Some Questions……..

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Have you ever been interviewed and wished they had asked you different questions?  Would you like to be interviewed?  I truthfully love to do interviews becasue I am desperately trying to stay on top of my game, and one of the best places to judge how you are doing on that goal, is when you are asked questions and you see how you respond!.  So, for fun, I am going to interview mysyelf.  I know that sounds stupid, but I had a number of things I wanted to try on for size and I thought maybe if I asked the questions, ” I wanted to get”  it would be fun to see what the answers are.  this was not rehearsed, I’m making it up as I go…….which may become apparent, soon!!!!


Question:  We know you change your gear packing at the drop of a hat, what is packed for your fall swing of events?


Glad you asked, I just packed my Think Tank Essential bag , (for car trips),   yesterday, the same stuff will go in the Airport Advantage rolling bag for trips by air.  I’m going to Little Rock to speak in about ten days, will likely not take anything but one camera and lens for that.  The Fuji Summit in Portland, The Grand Tetons in Fall (with Jack), a spekaing event in Buffalo, New York, followed by the Amish Country Workshop with Jack, a talk at Liberty University, the Smokies Summit and a workshop with Jack in the Smokies in early Novemebr all will get this same set of gear.


Fuji X-T2 body

Fuji X-PRO2 body



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35 f 2

50 f 2

60 Macro


100-400 + 1.4 converter





When you are off the road what is a typical day like?


It depends on what my “honey do list” looks like.  If I’m free to set my schedule I spend most of my time in my upstairs office or projection room, working on programs, making travel arrangments, responding to phone calls and emails, or editing and processing images.  If I am doing something that doesn’t need “severe concentration” I will have a favorite movie or tv show in the upper left hand corner of my iMac.  My curreent favorite is NCIS!



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What are your “current,  life goals”?


At my age the goals don’t change.  To serve the Lord Jesus Christ with all my heart and strength.  To be the best husband I can be for my bride, Sherelene.  To be a great father to my children and a great, grandfather to my grandchildren.  To be the best friend I can to those I’m so fortuante to have as friends.  To be an effective witness to God’s love.  To try to continue to enjoy and improve as a photographer, presenter and writer.



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Do you have any regrets about your professional life?


How much time do you have????!!!  Absolutely, we all have regrets.  I once ingterviewed Kenny Rogers and I asked him if he had any advice with people just starting their climb up in the music business.  He said “Be careful how you treat people on the way up, because you’ll see them again on the way down!”   I have tried to treat others the way I would want to be treated, but I know I’ve fallen short of that sometimes, for which I do have regrets.





On a less serious note, are you still 100% sure you did the right thing switching to Fuji as your camera system?


110%!!!  I was not bored with photography at all, but was tired, the switch really revitalized my enthusiam.  How sweet it is!





Which three lenses in the Fuji system do like the most, or do you think are the most perfect in terms of optical quality?


Let me approach this from two different directions.  The three lenses I use the most are the 10-24, 18-55 and the the 55-200 the 100-400 comes in right after or along side the 55-200.  In a way that makes them my most “valuable” lenses because they are what I use to make photographs!  Get the point?  Which are the most spectaclaur performers in terms of optics?  16mm f 1.4, 56mm f 1.2 and the 90mm f 2, followed closely by the 35mm f 2.



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If you were limited to only one lens for the rest of your life, what would it be?


Believe it or not, the 18-135 is the easy answer.  It covers everything from around 28mm to around 200mm and those are the most used focal lengths.  ….and yet it is not in my trip bag, curious, don’t you think?



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What is the greatest reward you have ever recieved as a photographer?


Many years ago I had a book called,  Bill Fortney’s Great Photography Workshop (always hated that title!!!), any way my grandaughter Cassidy who was about 5 at the time crawled up in my lap and in a very lady like manner looked at every page in the book.  She then turned to me and said “Papa, these are beautiful pictures!”  I said thank you, to which she responded, “You now what?”  What sweetheart?  She said, ”  You could be a photographer!”  It doesn’t get any better than that!

That was fun Bill,  let’s do this again someday soon!




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16 Responses

  1. Bob Hardick says:

    Bill when will you be in Buffalo and for what event?

    • admin says:

      A full day workshop for the Frontier Camera club, on Saturday, October 14th. It’s an eight hour all day digital photography class.

  2. Cassidy’s comment reminds me of about 41 years ago when I was a police officer my six-year-old nephew called me “Uncle Fuzz.”

    Agree about the regrets but whenever I start thinking about the doors I didn’t knock on I remember those that were opened to me. Prayers for Wes.

  3. Mike E says:

    Bill, if I may ask — what are you doing at Liberty and when?

  4. admin says:

    I do programs for Tim Issacson’s photo classes at Liberty, I think I am doing an evening program for the community, Monday night the 23rd of October. Hope to see you!! I will get an updaet and let you know!

  5. Dennis Yarbro says:

    Bill, if you are going to Little Rock, see if you can get out to Izzy’s on Hwy 10 for a hamburger or a plate of tamales. Family run, not a chain, very nice owners. Robert Isbell and his wife are some of the nicest people. Many of the vegetables used for cooking are grown in their own garden. Not sure how the burgers will rank on your “pickle” scale, but I really like them. Take care, Dennis.

  6. Richard Browne says:

    I found it interesting that the three lenses you listed as the sharpest – the 16 f/1.4, the 56 f/1.2, and the 90 f/2 – did not make it into your bag. Also interesting that the “does everything” lens – the 18-135 – didn’t make the cut either (instead you cover that range – and a bit more – with two lenses: the 18-55 and the 55-200); this choice takes up more space and increases your weight, albeit minimally. As always, Bill, you provide food for thought!

    • admin says:

      The three sharpest are mostly used when I’m doing work other than nature and travel or with the X PRO-2 body, I think the 18-135 is a great lens but I believe the 18-55 and 55-200 are slightly shrper pair, and I like the speed of the 18-55 f 2.8 – f4. Yes there is a weight and space difference but not too much.

  7. Carl says:

    Interesting parallel my friend! I have been on a tour of western US (Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and California) – I recently rediscovered the 18-55 and 55-200 – and they did most of the work there! Never pulled out my favorite lenses (16, 23/1.4, and 56). The 10-24 filled in nicely for the wide side of things. I am coming to believe that the fantastic set of single FL lenses we have at our disposal are for “specialty” photography – not necessarily for travel.

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