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2 months, 2 weeks ago 4
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I did a men’s Bible study a few years ago and one chapter had a very interesting premise. When one man asks another man what he does, the man that asked that question answers by saying what they do for a living, their job, or profession, 93% of the time. It seems that experts, whoever they are, say that men see them selves as athe bread winner or provider and what they do for a living is of that much importance to them! Now many women are also the provider as well, but this is about men so forgive me and let me continue!

The author of the study book suggested that maybe we should consider what are the most important things we do and alter our answer to reflect that. So considering those parameters my answer would be; “Well I’m a Chrisitan, a husband, a father and a grandfather and I try to be the best friend I can to my friends and associates. I also happen to be a photographer.” Try this out for your self, how would you describe yourself? It’s imporatant, because how we define ourselves is also how we will set our daily priorities!

When I was a young photographer I placed way too much weight on my profession and not enough on the truly most important things in life, I’m glad I finally got that rearranged!

I now you will to!

Blessings,

the pilgrim

2 months, 2 weeks ago 9
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Like most of the rest of the Fujifilm users I’m awaiting getting my hands on the soon to be released Fujifilm X-T4! Let me be clear, this blog entry is based only on all the articles I’ve read, and Youtube videos I’ve wathed from those that have gotten a chance to shoot the pre-production camera.

From what Ive gleaned from those sources and talks with my friends at Fujifilm it seems certain that this is the latest and greatest X Series camera they have ever produced. It is very important for camera companies to keep pushing the envelope and keep their products at a state of the art position, and I have no doubt that the X-T4 will meet that standard for Fujifilm!

It appears that the biggest improvements for the X-T4 over the X-T3 , ( a great camera in it’s own right), are;

* In Body Image Stabilization

* A new and longer lasting battery (more shots per charge).

* Improved auto focus and face detect auto focus.

* Higher frame rate.

* A fully articulating rear LCD panel.

* Improved Video performance and functions.

I can’t wait to try one out, but the questions is will I buy one? I am sure that Fujirilm will sell a ton of them, but will I be one of the buyers?

I won’t know for sure until I get my hands on one and shoot with it. My only issue, personally, is that many of the improvements are not that relevent for the kinds of things I shoot and how I work in the field. For instance, I’m not a video guys so those improvements don’t really help me very much. While a longer lasting battery will be a good thing, I have lots of batteries now and don’t mind having to change them twice as often. i don’t shoot action sports of fast moving wildlife, so faster auto focus is not something I’m in great need of, plus I think he X-T3 auto focus performance already meets my needs just fine! I do have an X-H1 and really love the in-body image stabilization, so for me, that is a great upgrade and something I know I would enjoy. Image quality should be nearly identical so that is not a factor for me either.

I don’t do selfies, so the fully articulating screen is not a game changer for me either. It appears that the X-T4 will be only slightly larger and that is fine by me, it wouldn’t keep me from buying one. The X-T3 and H-H1 both which are my current go to bodies plus the X-Pro 3 have plenty fast enough frame rate for the kinds of things I shoot.

So you are probably thinking that I’ve decided against getting one, but you would be wrong, I want to shoot one first before I decide, but I certainly want to take it for a whirl! After we dance some, I will let you know!!!

Blessings,

the pilgrim

2 months, 3 weeks ago 5
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This April the Great Smoky Mountains N.P. is CLOSED! You have to be kidding, CLOSED, even th Grand Canyon is closed! Never fear, it won’t be long before we are out in nature doing this again! Hang in there, we will make it!

Blessings,

the pilgrim

2 months, 3 weeks ago 7
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On this most Holy of all weekends of the year we remember the supreme sacrifice our Havenly Father made when He allowed His Only Son to be crucified for our sins. Jesus willingly allowed Himself to be mocked, beaten, cursed and then nailed to a cross to suffer and die for us. He took our place. The wages of sin is death and only by His standing in for us and our punishment can we escape the death we so deserve.

He taught us to forgive as even He, in a time like this, looked down upon those who had nailed Him to that cross and said, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.”

Jesus was the Son of God, He could have refused to die for us, but He didn’t, He did it to fulfill His duty to His Father and for all of us. This weekend spend time thinking about the great sacrifice that was made for you, don’t allow His death and Resurection to be in vane! Ask Him to forgive you and take you into His family. If you do, He will. Happy Easter.

Blessings,

the pilgrim