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Alan Shapiro

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Award-winning photographer. Advertising Chief Creative Officer, too. www.AlanShapiroPhotography.com www.instagram.com/alanshapiro515

Occupation: Advertising Chief Creative Officer. Passionate, Award-Winning Photographer

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Alan Shapiro has been at 9 events

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Heidi Anne Morris67,684#birdweekend SEPTEMBER ! 10th & 11th Please post some pictures of birds (feathers not flesh) ! :) Event starts Saturday morning (gmt) ends Sunday night *MUST BE YOUR OWN PHOTO* No limit to the amount of images. *PLEASE try NOT to post whole albums at once* This is a weekend long event open to all. *PLEASE KINDLY SHARE WITH YOUR BIRD FRIENDLY FRIENDS* Share with us *:)) it's #birdweekend on Google Plus You can post a picture in the event or if use the tag #birdweekend (your pictures won't show up in the event stream unless you post them directly to the event page - BUT - if you use the #birdweekend tag and post public - everyone will get to enjoy them) :)))IT'S BIRD WEEKEND ON GOOGLE PLUS2016-09-10 10:30:0075  
Alan Shapiro4,135,276I have long loved the art and craft of macro flower photography; capturing the hidden beauty and magnificence in these delightfully fanciful and colorful creatures that surround us. I also love to mentor and share. I believe the act of teaching improves both the student and the teacher. In this full day workshop, I'll cover the techniques required for successful macro shooting. We'll go over all the gear that you may want to experiment with and I will take you through numerous creative exercises to show you all that's possible in the world of macro shooting. Then we'll explore the various gardens and greenhouses where we'll shoot together and I'll be able to work with you one on one. We'll break for lunch and continue our discussions. Lunch may be brought in or there's a cafe on site. After lunch, we'll continue shooting for a while longer before returning to the classroom where I'll take you through my post processing workflow. We'll cover techniques for fine tuning our images in both Lightroom and Photoshop. I will focus mainly on a color workflow but time allowing, we'll explore various monochrome conversion techniques including split toning. I encourage you to bring a laptop and card reader so you can follow along using your own images. This class is suitable for photographers at every level. While it is not required, you may want to consider borrowing or renting a macro lens so you can get the most out of this workshop. Optional gear: tripod, diffusion panel, reflector cards, laptop and/or notepad, card reader, sunscreen, hat and water. This workshop will be fun and have you feeling totally confident and armed with a new set of skills for capturing the beautiful world that exists around us. I promise you will walk away with numerous extraordinary images. And perhaps even some surprise gifts. To see some of my work:  http://www.alanshapirophotography.com/Portfolio/Trippin-in-the-garden-on/ http://www.alanshapirophotography.com/Portfolio/Moments-in-the-Monochrome/ To purchase tickets, go here (or paste this link into your browser): https://www.eventbrite.com/e/macro-magic-and-mayhem-with-alan-shapiro-tickets-24720739397Macro Magic and Mayhem With Alan Shapiro2016-06-04 09:00:006  
Lotus Carroll1,775,969This is the Event for our October Self Portrait Challenge: Halloween. Interpret this however you'd like, whether it be full of horror or whimsy. From creepy ghouls to jack-o-lanterns, clowns and dolls, we want to see it all, so get in the spirit and show us your Halloweenie!  Here is where you enter your ONE "Halloween" Self Portrait. Your photo must have been captured during this month. This Event remains open until 11:59 CST October 31st, so you have until then to create and enter your best photo from this month. (The dates on the Event are truncated, but you can submit a photo anytime, all month long.) Please read all rules (scroll down). Not adhering to rules will get you disqualified. *Tips & Inspiration* Check out this gallery of amazing Halloween self portraits to get inspired! https://goo.gl/aWl83x Moderators of the Art of Self Portraiture Community are not eligible to win, but we will also be putting our photos into the Event in the hopes that you'll be inspired. If you have questions or need help, please pop into the Community http://goo.gl/W69Ohj and ask away! We have a category for discussion and questions and are happy to help with anything.  Thanks to @110573952887886961621 for letting us use his amazing Halloween image in the header! *Prizes* ~1 Year @118357019708110162087 Portfolio Account http://www.smugmug.com/features (or comped value on current account) ~$150 Gift Certificate (restrictions apply*) for @108289626026839048870 http://www.borrowlenses.com  ~@100266938567862344330 Digital Holster 20 http://goo.gl/UwJ69t ~@101789561086090624750 Discontinued Strap http://www.capturingcouture.com/collections/the-sale-rack *Please circle these sponsors* - we love their products and services and it's great that they support our learning and growing together. Having them circled is a requirement to be a winner. :) There will be 4 winners. 1st place winner selects choice of 4 prizes, and also has their image take the place of the current Avatar for The Art of Self Portraiture Community. 2nd place selects choice of 3 remaining prizes. 3rd place selects choice of 2 remaining prizes. 4th place receives the remaining prize. Winners must respond within 24 hours of being contacted or new winners will be chosen. At the end of the month, the Owners and Moderators of The Art of Self Portraiture Community will vote on the submissions and choose 1st, 2nd, 3rd, & 4th place winners. Please note that this is subjective (art always is!) and so we'll be basing our votes purely on our own opinions. Everyone who enters a photo is already a winner, of course. :) *Please Remember These Rules:* ~Enter Only Your Own Work ~Enter Only ONE Photo ~Only SELF PORTRAITS ~Must adhere to this month's theme. ~Photo Must Be Tasteful/Artistic ~No Graphic Nudity, Violence, Sexual Themes or Otherwise Offensive Content ~Photo Must Be Taken in October 2015 (EXIF data must reflect this) ~Can Only Win Once Every 6 Months ~No More Than 3 Wins Total ~Winners Must ResOctober Self Portrait Challenge: Halloween2015-10-29 06:00:0080  
Elia Locardi2,437,558Join pro travel photographers Elia Locardi and Ken Kaminesky on September 20th for a Photokina Photo Walk in beautiful Cologne! 

The Photo Walk will begin at the steps of the Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom) at 6:00 pm, with stops along the way at other beautiful and iconic locations! 

 All are welcome to attend, including non-photographers!  Don’t miss this opportunity to mingle with the international photography community, get some great shots of Cologne and have the chance to walk away with some truly epic prizes including: • Three Fujifilm Cameras: an X-T1 with 18-55mm lens, an X-E2 with 18-55mm lens and one other camera yet to be announced • Two (soon to be released) Formatt-Hitech Filter Kits • A G-technology G-DOCK EV • A $1,000 USD voucher for Zeiss Lenses Register for the event and be entered in the drawing for prizes at: http://bit.ly/photokina-walk Use the hashtag #photokina-walk when posting to Social Media so we can follow along with your photo shares after the event. **An Important Note about Prizes:** You must be registered for the event with your real name as that information will be used to call out the Raffle Prize Winners. Only 1 entry is allowed per registrant and the winners MUST BE PRESENT or the prize will go to the next participant chosen that is present to receive it. Photokina Photo Walk 20142014-09-20 18:00:0082  
Pat Kight15,645@113977984500465768287  said she wants the Scavengers under her tree for Christmas. Let's do it! Drop by, say hi to the friends you've made during the Autumn Scavenger Hunt, share a few photos of your own festivities. (Invite going out to the Autumn Scavengers circle, but I've enabled the "on air" feature so folks from past Scavenger events can see it, and you can invite other Scavengers).Scavengers Holiday Party2013-12-24 21:00:00150  
Jason T. Wiser21,948Let them find the smile again ! #yolandaph   Philippines deserve our help ... This HOA Event series is a part of the +LetTheSunShine  Awareness Campaign. And the Our Emergent World (Haiyan Typhoon crisis support) Community *Today's Broadcast on Mobile* http://jtw.bz/YolandaHOA6 For Mobile Users here is the Event link http://jtw.bz/1dtnkzy  *Here's how you can get involved!*: 1) Click the link below and give... 10$ will feed 10 Children http://jtw.bz/YolandaPHP 2) Share this post to your circles and help us to spread the word https://plus.google.com/u/0/100829958311051085709/posts/VpvDor1dg8r The people of the Philippines deserve our Help, our Love, our Awareness. Let's stay close to them in this hard moment, and become a Sunbringer with us: http://www.crowdrise.com/letthesunshineonphilippines *G+ Community*  https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/104822593031281082392 Day #1 Video on YouTube - http://jtw.bz/YolandaHOA1  Day #2 Video on YouTube - http://jtw.bz/YolandaHOA2 Day #3 Video on YouTube - http://jtw.bz/YolandaHOA3 Day #4 Video on YouTube - http://jtw.bz/YolandaHOA4 Day #5 Video on YouTube - http://jtw.bz/YolandaHOA5 Day #6 Video on YouTube - http://jtw.bz/YolandaHOA6Typhoon Haiyan / Typhoon Yolanda #YolandaPh2013-11-29 16:00:00204  
Google+13,797,216The Google+ team will be sharing a few updates. RSVP to this event to watch the broadcast live.A Morning with Google+2013-10-29 17:30:0033508  
Alan Shapiro4,135,276I'm continually flabbergasted (I love saying flabbergasted. Say it with me. Flabbergasted. Now say it ten times while pretending you just got your tongue pierced. Cool.) at the sheer number of certain products available for photographers. Choosing a camera bags has got to be one of the more time consuming and frustrating experiences. And a bag is one of the products that is really important right? We're carrying expensive gear around and want to protect it. But then it has to be comfortable. And easy to use. After spending far too much time searching online and walking the aisles of B&H, Adorama. PhotoPlus Expo most recently in search of the perfect camera bag, I decided to ask a friend, +Peter Waisnor from +Tenba to spend a half hour with me to talk about choosing a bag and what to look for in a bag (while promising me to stay as neutral as possible despite making *the best bags in the world.*) Join us tonight from 8:30pm - 9:00pm EST (5:30pm - 6:00pm PST) for our Hangout On Air (which will be recorded so if you can't make it, no worries. You can watch it online later)Picking a camera bag...what to look for and how to decide what's right for you2013-10-28 01:30:0079  
SmugMug47,090Join SmugMug Community Manager @106719979779567208605 and #SmugMugPro @114056084994793924628 for an afternoon of Photography fun, Big Apple style!  We will meet at the Javits Convention Center (where PPE is being held) at 3:30PM on Thursday, October 24th. From there, we will stroll southbound along the Hudson River towards the Meatpacking District, where we will hop on the world famous Highline!  Plenty of SmugMug swag for all in attendance, as well as prizes from SmugMug, X-Rite and many others! Bring whatever camera you have...even if it's just an iPhone or an Android device :)SmugMug New York City Photowalk At PhotoPlus Expo2013-10-24 15:30:0048  

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2016-11-09 12:50:34 (24 comments; 17 reshares; 232 +1s; )Open 

Dear King Willem-Alexander,
In light of the recent events in my country, I am writing to you to inquire as to whether you might consider the creation of a new and very forward thinking position within your royal court; that of Royal Flower Photographer. It occurs to me that yours is a country filled with tens of thousands of hectares of rolling beauty and color and that you might be willing to partake of my particular set of skills and extreme passion. Wouldn't it be nice for you to rekindle the Renaissance tradition of patronage of the arts during these tumultuous and unsettling modern times. As magnificent as Rembrandt and Vermeer were, I'm sure you would agree they did not do justice to your countries flowers. Flowers which lift our spirits and unify us while we celebrate their individuality, beauty and uniqueness...providing a metaphor for what might have been.
I wonder whether... more »

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2016-12-15 21:40:32 (21 comments; 24 reshares; 410 +1s; )Open 

This might have been a meditative, Hallmark-esque, life-lessony post about the beauty that emerges from adversity but today it's a cautionary tale about a photographer who lost his balance while photographing a tiny flower in a herd of cacti, fell flat on top of it all, smooshing the flower and impaling himself with hundreds of really sharp barbs that all got infected and will likely result in a slow and painful death. Enjoy your days.

#cactus   #flowers   #flowerphotography   #flowerpower   #hqspmacro   #hqspflowers   #btpflowerpro   #btpmacropro   #alanshapirophotography   #macrophotography   #macroaddict  

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2016-12-15 21:40:32 (21 comments; 24 reshares; 410 +1s; )Open 

This might have been a meditative, Hallmark-esque, life-lessony post about the beauty that emerges from adversity but today it's a cautionary tale about a photographer who lost his balance while photographing a tiny flower in a herd of cacti, fell flat on top of it all, smooshing the flower and impaling himself with hundreds of really sharp barbs that all got infected and will likely result in a slow and painful death. Enjoy your days.

#cactus   #flowers   #flowerphotography   #flowerpower   #hqspmacro   #hqspflowers   #btpflowerpro   #btpmacropro   #alanshapirophotography   #macrophotography   #macroaddict  

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2017-02-23 20:47:52 (6 comments; 2 reshares; 106 +1s; )Open 

Lavender just past dusk.
#lavender #trippininthegardenonmiraclegro #flowerphotography #flowers #hqspflowers #hqspmacro #btpflowerpro #btpmacropro #flowerpower

Lavender just past dusk.
#lavender #trippininthegardenonmiraclegro #flowerphotography #flowers #hqspflowers #hqspmacro #btpflowerpro #btpmacropro #flowerpower___

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2017-02-23 12:55:11 (8 comments; 7 reshares; 180 +1s; )Open 

I don't normally post two of the same type of flowers in close proximity but I thought I'd print up two Callas up on a wall as a diptych and this will be the companion to the one from a few days ago.
Shot with my +NOVOFLEX Präzisionstechnik GmbH #triopod and #magicball

#trippininthegardenonmiraclegro #callalily #flowerphotography #hqspflowers #hqspmacro #btpflowerpro #btpmacropro

I don't normally post two of the same type of flowers in close proximity but I thought I'd print up two Callas up on a wall as a diptych and this will be the companion to the one from a few days ago.
Shot with my +NOVOFLEX Präzisionstechnik GmbH #triopod and #magicball

#trippininthegardenonmiraclegro #callalily #flowerphotography #hqspflowers #hqspmacro #btpflowerpro #btpmacropro___

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2017-02-22 18:04:54 (10 comments; 10 reshares; 195 +1s; )Open 

So here's a Cuban Lily for ya.
And a gift as well:
Sharing a new Lightroom preset for those that care about those sorta things. Download it here: http://www.mediafire.com/file/o455cwzb06kmce6/Alan_In_Cuba.lrtemplate
and remember that presets are just a starting point for your own creative exploratory. Play around and make it your own. Then, show me what you did.
Stay inspired.

#cubanlily #trippininthegardenonmiraclegrow #scillaperuviana
#hqspflowers #hqspmacro #btpflowerpro #btpmacropro
#alanshapirophotography

So here's a Cuban Lily for ya.
And a gift as well:
Sharing a new Lightroom preset for those that care about those sorta things. Download it here: http://www.mediafire.com/file/o455cwzb06kmce6/Alan_In_Cuba.lrtemplate
and remember that presets are just a starting point for your own creative exploratory. Play around and make it your own. Then, show me what you did.
Stay inspired.

#cubanlily #trippininthegardenonmiraclegrow #scillaperuviana
#hqspflowers #hqspmacro #btpflowerpro #btpmacropro
#alanshapirophotography___

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2017-02-22 12:08:53 (6 comments; 7 reshares; 179 +1s; )Open 

Anyone else ever wake up and want a creamsicle?
Please don't let me be in this alone.

#treasureflower #gazania #trippininthgardenonmiraclegro #flowers #hqspflowers #hqspmacro #btpflowerpro #btpmacropro #flowerpower #alanshapirophotography

Anyone else ever wake up and want a creamsicle?
Please don't let me be in this alone.

#treasureflower #gazania #trippininthgardenonmiraclegro #flowers #hqspflowers #hqspmacro #btpflowerpro #btpmacropro #flowerpower #alanshapirophotography___

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2017-02-21 12:16:21 (11 comments; 6 reshares; 213 +1s; )Open 

I could wax poetic about the long-petioled, basal leaves arising from a thick rhizome; the inflorescence on a leafless flower stalk with both spathe and spadix. Make metaphors of the trumpet-shaped bract and tiny flowers covering the spadix. But I won't. For now just know, this lily is a dilly.

#callalily #trippininthegardenonmiraclegro #novoflex #triopod and #magicball
#hqspflowers #btpflowerpro

Shout out to my friends at +NOVOFLEX Präzisionstechnik GmbH for making unbelievably precise gear that allows my art to happen so effortlessly

I could wax poetic about the long-petioled, basal leaves arising from a thick rhizome; the inflorescence on a leafless flower stalk with both spathe and spadix. Make metaphors of the trumpet-shaped bract and tiny flowers covering the spadix. But I won't. For now just know, this lily is a dilly.

#callalily #trippininthegardenonmiraclegro #novoflex #triopod and #magicball
#hqspflowers #btpflowerpro

Shout out to my friends at +NOVOFLEX Präzisionstechnik GmbH for making unbelievably precise gear that allows my art to happen so effortlessly___

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2017-02-17 12:36:46 (9 comments; 2 reshares; 133 +1s; )Open 

Literally everything I see lately turns into a political metaphor or statement of my unsettledness.
I know it sounds obvious (and perhaps naively idealistic) but can't we all get to the point, make our point or stick to the point at hand.
Soft, defocused stuff is for macro photographers. Not politicians.

#trippininthegardenonmiraclegro #flowers #bokeh #gettothepointalready #hqspmacro #hqspflower #btpmacropro #btpflowerpro #alanshapirophotography #flowers


Literally everything I see lately turns into a political metaphor or statement of my unsettledness.
I know it sounds obvious (and perhaps naively idealistic) but can't we all get to the point, make our point or stick to the point at hand.
Soft, defocused stuff is for macro photographers. Not politicians.

#trippininthegardenonmiraclegro #flowers #bokeh #gettothepointalready #hqspmacro #hqspflower #btpmacropro #btpflowerpro #alanshapirophotography #flowers
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2017-02-16 00:10:50 (18 comments; 9 reshares; 251 +1s; )Open 

The fowl mood...continued.
"Save some for me. Once you are done, let's sauté their breasts, fricassee their thighs and fry up their drumsticks, pan sear their liver with onions and sauternes; then grind up all the extra bits for paté."

#birds #fowlmood #hqspbirds #btpbirdpro #bird #chicken #ornamentalchicken

The fowl mood...continued.
"Save some for me. Once you are done, let's sauté their breasts, fricassee their thighs and fry up their drumsticks, pan sear their liver with onions and sauternes; then grind up all the extra bits for paté."

#birds #fowlmood #hqspbirds #btpbirdpro #bird #chicken #ornamentalchicken___

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2017-02-16 00:10:12 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 122 +1s; )Open 

In a remarkably fowl mood. The vulture in me wants to rip out your entrails slowly. But I am a dumbass chickenshit (albeit one with remarkable plumage when I have time to preen) so will content myself with pecking out your eyeballs and then filling the sockets with grubs I have scratched up.

#ornamentalchicken #birds #fowlmood #hqspbirds #btpbirdpro #bird #chicken

In a remarkably fowl mood. The vulture in me wants to rip out your entrails slowly. But I am a dumbass chickenshit (albeit one with remarkable plumage when I have time to preen) so will content myself with pecking out your eyeballs and then filling the sockets with grubs I have scratched up.

#ornamentalchicken #birds #fowlmood #hqspbirds #btpbirdpro #bird #chicken___

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2017-02-15 13:49:15 (13 comments; 10 reshares; 208 +1s; )Open 

The eyebrows are getting crazy but the hair is ever so fabulous
#trippininthegardenonmiraclegro #pansy #Violatricolor #flowers #macro #hqspmacro #hqspflowers #btpmacropro #btpflowerpro #alanshapirophotography

The eyebrows are getting crazy but the hair is ever so fabulous
#trippininthegardenonmiraclegro #pansy #Violatricolor #flowers #macro #hqspmacro #hqspflowers #btpmacropro #btpflowerpro #alanshapirophotography___

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2017-02-10 12:40:46 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 81 +1s; )Open 

Ohmmmmmmmmmm.

#zen #trippininthegardenonmiraclegro #sooc #flowers #flowerpower #hqspmacro #btpmacropro #alanshapirophotography #googleplusphotos


Ohmmmmmmmmmm.

#zen #trippininthegardenonmiraclegro #sooc #flowers #flowerpower #hqspmacro #btpmacropro #alanshapirophotography #googleplusphotos
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2017-02-09 23:12:27 (7 comments; 14 reshares; 188 +1s; )Open 

Mini Calla Lily hanging out. at the end of a long day.

#trippininthegardenonmiraclegro #callalily #flowers #alanshapirophotography #hqspflowers #hqspmacro #btpflowerpro #btpmacropro #flowers #googleplusphotos

Mini Calla Lily hanging out. at the end of a long day.

#trippininthegardenonmiraclegro #callalily #flowers #alanshapirophotography #hqspflowers #hqspmacro #btpflowerpro #btpmacropro #flowers #googleplusphotos___

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2017-02-09 17:13:31 (8 comments; 4 reshares; 135 +1s; )Open 

Staring contest with a peacock.

For the record, he blinked first.

#peacock #birdsofafeather #dontblink #birds #featherbrainedandflighty #hqspbirds #btpbirdpro #googleplusphotos #nature #animals #wildlife


Staring contest with a peacock.

For the record, he blinked first.

#peacock #birdsofafeather #dontblink #birds #featherbrainedandflighty #hqspbirds #btpbirdpro #googleplusphotos #nature #animals #wildlife
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2017-02-04 19:30:28 (5 comments; 6 reshares; 115 +1s; )Open 

Euphorbia Caerulescens (or it's more common name: the Steve Bannon Plant)

#notinmygarden #alternatefactsfloraledition #euphorbia #nottobeconfusedwitheuphoria #hqspflowers #hqspmacro #btpflowerpro #btpmacroprp #googleplusphotos #alanshapirophotography

Euphorbia Caerulescens (or it's more common name: the Steve Bannon Plant)

#notinmygarden #alternatefactsfloraledition #euphorbia #nottobeconfusedwitheuphoria #hqspflowers #hqspmacro #btpflowerpro #btpmacroprp #googleplusphotos #alanshapirophotography___

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2017-01-31 14:06:37 (20 comments; 6 reshares; 149 +1s; )Open 

“I will build a great coop – and nobody builds coops better than me, believe me – and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great coop and I will make the sheep pay for that coop. Mark my words.”

#whencomboversgobad #yearofthecock #chickenshit #alternatefacts

“I will build a great coop – and nobody builds coops better than me, believe me – and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great coop and I will make the sheep pay for that coop. Mark my words.”

#whencomboversgobad #yearofthecock #chickenshit #alternatefacts___

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2017-01-30 14:22:59 (11 comments; 5 reshares; 157 +1s; )Open 

When did politics supercede decency, compassion and kindness?
When did alternate facts become accepted substitutes for definitive ones?
When did walls (metaphorical and actual) become substitutes for statesmanship? And meaningful dialog?
Are we that afraid?
How prepared are we to get even more so?
Where is our collective breaking point?
Where are all the rational arguments?
When did it all start to go so terribly, terribly wrong?


#ihavequestions #mondaymalaise

When did politics supercede decency, compassion and kindness?
When did alternate facts become accepted substitutes for definitive ones?
When did walls (metaphorical and actual) become substitutes for statesmanship? And meaningful dialog?
Are we that afraid?
How prepared are we to get even more so?
Where is our collective breaking point?
Where are all the rational arguments?
When did it all start to go so terribly, terribly wrong?


#ihavequestions #mondaymalaise___

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2017-01-28 00:39:40 (7 comments; 12 reshares; 190 +1s; )Open 

A painted tongue (Salpiglossis Sinuata...go ahead. say it three times. rolls right off yer tongue don't it?!?)

#trippininthegardenonmiracleglo #paintedtongue #grandiflora #hqspflowers #hqspmacro #btpflowerpro #btpmacropro #googleplusphotos #alanshapirophotography


A painted tongue (Salpiglossis Sinuata...go ahead. say it three times. rolls right off yer tongue don't it?!?)

#trippininthegardenonmiracleglo #paintedtongue #grandiflora #hqspflowers #hqspmacro #btpflowerpro #btpmacropro #googleplusphotos #alanshapirophotography
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2017-01-27 11:18:07 (8 comments; 10 reshares; 265 +1s; )Open 

When the alarm goes off and you're like "nooooooo!"

#morning #callalily #beetlejuice #trippininthegardenonmiraclegro #hqspflowers #hqspmacro #btpflowerpro #btpmacropro #flowers #lily

When the alarm goes off and you're like "nooooooo!"

#morning #callalily #beetlejuice #trippininthegardenonmiraclegro #hqspflowers #hqspmacro #btpflowerpro #btpmacropro #flowers #lily___

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2017-01-25 12:41:43 (12 comments; 22 reshares; 266 +1s; )Open 

Taking it all in. And wishing I was back in Madagascar.

#redruffedlemur #hangingout #listeningtotoomuchCNN #hqspanimals #btpanimalpro #alanshapirophotography #Googleplusphotos

Taking it all in. And wishing I was back in Madagascar.

#redruffedlemur #hangingout #listeningtotoomuchCNN #hqspanimals #btpanimalpro #alanshapirophotography #Googleplusphotos___

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2017-01-23 13:43:45 (11 comments; 6 reshares; 134 +1s; )Open 

Andean Condor for a Monday morning.
This sums up how I feel right about now.

#andeancondor #birds #wildlifephotography #wildlifephotos #alanshapirophotography #btpbirdpro #featheredfriends #googleplusphotos #birdsgallery #birds4all #birdsinfocus #animallovers #hqspbirds


Andean Condor for a Monday morning.
This sums up how I feel right about now.

#andeancondor #birds #wildlifephotography #wildlifephotos #alanshapirophotography #btpbirdpro #featheredfriends #googleplusphotos #birdsgallery #birds4all #birdsinfocus #animallovers #hqspbirds
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2017-01-19 12:29:05 (11 comments; 16 reshares; 257 +1s; )Open 

Howling at the moon

#flowers #flowerpower #trippininthegardenonmiraclegro #hqspflowers #hqspmacro #btpflowerpro #btpmacropro #alanshapirophotography #googleplusphotos 

Howling at the moon

#flowers #flowerpower #trippininthegardenonmiraclegro #hqspflowers #hqspmacro #btpflowerpro #btpmacropro #alanshapirophotography #googleplusphotos ___

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2017-01-16 19:47:00 (5 comments; 10 reshares; 158 +1s; )Open 

This episode of "The never-ending quest to up my macro game" featuring a miniature Calla Lily is brought to you by +NOVOFLEX Präzisionstechnik GmbH and their Castel-Q Focusing rack on a Triopod Carbon Fiber Tripod

#callalily #flowers #novoflex #castelqfocusingrack #triopod #flowerpower #macromonday #hqspflowers #hqspmacro #btpmacropro #btpflowerpro #googleplusphotos #trippininthegardenonmiraclegro

This episode of "The never-ending quest to up my macro game" featuring a miniature Calla Lily is brought to you by +NOVOFLEX Präzisionstechnik GmbH and their Castel-Q Focusing rack on a Triopod Carbon Fiber Tripod

#callalily #flowers #novoflex #castelqfocusingrack #triopod #flowerpower #macromonday #hqspflowers #hqspmacro #btpmacropro #btpflowerpro #googleplusphotos #trippininthegardenonmiraclegro___

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2017-01-11 12:23:26 (8 comments; 11 reshares; 240 +1s; )Open 

Up in the middle of the night with a Japanese Camellia

#camelliajaponica   #trippininthegardenonmiraclegro   #flowersupwaytoolate   #flowers   #hqspflowers   #hqspmacro   #btpflowerpro   #btpmacropro   #googleplusphotos   #flowerpower   #alanshapirophotography  

Up in the middle of the night with a Japanese Camellia

#camelliajaponica   #trippininthegardenonmiraclegro   #flowersupwaytoolate   #flowers   #hqspflowers   #hqspmacro   #btpflowerpro   #btpmacropro   #googleplusphotos   #flowerpower   #alanshapirophotography  ___

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2017-01-07 22:50:43 (7 comments; 6 reshares; 158 +1s; )Open 

Sumo Orchid

#flower   #orchid   #hqspflowers   #hqspmacro   #btpflowerpro   #btpmacropro   #alanshapirophotography   #trippininthegardenonmiraclegro  

Sumo Orchid

#flower   #orchid   #hqspflowers   #hqspmacro   #btpflowerpro   #btpmacropro   #alanshapirophotography   #trippininthegardenonmiraclegro  ___

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2017-01-06 12:38:31 (4 comments; 6 reshares; 158 +1s; )Open 

At moments like this, we need another word for the space in between that isn't so negative.

#negativespace   #positivespace #hqspflowers   #hqspmonochrome   #btpflowerpro   #btpmonochromepro   #callalily   #flowersphotography   #macrophotography   #alanshapirophotography   #googleplusphotos   #momentsinthemonochromegarden  

At moments like this, we need another word for the space in between that isn't so negative.

#negativespace   #positivespace #hqspflowers   #hqspmonochrome   #btpflowerpro   #btpmonochromepro   #callalily   #flowersphotography   #macrophotography   #alanshapirophotography   #googleplusphotos   #momentsinthemonochromegarden  ___

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2017-01-03 12:37:43 (13 comments; 11 reshares; 197 +1s; )Open 

Not-so-still life with octopus and pitcher.
I am totally fascinated by octopus (octopuses/octopi/octopuses).
I also kinda/really/totally like this photography thing. So, voila.

#octopus   #cephalodpod   #foodporn #tentacles #stilllife #hungry #foodphotography #seafood   #googleplusphotos   #alanshapirophotography  

Not-so-still life with octopus and pitcher.
I am totally fascinated by octopus (octopuses/octopi/octopuses).
I also kinda/really/totally like this photography thing. So, voila.

#octopus   #cephalodpod   #foodporn #tentacles #stilllife #hungry #foodphotography #seafood   #googleplusphotos   #alanshapirophotography  ___

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2016-12-29 00:02:15 (6 comments; 9 reshares; 160 +1s; )Open 

Echeveria

#flower   #flowerphotography   #flowerpower   #hqspmacro   #hqspflowers   #btpmacropro   #btpflowerpro   #alanshapirophotography   #googleplusphotos   #macrophotography   #macroaddict  #trippininthegardenonmiraclegro

Echeveria

#flower   #flowerphotography   #flowerpower   #hqspmacro   #hqspflowers   #btpmacropro   #btpflowerpro   #alanshapirophotography   #googleplusphotos   #macrophotography   #macroaddict  #trippininthegardenonmiraclegro___

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2016-12-21 13:40:31 (7 comments; 7 reshares; 206 +1s; )Open 

You're daft

#flower   #flowerphotography   #flowerpower   #daffodil   #hqspflowers   #hqspmacro   #btpflowerpro   #btpmacropro   #alanshapirophotography   #trippininthegardenonmiraclegro  

You're daft

#flower   #flowerphotography   #flowerpower   #daffodil   #hqspflowers   #hqspmacro   #btpflowerpro   #btpmacropro   #alanshapirophotography   #trippininthegardenonmiraclegro  ___

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2016-12-17 15:46:12 (10 comments; 10 reshares; 225 +1s; )Open 

Snow? I don't see any stinkin' snow.

#flowers   #flowerphotography   #flowerpower   #hqspmacro   #hqspflowers   #btpmacropro   #btpflowerpro   #triopininthegardenonmiraclegro   #alanshapirophotography   #macrophotography   #macroaddict   #googleplusphotos  

Snow? I don't see any stinkin' snow.

#flowers   #flowerphotography   #flowerpower   #hqspmacro   #hqspflowers   #btpmacropro   #btpflowerpro   #triopininthegardenonmiraclegro   #alanshapirophotography   #macrophotography   #macroaddict   #googleplusphotos  ___

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2016-12-15 21:40:32 (21 comments; 24 reshares; 410 +1s; )Open 

This might have been a meditative, Hallmark-esque, life-lessony post about the beauty that emerges from adversity but today it's a cautionary tale about a photographer who lost his balance while photographing a tiny flower in a herd of cacti, fell flat on top of it all, smooshing the flower and impaling himself with hundreds of really sharp barbs that all got infected and will likely result in a slow and painful death. Enjoy your days.

#cactus   #flowers   #flowerphotography   #flowerpower   #hqspmacro   #hqspflowers   #btpflowerpro   #btpmacropro   #alanshapirophotography   #macrophotography   #macroaddict  

This might have been a meditative, Hallmark-esque, life-lessony post about the beauty that emerges from adversity but today it's a cautionary tale about a photographer who lost his balance while photographing a tiny flower in a herd of cacti, fell flat on top of it all, smooshing the flower and impaling himself with hundreds of really sharp barbs that all got infected and will likely result in a slow and painful death. Enjoy your days.

#cactus   #flowers   #flowerphotography   #flowerpower   #hqspmacro   #hqspflowers   #btpflowerpro   #btpmacropro   #alanshapirophotography   #macrophotography   #macroaddict  ___

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2016-12-15 21:37:34 (7 comments; 8 reshares; 138 +1s; )Open 

Floral karaoke.
Whether or not you like to karaoke, if you had to (with or without a crowd) what would be your go-to song?

#trippininthegardenonmiraclegro #flowerpower #hqspmacro   #hqspflowers #btpmacropro #btpflowerpro

Floral karaoke.
Whether or not you like to karaoke, if you had to (with or without a crowd) what would be your go-to song?

#trippininthegardenonmiraclegro #flowerpower #hqspmacro   #hqspflowers #btpmacropro #btpflowerpro___

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2016-12-14 00:09:38 (10 comments; 16 reshares; 250 +1s; )Open 

The sun has set and now the undead Agapanthus can rise and roam freely

#flowers   #flowerphotography   #agapanthus   #trippininthegardenonmiraclegro   #hqspflowers   #hqspmacro   #btpflowerpro   #btpmacro   #macrophotography   #macroaddict  

The sun has set and now the undead Agapanthus can rise and roam freely

#flowers   #flowerphotography   #agapanthus   #trippininthegardenonmiraclegro   #hqspflowers   #hqspmacro   #btpflowerpro   #btpmacro   #macrophotography   #macroaddict  ___

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2016-12-10 00:55:05 (7 comments; 9 reshares; 183 +1s; )Open 

osteospermum

#flower   #flowerphotography   #hqspmacro   #hqspflowers   #btpmacropro   #btpflowerpro  

osteospermum

#flower   #flowerphotography   #hqspmacro   #hqspflowers   #btpmacropro   #btpflowerpro  ___

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2016-12-04 15:39:39 (9 comments; 4 reshares; 229 +1s; )Open 

The very last water lily. Tenacious, determined, resolute. Enduring the cold to remind us that there is beauty to be sought out amidst the oncoming bluster.
#trippinginthegardenonmiraclegro #macrophotography #asmoralcompass #waterlily #asmetaphor
#flowerphotography   #flowers   #hqspflowers   #btpflowerpro   #lily   #macromonday   #macrophotography   #macroaddict   #macro4all  

The very last water lily. Tenacious, determined, resolute. Enduring the cold to remind us that there is beauty to be sought out amidst the oncoming bluster.
#trippinginthegardenonmiraclegro #macrophotography #asmoralcompass #waterlily #asmetaphor
#flowerphotography   #flowers   #hqspflowers   #btpflowerpro   #lily   #macromonday   #macrophotography   #macroaddict   #macro4all  ___

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2016-12-03 17:32:11 (8 comments; 16 reshares; 229 +1s; )Open 

Thoughts?

#lowlandgorilla   #wildlifephotography   #wildlifephotos   #gorilla   #animals   #animalphotography   #babygorilla   #hqspmonochrome   #hqspanimals   #btpanimalpro   #btpmonochromepro   #alanshapirophotography   #googleplusphotos  

Thoughts?

#lowlandgorilla   #wildlifephotography   #wildlifephotos   #gorilla   #animals   #animalphotography   #babygorilla   #hqspmonochrome   #hqspanimals   #btpanimalpro   #btpmonochromepro   #alanshapirophotography   #googleplusphotos  ___

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2016-11-28 12:05:09 (13 comments; 15 reshares; 216 +1s; )Open 

Immaculate adoration of the Virgin Pelican Malatesta Pandolfo Castiglione de Tortuga.

Another in my series of Finer Feathered Friends: The Brown Pelican. Inspired by the Renaissance Portrait Galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art here in NY and the Musée du Louvre in Paris. A coupla (dozen) textures, a few (dozen) layers and masks, assorted blending modes...et voila! Quite therapeutic and relaxing.

#finerfeatheredfriends #brownpelican #pelican #birds #birdsgallery #birdsinfocus #hqspbirds #btpbirdpro #textureblendphotography #birdportraits #adobephotoshopcc   #wacom  

Immaculate adoration of the Virgin Pelican Malatesta Pandolfo Castiglione de Tortuga.

Another in my series of Finer Feathered Friends: The Brown Pelican. Inspired by the Renaissance Portrait Galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art here in NY and the Musée du Louvre in Paris. A coupla (dozen) textures, a few (dozen) layers and masks, assorted blending modes...et voila! Quite therapeutic and relaxing.

#finerfeatheredfriends #brownpelican #pelican #birds #birdsgallery #birdsinfocus #hqspbirds #btpbirdpro #textureblendphotography #birdportraits #adobephotoshopcc   #wacom  ___

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2016-11-27 14:52:07 (3 comments; 7 reshares; 123 +1s; )Open 

Great (grandfather) Hornbill.

Haven't shared a +Adobe Photoshop Lightroom  #preset  in a while so here's a new one I just created for an older antiqued look. Want to take it further? Add some selective focus and perhaps some texturing. (I can show you how to do that in about an hour but that's for another post.)
For now, download "Alan's Antique Brass" preset here:
https://www.mediafire.com/?m6ulkqbgdqzm359
and share away.
Please remember that all Presets should be seen as just a starting point for your own creative exploration and depending on the image you start with, your end result may look different. For sure, you'll need to adjust the B&W Mix to optimize for your specific image.
Have fun, be inspired and make big glorious mistakes.

#bird #hornbill #lightroompresets #biggloriousmistakes #hqspmonochrome #hqspanimals#... more »

Great (grandfather) Hornbill.

Haven't shared a +Adobe Photoshop Lightroom  #preset  in a while so here's a new one I just created for an older antiqued look. Want to take it further? Add some selective focus and perhaps some texturing. (I can show you how to do that in about an hour but that's for another post.)
For now, download "Alan's Antique Brass" preset here:
https://www.mediafire.com/?m6ulkqbgdqzm359
and share away.
Please remember that all Presets should be seen as just a starting point for your own creative exploration and depending on the image you start with, your end result may look different. For sure, you'll need to adjust the B&W Mix to optimize for your specific image.
Have fun, be inspired and make big glorious mistakes.

#bird #hornbill #lightroompresets #biggloriousmistakes #hqspmonochrome #hqspanimals #btpanimalpro #btpmonochromepro #greathornbill #wildlife #featheredfriends #greathornbill #lightroom___

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2016-11-24 14:39:55 (13 comments; 9 reshares; 248 +1s; )Open 

Well this sucks.

#revengeissweet #karmasabitch #nevertastedlikechicken #thanksgiving2016

Well this sucks.

#revengeissweet #karmasabitch #nevertastedlikechicken #thanksgiving2016___

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2016-11-23 18:13:31 (6 comments; 15 reshares; 223 +1s; )Open 

Grateful. Thankful. Hopeful. Plentiful. Wonderful...
While we are all getting ready to be filled full (can't fit one more mouthful...hmmm, maybe I can.), share something delightful (and let's avoid anything fearful or dreadful, shall we.)

#flowers   #grateful   #thankful #hopeful   #rose   #hqspflowers   #btpflowerpro   #trippininthegardenonmiraclegro   #alanshapirophotography   #googleplusphotos  

Grateful. Thankful. Hopeful. Plentiful. Wonderful...
While we are all getting ready to be filled full (can't fit one more mouthful...hmmm, maybe I can.), share something delightful (and let's avoid anything fearful or dreadful, shall we.)

#flowers   #grateful   #thankful #hopeful   #rose   #hqspflowers   #btpflowerpro   #trippininthegardenonmiraclegro   #alanshapirophotography   #googleplusphotos  ___

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2016-11-22 20:42:17 (6 comments; 10 reshares; 160 +1s; )Open 

Echeveria Multicaulis. Choose from thousands of different images and print options at www.alanshapirophotography.com

#echeveria   #floralprints   #flowerphotography   #flowerpower   #hqspflowers   #hqspmacro   #btpflowerpro   #btpmacropro   #alanshapirophotography   #googleplusphotos   #trippininthegardenonmiraclegro   #macrophotography   #macroaddict  

Echeveria Multicaulis. Choose from thousands of different images and print options at www.alanshapirophotography.com

#echeveria   #floralprints   #flowerphotography   #flowerpower   #hqspflowers   #hqspmacro   #btpflowerpro   #btpmacropro   #alanshapirophotography   #googleplusphotos   #trippininthegardenonmiraclegro   #macrophotography   #macroaddict  ___

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2016-11-20 14:16:49 (3 comments; 10 reshares; 202 +1s; )Open 

While we all seem to want to continue to be quite wrapped up with the bigger events of the day, it bears mentioning that there are things way closer to home that are worth getting wrapped up with.
So, here's a new thought for a new day: wrap your minds (and your arms) around something (or someone) that will make you smile.

#remindfulness   #hopeful   #grateful   #newthoughtforanewday   #momentsinthemonochromegarden   #leaf   #hqspmonochrome   #btpmonochromepro   #alanshapirophotography   #googleplusphotos  

While we all seem to want to continue to be quite wrapped up with the bigger events of the day, it bears mentioning that there are things way closer to home that are worth getting wrapped up with.
So, here's a new thought for a new day: wrap your minds (and your arms) around something (or someone) that will make you smile.

#remindfulness   #hopeful   #grateful   #newthoughtforanewday   #momentsinthemonochromegarden   #leaf   #hqspmonochrome   #btpmonochromepro   #alanshapirophotography   #googleplusphotos  ___

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2016-11-14 20:08:11 (7 comments; 2 reshares; 140 +1s; )Open 

Calla-ah-ah-ah-achoooo!
A shnoookely moment in the monochrome garden
[Damn cold]

#macrophotography #macromonday #macro4all #monochromemonday #flowerphotography #flowerpower #flowers #momentsinthemonochromegarden #monochromeworld #monochromephotography #calla #callalily #alanshapirophotography

Calla-ah-ah-ah-achoooo!
A shnoookely moment in the monochrome garden
[Damn cold]

#macrophotography #macromonday #macro4all #monochromemonday #flowerphotography #flowerpower #flowers #momentsinthemonochromegarden #monochromeworld #monochromephotography #calla #callalily #alanshapirophotography___

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2016-11-12 16:32:34 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 165 +1s; )Open 

Dear President Hollande
I have long been a fan of lavender. Also of baguettes, foie gras, Les Miserables, Napoleans and Napolean as well as a vast assortment of fromage français. Also pommes frites about which I could wax poetic endlessly but that shall have to wait for a future discourse.
Today, I am wondering if there might be a hybrid position that would represent a win/win for both of us. I am nearly certain that I might be able to trace some lineage back to Henry IV (by way of Murray I, Ellis I, Morris VIII and Abe the Terrible) and have been wondering if there might be a place for a ceremonial and practical figurehead for the seemingly forgotten House of Bourbon. [Mmmmm…bourbon.] I say ceremonial because I will make a solemn commitment to celebrate and toast all things trés belle et trés beaux throughout your country on a daily basis. As for the practical side, it has been a long whilesinc... more »

Dear President Hollande
I have long been a fan of lavender. Also of baguettes, foie gras, Les Miserables, Napoleans and Napolean as well as a vast assortment of fromage français. Also pommes frites about which I could wax poetic endlessly but that shall have to wait for a future discourse.
Today, I am wondering if there might be a hybrid position that would represent a win/win for both of us. I am nearly certain that I might be able to trace some lineage back to Henry IV (by way of Murray I, Ellis I, Morris VIII and Abe the Terrible) and have been wondering if there might be a place for a ceremonial and practical figurehead for the seemingly forgotten House of Bourbon. [Mmmmm…bourbon.] I say ceremonial because I will make a solemn commitment to celebrate and toast all things trés belle et trés beaux throughout your country on a daily basis. As for the practical side, it has been a long while since Monet’s time at Giverny and I fear your great museums needs some freshening up. To the end, I promise that a great part of my new position will be capturing the vast and varied numbers of spectacular flowers that your country produces. And not just lavender…oh no. (Although remind me to tell you of a skirmish I recently got into with some friends across your channel about English vs French Lavender. Pfffft…how ugly things turned around such a beautiful topic. Ahem…not unlike the foul stench that seems to hover over my country of late.)
I shall spend weeks on end with the Lilies, Gourdon and Iris Flowers that grow wild across your country. The Rosemary and Cacti Cours Saleya will bat their petalled eyelashes at me and blush as I capture their souls for all eternity. Then on to the myriad Multicolored Roses, Poinsettias, Sunflowers, Daffodils Gerberas, and Castile.
Sound like a plan?
If it helps my case, my many friends at the House of Coty will vouch for me.
I await your reply.
Passez une bonne journée
Alan Wright Shapiro

#seekingasylum #escapingtheasylum #buildgardensnotwalls #makelavendernotwar___

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2016-11-12 16:28:28 (13 comments; 9 reshares; 284 +1s; )Open 

Dear President Pena Nieto,
It's been a rough few months for our countries' relationship, with all the talk of building walls, deportation and ending NAFTA. Dark and turbulent times are looming for us all. It is unfathomable to me that we can suggest such over-the-top (hint. hint.) isolationist acts particularly with one of our two closest neighbors.
So here's a counterproposal: let's offer to build a ginormous garden. The world's largest and most succulent of gardens. Filled with species of all shapes, colors and political leanings. Yes there will be some thorns and barbs but that is to be expected. And we shall need tens of thousands of people from both our countries to plant, cultivate and weed this new place thus providing jobs in the most positive of work environments. After all; who doesn't love a beautiful garden particularly one that will run for 1,989 miles. Now... more »

Dear President Pena Nieto,
It's been a rough few months for our countries' relationship, with all the talk of building walls, deportation and ending NAFTA. Dark and turbulent times are looming for us all. It is unfathomable to me that we can suggest such over-the-top (hint. hint.) isolationist acts particularly with one of our two closest neighbors.
So here's a counterproposal: let's offer to build a ginormous garden. The world's largest and most succulent of gardens. Filled with species of all shapes, colors and political leanings. Yes there will be some thorns and barbs but that is to be expected. And we shall need tens of thousands of people from both our countries to plant, cultivate and weed this new place thus providing jobs in the most positive of work environments. After all; who doesn't love a beautiful garden particularly one that will run for 1,989 miles. Now here's where I come in...I would like to offer my services to you as the official photographer of our new NAFGA* proposition. I promise to exceed your every expectation and provide an unlimited supply of images for you to share as part of Mexico's ongoing Goodwill messaging (and perhaps as a metaphor for all the beauty that comes from your great country.) All I ask for in return is asylum, a small hacienda filled with some healing spirits (of the agave variety) and a weekly shipment of churros from El Moro. Simple enough, si?
I have but one concern to share. While there will be a few poisonous creatures that roam our beautiful new garden, there will be but one particular snake whose venom and bite has the potential to do irreparable harm. The good news is that he will be taking up residence in our mid-Atlantic region and travels with such a large entourage that we can take precautions in advance.
So, Señor Presidente Peña Nieto, what do you think? Shall we build a garden rather than a wall?

A centro, adentro!
Y Churros para todos.
Alan Wright Shapiro

*North American Free Garden Attraction

#buildgardensnotwalls #seekingasylum #fromtheasylum
#agave #tradingbarbs ___

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2016-11-10 13:03:23 (6 comments; 6 reshares; 176 +1s; )Open 

Dear President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson
No doubt you have heard about recent events in my country and I am writing to you to see whom I might speak with in your government about a special project that would run approximately four years but result in a huge influx of new export from your country as well as an influx in tourism. As a budding flower photographer, I have long since felt the Icelandic Poppy has not gotten the global attention it deserves when compared to other papavers like the headline-grabbing Papaver somniferum or the showy but incredibly shallow Papaver orientale (which bears a foreboding resemblance to our new leader when he is speaking loudly). My proposal is this: let's create an ongoing campaign celebrating the purity, strength and fortitude of your countries most awesome blossom, (not unlike your people i might add.) I see this campaign driving global export business for thisc... more »

Dear President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson
No doubt you have heard about recent events in my country and I am writing to you to see whom I might speak with in your government about a special project that would run approximately four years but result in a huge influx of new export from your country as well as an influx in tourism. As a budding flower photographer, I have long since felt the Icelandic Poppy has not gotten the global attention it deserves when compared to other papavers like the headline-grabbing Papaver somniferum or the showy but incredibly shallow Papaver orientale (which bears a foreboding resemblance to our new leader when he is speaking loudly). My proposal is this: let's create an ongoing campaign celebrating the purity, strength and fortitude of your countries most awesome blossom, (not unlike your people i might add.) I see this campaign driving global export business for this cottage industry (Let's give Holland a little healthy competition) and see if we can't grow a tourist industry to come capture these beauties in addition to all the icebergs, ice flows and icicles. I know many of my friends seem to consider your country a home away from home but they are merely snowbirds compared to what I am suggesting.
Now you may be wondering "Alan, why would this take 4 years?" To that I say we must be thorough! As one who has personally spent great lengths of time translating Stephen King's works into your native Icelandic, I am sure you can appreciate the patience required. Not to mention the fjords to ford and glaciers to galavant over to document these magnificent creatures while talking to farmers, botanists and PR executives about the huge potential I see. What say you, Mr. President?
I look forward to your response

Sincerely
Alan Wright Shapiro
Icelandic Poppy Fanatic

#poppy   #forpeaceandprosperity   #notpoopheadswhogropepussy  
#flowers   #flowerphotography   #flowerpower   #hqspflowers   #hqspmacro   #btpflowerpro   #btpmacropro   #alanshapirophotography  ___

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2016-11-09 12:50:34 (24 comments; 17 reshares; 232 +1s; )Open 

Dear King Willem-Alexander,
In light of the recent events in my country, I am writing to you to inquire as to whether you might consider the creation of a new and very forward thinking position within your royal court; that of Royal Flower Photographer. It occurs to me that yours is a country filled with tens of thousands of hectares of rolling beauty and color and that you might be willing to partake of my particular set of skills and extreme passion. Wouldn't it be nice for you to rekindle the Renaissance tradition of patronage of the arts during these tumultuous and unsettling modern times. As magnificent as Rembrandt and Vermeer were, I'm sure you would agree they did not do justice to your countries flowers. Flowers which lift our spirits and unify us while we celebrate their individuality, beauty and uniqueness...providing a metaphor for what might have been.
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Dear King Willem-Alexander,
In light of the recent events in my country, I am writing to you to inquire as to whether you might consider the creation of a new and very forward thinking position within your royal court; that of Royal Flower Photographer. It occurs to me that yours is a country filled with tens of thousands of hectares of rolling beauty and color and that you might be willing to partake of my particular set of skills and extreme passion. Wouldn't it be nice for you to rekindle the Renaissance tradition of patronage of the arts during these tumultuous and unsettling modern times. As magnificent as Rembrandt and Vermeer were, I'm sure you would agree they did not do justice to your countries flowers. Flowers which lift our spirits and unify us while we celebrate their individuality, beauty and uniqueness...providing a metaphor for what might have been.
I wonder whether things here might have taken a decidedly different turn had someone...anyone... spoken of building gardens rather than walls. But sadly, hindsight gets us nowhere. And we must move forward...so here I stand contemplating safe haven.
(As a brief aside: may I ask whether your famed windmills were more active given the fierce, gusty rhetoric that swept out of my country as the metaphorical dams (and more literal "dames") were burdened beyond measure and could not contain it all?)
I will await further instructions as to what additional credentials or letters of recommendation you may require of me.
I stand here committed to the role with high hopes of making the world that much more breathtaking; or at the very least, your particularly beautiful corner of it.
Respectfully yours
Alan Wright Shapiro
Your humble (future?) servant.

#seekingasylum   #fromtheasylum   #findingnewgardenstotripin  
#hollandorbust   #flowers   #tulips   #flowerphotography   #flowerpower   #hqspflowers   #btpflowerpro   #trippininthegardenonmiraclegro   #alanshapirophotography  ___

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2016-11-04 21:02:03 (7 comments; 10 reshares; 248 +1s; )Open 

Playing with radishes. And knives. (insert maniacal laughter)

#radish   #stilllife   #foodphotography   #foodporn   #foodie  

Playing with radishes. And knives. (insert maniacal laughter)

#radish   #stilllife   #foodphotography   #foodporn   #foodie  ___

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2016-11-03 10:59:43 (11 comments; 5 reshares; 127 +1s; )Open 

THAT look. We all know it.
I used to give it. A lot (passed down from my dad who does it way better than me).
These days, I get it more than i give it. A whole lot more
I blame the camera I always have with me.
And my smart mouth. (I tend to provoke my subjects a bit)
The fact is these looks are so much more interesting than a simple smile.
So here's a challenge for those of you that like them:
get a perfect stranger to give you their perfectly strange look.
Hint: It always helps if they're wearing makeup.
Warning: Be wary of those that look like this when there's no holiday particularly if they are lingering in a dark alley or at the end of a long basement corridor.

#portrait   #portraitphotography   #portraitphotographer #hqspportraits   #halloween   #makeup   #expressive   #alanshapirophotography #scary  

THAT look. We all know it.
I used to give it. A lot (passed down from my dad who does it way better than me).
These days, I get it more than i give it. A whole lot more
I blame the camera I always have with me.
And my smart mouth. (I tend to provoke my subjects a bit)
The fact is these looks are so much more interesting than a simple smile.
So here's a challenge for those of you that like them:
get a perfect stranger to give you their perfectly strange look.
Hint: It always helps if they're wearing makeup.
Warning: Be wary of those that look like this when there's no holiday particularly if they are lingering in a dark alley or at the end of a long basement corridor.

#portrait   #portraitphotography   #portraitphotographer #hqspportraits   #halloween   #makeup   #expressive   #alanshapirophotography #scary  ___

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2016-11-02 11:52:50 (2 comments; 6 reshares; 123 +1s; )Open 

Let us cavort fearlessly with death, remember with fondness those who have passed, and appreciate every moment of the here and now for it is fleeting.
Now please pass me a sugar skull.

#diadelosmuertos   #dayofthedead   #portraits   #monochromephotography   #hqspportraits   #hqspmonochrome   #btpmonochromepro #diademuertos  

Let us cavort fearlessly with death, remember with fondness those who have passed, and appreciate every moment of the here and now for it is fleeting.
Now please pass me a sugar skull.

#diadelosmuertos   #dayofthedead   #portraits   #monochromephotography   #hqspportraits   #hqspmonochrome   #btpmonochromepro #diademuertos  ___

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2016-10-31 11:11:40 (9 comments; 5 reshares; 105 +1s; )Open 

Biting the heads off Swedish Fish while waiting for Mike, Ike and Mr Goodbar.

#hlloween   #portraits   #monochromemonday   #hqspportraits   #hqspmonochrome   #btpmonochromepro   #alanshapirophotography   #makeup   #evil   #hlloweenportraits  

Biting the heads off Swedish Fish while waiting for Mike, Ike and Mr Goodbar.

#hlloween   #portraits   #monochromemonday   #hqspportraits   #hqspmonochrome   #btpmonochromepro   #alanshapirophotography   #makeup   #evil   #hlloweenportraits  ___

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2016-10-30 16:45:06 (5 comments; 7 reshares; 215 +1s; )Open 

Practice makes perfect (and dinner)

#food   #stilllife   #vegetables   #broccoli   #eggplant   #peppers   #garlic   #farmersmarket   #foodphotography   #foodie   #foodporn  

Practice makes perfect (and dinner)

#food   #stilllife   #vegetables   #broccoli   #eggplant   #peppers   #garlic   #farmersmarket   #foodphotography   #foodie   #foodporn  ___

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