52-’11 / Week Four / January 23-29

This was a very busy week. Although I kept my camera with me most of the time, I only made a couple of images. This is a tree on the property at the church where I work. I used the “cross process” effect on it, which intensified the colors and sharpness. Trees are one of my favorite things in nature. This probably won’t be the only image of a tree this year ūüôā

 

"Lone Tree", copyright 2011 Shannon M Herren, All Rights Reserved

"Lone Tree", copyright 2011 Shannon M Herren, All Rights Reserved

I think for next week I will switch to my 50mm prime lens. I tend to keep the 70-200mm on the camera, just because it is so versatile. It is also large and heavy. Using the 50mm will challenge my skills, too.

 

Blessings! \o/

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Published in: on Saturday, January 29, 2011 at 10:15 pm  Comments (1)  

52-’11 / Week Three / January 16-22

This week’s image is from an abandoned mill in the town where I live. I’ve photographed at the location numerous times. There is a tall fence with barbed wire all the way around, so I always wish I could get inside to shoot. There is a hand-painted sign with a name and phone number posted on one of the gates, but I’ve never had the courage to call the number and see about getting inside.

Today, I summoned the courage. I made the call, spoke to a friendly gentleman who is generously going to allow me my wish. Sometime soon I’ll be able to enter the property and do a proper shoot. I’m so excited! So today’s image may end up a preview of a shoot to come.

"Blue Clear Perspective", copyright 2011 Shannon M Herren, All Rights Reserved

"Blue Clear Perspective", copyright 2011 Shannon M Herren, All Rights Reserved

 

Blessings!

Shannon \o/

I was working at my computer at work a week or so ago. Simply going about my work when suddenly I received an error message. Not too uncommon, really, but this one cracked me up. I tried to find an image of it to insert here, but to no avail. The error message, in a typical blue Internet Explorer error box, stated:

“Something went wrong . . .”

Exactly those words, even including the three periods. I laughed out loud at my desk, and chuckled about it all afternoon. However, I found myself considering the weight of those three words. “Something went wrong…”

It was just one kiss, but then something went wrong.

It was just one drink, but something went wrong.

It was just one movie like that, but something went wrong.

I just looked away for a second, but something went wrong.

I was so committed, so involved, but something went wrong.

I just charged a couple of things, but something went wrong.

I let it slide with my child only once or twice, but something went wrong.

“Something went wrong…”

Things go wrong. Plainly spoken, things go wrong. Sometimes because of something we choose, or something we don’t choose, or something completely out of the blue hits us square in the eye. And suddenly, something goes wrong. A big something or a small something. A big wrong or a small wrong.

Life is full of somethings that go wrong because of our choices. Ask David–one look from a rooftop and something went wrong that led to murder. Ask Stephen–he chose to be bold and speak truth and something went wrong that cost him his life. Ask Judas–somewhere along the way, he took his eyes (and heart) off Jesus and put them on money and something went wrong that ended up driving him to suicide. Ask Ananias and Sapphira–they just wanted to keep a bit of the money for themselves, but they misrepresented the truth and something went wrong that cost them both their lives.

Life is also full of somethings that go wrong over which we have no control. The company downsizes. Miscarriage. Cancer. Infertility.

It would be–it is– easy to get caught up and dragged down by all of the “something went wrong…’s “. But there is a choice there,¬†too. God say he knows us intimately (Jeremiah 29:11, Psalm 139:13). Nothing is a surprise to Him. From Him, we never get a “Something went wrong…” message. No, from Him, we get an invitation to rest in Him, to trust and rely on Him, to love and be loved back unconditionally. He expresses His desire to bless us–not because we deserve it but because it pleases Him to do so–to bless us far beyond anything we can ask or imagine, exceedingly¬†abundantly. We can have complete joy-complete joy-in Him who makes it complete. We can choose to know and believe, and live like we know and believe, He knows everything happening in our lives, everything we are encountering in our daily walk, our constant companion and friend. His concern and care are genuine! It is so far beyond what mankind is able to achieve.

Have you ever given yourself over to the compassion of the Lord? Can I just tell you, from experience, you cannot begin to imagine how wonderful it feels to allow yourself to be wrapped up by the promises of the Savior, the love of the Father and the peace of the Holy Spirit. Worship of the Lord is so easy when you feel wrapped in His love, overwhelmed by His grace, abundantly blessed, overflowing with joy and gratitude, and blown away by His willingness to love us just the way we are.

There are numerous links in this post. All of them testify to God’s glory and love. I invite you to grab a blanket and¬†a warm cup of hot chocolate and cozy up with the Word. I promise you will be changed.

Published in: on Saturday, January 22, 2011 at 6:16 pm  Leave a Comment  

52-’11 / Week Two / January 9-15

Do you see what I see?

When you look at me, or think of me, do you see the rough, broken, struggling soul that is me? Sometimes, when I look in a mirror, or the mirror of my soul, or the trail of life I leave in my wake, all I see is what a poor offering it is. Often my life doesn’t feel like a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God. It feels like, looks like, is, filthy rags. This skewed perspective is what happens when I lose my Focus, when my sights are not set on the One Who knows, not just my name, but the hairs on my head and the future of my life. He is the One Who thought I ~ and you ~ were worth sending His Son.

He sees me as His masterpiece.

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so we would walk in them.” ~Ephesians 2:10

When the snow came this week and blanketed the earth with pristine beauty, covering all the darkness, the imperfection, I was reminded of how God see us — through the veil of the righteousness of our High Priest, Jesus, Whose sacrifice was enough, Who covered us with His love, Who makes intercession for us before His Father, our God and Father. It was a change of perspective, seeing from the pure side, the bright and lovely side.

It is my joy to pursue Him, to strive to be like Him, to radiate Him to all the world and to those around me, and to guide those still seeking to the One Whose sacrifice was for them too.

"Rough Edges", copyright 2011 Shannon M Herren, All Rights Reserved

"Rough Edges", copyright 2011 Shannon M Herren, All Rights Reserved

So I ask you for grace. Grace to cover the rough edges, and the raw new growth emerging, and the shedding of the old way.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things have passed away; behold, new things have come.” ~ 2 Corinthians 5:17


"Snow Heart", copyright 2011 Shannon M. Herren, All Rights Reserved

"Snow Heart", copyright 2011 Shannon M. Herren, All Rights Reserved

Eph 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
Published in: on Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 3:41 pm  Leave a Comment  

52-’11 / Week One / January 1-8

Photography is, for me, more than just a hobby. It is a release…for my creativity, for my passion, for satisfaction. I like the semi-professional part of it, too, but I find a great deal of joy in making images.

I have been pondering my 2011 photography projects for several weeks. This one, the 52-’11 Project, is a personal challenge for me. I want to be shooting regularly, discovering more of my camera, honing technique, enjoying this passion of mine. I plan to post my favorite photo from the week. I expect the images will vary from week to week – some edited, some artistic, some from clients, some slice-of-life – some will probably be whatever I can squeeze in from a week that’s been too busy.

This week’s offering was almost one of those last kind. The week slipped by quickly and even though I had the 52-’11 Project on my mind, I just never seemed able to pick up the camera and shoot. (I don’t see how people with FT jobs and families ever get through a 365 project!) The image was shot in Walton County, on the way to my nephew’s 4th birthday party. I’ve seen this building dozens and dozens of times over the years, but never made the time to stop. It’s edited from full color to an albumen treatment, and sharpened.

"Fading Home"

"Fading Home", copyright 2011 Shannon M Herren, All Rights Reserved

What do you think?

If you would like to join me on this photographic journey for 2011, leave a comment which includes a link to your blog. I’ll add you to my blogroll so others can click through to your 52-’11 Project.

Blessings!

Shannon \o/

Published in: on Saturday, January 8, 2011 at 9:03 pm  Comments (2)