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3 years, 3 months ago 2


Well Jim and I were headed to White, GA this afternoon, behaving ourselves, when he remembered a great burger he had heard about, had to check it out!  Turns out it was a great find, I would go so far as saying the best Burger I’ve had in the South!  ( I don’t consider Texas or Georgetown, Kentucky the South!)   This new restaurant in Chattanooga, called Urban Stack is a great place for a burger.  The burger was very well prepared, seasoned,and had very few faults.  I would have preferred Hellman’s Real Mayo, and the meat was patted down a little tight, but it still garnered a great score of 4.65!  That puts it in the upper 10% of all my burger experiences, and that is great territory.  Our waiter Jeremy Brewton took great care of Jim and I and the manager came over and we had a great chat about burgers, they really seemed to be trying to build a solid business!


My prediction is they will.  The place was packed and I would say in the downtown area on a Wednesday night, it’s a good indicator that others in the area, share my praise!


So, I have to say I agree with their T-shirts, “These burgers are kind of a big deal!”




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3 years, 3 months ago 5

Image by Miles Smith


Romans 12:1-5

New Living Translation (NLT)

 1 And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. 2Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.


 3 Because of the privilege and authority God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us. 4 Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, 5 so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other. 



This morning devotional from InTouch had a favorite Scripture reference for me, Romans 12:1-5 above.  It contasins one of the most valuable warnings in all scripture;   Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves.  As a photographer it’s tempting to see the result of all your hard work as more glorious than it may be.  As a way to combat that, I’ve made it a practice to pick photographers who’s work I greatly admire and look at their work as often as possible, as a reminder of how much I have to learn!  I love the work of Tony Sweet, and a friend, Myles Smith (image at the top) is very much in the mold of  Tony.  I love my teaching partner, Jim Begley’s work, and I have always loved Christopher Burkett’s incredible landscapes.  I have many other favorites but the important thing is my work is “not” my favorite.  How do you develop a healthy attitude about your own efforts?   The best key is in the scripture above, “be honest in your evaluation of yourselves….”  We all know how our work stacks up, because we have spent a lifetime comparing ourselves to others, but that is missing the point.  There is only one worthy of comparing yourself to, Jesus.  All other comparisons are meaningless.  Let’s say there are 100 top photographers in the world.  I’m not sure who made the list, and how accurate it is, but for the sake of this discussion, lets say there is such a list.  What if you are number 10 on that list.  What difference does it make?  Maybe if you are seeking endorsements or trying to make money from your craft, it has an effect, but eternally, what does it matter?  Sadly it doesn’t matter!


Working hard and becoming good at anything is laudable, but it only sets us apart , in that,  we made an effort and succeeded at a goal.   It doesn’t increase our worth.  Our worth is determined by something far greater.  Jesus died for you, that is the only validation you will ever need.  Since He died for all of us, every single one of us, that makes us equally validated.  Get the point, no need for rankings.  Sure someone will win the World Series, the NCAA Tournament, the Super Bowl, Best Actor, Best Picture, but all of those are “Man Made”  goals, not “God Made Goals!”


God has only one goal, for you to accept Him and serve Him.  He gave His only Son so that you might be a member of His family.


Be blessed,


the pilgrim


3 years, 3 months ago 9

Image by Miles Smith


I’ve spent most of Monday and today catching up from being out of my office for a week!  This afternoon I put together the show of some of the students (their actually not students, their just coming to learn more, they are pretty terrific shooters in their own right!)  Jim and I went through the last minute plans for this upcoming workshop in White, Georgia, and I have to say we looked to like first graders jumping with excitement.  So many dear friends to see again, so many new friends to make, couldn’t be better!  I imagine sometimes you guys wonder what I’m so excited about?!  The fellowship mostly but I do love to see greet images and these guys and gals often show us stuffs that will knock your socks off!  I thought I would share a few of the many images sent to me for the show, all were great, but these were some that really caught my eye!


Over the next few days I will try to post, but it’s hard when doing a workshoop, but I will do my best!  For tonight I just want to thank God for this great opportunity to spend quality time with great people!  Come join us one of these days!


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Image by Kent Ervin


Image by Raymond Jabola


Image by Joe Tucker


Image by Carl Turner


Image by Jim Haverstock


Image by Lynn Rogers



Now you can see why we are pumped!!!!!!

3 years, 4 months ago 10


Sherelene and I had wonderful trip last week, honestly we slept a ton!  I didn’t realize how much I needed the rest!  My Nikon job is brutal in terms of travel, and this year started out, and has stayed very busy.  I am thankful to have gotten this time with Sherelene and to just get my feet back under me.  If you have been following the blog, you know I didn’t do a lot of serious photography, mostly just fun stuff around where we stayed.  I did get a chance to play a little more with a neat app for the iPhone called Simply HDR, a very cool way to do HDR in a very simple way.  I also have been spending a lot of time praying about the upcoming workshop!  I have some great friends coming and some new folks I know we will really enjoy meeting.  I have been feeling a great deal of anticipation about this workshop for months, God has really been up to some amazing things in my life,and I just know He has some wonderful things in store for us!  Please continue to pray for that group, I will share the exciting results right here, after the event.


Last week i shared about a number of things I’m thankful for, may I add one more?  You!  Doing this blog has been a great adventure for me, and God  has used it to richly bless my life.  I would write it even if no one ever read it, but it is great knowing you guys are dropping in from time to time and letting me share what God has placed on my heart with you, if you’ve been blessed  one tenth as much as I have, it’s been good for you!  Thanks again for your coming here to visit with me!


In Him,


the pilgrim


Couple of other Simply HDR shots I liked from St Thomas!