Expecting the Unexpected

Do you ever have those moments where you're expecting one thing and something else happens? I feel like this is the case for me a lot--both personally and photographically speaking. 

I am a driven person, normally (I do have my days of laziness!). I have dreams, goals, and aspirations--and ambitions to meet all of them! Obviously, to meet all of those aspirations is impossible, but I think Proverbs 16:9 (ESV) is true: "The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps." Plans are good. And it's good to hold these plans, goals, dreams, etc. loosely for God to move them in a different direction, if need be.

This idea is something I'm currently working on. I'm trying to hold my plans loosely and expect confidently that things will work out, but maybe not in the way I'm expecting. I think there is something to be said about someone who has vision for their life and is willing to let God change things up a bit. I'd really like to be like that...and God is giving me many opportunities to try it out! :) 

Canon 5D Mark II, 50mm f/1.4  |  f/2.2, 1/80 sec, ISO-500  |  Portland, OR, USA

Canon 5D Mark II, 50mm f/1.4  |  f/2.2, 1/80 sec, ISO-500  |  Portland, OR, USA

Photographically speaking, sometimes I will take pictures expecting one thing, and I get another. Sometimes they're good and other times...they're pretty bad (and you'll never see those!). ;) The picture above is an example of an unexpected outcome. I tried to focus on the building in the water, not the water itself. Even though I didn't envision this image, I ended up really liking it!

Life is the same way. My focus is on one thing and I end up getting something a little different. When I think back over my life, I clearly see how when I received the unexpected, I was always more satisfied in the end. In these moments, sometimes disappointment arises (you can read my thoughts about disappointment here), but to know that God has great plans for me, I can rest assured that my life has purpose and God's not wasting any of my time on this earth. It's really not mine anyways!

So, here's to expecting the unexpected. Whatever happens will be good!


Areas of Improvement

Canon 5D Mark II; 50mm f/1.4|  f/3.5, 1/100 sec, ISO-800  |  Portland, OR, USA

Canon 5D Mark II; 50mm f/1.4|  f/3.5, 1/100 sec, ISO-800  |  Portland, OR, USA

I just love this picture. I love the open, overcast skies, the lines of the architecture, the roads on the second 2/3's of the picture, and the color. There was no filter added to this photo and it was very minimal editing--that's how it looked the day I shot it. 

I just love taking pictures of people, but I'm growing fonder of taking pictures of architecture and inanimate objects. It's something I'm still working on and I'm hoping to continue to improve. 

Another area that I really want to improve on is off-camera lighting. About a year ago I started dabbling in it and it was so much fun! I hope in the coming months to do more with it. You can see my few off-camera lighting posts here.

What would you like to improve in your area of expertise? We all need improvement, even if we're at the top of our field! I hope I never think I'm perfect the way I am. If I do, someone please slap some sense into me. ;)

Hope you're having a great day!


The Details

Sometimes when I look at older architecture, particularly at a time when everyone did everything by hand, I am amazed. This is all done by hand. I can't read Arabic, but I believe these are all scriptures from the Qur'an (which is the Muslim's holy book). Even all the painting and design you see are by hand. I could never do something like that! Can you imagine how much time that would have taken?!

I wonder if I tried to do something this detailed what would happen. Only thinking about that for a second, the first thought that comes to mind that I'd get bored really fast. :) I don't think I'm meant for that kind of work! I like details, but that is overly-detailed for me. 

What about you? Would you have the patience for that kind of work?

Regardless if you'd enjoy it or not, I hope you have a great Thursday! 



Photo Challenge, Part 2

Yesterday I mentioned that I challenged my students to take pictures of shapes, color and lines. I did the challenge as well and posted my photo. I think the photo is pretty average; meaning it doesn't POP when you see it.

Then...yesterday while out and about, I looked up and saw this huge square that the building made and I thought--I have to take this photo and post it for a photo of the day! So here it is:

Can we say square?! :) I love this picture! You just never know what you'll find if you look up!


10th Century Church

I've mentioned the free tour that I went on in Sofia, Bulgaria several times, so it must be good, right? :) (I'm not getting paid by them to say this--in all honesty, it was a great tour! See other pictures from our time in Sofia here)

On our tour we went to see St. Nedelya Church. It's architectural style is Byzantine and was originally built in the 10th century (you can read all about it on Wikipedia here). The name of the church is also called, "Holy Sunday Church". I don't remember all the history (hence the reason I had to look up Wikipedia to remember the information above!), but I enjoyed looking at it. I thought it was quite beautiful.


Public Mineral Baths

As I mentioned in the previous post, there were so many free things to do in Sofia, Bulgaria. In our short stay, besides the hiking tour, we did the free tour around the city where they took us to all the historical sites and explained the history behind it all. It was so fascinating! Our tour guide did such a fantastic job at explaining everything and making it very interesting. Here was our tour guide (this isn't the picture of the day). :)

The photo you see below (the photo of the day) is an old mineral bath house that is no longer in function, but is being made into a museum and a therapy center. The architecture in Sofia was interesting because everything didn't look quite the same. Because of the different people who lived there at different times--the Thracians, Byzantines, Ottomans, etc.--all these groups of people left their style/culture in the architecture. Therefore things are really varied and layered upon each other. It's quite unbelievable, actually. I don't think I've ever been to a place quite like Sofia before.


Thanks for looking!