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7 months ago 9
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I didn’t want to do this, until I did!!!!!  Explanation:  When the Fujifilm GFX 50S was released I had the chance to shoot it on Route 66 with Cy Franks and Jackie Hillyer for a couple of days.  We shot it at the Seba Station Motorcycle Museum and the results were astounding.  I shot various subjects side by side once with the X-T2 and then with the GFX.  Same focal length lenses, same exposure and same f stop all from a solid tripod on a concrete floor.  My conclusion was; ( A ) the 50 mega-pixel GFX 50S was nothing short of amazing, and for most of what I do the X-T2 was plenty good enough. and  ( B ) I couldn’t afford it anyway!!!  I gave it no more thought after that, ok, I gave it a little thought and wished from time to time I had the money to own one, but as I said,  that was that.

 

Fast forward to 2019, Fujifilm has gotten more aggressive about letting X-Photographers test out gear to review and determine if we have a need for said gear.  I had noticed in all the advertising and videos about the GFX system that very little was of the nature, landscape, travel field, that I work in.  I proposed to the powers that be, that if they would make me a long term loan of a GFX and two lenses, the 32-64 and the 120mm Macro I would travel with it all this season and shoot those kinds of images for them to use anyway they would like.  If at the end of the project they were happy and I was happy, we would see what my images were worth to them toward the gear, or I would simply return it and go happily on my way!

 

I tell you all this because I am going ot being doing serious work from all my workshop locations in 2019 and will certainly share my findings with you guys as well!  What do I think I will learn, and of course this is a guess, but I’m sure that for making large prints I’m going to find the GFX to be a superior file.  I think for landscapes with a high degree of details, the GFX files will be stunning.  I’m espccially anxious ot see how the GFX performs inclsoe-up work.  They have provided the 120mm Macro so I will start with that right way and see where it takes us!!!

 

Two quick tests!  My Shure 555H II microphone my standard test target for acutance.  Acutance is the level of sharpness and how it reveals the change of tones.  the smoother it is the more acutance.  As you can see, you can actually feel the metal in this shot.

 

 

This is a Kansas State Trooper belt buckle given to me by a dear photo buddy that was once a tropper, I use it to test depth and sharpness, shot at an angle you can see the right side of the buckle is tack sharp even at f11 the left side is soft.  The 120 macro is supremely sharp but the depth of field is very shallow.

 

 

 

Internet resolution does not allow you to see just how incrdibly sharp these images are, I look forward to shooting a lot more and sharing them with you!

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim

 

 

7 months ago 0
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I’ve had a number of requests for more info on the Master Classes so here are the most frequently asked questions and answers!

 

  1.  How does the Master Class differ from a regular workshop?  First, these workshops will be limited to just 5 guests. This will allow much more personal attention and one on one time during the field and classroom time.  Second, These workshops will be limited to advanced intermediate and very advanced photographers.  A 15 image portfolio will be requested from any applicant and a phone interview before registration.

 

2.  What will a typical workshop schedule look like?  Morning and evening shooting locations and mid-day classroom work.  In the field the students will be free to shoot what they desire, but will also be given assignments to complete.  In the clasroom we will do deep diving image reviews with much open discusion about composition, technique and asthetics.  The clasroom sessions will be very interactive between me and the students.

 

3.  What is the purpose of the phone interview?  To help me determine if these Master Classes would be beneficial to the student’s skill level.

 

4. What is the cost and what does it cover & how do we pay?  The workshop fee is $950. which covers all in the field and classroom instruction, materials and image reviews.  It does not cover travel, lodging and meals.  Once a student has been accepted into a class a $350. deposit is required to hold your spot, the balance to be paid one month prior to the worshop’s starting date.

 

5.  Who should consider attending the Master Classes?  In my years of teaching I’ve met and taught a lot of photographers that can make and do make excellent images from time to time.  If you fall into that catgory and want to make wonderful images on a consistent basis, you’re a candate for the Master Classes.  The Master Class is designed to help you to make significant improvements to your work and to be able to  consistently bring home great images.  Practice does not make perfect, perfect practice makes perfect. You’ll learn perfect practice.

 

2019 Master Classes Schedule:

 

March 27th-31st  – Old Car City and the Southeast Train Museum  Americana Shooting.   Full details upon registration.

 

 

May 22nd to 25th  –  Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill Kentucky –  Historic Shaker Village, Kentucky Horse Farms.    Americana Shooting

 

 

July 31st to August 3rd  –  Close-up school in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park – Cades Cove

 

 

December 4th to 8th  Christmas in the Great Smoky Mountains

 

Hope this helps!

 

the pilgrim

 

 

7 months, 1 week ago 8
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I’m pleased to announce a new series of workshops, The Master Class!  What is the Master Class and why now???

 

What:  For a long time I have wanted to create a new and unique form of a workshop.  An intimate gathering of  just 5 attendees and myself.  Highly personal, hands on work in the field and sharing in a classroom setting, not lectures, just a lot of image reviews and discussion about techniques and the asthetics to shooting and composing great images. The workshop would be limited to advanced intermediate to advanced photographers.  If I am not familiar with your work, a portfolio would have to be submitted for review, for acceptance into the class. All Master Classes would be a Wednesday night to Sunday morning in length and the fee would be $950.

 

Why:  This year, 2019, I am celebrating my 50th year as a serious photographer, many of those years as a working pro.  I’ve been a newspaper photojournalist, (during those years I was counted among a team of shooters to win a Pulitzer Prize),  AP rep, magazine photojournalist, medical photographer sports photographer, (Once the offficial photographer for the Washington Redskins NFL team).  I worked with Homeland Security and NASA on photographic projects and shuttle launches.  I’ve covered counless air shows including, Osh Kosh, Sun n’ Fun and many Reno Air Races.   I started and ran one of the most successful wsorkshop franchises in photography, The Great Ameircan Photography Weekends, His Light Workshops and now The Master Class.  I have been teaching with Jack Graham in his Jack Graham Photography Workshops series for the past 6 years, and will be again in 2019!  Early in my workshop career I taught with and became friends with the legends of our business; Art Wolfe, John Shaw, Bryan Peterson, the late Galen Rowell, the late John Netherton, Jim Brandenburg, Jim Sugar (both of National Geographic), George Lepp, David Middleton, Pat O’Hara, Rod Planck, Ken Jenkins, L.L.Rue Jr. and Sr. and many many more!  I was named a a Fellow by the prestigous North American Nature Photographer’s Association. I’ve written or produced 5 coffee table books three of which have been runaway best sellers, 12 eBooks and countless magazine articles in leading photography magzines.

 

 So, Why?  I’m ready to share all I’ve learned from all of these wonderful photographers and teachers and countless experiences!  I think I have a lot to share to help others reach their full potential as a photographer!

 

2019 Master Class Workshkops and Dates:

 

 

March 27th-31st  – Old Car City and the Southeast Train Museum  Americana Shooting.   Full details upon registration.

 

May 22nd to 25th  –  Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill Kentucky –  Historic Shaker Village, Kentucky Horse Farms.    Americana Shooting

Full details upon registration.

 

July 31st to August 3rd  –  Close-up school in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park – Cades Cove   Full detail upon registration.

 

December 4th to 8th  Christmas in the Great Smoky Mountains

Full details upon registration.

 

How to register:

SPACES WILL BE FILLED ON A FIRST COME – FIRST SERVED BASIS.

Contact me by email:  billfortney@earthlink.net    or         billfortneyphoto@gmail.com to express interest

or call me at:   (606)-528-6119

                             (606)-344-0455

 

Thanks, and be blessed,

 

the pilgrim

7 months, 2 weeks ago 4
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Corbin, Kentucky is becoming a great little community for downtown resteraunts and the most recent, Shep’s Place is a great bar food spot!  I tried their burger tonight and wow a 5 pickle burger done right!  Flat top grill, can be order medium, which I highly recommend, wonderful bun, Hellman’s mayonaise, American cheese.  This was a nice big, I’m guessing 1/2 pounder, burger.

 

The owner, Mark Shepperd has done it right.  My cook tonight was Jeff Adams, great job Jeff and our server was Gina Allen, a very good server indeed.  But it all comes back to that burger!  If you are in Corbin it’s right on Main Street.  Drop in and let them delight you too!!

 

5 Pickles!!!!!!

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim