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It’s time for a list; things I love, and things I don’t love so much!


Things I love:


1.  My wife!  Every time I go out and teach or speak I mention how much I’m still madly in love with my wife, even after 45 years of marriage!  I once had Sherelene with me when I made that pronouncemnt , once again,  I lady came up to us and asked, “How could you still be in love after 45 years of marriage?!”  My wife quipped, “well he’s only been home 15 of the 45 years!”  While that is almost the truth, I think the absence has actually made us grow closer.  I love to travel, shoot and teach, but I love coming home even more.  Sherlene has made the last 45 years countless great homecomings!!!  In a very large way, God has used Sherelene to set me free to experience the life I’ve been so blessed to live. My family fits in here too!  I have a wonderful family; three great children, (now adults), and their spouses, and 6 wonderful grandchildren, I’m truly blessed,  and a great brother too!!!  I took my granddaughter Cassidy to the workshop at Grandfather Mountain, and she shot some great images!, one is below, we had a great time!



Image by Cassidy Moore


2.  My Faith!  My daily walk with my Lord is all that keeps me going.  The schedule I keep and the things I’m doing are exhausting, especially as I get older, but the Lord holds me up and guides my path!  Some years ago when I gave my life completely to Him, He took me at my word, and has blessed me in more ways than I could ever share.



3.  My friends!  I got an email a while back from an angry reader who accused me of manufacturing the number of friends I have.  He suggested you can only have a very few close friends!  Well Westers Dictionary says a d friend is:




a close friend: companion, soul mate, intimate, confidante, confidant, familiar, alter ego, second self, playmate, playfellow, classmate, schoolmate, workmate; ally, associate; sister, brother; best friend, kindred spirit, bosom buddy, bosom friend; informal pal, chum, sidekick, crony, main man, mate, buddy, bud, amigo, compadre, homeboy, homegirl, homie, dawg, gal pal, BF, BFF; informal, plural peeps; archaic compeer.


.2 the friends of the National Ballet: patron, backer, supporter, benefactor, benefactress, sponsor; well-wisher, defender, champion; informal angel.


I can’t tell you what a friend is for sure, for me there are very long term friends, people I’ve known for decades and their are newer friends that I may have  known less than 10 years.  I love them all and treasure them all.  I meet a lot of people that I get to spend only a few days with, like workshop guests, but many of these folks feel like friends to me.  I can’t say how many of them feel that way about me, but that doesn’t matter, the fact is there are many,and they have blessed my life!  I’ve also been questioned about saying I love you, to what some people would consider almost strangers.  If you are filled with God’s love, He enables you to love others, with His love!!!  That is not an ability we possess, but one we can exhibit through Him!



4.  The fun of photography gear!  I love buying and using cameras and lenses!  I’ve been shooting images for over 45 years and  I’ve always enjoyed the camera gear!  I think at one point I loved it too much, rather worshipped my gear, but I got over that, now they are just tools, but fun tools none the less!  I am especially fond of the Fuji prime lenses.  Fuji makes a number of spectacular prime lenses, all tack sharp and very well made of mostly metal.  It is a pleasure to use such good glass!






How about a few things I don’t love so much!


1.  People that do reviews so they can trash any certain brand. Out in the big photography world there are those that love their brand so much that they trash all the other companies.  You won’t find that happening here!  I respect everyone’s right to love the gear that works best for them,  As I tell my students, at workshops, “If you own any modern camera and are not getting spectacular images, it’s probably not the camera!”

I read a review recently by a fellow and he not only trashed the gear he was reviewing, he speckled profanity through out his article.  It’s a free county, but I don’t think you need to do that to get you point across!  I’m sure some people like it, but I’m not one of them!



2. I really don’t like to see reviews by people whose work makes you wonder if they know enough about photography to have a valid opinion!  If Art Wolfe, Jack Graham, or John Shaw have an opinion about a camera or lens, I want to know what they think, they are exceptional artists, but when I see an article and it is accompanied by, at least in my opinion, sub standard work, it makes me wonder how they can make a real point.  My advise to myself , and the rest of us, is to make some great images before you critique the manufacturers equipment!  I know the internet is filled with nit pickers, and that is just the way it is, but having some real knowledge and experience would be helpful before you start expounding, at least that’s my thought!



3.  People that are judgmental!  That may seem strange after my previous paragraph, but I don’t consider calling folks out on that kind of thing a judgment. What I’m talking about is people that look down on other for any reason.  If you think you are better than someone else because of your social status, wealth, or fame, then you’re making a terrible mistake.  Some of the finest people I’ve ver known were people that some people would have seen as “the lesser” in society.  We have much to learn from each other, and it needs to start with acknowledging that we’re all God’s children, and try to see others though His eyes!  Trust me, the rewards will amaze you, if you can let Him teach you how!



Well, I hope I haven’t offended to many folks, it was never my intention!


I want ot thank Don DeLong, Don Dennis, Lynn Rogers, Gerry Emmert and Tom Roper for joining us at Grandfather Mountain this past weekend you guys were great and a special thank you to my dear friends, Jim Begley, “Snake” Barrett, Jim and Sue Haverstock and Miles Smith for adding to the great fellowship we all enjoyed!  It was great to see Chris Klapheke for a day too!




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1 month ago 8



Sorry about that!  When my wife got an email asking when my services would be held, I knew some of you thought I’d died!!!!  Just been busy running  workshop with a great group of folks!  We’ve had greater conditions and enough rain and weather rot keep it interesting.  Because of that rain the waterfalls and streams have been great!



This has been a great group and we’ve really missed Jack, but we have trudged on!  This is our group!!!!



Once again sorry for not staying in better touch, will try my best to catch up this coming week!




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1 month ago 4




I’m really looking forward to the workshop at Grandfather!  It is a wonderful homecoming of me going back to,”the” mountain!  I have such great memories of when Hugh Morton, the father of Grandfather was living and we had such great fellowship.  Well, Hugh is in a  better place, and I will be in a great place tomorrow.  I’m sad that Jack Graham is not able to join us as he continues to get his detached retina returned to good health.


I will post from Grandfather the rest of the week!




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1 month ago 4


Image by George Flanagan


I am thrilled to offer this wonderful tribute to those brave men and women that sacrificed so much for our freedom.  The slide show link below is to a great image show done by George Flanagan, an attendee of the Roanoke workshop, dear friend and brother.  All these images were shot by George at the D-Day Memorial in Bedford, VA which was part of the Roanoke Event.  We were allowed in for sunrise and the shooting opportunities were incredible.  George has produced a moving show with his beautiful images.  I know you will be touched and I wish all of you a blessed Memorial Day!  The two links are for both Youtube and Vimeo.




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