Thursday, February 9, 2012

Bluer Than Blue

Chevy Trucks Built To Last

My Kind Of Town

Picnic Park

A Kangaroo With A Secret

The Farm In 1971

Occasionally an artist will take one of my photos and turn it into something even better! This painting was beautifully done by Francesco Acciaro from Milano, Italy. The painting was inspired by a photo I took a few years ago of a barn on Highway 14 just South of Woodstock, IL. The property is vacant now and sits on land the will likely be developed into housing or industrial building within the next 10 years. Check out more of Franceso's work on his blog. All I do is push buttons! What I do is more of a skill than an art. I really have an appreciation for what people can do with their hands. Great job Francesco!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Ranches That Won The West

Here is a piece of beautiful art by Greg Wierschke of Elk River, MN. I am honored that younger artists find these photos interesting enough to use in developing their own artistic gifts. Atta kid Greg! Keep using your gift to share and encourage others and you will be surprised what God can do with YOU!
NikonSniper Steve

October Canopy

Pacific Mud Bog

Tangerine Alps

Water Skiing Heaven

Buck Toots Corn

Monday, February 6, 2012

Pick Of The Painted Ladies

Finding God In My Photography

This is a wonderful description of the photographic quest to capture God's wonders. I have often felt these thoughts when I am alone with my cameras. I can get lost in these places for what feels like minutes only to later discover that I was there for hours and sometimes even days. I often find myself praying that God will drag something "cool" that He made in front of me to photograph. Have you been there before?

My brother is a photographer. The images he captures are alive with color and motion that offer rare glimpses of God’s glory, like some sacred secret. Recently I received a photograph that shows him crouched beside his tripod, a dark silhouette against the blaze of a brilliant orange sky. It is a picture of intentional stillness.

Photographers understand this need for stillness.

My brother has told me of rain-drenched misery, sand-gritted wind, and long, cold hours where cramps turn muscle to knot, and restlessness nags like doubt. And still, he intentionally seeks these lonely, desolate places, confident that God’s beauty waits there for him.

Author Unknown

New Mexican Sundown

Looking For The Turtle Wax

Golden View From Wishram Heights

Reflection Lakes

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Dry River Canyon

Memorizing 33 Verses In 10 Weeks

33 Memory Verse Challenge Tools
Version A - 16 minutes
I have combined the verses into a 16 minute audio version with a bit of space to think between the verses so that I can listen to them while I am working on other things at my computer. The program I used forced me to put some form of video or photos in the background so there is no significance to the photos. I really intend to just listen to the audio while working on other things in the foreground.

33 Memory Verse Challenge Tools
Version B - 60 minutes
I have combined the verses into a 60 minute version with a relaxing audio background. You can mute the audio if it is too relaxing and it puts you to sleep while you are trying to memorize the words. Verses pop up about every two slides. Just image that the audio is eggs frying up for breakfast if that helps you wake up. Either one of these options can be made full screen.

Here are the 33 verses:
1 John 5:11-12, 2 Timothy 2:2, Ezra 7:10, John 16:24, Genesis 1:27, Isaiah 59:2, 1 Corinthians 10:13, Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23, 1 John 1:9, Hebrews 9:27, John 5:24, Proverbs 3:5-6, Ephesians 2:8-9, John 14:6, Matthew 6:33, 1 Peter 3:18, Romans 10:9, Philippians 4:13, Revelation 3:20, Galatians 2:20, Psalm 119:9,11, Joshua 1:8, Jeremiah 33:3, John 13:34-35, Hebrews 10:24-25, Acts 1:8, 2 Corinthians 9:7, John 14:21, 1 John 5:13, Psalm 122:1, Ephesians 2:10, and Mark 5:19.

The Lord will inded bless us for spending time memorizing His word.
NikonSniper Steve

Whoooo-RA From A Junkyard

Stately Old Pelican

Western Rail Yard

God's Flower Gardens