Look Up!

If you follow my personal Instagram account you’ll notice that I tend to take a lot of pictures of ceilings and the sky. I don’t know why my eyes are drawn to it, but I notice the patterns, shapes, and colors. Like this one below:

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This was taken in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Behind me is the tallest building in the world (the Burj Khalifa), but I turned around and saw this building instead. :) This shows you my priorities! Anyways, I love the curves, the trees, the expansive sky, and all the lines. This is definitely what my eyes go towards!

I think one thing to glean from this though is to follow what you like to do and not what everyone else likes to do. Some people might have thought it strange that I was photographing the small building behind the Burj Khalifa, but it’s what my eyes were drawn to. I think it’s important to find your vision and calling and stick to it, even when it seems unconventional. Speaking of which, I have a blog post that I’m working on about this topic. Vision in whatever you create is so important, especially in light of how short our lives are. More to come on that soon!


Urban Scene

One thing I love to do in a new city is to explore. I enjoy walking with my camera up and down each street, looking for something to photograph. When we went to visit our friend in Portland, we walked the streets for a couple hours and found our way to Stumptown Coffee Roasters. If you're into coffee and you're in Portland, go there! You won't be disappointed (or so I'm told--I'm not a coffee drinker).

Canon 5D Mark II; 50mm f/1.4  |  f/2.2, 1/320 sec, ISO-500  |  Portland OR, USA

Canon 5D Mark II; 50mm f/1.4  |  f/2.2, 1/320 sec, ISO-500  |  Portland OR, USA

On another note--18 days until we leave! Yikes. :) We have so much to do. We have an extensive to do list, but the problem is that it keeps growing. I just added three tasks this morning. We'll get it all done...hopefully. :)

Have a great Thursday!


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!


Peeking Church

Canon 5D Mark II; 50mm f/1.4 - f/3.5, ISO 320, 1/3200

Canon 5D Mark II; 50mm f/1.4 - f/3.5, ISO 320, 1/3200

In Istanbul, when we were walking down a side street I happened to see this church peeking between two buildings. I would have missed it easily if I hadn't looked as I was walking by. I like catching things like that. :) 

The next two weeks I will be traveling, so I will do my best to keep up my photo of the day. I hope to take many photos while I'm traveling around. One special thing that is happening tomorrow is Joshua and my 9th Anniversary married! Exciting! :) Can't believe we've been together that long. We're going to be hanging out with some amazing people, so it'll be a fun day.

I will be posting some fun pictures this week, so be on the lookout! 


Full of Color

This my friends, is the Wazir Khan Mosque. It is probably one of the prettiest mosque's I've seen in South Asia (and again is made by the Mughals). It's just so beautiful and full of color--great for pictures! I believe I've posted other pictures from this place (you can find them here: Looking Up in a Mosque, Goodbye, for now!, and A Deep Longing).

Hope you have a terrific Monday today and that it won't be like the start of ours (a flat tire). 


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!


Layer upon Layer

In Sofia, Bulgaria, the city was interesting in many ways. As I've previously mentioned, there were certain parts of the city that had layer upon layer of history and different eras. This area was interesting because of the mosque (which is the only one in the city--and it's very old) and right below it (you can't quite see it in this picture) is an excavation site where they are finding even more historical things that add to the city. 

I love that every culture is so different. It adds so much flavor to our world. If we were all the same, it would be so boring.