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3 years, 6 months ago 8

Stephen Milano


What I love about teaching workshops:


(1) Seeing the excellent work the students produce!   Today there are so many really good shooters and we get our share at the His Light Workshops!  I love to share with them and it thrills me to see them get excited and produce good work!   AS I talk about workshops I will illustrate the blog entry with some of the wonderful images our students did this past weekend at Old Car City.


Silas Isaacson


(2) I really enjoy the social interaction,the laughter and the cutting up with our guests!  It is a lot of fun making new friends and renewing old friendships at workshops!


Mike Roberts


(3)  I love setting up shots and sharing ideas with the students.  When you get in the zone and really start seeing, nothing feels better!


Danny Lee


(4)  I love the locations we get to visit, they all peak my interest in photography and reinvigorate my joy in photography!


Dale Carty II


(5)  I love learning form my students!  Every shooter can teach another shooter something,and these folks inspire me!



Deb Kellett


(6)  I love the spiritual fellowship, that has been the greatest joy fromHis Light!


Tim Isaacson


(7) I love the old friends that come to visit us at workshops, people that have contributed so much to my life and have become such a important part of the experience!


Tim Cole


(8)  I love seeing the people at the locations that have become great friends like this last workshop at Old Car City and time with Dean Lewis, the owner of OCC.  Some great people have become great friends….


George Priller


(9) I love working with Jim Begley, what a great Christian brother, and wonderful photographer.  To be with Nick Coury, Eric Wojtkun, Tim Isaacson, and all the other fantastic people we visited with in Cartersville.  I have really enjoyed the other shooters that I get to hang out with, next week, Jim, Bill Pekala, Snake Barrett and Mark Kettenhofen, all great shooters and even better dear friends!


Adam Wilmouth


(10)  I love the joy God has given me to make a living with a camera in my hand, what a gift


Bill Schmitt


(11)  Lastly, I just want to praise God for allowing me and Jim to run His Light and share His love with so many great people!


I’m truly blessed,


Blessings to you,


the pilgrim

3 years, 6 months ago 12


This workshop has been a great experience, great people, wonderful subject matter, and a lot of fun!  I’ve thought often over the passed few days just how blessed I am and what wonderful color God has brought into my life!  Today I sought to find all manner of color,from knock your socks off to subtle, enjoy!



All images with the Fui X-T1 and 18-55 lens.




the pilgrim

3 years, 6 months ago 17


I got two very good questions to yesterday’s blog, and I think they deserve a thorough answer, so i will share some images from today and try to answer both of those questions for everyone!







March 13, 2014 at 8:48 pm

I’d like to know what makes one lens more desirable than another. For example, other than the micro capabilities of the 60mm, what does the seemingly small 4mm difference really make, that would separate the 56 from the 60?  The Fuji X System cameras have a APS-C size sensor which means that all lenses are effectively as if they were 1.5 times longer in terms of angle of view.  So the 56mm is an approx. 85 equiv. the 60 a 90mm equiv.  Not much difference, but the Macro is a maximum aperture of f 2.4 the 56 is a f 1.2, a pretty big difference in terms of light transmission, almost three full stops!!!!  What makes the 14mm 2.8 the best wide angle you’ve ever shot, in comparison to say (assuming you’ve shot this lens) Nikons 17-35 or equivalent?   Lenses are judged in terms of sharpness, color quality, distortion, lack of chromatic aberrations.  The 14mm f 2.8 is better in all those catagories than any other lens I’ve ever used from Nikon, Canon or anyone else. period.  I have owned the 17-35 and consider it an excellent lens. Can you do a side by side comparison of the 18-55, at 55, to your new 56, and show what makes the 56 worth the cost?   I will attempt to do that, but with WEB reproduction I am not sure you could see the difference.  For me the big difference is the 18-55 @ 55 is an f 4 lens and the 56 is a f 1.2, that’s over 4 full stops faster, big difference.   I have shoulder issues and am considering the X-Pro-1 as a replacement to the 5D I’m using1, but would love to see side by side test images showing what makes one lens shine over another.  If I was buying today I would get the X-T1, the 18-55 and the 55-200 as a starter kit, add others according to need!!!







March 13, 2014 at 9:48 pm

I am following this very intently because of personal interest and the waters just got muddier today perhaps with Nikon’s V3 announcement — 18.4mp, 20fps but no hot shoe, clip on EVF, a powerzoom kit lens with no filter thread, micro SD cards only and if you use the EVF, the multiaccessory port is otherwise unavailable. A lot of potential but the things people complained about were not addressed and a couple of new boners added with a $1200 price tag.  I have invested in the Fuji System as my small system and frankly I use it for almost everything I do.  I did so because of the design of the cameras (old school controls instead of buttons), color from the  X Trans sensor, extrememly low noise at high ISO, and quality of lenses (and good selection of fast glass), so I would agree with your next statement, I voted with my wallet!  That buys you an 18mp XE-2 with a very good kit lens and the 20mp Sony a6000 comes in under that. Canon has yet to weigh in on this and it would be pure speculation as to what they’d do — either pull another boner or else come out with a knock your socks off camera (and Canon has implemented improvements both upward and downward in the product line). I haven’t even thought about micro 4/3. An interesting note: Nikon also just announced a series 1 70-300mm lens (equi.v. to 810mm). Hard to make an informed purchasing decision now and, of course, things can change at any moment. One thing that holds me back on the XE-2 is the 16mp which didn’t increase from the XE-1 plus Nikon and Sony’s AF performance. Clear as mud, eh?   I can’t speak to what Nikon or Canon will do, I can say the with each new firmware upgrade and new Fuji model, they get closer to what we all want and expect in terms of focusing performance.  The APS-C size sensor has a definite advantage over Micro 4/3rds.  Fuji is building a set of pro grade, fast lenses.  As to Fuji not increasing the resolution of the new cameras beyond 16 mega pixels.  Those of us that shoot Fuji have been begging them not to do that!!!!  The 16 mega pixels is more than enough resolution for what almost anyone does (of course there are exceptions, but not as many as you would think!!)  No the 16 mega pixels, I believe is the sweet spot!





Making buying decisions about what you want to own and use is a highly personal decision, and the good news is Nikon, Canon, Panasonic, Olympus, Fuji, Leica, and Sony (sorry if I left anyone out!!) all  make some great cameras and lenses, all capable of making exceptional images!!!  The best thing to do is find the one that you like, and can afford, and stop worrying about it, and go out and make some great images!  The bottom line is cameras and lenses don’t make photographs, photographers do!!





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the pilgrim



Thanks guys for the great questions!!!!!  


DISCLAIMER AGAIN:   I am not paid by any camera company to make my remarks and evaluations at the Pilgrim’s Chronicles.  I was employed by Nikon for 11 years but I’m now retired, and no longer have any “official” relationship with Nikon.   I do have many great friends at Nikon and in other companies through out the industry, but that does not influence my remarks in this blog.  I do not work for, or represent Fuji in any way.  Every camera body and lens I own from Fuji was purchased just like all of you purchase your gear,  from a retail dealer.   95% from Nick Coury at Durys Camera in Nashville, Tennesssee.    His Light does have sponsors who give us their products but none of them gave me anything until after I has purchased and used their products for a protracted number of years at my own expense.   I am not concerned with what equipment my readers, students, or friends use, as long as they are having fun, and enjoying photography, and happy with their choices.  All my comments are simply an honest expression of my “personal” choices.  You can feel completely differently from me and we can still be great friends!!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  











3 years, 6 months ago 12

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O.K. Fuji gushing warning!  I’m about to really hit a high note for Fuji, so fair warning!!!!  I just got my new Fuji 56mm f 1.2 lens today brought to me from Dury’s by my buddy, Nick Coury, the handsome guy above!  I really wanted a 85mm equivalent for the X System with some good speed, what I got was exactly that, and much more!!!  Fuji has been banging out one great lens after another and they have done it again……  My first lens was the 18-55, (some call a kit lens), NOT!!  it as truly spectacular!  Then the 60mm Micro, a great lens, focuses too slow, but when it locks…… oh my, how crisp!  I did not have a lot of faith in the 55-200, but other than the slower aperture, it is very, very sharp, and well made lens!  Then the 14mm f 2.8, turned out to be the one of the best wide angle lenses I’ve ever shot, same for the 23mm f 1.4 a truly incredible lens, how could the 56mm f 1.2 stand up to all this great, truly great, glass???!!!  Well it tops them all!  Oh, I forgot the darling of every X-Pro-1 shooter, the 35m f1.4 which deserve all the accolades it has been given as well.  I don’t have the 18mm f2 or 27mm f 2.8, too much overlap with other lenses!


I was perfectly happy with the X-Pro-1 & the  X-E1, then was even happier with the X-E2, I love the X100s, it’s a steal, and now the X-T1 is the best yet, in fact, one of the best cameras I’ve ever shot!  So talk is cheap, here are some images from Old Car City today with the 56mm f 1.2!!



Way to go Fuji, thanks for providing such great toys and tools!




the pilgrim