison with the efforts of the enemy. For every hour the power of doctrine is introduced into a child’s life, there may be hundreds of hours of messages and images denying or ignoring the saving truths.
The question should not be whether we are too tired to prepare to teach doctrine or whether it wouldn’t be better to draw a child closer by just having fun or whether the child isn’t beginning to think that we preach too much. The question must be, “With so little time and so few opportunities, what words of doctrine from me will fortify them against the attacks on their faith which are sure to come?” The words you speak today may be the ones they remember. And today will soon be gone.

...In my own family there is a story of a young woman who had the courage to start to teach doctrine when she was only a new convert with little education. And the fact that the effects of her teaching haven’t ended gives me patience to wait for the fruits of my own efforts.
[followed by the story of Mary Bommeli]

May we all seize the moment to teach the simple truths that bring us so much joy when lived.

I know that the true Church was restored through the prophet Joseph Smith. God's authority to seal us His exists in His Church - even the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. May all come unto Christ through the principles and ordinances of His gospel, that we may prepare the earth for His coming.

photo found at byustephen's flickr page

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

living prophet

For FHE last night, after marching around the house at different speeds (thank you primary teachers) while singing "Follow the Prophet", we reviewed President Monson's talk from the last General Conference, entitled "Finding Joy in the Journey" Well, one of the big take-home's was to

"Never let a problem to be solved become more important than a person to be loved."

Thank you, President Monson for your example and wisdom. We love and sustain President Thomas Spencer Monson as God's living prophet on the earth. How grateful we are for a prophet to guide and direct us.

image found at chinckley's flickr page