News from Kevin Reaves
01/24/2014: Behind the Camera -
I thought I would start a new series and post from time to time explaining the thought process and workings of making a particular image. My first in the series is for "Artesian Spring".
When I awoke this morning, it was an unusually cold 17 degrees. I have been in much colder conditions, but for Central Georgia, it is COLD. But I love the cold weather and always layer appropiately for the low temps. So I decided to head over to my family's property just a few miles away to see if any of the streams had frozen over. My intent was to do some close-up photography of some ice patterns formed where the edge of the bank meets the creek. I went light this morning carrying a camera and two lenses and my tripod. As I arrived at the edge of the woods and began my hike, I realized that the stream was probably moving too swiftly to allow for frozen patterns anywhere. So I scoped the area out for a few minutes before deciding that I was not going to find exactly what I was looking for. So I headed back to the truck and decided to stop off at a place where there was a seasonal spring where I used to play as a child. There is an area in the woods that separate two of the largest pastures that used to be my Granddads farm. During the winter and times of heavy rains, the "gullys", as we used to call them, would fill with water and become a raging mini river. So during these times, I would often find myself hiking down through them and exploring nearly every sqaure inch of the stream and waterfalls that were created here. As I walked along the top of the "gully", which now were over 20 feet deep in some areas, I found a couple of areas where deep water had become trapped, & had frozen over because of the cold temps over the last several days. These pools of water take on a beautiful sea foam or emerald green color and are sometimes 6 or so feet deep. I am told that the reason for the beautiful color is two-fold; one being that there is a bluish clay, possibly kaolin, in the soil, and the other reason is the natural matter from the leaves and such that fall in and end up decaying and giving off different colors. Whatever the reason, they are a beautiful color. So after some effort in scouting out for the best location, I decided that I would set up on the very edge bank some 25 feet above the pool below. I ended up shooting some 6 or 7 images until I felt I was pleased with what I had. I then decided to figure out some way to get down into the small canyon, but it would be no small feat as the banks were straight down all around with nothing to hang onto and keep me from winding up on my back in the middle of the pool. So I backtracked some 200 yards to a place that was somewhat easier than the others and preceded to slide down the bank on my backside until I reached the bottom. I then had to hike upstream and around numerous other pools of water to get to a location at the edge of the pool. I then took another series of shots until I was pleased with what I had before making the return trip back to the truck. The equipment used here was a Nikon D800E camera body with a 24-120 lens with polarizer, and a 14-24mm lens. Everything, like 99% of all my other images, was shot with camera mounted to an RRS carbon fiber tripod. Thank you for looking and feel free to contact me via email with any questions. Have a Blessed weekend.
12-29-2012: Another Day/Another Year
As I sit here in front of a nice big fire before sunrise on a cool rainy morning, I can not believe that another year has flown by. What is it about the older we get, the faster time seems to pass; I mean when I was a child, it would seem like eternity before Christmas or a birthday would roll around. And now it seems as though I blink my eyes and another year has passed! Time, please slow down!!!!!
2012 has been another Blessed year for my family and I. We are healthy, we have a job, and we had a wonderful year of traveling together as a family and spending quality time together making memories. The Lord has been good beyond what we deserve or could have ever imagined, & for that I have a grateful and overflowing heart.
So.......if 2012 was a productive and busy year, what does 2013 hold? Well, I will tell you! Besides all of the travel plans we have planned for the coming year, we are starting the biggest undertaking of my life! The Lord has led us to open a coffee shop and gallery in downtown Macon that is slated to open in mid to late spring. I know, I know, MACON? Yep, you heard me correctly! It is not where I thought I would ever be opening a business as such, but we know it is where the Lord wants us, and we want to be in the center of His will for our lives. It will not only be a coffee shop/gallery, but the upstairs will also have 4 high-end lofts for people to rent out. And last, but certainly not least, it will be a ministry where we can come along side and partner with other organizations both locally & nationally to help out in any way we can in the name of Christ. I will have more details as we get closer to opening. The name of the business will be "Taste & See Coffee Shop & Gallery". And because it is such a large undertaking, we have partnered up with another family that we feel have the same vision as us. Exciting to see what the Lord has in store for the businees and ministry in downtown Macon.
So as we close out 2012 and look forward to 2013, I am ever aware of several things: 1) How much God loves me, not because of anything I have done to deserve this, but simply because that is the very nature of God himself. 2) I am aware of how very Blessed I am, not because of what I have, but because of who I get to spend my life with. (My beautiful wife and the most wonderful children a father could ever hope to have), 3) How fast our children grow up before our very eyes. 4) How we can not take anything for granted because we are never promised tomorrow. So with that, I am thankful that I have a God that loves me and has a plan for my life,and I have a family that loves me and loves to spend time together! So, give honor and thanks to Jesus for who He is, and tell your wife and children how very much you love them and how proud of them you are and watch it light up their faces.
In closing, go to the "contact" page on my website and sign up for my email newsletter so you can stay up to date with everything going on, and don't forget to check out some of my latest work by clicking on the image above and look for some of these images to be hanging in the Gallery come Spring. God Bless and take Care!
For His Glory!
08-12-2012: Season's of Change
As I sit here & write this, it is a beautiful Sunday afternoon with temps in the mid 80's and the humidity for these parts for this time of the year, are actually unusually comfortable. For us folks in the South, Summer doesn't officialy lose its grip until October. And we have even been known to show up for Thanksgiving in a pair of bermuda shorts & t-shirt. It is what it is, and after nearly 45 years of living here, I can say I am used to it by now. Don't necessarily like it, but I have learned to tolerate it.
Just returned from a trip to California with my two oldest children (who are growing up way too fast), where we spent a couple of days in San Francisco and Yosemite. I had been to San Francisco some 30 years ago with my parents, but had never had the opportunity to visit Yosemite. We had a great time just being together, seeing new places, & cutting up with one another as we always do. The memories made, I will cherish a lifetime! I realize more now than ever that our kids are under our direction & care for such a short time, and when that time is up, they move on and start lives of their own. I do not ever want to live a life with regrets; I want to invest in my children as much as I can now while I have the opportunity. I know that I am fortunate and blessed to be able to spend as much time with them as I do. And I don't take one second of that for granted. They are God's children and He has granted us to raise them up for Him!
I know that in our walk with the Lord, the season's often change. It is not a matter of saying yes to Him, and then everything else being a cake walk. Yet, no matter what we face, He is with us and our very lives are in the palm of His Hand. We just need to learn to listen for His voice, and be obedient to what He is saying. I know that "all things work together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose". Not our purpose, but His. And so therefore, things will not always look like what we think they will look like, or turn out like we think it will. But He has plans for us that will bring Glory to His name. So when our" season's of change" come, we need to be able to walk out of where we are and into the center of His will. After all, isn't that the best place to be?
So, click on the image above to see some of my latest travels. Enjoy and may God Bless us all as we seek to fulfill His destiny for our lives. Blessings
October 8, 2011: My Favorite Season!
6-6-2011: Hot Hot Hot!
We have had a busy spring and just returned from the coast with some new images and a new puppy. So as that responsibility of caring for an 8 week old puppy will surely slow some of us down this summer, I will be doing some trips with some of my children individually. The first of which comes up next week when Levi and myself head to the mountains of NC and TN to catch the rhododendrons in full bloom from the mountain tops. So as for now, check out my Gallery pages under Recent Images to see some of my latest work, and check back in the coming weeks to see some of the places we have traveled. Blessings! Kevin
!0/31/2010: A Busy Fall
3/7/2010: Spring Fever!
11/21/2009: Almost ThanksGiving!
By His Grace,