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After a very windy day Sunday the winds died down today and we had brilliant sunny sky, so….time to go flying!  This was my second flight with the DJI Mini 2 and I concentrated on stills, getting use to the new drone.  Above, while driving into our subdivision I notced how the aftenoon light was throwing long shadows of some big pine trees.  Surely that would be interesting from directly above them!  I’ll let you be the judge, but it was fun!





Next I went to shoot an old favorite aerial spot of mine, you may remember this shot from a year or two ago  A local church has three wooden crosses in a grassy field just off our local road.  In late afternoon the shdows are perfect!  Above I shot it tight and then climbed to a higher altitude to shoot it again with a slightly different composition.  As a Christian the Cross has extraordinary meaning for me, and I love this shot because of both the subject and the play of light!





Finally as I was flying back to my landing location I saw this road come into view and a car came through the frame, so I went back and hovered with the road cutting a diagonal line through the frame and waited for another car to go through, several came down the road but  this was my avorite, wish it had been a red corvette convertible!!!


So I will continue to look for some images, I promise to try and make them better each time out!!  Next time I will start to look for some graphic designs!!


Thanks for flying along with me!!





the pilgrim


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As we come to the end of 2020 I had to give a shout out to some of my very favorite photography products of this year!  In fact I consider these “The Best Value for Your Dollar” products that you can buy.  Now if you are not a Fujifilm shooter, these products may be falling on deaf ears, but for less than $2,000. you could own all three!


Let me start with my newest drone the DJI Mini 2.  This is a very small less than 250 grams weight, that can nearly fit in your pocket.  In spite of it’s very small size it is fully featured, including; 4K video, fully stabilized, three axis gimbal, and in the Fly More Pack you get three batteries each good for almost a half hour of flight! A new controller makes flying this drone super easy and it also includes a three battery, charger!  For $599. this is one of the best drones I’ve flown and it makes spectacular video and stills, even shoots in Raw.  If all that was not enough it is super quiet!  Because of it’s small size it would easily fit in your camera bag!!  If you have been thinking about a drone, it’s time to go for it!!



My first flight I got a remaining all leaf covered tree and some lines in the field next to it, Can’t wait to find some interesting subjects in great light!!!!





Fujifilm has just released it’s new X-S10 which is shockingly full featured and very solidly built!  I am amazed that the Fujifilm engineers were able to pack the same 26 megapixel sensor from the X-T3 and X-T4 into this camera.  It has the same processor and 5 axis stabilization good for 6 stops of stabilization.  While the controls are different than on other Fujiflm bodies, after setting the control dials up it can behave almost identically to other bodies that you are most use to.  It’s tough magnesium body inspires confidence and it’s light weight make it a joy as a carry around camera.  The grip feels just like the X-H1, my favorite Fujifilm body!


The perfect combo for this new body, or for any of Fujfiilm’s camera bodies are two extrememly good lenses that are a perfect match for all the smaller Fujifilm boidies. I, and many others,  affectionaetly call them Fujicrons becasue they remind us so much of the excellent Leitz Summicrons of days gone by, compact, solidly built and of exceptional optical quality.  Only difference is the price these two guys are very affordable!  The 50mm f 2 goes for $449. and the 16mm f 2.8 for $399.  “Screaming Bargains”!!!!  I could live very happily with the X-S10 and these two lenses, O.K. maybe  the wonderful and now discounted 55-200 thrown in!  O.K. the 18-55 is a must too, and it you have the funds the 16-80 is even better!!!!!!!!!


Well. if you had extra funds lying around and was undecided on what to invest in, consider these suggestiions, I can assure you…. you would be thrilled with any and all of them!  Happy Thanksgiving!!!!





the pilgrim

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Every early November our family goes down to Lake Santeela in North Carolina to hike one of Wesley’s favorite trails in the Joyce Kilmer National Forest.  this year most of our family was able it join us for  great weeend of food, family, fun and remembering Wes!


Above, left to right front row, Abigail Fortney, Diane Fortney holding Kozmo, Sherelene Forntey, Rhonda Fortney and Catherine Moore.  Back row, Scott Fortney, Ben Fortney, Elijah Fortney,  Cade Moore, Clint Moore and the pilgrim.



The family gathered at the bald at the top of the trail head!


The first night we had a beautiful sunset over the lake.



The folowing morning fog on the lake.



I had some fun shooting patterns with the X-S10.



We all had a wonderful time remmbering Wes and loving on each other!




the pilgrim