Trace Bundy in San Francisco

Trace Bundy

This weekend my friend Dave invited me to attend a leadership course with him up in Santa Rosa. It was an incredible, educational, and humbling experience and I’m really thankful he invited me. I have a lot to think through.

After the course wrapped up Sunday evening I headed across the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco to meet up with a friend from college and hear Trace Bundy play at Café du Nord. Trace is an incredible guitarist and his live shows are always beautiful and fun. He played a couple different things since I saw him play last at Hillsdale last year. My two favorites were his new unnamed song utilizing both his guitars and his rendition of U2’s “Where the Streets Have No Name.” I also got to meet his new, super-cute son, Sawyer.

After the concert I crashed at Dave and Sarah’s place because Sarah and I had some meetings this morning for Rebuild Sudan, a group we’ve both worked with for a little while now. Be sure to check out the site and check back there soon as a lot of exciting stuff is happening, especially with the school we’re building. I’m also now officially on the Board of Advisors.

After the meetings the three of us watched a documentary called Waiting for “Superman.” It is an excellent documentary that exposes the problems with America’s public school system and how so many people who claim to want the best for our nation’s children are really more interested in maintaining an often-corrupt system that rewards mediocrity and excellence equally. You can check out the trailer here.

Making of “The Sartorialst”

In this post I’m going to break down how I created the last image I posted. I planned out in advance how I wanted the photo to look and feel and scouted the location the night before.

I set up my camera on a tripod and lit each of the girls individually, starting from the left and using a beauty dish and a soft box.

Making of The Sartorialist

Once I was happy with the shots of Casey, I repositioned my lights and shot Anna.

Making of The Sartorialist

I moved my lights again and shot Jessica.

Making of The Sartorialist

Lastly, I took a number of different shots of the scene with varying exposures.

Making of The Sartorialist

I did all my tweaking and color correction in Adobe Camera Raw before importing all the images as layers into Photoshop. I created a mask for each layer and painted in the area I wanted to show using brushes with varying hardness and opacity, working carefully to keep the light and shadows as realistic as possible. I then used one of my base scene images to fix a couple areas and finish the image.

Special thanks to my friend Trevor who accompanied me to help with the lighting, primarily to hold the beauty dish because I still haven’t made a mount for it yet.

Reading What Matters

This week on The Gospel Coalition’s blog different people are writing about their reading habits. The author of yesterday’s post talked about the importance of deciding in advance what you want to gain from the book you’re about to read. One of his paragraphs was particularly insightful and convicting.

[T]his need for pre-deciding about your level of reading commitment is one of the reasons that our new and emerging habits of reading online are dangerous. When we’re browsing and scrolling and following links, we tend to make all those decisions about attention with less reflection. We tend to make them with our eyeballs, fingers, and central nervous system. These technologies make it easier and easier to fall into bestowing our limited reading time on things that don’t deserve it.

Even if I were paid to read all day, my reading time would still be limited. So often I find myself spending a lot more time reading the sites and blogs I follow than reading physical books. It’s not that what I am reading online is bad, it just isn’t always the most deserving of my time. And with a shelf full of books I have yet to conquer and a penchant for buying more (I picked up a nice little copy of Marcus Aurelius’s Meditations the other day at Half-Price Books), I have committed to setting aside a minimum amount of time every day for reading books. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I am going to go read.

The Sartorialist

Sartorialist

I shot this at the end of last semester for my college newspaper’s fashion column, “The Sartorialist,” but waited to post it here until it ran in the Collegian.

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