Monthly Archives: November 2007

From Raggedy To Artistic (Experimentation With Light And Depth Of Field)

These images may disturb those of you that feel that a Christmas tree must be immaculate . The purpose of this experiment was to see if I could take a sad looking Christmas tree and use it to help me make an artistic photograph. This is right in line with the phrase “When life gives you lemons make lemonade”.

Here is the background. The children put up the Christmas tree (if you want to call it that). Let’s just say that the Charlie Brown’s Christmas Tree looks better than ours. By the looks of it my youngest kids put this up with NO help from their older brother. I think that my 6 year old did the lights because all of them are bunched and grouped towards the LOWER part of the tree.

Some of you may wonder… why don’t I fix the tree and make it look “purty”? It is because I don’t care. After all, its just a tree.

Moving on……

My experiment was to see if I could take this poorly dressed tree and turn it into an artistic photograph.


For this task I drafted my buddy Christian. Here is an inbetween shot that was used to check the exposure on my camera.


Here is the final picture that I had in mind. This is the same poorly dressed tree but it is used in conjunction with tight composition and shallow depth of field to create an artistic feel. In a nutshell, I had to balance the intensity of the lights on the Christmas tree with the light on Christian so that the light on Christian would be twice as bright. A shallow enough depth of field had to be used to blur the lights on the tree into blobs of light.


42nd J.W. Smith Family Reunion Video & Pictures November 22, 2007

Note: At the end of this post is a link to complete gallery of photographs that were taken. 

I’ve been asked how could this be a Smith reunion and my last name is Watkins.  This reunion is on my Mother’s side of the family.

This past Thanksgiving my family held their reunion.  The location was Winston-Salem,NC and the hosts where my cousin Brian and my two sisters Eileen and Benita.  We had a joyous occasion and there was plenty of fellowship, laughter, thoughts back to the past and new moments to be remembered.

   One major surprise to all of us was the appearance by our cousin Pete from St. Croix whom we haven’t seen in years.  During the reunion I was busy running around with my camera to try and capture all the people and highlights of the evening.  This will allow us to revisit our reunion for many years to come and it also serves as a historical record of who was in attendance.


The hosts for this family reunion where my cousin Brian and my two sisters Eileen and Benita.  During the family reunion we decided to show a documentary on our family history.  It was an honor putting this documentary together. Visiting with my great aunts so that they could share history with us was invaluable.  Special thanks to cousin Patty for having the foresite to videotape the older generations many years ago.  Some of her footage proved to be priceless for this project. I thank all the family members that sent in pictures for the show.

You can view our family’s documentary/slideshow by clicking on the video below. 


Click on the link below to view the pictures.  Note: If you want a picture for yourself then you can buy them straight from the website or download it to your computer.   Just click the “buy photo” or “multiple photo” link above any picture.

A Child Singing Unto God

This past week our church conducted a Youth Music Workshop Extravaganza. Minister Roland Perry and the other clinicians did an outstanding job of working with the youth. On Friday night a concert was held and all of the children sang their hearts out. Towards the end of the concert Mr. Best (NEBC Drummer) had his wife hand me their camcorder because there was a special guest that was about to sing. I had NO idea of the magnitude of the gift that was about to be captured on film. This child worshipped God through song. Once he was done he reverted back to a quiet and humble child and that made his worship even more inspiring. Hopefully this video clip will bless you the way it blessed everyone that was present.


To GOD be the glory for all the gifts that He bestows.

Singer contact
Anthony Brown
c/o Mt Olive Missionary Baptist Church
118 Johnson Street
Fayetteville, NC 28303

Phone: (910) 868-2770 Fax (910) 864-9667

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