Be ’12 — July

I am not able to find words that adequately describe how creativity feels to me. It brings me great joy and satisfaction to capture an image I see, or string together words until a story is woven. Expressing creativity brings a sweet release from the cares of the everyday…a safe zone, if you will, where the outside world is held at arm’s length. Beautiful music  (I’m thinking of you, Meg Arias), paintings, photographs, poetry, deep worship. It all draws me in and stirs feelings of nostalgia, melancholy, hope, softness, serenity, a perfect solitude. Unfortunately, my talent is lacking in most of these areas, excepting photography. Pursuing this craft brings me much fulfillment, and the times I am able to fully immerse myself, to fully engage in the act of creating, brings me incredible joy. To see in a finished work the exact emotion or moment I set out to capture is a great joy. The more I am able to create, the more I desire to create, the more I see around me things I wish to draw in to my creating.

For July, I am still working on my project, collecting the details that will help complete the work. We took some time, however, to explore some areas in and around Pike County. Here are a few of the images from that day.

“KendrickRd_0002″, copyright 2012 Shannon M Herren, All Rights Reserved

“KendrickRd_0002″, copyright 2012 Shannon M Herren, All Rights Reserved

“OldPCMS_0055″, copyright 2012 Shannon M Herren, All Rights Reserved

“OldPCMS_0055″, copyright 2012 Shannon M Herren, All Rights Reserved

"WallieRdChimney_0043″, copyright 2012 Shannon M Herren, All Rights Reserved

“WallieRdChimney_0043″, copyright 2012 Shannon M Herren, All Rights Reserved

"PickardRdGasPump_0033″, copyright 2012 Shannon M Herren, All Rights Reserved

“PickardRdGasPump_0033″, copyright 2012 Shannon M Herren, All Rights Reserved

"PickardRdGasPump_0022″, copyright 2012 Shannon M Herren, All Rights Reserved

“PickardRdGasPump_0022″, copyright 2012 Shannon M Herren, All Rights Reserved

"WeemsRd_0040″, copyright 2012 Shannon M Herren, All Rights Reserved

“WeemsRd_0040″, copyright 2012 Shannon M Herren, All Rights Reserved

I hope you will consider sharing a link to your work in the comments. It’s fun to motivate and be motivated my others’ creativity.

Blessings!

Shannon \o/

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Published in: on Monday, August 6, 2012 at 9:41 pm  Leave a Comment  

Be ’12 — June

Yes, I totally bombed the May Be ’12. The planned shoot didn’t happen. The rest of the month was booked. Bummer.

"RedOakCoveredBridge-0075", copyright 2012 Shannon M Herren, All Rights Reserved

“RedOakCoveredBridge-0075”, copyright 2012 Shannon M Herren, All Rights Reserved

June Be ’12 fared a bit better, but due to a crazy busy schedule, I didn’t get anything posted in a timely manner. I spent some time evaluating things in my life, realizing I was spending far too much time wadded in a knot about things that just weren’t worth it and not nearly enough time doing things I love. I took action about some of those things, and refocused my direction toward things that are more important. Among them, my photography. It’s what I love. It is a true passion. Working on my art fulfills me in ways little else does.

"RedOakCoveredBridge-0041", copyright 2012 Shannon M Herren, All Rights Reserved

“RedOakCoveredBridge-0041”, copyright 2012 Shannon M Herren, All Rights Reserved

Currently I am spending a good bit of my free time working on my July Be ’12 / personal project. I will share some of those details and pic’s later this month, if I am able. Since it is also a project in progress,  I may not be able to post much about it until it’s completion. (Don’t you love when people say enough to let you know something is up, but not enough for you figure it out? <insert evil giggle>)

"RedOakCoveredBridge-0059", copyright 2012 Shannon M Herren, All Rights Reserved

“RedOakCoveredBridge-0059”, copyright 2012 Shannon M Herren, All Rights Reserved

So here are a few images from June at the Red Oak Covered Bridge in Meriwether County. We had to try twice for this shoot. The first day we didn’t get going early enough. Just as I got my equipment ready and was setting up the tripod, a couple of Harley’s drove up. I thought, ok – while they visit I have a bit more time to get set up, scope out some shots, no problem. A while later, as they prepared to leave, I began moving into place … and here come four more. So I decided to pack up and try again another day. The next week, we did rise much earlier. We were nearly finished before the first visitors arrived, and I was able to work around them to finish up.  I’ve included a couple of images that have an interesting detail. Do you see it?

"RedOakCoveredBridge-0023", copyright 2012 Shannon M Herren, All Rights Reserved

“RedOakCoveredBridge-0023”, copyright 2012 Shannon M Herren, All Rights Reserved

"RedOakCoveredBridge-0069", copyright 2012 Shannon M Herren, All Rights Reserved

“RedOakCoveredBridge-0069”, copyright 2012 Shannon M Herren, All Rights Reserved

"RedOakCoveredBridge-0071", copyright 2012 Shannon M Herren, All Rights Reserved

“RedOakCoveredBridge-0071”, copyright 2012 Shannon M Herren, All Rights Reserved

Published in: on Saturday, July 14, 2012 at 11:57 am  Leave a Comment  

Be ’12 — April

20120428-JohnstonvilleGA-002", copyright 2012 Shannon M Herren, All Rights Reserved

20120428-JohnstonvilleGA-002″, copyright 2012 Shannon M Herren, All Rights Reserved

So, April didn’t pan out for me very well at all, at least where making pictures is concerned. The shoot I had planned was to take place on the way home from a two-hour meeting west of here. Unfortunately, the two-hour meeting lasted over seven hours, I gained a few passengers for the ride home, and the whole plan just disintegrated. Roy took me out later in the month, and we had a good time and discovered some interesting local history. I made some good images, but not what I had imagined for the April B ’12.

"20120428-JohnstonvilleGA-012", copyright 2012 Shannon M Herren, All Rights Reserved

“20120428-JohnstonvilleGA-012”, copyright 2012 Shannon M Herren, All Rights Reserved

"20120428-JohnstonvilleGA-012", copyright 2012 Shannon M Herren, All Rights Reserved

“20120428-JohnstonvilleGA-012”, copyright 2012 Shannon M Herren, All Rights Reserved

We visited Johnstonville GA, which has an interesting history, including a State Historical Marker about it being the first county seat in Monroe County (it is now in Lamar County). This brick building, and a restored schoolhouse, are all that is left of the town.

"20120428-SandyCreekCemeteryButtsCoGA-005", copyright 2012 Shannon M Herren, All Rights Reserved

“20120428-SandyCreekCemeteryButtsCoGA-005”, copyright 2012 Shannon M Herren, All Rights Reserved

"20120428-SandyCreekCemeteryButtsCoGA-010", copyright 2012 Shannon M Herren, All Rights Reserved

“20120428-SandyCreekCemeteryButtsCoGA-010”, copyright 2012 Shannon M Herren, All Rights Reserved

We also found a very old cemetery near Barnesville, the Sandy Creek Cemetery. It has graves from the 1700’s, many that were marked only by a rock, and many that were unmarked. Most interesting, it has graves from all the wars, including the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, War Between the States, WW1 and WW2. We talked to a young man who was volunteering his time to maintain the area. Although we did not see every bit of the cemetery, he confirmed there were soldiers from every war there. It was an awesome find in this rural area, and definitely someplace we will return.

May is shaping up to be a bit of a let down too. After last year’s project, and making images every week, it is ironic to me that this year is proving to be so challenging. I’m afraid my over-commitments are showing, and beginning to take their toll.

Friday night, Roy and I went to Zack Arias‘ studio for a medium format night. Zack had arranged with Capture Integration (CI) to set up different sets and bring a wide variety of medium format (MF) cameras for us to use. I am SO glad I attended! I have zero experience with MF. Back in my film days, I always thought of it as a pie-in-the-sky dream that maybe someday I could pick up a used system. After I came back to photography and made the leap to digital, it became an impossibility, something I’d never own or get to do, simply because of the price and inexperience. I was apprehensive about going to the event, being in a crowd so far out of my league, being around so many people I didn’t know. But it was really great! Zack is a truly amazing guy, as well as photographer. His wife, Meghan Arias, is an amazing artist, with whom I connected immediately. We became fast friends and I can’t wait to get together again sometime. The people from CI were unbelievably kind, knowledgeable and helpful. I shot my first MF camera. I shot with a $50,000 camera set up. The images are unbelievable in their depth and clarity. (Yes, I was able to keep the images I wanted to.) The detail when magnified is exponentially better than DSLR. What I came away with is that MF is no longer an impossibility. Yeah, I may never be financially able to own one, but I wouldn’t hesitate now to rent one for a vacation or special reason. I discovered “I can do this”.

And it felt good.

Blessings!

Shannon \o/

Published in: on Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 2:45 pm  Leave a Comment  

Be ’12 — March

"20120317-HayesvilleNCDay2-004", copyright 2012 Shannon M Herren, All Rights Reserved

"20120317-HayesvilleNCDay2-004", copyright 2012 Shannon M Herren, All Rights Reserved

Last weekend, I was able to take a long-awaited weekend trip to the mountains with my gracious friend, Nikki. Three days to rest, relax, and photograph. No schedule, no one asking anything of me, beautiful weather and a beautiful location. It was everything I wanted it to be, except it wasn’t long enough! Although I didn’t make a large quantity of images, I am very pleased with the quality of images I made. My goal was again composition, manual settings and prime lenses. Again, I stuck with the 35mm, which is becoming a favorite. (I know I will probably say the same thing about the 50mm when I focus on using that lens. 🙂 )

Here are some more of my favorites.

"20120316-GoingToHayesville-021", copyright 2012 Shannon M Herren, All Rights Reserved

"20120316-GoingToHayesville-021", copyright 2012 Shannon M Herren, All Rights Reserved

"20120316-GoingToHayesville-006", copyright 2012 Shannon M Herren, All Rights Reserved

"20120316-GoingToHayesville-006", copyright 2012 Shannon M Herren, All Rights Reserved

"20120316-GoingToHayesville-024", copyright 2012 Shannon M Herren, All Rights Reserved

"20120316-GoingToHayesville-024", copyright 2012 Shannon M Herren, All Rights Reserved

"20120316-GoingToHayesville-031", copyright 2012 Shannon M Herren, All Rights Reserved

"20120316-Hayesville-031", copyright 2012 Shannon M Herren, All Rights Reserved

"20120316-GoingToHayesville-026", copyright 2012 Shannon M Herren, All Rights Reserved

"20120316-GoingToHayesville-026", copyright 2012 Shannon M Herren, All Rights Reserved

I have a tentative plan for my April Be ’12. Have you been on an intentional shoot this year? Please share your link in the comments below so we can enjoy your work.

Blessings!

Shannon \o/

Published in: on Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 4:01 pm  Leave a Comment  

Be ’12 — February

I know — could I be any later posting this? I know I’m over-committed right now. But what I’ve come to realize, brought to my attention in several not-so-subtle ways, is that I need to re-prioritize. There are a couple of commitments that are sucking the life right out of me through mental and physical stress, pressure to perform socially and skillfully, and confrontational situations that I simply have no desire to endure any longer. I am working on weeding out those things so I can focus on the things that bring me satisfaction and joy even though they too may require hard work and stress of a different sort. I am eager to see how the Lord uses this time in my life to bring about positive personal change.

Oakland Cemetery-019

My February project was a trip to Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta. I have been photographing in this beautiful park-like cemetery for many years. There are new things to discover every time you visit, any time of year.There were seven of us, including some who have never been there, and some who had never shot in a cemetery before. I think we all learned some technical things and some skill things. Most of all, we had a great time in a great place–together.

My personal goals for this Be ’12 were to shoot in all manual all day, and to us only prime lenses. I mostly used my 35mm, which, with my DX sensor, is roughly equivalent to a 50mm. I am please with a number of the images, and I achieved both goals.

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"20120225-Oakland Cemetery-054", copyright 2012 Shannon M Herren, All Rights Reserved

20120225-Oakland Cemetery-097

"20120225-Oakland Cemetery-097", copyright 2012 Shannon M Herren, All Rights Reserved

20120225-Oakland Cemetery-129

"20120225-Oakland Cemetery-129", copyright 2012 Shannon M Herren, All Rights Reserved

20120225-Oakland Cemetery-049

"20120225-Oakland Cemetery-049", copyright 2012 Shannon M Herren, All Rights Reserved

"20120225-Oakland Cemetery-142", copyright 2012 Shannon M Herren, All Rights Reserved

"20120225-Oakland Cemetery-142", copyright 2012 Shannon M Herren, All Rights Reserved

One of my personal favorites of the day was actually on the “long” way home through some of downtown. I saw this sign, and the impact of the recent announcements from Kodak made this a “stop right here real quick” moment.

"A Last Kodak Moment", copyright 2012 Shannon M Herren, All Rights Reserved

"A Last Kodak Moment", copyright 2012 Shannon M Herren, All Rights Reserved

Do you have a Be ’12 for February? Are you working on any personal projects? Please feel free to post a link to your site in the comments. I would love to see your work.

(Watch for Be ’12 — March to be posted in the next few days.)

Blessings!

Shannon \o/

Published in: on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 7:00 am  Leave a Comment