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Alan Shapiro

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Passionate, award-winning photographer. Advertising Chief Creative Officer, too.

Occupation: Advertising Chief Creative Officer. Passionate, Award-Winning Photographer (Artist, Poet, Madman, Hopeful Romantic)

Location: New York, NY

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Alan Shapiro has been at 9 events

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Heidi Anne Morris67,092#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 10:30:0076  
Alan Shapiro4,126,466I 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 Carroll1,778,610This 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 Locardi2,449,321Join 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 $1,000 USD voucher for Zeiss Lenses Register for the event and be entered in the drawing for prizes at: http://bit.ly/photokina-walk Use the hashtag #photokina-walk when posting to Social Media so we can follow along with your photo shares after the event. **An Important Note about Prizes:** You must be registered for the event with your real name as that information will be used to call out the Raffle Prize Winners. Only 1 entry is allowed per registrant and the winners MUST BE PRESENT or the prize will go to the next participant chosen that is present to receive it. Photokina Photo Walk 20142014-09-20 18:00:0082  
Pat Kight15,677@113977984500465768287  said she wants the Scavengers under her tree for Christmas. Let's do it! Drop by, say hi to the friends you've made during the Autumn Scavenger Hunt, share a few photos of your own festivities. (Invite going out to the Autumn Scavengers circle, but I've enabled the "on air" feature so folks from past Scavenger events can see it, and you can invite other Scavengers).Scavengers Holiday Party2013-12-24 21:00:00150  
Jason T. Wiser22,408Let them find the smile again ! #yolandaph   Philippines deserve our help ... This HOA Event series is a part of the +LetTheSunShine  Awareness Campaign. And the Our Emergent World (Haiyan Typhoon crisis support) Community *Today's Broadcast on Mobile* http://jtw.bz/YolandaHOA6 For Mobile Users here is the Event link http://jtw.bz/1dtnkzy  *Here's how you can get involved!*: 1) Click the link below and give... 10$ 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 16:00:00205  
Google+13,329,599The Google+ team will be sharing a few updates. RSVP to this event to watch the broadcast live.A Morning with Google+2013-10-29 17:30:0033598  
Alan Shapiro4,126,466I'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  
SmugMug47,158Join 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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2016-08-11 11:00:56 (18 comments; 10 reshares; 180 +1s; )Open 

I have my father to thank for my ability to talk. And my mother to thank for my ability to listen. Both come in handy with this photographic passion of mine. One of the great joys for me are the spontaneous conversations held on street corners, in farmer's markets and barber shops, at flea markets and inner city parks to name a few of my myriad open air "studios." Yes, I can start a conversation with anyone and 99.7% of the time, that leads to an impromptu portrait session. What I can tell you with joyous certainty: the conversations are as delightful to me as the resulting pictures. But it gets better. Then I get to go home and process as my heart guides me: replaying the conversations and range of emotions that emerged and them seeing how they braid and intertwine with the events of the day, my mood...the weather. I can't ever predict the results. Nor would I want to. For me, the goal... more »

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2016-08-24 11:32:22 (10 comments; 39 reshares; 221 +1s; )Open 

Sometimes the exhaustion hangs still like an oppressively humid heatwave that grounds the fireflies and leaves my words too tired to line up correctly. But there is, and will always be, an inexhaustable warmth and the promise of another sunrise. And another.

#photography   #flowerphotography   #flowerpower   #macrophotography   #macroaddict   #macro4all   #hqspflowers   #hqspmacro   #btpmacropro   #btpflowerpro   #alanshapirophotography   #trippininthegardenonmiraclegro   #googleplusphotos   #dahlia  

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2016-09-10 15:27:00 (8 comments; 6 reshares; 312 +1s; )Open 

A (reflective, cogitative...dare I say ruminative) moment in the monochrome garden.

#photography #leaf #macro #macrophotography #floralfriday #macroaddict #macro4all #hqspmonochrome #hqspmacro #btpmonochromepro #btpmacropro #curl #curledup #momentsinthemonochromegarden #alanshapirophotography #googlepluphotos #bwphotography

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2016-09-24 13:04:19 (5 comments; 3 reshares; 113 +1s; )Open 

Looks like fall (autumn) fell when I wasn't really paying attention. Truth is I've been worrying about other things falling (and standing, not to mention dealing with pressures high and low while hoping for good/better/ideal pressure...which strikes me as oxymoronic and ironic. Come to think of it, this must be it's own post/lament/diatribe, but I digress.)
The good news in all this: is that while things are now falling, the things nearest and dearest to my heart are now standing and that is beyond perfect right at this very moment.
The lesson in this for me right now is that sometimes the most beautiful things in the world aren't the pretty things I find on my walks; they are painful, challenging and brave things found while relearning to walk. Can I tell you how much better (didn't think that was even possible) these walks are gonna be.

#ornamentalcabbage  ... more »

Looks like fall (autumn) fell when I wasn't really paying attention. Truth is I've been worrying about other things falling (and standing, not to mention dealing with pressures high and low while hoping for good/better/ideal pressure...which strikes me as oxymoronic and ironic. Come to think of it, this must be it's own post/lament/diatribe, but I digress.)
The good news in all this: is that while things are now falling, the things nearest and dearest to my heart are now standing and that is beyond perfect right at this very moment.
The lesson in this for me right now is that sometimes the most beautiful things in the world aren't the pretty things I find on my walks; they are painful, challenging and brave things found while relearning to walk. Can I tell you how much better (didn't think that was even possible) these walks are gonna be.

#ornamentalcabbage   #macrophotography   #cabbage   #alanshapirophotography  ___

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2016-09-20 11:40:01 (3 comments; 4 reshares; 123 +1s; )Open 

The evolution from being ridiculously dense to incredibly transparent is remarkably uplifting. Even the black and white things become more colorful.

#flower   #photography   #monochromephotography   #monochromeworld   #anemone   #hqspflowers   #hqspmonochrome   #btpflowerpro   #btpmonochromepro   #alanshapirophotography   #momentsinthemonochromegarden  

The evolution from being ridiculously dense to incredibly transparent is remarkably uplifting. Even the black and white things become more colorful.

#flower   #photography   #monochromephotography   #monochromeworld   #anemone   #hqspflowers   #hqspmonochrome   #btpflowerpro   #btpmonochromepro   #alanshapirophotography   #momentsinthemonochromegarden  ___

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2016-09-19 11:24:31 (8 comments; 4 reshares; 102 +1s; )Open 

Woke up to an impressive jazz drum solo of raindrops. It made me want to peony.

#macromonday #ihavetopeonyrealbad #flowers #flowerphotography #flowerpower #macrophotography #macroaddict #peony #hqspflowers #btpflowerpro #trippininthegardenonmiraclegro   #alanshapirophotography   #googleplusphotos  

Woke up to an impressive jazz drum solo of raindrops. It made me want to peony.

#macromonday #ihavetopeonyrealbad #flowers #flowerphotography #flowerpower #macrophotography #macroaddict #peony #hqspflowers #btpflowerpro #trippininthegardenonmiraclegro   #alanshapirophotography   #googleplusphotos  ___

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2016-09-18 14:53:34 (5 comments; 2 reshares; 128 +1s; )Open 

When I think about this world of photography that I love so much (or any artistic pursuit for that matter), I see two very broad groups of artists: Makers and Finders.
The Makers will see something in their mind's eye and then set about creating that vision with props and lights, models and support teams. The Finders will go out and explore the world, seeking with their cameras. What I suggest is, no matter which of these you find yourself associating with, that you try the other on.
If you are a Maker, go spend a little time being a Finder. And vice versa. It will work a different part of your brain and make you better at whatever you do. (If only because you tried something new.)
Said differently, today and/or tomorrow: do something/find something that makes you go "Ahhhhh!"

Stay inspired.

Ps: This morning, on my daily shooting excursion, I found the... more »

When I think about this world of photography that I love so much (or any artistic pursuit for that matter), I see two very broad groups of artists: Makers and Finders.
The Makers will see something in their mind's eye and then set about creating that vision with props and lights, models and support teams. The Finders will go out and explore the world, seeking with their cameras. What I suggest is, no matter which of these you find yourself associating with, that you try the other on.
If you are a Maker, go spend a little time being a Finder. And vice versa. It will work a different part of your brain and make you better at whatever you do. (If only because you tried something new.)
Said differently, today and/or tomorrow: do something/find something that makes you go "Ahhhhh!"

Stay inspired.

Ps: This morning, on my daily shooting excursion, I found the most beautiful rust ever.
#rustsupermodel   #finderskeepers   #stayinspired  ___

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2016-09-17 14:53:43 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 100 +1s; )Open 

This is what I do when I need to clear my head.
Growing up, I used to paint (watercolor mainly) but there aren't enough hours in the day of late and besides, I love what my computer and Wacom tablet (and now my iPad Pro and Apple Pencil) allow me to do.
The original portrait I took of this noble American Stork is top left. Each of the 7 sketches that follow took between 5 and 10 minutes with between 3 and 10 layers of various textures I've shot over the years. The final piece in the bottom right took several hours and has dozens of layers of texture and layer masks using all sorts of varied blending modes at assorted opacities. What I like about this creative sketching process is it allows me to work quickly and explore different color palettes and see how the textures change the feeling of the work. The same holds true for my Lightroom Post-Processing workflow. Invariably, I will play... more »

This is what I do when I need to clear my head.
Growing up, I used to paint (watercolor mainly) but there aren't enough hours in the day of late and besides, I love what my computer and Wacom tablet (and now my iPad Pro and Apple Pencil) allow me to do.
The original portrait I took of this noble American Stork is top left. Each of the 7 sketches that follow took between 5 and 10 minutes with between 3 and 10 layers of various textures I've shot over the years. The final piece in the bottom right took several hours and has dozens of layers of texture and layer masks using all sorts of varied blending modes at assorted opacities. What I like about this creative sketching process is it allows me to work quickly and explore different color palettes and see how the textures change the feeling of the work. The same holds true for my Lightroom Post-Processing workflow. Invariably, I will play with 3 to 5 variations of an image before deciding where I want to take the final. It's art therapy for sure but the results for me are invaluable (both for the creative exercise and also the meditative state it allows me to get to.

And for the record, I can teach this to anyone in about an hour. (Two if you're slow)

#postprocessin #textureblending #americanstork #stork #bird #finerfeatheredfriends #birdportraits #birdsgallery #birdsinfocus #alanshapirophotography #googleplusphotos #arttherapy   #creativeexerciseregimen  ___

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2016-09-16 14:02:17 (12 comments; 7 reshares; 123 +1s; )Open 

Thinking a lot about "kindsight" (might be my new second favorite word after "serendipity")
Hindsight is fine. But, c'mon...fine never is.
Kindsight is the art (and active discipline) of taking your thought process from "What was I thinking?" to a far better place of "What was I learning?"

#kindsight  
#waterlily   #floralfriday   #flowers   #flowerphotography   #flowerpower   #hqspflowers   #btpflowerpro   #alanshapirophotography   #googleplusphotos   #trippininthegardenonmiraclegro   #flower  

Thinking a lot about "kindsight" (might be my new second favorite word after "serendipity")
Hindsight is fine. But, c'mon...fine never is.
Kindsight is the art (and active discipline) of taking your thought process from "What was I thinking?" to a far better place of "What was I learning?"

#kindsight  
#waterlily   #floralfriday   #flowers   #flowerphotography   #flowerpower   #hqspflowers   #btpflowerpro   #alanshapirophotography   #googleplusphotos   #trippininthegardenonmiraclegro   #flower  ___

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2016-09-15 11:35:03 (14 comments; 9 reshares; 179 +1s; )Open 

Off with their heads.


#owl   #snowyowl   #nature   #wildlife   #wildlifephotography   #wildlifephotos   #birds   #birdphotography   #birdsgallery   #birds4all   #birdsinfocus #alanshapirophotography   #googleplusphotos  

Off with their heads.


#owl   #snowyowl   #nature   #wildlife   #wildlifephotography   #wildlifephotos   #birds   #birdphotography   #birdsgallery   #birds4all   #birdsinfocus #alanshapirophotography   #googleplusphotos  ___

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2016-09-14 11:58:17 (3 comments; 4 reshares; 129 +1s; )Open 

Normally when I meet someone really interesting, we will invariably chat for a few moments and then I will ask them to "show" me something:
Show me love.
Show me hate.
Show me your first date with your husband/wife.
Show me your favorite prayer.
Show me your orgasm face (note; i don't really want to see that but it sure is a great ice breaker and usually gets me a huge grin)
Show me your second grade face when you found out the boy/girl you had a crush on liked you back.
Here's the really fascinating thing for me: The best part of my "Show me" exercise isn't the resulting image. It's the resulting conversation, the gathering of stories and the incredible joy that comes from that.

Now here's a question: what do you want me to show you more of?

#portraitphotography #portrait #portraiture #streetphotography ... more »

Normally when I meet someone really interesting, we will invariably chat for a few moments and then I will ask them to "show" me something:
Show me love.
Show me hate.
Show me your first date with your husband/wife.
Show me your favorite prayer.
Show me your orgasm face (note; i don't really want to see that but it sure is a great ice breaker and usually gets me a huge grin)
Show me your second grade face when you found out the boy/girl you had a crush on liked you back.
Here's the really fascinating thing for me: The best part of my "Show me" exercise isn't the resulting image. It's the resulting conversation, the gathering of stories and the incredible joy that comes from that.

Now here's a question: what do you want me to show you more of?

#portraitphotography #portrait #portraiture #streetphotography #fleamarketfaces #hqspmonochrome #btpmonochromepro #alanshapirophotography #googleplusphotos #anotherday #blackandwhitephotography #streetview  ___

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2016-09-13 10:33:13 (5 comments; 2 reshares; 120 +1s; )Open 

A trip to the farmer's market followed by some classic Michael Jackson make for an interesting early morning phototherapy session.
C'mon...everybody sing along:

They told him don't you ever come around here
Don't want to see your face, you better disappear
The fire's in their eyes and their words are really clear
So beet it, just beet it.
You better run, you better do what you can
Don't want to see no blood, don't be a macho man
You want to be tough, better do what you can
So beet it, but you want to be bad
Just beet it, beet it, beet it, beet it
No one wants to be defeated
Showin' how funky and strong is your fight
It doesn't matter who's wrong or right
Just beet it, beet it
Just beet it, beet it
Just beet it, beet it
Just beet it, beet it

#beet #food #foodporn ... more »

A trip to the farmer's market followed by some classic Michael Jackson make for an interesting early morning phototherapy session.
C'mon...everybody sing along:

They told him don't you ever come around here
Don't want to see your face, you better disappear
The fire's in their eyes and their words are really clear
So beet it, just beet it.
You better run, you better do what you can
Don't want to see no blood, don't be a macho man
You want to be tough, better do what you can
So beet it, but you want to be bad
Just beet it, beet it, beet it, beet it
No one wants to be defeated
Showin' how funky and strong is your fight
It doesn't matter who's wrong or right
Just beet it, beet it
Just beet it, beet it
Just beet it, beet it
Just beet it, beet it

#beet #food #foodporn #stilllife #farmersmarket #chioggiabeet #harvest   #foodphotography   ___

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2016-09-11 18:36:16 (3 comments; 2 reshares; 122 +1s; )Open 

Remembering a day of bottomless sorrow and monumental pride; of remarkable heroism and horrific devastation. My heart still goes out to all those who lost loved ones, colleagues and friends. But above all, to the first responders and all those that followed to support us, protect us, care for us and help us during the worst nightmare of my lifetime.

#neverforget   #nineeleven  

Remembering a day of bottomless sorrow and monumental pride; of remarkable heroism and horrific devastation. My heart still goes out to all those who lost loved ones, colleagues and friends. But above all, to the first responders and all those that followed to support us, protect us, care for us and help us during the worst nightmare of my lifetime.

#neverforget   #nineeleven  ___

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2016-09-10 15:27:00 (8 comments; 6 reshares; 312 +1s; )Open 

A (reflective, cogitative...dare I say ruminative) moment in the monochrome garden.

#photography #leaf #macro #macrophotography #floralfriday #macroaddict #macro4all #hqspmonochrome #hqspmacro #btpmonochromepro #btpmacropro #curl #curledup #momentsinthemonochromegarden #alanshapirophotography #googlepluphotos #bwphotography

A (reflective, cogitative...dare I say ruminative) moment in the monochrome garden.

#photography #leaf #macro #macrophotography #floralfriday #macroaddict #macro4all #hqspmonochrome #hqspmacro #btpmonochromepro #btpmacropro #curl #curledup #momentsinthemonochromegarden #alanshapirophotography #googlepluphotos #bwphotography___

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2016-09-10 13:53:43 (10 comments; 9 reshares; 174 +1s; )Open 

My pal Jelly (Magellan, a stunning Cinereous Vulture) is all aflutter...
cuz it's #birdweekend  !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(throws feathers* in the air)

*foraged, of course

#vulture   #birds   #birdsgallery   #birds4all   #birdsinfocus #cinereousvulture   #wildlife #birdweekend   #wildlifephotography   #hqspbirds   #btpbirdpro  #alanshapirophotography

My pal Jelly (Magellan, a stunning Cinereous Vulture) is all aflutter...
cuz it's #birdweekend  !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(throws feathers* in the air)

*foraged, of course

#vulture   #birds   #birdsgallery   #birds4all   #birdsinfocus #cinereousvulture   #wildlife #birdweekend   #wildlifephotography   #hqspbirds   #btpbirdpro  #alanshapirophotography___

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2016-09-08 10:02:55 (12 comments; 13 reshares; 222 +1s; )Open 

Another day, another rare and beautiful antique hidden away in the basement but wrapped in hand-painted denim and avant garde patchwork quiltwork covered in beads and bangles rather than de riguer white sheeting.

#portrait #portraitphotography #portraiture #streetphotography #blackandwhitephotography #faces #anotherday #hqspmonochrome #btpmonochromepro #hqspportraits #alanshapirophotography #googleplusphotos

Another day, another rare and beautiful antique hidden away in the basement but wrapped in hand-painted denim and avant garde patchwork quiltwork covered in beads and bangles rather than de riguer white sheeting.

#portrait #portraitphotography #portraiture #streetphotography #blackandwhitephotography #faces #anotherday #hqspmonochrome #btpmonochromepro #hqspportraits #alanshapirophotography #googleplusphotos___

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2016-09-07 10:43:02 (11 comments; 12 reshares; 220 +1s; )Open 

A (primal) moment in the monochrome garden.

#poppy   #flower   #flowerphotography   #flowerpower   #hqspflowers   #hqspmonochrome   #btpflowerpro   #btpmonochromepro   #momentsinthemonochromegarden   #alanshapirophotography   #googleplusphotos   #monochromephotography   #monochromeworld   #poppies  

A (primal) moment in the monochrome garden.

#poppy   #flower   #flowerphotography   #flowerpower   #hqspflowers   #hqspmonochrome   #btpflowerpro   #btpmonochromepro   #momentsinthemonochromegarden   #alanshapirophotography   #googleplusphotos   #monochromephotography   #monochromeworld   #poppies  ___

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2016-09-05 15:34:32 (7 comments; 7 reshares; 158 +1s; )Open 

Waiting on Hurricane Hermine

#landscape #seascape #beachscape #surfer #surfing #hqspmonochrome #btpmonochromepro #monochromephotography #alanshapirophotography


Waiting on Hurricane Hermine

#landscape #seascape #beachscape #surfer #surfing #hqspmonochrome #btpmonochromepro #monochromephotography #alanshapirophotography
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2016-09-05 11:31:03 (6 comments; 9 reshares; 140 +1s; )Open 

"Dr. Livingstone, I presume"

#streetportraits #portraiture #monochromemonday #hqspmonochrome #btpmonochromepro #alanshapirophotography #monochromeportraits #streetpics

"Dr. Livingstone, I presume"

#streetportraits #portraiture #monochromemonday #hqspmonochrome #btpmonochromepro #alanshapirophotography #monochromeportraits #streetpics___

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2016-09-04 14:17:21 (15 comments; 14 reshares; 289 +1s; )Open 

Anemone

#flower   #anemone   #flowerphotography   #flowerpower   #hqspflowers   #hqspmacro   #btpflowerpro   #btpmacropro   #trippininthegardenonmiraclegro   #alanshapirophotography   #googleplusphotos  

Anemone

#flower   #anemone   #flowerphotography   #flowerpower   #hqspflowers   #hqspmacro   #btpflowerpro   #btpmacropro   #trippininthegardenonmiraclegro   #alanshapirophotography   #googleplusphotos  ___

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2016-09-02 13:17:59 (10 comments; 8 reshares; 196 +1s; )Open 

Okay...right now....everybody STRETCH!!!

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

Okay...right now....everybody STRETCH!!!

#zinnia #floralfriday #flowerpower #flowers #hqspflowers #hqspmacro #btpflowerpro #btpmacropro #trippininthegardenonmiraclegro #alanshapirophotography #googleplusphotos___

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2016-09-01 11:41:14 (12 comments; 13 reshares; 216 +1s; )Open 

Ranunculus protectiveness and supportiveness out of the darkness.

#whoissupportingwho #whoisleaningonwho
#photography #ranunculus #flowers #flowerphotography
#flowerpower #flowers #hqspflowers #btpflowers #alanshapirophotography  

Ranunculus protectiveness and supportiveness out of the darkness.

#whoissupportingwho #whoisleaningonwho
#photography #ranunculus #flowers #flowerphotography
#flowerpower #flowers #hqspflowers #btpflowers #alanshapirophotography  ___

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2016-08-31 11:44:46 (4 comments; 15 reshares; 194 +1s; )Open 

“It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important.”
― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

#littleprince #meets #beautifulflower #anddiscoversthatallthethornswereworthit
#flower #rose #hqspflowers #btpflowerpro #tippininthegardenonmiraclegro
#flowerphotography #alanshapirophotography

“It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important.”
― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

#littleprince #meets #beautifulflower #anddiscoversthatallthethornswereworthit
#flower #rose #hqspflowers #btpflowerpro #tippininthegardenonmiraclegro
#flowerphotography #alanshapirophotography___

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2016-08-30 11:03:04 (4 comments; 2 reshares; 147 +1s; )Open 

I feel...pfffft...pretty.
Oh so...pffffft....pretty!
I feel pretty and...pfffft...witty...pfffft...and gay. And I...pffffft...pity...anyone who doesn't feel this...pfffffft...way.

#chicken #rooster #bird #birdphotography #birdsgallery #animals #animals #alanshapirophotography #hqspmonochrome #btpmonochromepro #googleplusphotos   #eightieschickenauditioningforahairband  and #inneedofahairband  

I feel...pfffft...pretty.
Oh so...pffffft....pretty!
I feel pretty and...pfffft...witty...pfffft...and gay. And I...pffffft...pity...anyone who doesn't feel this...pfffffft...way.

#chicken #rooster #bird #birdphotography #birdsgallery #animals #animals #alanshapirophotography #hqspmonochrome #btpmonochromepro #googleplusphotos   #eightieschickenauditioningforahairband  and #inneedofahairband  ___

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2016-08-29 11:08:02 (3 comments; 8 reshares; 215 +1s; )Open 

The Himalyan Monal is the feathered version of a rainbow. Their irridescent feathers are startlingly beautiful and cover a prominent white rump that is only visible when the Monal is in flight (or getting ready for bed.) For as long as I can remember, whenever I would approach a bird, I would quack like a duck. That this Monal responded makes perfect sense.


#photography   #bird   #birdphotography   #birdsgallery   #himalayanmonal   #wildlife   #wildlifephotography   #featheredfriends   #animal  

The Himalyan Monal is the feathered version of a rainbow. Their irridescent feathers are startlingly beautiful and cover a prominent white rump that is only visible when the Monal is in flight (or getting ready for bed.) For as long as I can remember, whenever I would approach a bird, I would quack like a duck. That this Monal responded makes perfect sense.


#photography   #bird   #birdphotography   #birdsgallery   #himalayanmonal   #wildlife   #wildlifephotography   #featheredfriends   #animal  ___

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2016-08-28 13:49:45 (7 comments; 10 reshares; 216 +1s; )Open 

We can't always reach for the sun. But the sun always reaches us.
#flowers #kleiniafulgens #flowerphotography #flowerpower #hqspflowers #btpflowerpro #alanshapirophotography #trippininthegardenonmiraclegrow #asteraceae #succulent #googleplusohotos #macrophotography

We can't always reach for the sun. But the sun always reaches us.
#flowers #kleiniafulgens #flowerphotography #flowerpower #hqspflowers #btpflowerpro #alanshapirophotography #trippininthegardenonmiraclegrow #asteraceae #succulent #googleplusohotos #macrophotography___

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2016-08-27 12:42:01 (8 comments; 6 reshares; 162 +1s; )Open 

Slimy, slithery, sinuous, suck-ulent cephalopod Saturday

#cephalopodsaturday #octopus #tentacles #ladlesoflove

Slimy, slithery, sinuous, suck-ulent cephalopod Saturday

#cephalopodsaturday #octopus #tentacles #ladlesoflove___

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2016-08-26 12:42:14 (2 comments; 4 reshares; 99 +1s; )Open 

Another day, another hot crusty caballero/philosopher making the best of a crumby day while dispensing half baked words of wisdom.

#photography #portraitphotography #fridayfaces #portraiture #streetphotography #streetportraits #hqspmonochrome #btpstreetpro #faces #anotherday #alanshapirophotography #googleplusphotos

Another day, another hot crusty caballero/philosopher making the best of a crumby day while dispensing half baked words of wisdom.

#photography #portraitphotography #fridayfaces #portraiture #streetphotography #streetportraits #hqspmonochrome #btpstreetpro #faces #anotherday #alanshapirophotography #googleplusphotos___

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2016-08-25 21:07:38 (5 comments; 6 reshares; 96 +1s; )Open 

Dreaming windblown dreams (with a salted rim)


#landscape   #beachscape   #escape  
#photography   #landscape   #landscapephotography   #hqsplandscape   #btplandscapepro   #alanshapirophotography   #specialplaces   #sailing  

Dreaming windblown dreams (with a salted rim)


#landscape   #beachscape   #escape  
#photography   #landscape   #landscapephotography   #hqsplandscape   #btplandscapepro   #alanshapirophotography   #specialplaces   #sailing  ___

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2016-08-25 11:35:30 (6 comments; 9 reshares; 213 +1s; )Open 

A (meditative, contemplative...dare I say zen as fuck) moment in the monochrome garden

#letgo #orbe #dragged #readingaboutpossiblecomplicationsiswayunhealthierthantheactualcomplications

#lotus   #momentsinthemonochromegarden   #flowerphotography   #flowers   #flowerpower   #monochromephotography   #monochromeworld   #hqspmonochrome   #btpmonochromepro   #btpflowerpro #hqspflowers   #alanshapirophotography   #googleplusphotos  

A (meditative, contemplative...dare I say zen as fuck) moment in the monochrome garden

#letgo #orbe #dragged #readingaboutpossiblecomplicationsiswayunhealthierthantheactualcomplications

#lotus   #momentsinthemonochromegarden   #flowerphotography   #flowers   #flowerpower   #monochromephotography   #monochromeworld   #hqspmonochrome   #btpmonochromepro   #btpflowerpro #hqspflowers   #alanshapirophotography   #googleplusphotos  ___

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2016-08-24 22:12:08 (5 comments; 10 reshares; 156 +1s; )Open 

Ending the day with chocolate

#flower #dahlia #flowerpower #flowerphotography #monochromephotography #monochrome #monochromeworld #hqspmonochrome #hqspmacro #hqspflowers #btpmonochromepro #btpmacropro #btpflowerpro #momentsinthemonochromegarden #alanshapirophotography #googleplusphotos

Ending the day with chocolate

#flower #dahlia #flowerpower #flowerphotography #monochromephotography #monochrome #monochromeworld #hqspmonochrome #hqspmacro #hqspflowers #btpmonochromepro #btpmacropro #btpflowerpro #momentsinthemonochromegarden #alanshapirophotography #googleplusphotos___

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2016-08-24 11:32:22 (10 comments; 39 reshares; 221 +1s; )Open 

Sometimes the exhaustion hangs still like an oppressively humid heatwave that grounds the fireflies and leaves my words too tired to line up correctly. But there is, and will always be, an inexhaustable warmth and the promise of another sunrise. And another.

#photography   #flowerphotography   #flowerpower   #macrophotography   #macroaddict   #macro4all   #hqspflowers   #hqspmacro   #btpmacropro   #btpflowerpro   #alanshapirophotography   #trippininthegardenonmiraclegro   #googleplusphotos   #dahlia  

Sometimes the exhaustion hangs still like an oppressively humid heatwave that grounds the fireflies and leaves my words too tired to line up correctly. But there is, and will always be, an inexhaustable warmth and the promise of another sunrise. And another.

#photography   #flowerphotography   #flowerpower   #macrophotography   #macroaddict   #macro4all   #hqspflowers   #hqspmacro   #btpmacropro   #btpflowerpro   #alanshapirophotography   #trippininthegardenonmiraclegro   #googleplusphotos   #dahlia  ___

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2016-08-23 11:33:08 (5 comments; 8 reshares; 177 +1s; )Open 

“The sun was shining on the sea,
Shining with all his might:
He did his very best to make
The billows smooth and bright
-- And this was odd, because it was
The middle of the night.

The moon was shining sulkily,
Because she thought the sun
Had got no business to be there
After the day was done
-- "It's very rude of him," she said,
"To come and spoil the fun!"

The sea was wet as wet could be,
The sands were dry as dry.
You could not see a cloud, because
No cloud was in the sky:
No birds were flying overhead
There were no birds to fly.

In a Wonderland they lie
Dreaming as the days go by,
Dreaming as the summer die.”
Lewis Carroll

#searching   #delight   #aftermath   #fallen   #rabbithole   #found   #anemone   #metaphor #doesanybo... more »

“The sun was shining on the sea,
Shining with all his might:
He did his very best to make
The billows smooth and bright
-- And this was odd, because it was
The middle of the night.

The moon was shining sulkily,
Because she thought the sun
Had got no business to be there
After the day was done
-- "It's very rude of him," she said,
"To come and spoil the fun!"

The sea was wet as wet could be,
The sands were dry as dry.
You could not see a cloud, because
No cloud was in the sky:
No birds were flying overhead
There were no birds to fly.

In a Wonderland they lie
Dreaming as the days go by,
Dreaming as the summer die.”
Lewis Carroll

#searching   #delight   #aftermath   #fallen   #rabbithole   #found   #anemone   #metaphor #doesanybodyreadhashtags   #sillywabbit  ___

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2016-08-22 11:17:38 (4 comments; 13 reshares; 192 +1s; )Open 

Yesterday's conversation with this epitome of a cleome covered her beautiful loxodrome and the precision of an osteotome. Moved on to macaroni and matrimony. The irony: later went for pizza but forgot to add pepperoni.

#flower   #flowers   #flowerphotography   #flowerpower   #macromonday   #macro4all   #macroaddict   #hqspflowers   #hqspmacro   #btpmacropro   #btpflowerpro   #alanshapirophotography   #googleplusphotos   #cleome   #trippininthegardenonmiraclegro  

Yesterday's conversation with this epitome of a cleome covered her beautiful loxodrome and the precision of an osteotome. Moved on to macaroni and matrimony. The irony: later went for pizza but forgot to add pepperoni.

#flower   #flowers   #flowerphotography   #flowerpower   #macromonday   #macro4all   #macroaddict   #hqspflowers   #hqspmacro   #btpmacropro   #btpflowerpro   #alanshapirophotography   #googleplusphotos   #cleome   #trippininthegardenonmiraclegro  ___

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2016-08-21 20:32:17 (7 comments; 6 reshares; 192 +1s; )Open 

Doo-dloo-doo-doo-doo
Doo-dloo-doo-doo-doo-doo
Doo-dloo-doo-doo-doo-doo
Doo-dloo-doo-doo-doo-doo...
I'm shooting in the rain
Just shooting in the rain
What a glorious feelin'
I'm happy again
I'm laughing at clouds
So dark up above
The sun's in my heart
And I'm ready for love
Let the stormy clouds chase
Everyone from the place
Come on with the rain
I've a smile on my face
I walk down the arbouretum
So happy to see 'em
Just shooting',
Flowers in the rain.

#photography #flower #flowerpower #hqspflowers #hqspmacro #btpflowerpro #btpmacropro #flowerphotography #lily #daylily #alanshapirophotography #macrophotography #macroaddict #macro4all #macromonday #trippininthegardenonmiraclegro #googleplusphotos  

Doo-dloo-doo-doo-doo
Doo-dloo-doo-doo-doo-doo
Doo-dloo-doo-doo-doo-doo
Doo-dloo-doo-doo-doo-doo...
I'm shooting in the rain
Just shooting in the rain
What a glorious feelin'
I'm happy again
I'm laughing at clouds
So dark up above
The sun's in my heart
And I'm ready for love
Let the stormy clouds chase
Everyone from the place
Come on with the rain
I've a smile on my face
I walk down the arbouretum
So happy to see 'em
Just shooting',
Flowers in the rain.

#photography #flower #flowerpower #hqspflowers #hqspmacro #btpflowerpro #btpmacropro #flowerphotography #lily #daylily #alanshapirophotography #macrophotography #macroaddict #macro4all #macromonday #trippininthegardenonmiraclegro #googleplusphotos  ___

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2016-08-20 16:41:53 (4 comments; 6 reshares; 114 +1s; )Open 

Flea Market Faces: Deanna

#photography   #portrait   #portraiture   #hqspmonochrome   #btpmonochromepro   #alanshapirophotography   #googleplusphotos   #portraitphotography  

Flea Market Faces: Deanna

#photography   #portrait   #portraiture   #hqspmonochrome   #btpmonochromepro   #alanshapirophotography   #googleplusphotos   #portraitphotography  ___

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2016-08-19 11:59:44 (2 comments; 3 reshares; 105 +1s; )Open 

Recalling wilder times

#photography   #streetphotography   #streetview   #monochromephotography   #monochromeworld   #hqspmonochrome   #btpmonochromepro   #alanshapirophotography   #googleplusphotos  

Recalling wilder times

#photography   #streetphotography   #streetview   #monochromephotography   #monochromeworld   #hqspmonochrome   #btpmonochromepro   #alanshapirophotography   #googleplusphotos  ___

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2016-08-17 10:35:46 (5 comments; 4 reshares; 114 +1s; )Open 

Another day, another devil woman who looked at me with big brown eyes and said
(cue guitars) You ain't seen nothin' yet
B-B-B-Baby, you just ain't seen nothin' yet
Here's something that you never gonna forget
B-B-B-Baby, you just ain't seen nothin' yet

#photography #portrait #portraiture #streetphotography #bwportraits #bwphotography #streetstyle #anotherday #hqspurbanstreetphotos #hqspmonochrome #btpstreetpro #alanshapirophotography #googleplusphotos

Another day, another devil woman who looked at me with big brown eyes and said
(cue guitars) You ain't seen nothin' yet
B-B-B-Baby, you just ain't seen nothin' yet
Here's something that you never gonna forget
B-B-B-Baby, you just ain't seen nothin' yet

#photography #portrait #portraiture #streetphotography #bwportraits #bwphotography #streetstyle #anotherday #hqspurbanstreetphotos #hqspmonochrome #btpstreetpro #alanshapirophotography #googleplusphotos___

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2016-08-16 11:26:35 (4 comments; 14 reshares; 234 +1s; )Open 

Today, I want you to be still and just float while you smile at the realization that somedays, the weight of the world seemed to have gone on a diet and lost a bajillion pounds overnight.


#photography #flowerphotography #flowerpower #flowers #lily #flowersupwaytoolate #hqspflowers #btpflowerpro #alanshapirophotography #googleplusphotos #trippininthegardenonmiraclegro  

Today, I want you to be still and just float while you smile at the realization that somedays, the weight of the world seemed to have gone on a diet and lost a bajillion pounds overnight.


#photography #flowerphotography #flowerpower #flowers #lily #flowersupwaytoolate #hqspflowers #btpflowerpro #alanshapirophotography #googleplusphotos #trippininthegardenonmiraclegro  ___

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2016-08-15 10:46:38 (10 comments; 9 reshares; 147 +1s; )Open 

The Molting process can be exhausting; leaving one totally defenseless and vulnerable (particularly when there are exoskeletons in the closet). Then again, no one said growth would be easy. On the flip side, once you've split open and struggled out of your old shell, there's so much more room for improvement. And joy.

#photography #spider #tarantula #insect #arthropod #notsostilllife #alanshapirophotography #notsostilllife #googleplusphotos

The Molting process can be exhausting; leaving one totally defenseless and vulnerable (particularly when there are exoskeletons in the closet). Then again, no one said growth would be easy. On the flip side, once you've split open and struggled out of your old shell, there's so much more room for improvement. And joy.

#photography #spider #tarantula #insect #arthropod #notsostilllife #alanshapirophotography #notsostilllife #googleplusphotos___

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2016-08-14 15:53:41 (3 comments; 8 reshares; 162 +1s; )Open 

#silentsunday  


#momentsinthemonochromegarden   #hibiscus   #hqspmacro   #hqspmonochrome   #hqspflowers   #btpflowerpro   #btpmonochromepro  

#silentsunday  


#momentsinthemonochromegarden   #hibiscus   #hqspmacro   #hqspmonochrome   #hqspflowers   #btpflowerpro   #btpmonochromepro  ___

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2016-08-13 12:00:20 (7 comments; 2 reshares; 104 +1s; )Open 

No matter how hard I try and how incredible the homemade strawberry pineapple jam is, I just don't like scones

#sconesaturday   #scone   #food   #jqm   #preserves  

No matter how hard I try and how incredible the homemade strawberry pineapple jam is, I just don't like scones

#sconesaturday   #scone   #food   #jqm   #preserves  ___

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2016-08-12 11:18:02 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 116 +1s; )Open 

Just a carrot. Without a stick in sight.
It may be old but it is an heirloom and once you get past the dents, it is quite delicious. What a prize.


#old #dented #carrot as #metaphor
#niksoftware #analogefexpro2  

Just a carrot. Without a stick in sight.
It may be old but it is an heirloom and once you get past the dents, it is quite delicious. What a prize.


#old #dented #carrot as #metaphor
#niksoftware #analogefexpro2  ___

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2016-08-11 11:00:56 (18 comments; 10 reshares; 180 +1s; )Open 

I have my father to thank for my ability to talk. And my mother to thank for my ability to listen. Both come in handy with this photographic passion of mine. One of the great joys for me are the spontaneous conversations held on street corners, in farmer's markets and barber shops, at flea markets and inner city parks to name a few of my myriad open air "studios." Yes, I can start a conversation with anyone and 99.7% of the time, that leads to an impromptu portrait session. What I can tell you with joyous certainty: the conversations are as delightful to me as the resulting pictures. But it gets better. Then I get to go home and process as my heart guides me: replaying the conversations and range of emotions that emerged and them seeing how they braid and intertwine with the events of the day, my mood...the weather. I can't ever predict the results. Nor would I want to. For me, the goal... more »

I have my father to thank for my ability to talk. And my mother to thank for my ability to listen. Both come in handy with this photographic passion of mine. One of the great joys for me are the spontaneous conversations held on street corners, in farmer's markets and barber shops, at flea markets and inner city parks to name a few of my myriad open air "studios." Yes, I can start a conversation with anyone and 99.7% of the time, that leads to an impromptu portrait session. What I can tell you with joyous certainty: the conversations are as delightful to me as the resulting pictures. But it gets better. Then I get to go home and process as my heart guides me: replaying the conversations and range of emotions that emerged and them seeing how they braid and intertwine with the events of the day, my mood...the weather. I can't ever predict the results. Nor would I want to. For me, the goal is to share more than a moment; but rather to use these intertwined words and pictures to make you think or feel or dream or (best of all) do...something.
Is it working?


#photography   #portraitphotography   #portraiture   #portrait   #hqspportraits   #hqspmonochrome   #btpmonochromepro   #alanshapirophotography   #googleplusphotos   #streetphotography   #streetportraits  ___

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2016-08-10 20:13:58 (13 comments; 1 reshares; 111 +1s; )Open 

I've started to print a few of my portraits on #ilford Galerie Prestige Gold Fiber Gloss. They have this ethereal balance of richness, detail and depth that just blows me away. One of these days I'm gonna find me a giant printer and blow some of these up huge to show off just how much nuance and subtlety is possible when you print your own images. Not to mention the permanence that a print delivers. (A monitor just can't replicate this.) Swoon.
Seriously...the craft of fine art printing may not be for everyone but I highly recommend it for those of you looking to take your work to the next level.

Remember: It's not done 'til it's printed.

#ilford #galerieprestige #goldfibergloss #fineartprinting #itsnotdonetilitsprinted #epson #photography   #portraiture   #blackandwhitephotography
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I've started to print a few of my portraits on #ilford Galerie Prestige Gold Fiber Gloss. They have this ethereal balance of richness, detail and depth that just blows me away. One of these days I'm gonna find me a giant printer and blow some of these up huge to show off just how much nuance and subtlety is possible when you print your own images. Not to mention the permanence that a print delivers. (A monitor just can't replicate this.) Swoon.
Seriously...the craft of fine art printing may not be for everyone but I highly recommend it for those of you looking to take your work to the next level.

Remember: It's not done 'til it's printed.

#ilford #galerieprestige #goldfibergloss #fineartprinting #itsnotdonetilitsprinted #epson #photography   #portraiture   #blackandwhitephotography
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2016-08-10 11:06:25 (13 comments; 18 reshares; 202 +1s; )Open 

Today, let the ocean whisper sweet nothings in your ear

#landscape #seascape #beachscape #cloudscape #escape #photography #landscapephotography #hqsplandscape #btplandscapepro #alanshapirophotography #googleplusphotos

Today, let the ocean whisper sweet nothings in your ear

#landscape #seascape #beachscape #cloudscape #escape #photography #landscapephotography #hqsplandscape #btplandscapepro #alanshapirophotography #googleplusphotos___

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2016-08-09 11:43:32 (1 comments; 9 reshares; 144 +1s; )Open 

Finer Feathered Friends: Peacock

Some early morning art therapy while I contemplate all manner of pretty things and the fact that, no matter how much smoke gets blown, underneath the layers lies a turkey.

Now this turkey happens to love etymology, which leads me to this:
Tobacco glyster, breathe and bleed.
Keep warm and rub till you succeed.
And spare no pains for what you do;
May one day be repaid to you.

Now put that in yer pipe and smoke it (with someone near and dear)



#photography   #bird   #birdphotography   #birdsgallery   #hqspbirds   #btpbirdpro   #finerfeatheredfriends   #peacock   #alanshapirophotography   #textureblend   #texturetuesday   #animallovers   #layersofdoubt   #googleplusphotos  

Finer Feathered Friends: Peacock

Some early morning art therapy while I contemplate all manner of pretty things and the fact that, no matter how much smoke gets blown, underneath the layers lies a turkey.

Now this turkey happens to love etymology, which leads me to this:
Tobacco glyster, breathe and bleed.
Keep warm and rub till you succeed.
And spare no pains for what you do;
May one day be repaid to you.

Now put that in yer pipe and smoke it (with someone near and dear)



#photography   #bird   #birdphotography   #birdsgallery   #hqspbirds   #btpbirdpro   #finerfeatheredfriends   #peacock   #alanshapirophotography   #textureblend   #texturetuesday   #animallovers   #layersofdoubt   #googleplusphotos  ___

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2016-08-08 11:55:32 (3 comments; 3 reshares; 102 +1s; )Open 

Brake pads, bachelor pads, maxi pads, buffing pads, nubby proximal tarsal pads...they got nuthin' on lily pads.


#photography   #flower   #flowers   #flowerphotography   #flowerpower   #hqspflowers   #btpflowerpro   #lily   #lilypad   #pond   #watergarden   #waterlily   #alanshapirophotography   #googleplusphotos  

Brake pads, bachelor pads, maxi pads, buffing pads, nubby proximal tarsal pads...they got nuthin' on lily pads.


#photography   #flower   #flowers   #flowerphotography   #flowerpower   #hqspflowers   #btpflowerpro   #lily   #lilypad   #pond   #watergarden   #waterlily   #alanshapirophotography   #googleplusphotos  ___

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2016-08-07 13:26:38 (13 comments; 6 reshares; 207 +1s; )Open 

In my macro view of the world there are mythical creatures that cavort amongst and protect the colorful beauties I am so drawn to. What you may not know is I often have conversations with the petaled and winged creatures in my gardens that I frequent (just like I do with the more human subjects I find so fascinating and adore so much.) Of course the conversations are different. Sorta.
This was a moment filled with a ridiculous conversation (akin to a Lew Carroll poem or two) with a charming dragon who I called Pomphrey. (Perhaps because as I looked at him, I thought of pommes frites dipped in Pommerey mustard...and then sprinkled with irridescent confectioners sugar figure.) He posed for me among the lily pads and lotus flowers and smiled continually (likely amused at the slow motion contortions and yoga-esque moves I was doing to get closer and closer still.)
The end of our conversation went... more »

In my macro view of the world there are mythical creatures that cavort amongst and protect the colorful beauties I am so drawn to. What you may not know is I often have conversations with the petaled and winged creatures in my gardens that I frequent (just like I do with the more human subjects I find so fascinating and adore so much.) Of course the conversations are different. Sorta.
This was a moment filled with a ridiculous conversation (akin to a Lew Carroll poem or two) with a charming dragon who I called Pomphrey. (Perhaps because as I looked at him, I thought of pommes frites dipped in Pommerey mustard...and then sprinkled with irridescent confectioners sugar figure.) He posed for me among the lily pads and lotus flowers and smiled continually (likely amused at the slow motion contortions and yoga-esque moves I was doing to get closer and closer still.)
The end of our conversation went something like this: Not every dragon need be slayed. In fact, many just need to be looked at closely, talked to and appreciated for whatever it is they represent. Nods knowingly.

#photography   #dragonfly   #insect   #macrophotography   #macroaddict   #macromonday   #hqspmacro   #btpmacropro   #googleplusphotos #alanshapirophotography #wings #insect___

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2016-08-05 19:50:54 (7 comments; 9 reshares; 193 +1s; )Open 

There are times I'll ask my subject to close their eyes and go somewhere. I'll wait a moment, sometimes longer...sometimes waaaay longer (which gets really interesting to watch). Then I'll ask them to open their eyes.
(Click)
The interesting thing is as many times as I ask them "where they went?" or "what they were feeling/experiencing", there are an equal or greater number of times where I just let them be.
For me, portrait photography is a privilege and an honor. What my subjects allow me to share (in) is never taken lightly

I dug this up from a few years ago and thought it was worth a reshare:
http://goo.gl/x2IMoH


#portrait #portraitphotography #portraiture #photography #hqspmonochrome #btpmonochromepro #hqspportraits #monochromephotography #monochromeworld #face #emergingfromshadows #googleplusphotos  

There are times I'll ask my subject to close their eyes and go somewhere. I'll wait a moment, sometimes longer...sometimes waaaay longer (which gets really interesting to watch). Then I'll ask them to open their eyes.
(Click)
The interesting thing is as many times as I ask them "where they went?" or "what they were feeling/experiencing", there are an equal or greater number of times where I just let them be.
For me, portrait photography is a privilege and an honor. What my subjects allow me to share (in) is never taken lightly

I dug this up from a few years ago and thought it was worth a reshare:
http://goo.gl/x2IMoH


#portrait #portraitphotography #portraiture #photography #hqspmonochrome #btpmonochromepro #hqspportraits #monochromephotography #monochromeworld #face #emergingfromshadows #googleplusphotos  ___

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2016-08-04 11:24:09 (3 comments; 4 reshares; 100 +1s; )Open 

Okay...who farted?

#portrait #portraitphotography #photography #portraiture #hqspmonochrome #btpmonochromepro #emergingfromshadows #alanshapirophotography #googleplusphotos

Okay...who farted?

#portrait #portraitphotography #photography #portraiture #hqspmonochrome #btpmonochromepro #emergingfromshadows #alanshapirophotography #googleplusphotos___

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2016-08-03 11:10:06 (13 comments; 21 reshares; 217 +1s; )Open 

When did "being babied" become a bad thing?
We all need to be held tight, rocked softly until we fall asleep and smothered in kisses while being told how totally and completely loved we are. Today, pick someone you care about and go baby them.

#photography #wildlifewednesday #wildlifephotos #gorillas #mothers #baby #hqspmonochrome #hqspanimals #btpmonochromepro #btpanimalpro #primates #hairierrelatives #alanshapirophotography #gorilla #wildlifephotography

When did "being babied" become a bad thing?
We all need to be held tight, rocked softly until we fall asleep and smothered in kisses while being told how totally and completely loved we are. Today, pick someone you care about and go baby them.

#photography #wildlifewednesday #wildlifephotos #gorillas #mothers #baby #hqspmonochrome #hqspanimals #btpmonochromepro #btpanimalpro #primates #hairierrelatives #alanshapirophotography #gorilla #wildlifephotography___

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2016-08-02 11:29:39 (2 comments; 3 reshares; 145 +1s; )Open 

She continued to dance through life with such abandon that she never noticed all the pillows that her friends and family had surrounded her with until the very end. (At which point she had a pillow fight on her grave.)

#flowers #flowerphotography #flowerpower #photography #monochromephotography #monochromeworld #hqspflowers #hqspmonochrome #btpflowerpro #btpmonochromepro #momentsinthemonochromegarden #alanshapirophotography #flowersupwaytoolate #googleplusphotos

She continued to dance through life with such abandon that she never noticed all the pillows that her friends and family had surrounded her with until the very end. (At which point she had a pillow fight on her grave.)

#flowers #flowerphotography #flowerpower #photography #monochromephotography #monochromeworld #hqspflowers #hqspmonochrome #btpflowerpro #btpmonochromepro #momentsinthemonochromegarden #alanshapirophotography #flowersupwaytoolate #googleplusphotos___

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