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Welcome to ShutterSet.com - the online galleries for Thom Hayes, a San Francisco - Bay Area based general Photographer of portraits & head shots, world travel, landscapes & seascapes, architecture, wildlife & nature, and a wide variety of events including theatrical productions, music venues & motor sporting events.


Member of Nikon Professional Services


Member of and Contributing Photographer for  Professional Photographers of America

Founder of and Primary Photographer for the Journey Imaged  project
Primary Photographer and Image Editor for the Peter Pan Foundation
Contributing Photographer for the Formula Junior Historic Racing Association


"I am sure the next step will be the electronic image, and I hope I shall live to see it. I trust that the creative eye will continue to function, whatever technological innovations may develop." - 1983
Ansel Adams (1902-1984)


~ I find it a bit amazing just how far photography has come since I was first handed a camera, probably the old Kodak Brownie my parents used. The Christmas I received a state-of-the-art Kodak Instamatic is still remembered vividly. It even had a flash attachment!
~ Since then, I've acquired a wide variety of cameras, taken many photography classes at college or independent workshops, shot tens of thousands of images, and spent many days in various darkrooms, all seemingly in preparation for the digital age. So much of what took hours to do in a darkroom using those "aromatic" chemicals can now be done at the computer and I find shooting to be at best, only half of the imaging process.
~ But I continue to look forward to the process of capturing and editing images as I still find both to be a bit amazing.