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1 year, 5 months ago 6
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This isn’t easy, in fact it’s impossible, but I have to try.  Don Nelson was one of my very best friends of a lifetime.  Don was, and is, a legend in the photo business, the workshop field and as an all around great guy!


Let me start at the beginning.  I met Don Nelson when the Nikon F3 camera was released. I drove to Kingsport, Tennessee, to see the new camera.  Don was a salesman for Nikon and their best, many times the President’s Award Winner!  He showed me the camera and we visited for several hours, few other folks showed up!  From that day on Don and I became friends and had a friendship that grew deeper.  He introduced me to many of his friends, most of them movers an shakers too!  He was the chairman of the biggest photojournalism conference in America, The Southern Short Course and he invited me to speak there, where I met some of the legends of the photography world.  I was invited back to be the Master of Ceremonies for several more years, where I met even more legends.  Thanks to Don, many door were opened to me that would have never been opened without his friendship.  He was with me at the beginning of workshop career, helping me, as usual, with things I needed a lot of help with!!!!


Don introduced me to Hugh Morton and the entire Grandfather Mountain family, further widening my horizons.  We did many events together and had more fun than you can imagine.  When the sideline photographer for the Washington Redskins was injured, Don got me the official photographers position for a short while!!!


More than any of that, Don was a real friend, I loved him like a brother and appreciated so many things about him.  Don was a true legend and everyone that knew him knew that!  A few years back Don was diagnosed with Lymphoma and he fought a long battle and survived it, but was very weakened but the treatments.  Still he was well on his way back when his wife Chris was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.   She lost her battle and Don started to go down hill, eventually moving into an assisted living facility.


On Friday Don got his reward and went on to be with the Lord and Chris and many other friends we’ve lost and that are now in Paradise.


I’m not sure if you can see anything going on down here in Heaven, but if you happen to read this entry here goes;



Thank you for being such a wonderful friend, for making me laugh until my sides split, for sharing so generously all the people whose lives you touched and allowed me to know them too.  Thank you for the countless ways you made me a better man, built my confidence and made me so thankful we met.  I will be along in a while, and I can’t wait to get another of your famous bear hugs and share old stories!  If it’s not too much to ask could you meet me at the gate and show me around, if I know you, and I do, you will have it all down pat!  I love you Don, thanks for all your kindness, compassion and teaching me so much.  Hug Chris for me and all those friends of ours that are there with you. I’m thankful that your earthly trials are over now!  You were one of the best we ever had down here!  Until later,


Your friend





P.S.  I did not have a photo of Don in my files as I am traveling, the flag says everything good about you, hope that works!?

1 year, 5 months ago 12
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The end of a stellar week with a great group and good things to shoot!  When I get into the Newport Harbor I had  a lot of fun turning on my inner Jay Maisel!  O.K. nobody is Jay except Jay, but I love his style of shooting and love to try and see the way think he sees!  Here are my attempts!  Enjoy!


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….and one color for color sake!


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May we all see graphics and color a little more like Mr. Maisel!




the pilgrim


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Our best from Jack and Bill!!


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1 year, 5 months ago 8
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Jack and I are three days into the Oregon Coast Workshop with ten great folks and lots to shoot!!!!  I will share some of the images I’ve made so far, some along the coast, some in Charleston Harbor, and an interesting stranger who is no longer a stranger!!!!  Enjoy!


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Wish you were here!!!!!




the pilgrim






1 year, 5 months ago 7
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I’m leaving Sunday night to the airport hotel to fly out first thing Monday morning for Portland OR to meet up with Jack for our two week swing down the Oregon Coast and then on to the beautiful Palouse region of Washington State!!!!  I promise to try to do some posting through out the two weeks.  Our days are busy but I will at least post some images every few days.


I will ask for your prayers for the second week.  This is the longest days of the year and we often need to travel for a while to get to a sunrise location, so we leave the hotel around 3:00 a.m. to get out there.  I try to get a few naps in during the part of the day we are not out shooting, but there aren’t many of those!  This is two great weeks, Jack and I usually have a lot of fun and great laughs!  We have two good groups for these workshops and I know we will have a great time!


One of my favorite parts for the Oregon Coast trip is the harbors we get to shoot.  Tis year I’m going ot use  he 100-400 to try and do some tight details.  I have used the 18-135 or the 55-200 in the past, will be interesting to see how this plan works out.  You know what they say about plans, so we’ll see.  Here are a few of my favorites from my last harbor shooting!


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….and of course beach shooting!


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Come along by visiting me here!




the pilgrim