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Monday, October 1, 2007

What do you expect to take back from this week? “A greater appreciation for photography” was my answer. Wait, is it a greater appreciation for photography or a greater appreciation for looking at God’s creation through photography? That is what IPS is. It isn’t just a course on how to take good pictures or to get people bowled away with the amazing pictures I’ve taken but how to use my camera as a medium to amplify God’s creation.

Our first day was an introduction to the basics of our camera and primary photographic principles. The depth of the material covered was amazing. With Rowan having covered so much on the first day, many of us were wondering how we’d remember and apply everything we’ve learned at the end of the week. At the photo shoot, I found myself standing in one position for almost a minute, trying to apply all the principles I’ve learnt to the picture I was about to take. “If you take that long to take a picture, it might end up empty by the time you take it” was the instructor’s response. There is just so much to learn and apply. This reminded me of the creativity of our God. He never had to stand in one corner and debate on how He’d place this line there and that line here, or blend this with that or how to fill our world with His creation. What we capture in our camera is but a fraction of what He has set before us.

It has been very enjoyable seeing what’s around with a whole new perspective through our cameras. Definitely looking forward to more of what is to offer in the course of the week.

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Friday, September 28, 2007

This week at IPS was challenging to me, not only in the area of photography, but in the life applications that were taught each morning. I learned so much by the stories that the instructors told of how God changed their lives. They helped me see the world through God’s perspective and to be grateful for the challenges God sends my way. The instructors are incredibly amazing. I wouldn’t change this experience for the world.

—Prizewinning Photography Student Kaye McDaniel

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Thursday, September 27, 2007

Picture of the Day

Picture of the Day

By Nicole Cromer

 

Contest Winner

Green Contest Winner

By Lydia Takeoka

 

Contest Winner

Hands Contest Winner

By Carole Hartzog

 

Contest Winner

Pattern Contest Winner

By Tiffany Flory

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Thursday, September 27, 2007

I saw someone’s soul today. No, it wasn’t through the lens of a camera, or a moment of insight that quickly passed: it was shown purposely to me.

This morning the whole IPS photography class went to Starbucks to start our day. (Our line stretched out the door.) Well I got my drink from the barista and headed outside the crowded store to enjoy my coffee. On the patio, I looked around trying to find a seat and took a good look at the people are ready seated.

The first I saw was a athletic looking man seated with a newborn baby strapped to his chest with two dogs laying comfortably at his feet. I wanted to sit at another table because I “disapproved” of the gold necklaces around his neck with the ear piercing. He looked up at me and offered me a chair, and because there was no other convenient place to sit, I decided to be “nice” and accept.

As I sat down one of his dogs came up to me and I having dogs of my own gave some attention. He smiled and was polite calling the dog back. I asked what type of dog he was, he told me, and I told him I had dogs of my own. I asked what his daughters name was he replied “Zoe.” I responded, “Wow! That means ‘Life!'” He smiled a knowing smile.

I asked if this was his first child he said “Yes.” During the next 20 minutes he totally opened up and told me that his wife had died during the pregnancy. He said with deep emotion and hushed bitterness that it was from a brain tumor. His bitterness pointed to the ignorant doctors that diagnosed her with a severe sinus infection. She was on life support until the baby was delivered. His eyes showed deep emotion and admiration as he smoothed the hair of his sleeping little girl.

“You’re really blessed to have her,” I said. He agreed and replied that he was so amazed that at how big she had gotten. “She is defiantly a miracle” he concluded. I was surprise at his view of life, but dumb founded when he followed this up with the statement, “Everything happens for a reason.” This is where God boggled my mind with this non-Christian who throughout the whole conversation had a strong understanding of the value of life, how short it was, and that if could be taken away.

He was used by God to show me that I wasn’t just here in Dallas, Texas, taking a photography course simply because I wanted to, or even at Starbucks because of some chance in interest on my part—God has brought me here. Right then, at that moment, He took me to a coffee shop so that I could talk to this man. And the amazing thing is, I almost missed this opportunity to talk about life—to see God’s heart through this man-because I almost chose to judge another person based only on his appearance.

—Prizewinning Photography Student Lydia Thornton

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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Picture of the Day

Picture of the Day

By Lydia Takeoka

 

Contest Winner

Happy Contest Winner

By Sarah Danaher

 

Contest Winner

Red Contest Winner

By Katie Jeffery

 

Runner Up

Red Runner Up

By Celia Anderson

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