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3 weeks, 3 days ago 0

In a couple of weeks the Faithful Friends will gather at Shaker Village, Kentucky!  I got it, who are the Faithful Friends and why Shaker Village?  After a person at5tends four His Light Workshops they become a Faithful Friend.  Our “Friends” get first info on future events, team clothing, and once a year a special event at no cost!  This Shaker Village get together  is this years event.  What makes these events so much fun is the chance to spend four days with some of your best friends, in a great location, and fellowship as good as it gets!


You may have noticed if you come here often, that I really have gotten in to old stuff, rusty stuff, and stuff that speaks to our history.  It is exciting to learn about your subjects, to find out how they fit into the story of our lives!






We will have a great time shooting all the great subject matter, and enjoying each other!


Start adding up those workshops and join us next year!!!!




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3 weeks, 4 days ago 8


One of the things about being a photographer is experiences alter our perceptions!  Recently I have been wanting to carry just as few key lenses and keep it light!  Then I did the workshop in Nashville and we shot a lot of different subject matter, and I constantly found what I wanted was back in the SUV or at the hotel!!!  Well I missed some opportunities because, well I didn’t have what I need with me.  When I shot Nikon, carrying everything meant forty pounds, maybe even more!!!  That was not possible, but with the Fuji X System I can actually manage to carry all the lenses in a small backpack that ways only 10.5 pounds.  So what can you put into a Lowepro Flipside Sport 10L AW?


Fuji X-T1 with battery pack and Really Right Stuff “L” bracket

55-200 f 3.5-4.8 LM OIS

56mm f 1.2

60mm Micro f 2.5

23mm f 1.4

14mm f 2.8

10-24 f 4.0


I always have a Fuji X-T1 with the 18-55  f 2.8-4 LM OIS and a RRS “L” Bracket and my RRS Tripod and B55H-LR ball head separately.


4 – NPW-126 batteries

Guru Gear SD Card Holder (with 11 – 32 gig cards)

Filter Holder with:  Nikon 5T & 6T Diopter  -  Canon 250 D Diopter 

 52mm Polarizer – 39mm Polarizer  – 49mm Polarizer

Jeweler’s screwdriver

A Think Tank rain cover


The new back up bag that will remain  in the FJ, a Think Tank Retrospective 5 :


Fuji X-E1 with 35mm f 1.4 lens

Fuji X100s with 23mm f2 lens

4 – WP-126 batteries

4 – NP-95 batteries

1 Remote Release

Eyelead Sensor cleaner

Lots of Zeiss lens cleaning wipes

Three Microfiber cloths



In a Accessory bag (Think Tank Speed changer) I have:

4 Chargers

Photographic Solutions Cleaning supplies


Close-up diopter from Rayonox 

Blower bulb

More Zeiss wipes



So my next trip, up to Shaker Village, I hope I will find  that this is the way to be prepared, we will see!!!???


Let me take a moment to express my deepest appreciation to the great folks that joined us in Nashville, what a wonderful group!!  A very special thanks to Ricky for being what he always is;  a super star, loving , kind, and a kick to hang out with!! My incredible team, Jim, Snake, Vinny,  Bob, the incomparable Nick Coury, and our newest and wonderful KelbyOne friend, Pete Collins.  But most of all, the blessings of a loving God, who once again brought some strangers together. and unleashed His Holy Spirit on us all!




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Just for giggles, single click on the image and look at it close!  ISO 6400!!!!!


So…..what’s the point of owning a few dozen bags, and backpacks if you can’t rearrange them!


4 weeks ago 6

Photo by Annette Colucci


Yes, the Pilgrim captured air guitaring to a blues song in Antique Archaeology!  We’ve been having a great time!  I promised to share some images, but honestly I have shot very little, lots of in the field teaching!!!  Below are a few images I really liked and are new shots for me.








All taken at our workshop locations!


….and here is our great group!





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4 weeks, 1 day ago 2


For the first two days of the His Light Workshop in Nashville with Ricky Skaggs, it has been back to school!  Let me explain, people pay a fee to come and hang out with our team and shoot in great locations.  We are supposed to equip them with photographic knowledge, spiritual inspiration, and lots of fun.  I feel pretty certain that we have, but more than any workshop in memory this group has taught me more than I could have imagined…..


The Group:  this is one of the most delightful group of people we’ve had in along time.  Very diverse and all eager to learn, and enjoying the fellowship immensely!  I can already remember warm conversation with each person in the group, and for two days in that is really special!


The Team:  ”Snake” Barrett, Nick Coury, Vinny Colucci, Pete Collins, and Bob Carey have each added so much to the learning process and the fellowship with them has been wonderful as well!  Hats off to Nick for his incredible lighting demo at Durys, some of the portraits of Ricky were outstanding, and yes you will see them later on this blog!  * Special Note, thanks Pete (Collins) for introducing me to Scotty Smith, what an incredible servant of God, and a great guy!  I know we are well on our way to a very special friendship!!!


Mr. Ricky Skaggs:  Where do I start?  Warm and caring, patient, and giving, unbelievably talented, he has shown once again why he is one of our favorite friends to join us for a workshop.  Sitting at the concert at the Ryman last night, it was hard to believe that the star of the show was our friend who just a few hours earlier was shooting side by side with us!


The Weather:  Perfect, not the usual mid 90′s of late July in Nashville.  Mornings have been so pleasant, just a perfect time to shoot!


The Locations:  All the great people at Antique Archaeology, The Marathon Motor Works, and Canonsburg Village have rolled out the red carpet and opened special doors to make this a once in a lifetime experience!


Jim Begley:  What a talented guy, what a great Christian man, what a friend!  He brought his A game to this one!!!!!


So it has been back to school for me!!!  I am a blessed man, to have such friends, new friends, and to share the photography  love with these new brothers ands sisters!


Have a blessed Weekend!


the pilgrim