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Ben Fullerton

Ben Fullerton 

Professional Adventure Photographer, DP, Pentax Shooter and Tall Guy. Life's an adventure, shoot it!

Occupation: I'm a professional Adventure Photographer. Staf Photographer for BACKPACKER, Mag, Climbing Mag, Urban Climber and the other publications of the Active Interest Media Outdoor Group. (Active Interest Media)

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Billy Wilson1,546,029Joined by:  -Photographer/Blogger @104987932455782713675 (http://google.com/+ThomasHawk). -Photography Teacher, Tour Leader and Managing Editor of Digital Photography School @118217903064255489244 (http://google.com/+DarleneHildebrandt). -Pacific Northwest Landscape Photographer @115614791007645952267 (http://google.com/+PatriciaDavidsonPhotography). -Photographer @113330053950020592701 (http://google.com/+OlavFolland). -Photographer @117783113906561198831 (http://fullertonimages.com). -Attorney/Photographer @104973761519912571719 (http://google.com/+ChristaLaser). -Content Creator & YouNow Channel Manager @101422286527349716322 (http://youtube.com/iDokie). -Musical Guest @113247553506653386664 (http://youtube.com/AcousticEnergy) finishing the last 16 minutes of the hour off with some live music. The show is live on Friday at 10pm Eastern here & on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pdj4oYUU80 (time zone converter http://goo.gl/3itW5). @108595299975404341987 brings together Artists, Musicians, Photographers, Personalities, & all sorts of fun and interesting people from around the world each Friday for a hangout and is one of the largest & longest running shows on G+. You can watch previous episodes here: http://goo.gl/ceHtH Find Me Elsewhere:  Google+: https://google.com/+billywilson Twitter: https://twitter.com/BillyWilson14 Facebook: http://facebook.com/BillyWilsond   Photography: http://flickr.com/photos/billy_wilson/sets Site/Blog: http://thebillywilson.com Help support me, my family, projects, & show on Patreon: http://patreon.com/billywilson or Donate via Paypal: https://paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=E74U8G8TZKYDJ #TSBW#104 Fun, Discussion, & Live Music from James Olmos2014-03-29 03:00:0064  
Billy Wilson1,546,029This week we have some fun people joining us including Photographers Jordan Oram, Curtis Cunningham, Hillary Fox, Ben Fullerton, & Sara Collaton. Along with Robot Builder Annika O’Brien & our Special Musical Guest David Santy.  The show will be live on Friday at 10:00pm Eastern here: youtube.com/user/TheBillster2/live Refresh when we’re about to go live and the player will be there.  You can get reminders about the show if you by saying you're "Going" on this event.  That Show with Billy Wilson (TSBW) brings together Artists, Musicians, Photographers, Personalities, & all sorts of fun and interesting people from around the world each Friday for a hangout and is one of the largest & longest running shows on G+. You can watch previous episodes here: http://goo.gl/ceHtH The show is currently embedded on this event.  #TSBW  #64 Photographers & Fun Along with Live Music from David Santy ! (On Air Hangout)2013-06-22 04:00:0038  

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2014-03-25 15:24:02 (21 comments, 0 reshares, 71 +1s)Open 


While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Here's a little something to brighten your Tuesday morning. An all star performance of While My Guitar Gently Weeps. If civilization ended after Prince's extended guitar outro, I would be ok with it. If you look closely at the end of the video, he chucks his gorgeous Telecaster up into the air, and it never comes back down, so I'm pretty sure he was tossing it back to God...

Most reshares: 5

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2014-06-03 15:31:56 (0 comments, 5 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 


Preventing Cable Company F*ckery, aka, Net Neutrality.

"The Internet as we know it is not broken— and the FCC intends to fix that."

This topic is of vital importance (and is also well done an entertaining). Net Neutrality is the building block of the internet, and is the basis for the free speech and level playing field that has launched startups and toppled governments. If this happens, it will be a huge step back towards a system where only a few people truly have a voice and those in power are the only ones with influence.

"These companies have Washington in their pocket to an almost unbelievable degree. The guy who used to run the cable industry's lobbying arm, is now running the industry tasked with regulating it. With the fact that they are basically overseeing their own oversight, it's no surprise that cable companies areb... more »

Most plusones: 71

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2014-03-25 15:24:02 (21 comments, 0 reshares, 71 +1s)Open 


While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Here's a little something to brighten your Tuesday morning. An all star performance of While My Guitar Gently Weeps. If civilization ended after Prince's extended guitar outro, I would be ok with it. If you look closely at the end of the video, he chucks his gorgeous Telecaster up into the air, and it never comes back down, so I'm pretty sure he was tossing it back to God...

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2015-04-09 19:09:51 (17 comments, 1 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

First off, this video was funny, which was the point.

Secondly, "Blah, blah, blah, the new way isn't as good as the old way." is about all I hear in the comments on this video. Grow up.

What I can't get over is how many churches seem bent on making sunday a miserable experience, as if it's somehow a test of how faithful you are. The music suck, the teaching is boring and hardly insightful, the people are stuffy, the chairs are uncomfortable, the coffee is terrible, and the church leaders couldn't be happier to keep it that way. Then everybody cries about how church attendance is dwindling and no one is faithful anymore, blah blah blah. You know who isn't faithful? The people who were in charge of a church and do a crappy job running it to be anything other than the best it could be.

Then some people come along with this wild notion that maybe... more »

First off, this video was funny, which was the point.

Secondly, "Blah, blah, blah, the new way isn't as good as the old way." is about all I hear in the comments on this video. Grow up.

What I can't get over is how many churches seem bent on making sunday a miserable experience, as if it's somehow a test of how faithful you are. The music suck, the teaching is boring and hardly insightful, the people are stuffy, the chairs are uncomfortable, the coffee is terrible, and the church leaders couldn't be happier to keep it that way. Then everybody cries about how church attendance is dwindling and no one is faithful anymore, blah blah blah. You know who isn't faithful? The people who were in charge of a church and do a crappy job running it to be anything other than the best it could be.

Then some people come along with this wild notion that maybe church should be enjoyable, and everyone acts like they're heretics. Like, hey, maybe people actually want to hear quality music. And maybe if we play more modern music, we have a better chance of getting the younger generation in the door. And maybe if the coffee is good, people will hang out longer with each other and talk about something important. And maybe if the teaching is more down to earth, people will hear the message instead of just feeling inadequate. And maybe if we put a little thought and strategy into how we order our service, people will actually pay attention better and learn more. But no, churches like that become popular, so they must be evil and teaching some kind of soft gospel. 

Well the early church grew by thousands in a day, so I guess Peter must have really been watering things down. WE are here to share the good news with everyone we can, and if playing hip music, blinking lights and t-shirts gets more people in the door to hear the Word, then great!

We need to stop arguing about worship formats and grow up. God doesn't care how we worship him, as long as we worship him. And we need to stop trying to act as if we're weeding out the unfaithful by giving them a lame version of church and expecting them to like it anyways if they truly love god. If people aren't coming to your church anymore, don't be a hater on the people who have figured out something that people actually enjoy.___

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2015-04-03 23:20:28 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

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2015-03-27 02:20:52 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

The stank face is strong with this one.

The stank face is strong with this one.___

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2015-01-26 20:09:08 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Absolutely astounding! I've been obsessing over this song lately, and this is one of the most magnificent versions I've heard yet!

Absolutely astounding! I've been obsessing over this song lately, and this is one of the most magnificent versions I've heard yet!___

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2015-01-26 20:01:59 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Super awesome video, +This Exists! Loved all the info. 

There's also this super rad not even out yet thing, called the Roli Seaboard, which is laid out like a paino, but allows the user to play everything you find in between all the standards 88 nots on a piano. It's essentially the piano version of a fretless bass, and sounds wicked cool. Can't wait to see where people go with it once it's available."

https://www.roli.com/seaboard/

Super awesome video, +This Exists! Loved all the info. 

There's also this super rad not even out yet thing, called the Roli Seaboard, which is laid out like a paino, but allows the user to play everything you find in between all the standards 88 nots on a piano. It's essentially the piano version of a fretless bass, and sounds wicked cool. Can't wait to see where people go with it once it's available."

https://www.roli.com/seaboard/___

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2014-12-16 02:48:48 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Beautiful sounds, mate! Gotta get me one of these.

Beautiful sounds, mate! Gotta get me one of these.___

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2014-12-08 16:39:07 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

This is the coolest thing I've ever seen. I must get one. The ability to have independent pitch and vibrato control within voicings is mind blowing. And being able to increase note velocity after the attack opens up so many possibilities. 

This is the coolest thing I've ever seen. I must get one. The ability to have independent pitch and vibrato control within voicings is mind blowing. And being able to increase note velocity after the attack opens up so many possibilities. ___

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2014-12-01 17:22:56 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

All these sounds are bigger than reality. It blows my mind. 

All these sounds are bigger than reality. It blows my mind. ___

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2014-11-28 18:55:34 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 45 +1s)Open 

This looks flipping incredible. 

If there's one director on the planet that I think had a chance of successfully pulling off 3 new Star Wars movies, it's J.J. Abrams. But he also has a pretty distinct style, and I was worried that it would come out feeling more like an Abrams movie than a Star Wars movie. 

But he nails it in this trailer. The look, feel and sound of it all is absolutely perfect. Now we just have to wait and see if they don't screw the pooch on the storyline...

This looks flipping incredible. 

If there's one director on the planet that I think had a chance of successfully pulling off 3 new Star Wars movies, it's J.J. Abrams. But he also has a pretty distinct style, and I was worried that it would come out feeling more like an Abrams movie than a Star Wars movie. 

But he nails it in this trailer. The look, feel and sound of it all is absolutely perfect. Now we just have to wait and see if they don't screw the pooch on the storyline...___

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2014-11-17 17:26:14 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 


Music Monday!!

Start your week off with some soothingly fantastic music!

Here's a beautiful arrangement and performance of one of my all time favorite classical themes– Gabriel Fauré's Pavane, Opus 50. 

Enjoy!


Music Monday!!

Start your week off with some soothingly fantastic music!

Here's a beautiful arrangement and performance of one of my all time favorite classical themes– Gabriel Fauré's Pavane, Opus 50. 

Enjoy!___

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2014-11-02 22:15:05 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 


The Road To Wanderlust Film  Kickstarter

Hey Google+ friends!!

Check out this super fun project I'm a part of. I'm directing and editing, as well as composing the music for, this short documentary about two of the coolest people I've ever met, and their incredible road trip in a car that's pretty ridiculous.

We're running a Kickstarter campaign right now to get more funding so we can really spend the amount of time it will take in the post process to do this story justice and tell an important story about traveling, simplifying your life and believing in your own adventure. Check it out, and if ya dig it, support and share! Thanks!!!


The Road To Wanderlust Film  Kickstarter

Hey Google+ friends!!

Check out this super fun project I'm a part of. I'm directing and editing, as well as composing the music for, this short documentary about two of the coolest people I've ever met, and their incredible road trip in a car that's pretty ridiculous.

We're running a Kickstarter campaign right now to get more funding so we can really spend the amount of time it will take in the post process to do this story justice and tell an important story about traveling, simplifying your life and believing in your own adventure. Check it out, and if ya dig it, support and share! Thanks!!!___

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2014-10-16 17:50:45 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 70 +1s)Open 

But seriously, are these guys human?

But seriously, are these guys human?___

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2014-09-12 22:19:27 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Chris Dave be like, "Oh, you changed up the beat on me? I'll just do a nasty solo then..."

Chris Dave be like, "Oh, you changed up the beat on me? I'll just do a nasty solo then..."___

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2014-08-29 18:06:52 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 


12 Camera Filmmaking Test

Get ready to nerd out on camera comparisons (if that's your things). This a great test, that really well demonstrates the various looks of most of the top filmmaking cameras in use today. 

#filmmaking   #camera   #dslr  #R3D #pixelpeep


12 Camera Filmmaking Test

Get ready to nerd out on camera comparisons (if that's your things). This a great test, that really well demonstrates the various looks of most of the top filmmaking cameras in use today. 

#filmmaking   #camera   #dslr  #R3D #pixelpeep___

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2014-08-13 18:49:20 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

"You're only given one little spark of madness, you mustn't lose it." -Robin Williams 

This isn't a video of Robin Williams, but you should watch it. This is +Pat Metheny, and yesterday was his 60th birthday. The two best concerts I've ever seen were both Metheny, and the third best spot is currently reserved for the next time I see him. Somehow, the mourning of the loss of Robin, and the celebration of Pat felt more connected to me than just in a temporal sense. Both are one of a kind, both are geniuses, both have felt more in day of their life than most will feel in a lifetime. 

And it's that, that made me realize what it means to be an artist. Most of us spend our lives running from real feelings, afraid we might get hurt. You can't just turn on one half of your heart, so we close out the light, for fear of letting in the darkness. Artistsd... more »

"You're only given one little spark of madness, you mustn't lose it." -Robin Williams 

This isn't a video of Robin Williams, but you should watch it. This is +Pat Metheny, and yesterday was his 60th birthday. The two best concerts I've ever seen were both Metheny, and the third best spot is currently reserved for the next time I see him. Somehow, the mourning of the loss of Robin, and the celebration of Pat felt more connected to me than just in a temporal sense. Both are one of a kind, both are geniuses, both have felt more in day of their life than most will feel in a lifetime. 

And it's that, that made me realize what it means to be an artist. Most of us spend our lives running from real feelings, afraid we might get hurt. You can't just turn on one half of your heart, so we close out the light, for fear of letting in the darkness. Artists decide the light is worth the darkness, and the let their hearts really feel things. It's their job to experience the real, unconstrained life for us– and tell us what it's like. And we love them for it. They help us feel the thing we wish we were brave enough to feel on our own.

Watch this video of Pat, it's my favorite performance of my favorite song of his. Seeing it live is a feeling that will never leave me. There is no part of himself that he isn't pouring into this performance. Every note is the most important thing he has ever done. Every feeling he's ever had, all the darkness and all the light, is channeled into this performance, so that you can feel it too. Most people would be lucky, to one time in their life, feel something as real and powerful as what he feels every time he picks up his guitar. 

Robin Williams was the same. He opened his heart to the full spectrum of emotions, so that he could give them to us as a gift. It's been troubling to hear a few wayward commentators call his actions "selfish", as if he owes us anything; when the reality is likely that he gave us so much of himself that it cost him his life. So many of my favorite films, I loved because of how he made me feel; and so many of my performances are because Pat showed me what it means to play with your heart. I owe so much to both of these guys, for being bright shining examples of what it means to be an artist and to share raw humanity with others. I'm light years away from their greatness, but at least I know which direction to go and have their light to guide me. 

RIP Robin Williams. And rip on, Pat Metheny! ___

2014-07-10 22:18:52 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 


Listening to a guy in the coffee shop impress his friends by explaining what HDR photography is. 

Apparently it stand for Higher Density Resolution, and it takes three photos of different saturations and fuses them together. 

Man, I was way off! #photography


Listening to a guy in the coffee shop impress his friends by explaining what HDR photography is. 

Apparently it stand for Higher Density Resolution, and it takes three photos of different saturations and fuses them together. 

Man, I was way off! #photography___

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2014-07-05 15:35:26 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 


Purple Rain was recorded live! Witness the brilliance of Prince.

I've long been a fan of him, and regard him as one of the best living musicians and one of the greats of all time, but this video has brought that appreciation to a whole new level. 

I never knew this, but Purple Rain, the classic and perfect anthem of the 80's, was almost entirely recorded live at a real concert. There were a few overdubs to add strings, guitar riffs, and such, and a few sections were cut out, since this version is 13 minutes long. But for the most part in, the bulk of the song is intact and was performed live, in one take, including the famous guitar riff going out, which he more than likely made up on the spot. 

Oh what I would give to return to the era when pop musicians were this talented. 

The Recording of Purple Rain Live w/Commentary


Purple Rain was recorded live! Witness the brilliance of Prince.

I've long been a fan of him, and regard him as one of the best living musicians and one of the greats of all time, but this video has brought that appreciation to a whole new level. 

I never knew this, but Purple Rain, the classic and perfect anthem of the 80's, was almost entirely recorded live at a real concert. There were a few overdubs to add strings, guitar riffs, and such, and a few sections were cut out, since this version is 13 minutes long. But for the most part in, the bulk of the song is intact and was performed live, in one take, including the famous guitar riff going out, which he more than likely made up on the spot. 

Oh what I would give to return to the era when pop musicians were this talented. 

The Recording of Purple Rain Live w/Commentary___

2014-07-01 17:47:05 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 


Possibility is a wide as the space you create for it.

The wonderful yoga teacher Meghan Stockdale dropped that little bit of wisdom on me this morning. It really resonated with me and reminded me of a thought I was had the other day.

A big part of creativity is allowing yourself to indulge in ideas that you're 97% sure are stupid. That's where you find the magic. That's where you find new techniques. That's where you find you're style.

I used to get in trouble for intentionally doing things that were stupid because I wanted to see what would happen, now I make my living doing it.

Go and do likewise. 


Possibility is a wide as the space you create for it.

The wonderful yoga teacher Meghan Stockdale dropped that little bit of wisdom on me this morning. It really resonated with me and reminded me of a thought I was had the other day.

A big part of creativity is allowing yourself to indulge in ideas that you're 97% sure are stupid. That's where you find the magic. That's where you find new techniques. That's where you find you're style.

I used to get in trouble for intentionally doing things that were stupid because I wanted to see what would happen, now I make my living doing it.

Go and do likewise. ___

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2014-06-24 00:44:54 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Powerful stuff.

The recent ruling in #Egypt should be bone-chilling to anyone who cares about photography, writing, journalism or free society. 

___Powerful stuff.

The recent ruling in #Egypt should be bone-chilling to anyone who cares about photography, writing, journalism or free society. 

2014-06-23 17:36:55 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 


I've decided that if there is one characteristic necessary for success in the creative fields, it's having a thick forehead. 

Because on everyone project, there comes a point where you hit a wall and it will go no further. The idea runs out, you can't figure out what you're after, the vision is fuzzy, the psyche is low, the gear isn't working. And you either say that's it, that's as far as it goes; or you kneel down in front of it, like a samurai confronts his enemy, and you slam your head into it as long as you have to until you break through. 

Then with blood running down your face, you see clearly— and the project moves up to the next level. 

Vision, skill and gear are all important, and in that order. But if you aren't willing to bleed your way through the wall, you'll get shut down before long.


I've decided that if there is one characteristic necessary for success in the creative fields, it's having a thick forehead. 

Because on everyone project, there comes a point where you hit a wall and it will go no further. The idea runs out, you can't figure out what you're after, the vision is fuzzy, the psyche is low, the gear isn't working. And you either say that's it, that's as far as it goes; or you kneel down in front of it, like a samurai confronts his enemy, and you slam your head into it as long as you have to until you break through. 

Then with blood running down your face, you see clearly— and the project moves up to the next level. 

Vision, skill and gear are all important, and in that order. But if you aren't willing to bleed your way through the wall, you'll get shut down before long.___

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2014-06-19 17:37:10 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Sooo slick. The biggest problem I had with FCPX so far was the inability to adjust the speed ramping transition time. It never seems to feel right, and I always wanted control over it. Now I do, woohoo!

Sooo slick. The biggest problem I had with FCPX so far was the inability to adjust the speed ramping transition time. It never seems to feel right, and I always wanted control over it. Now I do, woohoo!___

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2014-06-03 15:31:56 (0 comments, 5 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 


Preventing Cable Company F*ckery, aka, Net Neutrality.

"The Internet as we know it is not broken— and the FCC intends to fix that."

This topic is of vital importance (and is also well done an entertaining). Net Neutrality is the building block of the internet, and is the basis for the free speech and level playing field that has launched startups and toppled governments. If this happens, it will be a huge step back towards a system where only a few people truly have a voice and those in power are the only ones with influence.

"These companies have Washington in their pocket to an almost unbelievable degree. The guy who used to run the cable industry's lobbying arm, is now running the industry tasked with regulating it. With the fact that they are basically overseeing their own oversight, it's no surprise that cable companies areb... more »


Preventing Cable Company F*ckery, aka, Net Neutrality.

"The Internet as we know it is not broken— and the FCC intends to fix that."

This topic is of vital importance (and is also well done an entertaining). Net Neutrality is the building block of the internet, and is the basis for the free speech and level playing field that has launched startups and toppled governments. If this happens, it will be a huge step back towards a system where only a few people truly have a voice and those in power are the only ones with influence.

"These companies have Washington in their pocket to an almost unbelievable degree. The guy who used to run the cable industry's lobbying arm, is now running the industry tasked with regulating it. With the fact that they are basically overseeing their own oversight, it's no surprise that cable companies are basically monopolies now."___

2014-05-28 21:33:20 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 


Creative Style

Finding your own style is a long slow process of figuring out all the things you don't like. What you're left with is your style. The hard part is coming out of that process with love for what you found, instead of just hating on everything you left behind.


Creative Style

Finding your own style is a long slow process of figuring out all the things you don't like. What you're left with is your style. The hard part is coming out of that process with love for what you found, instead of just hating on everything you left behind.___

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2014-05-15 23:29:38 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

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2014-05-15 22:00:38 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

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2014-05-15 21:42:10 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

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2014-05-15 21:05:53 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

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2014-05-09 16:57:42 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 


Just got done with the memorial service for my grandfather, and what a life! I loved hearing story after story of what a life well lived sounds like, and hearing what he meant to so many different people, especially to his kids.

Learning more about his life has certainly raised the bar for how I hope to live my own. He was an honest, hardworking man, who held nothing higher than his family and faith, and believed that success and good fortune were to be used to help others.

He taught me a lot about perspective and if you ever asked how he was doing, no matter what was going on, the answer always came back the same— Fabulous. When my mom asked how he was doing, on one his last days in the hospital, she got the same answer— and he said that was excited to be going home.

I wasn't able to come down to Florida while he was passing, but I spent a day, wrote thisson... more »


Just got done with the memorial service for my grandfather, and what a life! I loved hearing story after story of what a life well lived sounds like, and hearing what he meant to so many different people, especially to his kids.

Learning more about his life has certainly raised the bar for how I hope to live my own. He was an honest, hardworking man, who held nothing higher than his family and faith, and believed that success and good fortune were to be used to help others.

He taught me a lot about perspective and if you ever asked how he was doing, no matter what was going on, the answer always came back the same— Fabulous. When my mom asked how he was doing, on one his last days in the hospital, she got the same answer— and he said that was excited to be going home.

I wasn't able to come down to Florida while he was passing, but I spent a day, wrote this song and sent it to my mom to play for him, so a part of me could be there at his bedside.

I was honored to find out this morning that this was the song everyone chose for the processional as we carried his casket out.

Rest in Peace, Pop!

http://soundcloud.com/generalbenson/fabulous-going-home/s-9iTq4___

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2014-04-24 18:52:41 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 


"To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time." -Leonard Bernstein

If there's anything I've found to be true in all my creative endeavors, it's this. It seems like the worst thing I can have in plenty of time. Something about working under the gun seems to make creativity flourish.

Any other of you creative folk agree?


"To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time." -Leonard Bernstein

If there's anything I've found to be true in all my creative endeavors, it's this. It seems like the worst thing I can have in plenty of time. Something about working under the gun seems to make creativity flourish.

Any other of you creative folk agree?___

2014-04-21 19:28:59 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Shift

I shared this yesterday, but everyone was busy eastering and weekending, instead of being in the G+. (Give yourselves a pat on the back for that).

So here it is again— my first song released to the public from my musical alter ego General Benson.

Enjoy!

Shift

I shared this yesterday, but everyone was busy eastering and weekending, instead of being in the G+. (Give yourselves a pat on the back for that).

So here it is again— my first song released to the public from my musical alter ego General Benson.

Enjoy!___

2014-04-20 19:41:46 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 


Here's a little downtempo jam for Easter!

What better day than today to release the first track from my resurrected life as a musician? It's been a long hiatus and I'm psyched to be actively back into making music.

I wouldn't quite call this finished, but I didn't want to wait any long to put something out. So, perhaps I'll put out a more polished version later. But for now, enjoy and share!

Happy Easter, y'all!!

Also, excuse the giant pixelated picture of my face. Apparently when you upload an image, that's where it ends up. Still trying to figure this cloud of sound out...


Here's a little downtempo jam for Easter!

What better day than today to release the first track from my resurrected life as a musician? It's been a long hiatus and I'm psyched to be actively back into making music.

I wouldn't quite call this finished, but I didn't want to wait any long to put something out. So, perhaps I'll put out a more polished version later. But for now, enjoy and share!

Happy Easter, y'all!!

Also, excuse the giant pixelated picture of my face. Apparently when you upload an image, that's where it ends up. Still trying to figure this cloud of sound out...___

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2014-04-17 14:12:10 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 


In case you were wondering...


In case you were wondering...___

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2014-04-14 17:21:13 (9 comments, 1 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Solid Gold

Super fun times over the weekend shooting my friend Scott Turpin on the steep final pitch of of Solid Gold (5.12a). Always fun to hang on a rope in the middle of space, a few hundred feet of the ground, and trying not to spin in circles so you can shoot a photo or two.

Got one!

Solid Gold

Super fun times over the weekend shooting my friend Scott Turpin on the steep final pitch of of Solid Gold (5.12a). Always fun to hang on a rope in the middle of space, a few hundred feet of the ground, and trying not to spin in circles so you can shoot a photo or two.

Got one!___

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2014-04-11 18:10:46 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 


Analog is Awesome!

I'm spending a little time tightening up my internal clock, playing along with the awesomely fun Korg Volca Beats analog drum machine. I just picked this up yesterday and have been tinkering with non stop. So funnn!!!

#drums #music #rhythm #life


Analog is Awesome!

I'm spending a little time tightening up my internal clock, playing along with the awesomely fun Korg Volca Beats analog drum machine. I just picked this up yesterday and have been tinkering with non stop. So funnn!!!

#drums #music #rhythm #life___

2014-04-10 17:58:58 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

It never ceases to amaze me how layout can affect an image.

Sometimes a great image looks terrible in a layout; and sometimes one that's boring on its own, is perfect with some words in it.

I just watched my least favorite image from a set quickly become my top choice once it got dropped in layout.

So always remember to shoot some options that are less busy, and even bordering on too empty, because they might end up being just what the layout needs. 

It never ceases to amaze me how layout can affect an image.

Sometimes a great image looks terrible in a layout; and sometimes one that's boring on its own, is perfect with some words in it.

I just watched my least favorite image from a set quickly become my top choice once it got dropped in layout.

So always remember to shoot some options that are less busy, and even bordering on too empty, because they might end up being just what the layout needs. ___

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2014-04-09 16:40:08 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 48 +1s)Open 

This is kind of fantastic. 

And I think it might legitimately be the first I've ever watched a whole YouTube pre-roll ad, and not just skipped it as soon as I can. 

This is kind of fantastic. 

And I think it might legitimately be the first I've ever watched a whole YouTube pre-roll ad, and not just skipped it as soon as I can. ___

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2014-04-09 15:57:51 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Great video! I'm pretty new to synth, just bought a Novation Bass Station II and am fully addicted to analog and playing with knobs- so forgive me if this is a novice question. 

Is what you're doing just the kind of radness one would expect from linking two monosynths together, like any two random great synths, or is this particularly awesome because of some way that the the two Brutes work together that most other synth wouldn't do?

Great video! I'm pretty new to synth, just bought a Novation Bass Station II and am fully addicted to analog and playing with knobs- so forgive me if this is a novice question. 

Is what you're doing just the kind of radness one would expect from linking two monosynths together, like any two random great synths, or is this particularly awesome because of some way that the the two Brutes work together that most other synth wouldn't do?___

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2014-04-09 15:00:46 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

“We surrounded him with a combustible mix of rival gangs and made sure that he was consumed by a round-the-clock sense of terror that the slightest misstep on his part could result in a sharpened piece of scrap metal being shoved into his neck, and yet he still leaves this facility with the same criminal thoughts and violent mindset as before? I’m truly at a loss for how this could have happened.” Gunderson then noted his additional confusion at how the man’s criminal record and the social stigma of his prison sentence had somehow failed to land him a steady job immediately upon his release.

“We surrounded him with a combustible mix of rival gangs and made sure that he was consumed by a round-the-clock sense of terror that the slightest misstep on his part could result in a sharpened piece of scrap metal being shoved into his neck, and yet he still leaves this facility with the same criminal thoughts and violent mindset as before? I’m truly at a loss for how this could have happened.” Gunderson then noted his additional confusion at how the man’s criminal record and the social stigma of his prison sentence had somehow failed to land him a steady job immediately upon his release.___

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2014-04-07 20:12:00 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

From 48:20 to 52:30 is straight real talkin truth. Thomas drops some serious knowledge that so many artists miss. Doesn't matter how hard it was, it only matter how good it sounds- a truth that can be applied to any art form. 

And the next part is great too. He's all, "I don't know this song, so I might mess it up." Then completely aces it.

From 48:20 to 52:30 is straight real talkin truth. Thomas drops some serious knowledge that so many artists miss. Doesn't matter how hard it was, it only matter how good it sounds- a truth that can be applied to any art form. 

And the next part is great too. He's all, "I don't know this song, so I might mess it up." Then completely aces it.___

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2014-03-31 17:58:59 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 


Unbelievalbe. This is real music.

Snarky Puppy, recorded and filmed for a live DVD, no overdubs, no studio tricks. Just real music played by masters. And Cory Henry absolutely destroys his keyboard. 

Some of it is pretty out there, but man these cats are good!

#MusicMonday


Unbelievalbe. This is real music.

Snarky Puppy, recorded and filmed for a live DVD, no overdubs, no studio tricks. Just real music played by masters. And Cory Henry absolutely destroys his keyboard. 

Some of it is pretty out there, but man these cats are good!

#MusicMonday___

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2014-03-29 02:07:37 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

That Show with +Billy Wilson, happening right now!

Join in! 

#104 Fun, Discussion, & Live Music from James Olmos

That Show with +Billy Wilson, happening right now!

Join in! 

#104 Fun, Discussion, & Live Music from James Olmos___

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2014-03-28 23:55:08 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 


GoPro Blackout case

Sweet. This will be super handy for filming live shows or trying to hide cameras in a shot. Now that I see it, I can't believe no one thought of it sooner.


GoPro Blackout case

Sweet. This will be super handy for filming live shows or trying to hide cameras in a shot. Now that I see it, I can't believe no one thought of it sooner.___

2014-03-28 17:09:16 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

I'm excited to be joining +Billy Wilson for another round of That Show, tonight at 8PM MST. Always fun to join a fun group of talented photographers, creatives and musicians and talk about who knows what. Join us On Air if you're around, it'll be fun!

Joined by: 
-Photographer/Blogger +Thomas Hawk (http://google.com/+ThomasHawk).
-Photography Teacher, Tour Leader and Managing Editor of Digital Photography School +Darlene Hildebrandt (http://google.com/+DarleneHildebrandt).
-Photographer +Patricia Davidson (http://google.com/+PatriciaDavidsonPhotography).
-Photographer +Olav Folland (http://google.com/+OlavFolland).
-Photographer +Ben Fullerton (http://fullertonimages.com).
-Attorney/Photographer +Christa Laser (http://google.com/+ChristaLaser).
-Content Creator & YouNow Channel Manager +Ian Dokie (http://youtube.com/iDokie).
-Musical Guest +James Olmos (http://youtube.com/AcousticEnergy) finishing the last 16 minutes of the hour off with some live music.

The show is live on Friday at 10pm Eastern here & on YouTube: #104 Fun, Discussion, & Live Music from James Olmos (time zone converter http://goo.gl/3itW5).

+That Show with Billy Wilson (TSBW) brings together Artists, Musicians, Photographers, Personalities, & all sorts of fun and interesting people from around the world each Friday for a hangout and is one of the largest & longest running shows on G+. You can watch previous episodes here: http://goo.gl/ceHtH

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#TSBW___I'm excited to be joining +Billy Wilson for another round of That Show, tonight at 8PM MST. Always fun to join a fun group of talented photographers, creatives and musicians and talk about who knows what. Join us On Air if you're around, it'll be fun!

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2014-03-28 14:44:31 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 


Time to stop pointing out what everyone else in the world is doing wrong and take a nice long look in the mirror, America.


Time to stop pointing out what everyone else in the world is doing wrong and take a nice long look in the mirror, America.___

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2014-03-26 19:18:11 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

This is basically what happens when I try to cook.

But wait!!! There's more!

via: http://redd.it/21e3m4___This is basically what happens when I try to cook.

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2014-03-25 15:24:02 (21 comments, 0 reshares, 71 +1s)Open 


While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Here's a little something to brighten your Tuesday morning. An all star performance of While My Guitar Gently Weeps. If civilization ended after Prince's extended guitar outro, I would be ok with it. If you look closely at the end of the video, he chucks his gorgeous Telecaster up into the air, and it never comes back down, so I'm pretty sure he was tossing it back to God...


While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Here's a little something to brighten your Tuesday morning. An all star performance of While My Guitar Gently Weeps. If civilization ended after Prince's extended guitar outro, I would be ok with it. If you look closely at the end of the video, he chucks his gorgeous Telecaster up into the air, and it never comes back down, so I'm pretty sure he was tossing it back to God...___

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2014-03-24 16:28:15 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

"Add to this the paradigm shift that has so many of us streaming music instead of buying it and we’ve become a nation of music fans hastening the death of the thing we profess to love. The one thing about a market economy that can’t be denied is that there has to be a market."

Good article, and seems pretty spot on. I type this as I listen to a really great album, "Ray Barbee Meets the Mattson 2", on Spotify. But I heard about the artist (at least as a musician, he's the same Ray Barbee who was an OG skateboarder and the godfather of the No Comply trick) in a live setting, and then I liked the album so much, that I bought it anyways, even though I could stream it for free. Because as the article finishes...

"It’s up to us to decide if it’s worth paying for, and ultimately, if making music is going to be a sustainable endeavor for artists of thefuture.... more »

"Add to this the paradigm shift that has so many of us streaming music instead of buying it and we’ve become a nation of music fans hastening the death of the thing we profess to love. The one thing about a market economy that can’t be denied is that there has to be a market."

Good article, and seems pretty spot on. I type this as I listen to a really great album, "Ray Barbee Meets the Mattson 2", on Spotify. But I heard about the artist (at least as a musician, he's the same Ray Barbee who was an OG skateboarder and the godfather of the No Comply trick) in a live setting, and then I liked the album so much, that I bought it anyways, even though I could stream it for free. Because as the article finishes...

"It’s up to us to decide if it’s worth paying for, and ultimately, if making music is going to be a sustainable endeavor for artists of the future."___

2014-03-18 17:59:16 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 


Creativity is like surfing.

You can ride the wave, or you can chill out on the beach. But you can't control the tide, and you'll waste a bunch energy trying to surf on flat water.

That's my new theory. Thoughts?


Creativity is like surfing.

You can ride the wave, or you can chill out on the beach. But you can't control the tide, and you'll waste a bunch energy trying to surf on flat water.

That's my new theory. Thoughts?___

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2014-03-13 20:29:33 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Oh god. Watch cymbal shimmer at 2:23. That's like porn for me. What an amazing group. Vijay Iyer is definitely one of my favorite modern piano players.

Oh god. Watch cymbal shimmer at 2:23. That's like porn for me. What an amazing group. Vijay Iyer is definitely one of my favorite modern piano players.___

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2014-03-12 21:42:38 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

I must own this guitar. And also the guy playing it, because I'm pretty sure I could never make it sound that good. But what a cool instrument, amazing sound and fantastic player. 

For those who would be curious, this is the Godin Glissentar; a fretless guitar with 11 nylon strings (low E is single, the rest are doubled). It is a hybrid crossover based on a traditional Middle Eastern instrument called the Oud, and with a stand classical guitar. 

I must own this guitar. And also the guy playing it, because I'm pretty sure I could never make it sound that good. But what a cool instrument, amazing sound and fantastic player. 

For those who would be curious, this is the Godin Glissentar; a fretless guitar with 11 nylon strings (low E is single, the rest are doubled). It is a hybrid crossover based on a traditional Middle Eastern instrument called the Oud, and with a stand classical guitar. ___

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