This week’s challenge is on focus. I took these two pictures while standing at the same distance from the roses, but changed the aperture setting, adjusting the opening of the camera’s lens in each. In the top photo, I used an F-stop of 4.5; in the one below, an F-8.
The difference in focus is subtle, but the one above shows the rose in the foreground in sharp focus with the background blurry. In the bottom one, you can see more of the details in the leaves and rose bud in the back.
I could have tampered with the settings even more, rendering the background as fully in focus as the center rose, but I instead chose these two pictures for a reason.
As Christians, we are to love the LORD our God with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind, but also to love our neighbors as our self. In other words, our love for Christ comes first, then we love others, demonstrating a proper balance with what matters most in life.
To demonstrate our need to love others, I chose to bring the background softly into focus in the bottom photo. Our concern for the things of earth and our fellow-man should always be on our radar, just not ever to the point of stealing our focus off of Christ.
Even though we are to love our neighbors, though, our primary focus must always be Jesus. Like the rose in the first picture stands out dramatically from the background, our desire for Christ, our rose of Sharon, should eclipse all other. He should matter most.
I am the rose of Sharon
Song of Solomon 2:1
From The Daily Post
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Gorgeous! What a beautiful example of focusing mainly on the Lord while not neglecting to focus on and love others as well. 🙂
Thanks, Rene. I wasn’t sure if I got my point across clearly! 🙂
What a great spiritual food for me this morning sis Sue! Stay focused to Jesus our God.Amen!
So glad, Karina. Blessings on your day ahead!
Beautiful Scripture and photo!
AMEN, AMEN, & AMEN! Thank you for these beautiful pictures and message. They are all beautiful! 🙂
What an encourager you are, Toni. Your comments are always like a breath of fresh air to my soul. thanks, friend.
Beautiful analogy, Sue!
Thanks so much! Blessings on your day and always!
Beautiful Pictures and Beautiful Words!!! Thanks.
Thanks so much, Jane. Hope you have a great weekend!
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This is such a timely post for me. I’ve been working on a Bible Study discussing topic about Focusing on God, and I’ve been struggling with it. Now it occurs to me to take the perspective of the camera. I love your blog. Blessings to you.
Awesome, Julie. God always supplies. Sounds like a very wonderful study…keep us posted!
Beautiful roses no matter which setting you used.
Thanks, my favorite eagle!
I enjoyed the way you explained the differences between the two pictures…
Thanks so much, blessings your way.
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This particular post has been on my heart for the past few days. I just had to share it.
Thanks very much, Julie. So glad it was a blessing.
What an amazing post! … thanks so much for pointing us to the Lord, through Scripture, picture and your analogy!
I appreciate you, Heidi. Wasn’t even sure if I had communicated the message clearly. So glad that others have received a blessing through it. Blessings back!
It’s so easy to let our love for our family or the concerns of the day change our focus. Thank you for beautifully reminding us what is truly important. May I keep my focus on my Savior. God bless you, my dear.
Amen. Thanks for stopping by. I look forward to reading your posts. Blessings
Excellent use of you photo passion.
Thanks very much. Blessings
Gorgeous! Both the post and the pictures are heavenly! What a wondrous gift you have been given! Thank you for sharing your talents with us. I for one am truly blessed! 🙂
You are very sweet. I really don’t feel like I have any special gifting, but I enjoy photography and adding the Scriptures. Thanks for the encouragement.
Gorgeous! I can almost smell it! Great job!!
Thanks, Sarah. blessings on your day.
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