Vita Rara: A Life Uncommon

Photography

The Great Light


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The Holy Bible, the Great Light in Masonry, is the rule and guide that a Mason should diligently search within to find the path to righteousness. Freemasonry, though, urgess upon all of its members that each should read the Great Light personally to find the light they need in their lives. Masonry is not a religion and we obligate our members on their holy book, if it be the Talmud, the Koran, or the Gitas. But in every regular and well governed lodge of Freemasons you will find a volume of sacred law.

Here you see a lodge room with the altar in the center upon which rest an open Bible. The three candles placed around the altar are always lit when the Great Light is open, as a sign of respect, and to illuminate it for the benefit of the craft.

Portraits of Freemasonry


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I'm starting a new project today. Over the past few years I have collected a number of pictures of Freemasons, doing various Masonic things. I will be working this into a full section of the site covering Freemasonry and illustrating it with photos from my travels in the craft. Be sure to check it out.

Installation Day


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Every year in most American lodges the officers are elected and installed into their offices. This brother is about to be elevated to the highest office in his lodge, that of Master. It is an office of great responsibility and authority. Masonry seeks only to elevate its best brothers to this office, and depends on them to exercise their wisdom as custodians of our honored craft.

Portraits of Freemasonry


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Freemasons are one of the oldest fraternal organizations in the world. Its members strive to live upright and productive lives benefiting their families, community, and the world.

Over the past few years I have taken photos of Masons performing various functions particular to Freemasonry, and at work in the world at large. Enjoy these images as I have enjoyed taking them.

The Photographic Muse


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In 2003 I purchased a Canon Digital Rebel 300D. I took thousands of photos. It mostly revolved around landscape photography while I was traveling. I'd purchased a BMW R1100RT prior to getting the camera and they really went hand in hand. Travel, take pictures, ride amazing places... lather, rinse, repeat.

Lately though I haven't taken many photos. The last time I think I used the camera was in May while we were in Torrey, UT. It was an amazing trip, and I took some amazing photos. Problem is since then I haven't. I've lacked the time, the inspiration, and the subjects.

Photo Galleries


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Last night I redid my old galleries page into a separate page for each gallery, along with a few teaser images. Take a look.

Torrey XI


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I've finally gotten my files from Torrey XI to the point where I wanted them. So, here's the gallery. This was an amazing trip. More to come in the near future.

  

Cream of the Crop


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I track my photos with iPhoto and I have been rating them since the beginning. Here are my five star favorites.

  

View the gallery: Five Stars
This gallery is well edited.
Canon Digital Rebel (300D)
Canon EF 28mm f/1.8
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Canon EF-S 18-55 f/3.5-5.6
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8
Canon EF 70-210 f/4

New Mexico: November 2004


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I was blessed to be able to share Sylva's family reunion with her. We gathered in New Mexico for a week long family get together. New Mexico is a beautiful place. We visited Tent Rock and Bandelier National Monuments. I picked up a Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 lens for this trip. Many of the photos in this gallery were taken with this great lens. Also some of them were taken by Sylva with her Canon G6.

 

[ New Mexico, November 2004 ][ Quicktime Movie (7 MB) ]
This gallery is well edited.
Canon Digital Rebel (300D)
Canon EF 28mm f/2.8
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Canon EF-S 18-55 f/3.5-5.6
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8
Canon EF 70-210 f/4

My Favorites


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This is a simple gallery of my favorites photos.

[ My Favorites ] [ Quicktime Large (10 MB) ] [ Quicktime Small (8.7 MB) ]
This gallery is well edited.
Canon Digital Rebel (300D)
Canon EF 28mm f/1.8
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Canon EF-S 18-55 f/3.5-5.6
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8
Canon EF 70-210 f/4

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