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Dawn...at Dawn.

Hi! I'm Dawn.
Photography, for me, began as a way of capturing some of the beauty that I see in the world every day, and sharing it with others. I’ve been a member of the flickr community for 5 ½ years now, and it has completely changed the way I see the world. Everything is so vivid and bold and wonderful when seen through the lens of a camera---I think I am now completely addicted.

Photography has become my favorite hobby. What you see on my photostream is mostly the result of having had a camera in my hand since I was very young, a few inspiring views or chance encounters, and the generous tips and advice and inspiration of my talented flickr friends. I also have been fortunate to have been invited on a few photography workshops with Aperture Academy and on a few photographer meet-ups--where I learned SO much more than I could ever learn on my own.

I’m here on flickr for fun—to learn and meet new people. I do this because I enjoy it, not because I want to make a living at it. I have a bit of a silly personality, so if I make a bizarre comment on your photo, it’s just me trying to make you laugh. I still have SO MUCH to learn, so your constructive comments and suggestions are very much appreciated.

So… while I’m learning, I’ll just share what makes me smile, and hope it will make you smile a little too. Please say hello!

P.S. It's very difficult for me to keep up with posting AND commenting during the school year (Sept - June), as teaching takes up SO much of my time. I'll come visit and comment as often as I can ~ please have patience with me. I love it here...so I WILL be back!


Camera: I am slowly learning how to use my Nikon D3200 (thanks to those of you who have made an attempt to explain how it all works to me--you know who you are!) but often catch something interesting while out hiking with my Canon SX30 IS Point & Shoot Fabulouso!

Tripod: I have one, but it's not usually with me when I need it! So my tripod is sometimes a log, but usually a rock.

Lenses: 4! One short, one long, one fixed, and one wide!

Filters: I have a few different kinds and am learning how to use them. My favorites are the circular polarizers! I'm having tons of fun making crazy blue skies and seeing underwater!

Editing:I have PS CS3, Elements, & Lightroom, but don’t really know how to use them, so mostly, I use Picasa. :-)

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    Extra Medium says:

    "Dawn didn't know that the volcano could erupt at any time, an unfortunate artifact of our public school system. I'd only known her for a few minutes before she encouraged me to scale Iceland's new claim to fame with her in hopes of repelling into the mouth of the giant gaping hole in the earth. She heard that deep inside the volcano was where they made the special ingredient for sour patch kids. That sweet yet sour sugar that has captivated cavity-addicts for years. She was so infatuated with going down there, she didn't realize that molten lava chunks were spewing out of the volcano like kindergartner after jumping around on a full stomach. She had her camera with her, and as a local sherpa, I tried to inform her that her flesh would probably melt before her well-constructed Nikon SLR. This didn't stop her as she ended up stealing a NASA space suit equipped to withstand temperatures to 300F.

    After realizing this was setting her up for an EPIC FAIL, we went back down to the local village and discussed her passions over a very expensive coffee and a side of yak meat. Interesting, funny, social, private and mostly brunette, Dawn showed why she has such a following. Plus she's not so bad with a camera. If you ever have the chance to meet up with her, she's good people. Just don't let her take you on any hikes without an astronaut suit."

    July 13th, 2010

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    Helga* says:

    "Dearest Dawn… Her work is so skillfull and beautiful… So glad that I found her here on Flickr and now being able so watch here grow as an artist. She is a great Flickr friend and her work is always full of beauty and sincerity. Her beautiful persona shines right through every single upload…. She really is an inspiritation for me. Thanks Dawn for everything… Rock On…..lol
    Sincerely Helga"

    April 12th, 2010

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    kodiax2 says:

    "I've been following Dawn's work for about a year and she never fails to impress. She has an unassuming style but yet always wows me with the emotion that comes through in her photos. She is a true rare Talent.


    September 14th, 2009

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    boring riddle says:

    "Dawn has amazed me with her great feeling of capturing a moment in life, that just tells a story on its own. One shot with her camera, and she takes out just a moment you wouldn't see normally. She is fabulous, her sence of humor - lol - I have to wait for it when I see her comments to my photo's, but she makes me smile. I thought I could learn her something, but since I have seen her work, I'm just picking up my jaw from the keyboard again, when I see what great photo's she takes.

    This is just a start, for me I can't wait to see more of her work, I sure learn a lot from this artist!

    Thanks Dawn, you ROCK!"

    May 12th, 2009

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    www.philraileyphotography.com says:

    "I have known Dawn for 23 years. She and I dated back in Jr. high and like most relationships at that age only lasted a couple weeks. She is very outgoing and athletic. I am so glad I was able to get back in touch with her after so many years. She married a great guy that I considered a good friend back in they day. They are the counter points in eachother. Dawn is still breath taking after all these years. She has a good head on her shoulders and the images she captures through her lens, are almost as beautiful as her. She has given me alot of ideas for pictures through her creativity and imagination. I am glad to be able to call Dawn a friend. I have not seen her in 20 years but to be able to share pictures is amazing."

    September 8th, 2008

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    thuridge says:

    "Your pictures are very beautiful, and I like to look at them when I want to see beautiful photos"

    August 15th, 2008

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    perfect sign says:

    "Ok, this is a first for me; writing someone a testimonial after just viewing their images for the first time, but I can't help it.

    Dawn proves that it's the photographer, not the camera, that makes a beautiful capture.

    You don't need an expensive camera, the best lenses or a godly number of little gadgets...you just need passion, desire and a good eye!

    Bravo to you - I'm thoroughly impressed! =)"

    August 12th, 2008

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    August 6th, 2008

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    prjbrown says:

    "Dawn has a wonderful ability to capture life through the lens
    there is a real honesty & sweetness in her photography that is truly refreshing"

    July 22nd, 2008

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    Nael AJ says:

    "A great person who has a good eye for photography, her comments just crack me up at times! :)
    So if you want the opinion of someone then you should consider Dawn as one of them!"

    July 11th, 2008

Dawn Ellner
August 2007
Saratoga, California, USA
I am:
Female and Taken