One of my favorite places in La Jolla to take pictures, is an area named the Lot. This house is right on the ocean with a beautiful view of the surf.
Dear friends, I have published a new WordPress Photography blog. The reason for doing so is because I can not separate my Ministry blog from my photography blog. That made it somewhat confusing and I like to have two separate blogs for various reasons. I will still keep this one alive, since I just renewed my domain name, but eventually, I will either delete it or do something else with it. If you are interested in looking at my new blog and possible follow that one, here is the link to it: http://media4lifephoto.com I hope to see all of you there. It will make it easier for me to follow and see your photographs. I am thankful for all of you and hope to see you on my new site. Sincerely, Freddy.
A few images from Windansea Beach, La Jolla, CA. It was somewhat cloudy, but the Sunset was pretty spectacular.
For more info on Christafari, please visit http://christafari.com
Their music is available on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/christafari/id28546692 and http://gospelreggae.com
Enjoy and crank up the volume.
- Christafari Live in San Diego (Slideshow) (media4lifephotography.com)
- He is Greater Than I (media4lifeministries.com)
Some images that I took over the last couple of month at Swami’s Beach in Encintas, CA. Swami’s is a very well known surf spot, but it is one of the lesser crowded beaches in San Diego. It’s a local spot and it is during the tourist season that there are people from around the the world visit Swami’s. This beach is on the top of my favorite beaches and looks very different during the low or high tides. At high tide, there is no way making it around the point and walk along the beach that leads to Moonlight beach in Encinitas.
A few pictures of Seaside Reef in Cardiff by the Sea in the North County of San Diego. It’s a beautiful stretch of beach and is on the top of the list when it comes to my favorite San Diego Beaches. Some of these shots are long exposure shots, taken after the sunset. Many people don’t realize, that the best images can be captured after the Sunset if the conditions are right.
Christafari performing in San Diego at the Harvest America Event, hosted by Maranatha Chapel.
Christafari are trailblazers, continually pioneering the genre of Gospel reggae in the U.S. and throughout the world.
With over a half million albums sold worldwide, Christafari is the top selling Gospel Reggae artist of all-time. After over two decades, the groundbreaking band is stronger than ever… making history in 2013 when their latest album, “Reggae Worship: A Roots Revival” (Lion of Zion Entertainment), hit #1 on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart.
But Christafari is more than a group of musical trailblazers. They consider themselves “Musicianaries” – using their unique blend of traditional roots and contemporary dancehall reggae to proclaim an uncompromising message of hope and salvation to this lost generation.
Christafari went back to their roots in 2012 with the release of their first worship album in nearly 20 years. On “Reggae Worship: A Roots Revival,” Christafari reworks classic hymns, reinterprets many of today’s top worship anthems and gives fans a handful of original worship songs that truly capture the band’s signature sound.
The unexpected result was that the band made history when “Reggae Worship: A Roots Revival” hit #1 on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart – the first time ever for a Christian project to top that chart. Speaking of the band’s chart success, Mark Mohr stated: “We care a lot more about hearts than charts. Our passion is for souls, not sales and we only do concerts as a way to make converts and fulfill the great commission.”
Christafari was founded in 1989 by songwriter, producer and lead vocalist, Mark Mohr. Raised in a Christian family, Mark strayed from his spiritual upbringing during his teens and turned to drugs and alcohol. After having an undeniable encounter with God at a youth camp just before his 18th birthday, Mark re-committed his life to Christ and took what he now calls his “Freedom Step” out of addiction. At that point, his greatest desire was to help others step out of the same bondage that once entangled him. He felt God leading him to start the first Gospel reggae band in America. It would be a counter-cult, drug aversion ministry that used the conscious sounds of reggae to bring the lost into the light. Two weeks later this fledgling band was birthed at a camp talent show.
While their name may just sound like a play on words, in Biblical Greek it stands for a group of people who bear or represent the name of Christ. “The best advice I was ever given was to go to Bible college so I could be theologically and doctrinally sound,” says Mark, who majored in Christian Education at BIOLA University. During his college years, Christafari continued to evolve as Mark wrote songs for Christafari’s first three albums, including “Valley of Decision” (Gotee) which went on to become the top-selling Gospel reggae album in the history of the genre.
In 1999, after recording two albums with Gotee Records under the tutelage of TobyMac, Mark branched out and founded his own record company, Lion of Zion Entertainment, with the goal of “Reaching the World through World Music.” With their broad distribution channels, Lion of Zion introduced the world to top-selling artists like Sherwin Gardner, Monty G, Stitchie, Mr. Lynx, ‘Imisi and three-time Marlin Award winner Avion Blackman (who is also Mark’s wife and the bassist for Christafari). Over the years, Lion of Zion has released more than 50 recordings and launched HYPERLINK “http://gospelreggae.com/”GospelReggae.com – the world’s largest online store for Gospel reggae and world music.
As a band, Christafari has brought their own unique brand of Gospel reggae to nearly every state in the U.S. and over 50 countries around the world. The band’s first major tour was 1995’s Reggae Sunsplash – North America’s premier reggae tour, traversing 46 cities and performing in front of more than a quarter of a million people. They have played at virtually every major festival and many of the country’s most prestigious venues like L.A.’s Greek Theater and Dodger Stadium. When Christafari played at Reggae on the River (the world’s largest mainstream reggae festival), Mark had the privilege of baptizing three new converts in the river.
Over the years the group has shared billing with nearly every major reggae artist including Aswad, Bunny Wailer, Lucky Dube, Big Mountain, Burning Spear, Pato Banton, Dennis Brown, Freddie McGregor, The Wailing Souls, Capleton, Israel Vibration, Culture, Buju Banton and Wayne Wonder.
In Washington, D.C., on the steps of our nation’s Capitol, Christafari ministered to their largest audience to date – a crowd of over 500,000 people. Additional performance highlights included the 1997 Presidential Inaugural Ball, They played in the main amphitheater of the Olympic Village during the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta and performed at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Christafari has been featured on The 700 Club, CNN Headline News, MTV News, MTV Brazil, ABC Family, TBN, JCTV, BET, TBS, Steel Roots, Greg Laurie’s Harvest much more.
Who would have expected that what started off as a simple performance at a church camp talent show back in 1989 would grow into a new genre (Gospel reggae) that now boasts over a thousand bands? And some 24 years later, Christafari has ministered on virtually every continent, hit the top of the secular charts and is going stronger than ever!
The Band Members: http://christafari.com/artists/
Christafari Website: http://christafari.com
All pictures taken by Freddy Winter of Media 4 Life Photography in San Diego.
I took some pictures of Downtown San Diego from Coronado Island. It was about 9pm when I was taking these. It’s always a beautiful view of the City from across the bay. Many tourist come each year to take in this view.
A beautiful Bride admiring the Sunset at Windansea Beach in La Jolla, California. I thought this image was just perfect for the scripture of the Bride awaiting the Bridegroom, Who is Jesus. The church is the bride of Christ and we re awaiting the arrival of the Groom, which could be at any moment. The Bride has to be ready, for she does not know the hour when He will come for her. Maranatha Lord Jesus.
- The Bride of Christ (wrob77.wordpress.com)
WHEN GOD PAINTS THE SKY IN RED
When God paints the sky in red, He is asking us to see there’s power in the blood that His son has shed for us.
When God paints the sky in red, it is the color of His heart, showing us all of His love, right from the very start.
When God paints the sky in red, He is reminding all of us to look only unto Him, for all that we must trust.
When God paints the sky in red, His love comes shining thru bestowed upon this world, including me and you.
When God paints the sky in red, praise His name, His Glory, He will show you all of Him, a never-ending story.
When God paints the sky in red, remember this is true, trust in Him and ask, for there’s nothing that He can’t do!
Poem by Donna Guthrie, Michigan 8/16/13
I felt like I was dreaming this evening. Dreaming about a place where there is peace and happiness, love and not hate. A place where there is no pain and suffering.
In my dream, I was in a perfect world, in a world they way it was meant to be when God first created it.
Unfortunately, I had to go back into reality, into a world of violence, chaos and wars. Is this not something that everyone wants, a world where we can all live together without hate and violence?
Peace and Love has been pursued by mankind, but was never achieved.
The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life has kept us from living together in Harmony. That is not of God and we as fallen sinful man will never achieve what so many have tried and dreamed of; everlasting Peace.
“For all that is in the world–the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life–is not of the Father but is of the world.” 1 John 2:16
It was another beautiful Sunset at Swami’s Beach. It was low tide at the time I took this shot. This is one of my favorite places along the San Diego Coastline. Swami’s is in Encinitas, CA which is in the North County of San Diego. It’s a laid back place and is not over crowded as some beaches. Truly as close to Paradise as one can get. http://sandiegovipsevents.wordpress.com/2013/07/17/top-surfing-spots-in-san-diego/
- Top Surfing Spots In San Diego (sandiegovipsevents.wordpress.com)
- The Beaches of Encinitas California | Surfing Madonna (surfingmadonnaorgcyclops.wordpress.com)
After many days of overcast along the San Diego Coastline, the weather finally changed into a more summer like climate. This picture was taken about 20 minutes after the sunset with a long shutter exposure.
A peaceful Sunset in Cardiff by the Sea. A truly beautiful place in the North County of San Diego.
A beautiful sunset at Windansea Beach, just north of La Jolla, CA. It’s one of my favorite spots in San Diego. The beaches around Windansea are not so crowded as other beaches around San Diego.
The famous Del opened in February 1888 and was declared a Historic Landmark in 1977. The Hotel was also the first with electricity, thanks to Thomas Edison.
There are two ways to visit Coronado Island. There is the Ferry that leaves from the Harbor in Downtown San Diego, or with the car, driving across the famous Coronado Bridge which was finished in 1969. People used to pay a fee when crossing the bridge. I can’t remember how much it was, either 50 or 75 cents. It may have been as much as a Dollar. The money was collected to pay for the bridge. Coronado is a beautiful place and has much to offer.
- San Diego Skyline 2013 (media4lifephotography.com)
I took this picture last year on Christmas Day. It was absolutely gorgeous that day in San Diego. This area is called Windansea Beach, which is south of La Jolla, CA. known for its awesome surf and beautiful stretches of pristine beaches and clear turquoise looking water. A must go to place when visiting San Diego.
These are some images from Sunday’s quarter finals, the semis and the final. The winner of the Supergirl Pro Surfing Contest was Malia Manuel from Hawaii. Second place went to Paige Hareb from New Zealand. There are a couple of other girls in this slide show, but I don’t know their names. The waves changed during the day, there were times with some real nice sets and other times when almost nothing happened. Nevertheless, the girls made the best of it. Overall it was great competition weekend.
- Supergirl Pro Surfing Contest in Oceanside, CA (media4lifephotography.com)
- Manuel beats Hareb to win Supergirl Pro surfing (sandiego6.com)
- Hawaii surfer Malia Manuel wins Supergirl Pro competition (staradvertiser.com)
These are some images from Saturday’s of the Supergirl Pro Surfing Competition. The top 60 women of surfing competed in a 3 day event, held at the Oceanside Pier in the most northern part of San Diego, California. I don’t usually take too many surf pictures, but I had great fun attending and snapping some pictures. These girls are awesome and Bethany Hamilton, who lost her arm in a shark attack back in 2003 is always a crowd favorite. She is an inspiration to many and when she is not on a surfboard, she speaks at various events. In my next slideshow, I will feature some more surf action shots from Sunday’s quarter finals, the semi’s and the finals.
I took this picture during lunch time while I was in Coronado. The area from which I took this picture is called Glorietta Bay. It has some shopping, hotels and restaurants, which attracts many tourist and San Diegans alike. Coronado also known for its Naval history and the Hotel Del Coronado among some beautiful beaches.
The famous Coronado Bridge allows people to drive to and from Coronado and is a landmark of sorts in San Diego. There is also a Ferry that arrives every 30 minutes taking people across the bay from either side. In this view, Seaport Village, another tourist attraction with its many stores and boutiques.
The Convention Center is right next to Seaport Village and host conventions like the San Diego Auto Show and Comic Con. San Diego has much to offer and this is just a small glimpse of what San Diego has to offer.
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A picture taken from the top of the parking lot at Swamis Beach, Encinitas, CA Swamis is a well known surf-spot in the North County coastal area in San Diego.It was a gorgeous night with a comfortable 72 degrees. Just beautiful, almost like Paradise.
This little girls was dancing at Sunset time in Cardiff by the Sea. I thought of the very last Psalm:
Praise the LORD! Praise God in His sanctuary; Praise Him in His mighty firmament!
Praise Him for His mighty acts; Praise Him according to His excellent greatness!
Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet; Praise Him with the lute and harp!
Praise Him with the timbrel and dance; Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes!
Praise Him with loud cymbals; Praise Him with clashing cymbals!
Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD! Psalm 150.
Beach lovers walking along the shore in Cardiff by the Sea. It was a very pleasant evening and people enjoyed the 72 degrees weather at Sunset time. Lot’s of surfers riding the waves and dogs playing at the beach.
I just love these kind of evenings, comfortable temperature and being able for just a moment to escape the everyday routine and noise of the city.
I love the feeling of the sand on my feet or the refreshing feeling of the water washing it away. It’s almost like a cleansing feeling. I am truly blessed and grateful to live by the ocean and so close to the beach in a city that many people spend thousands on, just to visit for a few days.
I drove down to Mission Beach, taking some pictures of the historical Roller Coaster there and ended up in Pacific Beach towards the evening. I was trying to get some Sunset shots. I’ve been to the place before and I had some good memories. So I figure why not. To capture the sunset at this time of year, I had to go down a stair case and make a right along the cliff.
The beach is not sandy at all, in fact there is nothing but rocks of various sizes all over the place. I stumbled around on top of the rocks and slipped several times, hoping nobody was watching me as I tried to get to the spot I had been previously and got some decent shots. Finally, I got to my destination and what you’d know, not a cloud in sight and the sun was just about 5 minutes away from disappearing below the horizon.
I noticed a few bumps and scratches on my leg and some blood on my big toe and figured, well, maybe I should head back to the stair case. On my way back, about half way down, I met a young man sitting on the rocks watching the sunset. We conversed for a little while and he told me that this area used to be a gunnery during World War II. I was wondering about all the concrete and other man-made objects that are scattered all over at that spot. After the war ended, the Government tore the whole thing down, thus so many remnants of the former gunnery.
Well, I made it safely back to the stairs and set up my camera to get at least a couple of shot for the night. Here is the one of the shots I got, a view towards Pacific Beach and the Crystal Pier. It was a pretty nice evening after all. I met some people at the place I was taking the picture and we had a pleasant conversation.
That is another reason I love to go out and take pictures, the scenery, the fresh air and the people who I meet on my outings. Always fascinating and exiting to talk to people and have some fun. Reminds of a time when things were like that, when people still had the time to say hi and enjoy the beauty of God’s creation.
I was here, but you did not sit down to rest. I was here, but you were too busy with the world. I will be here tomorrow and the next day. Take some time, rest and sit down. Enjoy the view and find peace in your heart. God’s presence is everywhere, just relax and sit down for a moment and find the peace that surpasses all understanding.