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Alex Lapidus has been at 7 events

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Drink and Click™ Monterey - Santa Cruz102*UPDATE* We will meet just a few miles north of Santa Cruz at Davenport ! This is one of the most beautiful sunset areas in central California!  We will start at Davenport Beach just across the street and wing it from there ending up at the Davenport Roadhouse Restaurant to end the event.  The beach is sometimes cold after dark and after the front we have over us now goes through. The beaches are also fairly empty this time of year so we should have an area we can do whatever we want to :)   1st meeting location will be: 4pm (if you want to eat or drink much please come earlier we will leave by 4:30 to sunset) Davenport Cafe Bar & Grill   (831) 425-1984 500 Hwy 1 Ste C Davenport, CA 95017 Group contact will be : George Krieger 831-717-7214 Final Meeting place will be:  Davenport Roadhouse Restaurant and Inn 1 Davenport Ave Davenport, CA 95017 (831) 426-8801 davenportroadhouse.com January D&C We will do Sunset and Santa Cruz exact locations are being finalized.  We have a 2 month streak of winning one of the theme images 2nd place in Nov and Dec. Time to have a go at January with the theme "in Mid-Air"  Bring something to "launch" skyward :)January Drink & Click Santa Cruz Style2014-01-31 16:00:0019  
Jeff Smith61,984Welcome to The Selfy Sunday Project for July 28/13. This weeks theme: *In The Shadows* I am looking for something mysterious, something hidden but you are perhaps wanting to reveal. Something secret maybe! Its up to your interpretation. I would like to thanks +Leighton Smith for the use of you fantastic Selfy from last year as the event cover photo. Everyone is looking forward to some great Selfies, have fun. Any questions, We have 17 moderators in the Art of Self Portraiture who can help you along the way. _____________________ UPLOADING The event will be open for uploading photos at 9:00 PM on the Saturday before. Click the Add Photos button in the event to upload your images. This is a Public event open to all. Any questions, again please check the FAQs. Cheers and have fun! JeffThe Selfy Sunday Project2013-08-11 03:00:00135  
Billy Wilson1,547,809@108595299975404341987 brings together Artists, Musicians, Photographers, Personalities, & all sorts of fun and interesting people from around the world each Friday for a hangout and is one of the largest & longest running shows on G+. This week we are joined by a group of Photographers including Night/Architecture Photographer @105380757076586578977, Photographers @108215644829092784557, @102361078944455275911, @116344214380239492521, & @104294083885937159989, along with Special Musical Guest @114459709723714686595 ! The show will be embedded on this event where you can watch and chat with us and other people watching the show, the recording will be available immediately afterwards. You can get reminders about the show if you RVSP by saying you're "Going". @111188574736819390850 & I are excited! You can watch previous episodes here: http://goo.gl/ceHtH The show is embedded above.  Our musician Michelle currently has a kickstarter underway for her new album: http://goo.gl/h0aWXTSBW Variety Show #56: Photographers, Fun, Along with Live Music from Michelle Arseneau ! (On Air Hangout)2013-04-27 04:00:00202  
Lisa Donchak16,206Hi all, First #SouthBayShooters  photowalk! This is free and open to the public, and for all levels of photographers. Bring yo iPhones, DSLRs, and friends! We'll meet Wednsday, April 10th, at 6pm at the Oval on Stanford Campus. We'll wander around for a little bit and take pictures, then head downtown for a quick drink afterwards. This is where we'll meet: http://goo.gl/maps/ez1NR Tag photos with #SouthBayShooters hashtag! Afterwards (around 8p) meet up at Antonio's Nuthouse: 321 South California Avenue Palo Alto, CA 94306 (650) 321-2550 antoniosnuthouse.com‎South Bay Shooters - Stanford Photowalk!2013-04-11 18:00:0027  
Eric Raeber1,163,572I got a post from @112417919317910781482 who is in the Bay Area this coming Friday evening and was wondering what we other photographers were up to. Sounds to me like a good excuse for a photowalk, no? On that, @108104041823912324329  proposed Alviso, which is a small city at the bottom tip of the bay with a bit of a history, as well as some old buildings to prove it. Here is the map: http://goo.gl/maps/xduKL We will start from the entrance of the Marina Park at 6.30pm. Park on the street, outside the parking lot, as the gate closes at sunset. @108104041823912324329 will tell us how she found out... Alviso also has a train crossing. If the passenger train is on time, we should get trains passing by around: - 6.08pm (northbound) - 6.23pm (southbound) - 7.33pm (northbound) - 8.30pm (southbound) This is a very small town. So even if you come late, you cannot miss us! If you come early, shoot the train! Bring on your flashlight and tripod. We’ll be in for some long exposures and light painting. We’ll have dinner at a restaurant of our choice after the photowalk. It is all within walking distance. Hope to see you there for some fun walk, fun talk, and fun shootsNight photowalk in Alviso, San Jose2013-01-18 18:30:0013  
Nathan Wirth306,662A Weekend Long Exploration of Long Exposure and Monochrome Photography  (a) I would be most appreciative if you could let me know below which individual walks you are planning on attending so that I can get an idea of how many people to expect. (b) I am looking for people to help carpool from the South Bay / Peninsula.   I am also looking for people to help out with carpooling for Sunday's events in Marin County.  Please contact me if you can help.  The Schedule Friday Schedule (January 4th) Sutro Baths Ruins – 3 pm – Dark – Hosted by Nathan Wirth, Athena Carey, and Grant Murray. Meet in the parking lot above the old ruins. ——————————————————————————— Saturday Schedule (January 5th) Downtown San Francisco Architecture Tour – 7 am to 10 am  –Hosted by Nathan Wirth, Brian Day and Grant Murray Meet in front of 101 California (lots of street parking, but bring quarters for the meters - or park at the Sutter Street garage and walk down).  The tour will include the following buildings and bridge: 444 Market, 555 California, 600 Montgomery & the Bay Bridge. Street Photography Tour – 11am – 1:30 pm –Hosted by Brian Day Meet in Union Square Park (I recommend parking at the Sutter Street Garage on Stockton and Sutter). . Marshall Beach – 3 pm – Dark –Hosted by Nathan Wirth, Athena Carey, Steve Landeros and Grant Murray Meet at Battery Crosby.  Park at Baker's Beach and walk up the hill.  ——————————————————————————— Sunday Schedule (January 6th) Sunrise at Hawk Hill (Golden Gate Bridge) – Sunrise – 8 am –Hosted by Joe Azure and Steve Landeros  Meet in the parking area at Hawk Hill China Camp State Park – 9 am to 11:30 am –Hosted by Nathan Wirth and Steve Landeros Meet in the Parking Lot above China Camp (Bring a Five Dollar Bill to Pay for Parking) Drake’s Beach, Point Reyes National Seashore – 2 pm to Dark –Hosted by Nathan Wirth & Steve Landeros Meet in the Drake’s Beach Parking Lot ——————————————————————————— Frequently Asked Questions What do I need to bring? Truly necessary:  (1) Yourself  (2) A camera (3) an interest in photography Recommended: (1) A sturdy tripod  (2) a 10 stop Neutral Density filter Will there be any carpooling? Hopefully.  Who can help?  Are there any maps? I have provided maps for the meeting locations next to each individual walk on the official web page:   http://nlwirth.com/photography/a-slice-of-time-a-san-francisco-bay-area-photowalk-january-4-6-2013/San Francisco Bay Area Long Exposure Photowalk2013-01-05 00:00:00197  
Leigh Diprose34,172SHOW US YOUR BEST MOTION PHOTO! How do I enter my motion photo? GOOGLE+ USERS To be eligable to win the prize you will need to follow these steps: 1. Add @114907754216925041644   to your Circles 2. Add @116673938126812294472  (sponsor) to your Circles 3. Submit ONLY one photo to this event. FACEBOOK USERS enter at -  http://fstoplounge.com/the-challenge/ (Please note you will need to follow three different steps to Google+ users if you are using Facebook to submit your entry). **SCROLL DOWN FOR MORE INFORMATION**  What is the motion theme about? Some examples of the theme can be portrayed as the following:  Motion due to long shutter speed, panning, water movement, multiple shots and abstract motion to name a few. Your imagination is the limit. When does the competition start and finish? 10th September 2012 to 7th October 2012.   So when can I enter the competition? Entries will be accepted from the 10th September 2012. If you submit photos before this date then they will not be accepted.   What are the rules? 1.    The photograph can be a single image or a series of multiple images. 2.    Any aspect ratio is acceptable. 3.    Participants are only allowed to enter once by submitting one photo. 4.    By entering participants allow their photo (if selected) to be broadcast on a Google+ Hangout for the final judging. 5.    The competition is open to everyone over the age of 18 years of age. 6.    There is no restriction on the date of origin. 7.    You are the sole owner and author of your photo. 8.    The F Stop Lounge Photo Competition recognizes that you retain full ownership of the copyright of your entry. 9.    You acknowledge that is Your responsibility for protecting your entry against image misuse by any third party. The F Stop Lounge Competition assumes no responsibility and will not be liable for any image misuse. 10.   There are no alternatives available for the prize winner. 11.   The winners photo will be published online on www.fstoplounge.com; the F Stop Lounge Google+ page and Facebook page. 12.   Photoshop and other editing techniques are allowed. 13.   The prize will be sent in a reasonable time from Perth, Western Australia (via Leigh Diprose). 14.   Your submission must not have previously been entered in any competition and/or won an award or prize of any kind. 15.   Your submission must not contain content, material or any element that is unlawful, or otherwise in violation of or contrary to all applicable federal, state, provincial or local laws and regulations the laws or regulations in any state where the Photographs were created. 16. The judges have the right to disqualify anyone who submits multiple entries or is found to be cheating. 17. Judging will be blind - no photographer name will be attached to the image. However in the modern world we live in F Stop Lounge cannot guarantee technology will abide by this rule. In some cases names may appear on photos or within the Google+ Event.   The F Stop Lounge Photo Competition - Motion Theme2012-09-09 18:00:00106  

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2015-08-15 16:46:41 (84 comments, 40 reshares, 561 +1s)Open 

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A Gleam of Gold

Last light falls on the bluff at Canyonlands National Park.

My album from the American West is at https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/104294083885937159989/albums/5873039525431504161 ; prints available at http://www.alexlapidus.com .


For #sunsetsaturday  with +Dennis Hoffbuhr; #NationalParkPhotography
+US National Parks Photography curated by +Sunny Wu ; #nationalparksmonday  with +Juan Pons (+NationalParksMonday); #LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Kevin Rowe +Toshi Nakamura +Bill Wood +Tony Phillips +Jeff Beddow +Krzysztof Hanusiak +Dennis Hoffbuhr +Dave Gaylord +Doug Hagadorn +Eric Drumm  ; #hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape curated by +Michael Garza +Leo Schubert +David D +Mike Hankey +Peter Marbaise +Hans-Juergen Werner +Shannan Crow .

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2015-08-13 15:42:57 (82 comments, 46 reshares, 486 +1s)Open 

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Phases of Matter

Solid.  Liquid.  Gas.  Plasma.  The universe is a pretty simple place sometimes.  Saturday night we went out to the coast again chasing stars, and caught up with a few at Davenport Beach.

My entire San Francisco Bay Area album is at https://plus.google.com/photos/+AlexLapidus/albums/5816421653127321809 with a smaller selection of favorites at https://plus.google.com/photos/+AlexLapidus/albums/5871090242173904497 ; prints available at http://www.alexlapidus.com .


For #thirstythursdaypics with +Giuseppe Basile and +Mark Esguerra ; #CoastalThursday +Coastal Thursday curated by +David Polzine & +Jon Kahn ; #waterworld with +Gemma Costa and +Rob Heron ( +WaterWorld ); #LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Kevin Rowe +Toshi Nakamura +Bill Wood +Tony Phillips +Jeff Beddow +Krzysztof Hanusiak +Dennis Hoffbuhr+Dav... more »

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2015-08-15 16:46:41 (84 comments, 40 reshares, 561 +1s)Open 

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A Gleam of Gold

Last light falls on the bluff at Canyonlands National Park.

My album from the American West is at https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/104294083885937159989/albums/5873039525431504161 ; prints available at http://www.alexlapidus.com .


For #sunsetsaturday  with +Dennis Hoffbuhr; #NationalParkPhotography
+US National Parks Photography curated by +Sunny Wu ; #nationalparksmonday  with +Juan Pons (+NationalParksMonday); #LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Kevin Rowe +Toshi Nakamura +Bill Wood +Tony Phillips +Jeff Beddow +Krzysztof Hanusiak +Dennis Hoffbuhr +Dave Gaylord +Doug Hagadorn +Eric Drumm  ; #hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape curated by +Michael Garza +Leo Schubert +David D +Mike Hankey +Peter Marbaise +Hans-Juergen Werner +Shannan Crow .

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2015-08-31 02:26:24 (17 comments, 3 reshares, 97 +1s)Open 

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Friend from the Flooded Forest

This beautiful little guy is the Amazon Kingfisher (Chloroceryle amazona).  We met him in a varzea forest in the Amazon, where an area that is sometimes land has been flooded by a whitewater river.


For #wildlifewednesday with +Mike Spinak and +Morkel Erasmus ; #wholewildlifeweek with +Sandy Schepis +Dick Whitlock  +Anette Mossbacher and +Diego Cattaneo ( +Whole Wildlife Week ); #Birds4All by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen (+Birds4All) ; #hqspbirds +HQSP Birds curated by +Suzi Harr +Mark Rayner +Andy Brown ; #birdsgallery with +Heinrich Wagner and +Susan Wilkinson ( +Birds GALLERY ); #birdloversworldwide with +Robert SKREINER +Roswitha Böhmer and +Gemma Costa ( +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE ); #BirdsInFocus #BirdSpeciesLink by +Risto Talman (+Birds in Focus ).

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Friend from the Flooded Forest

This beautiful little guy is the Amazon Kingfisher (Chloroceryle amazona).  We met him in a varzea forest in the Amazon, where an area that is sometimes land has been flooded by a whitewater river.


For #wildlifewednesday with +Mike Spinak and +Morkel Erasmus ; #wholewildlifeweek with +Sandy Schepis +Dick Whitlock  +Anette Mossbacher and +Diego Cattaneo ( +Whole Wildlife Week ); #Birds4All by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen (+Birds4All) ; #hqspbirds +HQSP Birds curated by +Suzi Harr +Mark Rayner +Andy Brown ; #birdsgallery with +Heinrich Wagner and +Susan Wilkinson ( +Birds GALLERY ); #birdloversworldwide with +Robert SKREINER +Roswitha Böhmer and +Gemma Costa ( +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE ); #BirdsInFocus #BirdSpeciesLink by +Risto Talman (+Birds in Focus ).___

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2015-08-29 22:03:53 (9 comments, 4 reshares, 82 +1s)Open 

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The Jewel of the Amazon

This is the famous Teatro Amazonas, the Amazon Theater or Manaus Opera House.  A magnificent building created during Brazil's rubber boom, it opened in 1896.  It was closed and in disrepair for many years, but, fortunately for us, it has been beautifully renovated and reopened as a performance center.  +Morgana Creely and her crew may know it best from Werner Herzog's Fitzcarraldo (1982).

For #saturdaystyle  #sas with +Lynn Langmade and +lane langmade; #architexturetuesday  with +Ranjan Saraswati; #architectureyesterdaytomorrow  with +Edith Kukla (+ARCHITECTURE YESTERDAY - TOMORROW); #hqsparchitecture +HQSP Architecture curated by +Roman Kruglov and +Nader El Assy ; #brazilmonday  with +Marton Divenyi (+Brazil Monday).

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The Jewel of the Amazon

This is the famous Teatro Amazonas, the Amazon Theater or Manaus Opera House.  A magnificent building created during Brazil's rubber boom, it opened in 1896.  It was closed and in disrepair for many years, but, fortunately for us, it has been beautifully renovated and reopened as a performance center.  +Morgana Creely and her crew may know it best from Werner Herzog's Fitzcarraldo (1982).

For #saturdaystyle  #sas with +Lynn Langmade and +lane langmade; #architexturetuesday  with +Ranjan Saraswati; #architectureyesterdaytomorrow  with +Edith Kukla (+ARCHITECTURE YESTERDAY - TOMORROW); #hqsparchitecture +HQSP Architecture curated by +Roman Kruglov and +Nader El Assy ; #brazilmonday  with +Marton Divenyi (+Brazil Monday).___

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2015-08-29 02:37:13 (23 comments, 4 reshares, 87 +1s)Open 

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Reaching Out

Just saying hello from someplace new -- Manaus, the heart of the Amazon!  We got off to a fast start today.  This is most likely a Pale-throated Sloth (Bradypus tridactylus) (though possibly a Brown-throated Sloth).


For #wildlifewednesday with +Mike Spinak and +Morkel Erasmus ; #wholewildlifeweek with +Sandy Schepis +Dick Whitlock  +Anette Mossbacher and +Diego Cattaneo ( +Whole Wildlife Week ) ;  +HQSP Animals curated by +*** +Andy Smith and +Alejandro J. Soto #hqspanimals , and my new best friends #brazilmonday  with +Marton Divenyi (+Brazil Monday).

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Reaching Out

Just saying hello from someplace new -- Manaus, the heart of the Amazon!  We got off to a fast start today.  This is most likely a Pale-throated Sloth (Bradypus tridactylus) (though possibly a Brown-throated Sloth).


For #wildlifewednesday with +Mike Spinak and +Morkel Erasmus ; #wholewildlifeweek with +Sandy Schepis +Dick Whitlock  +Anette Mossbacher and +Diego Cattaneo ( +Whole Wildlife Week ) ;  +HQSP Animals curated by +*** +Andy Smith and +Alejandro J. Soto #hqspanimals , and my new best friends #brazilmonday  with +Marton Divenyi (+Brazil Monday).___

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2015-08-26 17:04:26 (56 comments, 20 reshares, 393 +1s)Open 

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The Future

The night sky has always symbolized the future for me.  Vast and boundless, our choices and opportunities are myriad.  While we march into the future all together, at the same pace, we each have an infinity of our own paths from which to choose.  Onward!

This is the Pigeon Point lighthouse.  My entire San Francisco Bay Area album is at https://plus.google.com/photos/+AlexLapidus/albums/5816421653127321809 with a smaller selection of favorites at https://plus.google.com/photos/+AlexLapidus/albums/5871090242173904497 ; prints available at http://www.alexlapidus.com .



For #thirstythursdaypics with +Giuseppe Basile and +Mark Esguerra ; #CoastalThursday +Coastal Thursday curated by +David Polzine & +Jon Kahn ; #waterworld with +Gemma Costa and +Rob Heron ( +WaterWorld ); #LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins+Ke... more »

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The Future

The night sky has always symbolized the future for me.  Vast and boundless, our choices and opportunities are myriad.  While we march into the future all together, at the same pace, we each have an infinity of our own paths from which to choose.  Onward!

This is the Pigeon Point lighthouse.  My entire San Francisco Bay Area album is at https://plus.google.com/photos/+AlexLapidus/albums/5816421653127321809 with a smaller selection of favorites at https://plus.google.com/photos/+AlexLapidus/albums/5871090242173904497 ; prints available at http://www.alexlapidus.com .



For #thirstythursdaypics with +Giuseppe Basile and +Mark Esguerra ; #CoastalThursday +Coastal Thursday curated by +David Polzine & +Jon Kahn ; #waterworld with +Gemma Costa and +Rob Heron ( +WaterWorld ); #LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Kevin Rowe +Toshi Nakamura +Bill Wood +Tony Phillips +Jeff Beddow +Krzysztof Hanusiak +Dennis Hoffbuhr +Dave Gaylord +Doug Hagadorn +Eric Drumm   ; #hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape curated by +Michael Garza +Leo Schubert +David D +Mike Hankey +Peter Marbaise +Hans-Juergen Werner +Shannan Crow ; #californiadreamin with +andi rivarola ( +California Dreamin' ); #bellesphotos with +Jean-Louis LAURENCE and +Claudya Bonnet ( +Belles photos ); #longexposurethursday with +Francesco Gola and +Luca Gerardi ( +LongExposure Thursday ); #hqspnight  with +Dirk Müller, +Nico Kaiser and +Steven Markham (+HQSP Night); #nightscapes  with +Patrick Zeiler, +Valesa Diamontes and +Jesse Martineau (+Nightscapes); and I think it's the wrong week for Lighthouse Thursday, but +Heiko Köster might like this one anyway.___

2015-08-26 04:19:36 (23 comments, 0 reshares, 55 +1s)Open 

Hi everyone, please forgive me if I'm unable to keep up with your posts for awhile.  My internet time will be very limited, but all is well, I may still pop up occasionally, and I'll be back soon enough, hopefully with lots of new images to show you!

Hi everyone, please forgive me if I'm unable to keep up with your posts for awhile.  My internet time will be very limited, but all is well, I may still pop up occasionally, and I'll be back soon enough, hopefully with lots of new images to show you!___

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2015-08-25 17:03:33 (24 comments, 14 reshares, 164 +1s)Open 

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Hold a Mirror to the Night

Another view of a colorful night in Vegas.  My entire Las Vegas album is at https://plus.google.com/photos/+AlexLapidus/albums/5667148324313814433 with a smaller selection of favorites at https://plus.google.com/photos/+AlexLapidus/albums/5992767698854499233 ; prints available at http://www.alexlapidus.com .


For #mirrorsandreflections  with +Gemma Costa (+Mirrors and Reflections); #towertuesday  with +Jiri Papakiriakos (+TowerTuesday); #architexturetuesday  with +Ranjan Saraswati; #glassworldtuesday  with +Jana Smith; #windowwednesday  with +Jules Falk Hunter and +Cheryl Cooper (+#Window Wednesday); #hqspnight  with +Dirk Müller, +Nico Kaiser and +Steven Markham (+HQSP Night); #nightscapes  with +Patrick Zeiler, +Valesa Diamontes and +Jesse Martineau (+Nightscapes); #hqsparchitecture +HQSP Architecture curated by+Roman Kruglov an... more »

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Hold a Mirror to the Night

Another view of a colorful night in Vegas.  My entire Las Vegas album is at https://plus.google.com/photos/+AlexLapidus/albums/5667148324313814433 with a smaller selection of favorites at https://plus.google.com/photos/+AlexLapidus/albums/5992767698854499233 ; prints available at http://www.alexlapidus.com .


For #mirrorsandreflections  with +Gemma Costa (+Mirrors and Reflections); #towertuesday  with +Jiri Papakiriakos (+TowerTuesday); #architexturetuesday  with +Ranjan Saraswati; #glassworldtuesday  with +Jana Smith; #windowwednesday  with +Jules Falk Hunter and +Cheryl Cooper (+#Window Wednesday); #hqspnight  with +Dirk Müller, +Nico Kaiser and +Steven Markham (+HQSP Night); #nightscapes  with +Patrick Zeiler, +Valesa Diamontes and +Jesse Martineau (+Nightscapes); #hqsparchitecture +HQSP Architecture curated by +Roman Kruglov and +Nader El Assy ; #srchitectureyesterdaytomorrow  and #urbaninviewsandlife  with +Edith Kukla (+ARCHITECTURE YESTERDAY - TOMORROW +URBAN - in views and life).___

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2015-08-24 17:38:24 (36 comments, 11 reshares, 254 +1s)Open 

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Simplicity

I thought about calling this one Miles O' Mud; I guess that would work too.  This is the Bay of Fundy at low tide, from the Hopewell Rocks.  The Bay has some of the greatest tides in the world, with waters rising and falling as much as 40 feet (12 m) in a day.  At low tide, the water recedes for literally miles, exposing this huge expanse of the sea floor.

My album from Montreal and Eastern Canada is at https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/104294083885937159989/albums/6043709562062703185 ; prints available at http://www.alexlapidus.com .


For #naturemonday  and #amazinglandscapes  with +Rolf Hicker and +Kate Church; #hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape curated by +Michael Garza +Leo Schubert +David D +Mike Hankey +Peter Marbaise +Hans-Juergen Werner +Shannan Crow ; #LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +KevinRowe +To... more »

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Simplicity

I thought about calling this one Miles O' Mud; I guess that would work too.  This is the Bay of Fundy at low tide, from the Hopewell Rocks.  The Bay has some of the greatest tides in the world, with waters rising and falling as much as 40 feet (12 m) in a day.  At low tide, the water recedes for literally miles, exposing this huge expanse of the sea floor.

My album from Montreal and Eastern Canada is at https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/104294083885937159989/albums/6043709562062703185 ; prints available at http://www.alexlapidus.com .


For #naturemonday  and #amazinglandscapes  with +Rolf Hicker and +Kate Church; #hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape curated by +Michael Garza +Leo Schubert +David D +Mike Hankey +Peter Marbaise +Hans-Juergen Werner +Shannan Crow ; #LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Kevin Rowe +Toshi Nakamura +Bill Wood +Tony Phillips +Jeff Beddow +Krzysztof Hanusiak +Dennis Hoffbuhr +Dave Gaylord +Doug Hagadorn +Eric Drumm  .___

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2015-08-23 17:57:55 (25 comments, 4 reshares, 135 +1s)Open 

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Sunday Afternoon in Fianarantsoa

I captured this scene on a Sunday afternoon as we were driving through to the Ranomafana National Park -- amazed to get this light from inside a moving vehicle.  Fianarantsoa is a sizable city, the capital of the region, with a population of probably over 150,000.  It has a university, a theological seminary, and several Protestant and Catholic cathedrals.  But the Sunday afternoon soccer game may be more sacred than any services :-).

My Madagascar album is at https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/104294083885937159989/albums/5933913563025170673 ; prints available at http://www.alexlapidus.com .


For #SacredSunday +SacredSunday™ , +Manfred Berndtgen , +Robyn Morrison ,  +Chatchai Rombix , +Justin Hill ,  +Steve Barge , +Carolyn St.Charles , +* ; #85mmsunday  with +Jonathan Davis; #fromthecartuesday  with +J. RaeChip and +... more »

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Sunday Afternoon in Fianarantsoa

I captured this scene on a Sunday afternoon as we were driving through to the Ranomafana National Park -- amazed to get this light from inside a moving vehicle.  Fianarantsoa is a sizable city, the capital of the region, with a population of probably over 150,000.  It has a university, a theological seminary, and several Protestant and Catholic cathedrals.  But the Sunday afternoon soccer game may be more sacred than any services :-).

My Madagascar album is at https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/104294083885937159989/albums/5933913563025170673 ; prints available at http://www.alexlapidus.com .


For #SacredSunday +SacredSunday™ , +Manfred Berndtgen , +Robyn Morrison ,  +Chatchai Rombix , +Justin Hill ,  +Steve Barge , +Carolyn St.Charles , +* ; #85mmsunday  with +Jonathan Davis; #fromthecartuesday  with +J. Rae Chip and +Jetski; #inthelight  with +andi rivarola (+In the Light); #themagicoflight  with +Ray Bilcliff, +Hamid Dastmalchi and +Paul Stein (+The Magic of Light); #africantuesday  with +Morkel Erasmus, +Dick Whitlock and +Grobler du Preez (+African Tuesday);  #streetphotography ; #streetpics  with +Sergey Sus (+StreetPics); #streetphotographysaturday  with +Sunny Wu (+Street Photography Saturday); #HQSPUrbanStreetPhotos  +HQSP Urban & Street Photos curated by +Michael Sonntag +Оксана Крысюкова  +Jean-Philippe Jouve and +Roxanne Bouche' Overton .___

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2015-08-22 16:43:20 (39 comments, 8 reshares, 148 +1s)Open 

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The Spider in Her Web

Another new spot I found, with afternoon light streaming in.  My entire Las Vegas album is at https://plus.google.com/photos/+AlexLapidus/albums/5667148324313814433 with a smaller selection of favorites at https://plus.google.com/photos/+AlexLapidus/albums/5992767698854499233 ; prints available at http://www.alexlapidus.com .


For #unsharpsaturday  with me, +Jetski, +Julianne Bockius, +Nadia Cantou-Pewinski and +Patrice Christian (+Unsharp Saturday v2.0); #blurshot  with +Pavlik Andreïevitch Krylatov, +Kim Anglin and +delo projet; #benchsaturday  with +Rainer M. Ritz; #silhouettesaturday  with +Naila z (+SilhouetteSaturday); #streetphotography ; #streetpics  with +Sergey Sus (+StreetPics); #streetphotographysaturday  with +Sunny Wu (+Street Photography Saturday); #HQSPUrbanStreetPhotos  +HQSP Urban & Street Photoscurated by +Mic... more »

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The Spider in Her Web

Another new spot I found, with afternoon light streaming in.  My entire Las Vegas album is at https://plus.google.com/photos/+AlexLapidus/albums/5667148324313814433 with a smaller selection of favorites at https://plus.google.com/photos/+AlexLapidus/albums/5992767698854499233 ; prints available at http://www.alexlapidus.com .


For #unsharpsaturday  with me, +Jetski, +Julianne Bockius, +Nadia Cantou-Pewinski and +Patrice Christian (+Unsharp Saturday v2.0); #blurshot  with +Pavlik Andreïevitch Krylatov, +Kim Anglin and +delo projet; #benchsaturday  with +Rainer M. Ritz; #silhouettesaturday  with +Naila z (+SilhouetteSaturday); #streetphotography ; #streetpics  with +Sergey Sus (+StreetPics); #streetphotographysaturday  with +Sunny Wu (+Street Photography Saturday); #HQSPUrbanStreetPhotos  +HQSP Urban & Street Photos curated by +Michael Sonntag +Оксана Крысюкова  +Jean-Philippe Jouve and +Roxanne Bouche' Overton .___

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2015-08-21 17:42:22 (37 comments, 8 reshares, 188 +1s)Open 

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The Wandering Flowers of Deneb

Once upon a time, there was an Elder Race who loved gardening.  Retiring gradually from the more enthusiastic politics of younger worlds, they threw themselves into the cultivation of their Sector -- so much so that, over countless eons, their own genome merged with their flowers, and they literally became their creations.

But they couldn't completely escape the vagaries of assorted galactic conflicts, and ultimately their home world was destroyed as an accidental casualty of some long-forgotten war.  Undaunted, they further evolved themselves to be completely free of any planetary home -- to seek sustenance simply from the light of the stars.

Today they are free to wander the galaxy.  But, with so much less energy available, they have to conserve their resources: they bloom just once in a thousand years, and thisMi... more »

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The Wandering Flowers of Deneb

Once upon a time, there was an Elder Race who loved gardening.  Retiring gradually from the more enthusiastic politics of younger worlds, they threw themselves into the cultivation of their Sector -- so much so that, over countless eons, their own genome merged with their flowers, and they literally became their creations.

But they couldn't completely escape the vagaries of assorted galactic conflicts, and ultimately their home world was destroyed as an accidental casualty of some long-forgotten war.  Undaunted, they further evolved themselves to be completely free of any planetary home -- to seek sustenance simply from the light of the stars.

Today they are free to wander the galaxy.  But, with so much less energy available, they have to conserve their resources: they bloom just once in a thousand years, and this Millennial Bloom has become one of the great attractions of our galaxy -- and, at long last, an official cease-fire zone.
Happy #alienabductionfriday !

The Alien Abduction Friday Archives reside at https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/104294083885937159989/albums/5931560242904294033 ; I also have an album of Abstract Fireworks at https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/104294083885937159989/albums/6168614092414121057 ; prints available at http://www.alexlapidus.com .


+Alien Abduction Friday is brought to you by Captain Irene, currently on a long term mission, and her crew of me, +Heiko Mahr, +Jetski, and +Janice Hackney with +Ruby Warrior Terrier, on behalf of the #gplusaliennation  and Others Who Cannot Be Named #owcbn .  Also for #scifisaturday   #scifiaugust  with +Jacob Dix (+Sci Fi August); #fireworksfriday  with +Jörg Seidel (+Fireworks Friday); #FloralFriday +FloralFriday created by +Tamara Pruessner and co-curated by +Beth Akerman, +Kiki Nelson, and +Eustace James ; #nightphotographyfriday  with +Mark Hammon and +Steve Passlow (+Night Photography Friday); #hqspnight  with +Dirk Müller, +Nico Kaiser and +Steven Markham (+HQSP Night); and #unsharpsaturday  with me, Jetski, +Julianne Bockius, +Nadia Cantou-Pewinski and +Patrice Christian (+Unsharp Saturday v2.0).___

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2015-08-20 17:44:25 (25 comments, 8 reshares, 134 +1s)Open 

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A Helping Hand

+Roxanne Bouche' Overton found us this marvelous staircase in San Francisco, but I couldn't quite find the shot I wanted until this hand showed up to guide the way.

My entire San Francisco Bay Area album is at https://plus.google.com/photos/+AlexLapidus/albums/5816421653127321809 with a smaller selection of favorites at https://plus.google.com/photos/+AlexLapidus/albums/5871090242173904497 ; prints available at http://www.alexlapidus.com .


For #stairsthursday  with +Liz MC (+Stairs Thursday); #designthursday  with +Venkatram Harish Belvadi (+Design Thursday); #streetsofsanfrancisco  with +andi rivarola (+The Streets of San Francisco); #sanfranciscosunday  with +Michael Garza (+San Francisco Sunday); #monochromeworld with +andi rivarola (+Monochrome World ); +All Things Monochrome #AllThingsMonochrome by +CharlesLupica,  ... more »

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A Helping Hand

+Roxanne Bouche' Overton found us this marvelous staircase in San Francisco, but I couldn't quite find the shot I wanted until this hand showed up to guide the way.

My entire San Francisco Bay Area album is at https://plus.google.com/photos/+AlexLapidus/albums/5816421653127321809 with a smaller selection of favorites at https://plus.google.com/photos/+AlexLapidus/albums/5871090242173904497 ; prints available at http://www.alexlapidus.com .


For #stairsthursday  with +Liz MC (+Stairs Thursday); #designthursday  with +Venkatram Harish Belvadi (+Design Thursday); #streetsofsanfrancisco  with +andi rivarola (+The Streets of San Francisco); #sanfranciscosunday  with +Michael Garza (+San Francisco Sunday); #monochromeworld with +andi rivarola (+Monochrome World ); +All Things Monochrome #AllThingsMonochrome by +Charles Lupica,  +Enrique Pelaez, +Brian Cox and +Bill Wood ; #hqspmonochrome +HQSP Monochrome curated by +Luis Vivanco S. +Оксана Крысюкова +Nader El Assy +Howard Salmon and  +tri rini nuringtyas ; #blackandwhitephotos with +Gemma Costa and +Ambrogio Bellotti ( +Black and White Photos ); #MagnificentMonochrome +Magnificent Monochrome Curated by +Christian Madsen and  +Kardiyanti Djunaidi ; #hqsparchitecture +HQSP Architecture curated by +Roman Kruglov and +Nader El Assy .___

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2015-08-19 18:22:05 (26 comments, 16 reshares, 160 +1s)Open 

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Leaping Lemurs!

It took plenty of tries to get a lemur sharp in midair, with their speed and the difficult lighting, but they were always shooting through the trees like furry little missiles.  We saw this Ring-tail and his friends in the Anja Community Reserve, on our way from Isalo to Ranomafana.

My Madagascar album is at https://plus.google.com/photos/+AlexLapidus/albums/5933913563025170673 ; prints available at http://www.alexlapidus.com .


For +Liz C and +Lora Lee Chapman; #africantuesday ( +African Tuesday ) with +Morkel Erasmus , +Dick Whitlock and +Grobler du Preez ; #africanature ( +AFRICANature ) with the addition of +Berndt Weissenbacher , +Wayne Marinovich and +Anette Mossbacher ; #wildlifewednesday with +Mike Spinak and +Morkel Erasmus ; #wholewildlifeweek with +Sandy Schepis +Dick Whitlock  +Anette Mossbacher and +Diego Cattaneo ( +WholeWil... more »

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Leaping Lemurs!

It took plenty of tries to get a lemur sharp in midair, with their speed and the difficult lighting, but they were always shooting through the trees like furry little missiles.  We saw this Ring-tail and his friends in the Anja Community Reserve, on our way from Isalo to Ranomafana.

My Madagascar album is at https://plus.google.com/photos/+AlexLapidus/albums/5933913563025170673 ; prints available at http://www.alexlapidus.com .


For +Liz C and +Lora Lee Chapman; #africantuesday ( +African Tuesday ) with +Morkel Erasmus , +Dick Whitlock and +Grobler du Preez ; #africanature ( +AFRICANature ) with the addition of +Berndt Weissenbacher , +Wayne Marinovich and +Anette Mossbacher ; #wildlifewednesday with +Mike Spinak and +Morkel Erasmus ; #wholewildlifeweek with +Sandy Schepis +Dick Whitlock  +Anette Mossbacher and +Diego Cattaneo ( +Whole Wildlife Week ) ; #threatenedthursday with +Sandy Schepis +Sumit Sen +Anette Mossbacher and +Diego Cattaneo ( +Threatened Thursday ) ;  +HQSP Animals curated by +* +Andy Smith and +Alejandro J. Soto #hqspanimals ; #monkeymonday with me and +Jetski ( +Monkey Monday ).___

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2015-08-18 18:14:22 (41 comments, 18 reshares, 146 +1s)Open 

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The Lights Never Go Out

The view from my room last time down.  My entire Las Vegas album is at https://plus.google.com/photos/+AlexLapidus/albums/5667148324313814433 with a smaller selection of favorites at https://plus.google.com/photos/+AlexLapidus/albums/5992767698854499233 ; prints available at http://www.alexlapidus.com .


For #towertuesday  with +Jiri Papakiriakos (+TowerTuesday); #architexturetuesday  with +Ranjan Saraswati; #glassworldtuesday  with +Jana Smith; #hqsparchitecture +HQSP Architecture curated by +Roman Kruglov and +Nader El Assy ; #architectureyesterdaytomorrow  and #urbaninviewsandlife  with +Edith Kukla (+ARCHITECTURE YESTERDAY - TOMORROW +URBAN - in views and life); #hqspnight  with +Dirk Müller, +Nico Kaiser and +Steven Markham (+HQSP Night); #nightscapes  with +Patrick Zeiler, +Valesa Diamontes and +JesseMartineau (+Nig... more »

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The Lights Never Go Out

The view from my room last time down.  My entire Las Vegas album is at https://plus.google.com/photos/+AlexLapidus/albums/5667148324313814433 with a smaller selection of favorites at https://plus.google.com/photos/+AlexLapidus/albums/5992767698854499233 ; prints available at http://www.alexlapidus.com .


For #towertuesday  with +Jiri Papakiriakos (+TowerTuesday); #architexturetuesday  with +Ranjan Saraswati; #glassworldtuesday  with +Jana Smith; #hqsparchitecture +HQSP Architecture curated by +Roman Kruglov and +Nader El Assy ; #architectureyesterdaytomorrow  and #urbaninviewsandlife  with +Edith Kukla (+ARCHITECTURE YESTERDAY - TOMORROW +URBAN - in views and life); #hqspnight  with +Dirk Müller, +Nico Kaiser and +Steven Markham (+HQSP Night); #nightscapes  with +Patrick Zeiler, +Valesa Diamontes and +Jesse Martineau (+Nightscapes).___

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2015-08-17 17:14:34 (26 comments, 7 reshares, 132 +1s)Open 

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Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

Do you face your fears, or do you simply turn the other cheek?  The #gulluminati  will surely know, for this #seagullbuttsaturday   #specialmondayedition .

Taken on a walk at Pescadero Beach with +Stephanie Fecik -- hope you're doing well Stephanie!  My entire San Francisco Bay Area album is at https://plus.google.com/photos/+AlexLapidus/albums/5816421653127321809 with a smaller selection of favorites at https://plus.google.com/photos/+AlexLapidus/albums/5871090242173904497 ; prints available at http://www.alexlapidus.com .


For  #MonochromeMonday +Monochrome Monday currently uncurated(?); #monochromeworld with +andi rivarola (+Monochrome World ); +All Things Monochrome #AllThingsMonochrome by +Charles Lupica,  +Enrique Pelaez, +Brian Cox and +Bill Wood ; #hqspmonochrome +HQSP Monochrome curated by+Luis V... more »

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Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

Do you face your fears, or do you simply turn the other cheek?  The #gulluminati  will surely know, for this #seagullbuttsaturday   #specialmondayedition .

Taken on a walk at Pescadero Beach with +Stephanie Fecik -- hope you're doing well Stephanie!  My entire San Francisco Bay Area album is at https://plus.google.com/photos/+AlexLapidus/albums/5816421653127321809 with a smaller selection of favorites at https://plus.google.com/photos/+AlexLapidus/albums/5871090242173904497 ; prints available at http://www.alexlapidus.com .


For  #MonochromeMonday +Monochrome Monday currently uncurated(?); #monochromeworld with +andi rivarola (+Monochrome World ); +All Things Monochrome #AllThingsMonochrome by +Charles Lupica,  +Enrique Pelaez, +Brian Cox and +Bill Wood ; #hqspmonochrome +HQSP Monochrome curated by +Luis Vivanco S. +Оксана Крысюкова +Nader El Assy +Howard Salmon and  +tri rini nuringtyas ; #blackandwhitephotos with +Gemma Costa and +Ambrogio Bellotti ( +Black and White Photos ); #MagnificentMonochrome +Magnificent Monochrome Curated by +Christian Madsen and  +Kardiyanti Djunaidi ; #seatuesday  with +Julia Anna Gospodarou (+Sea Tuesday); #californiadreamin  with +andi rivarola (+California Dreamin'); #coastalthursday  with +Jon Kahn and +David Polzine (+Coastal Thursday); and of course the noncurators of a certain nontheme: +Robin Griggs Wood +Ursula Klepper +Christin McLeod +Sassi Sassmannshausen +Lauri Novak +Richard Ball +Craig Szymanski +Melissa Beagle +Ellie Kennard +Cora Triton +Steve Savoie +Pam Wolfe +*** +Jon Cassill +Tom McGowan +Annie Irving +Diana Boyd +Debby Moran  +Lou McCorkle +Rob Lopes +Kimmetal Smith +Bette Kauffman +Liz C +*** +Darion Jackman +Steven Kennard +Sharon Stone +Dawn Siadatan +Sumit Sen +Jasbir S. Randhawa +Gazzaroonii T. +John Wade +Dave Bell +Swee Oh +Leo Deegan +Nancy Battis Vita +Patrick Kelly +Marilyn Benham +Mari Luukkonen +Lora Lee Chapman +Giselle Savoie +Carin Bruce +David Q. Cohen +Gernot Glaeser +Maureen Roberson +Brian Grzelewski +cobalt please +Darcee McCutcheon +Annelies Jansen +Rachel Ferris +Margaret Tompkins +Jan Vermeulen  ___

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2015-08-16 17:24:21 (20 comments, 9 reshares, 106 +1s)Open 

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Malagasy Rainbow

Everywhere we went in Madagascar we saw bright, cheerful colors, especially in women's clothing and accessories (yes, a bucket is an accessory -- like a shopping bag, buckets would usually be carried balanced on someone's head).  We found this shop on a market day; I believe this is from Ifaty.

My Madagascar album is at https://plus.google.com/photos/+AlexLapidus/albums/5933913563025170673 ; prints available at http://www.alexlapidus.com .


For #spectrumsunday  with +Laura Ockel (+Spectrum Sunday); #colorsonfriday  with +Karsten Meyer and +Britta Rogge (+ColorsOnFriday); #africantuesday  with +Morkel Erasmus, +Dick Whitlock and +Grobler du Preez (+African Tuesday); #fromthecartuesday  with +Jetski and +J. Rae Chip; #streetphotography ; #streetpics  with +Sergey Sus (+StreetPics); #streetphotographysaturday with +Sunny... more »

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Malagasy Rainbow

Everywhere we went in Madagascar we saw bright, cheerful colors, especially in women's clothing and accessories (yes, a bucket is an accessory -- like a shopping bag, buckets would usually be carried balanced on someone's head).  We found this shop on a market day; I believe this is from Ifaty.

My Madagascar album is at https://plus.google.com/photos/+AlexLapidus/albums/5933913563025170673 ; prints available at http://www.alexlapidus.com .


For #spectrumsunday  with +Laura Ockel (+Spectrum Sunday); #colorsonfriday  with +Karsten Meyer and +Britta Rogge (+ColorsOnFriday); #africantuesday  with +Morkel Erasmus, +Dick Whitlock and +Grobler du Preez (+African Tuesday); #fromthecartuesday  with +Jetski and +J. Rae Chip; #streetphotography ; #streetpics  with +Sergey Sus (+StreetPics); #streetphotographysaturday  with +Sunny Wu (+Street Photography Saturday); #HQSPUrbanStreetPhotos  +HQSP Urban & Street Photos curated by +Michael Sonntag +Оксана Крысюкова  +Jean-Philippe Jouve and +Roxanne Bouche' Overton .___

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2015-08-15 16:46:41 (84 comments, 40 reshares, 561 +1s)Open 

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A Gleam of Gold

Last light falls on the bluff at Canyonlands National Park.

My album from the American West is at https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/104294083885937159989/albums/5873039525431504161 ; prints available at http://www.alexlapidus.com .


For #sunsetsaturday  with +Dennis Hoffbuhr; #NationalParkPhotography
+US National Parks Photography curated by +Sunny Wu ; #nationalparksmonday  with +Juan Pons (+NationalParksMonday); #LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Kevin Rowe +Toshi Nakamura +Bill Wood +Tony Phillips +Jeff Beddow +Krzysztof Hanusiak +Dennis Hoffbuhr +Dave Gaylord +Doug Hagadorn +Eric Drumm  ; #hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape curated by +Michael Garza +Leo Schubert +David D +Mike Hankey +Peter Marbaise +Hans-Juergen Werner +Shannan Crow .

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A Gleam of Gold

Last light falls on the bluff at Canyonlands National Park.

My album from the American West is at https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/104294083885937159989/albums/5873039525431504161 ; prints available at http://www.alexlapidus.com .


For #sunsetsaturday  with +Dennis Hoffbuhr; #NationalParkPhotography
+US National Parks Photography curated by +Sunny Wu ; #nationalparksmonday  with +Juan Pons (+NationalParksMonday); #LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Kevin Rowe +Toshi Nakamura +Bill Wood +Tony Phillips +Jeff Beddow +Krzysztof Hanusiak +Dennis Hoffbuhr +Dave Gaylord +Doug Hagadorn +Eric Drumm  ; #hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape curated by +Michael Garza +Leo Schubert +David D +Mike Hankey +Peter Marbaise +Hans-Juergen Werner +Shannan Crow .___

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2015-08-14 18:13:18 (30 comments, 4 reshares, 147 +1s)Open 

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Eye of the Dragon

The eye was all well and good, but the breath was a bit of an issue.  I ran into this guy in the Red Lounge between missions; he was a bit grumpy at first, but once we got a couple of beers into him, all was well.
Happy #alienabductionfriday !

The Alien Abduction Friday Archives reside at https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/+AlexLapidus/albums/5931560242904294033 ; my Las Vegas album is at https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/+AlexLapidus/albums/5667148324313814433 with a smaller collection of favorites at https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/+AlexLapidus/albums/5992767698854499233 ; prints available at http://www.alexlapidus.com .


Captain Irene is away on a mission, so you're stuck with me, +Heiko Mahr, +Jetski and +Janice Hackney with +Ruby Warrior Terrier for your +Alien Abduction Friday team, along with Others Who Cannot BeName... more »

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Eye of the Dragon

The eye was all well and good, but the breath was a bit of an issue.  I ran into this guy in the Red Lounge between missions; he was a bit grumpy at first, but once we got a couple of beers into him, all was well.
Happy #alienabductionfriday !

The Alien Abduction Friday Archives reside at https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/+AlexLapidus/albums/5931560242904294033 ; my Las Vegas album is at https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/+AlexLapidus/albums/5667148324313814433 with a smaller collection of favorites at https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/+AlexLapidus/albums/5992767698854499233 ; prints available at http://www.alexlapidus.com .


Captain Irene is away on a mission, so you're stuck with me, +Heiko Mahr, +Jetski and +Janice Hackney with +Ruby Warrior Terrier for your +Alien Abduction Friday team, along with Others Who Cannot Be Named #owcbn .  Also for #unsharpsaturday  with me, Jetski, +Julianne Bockius, +Nadia Cantou-Pewinski and +Patrice Christian (+Unsharp Saturday v2.0); #blurshot  with +Pavlik Andreïevitch Krylatov, +Kim Anglin and +delo projet.___

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2015-08-13 15:42:57 (82 comments, 46 reshares, 486 +1s)Open 

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Phases of Matter

Solid.  Liquid.  Gas.  Plasma.  The universe is a pretty simple place sometimes.  Saturday night we went out to the coast again chasing stars, and caught up with a few at Davenport Beach.

My entire San Francisco Bay Area album is at https://plus.google.com/photos/+AlexLapidus/albums/5816421653127321809 with a smaller selection of favorites at https://plus.google.com/photos/+AlexLapidus/albums/5871090242173904497 ; prints available at http://www.alexlapidus.com .


For #thirstythursdaypics with +Giuseppe Basile and +Mark Esguerra ; #CoastalThursday +Coastal Thursday curated by +David Polzine & +Jon Kahn ; #waterworld with +Gemma Costa and +Rob Heron ( +WaterWorld ); #LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Kevin Rowe +Toshi Nakamura +Bill Wood +Tony Phillips +Jeff Beddow +Krzysztof Hanusiak +Dennis Hoffbuhr+Dav... more »

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Phases of Matter

Solid.  Liquid.  Gas.  Plasma.  The universe is a pretty simple place sometimes.  Saturday night we went out to the coast again chasing stars, and caught up with a few at Davenport Beach.

My entire San Francisco Bay Area album is at https://plus.google.com/photos/+AlexLapidus/albums/5816421653127321809 with a smaller selection of favorites at https://plus.google.com/photos/+AlexLapidus/albums/5871090242173904497 ; prints available at http://www.alexlapidus.com .


For #thirstythursdaypics with +Giuseppe Basile and +Mark Esguerra ; #CoastalThursday +Coastal Thursday curated by +David Polzine & +Jon Kahn ; #waterworld with +Gemma Costa and +Rob Heron ( +WaterWorld ); #LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Kevin Rowe +Toshi Nakamura +Bill Wood +Tony Phillips +Jeff Beddow +Krzysztof Hanusiak +Dennis Hoffbuhr +Dave Gaylord +Doug Hagadorn +Eric Drumm   ; #hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape curated by +Michael Garza +Leo Schubert +David D +Mike Hankey +Peter Marbaise +Hans-Juergen Werner +Shannan Crow ; #californiadreamin with +andi rivarola ( +California Dreamin' ); #bellesphotos with +Jean-Louis LAURENCE and +Claudya Bonnet ( +Belles photos ); #longexposurethursday with +Francesco Gola and +Luca Gerardi ( +LongExposure Thursday ); #nightphotographyfriday  with +Mark Hammon and +Steve Passlow (+Night Photography Friday); #nightscapes  with +Jesse Martineau, +Valesa Diamontes and +Patrick Zeiler (+Nightscapes); #hqspnight  with +Dirk Müller, +Nico Kaiser and +Steven Markham (+HQSP Night).___

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+Magy Duarte's post and album from my recent program on Blurs and Unsharp Photography will show you a couple of things about her: the range of her imagination, and her commitment to telling stories.  Magy did a lovely job throughout of absorbing the tools and processes while remaining centered on her desired results.  Enjoy her work play from the program, and visit her profile for many more wonderful images!

Blurs and Unsharp Photography: Guided Play 2015  
Graduation Album and Plus Post

What my G+ mentorship means to me: It was 8 weeks of intense creativity and inspiration. More than I have ever experienced and who would've thought so much fun :D

This is just what I was looking for, something different to inspire me, because I felt like I was in a tunnel with no way out,  I was lacking in creativity, but this mentorship, guided by +Alex Lapidus  opened a new road for my photography and "showed me the light"- the light of the "blur and unsharp" photography.

 Who says that all photographs always have to be 100% sharp....
 I learned many techniques, and how to produce blur, but never could have imagined this could be possible by using movement with the camera itself.
Who would have thought that a blurry and out of focus image could have a big impact and tell a story!
This mentorship It helped us as students to open our minds, and explore beyond our imaginations. One of my favorite blurs is the rotational blur, done by rotating the camera itself, and another thing that I was very excited to discover is how to create bokeh with a plastic bag and a little bit of water, as you can see here in one of my pictures of a pink rose, below.

It was so much fun learning so many techniques and tools and through all this we were supported by each other and the fabulous team of moderators and of course by the master of blurs Alex.
Thank you so much for your time and dedication to this mentorship +Alex Lapidus 
Mentorships like this one wouldn't had been possible without the wonderful  +Robin Griggs Wood  and other helpers from +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers 
 and for that I am forever grateful!! :))

If you would like to take part in a experience like this one,  keep an eye out and watch the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers  where new mentorships are announced.

**Here are some of my favorite shots they represent different techniques, and you will be looking at more of this shots... :D
___+Magy Duarte's post and album from my recent program on Blurs and Unsharp Photography will show you a couple of things about her: the range of her imagination, and her commitment to telling stories.  Magy did a lovely job throughout of absorbing the tools and processes while remaining centered on her desired results.  Enjoy her work play from the program, and visit her profile for many more wonderful images!

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2015-08-12 17:51:14 (17 comments, 8 reshares, 155 +1s)Open 

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A House Divided

From the streets of Montreal.  My album from Montreal and Eastern Canada is at https://plus.google.com/photos/104294083885937159989/albums/6043709562062703185 ; prints available at http://www.alexlapidus.com .


For #windowwednesday  with +Jules Falk Hunter and +Cheryl Cooper (+#Window Wednesday); #mirrorsandreflections  with +Gemma Costa (+Mirrors and Reflections); #HQSPUrbanStreetPhotos  +HQSP Urban & Street Photos curated by +Michael Sonntag +Оксана Крысюкова  +Jean-Philippe Jouve and +Roxanne Bouche' Overton ; #monochromeworld #otherthanbwwednesday  with +andi rivarola (+Monochrome World ); +All Things Monochrome #AllThingsMonochrome by +Charles Lupica,  +Enrique Pelaez, +Brian Cox and +Bill Wood ; #hqspmonochrome +HQSP Monochrome curated by +Luis Vivanco S. +Оксана Крысюкова +Nader El Assy+Howard Salmon and  +tri rini nuringtyas ... more »

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A House Divided

From the streets of Montreal.  My album from Montreal and Eastern Canada is at https://plus.google.com/photos/104294083885937159989/albums/6043709562062703185 ; prints available at http://www.alexlapidus.com .


For #windowwednesday  with +Jules Falk Hunter and +Cheryl Cooper (+#Window Wednesday); #mirrorsandreflections  with +Gemma Costa (+Mirrors and Reflections); #HQSPUrbanStreetPhotos  +HQSP Urban & Street Photos curated by +Michael Sonntag +Оксана Крысюкова  +Jean-Philippe Jouve and +Roxanne Bouche' Overton ; #monochromeworld #otherthanbwwednesday  with +andi rivarola (+Monochrome World ); +All Things Monochrome #AllThingsMonochrome by +Charles Lupica,  +Enrique Pelaez, +Brian Cox and +Bill Wood ; #hqspmonochrome +HQSP Monochrome curated by +Luis Vivanco S. +Оксана Крысюкова +Nader El Assy +Howard Salmon and  +tri rini nuringtyas ; #blackandwhitephotos with +Gemma Costa and +Ambrogio Bellotti ( +Black and White Photos ); #MagnificentMonochrome +Magnificent Monochrome Curated by +Christian Madsen and  +Kardiyanti Djunaidi .___

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2015-08-11 15:43:00 (28 comments, 15 reshares, 117 +1s)Open 

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The Better to See You With

A different frame of my favorite baby Red-fronted Brown Lemur (Eulemur rufifrons), peering at me over his mother's back, from the Andasibe-Mantadia region.  If I blow it up all the way I can see myself in his eyes.

My whole Madagascar album is at https://plus.google.com/photos/+AlexLapidus/albums/5933913563025170673 ; prints available at http://www.alexlapidus.com .


For +Liz C and +Lora Lee Chapman; For #africantuesday Theme: African Favourite ( +African Tuesday ) with +Morkel Erasmus , +Dick Whitlock and +Grobler du Preez ; #africanature ( +AFRICANature ) with the addition of +Berndt Weissenbacher , +Wayne Marinovich and +Anette Mossbacher ; #wildlifewednesday with +Mike Spinak and +Morkel Erasmus ; #wholewildlifeweek with +Sandy Schepis +Dick Whitlock  +Anette Mossbacher and +Diego Cattaneo ( +Whole Wildlife Week ) ;#thr... more »

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The Better to See You With

A different frame of my favorite baby Red-fronted Brown Lemur (Eulemur rufifrons), peering at me over his mother's back, from the Andasibe-Mantadia region.  If I blow it up all the way I can see myself in his eyes.

My whole Madagascar album is at https://plus.google.com/photos/+AlexLapidus/albums/5933913563025170673 ; prints available at http://www.alexlapidus.com .


For +Liz C and +Lora Lee Chapman; For #africantuesday Theme: African Favourite ( +African Tuesday ) with +Morkel Erasmus , +Dick Whitlock and +Grobler du Preez ; #africanature ( +AFRICANature ) with the addition of +Berndt Weissenbacher , +Wayne Marinovich and +Anette Mossbacher ; #wildlifewednesday with +Mike Spinak and +Morkel Erasmus ; #wholewildlifeweek with +Sandy Schepis +Dick Whitlock  +Anette Mossbacher and +Diego Cattaneo ( +Whole Wildlife Week ) ; #threatenedthursday with +Sandy Schepis +Sumit Sen +Anette Mossbacher and +Diego Cattaneo ( +Threatened Thursday ) ;  +HQSP Animals curated by +* +Andy Smith and +Alejandro J. Soto #hqspanimals ; #monkeymonday with me and +Jetski ( +Monkey Monday ).___

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2015-08-10 16:40:49 (32 comments, 3 reshares, 75 +1s)Open 

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The Fire Is Still Burning

Rush, from their San Jose show, still touring to celebrate 40 years together.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqSqxhKi0UI


For #inthelight  with +andi rivarola (+In the Light); #themagicoflight  with +Ray Bilcliff, +Hamid Dastmalchi and +Paul Stein (+The Magic of Light); #musicmonday  with +Nathan Lucking (+MusicMonday); #hqspmusic +HQSP Music curated by  +Bill Merrow .

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The Fire Is Still Burning

Rush, from their San Jose show, still touring to celebrate 40 years together.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqSqxhKi0UI


For #inthelight  with +andi rivarola (+In the Light); #themagicoflight  with +Ray Bilcliff, +Hamid Dastmalchi and +Paul Stein (+The Magic of Light); #musicmonday  with +Nathan Lucking (+MusicMonday); #hqspmusic +HQSP Music curated by  +Bill Merrow .___

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2015-08-09 16:28:25 (13 comments, 5 reshares, 72 +1s)Open 

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Multitudes

From our stroll around San Francisco with +Roxanne Bouche' Overton, +Lou McCorkle and +Ken Fowkes.

My entire San Francisco Bay Area album is at https://plus.google.com/photos/+AlexLapidus/albums/5816421653127321809 with a smaller selection of favorites at https://plus.google.com/photos/+AlexLapidus/albums/5871090242173904497 ; prints available at http://www.alexlapidus.com .


For #mirrorsandreflections  with +Gemma Costa (+Mirrors and Reflections); #streetsofsanfrancisco  with +andi rivarola (+The Streets of San Francisco); #sanfranciscosunday  with +Michael Garza (+San Francisco Sunday); #streetphotography ; #streetpics  with +Sergey Sus (+StreetPics); #streetphotographysaturday  with +Sunny Wu (+Street Photography Saturday); #HQSPUrbanStreetPhotos  +HQSP Urban & Street Photos curated by +Michael Sonntag +ОксанаКрысюкова  +Jean-P... more »

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Multitudes

From our stroll around San Francisco with +Roxanne Bouche' Overton, +Lou McCorkle and +Ken Fowkes.

My entire San Francisco Bay Area album is at https://plus.google.com/photos/+AlexLapidus/albums/5816421653127321809 with a smaller selection of favorites at https://plus.google.com/photos/+AlexLapidus/albums/5871090242173904497 ; prints available at http://www.alexlapidus.com .


For #mirrorsandreflections  with +Gemma Costa (+Mirrors and Reflections); #streetsofsanfrancisco  with +andi rivarola (+The Streets of San Francisco); #sanfranciscosunday  with +Michael Garza (+San Francisco Sunday); #streetphotography ; #streetpics  with +Sergey Sus (+StreetPics); #streetphotographysaturday  with +Sunny Wu (+Street Photography Saturday); #HQSPUrbanStreetPhotos  +HQSP Urban & Street Photos curated by +Michael Sonntag +Оксана Крысюкова  +Jean-Philippe Jouve and +Roxanne Bouche' Overton .___

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2015-08-08 15:53:55 (49 comments, 13 reshares, 213 +1s)Open 

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At the End of the World

This is one of my favorite photos, shot on film in 2002 (and scanned shortly thereafter -- sorry about the low image quality).  I've shared it here before, but I think not since January 2012, so I wanted to offer it as a welcome to the folks following my Antarctica collection.

My Antarctica album is at https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/104294083885937159989/albums/5665272794843969393 ; prints available at http://www.alexlapidus.com .


For a late #polarthursday  with +Marie Knock and +Alistair Knock (+Polar Thursday); #LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Kevin Rowe +Toshi Nakamura +Bill Wood +Tony Phillips +Jeff Beddow +Krzysztof Hanusiak +Dennis Hoffbuhr +Dave Gaylord +Doug Hagadorn +Eric Drumm  ; #hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape curated by +Michael Garza +Leo Schubert +David D +Mike Hankey+Peter... more »

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At the End of the World

This is one of my favorite photos, shot on film in 2002 (and scanned shortly thereafter -- sorry about the low image quality).  I've shared it here before, but I think not since January 2012, so I wanted to offer it as a welcome to the folks following my Antarctica collection.

My Antarctica album is at https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/104294083885937159989/albums/5665272794843969393 ; prints available at http://www.alexlapidus.com .


For a late #polarthursday  with +Marie Knock and +Alistair Knock (+Polar Thursday); #LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Kevin Rowe +Toshi Nakamura +Bill Wood +Tony Phillips +Jeff Beddow +Krzysztof Hanusiak +Dennis Hoffbuhr +Dave Gaylord +Doug Hagadorn +Eric Drumm  ; #hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape curated by +Michael Garza +Leo Schubert +David D +Mike Hankey +Peter Marbaise +Hans-Juergen Werner +Shannan Crow .___

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2015-08-07 18:26:46 (29 comments, 5 reshares, 106 +1s)Open 

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Gateway

Throughout our galaxy, and, for all we know, elsewhere across the universe, exists an extensive network of Gateways -- ancient Wormhole Transit Facilitators #WTF  based on long-lost technology.  They appear to be in perfect working order, but there's a problem: nobody seems to have the Map (once, Nyryx researchers thought They had found it on a t-shirt from the Fornax Dynasty, but the shirt was too faded to recover any detail).  Countless brave souls have dared to enter over the eons, but none have ever returned to their own place and time.  Once, maybe twice, I approached this Gateway, drawn in partly by its gravity, partly by compulsion, hunger...  But then I realized the price I'd have to pay to step inside...
Happy #alienabductionfriday !

The Alien Abduction Friday Archives resideat h... more »

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Gateway

Throughout our galaxy, and, for all we know, elsewhere across the universe, exists an extensive network of Gateways -- ancient Wormhole Transit Facilitators #WTF  based on long-lost technology.  They appear to be in perfect working order, but there's a problem: nobody seems to have the Map (once, Nyryx researchers thought They had found it on a t-shirt from the Fornax Dynasty, but the shirt was too faded to recover any detail).  Countless brave souls have dared to enter over the eons, but none have ever returned to their own place and time.  Once, maybe twice, I approached this Gateway, drawn in partly by its gravity, partly by compulsion, hunger...  But then I realized the price I'd have to pay to step inside...
Happy #alienabductionfriday !

The Alien Abduction Friday Archives reside at https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/+AlexLapidus/albums/5931560242904294033 ; my Las Vegas album is at https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/+AlexLapidus/albums/5667148324313814433 with a smaller collection of favorites at https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/+AlexLapidus/albums/5992767698854499233 ; prints available at http://www.alexlapidus.com .


+Alien Abduction Friday is brought to you by Captain +Irene Kato, with her crew of me, +Heiko Mahr, +Jetski, and +Janice Hackney with +Ruby Warrior Terrier (get well soon Rubes!), on behalf of the #gplusaliennation  and Others Who Cannot Be Named #owcbn .  Also for #unsharpsaturday  with me, Jetski, +Julianne Bockius, +Patrice Christian and +Nadia Cantou-Pewinski (+Unsharp Saturday v2.0); #blurshot  with +Pavlik Andreïevitch Krylatov, +Kim Anglin and +delo projet; #colorsonfriday  with +Karsten Meyer and +Britta Rogge (+ColorsOnFriday); #scifiaugust  with +Jacob Dix (+Sci Fi August).___

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2015-08-06 18:35:22 (34 comments, 9 reshares, 164 +1s)Open 

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Dusk

The Pigeon Point lighthouse, from our visit with +Gazzaroonii T. and +Swee Oh.

My entire San Francisco Bay Area album is at https://plus.google.com/photos/+AlexLapidus/albums/5816421653127321809 with a smaller selection of favorites at https://plus.google.com/photos/+AlexLapidus/albums/5871090242173904497 ; prints available at http://www.alexlapidus.com .


For #thirstythursdaypics with +Giuseppe Basile and +Mark Esguerra ; #CoastalThursday +Coastal Thursday curated by +David Polzine & +Jon Kahn ; #waterworld with +Gemma Costa and +Rob Heron ( +WaterWorld ); #LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Kevin Rowe +Toshi Nakamura +Bill Wood +Tony Phillips +Jeff Beddow +Krzysztof Hanusiak +Dennis Hoffbuhr +Dave Gaylord +Doug Hagadorn +Eric Drumm   ; #hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape curated by +Michael Garza +Leo Schubert +David D+... more »

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Dusk

The Pigeon Point lighthouse, from our visit with +Gazzaroonii T. and +Swee Oh.

My entire San Francisco Bay Area album is at https://plus.google.com/photos/+AlexLapidus/albums/5816421653127321809 with a smaller selection of favorites at https://plus.google.com/photos/+AlexLapidus/albums/5871090242173904497 ; prints available at http://www.alexlapidus.com .


For #thirstythursdaypics with +Giuseppe Basile and +Mark Esguerra ; #CoastalThursday +Coastal Thursday curated by +David Polzine & +Jon Kahn ; #waterworld with +Gemma Costa and +Rob Heron ( +WaterWorld ); #LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Kevin Rowe +Toshi Nakamura +Bill Wood +Tony Phillips +Jeff Beddow +Krzysztof Hanusiak +Dennis Hoffbuhr +Dave Gaylord +Doug Hagadorn +Eric Drumm   ; #hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape curated by +Michael Garza +Leo Schubert +David D +Mike Hankey +Peter Marbaise +Hans-Juergen Werner +Shannan Crow ; #californiadreamin with +andi rivarola ( +California Dreamin' ); #bellesphotos with +Jean-Louis LAURENCE and +Claudya Bonnet ( +Belles photos ).___

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2015-08-04 18:28:04 (33 comments, 16 reshares, 122 +1s)Open 

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Shelter from the Night

A different corner of CityCenter.  The thing that looks like a huge heap of canoes is in fact a huge heap of canoes, a sculpture titled Big Edge by Nancy Rubins.

My entire Las Vegas album is at https://plus.google.com/photos/+AlexLapidus/albums/5667148324313814433 with a smaller selection of favorites at https://plus.google.com/photos/+AlexLapidus/albums/5992767698854499233 ; prints available at http://www.alexlapidus.com .


For #towertuesday  with +Jiri Papakiriakos (+TowerTuesday); #architexturetuesday  with +Ranjan Saraswati; #hqsparchitecture +HQSP Architecture curated by +Roman Kruglov and +Nader El Assy ; #hqspnight  with +Dirk Müller, +Nico Kaiser and +Steven Markham (+HQSP Night); #nightscapes  with +Patrick Zeiler, +Valesa Diamontes and +Jesse Martineau (+Nightscapes); #architectureyesterdaytomorrow  and #urbaninview... more »

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Shelter from the Night

A different corner of CityCenter.  The thing that looks like a huge heap of canoes is in fact a huge heap of canoes, a sculpture titled Big Edge by Nancy Rubins.

My entire Las Vegas album is at https://plus.google.com/photos/+AlexLapidus/albums/5667148324313814433 with a smaller selection of favorites at https://plus.google.com/photos/+AlexLapidus/albums/5992767698854499233 ; prints available at http://www.alexlapidus.com .


For #towertuesday  with +Jiri Papakiriakos (+TowerTuesday); #architexturetuesday  with +Ranjan Saraswati; #hqsparchitecture +HQSP Architecture curated by +Roman Kruglov and +Nader El Assy ; #hqspnight  with +Dirk Müller, +Nico Kaiser and +Steven Markham (+HQSP Night); #nightscapes  with +Patrick Zeiler, +Valesa Diamontes and +Jesse Martineau (+Nightscapes); #architectureyesterdaytomorrow  and #urbaninviewsandlife  with +Edith Kukla (+ARCHITECTURE YESTERDAY - TOMORROW +URBAN - in views and life); #wideanglewednesday  with +Asif Patel (+Wide Angle Wednesday); #wideopenwednesday  with +Shawn Clover.___

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2015-08-04 09:06:22 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 42 +1s)Open 

+Gloria Joanne Roldan's collection of images from my recent program on Blurs and Unsharp Photography sings of the joy of abstraction.  Her visual world is a moving, flowing place of freedom; the liberation she describes in the Blur is exactly what I feel, and I'm thrilled that I could pass some of that along.  Enjoy her post and album!

Graduation Final Plus Post Blurs and Unsharp Photography: Guided Play 2015

When I completed Camera Basics Beyond Automatic Mentorship I felt empowered.  Upon completing Blurs and Unsharp Photography: Guided Play 2015 +Alex Lapidus I am liberated.  As I progressed through the mentorship I realized things about myself.  I did not have the vocabulary to identify it until this mentorship.  I use to say that I loved to doodle it really was abstract art.  I like soft or fuzzy photos which is blur and unsharp.  

This mentorship has kept a big smile on my face.  When I was unsure if I could wrap my head around a concept I was encourage to go forth.  I had shared that I would always take a deep breath before posting my assignments.  I would question myself, did I missed the mark?  I was assured I would be guided in the direction if need be.  

As I proceeded from assignment to assignment, the pieces of the puzzle began to fall into place.  When we got to the toy assignment you did not have to suggest twice, to shoot a 100 images.  I shot hundred’s of images willingly. Oh, it was so much fun and the fun doesn’t end, it is just the beginning. 

I am so grateful to have been among the creative mentees, mentors and helpers.  So willing to give of their time and support.  Thank you, +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers +Robin Griggs Wood   +Alex Lapidus and +Heiko Mahr +Rosie Nixon for the additional information you shared with us.

It was awesome participating in this mentorship with photographer I admire.  Due to this mentorship I have more wonderful photographers to follow. 

I want to pay forward for what I have received. I’m will to be a cheerleader or helper.

For those who have not taken a mentorship with +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers I highly, highly, highly, highly recommend you do so.  ___+Gloria Joanne Roldan's collection of images from my recent program on Blurs and Unsharp Photography sings of the joy of abstraction.  Her visual world is a moving, flowing place of freedom; the liberation she describes in the Blur is exactly what I feel, and I'm thrilled that I could pass some of that along.  Enjoy her post and album!

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2015-08-03 18:40:11 (40 comments, 22 reshares, 403 +1s)Open 

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Moonrise with Palm Trees

Evening by the Bay.  For some reason my internal title generator is completely failing me today.

My entire San Francisco Bay Area album is at https://plus.google.com/photos/+AlexLapidus/albums/5816421653127321809 with a smaller selection of favorites at https://plus.google.com/photos/+AlexLapidus/albums/5871090242173904497 ; prints available at http://www.alexlapidus.com .


For #headsupmonday  with +russ vallelunga (+HeadsUpMondays); #moonmonday   #moonrisemonday  with +Stephen Krieg and +SyLvAiN RoUx; #circleshapesmonday  with +Cliff Loresco (+Circle Shapes Monday ☀); #LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Kevin Rowe +Toshi Nakamura +Bill Wood +Tony Phillips +Jeff Beddow +Krzysztof Hanusiak +Dennis Hoffbuhr +Dave Gaylord +Doug Hagadorn +Eric Drumm  ; #hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape curatedby +Michael ... more »

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Moonrise with Palm Trees

Evening by the Bay.  For some reason my internal title generator is completely failing me today.

My entire San Francisco Bay Area album is at https://plus.google.com/photos/+AlexLapidus/albums/5816421653127321809 with a smaller selection of favorites at https://plus.google.com/photos/+AlexLapidus/albums/5871090242173904497 ; prints available at http://www.alexlapidus.com .


For #headsupmonday  with +russ vallelunga (+HeadsUpMondays); #moonmonday   #moonrisemonday  with +Stephen Krieg and +SyLvAiN RoUx; #circleshapesmonday  with +Cliff Loresco (+Circle Shapes Monday ☀); #LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Kevin Rowe +Toshi Nakamura +Bill Wood +Tony Phillips +Jeff Beddow +Krzysztof Hanusiak +Dennis Hoffbuhr +Dave Gaylord +Doug Hagadorn +Eric Drumm  ; #hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape curated by +Michael Garza +Leo Schubert +David D +Mike Hankey +Peter Marbaise +Hans-Juergen Werner +Shannan Crow ; #close2home +Close2Home curated by +David Pond, +Pia Raben, +Shaun Stewart, +José Juan Escudero, +Howard Weitzel .___

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2015-08-01 20:59:36 (40 comments, 10 reshares, 135 +1s)Open 

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Escalate

City nights on the Las Vegas Strip!

My entire Las Vegas album is at https://plus.google.com/photos/+AlexLapidus/albums/5667148324313814433 with a smaller selection of favorites at https://plus.google.com/photos/+AlexLapidus/albums/5992767698854499233 ; prints available at http://www.alexlapidus.com .


For #unsharpsaturday  with me, +Jetski, +Julianne Bockius, +Nadia Cantou-Pewinski and +Patrice Christian (+Unsharp Saturday v2.0); #blurshot  with +Pavlik Andreïevitch Krylatov, +Kim Anglin and +delo projet; #saturdaynightlight  with +Dirk Heindoerfer (+SaturdayNightLight); #streetphotography ; #streetpics  with +Sergey Sus (+StreetPics); #streetphotographysaturday  with +Sunny Wu (+Street Photography Saturday); #HQSPUrbanStreetPhotos  +HQSP Urban & Street Photos curated by +Michael Sonntag +Оксана Крысюкова +Jean-Philippe Jouve and +Rox... more »

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Escalate

City nights on the Las Vegas Strip!

My entire Las Vegas album is at https://plus.google.com/photos/+AlexLapidus/albums/5667148324313814433 with a smaller selection of favorites at https://plus.google.com/photos/+AlexLapidus/albums/5992767698854499233 ; prints available at http://www.alexlapidus.com .


For #unsharpsaturday  with me, +Jetski, +Julianne Bockius, +Nadia Cantou-Pewinski and +Patrice Christian (+Unsharp Saturday v2.0); #blurshot  with +Pavlik Andreïevitch Krylatov, +Kim Anglin and +delo projet; #saturdaynightlight  with +Dirk Heindoerfer (+SaturdayNightLight); #streetphotography ; #streetpics  with +Sergey Sus (+StreetPics); #streetphotographysaturday  with +Sunny Wu (+Street Photography Saturday); #HQSPUrbanStreetPhotos  +HQSP Urban & Street Photos curated by +Michael Sonntag +Оксана Крысюкова  +Jean-Philippe Jouve and +Roxanne Bouche' Overton ; #hqspmotion  +HQSP Motion curated by +Melania Pierce and +Anja Wessels .___

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2015-07-31 19:13:36 (33 comments, 3 reshares, 95 +1s)Open 

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Landing Lights

After decades of work and trillions of zlants, the Nyryx had accomplished the near-impossible: They had finally developed the perfect defensive cloaking system for all their spacegoing craft.  Requiring the development of several new branches of physics, this advance would let Them pop in and out of our own little corner of the galaxy with impunity.  Commander Glorx sat tall and proud as he gave the order for the first actual test landing on our defenseless planet.  And then the landing lights came on.  Whatever passed for His palm hit whatever passed for His face with a meaty smack.
Happy #alienabductionfriday !

The Alien Abduction Friday Archives reside at https://plus.google.com/photos/+AlexLapidus/albums/5931560242904294033 , and I've uploaded a whole album of Abstract Fireworksat h... more »

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Landing Lights

After decades of work and trillions of zlants, the Nyryx had accomplished the near-impossible: They had finally developed the perfect defensive cloaking system for all their spacegoing craft.  Requiring the development of several new branches of physics, this advance would let Them pop in and out of our own little corner of the galaxy with impunity.  Commander Glorx sat tall and proud as he gave the order for the first actual test landing on our defenseless planet.  And then the landing lights came on.  Whatever passed for His palm hit whatever passed for His face with a meaty smack.
Happy #alienabductionfriday !

The Alien Abduction Friday Archives reside at https://plus.google.com/photos/+AlexLapidus/albums/5931560242904294033 , and I've uploaded a whole album of Abstract Fireworks at https://plus.google.com/photos/+AlexLapidus/albums/6168614092414121057 .  This photo of fireworks was taken like a zoom blur, but, instead of zooming the lens, I turned the focus ring from unfocused to focused during the exposure.


+Alien Abduction Friday is brought to you by Captain +Irene Kato, with her crew of me, +Heiko Mahr, +Jetski, and +Janice Hackney with +Ruby Warrior Terrier, on behalf of the #gplusaliennation  and Others Who Cannot Be Named #owcbn .  Also for #fireworksfriday  with +Jörg Seidel (+Fireworks Friday); #nightphotographyfriday  with +Mark Hammon and +Steve Passlow (+Night Photography Friday); #hqspnight  with +Dirk Müller, +Nico Kaiser and +Steven Markham (+HQSP Night).___

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2015-07-31 12:41:54 (12 comments, 1 reshares, 50 +1s)Open 

It was such a delight to have +Samantha OBrien in my recent program on Blurs and Unsharp Photography!  In addition to her wonderful storytelling in these images, Samantha was extremely supportive of her fellow participants -- I suspect she never missed a post.  Please enjoy her work play from the mentorship!

It Was All a Blur

And I loved every moment of it!  

My first +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers with +Alex Lapidus and I know it will not be my last!  My creative side is loving all the techniques I have learned and, in some cases, brought back out of my toy box for some play!  

Combine that with a fantastic group of photographers and we were able to feed off each other, creating some amazing pieces of art!

The two take-aways from this mentorship were that rules were made to be broken and keep feeding your muse (thank you +Robin Griggs Wood ).

Attached is my graduation album and I can't thank Alex and all the moderators enough for all their encouragement.  You are all awesome and I look forward to working with you again real soon!___It was such a delight to have +Samantha OBrien in my recent program on Blurs and Unsharp Photography!  In addition to her wonderful storytelling in these images, Samantha was extremely supportive of her fellow participants -- I suspect she never missed a post.  Please enjoy her work play from the mentorship!

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2015-07-30 19:25:07 (29 comments, 11 reshares, 115 +1s)Open 

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Electricity

High flying fun from the San Mateo County Fair.

My whole San Francisco Bay Area album is at https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/104294083885937159989/albums/5816421653127321809 , with a smaller selection at https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/104294083885937159989/albums/5871090242173904497 ; prints always available at http://www.alexlapidus.com .


For #inmotionthursday  with +Scott Thomas (+InMotion Thursday); #hqspmotion  +HQSP Motion curated by +Melania Pierce and +Anja Wessels ; #colorsonfriday  with +Karsten Meyer and +Britta Rogge (+ColorsOnFriday); #spectrumsunday  with +Laura Ockel (+Spectrum Sunday); #feelgoodfriday  with +Rebecca Borg and +Jason Borg (+FeelGoodFriday).

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Electricity

High flying fun from the San Mateo County Fair.

My whole San Francisco Bay Area album is at https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/104294083885937159989/albums/5816421653127321809 , with a smaller selection at https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/104294083885937159989/albums/5871090242173904497 ; prints always available at http://www.alexlapidus.com .


For #inmotionthursday  with +Scott Thomas (+InMotion Thursday); #hqspmotion  +HQSP Motion curated by +Melania Pierce and +Anja Wessels ; #colorsonfriday  with +Karsten Meyer and +Britta Rogge (+ColorsOnFriday); #spectrumsunday  with +Laura Ockel (+Spectrum Sunday); #feelgoodfriday  with +Rebecca Borg and +Jason Borg (+FeelGoodFriday).___

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2015-07-29 18:36:17 (37 comments, 17 reshares, 264 +1s)Open 

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The Splintered Plains

Both earth and sky amazed us in Canyonlands National Park.  My album from the American West is at https://plus.google.com/photos/104294083885937159989/albums/5873039525431504161 ; prints available at http://www.alexlapidus.com .


For #wildwestwednesday  with +Nicholas Pappagallo Jr; #NationalParkPhotography
+US National Parks Photography curated by +Sunny Wu ; #LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Kevin Rowe +Toshi Nakamura +Bill Wood +Tony Phillips +Jeff Beddow +Krzysztof Hanusiak +Dennis Hoffbuhr +Dave Gaylord +Doug Hagadorn +Eric Drumm  ; #hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape curated by +Michael Garza +Leo Schubert +David D +Mike Hankey +Peter Marbaise +Hans-Juergen Werner +Shannan Crow .

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The Splintered Plains

Both earth and sky amazed us in Canyonlands National Park.  My album from the American West is at https://plus.google.com/photos/104294083885937159989/albums/5873039525431504161 ; prints available at http://www.alexlapidus.com .


For #wildwestwednesday  with +Nicholas Pappagallo Jr; #NationalParkPhotography
+US National Parks Photography curated by +Sunny Wu ; #LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Kevin Rowe +Toshi Nakamura +Bill Wood +Tony Phillips +Jeff Beddow +Krzysztof Hanusiak +Dennis Hoffbuhr +Dave Gaylord +Doug Hagadorn +Eric Drumm  ; #hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape curated by +Michael Garza +Leo Schubert +David D +Mike Hankey +Peter Marbaise +Hans-Juergen Werner +Shannan Crow .___

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2015-07-28 16:19:43 (18 comments, 5 reshares, 75 +1s)Open 

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How YOU Doin'?

I captured this look on the streets of Tulear.  My whole Madagascar album is at https://plus.google.com/photos/+AlexLapidus/albums/5933913563025170673 ; prints available at http://www.alexlapidus.com .


For #fromthecartuesday  with +J. Rae Chip and +Jetski; #transporttuesday  with +Gene Bowker and +Annie Irving (+TransportTuesday); #candidmoodtuesday  with +Paul Scott (+Candid Mood Tuesday); #africantuesday  with +Morkel Erasmus, +Dick Whitlock and +Grobler du Preez (+African Tuesday); #streetphotography ; #streetpics  with +Sergey Sus (+StreetPics); #streetphotographysaturday  with +Sunny Wu (+Street Photography Saturday); and #HQSPUrbanStreetPhotos  +HQSP Urban & Street Photos curated by +Michael Sonntag +Оксана Крысюкова  +Jean-Philippe Jouve and +Roxanne Bouche' Overton .

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How YOU Doin'?

I captured this look on the streets of Tulear.  My whole Madagascar album is at https://plus.google.com/photos/+AlexLapidus/albums/5933913563025170673 ; prints available at http://www.alexlapidus.com .


For #fromthecartuesday  with +J. Rae Chip and +Jetski; #transporttuesday  with +Gene Bowker and +Annie Irving (+TransportTuesday); #candidmoodtuesday  with +Paul Scott (+Candid Mood Tuesday); #africantuesday  with +Morkel Erasmus, +Dick Whitlock and +Grobler du Preez (+African Tuesday); #streetphotography ; #streetpics  with +Sergey Sus (+StreetPics); #streetphotographysaturday  with +Sunny Wu (+Street Photography Saturday); and #HQSPUrbanStreetPhotos  +HQSP Urban & Street Photos curated by +Michael Sonntag +Оксана Крысюкова  +Jean-Philippe Jouve and +Roxanne Bouche' Overton .___

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2015-07-28 05:14:15 (17 comments, 1 reshares, 47 +1s)Open 

As I look at +Valerie Liney's album from my recent program on Blurs and Unsharp Photography, I can almost hear her flowers whispering in my ear :-).  While we coaxed some wilder adventures out of her now and then, Valerie has a subtle and delicate sensibility.  Please enjoy her work play from the program!

G+Mentorship Program for Photographers Public Plus Post +Alex Lapidus +Robin Griggs Wood 
Blurs and Unsharp Photography Guided Play 2015

Several weeks ago I was accepted into the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers  mentorship with +Alex Lapidus  
I have to say that, I had been aware of this particular mentorship from the creative public graduation posts done in 2014.  I told myself, that if there was an opportunity to participate, if it was offered again I would go for it.  How enticing it would be to tell stories with our photographs but use every tool in the creative toolbox to do it.  Being able to use blurs and take somewhat unsharp photos would be liberating.
 I am sure you have experienced this kind of photograph on the Google + stream and I bet you have asked “how has that photographer created it”.  

The mentorship was divided into sections as Unfocus, Panning, Rotation and Zooming, Longer Exposures and Multiple Exposures, Car trails, Star trails and motion in water or clouds.  The haunted house was fun. Composing with your feet took us into the realm of time lapse and then there was reflection blur. We learned techniques that were learned from former mentees and shared with us.  There was so many different and surprisingly creative ways to use apps on our mobile devices.  They could be quite addictive. Software and unique lenses further pulled out the creativeness.  I had no idea this would be so much fun.  
I hope that I have made you curious as to whether this is for you or not.  If you have to opportunity to try this mentorship or any of the others offered in the G+Mentorship Program for Photographers sign up. 

For now, have a look at some of the photos that I learned to create in this program. Thank you to all who gave their time and expertise to this program and to all the photographers that I have met in this experience.  I had a blast. ___As I look at +Valerie Liney's album from my recent program on Blurs and Unsharp Photography, I can almost hear her flowers whispering in my ear :-).  While we coaxed some wilder adventures out of her now and then, Valerie has a subtle and delicate sensibility.  Please enjoy her work play from the program!

2015-07-28 04:43:08 (31 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Tripods: Gitzo (1542/T?) vs. Feisol (3441?)

I know there are a million posts out there about tripods, and I promise I've read many of them; wondering if someone has specifically compared these -- I touched the Gitzo today (I think the regular 1542, not the 1542T), but I think the Feisol isn't available at retail.  I could use something small and light to travel with, but also something substantial and sturdy for rougher conditions.  I could buy two sets of legs with one good ball head, but it would sure be nice if one of these could work for both cases.  Any opinions?  I was also recommended the Acratech GP ball head with the Gitzo, or Feisol has a range, I'd probably look at the CB-40D.

Tripods: Gitzo (1542/T?) vs. Feisol (3441?)

I know there are a million posts out there about tripods, and I promise I've read many of them; wondering if someone has specifically compared these -- I touched the Gitzo today (I think the regular 1542, not the 1542T), but I think the Feisol isn't available at retail.  I could use something small and light to travel with, but also something substantial and sturdy for rougher conditions.  I could buy two sets of legs with one good ball head, but it would sure be nice if one of these could work for both cases.  Any opinions?  I was also recommended the Acratech GP ball head with the Gitzo, or Feisol has a range, I'd probably look at the CB-40D.___

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2015-07-27 16:48:50 (24 comments, 12 reshares, 130 +1s)Open 

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The Camera's Eye

From Friday's walk around San Francisco with +Roxanne Bouche' Overton, +Lou McCorkle, +Ken Fowkes and +Linda Villers.

My whole San Francisco Bay Area album is at https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/104294083885937159989/albums/5816421653127321809 , with a smaller selection at https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/104294083885937159989/albums/5871090242173904497 ; prints always available at http://www.alexlapidus.com .


For #headsupmonday  with +russ vallelunga (+HeadsUpMondays); #streetsofsanfrancisco  with +andi rivarola (+The Streets of San Francisco); #sanfranciscosunday  with +Michael Garza (+San Francisco Sunday); #towertuesday  with +Jiri Papakiriakos (+TowerTuesday); #architexturetuesday  with +Ranjan Saraswati; hopefully enough of a circle for #circleshapesmonday  with +Cliff Loresco (+Circle Shapes Monday☀); #archi... more »

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The Camera's Eye

From Friday's walk around San Francisco with +Roxanne Bouche' Overton, +Lou McCorkle, +Ken Fowkes and +Linda Villers.

My whole San Francisco Bay Area album is at https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/104294083885937159989/albums/5816421653127321809 , with a smaller selection at https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/104294083885937159989/albums/5871090242173904497 ; prints always available at http://www.alexlapidus.com .


For #headsupmonday  with +russ vallelunga (+HeadsUpMondays); #streetsofsanfrancisco  with +andi rivarola (+The Streets of San Francisco); #sanfranciscosunday  with +Michael Garza (+San Francisco Sunday); #towertuesday  with +Jiri Papakiriakos (+TowerTuesday); #architexturetuesday  with +Ranjan Saraswati; hopefully enough of a circle for #circleshapesmonday  with +Cliff Loresco (+Circle Shapes Monday ☀); #architectureyesterdaytomorrow  and #urbaninviewsandlife  with +Edith Kukla (+ARCHITECTURE YESTERDAY - TOMORROW +URBAN - in views and life); #hqsparchitecture +HQSP Architecture curated by +Roman Kruglov and +Nader El Assy ; #MonochromeMonday +Monochrome Monday currently uncurated(?); #monochromeworld with +andi rivarola (+Monochrome World ); +All Things Monochrome #AllThingsMonochrome by +Charles Lupica,  +Enrique Pelaez, +Brian Cox and +Bill Wood ; #hqspmonochrome +HQSP Monochrome curated by +Luis Vivanco S. +Оксана Крысюкова +Nader El Assy +Howard Salmon and  +tri rini nuringtyas ; #blackandwhitephotos with +Gemma Costa and +Ambrogio Bellotti ( +Black and White Photos ); #MagnificentMonochrome +Magnificent Monochrome Curated by +Christian Madsen and  +Kardiyanti Djunaidi .___

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2015-07-27 04:51:33 (22 comments, 0 reshares, 50 +1s)Open 

And so the Blur claims another victim :-).  It's always a challenge to shake loose from the things you normally do; +Ellie Kennard accepted that challenge so completely and joyfully during my recent program on Blurs and Unsharp Photography that her stream of photos will never be the same again.  Ellie has given so much of her time and energy to the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers that I'm especially thrilled she had such a great experience.  Please enjoy her wonderful album, and visit her profile for much more!

I Can See Clearly Now the Blur Has Gone 
Sharp Focus on Blur : Graduation Plus Post and Album Share

And so it comes to an end   NO  to a START of a whole new way of thinking and taking photographs. And I can see clearly how blur and unsharp techniques can do so much to focus attention on what I want my viewer to see and experience. I have learned that sometimes the blur itself is enough to express the emotion I feel (see the dancing tractor image, or the abstract wet lights in the night images in the album). Sometimes the blur leads our eye to the subject as in the delicate details in the petals of the frozen flowers or softly lit paeony. Sometimes it helps to set mood as the dark and mysterious one in the photograph of the rusting car wreck in the middle of a dense forest or the light and frivolous one in the candy coloured flowers. 

So the power lies in knowing not so much how but when and why to use this wonderful new skill. I have written many things over the past few weeks to express my feelings about what we have been learning in this mentorship. We have gone through a period of such intense creativity and inspiration, more than I have ever experienced before, that, frankly, I have been loathe to write this post. I didn't want the experience to end.

And of course it won't. It is a beginning of a new creative period in my life. I have personally discovered my ability to use my eyes, my tools and my skills to share my vision in a new way, unique, I hope, to me. Thanks to what I have learned from the main mentor +Alex Lapidus and his helpers as well as my fellow mentees, I have grown as a photographer in a way I never dreamed possible. I can't properly express my gratitude to everyone, I just hope they feel it through what they (and you) see in the joy expressed in these images in my album.
(Click on the first image to browse through the album seeing each of the 12 images full size)

And Alex? I called him a bully (and other names ;-) ) but every name was really a term of affection. He has a wonderful ability to sense the potential in each of his students and make sure that no one stops short of achieving that to the full. I hope that eventually he makes up his sleep debt. I know he got no more than an hour or two most nights over the past 9 weeks.

Thank you to the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers and +Robin Griggs Wood who was the originator of this wonderful program for photographers on G+. Robin has been behind the scenes (or front and centre) in many of the mentorships I have taken or helped to give on here and without her I would not be writing this post, nor taking these photographs at this point.

Are you not able to comment on Google+ because you don't belong? Would you prefer to comment on my blog? It's right here with all my G+ posts on it: http://www.elliekennard.ca .___And so the Blur claims another victim :-).  It's always a challenge to shake loose from the things you normally do; +Ellie Kennard accepted that challenge so completely and joyfully during my recent program on Blurs and Unsharp Photography that her stream of photos will never be the same again.  Ellie has given so much of her time and energy to the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers that I'm especially thrilled she had such a great experience.  Please enjoy her wonderful album, and visit her profile for much more!

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2015-07-26 15:09:24 (33 comments, 37 reshares, 441 +1s)Open 

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Cotton Candy

The sky lit up over the San Mateo Bridge a couple of weeks ago; otherwise not many dramatic sunsets this year.

My whole San Francisco Bay Area album is at https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/104294083885937159989/albums/5816421653127321809 , with a smaller selection at https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/104294083885937159989/albums/5871090242173904497 ; prints always available at http://www.alexlapidus.com .


For #skysunday  with +Randy Scherkenbach and +Patrick Scherkenbach (+Sky Sunday - Photography Theme); #bridgesaroundtheworld  with +Carra Riley and +Knut Arne Gjertsen (+#BridgesAroundTheWorld); #LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Kevin Rowe +Toshi Nakamura +Bill Wood +Tony Phillips +Jeff Beddow +Krzysztof Hanusiak +Dennis Hoffbuhr +Dave Gaylord +Doug Hagadorn +Eric Drumm  ; #hqsplandscape +HQSPLandscap... more »

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Cotton Candy

The sky lit up over the San Mateo Bridge a couple of weeks ago; otherwise not many dramatic sunsets this year.

My whole San Francisco Bay Area album is at https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/104294083885937159989/albums/5816421653127321809 , with a smaller selection at https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/104294083885937159989/albums/5871090242173904497 ; prints always available at http://www.alexlapidus.com .


For #skysunday  with +Randy Scherkenbach and +Patrick Scherkenbach (+Sky Sunday - Photography Theme); #bridgesaroundtheworld  with +Carra Riley and +Knut Arne Gjertsen (+#BridgesAroundTheWorld); #LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Kevin Rowe +Toshi Nakamura +Bill Wood +Tony Phillips +Jeff Beddow +Krzysztof Hanusiak +Dennis Hoffbuhr +Dave Gaylord +Doug Hagadorn +Eric Drumm  ; #hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape curated by +Michael Garza +Leo Schubert +David D +Mike Hankey +Peter Marbaise +Hans-Juergen Werner +Shannan Crow ; #californiadreamin with +andi rivarola ( +California Dreamin' ); #bellesphotos with +Jean-Louis LAURENCE and +Claudya Bonnet ( +Belles photos ).___

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2015-07-26 05:01:05 (16 comments, 0 reshares, 55 +1s)Open 

Today it's my great pleasure to offer you the work play of +Ken Fowkes -- who I finally met in person yesterday!  As a participant in my recent program on Blurs and Unsharp Photography, he was articulate in both words and images about some of the overarching questions that he expresses in this terrific post.  Please enjoy (my titles) the Sorcerer's Tree, Cat Planet, the Bent Bee, the Claw, part of the Sunflower Family, and much more!

Sometimes the story is in the details. And sometimes it’s all about impression.

Sometimes a lack of focus obscures the message, and sometimes the details just get in the way.

What am I talking about? These are just some of the things I pondering during the eight weeks I spent in +Alex Lapidus' Blurs and Unsharp Photography: Guided Play mentorship, which introduced us participants to a smorgasbord of techniques for manipulating the amount and quality of … what to call it? … detail … focus … literalism? ... in our photographs.

We blurred and blended space and time, and pixels. We bent light through and around anything we could think of. We shared knowledge, traded encouragement, and inspired each other to go out and play each week with the techniques we were learning. We became a community of enthusiasts adventuring together through new photographic domains. I had a blast!

I experienced amusing failures, happy accidents, and enough successes to come out feeling absolutely thrilled that I applied and was accepted into the mentorship. This was my third mentorship through the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers and I have been amazed at the level of commitment each and every mentor has shown to the success of the participants. Their passion for sharing their knowledge is a precious gift for which I am truly grateful.

If you are passionate about photography, and want to learn from mentors whose passion drives them to share what they know generously, I invite you to follow the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers page and pay attention to the mentorships being offered there. If you are curious what it is like for the participants, you can read some of their graduation posts and check out their graduation albums.

A big thank you to the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers and it's talented directors +Alex Lapidus, +Robin Griggs Wood, and +Ron Clifford.___Today it's my great pleasure to offer you the work play of +Ken Fowkes -- who I finally met in person yesterday!  As a participant in my recent program on Blurs and Unsharp Photography, he was articulate in both words and images about some of the overarching questions that he expresses in this terrific post.  Please enjoy (my titles) the Sorcerer's Tree, Cat Planet, the Bent Bee, the Claw, part of the Sunflower Family, and much more!

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2015-07-25 20:41:12 (39 comments, 12 reshares, 164 +1s)Open 

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Barely There

Strolling the streets of San Francisco yesterday with +Roxanne Bouche' Overton, +Lou McCorkle, +Ken Fowkes and +Linda Villers -- wonderful to meet Roxanne and Ken, and to see Lou again!

My whole San Francisco Bay Area album is at https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/104294083885937159989/albums/5816421653127321809 , with a smaller selection at https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/104294083885937159989/albums/5871090242173904497 ; prints always available at http://www.alexlapidus.com .


For #unsharpsaturday  with me, +Jetski, +Julianne Bockius, +Nadia Cantou-Pewinski and +Patrice Christian (+Unsharp Saturday v2.0); #blurshot  with +Pavlik Andreïevitch Krylatov, +Kim Anglin and +delo projet; #streetsofsanfrancisco  with +andi rivarola (+The Streets of San Francisco); #sanfranciscosunday  with +Michael Garza (+San FranciscoSunday); #h... more »

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Barely There

Strolling the streets of San Francisco yesterday with +Roxanne Bouche' Overton, +Lou McCorkle, +Ken Fowkes and +Linda Villers -- wonderful to meet Roxanne and Ken, and to see Lou again!

My whole San Francisco Bay Area album is at https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/104294083885937159989/albums/5816421653127321809 , with a smaller selection at https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/104294083885937159989/albums/5871090242173904497 ; prints always available at http://www.alexlapidus.com .


For #unsharpsaturday  with me, +Jetski, +Julianne Bockius, +Nadia Cantou-Pewinski and +Patrice Christian (+Unsharp Saturday v2.0); #blurshot  with +Pavlik Andreïevitch Krylatov, +Kim Anglin and +delo projet; #streetsofsanfrancisco  with +andi rivarola (+The Streets of San Francisco); #sanfranciscosunday  with +Michael Garza (+San Francisco Sunday); #hqspmotion  +HQSP Motion curated by +Melania Pierce and +Anja Wessels ; #HQSPUrbanStreetPhotos  +HQSP Urban & Street Photos curated by +Michael Sonntag +Оксана Крысюкова  +Jean-Philippe Jouve and +Roxanne Bouche' Overton ; #streetphotography ; #streetpics  with +Sergey Sus (+StreetPics); #streetphotographysaturday  with +Sunny Wu (+Street Photography Saturday).___

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2015-07-25 08:19:22 (12 comments, 1 reshares, 39 +1s)Open 

+Heather Szarka caught my attention in a previous mentorship, and was a delight to have in my recent program on Blurs and Unsharp Photography.  From the ghostly to the warmly real, her album reflects a terrific range of techniques and ideas -- please check out her work play from the program!

Final PLUS Post: Blur and Unsharp Photography
I entered this mentorship with no knowledge of the world of blur but arrived with an open and eager mind.  In just 8 whirlwind weeks we dove headlong into this amazing world and quickly built our arsenal of techniques, tools and toys to accomplish things many of us didn't know were possible!  I have had the pleasure of watching the work of my fellow mentees grow to new heights on this journey and anticipate watching us all continue to explore and grow!  We now posses the skills to walk amongst the worlds of sharp and blur while exploring the overlap where the two worlds become one.
A big thank you to the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers and +Robin Griggs Wood for fostering this amazing learning platform of sharing knowledge and making it available to any level of photographer who is eager to learn.  An extra special thank you to +Alex Lapidus for taking on the challenge of herding us cats for 8 weeks, sharing your knowledge and insights into this incredible blurry realm, and giving us freedom as well as guidance :-)  Thanks too to all the moderators and helpers for sharing their knowledge and encouraging us along the way!  
Our time spent here has been invaluable and I now walk with a confident beaming smile knowing I now have  the whole playground at my disposal and grateful that my life and work has become interwoven with those of my fellow mentees and our leaders!
THANK YOU :-)___+Heather Szarka caught my attention in a previous mentorship, and was a delight to have in my recent program on Blurs and Unsharp Photography.  From the ghostly to the warmly real, her album reflects a terrific range of techniques and ideas -- please check out her work play from the program!

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2015-07-24 16:29:01 (22 comments, 2 reshares, 89 +1s)Open 

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Line of Fire

+Linda Villers and I had heard rumors of an alien landing, so we headed down to San Jose last night to investigate.  Indeed we found strange lights, intense sounds, and crowds of screaming people herded together to be abducted.  Their security systems blocked all DSLRs, but we were able to infiltrate a lone point & shoot camera; we took heavy defensive fire as you can see (I think this blaster bolt knocked out our phone cameras, which have never failed more miserably in action).
Happy #alienabductionfriday!

For actual concert photos, check out the excellent work of +tao jones; and for all things Rush, +Jim Sutton has assembled a terrific Collection at https://plus.google.com/collection/oUenb .

+Alien Abduction Friday is brought to you by Captain +Irene Kato, with me, +Heiko Mahr, +Jetski, and +Janice Hackney with +Ruby WarriorTerrie... more »

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Line of Fire

+Linda Villers and I had heard rumors of an alien landing, so we headed down to San Jose last night to investigate.  Indeed we found strange lights, intense sounds, and crowds of screaming people herded together to be abducted.  Their security systems blocked all DSLRs, but we were able to infiltrate a lone point & shoot camera; we took heavy defensive fire as you can see (I think this blaster bolt knocked out our phone cameras, which have never failed more miserably in action).
Happy #alienabductionfriday!

For actual concert photos, check out the excellent work of +tao jones; and for all things Rush, +Jim Sutton has assembled a terrific Collection at https://plus.google.com/collection/oUenb .

+Alien Abduction Friday is brought to you by Captain +Irene Kato, with me, +Heiko Mahr, +Jetski, and +Janice Hackney with +Ruby Warrior Terrier, on behalf of the #gplusaliennation  and Others Who Cannot Be Named #owcbn .  Also for #colorsonfriday  with +Karsten Meyer and +Britta Rogge (+ColorsOnFriday); #saturdaynightlight  with +Dirk Heindoerfer (+SaturdayNightLight); #inthelight  with +andi rivarola (+In the Light); #themagicoflight  with +Ray Bilcliff, +Hamid Dastmalchi and +Paul Stein (+The Magic of Light); #hqspmusic +HQSP Music curated by  +Bill Merrow .___

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2015-07-24 07:32:05 (10 comments, 1 reshares, 48 +1s)Open 

+Jennifer Walton makes flowers dance, as you can see in her recent post at https://plus.google.com/109950797191989560535/posts/MLgW77jo8zU !  She also does much more in this wonderful album from my recent mentorship on Blurs and Unsharp Photography, expressing some intriguing ideas in beautiful and striking ways.  Please enjoy her work play from the program!

I have just finished an 8 week mentorship with the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers run by +Robin Griggs Wood into the world of blurs in the Blurs & Unsharp Photography: Guided Play 2015 lead by the amazing +Alex Lapidus.

Before this mentorship I admired from afar blurry photography, having no knowledge of how to achieve it.  That has changed, in the mentorship I learned how to deliberately move the camera around, up, down and sideways.  Then there was the ghosts, light trails, post processing to get blur and my favourite, shooting in the Pep Ventosa style.  I reached into the 'toy box' shooting through plastic, vasoline on glass, wineglasses, fisheyes, lens babies and free lensing allowing me artistic freedom I never imaged possible.  Blurry photography enables me to put what I am feeling and seeing into my photographs.

So, if any of the mentorships offered here on G+ catch your fancy sign up. This community atmosphere with other mentees and lead by a fearless mentor is a safe, encouraging and supportive platform to play and learn in.

Thank you +Alex Lapidus and your wonderful crew of helpers for making my 8 weeks a monumental turning point for my photography.___+Jennifer Walton makes flowers dance, as you can see in her recent post at https://plus.google.com/109950797191989560535/posts/MLgW77jo8zU !  She also does much more in this wonderful album from my recent mentorship on Blurs and Unsharp Photography, expressing some intriguing ideas in beautiful and striking ways.  Please enjoy her work play from the program!

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2015-07-23 17:19:46 (34 comments, 13 reshares, 154 +1s)Open 

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Where Have You Gone?

From the Cosmopolitan.  My entire Las Vegas album is at https://plus.google.com/photos/+AlexLapidus/albums/5667148324313814433 with a smaller selection of favorites at https://plus.google.com/photos/+AlexLapidus/albums/5992767698854499233 ; prints always available at http://www.alexlapidus.com .


For #designthursday  with +Venkatram Harish Belvadi (+Design Thursday); #ondisplaythursday  with +Laura Loralieh Nixon (+On Display Thursday); #travelthursday  with +Laura Mitchum; #urbanthursday  with +Laurent Chades (+Urban Thursday); #urbaninviewsandlife  with +Edith Kukla (+URBAN - in views and life); #streetphotography ; #streetpics  with +Sergey Sus (+StreetPics); #streetphotographysaturday  with +Sunny Wu (+Street Photography Saturday); #HQSPUrbanStreetPhotos  +HQSP Urban & Street Photos curated by +Michael Sonntag+Оксана Крысюко... more »

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Where Have You Gone?

From the Cosmopolitan.  My entire Las Vegas album is at https://plus.google.com/photos/+AlexLapidus/albums/5667148324313814433 with a smaller selection of favorites at https://plus.google.com/photos/+AlexLapidus/albums/5992767698854499233 ; prints always available at http://www.alexlapidus.com .


For #designthursday  with +Venkatram Harish Belvadi (+Design Thursday); #ondisplaythursday  with +Laura Loralieh Nixon (+On Display Thursday); #travelthursday  with +Laura Mitchum; #urbanthursday  with +Laurent Chades (+Urban Thursday); #urbaninviewsandlife  with +Edith Kukla (+URBAN - in views and life); #streetphotography ; #streetpics  with +Sergey Sus (+StreetPics); #streetphotographysaturday  with +Sunny Wu (+Street Photography Saturday); #HQSPUrbanStreetPhotos  +HQSP Urban & Street Photos curated by +Michael Sonntag +Оксана Крысюкова  +Jean-Philippe Jouve and +Roxanne Bouche' Overton .___

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2015-07-23 04:18:28 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

It seems like just yesterday (wait, was it?) that +Morgana Creely led the first round of this program, but she and her participants had so much fun that it's happening again!  Please take a look, and be sure to sign up on her original post.

Round Two of the “Single Frame: Introduction to Cinematic Storytelling” mentorship is ready for sign-ups!

#SINGLEFRAME2
 
This is a special program introducing some of the compositional elements of visual storytelling through the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers.

I will be taking on a handful of people for a six week on-line mentorship program which will include lessons, assignments, and informal discussions. Everyone who participates can have fun and learn at the same time!
 
Hi I’m Morgana, a Photographer and author, and I’ve always been passionate about creating images that tell stories, and helping other photographers find their own storytelling voice. You can find out more about what I do over on my website at www.imagecinematic.com


 
*PLEASE NOTE: This is NOT a technical workshop and this is NOT a course for beginners. 
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You will be expected to own and know how to use a DSLR, basic lighting principles and have access to artificial lighting (Studio, speedlight, even practical lighting such as desk lamps would be fine. You will also need access to and a basic working knowledge of post processing software such as Photoshop or Lightroom.
 
Images used for example during this course will not necessarily be family friendly or safe for work. Whilst I ask that images of nudity or violence are not posted to this course, examples and course content may include dark or adult themes.
 
Selections will made: August 1st - 3rd, 2015 AEST for the mentorship beginning August 10th, 2015



 
These are the selection criteria:
 
• You must own and know how to use a DSLR, basic lighting principles and have access to and a basic working knowledge of PS or LR. 


 
• You must be taking and posting your own photographs regularly here on G+ –– an absolute minimum of three days between Public posts; more increases your chances of being selected. (The class itself will be private to the group selected except for the option of a public display album of your best work at the end.)

• You must be interactive here at G+, as you will be expected to participate in this program giving feedback and comments to others.

• You have no previous studies in this subject, since this program is designed for those who have not had the opportunity or advantage to add this skill set to their knowledge base.

• You have the time available to participate in this workshop.

• You must have a sense of humour, a willingness to give and take constructive criticism, and not be offended by dark or adult themes.


 
To be considered for selection, please comment to the main post only, here:  [https://plus.google.com/+MorganaCreely/posts/fpTf8kvnd8n] 
(your application will not be seen at any reshares) and answer the following questions in your comment:




 
1) Photography skill level

2) Photo editing software used most

3) Favourite film and stills photography genres

4) What you want to get out of this mentoring course

5) Previous non-technical art, photography or cinematography studies

6) Amount of time you have available for participation

EXAMPLE ANSWERS
1) Intermediate hobby photographer, shooting for 2 years
2) Photoshop with a bit of Lightroom
3) Big Budget Action movies, Westerns
4) To learn how to work out my ideas in front of the camera
5) Two one say workshops and YouTube :)
6) Weekends and the odd evening.___It seems like just yesterday (wait, was it?) that +Morgana Creely led the first round of this program, but she and her participants had so much fun that it's happening again!  Please take a look, and be sure to sign up on her original post.

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2015-07-22 17:34:29 (22 comments, 10 reshares, 104 +1s)Open 

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Winner by an Eyelash

Is this the Mad Scientist of the lemurs?  I think the eyelashes give him a slightly wacky look :-).  This is a Red-fronted Brown Lemur (Eulemur rufifrons), from the Andasibe-Mantadia area.  They are considered Near Threatened by the IUCN, but all of Madagascar's lemurs are endangered due to habitat loss and other challenges.

My whole Madagascar album is at https://plus.google.com/photos/+AlexLapidus/albums/5933913563025170673 ; prints available at http://www.alexlapidus.com .


For #africantuesday ( +African Tuesday ) with +Morkel Erasmus , +Dick Whitlock and +Grobler du Preez ; #africanature ( +AFRICANature ) with the addition of +Berndt Weissenbacher , +Wayne Marinovich and +Anette Mossbacher ; #wildlifewednesday with +Mike Spinak and +Morkel Erasmus ; #wholewildlifeweek with +Sandy Schepis +Dick Whitlock  +Anette Mossbacherand ... more »

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Winner by an Eyelash

Is this the Mad Scientist of the lemurs?  I think the eyelashes give him a slightly wacky look :-).  This is a Red-fronted Brown Lemur (Eulemur rufifrons), from the Andasibe-Mantadia area.  They are considered Near Threatened by the IUCN, but all of Madagascar's lemurs are endangered due to habitat loss and other challenges.

My whole Madagascar album is at https://plus.google.com/photos/+AlexLapidus/albums/5933913563025170673 ; prints available at http://www.alexlapidus.com .


For #africantuesday ( +African Tuesday ) with +Morkel Erasmus , +Dick Whitlock and +Grobler du Preez ; #africanature ( +AFRICANature ) with the addition of +Berndt Weissenbacher , +Wayne Marinovich and +Anette Mossbacher ; #wildlifewednesday with +Mike Spinak and +Morkel Erasmus ; #wholewildlifeweek with +Sandy Schepis +Dick Whitlock  +Anette Mossbacher and +Diego Cattaneo ( +Whole Wildlife Week ) ; #threatenedthursday with +Sandy Schepis +Sumit Sen +Anette Mossbacher and +Diego Cattaneo ( +Threatened Thursday ) ;  +HQSP Animals curated by +* +Andy Smith and +Alejandro J. Soto #hqspanimals ; #monkeymonday with me and +Jetski ( +Monkey Monday ).___

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2015-07-19 14:47:13 (23 comments, 11 reshares, 129 +1s)Open 

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Sharing Dreams

From my shoot with Audrey and Toni at Davenport Beach, part of my final project for Lighting With Intent with +Eric Raeber #LightWIT .


Also for #californiadreamin  with +andi rivarola (+California Dreamin'); #beachsunday  with +Ross Campbell (+Beach Sunday); #sentimentalsunday  with +Louisa Catharine Forsyth (+Sentimental Sunday Theme); an out of season #CoastalThursday +Coastal Thursday curated by +David Polzine & +Jon Kahn ; #waterworld with +Gemma Costa and +Rob Heron ( +WaterWorld );  #MonochromeMonday +Monochrome Monday currently uncurated(?); #monochromeworld with +andi rivarola (+Monochrome World ); +All Things Monochrome #AllThingsMonochrome by +Charles Lupica,  +Enrique Pelaez, +Brian Cox and +Bill Wood ; #hqspmonochrome +HQSP Monochrome curated by +Luis Vivanco S. +Оксана Крысюкова +Nader El Assy+Howard Salmon and  +tri ... more »

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Sharing Dreams

From my shoot with Audrey and Toni at Davenport Beach, part of my final project for Lighting With Intent with +Eric Raeber #LightWIT .


Also for #californiadreamin  with +andi rivarola (+California Dreamin'); #beachsunday  with +Ross Campbell (+Beach Sunday); #sentimentalsunday  with +Louisa Catharine Forsyth (+Sentimental Sunday Theme); an out of season #CoastalThursday +Coastal Thursday curated by +David Polzine & +Jon Kahn ; #waterworld with +Gemma Costa and +Rob Heron ( +WaterWorld );  #MonochromeMonday +Monochrome Monday currently uncurated(?); #monochromeworld with +andi rivarola (+Monochrome World ); +All Things Monochrome #AllThingsMonochrome by +Charles Lupica,  +Enrique Pelaez, +Brian Cox and +Bill Wood ; #hqspmonochrome +HQSP Monochrome curated by +Luis Vivanco S. +Оксана Крысюкова +Nader El Assy +Howard Salmon and  +tri rini nuringtyas ; #blackandwhitephotos with +Gemma Costa and +Ambrogio Bellotti ( +Black and White Photos ); #MagnificentMonochrome +Magnificent Monochrome Curated by +Christian Madsen and  +Kardiyanti Djunaidi .___

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2015-07-19 05:41:40 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 51 +1s)Open 

We managed to peel +Stephen Thackeray away from his crisp birds and flowers for a bit during my recent mentorship on Blurs and Unsharp Photography, and were amply rewarded!  His adventures in both shooting and processing took him into some fun new territory.  Check out his great selection of images from the program!

I have just spent an incredibly interesting and rewarding eight weeks completing the "Blurs And Un-Sharp Photography: Guided Play" mentorship run by +Alex Lapidus . The mentorship forms part of the pay it forward initiative run by +Robin Griggs Wood in the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers .

I applied for a place in the mentorship primarily because my photography efforts so far have not strayed much beyond the search for razor sharp images. When I was accepted I was overjoyed, and a little nervous, as this would be something completely new to me.

The last eight weeks have changed my outlook on photography in a big way. Now when I view potential subjects, sharpness is not always my first consideration. Blurred images can have a mind blowing impact! I learned new techniques to manipulate my camera to produce blur. We learned how to produce "High Energy" and "Calming" images straight from camera or via photo manipulation software. Alex Lapidus was tireless in his support and encouragement, as were the rest of the crew. Fellow mentees were awesome in their skill and support - friendships made that will last!

Anyone considering applying for a place in the various mentorships should not hesitate - the is no more rewarding experience here on G+
I have now completed 3!!___We managed to peel +Stephen Thackeray away from his crisp birds and flowers for a bit during my recent mentorship on Blurs and Unsharp Photography, and were amply rewarded!  His adventures in both shooting and processing took him into some fun new territory.  Check out his great selection of images from the program!

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