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3 years, 8 months ago 18

I gave my self permission to blow off the sunrise this morning and get some rest, and I sure feel better!  Four straight 4:00 a.m. roll outs were a little much for me.  When I did wake up this morning, still to early, my body is still on East coast time, I had time to think about the week and I made mental notes about some things I wanted to share with you folks!  I would like to do it as a series of Lists on various subjects!


The image above is of a WWII era Mustang first flown around 1940, and a F22 Raptor that went into service in 2005.  These two airplanes cover a part of aviation history that almost mirrors my life span, 65 years!  I was born February 9th, 1946, so I’m now 66.  This is the Heritage Flight that is done at most every air show,  honoring our military pilots.  It’s an amazing thing to see, below is another Heritage flight from a previous year that includes a P38 Lightening “Glacier Girl”!



When we come out to Air Shows and the Reno Air Races, most of my friends love to shoot planes in flight, which is not my strong suit, but a couple of years ago when the Blue Angels were performing I got the shot of a lifetime!  When the two lead planes fly right at each other at 500 mph, you try to fire the shutter just as they are nose to nose, but not appearing to touch.  In the shot below, I got the entire rest of the team circling around and directly under them!!!  Dumb luck on the rest of the pack, even a blind squirrel finds and acorn every once in a while!


So on to the lists!


Ten Reasons a D600 and D7000 might be the Dream Team.

1.  They are near perfect in size and weight, both well built, and not a burden to carry!

2.  16 and 24 mega pixels is more than enough for 95% of everything you will ever photograph!

3.  Both cameras use the fantastic and cheap, MN-L3 Wireless Remotes, translation, zero movement!

4.  Both cameras allow the use of all the legacy Nikkor glass!

5.  The D7000 has the smoothest release and is the quietest DSLR we’ve ever made, we’ll see on the D600.

6.  Both have 100% viewfinders and good magnification.

7.   The frame rates are 5.5 and 6 frames respectfully which is good enough for everything except extreme action.

8.  Both shoot 1080P video and the D600 is fully ready with multiple frame rates, and mic in and headphone out, and HDMI!

9.  Both cameras use dual SD cards, so you can finally stop having to carry Compact Flash cards, and they both use the same EN-EL15 battery!

10. Here is the kicker, if you buy this fall you can have two killer bodies for only around $3,100.


Five Reasons why I will always have a D800 (until it’s replaced with something better!).

1.  I can’t live without that industry leading resolution!

2.  I have to have that incredible gradation (see the images from the last two days!!)

3.  The color, saturation and dynamic range is superior to anything else I’ve ever used!

4.  It’ just feels so good in your hands, just enough heft, but not too heavy!

5.  At $3,000 it’s simply one of the best values in the history of Nikon cameras!


The Five Most Important Reasons I Do This Blog!

1.  I’ve found the greatest secret of life and I can’t keep it just to myself!!  God Loves me, He sent His Son to die for me, and I’ve accepted Him, and I’m now forgiven, free, and filled with His peace and joy!!

2.  A daily relationship with our Heavenly Father leads to deeper spiritual growth, which leads to a life better than you could even imagine.

3.  When you love God and give Him your life, it frees Him to bless you beyond measure, which in turn allows you to bless others with His love and peace.

4.  When you trust God with your life, he empowers you to forgive others.  When you forgive others it opens the door to them finding their Heavenly Father, and life eternal.

5.  I love sharing the great joy and peace He has given me, I want everyone to experience this wonderful life changing event!


Six Things I wish I could do: 

1. Go home and be with my wife!  (I love what I do, but I miss her when we are apart!)

2. Be able to do HDR like Jim Begley and R. C. Concepcion.

3.  Know 10% of what Scott Kelby and Matt Kloskowski know about Photoshop and Lightroom!

4.  Have 10% of Jay Maisel’s ability to see graphically!

5.  Have 10% of the knowledge of Bill Pekala about Nikon, Nikons, and the photo industry!

6.  Find some chocolate that has 0 points on weight Watchers!!!


Have a great weekend!


In Him,


the pilgrim


P.S.   If you have enjoyed the aviation stuff this week, you need to get the incredible new iPad app from Moose Peterson called Taking Flight!  It is exceptionally well done, way to go Moose!

3 years, 8 months ago 2

This morning I found myself back in the vintage area wondering what on earth I was going to photograph after two straight days in the same spot.  I decided to go for details and more specific, gradation, the transition of tones.  One of the outstanding qualities of the D800 and, I imagine it will also be true of, the D600 as well  The smoothness is simply lovely!  I have to say that the D800 has made this kind of work a real pleasure, and I am pretty sure that I’m going to feel the same about the 24 mega pixel D600!!  Enjoy and God Bless!



After the great time I’ve had shooting with Bill Pekala, I felt this had to be the final shot for today!  Thank you Father for such a great life and such a wonderful group of friends!  Miss you Sherelene!!!!  And as always, check out Bill’s work from today, link above right!



the pilgrim

3 years, 8 months ago 8

The much rumored Nikon D600 is finally a reality and a good reality at that.  Keep in mind that only a few years ago a 24 mega pixel DSLR was $8,000.!!!  If the developments that have allowed the D3200, D800 and D4 are incorporated here, and I’m sure they will be, this is going to be a groundbreaking DSLR!   I expect to have mine next week and I will do a thorough test and share my thoughts with you. For now I am very impressed with the decisions we made on this camera!  It is not a stripped down model and includes most of the major feature that I love the most about the D800.  I see it as a great camera for anyone that does not need the 36 mega pixels of a D800 or the speed and ruggedness of a D4.  With a magnesium frame (top, and back), it should hold up to good steady use.  The shutter is a Kevlar blade model that has proven to have great performance as well in previous camera.


I can’t really say more now until I shoot it, but dont be shocked if I don’t have glowing comments then!!


the pilgrim


the pilgrin

3 years, 8 months ago 11



You get up every morning, as a photographer, with the hope and prayer that today will be that day!  The day when everything works in your favor to get the shots you want to make. This morning was that day for me as an airplane photographer!  It was the perfect storm of circumstances, Great light, wonderful clouds, perfect conditions, and fantastic subjects! I might add to that list great company!   It was a chilly 42 degrees and most of the antique planes had arrived.  We got on the tarmac just in time to see the sun light up the clouds and then rise casting more special light in our subjects.  Bill Pekala, Mark Kettenhofen, Moose Peterson and his sons Jake and Brent were among those of us that enjoyed this wonderful morning.  I got the chance to work color, shape, line, form, and light with some really beautiful antique aircraft.  I did HDR on some, used a single frame out of the HDR series for others, and then converted some to Black and White.  I hope you enjoy them!


And of course I promised color for color sake?  How about this Rainbow Ford Tri-Motor below??!!


So in summation; wonderful morning, I’m pleased with the results, may have been my best morning of static shooting at Reno in 6 years of coming here!


Now a moment of praise;  God has so richly blessed be with great friends and memorable events.  I truly love the folks here at Reno and since I asked you to pray for us in response to emotional recovery form last years tragic evens, I just wanted you to know your prayers are being answered!!  Everyone seems to be doing well, and we have been blessed, so far, with a safe event.  I know God has a plan and He is working that plan out in our lives.  For my buddies of the His Light workshops both team and friends, I’m getting very excited about November, I truly feel some epic things are going to happen, I just sense a real move of the spirit on our time out west together!!!  If I sound giddy, it’s just how things get when God’s perfect will for my life, is coming together!


A very excited,




P.S.  Bill Pekala has done it again, check out his stunning work at his link which is above, right!!