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9 years, 4 months ago 0

This morning I would like to take a moment and openly thank God for answered prayer. Paul said pray constantly, and in our world today I can’t imagine not being in constant prayer. Over the years, as I’ve grown in my relationship with the Lord, prayer has become a vital part of that walk. The more He teaches me the more my prayer life changes. Once my prayers were a long list of what I wanted Him to do for me. The more we mature in our relationship to Him, the more we pray for His will to be done in our lives, and the lives of others.

When I was a baby Christian I was afraid to pray for His will to be done, I didn’t really know Him well enough to know what His will was! The longer we walk with Him the better we know Him and the more we trust that His will is far better for us than our own choices. Given to my own devices I would still make poor choices. Thank goodness He has more of my attention and heart.

What should we pray for? Well, I believe no issue is too large or too small to take to our Heavenly Father. This last six weeks I’ve been praying for my boss and friend, Scott Diussa. Scott was assigned to South Africa for FIFA World Cup Soccer. South Africa can be a dangerous place, and I and others who care about Scott had concerns for his safety. The prayers have been answered and he will be coming home soon. Sherelene has had a tough time at work with a hard schedule and I’ve been praying for her to get rest and recover, that prayer has been answered and continues to be answered. I constantly pray for my country, and I believe God is answering those prayers. I pray everyday, a prayer of thankfulness, that I have one more day to serve Him. I’m here today.

If you had a friend but never had or took time to talk with them, your relationship would not grow very strong. If you want to have deep meaningful relationship with your Heavenly Father the first step is to communicate with Him and let Him speak to you as well.

Luke 11
And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.
And he said unto them, When you pray, say,
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.
Give us day by day our daily bread.
And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.

If you don’t know what to pray, or how to pray, this a great place to start.

the pilgrim

*Photo Note: Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill, Kentucky. D700, 24-70 AFS f 2.8 lens.

9 years, 4 months ago 0

I was recently asked that question in an interview for a magazine. That is a tough question to answer and I invite you to pretend you are being interviewed, and answer as well. Let me take a stab at it.

First I see myself as a man who loves his Lord and tries to live in a way that would never betray that relationship. Second, I hope I’m a loving husband, father, and grandfather. I hope the people that know I consider them friends, know I would be there for them if they ever needed me. Third, I’m a photographer and work for great company that makes wonderful gear and I love using it. I consider working hard at being a better visual artist my most important responsibility after the things already mentioned.

I think it is interesting that when men meet men for the first time usually the first question we ask is, what do you do? Women usually ask about family. I’m afraid this is very telling about us guys.
We have a tendency to feel we are defined by our occupation. I’ve tried very hard to escape from that and see myself as much more than just a photographer. I truly care about photography, but
my Lord, my family and my friends have made a much larger impact on me.

I am sure that some day when I go to be with the Lord, it will not be my photography that has lasting value, but my love for others and service to my Lord.

the pilgrim

*Photo note: One of my favorite pictures of myself, doing what I love to do and shot by a good friend!

9 years, 4 months ago 0

An old friend dropped by the meeting today and we had a good visit. He asked if I’d had any good seafood in Charleston and I told him I was not a big seafood eater but that wife loved good seafood. He suggested I had to take her to a little out of the way place for dinner and so Sherelene and I did. The See Wee Cafe is a very unique little country store turned restaurant about 20 miles up the road from Charleston. The place was packed so Sherelene went in to get us a table while I parked the car on the side of the road about 50 yards from the place.

When I came in the See Wee Cafe, I saw my wife standing with a table of four, everyone waving. It wasn’t until I got close that I discovered it was two couples that had been great friends back in our early days in Harlan, after we first married. Mike and Carolyn Brock, our one time next door neighbors and best friends, and dear old friends Bill and Carol Moody. What a delight! We had a lot of good laughs about running in to each other so far from home and after all these years.

It turned out that the food was fabulous and seeing old friend only made the evening that much better. I’ve often shared on this blog how richly God has blessed me. This chance meeting with old friends reminded me once again, how long and how deeply God had watched over me. True friends are one of those wonderful blessing that make our lives so much richer, these friends really fall into that category. It was so great to see them again.

If you get to Charleston and have an evening free, run up to the See Wee Cafe, I can promise it will be an evening you will not soon forget. Thank you Lord for another blessed day…….

the pilgrim

* Photo Notes: D90 – 16-85 AFS VR lens ISO 1,600

9 years, 4 months ago 0

Sometimes you want to travel light. As a photographer, the thought of going anywhere without a camera is unthinkable. Fortunately, today there are many small compact cameras that are capable of yielding great results in a very small package. If you are considering picking up a small camera let me make some suggestions to consider.

Most people have only one question when they consider a new camera, how many megapixels does it have? Actually that is far from the most important consideration. I do presentations all over America and I have a half dozen images in my portfolio piece that many people rave about. They always guess that I used something like the D3x (24 megapixels) to shoot them, it’s always fun to tell them that they were shot with a D70 (several generations old 6 megapixel camera).

Far more important than megapixels is color quality and sharpness. Today many small cameras go as high as 14 megapixels and higher! The following list (in order) are what I would look for in a compact camera.

1. Excellent image quality (regardless of megapixels). * Sharp lens/good zoom range.
2. Low noise out to at least ISO 400.
3. Minimum shutter lag and Vibration Reduction feature.
4. Good adjustment of white balance, saturation and sharpening.
5. Wide angle to at least 28mm equivalent.
6. Good automatic white balance.
7. Viewfinder or very good LCD panel for composing.
8. At least 720P movie mode.
9. HDMI connectivity.
10. A reasonable price.

There are quite a few attractive cameras out there that can fill these requirements. Since I work for Nikon I use the Coolpix S8000, it works great for me and is very slim and easy to pocket. Look for
the camera that you enjoy using and you will be a happy camper.

One big advantage to a small camera is most people will pay very little attention to you! Better shots!

Does it make nice images? Judge for yourself………

My best,

the pilgrim