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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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Followers: 24,785

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Billy Wilson1,543,163Joined 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).-Pacific Northwest Landscape 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 #104 Fun, Discussion, & Live Music from James Olmos2014-03-29 03:00:0065 
Billy Wilson1,543,163This 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/ceHtHThe 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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Ryan Johnson9,043* Google Friends! - You're in this Circle - Share the circle and follow*Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - Click add people and create your circle3 - share the circle (include yourself)4 - add +1 to the post#circle   #circleshare   #sharecircle   #circles   #sharecircleoftheday   #follow   #followback   #sport   #betting  2014-07-10 10:49:37492262053
Carms Perez50,839Want some nice pictures on your stream? Add this Photography circle and I assure you, your G+ will always be interesting! 2014-07-02 19:42:43500328
John Nuntiatio36,868#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #bestcircle #news   #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #small   #smallcircle #tennis #golf #photography #health #weightloss  2014-05-20 19:22:35440236
Wedding Dress Central4,853If you want to be added to the next Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles 2 - Share the circle (Publicly) 3 - Add +1 to the post 4 - Leave a comment if you've done the 3 steps above.#circle   #circleshare  #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare 2014-05-12 14:47:13401002
Tourej Ansari16,880News Update CIRCLE SHARESRe-share this circle in your stream Plus and comment#sharedpubliccircles #TechNews #EntertainmentNews #SportsNews #WorldNews #USNews #BusinessNews2014-05-12 10:46:52476231041
Wedding Dress Central4,376If you want to be added to the next Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles 2 - Share the circle (Publicly) 3 - Add +1 to the post 4 - Leave a comment if you've done the 3 steps above.#circle   #circleshare  #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare 2014-05-08 10:01:57401004
Wedding Dress Central4,086If you want to be added to the next Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles 2 - Share the circle (Publicly) 3 - Add +1 to the post 4 - Leave a comment if you've done the 3 steps above.#circle   #circleshare  #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare 2014-05-05 12:29:53401001
Patty Lin537Best Quality Photography Circle II!!⇩⇩High Quality circle.⇩⇩SEE BELOW⇩Here is the second version of this circle (released on 2014 May)!You'll have every day in your stream amazing shots by google+ most skilled photographers. Get in contact with New People from all over the World and enjoy the absolutely original contents!Best Quality Photography Circle Updated!!!I update and create new circles often so, if you are a photographer and you want to be featured in my next new circle, please follow this steps:-Plus one this circle-Add this circle on your profile if you like it-Reshare the circle on your public stream-Leave a message asking for addingI'll check your profile and let you know!This way I'll be able to keep the Quality of this circle at a High Level!Even if you are not a photographer but you love to have Quality Photos in your stream please Add and Reshare pubblicly this circle!Thank You!!Patty ;-) #circle #circles #public #publiccircle #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharedcircle #morefollowers #sharingcircles #circleshare #sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles #sharedcircle #googleplus #googlephotos #travel #travelphotography #circleshares #circleadd #bestcircle #bestcircleshare #circlequotes #share #googlephotographers #bestphoto #googlephotography #bestcircleshare #bestcircles2014-05-05 08:51:57456003
Thomas Hawk7,121,413Updated - 2,500 Kick Ass G+ Photographers Da -HoA-Da:  http://goo.gl/4gh66cDa-Ho:  http://goo.gl/E6u9IrHo-Mi:  http://goo.gl/eVU9dwMi-Sh:  http://goo.gl/Peo77RSh-Z: http://goo.gl/FVhz462014-04-26 19:39:57500211471
Tom Sparks25,807This is my circle of #pentax photographers. Let me know if you shoot Pentax so I can add you. Or share the circle to your friends.2014-03-17 16:09:30192000
Cristian Teodoridis2,715And this is my circle with the top (professional) photographers on Google+. Enjoy!2014-02-18 18:34:27494023
Ajaydev Vijayakumar1,604Some really interesting people are included in this circle, most of them will add you back.To make sure you are in the next circle,Do include yourself,share and comment; #awesomecircles #circle #photography2014-01-16 12:28:44479001
Armando Lioss39,653“Active Engagers Shared Circle” 6.0Also known as the “Circle of Rivals” conformed by G+ users ready to stand for their points of view in an educated discussion and/or extending the discussion to their own streams... if you are looking into making your stream more dynamic, these are the guys you want to include... they are a diverse bunch of great plussers that includes liberals, progressives, conservatives, libertarians, religious, agnostics, atheists… from all around the world.In this shared circle you will find some interesting people to add to your circles, all of these G+ users currently actively engage my stream as well as other G+ users posts, so you can be sure they are getting involved in the Google Plus community.This “Active Engagers Shared Circle” version has been built with an improved algorithm that will filter occasional users and those that use hate speech or other nuisances to the common user. The main purpose of this series of Shared Circles is to expose new G+ users that are active engagers, but you may find even first generation ones in them.If you do not wish to be included in my future shared circles, please let me know with a comment to this post. I will remove you from any future shared circle I create, but I will keep you in my G+ circles.For TIPS TO GET PEOPLE TO CIRCLE YOU you may want to check:https://plus.google.com/u/0/111635150542674847021/posts/Q6c3ikBhdT3Thank you for your help making Google Plus adventure and exhilarating one… #activeusers   #engagers   #engagerscircle   #commenters   #topcircles  #circlesunday  PS: I don’t necessarily share or identify with the views of these G+ users, in fact with some of them we have completely antagonistic points of view and dissimilar interests…2013-11-12 20:19:27348191523
Georges Pauly14,521Thomas HawkShared publicly  -  30 Aug 2013 2500 Kick Ass Google+ Photographers (part 2 of 5)This is the fifth time I've shared my photographer's circle on Google+.  I'm going to share it in 5 posts.  Yesterday I shared last name A-Da.  This one , part 2 of 5, today, represents Da-Ho.  I'll share the remaining three next week.  I originally shared my photographers circle at 500, 1,000, 1,500 and 2,000 photographers.  I'll probably share it again eventually when it gets to 3,000.A few notes about this circle.The criteria that I look for (and don't always get right) in this circle is that the photographer produce interesting and engaging photography.  I also look for people who are active in the community, post mostly their own work, and post regularly.  I'm looking more for people who post their own work and less of the noise stuff (gifs, links, non-photography, promotions, etc.).  I also like people who are positive, friendly, nice, helpful, etc. and dislike people who are mean, snarky, jerks, disrespectful, etc.I have a pretty well known bias against signatures and watermarks.  You will see very few photographers in my circles who use them.  I really hate the watermark debate and would rather not have it with folks.  I just don't like them -- it's my circle that I have to look at.  There are likely a few folks in here who use them who are friends of mine, but for the most part, this is a pretty watermark free circle.  It's totally cool if you love your watermark, it's just not something I really want to look at.  Please don't hate me for my aesthetic preference.  Finally, the photography community on Google+ is probably the best one on the internet today.  There is no way that I can possibly include all of the fine photographers worth following on G+.  There are wayyyyy too many.  These are just 2,500 that I personally have noticed.  I'm sure I left out some really amazing ones -- like you if you are not in this circle :)  I'll probably also totally kick myself when I realize that I accidentally left out a really obvious good one who may even be a friend of mine -- again, maybe even like you.  :)Stay tuned for parts 3, 4 and 5 and thanks again to all of the great photographers on G+ who make this place such a delight to hang out.Part 1-5:  http://goo.gl/17ujpn*Note, Google Circles are terribly wonky.  It wouldn't let me add some photographers in my circle into these circles because of domain errors.  If this affected you, sorry about that.2013-09-01 19:56:06482204
Thomas Hawk6,111,0232500 Kick Ass Google+ Photographers (part 2 of 5)This is the fifth time I've shared my photographer's circle on Google+.  I'm going to share it in 5 posts.  Yesterday I shared last name A-Da.  This one , part 2 of 5, today, represents Da-Ho.  I'll share the remaining three next week.  I originally shared my photographers circle at 500, 1,000, 1,500 and 2,000 photographers.  I'll probably share it again eventually when it gets to 3,000.A few notes about this circle.The criteria that I look for (and don't always get right) in this circle is that the photographer produce interesting and engaging photography.  I also look for people who are active in the community, post mostly their own work, and post regularly.  I'm looking more for people who post their own work and less of the noise stuff (gifs, links, non-photography, promotions, etc.).  I also like people who are positive, friendly, nice, helpful, etc. and dislike people who are mean, snarky, jerks, disrespectful, etc.I have a pretty well known bias against signatures and watermarks.  You will see very few photographers in my circles who use them.  I really hate the watermark debate and would rather not have it with folks.  I just don't like them -- it's my circle that I have to look at.  There are likely a few folks in here who use them who are friends of mine, but for the most part, this is a pretty watermark free circle.  It's totally cool if you love your watermark, it's just not something I really want to look at.  Please don't hate me for my aesthetic preference.  Finally, the photography community on Google+ is probably the best one on the internet today.  There is no way that I can possibly include all of the fine photographers worth following on G+.  There are wayyyyy too many.  These are just 2,500 that I personally have noticed.  I'm sure I left out some really amazing ones -- like you if you are not in this circle :)  I'll probably also totally kick myself when I realize that I accidentally left out a really obvious good one who may even be a friend of mine -- again, maybe even like you.  :)Stay tuned for parts 3, 4 and 5 and thanks again to all of the great photographers on G+ who make this place such a delight to hang out.Part 1-5:  http://goo.gl/17ujpn*Note, Google Circles are terribly wonky.  It wouldn't let me add some photographers in my circle into these circles because of domain errors.  If this affected you, sorry about that.2013-08-30 13:49:174826527124
Rome Heels737Most followed active photographers and friends sharing content on G+ Thanks to +Charles Lupica for the sharing. #sharedcircle #sharedicircles  2013-05-17 09:23:345001110
Charles Lupica66,461             Top 1000 most followed active        photographers sharing content on G+                  Circle One: A to JThis  is the first of two circles,  I'll share the second circle this weekend so that they're not so on top of each other.  The circles have been divided alphabetically to help give more exposure to people with fewer followers.Please plus, comment and share.  This circle has no requirements for future participation but your support and encouragement is appreciated. It has been two weeks since I announced my intent to update my circle of the 500 most followed photographers on G+.  I decided to do things a bit differently this time and so I'll share the top 1000.   To build the circles and the list I enlisted the aid of +Bill Wood +Gemma Costa +Jen Baptist +Kat Scan and +Margaret Tompkins.  They built circles and vetted profiles.  My starting point for this was a list of 2000 names generously provided to me by +CircleCount.  Thank you all for all of your help.I have chosen the name of the circle carefully to try to accurately represent the contents of what will be in the two circles. The script / finding namesThe script is provided by CircleCount and looks through the tagline of every profile on CircleCount to find the word "photo" or "foto".  If a photographer doesn't have a CircleCount profile they won't be found.  If one of these two words isn't in their tagline, they won't be found.  A few people I know have fallen into this flaw in my thinking.  To fix this, CircleCount has asked me to provide a "whitelist" of names that the script misses.  The white-list list adds another 30 or so names to the result. How was the list processedThe list was sorted by the level of activity.  People that hadn't posted in the last month (approximately April 5 to May 5th) were removed from the list.  This included people that hadn't posted or people that had posted only once in the past 4 weeks.  Again, this has some flaws but I'm mostly happy with the results.  People who are posting only in private communities or people that interact a lot with other people but don't post their own work will get filtered out along with the people that aren't really active.  ValidationThese two circles were very heavily vetted.  Of the original 2000 names, nearly 35% do not appear in either circle.  This is a result of the filtering I mentioned above and vetting of ever single profile in the list until we had enough names to make a list of 1000 names.  The list was divided into 6 parts with Bill Wood, Gemma Costa, Jen Baptist, Kat Scan, Margaret Tompkins and me each taking a group of names.  I tried to assign the list so that the pe2013-05-16 16:41:2850113479149
Rami Saarikorpi15,807World's best Photographers circles (1/5) by Rami Saarikorpi (November update). If I'm missing any one, please notify all the missing persons and when they share this circle they will be add to it (if they are qualified). THIS IS IMPORTANT: if you are in this circle, Share it at your wall also! This is the only way to get in other peoples circles!PS: If you are not in this circle, remember to check the other 4 circles before sending me mail or notification of being not in one!2012-11-02 07:57:20484123
Daniel Norman32,455+Photography Goolge Plus Photographers Circle #1from G+ Photographers list #1https://plus.google.com/106133480923323663427/posts/74b7nXnAhrk#photography   #streetphotography   #streetpics   #benchsaturday   #art   #photographers   #photo   #circles   #photowalk   #photowalkslondon   #photowalkparis   #photowalkla   #photowalknyc   #scottkelbyphotowalk   #filmfriday   #filmphotography   #plusstreetphotography   #landscapephotography   #landscape   #naturephotography   #nature   #portraittuesday   #portraitphotography   #portrait   #fineartphotography   #fineart   #nudephotography   #nude   #travelphotography   #travel   #visualart   2012-10-19 17:21:1344711913
Mark O'Callaghan9,476Release of the updated Pentax users Circle.This circle is curated by +Mark O'Callaghan  and +Delcour Eric  This circle contains Photographers who use Pentax cameras, such as Film, Compact, DSLR or Medium Format.What is in the circle:Only PHOTOGRAPHERS who are using a PENTAX camera This is an updated version with 194 followers. You can safely add it to the earlier version if you have already, it will just accumulate to the current number.Want to become a member or nominate someone else:- Just ask for inclusion in the comments.- Please re-share this circle publicly .- You do not need to be a professional but if you are it's fine- You may recommend others as well.If you are in this circle and find you don’t belong here (for example because you don’t use a Pentax camera anymore), you can place a comment as well and I will remove you from it. 2012-10-08 04:21:16194171011
Al Nesbit3,929Colorado PhotographersSo here it is. My circle of 290 G+ Colorado Photographers. This is a general photography circle, where the people in it are Pro, Semi, and Enthusiast photographers as well as a graphic artist or two and even a recipe blogger (Hey, don't judge until after you see her food images). I've also included +Colby Brown's new +Colorado Photographers page which is being created to help connect ALL photographers in the Centennial State.Don't see yourself in the circle but want to be included? Make sure you 1) Make your stream mostly about your photography and, 2) live in Colorado. (That second one is going to be a tough one for some of you). Just leave a comment and I'll get you in there.And don't forget to share this to your stream so that we can reach your Colorado photographer friends and associates as well.2012-10-02 16:19:41290612
Rami Saarikorpi14,842The World's Best Photographers circle update is here again! Some modifications, adds and edits done in these circles. This is Circle 1/5. So remember to check the other circles to, if you are looking for your self.IMPORTANT!If you are in one of these circles. Mark + to this update and share it! That's the only way to get more people in these circles and get your self to other circles.2012-10-01 09:37:32486608
Gene Bowker41,171Are you a "B" photographer? #alphabetcircles    Complete series at https://plus.google.com/111112809838472063992/posts/2xWjDgvHT5tThe new #Streamcircle  Alphabet series:While watching some football this afternoon, I started sorting my 2000+ photog folder into smaller ones based on first name.I'm also going through each persons stream to see what they have been up to...The folks in this circle have all been active in the last month, share their own work, and their first names start with "B".As I work through my circle dividing it by first names I'll be sharing more of these circles by letter in the near future.Feel free to share with your circlesThanks for "B" eing you =)Gene (http://rustedrailimages.com)Would you like to be in the next circle set?1) Be sure to circle me.2) Be active. Post regularly...3) Be interactive. Respond to comments, etc...4) Be yourself. Post your own stuff, not just reshares.5) Be sure to introduce yourself. Stop by one of my posts and say hi.6) Feel free to share the current circles. (not required but really appreciated)In the end, I make the final calls on who gets in or not based on my own judgement. That is why I'm happy to put my name on them.2012-09-23 20:59:4011155950
Tom Sparks12,885Today's watched circle is from +Colby Brown . His list of Inspiring Photographers. He may have updated since he first shared this, but it is still a good list.2012-09-10 16:21:364882305
Armando Lioss15,946“Active Engagers Shared Circle” 4.11Also known as the “Circle of Rivals” conformed by G+ users ready to stand for their points of view in an educated discussion and/or extending the discussion to their own streams... if you are looking into making your stream more dynamic, these are the guys you want to include... they are a diverse bunch of great plussers that includes liberals, progressives, conservatives, libertarians, religious, agnostics, atheists… from all around the world.In this shared circle you will find some interesting people to add to your circles, all of these G+ users currently actively engage my stream as well as other G+ users posts, so you can be sure they are getting involved in the Google Plus community.This “Active Engagers Shared Circle” version has been built with an improved algorithm that will filter occasional users and those that use hate speech or other nuisances to the common user. The main purpose of this series of Shared Circles is to expose new G+ users that are active engagers, but you may find even first generation ones in them.If you do not wish to be included in my future shared circles, please let me know with a comment to this post. I will remove you from any future shared circle I create, but I will keep you in my G+ circles.For TIPS TO GET PEOPLE TO CIRCLE YOU you may want to check:https://plus.google.com/u/0/111635150542674847021/posts/Q6c3ikBhdT3Thank you for your help making Google Plus adventure and exhilarating one… #activeusers   #engagers   #engagerscircle   #commenters   #topcircles  #circlesunday  PS: I don’t necessarily share or identify with the views of these G+ users, in fact with some of them we have completely antagonistic points of view and dissimilar interests…2012-09-10 05:03:3822515718
Anthony Coates97Delcour Eric originally shared this post:E N J O Y the release of the updated Pentax users Circle. This circle is curated by +Mark O'Callaghan and +Delcour Eric#pentax #pentaxk5 #pentaxk7 #cirles #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccirclesSome notes about sharing for the new ones: We all want to be in a circle to get some more attention and friends. Being in a circle which is not re-shared is pointless, we have no re-share police, but If YOU want to SUPPORT please ADD this circle to yours AND RE-SHARE publicly, so everyone benefits even the people that else never would see the circle and you give them a chance to add. If you are already included in this circle, PLEASE RE-SHARE This is just the way it is. Thank you in advance!What is in the circle: Only PHOTOGRAPHERS who are using a PENTAX camera This is an updated version with about 180 followers. You can safely add it to the earlier version if you have already, it will just accumulate to the current number. Want to become a member or nominate someone else:- Just ask for inclusion in the comments.- Please re-share this circle publicly .- You do not need to be a professional but if you are it's fine- You may recommend others as well. If you are in this circle and find you don’t belong here (for example because you don’t use a Pentax camera anymore), you can place a comment as well and I will remove you from it.2012-09-02 18:12:14179324
Randy Ortiz0My Photographers circle is nearing the 300 mark! There is some amazing work in this share, I hope you all get the chance to add them and marvel at their photos daily like I do. #circleshare   #photography   #photographers  #Sharing2012-08-16 15:23:50291709
Tom Sparks12,903This is MY must see everyday circle. Most are photographers, but there are some that are important to me in other fields included. I'm curious who would be in your "must see" list. I created this list because I found I was missing their posts with the flood of others and missing these peoples's posts made me sad.Feel welcome to share.2012-08-07 15:29:2465103
Jake Sharman9,200While I didn't participate in the #top99  circle share (I interact with most of you guys regularly and was late in seeing the trend), I do want to participate in the #bottom99 , which I just came across via +Max Huijgen's page. Why? Because this is our chance to get to know one another better. Like Max, I am putting this group in a daily reading circle for awhile to see what happens. Maybe we are fast friends who just don't realise it yet. Meanwhile, hello again! How's life been treating you?PS, I am a bit surprised at some of you who are showing up here; I would have thought you would rank higher. I wonder how Google determines relevancy?2012-07-27 08:00:241005009
Armando Lioss14,049“Active Engagers Shared Circle” 4.4Also known as the “Circle of Rivals” conformed by G+ users ready to stand for their points of view in an educated discussion and/or extending the discussion to their own streams... if you are looking into making your stream more dynamic, these are the guys you want to include... they are a diverse bunch of great plussers that include liberals, progressives, conservatives, libertarians, religious, agnostics, atheists… from all around the world.In this shared circle you will find some interesting people to add to your circles, all of these G+ users currently actively engage my stream as well as other G+ users posts, so you can be sure they are getting involved in the Google Plus community.This “Active Engagers Shared Circle” version has been built with an improved algorithm that will filter occasional users and those that use hate speech or other nuisances to the common user. The main purpose of this series of Shared Circles is to expose new G+ users that are active engagers, but you may find even first generation ones in them.If you do not wish to be included in my future shared circles, please let me know with a comment to this post. I will remove you from any future shared circle I create, but I will keep you in my G+ circles.For TIPS TO GET PEOPLE TO CIRCLE YOU you may want to check:https://plus.google.com/u/0/111635150542674847021/posts/Q6c3ikBhdT3Thank you for your help making Google Plus adventure and exhilarating one…#activeusers   #engagers   #engagerscircle   #commenters   #topcircles  #circlesunday  PS: I don’t necessarily share or identify with the views of these G+ users, in fact with some of them we have completely antagonistic points of view and dissimilar interests…2012-07-22 17:18:0121511110
Amanda Blain1,605,214*Photography Circle*This is my PERSONAL photography circle. There are amazing photographers in here - Some you probably already know, and many you do not. Some are talented masters, some are just starting out (like me), and everything in between. If you want to see what the photography community on G+ is all about why not check this circle out.If you were notified of this circle You are in it(and I think your stuff rocks) ! Not required but why not share the photo love around! Shared circles make G+ great :) ♥#photography #sharedcircles  2012-07-21 01:29:181609524143
Armando Lioss13,559“Active Engagers Shared Circle” 4.2Also known as the “Circle of Rivals” conformed by G+ users ready to stand for their points of view in an educated discussion and/or extending the discussion to their own streams... if you are looking into making your stream more dynamic, these are the guys you want to include... they are a diverse bunch of great plussers that include liberals, progressives, conservatives, libertarians, religious, agnostics, atheists… from all around the world.In this shared circle you will find some interesting people to add to your circles, all of these G+ users currently actively engage my stream as well as other G+ users posts, so you can be sure they are getting involved in the Google Plus community.This “Active Engagers Shared Circle” version has been built with an improved algorithm that will filter occasional users and those that use hate speech or other nuisances to the common user. The main purpose of this series of Shared Circles is to expose new G+ users that are active engagers, but you may find even first generation ones in them.If you do not wish to be included in my future shared circles, please let me know with a comment to this post. I will remove you from any future shared circle I create, but I will keep you in my G+ circles.For TIPS TO GET PEOPLE TO CIRCLE YOU you may want to check:https://plus.google.com/u/0/111635150542674847021/posts/Q6c3ikBhdT3Thank you for your help making Google Plus adventure and exhilarating one…  #activeusers   #engagers   #engagerscircle   #commenters   #topcircles  #circlesunday  PS: I don’t necessarily share or identify with the views of these G+ users, in fact with some of them we have completely antagonistic points of view and dissimilar interests…2012-07-08 16:08:3825214512
Armando Lioss13,195“Active Engagers Shared Circle” 4.1In this shared circle you will find some interesting people to add to your circles, all of these G+ users currently actively engage my stream as well as other G+ users posts, so you can be sure they are getting involved in the Google Plus community.This “Active Engagers Shared Circle” version has been built with an improved algorithm that will filter occasional users and those that use hate speech or other nuisances to the common user. The main purpose of this series of Shared Circles is to expose new G+ users that are active engagers, but you may find even first generation ones in them.If you do not wish to be included in my future shared circles, please let me know with a comment to this post. I will remove you from any future shared circle I create, but I will keep you in my G+ circles.For TIPS TO GET PEOPLE TO CIRCLE YOU you may want to check:https://plus.google.com/u/0/111635150542674847021/posts/Q6c3ikBhdT3Thank you for your help making Google Plus adventure and exhilarating one…  #activeusers   #engagers   #engagerscircle   #commenters   #topcircles  #circlesunday  PS: I don’t necessarily share or identify with the views of these G+ users, in fact with some of them we have completely antagonistic points of view and dissimilar interests…2012-07-01 06:26:46285125
Al Nesbit3,748I just realized that I have never shared a circle and that is not very google+(-ish?) of me, so here is my first ever circle share.These are my favorite photographers that live in the great, square state of Colorado. It was mostly grown through +Colby Brown's own circle of Colorado photographers. And don't think they are all landscape shooters either. There's studio, street, wedding, and portrait shooters too. There's even a graphic designer in there, but she posts photography, great content, and she lives in Colorado, so she gets to be my exception to the rule (there's always one, right +Tarah Gaa?).If you want to be added, leave your name in the comments. Did I mention you have to LIVE in Colorado?2012-06-11 18:06:00388200
Thomas Hawk2,473,6682,000 Kick Ass Photographers on Google+Part 2 of 4 (Ev-La)Part 1 of 4 (A-Ev) here:  http://goo.gl/Z333gThis is the fourth time since joining G+ almost a year ago that I'm sharing my photographers circle.  I shared it with 500 photographers, 1,000 photographers, 1,500 photographers and now 2,000 photographers.  I have to break my circle up into four 500 photographer circles as that is the G+ limit.  Each day this week (Mon.- Thurs.) I'll share a different circle.  Today is the second circle and includes photographers with the last name's Ev-La. A few notes about these circles.  I always get hated on when I share them by people.  Inevitably if I include 2,000 people, I will leave 50,000 people out.  This is not intentional or personal.  This circle is not "the best" photographers on G+ or in the world.  It doesn't mean if you are not in my circle that you are not a "quality" photographer.  This list is simply photographers that I've stumbled across for whatever reason over the past year and have chosen to follow their work.  In some cases I've gotten to know the photographers in this circle personally -- through photowalks and trips, hangouts, in real life, etc.  Many of these people are or have become my friends.  Most of the photographers in my circle though I don't even know.  They are just people whose work I admire and want to consume -- I hope many are future friends.  :)I use some objective criteria with this circle but I use a lot of subjective criteria too.  This is, afterall, my own personal circle that I look at and +1 from every single day.  My aesthetic taste and personal preferences may be very, very different than yours.  This is ok.  Art is subjective.  That said, here a breakdown of my own preferences and biases that influence who I add into my circle.1.  I like people who are active on G+.  If you haven't posted one of your photos in the last month you probably are not in this circle.  I use a script to uncircle inactive people regularly.2.  I like photographers who mostly post their own photographs.  I dislike clutter and "dumb stuff" in my photographers circle.  Excessive reshares, circle shares, memes, gifs, youtube videos, posts not about photography, web links, etc. make me uncircle or move people to a different circle.  I also like photographers who regulate how much of their photography they post to their stream.  I don't want to see 50 shots in a row of someone's vacation.  I think about 5 photos max a day feels about right to me.3.  *Controversial* I dislike signatures and watermarks.  You will find photographers in my circle that use them.  It's just a bias, not a hard and fast rule.  I mostly want this stream to be as watermark/signature free as possible.  I totally understand and respect your reasons and decision for using watermarks/signatures.  I hope you equally respect my decision to not want to consume photos mared up with them.  Please don't turn this into a discussion about watermarks/sigs, I've spent the last 10 years thinking heavily about this issue.  It's just a personal preference and bias.4.  I like people who are active, positive, helpful, enthusiastic G+ community members.  I dislike people who are rude, mean, complainers, trolls, harrasers, etc.  If you say mean things to people, about people, about their art or their work I don't want to follow you.  I'm fine with debate and disagreement.  It should just be done respectfully -- there's a huge difference between respectful disagreement and rude behavior.  Not only will you not be in this circle if you are rude, I'll probably block you too.  I want to surround myself with positive uplifting people. 5.  I like people who directly post their work here on 2012-06-05 16:20:03500152107307
Harika Sezgin2,987Hi G+ :) Today I want to share my fantastic photographers circle with you. Have a nice one :)2012-05-31 19:16:59492307
Zouhair Aarab0in this Circle I'll share with you the most fascinating pictures of Morocco, besides providing you with the necessary information about traveling to this magical nation2012-05-17 16:43:50500101
Robert Scoble1,236,665500 Hand Picked Photographers. Unfortunately only 500 people can be shared (I have 617 in this circle). I also am near my maximum of 5,000 circled (Google keeps me from circling more) so it's tough to add more, but I'm always looking to see more great photography, so if you aren't in this circle, leave your URL below so we can all check you out.By the way, I need to go through all my circles and look for inactive people again. It's been a while since I did that. If I were you I'd throw these 500 into a temporary circle, watch it for a while and move the ones you like into a circle of your own.Thank you to those of you who bring beauty into our lives. Everytime I need some inspiration I look to this circle.2012-04-22 18:03:4850014653148
Alik Griffin5,462PhotographersSo I think I've finally got a pretty solid circle of photographers ready to share. I've been refining this for the last month, adding photographers who have a good eye and aesthetic that I think are good. I like photography that takes you places and allows you to see people and things from all parts of the world from perspectives you've never seen before. I think many of the photographers in this circle do that very well. These are all very active G+ users and should provide your stream with some really nice content. If you are new to G+ you can start growing your network and enhancing your stream with with some of googles greatest.Please share.#photography #photographers #sharedcircles #artists2012-04-13 00:13:54485383034
Error 404 (Nicht1,516Okay- Here is my latest and greatest Circle of Incredible Photographers from around G+.Here are a few shout outs: +Stuart Williams who should be in everyone's photography circles!+April Joy Peterson-Gutel whose work is brilliant and deserves to be well known!+Serge Ivanov Who likes to take photos at night (I'll leave the topics to Serge)!+Mikko Lagerstedt A self-taught photographer from Finland with amazing stuff!And +Lucy Shires who tackles one of my favorite subjects: urban abstract!Please let me know if I missed you in my circle and I will make sure to add you to it! Please share this circle, follow these great people, and enjoy! Thanks!2012-04-05 17:42:01271805
Jason Moller0Sports and Action Photographers. I last shared this circle six months ago and it's now doubled in size. These folk are, in my opinion, the very finest sport and action photographers here on Google+. There are a few in this circle who only post the odd action photograph, but these action photographs are so good they deserve to be in this circle rather than my generic photography circle. Feel free to circle and share. Have I missed anybody worthy?2012-03-28 22:51:4920433
Armando Lioss7,502Following up with the collection of most active Google Plus users started beginning of the week: https://plus.google.com/111635150542674847021/posts/hSjy7uBxYt8I'm sharing the list of the people in my circles that have shared and commented my posts this week (per my Notifications stream)... this list of gplusers will make your stream more dynamic attracting new users to join the discussion commenting your relevant posts and sharing them with their respective circles.If you are trying to attract people to circle you back, I recommend before you add these circle to your circles to make sure you have interesting material that will caught their attention so they will be motivated to circle you back… #circles #circleshare #activeusers #sharedcircles2012-03-10 09:04:54484179
pio dal cin15,828A warm welcome to some great people here on G+'s Musketeers of Google plus circle#Musketeers.Please welcome: +Chris Lang +Mark Traphagen +Lee Smallwood +La Vergne Lestermeringolo Thatch +Travis Campbell Circle them for great content as well as the other 500+ (there is another circle of almost 200 that I'm sharing after this one having reached the 500 limit).If you are new to Google plus, set your stream full throttle on these two circles and you'll have all the updates and vital information to "play this great game".If you have been here long enough check these people once in a while; they are the "bricks" of this establishment.Don't forget that +Sharing is Caring on G+ , so when you want to show your G Love to someone share their content after you pluss it...they are going to love it as much as you do.There is another group here that you may want to join +Community Support - Friends That Listen designed and wanted by +M Monica for reaching out to anyone here on G+ and to let them know than nobody here is left alone.2012-03-05 22:14:1050013316
Armando Lioss7,406How to Get People to Circle YouIf you don’t want to get bored, jump to the tips and skip my blah blah blah…This weekend has being snowing and a bit cold for my taste, so I spent it social networking most of it… I had a chance to chat with a bunch of friends in FB and find out that several of them have tried Google Plus and gave up, because they couldn’t make friends… the word was “it is boring”, “it is dead”, “nobody friends you back for weeks”, “I have sent invitations to 100’s and just a couple friend me back”, …Well, been in FB myself for a while I can understand the culture, but the first thing one needs to be aware of is that this is not FB, here we have circles and we don’t send invitations, we circle the people that we find interesting, the goal is not to have a lot of friends, but to find people with the same interests, those we find amusing, entertaining, we can learn from or connect with. Yes, ideally we want to connect too and that is why it is not that important to have a lot of friends, but get the ones that share our interests so we can interact with them, but not all the people in your circles will circle you back. As you add people to your circle your stream will run faster and you don’t want to flood your stream with posts that you don’t care about, so make sure you circle the right people. The following are some pointers to get people to circle you back, most of it based on my own preferences, what I have learned from others in Google Plus and the errors I have seen chatting with my FB friends.TIPS TO GET PEOPLE TO CIRCLE YOU. First thing, go to your profile and fill out the “About” tab, it is very important that you try to fill this out as much as possible, you may want to avoid personal information like your address and phone number, after all it is the Internet. Every single one of my FB friends that complained about not getting “friends” got this page blank. A lot of people before circling you back will review this page and won’t circle you if it is blank. At least you should fill the Introduction, Bragging rights (something that catch the eye, brag about yourself), and Places lived.Also, it is very important to change the default photo, as beginner I would recommend to put one of your best pictures where the other Google Plus users can see your face, then later change it with your pet picture or whatever you want to have as your avatar. It is very important when you start that people feel like is getting to know you so they can feel confident to circle you back… don’t put that picture your friends shoot last time you fall asleep at that party… leave it for later, when enough people have circled you back..Don’t hide your information, there is nothing wrong with being new to Google Plus and don’t having too many people in your circles or not too many people that circled you back. A lot of people, like me, won’t be really inclined to circle back somebody that hides this information, it could be a troll or a spammer. Besides, looking to the people you have in your circle and who circle you back may help to get somebody to circle you back, it has happened to me when I do not find enough posts from a user that interest me, I check their circle and if I find people that I know as interesting, I assume there is potential for this person to become interesting as well.Before you start adding people to your circle, fill your stream with great stuff. The first think I do when people circle me is to check their streams to find out what they post, if I don’t find enough stuff that interests me, I don’t circle back. Chances are, this will be the only time the people you circle will take a look to your stream, if they don’t circle you back, so don’t miss the chance to introduce yourself with great posts. Most of my FB friends didn’t have anything worth to show or even they had their streams bl2012-03-05 12:32:54391261716
Jérôme Clament-Sanz2,393Voici un cercle regroupant 500 photographes, pros ou amateurs, dont le travail est intéressant, et qui postent régulièrement sur Google Plus. Un très bon point de départ pour tous les passionnés de photo qui nous rejoignent sur Google Plus.UPDATE"I have finally put together my 1st circle of photographers that I personally find inspiring. Nearly every genre of photography is represented here. These are individuals that are constantly providing photography work that speaks to me. They are hand picked and all active on G+. It includes full time professionals and amatures alike...all that create compelling photography. Everyone in this circle has less then 30k followers (although a few are very very close) and many have just a few hundred. Please enjoy...I know I have!If you like what you find in this circle, please share it with your followers to help these individuals reach a wider audience. I will share more circles of those I find Inspiring in the future." (by Colby Brown)2012-03-04 12:50:38501117
Armando Lioss7,358I have seen how trendy circle sharing has become and it seems to be a great social network tool.I've made a compilation of the most active users in my circles to share with the G+ community, this includes guys and gals who actively share information with me and share/comment my posts with their circles.I recommend, if you don’t have these people in your circles yet, to add them. They will surely make your user experience more dynamic and entertaining.NOTE: I can only go so far back in my stream, before my laptop becomes insufferable slow, I know I have missed hundreds of equally great people in my circles, hopefully I’ll have them included next time I share my active circle…2012-03-03 12:09:01251424
Rami Saarikorpi10,129World's best Photographers in G+ (Circle 1/5)These photographers circles is a collection of world's best photographers. Over 2000 members!If you are not in these circles (and you should), just share it and you will be added. (if you are a photographer)ATTENTION! If you are not in the first circle, check the other 4 circles that are published by me.2012-02-20 08:13:50495137
Error 404 (Nicht217Here is a great group of photographers on G+! Thanks to all of you for sharing your art with the rest of us! It is very appreciated!If you or someone you know should be in this circle, please let me know! There is room for more!Fee free to share this circle! Have fun!2012-02-16 17:11:39248944
Colby Brown562,796COLBY'S PHOTOGRAPHIC CIRCLE OF INSPIRATIONI have finally put together my 1st circle of photographers that I personally find inspiring. Nearly every genre of photography is represented here. These are individuals that are constantly providing photography work that speaks to me. They are hand picked and all active on G+. It includes full time professionals and amatures alike...all that create compelling photography. Everyone in this circle has less then 30k followers (although a few are very very close) and many have just a few hundred. Please enjoy...I know I have!If you like what you find in this circle, please share it with your followers to help these individuals reach a wider audience. I will share more circles of those I find Inspiring in the future.2012-01-26 18:04:32500335396375
Thomas Hawk846,3871,500 Kick Ass Photographers on Google+ (A-G, Part 1 of 3)1,500 Kick Ass Photographers on Google+ (A-G, Part 1 of 3) http://goo.gl/WGdFw1,500 Kick Ass Photographers on Google+ (G-O, Part 2 of 3) http://goo.gl/1yiS61,500 Kick Ass Photographers on Google+ (P-Z, Part 3 of 3) http://goo.gl/6nLZEI've shared my photographers circle on Google+ two times now. Once when it got to 500 and then again when it got to 1,000. Today my circle hit 1,500 so I'm sharing them again.I have to break them up into 500 person circles because this is the limit on Google+. Also Google limits the number of people you can add to circles per day so I'm going to publish my kick ass photographers circle over 3 days. Today I'm publishing A-G. Tomorrow I'll publish G-O. Friday I'll publish P-Z. By last name.In addition to the kick ass photographers in these circles I've also added three other accounts. Our new photography hangout show which will be on live tonight at 8PM PST +Photo Talk Plus as well as our show's sponsors +Drobo and +SmugMug as a way of saying thanks to them.A few notes about these circles. not to be long-winded, but…Every time I've shared my circles I've gotten haters from it. People who are upset that they are not in them. I absolutely detest that. It makes me not even want to share them because of that. These circles are not meant to be the definitive list of what photographers you should be following on Google+. These circles are simply who I have chosen to follow for photography on Google+ for my own personal consumption. I want to share them because I think YOU may also benefit from having these rich, talented, kick ass photographers in your streams.This is the circle that I browse every single day looking for great stuff to +1 and comment on Google+ and as such it reflects my own personal biases. For example. I hate looking at watermarks. This is a personal preference thing. If you use them, more power to you. It's absolutely your right. But as a consumer of photography I find them ugly and distracting and so I tend not to follow people who use them. This is not a big deal. This is not a personal attack against you if you watermark. This isn't even a universal rule of mine. I do have a few friends who use them that I still follow. But by and large, what you get with my circles is a watermark/signature free circle. I also prefer people who are active on Google+ both in terms of posting and in terms of contributing to the community. If the last photo you posted was in November, I probably won't have you in this list.If you were in my photographers circle before but removed, it could be for a lot of these sorts of reasons. Watermarks/sigs, not posting enough, posting too much non photography stuff that I'm not interested in, or all kinds of other things. Who knows. But it's most definitely not personal. (Unless I'm blocking you and then maybe it is personal).Also if you are not in these circles it may simply be because we don't know each other yet. In time perhaps we will become great friends (hopefully). Or you may not be in these circles just 2012-01-18 23:20:26500193111261

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2014-03-25 15:24:02 (21 comments, 0 reshares, 73 +1s) 


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


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 »

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2014-03-25 15:24:02 (21 comments, 0 reshares, 73 +1s) 


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

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) 


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, 7 +1s) 

"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) 


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, 6 +1s) 


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) 


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) 

Powerful stuff.

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

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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) 


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, 1 +1s) 

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) 


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) 


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) 

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

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

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

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


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, 5 +1s) 


"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, 6 +1s) 

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) 


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) 


In case you were wondering...


In case you were wondering...___

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2014-04-14 17:21:13 (9 comments, 1 reshares, 22 +1s) 

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, 7 +1s) 


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) 

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, 49 +1s) 

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) 

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) 

“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) 

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, 27 +1s) 


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) 

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) 


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) 

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) 


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, 8 +1s) 

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, 73 +1s) 


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) 

"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) 


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) 

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) 

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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2014-03-11 22:01:12 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 7 +1s) 

I love how he basically is like, "So we have this one nearly impossible part going on, and this other nearly impossible part going on, and we were trying to figure how to play them all at once for live shows. So I was like, I'll just play them both at the same time, problem solved." 

What a wizard. I think he is without a doubt the greatest keyboard player of our time/ever.

I love how he basically is like, "So we have this one nearly impossible part going on, and this other nearly impossible part going on, and we were trying to figure how to play them all at once for live shows. So I was like, I'll just play them both at the same time, problem solved." 

What a wizard. I think he is without a doubt the greatest keyboard player of our time/ever.___

2014-03-08 03:21:37 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s) 


Fabulous brother is watching you.

Just read that prior to working on RENT, Jonathan Larson was trying to create a rock opera out of Orwell's 1984, but was eventually denied the rights.

That would have been amazing.





Fabulous brother is watching you.

Just read that prior to working on RENT, Jonathan Larson was trying to create a rock opera out of Orwell's 1984, but was eventually denied the rights.

That would have been amazing.


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2014-03-05 22:06:07 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s) 


I think I need medicine.

I just pulled into the parking lot at the rec center, took a lap looking for a space, found one and pulled into it.

Then I remembered I was riding a bike.

Ugh...


I think I need medicine.

I just pulled into the parking lot at the rec center, took a lap looking for a space, found one and pulled into it.

Then I remembered I was riding a bike.

Ugh...___

2014-03-03 16:53:18 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 6 +1s) 

If I meta tag all my photo and video files with slightly suspicious keywords, will the NSA back them up for me on their server? Because that would save me a lot of money...

If I meta tag all my photo and video files with slightly suspicious keywords, will the NSA back them up for me on their server? Because that would save me a lot of money...___

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2014-02-26 19:45:09 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s) 

New axe. New creative endeavors.

Lately, I've been making a full fledge return to my former life as a musician, both as a performer and with getting back into composing and recording. This unexpected shift was spurred on by the need of music in a few of my films, and the decision to try writing it myself. It was purely necessity and I wasn't expecting it to pull me so quickly back into my heart of hearts- Music.

I'm by no means getting getting out of photography and filmmaking, just adding another side dish to my creative feast. I started life as a musician, and it's really only been in the last 8 years, as I focused on building my photo/video business, getting married and having a daughter, that I haven't been one. It feels really holistic for me to be coming back around to my beginning, and finding more ways to plug my present into my past. Plus, I've... more »

New axe. New creative endeavors.

Lately, I've been making a full fledge return to my former life as a musician, both as a performer and with getting back into composing and recording. This unexpected shift was spurred on by the need of music in a few of my films, and the decision to try writing it myself. It was purely necessity and I wasn't expecting it to pull me so quickly back into my heart of hearts- Music.

I'm by no means getting getting out of photography and filmmaking, just adding another side dish to my creative feast. I started life as a musician, and it's really only been in the last 8 years, as I focused on building my photo/video business, getting married and having a daughter, that I haven't been one. It feels really holistic for me to be coming back around to my beginning, and finding more ways to plug my present into my past. Plus, I've always found that creativity only breeds more creativity, and the things that really make me come alive always have a positive effect on whatever other things I attempt. Creative energy is creative energy— and anything that fosters it will benefit anything that uses it.

After an unexpected freelance video job fell into my lap, that was both physically punishing, and well paying, I decided to reward myself with this little beauty. It's a Fender Pawn Shop Mustang, and boy is it a tone monster. With dual humbucking pickups that can both be split, you can get so many different sounds from this guitar, which is exactly what I was looking for. Plus, the Lake Placid Blue sparkle finish with the Mint pick guard is just dead sexy.

Embrace your whole creative self, and don't be afraid to plug into all the creative outlets your heart and mind have to offer. 

#music #guitar #creativity #photography #filmmaking___

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2014-02-20 23:51:37 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 31 +1s) 


Utterly amazing.


Utterly amazing.___

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2014-02-06 22:18:44 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 59 +1s) 

Nice video, but kind of pointless, don't you think?

5 different drum kits, in 5 different rooms, played by 5 different players, in 5 different styles, with 5 different micing patterns and mic combos, likely with different processing and/or engineers, and probably with 5 different types of heads and tuning; all of it listened to through god knows what kind of speakers or headphones. 

Besides establishing that these 5 drum kits can in fact potentially sound good, there's little else to be gained by this. Any drums with good heads, good tuning, a good room and a good engineer can sound good. The only way you could ever even come close to being able to tell drums a part, would be to have all the drums with zero variability in external factors. Same heads, same tuning, same players, same mics, and even then, it wouldn't be close to hearing drums live, which is what you should... more »

Nice video, but kind of pointless, don't you think?

5 different drum kits, in 5 different rooms, played by 5 different players, in 5 different styles, with 5 different micing patterns and mic combos, likely with different processing and/or engineers, and probably with 5 different types of heads and tuning; all of it listened to through god knows what kind of speakers or headphones. 

Besides establishing that these 5 drum kits can in fact potentially sound good, there's little else to be gained by this. Any drums with good heads, good tuning, a good room and a good engineer can sound good. The only way you could ever even come close to being able to tell drums a part, would be to have all the drums with zero variability in external factors. Same heads, same tuning, same players, same mics, and even then, it wouldn't be close to hearing drums live, which is what you should do before buying them. ___

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2014-01-28 20:50:26 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 21 +1s) 


Sunrise on Mt. Rainier

I never had time over the last few weeks to do a Top Ten Favorite Images of 2013 kind of thing, so I'll just give you my favorite one!

This is from a story I shot for Backpacker Mag about a girl who had won a trip to climb Mt. Rainier for herself and her best friend, who had recently returned from active duty in Afghanistan.

We left high camp at midnight, and after 7 hours of climbing, we were rewarded with one heck of a sunrise. Shortly after, we got the full team to the summit, where visibility was about 25 feet. Things change quick on the mountain!

The most memorable part of this trip was that I didn't even know it was coming. A local photographer was going to shoot the trip and had gotten injured; so with 2 days notice and zero specific training, I was on my way to climb my tallest mountain yet. That's why... more »


Sunrise on Mt. Rainier

I never had time over the last few weeks to do a Top Ten Favorite Images of 2013 kind of thing, so I'll just give you my favorite one!

This is from a story I shot for Backpacker Mag about a girl who had won a trip to climb Mt. Rainier for herself and her best friend, who had recently returned from active duty in Afghanistan.

We left high camp at midnight, and after 7 hours of climbing, we were rewarded with one heck of a sunrise. Shortly after, we got the full team to the summit, where visibility was about 25 feet. Things change quick on the mountain!

The most memorable part of this trip was that I didn't even know it was coming. A local photographer was going to shoot the trip and had gotten injured; so with 2 days notice and zero specific training, I was on my way to climb my tallest mountain yet. That's why it's important to always be in shape. You never know what assignment is around the corner!___

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2014-01-24 20:15:31 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s) 


*Bucket List item #157: Shoot a magazine cover from a moving car— Check! *

Production of the OR Daily is starting to slow down here at the bi-annual Outdoor Retailer show, and I'm finally starting to look back at what we've produced over the last 4 days. Here's the cover for the Day 1 issue, which I unexpectedly shot out the passenger window of a moving car. 

As I was leaving the outdoor product demo yesterday, this guy was walking on the side of the parking lot, so I rolled down the window and popped off two quick shots. We ended up running one of them as the cover. 

Fastest cover shoot of my career! Props to fellow shooter and wheel man Andrew Bydlon for lining up the shot, and Bryan Nanista and Matthew Bates for the sweet cover design.

#photography #magazine #cover


*Bucket List item #157: Shoot a magazine cover from a moving car— Check! *

Production of the OR Daily is starting to slow down here at the bi-annual Outdoor Retailer show, and I'm finally starting to look back at what we've produced over the last 4 days. Here's the cover for the Day 1 issue, which I unexpectedly shot out the passenger window of a moving car. 

As I was leaving the outdoor product demo yesterday, this guy was walking on the side of the parking lot, so I rolled down the window and popped off two quick shots. We ended up running one of them as the cover. 

Fastest cover shoot of my career! Props to fellow shooter and wheel man Andrew Bydlon for lining up the shot, and Bryan Nanista and Matthew Bates for the sweet cover design.

#photography #magazine #cover___

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2014-01-19 16:26:42 (5 comments, 4 reshares, 26 +1s) 


Must. Go. Skiing. In Japan.

Japan snow road___
Must. Go. Skiing. In Japan.

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2014-01-17 04:12:18 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s) 

Dang, that drummer is tight!

Dang, that drummer is tight!___

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2014-01-16 23:37:32 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s) 

Unreal! I love to new faces of Jazz, and I think ther is more exciting stuff going on right now than I've ever heard in my 15 years of caring about jazz.

Unreal! I love to new faces of Jazz, and I think ther is more exciting stuff going on right now than I've ever heard in my 15 years of caring about jazz.___

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