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2 years, 6 months ago 14


I leave Las Vegas tomorrow headed to Southwestern Photojournalism in Fort Worth.  I usually leave these shows wondering what I’m still doing this for!!??  Not tonight.  Today I had a very meaningful conversation with a man whose photography I greatly admire, after getting to know the man behind the camera, I admire the ” man”, even more!  We have both experienced a similar physical fate, cancer.  As we talked we agreed that we both have walked away from it, thankfully, with a new lease on life and better understanding of why we are here!  The other day on my way to the airport to start this trip, Jim Haverstock, my dear brother in the Lord, shared with me that while he hated I couldn’t retire this year, that he could see my still being at Nikon, was opening important doors to serve Him, it was a prophecy.  The last few days I’ve known that to be true, and it has been confirmed by several deeply touching conversations with people I have long prayed for.  The miracles that are happening in their lives renews my deep belief that God is holding on to us with a firm grasp.  I’ve see marriages healed, people draw closer to an understanding of their soon coming meeting with our Heavenly Father, and friends that are coming to grips with a bigger role in this world than just taking care of ourselves. Jeremy Cowart came over to share how the class he had just done was about giving back what God has blessed us with, moments later I received an excited text that our dear brother Dave Black has just shared a powerful testimony on The Grid!


I got to reaffirm my love for a dear couple I know that have seen a miracle in their marriage and shared a story of God’s greatness!  Wow, do you want me to go on????  O.K.  I’ve been in prayer for my friends that are coming to White, Ga for our His Light Workshop and I’m bursting with anticipation, God is really up to something, I believe in, and am expecting even more miracles!  It is the sweetest music to hear when my Father is at work in our world, changing the lives of people, opening our eyes to how much more we can be than the very little we have expected of our selves.  Please pray that my time in Fort Worth will be another bountiful harvest of praise, and souls for Him.  I serve at His pleasure, and He has rewarded me with getting to see His wonderful power, majesty, grace, love, and concern for us. When my jet takes off tomorrow I will have already been flying high for hours!


Tonight’s Prayer:  Dear Heavenly Father, thank you so much for letting me be a part of what you’re doing in the lives of so many people I love.   Thank you that You have proven that just when we think things are beyond all hope, that’s when you bring hope, peace, and your undying, saving, Love.  Tonight I recommit my heart, mind, and soul to serving you, and you alone.  Thank you Father for loving me, and accepting me as your child, while undeserved, cherished!    Until I’m standing there looking in Your eyes, I will serve You!    Amen and Amen.


the pilgrim

2 years, 6 months ago 4

I saw a fellow today that at a distance I was sure was Scott Kelby, only thing,  I know where Scott is, and it’s not Las Vegas!  Several others made the same mistake.  Upon seeing him closer I realized it was not Scott at all by someone enjoying being mistaken for him.  Scott of course is a hair older, and of course because of his dieting,  slimmer, but you must admit this is a scary, the thought of two Scott Kelbys!!!!


Sitting in the room tonight in Las Vegas, it was little chilly to get out and walk the streets looking for shots, I thought this might be a fun way to open up a topic I’ve been wanting to address!


I want to thank Scott Kelby publicly.  Over the course of my life I’ve met many people that have made my life a great deal better, Scott is one of those people.  I first met Scott when I went to call on him since he was a client in my territory for Nikon.  I was immediately impressed with his immense talent, wonderful humor, and genuine nature.  I felt like I had known Scott for years after our first meeting.  I dare say many others would say the same thing.  What I admired the most about Scott is that in spite of his considerable fame, he really was a regular guy who could relax around others and just be himself.   He has that wonderful trait that so few people do, that once you know him you feel your one of his best friends, he makes you feel that way by his unselfish expression of interest in you.  He has earned his fame the hard way, he is who you think he is.   Talented in so many ways I’ve lost count.  Scott always says thank you and means it, he always notices what you do on his behalf and his words of appreciation are genuine, which is rare today!   Scott has opened so many door for so many people, and yet he never thinks of that, he just loves doing things for those he cares for, I’ve benefitted a great deal from his many acts of kindness!


Scott has surrounded himself with so many great people and he has shared those wonderful people with me too.  Matt Kloskowski, R.C. Concepcion, Larry Becker, Dave Moser, and Dave Cross just to mention a few!  Anyone that can associate with people like that is a wealthy man indeed.


So tonight as I sit alone in Las Vegas, I’m thankful that God blessed me with such a wonderful friend as this!  By-the-way, below, the real Scott Kelby and his beautiful bride, Kalebra!  Thanks my friend.



My father told me once that the measure of a man is the people he calls his friends.


the pilgrim

2 years, 6 months ago 2


O.K. I promise these will be the last images from my balcony in the MGM towers.  I slept fitfully last night, but slept a lot of hours, by 6:30 I could no long fall back asleep, so I noticed some enticing light filtering through my curtains.  I was greeted with a very different scene than I photographed late yesterday afternoon!  This time all Coolpix 7100 and some HDRs as well.  As I was processing the images I notice about a half hour later just how much the light had changed!  I teach this all the time but am always amazed what just the right time of the day makes in how our images turn out.    I promise to get out after the show this evening and shoot something different!

It was great to see my Nikon friends yesterday and I was reminded of how much I will miss them one of these days.  God has given me so much to look forward to, that I am a winner either way!  Take a moment today to thank Him for all He has done for you.  Thankfulness is a trait we can’t “over do” with our Heavenly Father!




the pilgrim






HDR treatment on New York – New York



And finally thirty minutes later!!!!! Compare it to the shot above, is it worth getting up early????  I hope you said “yes!”  and you do!


Point made!



2 years, 6 months ago 5


There is an old saying, “the best camera is the one you have with you!”  I work for Nikon and we make wonderful cameras and the vast majority of my images are made with one of them.  Sometimes though you are someplace and see something you really want to photograph and you don’t have your “good” camera with you.  Today was one of those days, I was in airports all day and then got ot Las Vegas and several things I saw struck me, but I wasn’t carrying my DSLR or even a Coolpix.  I did have my phone!!  Now I’m not suggesting that any of us should make our camera in our phone our go to camera, but…….  When it’s all you’re got it can do remarkable things.  Now in fairness, I just did replaced my iPhone 3s with the new iPhone 4s and it does have a pretty nice camera in it.  It has it’s limitations, but  one of them is not that you never have your phone with you.  The story goes that a man whose son wanted to be a writer took him to meet Ernest Hemmingway.  It is said that the father asked Mr. Hemmingway what kind of typewriter he used!!!   Probably not a good conversation starter.


I am a big believer that 90% of photography is seeing great light, and subjects, and composing well.  You can do that with any camera. Now in fairness the night scene from my hotel room is a Coolpix 7100  shot, but the rest are iPhone images.  The iPhone allows you to take and make anything from nostalgic image like he people getting on the plane with an app called Hipstamatic, and a hand held HDR of the seats in the Phoenix airport ( a scene I look at too often).  You may not care for either of those images, I consider them personal shots because they mean something to me, they don’t have to relate to others, but are just fun for me to capture.



Or the image I like to call sweet light, of the Tower across from mine.


Then walking back from the convention center at MGM Grand today I thought the afternoon light on two of the three towers was neat, so out came my iPhone.


The most important thing is to stay visual, stay aware, look for interesting subjects and great light, and whatever you have with you use it like a real camera, because they all really are!!!!


Be blessed,


the pilgrim