I would like you all to meet Koja – This is a good friend of mine’s companion, the friend is Kionte Storey. I had the absolute honor of meeting this warrior and courageous individual as well as teach him some Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Please click on the link and go learn some more about this remarkable young man.
I have been wanting to shoot in Cincinnati for a while, there are a few places that I have shot and a few that I marked on my list to shoot, I am going to be going there very soon and am currently scouting for places to shoot, so if you know anywhere feel free to drop a note in the comments section.
This is one of those that I keep looking at and just could not come up with anything at all. I will call it a mind block and move on. This was taken from the National Museum of the USAF which is one of my all time favorite places to shoot. I need to head back real soon to shoot it again, I always find something new and interesting to shoot there.
Have you ever…
Have you ever just looked around and thought – yeah it is time…
Now that can be interpreted in many ways – some people might relate this to their job, some might relate it to their exercise habits, some might relate it to eating habits, drinking habits, relationships, the car they drive, the time they get up in the morning, the time they spend with loved ones the list goes on and on and on. I challenge you to figure out what if any you are saying this with.
So today, you get two photos taken after Christmas when we were getting ready to take down the Christmas tree. I was itching to shoot something since I have not shot in a long while, so I grabbed my Macro lens and shot these two. I really enjoyed them, I was using one as a wallpaper for a while but had to move on to something else since it is not Christmas any longer. I love Christmas – is it here yet again?? If you would like a full res of this for a wallpaper just shoot an email or leave me a comment :)
Been crazy busy!!!
So I have not been able to post anything in a while, I have photos there to post just have not had time to post them. This is normally how I do this –
Take photos, dump them, pick one off to edit, upload to my gallery awaiting posting. Then I will go in and write a blog posting with a picture that I am feeling like posting (you lost yet?? Good hang in there) and the I schedule that to post at a certain time which also post to twitter for me. Today is the exception as I am writing this one live, today in the flesh.
So now that you are all totally confused and have listened to me ramble I shall get on with today’s photo.
While in Austin one night I went out with a group from G+. We went to all different places, in and out of bars listening to local music and just having a great time. We walked in to this little bar that had some music going, and as I listened all I heard was “screaming”. Now I am a fan of all kinds of music – this week I have remembered a lot of songs that I thought I had forgotten but not really forgotten – yeah that made sense…however this type of “screaming” I am not a fan of. However seeing the music being played and the musicians creating this noise (to me this is noise and I dont understand the music behind it) it was fun to see them talk between songs and then turn on the scream for the song. This was the guitarist and the lead vocals, I made the lead look as scary as it sounded in there(yes, you get two photos today :)).
Have you ever tried to help someone and no matter how hard you try they just want to argue with an area that they have asked for your help on? It drives me nuts when someone wants your help then refuses to listen… Tangent over :)
Well, I have been traveling a bunch lately (for work not pleasure) – now that I am back I thought that I would give you a view of my ride most of the time while I was gone :). I took this while in the airport in Houston I believe. I was sitting there and saw it, and wanted to take it but did not have my tripod or anything. I got the camera out anyways and walked over there studied the scene for a little while people were looking at me like I was crazy. I ignored them and took a few shots, this is the one I liked the most :)
First Video Release??
Well, here is a short video that I did (low resolution for now, might upload an HD version later). The music is from a very good friend of mine Vince Gard – hope you enjoy it! If I was in a more talkitive mood I would bore you with a bunch of banter…lucky for you I am not :)
Not much to say today other than…
I cant wait to get home and process from photos! I have a lot that are just sitting there waiting on me to do something with them. I often get asked about photo’s that I have taken and where they are? I must admit that I have a weird workflow when it comes to taking the photos and then processing them. I could probably stand to dial this process in a bit and make it a little more streamlined and structured especially since I tend to be OCD about everything. This is a small part of my life that is a bit disorganized. My process is simple though – go take photos, come home, dump photos to folder, briefly look, if anything catches my eye start processing it but often times they lay there dormant for a while and I come back to them and pluck a few out to process. So you might see an image today that I took months ago sometimes years ago.
This little guy came and landed on my oldest son while we were at lunch in a butterfly house. There were a ton of monarchs roaming about and this guy just landed like he was saying “look at me, I am more interesting, turn your camera this way and shoot me!”
Not much to say about this one or anything in general today – I will say click to see a larger size – it looks much better in a larger size.
Well, I have tried to challenge myself to not shoot what I typically shoot. This is another example of that, but with Easter here I shot this today and wanted to share it. I hope you enjoy it.
English Standard Version (ESV)
Jesus Before Pilate
23 Then the whole company of them arose and brought him before Pilate. 2 And they began to accuse him, saying, “We found this man misleading our nation and forbidding us to give tribute to Caesar, and saying that he himself is Christ, a king.” 3 And Pilate asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” And he answered him, “You have said so.” 4 Then Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowds, “I find no guilt in this man.” 5 But they were urgent, saying, “He stirs up the people, teaching throughout all Judea, from Galilee even to this place.”
Jesus Before Herod
6 When Pilate heard this, he asked whether the man was a Galilean. 7 And when he learned that he belonged to Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent him over to Herod, who was himself in Jerusalem at that time. 8 When Herod saw Jesus, he was very glad, for he had long desired to see him, because he had heard about him, and he was hoping to see some sign done by him. 9 So he questioned him at some length, but he made no answer. 10 The chief priests and the scribes stood by, vehemently accusing him. 11 And Herod with his soldiers treated him with contempt and mocked him. Then, arraying him in splendid clothing, he sent him back to Pilate. 12 And Herod and Pilate became friends with each other that very day, for before this they had been at enmity with each other.
13 Pilate then called together the chief priests and the rulers and the people, 14 and said to them, “You brought me this man as one who was misleading the people. And after examining him before you, behold, I did not find this man guilty of any of your charges against him. 15 Neither did Herod, for he sent him back to us. Look, nothing deserving death has been done by him. 16 I will therefore punish and release him.”[a]
Pilate Delivers Jesus to Be Crucified
18 But they all cried out together, “Away with this man, and release to us Barabbas”— 19 a man who had been thrown into prison for an insurrection started in the city and for murder. 20 Pilate addressed them once more, desiring to release Jesus, 21 but they kept shouting, “Crucify, crucify him!” 22 A third time he said to them, “Why, what evil has he done? I have found in him no guilt deserving death. I will therefore punish and release him.” 23 But they were urgent, demanding with loud cries that he should be crucified. And their voices prevailed. 24 So Pilate decided that their demand should be granted. 25 He released the man who had been thrown into prison for insurrection and murder, for whom they asked, but he delivered Jesus over to their will.
26 And as they led him away, they seized one Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, and laid on him the cross, to carry it behind Jesus. 27 And there followed him a great multitude of the people and of women who were mourning and lamenting for him. 28 But turning to them Jesus said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. 29 For behold, the days are coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren and the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!’ 30 Then they will begin to say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us,’ and to the hills, ‘Cover us.’ 31 For if they do these things when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry?”
32 Two others, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with him. 33 And when they came to the place that is called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. 34 And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”[b] And they cast lots to divide his garments. 35 And the people stood by, watching, but the rulers scoffed at him, saying, “He saved others; let him save himself, if he is the Christ of God, his Chosen One!” 36 The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine 37 and saying, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!” 38 There was also an inscription over him,[c] “This is the King of the Jews.”
39 One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him,[d] saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!” 40 But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” 42 And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” 43 And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”
The Death of Jesus
44 It was now about the sixth hour,[e] and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour,[f] 45 while the sun’s light failed. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. 46 Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” And having said this he breathed his last. 47 Now when the centurion saw what had taken place, he praised God, saying, “Certainly this man was innocent!” 48 And all the crowds that had assembled for this spectacle, when they saw what had taken place, returned home beating their breasts. 49 And all his acquaintances and the women who had followed him from Galilee stood at a distance watching these things.
Jesus Is Buried
50 Now there was a man named Joseph, from the Jewish town of Arimathea. He was a member of the council, a good and righteous man, 51 who had not consented to their decision and action; and he was looking for the kingdom of God. 52 This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. 53 Then he took it down and wrapped it in a linen shroud and laid him in a tomb cut in stone, where no one had ever yet been laid. 54 It was the day of Preparation, and the Sabbath was beginning.[g] 55 The women who had come with him from Galilee followed and saw the tomb and how his body was laid. 56 Then they returned and prepared spices and ointments.
On the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment.
24 But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. 2 And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. 5 And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? 6 He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, 7 that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.” 8 And they remembered his words, 9 and returning from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. 10 Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles, 11 but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. 12 But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home marveling at what had happened.by Chris Lehman
I love a lot of things – the ocean is one of them. I had planned on going to Cincinnati Museum Center today and shooting, plans changed and went to Newport Aquarium – here is a quick shot that I snapped. Not what I normally shoot and inside at an aquarium is a challenge to shoot – thoughts? You can even see the scratches in the glass :)by Chris Lehman
I took this a long time ago but it is one of my favorites. I love the way the blade of grass holds the water the way a parent holds an infant. With a gentle touch the embrace is precious. Have you told someone today that you loved them?by Chris Lehman
And by lab I mean garage. I wanted to try to shoot smoke as some of the shots that I have seen just fascinate me. There are a lot of variables that went in to this so I will try to describe the setup. Incense sticks, something to stick them in, a black backdrop, lamp on the right side, flash on the left side fired remotely and me and my camera in front shooting. This is one of the results. One thing that helps is to lightly create wind – waving your hand, blowing etc to get the smoke to create different shapes etc.by Chris Lehman
Hello everyone! I hope that you had a blast ringing in the the new year last night. I wish you all a blessed new year that finds you all happiness, good health and prosperous. Todays photo started as a picture and as I started touching it up in post I went on a wildly fabulous adventure that is now what you see below. This has become one of my favorites – it almost looks like what Angels are portrayed as on TV and movies. Anyways, I hope you enjoy.by Chris Lehman
The hustle and bustle is now over as quickly as it came, for some their lives will never be the same. Toys scattered about, some kids pout. The day after Christmas is both a relief and a sad time. People start to go about their normal lives forgetting the joy that was over them just days ago, and for some it is a time to reflect on different aspects of life as the end of the year draws near. When thinking of what to post for todays blog I kept going back to a photo that I took of a cross that my grandmother and grandfather gave me many years ago. Not only does this cross let me remember with fondness the times we shared but also it is a time for the cross to be remembered as it is the Lords birthday. This photo speaks to me on many different levels and I hope that does to you also –by Chris Lehman
It’s the most wonderful time of the year. I absolutely love Christmas it has been tough with the loss of a few loved ones over the past year. Let’s not forget the reason for the season and never take the CHRIST out of Christmas. While in a creative rut I started playing around and thought, why does everything have to be crisply focused? Why not crisply un-focused? This is what I came up with :). The story of Christmas follows -
New Living Translation (NLT)
The Birth of Jesus
1 At that time the Roman emperor, Augustus, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the Roman Empire. 2 (This was the first census taken when Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 All returned to their own ancestral towns to register for this census. 4 And because Joseph was a descendant of King David, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David’s ancient home. He traveled there from the village of Nazareth in Galilee. 5 He took with him Mary, his fiancée, who was now obviously pregnant.
6 And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. 7 She gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them.
The Shepherds and Angels
8 That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. 9 Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, 10 but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. 11 The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! 12 And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.”
13 Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in highest heaven,
and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”
15 When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
16 They hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger. 17 After seeing him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child. 18 All who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished, 19 but Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often. 20 The shepherds went back to their flocks, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen. It was just as the angel had told them.by Chris Lehman
After going to the service for my Uncle that lost his battle with cancer I needed to get out and clear my head. A friend and I headed out to shoot the sunset on the coldest day of the year because shooting while warm just is not the same…this was one of a few shots captured that night and was peaceful indeed. Quiet, calm and glorious.by Chris Lehman