Photography Video Tour of Namibia

These National Geographic videos are an interesting photography and video tour of the land of Namibia.

All the wonders of creation declare the glory of God.  “Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge.”  (Psalm 19:2 NIV1984).

The Lord wants us to be good stewards of the world.  We must take care of His creation.  For the “Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.”  (Genesis 2:15 NIV1984).

Be Still and Give Thanks

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“Be still, my soul; Your God will undertake
To guide the future as He has the past.”

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“Your hope, your confidence let nothing shake;
All now mysterious shall be bright at last.”

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“Be still, my soul; the waves and wind still know
His voice who ruled them while He dwelt below.”

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Lord, thank You.

Happy Thanksgiving!

All the pictures were taken on the same day at Lake Winnebago, Wisconsin.  The second photo shows the rising crescent moon and the setting sun over its eastern and western shores.

The verse is from the hymn “Be Still, My Soul,” Lutheran Service Book, 752:2.

G12 Electronic Level and Estes Cone

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Recently, God blessed me with the opportunity to go hiking in Colorado.  We got sick, so we were not able to hike as much as we had planned, nonetheless, we were able to hike to Dream Lake (elevation 9912′), Emerald Lake (10,090′), and to the summit of Estes Cone (11,006′).  The picture above was taken in a meadow on the hike to Estes Cone.

According to Trails.com, Estes Cone is an inactive volcano.  Ascending to the summit of Estes Cone involves mostly hiking and some climbing.  On the hike to the summit, I snapped an occasional picture, but felt dissatisfied with the photograph’s representation of the steepness of the terrain.  The hike looked too flat.  Then I remembered that my Canon G12 camera has a built in electronic level, and that I had recently calibrated the level:  It was accurate.

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The picture above is the first picture I took using the electronic level.

The picture below was taken using the electronic level (while on the climb to the summit).  The taller mountains are on the left, so the horizon itself is not perfectly horizontal.

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The picture below was taken on the way down from the summit.  Notice the man standing in the upper left of the picture.  Most people stand straight vertical, but having an electronic level built into the camera is still an excellent and handy tool.

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I appreciated the interplay of light and shadow on the other mountains in the distance (Mount Meeker, Longs Peak, Mount Lady Washington, etc).

The Lord is gracious, and may He bless you.

Neutral Density Filter

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My Canon G12 camera has an internal neutral density filter that can be applied inside the camera with the click of a button.  A neutral density filter is designed to reduce the amount of light hitting the camera’s sensor without affecting color.  This allows the photographer to open the shutter for longer periods of time while still accurately recording the amount of light and color in a scene.

This technique can be used to blur (or erase) moving objects, and is best used with moving water or busy city streets.  It can give a photograph with moving objects a slightly more dreamy quality than an average snap-shot.

The picture above is a fifteen second exposure of Lake Winnebago at dusk.  Please notice the somewhat smooth dreamy reflections in the water.  (The motion blur of the water causes this effect).

The snap-shot below was taken earlier in the evening and from a different location, so it may not be the best comparison, but please notice the sharper detail in the water.

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Lighthouse Photograph

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This is the lighthouse at Kimberly Point in Neenah, WI.  It does not move.  People believe it is there because they hear the testimony and see its light.

“And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.  Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation.  For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”

— 2 Peter 1:19-21.

Winter Scenes in Moving Pictures

The wind blows snow over snow.  This is the first video I took of this scene.  I tried to take a better video after this one, but my fingers refused.  I do not know what the wind chill was, but the real temperature was about four degrees.  My new G12 camera has some good microphones, but even they could not muffle the amount of wind coming at them.  It was cold.  Behind the wind on the microphone, one can hear the snow drifting.

Now for a warming fire:  This is a video of the cross-country ski shelter warming fire at Lapham Peak State Park in Wisconsin.  Because it is a public area, the video’s sound recorded some guys talking.

A still photograph does not move.  These videos are like still photographs because they have one subject, however, they are also moving or “living” pictures.  Photographs in the fictional world of Harry Potter moved with life.  God willing, someday in the future of the real world, most images will have a sort of movement with recorded “life” in them.

Heaven is also a real place and a real future.  I wonder if in heaven we will be able to see the life of Christ in such a manner: as if we could look back in time to see all he did: in a real, present, living, and moving way.  For example, even though Christ was risen with a glorified body free of all defect, somehow he still showed the disciples the marks of his crucifixion.  He carries the physical memory of that awe filling event, his glorious redemption of sinners, in his real body.  As we fix our eyes on the glorified Christ, we still see him crucified because his real body is not just alive in a glorified way, he is a moving image of life itself.  (Hebrews 12:2, John 1:4-5, Colossians 2:9).

Our eternal life comes from his bodily death and bodily resurrection.  His is the same body and life, physically present for us, and given to us in his holy Supper.  His Supper is a communion in his real body.  (1 Corinthians 10:16).  And this is the same body we will eat in heaven.  (Matthew 26:29).

If our earthly lives are on similar moving display within our own bodies resurrected in Christ, we will never forget or cease to be grateful for the forgiveness of sins we receive in Christ.  “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him” (1 Corinthians 2:9).  Christ has died.  Christ has risen!  Christ will come again!

Happy Transfiguration Sunday.