Boarding At Platform 9 3/4

Stephen G. Agnew Life Principles, Men & Women, Theology Leave a Comment

After 5 years of prayer, darkness, depression, running from memories that brought me joy, gallivanting with memories that sowed hurt and anger, and failure to compartmentalize, my heart has been healed. I wondered when that day would come, or would I just stay seated on the train platform bench occasionally looking over my ticket for some glimmer of release.

Part 2 | How I Shot The 2017 Great American Eclipse

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Back in part 1 of how I shot the 2017 Great American Eclipse, I walked you through how to choose a target location to shoot or view tan eclipse. Well now that we know how to find out where to shoot a total solar eclipse, the next little conundrum that we need to figure out is what camera to use as well as lenses, intervalometers, solar filters, material for solar filters, yada yada yada. Horcrux #2: How do I choose the equipment I use?!? Camera choices! The first equipment that you really need to settle on is the camera that …

Part 1 | How I Shot The 2017 Great American Eclipse

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“The best laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men often get laid asunder.” ~ Robert Burns Full disclosure: I didn’t know that a total solar eclipse was going to happen. WHOOPS. I kinda feel pretty silly admitting that, but alas ’tis true. My friend Howard made a passing comment about “the eclipse next year”, to which I thought to myself “What the what?” And thus my adventure began. You see, up until late 2016 I mainly tracked tornadoes and Milky Way visibilities to shoot, along with humans in candid mode in my international travels. But an eclipse? I thought you needed …

Answer Social Media Unfriending & Unfollowing With Christ’s Love

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I was being called to honor others more than myself, to not let selfishness or pride be my guide. I was being called to love as Christ loved. Tonight is a night of lessons for me to learn, and I figured I would give a peak into the journey of my heart when hurt tonight—how the sausage was made. Pardon the metaphor, my Messianic Jewish friends. Social media continues to be a challenging battleground to show Christ’s love towards others—for all of us. The very human battle I experienced tonight was that I discovered that someone I had considered a …

Dull Photography or Compelling Photography?

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Every photographer has their own photography philosophy, and just as long as your photography philosophy lines up with your photography style then I think you’re good. This post kinda touches on my photography philosophy, which is best summarized as: Don’t fear taking risks. When I’m out shooting candid photographs of folks in their daily lives and I hear someone attempt to pressure me with “You should ask for permission before photographing people”, I see that suggestion the same way that I see “Half-Caff” coffee: Dull and uninspiring. And that’s a personal choice—to photograph safely or to photograph with risk, you …

The March For Life, 46 Years After Roe v. Wade

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“Amazing Grace, How sweet the sound That saved a wretch like me I once was lost, but now am found T’was blind but now I see” Today’s the ‘March For Life’, marking 46 years since SCOTUS legalized abortion. Today I wanted to share a story of redemption. 20 years ago this coming summer, I helped my best friend get an abortion. She was raped while studying overseas, and feared facing her strict Asian parents back here at home. She called me desperately crying her eyes out, pleading for my help. Full of deep sadness for her, I raised the money …

Life Principle | Purpose To Love, Honor Others More Than Ourselves

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“In whatever you do, don’t let selfishness or pride be your guide. Be humble, and honor others more than yourselves. Don’t be interested only in your own life, but care about the lives of others too.” ~ Philippians 2:3-4 There are a lot of sermons on loving others, but what does that actually look like? Christ’s love happens when you love others when it’s difficult. If you harbor annoyance in your heart towards someone, then you don’t harbor love for them. If your annoyance leads you to ignore or avoid them, then you do not love them. If any negative …