Monthly Archives: May 2022

4 weeks, 1 day ago 2
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Every Memorial Day I slip the Saving Private Ryan DVD into the player and watch the last scene for the film.  It is always and emotional moment for me, to remember the lives that were sacrificed so that we can have the freedoms we enjoy.  An old Private Ryan says I’ve tried to “earn it” which were the last words his commanding officer had said to him as he died, “earn this”.  On this sacred occasion we all need to ask ourselves, have we earned it!  Freedom is not free, it was purchased, at a high price, with the lives of many thousands of men and women that gave their lives up, freely, so that our way of life can continue!  Please take a few moments this weekend to remember that sacrifice and commit to earn it by being a better man or woman, a better citizen, and more committed to our country.


Our spiritual lives are another matter.  Jesus did not ask us to earn it, He asked us to accept his sacrifice, forgiveness and him, and then He gave us eternal life.  We could never earn what He did for us, but we can try to live a life  that is an example of His life. Of course, that is not possible, but with Him all things are possible, only through His power can love instead of hate, forgive instead of condemn and care instead of display indifference.  We get a new chance everyday to start again, anew, and live the life we were meant to live.  We owe it to Him to do just that!


Happy Memorial Day Weekend, be blessed,



the pilgrim

1 month ago 10
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Jack Graham my teaching partner and dear friend is a former, killer trumpet player with credits like playing for such luminaries as Frank Sinatra and many others!  Jack is a real audiophile, I’m just a music lover!  When I’m not shooting or teaching, or writing or doing honey do’s around the house, I retreat to my listening room for some music!  Jack recently insisted I get a turntable and get into vinyl, he is really in to vinyl….. around  1,000 albums into vinyl! He has a great youtube channel called Straight Talk With Jack all about music and mostly vinyl! So when I wouldn’t buy a turntable, (I knew where it would lead!) he sent me one, what a friend!?  So I’m up to around 40 albums and I wanted to share what I’ve learned!  Jack is a classically trained musician. I’m a hack that loves all kinds of music, symphonic to rock, bluegrass to Sinatra and everything in between!  My system is a mix of old and new stuff and not hardly “audiophile grade stuff either”.  My old speakers are Polk SDA2 giant floor standers from the 80’s, the small ones are newly acquired Elac Reference Debut bookshelf units that sound fantastic but can’t match the Polks!



My amp is a NAD and I have two CD players, an old Sony ES model from the 80’s and a new Rotel Tribute, they both sound equally good, hard to beat CDs!  Jack sent me a Audio Technica turntable with a Ortofon Red cartridge the sounds great!  Thanks Jack…… really was very nice of you!  Speaking of CD’s I have well over a thousand!  The shelf unit between the speakers is my complete collection of 50’s-60’s rock n roll.  The large cabinet below is all the rest!



This room used  to be a projection room where I taught classes and produced slide shows in the film days with old slide projectors, remember those!?


So back to vinyl, I’m enjoying it very much but I think it is more about the experience than anything.  They are lot more trouble, cleaning dusting, proper storage, the liner notes and that awesome analog sound are some of the reasons people love them.  I don’t love the pops and cracks but I do have to say it is kind of romantic spinning old albums, and listening to the whole side at a sitting!  The analog sound is different, not better, but different and it is vey nice to enjoy!  I am trying to stop buying albums when my box (which holds 50) is full, pray for me!!!!!!


Thanks Jack for re-introducing me to the joy of relaxing to some great music, I’ll loan you any of my extensive Kenny G collection anytime you would like!! 😉  Inside joke between Jack and I!!!!!


Smiles, giggles and blessings,


the pilgrim

1 month, 2 weeks ago Comments Off on How to Decide on what Workshop! is right for you!
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If you follow my blog you have read my previous post about the great event I taught at and enjoyed from Out of Chicago in the Great Smokies.  (If not it is right below this post!)  That kind of event was a a lot of fun and only one of the many ways to enjoy a photography workshop!  Let’s explore some of the workshop formats:



The One on One Workshop:  These are the most expensive because it’s just you and the photographer/teacher.  The advantage is you can get individual instruction from someone that can help you work on the specific parts of your photography game that needs the most help.  It is also a great way to get a intensive review of your work so the instructor can hep you focus in on just what will help you the most! My dear friend and teaching partner, Jack Graham, charges $600. per day + expenses an does all the driving when working in the Pacific Northwest where he currently lives.  I charge the same and live in southern Kentucky, though most of my one on ones are in the Great Smokies which is close by for me.  For anyone that wants individual help, this is the best way to go!



The Small Group Scouting Workshop:  This is much like the One on One but limited to 4 people.  We often need to spend a couple of days in a new location scouting for a future workshop and I will take 3 to 4 extra folks along on those trips. This is much like the One on One learning situation complete with evening review sessions and lot of fellowship as we explore together. I usually charge a flat $500. per day and i  cover my own expenses since a night two of motels stay are usually included.



The Small 12 Person Workshop with Two Leaders:  This is the most common event that Jack Graham and I do together.  with a 6 to 1 ratio, sometime less, the attendees get some personal attention and everyone gets image reviews and we usually have a classroom for more intensive teaching programs, these workshops are tuned to the skill levels of the group.  They range in cost from $699. to $1,295.  depending on the location.  This the most popular form of worshops!  Run by other photographers and orginazatiosn they can range from a low of $1,000. to over $3,500. per person.



The Big Event in a Scenic Location:  The Out of Chicago Events, the Great Smoky Mountains Nature Photography Summit, and the soon to be announced, (for fall of 2023), The Masters of Nature and Landscape Photography Symposium, can have from 40 to 90 attendees and feature from 4 to 12 instructors.  Prices vary widely from around $599. for four days to up to $2,400 for the same but with more instructors, thus more individual attention in small field groups.  This is a great way to get to study under some of the well known photographers whose work  you have always admired from afar!  You can learn more about each of the events at their websites.

The Masters of Nature & Landscape Photography Symposium website is coming soon




Lastly the Zoom Lecture or Course:  Thanks to the Covid experience lots of camera clubs and organizations book speakers via a zoom call presentation.  I do these quite often for clubs around the country.  The cost varies often determined by my schedule and the clubs offer.  you can contact me at:   if interested!


Hope that  helps you sort out your photography workshop plans, you can always contact me if you need any further help!





the pilgrim