Sunday, April 27, 2014

Love is all around

Love is all around.

Recently,  I was able to take a 6 day leave and my trip home was amazing and relaxing in every way.

I packed my brand new Canon 5D Mark 3, but, chose to live in the moment during my trip visiting my mother and my monsters and never used it.

On my way home I spotted this adorable little girl her sweet family. The family was kind enough to allow me take some photos of them for practice.

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Love is, truly all around us. All we have to do is look for it.

These are uncropped, unedited and shot in manual mode.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Path to rebirth

Path to rebirth.

In Buddhism, death is not the end of life, death is simply a path to rebirth.

As many of you know, my groom and I started our photography business in the summer of 2011. I had never taken a class, work shop or had any formalized education in photography before this. I
picked up a DSLR camera one day, fell in love with the entire process of it, received support from my groom and as they say, the rest is history.

My groom deployed to Afghanistan in December 2013, I headed to Fort Meade, Maryland to obtain a 2nd MOS, 25 V Combat Camera,  in the United States Army in January 2014.

The Defense Information School
(DINFOS) located in Fort Meade, Maryland is where I attended Basic Still Photography (BSP) and soon Video Production Documentation (VPD).

My time (8 months total) at DINFOS has been one of the best experiences in my life. The fast paced course requires us to shoot in manual mode with manual focus.

I felt a lot of stress and frustration and felt many "deaths." I wanted to give up, luckily I never did. In the end, I am happy, grateful and proud to announce that I graduated BSP yesterday.

BSP ends with a final project called a Photo Story, it is a culmination of everything we  have learned in the course to include captions following the Associated Press and Department of Defense style guides, I ended up with the highest grade in the class for our final photo story.

I will share much more in future blogs. For now, this is my final photo story in the 12 X 33 Web Gallery Format.
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The images in this gallery.

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Life has a way of challenging us and pushing us to our breaking points, we each often suffer many "deaths."

Buddhist or not, these deaths, I believe, are merely a path to rebirth.

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http://tracymckithernphotography.com
for more galleries, bio and contact information.