Day’s Verse:
He replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.”
Luke 17:6

This is just a brief update to let you all know that as of Monday at 10:00 am, I have started training as an AmeriCorps volunteer. Twenty-five or so other people are undergoing the training with me, and I think we all know each other’s name now. I think I’ll wait and give an overall summary when I finish up, but I wanted to note that it’s going much better than I feared. There seems to be no upper age limit, and quite a number of people are older than me. We have enough in common that I’m finding plenty to talk with people about. Everybody is, at the very least, extremely interesting.

Now I’m off, but here are some pictures I took on a short walk we took at Catherine Creek. Some of these are my first attempts at using the graduated neutral density (GND) filter Ian got me for Christmas — they are a bit dark, but the detail came out came remarkably well. Yay!

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4 thoughts on “AmeriCorps Training

  1. So glad to hear that it’s going better than you expected. It sure is a pretty place! Did some people bring dogs??

  2. Awesome! Ben’s done IT work at six different non-profits now (a college, theater, laboratory, church, architecture office and missions org) and has a theory that folks that work for non-profits are generally more interesting for the simple reason that they are there for something other than money.

  3. Hope it goes well! I’m looking at your neutral density filter pictures and trying to figure out how they’re different from filterless pictures. They seem to be lower contrast, but you did get a lot of detail. What’s the goal with those?

  4. Deborah, the dogs belonged to two of the staff members who went along. They live either in Trout Lake or one of the nearby towns, so it was easy for them to grab their dogs.

    Lisa, I think that’s a reasonable theory. You have to have some other motivation because the money is just not enticing at all.

    Colleen, the GND filtered ones have detail in the sky and the foreground, similar to the effect you’d try to achieve with a HDR image. The goal is to get the cloud detail along with the foreground detail, where in a normal shot the sky would be overexposed or the foreground would be underexposed. The GND filtered shots turned out a little darker than I wanted, but I’m happy with the general outcome and I like the images better than when I’ve done HDR shots.

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