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Elia Locardi2,297,891Join @109596219054914376350 and me on November 1st for a PPE Photo Walk in beautiful downtown NYC! The Photo Walk will begin at the Admiral David Farragut Monument in Madison Square Park at 3:00 PM and end around 6:00 PM, with stops along the way at other beautiful and iconic Manhattan locations! All are welcome to attend, including non-photographers. Learn about locations along the way as our knowledgeable guides from Walks of New York lead us through beautiful downtown NYC! Don’t miss this opportunity to mingle with the photography community and get some great shots of New York City while having the chance to take home some truly epic prizes (valued at more than $5000) including: *NEW  @101496661132652292774 X-T1 WR kit with XF18-135mmF3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR lens * NEW Fujifilm X30 Compact camera * A  @114905632772991411436 G-DOCK EV * A $1,000 USD voucher for @100943160531451419208  * A @111418188450365346768 Ken Kaminesky Signature Edition ‘Master’ Filter Kit * A Formatt-Hitech Elia Locardi Signature Edition ‘Travel’ Filter Kit * Four @105285971776767934946  Vouchers for guided tours in NYC or Italy with Walks of Italy * Two X-Rite i1Display Pros with X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Kits * Five Licenses for @111931223719713971928 Perfect Photo Suite * A special giveaway from onOne Software for all participants Register for the event and be entered in the drawing for prizes at: http: bit.ly/walk-NYC Use the hashtag #walkNYC when posting to Social Media so we can follow along with your photo shares after the event. *An Important Note about Prizes:* You must be registered for the event with your real name as that information will be used to call out the Raffle Prize Winners. Only 1 entry is allowed per registrant and the winners MUST BE PRESENT or the prize will go to the next participant chosen that is present to receive it.NYC Photo Walk2014-11-01 20:00:0033  
Peak Design Team808Join the PD team as we countdown to the very end of our Slide and Clutch Kickstarter campaign (pkdsn.com/ks). Thank you everybody for your support, and we can't wait to get this new gear in your hands!Peak Design Slide/Clutch Kickstarter Countdown2014-08-16 00:50:00130  
Wick Sakit1,180,914Ladies and Gentlemen a year has passed already for this wonderful gathering!  This month @107732282190737721685  will be drinking and clicking at the Oregon Brew Festival ( http://www.oregonbrewfest.com )!  So come one and come all and make sure you have a safe way home!!!  @117044691112725530830, we know how to do it right! Don't forget to add the hashtag #drinkandclickpdx  to your photos :) Psss, it might or might not be @106453531239987697809's birthday so lets make sure its a day he wont remember :) Now for the monthly challenge! ----------------------------- The July Challenge is "Post Processing". The image on this post was taken near sunset in Port Aransas, TX, but the water wasn't yellow, and the sky wasn't green. I enjoyed making it appear that way, however. :-) I used Lightroom to make all the adjustments on this photo; the jumping off point was a Trey Ratcliff preset called "Turkish Blast." I made several adjustments after that, including additional graduated filters and spot brushing to achieve the final effect. Find Trey's V2 LR Presets here: http://goo.gl/bN5Zfd Submit your Post Processed photos from a Drink and Click™ Photowalk and win great prizes! See Details Here: http://goo.gl/tsEvGn Thanks to our great prize sponsors for July: @118357019708110162087  @101321238651335383520,  & @105237212888595777019's @108013589332077559621  * * * * +Drink and Click™ is simple: We meet at a venue to have a drink (alcohol consumption not required), talk about Photography, laugh and have fun together. Then we move to another venue, take pictures in between… and repeat until the night is over! We have photography challenges every month with prizes ranging from camera gear to local area business gift cards. Join us! Is there a Drink and Click™ in your area? www.drinkandclick.com Have questions? Want to lead a Chapter? Host an Event? drinkandclick@gmail.com We have a monthly On Air Show! Circle +The Drink and Click Show for updates and subscribe to Drink and Click™ on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/DrinkandClick Join the Drink and Click™ Community on G+: http://goo.gl/R7hTZ Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DrinkAndClick Follow @DrinkandClick on Twitter: http://twitter.com/drinkandclick #drinkandclick   #photowalk   #photography   #challenge Drink & Click Portland Style2014-07-25 15:00:0027  
Karen Hutton1,786,135*I'm broadcasting LIVE from my very first photography show in Truckee, CA!* Along with hangout mates @112604879662105464702 @108705174211639807508 @109187026428012507334 and @110334215429099763864 we'll be talking about... _Getting your work out there_... _is print dead_... _why do a show_... _bringing your artistic vision to the world_... _what the heck *is* a Coffeebar?_ Who knows what ELSE we'll get into! I'll show you the venue - the photos and bring you to the Sierra Nevada mountains from around the world!  We'll be joined by a couple of surprise guests - and if all goes well, wind it all up with live music from an awesome band called Drop Theory! And if you miss the live 'cast... why, I'll post the recording of course. :DLIVE From Coffeebar in Truckee, California!2014-07-20 02:00:0069  
Wick Sakit1,180,914Join us for a @117044691112725530830  on Saturday, May 24th, 2014 with special guests and Global Nomads @112957708071337353347  and @113589303299711872490  It’s going to be a great night and participants will have a chance to win cool prizes from @114413282497900641316  , @111418188450365346768  Filters, @100266938567862344330  , Mind Shift Gear + and @118357019708110162087  !  The walk will begin at Ristretto Roasters where we’ll draw the winners of the Raffle Prizes. From there, we’ll walk over the Burnside Bridge, heading down towards the Saturday Market, stopping for drinks along the way. We’ll continue along the waterfront crossing back over the river via the Hawthorne bridge to shoot sunset. After the sunset shoot we’ll head to Hair of the Dog Brewing Co. for more drinks! Join us for a night of fun, photography and good company! This event will be going around Portland's Memorial Day celebration and we should have some fantastic long exposure opportunities for sunset from the Eastbank Esplanade!   Please remember to add the hashtag #drinkandclickpdx  to all photos you post :) Welcome to the #21 @107732282190737721685  ™ May's Chapter Wide Photography Challenge NEW IMPORTANT INFORMATION To be eligible for this month's Drink and Click ™ challenge attendees need do the following:  We love our sponsors. This month we got @118357019708110162087  , @108059254813258363499  and @108013589332077559621  All you need to do to be eligible is to like their Facebook page and circle them here in Google+.          Google+                                                Facebook +SmugMug                                       http://goo.gl/QYHsrp +Lumoidit                                          http://goo.gl/xhavod              +Stuck In Customs                         http://goo.gl/06JM56 We would also love some of your internet love, so Circle Drink and Click's Google + Page at http://goo.gl/AmgV6and like our FB page at  http://goo.gl/2lsCE and if you have time join our Drink and Click community here in Google+ http://tinyurl.com/bjhpq27 This month's chapter wide challenge is "Long Exposure" Long-exposure photography involves using a long-duration shutter speed to sharply capture the stationary elements of images while blurring, smearing, or obscuring the moving elements. The paths of moving light sources become clearly visible. Some awesome examples of long exposure here: http://digital-photography-school.com/long-exposure-photography/ This month prizes brought to you by our awesome sponsors: 1st Place +SmugMug One year account 2nd Place +Lumoidit $30 gift card (Only valid for U.S) We can find alternative prize for worldwide members 3rd Place  +Stuck In Customs $20 off pre-sets or tutorials Challenge Rules: -Images must be taken on a Drink and Click ™ event during the month of May -Three images per person max -The images must be submitted into this event page -No WATERMARKS (This is mainly to remain anonymous during judging). We will seleDrink & Click Portland with special guests and Global Nomads Elia and Naomi Locardi!2014-05-24 19:30:0044  
Frederick Van Johnson598,848This week on TWiP... - Big changes at Google+ - Imagenomic releases Portraiture plug-in for video - Curating automated photography w/ @113803788626868279965 and @117032662305771778720 TWiP 359: Google+ Subtracts2014-05-06 02:46:0119  
Matt Glastonbury1,302,292Meet us on the steps.. we'll meander our way around to the botanical gardens after officially starting at 3pm. Proudly supported by @100041258117533917464 and @100511974001439225600Sydney Photowalk with Brian Matiash2014-04-12 14:30:0021  
Kelly DeLay1,333,757Join Photographers +Kelly DeLay, +Lotus Carroll, +Brian Matiash, +Amy Heiden and +James Brandon tonight at 9pm CT / 7pm PT as we discuss "Inspiration"  What or Who inspires you? How do you get yourself  How do trends influence your work? ... and more.What Inspires You?2013-11-21 04:00:005  
Google+9,870,900The Google+ team will be sharing a few updates. RSVP to this event to watch the broadcast live.A Morning with Google+2013-10-29 17:30:0033911  
The F-Stops Here Podcast53Come join the wild and wacky F-Stops Here Podcast crew as they talk about all things photography! We will be joined by a very special guest this week- @108705174211639807508  from @108972862430615180924! They'll be taking questions (specifically around photo editing software: tips, tricks, favs, etc) and talking about the latest things happening in the photo world!The F Stops Here, Episode 342013-10-16 03:00:0022  
Thomas Hawk7,712,088One of our favorite San Francisco photographers is very shortly to become one of our favorite London photographers.  Yes, Chris Chabot has joined the flock at Twitter and is moving to LONDON! To send Chris off in style, we will be having one last epic Chris Chabot photowalk -- and what better place for a photowalk with Chris than the annual Burning Man Decompression event. If you have never shot Decom before, you are in for a treat.  It's a visual smorgasbord of pure delight. We will meet at the *second* entrance, near the corner of 20th and Minnesota Streets at 2:30 pm sharp.  Bring your Canon or Nikon or iPhone or Android... or better yet, be like Chris and bring a Leica!   Whatever you shoot, come and hang out with some great SF photographers and help send Chris off in style.  All skill levels welcome. It's $15 to enter Decom.  More details on the event here:  http://goo.gl/XkJlgnIt's the Chris Chabot Farewell Decompression Photowalk!!!!2013-10-13 23:30:00126  
The Weather Channel2,800,106*Upload your photos to this Event on 9/19 or using the #sunsetday hashtag in a public post to celebrate #sunsetday!* Join us for an exciting 24-hour event as we send summer into the sunset in global fashion. We are asking our Google+ audience from around the world to grab your favorite camera on the evening of September 19 and snap your own unique sunset from your corner of the globe. We want to see all types of sunsets in a variety of settings; a city skyline, a beach resort, a beautiful countryside, a desert landscape, a dense forest. *Wherever you may be, please share/upload your sunset image with this event page on September 19.* You can also participate outside of this event page by submitting a public photo post and tagging with #sunsetday. A select number of our favorite photos will be shown on The Weather Channel and accompany a slideshow on weather.com. Other favorites will be posted and rotated through as the cover photo on both +The Weather Channel and the +Google+ Photos  Google+ page. Note: *Only photos uploaded and posted to the event page or associated with the hashtag #sunsetday on Sep 19 will be considered* We hosted two Hangouts On Air in preparation for Sunset Day. The first hangout focused on the meteorology behind sunsets including the reason behind the beautiful array of colors.  The second hangout concentrated on the art of sunset photography. Expert photographers well known to the Google+ community talked about their techniques in capturing the perfect sunset. Links to both HOA videos are posted below. *HANGOUT SCHEDULE* 1. Monday, September 9: "The Meteorology Behind Sunsets" at 11 am ET with host +Timothy Ballisty  (The Weather Channel social meteorologist). *Guests will include:* Meteorologists +Mike Bettes +Brad Panovich +Jacob Wycoff +Jonathan Erdman +Morgan Palmer +Tim Brice and +Maria LaRosa  *HOA video* http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qz6Zyz5FT-A 2. Thursday, September 12: "Sunset Photography" at 4 pm ET *Guests will include:* Photographers +Trey Ratcliff +Thomas Hawk +Karen Hutton and +Nicole S. Young   *HOA Video* http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqgUGb0th_ASunset Day - Upload Your #SunsetDay Photo on September 192013-09-19 06:00:001299  
Nicole S. Young2,214,446I'm one of the featured artists at the RAW art show "En Masse" in San Jose on August 15! It's my first time displaying work at a show, so I'm pretty excited. *PLEASE NOTE*: To come to the show, you'll need to buy a *$10 ticket* ahead of time (online) so you can get on the list. Here's the link to get your ticket: http://www.rawartists.org/sanjose/enmasse/?artist=138629 There are some more details over on my blog post here: http://nicolesyblog.com/?p=14844RAW Art Show: En Masse2013-08-15 20:00:0025  
Google+ Photos5,119,517The Google+ Photos Chat Series is back and we've got all new digs to broadcast our show from! For our next topic, we're partnering with the Street Photography Community on Google+ and will be discussing the genre with a great panel. Joining us are three photographers who live for capturing all of those everyday moments of life moving by: +Alan Shapiro, +Brian Day and +Chris Suspect. Hosting the event will be +Google+ Photos Community Manager, +Brian Matiash. We'll be sure to share stories and tips about how to get the most out of your time roaming the streets with camera in hand. Be sure to become a member of the Street Photography Community by visiting them here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/105098607907521136027 *Feel free to leave your questions for our panel and share your street photography here in the event stream!*Google+ Photos Chat Series - Street Photography2013-07-25 03:00:00219  
Google+ Photos5,119,517Take a closer look at what’s new with this special edition of the  +Google+ Photos Chat Series Hangout On Air. Joining us are Google+ Photos staff members, +Matt Steiner, +Denise Ho, +Aravind Krishnaswamy, and +Brian Matiash. We’ll share a bit of our vision for Google+ Photos, along with some of our favorite Auto Enhance and Auto Awesome images. We’ll also be answering *YOUR* questions! So ask away in the comments section of the Event, and we’ll get to as many as we can. And don’t forget - keep sharing your best #AutoAwesome  and #AutoEnhance  images with us. Add your favorites right here in the comments section, too! We’ll keep resharing our favorites every day.A Conversation With The Team Behind The New Google+ Photos2013-05-21 00:00:00970  
Trey Ratcliff8,295,404*Meeting Time:*  5:30 PM PT on May 14 *Meeting/Starting Location:*  http://goo.gl/maps/6u1gq - Yerba Buena Gardens - in the grassy area in front of the waterfalls  *Route Map:* http://goo.gl/maps/oYzA9  *Ending Location:*  Union Square on the Geary Street Side *Hashtag:*   #GlassPhotoWalk   *How to Win Google Glass:*  This will be a random selection for people at the PhotoWalk.  At the Photowalk you will given a ticket with unique number. Hold onto that ticket! Look for @118191303233704861327 to get yours! At the end of the photowalk we will draw a random winner from the tickets that were handed out. To be elegible to win Google Glass you must be 18 years or older (bring ID), a US Resident with proof of residency, and be present to win when we call your number!  Join @104987932455782713675 and @105237212888595777019 for a once-in-a-lifetime free event!  If you've never been to a photowalk, this will be a great one.  We'll help teach you more about photography and you can join in the fun!  Bring a friend or come alone.  It's a family-friendly event, and we look forward to seeing you! *The Plan*: Look, it's possible security may throw us out of our meeting spot right away, and I may not be able to jump up on a bench and give my Mussolini-esque speech.  If that happens, here is the plan: - _Focus on PhotoWalkers:_  - Even though we'll be taking photos of the city as we weave through it on our route, it's OPEN SEASON on other PhotoWalkers! Take all sorts of photos of your fellow walkers, and later, tag away.  Get close, get far, get creative! - _Photo Lessons_ - I'll be stopping a few times throughout the walk to set up for shots.  I'll talk through my settings and describe my setup.  People are welcome to look through my camera. - _Need Photo Advice_ - Come up any time throughout the walk and ask me or Thomas anything!  We're happy to help.  No question is too dumb, and we are happy to help! - _Sharing_ - Get back home to the sweet internet after the event and upload your photos to the event.  Tag people in the photos, and tag the photos with #GlassPhotowalk    We'll have a TON more details soon...  this will be a great celebration of photography! *Watch Live:* Can't make it?  @112471890387110967375 will be hosting a @106837773805813749834 session.  I'll share it live to my stream too! *What to Bring:* Any camera will do - from a mobile phone to a big DSLR.  It's all good! :) *Party Mode:* Put your Android or iPhone into Party Mode for the event! This means photos you take will be auto-uploaded to the event! Just see this video at http://goo.gl/VA858 in case you don't know how to do this.Google+ San Francisco PhotoWalk with Thomas & Trey! All skill levels are invited - Grand Prize: Google Glass!2013-05-14 17:30:001374  
Trey Ratcliff8,295,404We have a great crew in to talk about all this stuff.  We'll get started with the fun news about the free Google Glass giveaway - cool!  Also, we'll be sharing new photos,  Google+ Discoveries, and more!   And even better, we have LIVE CHAT that is embedded on http://www.StuckInCustoms.com during the live broadcast.  The chatroom maxes out fast, so be sure to get in when the show starts! Join us -- the fun crew will include +Thomas Hawk +Brian Matiash +Frederick Van Johnson +Sara Byrne +Nicole S. Young +Mike Wiacek +Dylan Howell  !   Glass Giveaway Announcement during the big show tonight. Plus, the main topic: "Business & Marketing for Photographers!" with Thomas Hawk, Frederick Van Johnson, Brian Matiash+++ (Monday 7 PM PT, 10 PM ET)2013-05-07 04:00:00575  
Google+ Photos5,119,517Often times, traveling to far-and-away places brings along a certain level of anxiety and unease. Maybe it is the language barrier or the tendency to shy away from unfamiliar situations. These things are all part of the adventure that is Travel Photography! In this episode, our panel of photographers will share their experiences while traveling around the world and share tips on how you can help yourself get those beautiful images while abroad. This week's panel includes: +Brian Matiash - Host & Google+ Photos Community Manager +Elia Locardi - Accomplished travel photographer +Vincent Mo - Google+ Photos Engineer & photographer +Dave Cohen - Google+ Photos Engineer & photographer *For those who can't make the live event - We've Got You Covered!* This episode will be recorded and made available to watch on-demand after its conclusion. Banner Image © +Elia LocardiEpisode 03: Google+ Photos Chat Series Hangout On Air - Strangers In A Strange Land2013-04-30 22:00:00230  
Google+ Photos5,119,517*Description* The path to getting the shot is filled with blunders, gaffes and, eventually, growth. Despite wanting to believe that every shot since Day 1 has been a winner, the journeys of these photographers are filled with photos suffering from every mistake in the book. In this episode of Google+ Photos Chat, our panel will share their stories and imagery taken during these 'formative years' and the lessons learned that helped make them the photographers they are today. *Panel* Brian Matiash - Host Laurie Rubin - Moderator Andy Biggs - Guest Aravind Krishnaswamy - Google+ Photos Engineer and photographer *Date and Time* Wed, 4/17 4PM PSTEpisode 2: Google+ Photos Chat Series (Growing To Get The Shot)2013-04-18 01:00:00216  
Chris Chabot130,613Dave Powell from shoottokyo.com is in town and organizing a photowalk Sunday the 14th. Next to being an awesome person, and fantastic photographer he's also something of an expert at photowalks after having organized ones in Sydney, San Francisco, Tokyo, Beijing, Singapore, Hong Kong and Boston. *When:* Sunday April 14th, 2013 *Time:* 2PM *Where:*  Marina Green.  We will meet on the corner of Scott and Marina Boulevard.  We will shoot in and around Marina Green or wherever the road takes us.   After we lose light we will find a place to grab a bite and a few drinks. *Gear:* Pack whatever you are comfortable shooting with.  Remember, the more gear you carry the less photographs you actually take. We will be walking so don’t pack too heavy. *Who:* Photowalks are fun for everyone, and for all skill levels. From camera phones to  professional systems. It's all about the fun and about exploring and sharing with people with similar interests, so join us! For more information see: http://shoottokyo.com/2013/04/07/san-francisco-photowalk-2/San Francisco Photowalk with Shoottokyo's Dave Powell2013-04-14 23:00:0055  
Lisa Donchak16,121Hi 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  
Google+ Photos5,119,517*Google+ Photos Chat Series:* Social Tips For All Photographers with RC Concepcion and Brian Matiash Tuesday, 4/9/2013 3:00 pm PST Join 'Photoshop Guy' +RC Concepcion and Google+ Photos Community Manager +Brian Matiash for our next Google+ Photos HOA. They'll share the tips and practices they use every day for maximum impact on Google+ and beyond. ----------------------------------------------------------- * Google+ Hangout on Air instructions: * https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=uEziRIjiWWQ You can also view this event at: http://www.youtube.com/user/niksoftwarelessons (Note: This is not a ‘training webinar’ but rather a forum to share ideas and inspiration from the Pros.)Google+ Photos Chat Series: Social Tips For All Photographers with RC Concepcion and Brian Matiash2013-04-10 00:00:00258  
Trey Ratcliff8,295,404This'll be a wild show with all kinds of peeps.  First we have the +Kate Russell from the BBC.  She has a new book out called +WorkingTheCloud that we can talk about.  Kate and I have a long history -- she ran a special on the BBC about StuckInCustoms.com about FIVE years ago, and that got us a huge following from the UK and other commonwealth countries!  So I owe her a big one!  Also joining us are +Brian Matiash who just joined Google and runs the Photos Community.  We'll talk about that and what he is working on... and pepper him with ideas!  +Thomas Hawk and +Gino Barasa will help out with that... and we'll see what they're up to.  And last is "That Amazing Snowflake Guy" +Don Komarechka !   We'll be seeing a bunch of his photos too... As always, you can ask questions live and interact via Google Moderator that we will run live on http://www.StuckInCustoms.com See you LIVE Monday Night at 7 PM PT, 10 PM ET ! :)Show #72! BBC's Kate Russell, Google's new Brian Matiash, snowflake-man Don Komarechka, and more! (7 PM PT, 10 PM ET)2013-04-02 04:00:00264  
Drink And Click™ SF539Wow, you know you are having an awesome month of special guests when you need not one, but TWO Drink and Clicks to fit them all in! I have just received word that +Elia Locardi and his wife  +Naomi Locardi  from http://www.blamethemonkey.com/, AND +Brian Matiash  will BOTH be in town this week! Now this is a trifecta of awesomeness! So to celebrate, we will be taking them out in one of the most fun and diverse sections of San Francisco...North Beach! Chinatown, Portsmouth Square Plaza, Washington Square, St. Peter's and Pauls Church....the shooting possibilities are endless. It also doesn't hurt that this neighborhood has plenty of great bars and cafes to socialize in. I will work on a updated itinerary this weekend. But this much I know. We are meeting at Vesuvio Cafe at  255 Columbus at 5:00PM. PLEASE BRING CASH IF YOU ARE GOING TO ORDER A DRINK! We will be there until a little after 6:15, when we will take off and walk the streets to get the great light. Afterwards, who knows...more drinking and of course more clicking!  So come on SF Bay Area Photogs. Let's welcome +Brian Matiash +Elia Locardi and +Naomi Locardi to SF! (BTW, this is the FIRST time the Locardis have been to SF, so let's get a great big turnout and show them how we do it.) Thanks +Chris Chabot for the awesome cover photo!  Event Organized By +Robyn Chau +Tony Eckersley and +Michael Bonocore  #DrinkAndClickSF   #Photography  Drink And Click SF - Blame The Monkey And #BMash Edition2013-03-27 17:00:0068  
Nicole S. Young2,214,446Join me and +Brian Matiash, along with Melbourne photographer +Will Watt on a photowalk Friday, March 8! (Final route and details are TBD.) We look forward to meeting up with G-plussers and photographers in the beautiful country of Australia and hope to see you in a few weeks :)Melbourne Photowalk with Nicole S. Young & Brian Matiash2013-03-08 18:00:00147  
Brian Matiash1,474,138I recently announced that my brand new +SmugMug portfolio site went live (http://portfolio.brianmatiash.com) and that prints are now available for sale! We had so much fun with the announce that I wanted to continue the good times today. With Valentine's Day in full swing, what better way is there to show yourself how much you love YOU than by winning a 1 YEAR Membership with SmugMug? :) Before we get to the contest details, I want to share a crazy deal that any _new customer_ can take advantage of - SmugMug has been extremely generous and is letting me offer a *25% discount* off of *any* of their four tiered membership packages. To get in on this deal, just use the coupon code *BMASH* when you set up your new account. That is a ridiculously good deal and like all good deals, it expires on _Feb 23, 2013 at the stroke of 11:59PM Pacific/US._ Now onto the contest details - which are very straightforward. I want to you to share your *one, single* image that you think would benefit most from having its own SmugMug Gallery. Just share your image right here in this event and tag it with #SmugMash . *Now, creativity and strength of vision count here!* If you want to share a little ditty about what makes this image so important to you and why you'd want to share it on your own SmugMug gallery, be sure to include that. The contest will run for one week, ending next *Thursday, February 21st at 11:59AM Pacific/US time*. There will be a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner. The first place winner will receive a complimentary 1 year SmugMug *Business* membership. The second place winner will receive a complimentary 1 year SmugMug *Portfolio* membership. Finally, the third place winner will receive a complimentary 1 year SmugMug *Power* membership. If you're already an existing SmugMug member (good for you!) and you win, you will be upgraded to the respective tier that you placed in or if you placed in the tier that you are currently a member of, SmugMug will extend your account by 1 year. Please tag your comments and/or posts with #SmugMash  to make aggregating the entries easier! So who will be judging this contest? Aside from me, I am so excited to have three amazing SmugMug friends helping out. First, we have _the_ go-to person for all of SmugMug's friends, the lovely and insanely sweet +Katherine Cheng. Next up is SmugMug's social butterfly, loyal father of Rocky the Dog, and the harvester of  #Bonocorns far and wide, +Michael Bonocore. Finally, the co-founder of SmugMug, crazy lover of hanging gigantic prints of jaw-dropping images, and the generally huggable +Chris MacAskill.  One more thing - if you're a new customer who takes advantage of the 25% discount code ( *BMASH* ) today AND ends up winning one of the prizes, SmugMug will automatically tack on another year to your new account. Pretty, pretty, pretty sweet if you ask me. So that's that. I hope you all have fun with this contest. We can't wait to see the amazing work that you guys 'n gals posWin some LOVE! Well… some SmugMug LOVE!2013-02-15 00:00:00131  

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Allan watson26,270Active users on Google+. Circle ShareIf you received a notification, please reshare to your #circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#Atlas #World #Washington #DC #National #Geographic #issue #Population #December #ebcom #Encyclopædia #Britannica #Chicago #Encyclopædia #Britannica #Inc #to #b #National #Geographic #Atlas #World #th #ed #Washington #Brief #No #February #includes2015-04-23 06:59:594045616
CHEAT COC335New Control Panel For Member, Update and All Tutorial can Found Here : http://cheatcocc.blogspot.com  Thanks #teamb   reshared to help other find us2015-04-20 13:38:04501000
Dubie Bacino135,930Inspiring on Google+ Curated by +Dubie Bacino  (18th Edition)This is the circle I go to when I find myself in need of beauty and inspiration. It's made mainly of photographers, but also other people who I find post intriguing, provoking, and inspiring content. This is a very colorful group. One thing they have in common, besides me, is inspiring content that will enhance your Google+ experience. -----------------------------------------When it comes to #CircleSharing, my practice is to share only two of my circles every month:  - ENGAGERS: this is a way of saying thank you to those who have interacted with me in some way (either by plussing, commenting, and/or sharing my posts, or by participating in my communities), and- INSPIRING: mainly photographers, but also other people who I find post original and interesting content.To get into my circles is real simple: either engage with my posts, or keep sharing quality content. If you want me to notice you, be active in one or all of my communities (see below).-----------------------------------------To connect with me, the best place is my appearoo page: http://appearoo.com/opajdara or http://www.opajdara.com/ -----------------------------------------If you are on #TSU, connect with me: https://www.tsu.co/opajdara. If not, check it out, it's the new social network that pays you revenue for your online activity! -----------------------------------------MY PAGES AND COMMUNITIES(Feel free to join if any of the topics interest you)MOON PHOTOGRAPHYTake a look at +Moonipulations, it's the place for all Moon lovers. Here you will find not only the photoshopped pics as the name indicates, but also the most beautiful moonscapes. If you want to jump in and share your photos,  join Moonipulations community: http://bit.ly/194vpSNROAD PHOTOGRAPHYThis is something I really love, to see an open road in front of me. If you feel the same, come join us and share your most beautiful road pics here: http://bit.ly/18rY1cnAERIAL PHOTOGRAPHYA place for those of us who like to see how earth looks from the sky. A refreshing change of perspective. Take a look for yourself: http://bit.ly/1mOSZA7MOTION PHOTOGRAPHYLook at the world around you - it's in constant motion. Stop for a moment and take a shot of it, then share it with us here:  http://bit.ly/1fI9xGqSHADOW PHOTOGRAPHYVisit the showcase of beautiful and creative shadow photography. Shadows can add a lot to a photograph. They can emphasize emotions, create surreal images, and be used in a variety of ways. If you are interested in exploring this fascinating interaction of darkness and light, please join us: http://bit.ly/16tts8kRAIN PHOTOGRAPHYBad weather can give us some of the most beautiful photography. Rain in itself is the master of special effects; from lightning strikes to water drops, mirror reflec2015-04-20 10:06:22445351647
Circle Connection8,554April Photographers Circle!To be included in our photographer's circles follow the instruction below.1. Add Circle Connection to your circle's.2. Share the photographers circle.3. You must be a photographer and share original content.2015-04-17 14:54:2748718518
John Wood35,034This circle will add amazing, and wonderful content to you streamBoost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to or stay in this Circle - Share the circleIf you received the notice you are in this circle, then well done.If you would like to be included in the next #Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles2 - Share the circle (Publicly)3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!#Azerbaijan #BakuBahrain #Emblem #Bahrainsvg #Bahrain #ManamaBangladesh #National #emblem #Bangladeshsvg #Bangladesh #Dhakahutan #Emblem #Bhutansvg #Bhutan #Thimphurunei #Emblem #Bruneisvg #Brunei #Bandar #Seri #BegawanBurma #State #seal #Myanmarsvg #Burma #Myanmar #NaypyidawCambodia #Coat #arms #Cambodiasvg #Cambodia #arms #Saudi #Arabiasvg 2015-04-16 11:41:21478023
Noah Wesley25,850Great circle to find many interesting and interactive people!!! If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this #circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#Taoism #found #mainly #Mainland #Taiwan #Malaysia #Singapore #Taoism #easily #syncretized #with #Mahayana #Buddhism #many #Chinese #thus #exact #religious #statistics #difficult #obtain #may #be #understated #or #overstated§Modern #conflictsWounded #civilians #arrive #at #hospital #Aleppo #during #Syrian #war #October #Some #of 2015-04-14 06:03:16487239
Daniel Gibbs23,607If you received a notification, please reshare to your #circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this #circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#while #benefitting #poor #and #vulnerable #farmers #The #studys #recommendations #ranged #from #improving #the #use #of #climate #information #in #local #planning #and #strengthening #weatherbased #agroadvisory #services #to #stimulating #diversification #of #rural #household #incomes #and #providing #incentes #to #in #to 2015-04-07 06:31:55486255
John Nuntiatio (TodayNews)63,634A new circle.#circle #newcircle #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #bestcircle #news #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #small #smallcircle #photography #health2015-04-07 05:25:21213010
Gailen Mapes85,149Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera M - 6 of 27Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members. These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity). Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to March 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting February 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles   #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcirclesNote: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes .   Thanks for your cooperation.2015-04-06 10:54:09129002
Colin Wilson22,492This circle contains people who are very active on Google+If you received a notification, please reshare to your #circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#in #East #and #Southeast #Asia #particularly #in #China #Taiwan #South #Korea #Japan #India #the #Philippines #and #Singapore #Japan #and #South #Korea #continue #to #dominate #in #the #area #of #multinational #corporations #but #increasingly #the #PRC #and #India #are #making #significant 2015-04-06 05:59:554097814
Photo Mania USA2,123Here is the +Photo Mania USA Best of the Best Photographers for March 2015.All photographers in this circle had their incredible photographs selected and shared on +Photo Mania USA during the month of March. Well done everybody! Each day, one of the photographs selected by +Photo Mania USA was highlighted on the +Photo Mania Global page.If you want to follow amazing photographers, we highly recommend that you add this circle. Also included in this circle are all of the excellent and hard working Curators. If you are interested in possibly getting included in this circle, and you are from the USA, add this hashtag to your excellent posts to help us find you:     #photomaniausa   curated by curated by +David Pilasky, +Marjolein Schat, +Kris Rowlands & +Dorma Wiggin2015-04-01 11:47:4196000
Kenneth Nicholson21,985This circle contains people who are very active on Google+People in this Circle are top google+ engagers and great resharers. These are people that will share and re-post your circles and other content. This is a good circle to connect with each other and gain followers. I highly suggest adding each person in this Circle to your circles as they are likely to interact with youIf you want to continue or wish to get in the next version please complete 1-4 below.INSTRUCTIONS1. Add me to your circles, if you haven't done so already.2. +1 this circle.3. Publicly share this circle to public, your circles and extended circles.4. Comment to inform me that you have done the above three things.#circlesharing #publiccircle #border #between #Asia #and #the #loosely #defined #region #of #Oceania #is #usually #contention #about #what #it #means #Asia #is #larger #and #more #culturally #diverse #than #Europe #It #does #not #exactly #correspond #to #the 2015-03-18 07:21:08428224
Juanro JR37Here is my Circle for this community you can add this circle and get more friends  #circle  2015-03-15 16:00:40484000
John Wood31,819This circle will add amazing, and wonderful content to you streamBoost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to or stay in this Circle - Share the circleIf you received the notice you are in this circle, then well done.If you would like to be included in the next Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles2 - Share the circle (Publicly)3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!#circleshare #Sociology #Rhode #IslandF #district #of For #other #uses #see #Asia #disambiguation #Page #semiprotectedAsiaGlobe #centered #on #Asia #with #Asia #highlighted #The #continent #is #shaped #like #a #rightangle #triangle #with #rope #to #the #west #oceans #to #the #south #and 2015-03-13 11:07:54449026
Gailen Mapes81,080Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera M - 6 of 27Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members. These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity). Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to March 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting February 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles   #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcirclesNote: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes .   Thanks for your cooperation2015-03-06 11:41:54137448
Ercan Çakir7,288Hey my friends. Good morning/evening to all! Circle brings together nice and interesting peopleIf you want to be a part of my best shared circles, this is the circle, you may want to add and share circle.Share The Circle And Boost Your Visibility On G+1. Add us to your circles, if you haven't done so already2. +1 this circle3. Publicly share this circle to public, your circles and extended circles.4. If possible, leave a comment on this circle so we know you have done the three steps above.Please make sure you do it on the original post or I won't notice it More you share more you get!Hi everybody, here is the circle of Circle AG. They have made it to the Loyal FollowersCircle without getting tired of spreading.AG Circle contains highly active membersof GooglePlus. If you want to engage with most activemembers you should ADD this circle.I would love to thank to each and every person who have joined the ride with us.Thank you very much! Iappreciate your dedication and hard work.I don't wish to offend anyone on the internet, so if you would like to be removed from my shared circles, please send me a private message and I won't share your profile in the future. The only way being shared will affect you is that you will get notifications that people have added you. You are under no obligation to add them back to your circles. If you don't add them back, they will most likely remove you from their circles after some time.*****************************************************In the "Special Circle No. 100" will be people who share these three parts, each own circuit. So there will be only one "Special Circle"...I apologize if I made any mistake, I will correct it... Thanks again for your SUPPORT !!!*******************************************************#circle  #circleshare  #circlesharing  #circles  #sharedcircles  #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  #shared   #circle #circles #public #publiccircle   #circleshare #circlesharing   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle   #morefollowers #sharingcircles   2015-02-26 10:53:09307000
Andrius Mačiūnas2,035Active photographers from around the world.Suggest your favorites to this circle!2015-02-26 08:39:59102000
Andrius Mačiūnas2,060Active photographers from around the world.Suggest your favorites to this circle!2015-02-26 08:39:19102002
Ercan Çakir7,073Elite Team AG Friends Circle 456Hey my friends. Good morning/evening to all! Circle brings together nice and interesting peopleIf you want to be a part of my best shared circles, this is the circle, you may want to add and share circle.Share The Circle And Boost Your Visibility On G+1. Add us to your circles, if you haven't done so already2. +1 this circle3. Publicly share this circle to public, your circles and extended circles.4. If possible, leave a comment on this circle so we know you have done the three steps above.Please make sure you do it on the original post or I won't notice it More you share more you get!Hi everybody, here is the circle of Circle AG. They have made it to the Loyal FollowersCircle without getting tired of spreading.AG Circle contains highly active membersof GooglePlus. If you want to engage with most activemembers you should ADD this circle.I would love to thank to each and every person who have joined the ride with us.Thank you very much! Iappreciate your dedication and hard work.I don't wish to offend anyone on the internet, so if you would like to be removed from my shared circles, please send me a private message and I won't share your profile in the future. The only way being shared will affect you is that you will get notifications that people have added you. You are under no obligation to add them back to your circles. If you don't add them back, they will most likely remove you from their circles after some time.*****************************************************In the "Special Circle No. 100" will be people who share these three parts, each own circuit. So there will be only one "Special Circle"...I apologize if I made any mistake, I will correct it... Thanks again for your SUPPORT !!!*******************************************************#circle  #circleshare  #circlesharing  #circles  #sharedcircles  #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  #shared   #circle #circles #public #publiccircle   #circleshare #circlesharing   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle   #morefollowers #sharingcircles   2015-02-24 07:52:34456141324
Circle Connection8,650The Google+ Photographers Circle contains some of the most talented photographer's on Google+. Circle Connection is honored to bring you our first official photography circle. Please share and add these remarkable photographer's to your circle. 2015-02-20 18:01:30290806
John Hannah13,656Circle share with new friendsHi friends follow this circle1 - Include me in your circles2 - Share the circle (Publicly)3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!#circles #shared #share #add #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #circlesharing #fullcircleshare #elfopower #social #socialmedia #socialmediamarketing #socialnetworks #Mentoring #Sustainable #Music #NaturePhotography #Metabolic #Nonprofit #NonviolentProtest #Online #OnlineEducation #OpenSource #Oregon #Organic #Organization #vascular #Organizational #OrganizationalDevelopment #diabetic #Philosophy #Diabetes #Photography #Photovoltaic #pharma 2015-02-20 11:09:3048610925
Noah Wesley20,022Great circle to find many interesting and interactive people!!! If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#circle #circleshare #uk #business #unitedkingdom #ireland #publiccircles #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #ukcircles #irishcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircle #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #hk #china #face #book #link #travel #circlesharing #fullcircleshare #topsharedcircle #circleoftheday #sharedcircle2015-02-18 05:12:27359191630
Kenneth Nicholson17,437This circle contains people who are very active on Google+.People in this Circle are top google+ engagers and great resharers. These are people that will share and re-post your circles and other content. This is a good circle to connect with each other and gain followers. I highly suggest adding each person in this Circle to your circles as they are likely to interact with youIf you want to continue or wish to get in the next version, please complete 1-4 below.INSTRUCTIONS1. Add me to your circles, if you haven't done so already.2. +1 this circle.3. Publicly share this circle to public, your circles and extended circles.4. Comment to inform me that you have done the above three things.#circlesharing   #publiccircle   #publicsharedcircles #SharedCircles   #circlesharing   #circleshare #circleoftheday #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #circleshare #circlesharing #fullcircleshare #topsharedcircle   #circleoftheday   #sharedcircle   #topsharedcircle2015-02-17 05:37:38374161734
Allan watson20,194Active users on Google+. Circle Share If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#awesomecircle #circleme #malawi #lilongwe #morocco #morocco #agadir #morocco #casablanca #morocco #fez #morocco #marrakech #morocco #tangier #mozambique #mozambique #maputo #namibia #namibia #walvis_bay #namibia #windhoek #nigeria #nigeria #abuja #nigeria #lagos #rwanda #rwanda #kigali #senegal #senegal #dakar #sierra_leone #sierra_leone #freetown #bloemfontein 2015-02-12 06:14:0645510791118
Studer Lela83Share Circles #sharedcircles #shared #sharedpubliccircles  2015-02-10 21:13:03365000
Gailen Mapes78,019Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera M - 8 of 30Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members. These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity). Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to February 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting January 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles   #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcirclesNote: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes .   Thanks for your cooperation.2015-02-08 11:39:30138004
Nicolas Green27,447#Artcircle   -  Part4I proudly present to you this wonderful circle of great #Artists and #Artlovers ! If you wanna make your #GooglePlus account more #creative , this is the right place to be. In this circle you 'll find #famous , #successful or #artists who just started out their journey around #art .If you see yourself included in this Circle, please give a "+1" and #reshare this circle if you please in your #publicstream .Do you want to be included in my next Art Circle ( #Part5  ) ? Then do the following :1. Make sure you have already added me into your circles2. Give a "+1", Add a Comment and Reshare this post in your - PUBLIC - stream3. Ask for inclusion in the commentsThese are our fair rules. Simple and easy.You could find all my #Artcircle in the links below :1)  https://plus.google.com/u/0/108510718533630990952/posts/Xbgu9YAwSNy2)  https://plus.google.com/u/0/108510718533630990952/posts/arGXSfh7MDZ3)  https://plus.google.com/u/0/108510718533630990952/posts/4nPpJ4VmK2S#part4      #promote #artists & #artlovers #add . #artplace   #artcircles #artloversworldwide #circleshare #circlesharing #sharecircles #promotion 2015-01-31 15:37:31427165138199
Joseph Sukhbir1,280My photo inspiration Circle2015-01-17 07:54:57500305
Ruta a la Patagonia14,518┊ ☆ ┊☆ ┊ ☆ ┊Great Friends v20  CIRCLE  ┊ ☆ ┊☆ ┊☆┊_____________________________________________________*●❈●❈●❉●  Please Share From The Original Post! ●❈●❈●❉●▼▼▼▼▼▼▼ CLICK READ MORE FOR FULL CONTENT ▼▼▼▼▼▼▼This is the Great Friends v20 Google Plus CircleIf you want to participate please kindly frollow the following rules::-)1. Add me to your circles if you haven´t done it already2. Share this circle to Public3. Plus or coment this post so we know you wish to participate in upcoming circlesPlease note:● You must be an active Google+ user and shares useful content.● Your posts must be family-friendly. No adult, gambling, controversial, politics, religion blogs.Have a nice day!Your blogging friends of: +Ruta a la Patagonia - Bariloche  De camino al Sur el mejor hotel  para alojarte sobre ruta 5, antes de Santa Rosa La Pampa, esta en Trenque Lauquen:+Hotel Howard Johnson Trenque Lauquen Sobre ruta, con amplio parque, pileta climatizada, estacionamiento, wifi, restobar y mucho mas. Ya sea que vayas de camino a Bariloche, San Martin de los Andes, Villa la Angostura o cualquier otro destino de la cordillera o de la costa de la patagonia (por ruta 33).Consultanos:  www.hjtrenquelauquen.com.ar2015-01-12 14:13:34499373554
Gailen Mapes75,030Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera M - 8 of 31Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members. These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity). Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to January 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting December 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles   #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcirclesNote: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes .   Thanks for your cooperation.2015-01-08 11:24:31143619
Photo Mania USA1,926Here is the +Photo Mania USA Best of the Best Photographers for December 2014.All photographers in this circle had their incredible photographs selected and shared on +Photo Mania USA during the month of December. Well done everybody! Each day, one of the photographs selected by +Photo Mania USA was highlighted on the +Photo Mania Global page.If you want to follow amazing photographers, we highly recommend that you add this circle. Also included in this circle are all of the excellent and hard working Curators. If you are interested in possibly getting included in this circle, and you are from the USA, add this hashtag to your excellent posts to help us find you:     #photomaniausa curated by +David Pilasky, +Marjolein Schat, +Kris Rowlands & +Dorma Wiggin2015-01-03 12:20:5392001
Christian kaysen2,781↦ follow me (so I can include you)↦ ↦ share the circle (public or to a public community)↦ ↦ if you want, delete the last circle share↦ ↦ no plussing, no comments, no obligation,↦ just share it and circle the profile above#Circle#Sharers#Engagers#Followers#AddCircle#CoolPeople#Influencers#CircleShare#PublicCircle#ShareCircles#CircleSharing#Awesomepeople#CircleOfTheDay#ShareAndBeShared#ConnectingTheWorld#CircleShareExperiment#CoolPeople#Influencers#CircleShare#PublicCircle#ShareCircles#CircleSharing#Awesomepeople#CircleOfTheDay#ShareAndBeShared#ConnectingTheWorld#CircleShareExperiment#круглим #кругляши #обмен   #круги   #crazycircles   #hyperball  2015-01-01 13:23:26233001
Joseph Sukhbir1,193My Photos Circle2014-12-31 10:25:54304000
Guido Bibra4,763Circle Share #2: Photography OneThis is the first part of my "big" hand-picked photographer circles. Everybody from the Essentials circle is also in here, plus everyone I noticed in other circles, who plussed or commented on my posts or who I learned to know through other people. If you're not in there, either I haven't noticed you yet or you don't fulfil my one requirement: you have to post your own work. There are only original photography content creators in here!2014-12-30 16:41:2350011215
Harry Day12,525*If You recieve this message You are included in circle !!!To get in, and to ensure you stay in #thebestfriends  circle you need to do the following:1. Include me in your circles...!!!2.  Add the circle if you can, if not try again later.3. Plus this post...!!4. Publicly share this circle...!!5. Leave a comment on this circle so I know you have done the three steps above...!!!*#photography  #circlesharingforthepeopleplc #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #Japan #Jersey #Jordan #Kazakhstan #Kenya #Kiribati #Latvia #Lebanon #Lesotho #Liberia #Libyan #Arab #Jamahiriya #Liechtenstein #Lithuania #Luxembourg #Macao #Macedonia #Madagascar #Malawi #Malaysia #Maldives #Mali #Malta #Marshall #Islands #Martinique #Mauritania #Mauritius #Monaco 2014-12-26 06:06:46490291245
Craig Deakin31,795Curated Circle of People That You Should Connect With & CircleThis is not a circle that was created by people sharing a previous circle or my content, it's specifically people that engage and are interesting to follow. If you need fresh content in your stream, consider adding this circle. If you know of anyone that you think should be included, let me know! Other places that you can connect with me:https://twitter.com/craigdeakinhttp://instagram.com/craig_deakinhttp://craigdeakin.tumblr.com/https://www.facebook.com/craigdeakinstreamhttps://www.tsu.co/craigdeakin2014-12-11 19:51:51419111017
Gailen Mapes73,125Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera M - 8 of 31Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members. These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity). Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes  and scroll back to December 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting November 7th.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles   #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes .   Thanks for your cooperation.2014-12-08 11:49:23143001
John Nuntiatio52,770#newcircle #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #bestcircle #news #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #small #smallcircle #photography #health2014-11-29 21:50:51130011
Juanro JR37Hi Friends ...This is the TOP PEOPLE V8 Google Plus CircleIf you want to participate please kindly follow  the following rules::-)1. Add me to your circles if you haven´t done it already2. Share this circle to Public3. Plus or comment this post so we know you wish to participate in upcoming circlesPlease note:● You must be an active Google+ user and shares useful content.● Your posts must be family-friendly. No adult, gambling, controversial, politics, religion blogs.Have a nice day!#awesome         #awesomepeople         #chadwick         #circle     #circles     #circlesharing         #circleshare         #circleoftheday     #circleplus     #community   #followback     #followers       #gplus   #influence       #leadership     #public         #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles         #reshare         #reshared       #reshareday     #resharetags     #ripples     #sharedcircles       #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircleoftheday     #sharewithyou         #sharing     #sharingcircle     #socialmedia   #theplus   #tcs    2014-11-26 08:49:50486217
rin sha98#circleshare #circlesharing #circle #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #circlecount #circlecircle #naturephotographers #naturephotography #birdphotography #birdphotographers #circlesharing #circlesharingforthepeopleplc #sharedcircleoftheday #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject #publiccircles #publicsharedcircles #sharedpublicircles #circle #circles #circlemeup #awesomepeople #awesomecircle #circleme #sharedpoint #sharewithyou #ShareYourCircle #epicengagers #davidromaphotography #addcircle #addpeople #affiliate #awesome #awesomecircles #awesomepeople #besocial 2014-11-24 07:25:11501715
Kenneth Nicholson9,501This circle contains people who are very active on Google+If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#CircleShare #Belize   #Nicaragua  2014-11-19 07:16:55408533785
Becky Collins18,732Super Engagers and Photographers Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-11-11 08:59:18491003
Gailen Mapes70,854Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera M - 8 of 31Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members. These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity). Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to November 7th for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting October 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles   #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes  .   Thanks for your cooperation.2014-11-08 12:13:0614512414
Grant Stringer10,816Hi and welcome to Exposure.If you have received this notification you have been invited to join in the exposure circle Edition: 2nd November – 9th November 2014.This page/circle is dedicated to G+ photographers and their photographs. Please circle exposure and its members so we can all share and also see some great photography at the same time!! How to get involvedPhotographersIf you are a photographer (professional or amateur) and would like to be included:THE RULES!!!1 Plus and publicly share this original post ( the sharing is not obligatory but much appreciated as it helps to spread the word for all involved) 2 Add a comment and a link to one of your recent photographs to the original post so that others can see your work. (Original work only please).3 Add +exposure to your friends 4 OPTIONAL COMPETITION:There will be a weekly Exposure competition where you can add ONE photograph from your recent posts. A first, second and third place will be awarded and shared on the exposure stream each week! ADD ONLY ONE PHOTO IN THE COMPETITION: https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/c718tj10d42127mvt1520qkhnl0 5 The winner of each week will be added to the exposure winner’s hall of fame and then go forward to the end of year exposure photograph of the year competition as voted for by the exposure members.6 You are also most welcome to join the exposure community where you can: Post your photos (more than one if you like!!)Add your photographs to be critiqued by other members – honest but kind pleaseAdd a link to you circlesAdd a link to your photography websiteAdd a link to some photography newsAdd a link to photography articlesRead all the latest Exposure news!!https://plus.google.com/communities/101671655972389351135Sharing the Exposure circleBy sharing and promoting the circle on your stream, others will not only see this photography but it will also help promote the work of others. This should lead to more fun and engagement for all concerned! Please share on your stream publicly ( or with many circles as possible!!) 2014-11-02 21:11:47393000
Jacob Dix28,035FolloweenSo I just came up with this word #Folloween. And so, I decided to share this circle of #Mobilographers . Please follow these brilliant and lovely people. If you were notified, you are in the circle. Do feel free to share it. Site || http://www.mobilography.netPage || +Mobilography​Community || http://goo.gl/ROrYI0Tags || #Mobilography #MobilePhotography #SmartphonePhotography2014-10-31 15:33:51270381150
Harry Day10,043Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to or stay in this Circle - Share the circleIf you received the notice you are in this circle, then well done.If you would like to be included in the next Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles2 - Share the circle (Publicly)3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!#circles #shared #share #add #friends #circle #share #sharecircle #circleshar2014-10-31 12:40:25496312357
CAT kitten3,124CATkitten Circles – 5th day:♦ Circle 05 - today I publish this circle chosen by random raffle. It’s full of great professional and amateur photographers, artists and many nice people. Enjoy it!♦ Cercle 05 - aujourd'hui, je publie ce cercle choisi par tirage au sort aléatoire. Il est plein de grands photographes professionnels et amateurs, artistes et beaucoup de gens sympathiques. Profitez-en!♦ Círculo 05 – hoje, publico este círculo escolhido por sorteio aleatório. Ele tem grandes fotógrafos profissionais e amadores, artistas e muitas pessoas legais. Aproveite!====================================☆☆To whom shared me in a circle recently, I thank you all.☆☆ Amazing and friendly people of Google +, I appreciate your attention and the “+1"☆☆ If you like what you find in this circle, please credit me by just plus one or SHARE it.Online photography magazines you may like:• http://www.besttopphotographer.com/  • http://stunningmoment.com/2014photography.php • http://www.PhotoExtract.com/  #catkittengdm   #addiction   #addcircle   #addcircles   #addmetoyourcircles   #addpeople   #awesomecircles   #cercle   #circle   #circleme   #cercles   #circleoftheday   #circles   #circlemeup   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #círculo   #circuloscompartidos   #circulos   #findcircles   #fullcircleshare   #fullcircle   #morefollowers   #MYCIRCLES   #mycircle   #publiccircle   2014-10-24 11:15:59499426
Robert Connor21,604Grow your G+ community with people that share amazing content that will surprise you:If you received the notice you are in this circle, then well done.If you would like to be included in the next Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#bosmol #BosmolCircle   #GrowthCIrcle     #GooglePlus   #CircleShare   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircles   #circlesharing   #circleshared   #publiccirclesproject   #publicsharedcircles   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #morefollowers #sharingcircles #circleshare #sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles   #sharedcircle #AddCircle #FindCircles #addcircle   #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery #circleshare #circlesharing   #publiccircle   #publicsharedcircles #SharedCircles   #circlesharing   #circleshare #circleoftheday #sharedpubliccircles 2014-10-21 07:07:16495226
Gailen Mapes68,712Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera M - 8 of 31Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members. These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity). Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to October 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting September 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +2014-10-08 11:05:28148001
Becky Collins17,064Famous Photographers Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-10-04 05:03:06483000

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2015-02-17 02:50:13 (142 comments, 147 reshares, 1598 +1s)Open 

The Inscrutability of Secrets

The other day, I was chatting online with a photographer who I recently became acquainted with. I initially reached out because I wanted to pay him a compliment on a beautiful waterfall photo that he took the in Pacific Northwest area. When I asked him which waterfall it was, his response was utterly bewildering to me. He expressed hesitation about sharing the location because he had done his research and wanted to keep the location as proprietary as possible because of the work he put into locating it. It wasn't a matter of trespassing or anything like that... he assured me that it was public grounds. But, he didn't feel comfortable sharing the location because he wanted to minimize how many other photographers would find it.

Now here's where I scratch my head. We're all here willingly participating in this social media stratosphere... more »

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2015-02-17 02:50:13 (142 comments, 147 reshares, 1598 +1s)Open 

The Inscrutability of Secrets

The other day, I was chatting online with a photographer who I recently became acquainted with. I initially reached out because I wanted to pay him a compliment on a beautiful waterfall photo that he took the in Pacific Northwest area. When I asked him which waterfall it was, his response was utterly bewildering to me. He expressed hesitation about sharing the location because he had done his research and wanted to keep the location as proprietary as possible because of the work he put into locating it. It wasn't a matter of trespassing or anything like that... he assured me that it was public grounds. But, he didn't feel comfortable sharing the location because he wanted to minimize how many other photographers would find it.

Now here's where I scratch my head. We're all here willingly participating in this social media stratosphere... more »

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2015-02-17 02:50:13 (142 comments, 147 reshares, 1598 +1s)Open 

The Inscrutability of Secrets

The other day, I was chatting online with a photographer who I recently became acquainted with. I initially reached out because I wanted to pay him a compliment on a beautiful waterfall photo that he took the in Pacific Northwest area. When I asked him which waterfall it was, his response was utterly bewildering to me. He expressed hesitation about sharing the location because he had done his research and wanted to keep the location as proprietary as possible because of the work he put into locating it. It wasn't a matter of trespassing or anything like that... he assured me that it was public grounds. But, he didn't feel comfortable sharing the location because he wanted to minimize how many other photographers would find it.

Now here's where I scratch my head. We're all here willingly participating in this social media stratosphere... more »

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2015-04-24 21:03:18 (5 comments, 5 reshares, 44 +1s)Open 

A Closer Look: +Sony's new Touchless Shutter app

There has been a lot of positive press and some questions around Sony's newest addition to the PlayMemories app store called Touchless Shutter, which allows you to trigger an exposure by simply waving your hand in front of the electronic viewfinder. To help understand how it works, I put together this quick walkthrough video. Enjoy!

#SonyAlpha  

A Closer Look: +Sony's new Touchless Shutter app

There has been a lot of positive press and some questions around Sony's newest addition to the PlayMemories app store called Touchless Shutter, which allows you to trigger an exposure by simply waving your hand in front of the electronic viewfinder. To help understand how it works, I put together this quick walkthrough video. Enjoy!

#SonyAlpha  ___

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2015-04-23 01:58:13 (6 comments, 5 reshares, 41 +1s)Open 

A closer look at Adobe Lightroom CC - Editing Tutorial Video

Adobe released Lightroom CC/6 yesterday much to the delight of its loyal users. I put together a tutorial video that walks through a few of the new features, notably the Auto Pano stitching, brush tools with the Graduated Filter, and some other smaller odds and ends that you may have overlooked.

If you have any questions about Lightroom, let me know!

A closer look at Adobe Lightroom CC - Editing Tutorial Video

Adobe released Lightroom CC/6 yesterday much to the delight of its loyal users. I put together a tutorial video that walks through a few of the new features, notably the Auto Pano stitching, brush tools with the Graduated Filter, and some other smaller odds and ends that you may have overlooked.

If you have any questions about Lightroom, let me know!___

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2015-04-22 16:02:36 (20 comments, 28 reshares, 397 +1s)Open 

Sand Waterfall

While the typical photo one would expect to see from North Antelope Canyon would be of light shafts beaming down, I thought it'd be fun to change things up and share a waterfall... made of sand. The guides who led our group did a really great job of running interference, blocking other people from walking into this particular chamber. They also tossed small buckets of sand onto this ledge, forming an elegant "sandfall".

Have you visited this area before? Did you have a good experience?

Sand Waterfall

While the typical photo one would expect to see from North Antelope Canyon would be of light shafts beaming down, I thought it'd be fun to change things up and share a waterfall... made of sand. The guides who led our group did a really great job of running interference, blocking other people from walking into this particular chamber. They also tossed small buckets of sand onto this ledge, forming an elegant "sandfall".

Have you visited this area before? Did you have a good experience?___

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2015-04-12 15:55:32 (24 comments, 11 reshares, 298 +1s)Open 

The Grand Canyon Seen in 6 Feet
http://brians.photos/GrandCanyon6Ft

Whether it's your first time or your fiftieth time standing on the rim of the Grand Canyon, it's very easy to get overwhelmed by its enormity. To help overcome that, I decided to challenge myself to capture its subtlety and nuances within a span of six feet from where I stood. You can read about that story here at the above link.

The Grand Canyon Seen in 6 Feet
http://brians.photos/GrandCanyon6Ft

Whether it's your first time or your fiftieth time standing on the rim of the Grand Canyon, it's very easy to get overwhelmed by its enormity. To help overcome that, I decided to challenge myself to capture its subtlety and nuances within a span of six feet from where I stood. You can read about that story here at the above link.___

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2015-04-11 16:52:48 (13 comments, 7 reshares, 91 +1s)Open 

A change of pace

I've been evaluating my blog and photo sharing practices a lot lately and have been trading practices with +Colby Brown as we roam around the southwest US.

To that end, I'm trying out a new strategy of posting less frequent (1-2x/week), long-form articles containing more images and more in-depth stories. There's more to it than that but you get the gist.

So, I'd like to share my first long form story called "The Grand Canyon Seen in 6 Feet". I hope you enjoy it and welcome your thoughts!

A change of pace

I've been evaluating my blog and photo sharing practices a lot lately and have been trading practices with +Colby Brown as we roam around the southwest US.

To that end, I'm trying out a new strategy of posting less frequent (1-2x/week), long-form articles containing more images and more in-depth stories. There's more to it than that but you get the gist.

So, I'd like to share my first long form story called "The Grand Canyon Seen in 6 Feet". I hope you enjoy it and welcome your thoughts!___

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2015-04-09 17:30:45 (8 comments, 10 reshares, 87 +1s)Open 

The new Snapseed is now out for your mobile photo editing pleasure!

It's so nice to see the covers of the new Snapseed finally pulled off! This app has been in the works for a long time and has gone through a lot of thoughtful and methodical upgrades. The end result of all the countless meetings and testing was always to deliver an update that was worthy of retaining the name, Snapseed (which was selected as App of the Year by Apple in 2012).

I'm really proud of the guys 'n gals in the LBC & MTV offices for the attention to detail on display here. It has come a long way since the early Alpha builds that I helped test.

The link to the iOS and Android builds can be found in +Nils Kokemohr 's post below. Enjoy and don't forget to leave your glowing reviews! ;)

Perfect your photos in a snap with the new Snapseed

With billions of images being uploaded and shared on a daily basis, we want to make it fast and easy for people to perfect their photos. What once required a desktop computer, costly software and hours of editing work, can now be accomplished quickly in a powerful app --  +Snapseed  

The new #Snapseed app gives you the precision and control of professional photo editing software on your phone or tablet. We’ve updated the app in many ways while staying true to our mission of helping everyone easily create extraordinary images. Here are the highlights:

New tools including Lens Blur, Tonal Contrast, intelligent perspective Transform, and Spot Healing

Selectively apply filters and effects to parts of the image using the Brush tool

Non-destructive editing via Stacks allows you to re-edit or undo any change. You can also copy edits from one image to another

Snapseed works with your phone camera shots as well as images from DSLRs, compact cameras, and more.

Get it today as it rolls out on the Play Store http://goo.gl/sQSfLM and the App Store http://goo.gl/irPbd4___The new Snapseed is now out for your mobile photo editing pleasure!

It's so nice to see the covers of the new Snapseed finally pulled off! This app has been in the works for a long time and has gone through a lot of thoughtful and methodical upgrades. The end result of all the countless meetings and testing was always to deliver an update that was worthy of retaining the name, Snapseed (which was selected as App of the Year by Apple in 2012).

I'm really proud of the guys 'n gals in the LBC & MTV offices for the attention to detail on display here. It has come a long way since the early Alpha builds that I helped test.

The link to the iOS and Android builds can be found in +Nils Kokemohr 's post below. Enjoy and don't forget to leave your glowing reviews! ;)

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2015-04-06 17:15:15 (12 comments, 3 reshares, 83 +1s)Open 

Just be there and get the shot

In addition to sharing content here and on my blog, I also am an author at +Photofocus®. My latest article was published this morning and I strongly recommend you take a few minutes to check out my one simple tip for all photographers.

I suspect that more than a handful of us could use this reminder.

Just be there and get the shot

In addition to sharing content here and on my blog, I also am an author at +Photofocus®. My latest article was published this morning and I strongly recommend you take a few minutes to check out my one simple tip for all photographers.

I suspect that more than a handful of us could use this reminder.___

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2015-04-04 16:21:57 (55 comments, 91 reshares, 1175 +1s)Open 

The Call of the Aurora

It doesn't matter if you got up at 4AM to catch a flight to Oslo. It still doesn't matter if you have a multi-hour layover with a delay to catch your connecting flight from Oslo to Harstad. It even doesn't matter if you have a 3.5 hour drive in a totally unfamiliar place in the pitch black of darkness.

None of this matters when the call of the aurora sounds. If you're lucky enough to be in a location to hear it, and even luckier to see it, you'd better be ready to capture it. If you're truly a photographer, then it's your job to do so.

Camera: +Sony a7S with the Sony FE 16-36mm f/4
Filter: N/A
Tripod: +Really Right Stuff TVC-34L/BH-55
Stylization: Adobe Lightroom 5.7

#SonyAlpha  

The Call of the Aurora

It doesn't matter if you got up at 4AM to catch a flight to Oslo. It still doesn't matter if you have a multi-hour layover with a delay to catch your connecting flight from Oslo to Harstad. It even doesn't matter if you have a 3.5 hour drive in a totally unfamiliar place in the pitch black of darkness.

None of this matters when the call of the aurora sounds. If you're lucky enough to be in a location to hear it, and even luckier to see it, you'd better be ready to capture it. If you're truly a photographer, then it's your job to do so.

Camera: +Sony a7S with the Sony FE 16-36mm f/4
Filter: N/A
Tripod: +Really Right Stuff TVC-34L/BH-55
Stylization: Adobe Lightroom 5.7

#SonyAlpha  ___

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2015-03-31 23:07:15 (23 comments, 23 reshares, 279 +1s)Open 

As I live and breathe.... here be ye FE 90mm Macro lens

I'll tell you... it's moments like this that make me damn excited to be a +Sony shooter. In my hands is one of the worlds first and only samples of the MUCH anticipated Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS lenses. I have it paired on my beloved a7II and have been going gangbusters with testing it out.

Unfortunately, I will not be sharing images or video taken with the lens because... I can't. I value my job at Sony too much and want to maintain my access to this sort of stuff. smile emoticon

Initial impression - this is an amazing lens. Being able to focus so tightly and quickly on objects with the crazy image stabilization is a joy. My initial tests shots are very promising. More thoughts on this to come!

As I live and breathe.... here be ye FE 90mm Macro lens

I'll tell you... it's moments like this that make me damn excited to be a +Sony shooter. In my hands is one of the worlds first and only samples of the MUCH anticipated Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS lenses. I have it paired on my beloved a7II and have been going gangbusters with testing it out.

Unfortunately, I will not be sharing images or video taken with the lens because... I can't. I value my job at Sony too much and want to maintain my access to this sort of stuff. smile emoticon

Initial impression - this is an amazing lens. Being able to focus so tightly and quickly on objects with the crazy image stabilization is a joy. My initial tests shots are very promising. More thoughts on this to come!___

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2015-03-31 16:57:07 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

Just a reminder - my Live Q&A with +500px is kicking off in about 10 minutes!

Head on over here to chat it up and for a chance to win a new +Sony a6000 kit! Good times!

http://brians.photos/BrianMatiashQAwith500px 

Just a reminder - my Live Q&A with +500px is kicking off in about 10 minutes!

Head on over here to chat it up and for a chance to win a new +Sony a6000 kit! Good times!

http://brians.photos/BrianMatiashQAwith500px ___

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2015-03-29 16:21:53 (26 comments, 10 reshares, 407 +1s)Open 

Focus and clarity

So something that is very personal about me is that for several years now, I've really let myself go in terms of my physique and athleticism. I am very aware that I have no one to blame for myself and my lack of will power. You see, when you have near limitless access to a cornucopia of free, delicious, and gourmet foods as I had when I worked at Google, it is very easy to get carried away. Of course, Google also provides a billion ways to stay active and keep in shape... but I must have missed all of those memos.

The long story short is that I ended up gaining almost 45lbs in the two years that I worked there. It's inexcusable and about 6 weeks ago, I started down a road to fix that. I've had some amazing support from my wife, Nicole, my friends, and also have been so lucky to have genuine guidance by my friend, Sandy Foster, of Yoga Bliss... more »

Focus and clarity

So something that is very personal about me is that for several years now, I've really let myself go in terms of my physique and athleticism. I am very aware that I have no one to blame for myself and my lack of will power. You see, when you have near limitless access to a cornucopia of free, delicious, and gourmet foods as I had when I worked at Google, it is very easy to get carried away. Of course, Google also provides a billion ways to stay active and keep in shape... but I must have missed all of those memos.

The long story short is that I ended up gaining almost 45lbs in the two years that I worked there. It's inexcusable and about 6 weeks ago, I started down a road to fix that. I've had some amazing support from my wife, Nicole, my friends, and also have been so lucky to have genuine guidance by my friend, Sandy Foster, of Yoga Bliss Photo.

But the point of this story actually stems from my personal trainer, Melanie. Melanie is maybe 5'1" or 5'2" but she could probably snap me in half if she sneezed the wrong way. In any case, I was in the middle of a session with her when she had me try a new form of squat which required me to balance myself on one foot while entering into a squat form and holding an 18lb kettle bell. This proved to be more difficult for me than any other preceding exercise because my equilibrium wasn't tuned to keep that sort of balance and because I lacked focus.

So, Melanie instructed me to focus on a little label a few feet in front of me. Amongst all the chaos of everything going on in the gym at that moment, the only thing in the world that counted to me was that label. I turned all of my attention to it and you know what? It did the trick! It helped quiet my mind and all of a sudden, I was able to do two or three consecutive one-legged squats before having to reset myself!

I'm sharing this drawn out, personal story because I strongly feel that there are many common threads between my workout and photography in general. It's easy to get distracted by the static building up everywhere around you when you've got your camera. This is especially true for me when I'm standing in the middle of a gorgeous creek or waterfall. I know that I need to quiet my mind and look for that one thing that causes me to stop and say, "ok, there's my photo."

One of my favorite ways to do this is to focus on little rocks and boulders in the middle of a stream. There is a certain peace that comes with just watching the water effortlessly skirt around and over anything in front of it. No friction, no drama. Just the path of least resistance. This usually is all it takes for me to find my happy place and start shooting.

Oh, and as for my weight loss? Since Feb 15th, I've lost 14lbs and about 5% body fat. I also dropped a size down with my jeans. :) I'm targeting about 25lbs to lose before reaching my goal.

Camera: +Sony a7 with the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS
Filter: +Formatt-Hitech ProIRND 10-stop ND
Tripod: +Really Right Stuff TVC-34L/BH-55
Stylization: Adobe Lightroom 5.7

#SonyAlpha   #LongExposur   #WeightLoss  ___

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2015-03-27 16:46:51 (40 comments, 66 reshares, 715 +1s)Open 

Pushing the boundaries

I have an acute memory as to when I first realized just how terrified I was of heights and, surprisingly, it's a fear that I didn't realize I had until well into my 20s. It was back in 2004, on my first trip to the Grand Canyon. Alas, if you ever need a place to serve as a barometer to gauge your fear of heights, the Grand Canyon is possibly the best.

Now, while I still haven't fully shaken this fear, I will say that I've gotten MUCH better at coping with it. I don't think I am quite ready to hike down the Bright Angel trail (yet) but I am finding myself more comfortable with standing along sheer ledges, like the one I was standing on here at Dead Horse Point State Park, near Mesa Arch (located in Canyonlands National Park).

The rationale that comes into play is simply one of necessity. It is necessary for me to get the best... more »

Pushing the boundaries

I have an acute memory as to when I first realized just how terrified I was of heights and, surprisingly, it's a fear that I didn't realize I had until well into my 20s. It was back in 2004, on my first trip to the Grand Canyon. Alas, if you ever need a place to serve as a barometer to gauge your fear of heights, the Grand Canyon is possibly the best.

Now, while I still haven't fully shaken this fear, I will say that I've gotten MUCH better at coping with it. I don't think I am quite ready to hike down the Bright Angel trail (yet) but I am finding myself more comfortable with standing along sheer ledges, like the one I was standing on here at Dead Horse Point State Park, near Mesa Arch (located in Canyonlands National Park).

The rationale that comes into play is simply one of necessity. It is necessary for me to get the best possible photo that I can and in order for me to do this, I need to get as close to the edge as possible. I've incorporated a few mental tricks to help me feel 'grounded' and after a few minutes, I begin feeling at ease.

Now, I just need to make my way back to the Grand Canyon. :)

Camera: +Sony  a7R with the Sony FE 16-35mm f/4
Filter: +Formatt-Hitech ProIRND 3-stop Soft Grad ND
Tripod: +Really Right Stuff TVC-34L/BH-55
Stylization: +on1 Perfect Effects 9 and Adobe Lightroom 5.7

#SonyAlpha   #Sunrise  ___

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2015-03-24 15:59:25 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 56 +1s)Open 

Join my LIVE Q&A with +500px for a chance to win a +Sony  a6000 + lens kit!

Event link: http://brians.photos/BrianMatiashQAwith500px

I'm thrilled to be a part of 500px's next LIVE Q&A series and I'd be honored if all of you could participate! The event is scheduled for next Tuesday, March 31 at 1:00PM EST / 10:00AM PST.

To ask a question, simply post a comment in the discussion thread accessible here: http://brians.photos/BrianMatiashQAwith500px

Thanks so much for your participation and support! See you there!

Join my LIVE Q&A with +500px for a chance to win a +Sony  a6000 + lens kit!

Event link: http://brians.photos/BrianMatiashQAwith500px

I'm thrilled to be a part of 500px's next LIVE Q&A series and I'd be honored if all of you could participate! The event is scheduled for next Tuesday, March 31 at 1:00PM EST / 10:00AM PST.

To ask a question, simply post a comment in the discussion thread accessible here: http://brians.photos/BrianMatiashQAwith500px

Thanks so much for your participation and support! See you there!___

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2015-03-24 02:21:43 (32 comments, 20 reshares, 512 +1s)Open 

Icebergs!

At some point before or very early on in my recent Iceland/Norway trip, +Colby Brown warned me about being extra mindful of the waves at the black sand beach near Jökulsárlón. He told me stories of many workshop students getting gear totally saturated by saltwater from rogue waves that came out of nowhere. He also told me about how Varina Patel, of Visual Wilderness, caught the business end of some of the beached icebergs that you see here.

At first, I brushed it off as Colby being melodramatic. I thought, "this isn't my first rodeo... I'll be fine." Well let me tell you something. If you're planning on shooting these beautiful, heavy, sharp, and gigantic slabs of frozen ice, you'd better have fourteen eyeballs on your head. I can't recall ever seeing such ferocious waves appear literally out of nowhere. Usually, I can gauge whether awav... more »

Icebergs!

At some point before or very early on in my recent Iceland/Norway trip, +Colby Brown warned me about being extra mindful of the waves at the black sand beach near Jökulsárlón. He told me stories of many workshop students getting gear totally saturated by saltwater from rogue waves that came out of nowhere. He also told me about how Varina Patel, of Visual Wilderness, caught the business end of some of the beached icebergs that you see here.

At first, I brushed it off as Colby being melodramatic. I thought, "this isn't my first rodeo... I'll be fine." Well let me tell you something. If you're planning on shooting these beautiful, heavy, sharp, and gigantic slabs of frozen ice, you'd better have fourteen eyeballs on your head. I can't recall ever seeing such ferocious waves appear literally out of nowhere. Usually, I can gauge whether a wave is going to be a big one from a distance but these waves would spawn up just a few feet away from you. And guess what happens when a strong wave collides with a gigantic piece of ice that is situated a few feet in front of you? Explosions of sea water? Check. Icebergs being launched in your general direction? You got it. Basically, a big recipe for person injury and gear destruction.

Granted, there is a touch of hyperbole mixed in here but the reality is that spending time hovering around these giant pieces of ice certainly does warrant care and respect. I almost learned that the hard way more than a few times during the two shoots we had there. smile emoticon

Camera: +Sony a7R with the Sony FE 16-35mm f/4
Filter: +Formatt-Hitech ProIRND 3-stop ND
Tripod: +Really Right Stuff TVC-34L/BH-55
Stylization: +on1 Perfect Effects 9 and Adobe Lightroom 5.7

#SonyAlpha   #LongExposure   #Iceland  ___

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2015-03-23 01:38:50 (14 comments, 5 reshares, 186 +1s)Open 

Fighting Thru The Blerch

I first became aware of The Blerch thru the wonderful and hilarious comic series by The Oatmeal. The more I learned about The Blerch, the more I hated it. In +Matthew Inman's (The Oatmeal's creator) own words, The Blerch is "...a wretched, lazy beast. He tells me to slow down, to walk, to quit." I suspect that more than a few of you have seen The Blerch conjured up in your own lives, too.

It reared its gross head at me yesterday. Plans were in motion to visit Cape Kiwanda, in Pacific City, OR, because the forecasts were looking very favorable for a great sunset. I would be joined by my two good buds, +Brian Bonham and +William Woodward. But alas, The Blerch showed up and told me that I should just kick back at home and log a few solid hours in with Dying Light on the PS4. It made a really good case and it almost won.
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Fighting Thru The Blerch

I first became aware of The Blerch thru the wonderful and hilarious comic series by The Oatmeal. The more I learned about The Blerch, the more I hated it. In +Matthew Inman's (The Oatmeal's creator) own words, The Blerch is "...a wretched, lazy beast. He tells me to slow down, to walk, to quit." I suspect that more than a few of you have seen The Blerch conjured up in your own lives, too.

It reared its gross head at me yesterday. Plans were in motion to visit Cape Kiwanda, in Pacific City, OR, because the forecasts were looking very favorable for a great sunset. I would be joined by my two good buds, +Brian Bonham and +William Woodward. But alas, The Blerch showed up and told me that I should just kick back at home and log a few solid hours in with Dying Light on the PS4. It made a really good case and it almost won.

Fortunately, I have a good support system of friends who proceeded to motivate me by calling me any number of emasculating names and questioning my manhood in one form or another. But in all seriousness, they were right in a weird way. Sure, it's a 2-3 hour drive to get to that area of the coast but on the other hand, it's ONLY a 2-3 hour drive to get to that area of the coast! And what a coast it is! It's that sort of mindset that allowed me to swiftly roundhouse kick The Blerch, knocking him out for the day. I did end up going with Brian and William and we had a blast. We also walked away with some real keepers, which is always a bonus. There was that hairy moment when William and I almost got knocked over by a gigantic rogue wave but we'll save that story for another post.

I'm sure that the stupid Blerch will rear its ugly head sooner or later but I just need to remember that it has a weak spot to the left of its gut where a well-placed roundhouse kick will put it down for the day.

Camera: +Sony a7II with the Sony FE 16-35mm f/4
Filter: +Formatt-Hitech ProIRND 3-stop ND
Tripod: +Really Right Stuff TVC-34L/BH-55
Stylization: +VSCO and Adobe Lightroom 5.7

#SonyAlpha   #Oregon   #LongExposure___

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2015-03-19 15:48:47 (26 comments, 25 reshares, 400 +1s)Open 

‎Norway‬ and its sense of scale

If there was one concept that crept into my mind the instant I landed in Norway, it was the importance of conveying a sense of scale. In most of our cases, +Colby Brown, +Joe Azure, and I were totally surrounded by gigantic mountains with beautiful peaks but in order to truly provide an idea of their grandeur, it would be important to find juxtaposing elements that showcase the contrast in size.

One day, as we were driving back to our cabin from a sunrise shoot, the three of us spotted a fjord that wasn't frozen over, which meant that there could be some beautiful reflection action going on. What was even better was that there were these little cabins dotting the area, which served as perfect elements to provide the sense of scale that I was seeking. Unfortunately, the winds were blowing strongly enough that we couldn't get a perfectrefle... more »

‎Norway‬ and its sense of scale

If there was one concept that crept into my mind the instant I landed in Norway, it was the importance of conveying a sense of scale. In most of our cases, +Colby Brown, +Joe Azure, and I were totally surrounded by gigantic mountains with beautiful peaks but in order to truly provide an idea of their grandeur, it would be important to find juxtaposing elements that showcase the contrast in size.

One day, as we were driving back to our cabin from a sunrise shoot, the three of us spotted a fjord that wasn't frozen over, which meant that there could be some beautiful reflection action going on. What was even better was that there were these little cabins dotting the area, which served as perfect elements to provide the sense of scale that I was seeking. Unfortunately, the winds were blowing strongly enough that we couldn't get a perfect reflection but the long exposure still created a pleasing effect on the surface of the water and I was able to provide that sense of scale that I had been seeking, so all is well!

Camera: +Sony a7S with the Sony 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G SSM II
Filter: +Formatt-Hitech Firecrest 105mm Circular Polarizer, ProIRND 3-stop ND and ProIRND 6-Stop ND
Tripod: +Really Right Stuff TVC-34L/BH-55
Stylization: +on1 Perfect Effects 9 and Adobe Lightroom 5.7

#SonyAlpha   #Norway   #LongExposure  ___

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2015-03-17 15:50:54 (25 comments, 46 reshares, 660 +1s)Open 

Changing tides

Ahhhh, Haukland Beach. +Colby Brown, +Joe Azure, and I shot sunrise and sunset here... a lot. At first, that may sound tedious or monotonous, and in a way, you'd be right. But the more I thought about it, the more I came to appreciate this rocky shore because while the physical environment around us was static, the weather was anything but. Want to photograph a beach in a hail storm? Cool, wait 10 minutes. Want to shoot it with gigantic waves blasting the rocks due to the gale force winds? No problem, give it 5 more minutes? Oh, were you hoping for a break in the clouds to let the sun pour though? Gotcha covered... 7 more minutes.

All of this is to make a point that you're never actually "done" with a scene like this one. There are far too many variables to consider and it's your job as a photographer to figure out how to exploit thosev... more »

Changing tides

Ahhhh, Haukland Beach. +Colby Brown, +Joe Azure, and I shot sunrise and sunset here... a lot. At first, that may sound tedious or monotonous, and in a way, you'd be right. But the more I thought about it, the more I came to appreciate this rocky shore because while the physical environment around us was static, the weather was anything but. Want to photograph a beach in a hail storm? Cool, wait 10 minutes. Want to shoot it with gigantic waves blasting the rocks due to the gale force winds? No problem, give it 5 more minutes? Oh, were you hoping for a break in the clouds to let the sun pour though? Gotcha covered... 7 more minutes.

All of this is to make a point that you're never actually "done" with a scene like this one. There are far too many variables to consider and it's your job as a photographer to figure out how to exploit those variables and convey the drastic changes that they produce. I'm already looking forward to seeing this area again in June under the glow of the midnight sun.

Camera: +Sony a7S with the Sony FE 24-70mm f/4
Filter: +Formatt-Hitech Firecrest 105mm Circular Polarizer, ProIRND 3-stop ND and ProIRND 6-Stop ND
Tripod: +Really Right Stuff TVC-34L/BH-55
Stylization: +on1 Perfect Effects 9 and Adobe Lightroom 5.7

#SonyAlpha   #LongExposure   #Sunset  ___

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2015-03-16 01:58:19 (32 comments, 48 reshares, 620 +1s)Open 

The vastness of Kawa'a, Hawaii

I think it's as good of a time as any to shift from the frigid temps of the arctic circle to the tropical climate of Hawaii. One of my favorite places to get a great representation of what sort of terrain Hawaii offers is at Kawa'a. The path to get to this particular beach is not well-marked and it's so rugged that you absolutely want to have a 4WD vehicle with good clearance.

While the big draw of this area is actually directly behind me, I am exceptionally fond of this particular view. Here, you have a sprawling vista lined with all sorts of lava rock covered in bright green vegetation. The view keeps unraveling as you travel further through the frame, with the rolling hills and mountains that the Big Island is famous for. There is no doubt that the southern part of this island will always have a special place in my heart.... more »

The vastness of Kawa'a, Hawaii

I think it's as good of a time as any to shift from the frigid temps of the arctic circle to the tropical climate of Hawaii. One of my favorite places to get a great representation of what sort of terrain Hawaii offers is at Kawa'a. The path to get to this particular beach is not well-marked and it's so rugged that you absolutely want to have a 4WD vehicle with good clearance.

While the big draw of this area is actually directly behind me, I am exceptionally fond of this particular view. Here, you have a sprawling vista lined with all sorts of lava rock covered in bright green vegetation. The view keeps unraveling as you travel further through the frame, with the rolling hills and mountains that the Big Island is famous for. There is no doubt that the southern part of this island will always have a special place in my heart.

Camera: +Sony a7R with the Sony FE 16-35mm f/4
Filter: +Formatt-Hitech Firecrest 105mm Circular Polarizer
Tripod: +Really Right Stuff TVC-34L/BH-55
Stylization: Adobe Lightroom 5.7

#SonyAlpha   #LetHawaiiHappen   #TheBigIsland   #Hawaii  ___

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2015-03-15 02:05:16 (38 comments, 52 reshares, 849 +1s)Open 

The Boulder Beach at Unstad, Norway

Navigating the loose boulders that make up the shore of Unstad Beach in Norway was tricky to say the least. That statement is doubly true as you get closer to the water line because you're not only contending with an onslaught of waves (and the spray that comes along with them) but you're also tasked with finding solid footing on oblong boulders that are exceptionally slick.

Fortunately, once you're able to find a large enough rock and get your feet planted on it, things quickly begin falling into place. This was about as close to the water's edge that I felt comfortable with. The next row or two of rocks next to me were getting totally pummeled by the waves from the advancing tide and I really didn't want to press my luck much further.

I ended up liking this vertical comp the most because it help illustrated... more »

The Boulder Beach at Unstad, Norway

Navigating the loose boulders that make up the shore of Unstad Beach in Norway was tricky to say the least. That statement is doubly true as you get closer to the water line because you're not only contending with an onslaught of waves (and the spray that comes along with them) but you're also tasked with finding solid footing on oblong boulders that are exceptionally slick.

Fortunately, once you're able to find a large enough rock and get your feet planted on it, things quickly begin falling into place. This was about as close to the water's edge that I felt comfortable with. The next row or two of rocks next to me were getting totally pummeled by the waves from the advancing tide and I really didn't want to press my luck much further.

I ended up liking this vertical comp the most because it help illustrated just how far these boulders reached up and down the beach. I felt that it was the best way to really convey what standing on this particular beach feels like. And for an even more immersive idea, Chris Burkard, in collaboration with +SmugMug, also got some fantastic winter surfing footage that you can see on his wonderful video, Arctic Swell: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBJyo0tgLnw 

Camera: +Sony a7R with the Sony FE 16-35mm f/4
Filter: +Formatt-Hitech Firecrest 105mm Circular Polarizer
Tripod: +Really Right Stuff TVC-34L/BH-55
Stylization: +on1 Perfect Effects & Adobe Lightroom 5.7

#SonyAlpha #Norway #Sunset #LongExposure___

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2015-03-06 17:30:14 (31 comments, 34 reshares, 486 +1s)Open 

Day 2 in Reine, Norway

The weather on our second day in Reine was a bit different than on our first. As Colby Brown Photography describes it, it was "stormy with intermittent sunshine," but that didn't keep us from zipping around to different parts of the Lofoten Islands. It's so cool to see how intricately and thoughtfully the Norwegian people have linked each of these islands. It really is a marvel of civil and structural engineering. Drive just a few minutes and you'll likely jump onto a different island with its own charm and personality.

The three of us spent the day chasing down waypoints of notable areas. One of which was an easy-to-climb hill that provided a perfect panoramic view of the sleepy village of Olenilsøya. Colby, Joe Azure Photography, and I found our own little plot of hilltop and went to task. While the somber weather would likely turn... more »

Day 2 in Reine, Norway

The weather on our second day in Reine was a bit different than on our first. As Colby Brown Photography describes it, it was "stormy with intermittent sunshine," but that didn't keep us from zipping around to different parts of the Lofoten Islands. It's so cool to see how intricately and thoughtfully the Norwegian people have linked each of these islands. It really is a marvel of civil and structural engineering. Drive just a few minutes and you'll likely jump onto a different island with its own charm and personality.

The three of us spent the day chasing down waypoints of notable areas. One of which was an easy-to-climb hill that provided a perfect panoramic view of the sleepy village of Olenilsøya. Colby, Joe Azure Photography, and I found our own little plot of hilltop and went to task. While the somber weather would likely turn off some photographers, we reveled in it and used it to further tell the story of this amazing area. Now if only we can clear the sky a bit and ratchet up the solar storms to 11 for an aurora light show, things would be aces.

Camera: +Sony a7R with the Sony FE 16-35mm f/4
Filter: +Formatt-Hitech ProIRND 6-Stop ND and Firecrest 105mm Circular Polarizer
Tripod: +Really Right Stuff TVC-34L/BH-55
Stylization: +on1 Perfect Effects & Adobe Lightroom 5.7

#Norway   #Reine   #Lofoten   #SonyAlpha   #LongExposure  ___

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2015-03-05 18:44:33 (19 comments, 19 reshares, 346 +1s)Open 

Day 1 in Reine, Norway

Yesterday was my first full day in Norway. After landing in Oslo, the day prior, +Colby Brown, +Joe Azure, and I drove three hours north to the storybook town of Reine, nestled within the Lofoten Islands. Because it was very dark when we first arrived, being able to see this place as the sun rose was very special. Fortunately, the weather was exceptionally agreeable throughout the day and we certainly made the most of it. Colby was good enough to secure a number of locations for us to scout, including a lake that was so calm and still, you'd have a hard time determining which side was above water and which was being reflected. I'll share images from that location down the road.

For now, here is a photo of some cabins in Reine taken during sunrise. The coolest part is that the three of us are actually staying in one of those cabins whilewe... more »

Day 1 in Reine, Norway

Yesterday was my first full day in Norway. After landing in Oslo, the day prior, +Colby Brown, +Joe Azure, and I drove three hours north to the storybook town of Reine, nestled within the Lofoten Islands. Because it was very dark when we first arrived, being able to see this place as the sun rose was very special. Fortunately, the weather was exceptionally agreeable throughout the day and we certainly made the most of it. Colby was good enough to secure a number of locations for us to scout, including a lake that was so calm and still, you'd have a hard time determining which side was above water and which was being reflected. I'll share images from that location down the road.

For now, here is a photo of some cabins in Reine taken during sunrise. The coolest part is that the three of us are actually staying in one of those cabins while we're here! So, the walk from our front door to the bridge offering this view takes about 3 minutes. I'm all far working to get the shot but I've gotta say, being able to literally stumble out of your front door to this view ain't too shabby either!

Camera: +Sony a7R with the Sony FE 16-35mm f/4
Filter: +Formatt-Hitech ProIRND 3-Stop ND, 3-stop Soft Grad ND, Firecrest 105mm Circular Polarizer
Tripod: +Really Right Stuff TVC-34L/BH-55
Stylization: Adobe Lightroom 5.7

#SonyAlpha   #Norway   #Reine   #Sunrise   #LongExposure  ___

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2015-03-04 10:43:07 (83 comments, 33 reshares, 882 +1s)Open 

Day 5 in Iceland - Goodbye... for now.

Five days is barely enough time just to scratch the surface of all that #Iceland has to offer. Years ago, if you asked this Brooklyn boy whether he'd so eagerly enjoy getting up at an ungodly hour to photograph gigantic landscapes in below freezing temps, he'd probably laugh so hard that milk would come out of his nose. But that's what it takes to experience the grandeur of this marvelous country during its winter season.

Our last full day in Iceland brought us to several of its better known waterfalls and ended with a beautiful sunset at the blue lagoons in Grindavík. However, in between that, Colby, Joe, and I managed to sneak in an hour photographing a herd of Icelandic horses as they grazed, napped and played around. Several even tried to take a few chomps out of my Really Right Stuff tripod!

Photographing... more »

Day 5 in Iceland - Goodbye... for now.

Five days is barely enough time just to scratch the surface of all that #Iceland has to offer. Years ago, if you asked this Brooklyn boy whether he'd so eagerly enjoy getting up at an ungodly hour to photograph gigantic landscapes in below freezing temps, he'd probably laugh so hard that milk would come out of his nose. But that's what it takes to experience the grandeur of this marvelous country during its winter season.

Our last full day in Iceland brought us to several of its better known waterfalls and ended with a beautiful sunset at the blue lagoons in Grindavík. However, in between that, Colby, Joe, and I managed to sneak in an hour photographing a herd of Icelandic horses as they grazed, napped and played around. Several even tried to take a few chomps out of my Really Right Stuff tripod!

Photographing wildlife is about as foreign to me as photographing a wedding but in spite of that, I find the former to be much more calming and appealing than the latter. :) These horses were so friendly and approachable, making it that much easier to move around them to compose a photo. All in all, it was a wonderful time.

Technically, Day 6 was our travel day where we departed Iceland for Oslo, Norway and then caught a domestic flight north to Evenes. From there, we drove for about 3 hours to our destination: Reines, part of the Lofoten Islands. I'll save Day 1 of Norway for tomorrow but let's just say that within 15 minutes of checking into our cabin, we were created with a night sky full of brilliant aurora. Norway has welcomed us quite warmly.

Camera: +Sony a7R with the Sony A-Mount 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G SSM II
Filter: N/A
Tripod: +Really Right Stuff TVC-34L/BH-55
Stylization: Adobe Lightroom 5.7

#SonyAlpha   #Horses  ___

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2015-03-04 06:52:44 (21 comments, 11 reshares, 307 +1s)Open 

Sunrise over Reine, Norway

Very little Internet out here but I wanted to share an iPhone pano of my view happening right now. We're even staying in one of those cabins in the foreground!

Good times with +Colby Brown and +Joe Azure!

Sunrise over Reine, Norway

Very little Internet out here but I wanted to share an iPhone pano of my view happening right now. We're even staying in one of those cabins in the foreground!

Good times with +Colby Brown and +Joe Azure!___

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2015-03-02 22:11:42 (40 comments, 76 reshares, 1174 +1s)Open 

Day 4 in Iceland

Our fourth day in Iceland had us saying goodbye to the Jökulsárlón region and brought us to our stopover in the quaint town of Vik. The day started off with us breaking out of bed at 5AM to photograph even more brilliant aurora and was then followed by a third shoot in an ice cave. After that, we checked out of our hotel and made our way to Skaftafell National Park and laboriously hiked to Svartifoss, a waterfall with notable vertical basalt formations that instantly reminded me of Latourell and Abiqua Falls in Oregon. Naturally, I felt right at home. smile emoticon

When we wrapped up the waterfall shoot, we jumped in the car for a two hour ride to Vik. What we didn't expect was the massive snow storm that was waiting for us about 20 miles outside of the town. Fortunately, +Colby Brown managed to get to our hotel without calamity.

Uponche... more »

Day 4 in Iceland

Our fourth day in Iceland had us saying goodbye to the Jökulsárlón region and brought us to our stopover in the quaint town of Vik. The day started off with us breaking out of bed at 5AM to photograph even more brilliant aurora and was then followed by a third shoot in an ice cave. After that, we checked out of our hotel and made our way to Skaftafell National Park and laboriously hiked to Svartifoss, a waterfall with notable vertical basalt formations that instantly reminded me of Latourell and Abiqua Falls in Oregon. Naturally, I felt right at home. smile emoticon

When we wrapped up the waterfall shoot, we jumped in the car for a two hour ride to Vik. What we didn't expect was the massive snow storm that was waiting for us about 20 miles outside of the town. Fortunately, +Colby Brown managed to get to our hotel without calamity.

Upon checking in, all three of us had just assumed that any sort of shooting would be out of the question given the absolute white out conditions from the snow storm. However, a few minutes later, we looked out our windows and saw the makings of a rather beautiful sunset. Don't get me wrong—it was howling wind and bitterly cold but we still jumped in 'Beast Mode' and hustled to the beach across the street. Our goal was to catch the iconic and legendary Reynisdrangar, a series of spires jutting out of the ocean. Fortunately, the clouds gave us a break and parted a bit, letting the beautiful sun pour through. All in all, it was a wonderful day!

Camera: +Sony a7R with the Sony A-Mount 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G SSM II
Filter: N/A
Tripod: +Really Right Stuff TVC-34L/BH-55
Stylization: Adobe Lightroom 5.7

#‎Iceland‬ ‪#‎Sunset‬ ‪#‎SonyAlpha‬___

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2015-03-01 20:56:31 (75 comments, 55 reshares, 823 +1s)Open 

Day 3 in Iceland - Aurora Edition!

My third day in Iceland was certainly a busy one. We started off by shooting a new ice cave at sunrise, which was great except for when my leg broke through the surface of a frozen river. The ice caves themselves have proven to be one of the most challenging things that I've ever photographed but I'll save that for a future post. Later in the day, we visited a black sand beach that was riddled with frozen burgs all along the shore. After getting more than my share of ocean water in my boots the evening before, I played it a bit safer and stayed further back for my shots. After dinner that evening, we collected our gear from the hotel room and headed to our vehicle. And that's when +Joe Azure told me to look up at the sky.

Don't take me lightly when I say that I was totally stopped in my tracks. Seeing an aurora is one of those... more »

Day 3 in Iceland - Aurora Edition!

My third day in Iceland was certainly a busy one. We started off by shooting a new ice cave at sunrise, which was great except for when my leg broke through the surface of a frozen river. The ice caves themselves have proven to be one of the most challenging things that I've ever photographed but I'll save that for a future post. Later in the day, we visited a black sand beach that was riddled with frozen burgs all along the shore. After getting more than my share of ocean water in my boots the evening before, I played it a bit safer and stayed further back for my shots. After dinner that evening, we collected our gear from the hotel room and headed to our vehicle. And that's when +Joe Azure told me to look up at the sky.

Don't take me lightly when I say that I was totally stopped in my tracks. Seeing an aurora is one of those things that has been so high on my bucket list. I've seen countless photos and videos of them but none were really special to me because I hadn't taken the photos or, more importantly, experienced them for myself. Thankfully, that came to an end yesterday.

Above me was an apparition of light. It was glowing silk and it danced along the night sky to its own tune. I looked from left to right and saw this beautiful and delicate ribbon come and go from a dim form to a brilliant swirl. I finally checked this one off the bucket list. Once the gobsmacking subsided, the three of us sprang into action and hustled to find a location that would offer a decent foreground and a picturesque background. Fortunately, +Colby Brown chose the perfect spot to pull off the road. The aurora was still going strong in front of and behind us and we had a few frozen puddles and plenty of mountains to frame with. Shooting the aurora took a bit of practice in terms of getting the right exposure and focus but once those were locked in, it really became impossible to get a bad photo. I have never in my life been so enamored with a natural phenomenon like this one.

Camera: +Sony a7R with the Sony FE 16-35mm f/4
Filter: N/A
Tripod: +Really Right Stuff TVC-34L/BH-55
Stylization: Adobe Lightroom 5.7

‪#‎SonyAlpha‬ ‪#‎Iceland‬ ‪#‎Aurora‬ ‪#‎NorthernLights‬___

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2015-02-28 15:24:49 (113 comments, 91 reshares, 1128 +1s)Open 

Day 2 in Iceland

My second day in Iceland was filled with all sorts of new experiences even beyond those that I had on my first day. I got to experience a beautiful sunrise from within a beautiful ice cave and shoot sunset on a black sand beach riddled with giant icebergs.

In between both of these experiences, we were lucky to catch Jökulsárlón when there was minimal wind blowing. Despite the little wind, it was a bit of a challenge to get 2" exposure when the bergs themselves weren't moving. It is pretty trippy to see these gigantic pieces of ice float right on by you. Fortunately, I was able to get one sharp photo that I really like.

Fingers crossed for this evening. Forecasts are reporting crazy Level 5 Auroras for tonight. Being able to see that for the first time would really round out my stay in Iceland so far!

Camera: +Sony a7Rwit... more »

Day 2 in Iceland

My second day in Iceland was filled with all sorts of new experiences even beyond those that I had on my first day. I got to experience a beautiful sunrise from within a beautiful ice cave and shoot sunset on a black sand beach riddled with giant icebergs.

In between both of these experiences, we were lucky to catch Jökulsárlón when there was minimal wind blowing. Despite the little wind, it was a bit of a challenge to get 2" exposure when the bergs themselves weren't moving. It is pretty trippy to see these gigantic pieces of ice float right on by you. Fortunately, I was able to get one sharp photo that I really like.

Fingers crossed for this evening. Forecasts are reporting crazy Level 5 Auroras for tonight. Being able to see that for the first time would really round out my stay in Iceland so far!

Camera: +Sony a7R with the Sony FE 16-35mm f/4
Filter: +Formatt-Hitech ProIRND 6-Stop ND Filter + 3-Stop Soft Grad ND + 105mm Firecrest CPL
Tripod: +Really Right Stuff TVC-34L/BH-55
Stylization: Adobe Lightroom 5.7

‪#SonyAlpha ‪#Iceland‬ ‪#Winter #LongExpoure___

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2015-02-27 15:27:12 (47 comments, 57 reshares, 751 +1s)Open 

Day 1 in Iceland

It hardly takes any time at all to understand why so many landscape and nature photographers flock to Iceland. It's one of those places that absolutely lives up to the hype surrounding it. After landing here yesterday around 7am, we drove for about seven hours to our little hotel. Along the way, we stopped to photograph the glacier lagoon in Jökulsárlón as the sun began to set.

Thus far, Iceland's diverse landscapes have proven to be a wonderful challenge for me. I'd never seen glaciers or icebergs like these before and it certainly is a departure from the sort of landscapes that I'm used to. Still, I am so thankful to have this opportunity, and another opportunity in June, to experience Iceland's beauty.

Camera: +Sony a7R with the Sony FE 16-35mm f/4
Filter: +Formatt-Hitech ​ProIRND 3-Stop ND FilterT... more »

Day 1 in Iceland

It hardly takes any time at all to understand why so many landscape and nature photographers flock to Iceland. It's one of those places that absolutely lives up to the hype surrounding it. After landing here yesterday around 7am, we drove for about seven hours to our little hotel. Along the way, we stopped to photograph the glacier lagoon in Jökulsárlón as the sun began to set.

Thus far, Iceland's diverse landscapes have proven to be a wonderful challenge for me. I'd never seen glaciers or icebergs like these before and it certainly is a departure from the sort of landscapes that I'm used to. Still, I am so thankful to have this opportunity, and another opportunity in June, to experience Iceland's beauty.

Camera: +Sony a7R with the Sony FE 16-35mm f/4
Filter: +Formatt-Hitech ​ProIRND 3-Stop ND Filter
Tripod: +Really Right Stuff TVC-34L/BH-55
Stylization: Adobe Lightroom 5.7___

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2015-02-24 16:06:02 (8 comments, 2 reshares, 111 +1s)Open 

Settings and exceeding goal

Goals are great. They really are. Well, unless you don't have drive, ambition or motivation... then goals may be not so great. I'm sure you've read that you should always set goals that are attainable and I think that's a really wise statement. A while back, both Nicole and I set a goal for ourselves to help ensure that we're growing as people and as photographers. Our goal is quite simple really. Each year, we must both visit a new country. It doesn't matter where on the planet the country is but as soon as a new calendar year begins, the goal is reset. Last year, I was lucky enough to double my goal by visiting Germany and Japan. The year prior were Cambodia and Australia.

Tomorrow, I kick off a journey that will double my goal again by visiting both Iceland and Norway. I'm hoping to triple the goal later in the year with... more »

Settings and exceeding goal

Goals are great. They really are. Well, unless you don't have drive, ambition or motivation... then goals may be not so great. I'm sure you've read that you should always set goals that are attainable and I think that's a really wise statement. A while back, both Nicole and I set a goal for ourselves to help ensure that we're growing as people and as photographers. Our goal is quite simple really. Each year, we must both visit a new country. It doesn't matter where on the planet the country is but as soon as a new calendar year begins, the goal is reset. Last year, I was lucky enough to double my goal by visiting Germany and Japan. The year prior were Cambodia and Australia.

Tomorrow, I kick off a journey that will double my goal again by visiting both Iceland and Norway. I'm hoping to triple the goal later in the year with Croatia but those plans are still simmering in the pot. Still, it's little goals like these that I feel bring tangible and enduring results along with real satisfaction when met. It doesn't necessarily have to do with travel per se, but setting a clear path and knowing what your checkmarks are for growth can make a huge difference.
I'd be interested to know what goals you've set for yourselves as you pursue photography... or any other aspect of life.

Source with more info & links: http://brians.photos/1BlNgsX

‪#‎Goals‬, ‪#‎Iceland‬, ‪#‎Norway‬, ‪#‎Travel‬___

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2015-02-22 18:30:25 (18 comments, 24 reshares, 315 +1s)Open 

Photo tip: Turn around!

I suspect that a lot of us photographers can relate to being the moth drawn to the flame when it comes to partaking in a beautiful sunset. We get transfixed on looking forward and rifling off frame after frame because that golden light just keeps getting better. That happened to me several weeks back as I was watching the sunset (http://brians.photos/1HPLjbh) at South Point on the Big Island of Hawaii. I was so enamored with the scene that I almost missed the equally beautiful one developing right behind me.

That's when having your head on a swivel makes a lot of sense. Of course, it's important to be cognizant of what's happening in front of you but it's also your obligation to be equally aware of what is building up behind you, as well. This particular instance really drove the point home to me and I kept it at the forefront of my mind... more »

Photo tip: Turn around!

I suspect that a lot of us photographers can relate to being the moth drawn to the flame when it comes to partaking in a beautiful sunset. We get transfixed on looking forward and rifling off frame after frame because that golden light just keeps getting better. That happened to me several weeks back as I was watching the sunset (http://brians.photos/1HPLjbh) at South Point on the Big Island of Hawaii. I was so enamored with the scene that I almost missed the equally beautiful one developing right behind me.

That's when having your head on a swivel makes a lot of sense. Of course, it's important to be cognizant of what's happening in front of you but it's also your obligation to be equally aware of what is building up behind you, as well. This particular instance really drove the point home to me and I kept it at the forefront of my mind for the rest of the trip. This rather basic photo tip has served me very well and I thought it'd be worth sharing with all of you.

Be sure to share your thoughts and photos as it pertains to this photo tip!

Camera: +Sony a7R with the Sony FE 24-70mm f/4
Filter: +Formatt-Hitech ​Firecrest 3-stop Soft Grad ND filter
Tripod: +Really Right Stuff TVC-34L/BH-55
Stylization: Adobe Lightroom 5.7

Source with more info & links: http://brians.photos/17JsxBF

#Bigisland, #Hawaii, #LetHawaiiHappen, #SonyAlpha, #Sunset___

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2015-02-19 05:53:05 (88 comments, 100 reshares, 1263 +1s)Open 

Photo Tip: Use quadrants to improve composition

When you're standing in freezing cold water that starts coming up to your lower calves, timing is a bit of a precious commodity. After the momentary rush that wakes every part of you up passes, it can get pretty uncomfortable and even dangerous to linger for too long... unless you're wearing the appropriate clothing and shoes. But, I digress (shocker). My point is that if you only have a short amount of time before your toes start to go numb, it's important to have a game plan when you approach a new composition. This brings me to today's little photo tip. I really enjoy breaking up the scene in front of me into quadrants. Typically, I'm picturing a tic tac toe board so that the scene is broken up into nine evenly distributed quadrants.

To make this process even easier, I always have a "Rule of Thirds"... more »

Photo Tip: Use quadrants to improve composition

When you're standing in freezing cold water that starts coming up to your lower calves, timing is a bit of a precious commodity. After the momentary rush that wakes every part of you up passes, it can get pretty uncomfortable and even dangerous to linger for too long... unless you're wearing the appropriate clothing and shoes. But, I digress (shocker). My point is that if you only have a short amount of time before your toes start to go numb, it's important to have a game plan when you approach a new composition. This brings me to today's little photo tip. I really enjoy breaking up the scene in front of me into quadrants. Typically, I'm picturing a tic tac toe board so that the scene is broken up into nine evenly distributed quadrants.

To make this process even easier, I always have a "Rule of Thirds" grid overlaid on each of my Sony camera displays. This way, when I begin figuring out how to place my camera and adjust my focal length, I can instantly see where everything falls. This photo conveys my process quite clearly. I knew that this big boulder would be my primary foreground element and I also knew that the stream was coming at me and curving to the right. To help illustrate this motion, it made sense that I "place" the boulder in the lower left quadrant and go from there. Once I had a good focal length and was satisfied with the height of my camera relative to the ground, I fine tuned the composition and fired. It's one of those practices that I've really come to abide by quite religiously and thought it'd be worth sharing with all of you.

Camera: +Sony a7II with the Sony FE 24-70mm f/4
Filter: +Formatt-Hitech Firecrest 105mm Circular Polarizer
Tripod: +Really Right Stuff TVC-34L/BH-55
Stylization: Adobe Lightroom 5.7

Source with more info & links: http://brians.photos/1AI76hL

‪#‎Longexposure‬, ‪#‎SonyAlpha‬, ‪#‎VSCOCam‬, ‪#‎Nature‬, ‪#‎Oregon‬___

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2015-02-17 02:50:13 (142 comments, 147 reshares, 1598 +1s)Open 

The Inscrutability of Secrets

The other day, I was chatting online with a photographer who I recently became acquainted with. I initially reached out because I wanted to pay him a compliment on a beautiful waterfall photo that he took the in Pacific Northwest area. When I asked him which waterfall it was, his response was utterly bewildering to me. He expressed hesitation about sharing the location because he had done his research and wanted to keep the location as proprietary as possible because of the work he put into locating it. It wasn't a matter of trespassing or anything like that... he assured me that it was public grounds. But, he didn't feel comfortable sharing the location because he wanted to minimize how many other photographers would find it.

Now here's where I scratch my head. We're all here willingly participating in this social media stratosphere... more »

The Inscrutability of Secrets

The other day, I was chatting online with a photographer who I recently became acquainted with. I initially reached out because I wanted to pay him a compliment on a beautiful waterfall photo that he took the in Pacific Northwest area. When I asked him which waterfall it was, his response was utterly bewildering to me. He expressed hesitation about sharing the location because he had done his research and wanted to keep the location as proprietary as possible because of the work he put into locating it. It wasn't a matter of trespassing or anything like that... he assured me that it was public grounds. But, he didn't feel comfortable sharing the location because he wanted to minimize how many other photographers would find it.

Now here's where I scratch my head. We're all here willingly participating in this social media stratosphere that was built for us, right? You share the comings and goings of your day. I share a photo and a story. We all pitch in by sharing content of varying degrees of interest, candidness, and relevance. When I share a photo, I have every intention of sharing all of it with you. This includes the experience of taking the photo, any lessons learned, and, when applicable, the coordinates of where it was taken. Of course, there are times when I don't have the coordinates because I didn't log them and was too lazy to retroactively add them in, but it is never the case of intentionally hiding them from anyone for fear that they may gasp want to enjoy the location, too. If someone was ever interested in where a photo of mine was taken and the geodata wasn't embedded, all they'd need to do is ask. Now, I understand that, in some situations, it is actually necessary to withhold location info. Often times, when photographing in abandoned structures, it simply isn't prudent to share that information. I can get behind that.

However, when it comes to this notion that a certain location in nature and on public grounds needs to be protected to maintain exclusivity, I am simply at a loss. You may say that the photographer has every right to withhold that info because he/she put the energy and time to research where it is and how to get there. Even that doesn't fit in my book of reasons to prevent others from enjoying it. You know what it does show me? It shows me that this photographer has a lack of confidence. Here you have a photographer who is intentionally withholding basic location information. Actually, he wouldn't even tell me the name of the falls! But he's withholding this information because he doesn't want others to easily find it. On what planet does this make sense? Do you have such little confidence in your own abilities as a photographer that you would intentionally keep others from taking a crack?

If you boil it down, there are so many variables that would dictate how I would get my photo and how that would, more than likely, result in you getting something entirely different. Let's put hardware and photography experience aside. You've got to contend with variables such as the time of day, the time of year, the weather conditions, the conditions of the surrounding area, and all sorts of other factors that can make your experience utterly different than mine. And then you get to layer on differences in hardware (your telephoto vs my fisheye) and overall photography experience.

The way that I see it, if there is a particularly picturesque location in nature, and especially if it's on public land, then everyone who is interested in experiencing it should have that opportunity. Not only will I not stand in your way, but I'll tell you the exact coordinates of the location and be more than happy to share any notable things to look out for or avoid. Sharing can be such a cathartic and rewarding act when it's done with selflessly and with good intention. Don't prove your worth as a photographer by holding others back. Prove it by consistently sharing great content.

For the record, I took this at Upper Ruckel Creek Falls, just off I-84 along the Columbia River Gorge. The actual geodata is embedded within the image.

Now, if you've made it this far, then I congratulate you. But, I also would like to know if you agree or disagree here. If you stumbled onto a beautiful new waterfall and I asked about it later on, would you share the details? Why or why not?

Camera: +Sony a7II with the Sony FE 24-70mm f/4
Filter: +Formatt-Hitech Firecrest 105mm Circular Polarizer
Tripod: +Really Right Stuff TVC-34L/BH-55
Stylization: Adobe Lightroom 5.7

Source with more info & links: http://brians.photos/1Ej0XpI___

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2015-02-15 17:27:47 (20 comments, 21 reshares, 280 +1s)Open 

Morning routines... rituals, really.

For me, these pre-caffeinated actions are usually executed in a fugue-like state and they unfold as something like: simulated sun light alarm begins waking me up about 30 minutes before my actual wake up time (7:30AM), disconnect phone from charger, wade through mostly junk mail that made it through Google's spam filters, and then begin the exhausting and exhaustive process of catching up on the flotsam of social media.

I'm certain this is not a good recipe for me. I say this with such confidence because, as I get older, I am making a more concerted to get to know myself in the way of what really gets me motivated and, conversely, what deflates me. And please don't take this as me not wanting to keep up with the happenings of my actual friends and family or ranting about any topic in particular. Rather, it's all the other... more »

Morning routines... rituals, really.

For me, these pre-caffeinated actions are usually executed in a fugue-like state and they unfold as something like: simulated sun light alarm begins waking me up about 30 minutes before my actual wake up time (7:30AM), disconnect phone from charger, wade through mostly junk mail that made it through Google's spam filters, and then begin the exhausting and exhaustive process of catching up on the flotsam of social media.

I'm certain this is not a good recipe for me. I say this with such confidence because, as I get older, I am making a more concerted to get to know myself in the way of what really gets me motivated and, conversely, what deflates me. And please don't take this as me not wanting to keep up with the happenings of my actual friends and family or ranting about any topic in particular. Rather, it's all the other collective baggage that comes along with operating and putting yourself clearly out here in this space. There is always someone with an opinion. Someone waiting on deck to criticize someone or something else, often times built upon utterly ill-conceived or ill-informed logic. Someone who is right there, ready to tell me how I should live or build my brand or compose my photo.

And let's not ignore that the pot is very much calling the kettle black. I'm not going to skate by without admitting that, for better or worse, I've been that person too. I'd like to think that I approach those instances on a more productive and well-intentioned foot than your neighborhood troll, but I've definitely been that guy.

But back to morning routines. I'll admit that I'm not quite sure what will work for me. I do suspect that exposing myself to this type of stimulus as the first one of the day may have an adverse affect on how the rest of it plays out. So, I'm going to do what most any person living in our modern time would do when they're uncertain of how to make a significant change to their lifestyle: I'm crowdsourcing! :)

I'd love to know what your morning routines are. What routines work for you and what utterly sucks? I'm genuinely curious so please share away!

Now... where is that first cuppa?

Camera: +Sony a7R with the Sony FE 24-70mm f/4
Filter: +Formatt-Hitech ProIRND 3-stop ND Filter
Tripod: +Really Right Stuff TVC-34L/BH-55
Stylization: +on1 Perfect Effects & Adobe Lightroom 5.7

Source with more info & links: http://brians.photos/1Ji8z2h

‪#‎GoodMorning‬, ‪#‎Rituals‬, ‪#‎Routine‬ ‪#‎SonyAlpha‬___

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2015-02-11 16:31:28 (33 comments, 38 reshares, 525 +1s)Open 

Quick Photo Tip: Embrace those big skies

Photographing the historic barns on Mormon Row at Grand Tetons National Park can be challenging, especially at sunrise. Weather conditions aside, its popularity is easily illustrated based on the number of people who show up... and rightfully so. It's a very picturesque location to watch the sun rise. It's doubly picturesque if you have sky full of clouds that are lighting up with color, which we did. My initial composition had me using a longer lens and tightening up on the actual barn, which also had the benefit of adding compression and bringing the Tetons maintain range more into focus. However, no matter what I tried, I couldn't get a comp that I liked and I really had very little time because of how quickly that beautiful sunrise glow turns into junk.

And that's where my photo tip comes in. I knew that I wanted to... more »

Quick Photo Tip: Embrace those big skies

Photographing the historic barns on Mormon Row at Grand Tetons National Park can be challenging, especially at sunrise. Weather conditions aside, its popularity is easily illustrated based on the number of people who show up... and rightfully so. It's a very picturesque location to watch the sun rise. It's doubly picturesque if you have sky full of clouds that are lighting up with color, which we did. My initial composition had me using a longer lens and tightening up on the actual barn, which also had the benefit of adding compression and bringing the Tetons maintain range more into focus. However, no matter what I tried, I couldn't get a comp that I liked and I really had very little time because of how quickly that beautiful sunrise glow turns into junk.

And that's where my photo tip comes in. I knew that I wanted to capture the beautiful color in the clouds which pretty much meant that I'd have to use an ultra wide angle lens. This also meant that my foreground would likely seem more diminutive, reducing the sense of scale. All of this was fine, again, because the sky was utterly beautiful, however it can get very easy to lose control and forfeit too much of your foreground in favor of capturing the sky. The importance here is to judge how much of the foreground you're willing to sacrifice while still being able to faithfully convey the overall scene. There is a delicate point at which cutting off too much of the foreground can result in an awkwardly composed photo and it really falls on you to make sure that you are cognizant of that, especially when you're greeted with such a beautiful sky.

Camera: +Sony a7R with the Sony FE 24-70mm f/4
Filter: +Formatt-Hitech 105mm Circular Polarizer
Tripod: +Really Right Stuff TVC-34L/BH-55
Stylization: Adobe Lightroom 5.7

Source with more info & links: http://brians.photos/1AmxWKA

‪#‎GrandTetons‬, ‪#‎MormonRow‬, ‪#‎NationalPark‬, ‪#‎Sunrise‬, ‪#‎SonyAlpha‬___

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2015-02-09 02:31:30 (13 comments, 19 reshares, 98 +1s)Open 

Free Lightroom Split Toning Preset Pack, Tutorial Video & More!

I love it when a good split toning effect comes together on a photo. To illustrate why I love it so much, I recorded a Lightroom tutorial video showing how I applied split toning to one of my favorite photos taken!

Click here to download my free "*Splitsville Sampler*" preset pack: http://brians.photos/1zMSWIA

Free Lightroom Split Toning Preset Pack, Tutorial Video & More!

I love it when a good split toning effect comes together on a photo. To illustrate why I love it so much, I recorded a Lightroom tutorial video showing how I applied split toning to one of my favorite photos taken!

Click here to download my free "*Splitsville Sampler*" preset pack: http://brians.photos/1zMSWIA___

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2015-02-08 17:53:17 (10 comments, 16 reshares, 291 +1s)Open 

Making sense out of obstacles

Spring boarding off of my last post (http://brians.photos/18T52Hg) taken at Laupahoehoe Point, Hawaii, is today’s photo. From where I was standing, if you turned your body about 40 degrees to the left, you’d see this striating series of ocean rock that, at first glance, could appear to be utterly chaotic when trying to find a composition amongst all the obstacles. This was exactly the case when I was standing here with my Sony FE 16-35mm f/4 lens. It simply pulled too much of the scene in and I was struggling to find a layout that made sense. This is a very common occurrence and what’s important is knowing how to power through it to get a photo that you like… because odds are that there is one waiting for you.

In this case, I decided to swap out my widest lens for my longest one and mounted my Sony A-mount 70-400mm f/4-5.6 super telephotolens. M... more »

Making sense out of obstacles

Spring boarding off of my last post (http://brians.photos/18T52Hg) taken at Laupahoehoe Point, Hawaii, is today’s photo. From where I was standing, if you turned your body about 40 degrees to the left, you’d see this striating series of ocean rock that, at first glance, could appear to be utterly chaotic when trying to find a composition amongst all the obstacles. This was exactly the case when I was standing here with my Sony FE 16-35mm f/4 lens. It simply pulled too much of the scene in and I was struggling to find a layout that made sense. This is a very common occurrence and what’s important is knowing how to power through it to get a photo that you like… because odds are that there is one waiting for you.

In this case, I decided to swap out my widest lens for my longest one and mounted my Sony A-mount 70-400mm f/4-5.6 super telephoto lens. Much better. Instantly, I was able to start scanning the scene in front of me with my live view until I found a pattern that made sense. After a bit of searching, I found a section of rock that naturally formed its layers from the foreground thru to the background. This cross-section of rock provided a great representation of the pitfalls one would face if they found themselves swimming out there. It was simply a matter of using the right gear to help tease out the composition that was waiting to be found.

Camera: +Sony a7R with the Sony 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G SSM II
Filter: +Formatt-Hitech Firecrest 10-stop ND filter & Firecrest 105mm Circular Polarizer
Tripod: +Really Right Stuff TVC-34L/BH-55
Stylization: Adobe Lightroom 5.7

Source with more info & links: http://brians.photos/1Kx0ZOm

‪#‎SonyAlpha‬ ‪#‎Hawaii‬ ‪#‎Sunrise‬ ‪#‎LongExposure‬___

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2015-02-06 04:04:09 (13 comments, 9 reshares, 281 +1s)Open 

The Importance of a Strong Foreground Element

The funny thing about the coastal point of Laupahoehoe, Hawaii is that it’s a really busy place. Not busy in terms of it being sprawling with other tourists, especially during those pre-sunrise hours, but busy in the way that the shore is littered with so many boulders and sea stacks. Initially, I had set up my tripod about 15 feet away from the shore line to try and find a composition that worked. The sun hadn’t started to rise yet so it was very much dark on dark in terms of framing things up. However, once some of the sun’s first light started to shine, I immediately realized that my composition was garbage, which is a bit humorous to say when you’re standing on this little slice of paradise. But, it was garbage. There simply was too much in front of me and I knew that if I felt lost in the photo, my viewers would too.
That’... more »

The Importance of a Strong Foreground Element

The funny thing about the coastal point of Laupahoehoe, Hawaii is that it’s a really busy place. Not busy in terms of it being sprawling with other tourists, especially during those pre-sunrise hours, but busy in the way that the shore is littered with so many boulders and sea stacks. Initially, I had set up my tripod about 15 feet away from the shore line to try and find a composition that worked. The sun hadn’t started to rise yet so it was very much dark on dark in terms of framing things up. However, once some of the sun’s first light started to shine, I immediately realized that my composition was garbage, which is a bit humorous to say when you’re standing on this little slice of paradise. But, it was garbage. There simply was too much in front of me and I knew that if I felt lost in the photo, my viewers would too.

That’s when I started scanning for my foreground element… that one object that I can really grapple my composition around. The anchor came in the form of a round, shiny boulder that seemed to loom over the other rocks in its immediate vicinity. It’s very important that I provide my viewers with a launch point to begin exploring and a resting place to land at when they’re done. This boulder would serve that purpose nicely. I edged closer to shoreline and splayed my tripod out so that it was low enough to fill the bottom third of the frame with my anchor and the line of rocks surrounding it. With that established, everything else fell into place quite nicely. I just waited for the light to continue spilling out until it started bouncing off the bottom of the clouds in the sky. I love it when a plan comes together.

Camera: +Sony a7R with the Sony FE 16-35mm f/4
Filter: +Formatt-Hitech Firecrest 3-stop Soft Grad ND filter
Tripod: +Really Right Stuff  TVC-34L/BH-55
Stylization: Adobe Lightroom 5.7

Source with more info & links: http://brians.photos/18T52Hg

#Hawaii, #SonyAlpha, #Sunrise___

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2015-02-03 05:21:37 (46 comments, 16 reshares, 321 +1s)Open 

Onto the next chapter

Uncomfortably excited.

That’s the emotion I’m feeling most today as I stand at the southern most point of the United States because it’s time for me to start a new chapter. After two years working amongst some of the smartest and most talented people on the planet, I’m leaving Google. I have no doubt that my fellow Googlers will continue to build industry and life changing products and services, helping to unify every person in all corners of the globe. I’m so proud to have been a part of this organization.

As the page turns, it’s time for me to return to doing things on my own as a photographer and entrepreneur while leveraging my industry experiences with devising social strategies and running global influencer/partner programs. To that end, I’ve incorporated and formed my new company, Matiash, Inc., which serves as an umbrellafor the vario... more »

Onto the next chapter

Uncomfortably excited.

That’s the emotion I’m feeling most today as I stand at the southern most point of the United States because it’s time for me to start a new chapter. After two years working amongst some of the smartest and most talented people on the planet, I’m leaving Google. I have no doubt that my fellow Googlers will continue to build industry and life changing products and services, helping to unify every person in all corners of the globe. I’m so proud to have been a part of this organization.

As the page turns, it’s time for me to return to doing things on my own as a photographer and entrepreneur while leveraging my industry experiences with devising social strategies and running global influencer/partner programs. To that end, I’ve incorporated and formed my new company, Matiash, Inc., which serves as an umbrella for the various projects and revenue streams that I’m now managing.

But what I’m most excited about is the deeper relationship that I’ve formed with my good friends at +Sony. In addition to being a member of the Artisans of Imagery program, I’ll now be working very closely with the Sony Digital Imaging team to strategize and bring the world of Alpha mirrorless technologies to the forefront of photo industry. The opportunity to work alongside people whose passion it is to build products aimed squarely at photography hobbyists, enthusiasts, and pros is something that I’m truly excited about. 

While that will take a majority of my time, I’m also smack dab in the middle of writing my first published book with +Rocky Nook Publishing on the creative aspects of photography due out this summer. I’ll share more details about this in the coming months but suffice it to say that it is a massive bucket list item that I’m going to be checking off. I’m thankful for all the folks there who are investing so much in me, especially my good friend, +Scott Cowlin, and my favorite editor, Ted Waitt.

Earlier this month, I led my first major workshop of the year in Death Valley with my very close bud, +James Brandon, and based on the great success from it, we’re going to be adding a new line of high-end/premium workshops at more exotic locations alongside our existing photography workshops that take advantage of the splendors of the US National Parks. Details on those events are coming!

In the middle of all this good stuff, I’ll still continue contributing content to both +Photofocus® and +lynda.com and I’m really happy to take part in new initiatives with my old buddies at +on1, +Formatt-Hitech, and +Wacom, and and my new ones at G-Technology. I’m also investing much more time in delivering the very best content possible via my Newsletter (http://eepurl.com/ML_sv) while also taking a closer look at how much time I invest in the fleeting musings of social media as a whole.

Finally, I want to take a moment to thank my beloved wife, +Nicole S. Young, for her ridiculously enduring support of me and my efforts throughout the years. She has constantly been my biggest fan, my favorite critic, and my most trusted confidant. Everyone should be so lucky to have a Nicolesy in their lives to help set the course.

And to all of you guys ‘n gals who have made this whole trek as fun and memorable as it has been, I tip my hat to you. Rest assured that we’re only getting started.

Source with more info & links: http://brians.photos/1HPLjbh___

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2015-02-01 19:25:07 (13 comments, 2 reshares, 206 +1s)Open 

Guess who's a Guest Editor for +500px this month?

Dis guy.

I'm thrilled to join the ranks of an illustrious cadre of photographers who have stormed the gates and taken the reigns at 500px as guest editors. Browsing 500px is a daily 'thing' that I do, like putting on deodorant (don't you?) or brewing a pot of coffee, and it has been a tremendous source of inspiration and reconnoissance when I head off to a new location.

Over the next 28 days (unless Feb magically turns into a leap year), I'll be bringing you a curated selection of photos submitted by 500px users with the aim to inspire, drop jaws, and spur the creativity within all of you.

I'm also open to suggestion so if you see a photo that tugs at your heart strings, please do your online civic duties and let me know.

Image credit: +Nicole S.... more »

Guess who's a Guest Editor for +500px this month?

Dis guy.

I'm thrilled to join the ranks of an illustrious cadre of photographers who have stormed the gates and taken the reigns at 500px as guest editors. Browsing 500px is a daily 'thing' that I do, like putting on deodorant (don't you?) or brewing a pot of coffee, and it has been a tremendous source of inspiration and reconnoissance when I head off to a new location.

Over the next 28 days (unless Feb magically turns into a leap year), I'll be bringing you a curated selection of photos submitted by 500px users with the aim to inspire, drop jaws, and spur the creativity within all of you.

I'm also open to suggestion so if you see a photo that tugs at your heart strings, please do your online civic duties and let me know.

Image credit: +Nicole S. Young ‪#‎nicolesygram‬___

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2015-02-01 02:38:37 (17 comments, 17 reshares, 312 +1s)Open 

Why having a sense of place is so important

This trip to the Big Island of Hawaii was split in two main parts: the first four days were spent on the northern part of the island and the remaining four days are being spent on the southern part. As the first few days went by, I started experiencing a major creative bloc. I’d get back to the B&B that we were staying at (which has since permanently shut its doors) and would have a huge wave of apathy crash over me as I reviewed the photos from the day. Even while on location, I’d have this feeling that I wasn’t firing on all cylinders. This was all despite Nicole affirming that I did actually walk away with keepers after seeing my results at the end of each day. Still, I couldn’t put my finger on why I was holding myself back.

It wasn’t until we got to the second half of the trip, returning to the absolutely wonderfulKalaekilo... more »

Why having a sense of place is so important

This trip to the Big Island of Hawaii was split in two main parts: the first four days were spent on the northern part of the island and the remaining four days are being spent on the southern part. As the first few days went by, I started experiencing a major creative bloc. I’d get back to the B&B that we were staying at (which has since permanently shut its doors) and would have a huge wave of apathy crash over me as I reviewed the photos from the day. Even while on location, I’d have this feeling that I wasn’t firing on all cylinders. This was all despite Nicole affirming that I did actually walk away with keepers after seeing my results at the end of each day. Still, I couldn’t put my finger on why I was holding myself back.

It wasn’t until we got to the second half of the trip, returning to the absolutely wonderful Kalaekilohana Inn and Retreat, that it all started to make sense. This is our second time staying at Kalaekilohana. We made it a point to return here after spending 8 wonderful days last year here. This place served as the backdrop to our first experience of the Big Island and had a profound impact on us. When we pulled up the long path to the brilliant yellow home, everything felt familiar and good. It simply crystalized the importance of your surroundings and its impact on the creative process. I’m not saying that the first location we stayed at was bad. Quite the opposite, actually. The staff were lovely, the bed was comfy, and the breakfasts were delicious. But there is something different about this place.

Within an hour of checking in, I felt better. It was like a fog was lifted from my head and it couldn’t have happened sooner because we were just about to head off to our next sunset shoot. When we arrived at a remote, rocky and secluded swatch of the Kawa’a shore, everything started falling into place. I felt much more comfortable in my skin and my creative process seemed to flow again. More importantly, I’m genuinely happy with the photos that I captured yesterday and am even more excited about the photos that I’ll be capturing during our final three days here.

Camera: +Sony a7R with the Sony FE 24-70mm f/4
Filter: +Formatt-Hitech Firecrest 3-stop Soft Grad ND filter + Firecrest 105mm Circular Polarizer 
Tripod: +Really Right Stuff TVC-34L/BH-55
Stylization: Adobe Lightroom 5.7

Source with more info & links: http://brians.photos/1DsjkYU

#Hawaii, #LetHawaiiHappen___

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2015-01-30 01:31:57 (57 comments, 52 reshares, 713 +1s)Open 

The Journey to Hawi

A lot of our days here in Hawaii have actual destinations tacked onto them. We’ll plan to go to Place ‘A’ for sunrise and aim for Place ‘B’ for sunset with some R&R in between. I suspect this MO may sound familiar to a lot of you trekking photographers. After all, a lot of why we go somewhere is to reach an intended destination. Fortunately, yesterday was not one of those days. Well, the sunrise was. We aimed to visit Waipio Valley and that’s what we did. However, later in the afternoon, we jumped into our Wrangler and just drove. No destination set – just a general direction.

In this case, our general direction was towards Hawi. As we drive down the wonderfully lazy and meandering Kohala Mountain Road, I couldn’t help but pull over at various spots because something just caught my eye. This fence is a perfect example. I loved how itzigged and zagg... more »

The Journey to Hawi

A lot of our days here in Hawaii have actual destinations tacked onto them. We’ll plan to go to Place ‘A’ for sunrise and aim for Place ‘B’ for sunset with some R&R in between. I suspect this MO may sound familiar to a lot of you trekking photographers. After all, a lot of why we go somewhere is to reach an intended destination. Fortunately, yesterday was not one of those days. Well, the sunrise was. We aimed to visit Waipio Valley and that’s what we did. However, later in the afternoon, we jumped into our Wrangler and just drove. No destination set – just a general direction.

In this case, our general direction was towards Hawi. As we drive down the wonderfully lazy and meandering Kohala Mountain Road, I couldn’t help but pull over at various spots because something just caught my eye. This fence is a perfect example. I loved how it zigged and zagged and that it was flanked with colorful wildflowers. Further down the road was a perfectly solitary tree sitting on the hillside. These are the fleeting instances that I usually zip by at speeds that exceed the posted speed limits and it’s a great reminder that they journey can be just as fulfilling, if not more so, than the destination.

Camera: +Sony a7R with the Sony FE 24-70mm f/4
Filter: +Formatt-Hitech Firecrest 3-stop Soft Grad ND filter
Tripod: +Really Right Stuff TVC-34L/BH-55
Stylization: +on1 Perfect Effects 9 and Adobe Lightroom 5.7

Source with more info & links: http://brians.photos/1A4tTDB

#Hawaii, #SonyAlpha , #Landscape , #Nature___

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2015-01-28 23:21:36 (35 comments, 20 reshares, 397 +1s)Open 

Sunrise over Waipi'o Valley

I’m always happy to be able to check an item off the bucket list and today’s was watching the sun rise over Waipi’o Valley. Well, technically, it rose behind the valley but we don’t need to split hairs over it. Much like yesterday’s sunrise, there was a thick layer of clouds sitting on the horizon, which ended up working in my favor because of the color that they held. Fortunately, there were some nice, billowy clouds further up in the sky that caught most of the golden yellows and oranges.

I think I was more excited about the actual drive down to the valley than I was getting there. I heard all sorts of stories and warnings about the insanely steep grade, which made me all the more excited. Fortunately, we had rented a trusty Jeep Wrangler, so I knew that I was in good hands. And you know what? That road is damn steep! But it’salso dam... more »

Sunrise over Waipi'o Valley

I’m always happy to be able to check an item off the bucket list and today’s was watching the sun rise over Waipi’o Valley. Well, technically, it rose behind the valley but we don’t need to split hairs over it. Much like yesterday’s sunrise, there was a thick layer of clouds sitting on the horizon, which ended up working in my favor because of the color that they held. Fortunately, there were some nice, billowy clouds further up in the sky that caught most of the golden yellows and oranges.

I think I was more excited about the actual drive down to the valley than I was getting there. I heard all sorts of stories and warnings about the insanely steep grade, which made me all the more excited. Fortunately, we had rented a trusty Jeep Wrangler, so I knew that I was in good hands. And you know what? That road is damn steep! But it’s also damn fun to drive it. You just need to be absolutely certain that you’re exercising caution and good judgement because one wrong move and you’re in for a not-so-good day.

Camera: +Sony a7S with the Sony FE 16-35mm f/4
Filter: +Formatt-Hitech ProIRND 3-stop ND filter
Tripod: +Really Right Stuff TVC-34L/BH-55
Stylization: Adobe Lightroom 5.7

Source with more info & links: http://brians.photos/1wBT1dl

#Bigisland, #Hawaii, #SonyAlpha, #Waipiovalley, #Sunrise ___

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2015-01-26 01:27:28 (10 comments, 4 reshares, 41 +1s)Open 

What's In My Bag #3 - The Big Island, Hawaii, Jan 2015

Alas, when a crazy Black Friday sale by Alaska Airlines presented itself to me, I was immediately curious. So you say that I can fly directly from Portland to Kona for $350 round trip? That definitely warrants a “Book Now” click. This trip will be different than most because it’s the first time that I’ll be putting a pair of Sony Action Cam PoV cameras to use while we trek around the island. I’m hoping to get some unique clips from inside and outside of the Jeep Wrangler that we rented along with coastal time-lapse shots.

In any case, I put this video together outlining what’s going in my bag and why. As always, if you have any questions, leave them in the comments! Aloha!

What's In My Bag #3 - The Big Island, Hawaii, Jan 2015

Alas, when a crazy Black Friday sale by Alaska Airlines presented itself to me, I was immediately curious. So you say that I can fly directly from Portland to Kona for $350 round trip? That definitely warrants a “Book Now” click. This trip will be different than most because it’s the first time that I’ll be putting a pair of Sony Action Cam PoV cameras to use while we trek around the island. I’m hoping to get some unique clips from inside and outside of the Jeep Wrangler that we rented along with coastal time-lapse shots.

In any case, I put this video together outlining what’s going in my bag and why. As always, if you have any questions, leave them in the comments! Aloha!___

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2015-01-25 02:53:45 (12 comments, 8 reshares, 334 +1s)Open 

Redemption on the Racetrack Playa

The last time I visited the Racetrack Playa in Death Valley National Park was in January of 2013. Despite it being utterly obvious to even write, I was a totally different photographer than I am today. I saw things differently, reacted to things differently, and composed things differently. My camera was different and my choice of lens was, too. On top of that, I had to contend with the excitement and novelty that comes with your first time actually stepping foot on the playa and seeing those legendary sailing stones just sitting there. Creativity-wise, it can be overload for photographers. I know it was for me. I grew up seeing photos of these moving boulders and read all sorts of stories purporting to explain how and why they glided so effortlessly across one of the driest areas on the planet [here is an article that explains it -... more »

Redemption on the Racetrack Playa

The last time I visited the Racetrack Playa in Death Valley National Park was in January of 2013. Despite it being utterly obvious to even write, I was a totally different photographer than I am today. I saw things differently, reacted to things differently, and composed things differently. My camera was different and my choice of lens was, too. On top of that, I had to contend with the excitement and novelty that comes with your first time actually stepping foot on the playa and seeing those legendary sailing stones just sitting there. Creativity-wise, it can be overload for photographers. I know it was for me. I grew up seeing photos of these moving boulders and read all sorts of stories purporting to explain how and why they glided so effortlessly across one of the driest areas on the planet [here is an article that explains it - http://www.sci-news.com/physics/science-death-valley-sailing-stones-02148.html].

On the evening that I photographed the sunset over the playa back then, the weather conditions were great, albeit utterly freezing. We had a great sky with puffy clouds and a clear horizon that allowed for capturing a sunburst. Under the right creative conditions, I could have walked away with a few photos that I would have been really happy with. Unfortunately, that didn’t turn out to be the case and I ended up feeling very disenchanted with my results. I simply wasn’t happy with the any of my compositions or editing choices. So be it. What I can promise you is that I certainly learned from that experience and knew that if/when I would return, I’d do things very differently. I’d take my time and be very deliberate.

And so two years transpired. I grew older and evolved my visual palette. I no longer had the compulsions and frenetic tendencies that I once did, rather learning to appreciate and savor the moment in front of me. So, when I found myself leading a workshop of nine students who had never stepped foot on the playa, I felt totally at ease. Rather than focus on getting all of “the shots,” I reveled in helping my students figure out their own compositional quandaries. After all, I immediately saw the same scattered excitement in them that I experienced for myself two years prior. So, why not help act as the photographic metronome for them? I certainly could have used that back then.

Alas, when golden hour approached and the mountain peaks exploded in alpenglow, it was time to execute. +James Brandon and I helped those students who were in our vicinity with composing in what I could only describe as an orchestral manner. As for me, I was as ready as I’d ever been. I had waited two years for this moment. I knew exactly what I wanted to capture, how I wanted to capture it, and how I wanted to stylize it. My camera and tripod were locked in, focus set, and exposure dialed. When my students were done, I grabbed my shutter cable and fired two exposures for good measure. Nothing more and nothing less. Within seconds, the photo was wirelessly sent to my iPhone for review. Focus was sharp and the composition fully met my expectations. Redemption had been found.

Camera: +Sony a7R with the Sony FE 16-35mm f/4
Filter: +Formatt-Hitech Firecrest 3-stop Soft Grad ND Filter
Tripod: +Really Right Stuff TVC-34L/BH-55
Stylization: Adobe Lightroom 5.7

Source with more info & links: http://brians.photos/1CppfiA

#DeathValley, #NationalPark, #SailingStones, #California, #Sunset___

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2015-01-23 04:53:35 (20 comments, 19 reshares, 282 +1s)Open 

The Catch-22 of the Mesquite Dunes

On one hand, I think it’s great that the National Parks Service has made it so easy for even the modestly mobile tourist to park their car and walk up to the beautiful Mesquite Dunes within Death Valley National Park. Standing in the midst of these beautiful formations is something that everyone should experience. However, the downside becomes exceptionally apparent quite quickly, especially in the absence of wind. And thus I find myself in a catch-22.

Given that our workshop was held over a holiday weekend, we anticipated for more dense tourism over the weekend and, for the most part, it didn’t impede our abilities to photograph the park at all. However, the sand dunes were a bit of an exception. Even from the main road, the evidence of heavy foot traffic was easily visible. Footprints pockmarked almost every facade of the dunes, leavingthe... more »

The Catch-22 of the Mesquite Dunes

On one hand, I think it’s great that the National Parks Service has made it so easy for even the modestly mobile tourist to park their car and walk up to the beautiful Mesquite Dunes within Death Valley National Park. Standing in the midst of these beautiful formations is something that everyone should experience. However, the downside becomes exceptionally apparent quite quickly, especially in the absence of wind. And thus I find myself in a catch-22.

Given that our workshop was held over a holiday weekend, we anticipated for more dense tourism over the weekend and, for the most part, it didn’t impede our abilities to photograph the park at all. However, the sand dunes were a bit of an exception. Even from the main road, the evidence of heavy foot traffic was easily visible. Footprints pockmarked almost every facade of the dunes, leaving them looking worn. Had a few gusts of wind kicked through, most of those footprints would have been wiped away quite easily. The downside is having to content with a windstorm while standing atop a giant sand dune and thus the conundrum unfolds.

On the sunset attempt pictured here, we parked our passenger van about a mile before the parking lot and hiked towards some of the outer dunes. At first, it looked very promising and it was for the most part. There were some beautiful formations and patterns all around us. Unfortunately, there were also plenty of footprints, which we quickly acclimated to and learned to work around. On a subsequent sunrise shoot, we found a wonderful patch of untouched dunes about a half mile beyond the parking lot (traveling away from Stovepipe Wells). They were smaller than most but they offered tons of composition opportunities. It just requires a bit of creativity and patience.

Camera: +Sony a7R with the Sony A-mount 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G SSM II
Filter: +Formatt-Hitech Firecrest 105mm Circular Polarizer
Tripod: +Really Right Stuff TVC-34L/BH-55
Stylization: +on1 Perfect Effects 9 and Lightroom 5.7

Source with more info & links: http://brians.photos/15wpv2G

‪#‎DeathValley‬, ‪#‎MesquiteDunes‬, ‪#‎NationalParks‬, ‪#‎Sand‬, ‪#‎Sunset‬, ‪#‎SonyAlpha‬___

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2015-01-22 05:04:40 (15 comments, 17 reshares, 249 +1s)Open 

The Otherworldly Cottonball Basin

I have to admit that I’m a bit proud of myself for not going on an absolute lunacy-driven spell after spending a week without virtually any cell signal. Fortunately, I’m pleased to say that the photo workshop led by me and my good bud, +James Brandon, went very well! We took our students to a variety of locations within Death Valley National Park and guided them through photo experiences such as watching the sun rise over the Mesquite Sand Dunes, light-painting a dense forest of Joshua Trees, and seeing the last light fall upon the sailing stones of the Racetrack Playa, in addition to a bunch of other ones. All in all, it was a great time with some great people.

The day after the workshop was wide open for James and me, so we decided to do a more rigorous scout around Cottonball Basin. James had a particular area that he had been huntingfor ... more »

The Otherworldly Cottonball Basin

I have to admit that I’m a bit proud of myself for not going on an absolute lunacy-driven spell after spending a week without virtually any cell signal. Fortunately, I’m pleased to say that the photo workshop led by me and my good bud, +James Brandon, went very well! We took our students to a variety of locations within Death Valley National Park and guided them through photo experiences such as watching the sun rise over the Mesquite Sand Dunes, light-painting a dense forest of Joshua Trees, and seeing the last light fall upon the sailing stones of the Racetrack Playa, in addition to a bunch of other ones. All in all, it was a great time with some great people.

The day after the workshop was wide open for James and me, so we decided to do a more rigorous scout around Cottonball Basin. James had a particular area that he had been hunting for and we decided to give it one last try to find. The weather was very unusual for the area with a socked-in sky and cooler temps. Still, after much perseverance and even more walking, we did find the area that we dubbed “Goldmine.” A very small area of brown earth comprised of densely packed pockets of white salt. At first glance, you would swear that you were standing on another planet. Relieved and excited, James marked the Goldmine waypoint on his GPS device and we now had our location for sunset.

When it was time to depart the lodge and make the hike back to this location, the sky was still just as socked-in as before. For a minute, both of us actually considered tossing it in for the day and relax. But, we knew that we’d truly kick ourselves if something happened last minute. So, we laced up, drove out, and hiked in. We made it to our location quicker than we had imagined… I guess scouting really is helpful! With about 40 minutes until sunset, James and I recorded some videos for each other and found our locations while taking great care to minimize our footprints in the area.

And then it happened.

First, the mountain range behind us exploded in this wonderful-but-brief alpenglow. It was gone almost as quickly as it appeared. Then the real show started. Right before our eyes, layer upon layer of grey clouds began erupting in this crazy display of orange and yellow. It truly was a fire in the sky. James and I went into concentration mode and began performing that special ballet of two photographers maximizing different compositions within the tiny window of time that we had. It really was a most excellent experience.

After about 90 seconds or so, the color began to die. What little ambient light we had was quickly fading but we were beaming. It was time to hike back to our vehicle. That was as good of an ending to our week-long stay in Death Valley as we could have ever asked for.

Camera: +Sony a7R with the Sony FE 16-35mm f/4 lens
Filter: N/A
Tripod: +Really Right Stuff TVC-34L/BH-55
Stylization: Lightroom 5.7

Source with more info & links: http://brians.photos/1yIuUj5

#DeathValley, #NationalPark, #SonyAlpha, #California, #Sunset___

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2015-01-14 01:45:35 (29 comments, 32 reshares, 492 +1s)Open 

Why you should embrace obstacles

The photographer who I was two or three years ago would look at a scene like this and immediately walk right by it. “There are too many damn trees in the way!” is something that I’d likely bark to myself. I suppose that’s a natural progression of growth for me. I usually start with something laid out in a clear, sensical way and practice on that until an evolutionary jump occurs. I don’t think there is a particular amount of time that has to elapse or a certain number of photos that have to be taken before things change but I am sure that a change does occur. It affects the way I see things now. What used to be obstacles and chaos now resembles more of a narrative… you just have to arrange it in the right sequence.

It’s also really refreshing to begin seeing in this new way because it opens up an entirely different area ofopportunity t... more »

Why you should embrace obstacles

The photographer who I was two or three years ago would look at a scene like this and immediately walk right by it. “There are too many damn trees in the way!” is something that I’d likely bark to myself. I suppose that’s a natural progression of growth for me. I usually start with something laid out in a clear, sensical way and practice on that until an evolutionary jump occurs. I don’t think there is a particular amount of time that has to elapse or a certain number of photos that have to be taken before things change but I am sure that a change does occur. It affects the way I see things now. What used to be obstacles and chaos now resembles more of a narrative… you just have to arrange it in the right sequence.

It’s also really refreshing to begin seeing in this new way because it opens up an entirely different area of opportunity to create new photos in locations that I have visited frequently. I’m not trying to say that you have to ostensibly accept obstacles just because it illustrates my own growth but there is an underlying theme of being able to identify what those obstacles mean to you. Your obstacles can be wholly different than mine and they can be more figurative than my very literal ones.

So I’m curious, what sort of obstacles have you run into with your growth as a photographer and how have you dealt with them?

Camera: +Sony a7R with the Sony FE 16-35mm f/4 lens
Filter: +Formatt-Hitech 77mm Firecrest Circular Polarizer
Tripod: +Really Right Stuff TVC-34L/BH-55
Stylization: +onOne Perfect Effects 9 and Lightroom 5.7

Source with more info & links: http://brians.photos/14xA0SA

#Longexposure, #SonyAlpha, #Oregon, #SonyA7R___

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2015-01-12 02:44:19 (23 comments, 64 reshares, 551 +1s)Open 

Facing off with Little ZigZag Falls

You know what will help clear a Las Vegas-induced cold? Taking in the crisp and fresh air in the Mt. Hood region of Oregon. My good bud, +Matt Kloskowski, is visiting town again (he works for +onOne, Inc) – a Portland-based company) and so we rallied the troops to get some nature shooting under our belts. Joining us were +Nicole S. Young, +Brian Bonham, and +Hudson Henry. We decided on Little ZigZag Falls as our destination. With it being in the Mt. Hood region of Oregon, our hopes were high that we’d have some snow to include in our photos. Alas, there was plenty of snow… but it was the gross, dirty kind. Still, the water levels were lower than I had ever seen before, which made it pretty easy to cross the stream and photograph the actual waterfall from the other side. This was the first time I have had the opportunity to get this vantagepoint and ... more »

Facing off with Little ZigZag Falls

You know what will help clear a Las Vegas-induced cold? Taking in the crisp and fresh air in the Mt. Hood region of Oregon. My good bud, +Matt Kloskowski, is visiting town again (he works for +onOne, Inc) – a Portland-based company) and so we rallied the troops to get some nature shooting under our belts. Joining us were +Nicole S. Young, +Brian Bonham, and +Hudson Henry. We decided on Little ZigZag Falls as our destination. With it being in the Mt. Hood region of Oregon, our hopes were high that we’d have some snow to include in our photos. Alas, there was plenty of snow… but it was the gross, dirty kind. Still, the water levels were lower than I had ever seen before, which made it pretty easy to cross the stream and photograph the actual waterfall from the other side. This was the first time I have had the opportunity to get this vantage point and made it count. As you may expect, the rate at which my lens got coated from spray was really high, so I had to device a timing system where I wiped my lens clean and kept it covered with my microfiber cloth before quickly clearing it, locking my focus, and exposing. It took a few attempts but I walked away with some keepers.

For this photo, I had my +Sony a7R and Sony FE 16-35mm f/4 lens at around chest level. To help cut the reflection off of the rocks and water, I used a 77mm +Formatt-Hitech Circular Polarizer via a 72mm-77mm step-up ring. I was worried about micro-vibrations with the camera being so close to the falls but it was rock solid, thanks to my beastly +Really Right Stuff TVC-34L/BH-55 tripod. Stylization was done using a custom-built preset in Perfect Effects 9 by onOne, as well as some fine-tuning in Lightroom.

Source with more info & links: http://brians.photos/14K6EBw

#Longexposure, #SonyAlpha, #Oregon, #SonyA7R___

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2015-01-11 21:03:00 (13 comments, 9 reshares, 294 +1s)Open 

With my good buddy, +Matt Kloskowski, in town, a plan to visit good ol' Little Zig Zag Falls came together quite nicely with +Nicole S. Young, +Brian Bonham and +Hudson Henry. There is a decent amount of snow, but it's mostly dirty and gross.

Still, all is not bad. There has been some clear changes in the flow of the stream and the low water levels allowed me to position my camera in very different positions. It was even low enough for a few of us to cross and shoot the falls from the other side (a first for me).

Now it's time to pack up and crush a burrito.

With my good buddy, +Matt Kloskowski, in town, a plan to visit good ol' Little Zig Zag Falls came together quite nicely with +Nicole S. Young, +Brian Bonham and +Hudson Henry. There is a decent amount of snow, but it's mostly dirty and gross.

Still, all is not bad. There has been some clear changes in the flow of the stream and the low water levels allowed me to position my camera in very different positions. It was even low enough for a few of us to cross and shoot the falls from the other side (a first for me).

Now it's time to pack up and crush a burrito.___

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2015-01-08 23:20:46 (15 comments, 15 reshares, 186 +1s)Open 

First look: The G-Technology G-Drive ev ATC w/Thunderbolt

Yesterday at the 2015 International CES in Las Vegas, I had the pleasure of meeting with my friends at G-Technology to discuss a variety of projects that we’re working on in the coming months. One of the projects involves a brand new product announced by G-Technology just the other day: the G-Drive ev ATC (http://brians.photos/gdriveevatc). If you’re a photographer who spends any time shooting in rugged terrains or in inclement/extreme weather, this is the sort of protection you’ll want to invest in for your travel hard drives. This case was built to take a beating while keeping your precious data safe, snug and secure. When I’m traveling for weeks at a time, that sort of peace-of-mind is priceless.

G-Technology provided me with the 1 Tb Thunderbolt version to use on my upcoming trips to Death Valley, the BigIsland ... more »

First look: The G-Technology G-Drive ev ATC w/Thunderbolt

Yesterday at the 2015 International CES in Las Vegas, I had the pleasure of meeting with my friends at G-Technology to discuss a variety of projects that we’re working on in the coming months. One of the projects involves a brand new product announced by G-Technology just the other day: the G-Drive ev ATC (http://brians.photos/gdriveevatc). If you’re a photographer who spends any time shooting in rugged terrains or in inclement/extreme weather, this is the sort of protection you’ll want to invest in for your travel hard drives. This case was built to take a beating while keeping your precious data safe, snug and secure. When I’m traveling for weeks at a time, that sort of peace-of-mind is priceless.

G-Technology provided me with the 1 Tb Thunderbolt version to use on my upcoming trips to Death Valley, the Big Island of Hawaii, Iceland, and Norway. I’ll be sharing my in-the-field experiences with the drive soon but in the meantime, if you have any questions, leave them in the comments field. Enjoy the video!

Source with more info & links: http://brians.photos/1BFCtrl

Direct video link: http://brians.photos/YTgdriveevatc

#CES2015, #GDrive, #GTechnology___

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2015-01-07 19:06:34 (17 comments, 4 reshares, 269 +1s)Open 

A Quick Photo Tip: Fill the frame

I wanted to share a quick photo tip with you that can help tremendously when you want to bring attention to your primary subject. Simply, let it hog up your frame. Now, take that in jest for a bit. You obviously don’t want to completely inundate the frame with your primary subject (unless it makes sense to) but instead of trying to fit the entirety of it in, try getting closer and sacrifice capturing “everything.” This pier is a great example. Instead of trying to fit all of it into the frame, which would require me to walk further away from it and make it appear small, I chose to tighten up on the vertical support structure and embrace some distortion, which helped create a clear leading line into a vanishing point.

I’ll be sharing more of these quick photo tips going forward and I’d love to hear from you. What challenges orobstacles... more »

A Quick Photo Tip: Fill the frame

I wanted to share a quick photo tip with you that can help tremendously when you want to bring attention to your primary subject. Simply, let it hog up your frame. Now, take that in jest for a bit. You obviously don’t want to completely inundate the frame with your primary subject (unless it makes sense to) but instead of trying to fit the entirety of it in, try getting closer and sacrifice capturing “everything.” This pier is a great example. Instead of trying to fit all of it into the frame, which would require me to walk further away from it and make it appear small, I chose to tighten up on the vertical support structure and embrace some distortion, which helped create a clear leading line into a vanishing point.

I’ll be sharing more of these quick photo tips going forward and I’d love to hear from you. What challenges or obstacles do you encounter with your photography?

Source with more info & links: http://brians.photos/1FonWnQ___

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