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3 years, 1 month ago 2

 

One of my favorite self-assignments in to look for color as a subject, or as I call it, color for color sake.  It can be anything as long as the color works, subtle color, or knock your socks off color, odd color combinations, or complimentary color, but color!  I’ve found that it helps me stay on top of my game to make myself go out and search for things I would not normally look for, and the color assignment is a good one. After you get pretty good at this, start assigning yourself just a specific color like Red.  You will surprised at how much it helps your visual acuity.  Developing a good since of visual awareness is one of he major keys to becoming the photographer you’ve always wanted to be!

 

In a couple of hours I’m headed over to the Super Dome for tonight’s Sugar Bowl, I’m assigning myself a color assignment, so tomorrow we will see how I did, extra pressure!!!  I love it!

 

Thanks Father for a great job, and an adventurous life!

 

the pilgrim

 

*Note:  All of  these images ere made at Old Car City in White GA, a great place to color hunt!  Can’t wait to shoot it with our group in March!

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 years, 1 month ago 2

 

All I have to do is get on and airplane and fly south during the winter and a snow storm arrives back home by the time I can check in my hotel!!!!   It seems as long as I’m home to help roads are fine, weather is tolerable, but when I get to a great winter weather location my wife is getting attacked back home!   So it was last night!  I went up to the French Quarter and enjoyed a nice walk around in very reasonable temps, high 50′s, got to the room and got a call from Sherelene, she was stuck on I-75 trying to get home when an 18 wheeler jack knifed and blocked the road for 3 hours in a driving ice and snow storm!   I was thankful that she had a full tank of gas and a good heater.

 

So what does this have to do with my Lord and Savior?   Actually quite a lot!  Last night when Sherelene called, I was over 700 miles from home, there wasn’t a thing I could do but pray.  Isn’t it funny that we say things like that, “all I could do was pray”,  like prayer is a weak response to a situation.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  Let’s do a quick spiritual inventory.  We serve the Living God, the King of all Kings, the Lord of all Lords, the single most powerful force in all existence anywhere in the Universe and all the universes we don’t even know about!!!  He made the earth we stand on, the stars and planets we see in the night sky.  He speaks and it happens.  He can command anything and it will be accomplished in the flash of lightning.  Now the most incredible thing is that He loves us more than anything else He created.  When we were lost in sin and doomed to die, He sent His “only” Son to die for us, and take the blame for our collective sins.  He loves us that much,  Scripture says that when a single sparrow falls to the ground  he knows, an that he knows every hair on our head.  So concerned he is about our welfare.   Knowing that He is all powerful, all present, in our lives, and always “listening”!!!   Yes, THE magnificent powerful Deity is listening to hear from you!  When I asked him to be with Sherelene and to protect her from harm, and get her home safely, it was immediately done.

 

I don’t know exactly how He did it, I would like to believe that even before I asked, He,  knowing and loving Sherelene,  dispatched Angels to stand around all four corners of her car.  I believe they followed her until she was safely off the interstate, down the local roads, into our drive way and then in to the house.  As she went to sleep, last night in a warm, cozy bed, they were standing outside the four corners of the house standing guard over God’s child.

 

I don’t know if you have studied much about angels?  Most angels are described as feathery floating aberrations, with delicate wings.  That is not the biblical description of God’s most powerful army.  Imagine a bigger, stronger, more cape-able Thor!!  Angels are described as the second most powerful being in existence behind the Holy Triad, the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit!!!   So when you pray and God dispatches any members of His army, you’re covered my friend,

 

What a privilege to be a child of God and to have this kind of  power and protection surrounding you 24/7!  When Sherelene called and told me that she was safely home, I breathed a real sigh of relief, but then when my faith is even stronger I will be able to relax knowing that when I prayed God was already at work!!  We don’t pray to issue orders to God regarding what we want done!!!!  We pray to acknowledge that we know He is already on top of every circumstance in our lives, and we pray so we can learn more each day just how much He loves us and cares for us, and is always looking over us.

 

Today’s Prayer;  Thank you Father for watching over my family when I  am away, for always having their backs!  I’m so sorry that sometimes I loose sight of Your power and Your majesty and reduce You in my mind in to the King servant.  Thank you for reminding me that you’re always present, always fully aware, and always fully engaged in our lives.  Thank you most of all that you keep loving me when I do not show enough faith, enough awareness, and try to fix things myself without your help.   If you were human I know i would try your patience, but I’m so thankful you are the Great I Am!  I praise and Honor You Father….   Amen

 

the pilgrim

3 years, 2 months ago 2

 

I’m in New Orleans, finally.  The only thing good I can say about Delta is I did get here alive!  Every other thing that could go wrong did go wrong!  I flew Delta from the day I joined Nikon 9 years ago and for the first 7 and a half years I loved them, then they merged with Northwest and a bunch of other carriers and became the world’s largest and now, in my opinion, worst airline.  It seems that the former great airline that was always on time, always friendly and helpful has now become none of the above.  This morning our flight was delayed because two crews showed up to fly us to Atlanta, and the one crew that was supposed to fly us had not had the proper paperwork filed!  When we finally left 25 minutes late, we then had sit on the tarmac because Atlanta Air Traffic Control held up flights in bound for 20 minutes, then when we finally landed in Atlanta we were delayed for fifteen minutes waiting to get into our gate, then the pink tag bags were very late.  I ran to the train, and ran to my next gate and made it just before they closed the door.  Packed in like a sardine, I finally went from a boil to a simmer, to calm, but I had to do something in honor of their lack of performance today, so here is my newest t-shirt!

 

O.K. having vented, I did get to the hotel and picked up my credentials for the Sugar Bowl and met with Mike Anskat our Repair Technician and planned our day at the stadium, (Super Dome), for the days activities.

 

I did get out in the afternoon to pick up some supplies and shot a few images of the French Quarter.  I just carried my point and shoot and was happy with the variety of stuff I could  produce with a simple camera.  Not having to make lens decisions actually led to a much more relaxed stroll.

 

Hope you like the results.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Orleans painting on side of building.

 

 

The Hot Sauce capital of the world!

 

 

So I will rest up and post tomorrow evening after I have some Sugar Bowl stuff to share!  Thanks for the prayers, please continue, the enemy got the best o fme this morning but I recovered!

 

 

In Him,

 

the pilgrim

 

A nice sunset promises a better day tomorrow!

 

 

 

 

3 years, 2 months ago 2

 

January 1, 2012, 9:05 p.m., back in another Marriott.  Yep!  Christmas vacation is over.   I’m flying out in the morning at O”Dark Thirty for New Orleans.  I’m covering the Sugar Bowl and then later early next week the BCS Championship Bowl.  I will be in New Orleans for the next 8 days, then home for a few and right back to New Orleans for Imaging USA.  Oh well, they do send a check every two weeks.  I will try to find some interesting things to photograph over the next week to share with you!   I enjoy New Orleans and I’m sure some great subject matter will present itself.

 

I am on a more important mission though, of course there is the work to be done for Nikon, when I say covering a bowl game I mean assisting the media that is covering the game for publications.  While I often get to make some images that is not my main reason for being there, sorry to disappoint you!  The atmosphere should be exciting and I always enjoy working with the media, so all will go well!  My other mission is to serve my Heavenly Father by reaching out to everyone I come in contact with His love.  It’s amazing how many people He sends your way when you are looking for someone to serve!  Prat that He will make me able to complete His mission, an that all the glory in victory will go to Him!  I can’t tell you how excited I am to have the opportunity to do the work I do and serve the God I serve.

 

Please pray for me and all the others out there that know who they belong to, and who they serve!  The spiritual war is raging, but God is in control and He will see His plan completed!  I just pray daily that I’m a good servant and not and impediment to His plans!   I met with Jim Begley at the house this afternoon and we talked about some of the great workshops and trips planned for this year.  You should never wish a single day or moment away, but I can say I can’t wait for some of the great times that are out there in the future!

 

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and a fantastic start to your new year.  I look forward to sharing with you each day on this assignment.

 

My best,

 

the pilgrim

 

1 Corinthians 13    New Living Translation (NLT)

 

13  Love Is the Greatest

 

 1 If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. 3If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it;but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.

 4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.