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2 years, 6 months ago 1
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Wow, I never saw this one coming!!  I took Wes out for a burger after his last chemo treatment of the week and we tried a new spot in Corbin called John Evan Jack’s Pizza – Burgers & Wings  The


They had a great selection of burgers with stacks of patties of up to 12 thick!!!!!  No thanks, couldn’t do tht but I got a doubole and wow was it a w inner, 5 pickles good!!!!  Nathan Brown and his crew do it right!  They have a companion restaurant in Williamsburg just south of Corbin on I-75 called Cols. Market and Grill.


I’ll have to try that one out soon, but for now if you happen to be traveling north or south on I-75, take exit 25 and find their place, it’s only a few hundred feet from the exits. to the right if you are traveling south, obviously to the left if going north. Trust me it will be worth a stop!  5 big pickles!!!!  Please don’t try the 12 patty one, that’s down right dangerous!!!!




the pilgrim


2 years, 6 months ago 34
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I’m very thankful to be able to give you guys an update on Wes!!!  This week he started his fourth round of chemo and met with his oncologist/cancer specialist and they reviewed his most recent scan and blood work.  Her response was, “I’m tickled pink!”  She told Wes that if you wrote the story of how you wanted this to go, his story would be better than what you would have written.  She encouraged him to stick with it and that he was well on his way to winning this battle!!!!!  I’m thrilled to share this with all of you because this is your victory too!  Your prayers, your care, your concerns, gifts, cards, emails of encouragement have all moved God’s heart and we give all the credit to Him!


Wes has two more rounds of chemo after this week, then he will rest for a couple of weeks before going to Markey Cancer Center in Lexington for a bone marrow transplant, that is the final step and it is to assure him that he is cancer free and his own blood can rebuild itself.  That will be toughest part of the battle but we believe we are heading for a great outcome!  Please continue your prayers and when we finally celebrate a final victory you’re going to be a big part of it!


I could never tell you how deeply I have been touched by all of your responses, Wes has been moved to tears on several occasions just knowing what an army has been praying for him.  Our family will never, ever be able to repay you for your joining us in this fight!


Wealth comes in many forms, but true wealth is friends and brothers and sister like you!


Jim and Sue


Now I have a giant additional request!!!!  My dear brother and sister Jim and Sue Haverstock are facing cancer themselves.  Sue has been diagnosed with and is being treated for cancer.  She has had three chemo rounds and is preparing for her fourth.  She is doing well, but, as all you all know, chemo is not an easy path and some days are better than others.  You will be heartened to know that their faith is strong and that they are going through this like the champions that they are, but please lift them in your prayers.  Pray for great progress for Sue, for strength to face the day to day fight and for Jim as he steadfastly supports her.  I know of no finer couple and they have been constantly in my prayers, please join me!!  Let’s win this battle together!!  My prayer is that God has this and we can rest in Him.


Blessings and thankfulness,


the pilgrim

2 years, 7 months ago 13
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O.K.  I really appreciate all the comments and emails about the last post and frankly you’ve helped me make a another decision, probably won’t be the last, but then, would you come back here if I didn’t come up with new ideas!!!!!


O.K. so here is my thought for the day.  Carl Turner, a dear friend and brother suggested I go with just the three Fujicrons, (love that term, making them Fuji’s answer to the Leitz Sumicrons!)  He did suggest I would take the 100-400 for use in the Palouse.  I love that idea but then I think, wow, no 16mm f 1.4 for extreme close-ups with a wide angle that is superbly sharp.  Then I just re-bought, (second time), the 18-55 and was anxious to put it to work.  Of course, you have to have a wide angle and I can never decide between the 14mm f 2.8 and the 10-24 f 4.  The 14mm f 2.8 is the sharpest and small and light, but the 10-24 is very versatile and it is a zoom, easy framing when I can’t move!!!  Now the 55-200 is a super sharp, compact lens that is perfect in harbors where you need to reach out. because I only know one man that could ever walk on water, and it wasn’t Jack, sorry Jack!


Since I do have a Think Tank Navigator with wheels, well you know, there will be close-up, opportunities and there is a space under the 100-400 in the rolling bag, so why not slip in the 200mm Micro Nikkor!!!!  See??? (below) & the frog!



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So here is the “current” plan, all the stuff below rolls on the plane with me, I make every attempt to use just the Fujicrons ( 23mm – 35mm – 50mm ) day to day in-the-field.  If I need to do close-ups I have the Nikkor 200mm Micro, if I need a really wide lens I’ve got a couple to choose from.  Look this whole exercise is rediculous, but I do really want to make myself think more about the images than the gear, so I hope to have discipline and learn something!  Fair enough?




2 – Fuji X-T2

10-24 f 4

14 f 2.8

16 f 1.4

18-55 f 2.8-4

23 f 2

35 f 2

50 f 2

55-200 f 3.5-4.6

200 Micro Nikkor f 4

100-400 f 4.5-5.6

Fuji X PRO 2. Graphite in my backpack


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So stay tuned and we will try this thing!!!






the pilgrim


2 years, 7 months ago 21
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I really want to get better, I don’t want to get stagnate, I want to keep growing!  I found out something really interesting when reviewing my images from last fall in Acadia, 95% were shot with a single lens, the 18-135.  Now that is not a bad thing, ghe 18-135 is a really good lens, almost great, but not quite great.  That’s not the problem, the problem is a lens that covers that much ground makes you lazy, after all you can stand in one spot and do everything from 27mm to over 200mm coverage.  It’s a matter of perspective, if you shoot from one position you get one perspective, but if you move forward or back up, the perspective changes and the photo changes!  Lens that cover a large range of focal lengths can lead to being lazy.


The first two weeks of June I am teaching two workshops with Jack, the Oregon Coast and the Palouse. I’ve decided to pack differently and “smaller” for this trip.  I am leaving my beloved 18-135 home.  I’m going to try this one trip, more simply.  If  you are sick and tired of my bag articles, feel free to skip ths one!!!  For those interested, here is my thoughts on this trip.


I’ve been down the coast for this trip three times and to the Palouse seven or eight times.  I know what we shoot and I know what lenses will get the job done.  For me the temptation is take a big rolling bag and stuff it full of every lens I love in the Fuji X-System.  I’m afraid I’ve done that before!!!  So for this trip I will take the Think Tank Airport Essentials backpack with two X-T2 bodies, 10-24 f 4, 18-55 f 2.8-4, 23mm f 2, 50mm f 2, 60mm Macro f 2.4, 55-200 f 3.5-4.8, 100-400 f 4.5-5.6, 12 batteries and filters and accessories.


That will provide coverage from 15mm to 600mm (o.k. with the 1.4 tele-converter – 840MM!!)   I will pick up an inexpensive lugage rack to roll the backpack through the airports and I promise to do a blog entry mid June and reveal if I was pretty smart or prove, once again, I’m not all that smart after all!


Either way,  it’s gonna be fun!!




the pilgrim


Along the Coast!!!!



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