Jarrod Marshall Photography: Blog http://jarrodmarshall.com/blog en-us (C) Jarrod Marshall Photography jarrod@jarrodmarshall.com (Jarrod Marshall Photography) Thu, 23 Apr 2015 01:35:00 GMT Thu, 23 Apr 2015 01:35:00 GMT http://jarrodmarshall.com/img/s5/v120/u422521914-o515428965-50.jpg Jarrod Marshall Photography: Blog http://jarrodmarshall.com/blog 110 120 Your Path http://jarrodmarshall.com/blog/2015/4/your-path I saw a tweet from Moose Peterson ( @moosepeterson ) today in which he was urging people to go out and and shoot for Earth Day 2015.
 

This got me thinking - mostly the "...your photographs can change the world" message, what do your photographs aspire to?

What do you as a photographer aspire to? Are you someone that takes photos of your trips so that you can sit back and remember where you were when you pressed the shutter? Do you love to tell people about the stories behind your photographs?

Do you use your photographs to benefit others? How so? I would love to hear from you on what you do with your photos and why you shoot. 

I realize I've just thrown out a lot of questions but they are honest questions. Moose is right - photographs can change the world. They can show a tender scene and turn a hardened heart into a warm, loving individual...if even just for a moment. They can brighten someone's day or take you somewhere you've never visited. I can give very special gifts to others like a portrait of a dear family member that can be shared with generations to come.

If you're not aware of Help Portrait it's a movement where photographers, make up artists, hair stylists or basically anyone that wants to help get together and shoot photos of people that haven't had their portrait made in a really long time. Some have never had a portrait of themselves. The slogan was "A picture is worth".  Photography changes the world for these people and I guarantee you that the volunteers are changed too. 

 

This post is mostly about hearing from YOU - how are you changing the world with your photography? What is the path you're taking your photography down?

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Who the he** is God and what does he have to do with your images? http://jarrodmarshall.com/blog/2014/11/who-is-god-and-what-does-he-have-to-do-with-your-images The title of the blog post is a question I was asked today by a visitor to my web site. I'm very thankful he asked this question because it inspired me to blog the answer. If you would prefer not to read about my religious beliefs please stop right here and go no further. This is going to be a personal post that is going to touch on religion in my life and how I feel it relates to my photography.

Let There Be LightLet There Be Light

 

First off - in my belief as a Christian God is the creator of everything. The universe, the Earth, myself and every person...every thing. I grew up in a Christian home however we were not regular church goers. I was never baptized growing up and I never really studied the Bible. My belief structure was passed down from my parents and I never questioned it. I think this happens with a lot of people and we tend to learn about being a Christian from a high level but the faith is somehow just engrained. I like to believe that i grew up trying to be a good person and that came from the values my parents instilled in me and what I learned from going to church from time to time.

Early Adulthood

Growing as an adult was difficult and I left my Christianity behind. It was not on the forefront of my life, it actually never had been and that was the source of the problem. I lived my life the way I wanted to live it and while I prayed it was usually about "God help me do this..." or "God please give me this job", "...more money...". I tended to try to bargain with God.

Late-20s

In my late 20s I began to gravitate back toward a stronger belief system. Some of it was driven by guilt, some of it was driven by just knowing I was part of something greater. I tried to be responsible and what I found important also began to change. I think it was mostly just part of growing up. I had been through several tough situations in life and I had made it through but I realized it wasn't me alone. Hard times tend to open your mind to the idea of asking God for help and thats exactly what I did. Although, I never truly gave him the credit, I felt him working in my life.

30's

My life was almost solely focused on my career as a software developer. I began attending a church for a while and while I enjoyed it I didn't commit to it like I should have and eventually began sleeping in on Sundays again. Through this time of life quite a few things happened that started the wheels rolling and the gears turning in my head. 

The Davinci Code

When the Davinci Code movie came out I went to see it with a friend. Since I had never really been "schooled" in the Bible and never really studied it I left the movie realizing how little I knew. I had a very strange feeling on the way home from the theater. I needed to know the other side to the movie. It was a very real, in my face challenge to what I believed. I began to study for the next few months and I came to the conclusion that the movie was lacking in truth. Sure, many will disagree but this is the opinion I formed. It also strengthened my beliefs in Christianity. 

The Anti-Christian

A few years later I was still not going to church but I had pretty much solidified my belief system and prayed most every night. I had started feeling a pull to find a church and attend regularly but there were a few things that scared me. I was a single man and had never been Baptized so I was just both embarrassed and afraid of how I would be accepted. 

I began a new project at work and met several atheists. It's funny how their non-belief pushed me further toward belief but it did. I was challenged daily by their remarks to each other regarding the Bible - it strengthened what had been growing in my heart for the previous years. I finally knew where I stood and I began to develop a personal connection with God. 

A Church Home

The same year that I began photography I was introduced to an Episcopal church. My photography, in a way, led me to seek out God more fully. As my interest in the church grew so did my photography and the spiritual fulfillment I got from it. I was Baptized as an adult at the age of 39. It was a decision that I made based on life experiences - not by being told by family "this is what you need to believe..." but by coming to the conclusion that owe everything to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. There was zero peer pressure. Zero coaxing. I chose to accept and follow Christ entering middle age and my only regret is not having done so sooner. I can tell you from 100% experience that if I had let Jesus steer decisions that I made earlier in life I would have been spared a lot of pain, heart ache and trouble. 

...And What Does HE Have To Do With Your Images?

If you know me you know that my passion in photography is landscapes. There is a reason for that and it's easy for me to explain. When I am somewhere shooting and an amazing scene unfolds with light, color, and clouds I find peace I cannot find any where else. I feel a direct connection with my Lord. My heart fills with thankfulness and my spirit soars with awe knowing that he has blessed me with a gift. The gift is a chance to capture his creation at a moment in time and share it with others that may never have the opportunity to see it.

There have been times that I have dropped to my knees and prayed while out shooting because of the overflowing peace, love and thankfulness. I truly hope others have felt such joy! I hope others can feel joy in my photographs and appreciate God's creations. I hope others can be inspired to seek him if they see something in my photos that gives them the slightest appreciation for his creation.

So what does HE have to do with my images? He is in each of them. He was in my heart when I shot them. He created the landscapes, the light, the weather and he gave me the opportunity be there at that moment in time so that I might share them with you. I wouldn't be shooting if it were not for his inspiration.

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Storms & Grace http://jarrodmarshall.com/blog/2014/7/storms-grace Storms & GraceStorms & GraceStorms move in along the National Grasslands at Badlands National Park.

 

Learning

I've only been working with photography for a few years and sometimes I like to go back and reprocess images with newer techniques I've learned. 

Recently through a few instruction videos I've learned quite a lot in the post processing realm. I think this image is beginning to take on the characteristics of the moment it was captured. 

I had been driving around Badlands N.P. waiting on sunset when this storm began moving in from the west. I pulled over at the nearest place that I could find - which is the pull out at the National Grasslands and set up. It was quiet except for the wind rustling the grasses and the sound of distant thunder. It was one of those moments you want to go back and revisit in your mind as often as you can.

Communing

Images like this are spiritual for me. I'm usually there talking with God while the scene unfolds - thanking him for the opportunity he has given me to capture it. My Badlands photos will always be special to me because my Dad wanted to go there but never had the chance. He passed away unexpectedly in 2013 and I'm thankful he was able to visit there through my photographs before he passed.

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Hello World! http://jarrodmarshall.com/blog/2013/10/hello-world

Hello and welcome!

I had to make a initial blog post to tell you what I'll be writing about here.
I've given it some thought and I believe that my posts will be broken down into 3 or 4 categories.

My Experiences

The first category will be my experiences since I started photography. The first post I have planned is about this.

Technical & Gear

Anything to do with support equipment, packs, software that has helped me capture and process images.

Post Processing

I plan to write on topics in regard to post processing in Lightroom, Photoshop and using other tools such as Nik Tools. Occasionally I'll post a screen cast showing how I processed a specific image.
 
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