Picture of Faith

Photo: ‘Picture of Faith‘ – Copyright 2014 Frank J Casella All Rights Reserved.

“Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen.” ~ Hebrews 11:1 (Catholic Bible version).

When I see this moment of hands reaching out to God in prayer, in community, it illustrates to me the outward expression of the inner faith of a community of prayers, in belief of what is hoped for.

Said another way, sometimes, when we don’t have answers or can’t provide a solution, praying to God and trusting Him in faith has proven to do what we can not. In His time and not in ours.

God wants us to depend on Him, and Loves us to the point to provide us the freedom to make that decision.

Sunlight Through The Trees

The sunlight illuminates the leaves in the trees along the trail at the Homewood Izaak Walton Preserve in Illinois – USA. Photo: ‘Sunlight Through The Trees – Orton Effect’ – Copyright 2022 Frank J Casella All Rights Reserved.

Orton imagery, also called an Orton slide sandwich or the Orton Effect, is a photography technique which blends two completely different photos of the same scene, resulting in a distinctive mix of high and low detail areas within the same photo. It was originated by photographer Michael Orton in the mid 1980s.

This now can be done with the push of a button in post processing software, just as ribbet.com. However you can manually layer it in Adobe Lightroom as well.

There are a few photography techniques like this that I employ, but for the most part my photography is devoted exclusively to Fine Art Photography . those images which are technically excellent virtually straight from the camera with minimal post processing.

Curves In The Woods

The interesting lines and curves in the woods, highlighted by the light and shadow play. Reminds me of the many twists and turns in life as well, highlighted by ups and downs. Photo: ‘Curves In The Woods‘ – Copyright 2021 Frank J Casella All Rights Reserved.

One or Another – Square

Photo: ‘One or Another’ – A stand-alone tree with Autumn leaves by a fence in the wooded preserve – Copyright 2013 Frank J Casella

I’ve been attracted by trees lately. The light and shadow play on the branches. The colors from the Fall Season. But deeper, the formations from their environment and the other trees around them .. Or not.

Trees, very much like our lives, all have a life of their own. Each one is different in their own way, though they may be the same kind: Birch, Cedar, Oak, etc. Some tree branches it seems are attracted towards the Light, while others it seems move one direction because of a branch or another tree forces them from another direction.

There are many directions that we can go in life .. One or Another … The choice is ours.

A good choice today will lead to a better tomorrow … We have the power to choose … Use it wisely.

— Zig Ziglar

“The stumbling block to the pessimist, is a stepping stone to the optimist.”

— Eleanor Roosevelt