Monthly Archives: July 2020

1 year 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

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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!