Mission Statements

Digital Photography has been a hobby of mine since the winter of 2000 when I bought my first digital camera, a Sony DSC-S30. I bought that camera mainly to take pictures of what was my main hobby at that time, Scenic City Miatas.

Henson Gap Dogwood Shot

Above is a photograph that I made in April of 2011 of Scenic City Miatas out for a nice spring drive. I used my Panasonic DMC-TS2.

During the fall and winter of 2011 I decided that I would step back a bit from what had been my hobby for a few years, Autocross. With Autocross you have to follow someone else’s schedule and I found myself away from my family on many Sundays. Autocross is a lot of fun and I really love driving but it was time for a change.

I started to think a little more seriously about photography. I had always used point and shoot cameras and I had them in “auto” mode almost all the time. I started scouring the internet for photography tips and before long I was attempting to shoot in any camera mode except auto with what was my best camera at the time, a Canon Powershot S3-IS.

Tennessee Aquarium Waterfall hand Held 1/5th Second Exposure

Above is a photograph I made with my Canon Powershot S3-IS using shutter priority mode.

It wasn’t long before I decided that, if photography was going to be my main hobby, I was going to need better camera. I did a great deal of research and decided that the best camera for the money on the market at that time was the Nikon D7000.  I bought the D7000 in December of 2011.

Great Blue Heron

Above is a Great Blue Heron photo that I made with my D7000 in full manual mode on January 19, 2012.

After I got the D7000 my photography started to improve as I learned how to operate the camera. I started making a few photos that I thought were worth sharing and eventually I decided to set up this blog for that purpose. Now that my blog has been up and running for the better part of a month. I decided that I needed a mission statement for my photography and my blog. After I thought about it for a while, this is what I came up with.

Mission Statements

Amateur Photographer: To continuously learn and improve my photography skills while making photographs that I enjoy.

Blogger: To journal the what, where, how and why of my photographs for family, friends and strangers to the best of my ability.

As always, thanks for taking the time to visit my blog!

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3 Responses to Mission Statements

  1. Jacqueline Hoover says:

    Very nice.

  2. Aaron Allen says:

    Hey Phil, I stumbled upton your wordpress site while I was hunting down your email address. I never thought you would slow down with the autocross hobby but I really understand how difficult it is to be away from your family. It’s been pleasure looking through your articles and pictures, I’ll try to swing by here a little mor often.

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