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2 years, 10 months ago 56

Well I’m without a job!  Thank you Lord, it’s been a great run, but I’m ready to start the next one!!!!  I will be traveling to Bloomington to visit with Jim and Sue Haverstock and their great club.    Will be my first talk in almost eleven years as someone other than “the Nikon guy!”  Will be fun.  So much fun stuff to come can’t wait to get started, but for now let me tell you guys what will change besides a check every two weeks!

 

When I took the Nikon job my boss, and friend, Bill Pekala said, “You can never talk off the record because even when you say you are not speaking for Nikon people think you are, you’re the Nikon guy!” Well at 5:o0 p.m. July 1st I’m not!  I will still be happy to help anyone I can with camera questions, but I won’t be the Nikon person, I’ll just be a photographer willing to help!  Here is a list of things you need to know going forward;

 

1.  I will only be available at my home phone, my cell phone and my email  billfortney@earthlink.net.  All my numbers are on the Contact space at the top of this page.  All other methods to try and reach me will be futile.

 

2.  I will check my email, but not 20 times a day, this is the start of a more “relaxed existence” so if you can’t get a response in 5 minutes don’t panic, text me, or call my cell or home phone!  As a tech rep I had to be ready at a moments notice, that’s not so much my description now!

 

3.  Sharing my thoughts, this is a tricky one, as a Nikon employee there were opinions I could not offer, after all I worked for a single camera company.  Now I am free to share my thoughts about many product, and equipment from many other manufacturers, and I will!

 

4.  I am committed to be a good, reliable resource about gear, and I will be doing tests, and lots of opinion pieces on the stuff we all love!  Unbiased and unpaid for my opinions!

 

5.  I’ve never lied to anyone on this blog, I have withheld information because of my position.  I hope to be more open and share information that will be helpful to my readers.  * I do not know any inside secrets and even if I did I could not share them, but I do have lots of information that I am free to share and I will!  44 years of doing this has given me a lot of what I hope you will find as valuable insights!

 

6.  The mission of this blog, and my life, will not change, my first mission is always to encourage people to get to know and love my Lord!  He already loves you!

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim

 

No that is not my new business!

2 years, 10 months ago 13

I was running errands today and I saw it, a pink painted bicycle at a thrift shop on the side of the road.  I had to jump out and try to get an image!  This is the beginning of new excitement for the craft I’ve loved so much for such a long, long time!  I’ve wondered how life after Nikon would be, today as silly as it sounds, I got kind of a promise, the visual excitement has never left, but the joy is intensifying!

 

I hope you guys have a great weekend, I will, with dreams of an exciting visual future.

 

Be blessed my friends,

 

the pilgrim

 

O.K.  Maybe it wasn’t so wonderful, but the increased visual excitement was!  Isn’t it fun to feel excitement!

2 years, 10 months ago 4

As a photographer I’m really into texture.

 

texture |ˈteksCHər|nou

the feel, appearance, or consistency of a surface or a substance: skin texture and tone | the cheese is firm in texture |the different colors and textures of bark.•

the character or appearance of a textile fabric asdetermined by the arrangement and thickness of its threads: a dark shirt of rough texture.• 

Art the tactile quality of the surface of a work of art.• the quality created by the combination of the different elements in a work of music or literature: a closely knit symphonic texture.

 

I love to see and then try and capture the consistency or inconsistency of a surface.  A very smooth glossy surface can give us the opportunity to show the gradation of tones, and a rusty surface can help us capture the feel of that rough texture!   One of the great joys of the art and craft of making photographs is trying to capture those distinct visual moods.  To capture it you have to be aware of it and to be aware you have to look more deeply into the nature of surfaces.

 

The surface is the most outer layer.  You can’t see below that surface.  People are that way too, what you think you may see on the surface may not be what lies underneath.  While capturing surface images works for making a photograph, we must dive well below the surface with people, if we hope to have a great relationship with them.  That is vital because what God wants us to have is relationships, sharing and being a part of each others lives.  Photography is easy, life is hard, but wit God all things are possible.

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim

 

2 years, 10 months ago 16

 

A little music lingo there!  This week is being spent finishing up 11 years of working for Nikon. Several big boxes are on the way back to Nikon with the huge consignment of gear that had to be returned.  A friend said, “I bet you will hate to send all that stuff back”, honestly I’m glad to see it go!  Not that it wasn’t fun, but the responsibility of all that stuff in my house was always a little much.  I’ve learned to shoot with a much smaller set of gear, and actually enjoy the simplicity more, and my images are better with less thinking about the equipment.

 

I’m really looking forward to some time with family, the Nashville workshop, the Faithful Friends gathering in the Smokies, Glacier  with Charles Stanley, light painting with Dave Black at Shaker Village and finally doing the Death Valley and Amish Country Workshops with Jack Graham.  I’m thrilled to be going back to Photoshop World in Las Vegas in September, and speaking at the Black Hills Photo Shootout in South Dakota!  Then I can’t wait to get started on a few dozen eBooks I plan to produce, wow, I’m gonna be busy!  I am more committed than every to spread the good news of His love on the blog, and everywhere I’m to go and speak, or share.

 

Lots of exciting things are coming down the track for Jim and I, please pray that we put Him first, and seek His wisdon in all things.

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim