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Astro Orbiter in Motion

Posted: July 26, 2010 in Uncategorized
Astro Orbiter in Motion

Astro Orbiter in Motion,
originally uploaded by jrandeen.

Disneyland is a very fun place to go and it offers tons of opportunities to shoot.

This is the Astro Orbiter in Motion (Tomorrowland). In 1956, the first rocket-spinner attraction opened at Disneyland and was known as the Astro Jets.

It looks a bit different today.


Orange Grove

Posted: July 26, 2010 in Uncategorized
Orange Grove

Orange Grove,
originally uploaded by jrandeen.

I love this picture of life struggling despite the lack of care. When we first moved to the area we were surrounded by orange groves and now they’ve all but been killed off. This small grove is not going without a fight though.

Loosely related to the rule of thirds is the Golden Ratio also referenced to the Golden Rectangle. This is, as far as I am able to decipher from a layperson’s perspective, a mathematical look at human aesthetics. Mathematicians seem to love to apply numbers to what seemingly could or should not have numbers applied to them but what do I know, as there are many geniuses out there seeking a single mathematical formula that would explain the nature of the universe and of life itself. Mathematicians have even come up with a formula for the human decision-making process, better known as Game Theory or the Zero Sum Gain. [read]

Even churches that pay attention to the interior of their building do not share that same care for the exterior.

As some of you know, I spend a lot of time talking about ‘curb appeal’. It’s more important than most churches realize.

If you have ever purchased or sold a home, you know how important curb appeal is.  Driving up to a house that doesn’t have any visual appeal will taint your opinion even prior to walking inside, if you ever choose to go inside.  I remember my wife and I buying our first home, we rejected so many homes based on their curb appeal, never stepping inside to see if it was just a diamond in the rough.

Why is this so important to a church.  As long as it’s clean, the grass is mowed and the flowers aren’t dead, things should be alright.  Pretty short-sided unfortunately.  Allow me to present a couple of scenarios.

1. New people move into town.  They don’t know anyone and are looking for a church.  Most will start with looking at websites (that’s another story).  As they are exploring the neighborhood, looking for stores, gas stations, banks they also drive around looking for a church.  What does the exterior of your church communicate to someone who knows nothing about you?  Be honest. Does it say “WELCOME – God is moving amongst us“, or is it saying “hi, here we are, come in if you wanna”.

2. Let’s assume that your church is on a well traveled street.  People drive by every day.  They may have noticed you the first or second time they drive by but very soon they won’t notice you all.  It becomes forgettable, you blend into that landscape. Marketing (and no, it’s not a 4-letter word as some pastors would like to think) is bringing about awareness of you product or service.  And a key to successful marketing is making sure that when your target is in need of your product/service, you will be the first person they think of.  So, let’s put this in church terms – “There are no atheists in foxholes,” meaning, when that person has hit bottom, when the Spirit of God is tugging on their hearts, don’t you want the opportunity to minister to that person?

3. You have invested in signage but it still isn’t working.  You don’t understand why the green vinyl sign with white lettering, strung between two trees is driving people through the doors.  How about the fact that the sign hasn’t changed in 3 years. In the top picture, this church changes it’s signage with every new series that the pastor is teaching.

There has to be a strategic plan and that plan has to be followed.  Secondly, there has to be quality associated.  In America today we are assaulted with amazing amounts of high-quality media and when you see something that does not have quality, or it’s not up-to-par with what else we are seeing, or (my personal favorite) it’s tainted with so much ‘christianese’ that a normal person can’t understand what you are saying – you are just wasting your (Gods) money.

“If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur!” ~ Red Adair

If you need help, 3 Penguins Design is here.  We offer cost-saving monthly agreements where you contract us to be your graphic, promotional, strategy developer.  We’ll take care of this end so you can place your time, effort and gifting in the area of the Kingdom.

In Word 2007: Creating Envelopes and Labels, instructor David Rivers shows how to use Microsoft Word to address, format, and print envelopes and labels. Whether to a single recipient or multiple addresses, timesaving techniques are shown that result in crisp and elegant correspondence. This course covers how to create a recipient list within Word or retrieve an existing contact list from Outlook, and then use the list in Mail Merge to address labels or envelopes. Other topics include customizing labels with graphics, printing electronic postage, and dealing with common printing errors. Exercise files accompany the course.

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Microsoft tutorials

How do you gather ideas for your photography? It would be impossible for anyone to say that they don’t gather inspiration and ideas from the imagery around them. I’d love to share with you the process with which I gather ideas for my sessions and how I use other photographers’ work to inspire my own.

I’ve always sung the praises of Flickr. I logon every day (even if only for a moment) to check what my contacts have uploaded and grab a couple glimpses at Flickr’s ‘interestingness’ of the day. I also love to Stumble and find new photographers around the web whose work I can appreciate. So what’s a photographer to do when they find something they’d like to keep in their mind for their next date with the camera?

I keep a file on my computer called ‘inspiration’. It’s divided into subfolders for all different categories I feel they best belong to. When I’m preparing for a session, I go into the folders and pic a couple (and ONLY a couple:) shots which inspire me. It used to be that I would pick shots I’d like to try to copy verbatim but I soon realised that I was spending all my time worrying about the exact pose in the photo that I was missing out on other shots. Now, I use my inspiration to guide me in a general direction. Sometimes, I’m able to rip off the whole thing which looks good, but doesn’t exactly feel magical. Other times, something completely different comes out of it and that’s the most rockin’ thing of all. [read]

Photoshop tutorials

Hans Florian Zimmer (born September 12, 1957) is a German film score composer and music producer. He has composed music for over 100 films, including Hollywood blockbusters such as the Pirates of the Caribbean series, Gladiator, The Lion King, The Da Vinci Code, Sherlock Holmes and The Dark Knight.

Zimmer spent the early part of his career in the United Kingdom before moving to the United States. He is the head of the film music division at DreamWorks studios, and works with other composers through the company which he founded, Remote Control Productions.[1] His work is notable for integrating electronic music sounds with traditional orchestral arrangements.