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2 weeks, 1 day ago 14



Leg one is down, I’m in Peoria and I had great dinner with some of the club members, really nice guys, this is going to be fun!!!  Now I made a stop in Bloomington, Indiana to see my dear friend Jim Haverstock and he surprised me with a trip to local legendary burger place, Hinkle’s!  We tried to go to Hinkle’s once before an it was closed so I was anxious to get back to Bloomington and give it a try. Below is a great article bout this burger place which was founded in 1930!


Let me get right to the rating, but let me explain something first, over time I’ve started to classify burgers in one of two categories, thick patty burgers and thin patty burgers.  They are really different and it’s not fair to rate them in the same category!  Hinkle’s Burger is the new Number One Burger in America in the thin patty category.  You have to go to this great little place and try one of their juicy, delicious burgers!


Hinkle’s currently owned and run by Debbie Clark and her husband Gary,  Their two sons help them run the place and they treated us really nice!


Below is the newspaper article and a picture of their store front  I hope you can get buy sometime and try their great burger!  My advice, get the double, it’s fantastic!!!




The burger really was great, but having any meal with Jim is a great meal,  we had a wonderful visit and I will certainly be back at Hinkle’s with him again!




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Forgive me, but I’m gonna brag!!!  My bride slipped  this card into my luggage!   Without me knowing it.  Thanks sweetheart, me too!!!!


2 weeks, 2 days ago 25



I hate flying, I hate airports, and I hate dealing with the TSA, and packing for weight and bulk and size….  solution!  Drive yourself!  There is something about seeing America at 60 mph as you drive through it, versus being at 40,000 feet above it, at 550 mph!!!  It’s the people, the  places, the weather, the fresh air, being able to take all the photo gear you want, a cooler full of ice, your favorite foods, and the clothes, you may not need, but what the heck, there’s room!!! A good book on CD, maybe some Ricky Skaggs tearing up the Mandolin, or light Jazz, wow, gonna be nice!  Finally got my iPhone 6 and so I’m good to go with bluetooth in the new ride.


Over the coming three weeks I promise to try and blog every day, and share where I am, and what I’m seeing, and photographing.  The subject matter on this trip will vary widely! Americana along Route 66 in Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona.  The wonderful Nelson Ghost town near Henderson, NV (near Las Vegas), more Americana and antiques there!!!  My favorite National Parks, Arches and Canyonlands in Utah.  Spectacular vista like nothing else in the national park system!  Can’t wait!


What gear for this trip?  

Since I had the room I brought my Guru Gear Bataflae 18L loaded with:


2  Fuji X-T1 bodies (one with the Battery Grip)


8mm f 2.8 Rokinon Fisheye  (12mm equivalent)


10-24  f 4 Fuji wide angle zoom  (15-36 equivalent)


14mm f 2.8 Fuji wide angle lens  (21 equivalent)



23mm f 1.4 Fuji wide angle lens  (35mm equivalent)


18-55 f 2.8/f4  Fuji mid range zoom  (28-85 equivalent)


18-135 f 3.5/f5.6  Fuji Super zoom   (28-200 equivalent)


56mm f 1.2 Fuji telephoto lens  (85 equivalent)


60mm f 2.4 Fuji Micro lens (with three Fuji Ext tubes)  (90 equivalent)


50-140 f 2.8 Fuji telephoto zoom  ( 75-210 equivalent)


Nikkor 300mm f 4.5 IF-ED manual focus lens with Fuji adapter  (450 equivalent)


1  Fuji X100T  (In an extra 5XB Dome bag with chargers and spare batteries)


8 extra batteries for X-T1s


5 extra batteries for X100T


Two chargers for each camera type.


Cleaning supplies


Polarizers (Singh Ray) for all lenses except the Fisheye



Really Right Stuff TVC-33 Versa Series 3 Tripod


Really right Stuff BH-55 LR ball head


Apple Mini iPad for operating remote shooting App from Fuji


The Guru Gear is a trunk bag, to be worked out of,  When walking away from the car, I have both a Dome Vest and a Think Tank belt system, depending on how much I will be carrying.


I leave in the morning for Peoria, I’m ready and prepared, but please pray that I give them a great talk and seminar!  I’m happy to be brought in for them, and I want it to be a great experience for them!!!


I’m really looking forward to a couple of weeks with Jack out west,  shooting and having fellowship with my dear friend, and killer shooter!  I always shoot better when Jack and I teach together, he makes me get to the top of my game!  Jim Begley has the same affect on me, run around with great shooters and it will elevate y our game too!!!


Stay tuned and come along with me!




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Visit my bookstore!


2 weeks, 3 days ago 12



A friend asked me the other day why I was so pumped about this upcoming trip, and I had to think about it.   My personal answer, to myself,  was quite revealing!  This is what I came up with.


1.  It’s been long winter!!!!!  I have loved being home with Sherelene, writing eBooks, and throwing another log on the fire, but I’m ready to get out and shoot!  I have the new Fuji 50-140 lens and I know it is super sharp, but I can’t wait to use it to make some images of something besides my desk lamp and book shelf!!!


2.  I miss being with other photographers!  I love to teach and share, and just hang out with the great folks that photography has placed in my life.  I miss being with Jim Begley, and Jack Graham, and Bill Pekala and Snake Barrett, and all the other great folks I get to share with and teach!  There will be lots of laughter and good times!


3.  Cabin Fever!!!  This winter is the longest time in my last 30 years that I’ve been home with no where I have to be!  Now that is not all bad, I really enjoyed just being around the house, but after 30 years of over 240 days a year on the road, I guess I’m not built to sit in one place too long!


4.  I love an adventure and for me a road trip is the best adventure!  Below is my route for this trip and I am looking forward to every mile, (o.k. not so much from Peoria to Oklahoma city) but after that, I can’t wait!



5.  Americana is in my blood!  There is probaly not anything more Americana than an old painted Coca Cola sign, and I spent most of my youth with a father that managed a Coca Cola bottling plant!  I and my brother Homer were steeped in the Coca Cola culture!  I also was, from age 1 to 10, in the late forties and early fifties, dead center of the Americana age for me!  I expect to see as lot of reminders of those younger years on Route 66!!!!


6. I can’t wait to get back into my ministry with photographers!!!  I have but one critical mission, to let others know how much God loves them, and how He longs to fellowship with them! Now how can you do that in a secular setting?  If you study the New Testament, you will discover that Jesus never debated, argued, or demanded that people come to Him and want to be with Him, NO, He loved them with love that was beyond anything they had ever experienced.  His love was genuine, and not predicated on expecting anything in return.  His love was unconditional.  My personal ministry is the same, love others with a love that can only come from Him.  I don’t have to embarrass others with questions about their faith situation.  I don’t have to convince anyone that they are sinners and need Jesus. (Actually, we are all sinners and we all need Jesus, but it is the Holy Spirit that convicts us of that, not me!  Not my job.  Neither am I a Judge, that’s God’s job!  One that He hopes to never have to apply to us!)


My mission is to show people everywhere; the gas station, the lunch counter, the store, at a workshop, passing on the street…… an acceptance and love that few ever really feel.  How can I do that?  Simple, I’ve yielded my life to Him.  I’m under contract, one that I willingly signed.  A contract to share with others what was shared with me, through Grace.  His love and acceptance. We all want to matter, to have some value, and I’ve found it in being a child of God.


So, after fleshing that out, I can see that I have a great deal to be excited about!


Blessings in Him,


the pilgrim

2 weeks, 4 days ago 4



I realized I had missed too many days when my wife got a call asking where to send the flowers!!!!  I enjoyed a nice vacation and then when I got home it was full speed ahead preparing for my trip out west, so some time has slipped, sorry about that, I’ll try to do better!!!!


In a previous post I sang the praises of my new friend Rick Sammon.  I met Rick, for the first time, last Photoshop World, but it was not until recently that we got to working some together.  Rick is a wonderful shooter and really good teacher.  I just got his new course on Landscape and Seascape Photography and it is terrific!  The 54 minute video is chocked full of great ideas and techniques.  I have become a really big fan of internet based learning,  You can purchase it at    ….and I recommend that you do!  Rick’s classes, Kelby One and the tremendous number of eBooks and Apps out there,  have all made learning a much richer experience.


We have more great shooters today than ever before, and I think some of that is because of the tremendous amount of information that is getting shared!  Of course the advent of the digital age has helped all of us learn quicker, and that is big factor as well!


I love teaching live Workshops and Seminars, there is nothing like the face to face learning experience, but when you are snow bound at the house, the computer can open up a whole new world of learning!


Let’s hope winter is over!  I’ve had enough!




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