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3 years, 10 months 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

3 years, 10 months ago 0

 

I’m working today, (Saturday),  and so is Sherelene,  so I’m blogging!  Thought I might share a few random thoughts from the week with you.  Most of these are things that came out of a question I was asked or a situation I found myself in, so here goes:

 

Dealing with other people’s view of the world.  In my profession I deal with, and attempt to assist, a great number of people, and many are miles apart from my philosophy of life.  I don’t let that affect how I try to deal with them professionally!  However, I over heard a conversation recently between two photographers discussing news agencies.  One of the photographers was complaining bitterly about how dishonest a particular news network was.  They had a very strong opinion about how terrible this news provider was.  What shocked me was when they started naming TV anchors and program hosts that they felt were the most egregious, everyone of the ones they despised, are the few I really trust.  Now I’m sure they believe they are right, and I’m even more sure they are dead wrong.  As a Christian how do I deal with people that believe things that are diametrically opposed to my strongly held beliefs?  If someone says I’m Pro Choice am I to say that’s cool, I certainly wouldn’t want to offend you!!??  To me, if you are Pro Life it is a very strong stand that has a very narrow set of paramiters.  How can you slide around something like that and look yourself in the mirror. Let’s go back to “What did Jesus do?”   Jesus was loving and kind, but he set down standards and did not waver on them.  I think it is critical today to know what you believe in and stand firm on it.  I’m not suggesting you should offend others or make judgements about them, but I think if you believe something strongly, you must stand firmly, otherwise, you don’t really believe in anything…….

 

Is honesty always the best policy?  Absolutely!  I work as a tech rep and I am often asked to help photographers make buying decisions.  If I was ever dishonest just to affect a sale, I would never be trusted again and would be of little use to my company.  I sometimes have to give advise that may not make my company the most money, but  then in the long run it probably will make them even more, because the customer feels confident that I won’t mislead them, leading them to be much more prone to buy and use my companies products.  My dear friend, Scott Kelby has a great tag line, “You never make a mistake by doing the right thing….”

 

Does everyone need a small pocket camera?  I sure do!  I find myself very often in a photographic situation that does not allow getting out a big DSLR to capture the moment, in those times I love my Nikon 1, or P7100, or P300, yes I use them all for different things.  The quality of point and shoot cameras have improved greatly in the last few years and these little cameras can make images that favorably compare to your expensive DSLR.

 

How did my shoulder bag experiment work out in New England?  Not so hot.  Mostly because of my previous shoulder surgery and second shoulder that is not doing as well as it did in my thirties!  The bag is well made and it held everything I need but my rounding shoulders just couldn’t keep the weight in place.  I will probably go back to the backpack and the real trick will be not to overload it.  When you find a little empty space, you naturally think of one more thing you would like to have with you, the penalty is weight!

 

Dates and details on 2012 workshops?  Hopefully soon!!!!  I need to see what my Nikon schedule looks like and some  other things, but I hope to have dates and details before the Hoilidays.

 

Comments section!#%$%#@$#^?  I’ve gotten a lot of emails from friends saying how much they are enjoying the new website, but how frustrated they are with comments not appearing like they did on the old Pilgrim’s Chronicles site.  Trust me, we are working on that and hope top have it working very soon.  Word Press which is the program used to produce the website is a lot more difficult to navigate than iWeb (which is going away) that’s why among other reasons we moved to here.  I promise you will be right back where we were on comments soon!!!

 

Have a blessed weekend,

 

the pilgrim

 

 

3 years, 10 months ago 0

When I look through a camera, focused on a tiny subject, covered with droplets of water, I’m awe struck!  With all the man made objects, nothing is so elegantly simple, and beautiful, to me, as rain or dew drops on a flower or leaf.  I’m reminded of just how precise God has made His world and how much beauty He has delivered to us in it.  I enjoy so much just looking around closely at these beautiful little intimate scenes.  It’s amazing how much we miss as we rush through out lives.

 

Even more incredible is that the God that made the Universe and all the microscopic parts of it, made us, and loves us more than all the rest of His Creation!  To know that He cares about your worries and your concerns, your safety and your success.   To know that He is aware of your every thought, your every dream, and fear.   Even more remarkable is that He doesn’t just know, He deeply cares.  He wants you to have the very best life can offer, life abundant as Jesus described it.  Not just enough, not the bare necessities, but all the best things He can offer;  love, security, grace, forgiveness, patience, hope, your needs and your desires, everything……

 

Why does He love us so much?  He said, in His word, that He made us to fellowship with, that He desires for us to know Him and talk to Him.  Imagine the Creator of the Universe wants to know you and wants you to know Him.  For me the greatest mystery of all is that He knows everything about me, and still loves me.  Only my loving Heavenly Father could do that…….

 

Be blessed,

 

the pilgrim

 

*Photo Note:   D7000, 85mm Micro Nikkor f 3.5 VR lens.

3 years, 10 months ago 4

Over the last few days I’ve received a half dozen emails from people that attended the New England Tour.  Almost all of them have expressed the same points; they had a great time, learned a lot, made some wonderful images, but most of all were blessed spiritually.  As Col. Hannibal Smith of the A Team used to say, “I love when a  plan comes together….”  My desire for His Light Workshops was that people would come to find great fellowship, great teaching, wonderful locations, and most of all,  to be guided into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ,  and their fellow photographers.  As I expressed in yesterday’s blog entry, one of the greatest joys for me as a workshop leader has been the great fellowship with my co-conspirators in these tours and workshops.   With the divine intervention of God, the plan has truly come together!

 

A few years ago, as I started to think about retiring some day, I wondered what I would do when I could set my own schedule.  I didn’t want to go sit on the porch and read a good book, though short stints of that seems like a pretty good idea, no I wanted to stay active.   But active at what? Well, I’ve been a photographer my whole life and I am more excited about it than ever, so I certainly wanted to continue to do that.  More importantly, in the last dozens years I’ve been drawn closer than ever to my Saviour.  I’ve experienced an intense urging from God to serve Him more faithfully, to follow His lead with more discipline.  I’ve been called to Obedience.  In the time that I have dedicated myself to rely on His strength, to answer His call, and  I’ve had the greatest peace and joy of my entire life.  I have been more blessed than I ever thought imaginable!   The wonderful people that have come into my life have brought me great strength and companionship.

 

I’m often asked by people that have wandered onto the Pilgrim’s Chronicles, “How do you live like a Christian and find this joy!!??”  My answer is simple;

 

1.  Know that God is real, that He knows  you intimately and loves you more deeply than you could ever understand.

 

2.  Know that He loves you so much that He sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross to pay the price of your sins.  Because of this ultimate act of love you can now be free from any penalty by accepting His free gift of forgiveness.

 

3.  Once you have accepted forgiveness, you can live a life free of guilt and condemnation, and you can enjoy the indescribable benefits of being a child of God.   Peace, Joy, Forgiveness, Grace, Comfort, and Fellowship.

 

4.  Having received such a rich inheritance, you can now love others with Christ’s love and lead them to the same wonderful life you’ve found  in Him!

 

Why would someone step out into the public light and share this kind of information?  I there risk in being so open?  Regardless of any risk I cannot hide the Light of the World under a basket.  This is the Good News of Jesus Christ, and it cannot be hidden from view.  His light streaks through all efforts to hide it!  I not only would not try to keep it to myself, I couldn’t.  How great is my love for Jesus?  He took away all that was terrible about me, and replaced it with His Love, and Grace, I would never go back to the life I knew before.  For the rest of the time He gives me here on earth, I will try to love others with His love, and  urge them to come to know Him and accept Him!  Is their a risk?  Yes, I would be eternally ashamed of myself if I failed to share His Good News………

 

the pilgrim