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2 years, 6 months ago 4

This morning while visiting some of my favorite blogs I came upon a before unnoticed posting on John “Snake” Barrett’s website of images from our workshop two weeks ago, out west.  I spent at least a half hour enjoying the images sent in from all our team and attendees of other people having fun.  I can’t tell you how great it made me feel to see just what a good time everyone was having!!!  As the co- leaders, Jim and I are often carrying the burden of keeping track of everyone, not loosing a car, or preventing not getting on site “after” the perfect light.   It robs some of the joy, feeling all the responsibility for keeping everyone else on track.  I’ve committed  to try and deal with that better, when I saw just how much fun everyone else was having!!!  I wanted to share of my favorite images which I would credit, but I have no idea who turned them in, so you can just enjoying them like I did, not knowing, but appreciating not only the images, but what they show!!.  On thing is for sure, cameras and lenses, tripods, heads, and accessories are a lot of fun, but this is the real joy of photography, the fellowship!!


So, as you can see, it was pretty magical just being out there together, shooting and having fun, if you’ve never made it to a His Light event, come join the fun, and God Bless.




the pilgrim


To whom ever shot these images, thanks a million it brought back great memories!



2 years, 6 months ago 6

Just a quick note from the Fortney compound, we are enjoying a lot of fun, sharing our grandchildren, and loving on each other!  We wish all of you a great weekend, be safe!


Front row, Hannah Fortney, Rhonda Fortney, holding Abigail Fortney, Diane Fortney holding Cosmo, Sherelene Fortney, Catherine Moore, Cassidy Moore, and Cade Moore, Center bottom, Elijah Fortney, Back row, Wesley Fortney, Scott Fortney, Ben Fortney, the pilgrim, and Clint Moore.


The families are  Scott, Diane, Hannah,  Ben, and Cosmo.    Clint, Catherine, Cassidy, and Cade.    Wesley, Rhonda, Elijah, and Abigail.   Sherelene and Bill.  Thanks for letting introduce them all to you!


Blessings, and how!!


the pilgrim



2 years, 6 months ago 11

On Thanksgiving Eve, surrounded by family, I slipped off for a few moments to pray my Thanksgiving Prayer for all of you.


May you become fully aware of all the ways God has blessed you.


May you hold every child in your family, and feel the love that returns to you.


May you see with fresh eyes the beauty that God has placed all around you.


May you enjoy the bountiful blessings at the Thanksgiving table, and then share from your plenty, with those less fortunate.


May you feel the joy of Thanksgiving.


May you feel the peace of being in His care.


May you know the forgiveness that only He can grant.


May the peace and joy of this season, and the season to come, descend on you!


May you know how very much I appreciate having all of you in my life!


In Him,


the pilgrim







2 years, 6 months ago 4

I had to run over to Knoxville Tennessee today to call on a client before everyone disappears for the Thanksgiving weekend.   I knew that in part of the older part of town there were some killer old painted brick walls that I love to use as test targets.  I am really enjoying using some of the classic old Nikkor manual focus lenses from the 70′s and early 8o’s for my fun shooting.  It is great to get back to the slower pace of manual focus, and actually turning an aperture ring like in the old days!  I’m not suggesting that you should dump all your modern auto focus glass, but there are a number of reasons that shooting with manual focus is productive for some kinds of work!


1. For Video the smooth and long manual focus throws can give magical results!


2. Using the focusing aid in the D800 and other pro cameras can help you get very precise focusing.


3.  The Live View function really comes into its own when you use a magnified view to check critical focus.


4.  The lenses that I’ve selected are all part of a list I like ot call “Legendary Nikkor Glass”  Each and everyone is spectacular in sharpness and color fidelity.


5.  Many of these old manual lenses are available at bargain prices if you do a little searching.  One of my favorite past times is hitting the used cabinet in camera stores, and finding these gems that others have passed by!!


The shot above was hand held with a D800 and the old classic 50-135 f 3.5 Nikkor zoom.  Below is a section of the top image at 100%  Wow, is this fun!  Just for the record my set of manual glass is as follows:



Nikkor 24mm f 2.8 AIS   –    25-50 f4 AIS Nikkor zoom  -   55mm Micro Nikkor f 2.8   –   50-135 f 3.5 AIS  Nikkor zoom   –   105mm f 2.5 AI’d   –   105mm Micro Nikkor f 2.8   

80-200 f4 (and f4.5) AIS Nikkor zooms lenses   –   300mm f4.5 IF-ED Telephoto Nikkor   –   400mm f3.5 IF-ED AIS Telephoto Nikkor


If you own any of the modern Nikon bodies that allow the use of the older lenses, pick up one and give it a try…….  I think you’ll love it!




the pilgrim