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2 years, 10 months ago 2
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Chris suggested in his book, a couple of churches that I as able to get to today.  4th Presbyterian and Holy Name Catholic Cathedral.  Both were beautiful and lots of fun to worship in, and photograph!  Above is the sanctuary of 4th Presbyterian, below the alter area of Holy Name Cathedral.

 

 

A stained glass window portrait at Holy Name below.

 

 

The very beautiful organ from the 4th Presbyterian Church.

 

 

I also got to the Museum of Science and Industry this morning and will share some of those tomorrow.

 

I’m really enjoying photographing Chicago, a greater friendly town!

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim

 

Please remember that you can single click any image to see it much larger!

2 years, 11 months ago 9
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Rush Limbaugh coined the phrase, Seasoned Citizen, I thought it was cute back then, now I guess I am one!   This would be a good time to preface my remarks with a few important points. I started the Pilgrim’s Chronicles to share my faith and what God is teaching me, and to expound (a fancy word for share), my thoughts on photography.  I get occasional notes, not often, but every once in a while, from people that don’t like my doing either thing!!!  I always wonder why they come here if they don’t believe in God, or they think I know nothing worth sharing about photography and gear.  So here is some sincere, friendly advice; if you are adverse to talk of faith, what are you doing here?  If you think I don’t know anything about photography, you may not be alone, but once again what are you doing here!!!???  All I can give anyone is what I believe to be the truth, in both matters of faith and photography.  So today’s subject;

 

 What should I buy?

 

The answer is simple, What you Need!!!!  Now knowing what you need as opposed to what you think you need is two different things!  Now, the next question;  are you and equipment collector or a photographer?  If you just love to buy and fondle equipment, and there’s nothing wrong with that, (ala Jerry Seinfeld), but if you are a photographer you need cameras and lenses that will help you make wonderful photographs.  Now this complicates things so lets pull some things out of the mix, if you do any kinds of highly specialized work, medical, wildlife, serious sports, scientific, then my recommendation will not fully apply.  So here goes

 

For most generalists, travel, nature, close-up, landscape, Americana kinds of photography I recommend the following:

 

Two bodies: (best if they are identical so the control functions will be the same)

Each with a Really Right Stuff  “L” brackets

A Wide Angle Lens:   (if a zoom in he 16-35 / 12-24 focal length range)

A Medium Range Zoom:   (24-70 or 28-80 focal length or equivalent)

A Telephoto Range Zoom:  ( 70-200 or 80-300 range)

Some method of close-up Lens or device: (90, 105, or 200 Micro lens, Diopters, or Auto Extension Tubes)

Accessories needed in any camera bag:  

Spare batteries and chargers

Polarizers for each lens

Neutral Density Filters (I carry Singh Ray 5 – 10 -& 15 stops)

lens hoods for each lens

Tools:  small pliers (Clutch by Gerber), small blade screwdrivers, allen wrenches)

cable release for your camera bodies

lens cleaning supplies (I use Zeiss cleaning wipes)

toothbrush and camels hair brush for cleaning camera body

Visine or your preferred eye drops

Small container of Advil.  

 

A tripod and ball head ( I use several; one heavy, one mid size, and one small, I use all three with Really Right Stuff ball heads.

 

Ah, but what brand???????  Well that is up to you, but I do have some suggestions:

 

I think the two best current cameras in a full size 35mm size sensor are the:
Nikon D800/800e and the Canon 5D Mark III                                                                        

The D4/D4s and the 1Dx are both great, but heavy.  

 

 

How about Sony, Panasonic, and whoever?  They are all getting much better, but for me not ready for prime time yet. 

 

 

If you need something lighter my choices are:

the Fuji X-T1 and the Olympus OM-D1

The Olympus has a bigger variety of lenses, but not all are critically sharp, (some are).

The Fuji X System has a very complete and awesome quality, everyone!

 

Now something VERY IMPORTANT!   Whatever works for you, works for you, just consider my ideas as the raving of a Garrulous Old SEASONED CITZEN!  Cheers!

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim

 

 

 

 

 

2 years, 11 months ago 6
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Where is your treasure?  What is your treasure?  When I found the image from New England of an old fashioned trunk, it made me think of what belongings might have once been stored in it?  These old handmade trunks were expensive in their day, and were often reserved for keeping peoples’s most priced possessions!    Having just been in St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands, I’ve come home as I often do, with a new appreciation for living where I do!  These Islands are beautiful and the clear blue water, and rain forest are very interesting, but these places are a lot more like a third world country than where we live.  All it takes is a trip into a grocery store and you will see what the standard of living is in another country.  I had a lot of time to think about my blessings while out of the lower 48 states, and I think from time to time it is a great exercise to name them, so with your permission I would like to share the list I’ve come up with;

 

What I am thankful for today:

 

1. A loving God that is my Heavenly Father and never, ever looses track of me, and is always watching over me and my family,  and my friends.  I’m so thankful for my salvation, made possible by Jesus sacrificial love on the cross!

 

2.  A fantastic wife, who is also my best friend, the love of my life, and person I respect, trust, and look up to, and the greatest earthly gift God has bestowed on me!

 

3. A wonderful loving family!  Scott, Diane, Hannah & Ben.  Catherine, Clint, Cassidy, and Cade, Wesley, Rhonda, Elijah, and Abigail.  My brother Homer and his wife Terri, Sherlene’s sisters and brother, and so many other family members who all mean so much to me!

 

4.  A bunch of great friends, (I will not embarrass myself by trying to make a list!!!)  God has truly blessed my life with some great people I get to call my friends!!!

 

5.  Health!  I’m still on this side of the grass, and well enough to enjoy all His blessings, so you can’t ask for more than that!

 

6.  A great love for photography and the fun of a lifetime of trying to learn more everyday and get better at the craft I enjoy so much!

 

7.  A roof over my head, heat when it is cold, a comfortable place to live and work.  A sanctuary from the storm!

 

8.  A future to look forward to!  I get excited when I think about running workshops with Jim Begley,  Jack Graham, James Haverstock, Nick Coury, Snake, Chuck, and Ricky Skaggs, and all the fun we will have, and the nice people we will get to know!  The coolest way to make a living and a life!

 

9.  Peace and Joy which can only come from Him!

 

10.  The honor of serving Him by loving others in His name and for His sake!

 

Your turn, make your own list of what you are thankful for!

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim

 

 

2 years, 11 months ago 19
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My brother-in-law Ron Oliver sent this to me this morning, It really hit home for me.  I will share it with you and post some of the last images from St Croix.  Have a blessed weekend and remember the key sentence of this little story;  Aspire to inspire before you expire!!

 

Sometimes it’s the smallest gesture that leaves the greatest impression.

 

The Cab Ride

I arrived at the address and honked the horn, after waiting a few minutes

I walked to the door and knocked. ‘Just a minute’, answered a frail, elderly voice. I could hear something being dragged across the floor..

After a long pause, the door opened. A small woman in her 90’s stood before me.  She was wearing a print dress and a pillbox hat with a veil pinned

on it, like somebody out of a 1940’s movie.

 

By her side was a small nylon suitcase. The apartment looked as if no one had lived in it for years.  All the furniture was covered with sheets.

 

There were no clocks on the walls, no knickknacks or utensils on the counters. In the corner was a cardboard box filled with photos and glassware.

 

“Would you carry my bag out to the car?” she said. I took the suitcase

to the cab, then returned to assist the woman.

 

She took my arm and we walked slowly toward the curb.

 

She kept thanking me for my kindness. ‘It’s nothing’, I told her..

‘I just try to treat my passengers the way I would want my mother to be

treated.’

 

‘Oh, you’re such a good boy, she said. When we got in the cab, she gave

me an address and then asked, ‘Could you drive through downtown?’

 

‘It’s not the  shortest way,’ I answered  quickly..

‘Oh, I don’t mind,’ she said. ‘I’m in no hurry. I’m on my way to a hospice.  ‘

 

I looked in the rear-view mirror. Her eyes were glistening. ‘I don’t have

any family left,’ she continued in a soft voice.. ‘The doctor says I don’t have very long.’ I quietly reached over and shut off the meter.

 

‘What route would you like me to take?’ I asked.

 

For the next two hours, we drove through the city. She showed me

the building where she had once worked as an elevator operator.

 

We drove through the neighborhood where she and her husband had lived

when they were newlyweds She had me pull up in front of a furniture warehouse that had once been a ballroom where she had gone dancing as a girl.  Sometimes she’d ask me to slow in front of a particular building or corner and would sit staring into the darkness, saying  nothing.

As the first hint of sun was creasing the horizon, she suddenly said, ‘I’m  tired. Let’s go now’.  We drove in  silence to the address she had given me. It was a low building, like a small convalescent home, with a driveway that passed under a portico.

 

Two orderlies came out to the cab as soon as we pulled up. They were

solicitous and intent, watching her every move. They must have been expecting her.  I opened the trunk and took the small suitcase to

the door. The woman was already seated in a wheelchair.

‘How much do I owe you?’ She asked, reaching into her purse.

‘Nothing,’ I said ‘You have to make a living,’ she answered.

‘There are other passengers,’ I responded.

Almost without thinking, I bent and gave her a hug. She held onto me tightly.

‘You gave an old woman a little moment of joy,’ she said.   ‘Thank you.’

I squeezed her hand, and then walked into the dim morning light.. Behind me, a door shut. It was the sound of the closing of a life..

 

I didn’t  pick up any more passengers that shift. I drove aimlessly lost in thought. For the rest of that day, I could hardly talk. What if that woman had gotten an angry driver, or one who was impatient

to end his shift?  What if I had refused to take the run, or had honked

once, then driven away?  On a quick review,  I don’t think that I have done anything more important in my life.  We’re conditioned to think that our lives revolve around great moments.  But great moments often catch us unaware-beautifully wrapped in what others may consider a small one.

 

PEOPLE MAY NOT REMEMBER EXACTLY WHAT YOU DID, OR WHAT YOU SAID ~BUT~THEY WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER HOW YOU MADE THEM FEEL.

 

Aspire to inspire before you expire……….

 

“One day you will be just a memory to  some people…  Do your best to

be a good one.”

 

From:

Bill Denton, AIA

William S. Denton & Associates Architects

430 Burridge Drive

Sevierville, Tennessee 37862

865-548-1982 – Cell

 

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim

 

The last of my St. Croix color……….