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1 month, 4 weeks ago 12
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My post about the eclipse of our hearts really stirred up some thought with others and myself!  The manufacturers don’t make it easy on us.  Fuji Rumors says a new X-T2 is coming with IBIS (In body image stabilization), Nikon just released the D850  45.7 megapixels!,  one a rumor, one fact.  The real fact is all the camera companies don’t want you to be satisfied with what you have today!!!!  Now that is normal, natural and what drives the industry, but it doesn’t have to drive you.

 

Personal experience:  When I was a Nikon shooter and owned a Nikon F, I immendiatly bought the F2 when it came out (actually 2 of them), I vowed that no matter what Nikon brought out next I was happy with the F2, that was until they released the F3!!!  I vowed again this was finally the near perfect camera and I was finished trading up!!!!  Did the same with the F4 and F5!  I even had a F6 because I worked for Nikon at the time and they sent me one, but by then we were fully into the digital age.

 

I think you get the picture!  D1, D2, D3 and D4 and I was out of the Nikon system and Fuji shooter before the D5 appeared.

 

Fast forword to my very happy Fuji days (2012 to present); X-10, X-E1, X-Pro1, X-T1, X-E2, X-T2, X-Pro2 see my point.  As of today I am convinced that the X-T2 & X-Pro2 are my stopping point, I find these cameras to be nearly perfect for what I do and I honestly can’t think of an improvement that I can’t live without!!  Of course if a X-T2s is really out there with in body IS, who knows!  For me, it has to stop somewhere!  I’m a little like the old man that said at his age he was no longer buying ripe bananas!  I know you can’t stop technology from moving forward and we should, and I do, welcome it, but I am going to try, very hard, to ask myself from now on, do I really need this?,  will it really make a big difference in my work?, is it worth the cost?, can I carry it?, how much will I loose by trading  up once again?!!!!

 

I know I can do it, I did with the GFX.  Is the GFX a not a remarkable piece of technology?  It sure is!  Would it be fun to own it?  You bet!!!!  Now the toughest question, do you need  it?  For me the answer is no.  Do I want one? Yes.  Do I need it’s capabilities?  Not really.  Have I shot one?  Yes.  Was I not impressed?  I was blown away with how indredible it was!  Then why don’t you buy one?  For the same reason I don’t drive an Aston Martin Vanquish, can’t afford it, don’t need it and where would I put all my AV gear!

 

If you bought a GFX and are happy with it, and I’m sure you are, good for you, it must be a good fit for you, it just wouldn’t be for me.  There comes a time when we need to ask oursleves the hard questions:

 

What will this do for me that I can’t do with my present gear?

 

Will I be terribly disadvantaged without it?

 

Is it worth the cost?

 

Can I afford that cost?

 

After you dance through that forest you will know what you should do.  Is it wrong to answer all those questions, Nothing , No  No and  No,  and still buy it?  It’s your money and I’ve done it many times before, but I’m trying to make that behavior…….. Dead and Buried!!!

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim

 

 

 

2 months ago 15
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On a day that the entire world is obssesed with a solar eclipse, I started to study the photos depicting the progress of an eclipse and I got a wild thought!  Spiritually I have long battled with a familiar foe to our devotion to Christ, materialism.  Years ago I cherished my possesion too greatly, but that has softened.  I now appreciate the things I own and enjoy, but do not over-value them.

 

The enemy is not only evil, he is sneeky!  Let me give you an example, one I hate to share.  I’ve found something interesting about photographers, as a group, they generally like much of the same things, and don’t ask me why, I don’t know why…. they just seem to!  Many of my photographer friends are also in to watches, audio equipment as well as photography gear.

 

Some years ago when the America From 500 Feet book came out I bought myself a gift, a Breitling titanium chronograph worn by many pilots.  It was, for me, pretty expensive, around tewenty five hundred bucks.  Well I loved that watch and it started a flurry of watch purchases the vast majority far less expensive than that one.  I would get online and look at the watch websites, and order anyone I liked.  I soon had a large collection of over 35 watches!  I soon discovered several things about collecting watches, you can only wear one at a time, and it’s a chore to  keep them wound and set correctly and keep the batteries changed in the quartz watches!!!!  You know what they say, ” a man who owns a watch always knows what time it is, a man who owns many watches never knows what time it is!!!”  That’s becasue they all say something different!!!!  My point is this is a textbook example of obsession!  If you are spending most of your time looking at them, studying them, and admiring  them and not enough time in prayer, reading the word and enjoying your family that’s not good!  Watches are not bad, but being obssesed with them is.

 

Apply this to anything you find yourself obsessed with, then pray about it.  I’m giving away watches to grandchildren, friends and complete strangers.

 

The image at the top of a eclipse progression shows how insidious an obssesion can be, it starts as a little sliver and before you know it, it has blocked out all light!  Another way of looking at obsessions is they block out the light of God.  Anything that commands more of our attention than Him is not a good thing.  Watches are not evil, cameras and lenses are not evil, stereo gear is not evil, but if we find ourselves worshiping them by the amount of time and thought we give them, that is evil.  I confess my sin, I have counted many of these things as of far greater importance than they deserve in my life.  I recognize this does me great harm, and I, with God’s help, intend to place my heart and mind back on what is most important, my relationship with Him!

 

Today’s eclipse will be a wonderful example of the spectacular nature of the universe He created, just don’t let your interests and possessions, eclipse your heart!

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim

 

Wow, forgot about firearms and ammo!!!!  Do as I say, not as I have done!!

2 months ago 2
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I’ve been riding for a long time.  My bike is old and rusty, but somehow the wheels are still “mostly” round and still roll!  I certainly can’t wear spandex, but then I never could!   This symbolism, you didn’t think I was serious did you!?  No just wanting to make a point.

 

O.K. my point is, it has been a long journey and there is not much point in making a long journey if you don’t have something to share near the end of it.  My sharing is to the point, give your heart, soul and mind to God.  Ask Him to forgive your sins, (o.k. remember in Romans where it said we have “ALL” sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, well, that means you and I,  all of us!)  O.K. with that out of the way, we all need forgiveness and while I’m at it, we need to forgive others!  Once you have a relationship with God, he will insist you do that anyway, so it’s good to get started on it now.  Why should you do this?  Easy, if you want to have the most incredible life here on earth and eternal life when you leave here, there is no other way!  Got it, pretty simple really!

 

So, get peddling!

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim

2 months, 1 week ago 10
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The family visited Wes in Lexington yesterday, at the Markey Cancer Center where he is finishing his BEAM chemo treatments. As you can see, he is  looking great!  Today is his final and hardest infusion, and they expect him to feel weak for the next couple of weeks, the good news is tomorrow he gets his own stem cells back and the recovery should be in full swing!!!!

 

About the shirts!?  When Wes was waiting for his medical team and Dr. Byrne to give us the results of the original tests, he, and all of us, were pretty fearful it was some form of blood cancer.  He told his friend Jim Lacefield, “I’m pretty sure I’m going to have to fight a bear, but I still don’t know if it is a bear cub or a grizzly bear!”  With the diagnosis of T Cell Lymphoma we all knew it was a a really big, mean, aggressive, grizzly bear!  I found these shirts and bought one for his friend Jim, also fighting a tumor, Wes, Elijah and myself so we could all support him.  We call ourselves the “the grizzly team!”  Above is the pilgrim, Elijah, Wes’s son and my grandson, and Wes all sporting our Part Grizzly shirts!

 

 

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Above, Elijah, Rhonda, Abigail and Wes.  During our visit yesterday I shot a few images of the family and this one of their whole family.  Wes asked me to thank all of you again, from the bottom of his heart for the miracles that have, and continue to occur, becasue of your prayers and God’ Grace!  Rhonda has been a rock and I’m more proud of her every day as she has walked this road with Wes!

 

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Father’s and daughters have a really special relationship, as many of you know!  I love my sons, but my relationship with our daugther Catherine is equally special! Not better just special!  I’m not the greatest people photographer but this magic moment was not hard to capture!

 

I also want to thank Sherelene for her tireless efforts to fill in every gap she could to help Wes and Rhonda, we both have, but Sherelene’s efforts have been immense!  Rhonda’s mother, Helen, has also carried a huge load during this time, and does all the time, to be there for Wes and Rhonda and the kids.  Times like this magnify how much family means.

 

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So when I get up to speak in Little Rock on Friday I plan to share how faithful God is and how the community of Faithful Friends, (that’s you!) have been with us through it all!!  By-the-way;  I will be wearing my Part Grizzly shirt!!!!

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim