Winter fake

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I thought for sure the sky would be too dark to get this sort of photo, but I was wrong. Actually, the best light in this case was after the sun had already gone down. And the glow from the sky came over the top and around the other side of the frozen fjord to bounce against this snow-and-frost-covered forest. I did some post editing in Photoshop, cooling the temperature and then dodging and burning the lights and darks. What you see here is a more accurate representation of what I saw in reality. It looks so fake! Doesn’t it?

2010 year in pictures collage

Here is our first an2010 the year in pictures.jpgnual visual newsletter.
It’s best viewed in a preview with a magnifier;
that way you can read all the fun captions.
GIVE IT A TRY!

Make sure to click on the download button once you get there.

P.S. I prefer Picasa’s previewer. You just install Picasa (PC version / Mac version), activate the viewer as your default image viewer and then double-click on an image and use the mouse to scroll-zoom and move around.

I won a photo contest!

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Want to hear some fun news? Well, it’s fun news for me at least. I won a photo contest! My family and I went with some other families to a Swedish national day event just outside Uddevalla. It’s called Gustavsberg, and it is a place full of old houses, a café and lots of grass, right next to the water’s edge. As we walked around the corner of the entrance to the park, there was a big tent, sponsored by the kommun (county) with a sign saying “Photo contest for Swedish National Day”. The Winners

My friend David, who was with us is also a photographer, looked at me and asked, “Hmm! Why not try?” So we kicked our photographic attitudes up a notch and started looking for good Swedish-national-day-looking shots. When we came back to our home at Restenäs, David and I edited our best three photos in my office while Veronica and his wife hung out and had some girl time together. We sent in our photos and voila! I won first and sixth places, while David won second, third and fourth places. First prize is a digital photo frame. Oooh.. Cool! I’ve always wanted one of those!! Well, not really. but it’s fun to win first place anyhow.

David is, in my opinion, a very good photographer. He has a website if you want to see his work. He had been in Cambodia just two days after I left Cambodia. So together we will be showing our Cambodia photos in a few small cafés around Bohuslän.

Back in Phnom Penh – Final week

Sorry no pics today. And in the next few days I will be posting some of my photos I have taken over the past couple of weeks. In the meantime, watch my latest youtube videos from this trip.

I left Siem Reap this morning and again, had a case of the stomach bug. What is it with stomach bugs and busses? Anyhow, I personally was fine, but the poor chap who threw up somewhere near the front of the bus was not so lucky. Eventually, the smell lingered its way to the back of the bus and some of the more bold Khmer passangers began to complain by shouting at the driver’s helper to do something.. open a window I guess. You know, you try your best to repeat the mantra, “It’s only a form of strong, French cheese.. It’s only a form of strong, French cheese..” but somehow you can’t fool the ol’ sniffer!

So I have one week left here in Cambodia, and honestly, I have felt a little discouraged because I haven’t been able to find the “story” I was hoping to find during my time here. But I have an entire week to find it. So hope and pray for success will you? I think I need to just keep listening to God and trust Him to lead me to the right peoples and places.

Angkor Wot Sunrise

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You could say that things have changed slightly since my last update. When I landed in Mumbai I was refused entry because of something I apparently did during my last visit to India. So they Tom Hanked me and I had to pull a ‘Terminal’ all night. I wish this would have happened at Singapore or Tokyo. At least then I could have had free write. So, I returned to Thailand and planned a trip to Cambodia where I am right now. I took the bus from Bangkok to Siem Reap. Today I went to Angkor Wot at sunrise. A real treat. Tomorrow take a bus to Phnom Penh. This is turning out well. I will have opportunities to serve our friends out here with my photography and I even get to spend some time with my nephew Kyle who has been traveling SE Asia for a few weeks.
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This photo was taken at sunrise…. duh!
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These are my feet in the floorboard of a taxi during the three hour ride to Siem Reap. I shared the ride with a Norwegian couple.

Asian Meatballs

Veronica, Rasmus and Lucas enjoy some fresh, warm air outside our room at Juniper Tree in Dolphin Bay.

Veronica, Rasmus and Lucas enjoy some fresh air outside our room after the “incident”.

Are you ever amazed at the amazing timing of a quiet moment coinciding with barf? This evening, just as we put the boys to bed and sat down outside to relax and enjoy the night breeze, Blwagh! Lucas threw up all over his bed sheets. Probably something he caught before we left Sweden. Except for this, we have been having a wonderful time. We eat Thai food for lunch, then Western food for dinner.The water and the air feel like nearly the same temperature, which makes it absolutely perfect to be here. There are a few other families and couples here at Juniper Tree.It is such a cool place, totally quiet on our street which sits just across te small road from the beach. Photos to come to our Picasa web albums soon!

Don’t forget to watch our latest youtube videos.

Photography Exhibit Reaches People

Here is an article that the upcoming ywam.org website wrote about some work my media team did last summer.

written by Tamara Neely – “When I think about how uncomfortable I have often felt doing street evangelism, God reminds me that he gave me gifts and talents to bless the world with,” said Rob Darby. He and Lydia Calssen from YWAM Restenäs, Sweden wanted to bring a positive view to a city near their base whose reputation is ugly and boring, so they planned a photography exhibition.

“The amazing thing about this photo project,” said Rob, “was how God used our cameras as tools to open doors into the hearts of people whom we might never speak with otherwise.” They simply walked around the city and asked people if they could take their picture. One man they photographed had been wandering around the city in a desperate attempt to find peace from his depression and anxiety. When they understood this, the YWAMers stopped what they were doing and talked with him for a while. In the end he let them pray for him.

They also met a couple under a graffiti-covered tunnel. The YWAMers were not sure if they were Goths, Punks, Emos, or Satanists. Oddly enough, neither were they. Regardless, they talked together for over an hour.

Ultimately, the YWAMers displayed 16 large, framed photos and 30 smaller ones in a small café owned and operated by the local churches. The couple from the tunnel came to the exhibition, where they shared coffee and cake and continued their conversation.
Rob and Lydia have both tried to stay connected with the people they met. When they are in the city and see these people, they stop to say hello. Rob reported, “These remain some of the most real conversations I have had in a very long time. When I use my passion for photography, the world will be my oyster, and I will find valuable pearls in the people I meet.”

For more information on training at Restenas, visit: www.ywamrestenas.se