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Sunset Divided... Lake Tahoe
With the grace of a dancer, lady sunset gave it her all,
her final breath settling upon the water in a gentle caress.
In moments, it was all over. Never to repeated.
Tomorrow; a new performance,
offering some new and marvelous variation on a timeless ending. 
Had a travel day today... got home just in time to wave good bye to the sun. Ready to settle in and get ready for new and eventful day upon the morrow! ;)

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Beautiful sunset! Thank you!
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Towering HooDoos.. Bryce Canyon, Utah
"Who do?" she queried.
"You do", he quipped.
"Ah", she concurred.
"I do. And you?"
"It's true", he nodded. Then blushed a little.
This was last fall, Bryce Canyon. 
Awesome from above, doubly so from below. 
I will return. 
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A Chilly Morning in Paris... Paris, France
Get up, have a croissant, toss on THAT fabulous coat... Check.

Throw fine, Italian lambskin messenger bag over shoulder... Check.

Make sure strap lays flat... Oops. 

Boots, head muff... Check and Check

Leash up the beast... Check.

Hit the faaaaabulous cobblestone streets, attempt to blend in... Check on the attempt. (how can 'fabulous' truly blend in?)

Stroll on down the street whilst some crazy American takes a picture of your backside, then goes home to make up a story about you... Oh, very Check.

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BAHhahahahaha +D. Hale!
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On the Rocks... Lake Tahoe, Nevada
Ummmm, yeah, that's me... perching amongst the rocks to "git the shot". The hubs +Joe Dolister took this one... he's always lurking around, keeping an eye on me when I go clambering about looking for JUST the right angle. That's when we go out together - I just don't tell him what I do when I'm by myself. Shhhhh!

You can't quite tell from this photo - but the drop mere inches to my right was straight down to the water a couple of hundred feet... to my front and left it was more about splattering on the granite. I chose to do neither, but rely on my skater/dancer training to put my feet in juuuuust the right place on the way down. 

If only I could levitate... ;)
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Human Beings are seeking a balance, those stay in the cities, love to captured their images mostly at the countryside. Singaporeans like to go "Kampong/villages" for their shots..
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It's on!! The Chat with Karen Hutton: +Scott Kelby is live!!
On my blog:
If you ever wondered what can happen when you follow your passion and your dreams, this is the episode to watch! 

As you probably already know (but for those who might be new here), +Scott Kelby is a founder and the CEO of +kelbymediagroup  (which includes KelbyOne), Editor and Publisher of Photoshop User Magazine; Publisher of “Light it” and “Lightroom” magazines, President of  NAPP,  author of a string of bestselling technology books, co-host of the weekly talk show “The Grid"... and right now, is in Atlanta with his awesome wife and business partner +Kalebra Kelby putting on Photoshop World.


But he is also a father, a husband, a musician... and is one of the most passionate teachers I've ever met. He is likewise passionate about making knowledge accessible to the many, not only the few.

You're about to find out why... and discover the moment in Scott's life that started an empire.

This episode is a revelation; so moving, so deep, heartfelt and genuine. Scott opened up in ways that will probably take you by surprise. 

#thechat   #f   #thechatwithkarenhutton   #scottkelby  
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Once again, +Karen Hutton, just awesome. I don't normally speak up this much but I must say, this is the second time in just a few weeks I've been touched on a deeper level by something said in one of your interviews. The first was +Tamara Lackey's philosophy on happiness and now this story by +Scott Kelby about his music lessons was just beautiful. Scott's books (namely his Digital Photography Book series) were instrumental in my learning process. I have the utmost respect for anyone whose life's dedication is the passionate pursuit to right something they perceive as a wrong in this world. Thanks for sharing this with us.
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Traveling to Shanghai?
I ran across this up-coming iBook by +Pavel Dvořák recently, thought it looked cool - so I'm passing it on!

I just pre-ordered mine - it cost either .99US or 99E ($1.27 US), I'm not sure which - but either way, it looks like a fun way to explore a place I've never seen before! 
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How do you define Success for yourself - and how will you know when you've attained it?

On my blog today, (, I open a conversation about Success. It's one of my favorite questions.

I think it's an important one to answer -  especially for us creative people. I asked +Scott Kelby this question in my most recent episode of The Chat (check it out in its entirety on my blog here: or over on Scott's blog here: ).

I made it a 2-part query... in this clip, he answers the Business half. The Personal side went even deeper... and has made an impact on so many people who've seen it so far. Including me! 
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Grin +Kathy Porupski!
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Point the Way... Felton, California
On that lazy Sunday afternoon,
she simply went where her feet led.
They always had such good ideas.  

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The Gilded Past... Santa Cruz, California
This one's on my blog today:
Out of place, time, company...
she found the fresh view she'd been seeking
This one's sure different from my norm! 
Different camera, location, subject matter, intent... and that was the whole point. I talk about this in more depth on my blog, but basically... sometimes you gotta break patterns, so's you don't fall into a rut.

I'm talking photographically here, but really, it's true across the board. On this particular day,  I set out with a different camera than usual (my Sony NEX-7), to a different location (Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, by way of a weekend walk with the hubs), even a different  time (midday - but more than that, I've got history here!). The whole experience even made me process this photo different than usual. 

My opinion: patterns can get a chokehold on your creativity. It happens in super subtle ways. I like to change things up such that I feel, see, hear, experience the world differently than my norm on a fairly (ir)regular basis. 

If I don't do this; the sound of my Inner Muse's impatient toe-tap is positively deafening!! Her ensuing silence; even more so. 


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I was lucky enough to be here in 1979
I remember the roller coaster which was fun
but not this ride
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The Sign... Truckee, California
The sign came, as she'd been told it would, at a surprising moment. 
Luckily, she was schooled to hold no expectations...
but instead, be ready to move to the breath of the divine.
I've always loved this photo - and remember the night well. 
1 a.m. Silent. No wind. I'd crawled a half mile over the snow to this spot, now huddling in the cold as I waited for the exposures to finish, my breath nearly freezing as it left my mouth. 


OK, it WAS 1 a.m. And it was COLD!
But my car was warm, which is where I sat with my heater on while my camera ran through its long exposure paces outside the driver's side window.

Luckily IT didn't shiver, or we wouldn't be having this conversation

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Life Is Light Photography
My newest project is a show called: THE CHAT with Karen Hutton: Sound byte-sized insights from some of the coolest people on the planet!

In it, I chat with creatives; successful artists, photographers, musicians, singers, creative business folks... all of whom are uniquely engaged in "living life as an artist: or better yet, living their life as if it were their art." A new episode every Monday, to kick off your week with a little inspiration. 

Overall, my world is a big ball of photographic, voiceover and content creational fun. 
Think of it as; Lenses and Light - meet Microphones, Words and Sound. 
Don't look so surprised! They play really well together. 
They each share a particular point of view. Tell stories. Express a unique 'signature'. A Voice. What's not to love?

Photography is why I breathe, baby. That's lifelong, undying love and passion. It's all about: Connection. Inspiration. Story. Humor. And Beauty. Who couldn't do with more beauty in the world? I love photographers because they wear their heart on their sleeve and it lives in their work. Their breathtaking world view. Their intensely personal story... the one that we just HAVE to tell or our hearts will simply burst from the withholding of it. 

Voiceover is global. Over the years, hundreds of commercials, narrations and announcements for planes, trains, automobiles, television and radio… and for fabulous apps like MotionX-GPS Drive. (Cougar anyone?)  Or apps on your iPad helping you to dream, adventure and plan your next travels, like Stuck on Earth, created by Trey Ratcliff. I'm the voice of the guide over there.

The way I see it, our individual signature - our point of view or 'voice' - connects us. Is our heart speaking, through everything we do. After all, as my mother used to say "You can't hide who you really are." Wise woman.

My first eBook is called I/WE: Scenes From the Big Picture. It's geared toward that childlike desire we all have to soak in pretty pictures and a good (very short) story.

So, welcome to my world.

Over here we love to capture, shoot, chase, wait for, plan for and generally live in (and for) - light.

And with a little light, don't you know... anything is possible. 


"The industrial age is ending, and a new one is beginning. It produces art instead of stuff and it rewards gracefulness.

...the future belongs to the breathtaking."

                                                 --- Seth Godin

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