Tyson Hugh Hooper

Tyson Hugh Hooper
Our son, Tyson Hugh Hooper, was born with coarctation of the aorta, hypoplastic arch, and a transitional avsd. His first open heart surgery reconstructed his aorta and was on day 9 of life. His second open heart repair was not anticipated to be needed until two or three years of age. Ty had other plans. We spent the vast majority of his first 3 months of life at Vanderbilt as he went into heart failure and was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension. As a result, the medical team concluded that he needed the repair much sooner than usually recommended, and at just shy of 3 months old Ty underwent his second life saving open heart surgery. God has already worked so many miracles in Ty's life and the life of our family and we know he is using our story. Because of this, we are grateful for Ty's special heart and feel beyond blessed that God chose us to travel this road. We ask for prayers as Ty continues to heal. We are praying for a full recovery and life without restrictions for Ty. We are praying for God to use our family and Ty for His glory.

Thank you to each and every person who supports us through prayer, giving, or just by loving on our family! We are humbled and blessed by all of the ways the Lord is providing for us and know that he is using Ty and his story to do great things!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

My First Assignment...

I am taking an online photo class, as is my sister. There are lessons you read and then assignments you complete. The first lesson was on composition and impact. There were two assignments... first to take an abstract photo in which the subject is unrecognizable. The other was to take pictures from various viewpoints. I have a couple examples of each. Bear in mind I have been back to work (summer's over... teacher's across America are crying! lol) so I have only had time in the evening and only at home... it was kind of hard to find an interesting subject that I was satisfied with. I played with the color to make them a little more pleasing... to my eye anyway.

So, here is assignment one. I am posting two abstracts and although I am quite sure you can tell what the subject is, I thought they were visually stimulating.

This is my favorite. I used the technique of getting very close to the subject and I tried to use the rule of thirds with the focal point being in the right third and the repeating patter on the wood grain drawing your eye to the left... however, I think I should have the knot in the wood a little higher or a little lower on the photograph to comply with the "golden mean." The wood grain pattern makes me think of water ripples after something disturbs the surface.

This is the other abstract. It has a repeating pattern. I didn't like it as well as the first.

Assignment Two: Looking from different points of view.

This is not my favorite, but I thought worth posting. I just thought it was a neat angle.

This is my favorite. Changing it to a sepia tone made all the difference in the world. Another fun angle.

The last four are of a glass of wine. I just thought I would post two of the angles I tried (out of the many that failed, lol) and also show the difference that color settings make! Of these four, the last one is my favorite.

So, what do you think?


Sarah said...

Great idea to start a whole new blog just for your photography. I like that a lot.
I thought your abstract was very good, much more like the assignment than mine is, which will be posted on my blog soon. I agree with what you were saying about the not placement, a little lower or higher to meet the "mean" rule. I like the first glass picture...and LOVE the book picture.

Sarah said...

I will also be consulting you on titles from now on. You have such good ones and I'm never create titles that satisfy me!

Megan L Hutchings said...

I really like your photography blog!!!! You are so incredibly talented ;)!

My favorites are the first pic of the wood/ripple and the first wine glass pic!

ariel said...

Meag this is fabulous! You've always love taking pics, I should know I have plenty in my apt that you took over the high school years that I love looking at! And I'm with Sarah, love the title of the blog! Good luck with everything!

Lindsay said...

Online photog classes huh? Where is it through and do you need the high-tech cameras to do it? Great job - I'm impressed!!