A Few Thoughts About Light And Shadow.

Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image is titled “Cairn 42821” and is available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

Overcast days are really the best days to work with natural light. The clouds add a soft diffused light that’s pleasing to the eye. Ultimately I try to work with what’s at hand and seek opportunities on all days. In some ways light flows like water. It either ebbs gently onto the subject like a mild tide or floods in like a raging river but it’s always an active component of every photo. The light is a living thing. It has moods and goals in my eyes. It bursts forth, warms, penetrates, subdues and fills. Science tells us that light comes in both seen and unseen forms. It energizes and drives. Light communicates. The very device you’re reading this post on uses radio waves which are a form of light. The servers communicate with satellites and beam data into a system which carries it to either a cell tower or a WiFi connection that sends invisible light through walls and into your device. In essence it’s all light. Light falls onto the plants and drives the chlorophyll that makes food and even if a person is a 100% carnivore they depend on herbivores that consume plants that contain the energy of light. In essence we feed on light.

But what of shadows? Do shadows not creep and grow? Do they not cover and stretch into the deep places? Or is it that shadows are the absence of light with only the illusion of living? Shadows both lay and lie. As a child I once became very frightened by shadows that seemed to move in my bedroom. But it was only an illusion caused by my own eyes trying to adapt to the darkness. ( A few experiments in my college life found that I can see slightly deeper into the infrared range than average. But I digress. ) Shadows drain energy and starve what they fall upon. And yet without them we don’t notice the light working in our lives. We couldn’t appreciate the texture of a stone or a reflection in the water. Sharp edges would be imperceptible and curves unknown.

Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.

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For those who have been following me on Facebook and know of the struggle content providers have to get circulation from big tech I’ve been recommending for people to adopt MeWe as a social media platform. One of the problems I’ve run into on MeWe is that people don’t know how to navigate the platform. So to help with that I’ve created a permanent page on my website as a basic Basic Beginner’s Guide To MeWe I’ve tried to anticipate all basic questions there and You can bookmark the page to have as a reference and if you have any questions or suggestions don’t hesitate to contact me. I do still have a day job and I help admin several pages on both platforms so replies might be a little slow but I will answer you.

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Wishing

Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image is titled “Wishes In Waiting 52621” and is available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

I have to admit that I got older but never really grew up. When I see a good wishing dandelion I have the strong urge to make a wish. But what to wish for is the question. Money is spent, beauty fades away and all of the fancy trinkets become clutter and a source of worry. Power corrupts the powerful. All of these things imply happiness but all of them are also not happiness in essence. When God offered to grant Solomon his wish he asked for wisdom and with that tool he gained and held onto everything else.

Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.

Announcement 2.0

For those who have been following me on Facebook and know of the struggle content providers have to get circulation from big tech I’ve been recommending for people to adopt MeWe as a social media platform. One of the problems I’ve run into on MeWe is that people don’t know how to navigate the platform. So to help with that I’ve created a permanent page on my website as a basic Basic Beginner’s Guide To MeWe I’ve tried to anticipate all basic questions there and You can bookmark the page to have as a reference and if you have any questions or suggestions don’t hesitate to contact me. I do still have a day job and I help admin several pages on both platforms so replies might be a little slow but I will answer you.

We also have the Lloyd’s Lens Photography Discussion Group on MeWe that is set up as a fully functional community. There you’ll not only be able to see and connect with me but you can also make your own posts and interact with each other.

I want you to join my group on MeWe: https://mewe.com/join/lloydslensphotographydiscussiongroup

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Hey Friends! Just a quick reminder that Lloyds Lens Photography is available for portraits!

To book me simply reach out using the Contact Page and we’ll set a date. If you’re within a 50 mile radius of Summersville West Virginia all travel fees are waived.

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Have you checked out the Zazzle Store?

I’m now using Zazzle to fulfil orders. What this means for you is a secure way to place an order, discount codes & a broader product selection! Simply use the contact form on my websiteand tell me which image you want and I’ll reply with a direct link to where you can place the order.

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Remastering Glory Days

Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image is remastered from 2018 and titled “September Crossing 91518RM” all the photos found on my website are my original work and are available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

Within the past few days I’ve overheard more than one person refer to the “Glory Days” with nostalgia. The intention of course was a longing for the days of youth when life was simple and responsibilities were few. God never intended for life to drudgery and constant tasks. Adam’s job was fairly simple. To oversee a self-sustaining garden and give everything a name. In fact if you read carefully the Garden of Eden was Adam’s charge. There he answered only to God meaning that he authority over the Angels that were within his charge. But that’s a deeper thought for another day. The point here is that his responsibility wasn’t a burden. He was in his “Glory Days”. Of course we know how that ended. He was drawn to the only place in the garden where the authority wasn’t his and he fell from grace through an act of disobedience. He lost his charge and from that day on he was burdened. I couldn’t find the verification on the origin of the phrase “Gory Days” but I always thought it was the days before the fall of mankind. But the words have a slightly different meaning today. We think of it as simply meaning “when things were better”, specifically in the past. The scenarios are different but the basics are usually the same. The athletes long for the days when they mastered the field. Some long to regain the beauty that they once held and even the scholar misses being the head of the class. But is it true that all Glory Days are in the past?

If that’s true then we struggle with the maintenance of yesterday at the expense of tomorrow. According to Newton the whole universe is in a constant state of decline and the best we can hope for is to lose glory as slowly as possible and even then we will eventually fail. According to this conventional wisdom it’s a lost cause. But what if conventional wisdom is wrong. What if your potential for future success was limited only by your perspectives? To return to the biblical analogy for a moment we are promised that the end is better than the beginning and what we see in this world is only a transition and the higher glory is in the future.

John Glenn certainly felt like his first trip into space was a lifetime achievement and that was his glory days but at age 77 he returned to space in a more sophisticated ship. If his focus was only on the past then he might have turned down the opportunity and never had his higher glory. Instead of sitting in a chair somewhere recalling the time when he was great he worked and trained to go beyond his first achievement. All it really takes is to recognize that the finish line hasn’t been crossed yet and move forward. We can remaster our lives in the same way I remastered the Featured Image. By taking advantage of new opportunities ( like new and more sophisticated software) and learning to let go of the past.

Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.

Announcement 2.0

For those who have been following me on Facebook and know of the struggle content providers have to get circulation from big tech I’ve been recommending for people to adopt MeWe as a social media platform. One of the problems I’ve run into on MeWe is that people don’t know how to navigate the platform. So to help with that I’ve created a permanent page on my website as a basic Basic Beginner’s Guide To MeWe I’ve tried to anticipate all basic questions there and You can bookmark the page to have as a reference and if you have any questions or suggestions don’t hesitate to contact me. I do still have a day job and I help admin several pages on both platforms so replies might be a little slow but I will answer you.

We also have the Lloyd’s Lens Photography Discussion Group on MeWe that is set up as a fully functional community. There you’ll not only be able to see and connect with me but you can also make your own posts and interact with each other.

I want you to join my group on MeWe: https://mewe.com/join/lloydslensphotographydiscussiongroup

Click the link below to jump to the Basic Beginner’s Guide To MeWe.

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Hey Friends! Just a quick reminder that Lloyds Lens Photography is available for portraits!

To book me simply reach out using the Contact Page and we’ll set a date. If you’re within a 50 mile radius of Summersville West Virginia all travel fees are waived.

If you’re enjoying my blog and don’t want to miss a post then you can sign up for email alerts on my website.

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Have you checked out the Zazzle Store?

I’m now using Zazzle to fulfil orders. What this means for you is a secure way to place an order, discount codes & a broader product selection! Simply use the contact form on my websiteand tell me which image you want and I’ll reply with a direct link to where you can place the order.

Clicking on the photo takes you tohttps://www.zazzle.com/lloydslensphotos?rf=238248269630914251

Lastly, all of the photos and writings are my original work unless otherwise specified and are not to be copied or reproduced without expressed written permission from the photographer

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The Heart That Walks

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The cool mud squishes up between happy toes and the scent of the oncoming snow fills the wind. Ears twitch in anticipation of the slight thumping of a familiar heart. The is lifetime experienced in a single moment for those who fury faces and wiggling tails live only to be loved and to love in return. Canine wisdom teaches us how to give ourselves with little explanation. It’s all about the bond between the two legged and the four legged. If I was charged with creating the first language and naming everything as the first man, Adam, was charged I believe that my word for dog would mean “Heart that walks”. He never fails to greet us with joy in eyes and a smile in his voice. His only desire is “Be with you” when he sees his family. Sometimes I think that God gave us dogs to teach us the value of unconditional love.

Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.

Announcement:

I am adding additional social media to my network. Eventually, I’ll be leaving Facebook behind for a multitude of reasons. Even though the Lloyd’s Lens Photography page is strictly non-political I have been restricted from interacting with followers with no explanation for why. But it’s not just that. For years now Facebook has throttled content providers in general. They encourage us to grow our audience and then want to sell us back the access to them. In addition, they collect and sell the data from our interaction. So Facebook has become an entanglement of thorns. In response I have created the Lloyd’s Lens Photography Discussion Group on MeWe. We can still interact directly on the blog but starting today I’ll be looking for more platforms that respect the privacy of my followers and don’t limit who gets to see the post.

I want you to join my group on MeWe: https://mewe.com/join/lloydslensphotographydiscussiongroup

Hey Friends! Just a quick reminder that Lloyds Lens Photography is available for portraits!

To book me simply reach out using the Contact Page and we’ll set a date. If you’re within a 50 mile radius of Summersville West Virginia all travel fees are waived.

If you’re enjoying my blog and don’t want to miss a post then you can sign up for email alerts on my website.

https://lloydslensphotographyllc.com/

Have you checked out the Zazzle Store?

I’m now using Zazzle to fulfil orders. What this means for you is a secure way to place an order, discount codes & a broader product selection! Simply use the contact form on my websiteand tell me which image you want and I’ll reply with a direct link to where you can place the order.

Clicking on the photo takes you tohttps://www.zazzle.com/lloydslensphotos?rf=238248269630914251

Lastly, all of the photos and writings are my original work unless otherwise specified and are not to be copied or reproduced without expressed written permission from the photographer

Thank you again for your support of my page!

On Peace, Fear And Faith

Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image is titled “The Fruits Of Winter 11221” and is available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

The January sun is bright but cold above the little mountain delta on Muddlety Creek. It’s on days like this that I enjoy the heater in my big blue truck and aim my lens through an open window. As I drift over the narrow single lane my mind mulls over the question “What is peace?” At the moment I feel peaceful with a podcast playing in the background as I take in the tranquility of still waters and gently swaying reeds. But is this peace or simply “peaceful” as in like peace.

I don’t claim to have any profound knowledge or divine insight as to the nature of peace. Only a few things that I believe are true as I search for answers.

Peace is not the absence of violence. It is the absence of fear.

I’ve had too many people who have been thrust into violent situations that say they felt stress and were aware of the gravity of the situation but that also felt that wave of peace come over them and they knew that everything would be okay in the end. Some would say that they were brave and that’s true to a point but..

Bravery is not the absence of fear. It is absence of inaction. If we review the stories of people in dangerous situations we find that they were frightened beyond description and yet calmly handed the actions they needed to take. On a side note, most of these people were not completely confident that they were making the right choices. They just did what they thought would help. Was it their peace that gave them the opportunity to act and hope for the best? I’m sure it played a role but fear was also present.

So perhaps things like peace and fear are not a dichotomy. Like light and darkness we are given a measure of each and it only matters where we focus as to what we experience. Which leads to thought that if fear grows as often described can peace also grow within the spirit of a person? I’ve been told that whatever you feed grows. If we focus on fear then it becomes stronger and eventually transforms into panic. And if panic is the ultimate fear and bravery is action in the presence of fear then it’s likely that action will be in error. However, if we focus on our peace and feed that instead we get clarity of thought and logic. Our actions will then be those that most likely will improve the outcome.

I believe that ultimately our peace comes from the Prince of Peace himself. Namely, The Lord Jesus Christ. It would be easy to point out the uncertainty of the times we live in but the truth is that uncertainty has always been present. For my generation it was the Cold War and the threat of Nuclear Weapons. For the WW2 and WW1 generation it was global combat and starvation during the Great Depression. There has always been a reason to fear. But the same God who brought mankind through all of that can also see us through the current age. So let me encourage you to choose the light and focus on the peace. If you do then it’s more likely your actions will be well taken and you will make it through to the other side.

Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.

Announcement:

I am adding additional social media to my network. Eventually, I’ll be leaving Facebook behind for a multitude of reasons. Even though the Lloyd’s Lens Photography page is strictly non-political I have been restricted from interacting with followers with no explanation for why. But it’s not just that. For years now Facebook has throttled content providers in general. They encourage us to grow our audience and then want to sell us back the access to them. In addition, they collect and sell the data from our interaction. So Facebook has become an entanglement of thorns. In response I have created the Lloyd’s Lens Photography Discussion Group on MeWe. We can still interact directly on the blog but starting today I’ll be looking for more platforms that respect the privacy of my followers and don’t limit who gets to see the post.

I want you to join my group on MeWe: https://mewe.com/join/lloydslensphotographydiscussiongroup

Hey Friends! Just a quick reminder that Lloyds Lens Photography is available for portraits!

To book me simply reach out using the Contact Page and we’ll set a date. If you’re within a 50 mile radius of Summersville West Virginia all travel fees are waived.

If you’re enjoying my blog and don’t want to miss a post then you can sign up for email alerts on my website.

https://lloydslensphotographyllc.com/

Have you checked out the Zazzle Store?

I’m now using Zazzle to fulfil orders. What this means for you is a secure way to place an order, discount codes & a broader product selection! Simply use the contact form on my websiteand tell me which image you want and I’ll reply with a direct link to where you can place the order.

Clicking on the photo takes you tohttps://www.zazzle.com/lloydslensphotos?rf=238248269630914251

Lastly, all of the photos and writings are my original work unless otherwise specified and are not to be copied or reproduced without expressed written permission from the photographer

Thank you again for your support of my page!