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3 years ago 6

 

Have you ever stuck your toe in the water and wasn’t sure if you wanted to get in?  What did you do?  I’ll bet a few times you just took a giant leap! Well this is my first night in New York, and the way I deal with the onslaught of so many folks is just go out to Times Square and dive in with the rest, and just walk around.  Carrying a camera is a must, tonight I used the P7100 which fit in my jacket pocket and just enjoyed some street shooting.  This is New York so don’t be shocked, trust me I am not showing you some of what I could have shot and didn’t.

 

It’s a lot like an article I read in U.S.A. Today on the plane flying up.  It was about the newly released book on the late Steve Jobs. The book is a very close look at the man, the myth, and the legend, and he was all the above.  He was a visionary of what people wanted in their technology and saw things we didn’t even know we needed, no question he was brilliant.  He was also extremely eccentric.  After reading the article I feel two things; I’m amazed at how much he accomplished in his field, and I feel extremely sorry for him.  With all he did, and amassed, he missed the centrally most important thing in life, a fundamental acceptance of faith as the central point of life.  In one of his last interviews he said, “The juice goes out of Christianity when it becomes too based on faith rather than on living like Jesus or seeing the world as Jesus saw it.  I think different religions are different doors to the same house.  Sometimes, I think the house exists, and sometimes, I don’t.  It’s a great mystery.”  I pray that Steve decided he did believe and did something about it before he lost his earthly life to cancer.  He was right about the focus needing to be on Jesus, I just wish he had stayed with that central truth.

 

I’m not judging Steve Jobs, I love him, I love what he did for us, and I want him to have what he deserves, and I hope that is eternity in that house he wasn’t sure of in the interview.  When I was a younger man I was so dedicated to my profession that I didn’t spend the quality time with my children that I should have and now I wish so much that I had.  Thank God I woke up in time to have many quality years with them and come to be a better father and later a good friend with Scott, Wesley, and Catherine.  Steve said in this book that he agreed to the  40 interviews, something he had never done, because he wanted his children to understand why he was absent so often.  I don’t want my life to end with the need for a book to do that.  Forgive me, but no matter what you accomplish in life, if it takes away from that fundamental duty, one that can’t be set aside, no matter how gifted you are, or how much you are accomplishing, you’ve missed the most important thing!  I can say that from the perspective of a man that did make that mistake, and saw how much damage it was going to cause.

 

Once again I’m not judging Steve Jobs, I’m just saying that some things in life are more important than Macs, iPods, iPhones, and iPads. Being a husband, father, friend, and a man with a handle on Who God is, and why Faith in Him is a vital matter.  I never met Steve Jobs, but if I had and he would have given me the opportunity, I would have told him this, “Steve, you’ve accomplished so much, I know you are pleased with what you’ve done, and you should be!  I want you to have the joy that you’ve brought to so many others, and peace and security too! Not the security that comes from money but the security from knowing He loves you and will never leave you!”

 

In the story it said that Steve’s father put him up for adoption, the life long pain of that must have been terrible, so much so that he never had a relationship with his birth father again.  His heavenly father never abandoned him though and was waiting for him until the very end, I pray they made amends………..

 

the pilgrim

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 years ago 3

 

Every journey starts with a few things, book a flight, or study the map.   Pack your bags, and leave the house.  Steps one and two done, now just the flight to New York!   There is a more important preparation for a journey,  ask why are you going?   As you know,  I bared my soul yesterday about all the reason I would love to spend this week somewhere well south of New York City.  Let take another moment to tell you why I’m glad to be going there.  A lot of people will be coming to the Nikon booth, they will be coming to get answers, to seek advice, and learn something they really want to know.   My job, what I’m paid to do, is answer that call.  I’m armed with great training, and years of study, and I love being one of the people that gets to help those people.  Is everyone pleasant, nope, is everyone appreciative, sorry no again, but that doesn’t matter, everyone that steps to my spot at the counter is going to get my best!

 

That brings me to the point of tonight’s entry, giving your best.  I’ve had the immense pleasure and honor of learning from one of the very best people at doing that, I’ve ever known.  My bride, Sherelene is the consummate professional, she doesn’t know how to give anything less than 110%, as a wife, mother, grandmother, nurse practitioner and servant of God.  I think I have an incredible motor for a man my age, but my ability to keep driving with full intensity, pales in comparison to Sherelene.  Effort alone is not enough, heart and commitment are the finishers.  It’s not what you do, but why you do it.  I give my all because I’m doing it as unto Christ, and I’ve had a great teacher in her!  Thanks Sherelene, I’m learning, but will never catch up with you, but then being number two behind you, is not bad at all!

 

Goodnight sweetheart,

 

Bill

3 years ago 0

 

I have written often about how handy the compact cameras are when you simply don’t want to be burdened with a big DSLR.  For the trip to New York this week, I hope to shoot some great images, so I thought, what a great place for a test of two great compacts; the P7100 (the new updated version of the killer P7000), and the new nifty and stylish Nikon 1.  On the Nikon 1 I will use the beautiful and compact 10mm (equivalent to 27mm) f 2.8 lens, its super sharp and the speed will allow some great available light situations.   The P7000 proved itself out west in 2010 and the new model has many great improvements so I’m anxious to try it out in a urban environment.  With the P7100′s 28-200 zoom it contains a complete lens system right in the camera!  Since both cameras shoot High Definition video (P7100 720P and the Nikon 1 1080P) I hope to also record some video segments.  To further make the test interesting I will forgo any kind of tripod and shoot everything hand-held, which should be greatly aided by the Vibration Reduction system built into both cameras.

 

I will post images from the show and “the city” each evening in the Pilgrim’s Chronicles blog.  If I have technical things to share I may post some work and info here in the Learning Center as well.

 

the pilgrim

 

End of trip, and test thoughts:

 

This is a very tough decision and I can’ actually declare an overall winner, both cameras excel at certain things.  For me I would lean to the P7100 simply because it’s included, built in, 28-200 covers so much range!  The Nikon 1 has lenses that will allow you to have even more range, but with them attached the camera is no longer compact.  For video and high speed shooting the Nikon 1 is the hands down winner.  For low light it also edges out the P7100 with the virtue of a larger sensor.   If you attach just the 10mm pancake type lens it is a joy to carry and use, until you need something longer than 27mms, then you long for one of the longer zooms or the P7100.   The cool white Nikon 1 makes a lot more of a fashion statement for sure.  Since I’ve spent very little time on the fashion show runway, that is not as important to me, but to some it is!!!

 

The bottom line is that these are both very capable cameras for travel and use when carrying a full size DSLR is just not  convenient.  For travelers that is lots of times.  Just to muddy the water even more, the P300 should have been included as it is a great camera when small is the key thing, and it’s 24mm wide end of it’s zoom is very nice when space gets tight.  If I am very, very concerned about getting killer images, I will have at least a small DSLR (D7000) and a couple of lenses.  I could travel with just the 12-24 and the 24-120 for the D7000 and do just about anything!!  Add a 77mm diopter for the 24-120 and a 70-300 VR and  I’m ready for anything, but then that won’t fit in your jacket pocket!!!!!!!!

 

So it’s time to go home, and maybe it’s a good thing!!      *See below

 

 

 

 

3 years ago 0

I’m posting my Monday blog today so I can travel tomorrow to New York for Photo Plus.  I don’t like New York, let me rephrase that, I hate New York.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure there are lots of reasons to be a New York lover, but I’m a mountain boy and my idea of crowd is waiting in a line of six to buy a movie ticket in Corbin!  One of the assignments that a tech rep can’t get out of is working the big Photo Show in New York each late October.  So I’ll be there, even if I would rather be anywhere else.

 

I enjoy seeing my team, some of whom I seldom see accept at these big shows.   I’ve had more than few good meals there, and I do enjoy taking in a Broadway play one evening.  So o.k. maybe I just don’t love New York, maybe hate is a strong word.  So what are my plans for this required trip.  Well, (1) I hope to make a few interesting images to share in posts this week with you. (By-the-way), I will likely post in the evenings each day, just so you know I haven’t skipped a post.  (2)  I also look forward to visiting with many friends that work for other companies in the photo industry, always a great pleasure.  (3)  I’m looking forward to another  RAK Attack!!!!   RAK is Random Acts of Kindness.  I try to do something really fun every time I am in “the City”,  I am nice to people, strike up conversations, make compliments, simply try to share God’s love with everyone I meet, even if it is only a nod and a smile!  It amazes me how many people respond very positively to just a small act of kindness.  It doesn’t happen near often enough there!

 

Here is the deal, life is not about me.  It’s not about my comfort, my satisfaction, or my being where I would prefer to be.  It’s about knowing that God has a plan and His plan sometimes includes Him placing me somewhere I’m not comfortable, or some place I can’t leave fast enough.  I once said that one of  the most beautiful things I ever saw was New York in my rear view mirror, that’s not completely true.  No, one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen is the twinkle in someone’s eyes,  that knows you care, and didn’t expect it……….

 

the pilgrim