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Jack and I met up with our group for the Oregon Closest Tour last night and it is a nice group of folks!  We were on our way down to the beach this morning at 5:00 a.m.  We had a good morning!


Cape Blanco Lighthouse



Shooting a Charleston Harbor a working class fishing pier.







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Rob Sheppard has a great new Youtube channel that is very educational and just plain fun to watch you can see it at


Have a great Memoril Day Weekend, and blessings,


the pilgrim


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I met a lot of great rocket photographers while I was doing duty for Nikon at the Kennedy Space Center.  The king of them all was Scott Andrews from Nikon, and he introduced me to Bill and many other great space and rocket shooters,  this was puiblished in Space magazine and I thought you might find it cringe worthy!!!!!  We all baby our gear, these guys don’t!!!!



In case you were wondering the memory cards survived and yielded great images up until the lens melted!!!


Blessings and Happy Memorial Day Weekend,


the pilgrim

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I am celebrating 7 great years as a Fujifilm X Series shooter.  Before that I was a 40 year Nikon shooter.  I still love Nikon and my friends that work there, or did, and lots and lots of clients.  The short history of the change; I had shoulder surgery and was left with long two year recovery.  During that two years I found that I couldn’t carry the big full frame cameras and lenses anymore, comfortably.  I picked up a Fuji X-10 because it was a high quality, compact pocket camera and fell in love.  It was the perfect fit for a guy that couldn’t even consider carrying a camera bag.  I soon had the X-E1 and the race was off.  I currently use the X-H1, X-T2 and a X-Pro2 and a ton of lenses though they are not all on my person at any particular time.


I wouldn’t shoot anything else and here is why:



Fujifilm cameras have color like no other camera I’ve ever used or experienced.  Often called ” Fuji Color”, it is just something special, I can’t go back now!!!!



The lenses are among the very best glass I’ve ever used.  Most manufacturers will have a handful of truly spectacular, legendarily sharp lenses, virtually all of Fuji’s are!



My best friend shoots with them!  Jack and I both really love the gear and being X-Photographers!  ….and we’re not really this serious!  So does my other best friend, Jim Haverstock!



Even the 18-135 is superbly sharp, being a 28-200 supr zoomthat is really amazing!



I can now carry more gear in a smaller sapce and with about half the weight.  But in a Think Tank rolling bag!



The fast portrait lenses make even a hack like me a decent portrait guy!  60mm Macro f 2.4, 50mm f 2, 56mm f 1.2.



The system features two of the very best telephoto zoom lenses available today, the 50-140 f 2.8 and the 100-400 f 4.5-5.6.



The system has two spectacular Macro lenses the 60mm Macro  f 2.4 and the new 80mm Macro f 2,8.  Wish they had a 120mm, but hey, “You can’t always get what you want….”



The ACROS film simulation is incredible for Monochrome lovers!



The Fujifilm bodies play very nice with adapted lenses, (The Nikon 200mm Macro IF-ED.



Finally…it’s just so much fun to shoot with!!




the pilgrim