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Beauty and Pleasure

15 May

A Time to Live

Melody Hendrix

 

 

God created the flowers to bring beauty to the earth and pleasure to us.

 

 

Each flower is unique and some are very beautiful as a single bloom but many times it is more beautiful to see them put together as a bouquet or arrangement. That can be a lovely parallel to how we each come together and complement the strengths, weaknesses, gifting and needs of each other.

 

Together we are more powerful, more complete, although individually we are also beautiful in our own way.

 

 

Do you ever feel insignificant, like God wouldn’t pick you from His garden? He doesn’t see one gifting or personality or appearance as better than another. None of us is less important to Him. We are all supposed to be different. And we are pleasing to Him if we fulfill the specific call and purpose He created us to be. We are only to be ourselves, not like someone else.

 

 

Whatever type God created you to be, it is not just for us to keep to ourselves but our beauty, our aroma, our gifting are to be used for the benefit of those around us. Just as in the bouquet, each of us is important to the whole. Even those who feel small or insignificant have a role to play.

 

 

I saw these little flowers, I had never seen before,
They were so small and delicate, a hundred-maybe more,
I had to smile when seeing them, and wipe away my tears,
You always give me flowers, Lord. At least, you have for years.
Anne Peterson

 

 

 

Consider the wonderful works of God.  Job 37:14

 

 

 

 

 

I am retired and enjoying life. My hobbies are my 5 grandchildren, son and daughter, and my loving husband. I am a photographer and extreme nature lover. I love spending time in my garden or in the wilderness connected to God my Creator.
Melody

The Abstract World

27 Feb

A Time to Live

Melody Hendrix

 

I wasn’t sure what I was going to blog about next. I thought and thought about it.  The next morning I was to go on a morning shoot to Lake Eola in downtown Orlando.

My friend and I set out to do some abstract photography of the buildings and water reflections. This is a new thing for us and an exciting one. So I decided that I would share this new interest with you. I have always loved abstract photography, but it is something that you have to be focused to see and do. You have to re-program your eyes to see differently. And we were ready.

Buildings

All photography works on an instinctive and subconscious level, but more-so with abstracts. When we look at these types of images we don’t necessarily have a rational response. The images are suggestive, sometimes shunning the logical and expected. They are mystifying rather than explanatory, unusual, quirky, idiosyncratic. Their uniqueness makes them very powerful and can engage our imagination very quickly.

The ocean/beach horizon at twilight.

Abstract photography is based on the photographers eye. We’re looking to capture something in a way that it would not usually be seen. Looking for the details, the patterns, the lines, the form, shape and colors that complete a subject and utilizing those key features to make an engaging image.

Sun lit palmetto leaf.

 

To capture an image in nature as an abstract, you don’t need any special equipment – just a camera, and the most importantly, your own imagination. What matters most is that your photograph reveals an eye-pleasing image, whether you can identify the actual subject or not. In fact it usually doesn’t have a subject. Only pleasing aspects that both calm and stimulate your mind.

Reflection in the water of a building.

If you want to try something different – the challenge of making something new out of something familiar couldn’t be better. Take an ordinary, everyday object in your home or yard and turn it into something of wonder and beauty.
Flower
You’ll never run out of subject matter. Imagine the possibilities – everything around you is potential material. You’ll uncover a whole new world. I love taking everyday objects and transforming them into something completely different and unrecognisable. It’s a great challenge to go beyond what we see and create an alternative view of the world.
Surface texture and color of an outdoor pottery flower pot.

 

There are no clear rules to abstract photography. The object of the photo may or may not be recognizable. Abstract images may contain a small portion of an object or multiple objects. An abstract will often concentrate on a limited area of a subject that reveals a shape, pattern, form, color or texture. Movement can also create abstract images, such as rushing water or the wind blowing a flower.

Tree landscape – the camera was moved up and down while the shutter was open. 

 

Beach waves at twilight. the camera was moved back and forth horizontally while the shutter was open.

 

In the next weeks to come I will talk about abstracts in detail. I will try to help you see. This is a rewarding type of photography because you can simply use your phone or any camera. There are no rules and once you get the hang of it, it can be come an obsession. Next week “How to look at things differently and zero in on another world.

 

The bow of a boat and it’s reflection.

 

 

 

 

I am retired and enjoying life. My hobbies are my 5 grandchildren, son and daughter, and my loving husband. I am a photographer and extreme nature lover. I love spending time in my garden or in the wilderness connected to God my Creator.
Melody

My Most Meaningful Picture

22 Nov

A Time to Live

Melody Hendrix

Everyone has a favorite meaningful photo that brings back memories. I have plenty I love of family and friends, but taking this picture was the most exciting I have ever experienced. Here is the story.
My friend Pat and I are picture taking addicts. We love learning new abilities and tricks. We woke about 4 am from our hotel on St Augustine beach one summer morning. She says we should just go out and take our cameras to the beach. As we walked towards the water, I realized it was totally dark. I could barely see my hands in front of my face. I told her we were crazy to be doing this. As we got to the very calm waters, she said she had learned some things about night photography. We stood in the shallows and put our cameras on our tripods and after some adjustments to the camera, I pressed the shutter button. I waited…. and waited…. and wondered if something was wrong because I wasn’t hearing the shutter close. Then finally it finished taking the picture. It took a while to show up on the screen, but when it did, I screamed with delight.
This picture is what I saw. Now keep in mind it was still totally dark. How could this be? This was the beginning of my love for night photography. You see, the light, know matter how dim, keeps collecting on the sensor until it has enough to expose the magnificent cobalt blue sky and the wonderful silhouette of the pier. The water and waves smoothed out by its continuous recorded movement. You can see the birth of a new day and the landscape you would miss forever if it wasn’t for the beloved instrument called a camera.
St Augustine Beach

St Augustine Beach

 

 

I am retired and enjoying life. My hobbies are my 5 grandchildren, son and daughter, and my loving husband. I am a photographer and extreme nature lover. I love spending time in my garden or in the wilderness connected to God my Creator.
Melody

For the Love of Photography

15 Nov

A Life to Live

Melody Hendrix

Sometimes I arrive just when God’s ready to have someone click the shutter.
Ansel Adams
 
You have to find what sparks a light in you so that you in your own way can illuminate the world. Oprah
 
Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.  Mark Ribound
 
We take pictures as a return ticket to a moment otherwise gone. Unknown
 
Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving, what you have caught on film that is captured forever…..It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.  Aaron Siskind
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I am retired and enjoying life. My hobbies are my 5 grandchildren, son and daughter, and my loving husband. I am a photographer and extreme nature lover. I love spending time in my garden or in the wilderness connected to God my Creator.
Melody
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