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3 years, 11 months ago 10

I was editing some older images and came upon the one above.  I starred at for a long time, and it came to me, the title of the entry.  Life is not always easy, sometimes it’s down right hard, hard as a rock!  Since we all must face tough times, how do we find solutions, or at least peace?  Jesus gave very specific instructions, “Give your burdens to me for my yoke is light.”  Jesus knows how to bare heavy burdens, and He wants you and I to release our troubles into his care.  His desire is that you not have to carry those burdens, but trust in Him!


For many years I did not understand the scripture passage that said, “Seek first the Kingdom of God and all these things will be added unto you.”  The previous scripture and named all of our needs in life.  If Jesus would give His own life that we may be forgiven for our sins, how much more does He want to help you rise above the difficult times, and meet your needs.  Many times we make the mistake of seeing Jesus as “just” a man!  It’s true that He came down to earth to live like us and face all we faced, and teach us how to rise above it, but He is God’s Son, His power is beyond anything we could ever imagine!  Nothing is out of His reach.


The next time you feel your world is spinning out of control, lean on the man that made the world, Jesus!


In Him,


the pilgrim

3 years, 11 months ago 11


Most lens manufacturers now supply a hood with each new lens which is nice, but, the problem is that most of those hoods bayonet on!  So what’s wrong with that?  Actually nothing except if you use a polarizer you have to remove the hood to adjust the polarizer and then re-install the hood and take the chance of knocking the polarizer out of position. Frankly it’s a hassle.  Then there are the hoods that do not bayonet on securely, or are hard to align!  So what to do?


Thankfully, my preferred kind of hood, metal screw in, are now readily available from Amazon to fit almost any lens.  I know what you’re thinking because I was thinking the same thing, how do you know if it will work, and not vignette? Here are a few suggestions:


(1)  Go onto Amazon and search for Screw In Lens Hood 62mm*(*or whatever size you need).  This will bring ups a large variety of hood s in that size!






2.  Compare the hoods shown to the one supplied with your lens. When you find something you believe will work, that appears about the same depth,  ( distance from the front of the hood back to the threads)  Order that hood!  There are a lot of different kinds, and I will address that in a following point!  What if it doesn’t work? Amazon is great about returns!


3.  How do you know if it works?  First I try not to use the scalloped (flower pedal design) hoods because if you turn them with the polarizer they have different wings on the top and bottom, but when turned can vignette!  My personal preference is the round hoods.  Once you get a hood and screw it into your polarizer, and polarizer is already screwed into the lens, go outside and shoot the blue sky at f 16.  If the corners are dark, you have vignetting.  For wide angles in the 28mm range to normal lens in the 50mm range I like the Vented type lens hood below.  I have the same lens hood, in the appropriate size, on my 35mm, & 50mm equivalent lenses.





(4.)  For longer lenses 85mm and longer you need deeper hoods and this is a little harder, because you want the hood deep enough to shade the front of the lens well, but not long enough to vignette!  I had a special problem with my Fuji 60mm Macro lens.  It had a gigantic bayonet on hood and I wanted something much smaller, but it had a thread size of 39mm!!!  I was sure I could never find a hood that would work, but Amazon is amazing I found the hood below which is a perfect fit and much more compact yet deep enough!  * Note this time when I searched i did not see the same hood in black, but I’m sure it will come back in stock, but this is the same lens hood!




Another example was the 56mm f 1.2 lens from Fuji had a 62mm thread and is the equivalent of a 85mm lens (angle of view).  I knew Nikon made a great hood for their 85mm f 1.8 and I had a couple of them, sure enough it fit perfectly, and did not vignette!  The Nikon HN-23 is almost $90.!!!  but a company named Vello makes the identical, and I mean identical,  hood for far, far less, check it out below!  I know, I bought one!!!




O.K., you may be asking is it really worth all this trouble???!!!  For most folks, probably not, but if you feel the tactile aspect of photography, everything working smoothly and reliably, and that this speeds up the process, and if you think this will add up to making better images???  Then you have your answer to the question!




the pilgrim


3 years, 11 months ago 20


Our main TV went our a few months ago and I’ve been searching for a new one.  We don’t watch very much TV but football season is coming,  and it is the only sport that I really love, so I had to be ready, right?  So I got it installed and was enjoying flipping through the channels last night and came on a bunch of different things that I want to comment on.


Let me preface this with a statement;  “There is evil, true evil in the world, and there is true kindness and compassion.  We are in a spiritual battle, and pretending that the enemy is not there, will not make him go away!  As a nation and as a people there are things we must face!


1.  On the ESPYS last night there were several stories about athletes t hat have taken a special interest in children with serious, life threatening diseases.  It reminded me that there are still people in the world that think of others first and share Christ’s love, it made up for much of the rest of what I saw.

2.  There was a story on Fox news about a TV news broadcaster who did a editorial piece on his frustrations with all the violence and killings and street crime.  He listed as one of the factors that so many inter-city young men were growing up without a fathers.  He was fired from his job for making;   “racially insensitive remarks!”  Really?  When  are we going to face the truth?


3.  A democratic senator,  (I won’t even capitalize the position), stated that the suit being brought  against the president, (I won’t capitalize that either), was politically based and he had done nothing wrong!  Let me propose an idea, If I could play 10 questions with the current president and he had to give a truthful answer to the questions, my guess is he would be impeached shortly after answering the questions, it would only take 5.  (1) Did you know it was a lie when you said, “If you like your plan or your doctor, you can keep your plan and your doctor!  (2) Did you have any knowledge or participate in the activities of the IRS, currently under investigation?  (3) How were you and your adminsitration involved in what really happened in Benghazi?  (4) Are you deliberately trying to weaken America and America’s ability to defend itself against it’s enemies? (5)  Mr president, you took the oath of office twice and in both you pledged to uphold and protect the Constitution of the United States, have you done so sir, do you still believe in the constitution of the United States?  That would about do it.


4.  Do you believe the media (Hollywood,  and national television and radio broadcasters) are trying to promote a life style predicted on moral and ethical behavior?  Are your elected representatives pledged to uphold the principle on which our nation was founded?  As a Christian, do you believe the system respects your beliefs or at least your right to hold those beliefs?


It’s time to face some tough questions as a people, and as a nation.  The future of our children and grandchildren hangs in the balance, and the scale is tipping away from us!  


What can we do?


First get on your knees, an stay on your knees in prayer for our nation and our society.


Ask God to renew your heart and make you an example of what He desires you to be!


Go out in the world and love others with His love, forgive those that have hurt you, and love them to Christ.





Place your faith completely in His hands.


Remember that God scarified everything to be with you, so sacrifice everything.


Blessings, in Him,


the pilgrim







3 years, 11 months ago 6

Today’s message is short and sweet!  Everything you are looking for, every question you have about life, every problem you face, every fear that chases you.  The answers are in the Word of God.  I’m sure you spend time in the Word, but if you don’t, please take a simple challenge, try to read a few chapters a day and let the Holy Spirit reveal the rich truth you will find!  I am amazed at how personally God speaks to me about whatever is on my mind!  The simple truth is He loves you more than you could ever know, and He knows you better than you know yourself!


Give Him a chance to speak to you, you will never be the same!




the pilgrim