I saw this awesome piece of machinery in my dad's office over the weekend and... well.... this is what happened. Soundtrack was recorded straight off the device... no iTunes downloads here.

Used a Voigtlander 40mm f/4 from LensRentals with a close-up adapter.

These things just get more and more fun!


“The Carnival”

Couldn't pass it up... people, lights, motion, activity. So I went. Alone. Paid for parking, a ticket and one Ferris Wheel ride. It was great, and totally worth it. Shot on the 5D with a basic of the basic 50mm f/1.4(and a few shots with a telephoto). For just $300 I'm going to have to get me one of these lenses.


“Down Town” – First shoot on Canon 5Dmkii

Well I finally got it... er, well, my employer got it.... but we're attached at the hip.. MY hip. The Canon 5D. Pretty much the first DSLR to change the term to "HD-DSLR" by some crowds. For those who aren't familiar, it's a full frame still photography camera that shoots video. 1080p HD video as a matter of fact. This camera has started a blooming trend amongst film makers who are on a budget but still long for the amazing quality and depth of field offered by higher end cameras.

There's part of me that feels a little behind the curve when it comes to shooting with this technology though. Considering it's been around for over a year or so, and the more I research about it and watch tutorials and read blogs, the more I've realized that there's a LOT of people who've already migrated to this technology. I'm actually even afraid that the next model (the 5Dmkiii) might be released as soon as next month at the Canon Expo, which I only found out there was such a thing a few days ago. But oh well. We had to make the purchase for the church before the end of August for budgetary reasons, so it is what it is.

First impressions:

1  - The images are incredible! I've watched a lot of films shot with this camera and knew that the picture and depth of field was stunning before I got it. But it's different when you've shot it yourself and can look at the results on a large screen and see it face to face. I've never been able to use a piece of equipment that makes such gorgeous pictures.

2 - I have no clue what I'm doing! I've never considered myself a photographer and have only tried on occasion to act like one. But every time all I do is turn knobs and twist dials until something looks good. Then I push the shutter and the result doesn't look at all like what I set. So I try again. Video world is just different. The end result is meant to look the same, but the terms and workflows you use are night and day. So I've got a lot of learning to do.

3  - The 5D seems to be less purposed for being a video camera than the 7D(which I rented a few months ago). I think it's safe the say the 5D simply has the feature to record your Liveview, whereas the 7D has an actual "video mode" switch. On the 5, you have to go into the menu and setup the video recording function. And when it comes to image setup, on the 7 it's what you see is what you get. On the 5, you can put it in full manual mode and make exposure/shutter/ISO adjustments, but when you hit record it does an auto light adjust and changes to what it thinks looks good. It's been kind of frustrating. Chances are this is just something I haven't figured out how to fix, but I haven't gotten to watch through Phillip Bloom's beginner tutorial set yet. These are just my thoughts out of the box.

I'll continue to post more thoughts as I shoot more. I'm taking vacation next week and will be doing plenty of experimenting I'm sure.

Let me know what you think of the film(more specifically the images). It's comprised of the footage straight off the camera, no color correcting or anything. I just rented a basic Canon 24-105 f4 IS lens as all I had at the office was a 75-300 zoom lens that would fit it. As Phillip Bloom is arguably the worldwide leader of the HD-DSLR movement, my style mimics his for the time being(in fact I've been writing this blog in my head with a british accent simply because he's all I've been reading/watching for the past 4 weeks). I'm sure I'll be more creative in time, but I've got to learn the ropes first.


Just Like You – A Father’s Day Tribute

We put this together for Father's Day 2010. It was my first shoot on a Canon 7D, so there were/are still many things I need to learn. For instance the flickering in brightness particularly in the last segment. Guess that's just a downside to using SLR lenses. Hopefully be able to purchase one of these soon and shoot more stuff like this. Special thanks to Chad & Abby Carney, Monte & Miller Manguno and John & Katie Longworth.

Revision Church

Some of you might have seen several shout-outs recently from my facebook and twitter accounts about Revision Church.

This might cause you to ask "what is this Revision Church?"

Well Revision Church is a new church plant that's starting in Olive Branch. Birthed out of a calling that was growing inside of some of my closest friends, as well as myself, Revision has evolved over the last few years from an idea, to a goal, to a simple bible study, and now to an official church start. These friends that I refer to are mostly seminary students/graduates that I have grown extremely close to and have found that we all share the same passion for the spreading of the true gospel, the raw teaching of the scriptures, and the growing of Christ's Church. As we grew closer we started noticing a need in the area where many of us had close ties... Olive Branch. This need consists of the fact that the population of Olive Branch grew from 3,500 in 1990 to over 32,000 in 2008! And in the same time period only 1 Southern Baptist church has been successfully started.

However, the need we found in the Olive Branch area wasn't the only thing that led us to our conclusion of planting our own church. We also realized over time that we each had a passion for the same philosophies of ministry, we learned and grew from many of the same pastors and church leaders, and we all had a heart for instilling solid, biblical doctrine and practices back into the local church. These, along with our belief that the local church is God's ordained method of spreading His glory, helped us realize that this is what God was calling us to do.

Revision is still in the early stages of growth. We are currently just meeting as a core group on a weekly basis for prayer and bible study as we continue making preparations for a hopeful launch in January 2011. We are unique in that we already have a pastoral team built from the beginning as opposed to one pastor who starts a church and builds his team. Each of us have different ministerial roles but all have voices in the decisions and direction of the church. We also will continue to work on a volunteer/bi-vocational basis until the church can afford to support full-time staff.

As for me, I still continue to be fully involved with my family at Germantown Baptist. I love my job here and believe God has me here for the time being to help bring creativity and art to our worship services. My job description has broadened recently since graduating from college, and I will be more involved with website development/admin as well as video production. This is exciting for me and I'm thrilled about the direction we're going from here and what God has for us when we find a new pastor.

My role at Revision is pretty much identical to what I do at G-town. Right now it weighs more on the web side of things as we just launched our brand new site and blog. For those of you who appreciated reading my more theological and spiritual posts, I will probably begin posting most of that content on the Revision blog and use this one for more creative, media-related subjects, as well as trying to keep my portfolio up to date.

Pray for Revision Church and our leaders, that we would be completely surrendered to what God wants us to do. These first few years of a church can be the toughest times as we gather support through finances as well as building our core group of believers. Pray for our endurance through the struggles and that we have joy in knowing our work will have eternal significance. Pray that our heart grows for the people of Olive Branch and that we would continually learn how to serve and love them.

I'm listing our leadership below for you to pray for individually if you'd like, as well as their roles in the church and their twitter accounts.

Ben Williams - Lead pastor


Job Dalomba - Teaching/Community Groups pastor


Josh Kubler - Worship Pastor


Garrett Brewer - Student & Children's Pastor


Evan Logan - Media/Communications Director


Also, don't forget to check out our new sites and find out how you can get involved!