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11 months, 2 weeks ago 7



Tour the Historic Route 66 through Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona.  We will end our journey in Nelson Ghost Town and a visit to the Neon Museum in Las Vegas.  If you are into Americana this is a must trip.  Relive the glories of The Mother road!



One of America’s most unique and spectacular parks Arches and Canyonlands.  Hit the most incredible locations for early and late light each day and full classrooms sessions each day.  If that were not enough you will get to join Bill for a burger at one of the top rated cheeseburger locations in America, Milt’s Stop and Eat!!!!



Spring in the Smokies is one of the most pleasant n natural history sites in america.  We will shoot spring flowers. beautiful streams and that perfect spring green array of color.  This is my home park and I’ve run over 40 worships intros park, trust me, you will hit the best locations!




One of our most popular event a week in Nashville, Music City with Ricky Skaggs Country and Bluegrass Music Legend and great shooter.  Ricky will be with us on location and in the classroom for the four of the five en a half days.  View one of the countries most valuable and largest classic car collections, shoot at Antique Archaeology, (the American Picker’s Store) and The Marathon Motorworks area.  The bonus, your registration fee includes a ticket to attend Ricky and Kentucky Thunder’s annual concert at the Historic Ryman Theatre.



One of the parks that few people get to shoot in is the wonderful Badlands, Black Hills, and the beautiful Spear Fish Canyon.   The Fall foliage is spectacular and the region is filled with interesting and exciting , wildlife, landscape and Americana subjects.


His Light Workshops Details

All Workshops limited to 8 attendees except Nashville which will have 12.

All Workshops are $995.   *excluding lodging sand meals.

To Register:  Contact Bill Fortney  @  or call

(606)-528-6119  or (606)-344-0455

EARLY REGISTRATION: Register before December 31 for a workshop in the 

Following year and receive an additional 10% off .


All of His Light Workshops will deal with Learning to See Photographically, Advanced Composition and the Art of Extraction.




I will also be doing workshops with Jack Graham and Jack Graham Workshops including our New Fuji X-System Workshops!





To join Jack and I for His workshops contact Jack at: 





Please note that these discounts are for FUJI “X”PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSOPS ONLY and are different and do not apply to workshops run individually by Jack Graham or Bill Fortney as well as workshops found under, Ultimate Photo Workshops and His Light Photography Workshops 


1. RETURNING ATTENDEES: 10% discount 


2. EARLY REGISTRATION: Register before December 31 for a workshop in the 

Following year and receive an additional 10% off (domestic workshops only) 



11 months, 3 weeks ago 9



I have found another 5.0 Burger!!!  On my way to New York for a Fuji meeting, (more on that later), a friend recommended I give  it a try and now I owe you big thanks!  Great place, great burger, nice folks that run it!  The do it really right, last steel grill, great meat, wonderful bun, I would guess baked there, and nice service!  If you get into Lexington, drop by then and go  them a try. You can Google them at Bru Burger!




I just returned from a  quick trip up to the Fuji headquarters in Valhalla, New  York.  They asked me to tape some interviews for a film crew from the home office in Japan.  We had a great time, and as always I really enjoyed spending time with Justin and the great group at Fuji.   As much as I love the Fuji cameras and lenses I value their service and attitude about photogprahers even more. Every time I meet with these great folks they listen, ask relevant questions and take notes.  It feels great knowing they are listening to us!!!!





The train is getting ready to leave the station.  Next week I will publish next year’s schedule to the big mailing list, I’m really looking forward to seeing some of you next year in-the-field!




the pilgrim


11 months, 3 weeks ago 15



Several years ago, I bought my first Fuji camera, an X10.  I got such amazing images from this $699. camera.  When Fuji came out with the X-E1.  I purchased one and on a trip to Nashville shot the image above with the “kit” lens the 18-55 f 2.8-4.  When I blew it up to 3′ x 3′ (that is feet by feet).  The print was made by Stephen Hart of Jasper Imaging.  The acrylic face mount print allowed the file to be seen in all it’s glory!  To this day knowledgable photographers viewing the print, can’t believe it was not made by a medium format digital camera.  After many viewings myself, I came to the same conclusion, the 16 mega pixel X-Trans sensor is one of the most capable image makers I’ve ever used!  For me 16 mega pixels is more than enough!


As I began to acquire the Fuji XF lenses i released that Fuji was on to something very, very special, well made, metal lenses with aperture rings and sterling performance!  As the lens line started to round out, they did something else very special, a series of single focal length, speed lenses (f 1.2 to f 2).  Just like the early lenses, I found these to be among the best I’ve ever used.


Fuji followed up with the X-T1 and all my needs were finally fulfilled!  How was I to know that one image made in 1:1 format with the X-E1 would lead to this.


Tomorrow I am flying up to Valhalla to Fuji’s corporate offices to do some video taping with them. This has turned into a great relationship!




the pilgrim

11 months, 3 weeks ago 22

Had to sahre!





the pilgrim