52-’11 / Week Twelve / March 20 – March 26

I don’t know all the reasons why, but I certainly have an affinity to things from time gone by–old things, forgotten things, neglected things. Given a wide open road and schedule, I gravitate toward small old towns, forgotten and neglected buildings, cemeteries and beautiful headstones from time past. Nostalgia…melancholy…memories…yesteryear…these are words that affect me and inspire me. Roy (my husband) is an amazing history buff. He knows about wars and battles and strategy and machinery. I’m inclined to wonder about the people; how they lived, what they thought, wonder about their feelings and their faith. I like the personal stories, the diaries. All that plays together, I suppose, toward my fascination of old, neglected things.

I look at the subject of today’s image, and so many others like it, and wonder about the stories, the families, the good and the bad memories hidden there. I am captivated.

"Once A Home", copyright 2011 Shannon M Herren, All Rights Reserved

"Once A Home", copyright 2011 Shannon M Herren, All Rights Reserved

I edited this image using the infrared film effect.

Published in: on Saturday, March 26, 2011 at 7:42 pm  Comments (1)  

52-’11 / Week Eleven / March 13 – March 19

It’s been an exciting week for me! Last Saturday, I attended the Spalding County Republican Party County Convention. I was elected as Secretary for the County organization, and a delegate to the District and State Conventions. I’m looking forward to this new position, as well as attending my first conventions.

My post is very late tonight because I thought I might get an awesome moon shot for this week’s ’52-11. Tonight is the “Supermoon” (See more info here). Roy and I scouted around for a location today and found a beautiful green field about ten minutes away that would make a great horizon shot. But after setting up and waiting for the moment to arrive,  there was a good bit of haze at the horizon, so we didn’t get to see the big beautiful moonrise I was hoping for. I practiced using shutter priority for this shoot, but I have lots more practicing to do!

As it turned out, my first shot of the day is the one I like most.

 

"Spring Silos", copyright 2011 Shannon M Herren, All Rights Reserved

"Spring Silos", copyright 2011 Shannon M Herren, All Rights Reserved

 

If you’re reading this, thank you! It is encouraging to me.

Blessings!

Shannon \o/

Published in: on Saturday, March 19, 2011 at 10:00 pm  Comments (1)  

52-’11 / Week Ten / March 6 – March 13

My goodness! It continues to be very busy around here lately. God continues to bless me and my family…abundantly and every day. This week’s image was made this afternoon when the sun was bright, the sky clear blue, and the temperature near perfect. Lesson of the day? Check your settings EVERY time you shoot. I had the ISO set at 1600 for last week’s shoot–indoors, low ambient light. Needless to say, today’s images were shot out before editing. Probably the highest ISO I needed today was 400. Good lesson 🙂

 

"Forsythia Sky", copyright 2011 Shannon M Herren, All Rights Reserved

"Forsythia Sky", copyright 2011 Shannon M Herren, All Rights Reserved

 

Here’s hoping for a slower week with a bit more family time…

…and a heart of gratitude through whatever comes.

Blessings!

Shannon \o/

Published in: on Saturday, March 12, 2011 at 9:04 pm  Comments (1)  

52-’11 / Week Nine / February 27-March 5

My family and I are enjoying a quiet Saturday listening to the rain, with a fire in fireplace and watching movies. It’s been a busy “life” week but a slow photography week. So, this morning I practiced using my flash off-camera. Boy, do I have a lot to learn about lighting!

My subject is a large, simple nativity that I keep out year ’round. It is a beautiful reminder–not just at Christmas–of the fulfillment of God’s promise to send us a Savior…a Savior Whose sacrifice would be sufficient for the sin of all people for all time. The celebration of the  joy of Christ born in the flesh of a baby transitions to the magnitude of the Cross we remember on Good Friday and the triumph we exalt on Resurrection Morning. Glory to God in the Highest! Praise Him for His VICTORY over sin and death! Prostrate before Him in humble gratitude that we may be saved…because of Him!

Do you know Him like this? Do you want to be a part of the victory over sin? Do you need that victory in your life? Let me know–I would be honored to share with you.

"The Babe of Promise", copyright 2011 Shannon M Herren, All Rights Reserved

"The Babe of Promise", copyright 2011 Shannon M Herren, All Rights Reserved

The celebration of Christmas is inseparable from the magnitude of Resurrection Sunday!

Romans 5:8-11 (NASB)

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.

Blessings!

\o/

Published in: on Saturday, March 5, 2011 at 1:50 pm  Leave a Comment