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1 year, 1 month ago 4
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One thing about being a gun guy or gal is you will do a lot of trading.  You see something you always wanted, buy it and after a while you fall out of love with it and move it on for something different!  Carry guns are different, you don’t really take them to the gun range and shoot them a lot, but enough to be really good with them!  They are harder on your hand with their lighter weight, they often have pretty good recoil.  A carry gun is mostly for just in case situations.  Situations you pray will never happen!!

 

My carry/car gun for several years has been the Smith & Wesson Shield 9mm.  It is  good gun, very reliable, fairly compact, but I really hated the trigger.  I traded it for the gun above, the H&K VP9sk.  This is a bigger gun, heavier gun but with a great trigger, and not carries 2 more rounds, 10.  I may still get something very compact for t-shirt carry, but I love this pistol.

 

It’s hard to beat H&K quality.  This one is the LE variant, with night sights and  it came with 3 – 10 round magazines, two with the very comfortable pinky extensions.  I will try carrying it for a while and see how it goes.  At the range, in combat type firing, (one shot a second or faster), I was able to keep all shots in a 6″ area from 7 yards, 20 times.  Not sharpshooter territory, but perfectly adequate for close range emergency shooting.

 

I will keep you updated on how the H&K is doing for it’s intended purpose!

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim

1 year, 1 month ago 6
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Sherelene has a medical conference in Hilton Head Island this week so we drove down to Amelia Island, Florida yesterday.  We will relax and visit family for the next few days and then drive back up to South Carolina for her conference.  I will be in rest mode!!!  I only brought the X-H1 and the 18-55 and 55-200 for just shooting anything that interests me.  I did bring the drone and hope to do some aerial images, if I can get off the couch!!!! August and September will be busy back in the office getting everything prepared for the busy fall that lies ahead; the Badlands, UP of Michigan, Acadia and two November workshops in the Great Smokies!

 

I’ve missed working with Jack this summer but have sure enjoyed my family!  I’m inching closer to really retiring, but still have that urge to go out and shoot.  I will share anything I get in Amelia with you guys, but it’s a very relaxed trip so I’m not sure how much I will be inspired to do!!!

 

This morning Sherelene and I were having breakfast on the balcony of our room on the beach and I saw this very small scene, in my field of vision.  The X-H1 and 55-200 were just enough to compose it.  It felt very patriotic too see the two flags flying on the beach walkway!  I’ll call this one, “American Morning”!

 

So, I will get showered and go hunting for some more images, or, take a nap!  Vacations sure are nice!

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim

1 year, 1 month ago 7
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At a workshop a couple of years ago, I shot this photo of a friend in Arches N.P.  I was amazed then and still am today.  This was the Fujifilm XF 100-400 zoom hand held at 1/15th of a second at an equivilent 600 mm!!!!!  You can see every thread, hand held!!!!!  That’s why I now no longer carry any of  their long zooms except this lens!

 

This lens is the equivilent of a 150-600mm krange zoom, and it also does remarkable close-ups, as well!!!

 

 

…..and with this essentially 1:1  (life-size) shot the working distance was almost a yard away!!!!!  Once again this was “hand-held”!

 

I rest my case!

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim

1 year, 1 month ago 0
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The last week of September a small group of us will be touring the beautful South Dakota Hill country!  We have a small group of six people and will limit the trip to 10.  Jack Graham and I will lead this tour and trust me it is a great landscape area, few have discovered!  It is a 6 day tour starting noon Tuesday, September 25th ending Sunday the 30th.  We will spend two days inthe Badlands National Park, an amazing landscape!  Then we will travel to Spearfish, S.D. and shoot in Custer State Park, Spearfish Canyon and the Black Hills!

 

Here are some of the wonderful areas you will enjoy!

 

The Black Hills

 

Spearfish Falls in Spearfish Cany0n!

 

Stream in Custer State Park

 

Prairie Dogs in the Prairie Dog Town in the Badlands.

 

More spectacular peaks in the Badlands!

 

Consider joining us and contact Jack at:  jackgrahamphoto.com

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim