This mornings devotional was a wonderful reminder of the vital importance of obedience. The scripture below tells a wonderful story of obedience and it’s wonderful result.
The First Disciples
1 One day as Jesus was preaching on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, great crowds pressed in on him to listen to the word of God. 2 He noticed two empty boats at the water’s edge, for the fishermen had left them and were washing their nets. 3Stepping into one of the boats, Jesus asked Simon,its owner, to push it out into the water. So he sat in the boat and taught the crowds from there. 4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Now go out where it is deeper, and let down your nets to catch some fish.”
5 “Master,” Simon replied, “we worked hard all last night and didn’t catch a thing. But if you say so, I’ll let the nets down again.” 6 And this time their nets were so full of fish they began to tear! 7 A shout for help brought their partners in the other boat, and soon both boats were filled with fish and on the verge of sinking.
Simon Peter was tired, he had fished all day, and caught nothing. Then this man came along and asked him to let him teach from his boat, even move it further out in the water. Peter was busy washing his nets, but he said “Yes”. The result is that many were fed spiritually. Then Jesus turned to Peter and said go back out and lower your nets again. Peter was pretty sure this was not such a good idea, after all he had fished all day and has had no success. In spite of his doubts, Peter and his crew went back out and cast their nets, again. The scripture above reveals the result, they caught so many fish that their nets began to tear.
What does this have to do with us today? If you are in communication with God through prayer and through an active attempt to listen in you spirit for Him, He will speak to you. He will reveal what He wants you to do. Obedience is nothing more than saying, ”Yes” when He calls. Sometimes it’s easy, sometimes a lot harder, but it never comes back void! God has a plan and He wants you to get to be a part of it. Could He do it without you? Of course, but then you would miss His incredible blessings, and He doesn’t want that to happen.
Listen for His voice, and say “Yes Father!” It will lead to incomparable joy and blessings…….
*Photo Note: D7000, 24-120 AF-S VR lens Sponge boat in Tarpon Springs, Florida.
This entry was posted on Tuesday, September 27th, 2011 at 12:09 pm
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Join me for the search for the elusive perfect cheeseburger. Follow the pilgrim as he scours the country side for that best greasy delight, the All-American Creation – The Cheeseburger!
After years and years of travel, I decided I had to find something interesting to do! Since I truly do love cheeseburgers, I started to wonder if I could find the “Perfect Burger” So the search was on.
To name a perfect burger you must have a standard and a rating scale so first here is my standard, notice I said “my”! You can make your own standard.
A Cheeseburger must be several things:
1. The meat should be hamburger meat not “lean ground beef”. Lean means less fat and the fat is what make a great cheeseburger, juicy and greasy. Avoid places with pre-made frozen patties. * I never said this was a healthy article!
2. A great Cheeseburger must be cooked on a flat steel top grill. Even more important the cleaning process for the grill should be nothing more than scrapping it off with a steel spatula. The taste of the burger is highly affected by the grease build up on the grill!
3. No matter what the health department says, if a burger is well done it is best used to delight the stray dogs that hang out around the garbage cans out back! Medium only – Remember Juicy!
4. The bun needs to be buttered (not margarine), and slightly toasted. Hey this is serious stuff!
5. The only acceptable toppings are; Mayo, mustard, ketchup, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, or pickles. Bacon is for breakfast, chilli is to be served in a bowl, mushrooms are to top steaks, o.k. you got it, this is a purist thing. In fact, I take mine with cheese and mayo only ( Hellman’s REAL Mayonaise! No substitutes! ) Light Mayonnaise? ” Come-on’ Man!!! ” Do you really think mayo with 20% less fat is really going to help you out here????!!!! Health wise, this is a lost cause already…….. Disclaimer, I don’t eat burgers for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! Sometimes, I have something else for breakfast……
6. American Cheese only – Hey this is an American Creation.
O.K. keeping these requirements in mind here is some of my ratings so far, based on my ” famous ” 5 Pickle Scale.
Five Pickles = Perfect (Not yet found)
Four Pickles = Truly wonderful…A testament to the craft!!!!!!
Three Pickles = A good solid burger, just not what it could’ve been!
Two Pickles = Just so-so, only if you’re really, really hungry!
One Pickle = Shame on them for calling it a Cheeseburger!
CURRENT # 1 Williams Campus U-Tote-Um in Ellenburg, WA, 4.96 # 2 Smash Burger in Las Vegas, NV, 4.95 # 2 ties Bobcat Bite, Santa Fe, New Mexico 4.93 Move Over Bobcat Bite, believe it or not, I just had a burger in Henderson, Kentucky at Five Guys, yes that’s right Five Guys, I love Five Guys, but they are not usually up in this rarified atmosphere, this one was, so for today Five Guys ties the number three burger 4.93…….
CURRENT #4 S & L Restaurant, Lakeland, Florida 4.92
CURRENT #5 Three way tie: 4.91 Pickles: T-Rays Burger Station, Amelia Island, Florida FLASH a new Tied for Number five Alcoa Tennessee’s Hot Rod’s 50′s Diner comes in at 4.91 as well, so we have another tie, 4.91 pickles for Burger 21, in Tampa! That’s three tied for the number 5 spot!!!
CURRENT #6: 4.9 Pickles: Fred’s Texas Cafe, Fort Worth. Texas
CURRENT #7: 4.87 Pickles: Shake Shack, Times Square, New York City, New York
CURRENT # 8 & 9 4.85 Pickles: Milt’s Stop & Eat in Moab, Utah and Fava’s in Georgetown, Kentucky. These are two truly great burgers! *Just went back to Fava’s (1/20/12) and confirmed they are still a solid 4.85!!! FLASH another 4.85 Pickle burger was found today in Bar Harbor, Maine!!! Jordan’s is best known for, and deservedly so, their fabulous Blueberry Pancakes and great breakfasts, but I had their burger today, and it was very, very good! Way to go guys, join the ranks of the top 5 burgers in America! Tied with Fava’s!
CURRENT #10 4.7 Pickles: Hut’s Austin, Texas - Pappa’s Burgers in Houston, Texas Among the best!
CURRENT #11 4.65 Pickles: The Camellia Grill, New Orleans, Louisiana
CURRENT #12 4.65 Pickles: The Urban Stack, Chattanooga, TN
CURRENT #12 (tie) 4.65 Pickles: Bartley’s Burgers, Harvard Square, Boston, MA.
CURRENT # 12-17 (group) 4.5 Pickles: Cheesburger, Cheeburger in Sanibel Island, Florida - Billy’s Giant Burgers, Jackson, Wyoming - Five Guys (Varies) I’ve rated Five Guys Burgers and Fries, burgers, anywhere from 4.0 to 4.5. Bill’s Bar and Burgers, Rockefeller Center, N.Y N.Y. 4.5 (with Sherelene along it’s a 4.6!) Rotiers in Nashville, Tennessee a solid 4.5 and maybe a 4.6 if eating one with Ricky Skaggs! *Rotiers makes a patty melt, but it’s still great!!! Latest 4.5 burger from The Backyard Cafe’ in West Columbia, South Carolina, great folks and a really good burger. Another addition to the 4.5 pickles club; Smashburger!
THAT WAS THE TOP Seventeen!!!!!
The Best of the Rest all the way to the Worst!!!!!
4.4 Pickles: Believe it or not Steak &* Shake (anywhere) usually very consistent! The best Fast Food burger that’s easy to find!!! – Cheeseburger in Paradise in Reno (Sadly now closed) Also the one in Maui is excellent.
4.3 Pickles: Fuddruckers, most locations, varies from 4.0 to 4.3. The Blue Goose, Hendersonville, TN 4.3 Pickles; was discovered with the suggestion of Ricky again, Cheeseburger buddies forever…..
4.0 Pickles: Hamburger Heaven, Palm Beach, Florida - Bobcat Bite, Santa Fe, New Mexico - Margaritaville, Key West, FL - Most Fuddruckers. Applebee’s - Ruby Tuesday’s * Latest 4.0 entry Kodiak Jacks in Oshkosh. New Entry CJ’s Bistro, Marco Island, FL 4.0
3.8 FLASH a new entry, believe it or not the new Wendy’s larger Hot and Juicy falls right under the Steak & Shake Steakburger! This is an impressive comeback by Wendy’s, Dave must be proud!, up there!
3.4 Pickles: White Castle (watch out for these little bad boys, they don’t call them sliders for nothing!
2.1 or less: McDonald’s, Hardee’s, Backyard Burgers, Carl Jr’s
.25 Burger King, Clown Burgers, Big Top Burgers and any burger in a Marriott (Room Service)
.10 Shame on you Westin in Atlanta, you are now my worst burger ever, even a Marriott burger is better, Dry hard bun, cheddar cheese after asking for and being told American was no problem, meat tasted funny, not in a good way!! To make things worse they had Kraft Mayo, ugh!!!!! In fairness the hotel was great nice people, nice room, but their burger drive?!, out of your way to avoid this one!!!!
A Cheeseburger Adventure in New Orleans
One of my favorie places to heck out a burger is Camellia’s Grill in New Orleans, a classic dinner style eating expeience with a high end 4.6 burger to boot! Enjoy some images from this trip! By the way having the right company for this lunch was the kicker!!!!
This entry was posted on Monday, September 26th, 2011 at 7:22 pm
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Welcome to the very first Learning Center post for the new website. This is an article that ran in the Pilgrim’s Chronicles blog back some time ago but I wanted to update and thought this would be a good lead off session. I’ve struggled for years with how to be ready for any situation in the field and yet have a small enough package that I didn’t feel burdened with too much to carry. First I want to keep my bag or pack to below 25 lbs., actually as far below as possible. My current field kit comes in complete at 23 lbs. That’s good enough for now. the older I get the further down it will have to come.
To put together a kit you need to identify what you need the gear to do, here is my list:
1. I need a camera body that has sufficient resolution (at least 12 mega pixels) and all the features I use like mirror lock-up, etc.. For me the D7000 at 16 mega pixels and all the needed features works fine
2. I need to cover focal length equivalents of from 20mm to over 400mm. With the Nikon 12-24 AF-S WA zoom, the Nikon 24-120 AF-S VR Mid-range zoom, and the Nikon 70-300 AF-S VR longer range zoom I get everything from 18mm to 450mm covered in three lenses. And of course my trusty Len Baby Composer with close-up lenses as well!
3. I really want to be able to shoot close-up to 4 times life-size. The handy, compact, and very sharp (and reasonably priced), 85mm Micro-Nikkor AF-S VR f3.5 lens is perfect, add to that 3T and 4T diopters and you have a killer close-up system. I also carry the Canon 500D for the 24-120 and Automatic extension tubes and I’m more than good to go.
4. The Lowe Pro Stealth Reporter 400 AW or the Trekker 300 AW backpack each hold all this gear and stay in my weight range (the backpack is a hair heavier but is easier since you carry it on your back.
5. Tucked away in either bag is a Nikon Coolpix P300 for those grab shots when the gang and I are whoofing down a burger!
6. In the illustration above the 85mm Micro Nikkor is replaced with the 85mm f1.8 lens when I need to work in low available light.
7. Polarizers for all lenses, a Singh Ray Variable Neutral Density filter, a small table top tripod, charger and spare batteries, mini flash light, plus cleaning supplies and allen wrenches and you’re good to go! To pad things in the bag I also stuff in a dozen or so micro fiber cloths.
8. Of course a full size tripod and ball head are salted away in the back of the vehicle.
9. A spare body, a D700, and it’s dedicated wide angle, the Nikkor 16-35 AF-S VF f4 lens will be packed with the computer roll on bag.
So there you have it, a full compliment of lenses and a very capable body ready to tackle almost any subject. Since I won’t be worried carrying it all I will get better images! At least that’s the plan. This is the system I will use in New England in two weeks, we’ll see how it does!
This entry was posted on Monday, September 26th, 2011 at 7:15 pm
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As I started to teach photography and lead workshops, I soon realized that I loved other photographers and really enjoyed their company, especially those with whom I shared a spiritual connection, our joint love for our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Later in life when I started working for Nikon, and started to run and occasional workshop again, privately, I knew I wanted the new workshops to be more than “just” learning photography, or even great fellowship, I wanted what I did to honor Him. I wanted people to be able to come to His Light Workshops and feel free to express their faith, their joy, and their passion about our Lord as well as photography. Anyone is welcome to come to our workshops, I just want to be sure they know that we are very open about our faith and not afraid to integrate it into all we do. Being a person of faith is not a requirement for joining us, but you might just find that you want to make that connection to Him yourself. I can promise you one thing for sure, you will have never been to a workshop like these before! We are not running revivals, you will be safe to know that no one will be trying to change you, we couldn’t do that even if we tried! We are celebrating the great love we have for Him and each other, and in that atmosphere you may find wonderful things happening to you as well! You are welcome and invited to join us!
Today I’m proud to announce a whole new era for my fledgling workshop dreams! His Light Workshops is growing today into a full series of unique photographic learning experiences. Each offering a wonderful opportunity to enjoy learning, laughing, and rich fellowship with your compatriots in photographic crime!!!! So with no further ado!
The Legend Series is where we bring some of the greatest legends in photography for your learning experience of a lifetime, such greats as Scott Kelby, Matt Kloskowski, R.C. Concepcion, Tony Sweet, Jim Sugar, Ed Masterson, Bob Krist, David Muench, Bryan Peterson, Rob Sheppard, and the list goes on! These workshops will feature intensive classroom work as well as fabulous locations with great field work and intensity critiques sessions of your work by our team and the legendary leader! Limited 40 attendees. Pricing based on locations, Range $895. to $1,195.
The Americana Series is the fusion of photography, fun, and an appreciation for the glorious past of America!! Old rusted cars, trains, pioneer villages, and historic icons, all captured with HDR and other exciting new imaging methods. Led by HDR Master, Jim Begley and myself, these workshops are a great journey back into a simpler time. Usually limited to from 12-20 attendees. Prices range from $499. to $599.
The Skill Set Series is a new idea I’ve had for some time and it’s time has come! Want to learn some special slill to increase your enjoyment of photography? How about how to Produce Wonderful Music Synch Shows, or maybe Close-Up Photography or Mastering HDR and Filters. Try these on for size! Available Light Photography, Special Equipment use like the Lensbaby, the list goes on and on, stay tuned it this sounds like something up your alley! Will be limited to from 12-15 attendees. Price Ranges from $599. to $799. based on location.
Photography Tours are the perfect events for people that just want to go out and shoot in fantastic locations in the company of wonderful shooters/teachers. Go to the best locations, at the best time of year, and be guided to the most wonderful spots, that few others know about….. For 15 years I traveled to every major National Park at least once a year, some twice!!! I know the great locations like the back of my hand and over the years to come, we are going to the best locations like; Arches/Canyonlands National Parks, Olympic National Park, Glacier National Park, Bryce Canyon, The Grand Tetons, Yellowstone, Acadia, the Great Smokies, and many, many more! Prices range from $799. to $1,199. depending on length and location.
Even Jesus took time to go off and fellowshipped with His father. Imagine going off to a nice place to shoot and studying the word with dear brothers and sisters in Christ. I can see us shooting a beautiful location and then sitting around the fire place sharing, reading the Bible, and praying for one another. In all of our lives we need to break through to the “more” he wants for us. The joy of supporting each other, and growing together in Him. Theses are something very special, the price range will be from $0. to $0. You got it, we will announce these and they will fill up on a first come, first serve basis. I will develop a special email list for these, more on that in just a moment!
Hey, it’s been a moment! I want to be able to send out notices to anyone truly interested these workshops before they are posted on this blog. So if you want to be on the email list for all workshops and tours simply send me an email @
email@example.com Just say please put me on the email list for His Light Workshops! Just that simple, done.
His Light Workshops Disclaimer
The attending of a His Light Workshop may lead to the following symptoms or reactions: elevated joy, increased faith, feelings of unrestrained laughter, compassion, and love! In certain participants the following have occurred; desire to know and serve others with God’s love and grace! Participants are WARNED that it is possible that the following might be experienced; spontaneous worship, praise, and prayer. His Light Workshops should only be attended after consulting with the Great Physician. The ownership and management does not disavow any of the warnings here with contained in this statement.