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2 years, 9 months ago 3

I drove back from Nashville Sunday a.m., leaving the hotel at 4:00 a.m.  The workshop was one of our best ever!  Ricky was fabulous, my team outstanding, and the group was one of those really special groups that you wanted to adopt them all!  I got in Sunday and while the family went out to the lake I took a 4 hour nap!  Man do I love retirement!!!!  Anyway, my entire family is in Corbin for the week and we are spending a lot of time on the back deck around the fire pit just loving on each other! (It has been shockingly cool for July)  Above, four of my girls, Rhonda, (Wes’ wife),  Cassidy, (Catherine and Clint’s daughter), Abigail, (Rhonda and Wes’s daughter) and Diane, (Scott’s wife).  Family is so special and we are having a wonderful time just being together.

 

I am finally acquiring the gear for my retirement system and I will talk about that more soon, but I have two new cameras that I will use a lot.  This shot was made with the new Fuji X100s, which is a world class rangefinder type camera, it is fantastic for family shots like this.  I also picked up a Nikon D800 (I had to send Nikon’s back!!!)  It will get a lot of use as my equivalent to the old 4X5 view camera!  I’m really enjoying both of these cameras for the specialized things they are both best suited for!

 

I will post through out this week, but will be spending a lot of my time with the family, I’m truly a blessed man to have this group here, around me!

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim

2 years, 9 months ago 12

 

It’s dangerous to call this the best workshop ever, but wow, it is close!  Ricky was great, this group has been wonderful to work with and the shooting locations filled with great potential images!  This morning we went down to Marathon Motor Works and shot at the Antique Archeology store (American Pickers!),  and found some killer stuff to work!

 

I would be thrilled if all our workshops were this much fun!  Tonight Ricky gave a shout out to our group in front of 3,000 adoring fans and had very nice things to say about Jim Begley and I, by name, from the stage, during the show!!!  Doesn’t get much better than that!  Tomorrow the workshop continues with more great American subject matter, wish you were here!

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim

2 years, 9 months ago 3

The first night of workshop can set a tone that carries the event for days, or can cause it to come crashing down!  Fortunately tonight was one of the great nights!!!!  This is a wonderful group of people all excited to be here, and they immediately gelled into a cohesive unit!  Of course great programs by Ricky, Jim , (Jim’s slide show was breathtaking), solid work from Snake and Chuck and the personalities in the group all added up to a wonderful start!

 

Laughter is something I always look for the first night and we had a lot of people having a big time! Frequent attenders, like Kent Irvin, Miles Smith, Carl Turner, Ted Thelin, the Haverstock’s, and Bud Motter kept the ball rolling and everyone enjoyed it!   Workshops are so much more fun when people are having, well, fun!!  As always, Stephen Hart’s prints were a huge hit.  I know that the services of Nick Coury, and Tim Issacson are also going to be a huge contribution!

 

I think this group will really be a joy to work with.   More tomorrow!

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim

2 years, 9 months ago 9

Starting tomorrow the blogging may be a little sporadic!  I’m going to be in Nashville with Ricky, Jim, and the gang and we will be staying plenty busy, but I will still try to post some images and keep you up to speed!  This workshop is built around Ricky and I love working with him.  Ricky Skaggs is true super star, but you’d never know it if you ran into him someplace and didn’t know who he was, he is the most down to earth, self effacing guy I know, especially when you consider he has won 14 Grammys!!!  Ever wonder how that compares to other artists?  Well Paul McCartney has only won 16!!!  How about Michael Jackson?  8!

 

As interesting as that is I love to work with Ricky because he has his head on straight!  Ricky is a dedicated family man, loves his wife, Sharon, who is a great gal by-the-way!  He loves the Lord with all His heart, and he is never ashamed to share his faith.  He is pretty darn good shooter too.  Yes, my group is in for a wonderful experience over the next few days, and I’m just going to sit back, smile, and thank God for the experience myself!

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim