Monthly Archives: May 2017

5 months, 3 weeks ago 7
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I’m leaving Sunday night to the airport hotel to fly out first thing Monday morning for Portland OR to meet up with Jack for our two week swing down the Oregon Coast and then on to the beautiful Palouse region of Washington State!!!!  I promise to try to do some posting through out the two weeks.  Our days are busy but I will at least post some images every few days.

 

I will ask for your prayers for the second week.  This is the longest days of the year and we often need to travel for a while to get to a sunrise location, so we leave the hotel around 3:00 a.m. to get out there.  I try to get a few naps in during the part of the day we are not out shooting, but there aren’t many of those!  This is two great weeks, Jack and I usually have a lot of fun and great laughs!  We have two good groups for these workshops and I know we will have a great time!

 

One of my favorite parts for the Oregon Coast trip is the harbors we get to shoot.  Tis year I’m going ot use  he 100-400 to try and do some tight details.  I have used the 18-135 or the 55-200 in the past, will be interesting to see how this plan works out.  You know what they say about plans, so we’ll see.  Here are a few of my favorites from my last harbor shooting!

 

The rope

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….and of course beach shooting!

 

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Come along by visiting me here!

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim

 

6 months ago 4
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It has been a morning of encouragement!  Sue had a good day yesterday, Wes had a good day yesterday, Deb and Bryan had a good day, and the sun rose this  morning and I discovered I had no tag attached to my big toe!!!!!  Sherelene bought this card for Wes, but I wanted to share it with  you too, this is a card for all of us!  Then we did our Intouch Devotional and it tied right in, more words of God incredible love for all of us, so it is below!

 

Lamentations 3:21-23

 

We have been examining the nature of faith. But on what must we build a strong faith in the Lord? Let’s look at seven aspects of the foundation:

 

1. God is. Faith must be built around the simple confession that the Lord is—that He is real and that He exists and is indeed God.

 

2. God is love. Not only is God real, but He’s also intimately concerned with your life and wants to engage in a relationship with you.

 

3. God is just. You never have to wonder whether or not the Lord will treat you fairly. His justice is absolutely perfect—even when He hands out His loving discipline.

 

4. God is all-knowing. He knows your heart, your pain, and your questions. You cannot shock or surprise Him.

 

5. God is everywhere. You never have to wonder where He is; in truth, you cannot escape Him. Wherever you are, He is right by your side.

 

6. God is all-powerful. There is nothing greater than God. No matter how enormous the challenges and heartaches in your life seem to be, you can overcome them in His power.

 

7. God is faithful. That is, He is utterly and completely dependable. Because of this truth, God’s children know that they can always count on Him for the others. No matter how far you stray, He remains at your side. Regardless of what you have done, He will always welcome you home.

 

Use the above list as a prayer guide, recognizing each one of these characteristics of God and offering your faith as a sacrifice today.

 

Need I say more????

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim

 

 

 

 

6 months ago 4
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I’ve gotten some emails asking if I think Novemebr 1-5 is a little late for fall color in the Smokies???  While no one can predict this far in advance, the past two years the best color was in early November, so based on that I think these are good dates!  I like it just after peak, when some leaves are still in the trees but a lot are on the rocks in the streams, maybe we will get just that!  Either way, as always, the fellowship will be great, lots of great new speakers and our usual family reunion atmosphere.  Hope I see you there!!!

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim

 

**** By-the-way:  My new Pre-Con on Master Photo Field Techniques is an all inclusive,  new program on how to prepare for a trip, research the area, scouting literature, using the internet to scout, then lots of new info on field tehniques (getting maximum sharpness, great color, and winning compostions) plus lots on gear and packing methods.

6 months ago 6
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In the film photography era.  Leica had a wonderful series of lenses for their M series rangefinder cameras, maybe the most loved were the Sumicrons, and they were all equipped with a maximum aperture of f 2.  They were small, very well built and exceedingly sharp!

 

When the X PRO 1 was released many users wished for similiar series of lenses for this marvelous, updated rangefinder styled camera.  It took a while and in the meantime Fuji updated the original X PRO 1 with the much imporved X PRO 2.  Now we have three supurb f 2 lenses that are great focal lengths for the rangefinder type camera.  I’ve now had the chance to use all three and have some editorial comments on each.

 

XF23mm f 2 R WR   The 23mm (35mm full frame equivilent) is the most useful focal length.  The 35mm is a classic lens that can serve many purposes.  It is the perfect lens for travel, envirnonmental portraits, and general street photography. The Fujifilm  f 2 version is a spectaculalry sharp lens and it a joy to use.  For those of us that like to manually focus, the focusing ring, as it is, in all the rest of the Fujicrons, is silky smooth and joy to focus with.  The aperture ring has satisfying solid click stops.

 

 

XF35mm f 2 R WR   The 35mm (53mm full frame equivilent) is the second useful focal length.  The 53mm is what has often been called a normal lens.  I guess all lenses are normal, but that term referred to the normal perspectrive of the human eye, the area of visual concentation.  For that reason teh 50mm equivalent lenses give a very natural appearance to images.  Just as with the 23mm, this lens is super sharp, and the physical properties are the same, first class.  The big bonus for all of these lenses is theri very compact size, once again a perfect fit for the smaller Fujifilm bodies.

 

 

XF50mm f 2 R WR   The 50mm (75mm full frame equivilent) gives the shooter a moderate telephoto.   I would have much preferred a 60mm (90mm equiv. ) or a 70mm (105mm equivilent). Maybe that will come later!?  The 50mm is very useful when you want to move in closer, optically.  The images from this lens are bitingly sharp and once again the lens is such a great size.

 

What’s next:  If Fujifilm is listening, and I hope they are, let’s  complete this series with two more lenses!!??  How about a 16mm f 2  (24mm) and either the 60mm or 70mm.  That would give you 24mm to 90mm/105mm in five fast single focal length lenses.  Both 90mm and 105mm wpould ahve it’s benefitys, I think for the rangefinder X PRO 2, the 90mm might be beste, butr I would be thrilled with either one.

 

Here are a few images from these lenses!

 

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Dixie

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23mm

 

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35mm

 

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35mm

 

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If you have a Fuji body, especially the X PRO Series, this is a wonderful trio of Fujicrons!!  Life is so simple with small and compact gear like this.

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim