There’s beauty everywhere

Snowy trees 021I was rushing out the door this morning trying to get the dogs fed, my lunch packed, and making sure I didn’t forget anything important when I saw an amazing snow squall start to coat the ground and trees with heavy snow. It was falling so quickly and heavily that I knew it wouldn’t last for long so I made the decision to drop everything I was doing, pull out my camera and run into the back yard and fire off a few exposures.

As I expected, the snow didn’t last for long at all. Maybe 5 minutes from start to finish. However, it was so intense it made my backyard look like a fairytale forest that could stretch for hundreds of miles into some distant mountain range. My camera and lens were soaked quickly (a DSLR is much more weather-resistant than a typical point-and-shoot camera thankfully) and there was so much snow falling that the autofocus had the worst time so focusing on the trees I was telling it to use at a focus point.Snowy trees 019

When I see my backyard looking so beautiful it reminds me that we all tend to run through life with our heads down, hardly taking the time to look up and see the stunning displays that nature is constantly putting on for us and that we should all stop and try to smell the proverbial roses more often.

Here are some really interesting projects that I’ve run across where photographers have limited themselves to photographing just a park bench, or the view from their window and are able to capture an amazing range of diverse photographs from seemingly limited subject matter.

Don ‘t hurry. Don’t worry. You’re only here for a short visit. So don’t forget to stop and smell the roses.” -Walter Hagen

Solstice service at the Unitarian Universlaist Church of Akron

Every year the Unitarian Universalist Church of Akron puts on a beautiful Winter Solstice service and I was hired to photograph it this year.

It was a challenging shoot in a few regards. Firstly, it was very dimly lit, as this helps to convey the feeling of dark, long nights. Secondly, there were 100+ people in attendance and I had to keep from obstructing anybody’s view, which was compounded by the fact that it was dimly lit and I couldn’t use my low-light lens much because I needed my telephoto lens.

I ended up ducking behind the wall on stage for many of these photos, which got me very close to the ministers and performers. It also allowed me to use a lower-light lens and therefore get brighter photos.

Visit the Unitarian Universalist Church of Akron at http://www.uuakron.org/

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