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2 years, 4 months ago 4

Some of my friends can’t believe what a great job I have, but they have never been at an event with me either!  This morning started with a 3:00 a.m. wake-up call, but I didn’t sleep that long!  Trying to get onto Mountain Time, I went to bed at 7:30 last night, I was awake by 11:30 and cat napped until 1:30, sleeping was over so I got up showered and surfed the web, and then met Kyoshi in the lobby to head over to the launch field.  We opened the press center in total darkness and chilly temps.  As the morning drug on a cold front moved in producing strong winds and much colder temps, all launching of Balloons was cancelled for the morning.   While I was waiting for Kyoshi to show up in the lobby I saw something that caught my interest, the interplay of light and shadows on the hotels outside walls.  After processing the file I thought it might just work as a Black and White!

 

We worked in the center until late morning when all flying activities were cancelled for the rest of the day due to weather, the photographers all left to rest up for another 3:30 start Sunday morning, so we did too.  I was worn out and tired but I’m a photographer, and I had not shot much of anything all day so I checked out a junk yard one of  the other shooters told be about, it was closed but I could shoot through the chain link fence.

 

 

 

 

I saw the staircase shadows on a oil tank on the way back to the hotel to collapse, then get up and process these images to share with you!

I’ll try get a good ten hours sleep before the wake up call at 3:00 a.m.!

 

Thank you Lord for such a great job and that I haven’t died on the spot!!!!

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim

2 years, 4 months ago 4

I went up to Santa Fe after work today to give Bobcat Bite another shot and number one.  I had a great memories of the last time Richard Small and I sat down in this great place and were very impressed!  I won’t ho;ld you in suspense, Bobcat Bite has taken over the number ONE spot!  This is one burger you’ve got to bite your teeth into.   Below, Ronal places another juicy burger on the bun!  The seasoning was perfect and it was packed with flavor!

The folks are friendly, but rushed, this place stays very busy, and i went in before the dinner crowd!  located on Old Las Vegas Highway which at one time was part of historic Route 66, the Bobcat Bite has been a family owned and operated restaurant since 1953!

 

Many people ask how they got their name.  Years ago, before I-25 was built, bobcats came down from the hills and were given treats at the back door at what was one of the few local dining spots that were friendly to bobcats at that time. One thing is for sure, for a Kentucky Wildcat this was a great treat for me, especially the bobcat images around the room!

 

 

It was a real pleasure and I’m happy to hand over the honor of America’s Best Cheeseburger to these great folks at Bobcat Bite!

 

 

 

One last shot, I call it my stairway to heaven from launch field for the Balloon Fiesta!

 

Out to the Media Center at 3:30 a.m., I’ll share the results tomorrow!!

 

Be blessed,

 

the pilgrim

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…..and the result?  One killer cheeseburger!

 

 

 

 

2 years, 4 months ago 3

Well, after an entire day on airplanes, I’m here!!!  After taking care of lots of prep work, I went down to Old Town Albuquerque, and took in some of the rich colors and textures of this historic district.  Tomorrow it’s down to work on the Media Center for photographers run by Nikon.  Thanks for the prayers, I’ve already had some witnessing opportunities!  I will try to get back on a more normal schedule tomorrow!    Thanks for spending some of your valuable time with me!

 

I sure enjoyed being immersed in this great place, I promise to bring you more!

 

Be blessed,

 

the pilgrim

 

Photo Note:  All images with Nikon D800 and Nikon  24-120 AFS VR f4 lens.

 

 

 

2 years, 4 months ago 2

This evening I’m headed to Louisville for an  early morning flight tomorrow to Albuquerque for the Balloon Fiesta, then on to Henderson Kentucky for Western Kentucky Universities Mountain People’s Workshop and finally off to Florida with my bride to rest up from almost 5 of the previous 6 weeks on the road!  I hope to find a great number of things to photograph in the off hours of my assignments.  The Balloon Fiesta is certainly fun to shoot and the entire area around Albuquerque should provide some serious opportunities!  I will further wring out the new D600 and D800, and D7000.  I love the color contrasts in this part of New Mexico, and hope to work on that themes for the first week.  Henderson Kentucky will be a little more challenging, but I enjoy trying to find things worthy of a photograph when it is not dead obvious!

 

I’m also very interested also testing the hand hold-ability, (is that a word!!!) of these new very high resolution cameras. Either way it should be fun and I promise to share what I’m finding.  Now a special favor, please pray for my ministry opportinities while on the road, I’m always excited to see who God places in my path. I just want to honor Him in the way I treat others,and share His love!!!!

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim