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13 hours, 18 minutes ago 0
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Like the rest of America I’ve been confined, mostly to my house, since March. In any past year I would have run at least five workshops and driven or flown 30,000 miles by now……. it’s getting boring to say the least!  Luckly for me, I have a great group joining me in the Badlands for a tour of that section of South Dakota in late September, early October. Jim Haverstock and I are really excited to have this group coming to share South Dakota and be with us!  The Badlands are a magical place and we will also get to sepnd time in The National Grasslands, Custer State Park, the Black Hills, Mount Rushmore and Spearfish Canyon!  i am really looking forward to getting back in the field with great friends and such cool landscapes to try and capture!


By-the-way, I do have one spot left in the tour, if you’re interested!




the pilgrim

1 week ago 8
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In the spring a few years ago I had a group in the Smokies and we went to the Primitive Baptist Church in Cades Cove, one of my favorite places to teach and shoot. In fact this is where my daughter Catherine married he husband Clint!  Whenwe walked inthe old wooden church I heard a heavenly version of Amazing Grace ringing out.  I found this man seated in one of the pews alone playing that beautiful hymn!

I sat down quietly and just enjoyed it.  After he finished I aked him if he would allow me to photograph him playing.  He did and I shared the images with him via email.


Photographed with the Fujifilm X-H1 and the 50mm f 2 lens at f 2.8.




the pilgrim

2 weeks, 5 days ago 0
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Moment in conjunction with Peak Designs is offering a great opportujity for Creators to propose project ideas!  All the info is available at the links below. Six projcets will be selectd and funded with great prizes!


Good luck!!!!


the pilgrim



3 weeks ago 1
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I still have two spots open for our great Badlands Tour September 29th – October 4th!  The tour fee is $950.amd al details are below!!!!!  Please joinus!


Sept. 29th  Tuesday Afternoon  3:00 p. m.

Address: 1101 Glenn St, Wall, SD 57790

Phone: (888) 200-8519    Group Name:  Bill Fortney

Meet at Frontier Cabins in Wall, S.D.     First evening shoot in the Badlands

Room Rate:  $118.  Double Queen Cabin


Sept. 30th  Wednesday

Meet at Frontier Cabins in Wall, S.D.    Morning and Evening shoot in Badlands


Oct. 1st   Thursday

Meet at Frontier Cabins in Wall, S.D.    Morning shoot in Badlands then

Travel to Custer S.D.     95 miles – 1 hour 35 minutes

Two days exploring Custer State Park, Mount Rushmore, and Spear

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Custer     Room Rate: $105.00 

Block Name:  Bill Fortney
433 West Mt Rushmore Rd, Custer, SD 57730•      (605) 673-2500


Oct. 2nd    Friday

Shoot Custer State Park & Mt. Rushmore

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Custer

433 West Mt Rushmore Rd, Custer, SD 57730•      (605) 673-2500


Oct. 3rd    Saturday

Shoot Black Hills      Then travel to Spearfish S.D.

Distance :   70.6 Miles | 1 hr 29 min

Best Western Black Hills Lodge     Room Rate: $99. to $105.

Address: 540 E Jackson Blvd, Spearfish, SD 57783

Phone: (605) 642-7795    Alexa after 4:00 pm


Oct. 4th    Sunday

Shoot Spearfish Canyon State Park and then depart for airport by 10:00 p.m.

Distance:  47.5 Miles | 43 min

Suggest flights after 1:00 p.m.  You should be at the airport by 11:00 a.m.


Pleae contact me at (606)-528-6119 or email me at:


Only Two spots open!