Calhoun Falls’ Whittlie Kilgore has a passion for photography that has benefited not only her, but other athletes at the school. (Cheng Sio |
CALHOUN FALLS - Whittlie Kilgore stands inside the pitcher's circle, staring at the catcher's mitt about 40 feet away.
The Calhoun Falls Charter School softball pitcher probably wants to make each pitch picture perfect, painting the corners like Michaelangelo painted the Sistine Chapel ceiling.
But when Kilgore isn't playing softball, she looks to capture a perfect photo through the lens of her Canon Rebel camera."I just like doing it right now and it's just a hobby because I'm usually pretty busy with sports and stuff," Kilgore said.
But between school, sports and life, the freshman has found enough spare time to create her own website to distribute and copyright her photos. And if it wasn't for a present about four years ago, she might have never developed a love for photography.
It was Christmas Day 2008 and Kilgore was unwrapping Christmas gifts, one of which was from her father, Kenji Kilgore. When she opened her father's present, she found a tiny digital camera.
Like a little child with a new toy, she grabbed the photographic equipment, went outside and began snapping pictures. Later, she took a picture of a sunset at the beach, entered it into a Future Farmers of America photo contest and won second place.
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