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11 months ago 4



I got in around 2:00 yesterday to Spokane where Jack and Greg picked me up at the airport and we went straight out to our hotel in Pullman WA and a then out to scout.  It was mid afternoon and even  in harsh bad light the Palouse is as breathtaking as usual!!  Over the next few days IO hope to bring you some of the magic of this place in prime light, first hour and last hour of the day!   This is a  prime photography location for the landscape shooter for good reasons, it taxes your composition skills and sharpen them!!!!  All these images ar with the new Fuji X-T10 and the 16mm f 1.4 and 90mm f 2 lenses all of which I’m testing and very much enjoying!



Much more to come!




the pilgrim

11 months ago 30


I will be packing Monday and traveling Tuesday to the Palouse, so I will go ahead and post now, this one is just for fun!!



Funny thing, how people think they know you.  I got an interesting email saying some very nice things about my blog, my classes on KelbyOne, etc, etc.  It ended with a interesting sentence, and I quote, “Being a fellow from Appalachia, I guess I thought you would be a gun toting, redneck,  before reading your inspiring words!”  I can’t blame this fellow, because that is the accepted opinion of folks from my part of the country, and he was right about one thing, that few people know, I am a gun lover.


Now I’m not getting ready for the zombie apocalypse, or the Russians coming, or anything like that.  I love to target shoot at the range, (the old days we just went into the woods), and I’ve always enjoyed firearms.  I’m a safety nut and have taught all my family members the proper way to handle a gun and how to be absolute sure that all guns are unloaded until they need to go into action.  By-the-way Sherelene is an expert shot!  I thought I might share the guns I own and shoot above and below;


Above are my Handguns above;


1. A Glock 23 chambered in .40 calibre   (Same gun as issued to the FBI)


2.  A Springfield Armory XD 3.3 Mod. 2 chambered in 9mm.  Concealed Carry


3.  A Ruger Mark III Target pistol with a bull barrel chambered for .22 Long Rifle.


4.  A Taurus Poly Protector 5 shot revolver chambered in .38 Special +P  - also concealed carry.


5.  A Taurus Tracker large frame chambered in .22 Long Rifle.  To stay accurate with heavy frame revolvers.


6.  A Ruger Single Six revolver chambered for .22 Long Rifle and and an additional cylinder for .22 Magnum.  Loved Roy Rogers!





Rifles above:


1. A Mossburg  Model 500 – 12 gauge pump shotgun.


2.  A Henry Golden Boy Lever Action Rifle chambered for .22 Long Rifle.


3.  A Henry Short Western Lever Action   chambered for .22 Long Rifle.


4.  A Ruger 10-22 Tactical Carbine with Nikon Scope and Bi-pod  chambered for .22


5. A Smith & Wesson M&P AR-15-22  Chambered for .22 Long Rifle  chambered in .22 Long Rifle.

with Nikon Tactical Scope, Bi-pod, laser and combat light.


So, maybe that was  something you din’t know!




the “well armed” pilgrim

11 months ago 7



Yes, a Five Guys Burgers and Fries Burger has topped the list!  Sherelene and I were coming back from Knoxville and stopped by the Emory Road Five guys off the Powell Exit on I-75.  Now before I start don’t get me wrong, I’ve rated Five Guys Burgers very high in the past, but they are not all in the mid 4+ pickles.  The making a burger is more about the people that craft it, and the Emory Road Store has Allen, a master burger maker! He and Cody (the Assistant Manager) took great care of us, and the General Manager of that store, Jody,  and I had a great conversation, I’m pretty sure he thought I was nuts whenI told him I was a cheeseburger expert, but now he can read the review!


I’ve had a lot of great burgers, but have, before today, refused to give any a full 5 Pickles on my scale, but this one deserved it, absolutely a great burger!  So to Allen, You’re the man, Cody, great service and Jody, you were a good sport treating this crazy bearded guy like he really knew what he was talking about!  Check out the rating!  It’s for real!




the pilgrim

11 months ago 13



I’m packing and getting ready to fly to Spokane where Jack Graham will pick me up so we can drive down to Colfax and run the Palouse Workshop!  Each location requires it’s own set of gear or at least as few specialty items for the kind of work you plan to do!  When traveling by air you have to find a way to get all the gear there and take the cameras and lenses on the plane with you.  I fly Southwest for several reasons but one of the most important is they always fly 737s.  I know this airplane well and know my loaded Think Tank Airport Security Version 2.0 will fit in the overhead bins!  I also pay the fee to get on the plane early in the A’s so I know I can get an isle seat with an open bin, about midway back through the plane.  Why midway back?  The most comfortable ride in turbulence in over the wings.


Back to the gear.  Every nature, landscape trip requires the big three; a wide angle zoom (mine is the Fuji 10-24 f 4  -  15-36 equiv.), a mid range zoom (the 16-55 f 2.8  -  24-85 equiv.) and a telephoto zoom (the 50-140 f 2.8   –  70-200 equiv.).  I also packed my 18-135, which goes everywhere with me, my throw back to the Nikon 28-300 kind of super zoom!!  The special lens for this trip is the Nikon 300mm f 4.5 IF-ED manual focus lens with an adapter to Fuji X mount (equiv, 450mm)  The shot below was made with the compression affect of this lens, and with focus peaking, it is easy to get tack sharp focus points.



The other lens I always carry is the Fuji 60mm Macro with three auto extension tubes from Fuji; the 11mm and two 16mm. That combination of lens give me courage from 15mm to 450mm and the ability to shoot close-ups to life size and little beyond.


I carry a Watson charger ( B&H and Amazon carries it) that charges two batteries at once with a very good LCD readout of the progress. It also features replaceable plates for many different batteries.  A portable hard drive (2 TB) for back ups.  In the top pockets of the bag I have the extra lens caps, body caps, cleaning supplies, allen wrenches, etc, etc.


I’m also taking a Fuji X-T10 and the new 16mm f 1.4 and 90mm f 2 to shoot in the Palouse as well!  I will post images all this coming week, have a great weekend!




the pilgrim