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1 year, 3 months ago 4
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I just finished almost two weeks in the Badlands, Black Hills and Spearfish Canyon!  we had a great group (below), and we had wonderful light and conditions!



We’v already considering another run at it next year, you ought to join us!



Spearfish Canyon was in great color!



..and lastly snow in the Black Hills!



This is just a small sampling of the shooting locations!  Mark your calendar for last week of September 2019!




he pilgrim

1 year, 4 months ago 3
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I have been a fan of National Geographic almost my entire life, but my real interest started in 1968 when I fell in love with the craft of photography!  I went to the local Toyota dealer this morning to have a bulb repalced in one of my fog lights and while waiting, I found this old copy of National Geographic from 2013,  their 125th Anniversary.  I was engrossed with the articles and images and it re-sparked my love for this wonderful craft and hobby!  When I was a young photographer I admired the shooters for this magazine immensely!  Later in my career I got to know a number of them personally and I benefited greatly from their friendship and knowledge!  Now that I have been a student and teacher of photography for over 50 years, looking through an issue devoted to some of the great images that have appeared in this magazine, I saw them with different eyes!  So much of what I’ve learned and taught through the years are in full exhibition in these pages!  Armed with only the most important basic principles of photography,  these images jump out as sterling examples of doing the craft extremely well!


This  magazine articles are broken into catagories of what they believe their images do:














I believe their images and countless stories have accomplished those goals through the years.  It gave me the opportunity to see if my work, that is not photojournalism, which theirs are, have any other attributes?


I hope my work has:












Now, while I acknowldege that Natuonal Geographic has more than met their goals in their catagories, it is not for me to say whether or not I have.  I can only continue to see, capture and hope my goals are being met!  I do thank God for the great example of excellence they have set before all of us, and I continue to learn from them, and share that learning with you!


What a privilege it is to go through life holding a camera!




the pilgrim



1 year, 4 months ago 8
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After a great summer with Sherelene and my family, Tuesday it’s back out on the road.  I will pickup Jim Haverstock in Bloomington and we will head to the Badlands to start our scouting for the tour in about a week from now. We have 7 great people and I expect to have a great time in a  fantastic place to shoot!  I will try to post some images each evening, or two, for you guys!


This has been a great summer of spiritual inspiration, wonderful teaching from my pastor, good reading and lots of prayer.  I feel energized to get back in the field and spread His love!  I really am looking forward to getting back out there, and….I hate to leave home!  Does that make sense?  It does to me!  I love my family and I love being home, my own bed, my own kitchen and my own TV for football games!  No matter how nice the scenery, all that, out there, is just not home.  In spite of how much I miss home when I’m away, I do love the time I get with my photography friends, and all my students that want to be friends, become friends, even if for just a short time, it’s still a sweet, good time!


So, the rest of September it’s the Badlands, Black Hills, and Spaerfish.  Most of October it’s the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and Acada National Park.  Finally the first two weeks of November it’s the Great Smoky Mountains!  Then…..Home sweet home for the winter, until March and Route 66.  Lots of time with Sherelene, family and of course Chester, who should arrive in early December!  It’s a good life.  I wouldn’t change a thing!




the pilgrim



1 year, 4 months ago 8
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When I decided to dump my Nikon gear and go mirrorless 6 years ago, mirrorless cameras were in their infancy.  Only a few manufacturers were producing mirroless cameras and only 3 were making a interchangeable lens cameras.  Now in 2018, with Nikon and Canon joining the parade, we have many choices of great mirrorless cameras. I’ve had more than few people ask me if I am having second thoughts about my choice of the Fujifilm’s X-Series?


I constantly evaluate my choices and think about if a system change might give me a significant advantage, all serious shooters do.  To answer that question for you and myself I need to go back to the reasons I switched to Fujifilm in the first place.


Number 1:  Size and weight.  My Nikon full frame sensor gear was just to heavy.  I had shoulder surgery and the aftermath was a great deal of discomfort lugging around heavy full frame bodies and lenses, I had to get something lighter, I had no choice!


Number 2:  Quality Images:  If I was gong to give up the quality of files I was getting from my Nikon’s I wanted a system that had lenses just as good and sensors that could produce equal results, but in a smaller form factor.


On the basis of those two requirements I went with the Fujifilm X-Series. After 6 years I can say that the Fujifilm bodies and lenses have given me just what I wanted, a high quality set of bodies and lenses that are smaller and ligter than their Nikon equivalents.


Do any of the new offerings tempt me?  I really like the Olympus OMD-1 MK II, but the smaller sensor would cost me the exceptional high ISO, low noise I get from the APS-C X-Trans sensor, so that is a “no go” for me.


The Nikon and Canon offerings look nice, but though smaller than conventional Nikon and Canon bodies, the lenses are still huge, so nope, their not going to work for me either.


I think Pentax makes great stuff but their supporting system is just not as vast.  So, it’s not going to work for me.


Sony has a lot going for it and seems to be in the forefront technologically over it’s two competitors, Nikon and Canon, but once again, big sensor, big lenses, no thanks.


Frankly I love the controls of the “throw back” designed Fujifilm bodies, the quality of construction and magnificent optical performance of the Fujifilm glass,  I especially love the number of fast single focal length lenses Fujifilm offers, I love them all and own them all!   The wonderful firmware update system that keeps improving their bodies, and their responsiveness to what Fujifilm owners are asking for, and getting.  They offer an affordable medium format camera and are about to offer, (rumor), a second body, that will be even more affordable!  The addition fo the 200mm F2 and converters makes for a very complete system!


  • In case you’re listening Fujifilm, we still would lov ea 120mm f 2.9 Macro, a tilt/shift lens, maybe a full frame fisheye and my personal greatest desire, a 70mm f 2.5 Fujicron, that would be a 105mm f 2.5,  anyone remember that!!!!  It worked fantastic for Nikon, you ought to give it a try!!!!


So no, I am staying right where I am and this is not a knock on any of these fine brands and their gear!  I’m sure for many photographers there will be a lot of happy campers with other brands!  Every photographer has personal likes an dislikes and the Fujifilm gear fits me perfectly, but it may not fit you the same!


What is happening in the camera industry is healthy and will give us more choices and more choices is never a bad thing.  It also raises the bar as each of these companies keep improving focusing, exposure, color quality, low noise at high ISO, and build quality, it also keeps everyone on their toes, competing and that is a great thing for you and I!!!!


So, no, I’m staying right where I am, but it’s exciting to watch!!!!




the pilgrim