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 …

My Greatest Sin, A Wretched Man, Amazing Grace

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“Amazing grace, how sweet the sound. That saved a wretch like me. I once was lost, but now I’m found. Was blind, but now I see so clearly. Hallelujah, grace like rain falls down on me. Hallelujah, all my stains are washed away.” ~ Todd Agnew, ‘Grace Like Rain’ The years we collect seem to directly correlate with the scars that we carry, the wounds of regrets from our less wiser and more vulnerable years.      There’s a scar that I’ve carried inside of me for the last 18 years, it haunts me in my dreams and begs for my …

Call The Photographer

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Photo Credit: Kawika Singson | Instagram: @kveekshawaii Being a photographer isn’t an easy passion to have burning inside of you, and it requires much more grace than non-photographers will ever realize. The reason being is that in the moment of snapping photos you are the annoying person to others who simply won’t stop taking photos. Your passion of capturing life around you is momentarily being flogged, put under a heat lamp, and ridiculed. The heart that you are wearing on your sleeve is being stomped on. “In whatever you do, don’t let selfishness or pride be your guide. Be humble, and …

Small World—Scottish Clans, Mottos, & Arms With Coats

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So I got a fun little email this morning. For the last several months I’ve been searching for a machinist to craft me a custom wax seal based off of a design I made on the computer, my family’s Coat of Arms from Scotland. Well I get an email this morning that says this little fun fact: “Incidentally, you’re not the first Agnew to order from me – my favorite signet ring to date was your Clan Badge.” It turns out that another Agnew had him custom design a signet ring with our Clan Badge. Given that “Agnew” is a …

Man’s Mind, Less Than Yahweh’s Mind

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“If Christ submitted to Scripture and lived His life under its authority, then we are faced with a stark choice. Either we believe Christ and embrace the entire Bible as our own absolute authority, or we reject both Christ and the Bible as impostors. The authority of one is inextricably bound up with the other.” ~ Pastor Don Landis, Community Bible Church Article Link: Seven Compelling Evidences Confirm the Bible Is True A great article here, and a wonderful quote of truth. Whether I’m discussing with someone the truth of the 6 day creation account in Genesis or the fallacy …

Flying High, Far Below Heaven

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This sickens me. This is truly saddening. What a squandering of the money that the Lord has blessed them with and the donations that their followers have given to them. How many Bibles could’ve been purchased for the lost or real missionaries could’ve been financed to the lost ends of the Earth with the funds that one of these planes burns on just one trip? Kenneth Copeland: “With the shape the airliners are in, we just couldn’t get there from here.” Oh I don’t know, flying commercial—ya know, what us lowly village folk do—has worked out pretty well for Billy …