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6 months, 4 weeks ago 33
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Above are four illustrations of what you can do with Luminar 4 and their sky replacement Artificial Intelligence! The question is, should you? Let’s talk about that, but first a little history. Many years ago in a galaxy far, far away, sorry about that, just couldn’t help myself. Long ago, in the early years of my career everyone in the nature field shot Kodachome 25. The goal was to shoot images that were as close to reality as possible! Then, Fujifilm introduced a new transparency film called Velvia. It produced slides that had deep rich colors that were far from accurate. While the goal of the moment was to reproduce natural colors, everyone fell in love with it and it became the “new” look. We gladly dumped Kodachrome because, well, we liked the new look, it wasn’t accurate, but the editors loved it, the rest is history.

As photographers we have to decide what we are going to make as our standard or goal with our work. If we are a photo journalists, or scienctific photographers then accuracy and realism is the standard we have to adhere to. If you are an artist trying to make a statement with your work, all bets are off, but it’s rarely that simple.

When I, and many of my friends, got into photography, the goal was to shoot accurate images, as time passed and Velvia came along, then digital, photoshop and well, you know the rest. Old horses like myself and some others I know, were thrown into a new world, one that was not what we came up with. The adjustment has been difficult. Difficult, but not impossible.

I don’t believe that doing post processing, even replacing skies is a sin, wrong or improper! Depending on how you learned this craft, it may or may not be and easy choice. As a photography instructor, it is important that I can be clear on how to deal with theses new possibilities when doing image reviews. Let me address that now. My first personal rule for all my own work and the work I review is that the photographer should simply tell what they have done if major changes to the image have taken place. For instance if the post work is levels, maybe curves, saturation and sharpening then I don’t think that needs to be mentioned. If the changes include Sky replacements, as the illustraitons above, then I think it would be approriate to mention that.

I think all photographers have the right and opportunity to do as they wish with their images. You will get no judgement from me. If an image works, it works. If you can live with your post then so can I. We do this for fun, let’s keep it that way!


the pigrim

6 months, 4 weeks ago 6
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From Christmas Day of 2019 to New Year’s Eve our family took a trip to Amelia Island in Florida to just be together and celebrate Christmas, a New Year and help each other heal from the loss of Wes.

I had a long time to think about my family, my children, grandchildren and my beautiful bride. Looking at all these grown and growing chidren I thought about what advise I would offer to a new father from the perspective of one, fifty years down the road. I hope these thoughts help you become the father you want to be!

  1. Nothing is more important than spending the time it takes to build deep relationships with your children and their mother!

2. The values you pray they will develop starts early and has to be modeled in your daily life, in front of their eyes!

3. Seek God in your day to day life and He will honor your prayers for your family! He wants you to succeed, and He is ready and able to help you, you shouldn’t try to do this alone.

4. Capture your children’s lives in photos, videos and voice recordings! You will be do glad you did! Scott found some old cassette tapes of him, Wesley and Catherine talking when they were very, very young, it was a delight to hear those precious vocies again.

5. Pray with and for your children. Let them see how important it is to talk with God and allow them to see how He answer your prayers. It will teach them how much God loves us!

6. Teach your children about responsibility and a strong work ethic, honesty, integrity and honor! Our world needs people that live by these qualities.

7. Always be honest with your children! Trust always begins with honesty.

8. No one is ever to old for a hug! Children, grandchildren, wives, and friends need your affection. Don’t ever be afraid to show it!

9. Go to church with your family, allow them to see the imporatnce of faith in your life.

10. Laugh, love, listen and stay comitted to your family, the dividends are enormous and priceless.


the pilgrim

7 months, 2 weeks ago 16
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This is the first of my Authentic Portrait Series. We’ve had a rash of cold days in Kentucky and Chester and I have been in the house together, for several days. At 14 months and 79 pounds he is still a puppy, admittedly a big puppy! I sat in the floor with him and talked to him, something we both enjoy. I had my X-H1 and 50mm f 2 Fujicron at the ready and I made a number of images, but this is the one that showed the connection I was hoping for! When Sherelene goes to work I often have to talk him off the ledge, he loves her so much, it is traumatic to see her car pull away as she goes to work.

Cold winter days are our special time to bond, and I hope you are in the comapny of family and friends as we all prepare to celebrate the birth of our Savior!

Merry Christmas!


the pilgrim

7 months, 3 weeks ago 11
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I was reading Scott Kelby’s blog a few days ago and found a wonderful article by Chris Orwig. Chris is a professor of photography at Brooks Institute, one of the most prestigous photography schools in America. His article was on Authentic Portraits and it really struck a cord with me.

I don’t know how you are, but I need cosntant challenges, new things to study and attempt to master. I love people, my family, freinds and perfect strangers I meet in the couse of just living! I’ve alwasy wanted to be able to captutre them in truly authentic ways, this article and the purchase of his wonderful book Authentic Portraits has lit a fire under me.

As a photographer I want to always learn more and get better at the craft and this is an area I really want to work on. As a Christian, I want to share God’s love and be a blessing to others for his glory. I’ve mad some portraits that I think really reveal the person, but I want ot get a lot better at connecting with people, being more authentic myself and find the authenticity in others, and hopefuly capture it!

I’m sharing this because I may approach you someday and ask you to let me try to make an authentic portrait of you!!! I will with my family and, well you’re my friends!

Here are a few of my favorite efforts over the years, I hope, I can add your portrait to this collection.

Catherine and B.J.

Catherine in Ballet performance.

Catherine on a outing with dad.

David Middleton

Unknown fiddle player in Smokies.

Mike Ellison

Bill Pekala

Wes and Abigail

Scott and Wes their last photograph together.

Len Jr and his father Len Rue III

Scott and Ben.

The late great Hugh Morton and friend.

Legendary nature photographer John Shaw

Catherine and B.J. again.

Jack in the field at Five Guys!

Sherelene and my 50th anniversary shot (self portrait)

Well, I’m going to work on doing a lot more, you may be next!


the pilgrim