A bit of HDR photography

 

 

 

 

 

One of my hobbies when i get some time is to get out and about with my camera gear in tow and try and get creative.

I particularly enjoy HDR photography. So what is this i hear you ask, well…

 

HDR Photography is also known as high dynamic range photography. HDR photography is the process of combining 3 or more exposures of the same image. The idea behind high dynamic range photography is to highlight the best exposure for different parts of the same photograph. HDR photography typically works best in outdoor settings, or settings with a wide range of light ,and texture. Digital cameras however expensive cannot take in all of the range of light and texture variants in the shot. Combining different exposures gives the detail in the darkest through to the brightest parts of your shot.

I process my photographs using specialist HDR software Photomatix pro and then tweek the images in Adobe Photoshop . Playing around with the settings in Photomatix and Photoshop can create some interesting effects , many HDR shots look ‘painted ‘ or even ‘cartoony’ .

Anyway here are some of my efforts.

 

 

bedfordpark

 

church corn

 

 

 

 

 

 

london round tower

falls

 

 

I think that God delights to see us using our skills and talents as photographers to enjoy and document the wonderful world he has created. One thing that made me think about photo’s  is, how many times do you see an old photo of yourself or someone you Know and you say ” wow you look really young there”

Its true we cannot stop time slipping by and we cannot stop getting older , we in this life are truly perishable , but we can however look forward to eternal life with our saviour  because of  the sacrifice he made for us.

John 1:3

All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made

Remember everytime you look through that camera view finder that everything you see the beauty of your Wife , Children,  animals,  the beach , the moutains or anything else , that it was all created by our One God , our loving father.

 

 

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Chill in the park

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Its that time of the year again in kempston ,Bedford for the wonderful event that is Chill in the Park. on Sunday June 16th 1-5 p.m

Last year 2000 people made there way to kempston,s Addison Howard park for a chilled lazy afternoon of free Music , kids activities and picnicing with friends and family.

The afternoon is hosted by /http://www.graceinthecommunity.com/, Bedford Borough Council and Project 229 – Bedfordshire – Spurgeons.

I have attended the last two and enjoyed them greatly even last year when i was on litter picking duties!!.

Events like these are crucial to a community- they bring so many people from so many different backgrounds , faith groups and social standings together to enjoy each others company in a relaxed atmosphere, its a chance to slow down and take a breather even for a few hours from the break neck speed of  life.

Hebrews 10:24-25

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

The above passage is an encouragement to Christians to be bold and to meet together to encourage one another to good deeds and love, and to be faithful to the Lord. As a Christian days like Chill in the Park are a great way for fellow Christians to spend time together  and to show an outpouring of Gods love onto our local community. I will be praying that the Lord will be with us and will open up opportunities to meet and talk to people who are yet to come to know the Lord. If a tiny seed is planted in one person who is yet to come to know The Lord that will be a great victory!

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A church garden. Good idea?

 

In recent years i have gradually been bitten by the grow it yourself bug. Before we moved house we had no room in the garden to grow much fruit and vegetables, but we was lucky enough to get our hands on a local council allotment.

Great we thought , we had big plans of transforming the plot into a growers paradise full of neat raised beds full to the brim with wholesome goods, set between gravel paths with a nice little shed to sit in and enjoy a well-earned cuppa.It was going to be a family project and we would reap the benefits! But our own best laid plans usually fall short and this one was no exception. It started ok, although at first sight the overgrown plot looked quite intimidating.

After a few weeks of hard graft and plenty of stings from nettles and thistles we had the plot pretty much weed free. A composter was added to the plot. We put some manure over the plot and spent the next couple of months controlling the weeds and enriching the soil ready for the spring. Even in the winter months we was spending around 6 hrs per week at the plot removing the odd stubborn weed and turning the soil over , working in the compost and manure.

In our first year we produced carrots, parsnips, potatoes, lettuce, onions and garlic and raspberries. Throughout the summer we needed to spend an hour a  day, at least, on the plot just to keep the weeds under control. The second year was a different story, mine and my wifes hours increased at work , this along with a house move and the kids after school clubs and activities increasing ment less time could be spent on the plot and it became more and more over grown, eventually we had to concede and give up the allotment.

Now with a bigger garden we are able to grow a little bit at the end of the garden. We are currently nurturing leeks, onions, peppers, beetroot, carrots, strawberries, green beans and potatoes.

 

Then the other day i thought wouldn’t it be great to be able to grow enough fruit and vegetables to be able to give out to those who really need it in our community. So my thoughts have now turned to whether i should look into starting a group through my church who are able to give up the time to grow enough produce to make a real difference to peoples lives. But i dont really know were to start!

so many questions .Where would we grow it?. Who and how many would be needed to help?.  How would we distribute the produce and how would we identify those who would benefit the most? What if we have a poor yield of crops.

So i think the place to start is in Prayer. To pray for some answers, for some guidance and for God to bless my plans. The lord has  put these ideas into my heart so i hope and pray he can guide me in the coming months to whatever outcome he has in store for me.

It would certainly be exciting to be able to be part of a team who plants the seed and watches as God nurtures and provides for those who need. The same way as he provided through his Son Jesus for all of us who truly needed him to save us.

Psalm 104:14

You cause the grass to grow for the livestock and plants for man to cultivate, that he may bring forth food from the earth

Matthew 25:31-46 

“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, …