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3 months ago 4
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Hope you enjoy this short video with Kirk and I!

3 months ago 10
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Last week, Kirk Williamson and I took 5 attendeess up the southern coast of Maine to photograph over a dozen classic lighthouses!  We had great weather, light and conditions for almost every one and had a great time together!

 

 

This was our group; L to R;  Bill Jones, Kirk Williamson, Fred Waits, Sue Frechette, Lucy Kennedy, Rick Browne and the pilgrim.

 

 

My co leader was Kirk Williamson, a great former photojournalist from Rock Port, Mass.  Rick runs tours under the banner of Cape Anne Tours and has a great Youtube Channel I know you would enjoy!  While we were togoether he interviewed me and we had a lot of fun!  Link below!

 

 

So this was a really fun tour and we have decided to run it again next June around the same dates, more details coming soon!!!!!  So why come on this tour?  Let me share some of the images from this year’s trip and I think you will get excited!

 

 

This was one of the trips highlights for me, I had seen a photo of this lighthouse, the Nubble  Lighthouse,  on Scott Kelby’s blog years ago and really wanted to get a chance to shoot it, so I was thrilled when it was our first stop and in fact we got to shoot it at two sunsets and one sunrise!!!

 

 

On the sunrise morning the Nubble Lighthouse was backlit and the American Flag and the light were lit and it was a spectacular moement, fortunately the wind blew   “Old Glory” out straight and I was lucky to get the shot!  It’s one of my favorites from the trip!!!

 

 

It also provided a great monochrome image as well!

 

 

Not wanting to fail to follow my own advice, “Always try for as many new angles as possible”,  I sent up the drone,  a DJI Mini 2,  and got this aerial view as well!

 

 

On mine and Kirk’s first morning out, we dropped by his home harpor Rock Port Harbor for a glassy view of the boats and water.

 

 

Another of my favorite lighthouses along the coast is the Pemaquid Lighthouse.  It is often photographed from down the cliffs showing the great leading lines of the glacial marks in the rocky coast!

 

 

Once againI got the drone up to show the lighthouse with a view of the rugged coastline!

 

 

 

 

At the near by Pemaquid Hotel this lobster shack is a great shot!

 

 

A small, but impressive one, is the Owl’s Head Lighthouse.

 

 

 

 

The Marshall Point Lighthouse gave us the chance to use foregrounds to enhance the shot of this beautiful lighthouse.  The rainy mist added to the drama of this location!

 

 

The crown jewel of the Maine Coast lighthouses is the Portland Head Lighthouse.  We arrived in time to get the sun rising behind it an then walked along the coast to a vanage point that included the rugged coast line.

 

 

We had countless opportunities to photograph lobster shacks, piles of rope, and lobster bouys for the sake of color and fun!  The above shack is adorned with a boat oar that states that this is  “the Best Little Oar House in Maine!”

 

 

There are hundreds more images to share but I will close for now and promise a few more this week!  We had a great time and I hope you wio join us next June for another great trip!  My thanks to Kirk and all our gang for a great time!!!!

 

Blessings,

 

 

the pilgrim

 

 

4 months, 4 weeks ago 4
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It looks like we are finally going to get back out in the field to teach and shoot!!!!!  I  have been organizing my gear into bags for each kind of work I do.  The first bag above is my Travel and Americana bag. It contains:

 

A Fujifilm X-Pro 2 body

16mm f 2.8 lens  (24mm equiv.)

23mm f 2 lens  (35mm euiv.)

27mm f 2.8 lens  (40.5mm equiv.)

35mm f 2 lens  (52.5mm equiv.)

50mm f 2 lens  (75mm equiv.)

 

 

This Grab and Go small bag holds my Fujifilm X100V and the Fujifilm converion lens that makes that camera’s lens a 25mm equiv.  The X100V has a 23mm f 2 (35m equiv.) lens.

 

 

This is my Extra Lenses bag which holds mostly specialty and fast aperture lenses.

 

It contains:

8mm Fisheye Rokinon f 2.8

Fujifilm 14mm f 2.8 (21mm equiv.)

16mm f 1.4 (24mm equiv.)

23mm f 1.4 (35mm equiv.)

56mm f 1.3  (84mm equiv.)

60mm Mqcro f 2.5  (90mm equiv.)

90mm f 2  (135mm equiv.)

55-200 f 3.5-4.5  (82.5-300  equiv.)

 

 

Finally my Nature, Landscape and Air Travel General Assignment bag.

 

It contains:

Fujiflm X-H1 body

Fujifilm X-H1 body with battery compartment

10-24 f 4 Wide Angle zoom lens (15mm-36mm equiv.)

16-80 f 4   Mid Range zoom  (4mm-120mm equiv.)

80mm macro f 2.8 ;ens  (120mm equiv)

55-140 Telephoto zoom  (80-210 equiv,)

100-400 f 4.5-5.6 Long telephoto zoom lens  (150-600 equiv.)

TC-14 for 100-400 and the 80mm macro  extends the long zoom to 840mm

 

The assignment bag is a Think Tank Advantage Rolling bag, all other bags are Domke bags of various sizes.  Each bag also includes cleaning supplies, hex wrenches and spare batteries.

 

All images were shot with the Fujiflm X-S10 and the 18-55 lens. I plan to add this year a Fujiflm X-T4 to the system.

 

Blessings,

 

the Pilgrim

 

All lenses are Fujifilm XF Series lenses with the exception of the Rokinon fisheye lens.

 

 

 

 

 

8 months, 2 weeks ago 6
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Yesterday I completed the task of reviewing over 56,000 slides, or 5,600 pages with 20 slides per page.  I trashed 198 lbs,, which is 39,600 images and kept 16,500 slides!  In the week it took to go through all these imagews I relived the first 40 years of my career and it was unbelievable!  I found a lot wonderful images from the past like the young Jack Graham above!!!!!

 

 

How about the wonderful image of a young Wesley and Catherine, how I miss him, and how much I love her!

 

 

How my beautiful bride gets better looking every year, and every year I wonder more and more how on earth I got her to marry me!?

 

 

I also found one of my favorite travel shots from a trip Sherelene and I did to Mexico some years ago!

 

 

This one goes way back, that’s my oldest son Scott, imthe red shiort,  playing in what someday would be our front yard as they were building our home in Corbin, where we have now lived for 42 years!

 

 

One of my fvorite photos of all time of Catherine holding our new puppy, B.J. named after singer B.J. Thomas, a dear friend of Sherelene’s mine!

 

 

Lastly a shot of Wes and I in the field together, God has blessed me with a wonderful life nand has prepared and promised an incredible next life for me too!  Thank you Lord!

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim