Posted tagged ‘Dan Canales’

Louisville on Two Wheels

November 11, 2008

bikeCycling can be a dangerous sport.  In fact, it can be a deadly sport.  Roughly 700 cyclists are killed each year due to vehicle accidents.  Just last week, a cyclist here in SW Florida was killed in a hit-and-run.  On Oct. 4 of this year, a young lady by the name of Jennifer Futrell was killed while riding her bike in Louisville.  My good friend and fellow cyclist, Dan Canales, has since begun a project called Louisville on Two WheelsDan writes,

This blog is dedicated to all of our friends who have died while cycling.  Thousands of Louisvillians take to the streets every day, some out of necessity, some in pursuit of fitness and some for the sheer joy of riding.  This blog is not a place to point fingers. This is not a place for anger.  This is a blog to share the lives of those who ride the streets,  the faces and the places they live, the streets they ride, and the roads we all share.

What I love about this project is that Dan is taking his two hobbies–photography and cycling–and using them to bless the city and reach out to fellow cyclists.  He has identified with brokenness in culture and is seeking to redeem it using the gifts he has to encourage cyclists and represent Jesus.  We’ve all got hobbies, talents, and passions we enjoy.  Most of the time they serve our own purposes.  Dan is an example to me (and hopefully others) of how to use them to bless others.  May God grant him grace and bless his little project–Louisville on Two Wheels.

POTW :: dandunk

March 29, 2008

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As I mentioned last week, I along with my bride and boy, enjoyed Easter services at Sojourn here in Louisville, celebrating in the occasion of Dan Canales’ baptism. I have been meaning to visit Sojourn for a long time, and I was excited to finally have the opportunity of worshiping Jesus there. I was really encouraged to see how Sojourn handles the ordinances of baptism and Lord’s Supper (they partake of the Lord’s Supper every Sunday). Before each baptism, their community group leader reads their testimony on stage. All the testimonies are provided in a nice pamphlet in the bulletin (here’s the cover). After that, the church affirms their testimony and confession of faith, and they are baptized.

On a lighter note, does anyone else think that Dan looks like he is driving a boxcar in the middle photo (go speedracer!)?

On the photographer side of things, I quickly realized that I was needing to shoot in high ISO mode (3200 ISO) because it was so dark (plus with the stage light being a strong back light, I was concerned about Dan being silhouetted and miss capturing this moment for him. The bad part is that such high ISO’s produce lots of noise (grain), especially when you are shooting a worn out 20D like mine. I figured, instead of trying to get rid of it to use it to create a better feel for the images. Anyway, you can see about a dozen of them in this set which I created on Flickr.

In other photography news, you have noticed on my sidebar some portraiture. My friend Lindsay (not Lindsey) Swartz (not Schwartz) asked me to snap a few photos for her upcoming graduation here at Southern. So we walked around downtown Louisville a bit as well as the waterfront park to take some pictures. It has been a long time since I have taken portraits, and I think the first time doing a session like this. However, I am pleased with how they are turning out. To view the images, you can go to this set on Flickr or watch them in a slideshow. I will be uploading some more as I complete the post-production of the images.

So I got my bike last week too. Really fun. Really painful. I marked a couple of short 3-5 mile rides for beginners like me, and man the wind was brutal. I rode in the rain a couple of days ago and didn’t realize how much the tires kick up water and mud on your rear end. Lessons learned. My goal is to be able to ride 10 miles (in an hour) before leaving Louisville, and a far-fetched goal is to do a Sprint Triathlon (I know, yeah right) by the end of October of this year. I have gone ahead and marked the races in Florida for 2008 on a Google Map which, if you are interested, you can find here (they are various kinds of multi-sport races, such as duathlons, triathlons, aquabike, etc.).

Lastly, I can’t help but post a pic or two of my little boy Nolan. Here’s a couple from Easter Sunday morning. 🙂

POTW :: Benchmark

March 22, 2008

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Two photos: one from last week and the other from yesterday evening. Actually, the top photo was my favorite from my shots of the snow as I really liked the feel of it. The funny thing about it was that I was riding down the road with my window down when I took this shot (not recommended). The second photo is from downtown Louisville when I was checking my gear before taking photos for a friend (graduation time). Actually, it was pretty fun as we walked through downtown a little, taking shots here and there and finally ending up back at the waterfront park (which right now is water-logged park after all the rain!). I will be posting some photos from yesterday’s excursion on Flickr soon.

The month of March marks two 3-year anniversaries for me. First, this month marks three years that I have been blogging. In real life, that is not very long, but in the blogosphere, I think I am old enough to be grumpy and hard of hearing. But alas, after all these hours clocked in on the laptop, the faded letters and lasting imprints of my palms remind me of the investment made on this small corner of the evangelical blogosphere. Seriously, I have learned a ton, met some wonderful people, and been given some amazing opportunities to encourage and help other believers love Jesus and grow in their relationship with him. I really look forward, Lord willing, to being a greater influence for the glory of God, the building of His church, and the stewardship of the gospel of which we have been entrusted.

The second 3-year anniversary is my friend with Dan Canales. Funny thing, if you look closely at today’s header, you can see Dan in the lens (he took the photo). Actually, Dan is the one responsible for getting me into photography and taught me everything I know. As of yesterday, he has also gotten me into cycling (no Dan, I will not join you for your 112 mile bike ride today – sorry brother). But three years ago, God allowed me to get Dan into Jesus, and the past three years has been a wonderful time of growing in the Lord together (Dan was the first person God put into my life at UPS). Tomorrow, Dan is going to be baptized at Sojourn here in Louisville, and I, Dusti, and Nolan are super excited about going to Sojourn tomorrow to celebrate what God has done in the life of our dear brother. Times like this, I feel a little like John who said, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.” I am even more excited now, three years later, than the day I witnessed the grace of God arrest and change the life of my brother. Knowing that our days are few here in Louisville, this anniversary is bitter sweet, but I know that God will continue this work and raise up folks to accomplish his purposes.

My heart is full, and there is so much to say about life these days. Really exciting, really busy, really good. All because of Jesus, who died and rose again for my sin and to bring me to God. Everything counts because of the resurrection. I just pray that I live like it.