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1 year, 5 months ago 4
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I’ve become addicted to Youtube!  I admit it, it is one of my most often “go to spots” for photo education.  I love to see what other “so called experts” think of the products and software I use, or plan to use. Some are extremely useful, some not so much!  When I started to get into drones I found Tony and Chelesa Northup’s Youtube channel and I’ve found their stuff, for the most part, to be very good. I recently found a series they did on the state of the photo industry and the history of several major photo companies, I found them extremely interesting.  Here are a few of  their videos that I can highly recommend (Disclaimer: I do not agree with all their observations, but for the most part, they are excellent) :

 

DEATH OF THE CONSUMER CAMERA

 

CANON HISTORY

 

NIKON HISTORY 

 

FUJIFILM HISTORY

 

SONY HISTORY

 

….and on and on.

 

I recently needed to learn how to use iMovie again, and Youtube videos got me back up to speed!!!!!

 

Well as Brittany Spears sang, “Oooops I did it again!”  Now that I am doing a lot of drone photography I need a new bag to carry both a few still items and the drone and all it’s accessories.  I bought the Lowepo DroneGuard BP-250.

 

 

The bag has a large internal stiff container that is nicely padded and holds your drone (this bag is made specfically for the DJI Mavic Pro), up to four batteries, extra props, a rapid charger and the controller. Displayed below:

 

 

The reason I loved this bag is it leaves room for my travel still photography system, a Fujifilm X-PRO 2 and the three Fujicrons, plus my iPad Mini 4, which I use as my screen for viewing what the drone’s camera sees while flying.

 

 

This will allow me to travel and have both a still system and the drone and accessories.  Now I’m ready for spring and lots of video and still work while traveling.  This will be a car bag, when traveling by air, the drone will go in my rolling bag mentioned a few blogs back.

 

I expect some may question travel photography with only a spread of 35mm equivalent wide angle, 50mm (normal lens) and the 75mm equiv. all at a pretty fast f 2.  Actually when doing travel image I shoot these focal lengths about 90% of the time.  Why?  Super wide angle lenses and long telelphoto lenses really alter the way the scene looks, sometimes for the better, but often they just don’t look like what the human I sees and perceives.  For people photography, these are the most versatile lenses.  Another factor is these are some the latest lenses Fujifilm has produced which means they are among the very best in terms of construction quality and sharpness, and they are very compact, which is always appreciated when traveling.  The reason I switched to Fujifilm cameras and lenses, originally, was they were significantly smaller and lighter.

 

Why the X PRO 2 over the X-T2?   I own two X-T2 bodies and 2 X PRO 2 bodies. For nature, outdoor, landscape, action work, I prefer the X-T2 bodies, for travel, family and people I prefer the X PRO 2.  I also simply like the way the X PRO 2 feels in my hands, it is slightly larger and the controls fit my hands better.  I also really love the optical viewfinder is certain situations.  The quality of the final image between the two cameras is identical.  I hate to admit it, but I simply am in love with the Graphite color on the X PRO 2, sure wish they had used in on the X-T2 (silver or titanium) model.

 

Well that’s the thoughts for Wedneesday except for one final one:

 

“God loves you, so love others,  God sacrificed everything to be with you, so sacrifice everything!”  Quote from the movie, What If.

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim

 

 

1 year, 5 months ago 10
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In the past 48 years I have had in excess of 10,000 students, this is only one small group of 13, but 13 great ones!  In truth, almost every group has been a terrific one.  Before I go any futher, I want to credit this shot to Jim Begley, (to the far left in the group), the file info tells me it was from his Nikon D3s, so does the quality!!!!  I could say something about every person in this group and I know a lot about each of them, but I will just tell you this was an exceptional group, everyone a great person.  So many great friends in this image!

 

At church a few week ago, a member asked me where I  went when I was gone from home for those long trips?  I started to answer that I was off doing photo workshops or givng a talk about photography, but I didn’t!  I paused for a long moment and said, “Well I’m tansported into a magical place where the air is fresh, the scenery is beautiful and the people I’m with are the kindest, most wonderful people you will ever meet!”   She immediately said  “I want to go there!!!!!”  I smiled and said  “Yes you do!”  Just then, the pastor said let’s pray…..

 

We never finished that conversation and to be honest I couldn’t give any better description of what my life has been like for the past 48 years out on the road.  Different people might explain this gift in all kinds of ways, but I can tell you the truth, It’s God’s Grace. It says in the Word, “Seek First the Kingdon of God and his righteousness  and all these things will be added unto you, even the desires of your heart.”  It’s hard to argue with that, because I know what one of my heart’s desires has always been!!

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim

1 year, 5 months ago 2
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I got out this morning for a few more flights!  Above, are the reserved seats in Cumberland Universities football stadium.  Below the circular slide ride at the Williamsburg Water Park!

 

 

I went backup and made another couple of angles on our church!

 

 

 

Learning everyday!

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim

 

 

 

 

1 year, 6 months ago 4
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Winter is my time off from field work.  I study and write and try to learn new discplines, or brush up on old ones, durimg the coldest months!  This winter I’m learning to fly and photograph with a drone, learing how to edit video and add msuic for shows to share when I speak or do workshops, and I’m attempting to learn Luminar 2018 well enough to try and stop using any other forms of post processing.

 

I’m also missing all of  you and spending time with you, in-the-field!  It’s been a long time since Jack and I did a workshop and even longer since I had the pleasure standing “out there” with Jim Haverstock.  I miss Richard Browne, Bryan Jolley, Michael Early, Dudely, Rodney, and many, many others.  Time away from those we care about makes us realize how imporant they are to our lives.  For many years it was the “location” I couldn’t wait to get back to, now it’s being back with the friends!

 

2017 was a time of deep reflection as I walked through the cancer of Deb, Gloria, Don,  Sue and Wesley with my family and my extended family.  I learned something amazing, those people that we deeply pray for become even closer to our hearts.  God opens up our lives and lets them in even closer.  Of course I was already very close to Welsey, my son, and Sue, but I’d never even met Deb Jolley.  I love her husband, my dear brother Bryan, but only knew her through his sharing about her.  When she faced cancer it was like I had known her for my entire life!  What a wonderful, God given, gift!  He takes care of His children and He lets us be a part of it!!!

 

I often get caught up in the technical details of life and often miss the sheer beauty of what is around me.  The image above was a such moment.  It was beautful scene, I really wanted to share it with my family, that very morning, that very instant!!!  So I pulled out my iPhone and made the photograph, processed, and sent it, with a text message, to a number of family members and friends.  I then reached in my camera bag to get a “real camera” and, the light was over!  I smiled.  For that one moment I put other people I love first, and shared a magical Teton’s sunrise with them.  All over the country they got to live that moment, with me, as it  happened!

 

I knew, even then, I did the right thing…….

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim