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1 year, 3 months ago 10
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The Out of Chicago Event went great, I had a great time and met a lot of really nice folks!  During one of my sessions a man asked me a great question and I wanted to share it, and my answer, with you.  The question was;  After all these years of traveling and photographing every imaginable subject and location, what is the best thing all of this has given back to you?


I didn’t have to think even for a minute, it’s that simple, it’s the people!  From the moment I fell in love with photography it has been the great people that photography has brought into my life!   There is a real danger of doing this kind of post, because invariably, I will leave someone out and that would be a shame since all these folks I have gotten to know through this craft are precious to me, but my mind is seventyone and that does tax things!!!  So, to all the students, and friends in the field, thank you so much!!!!


Let me start with now and work backwards, I am thrilled to be teaching with Jack Graham as my teaching partner, he is the consumate professional at running workshops with years of experience in how to do it right, and he does. “do it right!”  Jack is a great shooter and one of my best friends, I enjoy his company even when our workshops stretch over two weeks, I still, hate to go home and leave his comapny, though I love going home to my very best friend, Sherelene!!!  Jack is a real friend and brother too!


Jim Haverstock and his wife Sue are another couple of best friends that I have come to love dearly and enjoy every moment I have with them!  Jim is one of the best shooting partners in the field, we have endless things we both enjoy and our time together is always great!  Jim is as fine a Christian man as I know.


When the His Light Workshops were going strong I had the emmense pleasure of working with and being best friends with Jim Begley.  Jim is a real triple threat; a great shooter, great Christian gentleman, and one of the nicest guys you could ever have the chance to get to know!  I miss being with him out there in the field all the time!  Then there was all the fun we had with John “The Snake” Barrett and Chuck Barnes, two really great guys, and wonderful shooters too!  How could I think of those years without mentioning Dr. Chuck Summers, a long time dear brother and another great shooter, really love this guy!!!  During the days of the His Light Events I was so fortunate to meet Carl Turner who has become a very dear brother and a great friend.  Carl and I are both very close to Charles Stanley and our relationships are truly one of the real treasures of my life!  Carl is a very special man, and he has blessed my life in more ways than I can describe!


Going back to the Great American Photography days, I had some wonderful friends that worked side by side with me, Mike Ellison, the late, great Don Nelson, Cliff Zenor, David Akoubian, Wayne Bennett just to name a few, wow what great folks!  I won’t even start to name all the legendary shooters that taught with us, trust me they are the who’s who of nature, landscape, wildlife and close-up photographers!


What I’m saying is long after my images have faded and been forgotten, these great people will define what was best about photography for me!




the pilgrim



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1 year, 3 months ago 6
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I’m thrilled to be joining Art Wolfe, Ian Plant, Rick Sammon, and bunch more great photographers for the Out Of Chicago Weekend Event which started today.  I will be flying into Chicago in the morning and I’m really looking forward to work with with Chris Smith (the founder and director of this great event), and the great bunch of folks attending.  Chicago is a very photogenic city and I love shooting there, I hope to bring back some images for you guys!!


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Have a great weekend and if you get a moment throw up a prayer for me, just wantet do good for these guys!




the pilgrim

1 year, 4 months ago 18
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Thanks to Richard Small for this!!!








President Trump is asking everyone to forward this email to a minimum of 20 people, and to ask that each of those do likewise. gread.
In three days, most people in the United States will have the message. This is clearly an amazing idea that must be passed around. Stand by for the push back from THE SWAM


Let’s see if congress understands what people pressure is all about.


Salary of retired US Presidents. . . . . $180,000 FOR LIFE.


Salary of House/Senate members. . .. $174,000 FOR LIFE

This is stupid!


Salary of Speaker of the House. . . . . $223,500 FOR LIFE.

This is really stupid!


Salary of Majority / Minority Leaders… $193,400 FOR LIFE.


Average Salary of a teacher ……………. $40,065


Average Salary of a deployed Soldier . . .. . . … $38,000


Here’s where the cuts should be made!


Congressional Reform Act of 2017


1. No Tenure / No Pension. A Congressman / woman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they’re out of office.


2. Congress (past, present, & future) participates in Social Security.


All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people. It may not be used for any other purpose.


3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.


4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.


5. Congress loses their current health care system and participate in the same health care system as the American people.



Works for me,




the pilgrim

1 year, 4 months ago 9
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Some days you just feel like it’s going to be a great day!  Today sure was one of those days!!!  You’ve already seen the cheeseburger above, and yes it’s is a certified 5 Pickle burger!!  No doubt about that, the best news is it’s only about 12 miles from my house!!  You know excited that makes me!  Even better the burger is from a great new restaurant in London, Kentucky run by the Greer family, J.R. Greer, Jr and his Dad, we all call him Elmo.  Elmo married Marsha Saylor who was the younger sister of one of my best high school friends,  Susan Saylor in Harlan, Kentucky, and that makes them almost family!!!  But you know the rules this is an honest rating, I don’t do any other kind, their burger is great!!!!  Did you hear 5 pickles!!!  Congrats JR,  that puts you in some high company!



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The  Smokin’ Barrell is located right off I-75, at the North London Exit, ( Exit 41), at 41 Shiloh Drive, London, Kentucky 40741.  Put it in your GPS and check them out when you’re traveling North or South on I-75


They have great Bar B Q,  well I am sure they do, their sweet rib sauce is some of the best I’ve tasted, and lots of other great menu items!  I’m going to do my journalistic duty and go back and try some more things,  for you guys – of course!!   Aren’t I a nice guy!


Speaking of nice the best thing of all was JR and I talked and our faith came up and he showed me a video of him playing the piano with some great gospel hymns with the guys on music night, wow that is exciting, an incredible burger and new brother in the Lord, could this be any better!



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Hey I’m serious, this place is wonderful and they will soon have a Bill Fortney original hanging on their wall in the place, no they didn’t buy one,  they didn’t even know who I was, I just want you to see it when you drop in for a burger!




the pilgrim