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9 years, 10 months ago 0

I’ve always said that if I won the lottery I would start out by visiting a few of my favorite stores with an empty eighteen wheeler to stock up on the fun things I love for myself and all my friends. One of the first stops would be Cupertino, California, home of Apple. I’m having the rare pleasure of spending a day in the main corporate headquarters today. Our PMTR (Professional Market Tech Rep) meeting for this week will be held in San Jose with an all day visit today to the home of the Mac, iMac, MacBook Pro, the iPhone, iPod, and the new iPad.

Our team had a nice dinner at an English Pub last night, The Duke of Ellington. As I sat at the table, on the out side terrace, with a dozen people, and looked around at my team members and our leaders, I thought again what and honor it has been to work side by side with such talented and wonderful people. Some of these people have become some of my closest friends and associates.

You may get tired of hearing me express my thankfulness, but I hope it serves as a object lesson.
One of the most important things I’ve learned in my walk with our Lord is the absolute necessity of
reminding yourself how much God has blessed your life. Praising God is an act of recognition that He “is” God. When we offer thanks to Him it is also a recognition that it is not us, but Him that matters. The beginning of a great fall from grace starts with the the sentence, “I must be pretty great, look at where I am today.” I believe with all my heart that God’s plan for us is; to work hard, take responsibility for our own actions, and then trust Him with the rest.

I once heard a story about a reporter that asked the then young Arnold Palmer an interview question. It went like this, “Mr. Palmer, you must be the luckiest golfer in the world with all the tournaments you’ve won?” Arnold, always the gentleman, answered, “Well, I’ve been very fortunate, and I’ve also learned the more I practice the luckier I get.”

So there it is a good formula for life, practice and trust God. Most important of all, when He does bless you, remember where the blessings came from and don’t fail to put credit where credit is do.
If you do that, you’ll never find yourself in praise of the wrong source for all the good in your life.

the pilgrim

*Photo note: Apple headquarters at Cupertino, CA. Nikon D3s and 24-70 AFS f 2.8 lens.

The Nikon Professional Services Team

9 years, 10 months ago 0

Did you ever wonder why Jesus sent out his disciples in pairs to minister? To support and encourage each other in the trials they would definitely face. We are to encourage one another in all we do, especially serving Him. It’s 0:Dark thirty and I’m in another airport flying to yet another distant city. Not complaining, just lonely when the direction you’re traveling is “away” from home.

Friday night it will be different, “coming” home…… So what to do. Buck up and do your duty, complete the mission, be in the moment. I’m going to have the pleasure of my partners of NPS this week in Cupertino, California, (yep, Apple), and I know the meeting will be another great adventure. My job is to be that partner and bring encouragement and support to my friends.

The way to not feel alone is to not be alone. Reach out, find others that need encouragement even more than you do. Getting lost in the fulfilling of others needs makes yours seem less important.
I feel better already……

Father, keep me close this week and please instill in me an awareness of the needs of others, help me to try not to think about myself. I need to do what you’ve sent all of us out in the world to do, minister in your Holy Name. There is no reason for me to worry, I know you’ve got my back…..

the pilgrim

*Photo note: Baby Caymans, in Florida, (captive), 200mm Micro Nikkor lens.

9 years, 10 months ago 0

I never intended to use the blog for a personal plea, but I hope you will forgive me for this one instance. I have come to realize that through the blog I’ve surrounded myself with brothers, sisters and prayer warriors.

Now it’s time to call in some my chips. My brother, Homer, along with his wife Terr pictured above is my only immediate family member still living. Yesterday Homer had an appointment regarding some heart issues he has been dealing with. The results of the tests were not great. Further tests will be required, but I want to get ahead of the curve on this. I’m asking all my partners in this daily exercise to join me in praying for Homer and the successful outcome of this issue he is facing.

I have come to learn one thing in my walk with the Lord, He’s there and He listens. I also know He loves us and want what is best for us, on that we have to rely and trust. I still want to keep my brother a little longer, and I will pray that if it be His will, that my prayer will be answered.

Now, none of us know when we will be leaving here and going to be with the Lord, our lives could go on for many years or we could be standing at the gates in a few minutes. The most important thing to determine is which gates you will standing at!

I have complete confidence that God has a plan and things will work out according to that plan.
I also know that according to His word, nothing ever comes our way unless He allows it and can bring good from it for both us and the kingdom.

Thanks for letting me appeal to you to join in my prayers. I expect to be sharing the great results of our petitions in the future.

Thank you again, in advance,

the pilgrim

9 years, 10 months ago 0

I’m traveling all day Thursday so I thought I would do Tech Friday, Thursday. Did that make any sense? Probably not. I mentioned in a recent blog entry that mega pixels were not as critical as many people think and even said I had a number of shots that really raise eyebrows when people learn they are not form high resolution cameras. The shot above is one example, it was made with a D70, a 6 mega pixel camera!!!!

People often confuse resolution with sharpness. Any camera of good quality can make a sharp image, but you have to help. Here’s how:

1. Steady the camera, the best method is a tripod, if you don’t have a tripod do everything you can to get the camera steady.
2. Use really good glass. All lenses are capable of making sharp images, but to make blazingly sharp images you need blazingly sharp lenses.
3. Use a cable release to keep from introducing shake in the camera, at the very least learn how to softly squeeze the shutter release off.
4. Don’t use anymore filters than absolutely necessary. I seldom use anything more than a polarizer.
5. Keep your lenses clean. Don’t over do it, often all a lens needs is a good blast of air from a
lens cleaning bulb.
1. Remember that contrast has a lot to do with the appearance of sharpness, so side lighting is the
best light to show texture and thus sharpness.

My dear friend and great nature photographer, Rod Planck says, “Good technique beats equipment every time.” I say great technique and great equipment both are real winners.

Do you know how much God loves you? It never ceases to amaze me at His compassion and gentle nature. I would not want to spend one day on this earth without Him. If you haven’t talked to Him for a while, give Him a call, I know He will be thrilled to hear from you……..

the pilgrim