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10 months, 3 weeks ago 8



I leave in the morning for the Route 66 adventure, it will take me a couple of days to “meander” out to Oklahoma City and then Saturday night we start our adventure.  We have a great group of folks joining us and I hope they have a great time!  I’ve prepared for a long time to be sure they do!  I am more concerned about another kind of preparation though!


Spiritual.  Every year, when I start to get ready to go out and teach workshops I spend a lot of time in prayer and in quiet time with God seeking His direction for the coming year.  I want to be the man He wants me to be, and do the things that He knows are best.  Through study of the Word, and seeking Him I’ve come to a spectacularly simple answer to my direction.  I was talking with Dr. Charles Stanley this morning and shared something with him, and he confirmed that he believed it was the core principle on which God wants us to operate.  It’s really so obvious, our greatest failing with God is not truly believing that He loves us.  You see we don’t love ourselves, and that’s because we know ourselves so well, we know our shortcomings, our mistakes, what we are ashamed of, and how we have failed God, but our Heavenly Father, He loves us as we are, not as we should be.   Just as in the Brennan Manning quote from yesterday.  God assures us of His love by His loving kindness, His grace, and His forgiveness!  So if we want others to know our Heavenly Father we have to offer them the same thing our Father offers us.  Unconditional love!


My number one goal for 2016 is to reach out and love others with His love, and help people realize just how much He loves them.  Making some great photographs would be nice, but this comes first!  It must always come first.




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10 months, 3 weeks ago 18



Thursday morning I am headed west to Oklahoma City where I will meet up with my friends to take a tour down Route 66!  I did this journey myself last year and enjoyed it so much wanted to share it with some friends!   So starting Saturday night we will begin our 6 day adventure together.  I also agreed to shoot a picture a day on ths trip and on to the Arches / Canyonlands workshop for Fuji to appear on their Facebook page.  Why would Fuji want a picture a day from??!!

A while back I got a pre- production Fuji X-PRO 2 and have been really enjoying it a lot. Fuji just delivered a brand new production model to me about a week go and I plan to shoot the majority of what I do on this trip with this exciting new camera.  I love my Fuji X-T1s as my main bodies, but the X-PRO 2 has a new 24.3 mega pixel sensor and a new processor that makes this camera much faster, and the detail and low noise is amazing!


WhenI decided to go with the Fuji X System I felt I was walking away from having a super high resolution camera like the D810, but I soon found that the 16 mega pixel sensor was much more than what I needed, making print up to 4X6 “feet” and they looked amazing.  Now with this new camera I am seeing images that take me back to the 36 mega pixel experience from Nikon D800!  You may be wondering how that can be?


Consider this, if you pack 36 mega pixels onto to a full frame sensor you can make them a little larger so they can produce lower noise at higher ISO.  That was the big attraction to full frame cameras from the start, lower noise because the individual pixel’s were larger. Keep in mind what happened with film, the finer the grain (much like the pixels) the more they could pack on the individual frame and the tighter the detail was and the smoother the images looked!  That’s why Kodachrome 25 was so beloved, very, very fine grain, lots of resolution.  It was the film version of a high mega pixel camera!

Now take a APS-C size sensor which is smaller than full frame thus the 1.5 lens factor.  If you pack 24 million pixels on a smaller sensor they will be smaller and more tightly packed to give equal resolution.  Now for some math, if the 24 mega pixels are on a sensor that is 1/3 smaller than a full frame, they will be the equivalent pixel density as a full frame 36 mega pixel sensor, and will thus give resolution that appears very much like a 36 mega pixel full frame camera.  Ah, but the penalty is more noise, right?  Wrong, not today with the increased progress in learning how to process the file to reduce noise.  The Fuji X cameras are considered among the very lowest noise at high ISO performers on the market today, equally, and in some cases even beating the noise out of high resolution camera with much higher mega pixel counts!



This is not theory, it’s fact based on my experience with both the D800 and the Fuji X System cameras!  Not bragging, (o.k. maybe a little!), I was one of the very first people in America to see and test the D800 long before the public knew of it’s existence.  Bill Pekala, (then head of Nikon Professional Services), and I tested it shooting a motorcycle under a street lamp in Reno, Nevada!  I am very familiar with that series of cameras and they’re drop dead spectacular, but so is the new X-PRO 2!  I hope to demonstrate it’s many charms in the next few weeks, so stay tuned to this blog for daily posts of what we are shooting and to see how the X-PRO 2 is doing


Thanks for coming along!




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Spiritual Thought for the Day from Brennan Manning; “I am utterly convinced that on judgement day the Lord Jesus will ask one question and only one question, “Did you believe thatI loved you, that I desired you, that I waited for you day after day, that I longed to hear the sound of your voice.”


Jesus comes to you and says, ” I have a word for you; I know you’re whole life story, I know every skeleton your closet, I know every moment of sin and shame, dishonesty and degraded love that has darkened your past, I know your shallow faith, your feeble prayer life, your inconsistent discipleship, and my word to you is this, I dare you to trust that I love you,  just as you are, not as you should be, because none of us are as we should be.”








10 months, 3 weeks ago 11





My dear friend and sister, Catherine Martine has just released a beautiful Devotional Photography book called My Photo Walk – Quiet Time Moments.  I’m so proud of Catherine wh has become a truly wonderful photographer and of course has always been a fantastic servant of the Lord,.  I can highly recommend her new book, you can find it at:





Today the first two volumes of Vision & Technique are available on the eBook store.  I wanted to produce a set of books that would allow me to explain how I see subjects and approach the photographic process. Two more volumes will be coming by the end of March!




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10 months, 3 weeks ago 9


It has been a great 18 months for the Christian film industry with one great uplifting film after another.  Do You Believe, followed by Woodlawn, and this afternoon Sherelene and I went to see one of the greatest Christian films ever, Risen.  This film tells the story of crucifixion and resurrection through the eyes of a Roman soldier that was there on the day of His crucifixion and then followed the greatest story ever told, as it actually unfolds.  The film was magnificent in every way, and if Joseph Fiennes is not nominated for Best Actor, I’m finished with the Oscars, I pretty much am already!


I cannot urge you strongly enough to go see this film, it is truly a breath of fresh air in the telling of the story we all know so well.


Have a blessed weekend, AND GO SEE RISEN!!!!


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