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3 years, 8 months ago 0

Sorry to have missed yesterday, but I was on a top secret mission and did not allow myself any
communications with the outside world. Actually I speak this weekend both Saturday and Sunday at Grandfather Mountain and I decided to take some of Friday off to relax before working all weekend. Sherelene was off this weekend so we slipped away for a rare day and evening together. Since my Nikon business, except for travel, did not start until Saturday, I used some Marriott points and got us a room at the Grand Bohemian Hotel (now associated with Marriott) in Asheville, NC. Sherelene wanted to surprise me and took me out to dinner at place I’ve want to have a meal for a long time.

The hotel was astounding, the
restaurant a real treat, but most
of all a evening with my beaut-
iful bride was best of all.

A message to all husbands; take
a little time and turn off the
phone and computer and “invest”
some time with the girl you
married. Take the time to do
all the things the daily grind
takes away from you.

Our meal was not expensive,
but the time catching up was
invaluable. Sherelene knows
what a big Sinatra fan I am,
not so much the man as his
incredible voice. She was so
sweet to think of taking me to
this place. It was decorated
with vintage memorabilia from
the Sinatra era. When I was
21 and a senior in college my
brother Homer and I went to
Florida for spring break and
did the unconventional thing
of snorkeling, and road tripping
all the way down into the Keys.

On our return home we found
out that Frank Sinatra, the man
himself, was performing at the
Fontainebleau hotel in Miami.
We were shocked, but were able
to get tickets for the dinner show
and went to see him. It was then
and still is the most astounding
stage show I’ve ever experienced
and I’ve seen a lot of concerts
and performances. Sinatra had
unbelievable control over an
audience. He was 50 at the time
and right in his prime as a singer.
Homer and I had a great time
and even bumped into, literally, Connie Francis on our way out into the warm Miami evening. As magical as that evening was, last night and yesterday were even more special. What a pleasure to spend quality time with the women you said you would gladly spend the rest of your life with
42 years ago…….

Ephesians 5:25
25 For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her.
Take a moment this weekend and tell you wife you would marry her again, in a heartbeat…..


the pilgrim

*Photo Notes: All images with my iPhone.

* And yes the burger: It was great, actually I’d give it a 4.4 on my 5 pickle scale, not Fava’s or Milt’s
but a really good burger none the less. A tenth or two of those points might have been because of my companion…..

3 years, 8 months ago 1

I know, that was terrible, by now you know how corny I am. I was thinking this morning after reading the morning devotional that Noah, had a real problem. God told him He was going to destroy the world by flood and he was to build a boat, a really big boat and put two of every animal and bird on board and wait for the rain to come. There is a thousand reasons why Noah could have said no, but he didn’t. He could not “dodge” a direct order from God.

We do everyday. God urges us through His Holy Spirit to do something, say something, refrain
form doing or saying something and yet, we dodge the request. Think how bad it would have turned out for Noah if he had said, “no”. Believe it or not we do great damage to ourselves when we say no to God. God does not give us direction because He has nothing better to do with His time. Every urging from God is to help us, protect us, bring us closer to Him. No one would argue with any of those results, yet, how often to we avoid His direct instructions?

Listening for God’s voice is essential, but even more important is heading His directions. Just thank Him everyday that He hasn’t asked you to build a boat……..

In Him,

the pilgrim

*Photo Note: Nikon Coolpix P300, ISO 160, processed with NIK Color Efex Pro 3.0 Cross Processing.

3 years, 8 months ago 2

I’ve been working the last couple of days on a series of programs I will be presenting about six times before the end of the year. The major program, which is also the title of my next Kelby Training class is, “Learning to See Photographically”. This is the class I’ve been preparing to do for many, many years. Virtually everything I’ve learned has gone into developing this program. As I was working on the presentation, and reviewing images to share as part of the class I found something that fits in perfectly, but is short enough to share with you right here. Years ago the GAPW had a series of plastic cards made that were called the John Shaw’s Pocket Field Guide. It was a gift to all the folks attending our workshops and was filled with useful information for working in the field. John and I planned what material to include and it was a big hit. No card was more important that the one titled, “Designing Your Photograph…” This 11 step card really got down to the nuts and bolts of making a good image. Here is the list:

1. A good photograph is a synthesis of many decisions that work together in unison.
2. Composition is the art of imposing order and structure on the random natural world.
3. The starting point is to choose a subject, simplify, simplify, simplify.
4. Look around the viewfinder and carefully identify and eliminate any elements that
are not supporting your intended subject.
1. Ask the question, “What is this a photograph of?”
2. Think of the elements in your photograph as graphic elements thus; Photo-Graphics.
3. Use foreground objects carefully positioning to give a sense of depth.
4. Be aware of and use to full advantage C or S curves that appear in the scene.
5. Study the composition and determine if the Horizontal or Vertical format best
handles the subject.
1. Take advantage of Aerial perspective to show depth.
2. Avoid white skies and keep your horizon level…..

Today this list is just as meaningful in making a great image as it was 20 years ago. I hope I get to see many of you that read the blog at some of those programs this year. Just putting the program together has made me a lot more excited about our craft.

Be blessed,

the pilgrim

*Photo Note: D2x with the 80-200 lens.

3 years, 8 months ago 0

I am innocent, I was just taking the laundry into town and to the post office to mail some letters. I noticed out of the corner of my eye that the sun was streaking through a field of tall grass covered with beautiful dew. I love August, the hot days and cool nights and the magic happens. I’ve seen
beautiful pearls, but none as beautiful as these creations of God. I used to love close-up photography until I met and got to be friends with John Shaw and Cliff Zenor, they were so ridiculously good that I stuck to things I knew how to do well. Later I decided what the heck, I’m not the best I’ve ever seen at anything, so why not have fun with close-ups. Since then I’ve become more and more intrigued with seeing things in this exciting new way.

Vision comes with a relaxed
heart. Being calm, feeling
confident, leads to clearer vision
and tighter perspective. It’s not
a technique, it’s the certainty of
knowing that you do not have
to control anything, you are
no longer under the allusion that
you are in control of any of it.

As I walked through the field,
hundreds of tiny grasshoppers
leaped from one blade of grass
to another, completely unaware
of me, except for the fact that
I was disturbing their world.
That is exactly how much I
matter, and that’s great, can
you imagine how freeing it is
to know that you are nothing,
absolutely nothing, and yet
the Creator of the Universe gave
His only Son just for you.

Is that eye opening or what? It is the most wonderful feeling to know that even though you have done nothing to deserve it, that the Master of the Universe gave His most valuable possession so that you might be saved. As I looked through the lens at these jewels hanging from every blade of
grass I thought how wonderfully beautiful God has made the simplest of all things, and the same God that made the Universe, and every dew drop made me.

Be overwhelmed by His love,

the pilgrim

My apologies to John and Cliff, this is not spectacular close-up work like your, but boy am I having fun and you taught me how to do that…………….