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“We are what we repeatedly do.  Excellence, then is not an act, but a habit.”

~Aristotle

Shutter Priority Mode

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Here is a series of photos I took last September of my cat Koby in shutter priority mode with the shutter at 1/250. I adjusted the ISO as twilight lengthened so a couple of these you can see the digital noise that occurs at higher ISO settings. The camera chose the aperture and my camera […]

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What type of Photographer are you? Part 2

In part 1 of this article I talked about setting goals or destinations for my journey and I asked the open-ended question “What type of photographer are you?” then I broke it down to 5 specific questions.  The first three helped me to decide where I’m at and where I want to go;  now I need […]

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What Type of Photographer are You? part 1

Life is a journey and from time to time it’s good to pause, take a look around and see where we’re at, take stock of what is going on around us, then enjoy the view.  Not only does this little gem of wisdom apply to life in general, but it also applies to nearly everything […]

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Ready to hear a dirty little secret?

Besides taking photos for 25 years with only a bare simplistic understanding of photography? Cameras don’t take great photos – photographers take great photos. That sounds like one of those “well duh” type of statements, yet  how many times have you made the comment “wow, your camera takes great photos?”. I’ve had it said to me […]

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Don’t give up what you want most, for what you want now. – Anonymous  

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Just a quickie…

Here’s where following social media pays off – a link that was posted in a facebook group I belong to that leads to an amazing, inspiring and awesome blog + video about success in photography and life. Definitely go and take a look. http://fstoppers.com/fstoppers-original-success-in-photography  

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Beginning an epic journey in photography…

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Epic journeys start with good planning and an inventory of supplies and skills needed for success, then that is where we shall begin.  Since this is as much a journey of life as it is photography we will need to examine the basic principles of photography and our mastery of them; looking at what equipment […]

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Welcome

Hello, my name is Shelly Hawthorne and this will be my blog that will chronicle my journey from an amateur photographer to a professional one and beyond.  I am hopeful that you will find my journey interesting, informative and educational as I go down this path I have chosen.  I look forward to the side trips, the […]

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