Monday, September 14, 2009

Photography Internship

Earlier this year I sent off my application for OM (Operation Mobilization) to go on the ship Logos Hope on a missions trip for three months starting in the beginning of August. I got a response via email notifying me that all of the spots were already filled. At first I really didn't know what to think. I was trying to think of why it didn't come through. I set apart this time for this trip to serve and here it turns out that it really isn't going to work.
As many of you know I had the opportunity to go to Summit this year and while I was there I ran into Rowan Gilson (The President of IPS) who had been one of my photography instructors in San Diego. Turns out he wanted me to come back to Colorado to do an internship with him from September 8th to October 4th in Manitou Springs, CO! The same time I would have been gone on the missions trip. It is truly amazing how God works!
So here I am, typing on my desktop, enjoying the company of so many awesome Christian photographers. I am really excited to be here learning as much as I can during this month long ordeal. Above is an HDR (High Dynamic Range) image. It is three images with different exposures merged together therefore gathering as much detail as possible both in the highlights and the shadows. The photo was taken with my 10-24mm wide angle lens.
The above picture was a bit of graffiti here in Manitou Springs. The image has been tweaked with Lightroom. ESCAPE is exactly what I feel like doing sometimes because what I have been assigned to working on requires a lot of time spent in front of my HP monitor. If anything it has been teaching my to be patient. Don't get me wrong though I really do like what I am doing. I just don't like sitting in one place for as long as I have been! ;)
Brad Hicks was here for the first week because he came for the IPS reunion. We had a blast going out in the evenings and getting some interesting shots! We had a blast. This photo was taken using an external flash and self timer on my D90.
On one of the mornings we got up at 5:30 and hiked all the way to the top of Red Mountain! The climb was intense! Once we got to the top I really wasn't all that excited about taking many pictures but I did manage to pull this one off! Sorry I haven't been updating my blog very actively. I will try to keep you posted while I am here in CO! We are planning to get Starbucks in the morning at 6:45 so I had better go for now. Hope your September is going great!

3 comments:

Annika Sahlstrom said...

Sweet Ben! Thanks for posting. I love the picture of you and Brad on the rather "large" bicycle. :) Pretty neat!

Melanie said...

So fun to read about your adventures, Ben! I am so excited for you and all the amazing opportunities before you. We are thinking of you and LOVE the pictures and updates!

Sam and Melissa Sahlstrom said...

HEY! When will you have time to post more pictures? I guess I can't talk either, but I don't think Mel's card reader can read my sdhd card. SO....I may have to wait until next week to post some lovely pictures!

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