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7 months, 2 weeks ago 6



We all need help, I sure do, I was preparing to do today’s blog entry and “accidentally” made yesterday’s go away, trashed it!@^!?!%^$!#@^%  Arrrgh!  I really hate when that happens, I have found no way toy retrieve it so, I’ll revisit those thought on my podcast when I get that up and running!  So today I want to address a bunch of different issues so let me start with a very common question for which I thankfully finally found the answer!!!!


QUESTION 1.  How do I get your eBooks (anyone’s eBooks) on an iPad or tablet?


Well I can’t help you other tablet user’s because I’m a  MAC guy and not very good at that, did I mention I trashed yesterday’s blog entry!!!!!  I have wanted to put my own and several other’s eBooks on my iPad and finally found the solution.    Thom Hogan had a great article on his website ByThom titled Downloadable PDF Instructions.  I follow the instructions for the MAC and now I have all my eBooks and a number of others I love on my iPad, and they look great!!!  Some of you have bought various eBooks and tried to download them directly on the iPad, and my experience is the files are just to large unless you have a very fast internet connection or super high speed wireless.  So if you are having issues check out Thom’s excellent article!  While we are on the subject of Thom, a lot of my readers and friends have asked me what I think of his reviews and articles.  I really enjoy Thom’s writing sand 90% of time I agree with his conclusions and reviews!  My grandmother once told me if two people, especially a married couple, that have all the exact same opinions, one of them is not necessary!  So while Thom and I are not married we do deal with many of the same subjects so it is not surprising that on rare occasion we would occasionally have a different take.  No harm no foul, one this is for sure Thom’s opinions always make me think! …..and that’s a good thing



QUESTION 2.  Got an email from a friend and they simply asked did you mean what you said in today’s blog? (the one I accidentally erased!!!!!)


Let me attempt to answer that questions and bare with me.  Let me share how most of the blog entries are written, especially the ones with deeper meaning and spiritual connotations.  First, I don’t write them.  They are inspired by the Holy Spirit.  If you are a regular reader, you already know and understand what I’m talking about, if you’re not, you’re either scratching your head wondering if I’ve lost it, or you are running out of the house as fast as you can to get away from your computer!  It’s simple, when you accept Christ, God sends the Holy Spirit into your life, your heart,  your being, to guide you, comfort you and help you, that’s why in the Bible He is called The Helper.  When I start to write often I get inspiration that comes from beyond myself, words of wisdom, of comfort, of knowledge well beyond my own.  Yesterday what I wrote, it flowed almost so fast I could not type fast enough.  I can’t just repeat it, it didn’t come directly from me, but I think I can summarize.


I was apologizing for feeling some what guilty about making profit from things I enjoy so much, writing, teaching, speaking to groups, sharing.  I don’t think profit is bad, I’m a capitalist.  I believe in hard work and giving people things they need or want and it is a good thing to profit from your efforts.  I don’t believe in greed, wanting more than is fair, but I enjoy the fruits of my labor.  If you run workshops and sell books you have to advertise, let people know what you are offering.  Thus you hawk your products, workshops, books etc.  The point I made yesterday was that while I like to make money, that is not what drives me.  What drive me is; Being with those I love, my wife, my family, my friends and brothers ans sisters in Christ.  Sharing, teaching and writing about subjects I love in hopes others will enjoy and learn from my experiences.  God has richly blessed me with a great life seeing and doing wonderful things, I just want to share it while I am still here and can!  Finally My Heavenly Father has forever changed my life,He has brought me peace and Joy, and purpose.  I want to encourage others to want to know Him and accept Him, the Man who completely changed my life forever!

I shared a fanciful story of having won the 100 million dollar lottery and what I would do with the money, the bottom line is the few things I would buy I don’t really need anyway, and my security and peace is not in pile of money, but in Him!  So anyone who thinks when I hawk a class or book that I just care about the money, doesn’t know me at all.



Question 3.  I heard a rumor that you were going to cut back on workshops in 2016 is that true, and is it health related?


It is true, but not health related.  This year, somehow,  I ended up in 18 workshops, and I never intended for that to happen.  I love teaching with Jim Begley and Snake Barret, and Jack Graham, Jim Haverstock, Bill Pekala, Fred Sisson, and Vinny Colucci and many others, but I will reduce the total number of workshops next year to a little over half this year’s total.  I certainly will still do some His Light events and some with Jack Graham.  However, i want to spend more time writing and doing some personal travel with Sherelene in 2015.  I want to drive the entire length of Route 66 sand blog about  it and maybe produce a book.  I want to spend some more time with family and just slow things down a little.  I love to teach but a workshop almost every other week is too many!  Jack does it all year long and I don’t know how he does it, but he is a great teacher and I’ve really enjoyed teaching with him!  I still have my KelbyOne and Photoshop stuff too so it adds up fast!  I’m not going to disappear, but several other things are in the works and I’ve got free up schedule time!  More info as things get clearer!



Question 4.   I know you’ve had the 50-140 f 2.8 WR OIS lens for awhile bow and have posted no images, what is your opinion, I’m thinking of buying one, but at that price want to be sure!


Buy it!!!!!  The weather has been terrible in Kentucky so I just haven’t been able to take it out and ring it out!  In spite of that I have thoroughly tested it and have to say it is among the five best lenses I’ve ever shot!  What are those five?  The Fuji 23mm f 1.4, the Fuji 56mm f 1.2, the Nikon 200mm Micro Nikkor and the Nikon 400mm f 3.5 IF-ED Nikkor + the new 50-140 f 2.8 from Fuji!  It may be the sharpest of all these lenses, it is beyond sharp!!!  The most amazing thing besides it’s sharpness, and build quality is how fantastic the OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) works.  In the image below I hand held the lens at 140mm , which is the equivalent of 210mm) at 1/27th of a second and then at 1/7th of a second, both full frame and at 100% hand held!!!!!!!


Full image 210mm  1/27th of a second

Full image 210mm  1/27th of a second 100% Crop


Full image 210mm  1/7th of a second


Full image 210mm  1/7th of a second 100% Crop



Yeah, me too!  It is flat out unbelievable!  Imagine what images will look like of a sturdy tripod!


Remember the new Close-Up Book is out and you get the free copy of the Building a System for Field Use!




Thanks to Dan Roeder, he has recovered yesterdays lost text!!!!!!!


Hey folks, the Close-Up Book is out, be sure to go to the eBook Store, to the right, and check it out!  Now we are down to the last two days of 10% savings on workshops!  Get your deposit in today or tomorrow and same enough for one nights lodging or several days of meals!  Things are filling up fast so if you want to join us in 2015 please look at the schedule today!



Here are the workshops that are almost full!!!!

Great Smokies in Spring  Only ONE Spot left!

Memory Lane in Rogersville, TN    Only a few spots left

The Palouse  (June) with Jack Graham  Almost full

Nashville (End of July)  with Ricky Skaggs extended to 5.5 days  Filling Fast

The First ever Fuji X System Workshop at Mt. Rainier (August) with Jack and I  Almost sold out now!!!

Nova Scotia (October)  Only two spots left!

Southwest Tour (Early November) with Vinny Colucci and I only a couple of spots left!

Today’s featured Workshop is Old Car City!  This is a bargain at $799.  take off 10% and it’s just $719.  REGISTER before Midnight tomorrow and I will throw in the full set of my 12 eBooks!!!!!  That’s a $65. value in books!  Add to that, a future discount on any workshop (Domestic) with His Light Workshops of 10%.  So if you love old Cars and Trucks this is a great opportunity!


Today’s double barrel deal at the eBook Store  Both The Close-Up Book and Building a System for Field Use for $9.95!


O.K.  Sales pitches are over for now!   I feel guilty selling books and doing workshops and making a profit!   If I had won the lottery and had no financial needs, I would be doing this all for free, I really would.  Just fantasize with me for a minute!!!  Let’s pretend that yesterday I won the Mega Millions Jackpot or whatever they call it now!  Since we are pretending let’s say 100 million after taxes.  So seriously what would I do!!??  Here is what I think I would do.  Pay of my Churches mortgage, put enough money aside to assure my grandchildren a college education, or start a business in life. I might replace my 2007 Toyota F J Cruiser that has 243,000 miles on it, but I might not, it suits me.  I would buy a nice beach home on a beautiful beach somewhere not to hard to get to, Sherelene loves the ocean and the beach.  I would get a NET Jet card so I could fly wherever I wanted to go and never darken the door of commercial airport terminal again. I would also run a half dozen incredible trips a year to great destinations like Patagonia, and and simply invite 8 or 10 people to go along, no cost, all expenses covered, hey, I’m a multimillionaire!!!!!


Personal purchases?  I would buy another powered parachute and another Trike (kind of ultra-light) I really miss flying.  That’s about it.  No D810, no long fast glass, no more Fuji bodies (not until something cool comes out)  Don’t need anymore STUFF!    So the question is would winning that 100o million really materially change my life?  Well let’s see, the church will pay off it’s own mortgage and Sherelene and I contributing what we can will help that happen over time anyway, If  I paid for it all I would rob that privilege from the other members and honestly that wouldn’t be such a good thing.  Sherelene and I get to a beach at least once a year and I am not sure I would like to try and maintain another home another place,  it’s enough keeping our current home up!  I drive everywhere I can, I am a frustrated “wish I was truck driver kind of guy anyway”, so I guess and I can deal with commercial air a little longer!  I’m probably getting a little to old to keep flying anyway, but I do miss that!!!  ……..and as I said I really don’t need or want more stuff!  I heard a wise man once say, at some point in life you don’t own stuff, the stuff owns you!   Storage, maintenance and too much attachment!


So I guess I’m fine with that I didn’t win the lottery, but then why am I working so hard in retirement if it’s really not about the money?  Glad you asked!


Let me share what drives me!


Being with the people I love.  My wife and best friend Sherelene, my family, my friends, photo buddies and brothers, and sisters in Christ.


Teaching and writing and sharing.  I love to write blogs, books, teach face to face!  It is to me, the highest form of giving back.  I have been the recipient of so much joy and fun, and I want to make sure I pass it on to others.  I can’t leave here until I’ve done everything in my power to make other people’s lives better.


Truly making a difference in people’s lives by leading them to Jesus!  I can’t talk anyone into wanting to meet my Savior, or argue or debate them into it,  the only thing I can do is what HE did.  Love them with His Unconditional Love.  A love that says I don’t care what you can do for me, I don’t even expect you to treat me a certain way, I just want to have fellowship with you, and I’m willing to die for you to redeem you!!!!!    “I ” can’t do that, but through his power, grace and strength I can do as much as He allows!


When eBook sales spike, (since the new eBook came out this morning),  3 hours ago, nineteen books have sold, sorry about that, five more “bings” now it’s 24!  I don’t see dollar signs, I see people that care what I have to share, that means so much more than dollars, Hey I’ll take the dollars, but it is secondary to the joy of sharing and having people benefit and enjoy my efforts!


When I teach as workshop and someone says it was one of the best experiences of their life, you can’t imagine how much that thrills me!  Often when I drive or fly home from a workshop a replay those expression of joy and praise God all the way home!


But, most of all, when I share my love of Christ with someone and it leads to them changing their life forever, nothing that has ever fallen in my lap equals the feeling of knowing  my life, Through Christ, has made a difference for someone else’s!


So yes we are trying to make retirement money, hey guys Fuji hasn’t stopped coming out with new bodies and new lenses, but please trust me, really please trust me, that part comes in way back in third or fourth place!


Be blessed today,


the pilgrim

7 months, 3 weeks ago 2



Well Guys and Gals, I’m excited to announce that tomorrow,  (Wednesdays the 14th) we will be releasing our next book at Cut to the Chase Publications, The Close-Up Book!  It will be available to download at Noon Eastern time.  This book is a great introduction to getting into close-up photography with a full description and explanation of the most important principle to making wonderful close-up images.  Like all Cut to the Chase eBooks, it is not overburdened with every little detail, but paints a broad brush explanation of the very most important things you must learn to do really quality close-ups!  Below are some sample pages from the book!




This 98 page book illustrates the major points of the art and technical side of doing close-up images.  To say thank you to the thousand of you that are visiting our book store and have bought eBooks, I’m making a special deal on this book!  Buy the Close-up book at $9.95 and I will include free my book, Building a System for Field Use!  This 180 page book covers how to assemble and use a camera system for field use.  Such subjects as; how to carry it, what  lenses are  best for what uses,  a great four lens package, full frame and mirror-less options, the most important accessories that should be in everyone’s bag, getting great images with even your iPhone (smartphones) and much more, take a peek at some of the pages from this FREE book!




So for $9.95 you get both books!  Remember we  have a money back guarantee, so check them out!!!


Other important news………….



Jack and I were a little late getting the announcement of the Nelson Ghost Town Event posted and the registration have come in slower than usual, but trust me if you are an Americana shooter this is a killer location, actually my favorite!  If we get just three more folks registered we will be running the event with a pretty small group, which will be great for those that come as it will just be Jack and I and 6 or 7 folks!   If you’ve never been to this location check your calendar and see if you could join us.  We stay in a beautiful, and reasonable, Spring Hills Suites by Marriott in Henderson, NV only a 25 minute drive from Nelson and on the last evening we make trip into Las Vegas to shoot at the incredible Neon Sign Museum!  With special permission we are able to be in the museum at sunset and when it gets dusk for great shooting of the lit signs against the fading desert sky!!!   This is worth the trip alone!  I’ve included some images from this past years shoot below!  If you think you may want to join us contact Jack at



On my flight out to Las Vegas for last years Nelson Ghost Town event I had seen in the SkyMall catalog some signs of peoples names with photographs of individual, different letters, and so I shot the entire alphabet while in at the Neon Museum to spell out each of my grandchildren’s names, Benjamin’s is above!


What’s next?  I’m starting on the two books in one, America From 500m Feet Volumes I & II today!  Soon to follow Learning to See Photographically and The Journey, My Personal Story, …………..* a photo illustrated audio book!


Oh, and coming soon a Podcast devoted to Faith and Photography!!!!!




the pilgrim


My morning prayer:  Heavenly Father, thank you for all you have done for me, for your love, comfort, forgiveness, compassion, protection, and strength!  Thank you for Sherelene and my wonderful family, for incredible friends, bothers and sisters in you.  I’m overcome with thankfulness for your kindness to me.  Thank you for allowing me to serve you in the only way I know how, loving others with your never ending love!


O.K. One last thing!!!!!  Jack Graham has a new eBook and special deal too!  Check them out at his eBook store at www,


7 months, 3 weeks ago 20


My brother Homer sent this to me, too good not to pass on!


Thought I would share this with my old friends, and shock my young ones!


How Old Is grandpa?


Stay with this — the answer is at the end. It will blow you away.


One evening a grandson was talking to his grandfather about current events.
The grandson asked his grandfather what he thought about the shootings at schools, the computer age, and just things in general.


The Grandfather replied, “Well, let me think a minute, I was born before:






‘Polio shots


‘Frozen foods




‘Contact lenses


‘Frisbees and


‘The pill


There were no:


‘Credit cards


‘Laser beams or


‘Ball-point pens


Man had not invented:




‘Air conditioners




‘Clothes dryers


‘And the clothes were hung out to dry in the fresh air and


‘Man hadn’t yet walked on the moon


Your Grandmother and I got married first, and then lived together…


Every family had a father and a mother.


Until I was 25, I called every man older than me, “Sir”.
And after I turned 25, I still called policemen and every man with a title, “Sir.”


We were before gay-rights, computer-dating, dual careers, daycare centers, and group therapy.


Our lives were governed by the Ten Commandments, good judgment, and common sense.


We were taught to know the difference between right and wrong and to stand up and take responsibility for our actions.


Serving your country was a privilege; living in this country was a bigger privilege…


We thought fast food was what people ate during Lent.


Having a meaningful relationship meant getting along with your cousins.


Draft dodgers were those who closed front doors as the evening breeze started.


Time-sharing meant time the family spent together in the evenings and weekends-not purchasing condominiums.


We never heard of FM radios, tape decks, CDs, electric typewriters, yogurt, or guys wearing earrings.


We listened to Big Bands, Jack Benny, and the President’s speeches on our radios.


And I don’t ever remember any kid blowing his brains out listening to Tommy Dorsey.


If you saw anything with ‘Made in Japan ‘ on it, it was junk


The term ‘making out’ referred to how you did on your school exam…


Pizza Hut, McDonald’s, and instant coffee were unheard of.


We had 5 &10-cent stores where you could actually buy things for 5 and 10 cents.


Ice-cream cones, phone calls, rides on a streetcar, and a Pepsi were all a nickel.


And if you didn’t want to splurge, you could spend your nickel on enough stamps to mail 1 letter and 2 postcards.


You could buy a new Chevy Coupe for $600, but who could afford one?
Too bad, because gas was 11 cents a gallon.


In my day:


‘“Grass” was mowed,


‘“Coke” was a cold drink,


‘“pot” was something your mother cooked in and


‘“Rock music” was your grandmother’s lullaby.


‘“Aids” were helpers in the Principal’s office,


‘“Chip” meant a piece of wood,


‘“hardware” was found in a hardware store and


‘“Software” wasn’t even a word.


And we were the last generation to actually believe that a lady needed a husband to have a baby.


No wonder people call us “old and confused” and say there is a generation gap. And how old do you think I am?


I bet you have this old man in mind…you are in for a shock!


Read on to see — pretty scary if you think about it and pretty sad at the same time.


Are you ready?????


This man would be only 59 years old.







the pilgrim  (68.9 years old!)

7 months, 3 weeks ago 0



Time is running out to SAVE 10% on this year’s His Light Workshops!!!!  First off, have you every wanted to go to Costa Rico and photograph a red eyed tree frog?  I’ve got a friend who did, sweated for a wee, and never saw one!!  At the Reptile Shoot in Fort Myers, Florida, (nice place to go in late February)!!!!  You will see and photograph dozens of exotic reptiles and amphibians from around the world, in perfect settings, on proper plants, and  controlled and posed by an expert, Mike Matthews.  Learn all the biology and get the shots you would have to circle the globe to get!  February 21 & 22  Fort Myers Florida  register by January 15th and save 10%





Join Jack Graham and Bill Fortney in Nelson Ghost Town near Las Vegas two days of great shooting in the town and an evening at the Neon Museum in nearby Las Vegas.   This one of the prime Americana locations Bill featured in his best selling Americana book!  March 20 – 21 Register by January 15th and save 10%  Watch for my Nelson Ghost Town class on KelbyOne coming soon!





Join Nikon legend Fred Sisson, Bill Fortney and Jim Begley for a workshop in one of the great Americana cities in the east coast area.  Great old buildings, a Virginia Transportation Museum with lots of trains and automobiles, wonderful signs, the D-Day Memorial and a trip to the O. Winston Link Photographic Museum!!!  Take part in a re-created O. Winston Link night time, live train photography expedition shoot!  April 29-May 2.     10% off if you register before the 15th!  Roanoke, VA





If you love old rusting cars and trucks and want to learn how to turn them into stunning art,  join Jim Begley and John “Snake” Barrett at Old Car City!  34 acres, 4,000 rusting cars and trucks. This one of our most popular Spring workshops.  If you like rust this will be heaven!  Same deal register before January 15th and save 10%!


Just for the record,


The Great Smokies only has 2 spots left!

Memory Lane only has only 4 spots left!


Coming next week!!!!  My Close Up book!



Have a great weekend!




the pilgrim