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9 years, 10 months ago 0

If you think you may have seen this image before, you’re right. I want to step back into the past for a few minutes, give me a moment and I will explain. First this is Tuesday’s post being done a day early, I’ve got some things I need to take care of tomorrow and I wanted to get this done now.
Secondly, I couldn’t wait for tomorrow, since I’m so excited about this post, I want to do it right now!

Do you remember in the last Indiana Jones film when Indiana must choose wisely among the many cups, one of which Christ had used at the last supper? You remember what happened to the man that did not choose wisely. Let’s just say it wasn’t a pretty picture.

The images in this post are from the Savannah Workshop I did last year with Scott Kelby and some other great friends. At that workshop I met a man that has had a profound impact on my life. The moment I met Al Crook, I knew he was special. Al is one of those kinds of guys that you just can’t help but like. He is full of energy for life, and his kindness and concern for others flows from him.
When your in his presence you are blessed, just to be there. After the workshop was over I thought of Al often. When I started the blog, he commented from time to time.

Later when Scott and I decided to try and get the gang back together for a reunion , Al was one of the first people that came to my mind. I was really looking forward to seeing him again. When he did not register I started to worry and I got in touch with him. He told me he had been battling cancer and was just not going to be up to it, but sure wished he could. I prayed for Al and thought of him often. Today I got the chance to give him a call and check on him.

I was thrilled to hear
that at his last Doc
visit he was told
things looked good
and he didn’t have
to come back for
a number of months.
We shared about
how tough it is to go
through cancer
treatments and just
how lousy it makes
you feel. We both
have lived through
those times.

At the end of the conversation, I asked Al how I could, specifically, pray for him. His answer once again opened my eyes to what God wants from us and how my Heavenly Father is using Al to bless me and others. Al said, “Please pray that I will rest in and depend on Him.” What a powerful word of knowledge. When we are going through times of pain and discomfort it is normal to say God please take this away from me. Real wisdom is to say God, I don’t know the purpose of what I’m facing, but I do know you love me and you wouldn’t allow it unless it can ultimately bring good to me and glory to you. So in affect, Al said to God, have at it, I can take it if you will stay by my side and allow me to come out of it, the man you want me to become.

When the scripture said that Jesus said, “Lest you be like these little children, you cannot enter the kingdom of heaven.” He was saying, in modern language, unless you trust me completely, you
still don’t get it. Al gets it.

Thank you my brother for sharing your life and wisdom with me. I will pray for your full recovery and return to wonderful health. I will also spend a good bit of my time trying to get back in touch with the child in me that trusts completely, and chooses wisely…………..

the pilgrim

9 years, 10 months ago 0

There is a special place where I’m always overcome with peace. Nestled in the mountains of Western North Carolina is a magical place called Grandfather Mountain. I was introduced to it and it’s wonderful owner, yes a mountain owned by a man, Hugh Morton, many years ago by my dear, dear friend Don Nelson. Hugh has gone on to be with the Lord, but I feel his presence every time I go to “the” mountain. Grandfather has been the place of many wonderful adventures and memories, not the least of which are the countless photography programs where I’ve been honored to speak and share.

Sharing at Grandfather is like no other place. Surrounded my many friends and long time associates, you can just relax and be yourself. Now I’m always myself, I’ve never figured out how, or why I would want to be anybody else, but these special people make it easy to do.

Spending time on the
mountain is always
a pleasure but getting
to do it with 175
friends is even better.
This weekend I shared
some photography
lessons. Sunday
morning I shared
some life lessons.

The title of the Sunday
program was Sharing
your adventures
through AV programs

Because I do a great deal of presenting on behalf of Nikon, I have a wide variety of AV shows that I share. Most are for sheer entertainment, but some have good “life lessons.” As an example, in the show called, And So It Goes, the song by that name is sung by the late John Denver and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band from their wonderful album, Shall The Circle Be Unbroken II.

A mansion on a hill is a lovely sight to see,
but like any other house, it’s only temporary.
Home is anywhere you choose to put your heart,
if there’s no love inside, it will soon fall apart.

Ashes to ashes, dust into dust,
buildings will crumble, bridges will rust,
Mountains will disappear, rivers will dry up
And so it goes with everything but love,
so it goes, with everything but love.

Another show is the story of a young lady who remembers her coal miner father and the tough life he lived providing for her and her family. The wonderful song brings to light the most important gifts we give to others. The song is called Coal Dust Kisses,

Covered up from head to foot from all the dust and soot,
that’s how he came home from work everyday.
He worked hard in the mines, as a child I thought it was a crime,
for man to have to work that way.
But every night before he fell asleep,
He never failed to leave, Coal dust kisses, on my cheek.

Yet another haunting song tells the story of a soldier that gave all, and in the end, made it all the way to Arlington.

I never thought that this is where I’d settle down,
I thought I’d die and old man back in my home town.
They gave me this plot of land, me and some other men,
for a job well done.

There’s a big white house sits on a hill just up the road,
the man inside he cried the day they brought me home,
they folded up a flag and told my mom and dad,
we’re proud of your son.

And I’m proud to be on this peaceful piece of property,
I’m on sacred ground and I’m in the best of company,
I’m thankful for those thankful for the things I’ve done,
I can rest in peace, I’m one of the chosen ones,
I made it to Arlington.

I shared some other things too, some light and fun, some serious like these. We shared some common understanding that life is not only a joy, but also filled with tough times and sadness too. In the end the message was that God loves us and he never lets us go through anything that he will not bring good from, if we love Him, and are called to His purposes.

It’s a privilege to share with such good people, to spend time on that incredible mountain, and
serve such an awesome God……..

the pilgrim

* Photo notes: Nikon D700 and 24-70 AFS f 2.8 lens. Fog courtesy of Grandfather Mountain.

9 years, 10 months ago 0

Nikon makes two size sensors, the DX which is represented by the red line above in the Ken Rockwell sample image, (thanks Ken, great illustration!). The full area represents the size of piece of 35mm film which Nikon calls the FX sensor. Canon has a very similar system. Any other camera manufacturers that offer 35mm size sensor follow these same basic systems. The question is which is best for me? Well obviously the key question is who is “me”. Let me give you some ideas about what the relative advantages are of each.

First the Full FX size sensor is larger and therefore the individual pixels can be larger. The larger the pixel the less it has to be amped up for higher ISO, and that equals lower noise at higher ISO settings. Because the cost to manufacturer larger sensors is much higher, the cost of the camera with an FX sensor will naturally be higher. With FX sensors the lenses will be the actual marked focal length, for instance a 50mm lens is actually a 50mm lens. Because the sensor is larger, the entire viewing system is as well. This means FX sensored cameras will have larger, brighter viewfinders.

The DX size sensor gives an mage that is cropped down to approx. 66% of the FX sensored image.
Lenses used on a DX sensored camera make the lenses behave as if they were 1.5X longer in focal length. Now a 50mm lens on a DX sensored camera is still a 50mm lens, however the image it yields look like it was shot with a 75mm lens in terms of cropping. So one great advantage to the DX sensored cameras is that your long lenses give results of lenses 1.5 times longer. Because the sensor pixels are smaller, they do not have quite as good performance at very high ISO settings.
The DX sensor is less expensive to make and therefore the cameras can cost less. The lenses can also be smaller and nicer for travel where weight and size matter.

So for many photographers I advise owning both. No not because Nikon wants me to sell more cameras, but because you make your lenses have greater range, and have cameras that take advantage of both sizes of sensors.

In all but the most extreme photographic situations I doubt you could tell the difference between the two!

Enjoy your weekend………


the pilgrim

9 years, 10 months ago 0

A little bonus post for today, once again it was Richard Small that provided this wonderful
Youtube video, it’s well worth watching:

Enjoy your evening……

the pilgrim