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Here's the final print...it's also a shirt too. I had a lot of fun doing this illustration for Fayettechill Clothing Company for Earth Day — inspired by local landscapes and wildlife of the Ozarks.
They made a limited edition shirt and print that will be available for pre-order thru tomorrow. $10 from every pre-order benefits nature conservancy. You can get it here:
In a partnership with@ShallowsMovie to help promote the digital release of #TheShallows, I was inspired to create this video that reveals my biggest fear—never wanting to grow up—and how I overcame it: by learning to face the challenges and finding unexpected joy along the way.
What fears have you overcome?
Watch the digital HD of The Shallows: http://bit.ly/2cHGW52
Music by: PAATH
'SUNNY' by: PAATH
Last weekend, my friend Tim (@Curious2119), his son Madden, my son Liam and I decided to go on a short road trip to southwest Oklahoma for a full-day of adventure in the Wichita Mountains and Wildlife Refuge. I've been once before, but being one of my favorite places only 4.5 hrs away from our home in northwest AR, it's an easy getaway for the weekend. Tim had been itching to check out this underrated gem. So after an afternoon of driving we met up with my good buddy Noah in OKC for a good bite and drink before finishing our trip. We ended up staying in Lawton which is about 25 mi from the Wildlife Refuge and Mountains. After a good night's rest and surprisingly good hotel breakfast, we hit the road for sunrise in the mountains. The Wichitas are a special area embedded in the prairies and great plains of Oklahoma. Only about an hour and a half south of OKC, you wouldn't expect to see a small range of mountains and such uniquely beautiful landscapes, but as you approach it unfolds for you and pulls you in. Per usual, we hit up the main spots and I showed Tim a few hidden ones as well. All in all, we had a wonderful day of hiking and exploring around the park with our two sons. But Tim was a bit bummed we didn't see any of the notorious natives—the American Bison. I decided to round off the day with a 2 mi hike in the Charon Gardens Wilderness Area (my personal favorite spot in the park).
All was well until we were on the return hike and approached the parking lot. I suddenly realized that I had misplaced my one and only key to our Subaru somewhere along the trail. I had worn it upon my wrist the entire day on a tight bungee lanyard (which I thought would be better than throwing it in a pocket. At this point the sun was starting to go down and we knew that we had to go back out and search for it. The park is about 59,000 acres of rugged fields of boulders rocky crags and canyons with tall grass and an occasional cedar or hardwood scattered in — nowhere that you could easily find a key— even in broad daylight. But I ran back along the trail frantically looking for it while praying, bold-mountain-moving prayers. I had hope that somehow it would be found, but could only began to worry that we wouldn't have adequate lighting. I was reminded of the scripture Matt 6:26-30 where Jesus talks about how God clothes the flowers of the field and takes care of the birds so how much more would he take care of his people etc. So I felt like this was a promise for me as well. About an hour had passed and no key was found—and it just didn't settle well with me because this wasn't how the story was supposed to end. The time was now about 5:15 and the sun was down lowering the temperature to about 25º. The kids were getting cold and we really didn't know what to do. To make matters worse, iPhones don't work well in these conditions and kept powering off. When we got back to the locked car, we saw someone pulling up. We thought it might be a ranger making the rounds and closing the gates, but to our surprise it was a middle-aged woman, her husband and her elder mother...some of the nicest folks you could ever meet. She told us that God told her to check the back part of the park and drive down the last road to Treasure Lake (where we were). She told the kids to hop in the car to stay warm while she called a tow truck for us, and contacted a Park Ranger to let them know what was going on. An hour passed and we had to have the car towed back to our hotel and the rest of them got a ride with the kind locals. Now back in a warm bed, hours of phone calls later, and hundreds of dollars spent, I was told I'd have to have the car towed to the nearest Subaru dealership 95 miles away and programmed with a new security chip key that would take 4 days to manufacture and a total cost of upwards of $1,000 for the towing and smart key. But I still felt a hope and peace that somehow we'd find the key. But first, my mind needed rest.
Throughout the night I was awoken with a vision of a tree, a very particular tree at the base of the waterfall at the end of the trail. The one in the pic above ^ actually. I told Tim about it, but we really didn't know what it meant — and he still wasn't sure if we'd really find anything out there. I had to wait for the insurance company to come meet us and figure out what we needed to do, but after a plate of greasy breakfast food, we figured we needed to either go or try to get the car towed. So I rented a car and we went back out to the "find the key" YA RITE. But we went for it anyway...upon the start of the trail, Tim actually declared that he had a good feeling about that area near the tree. So we scrapped and combed every inch of trails and along the sides just for good measure. About an hour later we reached our destination where we were still apprehensive. We reached the tree, and looked around. Nothing. But we figured we'd back-track every part surrounding the waterfall and everything in-between. So we figured we climb back into the canyon and look in the other ares we'd explored the day before but Tim he needed to step away for a quick pitstop first. As he reached yet another small tree, I heard what sounded like a kid with a brand new toy exclaiming "I FOUND THE KEY!" There was absolutely no WAY, but I walked over and there it was sitting right in a little clear spot of dirt, perfectly placed and waiting to be found. All was well, and we headed back to go home.
We were so delighted that we ran back with hearts full...I said "c'mon let's go so we can go find a Bison, we're going to see one!" And just as we headed back, there was one waiting on us and allowed us to get some intimate shots before exiting the park.
Now, I'm not sure how to explain the visions of the tree, or what the moral of this story is other than, I simply prayed and believed and felt a peace about it. I know that $1,000 might not be that much to some people, but I didn't have that kind of money to just spend at the time. I see it as the Father's providence, but take it for what you will. I thought I would share, and I hope this story encourages you in some way.
Thanks for reading.
I heard a pretty mind-opening teaching on John 14:15 from Daniel Emery Price yesterday.
I'm sure you've all heard it preached on numerous occasions(usually pushing law and how we're supposed to always try harder and do those "commandments" better; but you and I both already know we're going to fail over and over.
It goes like this:
"If you love Me, you will keep My commands..."
But not until yesterday and 20-something years into trying to DO my best did I realize that the original word in the Greek language for "keep" and "do" are much different.
If someone asks you to keep something for them...i.e.: maybe someone hands you something and says "here, keep this", ...-- you can't "do" that...you can only keep, protect, or uphold with high regard.
So quit beating yourself up. We will fail at doing commandments and you're not always going to be the best at even keeping them. It's a good thing Christ however is and does all that we can't.
Hey guys, here is the image everyone loved yesterday. I had dozens of people asking if they could download it somewhere to use as a background on their phone, so I decided to give it away instead of selling it. I didn't resize it for all smartphone screens or anything like that. You can just import it and size it however you need to fit your screen (I'm sure most do that nowadays, right?). Anyway, its at a 3:4 ratio, and was fitted for IG. All I ask is that you don't try to post / share and claim that its your own, but rather point to my Instagram. Otherwise, enjoy!
Here's a dropbox link to the full-res or you can simply click the image below. ✌️
Instagram Photographer Brenton Clarke Shares 10 Tips for Amazing iPhone Photos
Published on November 18, 2015
by Brenton Clarke Little
With over a quarter of a million followers on Instagram, photographer Brenton Little Clarke (@brenton_clarke) has garnered attention for his stunning travel and landscape photos. One look at his Instagram feed reveals careful studies of light, shadow, and sharp attention to details in color and composition. The photos are so stunning that it's almost hard to believe he shoots it all with just his smartphone. Adorama Learning Center asked Brenton to share his best iPhoneography secrets so you, too, can start taking pictures like a pro--using just your smartphone.
10 Tips for Amazing iPhone Photos
- Find Good Light
Lighting is key. I typically shoot only with natural light. Granted, the best time of the day for that is during what most people know as 'Golden Hour' (sunrise in the a.m. until early-mid morning and then again in the afternoon about an hour before the sun goes down). However, several styles of photography utilize harsh mid-day light possibly even with a flash and this can be done well, just trickier unless you’re really going for that style. Mind the shadows.
- Composition is Critical
In addition to light (and just like in art school), composition is probably the most important thing about photography. Balance, ‘the rule of thirds,’ harmony in color, lights, shadows, rhythm, and negative space are all important things to factor in when looking through your viewfinder-- or in this instance your smartphone screen. Look around to see how lines intersect, raise or lower your phone, climb up on something, and see how perspective may garner a totally different appeal.
Just like composition, the frame in which the viewer sees the image can be just as important. Suppose you are standing in a scenic spot, but there are tree in your way, you may be frustrated that you can’t see past them. However, those very trees may be a great natural frame for the subject or background — making the image more interesting.
- Familiarize Yourself with Your Surroundings
Get out and explore right around where you live. Sure, going to locations far away are great, especially if they’re more interesting than where you may live, but when opportunities arise, you may not have time to travel, and you’ll be ready with a location in mind.
- Keep it Simple
Never over-think it. Less truly is more. A simple clean background or blank wall allows subjects to stand out and not be cluttered. This can work in nature, too, with a simple horizon line, like a backdrop of trees of similar color or texture, or even a sky or open field.
- Be Yourself
People love to engage or be pulled into things…even with an image. I’m not saying that your caption on Instagram needs to be a paragraph or two (but it can be if that’s what you do). The way you see things is completely original. Everyone may end up seeing your content on a screen or on a print, but the eye you have and voice you convey are uniquely yours.
Editing can bring the image you have to life. It can also kill your work. Editing is usually where people find a style or voice for their content. But be careful to not overdo it. An image should always be able to breathe and speak for itself. The content or moment captured will always outweigh your “best” editing job in post. It doesn’t matter how good you think you are at editing, the image at its rawest, unedited should still be able to stand alone and be great.
- Content > Gear
The iPhone, as well as many other smartphones on the market today, can be an incredible tool for capturing an image. But always remember, it’s not about the gear, it’s about the content you’re creating -- and as they always say, “the best camera is the camera you have with you.”
- Look for inspiration in unlikely places.
Don’t let yourself get stuck in a rut or creative slump. Following people on any social media channel isn’t a bad thing, but trends happen and are forgotten faster than they spawn. Get out and go somewhere you’ve never been, and if you can’t do that, just walk around the block or ride down a new road. I’m sure you’ll find something you never knew was there.
- Try New Things
Finally, be bold. With the rate in which information moves today, the risk has a low cost, but the impact can be huge. We can take photographs and capture images faster and easier than we’ve ever been able to in history. So, be creative, don’t settle, and take more risks -- what do you have to lose?
I'm tremendously excited to share that I was asked to rebrand and create an identity for Christ Hold Fast.
Christ Hold Fast is an online resource site with original, Podcasts, Blog, and other contributors working together to promote the scandalous grace of God. Follow along for updates on the site on Twitter / Facebook.
Got some fresh ink by my cousin-in-law Dustin Gray. This is an original design of mine. I think he did an incredible job; I've never been happier with any of my tattoos!
Yes, this is a real tattoo and in this photo it was very fresh.