Christmas Morning

Christmas Morning

Christmas has the potential to be a really hard time and not all happiness and joy. I know that last year, I lost both my grandparents and in fact my grandma died on Christmas day 2013 (on her 92nd birthday). That being said, there is still something to be said about presents… I love the joy, excitement and anticipation that kids have and nothing speaks to excitement more than opening presents.

Remember, there is so much more to life that trials and you always need to look for the joy; in simplicity, in little things, in the everyday. At the end of each storm, there is peace and while some storms last longer than others, there is always something better coming.

God bless you in 2015!

Merry Christmas!


There are so many wonderful people in my life that I want to wish a very warm ‘Merry Christmas’. Some of those are close friends, some are family, some are sponsors and affiliates that have helped us get through tough times and have rejoiced when things go well. To each and every reader, listener and supporter of BCCHardware, WeeklyTechUpdate and BenHeide – thank you. Merry Christmas and I do personally wish you all the best in 2015.

Black and White: Less Color, More Expression

Glory Days

I was recently challenged to a photo challenge on Facebook. With all of the hype on high dynamic range sensors and general HDR photography, we often forget the simplicity found in a black and white photograph. I’m a firm believer that the best camera is the one you have with you, and while your cell phone, point and shoot camera, or even an entry level DSLR may not be capable of incredible detailed pictures, they are not all “bad” pictures. 

If you’ve got a great camera, black and white photos are even better. The vivid detail captured with high contrast and no color saturation can be spectacular. I was given the 5 Day Black and White Photo challenge by Jay Morrison. This got me looking back through some old photographs and while I couldn’t post all of my favorites in that five days, I am posting some extras and a few different ones here.

I hope you enjoy and get some time to go outside and take some pictures and don’t worry about capturing the photos highest dynamic range. Capture some great shots, take out the color and show your creativity – without resorting to cheap HDR tricks to impress.