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8 years, 6 months ago 0

Photography is about the decisive moment. We attempt to shoot at the very moment that all the elements are in place. I would love to be able to tell you that I not only caught the two Blue Angel’s F18 Hornets about to cross, but also timed the rest of the team to be in the background at the same exact moment. I did catch the jets, after several failed attempts, the background, that was
either chance or something else.

We would all like to believe that we have control over what happens in our lives. That is to some degree, or another, both true and false. We do have some control, but not total control. Circumstances can arise that we have no control over at all. Yesterday I shared about why I believed my dear friend Scott Kelby has been so blessed. The question you might ask yourself is can I put my self in a position to be blessed like that as well. The answer is a resounding yes. Would your blessing look like Scott’s? Probably not, because you’re you, and he’s Scott. Let me share another scripture with you this morning that backs up the scripture from yesterday.

Psalm 37:4 (New Living Translation)
4 Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires.
What does it mean to take delight in the Lord? If you believe that Jesus was the Son of God and that He came to earth to teach, live as an example, and then die and be resurrected for you, then you have accepted Him for who He truly is. If you accept that, you have no doubt offered your heart and life to Him. Having done so, you will come to grow in your relationship with Him. Soon your every moment will be affected by this close friendship and brotherhood that has arisen and grows stronger with each passing day. When you start to care more about what he wants, more than what you want, your desires will change. As you desire what He desires, He is more than able to make the desires of your heart a reality.
Let me give you a very earthly example; As you know I love airplanes and aviation. Around 14 years ago I decided to learn to fly to be able to shoot landscape images from the air. God has provided not only the experience, but my safety, and three airplanes. Are the airplanes and the flying vital to what God really wants in my life? I believe so. I do know for certain that because of the interesting experiences I’ve had I get the opportunity to share with others about these grand adventures, and in the process, more importantly, I get to share about my love of the Lord. Many people have shared with me that these “sharing sessions” have been important to them, spiritually. That is God’s work, not mine, my job is to be obedient when He calls. As Woody Allen said, “90% of success is just showing up.”
I don’t believe in blind chance. I believe things happen for a reason, sometimes the reason is something very grand in the overall scheme of your life, sometimes maybe just something pleasant, but always for a reason. God has a plan and he is under no obligation to share it with us. We probably couldn’t handle the details if He did reveal them. This is where faith comes in. If I truly believe that He loves me, and cares for me, and that He is always doing what is best for me, why would I worry or be concerned?
So is my life, Scott’s life, and your life chance or something else? I’ll leave that for you to ponder.

the pilgrim

*Photo note: Shot at the Reno Air Races in 2009, D300s and 70-300 AFS VR lens.

8 years, 6 months ago 0

No I’m not the pilot and Scott is not in this plane. Actually he and I are on the ground shooting together, but that is not the story. Please allow me to start at the beginning.

For ten years through the nineties and into early 2001, I ran the Great American Photography Workshops. We hired the absolute best nature photographers in America as the star talent at our workshops. Names like; John Shaw, Art Wolf, Galen Rowell, David Muench, Jim Brandenburg,
John Netherton, Pat O’Hara, Bryan Peterson, and on and on……. Given a couple of months they would easily fill up a workshop. Tuesday, Scott announced our Moab Event on his blog. The workshop was sold out with a 10 person waiting list in only 24 hours!

Why does Scott Kelby have such a following? Well, let’s see, he is arguably the best Photoshop instructor in the world, he is a exceptional photographer, and he is one of the best presenters, on stage, you will ever see. Want more? O.K. he is also a great musician and a one man comedy act on stage and TV. Did I mention that he is the biggest selling author in the Photoshop and Photography world by a very, very long margin? He’s also a really nice guy. In spite of all those accolades I think the reason for his phenomenal success is something completely different.

Matthew 6:33 (New Living Translation)
33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
Simple, Scott lives his life by that scriptural principle.
I know Scott Kelby, and I know the people that are closest to Scott, and I know what they think about him and why. If you got to know “the real Scott Kelby” you would find he is a very down to earth, honest man of integrity, who cares deeply about his family and his friends, and most of all honors God in his life. Read the introduction of any of his books an you will see that the last paragraph is devoted to his thankfulness for all God has bestowed on him.
“To God and His Son Jesus Christ: Thank you for always hearing my prayers, for always being there when I need You, for blessing me with such a wonderful joy-filled life, and such a warm loving family to share it with.” Scott Kelby
There are several ways to display your faith. Some shout it from the hill tops, I guess I fall into that category, and for some people that is how God chooses to use them. Honestly even more effective is what people learn about God by how they see you live, that is the category Scott falls into. Ask anyone that really knows Scott how he treats his friends, family and complete strangers. The answer will explain it all. His day to day life is his proclamation of faith.
I’ve always been honored to call Scott Kelby my friend, and we are joined together by a love for many of the same things, the most important being, that God that has given us all we have or could ever hope for!

the pilgrim

* Photo note: Sun n’ Fun 2010, with Scott, D700 – 70-300 AFS VR.

8 years, 6 months ago 0

A short note from the just ended, Boston trip. You can’t go to the cradle of freedom and not come away feeling more patriotic. Boston, is a great city to visit to remember our beginnings. From the old North Church to Paul Reveres home, from Constitutional Hall to the Freedom Trail. All are reminders of the great heritage that formed this nation. Inspite of the attempts of the revisionists,
America was founded by men that believed in a soverign God.

Please pray for our country. It is my opinion that only if those of us that truly love and serve God return to our knees in submission to Him, will He heal our land.

the pilgrim

8 years, 6 months ago 0

I went around and around about whether to use this space to make a workshop announcement, I finally decided that based on many emails from readers of the blog, that you would want this information. My intention is not to use the Pilgrim’s Chronicles for commercial purposes, but I’ve also had many of you ask how you can find out when I’m doing a workshop that is open to the public. That is why I added the His Light Ministries pages to keep you informed. If it offends anyone that I announced a workshop here, please let me know, I would never do anything to harm the fellowship we enjoy.

On Monday June 7th, Scott Kelby will announce our workshop on his blog,
http://www.scottkelby.com/ For those that are interested call ASAP. I’m in my home office June 8-11. (606)-528-6119 or my cell (606)-344-0455. The last event Scott and I did together had 35 sign-ups in 9 days, we also had over 30 on the waiting list. Scott is very, very popular! These workshops are already over half full, from the Savannah group that had the first opportunity to attend. For anyone that is seriously interested in joining us, acting quickly is imperative.

Scott will be teaching the new Photoshop CS5 and Lightroom 3 with all their new tools. I will be joined by Wayne Bennett and Richard Small to teach landscape and field techniques. Great fellowship will be had by all. A four day, southwest tour is available starting October 2nd and ending in Moab where the second event will start on the 6th. On the southwest tour (limited to 15) we will shoot a slot canyon, Lower Antelope, in Page, AZ, then shoot evening light at Red Rock Canyon State Park, the next morning we will shoot a sunrise at Bryce Canyon National Park, then drive on to Zion National park for day and half in that beautiful set of canyons. We will then head back to Page with a stop in Paria Wilderness Area. After a sunrise a Dykinga Rocks we will head down to Moab to join the rest of the gang for that great event with Scott Kelby! The Kelby event is $895. and the pre event the southwest tour is $499. You can attend either individually, or both. As of this writing we are over half full for both events. The tour will be limited to 15, the big event
in Moab to 35, plus leaders. Both events together run from Sat. the 2nd to Sunday the 10th.
So you can do them all in a single week………

Here are some of the locations covered in both events:

O.k. so if you would like to see the best of the Golden Circle National Parks in just one week with a great group of folks let us know, and we would be happy to have you join us…….

the pilgrim

Psalms 9:1

“I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds….”

This is a scripture that is close to my heart in the midst of the glorious creation He has made.