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
Here is a shot that I took when I got up to take in my first sunrise shoot. I remember walking up to this spot and seeing the purples, blues, pinks and as I glanced down I saw browns but also saw purples, pinks in the water and reflections. I thought it was a wonderful contrast and a beautiful scene. This is one of the shots I took – hope you enjoy.by Chris Lehman
Feeling a bit under the weather today – kind of felt sick most of the weekend and am fighting a migraine – not sure why I went off on that tangent, some would say just to relate to the reader? I think it is just me being me. I am much more of an extrovert when behind the keyboard though in life (unless comfortable with my surroundings and people) I am a huge introvert. right turn, back to the photography.
Well, I was at blank on exactly what I wanted to title this one, so in Chris fashion – you title it :)
Was out shooting at the Seibenthaler Fen in Beavercreek when I came across this – though I had past it 1000 times I had never shot it. I remember thinking about shooting it, just never did. So this time I setup and took a couple shots and here is what I came up with.by Chris Lehman
We were at the US Naval Museum in Charleston South Carolina, we were on the flight deck of this carrier. I remember vividly – why you ask? Because I had a broken foot from Thai Boxing. So there I was in wheel chair because that is what they give guys that hobble in on cruches…
Anyways, when it was first decided to go there I was thinking – ARE YOU KIDDING ME??? I dont want to hobble around a carrier that I have seen numerous times with a broken foot. Well, the kids wanted to go, so I went. And it was AWESOME. I normally get to spend most of my time with my oldest son but on this day he wanted to go and read everything and my youngest did not really care to be there. So I stayed with him while mom took the oldest. We had a blast. He pushed me around all over that thing – he had a blast. We went out and looked at the harbor, I let him use my camera to take photos, he then pushed me to the complete other side – only running my broken foot in things 7 or 8 times along the way – I would not trade this time with him for anything.
He got to the point that he wanted to go, so him and I took off and went back to shore. When my oldest and mom finally got there we decide to look at the base on land. As I turned around this storm rolled in so fast and this is what it looked like – sorry for the long post :)by Chris Lehman
When reading to my kids there is a story called “Paddington” about an orphaned bear. It is quite the story let me tell ya! In the middle of Sprinter (yes sprinter – cross between spring and winter because Ohio weather is redunkulous) it is more of a challenge to shoot things that I normally shoot and love to shoot. My good friend Jeremi hooked me up with some lights about 6 months ago – to which I have not gotten any stands – why you ask? Simple – Chris does not shoot a lot of things that need light. So while being a bit bored and trying to get out of my comfort zone I bought the stands and now am challenging myself to get better using them. It was also mentioned to use stuffed animals for practice as they are easier than finding models (though if you are reading this and want to model for me please let me know!) so I grabbed this bear – missing nose and all and quickly dubbed him paddington. Snuggle up – I plan on shooting a lot of things using these lights – not all will be good but I will share them so you track my progress. But I promise I will also be shooting what you are used to seeing me shoot – good old landscape among others and HDR. Until then – what do you think of paddington?by Chris Lehman
There have been many song written about it, many poems, many cards. However nothing comes close to capturing it like this verse – 1 Cor 13
The picture is using a King James version however I like the way the NIV reads for this particular verse.
1 Corinthians 13
1 If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.by Chris Lehman
So, I will post one more thought of Spring given that it is feeling like spring out again today. One thing that I love is the site of butterflies. I caught this guy not far from my house – as in the end of my drive way :). The Monarch is in my opinion the most beautiful butterfly out there. It’s beauty is greater than the most precious stone. I will hopefully get a chance to get a few more of these this year if I am lucky. Take a moment and look around – God has littered the earth with beauty not far from you. I know photographers that travel all over the world capturing spectacular images – Trey Ratcliff, Scott Kelby, Alex Koloskov just to name a few – however those of us that cant travel and dont have photography as our main income – we only need to look around and capture life | Frame by Frame.by Chris Lehman
Since the midwest weather cant make up its mind to be winter or spring – it made me “warm weather sick”. There is nothing like hearing birds, flowers budding and blooming, warm weather. sun light, the smell in the air of freshness. This winter has been quite odd weather wise. I remember taking this while shooting with one of my good friends Jeremi (you can find his awesome 365 project by clicking here. I dont normally shoot flowers, so when he asked if I wanted to slap his 100mm Macro on I jumped at the chance to shoot something that I normally would not. I do a lot of HDR, however I like to shoot everything. Anyways, here is one of the shots from that day. Oh spring time, show your face quickly, let winter fade.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
Back for a bit – I have not been doing good with my daily photos – I will try to get better with that –
I recently went to Nashville as I have a wonderful set of friends there. It was a very creative weekend for me – not just with photography. I did not shoot nearly as much as I should have, however I was able to get a few shots – this is one of them. Next time I will shoot a lot more :)by Chris Lehman
Who doesn’t absolutely love the 80′s movies? Especially TopGun?? I know I do :)
Who doesn’t love a mighty F14 TomCat Fighter? I took this HDR handheld and pp it with almost a painting look and feel. Some do not like this type of processing, but I really liked how it turned out. This was taken atop of the USS Yorktown in Charleston South Carolina via the Naval Museum at Patriots Point.by Chris Lehman
This is one of those shots that just happened. It was not setup for this. While at the Morris Lighthouse in Folly Beach SC, my oldest son and I were walking along. I had an idea to shoot a few shadows. I took one with him looking up at me, me looking up at him then asked him to give me a hug. As we embraced this tender father/son moment revealed itself in the shadows. As I looked up I noticed that his face and head on mine created a heart shape and I was lucky enough to capture it. I thank God that he allowed it to happen and even more for me to capture it.by Chris Lehman