We are already halfway on our trip.

blog-02One may ask me: What the heck! It is about 5 weeks project, how could you consider 5 days as half the way? Did you missed maths in school?

In photography, first step is the halfway, and I mean here when we push halfway the button to take a photo, the autofocus feature to have the object in focus. If you use a smartphone, it is the moment when you touch the screen to tell that you need the face of your friend, or a flower sharp in the photo. I believe that as a group, we have already done that. But what does it mean for our trip into Alaska?

By pushing the button halfway, you are telling your Camera to set the best properties that fit the scene. Your camera will consider three major settings:

– Focal: We set our focus point, with the theological introduction about the history of the church, how she have been reacting with all changes, and how she has been adapting to the new requirements of each major period in time. We know now what are the major questions we need to find answer for. I think our major subject is pretty sharp.

– Exposure: We have discussed how to expose ourselves to the community of Bethel, how we could react, how we could listen more than looking for our expectations, how to set our pre-judgments aside. So we will never have neither an overexposure by imposing ourselves, nor underexposure by drawing ourselves from the scene and stay indifferent with what is going on. I think our exposure is almost in the middle point.

– Shutter Speed: Not every blurred photo is worthless, some look amazing when they have kind of motion, because they tell a story of that very moment… We learnt how to take a right and a wise decision, when we need to be in hurry to have a b-roll for example, and when we need to take our time with the interviewee, and give him / her the time they need.  I think our readiness is pretty wise.

I hope that as we are really on the halfway to Alaska, we are well prepared, so we guarantee the better of everything, for people, for the documentary, and most important for ourselves. Are we ready for continues 15 days of shooting? Hope we have enough storage to the data!

Tony Homsy S.J.

About Tony Homsy S.J.

Tony is a Syrian Jesuit from the Middle East Province, he is 29 years old and is the webmaster for his Province's website. After he graduated from University of Aleppo in Bio-chemistry department, he joined the Society, spending two years Cairo, Egypt, after which he studied philosophy and Arab Civilization in Beirut, Lebanon. He is currently a student at Creighton University in Omaha where he studies Digital Journalism and Computer Science. Besides studying, Tony spends time on photography translating to and from Arabic.

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