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Richard Ball has been at 2 events

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Google Photos6,405,292Take a closer look at what’s new with this special edition of the  +Google+ Photos Chat Series Hangout On Air. Joining us are Google+ Photos staff members, +Matt Steiner, +Denise Ho, +Aravind Krishnaswamy, and +Brian Matiash. We’ll share a bit of our vision for Google+ Photos, along with some of our favorite Auto Enhance and Auto Awesome images. We’ll also be answering *YOUR* questions! So ask away in the comments section of the Event, and we’ll get to as many as we can. And don’t forget - keep sharing your best #AutoAwesome  and #AutoEnhance  images with us. Add your favorites right here in the comments section, too! We’ll keep resharing our favorites every day.A Conversation With The Team Behind The New Google+ Photos2013-05-21 00:00:001024  
Vivienne Gucwa (Travelinglens)1,812,104This is the official page for this awesome event. Led by myself (Alan Shapiro and Sharon Strandskov were there in spirit :) ) The meeting up point is Columbus Circle at 1:00 pm.  We have a nice path planned that will include several really beautiful locations throughout Central Park including (but subject to change): The Mall (and Literary Walk), Bethesda Fountain, Bow Bridge, Shakespeare's Garden, Strawberry Fields and Belvedere Castle! We also have some fun ideas up our sleeves for everyone that will utilize this event page space (particularly the shared album). Bring your walking shoes and a smile. This walk is open to everyone with or without a camera. Even if you don't have a camera but just want to come and celebrate, feel free! This event is all about celebrating the awesomeness of G+ on its one year anniversary! :) --- #gplusanniversary #gplusanniversarynycThe Official NYC Google Plus One Year Anniversary Photowalk2012-06-30 13:00:0066  

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2015-11-28 01:37:20 (24 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Somebody please correct me if I have this wrong:

If I have someone in my circles and they post only to their (public) collections and I don't follow any of those collections I will see none of their posts unless I go to their page.

If that person posts the same image/text to more than one collection and I'm following both (because the G+ default is to have me follow their created collections) then I will see that post multiple times.

Most reshares: 1

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2015-12-30 14:56:44 (6 comments; 1 reshares; 33 +1s)Open 

#OnTheFenceWednesday  +On The Fence Wednesday by +Natosha Davis 

Most plusones: 54

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2015-10-13 12:34:35 (12 comments; 0 reshares; 54 +1s)Open 

Sunrise

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2016-04-01 21:32:38 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 25 +1s)Open 

Spring Impressionism

#ICM  

Spring Impressionism

#ICM  ___

2016-03-09 13:15:53 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

It's up! Head over to Lauri's post if you want to sign up for this adventure!

The How Do You See? mentorship is ready for sign-ups!

This is a special program for those who are looking to add that little extra umph to their images by looking at the world around them in a different way through the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers.

I will be taking on a limited number of people for a 6 week online mentorship program which will include lessons, assignments, and informal discussions. Everyone who participates can have fun and learn at the same time!

I have been taking photos for 40ish years (you do the math). It’s a passion and one of the things that has remained consistent throughout is my ‘photographic eye’. One of the questions I get asked most often is “how did you see that”? In college, on a trip to Greece I was shooting a flower coming through a fence when one of my fellow travelers asked what I was shooting, my reply: Don’t you SEE that? The answer was no of course they didn’t. I also have a passion for helping others and I’m hoping through this mentorship program I can help you find your photographic eye, to see the world around you in a new and different way and to help you produce images that make your viewer see something in a new way as well.

PLEASE NOTE: This is NOT a technical workshop. You can use any kind of camera - phone - tablet - point and shoot - DSLR and yes, even mirrorless ;). Editing will actually not be allowed for most of this program so editing skills are not needed either! YAY!

Selections will begin March 15th for the mentorship beginning March 20th.

These are the selection criteria:

• You must be taking and posting your own photographs regularly here on G+ –– an absolute minimum of three days between Public posts; more increases your chances of being selected. (The class itself will be private to the group selected except for the option of a public display album of your best work at the end.)
• You must be interactive here at G+, as you will be expected to participate in this program giving feedback and comments to others.
• You have no previous studies in this subject, since this program is designed for those who have not had the opportunity or advantage to add this skill set to their knowledge base.
• You have the time available to participate in this workshop.

To be considered for selection, please comment to the main post only, here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+LauriNovak/posts/1y9Aw9cpSow

(your application will not be seen at any reshares) and answer the following questions in your comment:

1) Photography skill level
2) Photo editing software used most
3) Favorite three subjects to photograph
4) Aspirations within photography
5) Current job or profession
6) Previous art studies
7) Amount of time you have available for participation

EXAMPLE ANSWERS
1) Intermediate hobby photographer
2) Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop CS3
3) Trees, landscapes, waterfalls
4) To sell prints of my work
5) Full-time grocery store clerk
6) I have no previous art studies
7) I do have a job and two kids, but I will make the time for this

The +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers is run by program directors +Robin Griggs Wood +Ron Clifford and +Alex Lapidus___It's up! Head over to Lauri's post if you want to sign up for this adventure!

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2016-03-06 01:38:33 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

You know Lauri's work right? Right? If course you do and now you have an opportunity to join with her as she mentors you and a few others in "How Do You See".
Watch her page/posts for the announcement!

A new mentorship is on it's way!
How Do You See?

Over the last 4 or so years I have been a member of several of the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers programs both as a mentee and also as a helper/cheerleader. These programs are one of the reasons I’ve grown so much as a photographer and also met so many amazing people who I call friends.

It’s my turn to Pay It Forward! I will be leading my very own mentorship program based around one of the questions I have been asked the most over my photographic life; “How did you see that?”

Intrigued?

The sign ups will begin Wednesday March 9th around 7:00am CST and end Tuesday, March 15th at 9:00pm CST right here on my profile and will explain a little more about what the program will be about!




+Robin Griggs Wood +Alex Lapidus +Ron Clifford (for whatever reason it's not letting me or pulling up the G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers to tag). ___You know Lauri's work right? Right? If course you do and now you have an opportunity to join with her as she mentors you and a few others in "How Do You See".
Watch her page/posts for the announcement!

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2016-02-21 15:09:22 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 20 +1s)Open 

Heiko Mahr -- an artist worth following and a book worth viewing

Lightfall


Nightfall
colors fading
just for the glimpse of an eye
a burst blinds me
lightfall down the day



A book with images from this series can be purchased here:
Hardcover
http://www.blurb.com/b/6902161-from-energy-and-impression

EBOOK:
http://www.blurb.com/ebooks/pae6a364af84f7d68df03


Series Energy & Process
The Energy and Process series consists of
multi-technique (Photography and PC) image, each is originating
from a digital photography, no additional textures or add ons.

The contrast of colors and free forms in those images remind me of elements, energies which react with each other, which seem to be alive in an ongoing process. I create abstract art which shows mundane things transformed into the unknown.




#unsharpsaturday with +Alex Lapidus +Julianne Bockius +Jetski +Patrice Christian +Nadia Cantou-Pewinski ( +Unsharp Saturday v2.0 )

#blur #unsharp #___Heiko Mahr -- an artist worth following and a book worth viewing

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2016-02-21 00:53:44 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

You asked for it! And now it is back for 2016! The G+ mentorship for everyone who want's to go Beyond Automatic with their camera.
Head over to Heiko's page and sign up on the original post (comments here are disabled).

Sign up here for the Camera Basics: Beyond Automatic 2016 mentorship!


►►► Read the instructions before you sign up! ◄◄◄

This is a special program through the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers designed to help you get to know your camera better and be able to move into Manual shooting mode. A group of mentors will be taking on a handful of people for a 6-week online mentorship program which will include lessons, assignments, and informal discussions. Everyone who participates can have fun and learn at the same time!

We have assembled a very able group of quality, knowledgeable and caring photographers from the Google+ community who want to share their understanding and experience with you.


PLEASE NOTE: This is a camera BASICS workshop only, designed to help an individual past shooting on Auto mode exclusively. It will cover how to use the various manual options for DSLR cameras and some "point and shoot" cameras that have a dedicated Manual mode. Do not apply for this workshop if your camera does not have a Manual mode.

Group size is LIMITED.

Signups will be open for several days, and are not first-come first-served. Selections will be announced by Thursday, March 3rd , and the first lesson post will be Saturday, March 5th. You will need to have the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers page circled to receive the private message, if you are selected.

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These are the selection criteria:

• You must be taking and posting your own photographs regularly here on G+ –– typically at least a couple of public posts per week; more posting increases your chances of being selected. (The class itself will be private to the group selected.)
Posts to a community, even public community are not considered public posts in the sense of this application.

• You must be interactive with others here at G+, as you will be expected to participate in this program giving feedback and comments to your fellow participants.
• You must have the time available to participate in this workshop.

(We use the same selection criteria that +Robin Griggs Wood uses for her "G+ Mentorship Art for Photographers Program", which you can read about here to see if you qualify for the BASICS mentorship: https://plus.google.com/b/105385385448524520257/105385385448524520257/posts/BT1Ei9qD2fi )

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To be considered for selection, please comment to the main post only!

(your application will not be seen at any reshares) and answer the following questions in your comment:


1) Photography skill level or how long you've been shooting
2) Type of camera/s you currently shoot with that have Manual mode
3) Aspirations within photography
4) Current job or profession
5) Amount of time you have available for participation


EXAMPLE ANSWERS
1) Shooting for 1 year approx.
2) Canon EOS Rebel T3
3) To sell prints of my work
4) Full-time grocery store clerk
5) I do have a job and two kids, but I will make the time for this


The +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers is run by program directors +Robin Griggs Wood, +Ron Clifford and +Alex Lapidus.

The Mentoring Team and Assistants.___You asked for it! And now it is back for 2016! The G+ mentorship for everyone who want's to go Beyond Automatic with their camera.
Head over to Heiko's page and sign up on the original post (comments here are disabled).

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2016-02-14 18:37:02 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 32 +1s)Open 

'ShrooomZoom

just playin'

'ShrooomZoom

just playin'___

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2016-02-10 16:06:12 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 30 +1s)Open 

#wordlessonwednesday  

#wordlessonwednesday  ___

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2016-02-06 14:08:40 (11 comments; 0 reshares; 32 +1s)Open 

IKEA Overload


#unsharpsaturday with +Alex Lapidus  +Julianne Bockius  +Jetski +Patrice Christian +Nadia Cantou-Pewinski ( +Unsharp Saturday v2.0 )

#hqspmotion  +HQSP Motion curated by +Melania Pierce and +Anja Wessels
#blurshot with +Pavlik Andreïevitch Krylatov +Kim Anglin and +delo projet

IKEA Overload


#unsharpsaturday with +Alex Lapidus  +Julianne Bockius  +Jetski +Patrice Christian +Nadia Cantou-Pewinski ( +Unsharp Saturday v2.0 )

#hqspmotion  +HQSP Motion curated by +Melania Pierce and +Anja Wessels
#blurshot with +Pavlik Andreïevitch Krylatov +Kim Anglin and +delo projet___

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2016-02-04 01:43:58 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 23 +1s)Open 

Winter Trees

Sometimes Nature paints with a palette knife instead of a brush

Winter Trees

Sometimes Nature paints with a palette knife instead of a brush___

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2016-01-23 20:46:47 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 20 +1s)Open 

#17 -- not listening

#17 -- not listening___

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2016-01-23 20:04:08 (16 comments; 0 reshares; 36 +1s)Open 

#seagullbuttsindisguise  in a snowstorm for #seagullbuttsaturday  which is #notatheme

What? You say you cannot see any #seagullbutts ? Neither can I, they are that well disguised.

+Robin Griggs Wood +Ursula Klepper +Christin McLeod +Sassi Sassmannshausen +Lauri Novak +Richard Ball +Craig Szymanski +Melissa Beagle +Ellie Kennard +Cora Triton +Steve Savoie +Pam Wolfe 
+Jon Cassill +Tom McGowan +Annie Irving +Diana Boyd +Debby Moran +Alex Lapidus +Lou McCorkle +Rob Lopes +Kimmetal Smith +Bette Kauffman +Liz C +Jacqueline Hodsdon
+Darion Jackman +Steven Kennard +Sharon Stone +Dawn Siadatan +Sumit Sen +Jasbir S. Randhawa +Gazzaroonii T. +John Wade +Dave Bell +Swee Oh +Leo Deegan +Nancy Battis Vita +Patrick Kelly +Marilyn Benham +Mari Luukkonen +Lora Lee Chapman +Giselle Savoie +Carin Bruce +David Q. Cohen +Gernot Glaeser +Maureen Roberson +Brian Grzelewski +cobaltpl... more »

#seagullbuttsindisguise  in a snowstorm for #seagullbuttsaturday  which is #notatheme

What? You say you cannot see any #seagullbutts ? Neither can I, they are that well disguised.

+Robin Griggs Wood +Ursula Klepper +Christin McLeod +Sassi Sassmannshausen +Lauri Novak +Richard Ball +Craig Szymanski +Melissa Beagle +Ellie Kennard +Cora Triton +Steve Savoie +Pam Wolfe 
+Jon Cassill +Tom McGowan +Annie Irving +Diana Boyd +Debby Moran +Alex Lapidus +Lou McCorkle +Rob Lopes +Kimmetal Smith +Bette Kauffman +Liz C +Jacqueline Hodsdon
+Darion Jackman +Steven Kennard +Sharon Stone +Dawn Siadatan +Sumit Sen +Jasbir S. Randhawa +Gazzaroonii T. +John Wade +Dave Bell +Swee Oh +Leo Deegan +Nancy Battis Vita +Patrick Kelly +Marilyn Benham +Mari Luukkonen +Lora Lee Chapman +Giselle Savoie +Carin Bruce +David Q. Cohen +Gernot Glaeser +Maureen Roberson +Brian Grzelewski +cobalt please +Darcee McCutcheon +Annelies Jansen +Rachel Ferris +Margaret Tompkins +Jan Vermeulen___

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2016-01-17 13:23:06 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 40 +1s)Open 

U Welcome

#signsunday +Sign Sunday +Lori Carey +Janice Hackney +Jetski

U Welcome

#signsunday +Sign Sunday +Lori Carey +Janice Hackney +Jetski___

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2016-01-16 00:17:12 (10 comments; 0 reshares; 38 +1s)Open 

Framed  2/26
+The B&W Project  #bwproject2016  with +Lauri Novak and +Al Chris 

Framed  2/26
+The B&W Project  #bwproject2016  with +Lauri Novak and +Al Chris ___

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2016-01-13 16:54:39 (12 comments; 0 reshares; 39 +1s)Open 

#wordlessonwednesday  

#wordlessonwednesday  ___

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2016-01-11 18:57:51 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

I sure wish this had been available a year or so ago, I probably would not have switched to Lightroom.

DxO OpticsPro for OS X Photos brings some of the best features of DxO’s award-winning software, DxO OpticsPro, to Mac users who use Apple Photos as their primary photography management application.

Photo educator Joseph Linaschke demonstrates a seamless workflow that brings the most out of your images, all without leaving OS X Photos: http://dxo.io/1mFns5F

DxO ONE users can download DxO OpticsPro for OS X Photos (ONE only version) for free at http://dxo.io/1QF9JrM

#OpticsPro #ApplePhotos #photography___I sure wish this had been available a year or so ago, I probably would not have switched to Lightroom.

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2016-01-04 15:05:06 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 23 +1s)Open 

Winter morning light
cascades,
dormant,
the leaves bask
and reflect the warmth

Winter morning light
cascades,
dormant,
the leaves bask
and reflect the warmth___

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2015-12-30 15:02:54 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

Do you have  New Year's Resolution to improve your photography? Take a look at this upcoming mentorship program offered by +Mary Presson Roberts and ask anyone who has been in one of the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers about what great learning experiences these are.
Sign up on the original post before the closing date for consideration.


The Practice Makes Perfect Magic mentorship is ready for sign-ups!


This is a special program that will lead you on a journey to make your own discoveries using your camera by participating in a series of deliberate practice activities through the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers. You will make your own discoveries as you explore with different apertures, shoot multiple compositions within a scene, explore the differences of light on a subject at different times of the day, move objects to improve your compositions, and shoot with a theme in mind.  
You will learn not only from the practice activities, but from the other participants' experiences, as well.  You will also create a final project which will allow you to showcase all of your discoveries.  I will be taking on a handful of people for a six week on-line mentorship program which will include lessons, assignments, and informal discussions. Everyone who participates can have fun and learn at the same time!


I am an award winning photographer based in the Carolinas.  You can view my website at www.mprobertsphoto.com.  I have been active in the Arcanum for a little more than a year.  I am currently working on Level 22.  I am also on the Path of the Protégé to prepare to become a Master in the Arcanum.  In addition to being a photographer, I am also an educator in the public school system of Charlotte, NC.  This is my twenty-eighth year as an educator for young people.  I am passionate about education.  I am also a published author in the field of education.  I have been photographing seriously for nine years. Photography has completely changed my life.  It has taken me to places I never would have experienced, led me to people I never would have met, and opened doors I would have never approached. Photography has added a dimension to my life that I didn’t even realize was missing.

PLEASE NOTE: In order to get the most out of this mentorship program, you will need to already have an understanding of using aperture, shutter speed, and ISO to create a proper exposure.




Selections will begin December 24, 2015 for the mentorship beginning January 7, 2016.  Notifications will sent January 5, 2016.


These are the selection criteria:

• You must be taking and posting your own photographs regularly here on G+ –– an absolute minimum of three days between Public posts; more increases your chances of being selected. (The class itself will be private to the group selected except for the option of a public display album of your best work at the end.)
• You must already have an understanding of using aperture, shutter speed, and ISO to create a proper exposure.
• You must be interactive here at G+, as you will be expected to participate in this program giving feedback and comments to others.
• You have the time available to participate in this workshop.


To be considered for selection, please comment to the main post only, here:   https://plus.google.com/114072687721456002370/posts/AoPR1P5FGsx?pid=6231849542875012610&oid=114072687721456002370
(your application will not be seen at any reshares) and answer the following questions in your comment:


1) Photography skill level
2) Photo editing software used most
3) Favorite three subjects to photograph
4) Aspirations within photography
5) Current job or profession
6) Previous art studies
7) Amount of time you have available for participation

EXAMPLE ANSWERS
1) Intermediate hobby photographer
2) Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop CS6
3) Trees, landscapes, waterfalls
4) To sell prints of my work
5) Full-time grocery store clerk
6) I have no previous art studies
7) I do have a job and two kids, but I will make the time for this

The G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers is organized and run by the program directors, Robin Griggs Wood, Ron Clifford, Alex Lapidus and founded by Randy J. Braun.___Do you have  New Year's Resolution to improve your photography? Take a look at this upcoming mentorship program offered by +Mary Presson Roberts and ask anyone who has been in one of the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers about what great learning experiences these are.
Sign up on the original post before the closing date for consideration.

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2015-12-30 14:56:44 (6 comments; 1 reshares; 33 +1s)Open 

#OnTheFenceWednesday  +On The Fence Wednesday by +Natosha Davis 

#OnTheFenceWednesday  +On The Fence Wednesday by +Natosha Davis ___

2015-12-26 17:43:03 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

Are you using the GooglePhotos backup app? I have it running on my Mac laptop and everytime I start/restart the computer this app pops up a window to tell me it is running.
"Yes GPbackup I know you are running, you have an icon in the menu bar tellin me so; sticking a window in my face to (redundantly) tell me, and making me click OK to have it go away, is very annoying."
It would take all of 30 minutes to add a checkbox to the preference pane to disable this announcement -- so do it!

Google -- always doing something to annoy the living $h*t out of its users.

Are you using the GooglePhotos backup app? I have it running on my Mac laptop and everytime I start/restart the computer this app pops up a window to tell me it is running.
"Yes GPbackup I know you are running, you have an icon in the menu bar tellin me so; sticking a window in my face to (redundantly) tell me, and making me click OK to have it go away, is very annoying."
It would take all of 30 minutes to add a checkbox to the preference pane to disable this announcement -- so do it!

Google -- always doing something to annoy the living $h*t out of its users.___

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2015-12-25 13:20:30 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

You've given all those great presents to others for Christmas, here is one you can give yourself -- a great mentorship (free!) with +Mary Presson Roberts. Head on over to her post, read all about it and sign up to be considered for the group she'll take on a wonderful ride to improve your photography.


The Practice Makes Perfect Magic mentorship is ready for sign-ups!


This is a special program that will lead you on a journey to make your own discoveries using your camera by participating in a series of deliberate practice activities through the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers. You will make your own discoveries as you explore with different apertures, shoot multiple compositions within a scene, explore the differences of light on a subject at different times of the day, move objects to improve your compositions, and shoot with a theme in mind.  
You will learn not only from the practice activities, but from the other participants' experiences, as well.  You will also create a final project which will allow you to showcase all of your discoveries.  I will be taking on a handful of people for a six week on-line mentorship program which will include lessons, assignments, and informal discussions. Everyone who participates can have fun and learn at the same time!


I am an award winning photographer based in the Carolinas.  You can view my website at www.mprobertsphoto.com.  I have been active in the Arcanum for a little more than a year.  I am currently working on Level 22.  I am also on the Path of the Protégé to prepare to become a Master in the Arcanum.  In addition to being a photographer, I am also an educator in the public school system of Charlotte, NC.  This is my twenty-eighth year as an educator for young people.  I am passionate about education.  I am also a published author in the field of education.  I have been photographing seriously for nine years. Photography has completely changed my life.  It has taken me to places I never would have experienced, led me to people I never would have met, and opened doors I would have never approached. Photography has added a dimension to my life that I didn’t even realize was missing.

PLEASE NOTE: In order to get the most out of this mentorship program, you will need to already have an understanding of using aperture, shutter speed, and ISO to create a proper exposure.




Selections will begin December 24, 2015 for the mentorship beginning January 7, 2016.  Notifications will sent January 5, 2016.


These are the selection criteria:

• You must be taking and posting your own photographs regularly here on G+ –– an absolute minimum of three days between Public posts; more increases your chances of being selected. (The class itself will be private to the group selected except for the option of a public display album of your best work at the end.)
• You must already have an understanding of using aperture, shutter speed, and ISO to create a proper exposure.
• You must be interactive here at G+, as you will be expected to participate in this program giving feedback and comments to others.
• You have the time available to participate in this workshop.


To be considered for selection, please comment to the main post only, here:   https://plus.google.com/114072687721456002370/posts/AoPR1P5FGsx?pid=6231849542875012610&oid=114072687721456002370
(your application will not be seen at any reshares) and answer the following questions in your comment:


1) Photography skill level
2) Photo editing software used most
3) Favorite three subjects to photograph
4) Aspirations within photography
5) Current job or profession
6) Previous art studies
7) Amount of time you have available for participation

EXAMPLE ANSWERS
1) Intermediate hobby photographer
2) Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop CS6
3) Trees, landscapes, waterfalls
4) To sell prints of my work
5) Full-time grocery store clerk
6) I have no previous art studies
7) I do have a job and two kids, but I will make the time for this

The G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers is organized and run by the program directors, Robin Griggs Wood, Ron Clifford, Alex Lapidus and founded by Randy J. Braun.___You've given all those great presents to others for Christmas, here is one you can give yourself -- a great mentorship (free!) with +Mary Presson Roberts. Head on over to her post, read all about it and sign up to be considered for the group she'll take on a wonderful ride to improve your photography.

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2015-12-13 18:43:17 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 20 +1s)Open 

I'm thinking maybe this isn't the best placement for this sign. Do you get your items out of the bins or is that where you are supposed to dump them?

#signsunday  +Sign Sunday with +Lori Carey +Janice Hackney +Jetski 

I'm thinking maybe this isn't the best placement for this sign. Do you get your items out of the bins or is that where you are supposed to dump them?

#signsunday  +Sign Sunday with +Lori Carey +Janice Hackney +Jetski ___

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2015-12-09 22:39:23 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 39 +1s)Open 

#wordlessonwednesday

#wordlessonwednesday___

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2015-12-08 22:36:05 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 35 +1s)Open 

Google says I haven't shared this before.

Google says I haven't shared this before.___

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2015-12-01 00:24:32 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 36 +1s)Open 

A forest of chimes

A forest of chimes___

2015-11-28 01:37:20 (24 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Somebody please correct me if I have this wrong:

If I have someone in my circles and they post only to their (public) collections and I don't follow any of those collections I will see none of their posts unless I go to their page.

If that person posts the same image/text to more than one collection and I'm following both (because the G+ default is to have me follow their created collections) then I will see that post multiple times.

Somebody please correct me if I have this wrong:

If I have someone in my circles and they post only to their (public) collections and I don't follow any of those collections I will see none of their posts unless I go to their page.

If that person posts the same image/text to more than one collection and I'm following both (because the G+ default is to have me follow their created collections) then I will see that post multiple times.___

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2015-11-22 14:23:09 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 19 +1s)Open 

waiting for dinner to bite


waiting for dinner to bite
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2015-11-21 19:02:35 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s)Open 

I'm really happy to see at least some of the EXIF data available in ClassicG+ is now visible in NewG+

I'm really happy to see at least some of the EXIF data available in ClassicG+ is now visible in NewG+___

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2015-11-20 12:09:30 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 16 +1s)Open 

This can't be shared too many times

Dearest +Google+

I adore you, I do. I took a test drive on your mobilesque desktop G+ and sadly you broke my heart. I have been here since the first couple days of Beta. The first Beta. I loved you at first sight. And don’t get me wrong, I still do. Otherwise I wouldn’t have taken the time to write all of this. And yes, I’m also sending the official feedback. But the official feedback doesn’t cover the overall impressions. I can’t highlight missing features. I can’t hide personal data because you’ve already removed that.

When you first said you listened to us and are focusing on interests. I was happy. Google + is where I go to find people with common interests and passions. But you left out one very important thing. The PEOPLE. Everything social has been removed from the new G+. Hangouts/Chat. Gone. About Me. Gone. Circles have been stripped down to uselessness. I have 39 circles, but I’m only allowed to view 6!? Do you know why I have so many? Part is I have people sorted by things they post about. One is for people who post things not always safe for work. (I don’t mind that they do, I just need to me sensitive to my surroundings). One is for shushed people. These are the people I adore what they post, but not what they plus. I have to segregate them because you don’t allow me to shut off seeing what they plus. I also have a circle for folks who I allow to see my contact info. My local peoples. People I’ve met in real life. That is a large circle. I’ve met, done hangouts with some amazing, inspirational, talented, kind people in the last several years. But I feel like you’ve taken them from me. It’s no longer easy to send someone a quick Chat message. (And yes I still call it Chat when it’s only text). When someone new circles me, not only do I have to click to see their info, it’s a stripped down version of it. Cold. Impersonal. There are some great About Me’s that will never be seen again. Take a look at Shawn McClure’s. It’s awesome. But it’s nowhere to be found on the new version. Only the 239,042,382 links ;-) See this album https://goo.gl/photos/Aq2dTGnkUQFVsPLV9 ? It’s full of the folks I’ve met here on G+. I've been to your house!! There’s a photo of a couple I met in my very first hangout. The live half a world away, but when they came to vacation near me we met up in person. It was awesome. But I can’t even send you the link via G+ anymore. Just the horrible horrible Photos. Where they sit lonely because no one can comment, plus or anything. Just stare. I can’t look at someone’s profile to see their photos anymore either. To be honest unless they’ve been keeping up on hiding junk from highlights I haven’t been able to in a long time. I don’t care what events they’ve gone too – when I click on their (or my) photos tab I want to see the photos by that person. That’s it. Period. No more.

Now let’s talk about the UI. Is it a great redesign? I don’t know. To be honest it looks like a cross between Classic G+ and my cell phone. I get that nothing will necessarily be where I expect it, that there will be a learning curve. Like finding circles. I sincerely hope you make them more functional again. And more accessible. I get that you’re trying to blend mobile and desktop. But why? Most people I know use them in very different ways. And if it’s at a cost of removing features most people love and use daily, maybe it’s not a wise move. Everywhere I want to go, every comment I want to make, ever plus I want to press takes more steps now. Many more steps in some cases. An update or two ago a friend joked that you were in cahoots with mouse manufacturers trying to get us to wear out our mice faster. I’m starting to believe that’s true. What ever happened to elegant design? And the layout. Images are SO tiny. I have a big monitor, even so I have to zoom in my browser to 175%. And even then images and posts don’t fill the screen. While I like the stream having room to breathe, it doesn’t need half my screen’s width to do so. And speaking of filling up space why can’t I zoom in on photos anymore? And why on earth did you put the Delete button where the Close button use to be in the Lightbox view? I’ve nearly deleted my photo several times now. Why move the close button to the other side? It was happy where it was. It told me so.

What happened to the hover pop ups? Is that going away to mobile-ify the UI? I loved being able to hover over someone’s name and the circles I have them in would show up. Made it easy to rearrange. Or remember why I circled them in the first place. I could hover over someone’s name on a comment and see if I had them circled and the quick tagline about them. Gone. Now I have to click on the name, lose the conversation I was in just to see if I have them circled or to circle them. I can’t tell if they have me circled or not.

I do understand why you broke out some of the features – such as hangouts and Photos. I get that many people use them or want to use them without having a G+ account. But why remove all links to them from G+? I know how to do that on my Wordpress site- it’s easy!! Can’t you simply add a tab/button whatever that opens them up like in G+? Who wants to keep jumping from tab to tab when browsing and chatting with someone? How many missed conversations will there be because we forget to open the Hangouts app? Again – it’s the PEOPLE that keep bringing me here.

Communities. Come on. Why hide some of the most useful features in Communities? Why make the categories a drop down menu? (Again that mouse conspiracy theory rears it’s head). Just show them to me! It’s hard enough to get folks to read community rules when it’s right there in front of them. If they have to click to find it, forget it. Again. Classic Google I could simply over the category and a handy pop up menu would show up and let me move a post. Easy peasy. New one I have to click then select. Then when I’m done with one community, I have to go click on the Hamburger button. Click on Communities. Possibly tab between the ones where I’m a member or moderator (another thing that used to be on one handy screen). Then scroll and scroll and scroll to find and click again on the Community I want to view. I can’t simply click on All Communities at the top of well all my communities anymore. And no longer to I get the most commonly used communities at the top. I’m considering adding an AAAAAAAA to the name of all of the Communities I own ;)

You said you talked to users. You said you visited us in our homes. You said you listened. Honestly Adobe said the same thing about the latest Lightroom and that was a huge disaster. I hope you learned a bit from them and that’s why you’re releasing this test version. Because your biggest fans, your biggest supporters are your existing users. We LOVE G+. That’s why my stream is filled with upset people. We feel like you’ve taken our friends away from us. Remember if we didn’t like you so much we would simply leave. But we want to make G+ a success every bit as much as you do. We joined because G+ was different. It was filled with genuine people. Passionate people. Friendly people. Intelligent people. Please remember that. I'm glad you listened when people said G+ was the place for interests. It is, but more importantly it's about people with common interests.

And last but not least I have been and will continue to send feedback on specific problems. As often as I can :) ___This can't be shared too many times

2015-11-19 13:24:06 (22 comments; 0 reshares; 26 +1s)Open 

When I started on G+ back in 2011-2012 I found the support for photography compelling. I made albums, I rearranged the pictures therein, I enjoyed the process. Google has undermined all that over the last while.
When I started on G+ there were circles, I could (and did) make many of them, moved people into one or more so I could see their posts and interact with them -- you know, be social. Google has undermined all of that, never making better circle managing tools and now preparing their demise.
I no longer know what images of mine can be seen (other than the direct postings to Public) and frankly I no longer care. Google isn't supporting a platform that encourages that effort so why waste my time. I'll continue to post to the stream (such as it is) and interact with my friends here but it'll be as G+ intends and, sadly, no more than that.

When I started on G+ back in 2011-2012 I found the support for photography compelling. I made albums, I rearranged the pictures therein, I enjoyed the process. Google has undermined all that over the last while.
When I started on G+ there were circles, I could (and did) make many of them, moved people into one or more so I could see their posts and interact with them -- you know, be social. Google has undermined all of that, never making better circle managing tools and now preparing their demise.
I no longer know what images of mine can be seen (other than the direct postings to Public) and frankly I no longer care. Google isn't supporting a platform that encourages that effort so why waste my time. I'll continue to post to the stream (such as it is) and interact with my friends here but it'll be as G+ intends and, sadly, no more than that.___

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2015-11-18 16:36:32 (11 comments; 0 reshares; 17 +1s)Open 

Shoreline Triptych

part of a series of images at the interface between land and sea

Shoreline Triptych

part of a series of images at the interface between land and sea___

2015-11-18 00:57:30 (17 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s)Open 

Oh, great, the new Google+ is here with "with a redesign focused on communities of interest" -- yeah, right.

Oh, great, the new Google+ is here with "with a redesign focused on communities of interest" -- yeah, right.___

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2015-11-11 14:47:47 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 50 +1s)Open 

#wordlessonwednesday  

#wordlessonwednesday  ___

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2015-11-07 22:04:51 (11 comments; 0 reshares; 33 +1s)Open 

The B&W Project26:     Week 23/26: Stacks

Iron hoops from wooden wheels

#BWProject26 | Curated by +Tisha Montgomery +Brandon Luk +Lauri Novak +Al Chris

The B&W Project26:     Week 23/26: Stacks

Iron hoops from wooden wheels

#BWProject26 | Curated by +Tisha Montgomery +Brandon Luk +Lauri Novak +Al Chris___

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2015-11-03 01:59:05 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 24 +1s)Open 

Fecund

Fecund___

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2015-10-29 13:38:52 (8 comments; 0 reshares; 31 +1s)Open 

A small abstract from a visit to Duke Farms in New Jersey earlier this year.




#reflection   #blur  
#AbstractsinNature  +Beth Akerman 
#artistphotographeramateurorprofessional +Artist , photographer , amateur or professional curated by +jany viala +Krzysztof Felczak +Chauvin Gene +Dorma Wiggin

A small abstract from a visit to Duke Farms in New Jersey earlier this year.




#reflection   #blur  
#AbstractsinNature  +Beth Akerman 
#artistphotographeramateurorprofessional +Artist , photographer , amateur or professional curated by +jany viala +Krzysztof Felczak +Chauvin Gene +Dorma Wiggin___

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2015-10-28 14:55:04 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 37 +1s)Open 

#wordlessonwednesday  

#wordlessonwednesday  ___

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2015-10-25 15:24:59 (17 comments; 1 reshares; 35 +1s)Open 

Patience

#artistphotographeramateurorprofessional +Artist , photographer , amateur or professional curated by +jany viala +Krzysztof Felczak +Chauvin Gene +Dorma Wiggin

Patience

#artistphotographeramateurorprofessional +Artist , photographer , amateur or professional curated by +jany viala +Krzysztof Felczak +Chauvin Gene +Dorma Wiggin___

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2015-10-23 12:46:24 (16 comments; 0 reshares; 47 +1s)Open 

The Quarry

The B&W Project26

Week 22/26: Landscape

This old flooded quarry provided the textures and light for this image.

#BWProject26 | Curated by +Tisha Montgomery +Brandon Luk +Lauri Novak +Al Chris

The Quarry

The B&W Project26

Week 22/26: Landscape

This old flooded quarry provided the textures and light for this image.

#BWProject26 | Curated by +Tisha Montgomery +Brandon Luk +Lauri Novak +Al Chris___

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2015-10-21 13:31:07 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 32 +1s)Open 

#wordlessonwednesday  

#wordlessonwednesday  ___

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2015-10-18 12:50:47 (13 comments; 0 reshares; 47 +1s)Open 

The classic #seagullbutt  on a stick.

By traveling to the far corners of northeastern Maine I was able to discover a community of #seagullbutts  unsullied by exposure to the #gullarazzi . Having no fear of the black contraption I was waving about I was able to capture many images with only the occasional curious look no need for #gullintimidation  or even #gullbribery  .

Since #seagullbuttsaturday  is #notatheme  I don't think any of these people would be interested in any of these images:

+Robin Griggs Wood +18138579431840282678 +12934551097156673460 +10784099379805584044 +10720365196094415019 +09636777902042435660 +18229828410918651716 +01512816846466120723 +05804664540125819976 +12444894894322397484 +14790124739400437749 +Jon Cassill +07740336529507185680 +16843025732061565320 +02698568624233195241 +03852906297544379344 +04294083885937159989+0964... more »

The classic #seagullbutt  on a stick.

By traveling to the far corners of northeastern Maine I was able to discover a community of #seagullbutts  unsullied by exposure to the #gullarazzi . Having no fear of the black contraption I was waving about I was able to capture many images with only the occasional curious look no need for #gullintimidation  or even #gullbribery  .

Since #seagullbuttsaturday  is #notatheme  I don't think any of these people would be interested in any of these images:

+Robin Griggs Wood +18138579431840282678 +12934551097156673460 +10784099379805584044 +10720365196094415019 +09636777902042435660 +18229828410918651716 +01512816846466120723 +05804664540125819976 +12444894894322397484 +14790124739400437749 +Jon Cassill +07740336529507185680 +16843025732061565320 +02698568624233195241 +03852906297544379344 +04294083885937159989 +09644800217243995428 +17415299178197399511 +13046570385221498228 +15907986192399529711 +05142115785539660521 +09715093417189252252 +Darion Jackman +04584322313471697637 +06686106334853382709 +04445874557444760343 +14835618008913240560 +08457122133906461022 +17657888417980998852 +09327440901456378388 +05845861210914905032 +02390118349128083852 +06102969585588443618 +09935908035703002300 +14437821607569957251 +06680204118359288445 +14914014463359366438 +08012681793233188621 +09410433366120571470 +01826264211640399287 +09521381111941891125 +13425150430607953577 +15972595760629289905 +08907552935332685211 +09294555490324725530 +08442694318590324574 +05497521968987604776 +03873689396609528322 +07958599012052618167 +16059933378766100773 ___

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2015-10-17 01:24:55 (13 comments; 0 reshares; 37 +1s)Open 

Emergence

For #unsharpsaturday with +Alex Lapidus  +Julianne Bockius  +Jetski +Patrice Christian +Nadia Cantou-Pewinski ( +Unsharp Saturday v2.0 )

and, if you are that way inclined and not quite sure for whom the tentacles will reach

#AlienAbductionFriday
+Alex Lapidus
+Heiko Mahr
+Janice Hackney
+Jetski
+Alien Abduction Friday

Emergence

For #unsharpsaturday with +Alex Lapidus  +Julianne Bockius  +Jetski +Patrice Christian +Nadia Cantou-Pewinski ( +Unsharp Saturday v2.0 )

and, if you are that way inclined and not quite sure for whom the tentacles will reach

#AlienAbductionFriday
+Alex Lapidus
+Heiko Mahr
+Janice Hackney
+Jetski
+Alien Abduction Friday___

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2015-10-14 14:12:10 (23 comments; 0 reshares; 26 +1s)Open 

The hardship of camping in Maine.

We spent most of this last trip in eastern Maine (in the Machias/Lubec/Harrington area) which is a favourite location for us. Forcing ourselves to eat local was a real hardship ;)

The hardship of camping in Maine.

We spent most of this last trip in eastern Maine (in the Machias/Lubec/Harrington area) which is a favourite location for us. Forcing ourselves to eat local was a real hardship ;)___

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2015-10-14 13:29:14 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 25 +1s)Open 

#wordlessonwednesday  

#wordlessonwednesday  ___

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2015-10-13 12:34:35 (12 comments; 0 reshares; 54 +1s)Open 

Sunrise

Sunrise___

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2015-10-11 12:45:26 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 29 +1s)Open 

Waterline

Starting a new series: at the interface between land and sea

Waterline

Starting a new series: at the interface between land and sea___

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2015-10-09 17:48:51 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 23 +1s)Open 

Leo loves his trips to the beach; he loves to run and chase the waves, swimming for sticks or toys and just playing hard for the joy of it.

#FidoFriday (+Fido Friday) curated by +mel peifer, +Lisa Lisa, +Suhaib Ayaz, and +Wes Lum.

Leo loves his trips to the beach; he loves to run and chase the waves, swimming for sticks or toys and just playing hard for the joy of it.

#FidoFriday (+Fido Friday) curated by +mel peifer, +Lisa Lisa, +Suhaib Ayaz, and +Wes Lum.___

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2015-10-09 12:53:19 (13 comments; 0 reshares; 37 +1s)Open 

#BWProject26   Week21/26: Decay

Curated by +Tisha Montgomery +Brandon Luk +Lauri Novak +Al Chris 

Yes, I know I'm way! behind but I thought I'd jump back in and pretend no one will notice -- shhhh :)

#BWProject26   Week21/26: Decay

Curated by +Tisha Montgomery +Brandon Luk +Lauri Novak +Al Chris 

Yes, I know I'm way! behind but I thought I'd jump back in and pretend no one will notice -- shhhh :)___

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2015-10-08 22:23:48 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

Two more shots from the summit area of Mt. Washington. They say on a clear day you can see over 120 miles.
In the second image you can see part of the Appalachian Trail with some hikers.

Two more shots from the summit area of Mt. Washington. They say on a clear day you can see over 120 miles.
In the second image you can see part of the Appalachian Trail with some hikers.___

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