Herrnhut church in Germany

Herrnhut, Germany: My journey

Herrnhut church in Germany
Herrnhut, Germany has an interesting history, especially if you are a student of church history (I am). A local politician known as Count Zinzendorf gave refuge to some people fleeing prosecution after the execution of John Hus. Those people formed what became the town of Herrnhut!

They called themselves the Moravians and they lived by their religious standards the best they could. They were really big on piety of the soul. This would actually lead to problems later with self-degrading themselves. At one point, it was they just were “worms.”

Today, the town is home to several churches and a few thousand Morivians. In fact, I was there to be part of some meetings with YWAM Herrnhut, a missionary group based out of Kona, Hawaii.
YWAM Herrnhut

History of Herrnhut, Germany

In 1727, the Morivians started a prayer meetings that went for over a century! They were committed to praying for the souls of the world. They placed prayer as the core of all spiritual life.

They also were very committed to going from Herrnhut to the world. Much of the Eastern United States first heard the gospel because of the Morivians. In fact, John Wesley had a spiritual encounter at their hands.

Another cool fact is they went to Jamaica to evangelize. In less than a year, one third of the population were Christians and were baptized in the ocean.

Herrnhut Germany street

The dissection of today’s image

These are are older images from my mission trip to Herrnhut back in 2003 so I do not really remember how I took them. I do know it was with a Nikon D90. I do remember that much. I am sorry that I can’t tell you much more about the shooting of them.

I was on my server and found the images and thought it would be a cool blog to talk about the trip to this small but interesting town.

Again, sorry about the lack of editing information. Can you forgive me? 🙂

Sony Nex 5t: Food Photography at Authur Bryant.

A growing fad among people with cameras is food photography. It is cool to do and people enjoy looking at pictures of food on social media for some reason. With that in mind, how does the Sony Nex 5t fair? In order to find out, we took it over to the legendary Authur Bryant’s BBQ.

If you do not know about this BBQ house in Kansas City, I am not sure you are American. On a more serious note, Authur Bryant’s is well known and people like Barack Obama, Sarah Palin, Danny Glover, and Harrison Ford. It is considered to be in the short list of BBQ restaurants in the United States.

If you are ever in Kansas City, make sure you check them out. The main restaurant is on 12th and Brooklyn (we did the shooting there) and they have a second branch at the Kansas City Speedway.


Special Note about the Sony Nex 5t reviews

This is a series of reviews on the model. We normally do not do studio reviews. We take it out and test in the real world where people would use it. We do ten different types of photography and see it how hold up. Here is the test for the Sony Nex 5t.

  • Landscape Photography at  Pagsanjan Falls
  • HDR Photography at American Cemetery
  • Travel Photography at Subic Freeport
  • Food Photography at Tilapia ‘N Chips
  • Cityscape Photography in Makati City
  • Nightscape in Manila City
  • Portrait Photography with Sara
  •  Fine Art Photography in Quezon City
  • Street Photography in Angeles City
  • Sports Photography at PhilBox



Photomatix Pro 5 Review


I started using Photomatix many years ago, and it’s a big part of the free HDR Tutorial here on the site. HDR is an acronym for High Dynamic Range, and it basically lets you see all the range of color and light in the final photo that the human retina can see on the scene. Naturally, Photomatix allows you to create a “subtle” or “extreme” photo using these techniques, and that’s the fun part about it. You can use Photomatix to make your photos look totally unique!


Yes, I think i is certainly worth the upgrade. Having the latest tools that are reasonably priced has always been important to me. There’s nothing wrong with the older versions, of course, but generally this kind of software in general tends to get better with time. There are hundreds of minor little changes that you will notice, but here are some of the bigger ones (at least, to me).

First, the new Tone Mapping method called Contrast Optimizer is really good at balancing realism and keeping that cool “HDR Look”. Everyone has their own balance, and this new way is much better at helping you find your own line of comfort.

Second, the Automatic deghosting is much better. I had hit-and-miss success before with de-ghosting, and now am consistently getting better results. It’s not always perfect of course if you have a massive amount of chaos, but it’s pretty dang good.

Third, the Real-Time slider Rocks!! If your computer is fast enough, be sure to pop into preferences to turn this on! In the “olden” days, you’d have to click and wait. Seeing what the slider actually does while you slide it is bizarrely satisfying!

Fourth, the auto-aligning is even better!

Fifth, there are a bunch of other little things that I have not had the occasion to use yet, but I am glad they are there. Things like the batching of photos and more options for creating a tonemapped image from a single RAW.

This is an aesthetic thing, but I much prefer the new “Unified Workspace” option on the Mac rather than having little windows floating all over the place. That always bothered me and made things feel clutter-y !

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