Monday, October 20, 2008

Men's Retreat: Huntington Memorial Camp

Our Church, Grace Christian Fellowship, organized a weekend at Huntington Memorial Camp on Raquette Lake. It was a great time. Brian Newman shared from God's Word on the relationships in men's lives and what it is we live for and what we're supposed to live for. He did an excellent job of helping to open my eyes to the fact that I need to be there for my family more and spend less time playing. I went to my first Bible Study in a long time as a result of this weekend.

There was plenty of free time available to do as we pleased, so, naturally, I took pictures. Sunday morning, as I was about to take a photo inside the lodge, I looked at my camera and saw that the ISO was set to 800. I only adjusted the ISO once this weekend and that as Friday evening to meter for some night shots. I set the ISO to 800 to get my light meter to give me a usable reading. The whole day I was fairly bummed about having lost a whole weekend's worth of photos as photos taken at ISO 800 on my camera get pretty noisy. This wouldn't have been a big deal, but I may never see Raquette Lake again! Oddly, though, it didn't bother me much at all. I knew that there was a much better purpose to being there and it certainly wasn't to take pictures. That was an added bonus.

Here are the first couple of photos of what will be several posts over the next week from the trip.

Men's Retreat (by John Brainard)

Men's Retreat (by John Brainard)

This was a great weekend and I certainly won't hesitate to do it again. I'm extremely thankful to the guys that organized this weekend! It was a blast. I met a lot of guys from Church that I might not have met otherwise.



Anonymous said...

Wow. I am envious (in a good way:-) of your ability. I like to take pictures and I like some of the effects you were able to do with the sunlight. I am still in teh point and shoot stage but digital is fun because you can fire away without worry of cost.

I will share your link with some of the guys to enjoy!


CU Saturday. Nice job, John.

John Brainard said...

Thank you Breck!

I enjoy getting the sun in my photos whenever I can. It adds another interesting element. I usually have to take two exposures, though. One for the sky and one for the foreground then combine them in Gimp.

Thanks for sharing my link... Be sure to tell them to leave a comment!