Late night story on Backspaces “Journey With Me”

My latest on Backspaces. @thephotomomma on Backspaces started a “With Me” theme, so I joined in the fun. My entry is titled, “Journey With Me.”

Recommendation for Violen

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Thanks to Kasia Piekut from mark-making.com for promoting my book titled Violen, which is sold on Blurb as an eBook and printed copy. This children’s story is about a boy who has an extraordinary gift and passion to play the violin and gets the chance to play in front of his entire school. This book is targeted towards your 8-12 year olds, but everyone can enjoy my first published work. Violen is beautifully illustrated by Albert Montes and gets the credit for this photo. Read more about Violen on my Projects page. If you like the story, please comment in the Blurb Store as well. http://store.blurb.com/ebooks/388325-violen

 

a Picture of Perseverance

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Here’s what the Thesaurus lists as synonyms of perseverance:

persistence,

tenacity,

determination,

staying power,

indefatigability,

steadfastness,

purposefulness;

patience,

endurance,

application,

diligence,

dedication,

commitment,

doggedness,

assiduity,

tirelessness,

stamina;

intransigence,

obstinacy;

informal stick-to-it-iveness;

formal pertinacity.

This day, over 15 years ago, my son ran this race as was in last place. He was in last place, yet he just kept running as if he were striving for first. He finished and gained the respect and applause of the crowd watching the race. 1 Corinthians 9:24 says to run to win. This day he did.

My first thoughts on Oogl

Here’s my first try with Oogl camera app from Hipstamatic. I haven’t used it enough to write a review at this moment. Still, I have a few quick thoughts. The app does not allow me to import shots from the native camera or any other camera apps, including the Hipstamatic camera. Not sure if this is a Boo! or a Yay! or a Boo! that turns into a Yay! At least this should filter out all the spamming-bacon-loving-coffee-enthusiasts who have plagued Instagram. It also narrows the field of users to iPhone-using mobile photographers. The Oogl experience looks and feels consistent with Hiptamatic’s Snap Magazine and the Make Beautiful pages on Hipstamatic’s website. The app includes a paid service. The one I’m looking at is 99¢ per month. I am definitely interested enough to pay the 99¢ and keep exploring Oogle for the next few weeks.

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Revisting Caine’s Arcade

I never physically visited Caine’s arcade. I drove by months ago, but it was during business hours, so I assumed he was at school. I saw the video again today at the Chick-Fil-A Leadercast and saw the interview with Caine. A lot has happened in a year, and this video has turned into a movement.  I love it when a young person has the gumption to follow through on his imagination and when adults believe enough to help make dreams happen. Caine’s story is inspiring and Nirvan Mullick’s film of it is brilliant. It’s a reminder to me to live with vision and have fun along the journey.

Caine’s Arcade from Nirvan Mullick on Vimeo.

The Teenage CEO

Leanna Archer started her company at 9 years old and became the youngest person to ring the NASDAQ Stock Market Opening Bell. At 17, Lauren grosses over $100,000 per year, and her humanitarian efforts include creating a foundation to help underprivileged children in Haiti. When young people are given the chance, they can rock this world!

K! Magazine Feature

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I was featured by K! Magazine, and publication for those who minister to kids. My first feature in a print magazine, which I also shared here on Backspaces http://backspac.es/r/MdJcKpFeFy/swish

This shot was set up by a 3-year old boy. I was patrolling the hallway and strolled into the vicinity of this restroom in our children’s ministry (I work as a children’s pastor) when a couple of Early Childhood leaders asked for my assistance. All I needed to hear from one of them was, “You need to see this,” which alerted me to break out the iPhone out of my pocket. I came upon the scene inside the boys restroom and was excited to capture what had happened. So here’s the (enhanced with drama) story… Little Joel (3 years old) had been in the zone playing hoops in the classroom until he had the sudden revelation that had to go… badly. He did the pee-pee dance to prove his sincerity and urgency. The teacher was so convinced that she personally escorted him to the restroom with his basketball in hand. However, Joel had nowhere to place his orange sphere that made him so happy just minutes ago. But inside this tiled, dimly lit, and cold place called the boys restroom, there happened to be the perfect place to hold his prized object. Swish! Score!

I get a kick out of being featured for mobile photography. It truly is a passion that I “stumbled” into and am excited that viewers like some of the images that I share. Thanks again to K! Magazine for the feature on their Instagram page (A physical-paper page!) This is a great resource for anyone involved in children’s ministry, which you can check out at kidzmatter.com

Who Wants Hipstamatic’s Oggl? This guy

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Introducing Oggl, a Community for Creative People to Capture and Curate their Lives Through Photography

It’s a big day for the Hipstamatic community: For the first time ever, we’re launching a new way to experience Hipstamatic’s beautifully crafted lenses and films, and providing a way for our community to connect like never before.

Let us introduce you to Oggl: a community for creative people to capture and curate their lives through photography.

-Oggl isn’t a fuzzy snap of cooking solo on Tuesday—it’s dinner at French Laundry.

-Oggl isn’t screenshots of your favorite album cover—it’s when you hung backstage with the band.

-Oggl isn’t ducklips or bathroom selfies—it’s living like you mean it, your best creative work, and amazing life moments.

Key Features Oggl is designed around two key features: Capturing and curating photos.

Capture: Oggl is a “capture-first” shooting experience using Hipstamatic’s beautiful lenses and films, and comes with 5 “Favorites” pre-loaded for situational shooting: Landscape, Food, Portrait, Nightlife and Sunset. For the first time ever, edit a photo after it’s taken to experiment with different looks, and “tap to preview” effects before shooting.

Curate: Share your best photos to your Oggl profile to curate your personal story, and the browse the Curated Editorial Feeds, curated by the Hipstamatic team and talented photographers from around the world. With “My Collection,” see your photos showcased next to photos you’ve curated from around the community.

Additional features on Oggl include: Share to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Foursquare, Tumblr and Flickr, set new “Favorites” for situational shooting, tag location, and tag other Oggl community members in photos.

Joining the Community Oggl is an experience designed for capturing and curating beautiful photos, not for showcasing advertising. To support this vision for the community, Oggl is available via two subscription options: Monthly for $0.99 and yearly for $9.99. Each subscription comes with access to Hipstamatic’s entire catalog of current lens and film gear, and guarantees new gear each month.

Availability We want to make sure Oggl is the most awesome place for our community, so we’re rolling it out slowly through an invitation system. To request an invitation, visit the Oggl website. From the entire Hipstamatic team, we thank you in advance for your patience. We’ll get you in just as soon as we can!

An important word about Hipstamatic, the camera experience that started it all: For everyone out there who is wondering what this means for Hipstamatic — fret not, friends. Hipstamatic is here to stay.

From everyone at Hipstamatic, we want to thank you for being the best community in the world. You inspire us and we’re so thankful. ** Keep shootin’, and see you all on Oggl!

-Lucas Buick and Ryan Dorshorst, co-founders, Hipstamatic

Telling Stories on Backspaces


Backspaces is an awesome app that lets its users tell stories with pictures and words. All on mobile of course (iOS and Android devices, I think.) Users also can share on the web, and I am on backspac.es/joe_montoya ::  Simple concept. Excellent execution. Well done creators of Backspaces.