The Darks Within The Lights

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I took this today amidst a crazy cavern that you are not allowed to use a tripod. This was a 3 shot HDR handheld at high ISO. I am trying to gain permission to get a private setting and permission to use a tripod. Getting this was quite a challenge, but I am happy with the way it turned out.

Shadows Revealed

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I came across this awesome scene while shooting in Nashville. It was quite “Epic” in my book and I walked around and by numerous times before I decided to stop and shoot it. It took quite a long time to get it just the way I wanted it, but I think that it was worth the wait. I can’t tell you how many people walked in front of me…stopped…turned and said – “are we in your way?” – as usual I smiled and quietly said – no, no problem…and waited on them to view and move on.

© Chris Lehman Original Writing February 2014


Blinded by shadows lights lit the way
What Lurks beyond the wonders of today?
Casting stones I felt so alone
Your light shone
My path revealed
Would I follow?
Only Time would tell
The dawning of tomorrow
Looking out the waves begin to swell
Courage raging with the storming of the sea
Is this really my choice
Where is it that you want me to be?
Moonlight pierces the blinding night sky
Eerily I began to hear your heart cry
Spinning out of control the ship spun awry
The captain pushing we will not say goodbye
To quit is something he did not know
The crew he commands, let us prepare to stow
Looking up fist in rage
Is this now the becoming of your age?
Was he ready for this coming stage?
He felt as trapped as an animal in a cage
Looking left and then to right
straight ahead in to the night
He felt as light as if in flight
The angels wings spread in delight
bringing bright to this very night
Gasping his eyes awoke
Someones words then he heard spoke
Was this a dream coming to a halt?
And with that, again he locked his vault

© Chris Lehman Original Writing February 2014

Jesus’s shadow – written by Noah Lehman

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Guest writer today
Today, I introduce you to my son Noah – he chose the photo, the title and wrote about it.

Today’s Photo
I like this photo, it reminds me of Jesus and everything nice.
NL

A little bit more about this photo – this was taken at the art show that I went to a while back. There was a person there that made these rocks and candles. I took a break from talking with everyone and grabbed my camera and walked around the place and I saw this and it just looked interesting and show this became what I stared at. Hope you enjoy and it brings you the same light that it does for me.

Feel free to leave a comment.

New Site Look and Daily Photo – Dizzy

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What’s next on your list…?
Well – whats next on your list to do this year? I had a long list of items, but I like to be a bit mysterious so I am not going to come right out and say whats on the list – however if you look really closely and know my a bit you might be able to read the code hidden within…muhahahahhaha

Today’s Photo
Walking in to this place is just mind boggling for those of us that are visually stimulated. I did not know if this was seizure inducing, stomach twisting or just plain awesome with a twist of the others in there as well. This is the second time that I have been there, yet this time it made more sense to me. I often don’t scout out a location first properly but rather go with my gut. However when I find something awesome I do tend to go back to enjoy its visual appeal over and over – this place is no different. I honestly can’t wait to go back there again :)

Emily

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Today’s Photo – Emily
Had the pleasure of shooting an awesome model – boy was it cold and boy was she a trooper! Hates the cold and snow but never complained one time! We shot for a while and watch more to come :)

I told you guys I would be shooting different styles this year ;-)

PS – Sunflare
Sometimes I like it, sometimes I hate it…in this one it worked so I left it in there :)

Summer bliss

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Today’s Photo – Summer Bliss
The winds pushing inwards from the sea. Sunsets gracefully, silhouettes of grass and palm trees. Such beauty all around left only for you and me. What more shall we need? Chris Lehman ©2014

That is a small taste of some of the style and things I write – look for more to come later.

The below was such a warm summer sunset at the beach, one of my times to shoot and one of my favorite places. Sitting here in the winter rain – I wish I was on this beach – this photo takes me there – how about you?

Snowy Winter Morning

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I often hear from others – I need a better camera…
I often also hear – Wow, you must have a really good camera…

Devil is in the details…

Took this on the morning commute via my iPhone - it is definitely winter and it is definitely cold and snowy! Christmas is almost here - it has gone to fast for me. The older we get the quicker time seems to pass.

Your Light in My Hand…

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Site changes coming….
So I am still not liking the site feel and look – I don’t know if this is because I am searching for something that is not out there or if I just like the change…

I like the way that site functions but I want a whole new look, if this is something you have skill in please contact me and let’s collaborate to get this looking the way I want :)

A few surprises and things coming up
So that sounded way more fun than it really is. I have been on a journey over the past year that has me going in different directions than what I first thought I would be going. A friend of mine reminds me that it is about the skill not the gear (there is a gear head in ALL of us that shoot – we all want the gear even though we know that it is the person behind the gear and their skill that is more important). However with that said this year I am going to challenge myself (call it an early New Years resolution) to shoot more and more and also shoot things that I normally would not – people. Now I am NOT going to do the traditional “Sears” type shoots – that is NOT my gig at all. No offense to those that do that style it is just not for me. And with that I want to get some gear to go with it – strobes, backdrops etc. This is where the above reminder comes from – don’t over spend on the best gear, get what you NEED and learn that and don’t over spend – because we all know that times are tough especially for artist.

Secondly over the past year I have been more and more encouraged to share some of writings (in case you did not know – I am a writer also) So look for some of these to be released in limited availability. Those that encouraged me and spoke to me about doing this – you know who you are and I thank you for helping me step out of my comfort zone. We will talk more about that later ;-)

Also I sold my first ever show and did ok so I might look to do a few more of these this year.

Today’s Photo – Your Light in My Hand…
So I took this Christmas Eve at Church this year. I am falling out of my normal pattern a bit with processing this and releasing it so soon, however I look for more of this to happen over the next year. Also I tend to shoot a lot of HDR shots – look for that not to show up as much either – and with that a Black and White that could not be more polar opposite of my normal :)

Snowy Stream

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Today’s Photo – Snowy Stream
Well…normally in the spring time you find all kinds of gorgeous frames to shoot – budding trees, budding flowers, early blooms, critters of all kinds, spectacular sunrises (not that I actually get up and shoot those…I value my bed early in the morning…), sunsets (one of my favorite things in the world to shoot) and many many other things.

This is of course unless you are in the great state of Tennessee – because everyone says this – you like the weather today?? Stick around because it will be different tomorrow. I have experienced this first hand and this trip was no different – the day before it was sunny and chilly – next day – the below happened :)

She Remembers Love

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So this is one that I think speaks to many as roses represent love and many other memories and emotions. Some people think that I travel around to exotic places snapping this and that – this I went a really really long way to get – my kitchen…yep thats right this was in my kitchen :)

Fall Rush

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Am I the only photographer that does not stay on the path to get the shot? I hiked way way down this steep rocky waterfall cliff – yes I did fall, banged up all my gear, but here is the resulting shot.

Fall is in the air

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I took this just a few weeks back and it is really only 10 minutes from my house – not bad for an Ohio scene :)

I love fall – the crisp air, the leaves beautiful color, the sounds of leaves being walked through and blowing in the wind. Hope you enjoy this one as much as I do.

What are you looking at?

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Today’s Photo
So I found this little guy at the Aquarium in Gatlinburg Tennessee. Normally when animals are the subject you chase them around all over…not this guy! He looked at me like – WTF are you looking at??? Well…you I thought…smile!

A few technical details –
Camera: Canon EOS 5D III
Lens: 50mm
Aperture: F/1.8
Exposure Time: 0.005s (1/200)
ISO: 1600

Anchor Down…

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So I passed this place probably 19 times before I decided to shoot it – why you ask? I don’t really know…but I almost did not shoot it. It just did not call out to me and though I found it interesting and cool…I just did not feel like shooting it. Usually when I feel like that, I don’t shoot. I went through a few phases – first I shot EVERYTHING from every different angle that I possibly could…then I started shooting from just one angle and then just not shooting anything at all now I go between all of these. The first analogy is commonly called pray and spray in which you shoot many different angles of the same subject in hopes that something comes out of it. I now try to move around first looking at different angles but most of the time I have gotten to the point where I know what it will look like from a different angle…sorry for the tangent – here is today’s photo :)

Magic Shore

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The scene is one of my favorites. I love the ocean and I LOVE the South. I hope that you enjoy this one and it hits you the same way it hits me. This not an HDR photo – it was taken hand held – single shot.