Home

Photography Lessons!

Leave a comment

image

Fall colors are coming and holiday photos are approaching!

Being able to take Quality Photography is an incredible skill to develop whether for professional, educational, or personal use. This in-depth and hands on training can be used for 1) business marketing (real estate, car sales, remodeling, the food industry, clothing apparel, presentations, etc), 2) scenic landscapes (sunrise, sunset, mountains, lakes, wildlife, etc.) 3) astrophotography (moon, planets, stars, etc.), 4) macrophotography (intricate detail of flowers, plants, insects, etc), 5) education (presentations, dissection and labeling, etc.), and of course 6) those memorable home and vacation photos.

image

As a Crime Scene Investigator, I have run the gamut of photography having expertly taken tens of thousands of photos across a broad swath of scenes involving a wide range of colors, shapes, sizes, lighting, and those especially difficult situations that contain highly reflective material like windows and mirrors.

image

If you want to save on subcontracting photography costs or want to improve your skills for educational and personal use, I can teach you the fundamentals of camera use, whether for simple cameras or the more complex ones. With some jam-packed training and practice, you can get far more out of your camera than you ever thought you could without spending thousands of dollars. Build up a bank of photos as opposed to having to pay for and deal with copyright issues.

image

For this reason, I have decided to make myself available for photography instruction. I guarantee that you will see a dramatic increase in your photography skills if you follow some of the basic principles and techniques that I bring to the table. I am a big advocate of apprenticeship on many fronts, and photography is no exception. I have personally had the benefit of training with some expert photographers, and I’d love to pass my experience on to you and others you may know who could benefit from this training.

Current rates are as follows:

$15/hour with individuals
$10/hour per person with groups of two or more,
$25/hr per family–Best Value

Rates are based on a one hour session.

Topics covered include but are not limited to basic point and shoot camera use, DSLR cameras, portraits, presentations, scenic photography, macrophotography, and astrophotography.

Whether for one session or several, you can start seeing dramatic results and potentially save a significant amount of money without sacrificing a lot of time in promoting your business and/or educational project.

With my current schedule, I am currently available Saturdays from 9am-1pm and 7-9pm for sunset and astrophotography (weather permitting and subject to change with the change of sunset times). Special dates and times may be made available upon request. Sessions will begin Saturday October 3rd. Schedule three days ahead of time for a session. A courtesy notice 24 hours of ahead of time for cancellation will be greatly appreciated.

When at our home, light refreshments will be provided.

Our mountain homestead offers some great mountain photography as well as clear astrophotography views with awesome moon rises from our back porch. If you choose to meet offsite for more than 15 miles from our home, round trip transportation fees may apply.

Contact: ajeramy@hotmail.com; 770-842-9999

I look forward to meeting with you and your family soon!

The Garden Triangle: Sunlight

Leave a comment

image

Sunlight, or the lack thereof depending on the plant, is a critical element in gardening. Most people who struggle with gardening often have a sunlight problem. Plants that do no not bear fruit like leafy greens or even green beans can get away with about four-five hours of direct sunlight and produce. They prefer more, but they can still yield a modest amount.

Tomatoes, peppers, and squash really like at least six good hours and prefer eight or more. Such plants thrive in the open sunlight as they consume tons of light needed for heavy vegetable production.

Needless to say, sunlight is also important for heat, though that can be gained without direct light on the plant. The change of the seasons affects this also as the earth sun relationship changes throughout the year. Early sunlight tends to be a softer heat, and plants love early to midday sun. After that, it can become harsh and begin to be counterproductive because of too much direct scorching heat as summer progresses.

Furthermore, sunlight is a major factor in pest control because it will help dry the plant and ground out during periods of heavy moisture. Plants growing in too much shade will yield to the stress of excessive moisture that is not escaping and thereby fostering a cesspool a insects, disease, etc.

Therefore, if you want a thriving garden, you gotta get those plants some sunlight. Planting on a south facing slope or unobstructed south facing part of your property will practically guarantee year round sunlight, which is especially important in the early Spring and Fall when the sun rises and sets lower on the horizon. That’s actually a key factor to why we bought the property that we have settled into. It is on a south facing slope, which us also great for solar panels by the way.

Happy Gardening!

Preaching Till You’re Blue In The Face

Leave a comment

image

Are you tired of preaching God’s revealed truth to your congregation, family, friends, and coworkers only for much of that to fall on deaf ears, blind eyes, and hard hearts? Though it may seem odd, take comfort, for there is nothing new under the sun. Behold, the Word of the LORD proclaims in Isaiah:

“And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.” And he said, “Go, and say to this people: “‘Keep on hearing, but do not understand; keep on seeing, but do not perceive.’ Make the heart of this people dull, and their ears heavy, and blind their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed.”
Then I said, “How long, O Lord?” And he said: “Until cities lie waste without inhabitant, and houses without people, and the land is a desolate waste, and the LORD removes people far away, and the forsaken places are many in the midst of the land. And though a tenth remain in it, it will be burned again, like a terebinth or an oak, whose stump remains when it is felled.” The holy seed is its stump.” – Isaiah 6:8-13

Without a doubt, in this present evil age, it can be especially fatiguing when you have poured your life into delivering the gospel message only to have so few repent and bear fruit. From the flesh, it seems like a fool’s errand, but, from the spirit, we know that it is God’s command to press on.

Isaiah’s lived during troubled times. After all, it wasn’t too long before this great revelation was given to him that King Uzziah had defiled the temple and was then judged with leprosy. If Uzziah, a great leader before his foolish act of pride humbled him, could be judged so harshly, then all the moreso of our leaders. Hard hearts during a hard time.

At this point, we cry out for grace longing to see a revival that such hardness and leadership corruption be vanquished. God did command Isaiah to preach, but the result would be continual rebellion. That is so hard to swallow, but He did not leave Isaiah without hope.

After such times, the stump would sprout and rise out of the destruction. Christ Jesus is He Who comes to deliver the world, so we are not without hope. Even so, wide is the gate that leads to destruction,

In America particularly, we are used to great revivals and preaching that leads to widespread repentance, yet today, in spite of much prayer, fasting by some, and constant orthodox preaching, we see so little life change. The country is overrun by Sodomites, befallen to Muslims, and apathetic to adultery, pornography, and abortion.

How should we then live?

Let not your hearts be troubled. Just as Christ raised Lazarus from the dead, so shall He raise our mortal bodies. Let us rejoice that we are saved, lest we think to highly of ourselves, and let us rejoice when that one lost soul does repent and turn to Christ. Be faithful, for God will be do as He pleases, and we know that the LORD is good and just. The Sovereign over all will vindicate His people in His good time.

Sunset on the Mountain Homestead

Leave a comment

My work as a CSI involves quite a bit of photography, though not always the most appealing scenes. Nonetheless, the same  techniques carry over to pretty much everything else. Personally, I enjoy taking landscape scenery the most. Like pictures of family and friends, well photographed scenery enables us to enjoy God’s creation again and again as we gaze into a previously taken photo, along with the memories that were developed as well.

Here is magnificent sunset from our little mountain homestead.

image

From Filthy Rags to Glorious Riches

Leave a comment

image

In light of all the campaign rhetoric going on and the desire for many to see America made great again, let us see what we really need to be great. We are a Church and a country mired in sin. If we want hope for renewal, it will not come from mere men.

There have been many who have gone from rags to riches in this temporal life, but to do so eternally takes a much Higher intervention. Who can stand before a Holy God and live? Who has clean hands and a pure heart?

“Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to accuse him. And the LORD said to Satan, “The LORD rebuke you, O Satan! The LORD who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Is not this a brand plucked from the fire?” Now Joshua was standing before the angel, clothed with filthy garments. And the angel said to those who were standing before him, “Remove the filthy garments from him.” And to him he said, “Behold, I have taken your iniquity away from you, and I will clothe you with pure vestments.” – Zechariah 3:1-4 ESV

The destruction of Jerusalem and consequential Babylonian captivity left the people of God judged and ashamed, but God made a promise to Abraham and ultimately to Adam and Eve.

Here we see the Great Accuser, Satan, condemning Joshua the High Priest, who was clothed in filthy rags. Surely, the the nation was covered in mire as it was traversing through this time of harsh judgment. Furthermore, how could a sinful High Priest intercede for the people when he is just as guilty? It appears hopeless, but redemption was not far off.

In his own shoes, Joshua the High Priest rightly stood condemned as did and does everyone else, but our Advocate was there. He is the Lord Jesus Christ. He Who knew no sin became sin on our behalf. He is our Intercessor, our Great High Priest.

In a moment, Joshua went from absolute helpless condemnation to glorified hope! His sin was taken away, and he would be clothed with pure vestments. He not only removes our filth as far as the east is from the west, but He also clothes us with His righteousness. Only the Lord Jesus Christ can do that because He is God, the Holy One Who is without sin.

Therefore, let not the Great Accuser hold sin over your head. Rather, repent and flee to Christ. Cling to Him and His Righteousness. Seek first His Kingdom, and all of these things will be added unto you.

The Garden Triangle

Leave a comment

Gardening can be satisfying to some while especially frustrating to others.

In response to that, I couldn’t help but laugh. It can be especially agitating to put so much work into a garden with so little benefit.

image

In response to that, I couldn’t help but laugh. It can be especially agitating to put so much work into a garden with so little benefit.

The primary solution is what I call “The Garden Triangle”, something I have gone back and forth on and reduced it to that. It can be summed up in three critical areas: sunlight, moisture, and fertility. Considering all three is absolutely critical in gardening, and I have at one time fought one or all three at the same time.

Over the next several weeks, we’ll take a close at each.

This Present Evil Age

1 Comment

image

In our present evil age, we find ourselves pressed in by the world, the flesh, and the Devil. The world seeks to conform us to its evil godless intents; the flesh is ever driving us to hypocrisy along with the lust of the eye, the lust of the flesh, and the vainful pride of life; and the Adversary is a factory of lies by which God is denied existence, His revelation of Himself, and His expectations of us. What shall we do? To Whom or what shall we go?

All seems vanity and striving after the wind. After all, the last century was nothing but a century of the devaluing of human life to the point that the deaths by the hundreds of millions are nothing more than rote statistics to be studied and contemplated over. The utopian evolutionary systems like those manifested with heightened intensity during WWII and beyond brought only death, destruction, and tyranny. The rise and reemergence of other false religious systems like Islam have devastated the world and spread like a terrifying plague. Furthermore, nations that once had a semblance of the truth have all but abandoned God and His Word. Their response to all this is to continue headlong into the socialist abyss, kill their babies, and strive after sodomy.

Are we that hopeless? Has it ever been this bad?

No we are not hopeless, and yes it has been this bad before.

The days of Noah saw a scant few survive the Flood, and Elijah held on by a thread, yet God had kept seven thousand for Himself. He is not absent, nor is He deaf to our cries for truth, justice, mercy, peace, joy, and unending gracious covenant love.

Hear now the great hope:

Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.” – John 6:68-69 ESV

Those words echo in our souls during the most troubled times, and might they renew our hearts to joy when all seems so vain and destitute. Remember the saints of old who persevered, those of whom the world was not worthy. Might we have such faith as well, and may the same be counted towards us.

In Christ we have hope. There is no one or nothing else to turn to for eternal life. Every other path leads to death and is a temporal coping mechanism at best, yet the Living Historical Christ commands our obedience and gives us a record of what actually did and will happen. The evidence left behind closes mouths and forces men to repent or just stop up their ears, close their eyes, and scream louder like our nation that is so blinded by the god of this age that it has abandoned all reason for madness and raw emotion. Men don’t want the truth because they want the indulgences of sin and would rather reap the dire immediate and long term consequences of rebellion than submit to The Holy God.

In the midst of this, we continue to trust without ever having seen Him or the miracles He performed in His earthly life. Blessed are those who believe but have not seen. Even so, our hope can often seem so far off, and death is always lurking at the door. However, when that comes to pass (save the Lord’s return beforehand), the believer will be with Christ, for to be absent from the body is to be present with the LORD. Our reward is coming, so let us not lose hope nor let our love grow cold. Rather, let us persevere and know that He is near.

Older Entries