Saturday, December 18, 2010
Last night was crazy. alittlerojo was hired to photograph a corporate Christmas party for NorPac doing portraits of key people, general event coverage, video interviews, and a photo booth. The ensuing three hours of non-stop creative madness was pretty sweet, helped along of course by an absolutely fabulous spread of food and the amazing execs and managers of NorPac.
The photo booth was definitely the highlight for us, and probably for anyone who didn't make a Christmas bonus this year. We grabbed a white backdrop, put up a couple of flashes in soft boxes, and fired away with a 20mm lens for an hour of craziness. The best part though, was when 15 minutes later we showed off all the photos on a giant 65" TV while the party was still going on!
Everything else went along well too... Shooting rocking images of a great party, recording video interviews of people's dreams and goals for 2011, grabbing portraits of key individuals for upcoming publications went smoothly. We left the part around 11pm and had images done and online at 2pm. Everything was offloaded to a thumb-drive and left for NorPac before we left for the airport at 8am this morning. All in a night's work for these photographers...
Our fabulous party hosts, Isaac and Angie Tolpin!
Learn more about what alittlerojo can do for you at http://alittlerojo.com
Thursday, December 09, 2010
I had an idea I wanted to try out... I wanted to combine a whole bunch of extremes and see what sort of a portrait I could pull out of a day on the West Coast of New Zealand.
After driving a couple hundred kilometers in our camper vans in November, 2010, we arrived at the trail head for Franz Josef Glacier in New Zealand. I pulled out the gear I needed, Canon EOS-1D MkIV, Canon TS-E 45mm lens, and 2 Canon 580EX2 speedlights, and tossed these in my sling pack with a couple of granola bars and a water bottle. We headed up a trail along a huge riverbed that in days gone by had been carved out by the massive glacier. A mile into our hike we arrived at the end of the trail, a view point just a couple hundred yards from the face of the glacier.
I pulled out my gear, setting the on camera flash to master mode and to not fire, just trigger the second, off-camera flash that was positioned about 45 degrees off to my right. Exposure was set manually for both the camera and the flash as the tilt-shift lens messes up all auto exposure modes. The flash was set to be about a stop more powerful than ambient light to create the darker effect on the background scenery and to show off the dimension in the face created by the shadows from the flash. The lens itself was set to allow my subject and the glacier in the background to be sharp, while blurring the background immediately behind my subject.
I had never tried a combination like this... off camera lighting, tilt-shift focusing, hard core glacier, and rather variable weather.
Once I was set, I waited for the sun to duck behind clouds before I took each shot. I eyeballed the ambient light and adjusted the aperture on the fly as each cloud blocked a different amount of sunlight. Some were a bit darker than others. As I changed the aperture, I had to keep moving my second flash closer or farther away because it was in manual mode as well. It helped to have a human light stand! I didn't modify the flash with a reflector or soft-box because I wanted to keep the harsher shadows to match the harsh conditions in the background.
I liked the results quite a bit, and so did my models. Hopefully you will too!
View the rest of the collection on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rowangillson/sets/72157625565895112/with/5247293895/
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
This year's Christmas Book List for Photographers features the works of two master image makers: Michael Freeman and Scott Kelby.
Michael Freeman is a photographer extraordinaire. His approach to composition and exposure is masterful, and these books give you the inside track into how a top-notch photographer thinks about the world he is photographing.
|Photographer's Eye||Photographer's Mind||Perfect Exposure||Photographer's Eye Field Guide|
Scott Kelby has been a leader in the world of image post-processing for years, and his latest books on Lightroom 3 and Photoshop CS5 show you why. In these titles he takes the approach of addressing specific tasks a photographer is likely to perform and showing you the step-by-step approach to accomplishing it with excellence.
|Lightroom 3 by Kelby||Photoshop CS5 by Kelby||Lightroom 2 by Kelby|
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Photographing the Gates of Haast
Alas, they have come. We're sitting in the Christchurch airport awaiting our flight to Auckland and then on to Fiji. New Zealand has been good to us. The weather has been incredible. The scenery is always gorgeous. The team has gotten along well. Everyone has met with God. Could you really ask for more?
We now prepare to embark on our third leg of this adventure that has already proved to be life-changing: Fiji. Most Americans visit Fiji for vacation, but we won't see that side of the islands. Instead we'll be in the prisons, the slums, the schools, and the trenches with those who faithfully minister the love of Jesus to the people of Fiji every day. We only have 5 days to work, but our cameras will click away and our souls will love and encourage for all we're worth.
It won't be easy. The culture shock is intense. The heat and humidity will be oppressive. The food will be strange. The hours will be long. It will be good.
Please pray for us as we finish strong!
Friday, November 05, 2010
As part of the 2010 New Zealand Experience, IPS students put together a still photo media package for Lifeway College in Snells Beach, New Zealand.
Lifeway provides the best 3D animation training in New Zealand. Visit them at http://www.lifeway.ac.nz/.
Sunday, October 31, 2010
The 2010 New Zealand Experience has begun in typical "God loves photography" fashion. The leadership team arrived in Auckland a couple days early to prepare for the rest of the teams arrival. One of the challenges we faced was that our housing for the first 2 days of the trip still had not come together. Our primary contact still had not gotten back to us and our secondary housing had just fallen through! We weren't sure what to do and were beginning to beat the bushes for other options when Neil Hamilton from Beachlands Baptist Church shot me an email that they would love to host our team again.
IPS has a good and long history with Beachlands Baptist, so I was quite excited to return once again to camp on the floor of their facility. As we chatted with Neil he gave us some ideas for the next few days…
We picked up the students at around 2:45pm on Saturday. By 6pm that night, three of them were already on assignment at the Beachlands Fire Brigade Annual Awards ceremony. Through their cameras we were able to come alongside Neil to support and encourage his fellow fire brigade members and the community.
Krissy Pucek runs a game at the Light Party
This morning (Sunday), Michelle and Krissy spoke in church. They both gave powerful testimonies of standing strong in the midst of adversity and the faithfulness of God. There were many tears in the eyes of those who heard, and many people who came up to them and to me afterward thanking us for the encouragement. One woman even came back and presented Michelle with a photo book of New Zealand in appreciation for her word this morning!
One Tree Hill
This afternoon we went to one of my favorite places on earth simply to hang out and meet with God. We each had the chance to pause and think about the weeks ahead and what we're asking God to do in us and through us. Oh, and One Tree Hill offers some pretty cool photo opportunities as well…
Tonight was the Light Party. Beachlands Baptist Church hosts a fun alternative to Halloween for the local community with over 500 kids and parents in attendance. We joined in the fun by running games, taking pictures, and hosting a photo booth. The family portraits that we took at our booth will be printed and given back to the church so they can share them with the people from their community. Two years ago we did this with Hastings Baptist Church and they had 7 new families join their church!
Matt Derrit runs a game at the Light Party
In the 36 hours they have been here, these students have changed New Zealand. They have demonstrated the love of Christ to a diverse audience of Christians and the general public. They have come along side a church and furthered their ministry within their community. They have encouraged a local body of Christ by joining in their ministry wholeheartedly. They have already seen the mighty hand of God at work in them and on their behalf.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
If you follow me on Twitter (http://twitter.com/rowangillson) you've already figured out that Jocelyn and I are safely out of Africa and embedded in New Zealand for the next few weeks. I apologize that I haven't been able to get my final Lausanne video posted... we haven't had sufficient bandwidth to get a video up yet!
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Rowan Gillson shares his thoughts on day 5 of the Third Global Congress on World Evangelization in Cape Town, South Africa. Today Rowan met a man from South Africa who inspired a novel idea for taking IPS global...
Friday, October 22, 2010
Rowan talks about the third day of the Lausanne Congress on World Evangelism and introduces a German friend who is doing unique things in his community with a video camera and a taxi van.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Today was another amazing day. I'm really encouraged by the spirit of collaboration and unity expressed here at the conference. There are more than 4000 delegates from 198 countries and untold numbers of ministries and businesses represented, yet I have encountered no one who is stuck on their own ministry, church, or denomination. Instead, there seems to be a genuine desire to learn from others and to form long-lasting ministry partnerships with people from diverse backgrounds and experiences.
Perhaps this is because Lausanne is a movement, not an organization. By its very nature, this gathering is about the effective collaboration of diverse organizations around the centrality of Jesus Christ and the need to share the good news of the Gospel with those who haven't heard.
Today I was able to meet up with a bunch of people, some who I've been trying to connect with for a while, others who I didn't even know I needed to meet. Today I also met people that I knew from outside of Lausanne for the first time. Yes… after being involved for over 6 months and seeing thousands of people I finally met up with pastor Charlie Koh from Malaysia who is an IPS graduate and the pastor from New York (whose name I have lost) who married Faith and Joel in July.
God continues to move in my heart and confirm that this is where I am meant to be. I'm not sure what to DO yet, but perhaps that is OK for now. I feel like a kid looking at a hundreds of presents under a Christmas Tree, I don't know which to open first!
Monday, October 18, 2010
Rowan talks about the unique challenges and opportunities facing IPS at the Third Congress for World Evangelism in Cape Town, South Africa hosted by Lausanne.
Sunday, October 17, 2010
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Monday, October 04, 2010
A week and a day from today Jocelyn and I leave for the third Global Lausanne Congress in Cape Town, South Africa. I’m super excited and totally stressed! This 10-day event runs back-to-back with IPS’s 7th New Zealand Experience, meaning that Jocelyn and I will fly straight from the congress to New Zealand to meet up with staff and students and embark on a month-long adventure exploring cross-cultural and missions photography. This, of course, means that almost everything for New Zealand has to be completed before we leave for South Africa… ouch. Hence the stress!
I’m super excited about Lausanne! I’ve been able to attend two pre-Lausanne events and have connected with other Christian leaders from across the United States. So far, I have been the youngest person I have seen connected with the Congress. I feel honored to be invited to attend, and extremely blessed to be networking with some of the leading Christian businessmen, ministry leaders, and thinkers of our day. I cannot wait to join those from around the WORLD in doing the same. Worshipping with 4000+ Christians from 191 countries in a huge auditorium will probably be the closest thing to heaven I experience on this earth!!
Our “road” to Lausanne is crazy. We leave on October 12 but don’t arrive until the 15th after traveling through Portland, Los Angeles, Nadi (Fiji), Auckland, Sydney, Johannesburg, and finally Cape Town. Please pray for safety and endurance as we traverse 5 countries, 5 airlines, 7 cities, and, uh, a lot of miles!
We are still raising support to help cover the expense of this trip. Use the PayPal button below if you feel led to contribute.
Monday, September 27, 2010
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Tuesday, September 07, 2010
Canon EOS 1D-MkIIn | 2s | f/8 | 20mm | ISO100
Since 2004, I have been leading Cross Cultural/Missions Photography workshops in New Zealand. One of the highlights of this trip for me was always exploring the city of Christchurch at night. My students and I would bundle up, sling camera bags over one shoulder, perch our tripods on the other, and head out the door into the night. In the heart of Christchurch sits the cathedral, a stone masterpiece rising out of the central square with its spire piercing the night sky. I have many photographs of the cathedral, but this is one of my favorites.
Today I heard that my beloved cathedral will most likely be demolished. As you may know, last weekend Christchurch was struck by the largest earthquake to hit New Zealand since 1931. Over 100,000 homes were damaged and as I write, the central business district remains shut down. Schools are closed, utility companies are struggling to restore water and electricity, and the domestic airport remains inoperable. My prayers go out to the people of New Zealand as they struggle through a crisis that will test the mettle of their nation.
Check up on the latest NZ news at: http://www.stuff.co.nz
Read up on the Cathedral on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ChristChurch_Cathedral,_Christchurch
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Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
Jocelyn and I just returned home from a fabulous 2 weeks working with Summit Ministries at their first ever worldview camp in Wisconsin. I've worked with Summit since 2005, but this was Jocelyn's first experience, and my first time to work as the Assistant Director.
Oh... and I got to speak too! I gave two talks... one on understanding art and beauty and the other on our identity in Christ. I'll have to listen to the recordings, but if they're decent, I may post them here.
For now... here's a short clip from Summit. If you aren't familiar with them, you totally need to check them out! Find them on facebook: http://facebook.com/summitministries
Soundtrack by Nate Lenz: http://www.facebook.com/natelenz
Monday, July 05, 2010
Congratulations guys! Thanks for being the first wedding that Jocelyn and I got to shoot as a married couple!
You can see the rest of Craig and Liz's pictures at: http://craigandliz.rowangillson.com
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Monday, June 28, 2010
In September of 2009 I received an email inviting me to travel to South Africa in October 2010 as a delegate representing the United States at the Third Global Congress on World Evangelization. I was so excited that I jumped out of my chair and danced around the room!
I couldn’t believe that I had been selected as one of 4000 leaders of the global protestant Church! You don’t have to know me well or long before you figure out that I have a heart for the future of the Church that doesn’t fit within national borders. The opportunity to take part in the largest and most diverse gathering of Church leaders in history is something that continues to thrill my soul to the core.
In 1974 a committee led by Billy Graham called for 2300 Christian leaders from 150 nations to converge upon Lausanne, Switzerland in an unprecedented gathering. The result of their 9 day experience was the Lausanne Covenant, a declaration "intended to define the necessity, responsibilities, and goals of spreading the Gospel.” Today the Lausanne Covenant provides the theological framework for a discussion of 6 key issues facing the Church:
• Truth: Bearing Witness to the Truth of Christ in our time
How do we make the case for Truth and the uniqueness of Christ in a postmodern, pluralistic world?
• Reconciliation: Building the Peace of Christ in our Divided and Broken World
How do we articulate and demonstrate the power of the Gospel in the midst of suffering and strife?
• World Faiths: Living the Love of Christ with Neighbors of Other Faiths
How do we respond redemptively to religious fundamentalism – Islam and Hinduism in particular?
• Priorities: Discerning the Will of Christ in our Ongoing Evangelism
What should our priorities be with respect to the unfinished task of world evangelization?
• Integrity: Returning to the Way of Christ in Repentance and Humility
What are obstacles to world evangelization within the church and how can those be addressed?
• Partnership: Partnering in the Body of Christ Toward a New Global Equilibrium
How should the church in the US partner with the church in the rest of the world?
Why I’m excited.
I have a heart for the Church of tomorrow, and a calling to take an active role in shaping it. Today’s youth have a greater need for Reality than any previous generation in the history of the planet, and God is going to meet it. I want to be there. I want to stand in any gap God gives me to bring about the restoration of God’s people to Himself.
Lausanne is my next step. I do not know all that God is going to do in and through me in Cape Town, but I know I’m called to be there. I will be perhaps the youngest and least qualified attendee, but I cannot wait to encourage and be encouraged. I will challenge and be challenged. I will ask new questions and encounter key answers as I experience the meeting of the leaders of the Church from every corner of the globe. And I will walk away as a changed man, with a greater passion for Jesus, a greater love for His Church, and another step further in my quest to change the world.
Why I need help.
In July of 2007 I lost my camera/laptop bag with nearly all of my equipment; nearly $9000 worth of gear was gone. Less than a month later I was in China on a month-long photographic expedition followed by another 6 weeks in Southeast Asia documenting the lives of missionaries. Before I left for China and the Far East I had received over $1500 in gifts from friends enabling me to replace some of the key gear I had lost. This made for the first photographic trips for which I had ever received financial support. To this day I consider the images I created in Asia in 2007 to be some of my best, and I attribute that to the love, support, encouragement, and prayers of those who stood with me.
I do not want to attend Lausanne alone. I know that God could provide for me in many ways, but I believe that I go to South Africa as a member of the Church, representing the Church, and that you, my brothers and sisters in Christ, are the Church.
So I humbly ask, will you join with me in this endeavor, supporting the work of God in my life and in the global Church, furthering the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the hearts and minds of His people? I need your love. I need your prayer. I need your encouragement. I need your financial support.
My estimate is that the 2-week trip to Cape Town will cost between $6000 and $8000 for me and Jocelyn to go. This money will go towards our plane tickets, hotels, transportation, food, and conference fees.
Thank you for supporting for me as a minister of the Gospel. Click the button below to place a secure donation, or tax-deductible gifts can be given through Worldchangers Summit | Box 643, Waite Park, MN 56387. Any gifts in excess of what is needed to attend Lausanne will be used for the 2011 World Changers Summit.
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