He is risen

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Recently, stand-up comedian and television host Bill Maher criticized Noah, a movie that stars Russell Crowe and is loosely based on the Biblical account of Noah’s Ark in the book of Genesis.

Maher said, “It’s about a psychotic mass murderer who gets away with it, and his name is God.” Maher adds, “What kind of tyrant punishes everyone just to get back at the few he’s mad at?”

Personally, I’ve never thought Bill Maher was humorous or insightful, but I must admit that he has become extremely successful by creating a television persona that is outspoken and controversial.

The truth is that God is not a “psychotic mass murderer.” He is holy and perfect and despises sin. Paul writes in Romans 3:23 (NIV) – “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

God judges us and we are accountable to Him. We do not hold Him accountable to us.

Fortunately, God has not abandoned us. Instead, He has reached out to us and bridged the gap between His holiness and our wickedness through His son, Christ Jesus. When Jesus was crucified on the cross, He bore God’s punishment for our sins. Three days after being placed in the grave, Christ Jesus rose from the dead to give eternal life to everyone who believes in His resurrection.

The most famous verse in the Bible, John 3:16 (NIV), states “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

This Easter, remember that God is not a “psychotic mass murderer.” He is a loving and merciful Father who forgives the sins of His people if they proclaim Christ Jesus as their personal savior.

-scott weaver

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bird watching

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A Blue Jay eats a sunflower seed from a feeder in Lawrence, Kansas on April 17, 2014.

-scott weaver

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total lunar eclipse

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I joined every other photographer in the world and shot the total lunar eclipse on April 15, 2014. I used my 300mm lens with a 1.4x teleconverter to get a nice, tight shot of the moon’s surface.

Astronomers said the United States was in a prime orbital position to view the eclipse on Tuesday morning. The moon’s appearance changed from bright orange to blood red about 3:00am CST. The lunar eclipse is a phenomenon that occurs when the moon passes through the Earth’s shadow. The United States will not be able to witness a full lunar eclipse in its entirety again until 2019.

However, North America will see four more “blood moons” – known as a tetrad — in the next year. It will make another appearance on October 8, 2014, April 4, 2015 and September 28, 2015.

-scott weaver

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march leftovers

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Iowa State’s Hallie Christofferson collides with Oklahoma State’s Kendra Suttles during the Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship at Chesapeake Arena in Oklahoma City on March 8, 2014.

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West Virginia’s Christal Caldwell competes for a loose ball against TCU during the Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship at Chesapeake Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on March 8, 2014.

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An Oklahoma State yell leader performs a stunt against Baylor during the Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship at Chesapeake Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on March 9, 2014.

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Baylor’s Khadijah Cave and Odyssey Sims celebrate after winning the Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship at Chesapeake Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on March 10, 2014.

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K-State’s Nino Williams fouls Iowa State’s DeAndre Kane during the Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri on March 13, 2014.

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Oklahoma State’s Kamari Murphy loses his shoe against Kansas during the Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri on March 13, 2014.

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Kansas’ Andrew Wiggins shoots a three pointer against Iowa State’s Dustin Hogue during the Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri on March 14, 2014.

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Iowa State’s Dustin Hogue dunks against Baylor’s Taurean Prince and Isaiah Austin during the Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri on March 15, 2014.

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K-State’s Thomas Gipson walks past the Cal Poly Mustang as the Wildcats arrive for their game against Kentucky at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri on March 21, 2014.

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K-State’s head coach Bruce Weber directs the Wildcats against Kentucky during their NCAA second round game at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri on March 21, 2014.

Here are some of my favorite basketball photos from March on the road to the 2014 Final Four.

-scott weaver

 

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fly by

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Two geese fly away from K-State and Kansas rowers during the Sunflower Showdown at Wyandotte County Lake in Kansas City, Kansas on March 29, 2014. K-State defeated Kansas 17-6.

-scott weaver

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k-state hires coach jeff mittie

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A portrait of K-State’s new women’s basketball head coach Jeff Mittie on March 19, 2014.

Recently, I had to shoot a portrait of K-State’s new women’s basketball head coach Jeff Mittie. He was the women’s basketball head coach at TCU before K-State hired him on March 19, 2014.

I only had 20 minutes for a photo shoot with Coach Mittie because of his extremely busy schedule. We met in Bramlage Coliseum where I positioned him holding a basketball at the top of the key.

I used three White Lightning X1600′s: two with large softboxes to light Coach Mittie from the front and side and a third with a 10º honeycomb grid to spotlight the rim and backboard behind him.

-scott weaver

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k-state wildcats vs. kentucky wildcats

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Kentucky’s head coach John Calipari speaks to the media about their matchup against K-State during a press conference at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri on March 20, 2014.

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K-State’s Thomas Gipson speaks to the media about their matchup against Kentucky during a press conference at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri on March 20, 2014.

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A fan watches practice at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri on March 20, 2014.

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K-State’s Marcus Foster hugs Thomas Gipson at the Scottrade Center on March 20, 2014.

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K-State huddles at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri on March 20, 2014.

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K-State’s Thomas Gipson walks past the Cal Poly Mustang as the Wildcats arrive for their game against Kentucky at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri on March 21, 2014.

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K-State’s head coach Bruce Weber directs the Wildcats against Kentucky on March 21, 2014.

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K-State’s Nigel Johnson guards Kentucky’s Jarrod Polson on March 21, 2014.

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Kentucky’s head coach John Calipari and assistant coach Orlando Antigua direct the Wildcats against K-State at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri on March 21, 2014.

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K-State’s Nino Williams and Shane Southwell try to strip the ball from Kentucky’s Aaron Harrison at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri on March 21, 2014.

I shot the NCAA DI Men’s Basketball Championship at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri on March 19-22, 2014. Kentucky defeated K-State 56-49 to advance to the third round.

-scott weaver

 

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the faces of march madness

3.8.14 - Baylor's head coach Kim Mulkey

March 8, 2014: Baylor’s head coach Kim Mulkey

3.8.14 - Texas' Brady Sanders

March 8, 2014: Texas’ Brady Sanders

3.9.14 - A West Virginia fan

March 9, 2014: A West Virginia fan

3.10.14 - Baylor's Khadijiah Cave and Odyssey Sims

March 10, 2014: Baylor’s Khadijiah Cave and Odyssey Sims

3.13.14 - K-State's head coach Bruce Weber

March 13, 2014: K-State’s head coach Bruce Weber

3.13.14 - An Oklahoma State Pom Squad dancer

March 13, 2014: An Oklahoma State Pom Squad dancer

3.13.14 - Kansas' Wayne Selden Jr.

March 13, 2014: Kansas’ Wayne Selden Jr.

3.14.14 - Iowa State's Naz Long and Dustin Hogue

March 14, 2014: Iowa State’s Naz Long and Dustin Hogue

3.15.14 - Baylor's Royce O'Neale

March 15, 2014: Baylor’s Royce O’Neale

3.15.14 - Iowa State's Georges Niang and DeAndre Kane

March 15, 2014: Iowa State’s Georges Niang and DeAndre Kane

Recently, I shot the Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship at Chesapeake Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on March 7-10, 2014, the Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri on March 12-15, 2014 and the 2nd round of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri from March 19-22, 2014.

That’s 19 games in sixteen days. I challenged myself to be more creative in the final stretch of the season so I started shooting with longer lenses to feature the faces of the players, coaches and fans. I felt the emotion made more interesting images than shooting another breakaway dunk.

Baylor defeated West Virginia 74-71 to win the Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship, Iowa State defeated Baylor 74-65 to win the Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship and Kentucky defeated K-State 56-49 in the 2nd round of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship.

-scott weaver

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k-state portraits

8.26.09 - Rodney McGruder, K-State men's basketball

August 26, 2009: Rodney McGruder, K-State men’s basketball

6.1.10 - Daniel Thomas, K-State football

June 1, 2010: Daniel Thomas, K-State football

7.22.10 - Josh Cherry, K-State football

July 22, 2010: Josh Cherry, K-State football

7.22.10 - Carson Coffman, K-State football

July 22, 2010: Carson Coffman, K-State football

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August 8, 2010: JuliAnne Chisholm and Lauren Mathewson, K-State volleyball

9.30.10 - Jalena Childs, K-State women's basketball

September 30, 2010: Jalana Childs, K-State women’s basketball

2.14.11 - John Currie, K-State athletic director

February 14, 2011: John Currie, K-State athletic director

6.14.11 - Frank Martin, K-State men's basketball coach

June 14, 2011: Frank Martin, K-State men’s basketball coach

1.27.12 - Collin Klein, K-State football and Heisman Trophy finalist

January 27, 2012: Collin Klein, K-State football and Heisman Trophy finalist

1.27.12 - Arthur Brown, K-State football

January 27, 2012: Arthur Brown, K-State football

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July 23, 2012: K-State’s Jordan Henriquez, Rodney McGruder and Martavious Irving

8.19.12 - Amelia Crites, K-State equestrian

August 19, 2012: Amelia Crites, K-State equestrian

8.21.12 - Erik Kynard, K-State and Team USA track and field

August 21, 2012: Erik Kynard, K-State and Team USA track and field

10.11.12 - Mark Simoneau, K-State and Kansas City Chiefs football

October 11, 2012 – Mark Simoneau, K-State and Kansas City Chiefs football

3.1.13 - Bill Snyder, K-State football coach

March 1, 2013: Bill Snyder, K-State football head coach

7.22.13 - Ryann Krais, K-State and Nike track and field

July 22, 2013: Ryann Krais, K-State and Nike track and field

7.25.13 - D.J. Johnson, K-State men's basketball

July 25, 2013: D.J. Johnson, K-State men’s basketball

10.12.13 - Alyx Treasure, K-State track and field

October 12, 2013: Alyx Treasure, K-State track and field

10.16.13 - Ross Kivett, K-State baseball

October 16, 2013: Ross Kivett, K-State baseball

11.19.13 - Willie the Wildcat, K-State mascot

November 19, 2013: Willie the Wildcat, K-State mascot

Recently, I went through my archives so I could pull several K-State portraits for a project.

-scott weaver

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k-state football strength and conditioning

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A rack of dumbbells inside the K-State Vanier Football Complex.

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K-State’s Judah Jones uses resistance to strengthen his neck.

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K-State’s Demonte Hood performs single-leg box squats.

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K-State’s David Smith finishes a set of straight-arm cable push-ups.

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K-State’s Andre Davis catches tennis balls to improve his hand-eye coordination.

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K-State’s Dalton Converse powers through a set of hang cleans.

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K-State’s Morgan Burns grips the bar for a set of bent-over rows.

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K-State’s Taylor Godinet performs a set of pull-ups.

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K-State’s B.J. Finney cools off after his strength and conditioning workout.

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A rack of dip belts inside the K-State Vanier Football Complex.

Recently, I photographed the K-State football team during their early morning offseason strength and conditioning workout at the Vanier Football Complex in Manhattan, Kansas.

Players pushed through several sets of hang cleans, bent-over rows, push-ups, single-leg box squats, pull-ups and box jumps. Quarterback Daniel Sams and wide receiver Andre Davis caught tennis balls from an automatic tennis ball machine to improve their hand-eye coordination.

The Wildcats’ annual Purple and White spring game is April 26, 2014 and their first regular season game is August 30 against Stephen F. Austin at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas.

-scott weaver

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