Rachel Pennington. Get yours at flagrantdisregard.com/flickr

 

**flickr member since December 2004. I'm what you call "old school." :)**

 

View my photos at bighugelabs.com

 

Please, PLEASE be respectful and DO NOT use my photos without my express written consent. I've been finding my photos all over the place and while I'm flattered that people like them, I don't appreciate people using them without me saying it's ok. Thanks!

 

I grew up on Lookout Mountain in north Georgia and married my high school sweetheart at age 17. We've been married for over 30 years and have two children and three grandchildren.

 

I've been taking photos since I was 8 when my parents bought me my first camera for Christmas: a Kodak 110. I've pretty much had a camera in my hand ever since.

 

I now use Canon cameras: a 7D and an SX60 that I keep by my side all the time.

 

I am crazy about photography. I'm so blessed to live where I live: I'm within 2 hours of the Great Smoky Mtns. National Park, Nashville, Birmingham, Atlanta, Knoxville, and there's all sorts of beautiful things to shoot around here (Chattanooga), too.

 

I love shooting nature & wildlife. My favorite subjects are butterflies, insects & spiders. I love macro photography. I don't much care to shoot people though; makes me nervous.

 

For editing I use Photoshop, Topaz, and Picasa, which is a terrific free program from Google (www.picasa.com). I only do basic editing; I don't do anything that dramatically changes my photos. I like them to be "as shot." There's nothing WRONG with people using editing software to make their photographs pieces of art by doing major editing, but that's just not for me. :)

 

My other hobbies include camping, hiking, Geocaching, & birding.

 

I love the colors green and orange, the ocean, fall, winter, and being in the woods. I listen to Fleetwood Mac when I cook and clean, and sing horribly with songs on the radio. :)

 

I love the Lord and thank him daily for the blessings that I receive. :)

 

I want to add that I'm slow about answering emails when I get them, but I WILL answer them. :)

 

Also, I don't just add a contact so I can have two gazillion contacts on here. It's important to me to take the time to look at the photos of my contacts and to comment on them.

 

If I comment on your photo it's because I have been touched by your photo, not to get notice for myself. I hope that you add me for the same reason, not as just a notch on your flickr belt. ;o)

 

My goal is to learn from my peers and to become a better photographer. I'm inspired by the people I have met on here and I truly cherish your friendship.

 

Thanks for looking!

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  • JoinedDecember 2004
  • OccupationPhotographer Wannabe
  • HometownLookout Mountain, Georgia

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Even though I've not met Rachel in person, I feel like I know her. She has this incredible eye for capturing the extraordinary in everyday events and her surroundings, and it is inspiring to be around someone who exudes that kind of joy simply by enjoying her life to its fullest and sharing little beautiful bits of it … Read more

Even though I've not met Rachel in person, I feel like I know her. She has this incredible eye for capturing the extraordinary in everyday events and her surroundings, and it is inspiring to be around someone who exudes that kind of joy simply by enjoying her life to its fullest and sharing little beautiful bits of it with others. I'm glad that she was among the first folks I "met" on Flickr when I joined!

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December 12, 2007
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We have "known" Rachel for close to 2 years here on Flickr. Her photographs never cease to be amazing. She has an artistic ability to capture nature, her family, animals, really, anything that gets in front of her lens, and they turn out beautifully. Her wittiness and the love she feels for her family just shine throug… Read more

We have "known" Rachel for close to 2 years here on Flickr. Her photographs never cease to be amazing. She has an artistic ability to capture nature, her family, animals, really, anything that gets in front of her lens, and they turn out beautifully. Her wittiness and the love she feels for her family just shine through in all her photos. You are a pleasure to know and we look forward to many, many, more wonderful shots to fill your photo stream!

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March 7, 2007

I have been a fan of Rachel's photos from when she started posting her marvelous images on flickr. She shows a great love and eye of nature, landscape, cats, and portraits. In fact, I have fallen in love with Georgia just from her photos. A prolific artist who maintains a high quality of work. It is a great delight to … Read more

I have been a fan of Rachel's photos from when she started posting her marvelous images on flickr. She shows a great love and eye of nature, landscape, cats, and portraits. In fact, I have fallen in love with Georgia just from her photos. A prolific artist who maintains a high quality of work. It is a great delight to visit Rachel's stream.

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August 6, 2006

I don't know if there is anything I could say to top some of the other wonderful comments, but I think Rachel's photos show her deep love for life and family. Her images capture the pure essence of color and emotions that never seem to be plastic or staged. I haven't known Rachel very long, but what I have grown to kno… Read more

I don't know if there is anything I could say to top some of the other wonderful comments, but I think Rachel's photos show her deep love for life and family. Her images capture the pure essence of color and emotions that never seem to be plastic or staged. I haven't known Rachel very long, but what I have grown to know of her is that she is the kind of person that portrays all those good qualities in her shots. She has to feel them to get them. I am glad I have gotten to know you and look forward to knowing you more. Vicki

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July 11, 2006

Visiting Rachel’s photostream is like visiting the best of Americana. She invites you into her life, introduces you to her family and shares her life in the most delicious way. With her eye for light and life she lovingly shares her corner of the world through her photographs. It’s honest talent and Southern Hospita… Read more

Visiting Rachel’s photostream is like visiting the best of Americana. She invites you into her life, introduces you to her family and shares her life in the most delicious way. With her eye for light and life she lovingly shares her corner of the world through her photographs. It’s honest talent and Southern Hospitality at it’s very best. So grab a piece of apple pie and make yourself comfortable. You’ll be glad you came by for a visit.

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May 5, 2006

Even though Rachel is a big chicken poo poo, she does know how to use a camera to it's full potential and often uses her local surroundings as subjects. She loves her kids and it's obvious in her neeto cheeto photos of them. Keep up the good work.

March 14, 2006

What a wonderful photographer. I've really enjoyed "flipping" through her photos. She captures so much in every shot...things that most people would miss. And as a local Savannahian, I must say that she's really captured the beauty and charm of our fair city. The photos she's taken are breathtaking.

February 27, 2006

Rachel is one of the very first people I met on Flickr. What can you say about someone like Rachel? She's extremely talented with her camera. At any given time, her photos can make you laugh, make you cry, inspire you (thanks Rachel for a zillion ideas for new photos), motivate you and so on. She is a truly sweet… Read more

Rachel is one of the very first people I met on Flickr. What can you say about someone like Rachel? She's extremely talented with her camera. At any given time, her photos can make you laugh, make you cry, inspire you (thanks Rachel for a zillion ideas for new photos), motivate you and so on. She is a truly sweet and truly witty person and I for one am glad she's here. Let me add this, if you don't take the opportunity to look far back into her photostream, you'll miss some true masterpieces. BamaWester.

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January 26, 2006

A glance at Rachel's photostream on any given day tells you that she knows how to use that Digital Rebel, she loves nature and has a great eye for it, and she's a mom with a deep love for her family. Plus, her comments show that she has boundless enthusiasm and a wonderful sense of humor. She has brightened my day … Read more

A glance at Rachel's photostream on any given day tells you that she knows how to use that Digital Rebel, she loves nature and has a great eye for it, and she's a mom with a deep love for her family. Plus, her comments show that she has boundless enthusiasm and a wonderful sense of humor. She has brightened my day more times than I can count. We're fortunate to have her warm friendship here on Flickr.

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January 10, 2006
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Now these are the kind of photos I wish I could take! Rachel has a gift for opening up the world to us, exposing it's natural wonders and magic as if the earth itself were her personal model, to be posed as she pleases. Her unique combination of childlike wonder matched with a professional's skills brings these preciou… Read more

Now these are the kind of photos I wish I could take! Rachel has a gift for opening up the world to us, exposing it's natural wonders and magic as if the earth itself were her personal model, to be posed as she pleases. Her unique combination of childlike wonder matched with a professional's skills brings these precious moments to us with incredible clarity and depth of interest, every work being picture-perfect. Browsing Rachel's site is a joy, her interspersed family photos bringing an even more personal touch to an already intimate, playful journey.

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November 2, 2005

Rachel is a dear woman with such a passion and talent for photography. It is always a pleasure to open up Her Flickr site and to see the world through the eyes She looks through. i am still very much a newbie to this photography thing, and Rachel is always right there to encourage me, even when i don't feel my shots ar… Read more

Rachel is a dear woman with such a passion and talent for photography. It is always a pleasure to open up Her Flickr site and to see the world through the eyes She looks through. i am still very much a newbie to this photography thing, and Rachel is always right there to encourage me, even when i don't feel my shots are up to par. Although i have never met Her, i feel like i know Her, as well as Her family and surroundings because of Her pleasent comments and photos. We may be a generation apart and from different parts of the nation, but i think Rachel is the kind of person i could easily be friends with. The kind that You just go over to spend time together, laugh about little things, eat some yummy cookies, and enjoy life. Thanks Rachel! -dave

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September 21, 2005
Wendy says:

Rachel is one of my favorite photographers here at Flickr. She truly does have a gift to get the great shot. Whether it be shots of her children, nature, sunsets, animals you name it...her photos are all wonderful. I feel like I have gotten to know her somewhat through her photos and always enjoy her new picture… Read more

Rachel is one of my favorite photographers here at Flickr. She truly does have a gift to get the great shot. Whether it be shots of her children, nature, sunsets, animals you name it...her photos are all wonderful. I feel like I have gotten to know her somewhat through her photos and always enjoy her new pictures. She inspires me to work harder to try and get good shots. She is friendly and always helpful if you email with a question or need advice. Rachel is truly inspiring to me. I am happy we have crossed paths in this great big internet world. Wendy :-)

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August 22, 2005