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Top Gear for Christmas

Top Gear for Christmas

IPS is pleased to feature two exciting new products this Christmas! 

 

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The IPS women’s softshell jacket by REI

The women’s NEO jacket by REI is an amazing blend of comfort and outdoor performance. Its soft inside is meshed to a flexible yet sturdy exterior that is water resistant and windproof up to 55mph. Soft, sturdy, stretching… sweet! It’s the perfect companion for your less-than-toasty-warm photo shoots—keeping you warm and looking good! Our starting stock is only 6, so be sure to order yours ASAP!! (Compare at REI.com for $109!!!)

 

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IPS Camera Strap

This standard length camera strap features the IPS logo and our mantra: “encounter God. discover vision. photograph life.” Made of a tight weave fabric on one side and a slip-free rubber grip on the other, this is the perfect upgrade to that Canon or Nikon strap that came with your camera!

 

 

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Rowan’s Christmas Book List

Rowan’s Christmas Book List

Christmas Tree

 

It’s live! Rowan just published his Christmas Book list for photographers. Check it out at http://blog.rowangillson.com/2010/11/christmas-book-list-2010.html.

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Workshop Cancellation

We sincerely regret the announcement that our upcoming workshops in Saint Petersburg, FL for January 2011 have been cancelled due to a lack of participants. Our next Prizewinning Photography 1 and 2 classes will be held in Manitou Springs, CO in April, 2011. Please visit http://prizewinningphotography.com/workshops/prizewinning-photography/manitou-springs-co for more information.

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NZ2010 Update | Lisa McCoy

21 November 2010

We’ve been staying at Homes of Hope since we arrived at Fiji four days ago. Despite the lack of wealth and comfort in so many people’s homes and villages, our accommodations have been much better than I anticipated. With running water, flushing toilets, hot showers, mattresses, and consistent access to wonderful Fijian food… We have been quite happy. Today that portion of our trip comes to an end. It’s crazy to think that we are so close to the end of our time together. I think we are all ready to get back home – for a while anyways – but it will be strange and sad to be away from this ‘family’ that we have formed. But I’m not going to dwell on the close. We still have three more days! After everything was packed and we had all finished breakfast, the girls, women and children of Homes of Hope came down to sing us their special goodbye song. We have seen songs a lot in the culture, in the homes we have been privileged to visit, and there are lots of talented singers and musicians.  We each said goodbye and vanuka (thank you) to the woman/children before we had to pile in the bus and head into Suva where we attended church. That was a really interesting experience. I personally had never attended a different race’s church. It was awesome and encouraging how enthusiastic the whole congregation is in their worship. The sermon just happened to be on a similar subject as a tough discussion we had last night. Amazing how God does that.

Last night was really hard for everybody in the group – including the leaders. They have been talking during our whole time here that they wanted us to get to an edge, and to run the race. Some people had already come to places that will cause them to look at life completely differently, and hopefully yearn to do impacting things with it. However, this trip would not have been worth anything to these leaders if we go back to the states thinking, believing, and living in the same way that we always have. They want it to change our lives – in incredible ways.

And so, yesterday we visited the squatter villages – where the people do not own the land, their houses cannot be permanent because it floods to often. They are often not welcome in the community and have very little. Last night they emphasized how much more we have, simply as Americans, than anybody in standard living of Fiji. How much the cost of one lens, one camera, let alone all that is in our shooting kid was worth and what that money could do to help people in other countries. The leaders were not telling us to go home, sell our equipment, and live like the villagers. But they did want us to stop long enough to think about that, and simply realize that we have all been incredibly blessed. And ask the question: what are we going to do to bless and impact others when we get home?

It was a hard lesson, but sometimes it takes a lot to pull somebody out of a comfort level. To push them to an edge. The leaders wanted us to get to an edge. Whatever it was. Because once we are there, on the verge of some serious emotion, you can’t simply stay there teetering. You can either step back and shrink into normal life again, or you can make a leap – which we would not be alone in doing. Our leaders would be right beside us the whole time. They simply wanted us to make a move. God would rather us be hot or cold. He doesn’t want us sitting on a fence of indecision. So the question is: What are we going to do about it?

I’ll come back to today now. However, that discussion (if that’s what you want to call it) was a large part of today too, cause everybody is still piecing things together and it was largely on their hearts and minds. After church, we all loaded back into our bus and got on the road. The drive was supposed to be about four hours nonstop. We expected to stop for lunch, and then for a few scenic photos along the way. Our lunch spot was beautiful. We stopped at the little shelter and porch that overlooked a two-part waterfall surrounded by greenery and flowers. The place looked like it belonged in a magazine. We did not plan on hitting road construction. And not just a little, but the type of thing that would have been completely closed off if it was going on in New Zealand or the US. It was very muddy, which the rain didn’t help. And since busses are not made for off roading, it took us significantly longer to get to our destination.

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There was a lot of sleeping, several conversations, and a lot of ‘chill’ and relax time on the bus ride over – time that I think we all needed. We went over a couple of ‘bridges’ that we weren’t sure would hold up the bus, saw some cool rafts, and passed some neat looking villages. If I were to ask everyone though, they would probably say that the highlight of the trip was pulling over to take some pictures, Jocelyn seeing a Mango tree, pleading with Naca to get her one, and him (with his friend) doing just that for not only Jocelyn, but everybody.
The Mango tree was huge, and filled with ripe fruit. Even I, who can be a very picky eater and don’t usually like Mangos (even the one I had already tried in Fiji) was thrilled with the taste. I don’t want to think about how many Mangos were eaten by 18 people in the short amount of time we were stopped, but I think everybody had at least two.
From the tree the rest of our drive was short, and who knows how many hours later, we arrived at our destination of Compassion For Fiji Children, where we were welcomed and soon served a tasty, special dinner of Duck Curry.

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Tomorrow we will photograph the nearby village for a while before heading back towards an airport. The 23rd is our free day – our fun day in Fiji – before boarding a plane that evening and bringing our trip to a close, and our journey and challenges back home to a start.

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NZ2010 Update | Jasmine Moravec

20 November 2010

Here we are in Fiji! It’s crazy to think that the trip is coming to an end in just a few short days, but exciting to think of all the growth God can still bring about in those days. This morning we split up into groups to do various assignments in different villages around the city of Suva. My group went to a squatter’s village- basically where people have set up a village of sorts on condemned land that isn’t safe to build on due to flooding.

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Going into this assignment I had mixed feelings- on one hand I was excited for another diverse shooting opportunity. On the other hand I felt intrusive and presumptuous going into this village and expecting the people to be ok with me walking around taking pictures of them. But despite my misgivings, I learned that God can surprise me with blessings in a place I don’t expect to find them. Even while I was trying to push through my feelings of being an imposition, one of the women from the village took the time to pray for me and one of my teammates. Here we are- two girls from another country that she hadn’t met, and will never see again, and she took the time to open her home and bless us with her hospitality and the gift of her prayer over us. Wow!

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I learned that it doesn’t matter if I feel a little uncomfortable- if I have an chance to invest in people, I need to take it. And photographically speaking, I learned that low light shooting situations make for either beautiful or frustrating pictures! So various lessons learned, lots of stretching, lots of growing and taking things to the next level- It’s something that just keeps happening on this trip, and so far, it’s been making me stronger.  

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