Recent Posts
4 months, 2 weeks ago 9
Posted in: Uncategorized

Chester in a state of bliss, puppies sleep a lot!


I stopped making resolutions years ago, but I do try to establish some goals of things I really want to to each year, this is my 2019 list!


(1) I want to learn to think more like Jesus.  To genuinely love others, never judge, but share his love and compassion.


(2) I want to be a better husband and seek to tuly help Sherelene, day to day.  This is a tough one as she works very hard and we don’t have as much time together as I would like, but she needs someone to take up the slack, and I am volunteering!


(3)  I want to learn to be a more effective servant.  The world needs more people to do the work and less watching and managing, I need to put in more time as a worker.


(4)  I hope to be a better friend to those who have honored me by being a friend to me!    In life we have lots of acquaintances but few real friends, I’m honored to have the few I do, and I hope in this year I will give back far more than I have to them!


(5)  I hope to work hard at becoming a better teacher.  I love to share and I want to do it as effectively as I can. Running workshops with Jack has been a joy and I want to add to the value of what we offer in every way!!!


(6)  I truly intend to enjoy my own photography more this year, the gear is so much better and I am going to dive deep again into the joy of just shooting and being out there!!!


(7)  My goal is to learn Luminar 2018 well enough to make it my most often used post processing program!


(8)  I hope to “once again” get committed to traveling lighter, especially with my photo gear!!!!   I’ll keep you posted on that!


(9)  I’m truly committed to continue to ignore the media and whatever those idiots are doing in Washington, and thus be a happier guy!!!


(10)  Lastly, I got Chester in early December bcause I wanted to have the whole winter to enjoy time with him, watch him grow and train him to be the good dog I know he will be!  Speaking of growth, on December 7th when we brought him home he weighed 12 pounds, three weeks later at his next Vet appointment he wighed 22 pounds, the Vet said, “Bill, Chester is going to be a big ole boy!”  Can’t wait, enjoying “almost” every minute of it!  (If you have a puppy you know it’s not all joy, but it is part of the process!!!




the pilgrim

4 months, 2 weeks ago 5
Posted in: Uncategorized


After I posted yesterday’s entry I got a great question by email, here it is; “Now that you have the X-T3 will it be your go to body?  What will happen to your X-T2, X-H1 and the X-Pro 2?  What features are most important to you in the new X-T3?”


Here goes:  The X-T3 will be my standard and probably most used body.  The X-H1 will always be close by because of the image stabilization which I love the shooting hand-held!  The X-Pro 2 will continue to be my favorite for travel with the three Fujicrons as a lighter and sweet travel package.  I’m keeping my X-T2 as a back-up and I could never get rid of a camera that has my name as the serial number!!!!


My favorite features are those that help me make better images and work quicker.


First the auto focus system with 425 focus points that cover the entire of screen is a big one for me!



The next feature that is a real plus for my aging eyes the new higher resolution viewfinder, with 3.69 million pixels and great color!  With a high magnification ratio of 0.75x. The display time lag of just 0.005 seconds and refresh rate of approx. 100fps*ensure smooth display and allows you to precisely identify subject movements and focus positions.



The next major upgrade is the speed and accuracy of the new autofocus system in the X-T3!  The X-Processor 4’s high processing speed and improved Phase detection algorithm means the camera refocuses (AF) and meters (AE) about 1.5 times more frequently than current models to improve autofocus even when shooting sports involving fast and erratic movements across the frame.



The FUJIFILM X-T3 inherits FUJIFILM X-T2’s popular design features such as the positioning of dials on the top panel, central viewfinder style for added sense of stability, and excellent grip design for comfort.  The same operating system that made me love the X-T1 and the XT2!!!



Lastly, the reason I fell in love with the X System early on is the extraordinary lens line, every single lens I’ve bought and I’ve owned virtually all of them were among the best glass I’ve ever shot!



That about sums it up for me.  I started with the X-E1 an the X Pro 1 and the original 35mm f 1.4, 60mm f 2.4 macro and the 55-200 and I’ve loved them every day, shooting with all the gear and working with Fujifilm’s great support team!


Blessings and Happy New Year,


the pilgrim

4 months, 3 weeks ago 4
Posted in: Uncategorized


The slick brochure for the New Fujifilm X-T3 says, “The New Standard in Mirrorless!”  A pretty robust claim.  Let’s see if this new body is all it is claimed to be!  Keep in mind that Panasonic has the GH5, Sony the A 7R III and Olympus the OM-DE – M1 Mark II, then how about the Nikon Z6 and Z7 or the Canon EOS-R.  There are others, but these are major players, so lets start here!


To make that claim the X-T3 would have to have class leading auto-focus, class leading video, class leading still image quality, professional build quality, weather resistant sealing.  Let’s add class leading frame rate, a generous selection of superlative lenses covering almost any possible need.  How about we throw in ease of operation,  intutive design and menus.  But can you get all of that and come in at less than the other competitors on price????


Let’s be clear, if you own any of the top models from all these manufacturers and you are not making exceptional images, it’s not the camera!!!!  This is not a review to determine if the X-T3 can outperform all the other cameras on this list as much as, is it the best all around one for you?


If you already own a Fujifilm camera prior to this model, the recommendation is simple. buy it!!!!  The X-T3 is better in every single way than any previous  Fujifilm X-Series camera. (Period)  The focusing is class leading, the video is right up there with the best competitors. For those that love it, the Fujifilm color is still considered the best in the industry, by those that love it, of course. If you are already invested in Fujifilm glass, you own the best you can get, so this is your ticket into the future.




Let’s say you shoot Canon or Nikon and already have good selection of their glass, if you are not affected by the weight of those lenses and are of an age that you don’t expect to be affected by that soon, the Nikon or Canon option may work well for you, though neither has the capabilities of the X-T3, but they are good first efforts for companies that are well behind the curve of mirrorless.  Remember the X-T3 is a third generation product, theirs are first generation!


It is my opinion that the Panasonic and Olympus offerings are disadvantaged by the 4:3 sensor.  While it performs admirably for many things it is not capable of low noise at the highest ISO settings. They represent good value with a pretty good lens selection, but would not be my first choice for available light work, which I do a great deal of.


The next statements I will make are based on my own personal opinion based on 50 years of photography experience and a great deal of knowledge about the mirrorless revolution.



Sony A 7 R III                      $2,800.

Canon R                                 $2,300.

Nikon Z6                                 $2,150.    (includes Nikon lens adapter.)

Panasonic GH5                      $1,700.

Olympus OM-D E-M1 II      $1,600.

Fujifilm X-T3                          $1,500.


So as I stated at the beginning the X-T3 would have to be class leading and come in at the lowest or near lowest price.  All these prices are from Amazon rounded off to the nearest $100.


So, after three generations of developement Fujifilm truly has produced a class leading product that is both technically and aesthetically leading the current mirrorless revolution.  For $1,500. you can own the best Fujifilm camera they have produced.  If you consider their extraordinary lens line, and world class Kaizen firmware upgrades and service, and the X-T3 does currently stand at the head of the class.


Tomorrow is another day, but today Fujifilm is the new stndard in mirrorless.




the pilgrim

4 months, 4 weeks ago 14
Posted in: Uncategorized



First, Thank you for coming here from time to time, and letting me express what’s on my heart!  I pray you are grtting ready to have a wonderful, warm and safe Christmas and a great New Year!


My Christmas mesaage is a simple one, the reason for the season, the birth  of a Savior, Jesus Christ.  We sang thes hymn in chruch this morning and it sums up my goal, and purpose, I hope it helps you to have a wonderful Holiday!


I’d Rather Have Jesus


  1. I’d rather have Jesus than silver or gold;
    I’d rather be His than have riches untold;
    I’d rather have Jesus than houses or lands;
    I’d rather be led by His nail-pierced hand
    • Refrain:
      Than to be the king of a vast domain
      Or be held in sin’s dread sway;
      I’d rather have Jesus than anything
      This world affords today.
  2. I’d rather have Jesus than men’s applause;
    I’d rather be faithful to His dear cause;
    I’d rather have Jesus than worldwide fame;
    I’d rather be true to His holy name
  3. He’s fairer than lilies of rarest bloom;
    He’s sweeter than honey from out the comb;
    He’s all that my hungering spirit needs;
    I’d rather have Jesus and let Him lead

May this entry find you in peace and joy!


Blesings and Merry Christmas.


the pilrim