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4 years, 2 months ago 3

When I was in Atlanta I got to hang out with RC and when we shot the RR Museum, he had a blast, well as it turns out he is planning to join us for Old Car City coming up in March.  Old Car City is located about 45 minutes north of Atlanta on I75 and we will spend two days shooting there mixed with classroom time mid day and evenings.  We will then spend several hours at the South East Railroad.  He blogged about his joining us on his blog today, check it out!


WARNING- THIS IS AN AD!!!!   O.K. not completely but I would love to talk you into coming to Old Car City!  The thing that makes Old Car City such a favorite workshop for me is the following;


1.  Any time you can learn how to do HDR from Jim Begley, you need to jump on it.  Jim teaches many ways to get killer HDRs and HDR effects and his teaching on this will blow you away.


2.  Old Car City is the nations biggest junk yard, 36 acres, yes 36, with over 4,000 rusting cars, trucks and other mobile things, (bicycles, wagons, etc.)  The colors, design and hood ornaments are amazing, it is truly a fine art shooters paradise.  On RC’s blog he gives a link to Jim Begley’s website and you can see some of the amazing images Jim has made there.  The great news is with a little help from Jim and I, and remember RC will be around to help to, you will get some outstanding images!


3.  Everything is right there in one place.  Old Car City is easy to walk around in, our hotel is about a mile down the road, and it is only a one hour drive over to Duluth GA, for the RR Museum.  We have a great classroom and there are some wonderful places to eat close by, a perfect setting!  It seems to add to the camaraderie!


4.  Because of the nature of the subject matter, we can do more hands on demonstrations, and give more individual help, simply because we are in close proximity to everyone!


5.  I can’t think of any other location with more great subject matter if you are into Americana type subjects!


So I think you can tell that I’m pumped, and I really hope you will come out to Old Car City and join us, see I told it was sort of an ad!




the pilgrim


4 years, 3 months ago 0

Ephesians 1:1-14

New Living Translation (NLT)


Greetings from Paul


1 This letter is from Paul, chosen by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus.

I am writing to God’s holy people in Ephesus,who are faithful followers of Christ Jesus.

May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.


Spiritual Blessings


All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son. He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding.


God has now revealed to us his mysterious plan regarding Christ, a plan to fulfill his own good pleasure. 10 And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth. 11 Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything work out according to his plan.

12 God’s purpose was that we Jews who were the first to trust in Christ would bring praise and glory to God. 13 And now you Gentiles have also heard the truth, the Good News that God saves you. And when you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom he promised long ago. 14 The Spirit is God’s guarantee that he will give us the inheritance he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people. He did this so we would praise and glorify him.



The Lord will have His way, whether we believe in His sovereignty or not.  His plan is far bigger than we can grasp, and it was designed in a way that will glorify Him while revealing our need for Him.


That fateful line was from the In Touch devotional of a couple of days ago, and it is very revealing!  God has a plan, He has always had a plan, and His plan has not changed.  Part of the Master plan is an individual plan for you!  While God has not spelled out all His plans, He has made it clear in His word several things we can count on;


1. He wants us to trust in Him, and and accept His forgiveness!


2.  He is trustworthy, and worthy of our trust and praise!


3.  He proved His love for us when He sent His only Son to die for us!  Our forgiveness rests in that act!

4.  Even though we, often, cannot see it, all things do work for our good if we love and accept Him.


5.  He promised He would never leave us or forsake us, and He won’t!


God will reveal His will for you if you seek Him.




the pilgrim

4 years, 3 months ago 6


Thinking about life on the drive home from Atlanta last night I came to some interesting thoughts. I thought about just how much God has blessed my life, about how much I love my partner and wife, how much I’ve enjoyed my children and now what a great pleasure it is to have 6  fantastic grandchildren.  Then I thought about what as great time Jim and I along with Snake, Chuck, Scott, Matt and RC have had doing the workshops and sharing our faith!


Then I thought about how much I’ve enjoyed the great people of Nikon that have become such good friends, and how many wonderful customers I’ve worked with.  Then I thought about just how much more fun I’m having as a photographer than ever before!  I started thinking about all the great plans I have for this year, and next year, and hopefully the year after that!  I can’t wait to see Tuscany with Sherelene, and hit some more great beaches with her, and then watch each year as my grandchildren grow older.


I can’t wait to share God’s unbelievable love with others, to encourage  people He places in my path to trust Him and let Him change their lives forever.  I thought about how the simplest pleasures in life hold such a  strong attraction!  Sitting by the fire place on a cold winter’s night, reading a great book, and studying His Word.


I thought about how honored I felt to have Charles Stanley come to the booth in Atlanta and gave me a hug, and then to get a hardy handshake from Donn Jones, (the Tennessee Titans photographer),  and my dear brother Nick Coury.  I thought what good friends Scott Diussa, and Bill Pekala, Paul Van Allen, and all the “youngsters” at Nikon have become!


I thought most of all how unbelievable is is that one man, the most important man in history, came to earth, and died for me, so t hat I might be forgiven of my sins.  I thought all of this is not possible, for a man like me that deserves so little, but has been given so much.


I then drove in my driveway, hugged and kissed Sherelene,  and then set quietly by the fire and thought some more……


A blessed man,



4 years, 3 months ago 8

I received this powerful and true message from my dear friend Richard Small this morning and feel it must be shared! This was presented recently to a congressional committee by a father of a child that was killed in the Columbine shootings. It was stated that it was not well received. Another black mark on our leadership in Washington, both parties……



Guess our national leaders didn’t expect this. On Thursday, Darrell Scott, the father of Rachel Scott, a victim of the Columbine High School shootings in Littleton , Colorado , was invited to address the House Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee. What he said to our national leaders during this special session of Congress was painfully truthful.

They… were not prepared for what he was to say, nor was it received well. It needs to be heard by every parent, every teacher, every politician, every sociologist, every psychologist, and every so-called expert! These courageous words spoken by Darrell Scott are powerful, penetrating, and deeply personal. There is no doubt that God sent this man as a voice crying in the wilderness.. The following is a portion of the transcript:

“Since the dawn of creation there has been both good & evil in the hearts of men and women. We all contain the seeds of kindness or the seeds of violence. The death of my wonderful daughter, Rachel Joy Scott, and the deaths of that heroic teacher, and the other eleven children who died must not be in vain. Their blood cries out for answers.

“The first recorded act of violence was when Cain slew his brother Abel out in the field. The villain was not the club he used.. Neither was it the NCA, the National Club Association. The true killer was Cain, and the reason for the murder could only be found in Cain’s heart.

“In the days that followed the Columbine tragedy, I was amazed at how quickly fingers began to be pointed at groups such as the NRA. I am not a member of the NRA. I am not a hunter. I do not even own a gun. I am not here to represent or defend the NRA – because I don’t believe that they are responsible for my daughter’s death. Therefore I do not believe that they need to be defended. If I believed they had anything to do with Rachel’s murder I would be their strongest opponent.

I am here today to declare that Columbine was not just a tragedy — it was a spiritual event that should be forcing us to look at where the real blame lies! Much of the blame lies here in this room. Much of the blame lies behind the pointing fingers of the accusers themselves. I wrote a poem just four nights ago that expresses my feelings best.

Your laws ignore our deepest needs,
Your words are empty air.
You’ve stripped away our heritage,
You’ve outlawed simple prayer.
Now gunshots fill our classrooms,
And precious children die.
You seek for answers everywhere,
And ask the question “Why?”
You regulate restrictive laws,
Through legislative creed.
And yet you fail to understand,
That God is what we need!

“Men and women are three-part beings. We all consist of body, mind, and spirit. When we refuse to acknowledge a third part of our make-up, we create a void that allows evil, prejudice, and hatred to rush in and wreak havoc. Spiritual presences were present within our educational systems for most of our nation’s history. Many of our major colleges began as theological seminaries. This is a historical fact. What has happened to us as a nation? We have refused to honor God, and in so doing, we open the doors to hatred and violence. And when something as terrible as Columbine’s tragedy occurs — politicians immediately look for a scapegoat such as the NRA. They immediately seek to pass more restrictive laws that contribute to erode away our personal and private liberties. We do not need more restrictive laws. Eric and Dylan would not have been stopped by metal detectors. No amount of gun laws can stop someone who spends months planning this type of massacre. The real villain lies within our own hearts.

“As my son Craig lay under that table in the school library and saw his two friends murdered before his very eyes, he did not hesitate to pray in school. I defy any law or politician to deny him that right! I challenge every young person in America , and around the world, to realize that on April 20, 1999, at Columbine High School prayer was brought back to our schools. Do not let the many prayers offered by those students be in vain. Dare to move into the new millennium with a sacred disregard for legislation that violates your God-given right to communicate with Him. To those of you who would point your finger at the NRA — I give to you a sincere challenge.. Dare to examine your own heart before casting the first stone!
My daughter’s death will not be in vain! The young people of this country will not allow that to happen!”
– Darrell Scott


Howl long will we ignore the real problems in our society and seek answers where there are none???!!!


Please pray for America,


the pilgrim