Category : Pilgrim’s Chronicles

2 days, 22 hours ago 15



Probably no one, that is a Fuji fan or user,  is unaware of the newest lens to be released shortly.  The 16mm f 1.4 is yet another of Fuji’s stellar fast lenses.  Joining the 23mm f 1.4 (35mm equiv.), the 35mm f 1.4 (50mm equiv.) and the 56mm f 1.2 (85mm equiv.)  the 16 fills that critical 24mm equivalent spot with real speed!!!!  It is close to the same size and weight of the 23mm, which is to say, in the three bears story form;  “just right”.  The lens I got to shoot at the Fuji National Sales Meeting in Phoenix this week was a late prototype, very, very close to a production lens.


How good is it?  If the production model is any sharper it will have to come with warning label about picking it up, you just might cut yourself!  No, seriously this is one tack sharp lens with gorgeous bokeh at the wide open setting.  The background goes completely dreamy when focusing close at f 1.4!!  See below!



The build quality is top notch, all metal, substantial feel, and the clutch manual focusing ring is a really great feature, that I’ve enjoyed very much on the 23mm and 14mm.   It is a 67mm filter size so it’s back to Bob Singh for yet another polarizer, but hey, I love Bob’s filters, and it’s always great to talk to my brother!!!!



I really enjoyed addressing the 140 Fuji team members in Phoenix, a great group of folks and I saw a lot of very exciting future products, sadly I’m under a non-disclosure agreement, but will break any news when I’m permitted to do so,  however I can tell you to get excited!!!  The Fuji team in Japan has been busy making a lot great products we will see in the future.  Trust me, there is much to anticipate!


I’m thankful for Justin Stailey’s invitation to join them and I plan to stay in touch.  The designers and engineers asked a lot of questions and were very focused on giving us, you and I,  the products we need, very refreshing!!!!  Fuji is doing it the right way, listening to the customer, and then acting on their suggestions!





I’m very much looking forward to my visit with the folks at Liberty University early next week and then on to do a workshop with the great Fred Sisson in Roanoke!  Life does not get much better than this!!!!!  It will though, when I stop in Corbin over the weekend to see Sherelene!




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P.S. Continue to pray for Sue Haverstock, it sounds like she is making good progress, let’s keep lifting her and Jim up!  Thanks to all of you that have joined us in a circle of prayer!

5 days, 7 hours ago 21



My dear friend Sue Haverstock had a second surgery on her wrist yesterday.  The surgeon is hopeful that this procedure will lead to a full recovery of the use of her wrist.  The doctor said the procedure had a about 30% chance of succeeding.  My God gets 100% results!  Please join me in prayer for a full, speedy and remarkable recovery for Sue!!  When she does, we will give the glory to God!  Isn’t it great that we can take our needs to Him in prayer!?


I fly out tomorrow to Phoenix to speak at the Fuji National Sales Meeting.  Please mention me when you hit your knees as well, I want to do a good job for them, and I’m looking forward to establishing some relationships with the Fuji folks!  A few weeks ago Jack Graham and I both got notice  they we had been named X-Photographers, and I’m honored and excited to join that fraternity.  Jack and I will be teaching several Fuji X-System workshops next year, check out our new website:


I will continue to blog as I travel, thanks for lifting Sue up, she and Jim are a precious  brother and sister in Christ!




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1 week, 1 day ago 13



This week has been a exceptional workshop in the Smokies, perfect spring conditions, weather perfect for the subject matter, and a wonderful group of folks to enjoy all of it with.    Jim and I have really enjoyed this group and we’ve had a great time with them!  For me the most exciting thing to shoot in the Smokies in Spring is the streams and we have been very fortunate to have great water levels and overcast skies, a perfect set of circumstances!  Today we found a set of cascades on the North Carolina side that was flowing beautifully!  The entire group really enjoyed working this stream.


Water has certainly been the theme of this shoot, and God has poured out countless blessings, along with lots of rain, mist and atmosphere!  It is truly a blessing to be here at this time of year!



Below, Rick Coleman shoots the Greenbrier stream!



Wish you were here!




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1 week, 4 days ago 17



Well, while I love that movie title, I’m actually lost in the Spring rush of workshops!  One after another in rapid fire!  I start another with Jim Begley tonight in the Smokies, but first some way over due thank you’s!  To Richard Brown who shared this great image of our buddy Mike Roberts, (I will send this to you Mike!!!)  A great image that captures the joy and magnitude of being in the field, having great fellowship and fun!!!!!


To Kent Irvin for his tireless efforts that made the Memory Lane workshop such a hit!!!  To Rod Gemayel for being such and incredible host at the Allendale Mansion!  An overwhelming thank you to Otis Eldridge for allowing us to enjoy his incredible Memory Lane!!!!!!!   Thanks in advance to Fred Sisson for agreeing to join me in Roanoke in a couple of weeks for an epic “Transportation – Americana” workshop!!!!  We are going to have a blast!


Thanks to the fantastic folks of the Nelson Workshops, the Arches Workshop, the Memory Lane Workshop, and I can’t wait to have a blast with the Smokies folks starting tonight!


Please send up a prayer for my dear friend Jack Graham who is having detached retina surgery this afternoon, I pray his incredible photographic vision will continue unabated!!!!  Teaching with Jack over the last few years has added great joy to my life as a photographer!  He is the consummate professional, and I learn from him every trip out!!  Thanks Jack, for asking me to be part of your workshops and life!


To Jim Begley, what a wonderful journey we are on, serving our Father in Heaven, and spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ as we shoot, teach and laugh our way across America!!  It just gets better and better, my friend!


Lastly, but most importantly,  to my Heavenly Father;  ” How could I ever say thank you enough, be thankful enough, be more humbled,  knowing I am your friend, that you love me so much, and you have blessed me with this incredible life of family, friends and photography!  The Highest Praises to my Father in Heaven, His Son, Jesus and the Holy Spirit!  Amen!”




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