Posts Tagged 'GIMP'


Our church had its Harvest Party for 2012, and of course, a lot of kids came to the party dressed up in costume. I ran the photo booth, and it occurred to me that I could digitally drop these kids in costumes into backgrounds that would fit their persona.

So, I’ve been GIMPing kids into various backgrounds off and on for the past couple of days; I really wanted to get this finished before Thursday (my sermon-writing day).

As I’ve been working with backgrounds for three days, it reminds me of a very powerful song. It’s called, appropriately enough, “Background”. I’d strongly encourage you to watch this YouTube video, so that you can catch the lyrics as well as hear the music.

Word of warning: the artist, Lecrae, is a rap artist, so there are a LOT of lyrics in this song. However, I’ve seen him do this twice before a live audience, and it was a powerful worship experience both times. Even if you’re not a fan of rap music, please put that aside, and consider these words. (If you absolutely must, you could mute the music, and just read the lyrics, but you’d be doing yourself a disservice.)

Grace and Peace to you as you seek to put Jesus first!

KFJ – Ed

The Sunrise that Pulled Me Over

As I was on my way to our Warden Community Days pancake feed put on the fire department, I saw this sunrise, and I pulled over to think about it for a while. It was breath-taking, and I realized two things…
1) God does amazing work in our lives, and
2) I really need to clean my windshield.

My blog isn’t going to become a photoblog, in large part to me not having a good camera. Photography has never been a hobby because I’ve never really been interested in paying for development of pictures. With the digital camera, that’s no longer an issue… it’s just that I don’t have one.

This photo was taken with my phone, and edited in the GIMP, an open-source image processor (like Photoshop, but without the high price tag.)

As for the processing, I combined two different photographs, blended them, and then applied the “Oilify” Artistic Filter.

This sunrise reminded me of Luke 1:78-79:
because of the tender mercy of our God,
whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high
to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the way of peace.”

Pastor Ed Backell

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