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September 14, 2016

(music video) Leon Patillo: ‘The Sky is the Limit’ — “You can be a pioneer / Just don’t be afraid of the new frontiers”

Filed under: MUSIC Videos That Matter — Jeff Fenske @ 12:18 am

How do you look upon yourself?
Are you always looking down?
Down, down, down on the ground
Well, hold onto your dreams
It’s not as hard as it seems
If you try, you can do most anything

Whoa, the sky is the limit
You can reach beyond the stars
The sky is the limit
Let yourself go
Let the river flow

How do you look upon yourself?
Are you always behind?
Way, way, way, way behind
The possibility is here
You can be a pioneer
Just don’t be afraid of the new frontiers

Because the sky is the limit
You can reach beyond the stars
The sky is the limit
Let yourself go
Let the river flow

Many people have given up
They say the pressure is too hard to bear
Don’t have to do it all by yourself
Someone cares, up there

No one else but you
Can do exactly what you do
So let your talent come bursting right on through

Because the sky is the limit
You can reach beyond the stars
The sky is the limit
Let yourself go
Let the river flow
Just let yourself go
Let the river flow

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leon patillo the sky’s the limit

(music video) Leon Patillo: ‘J.E.S.U.S.’

Filed under: MUSIC Videos That Matter — Jeff Fenske @ 12:12 am

Leon Patillo – J.E.S.U.S.

September 13, 2016

(music video) Leon Patillo: ‘Love Calling’

Filed under: MUSIC Videos That Matter,Personal • jf — Jeff Fenske @ 11:10 pm

I remember playing the cassette of this album, “The Sky is the Limit” a number of times while attending seminary during the spiritually dry second time.

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Earth people, (this is love)
Please come in, (this is love calling Earth)
I am not alien,
This is love calling, (this is love)
Please come in, (this is love calling Earth)
I want to be your friend.

I have been around you since the world began,
I have even visited you and walked upon your land,
I have known your leaders down through history,
Some have made the effort to communicate with me.

Earth people, (this is love)
Please come in, (this is love calling Earth)
I am not alien,
This is love calling, (this is love)
Please come in, (this is love calling Earth)
I want to be your friend.

I don’t want to harm you; it’s the last thing on my mind,
I just want to share my love with all of mankind,
When your heart is broken, and the world has been unkind, I’ll pick up the pieces and I’ll give you peace of mind.

(this is love)
(this is love calling Earth)
(come in, come in, come in)
(this is love)
(this is love calling Earth)
(come in, come in)

Scientists are seeking immortality,
Astronauts are searching the skies for our destiny,
It’s not complicated, what this planet needs: love is still the answer to life’s mystery.

Earth people, (this is love)
Please come in, (this is love calling Earth)
I am not alien,
This is love calling, (this is love)
Please come in, (this is love calling Earth)
I want to be your friend.

Earth people, (this is love)
Please come in, (this is love calling Earth)
I am not alien,
(fade)

Leon Patillo – Love Calling Video 2010

(music video) ASHLEY CLEVELAND: ‘Gimme Shelter’ (Live!)

Filed under: MUSIC Videos That Matter — Jeff Fenske @ 3:52 pm

And … Ashley’s husband plays the white guitar!!!

Prophetic power punch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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ASHLEY CLEVELAND – Gimme Shelter (Live!)

(music video) Ashley Cleveland: “Better You Get Ready!”

Filed under: MUSIC Videos That Matter — Jeff Fenske @ 3:42 pm

A POWERFUL REPEATABLE!!!!!!!

One of my favorites!

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Ashley Cleveland-Better You Get Ready.wmv

September 2, 2016

Anchorage man grows 1,469-pound pumpkin breaking Alaska State Fair record

Filed under: Fun–or–AMAZING Stuff! — Jeff Fenske @ 7:41 am

I also live in the Sand Lake area of Anchorage.

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From: ADN

Check out the 1,469-pound pumpkin that just broke the Alaska State Fair record

After five years of chasing the Alaska State Fair giant pumpkin record, Anchorage’s Dale Marshall finally won the heavyweight title once again.

At the 11th annual state fair pumpkin weigh-off Tuesday, Marshall’s 1,469-pound gourd beat the previous record of 1,287 pounds set in 2011 by J. D. Megchelsen of Nikiski.

It was a comeback of sorts for Marshall, who held the record in 2010. Marshall said warm weather and good seed selection led him to victory this year. Grown in a greenhouse at his Sand Lake home, the champion pumpkin weighs roughly as much as a large bull moose.

“(I did) pretty much what I do every year,” he said. “And it panned out.”

Marshall was also the lone entry in the 2015 competition, but was unable to compete when the crane hoisting his pumpkin broke during delivery to the fair, smashing the giant gourd into pieces.

Entire Article

August 26, 2016

Articles Remembering Michael Reichmann – Editor of ‘Luminous Landscape’

Filed under: Personal • jf,Photography • jf — Jeff Fenske @ 2:28 am

I’ve learned a lot from Michael, and am  very sad to see him go. He had such a high standard of excellence when he wrote or spoke his product reviews. No one held the photography industry to a higher standard than did Michael. He was forward thinking, cutting edge, while they too often rest on their laurels, stuck in the mud with archaic ideas that stifle the productions of great art.

Here are three articles (with some videos) written by those who knew Michael personally:

Missing Our Friend
August 18, 2016 by Kevin Raber

Michael Reichmann – Reflections
August 18, 2016 by Alain Briot

I wrote the following comment at LL’s Facebook page in response to Alain’s article above:

Heartwarming article and videos! In order for Michael to be such an innovator with Luminous Landscape it’s not surprising that he didn’t have the patience to focus on just one image like Alain did and does. I really like Natalie’s comment:

“He did not care what others thought about these controversial articles that he published on his website. The more controversial the article, the more he seemed to enjoy publishing them.”

I’ve found that very few reviewers would really challenge camera and printer companies like Michael would. He was fearless. Getting better products was a main goal for him.

I recently found out that Canon dropped the green ink in their latest printers, and replaced it with a chroma optimizer. I wonder what Michael would have said. The color gamut is almost certainly reduced now that they’ve taken out an ink they used to find essential.

I hope Luminous Landscape still carries on his fearless and high standard work.

It’s A Sad Day For Luminous-Landscape
May 19, 2016 by Kevin Raber

I wrote this comment after hearing:

I appreciated Michael’s emphasis on EXCELLENCE, and have learned so much from him. Very sorry to hear this! Michael’s contribution to photography and the photographic community was huge!

Life is short.

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August 24, 2016

(film) Chased by the Light A Photographic Journey with Jim Brandenburg — Moved early in life to swap a hunting rifle for a camera

Filed under: Personal • jf,Photography • jf — Jeff Fenske @ 1:51 am

I’ve read Jim’s story, and bought the DVD of this film years ago. It’s so inspiring and very deep! I’ve now decided to finally do my own “1 photo a day” project, which I almost did last year. Goals are good. It’s time to do it, but with looser rules: being allowed to shoot more than one frame a day, and subjects will not be limited to nature.

I should say too that I can relate to Jim’s story. I also replaced shooting guns with shooting photos at an early age, and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in northern Minnesota was one of my primary inspirations too. I laid my camera down too, though, for an extended period, unlike Jim.

DANGER ALERT @ minute-55: despite the many greatnesses of this work, bringing me to tears at times, we must not violate God’s principles. “Worshipping” the creation instead of the Creator Who made nature is the fall of man Romans 1 describes, that we must not fall into. In the film, Jim often departs from the 6,000 year Biblical creation story when he mentions the mythical evolutionary time frame. Nat Geo is reknown for doing this, and this has always bothered me. To me, photographing nature is an act of worship. My #1 goal is to show the glory of God revealed in what He created, as stated in Romans 1:20:

For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.

Some quotes I transcribed:

“..one of two settings…that moved Brandenburg early in life to swap a hunting rifle for a camera.” – Narrator

“To capture an animal with a camera is something I’ve never grown tired of.” – JB

“..his passion, it is so deep….” – Ann Bancroft

“Jim is as focused as anybody I’ve ever seen.” – Anthony (JB’s son)

The raven is the key to getting an image of the wolf.” – JB

“This is my story. I find that developing a grounded sense of context of where you live, knowing your subject better than a far off, exotic place, over a period of years and years and years. And telling that story, I find a much richer experience.” – JB

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Chased by the Light A Photographic Journey with Jim Brandenburg

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