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2 months, 2 weeks ago 9
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I’m fortunate to live in Corbin, Kentucky, because we have one of the greatest Bar B Q joints I’ve ever eaten in!!!  Smoky Bear Bar B Q is a local favortie and a destination for Bar B Q lovers across our region.  Their Jailbreaker sandwich (A toasted Keyser bun , toasted, butterd and seasoned, loaded with crunchy bacon piled high with tender pulled pork topped off with fried onion tanglers!  Smothered with their homeade ranch dressing and spectacular Bar B Q sauce.)  Brother yo uhave to try this one!!!!  They have a lot of other great stuff on the menu, super tender Brisket, Outrageous ribs and believe it or not a Killer 5 Pickle, Bill Fortney Approved Cheeseburger!!!!!

 

 

This is one great burger, juicy, cooked perfect, season to my taste and I enjoyed both Tater Tots and Corn Nuggets (stole them from Sherelene plate!)

 

The atmosphere is pure Kentucky down  home Bar BQ with a lot of cool signs, one of my favorite below!

 

 

The crew at the place; Owner, Barry Mays, Managers, Andrew Kerr and Robert Craft (not the owner of the Patriots, different one) and Wes Garlic along with our waitress, Tesla Wynn and last, but certainly not least, the cooks, Justice Mills, Robert Gambalt and Clifford Fisher, really did us right!!!

 

Where is this place, just ask anyone that doesn’t look hungry around Corbin and they would be glad to tell you!!! ( 1509 American Greeting Road, Corbin, KY)  So drop by and have a Jailbreaker, or the Jail Bird or the Prison Yard Salad, (lots of our law enforcement folks love the place!!!)  Seriously if you love Bar B Q and want some with some real character and a lot of nice folks around you, you have to check this spot out!!!

 

…..and did I mention the burger???!!!

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim

 

How good is the Bar B Q?  It was the only trusted place we would cater for when Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder came to Renro Valley and we hosted a pre concert cookout, they loved it!!!  Ricky gave it 5 stars and called it, “some real great hog meat!!!”  Doesn’t get better than that!!!!

2 months, 3 weeks ago 20
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One of the first duties of winter has been to organize, straigten up and clear out my Darkroom (now gun room and storage), projection room, (now storage and music room) and my office!!!  Mostly it means getting rid of everthing I don’t use, need or want, and turst me, it has been many, many leaf bags of junk!

 

In the process I’ve organized and stored all my shooting gear for the winter. I started to shoot Fujifilm in 2012 so this winter is 6 years of shooting this system and I am starting to settle on my most used and still owned stuff!

 

BODIES:  I currently am shooting a Fujifilm X-H1, X-T2, X-PRO 2 nad still have a treasured Graphite X-T1.  An X-T3 is on order.  My light travel camera is a Fujifilm X30  * (used to shoot this photo)  I still have my first Fujifilm camera the X10!

 

LENSES:  8mm Rokinon Fisheye, Fujifilm; 14mm f 2.8, 10-24 f 4, 16mm f 1.4, 23mm f 1.4 7 23mm f 2, 27mm, 35mm f 2, 50mm f 2, 18-55 f 2.8-4, 18-135 f 3.5-5.6,  56mm f 1.2, 60mm Macro f 2.4, 55-200 f 3.5-4.5, 90mm f 2, 100-400 f 4.5-5.6, 1.4 Teleconverter, 2X Teleconverter, and a old classic Nikkor 200mm f 4, manual focus, micro lens.

 

* You may notice that the 16-55 and 50-140 are missing.  I had both and sold them because of their size and weight, I use the 100-400 as my long lens and found that even though the 50-140 is an incredible lens I wouldn’t carry both of them, one always stayed home and that one was the 50-140.  I love the little 18-55 and prefer it for it’s size and it has IS,  (Image Stabilization).

 

BATTERIES:  I currently have over 30 various batteries for my Fujifilm cameras.

 

FILTERS:  Polarizers to fit every lens, close up diopters and some additional ND filters.

 

5 Tripods:  Yhough the only one I use on a regular basis is a        TVC-3 X,  Really Right Stuff with the BH55-LR ballhead.

 

DJI MAVIC PRO DRONE.

 

CAMERA BAGS & BACKPACKS:  This is embarrassing especially considering I’ve reduced the number by 75% !!!  26  That’s wretched excess!!!

 

Things I’m considering buying in 2019.:   An X-T3 for sure, the new 16mm f 2.8. the new 16-80 f 4.  Maybe the 80mm macro f 2.8.  I loved the 200 f 2 but it’s out of my comfort range on price and probably too big for me to tavel with.   Still thinking about the 8-14??????  Pretty big and it will be a bear to filter.

 

So don’t know if that helps with any of your decisions, but that’s how it is for now!  Hope you had a great Thanksgiving, we all have a lot to be thankful for.  You may have heard that Wes has had a re-accurance of his lymphoma, but we caught it early and he is going back into chemo treatments tomorrow, your prayers pulled him through last time, I would covet them again for him and Rhonda and the family.  God has it and we are confident it will be another victory!!!  Thanks for your love and support!

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim

 

P.S.   I was asked recently how we were holding up with this news on Wesley’s lymphoma. It’s simple,  faith is believeing we serve a God that loves us more than we can understand, that He sacrificed His only Son for us.  He has promised He will never allow anything to happen that is not for our ULTIMATE good, and He will be with us step by step through every trial.  I’ve experienced that in my own life and seen it in others I love, and I refuse to not beleive it now!  This life is only a boot camp for eternity!  The best we can hope for is that we graduate having learned what we need to learn, and be prepared to spend eternity with Him.  I rest everyday in that knowledge!!!

 

 

3 months ago 9
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I love this time of year because I’m finished for a few months!!!!!!  I just did 5 workshops and drove 6,346 miles in 7 weeks!  I’m ready for a break!  But what a great 7 weeks it was!  Jim Haverstock and I did the Badlands with a great group of 7 folks, then Jack Graham and I did our fall Road Show; The UP of Michigan, Acadia National Park, and then topped off the year with a Fuji Summit in the Great Smokies and then a second Smokies workshop!  They all went great with a ton of very nice folks, a great way to end the 2018 workshop year!

 

Another reason I love this time of year is the thoughtfulness of some of our workshop friends!  Gale Stoner, one of my favorite guys out there, was kind enough to send me his annual photo calendar, this one was a collection of stunning flower images, I will enjoy it for the entire coming year!  Thanks Gale!  His work is outstanding!

 

I will have several new announcements about workshops and one on one field opportunities with me in 2019, so please stay tuned.  You can see more on mine and Jack’s stuff coming up next year at:    jackgrahamphoto.com

 

Here’s ours together for 2019:

 

March 17   Route 66 Tour  (Oklahoma City to Las Vegas)

 

April 25th-28th   Great Smoky Mountains in Spring

 

May 9th-12th   Olympic National Park  TBD

 

May 17th  Spring in St George, Utah Symposium 

 

June 6th   The Palouse Region of Washington State

 

August 8th  Mount Rainier National Park – Wildflowers and Landscape  TBD

 

September 26th  Fall Color in the Grand Tetons National Park

 

October 1oth  Fall Colors in the UP of Michgan

 

October 17th  Fall in Acadia National Park, Maine

 

November 7th   Great Smoky Mountains in Fall

 

Much more info to come, until then have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim

 

PS:  Chester is comng home mid December, below him on top, the top dog!

Image sent by the breeder!

 

 

 

 

 

4 months ago 21
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How do you feel about gardening?  No, not planting tomatoes or herbs in your garden, but arranging items in a composition.  We think nothing of asking people in a group shot to arrange themselves so everyone can be seen, or removing a soda can in a scenic. So why do we get the heebee jeebies when someone places a leaf somewhere, as in the image above?  I’ve spent the last ten days walking around with my eyes pointed down at the ground, it’s fall leaf season, and I love to photograph them where they land, and sometimes where I wish they had landed!!

 

I subscribe to the time tested axiom, “Do no harm to make a photograph.”  I would not pull up a living plant or remove a branch just make a better composition, but I would, and do, cleanup small distractions in a close-up image.  If a small twig or bright leaf is in a composition, and it will be distracting, I simply lift it out.  Some would argue that nature is special enough without our help, and this true, but I point out all the time, in image reviews, that a little content aware would clean up a shot, so why not just pick the stick up, or add a leaf?

 

I’m not sure there really is a good answer for this, maybe you would like to take a shot at it!  I just know it doesn’t bother me to do little gardening, if it bothers you maybe you should not do it, but is it fair to criticize someone that does, it’s a good healthy debate that, unlike politics, we can have and it won’t end in violence!  Sound off if you would like in the comments section below!!

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim

 

Now, about this shot above;  We had a attendee that was unable to walk very far to make an image.  They used walking canes and they expressed they loved the birch logs with colorful leaves, so we added a couple that had fallen close by, so she could get the shot.  If that was wrong I plead guilty, but it sure made her happy and allowed her a chance at the great image she had been dreaming of.  For me it was worth moving a leaf or two.  Your thoughts are welcome!