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1 year, 2 months ago 4
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I often watch a film I missed in the theaters when working in my office, this one I had to stop working, make it full screen and watch it intently!  I highly recommend this film, I’m a big fan of Kevin Sorbo’s work, and this is one of  his best!




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1 year, 2 months ago 0
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Sadly, the The Great Smoky Mountains Photography Summit will not be held in the fall of 2018.  The Tremont Lodge is in the process of changing ownership, and it was not possible to seure another location that could accommodate our usual group of 100 to 200 attendees.


Since Jack and I run our own workshops in the Great Smokies in this time frame each year and the week of October 31st to November 4th is open, Jack Graham and I will offer an opprotunity for a limited number of photographers to still join us during this time!  If the Summit returns, and I’m sure it will,  those dates will be available next year for that event to return!!!!  This is a special, one time event!


IMPORTANT:  We will be using the Highland Mannor Inn and their meeting room though nice will only accomodate around 30 people. Registration will be very limited!!!!  I you would like to join Jack and I and another soon to be announced great instructor contact Jack at out Fujifilm Summit website for all the details:


Dates:  October 31st to November 4th




So how would this differ from the Smoky Mountain Summits?  First smaller numbers means more personal attention, more meals and gatherings with everyone included.  Jack’s and my Workshops include intensive critque sessions and more time in the field working side by side with our groups.  Though this is a Fujifilm Summit, shooters of all brands are welcome and will benefit, and if you’re curious about the Fuji System this is a gerat place to get hands on experience with their gear, and we plan to have Fujifilm cameeras and lenses to loan to participants who wish to check them out!



So,, if you are having withdawl with no Summit this year, please consider coming and spending a few days with some old friends and we can enjoy the Smokies together until we get the Summit back up and running hopefully in 2019!


Please remember this is limited to 30 people on a first come – first serve basis!

The Higland Manner Inn has offered a very good $109. rate and gets a 4.5 rating from Trip Advisor!  Their Website:


The registration fee for the Fujifilm Summit is $699.


Contact Jack and register ASAP, please be with us for this great time in the Smokies!!!




the pilgrim


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1 year, 2 months ago 12
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Jack Graham sent me this document thought you might enjoy it!


Stereotypes and Biased Language – Purdue University



This handout will cover some of the major issues with appropriate language use: levels of language formality, deceitful language and euphemisms, slang and idiomatic expressions; using group-specific jargon; and biased/stereotypical language.


Contributors:Dana Lynn Driscoll, Allen Brizee
Last Edited: 2018-02-14 03:13:17


Avoid using language that is stereotypical or biased in any way. Biased language frequently occurs with gender, but can also offend groups of people based on sexual orientation, ethnicity, political interest, or race.


Stereotyped Language


Stereotyped language is any that assumes a stereotype about a group of people. For example, don’t assume a common stereotype about blonde women:

Incorrect: Although she was blonde, Mary was still intelligent.
Revised: Mary was intelligent.

Non-Sexist language

Writing in a non-sexist, non-biased way is both ethically sound and effective. Non-sexist writing is necessary for most audiences; if you write in a sexist manner and alienate much of your audience from your discussion, your writing will be much less effective.

The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) suggests the following guidelines:


Generic Use


Although MAN in its original sense carried the dual meaning of adult human and adult male, its meaning has come to be so closely identified with adult male that the generic use of MAN and other words with masculine markers should be avoided.


  • Original: mankind
  • Alternatives: humanity, people, human beings
  • Original: man’s achievements
  • Alternative: human achievements
  • Original: man-made
  • Alternatives: synthetic, manufactured, machine-made
  • Original: the common man
  • Alternatives: the average person, ordinary people
  • Original: man the stockroom
  • Alternative: staff the stockroom
  • Original: nine man-hours
  • Alternative: nine staff-hours



Avoid the use of MAN in occupational terms when persons holding the job could be either male or female.


  • Original: chairman
  • Alternatives: coordinator (of a committee or department), moderator (of a meeting), presiding officer, head, chair
  • Original: businessman
  • Alternatives: business executive, business person
  • Original: fireman
  • Alternative: firefighter
  • Original: mailman
  • Alternative: mail carrier
  • Original: steward and stewardess
  • Alternative: flight attendant
  • Original: policeman and policewoman
  • Alternative: police officer
  • Original: congressman
  • Alternative: congressional representative

Historically, some jobs have been dominated by one gender or the other. This has lead to the tendency for a person of the opposite gender to be “marked” by adding a reference to gender. You should avoid marking the gender in this fashion in your writing.


  • Original: male nurse
  • Alternative: nurse
  • Original: woman doctor
  • Alternative: doctor



My letter in response to Allen Brizee one of it’s authors:


Dear Professor Brizee,


I read with great interest the new Purdue University Guidelines regarding Stereotypes and Biased Language.


I must say that even if you’re blond this was a very intelligent approach to a serious cultural problem deeply and negatively affecting the daily lives of millions of Americans!


Your work on this is a great benefit to mankind, and one of man’s greatest achievements!  The common man owe’s  you a sincere debt of gratitude!


I have no idea how many man hours this took, but it was sure worth it, far more value to mankind than manning the  stockroom!


I will not be surprised when I learn you are the new Chairman of your department!  When and if you decide to leave academia you would make a wonderful businessman!


Your courage would serve you well as a fireman or policeman as well!


I think you are too manly to ever become a steward for a airline.


Who knows you might some day serve as a congressman!!!


In closing, as I face the daily challenges in American culture, it is comforting to know that someone is looking into the truly critical and pressing needs of mankind!  A big Atta Boy, Professor!!!




a common man

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FIRST:  Fujifilm has relased the new X-H1. I don’t have one on order, not sure if I will later, either.  I want to share some thoughts, and I will not be doing a review since I’ve only held one for a few hours, and then had to return it. There are a ton of video reviews on Youtube and lots of very useful information in them.  Instead I would like to answer, as best I can, the questions I asked myself and I bet many of you have asked yourselves as well;  “Do I need to buy this camera body?  Does it replace my X-T1 or 2 or X PRO 2???”


Let’s start by thanking Fujifilm for continuing to grow the X Sereis line and bringing us ever newer technology and products.  The recently released X-E3 seems to be loved by those that have bought it, it’s nice and compact and fully capable of making the same great images we have been making with the X-T2 and PRO 2.  Great to have choices!


Why the X-H1?  Several reasons.  Fujifilm has been criticized for not adding IBIS to any of their bodies, and their competitors are all jumping on that bandwagon, and beating their drums loudly!  To stay competitive Fujifilm had to follow suit, and they have!  The 5 Axis IBIS in the X-H1 works incrediby well, and if you shoot available light with any of the Fujifilm lenses that do not already have Optical Image Stabilization, then this will certianly make those lenses better for shooting in low light or with slower shutter speeds!  Next Fujifilm was still a little behind the ball on video.  If you’re a video producer, you now have a Fujifilm camera capable of shooting with any of the competition, it is a terriffic video capable camera!


Fujifilm wants to play in the sports and photojournalism arenas and this camera is rugged enough and has all the right features to play in that field.  It’s quieter than almost anyone’s camera and the shutter release reaches a new standard of softness and precision, all good things!


So to answer the original question; if you need these features or want these features, I would add it to my stable of camera bodies, if you don’t then I think you could live without it!  For now I can live without it.  Anyway Jack is getting one and I can figure out how much I do or don’t want one by watching him use his!



I juat got back this past weekend from one of the very best conferences out there, the Southwestern Photojournalism Conference.  It’s a gathering of fellow photographers from many fields but all closely tied to photojournalism who all believe that photography is a calling and we can spread God’s love through our profession!  You won’t meet a nicer group of people, and the men and women who run it are great freinds who I have known for many years, it will be back in Nashville next year and I hope you will consider coming!  I will alert you to the dates here!



I just took my drone flying to the next level!!!  I picked up DJI’s Googles for flying the drone as if you were actually “in the” drone.  It is just like going back to my ultralight flying days except I’m not risking my life!!!!  it is a great way to get the sensation of flying while sitting in a camp chair, safelty on the ground!!!!!



Please let me encourage you to pray for our country and our leaders, we are at an all time high of animus and bitterness in Washington, and it’s we the people that suffer when our leaders are more intersted in gaining power than serving the American people, please pray for revival among our leaders!  Only God can heal our land!


In a text today from Ricky Skaggs, he said it best, on the loss of Billy Graham;

“He’s not dead, his address just changed!”




the pilgrim