Malawi 2016

I am excited about this opportunity that God has given me to be a part of this group of 24. I am equally excited to go along with Emily my youngest daughter. I am beyond excited to see how this expands her worldview on missions. Stay tuned …

Radiate Summer Missions: Malawi 2016

In just over 6 months we will be leaving for Africa to serve with the Passion Center for Children in Zomba, Malawi. God has provided a wonderful opportunity to assist the Passion Center as we join in their mission to rescue, redeem, and restore. We look forward to doing in this in a variety of ways: sports clinics, health screenings, Bible studies, music concerts to name a few. God has brought together 20 Radiate students and 4 leaders who will make up the Malawi 2016 team.

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12 Cameras 12 Months + a few

Here is my collection of cameras I plan to use over the next year. I can say these are pretty much my favorite cameras in my collection. I am not prepared to select my final 12 cameras yet, so I’ve added a few cameras for consideration.


Here is what I have planned to date. I have already shot Aug-Nov., and on the eve of December, I still don’t know what what camera I’m going to use for the month. Other considerations are, I’ll be traveling to Italy in May for 3 weeks, do I want to shoot with a Polaroid or Nikon FE during that time. It’s likely I’ll be traveling in July as well, decisions, decisions! The 35mm SLR’s & 35mm rangefinders are pretty easy to use. While the medium format Yashica D takes more time to create an image and the large format 4×5 takes a considerable amount of time to take a single image & planning as well. I think February will be a good time to use the 4×5 in the studio taking portraits & maybe a few winter exterior shots. I have a few extra cameras on the sideline in case there are problems with the cameras I have selected.

Camera List:

August 2015 – Olympus 35RC
September 2015 – Rollei B35
October 2015  – Agfa Prontor II
November 2015 – Ricoh 35ZF
12/15  Nikon FE
01/16  Kodak No. 2 Monitor Six-16
02/16  Crown Graphic 4×5
03/16  Yashica D
04/16  Polaroid Spectra ProCam
05/16  Polaroid Land Camera 101 (or similar)
06/16  Yashica G Electro 35
07/16  Pentax K1000

Kodak Signet 40
Lubitel 166B
Minolta 7s
Holga 120S


A New Project … Can’t Wait For 2016

A New Project … Can’t Wait For 2016

12 Cameras 12 Months Project
August 2015 – July 2016

Brace yourselves, a blog without any images!
Over the years I have acquired a decent collection of analog cameras, some have been given to me while others I have bought. In the collection, there are several different kinds of 35mm rangefinder & SLR cameras, an assortment of Polarojd camera’s, a few kinds of medium formats, a 4×5 Crown Graphic and a classic 1903 Seneca 5×7 field camera. I shoot with my analog cameras as much as I can, though it’s not as often as I’d like.

Well, I’m back at it again!  In 2014 I had a photo project 26 Cameras 12 Months where I shot with an analog camera every two weeks. It was a fun photo project, I blogged about it when I could & posted images of the cameras on Instagram, check out #26cameras12months on IG. I’m a sucker for photo a day projects so I thought of starting another even with it being in the middle of the year. It’s August, why wait until the first of the year, right?!

I thought I’d attempt to document the journey again.

From the beginning, my plan was to pick a camera each month, blog about it toward the start of the month (that’s not gone so well yet) shoot at least one shot a day that month. I still hope to post results from the cameras throughout the project. Along with this project, my thought was to journal along the way. Through the years I’ve always journaled but sadly it’s never been very consistent. I thought I’d be able to journal with an app on my iPhone but I’ve never been able to find one I like. I have found it to be somewhat impersonal typing my thoughts into my iPhone. I bought some Field Notes journals, they seem to be a great size that I’ve be able to keep along side my iPhone. I’ve been able to track my photo project with what I shoot each day & camera settings. As well as just journaling as things happen & taking weekly Church sermon notes. Looking back on my past PAD’s I remember the pics & moments in time. As I journal, I hope to add another dimension alongside my 12 cameras 12 months project!

I trust this photo project interests you and you can follow along with my journey.

Day 4 at Shell Ecomarathon

The final day started at 8am with a Shell sponsored group shot of all the vehicles & participants.

Sunday was a long day with having the vehicles out on the downtown Detroit track several times, each time trying to improve on their last run.

Soon after the end of competition, the team took the traditional team shot with all 3 vehicles. Everyone packed up and headed back to campus after the awards ceremony. A five hour drive was much better than the last several years having to drive 20+ hours back to Cedarville from Houston.

Final Results:
GLII – 4th Prototype, Gasoline Category
Sting – 5th Prototype, Battery Electric Category
Ernie – did not place

Day 3 at Shell Ecomarathon

Saturday brought a flurry of activity with trying to get Sting & Urbie through inspections. Long before the inspection site was open, both vehicles were in line. After passing all their inspections, the vehicles took a few test runs around the indoor track before the outdoor track was open.

Since all of Fridays outdoor practice sessions were canceled, none of the teams were able to drive the course until competition started. Because of being unfamiliar with the course, teams & spectators saw many early crashes on the course.
Both Sting & GLII made several successful runs on the outdoor track.

Urbie continued having mechanical problems which kept the team from performing as they had hoped on Saturday.

Day 2 at Shell Ecomarathon

Friday morning we woke to high winds that forced Shell Ecomarathon to cancel all testing on the outdoor track through downtown Detroit. The Cedarville team worked hard all morning & afternoon to get their super mileage vehicles ready & pass safety inspections.

Though Cedarville’s Gold Lightning II was the only vehicle that passed all the inspections & was able to get on the indoor test track and get several test runs, both Sting & Urbie passed several inspection points. With some additional work in the evening, both vehicles should pass the rest of their inspections Saturday morning and be able to get on the outdoor track along with Cedarville’s GLII.

Day 1 at Shell Ecomarathon

Day one brought a long day but we arrived in Detroit at the Cobo Center for the Shell Ecomarathon late in the afternoon.

After unloading the 3 vehicles from the trailer to the team’s paddock we headed to dinner. After dinner, the students were required to watch a Shell safety video. Everyone gathered back at the team paddock for a quick team picture & a meeting. Minutes after the meeting, everyone went to their task to complete what was needed. Saturday morning was going to come quickly and the 3 vehicles needed to be ready to pass all 10 Shell inspections before the vehicles can get out on the track for testing. There are only limited times throughout the day on Friday that the vehicles will be permitted to be on the track for testing.