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7 years, 6 months ago 0

I’m posting the Friday entry early since I’m tied up on a project tomorrow. I’ve got a couple of great tech items to share with all my photo buddies out there. First I made a big mistake a couple of weekends ago, I invited Scott Kelby to come shoot with me one morning at Sun n’ Fun in Lakeland, Florida. No, I love Scott and we had a great time but just before he left he pulled out his new iPad to show me all the cool things it could do. No problem I had already decided not to buy one, couldn’t see any good use for it if you already carry a laptop. Big mistake, never underestimate what Scott’s enthusiasm can do to you. Bought mine later that afternoon. Actually I was wrong, “big news”, not like that ever happened before! The iPad has some seriously good application for photographers. First it is a great way to share your work in an informal setting with others. It really makes your images sing and as I discovered at the Kentucky Derby, several buddies that stopped by were so knocked out they blogged about my work. Bill Frakes of Sports Illustrated fame made some very nice comments on his blog, http://strawhatvisuals.com/ It was very kind of Bill to make those comments and being such an admirer of his work and talent it meant even more.

The iPad is good for a lot of other things as well; as a book reader, Contact and Calendar manager, killer movie player, and it surfs the web very well. You can also get and reply to email and texts. Lots of fun games and interesting apps, it’s just a tech geek’s delight……. And yes it holds a ton of music and audible books, rented movies, TV shows you missed, and then there is the ability to watch any YouTube stuff that strikes your fancy. I get the USA Today each day on it and several other periodicals. O.K. I’m hooked, I guess this is where I say, thanks Scott.

I made another great discovery that I need to tell you about. I’ve had a number of great labs make prints for me through the years, and I’ve been pretty happy with most, some more than others. Richard Small discovered a print maker in North Carolina and was kind enough to tell this gentleman about me. Roger Laudy of Imagewizards was kind enough to make me a couple of prints to show me what they could do. I sent him the file below and looked forward to a couple of test 8X10’s. Roger prints on aluminum, cool idea for airplane shots. The prints came today. To my shock they were 20X30’s and one was framed and one had a beautiful stand off frame box. I called Roger immediately to thank him and when he answered his cell I said, “Wow, Wow, Wow!!!” I went on to tell the shocked Roger that in all my 40 years a shooter I had never seen prints anywhere near the equal of these. I cannot tell you how impressed I was with the sheer impact of these prints, the super high gloss finish on aluminum was something to behold. I’m starting a business called Avart (aviation art – airplanes as art) and I can assure you that Roger and Imagewizards will become the official printer for all my work. This new process is over the top.
I encourage you to visit their website: www.imagewizards.net I even further encourage you to have them make you a print of your favorite image. Fair warning, this is going to cost you, I’m
already worried about the enormous collections of stuff I would love to have them print. They are not cheap but then I have never seen the equal of these prints, ever……..

So where is the usual spiritual message, here goes; I’m blessed, really, really blessed. Great friends to share my life with, and a wonderful bride (happy birthday sweetheart!) and our family to love. Terrific light on great subjects, in wonderful conditions, what more could I ask for? Nothing, thank you Lord, I don’t deserve these blessings, but I’ll take them all the same. May you have blessed and restful weekend, see you Monday……

the pilgrim

This is the file that Imagewizards printed for me, trust me, their prints look ten times this good!

* Photo note: P51 Mustang, WWI era Warbird, Shot withe D700 and 70-300 AFS VR ISO 200 – tripod.

7 years, 6 months ago 0

I’m not a tree hugger, don’t get me wrong, I love the creation, but I worship the Creator. In any group there are those that go way to far to the edge, (in my estimation). Some folks actually worship the natural world, it is, in affect, their religion. Please don’t count me as part of that club. I do think that God shows His magnificence in the creations of His world. I’ve never seen a jewel or string of pearls as beautiful as dew drops on a summer morning, but then that’s just me. I’m pretty sure my wife would rather have some diamonds or pearls for her birthday than a string of dew drops!

I’m not a great close-up photographer, but I plan to get a lot better at it, it is a part of nature photography I’ve been saving for years to get serious about someday, that day is coming soon.
When I do look deeply into the natural world up close and personal, I see God. I think His grand plan reveals itself the closer we look at the designs of His hand. As I said, I don’t do near enough of this kind of photography, but every time I do I have a spiritual experience. I’m not getting all new age on you, I just marvel at the beauty of His world when examined carefully.

Let me share just a few close-ups and see if you see what I’m seeing?! Enjoy

the pilgrim

Photo notes: All images with Micro Nikkor lenses, 105mm and 200mm.

7 years, 6 months ago 0

Yesterday I talked about how Scott Kelby came to my rescue. Well isn’t God fantastic! Today I got an email from my dear friend and shooting buddy, Vinny Colucci. It turns out that a seminar he had scheduled for July 24th in Greensboro, North Carolina was in trouble, his presenter Bob Krist had a conflict in his schedule and couldn’t make it. His question to me was could I step in for Bob.
First I love Bob Krist, he is the best travel shooters out there, in my estimation, and I don’t know if I
could draw for Vinny like Bob could, but how could I say anything but, count me in……

Part of our walk with the Lord is proving we mean it when we say we will step up to the plate when He calls on us. When Vinny needs my help, God is calling. Vinny has been a real friend through thick and thin and I wouldn’t let him down. I don’t usually announce places I’m doing workshops in this blog. I don’t want the focus to be off of the faith aspect of this site, but this is place where faith and actions meet. Faith and action. Faith is the key to waiting on and listening for God’s voice. Action is often what he calls us to. When I discussed starting this blog with a dear friend at Nikon, it was discussed that while my faith is real, taking this action (writing a blog about my faith), could ruffle some feathers. While that would never be my intention, it could happen. So the question is what would you do?

When I took the job as a PMTR, (Professional Markets Tech Rep), at Nikon I told my boss and friend, Bill Pekala that before I agreed to take the job he needed to know what my priorities would be. God, Family, Friends and Nikon, in that order. I told him I would give him 110% effort for Nikon but I wouldn’t sacrifice numbers 1 through 3 under any circumstance. I’m eight years in and it hasn’t been a problem, if it ever was, I would walk away without complaint.

God doesn’t want 110% effort or a big part of your life, He wants it all.

the pilgrim

*Photo info: Sparks Lane in early morning fog Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. D700, 24-70 @ about 35mm.

7 years, 6 months ago 1

In this blog you have heard me sing the praises of Scott Kelby on several occasions. Scott is one of the most talented, funny, engaging people I’ve ever known. There should be a law against having as many talents as Scott does. He is an acknowledged Photoshop (Adobe) expert and incredible teacher of these programs. Scott is a truly talented shooter and a kick butt musician. Last year, as you may recall, Scott pulled the GAPW’s fat from the fire by doing a workshop with me that allowed us to pay off a very large debt. Scott would except no compensation, even refusing to let me pay for his flight up to Savannah. A friend is someone that, at your lowest moment, shows up with his sleeves rolled up, ready to do anything he can to help. Scott Kelby more than fills that bill. If that were not enough, I’m honored to call him a close friend.

The real benefit from last years workshop was the great friendships that were made during the weekend. Most workshops involve some personal attachment, I should know, I’ve taught over 400. This one though, was something very special. The group was a conglomeration of great people from all walks of life and interests. This group came hungry to learn and as always Scott Kelby was in top form. No one left disappointed. We had such a great time that we are holding a Reunion event in early October in Moab, Utah. So far it appears that over 90% of the original group will come back for this get together.

My father once told me that to have a friend you have to be a friend. Jesus told us to treat others as you would want to be treated. If you want friends, this is a pretty good formula. When it is all said and done, possessions and accomplishments will pale in comparison to the few friends we can claim at the end of our days here on earth. Thanks Scott for making my cup run over.

the pilgrim