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January 9, 2017

Twenty-One Days of Fasting

I love that we have a chance to renew ourselves each new year. Like many others, we are in the middle of twenty-one days of fasting and prayer. During this time everyone is encouraged to eliminate things that keep us from focusing on Christ. I've already built the habit of fasting from food and praying into my weekly routine, so…
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Time Travel
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April 13, 2016

Is Time Travel Possible?

I know I'm not alone in my fascination with time travel. I'm a sucker for most any movie that works it into the plot. I like to imagine what it would be like to go back in time, and there are a couple things I'd love to alter if given the chance. Namely, when I stuck a potato popper on my face in sixth grade and sported a perfectly circular hickey for the next week and that time I told a pastor over the phone that I no longer believed in God because I was convinced it was my friend from college pranking me with a "job offer". The bad news is that it's impossible to physically travel through time. Even…
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April 9, 2016

First Impressions of the Sony a6300

I was so thoroughly impressed with the Sony a7s ii that we rented for the Sweden trip that I decided to buy its smaller relative, the Sony a6300. It was just released this past month as the successor to the popular a6000. It's a mirrorless E mount with 4K recording capabilities and shoots 1080p at a silky smooth 120fps. It's…
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April 8, 2016

Lenses for Filming Interviews

What are the best lenses for filming interviews? There are a ton to choose from at varying costs. I've experimented with a few over the years and currently I've landed and two lenses that get the job done. I like to have the ability to shoot photos as well as video, so I like to use the Canon 24-70mm f/2.8…
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April 7, 2016

Filming an Interview on a White Background

I recently purchased a backdrop for filming an interview on a white background. The backdrop is white muslin. I learned a little trick from a friend and directed two of my three lights at the white background to "blow it out" on the camera. The last light was positioned slightly to the left of the subjects. All three lights are bi-color,…
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April 2, 2016

Zoom F8 in Action

Last month I was tasked with filming a five-person interview. Before that, I had done a number of shoots with two people, but five was a whole new ballgame. I have a Tascam DR-40 which has served me well over the years, but it only has two inputs. I did some searching and decided to rent the Zoom F8 in addition…
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March 25, 2016

The Presence of God

Today we remember the sacrifice of Christ. As I consider Good Friday, I'm struck by what Jesus endured on the cross. The agony of the cross wasn't limited to pain and death. Nor is it solely about him carrying the weight of our sin. It was also the end game of that sacrifice — becoming sin and the separation from God's presence. It was the…
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God's Grace
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March 14, 2016

God’s Grace isn’t Served A La Carte

Humility has been the recurring topic of the week. A guest speaker shared about it at church and our pastor had some great thoughts online about it as well. There are so many aspects of humility that it makes it hard to really pinpont which areas of life need it the most. Self-inspection can easily lead down a path of…
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Sony a7sii
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March 2, 2016

Sony a7sii Hands On Review

This past weekend Jill and I had our first hands-on experience with the Sony a7sii. We rented Metabones lens adapters and used our two primary Canon lenses, the 24-70mm and 135mm. Our points of reference are Canon DSLRs in run and gun situations, so this was learning to swim by jumping into water. I've taken a liking to these little…
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comparison manning brothers
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February 9, 2016

Comparison is the Thief of Joy

It's crazy how fast the video of Eli Manning's facial expression near the end of the Super Bowl spread throughout social media. What's more amazing is the assumption that he was somehow disappointed that his brother was about to win a second ring like him. I'm sure most just spun it that way for laughs, but I think many really believed he was jealous. His brother, Peyton, was later asked a question making a comparison to Eli and the number of Super Bowl rings. I love his response: We don't do that. That's not what we do. Maybe you guys, your brothers do that. That's not what we do. As a father of two boys, I respect the Manning brothers. Or better yet…
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January 30, 2016

2016.01 // Elliot’s 5th Birthday

For the record, Elliot has never seen a single Star Wars movie... yet. That hasn't stopped him from loving it though. He really wanted a Star Wars-themed birthday party, and being fans ourselves, we couldn't resist!
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November 16, 2015

Reflections

It's funny how often you see something once your attention is turned to it. Most frequently for me it happens with the time - 12:34pm. I don't know if there's some special significance to that time, but I see it over and over again. I'm guessing at some point in the future I will discover it's Matthew McConaughey trying to…
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November 11, 2015

Celebrate and Honor

It was an honor to film at the Veteran's Day ceremony held by Special Forces Association, Chapter 20 at the Vietnam War Memorial on the State Capitol grounds. It was an awe-inspiring mix of reverence and celebration led by veterans and complimented by the Central High School band. Thank you to all who have served and so selflessly given themselves for our freedom.
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November 10, 2015

The Green Line

I'm continuing to explore composition and framing with my 15-Second videos. I just upgraded to the iPhone 6s. I initially had no intentions to do so, but the 4k video and 1080p 120fps slow-mo was too good to pass up. So today I put it to work on the Metro Transit Green Line linking St. Paul and Minneapolis. What I love is the…
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November 6, 2015

Bridge (v.)

I went out early again this morning to capture some footage around the Roberts St bridge in downtown St. Paul. This was the second time out shooting these 15-second films with no daylight. I've learned to not push the ISO too high otherwise the shots will get too grainy. As a rule of thumb for Canon DSLRs, I never go…
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November 5, 2015

Remember Us

So on my way home from work I stopped by the Capitol grounds and filmed the scattered memorials.They honor vets, firemen, and other notable people like Charles Lindberg and Hubert Humphrey. Wanting to save time, I only paid for a little less than 20 minutes worth of street parking. When I got home I edited the whole thing in about 20…
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November 4, 2015

MSP International

Thanks to the Pioneer Press I just discovered that the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport just opened a viewing area to the public a couple of weeks ago. So early this morning I made my way there and filmed for a while as part of my #15SecondFilm initiative. The airplanes were pretty much endless and the area they set aside is…
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October 29, 2015

Defining Ministry

A big takeaway from the SALT conference was the affirmation of creative ministry as actual ministry. I've been a staff pastor in two churches, but in addition to that, I've also held roles that are primarily administrative and creative. Over the years I've been surprised at the number of people who try to diminish the value of those non-traditional ministerial roles. Most…
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October 28, 2015

Confidence and Confirmation

For years I've said, "Trust God with what you know and He will take care of the unknown." I've always believed that if you take action on the things you know you're supposed to do, then your obedience aligns your direction no matter how unknown the future may appear to be. Proverbs tells us, "Trust in the Lord with all your…
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October 1, 2015

Raw Prayer

Last month our boys had some tummy trouble and had the runs for close to two weeks. When I found out a friend of mine was facing the same issue since returning from Africa, I told Elliot one afternoon that my friend had the same problem. Later that night before bed Elliot told me, "I told God" that he, Quinn, and…
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July 1, 2015

Don’t forget where you came from

The other day we went "monkey climbing" in our front yard. We have a decent sized tree that has just the right thickness of branches and enough spacing to get 15-20 feet up in a hurry. For our little guys it's the perfect starter. Elliot was pretty eager to get some elevation and was probably ten feet up with a…
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June 20, 2015

Daniel Talked to God

We pray with the boys every night, and a few times over the years we've read "Daniel talks to God" from the Bible for toddlers. It's funny how even the simplest stories in the Bible can have such profound implications for us today. Back in the day I remember hearing in church about how the world was getting worse. There was always…
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June 19, 2015

Do Anything Online – June Edition

The internet has a ton of online resources for almost anything you can think of. Here are a bunch of sites with tools that I've found handy without having to even download an app or pay a dime. SmallPDF - PDF compression, merge, conversion, etc. online-convert.com - Converting videos, audio, document, etc. clipconverter.cc - Download Youtube videos Pixlr - Online graphic…
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