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10 months, 2 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,


10 months, 2 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!)

10 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



10 months, 3 weeks ago 0



Step up to the Mike,  By Bill Fortney



Jack Graham, Scott Kelby, and Matt Kloskowski all did 2014 retrospectives and I enjoyed each of them!  I started to do one and then came up with another idea.  I would like to first ask myself, and you the most important photographic questions of 2014, (or any previous year for that matter!)  Did you grow?  Did you grow technically?  Did you grow visually?  Did you grow aesthetically?  Before I attempt to answer that let me share portfolios from three dear friends who certainly did so in all the above categories!



Before I feature more photographers, let me start with these three!  I’ve known Jack Graham for almost 30 years and our photographic friendship and personal friendship goes back all that time.  I first met Jack at a GAPW event, (Great American Photography Weekends), featuring the late Galen Rowell.  Immediately,  Jack was on of those people you meet that you really like and want to get to know better.  Through the years we have remained in touch and when I retired from Nikon in the summer of 2013 he asked me to teach workshops with him, and I did.  I’ve genuinely enjoyed teaching with Jack and just hanging out with him!  He rarely mentions it, but when we met he was a very successful professional musician, a trumpet player.  He was good enough to have done performances live, on stage with the likes of Frank Sinatra and many other stars of that era!


I met Scott and Matt when I first went to work of Nikon in the early 2000′s  I think around 2002 or 2003.  I talked my boss, Bill Pekala, into what we use to call a weasel deal, a fond monicker for getting the company to send us on a trip to mostly have fun!  It turned out to be money well spent for Nikon and I!  I met Scott and Matt at the Salt Lake City airport and drove them on a 5 day trip through the golden circle (Bryce Canyon, Zion, the Grand Canyon, and other great red rock parks)! Both were in the beginning stages of a great interest in photography, and I tried to show them the ropes, so as to speak! Please don’t misread that I am taking any credit whatsoever for their meteoric rise as shooters, no, I just had some fun with them, and gave them some pointers.  The best part was we became really fast friends and that friendship has grown over the past decade!  My points that even though Jack was already a good shooter when we got to know each other, He, Matt and Scott have really “grown” and their work shows it!


I would be remiss if I didn’t mention two other very dear friends who continue to shock me with their work!  Jim Begley and Jim Haverstock are not only two of my best friends, they are truly gifted shooters and in 2014, it continued to be proven!  More than the photography, and both are wonderful photographers, it is their fellowship!  Both Jim B and Jim H. are two to finest Christian men I know, and they always lift me up when we get me together, which thankfully, we often do!  Here are just a few of their incredible stock pile of fantastic images!




So lastly what are my accomplishments of 2014?  Let’s see, I love the Lord more than ever, and I’m more thankful for all He has done for me.  I am more madly in love with Sherelene than I ever thought possible!  Now that I am retired, (Ha ha!) I am enjoying more quality time with my family and my grandchildren.  I finally got started only long desired eBook writing journey (as of next week),  it will be a total of 12 eBooks and I’ve sold or given away a couple of thousand!  I am having a blast writing, shooting, praying, sharing His Love, and being on this side of the grass!!!




the pilgrim