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Denise Wakeman15,325*How to grow an active, engaged following on Google Plus - An introduction to Circloscope* As Google+ matures and you begin to add people to your Circles, it can quickly become overwhelming and unwieldy. The biggest challenge  though, is finding the RIGHT people in your niche to connect and engage with for your business. I recently started using Circloscope to manage my Circles and find the best people (for me) to engage with. As an HOA host I find it especially helpful. That's why I've invited  @117778937939543425499, co-founder of Circloscope to hop on a hangout and share with you best practices for managing your Circles.  Christine will also introduce you to Circloscope, a powerful circle management tool that can help you grow an active, engaged following on Google Plus.  *In this hanginar you will learn:* ❂ Tips and best practices for managing your circles on Google Plus. ❂ How to use Circloscope to connect with the people engaging with and sharing content in your niche. ❂ Why you need to clean up and add new people to your circles on a regular basis. ❂ That is doesn't take nearly as many followers as you think to take your engagement to a whole new level! *About Christine DeGraff* Christine DeGraff is an entrepreneur w/17 yrs experience in web development, SEO and Internet marketing. Christine is a co-founder of Circloscope.com, a circle management tool to help users manage and grow their circles on Google Plus. Christine's Google+ profile is  ranked among the Top 200 US women by CircleCount.com and she consistently ranks in the Top 50 most popular women in the US based on engagement.  If you haven't added @117778937939543425499 to your Circle's yet, she's definitely one to include! *RSVP "YES" or "MAYBE" to create a place holder so you can a reminder notification and catch us live or watch the replay at your convenience!* #circloscope   #circlemanagement   #ChristineDeGraff   #DeniseWakeman  How to grow an active, engaged following on Google Plus - An introduction to Circloscope2014-09-18 20:00:0068  
The Drink and Click Show312Join us this Wednesday night when our special guest will be @111166628430361488384, maker of all manner of wonderful imagery, most known for his amazing macros and often referred to as "The Snowflake Guy." :)  Hosts @107430862196617669986 and @102476152658204495450 will be welcoming him along with panelists @116166930518893390711 & @110105384020219882756. We'll see what everyone's been up to, see some great images, and also find out who won last month's "Black and White Portraits" Challenge sponsored by @100266938567862344330, @115144405488496176221, and Pan Am Brands http://panam.com See all the submissions here: http://goo.gl/4RfN6a RSVP here now and then join us for the live show on Wednesday night! Remember, all of our past shows are here on the show page behind the "YouTube" Tab for later viewing if you miss out during Live Broadcast. See you all soon!  _Image courtesty of Don Komarechka, all rights reserved_ #drinkandclick   #photography   #onair  The Drink and Click™ Show, EP11 with Guest Don Komarechka2014-05-15 04:30:00121  
Drink and Click™ Philadelphia177This month’s theme is TBD, I'll update as soon as it is announced.  Join us as we actually leave the city and head to the "future passed" for a Steampunk Fantasy Faire in New Hope, PA!  There are tickets to event halls available if you are interested, but there should be plenty going on to catch your eye on the streets.  http://www.visitnewhope.com/fantasy-faire/fantasy-faire-tickets/ We will meet at the Starbucks at 4 E. Bridge Street and then go exploring.  We will relax at Triumph Brewing Co (400 Union Sq Dr) for refreshments when we’ve all decided it’s time for a break. This looks family friendly, so check out the web page, you might be able to make it an outing for all.   If you are car-less in the city and need a ride or have a car and are willing to take a few people with you, drop a line in the comments. ___ Drink and Click™ does not require or encourage drinking alcohol. We are a social photowalking organization. People can join us and drink water if they want. We have many members that don’t drink alcohol and they still have a lot of fun with us. We are not responsible for any injuries to self or others, damage or loss of belongings, or incidents of any sort while meeting. Each attendee is responsible for their own actions while they are with at a Drink and Click™ Event. Our organization strongly discourages drinking and driving. If any Drink and Click™ attendee has consumed alcoholic beverages, we urge them to take a cab or ride with a designated driver. We want to see you all at future Events!Drink & Click Philly does...*Steampunk* for April2014-04-05 14:00:0016  
Trey Ratcliff8,422,503Going Live now! :)  We'll answer questions all about www.TheArcanum.com This Week in Photo! All about TheArcanum.com2013-12-04 01:59:35175  
Google+10,417,226The Google+ team will be sharing a few updates. RSVP to this event to watch the broadcast live.A Morning with Google+2013-10-29 17:30:0033855  
matthew rappaport218,889+Hangout Conversations w/ +matthew rappaport is excited to have a FUN, Funny, Semi Educational Roundtable Conversation with some #awesomesauce  Photographers I've met here on +Google+ including +Lotus Carroll +Michael Bonocore +Mark Rodriguez and +Scott Detweiler ! We will chat, cheers, show work and talk some style/craft but focus on the best stuff which is going on photowalks all over the world and meeting other Photographers = Making the EPIC +H.I.R.L. memories! Take off your lens cap and make sure your FLASH is on because we're gonna have a good time ..on this night! If you have any questions about anything related to my guests, photography, photowalks, +SmugMug , #selfies , art, rock, film, style, love, how to pose, how not to pose or other, BRING EM with you! Recent Episode Clips: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Ljwh5TFmBY http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TlcKSQAPSc&feature=c4-overview&list=UU2GK4NpAYZDhcma_yid3MvQ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBjpWkdBAgEHangout Conversations w/Matt Rappaport : Photographer Fun Roundtable2013-10-11 02:30:0047  
Ron Clifford2,860,637*Did you hear???* _Websters included the word *SELFY* in the dictionary_ Oh yes they did!!! I think this weeks guest is solely responsible for that!  Mark is going to walk us through one of his recent creations as well as talk to us about doing the  Movie Mashup Theme day on G+ @110573952887886961621  is a graphic designer and visual artist that blurs the lines between photography and reality with his outrageous self portraits and his movie mashup posters. you never know what he will throw at you next in the way of his visual art  The show will stream live right on this event at showtime YouTube Channel where it will be live and recorded  http://bit.ly/14h2GsZ Live interactive chatroom  http://bit.ly/14h1Ts2The Photoshop Show - with guest Mark Rodriguez2013-09-04 03:00:00206  
PhotographyTalk1,399,259@108564774959534277266 and @102896095115449876392 learn all about lifestyle photography with @117860386411463323543 (http://www.jasminestarblog.com)Photography Talk with Jasmine Star2013-07-31 00:00:0021  
SmugMug46,319Dear SmugMug Photographer, In seven days, on Tuesday, July 30th at 10:30 a.m. PDT, we're unveiling the new SmugMug. We will be streaming our announcement live and direct from our headquarters in Mountain View, California. Join us for a 30-minute webcast with our CEO and Chief Geek, @116570889542655364711. See the new look, catch a live demo, and be a part of the biggest launch since SmugMug started in 2002. We’re so grateful you found us. Thank you for entrusting us through the years with your priceless photos. We consider you part of our family and can’t wait to show you what we’ve been working on. We think you’re gonna love it. Please tune into our UStream channel on July 30th at 10:30AM PST to view the announcement! http://www.ustream.tv/smugmug @114957514313448364645 & @116570889542655364711  Founders, photographers, regular guysUnveiling The New SmugMug2013-07-30 19:30:00290  
PhotographyTalk1,399,259+Jane Ellen and +Alex Schult chat with innovative photographer +Jay P. Morgan (http://theslantedlens.com/about).Photography Talk with Jay P. Morgan2013-07-18 19:00:0059  
Yifat Cohen77,792*You really have to experience it to believe it. I know I did.* Ponder this for a minute - *IF* there's a hidden block that's stopping you from living the life you know you can live, *how do you discover it?*  If it's hidden - how do you even know it's there? You don't.  So how do you get rid of it and move on to bigger and better things? *You join our Hangout this Thur. and experience it for yourself.* Hangout will be live here: http://www.gplusgotogal.com/2568/live-hoa/how-to-get-unstuck-with-the-genki-masters/ --------------- #hoa   #hangoutsonair   #livehoa   #gplusgotogal   #selfgrowth   #spirituality   #therapy   #tapping   #meditation   #makemoney  No Fluff, Just Real Results.2013-07-18 18:00:0050  
Heidi Anne Morris64,537Take 2 - REPUBLISHED DUE TO G+ errors. *PLEASE spread out your posts, try not to post one after the other please* :))  *Calling all DOG owners!* Once again I'm Looking forward to seeing your dog photos! Invite your friends! Have fun ♥ *The FOURTH  "Day of the Dogs" Event on Google Plus is Sunday 14th July 2013 opening 9am GMT ish!!!* A selections of previous event photos here...  http://goo.gl/VFr8j You are cordially invited to post your canine images & links to your website, along side you photos, if you have one. _scroll down for all the details_ *- please only post your own images* *_event is open for OVER 24hrs starting  - Sunday 14th July  - (9AM ish GMT)_* You won't be able to add your photos until the Event opens :)   ♥♥♥ You migth also like some of my favourite "doggie" pages and themes here on Google Plus ... +The G+ DogPark +The Good Dog Guide +DOG LOVERS Worldwide +We Love Dogs! +Fido Friday +Lost Dogs +Life With Dogs  +Dogs Trust +RSPCA  THE DAY OF THE "DOGS" ON GOOGLE PLUS (Sunday 14th July 2013 issue)2013-07-14 07:30:5679  
Google Plus Week TV Show484Google Senior Vice President +Vic Gundotra will be joining me to answer your questions (and ours) in a live Google+ Hangout on Air Wednesday at noon Eastern, 9 am Pacific.  Joining us will be +Allen Firstenberg from Google Plus Week and +Nate Swanner from +Android Authority and Our Android Week. Here's last year's interview:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6bAS2Mk2z8 Here is this year's interview, with *your* questions: https://plus.google.com/u/0/hangouts/onair/watch?hid=AP36tYfZ5sy09OFmHtjpQtjO0M5MihMiGc3Y15Yq4aw3Gv8wgnW037-VCsxr2yEk4DfogfE&ytl=KCOLVcznEOQ&hl=enLIVE: Vic Gundotra Answers Your Questions2013-07-03 18:00:00297  
Sheila B. DuBois46,816+HEATHER FAY  has graciously agreed to let me  talk to her about how Google Plus  has enriched her life .  She will be singing a couple of Songs. (that is a must) :)    She  is amazing!   July 2 ,2013         It is  3:00 pm pacific. 4:00 pm Mountain. 5:00 pm Central. and 6:00 pm Eastern time.  Feel free to invite your friends.  Those who say they are attending I will add to the invite circle. Invites will start a  half hour early/Interview with Heather Fay2013-07-03 00:00:0051  
Yifat Cohen77,792*HOW TO PROMOTE YOUR HANGOUT ONCE IT'S OVER* _This is a public hangout. Feel free to invite your peers._ Hangouts are the new shiny objects, aren't they? Everyone's is (finally) jumping on the bandwidth of Hangouts OnAir and records away. The big question still remains -  *What do you do with that video once it's on YouTube?* To answer that question I bring you the one and only +James Wedmore! James is an Online and Video marketing strategist, author, speaker and coach AND the founder of Video Traffic Academy which teaches powerful techniques for turning YouTube Video Traffic into highly qualified customers. He is also the creator of 6 Figure Outsourcing Secrets which gives marketers a tool to get success from any online training course.  *IN THIS HANGOUT YOU'LL LEARN HOW TO*  - Get MORE YouTube Subscribers  - Market with YouTube - Tips and Tricks and best of all: - Get face to face with the one and only James Wedmore so you can ask him anything YOU want to know about YouTube marketing. ------------ #youtubemarketing   #gplusgotogal   #unscripted   #livehoa   #videomarketing   #videomarketingtips   #jameswedmore   #youtube   #hangoutsonair   #youtubetips   #viralvideomarketing  Transform Your Business with -hangouts- Video.2013-06-27 19:00:0076  
Drink and Click™ Philadelphia177Drink and Click™ June's Challenge - Red  - Philly's line up 1) Meet up at The City Tap House - 39th and Walnut Street http://www.citytaphouse.com/ LIKE their FB page! https://www.facebook.com/CityTapHouse?fref=ts 2) Explore University City for RED 3) End at Local 44 - 4333 Spruce Street  (Corner of 44th + Spruce)  http://www.local44beerbar.com/upcomingevents.htm The event will be documented every time we move locations by +Stacey Heritage  or +Allan Cabrera . ***Please feel free to invite anyone in the area that would enjoy this event.*** ******************************************************************** The plan is to meet at a bar have a few drinks and get to know each other (if we haven't met already).  Then we can walk around the neighborhood and try to get some kick@ss shots, in the evening light.  Once the sun goes down go back to original bar or a different bar. Clicking the whole time with the monthly chapter challenge iin mind.  ******************************************************************** IMPORTANT INFORMATION: - We love our sponsors. This month's sponsors are +SmugMug   , +Rocky Nook   and +Think Tank Photo   .  Create a post on your stream and give them some love. They deserve it =) Also go circle them and Rocky Nook at their FB page www.facebook.com/rockynookinc ***EVENT CHALLENGE INFORMATION - Please see the event page for this month for more information regarding the challenge, prizes and rules. https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/c42ig2s6j41ncqidlvkfu176h4o   - Circle Drink and Click’s Google + Page at http://goo.gl/AmgV6 and LIKE our FB page at http://goo.gl/2lsCE - Join our Drink and Click community here in Google+http://tinyurl.com/bjhpq27 *****Drink and Click TM does not encourage drinking. You can join us and drink water if you want. We have many members which don’t drink alcohol and they still have a lot of fun with us.We are not responsible for any injury or incidents while meeting. You are responsible for your actions while you are with us. This is just the same as going to a bar with friends. Our organization does not encourage drinking and driving. If you had too much to drink please take a cab or bring a designated driver. *******Philly Drink and Click gets educated in University City2013-06-25 16:00:0031  
SmugMug46,319Have you ever wondered how to get your photos picked up by ad agencies? How does a photographer get their foot in the door? These are questions many of us have thought about before, since photography (and ads) are everywhere we look. Well, SmugMug Pro @114056084994793924628 helped answer some of those question during a recent SmugMug podcast (bit.ly/ZsDwsb). But, we found, that the interest in this subject is off the charts, and the follow up questions for Alan have been coming in fast and furious. So Alan has volunteered to spend an hour answering nothing but your questions in a live, On Air Google Hangout!  _Join SmugMug's Rocky Bowels and Michael Bonocore as they ask your questions to Alan Tuesday, June 11th at 9:00PM EST._ Have a question you would like us to ask Alan? Simply add it as a comment here, on this event. Alan will also do his best to respond to any questions we do not ask during the broadcast, right here in the Google+ event. So make sure to RSVP, and post your best question for Alan. We will even be giving away a year of SmugMug Portfolio to one lucky person who asks a question before the end of the live hangout.  And yes, this will be recorded to view on our YouTube channel.  #Photography #Advertising #Commercial #SmugMug #SmugMugProWhat Ad Agencies Want From You - Interested in Fashion or Commercial Photography?2013-06-12 03:00:0076  
Yifat Cohen77,792*How to tell the story of the good work you do in ways that build your business.* _This is a Public Hangout. feel free to invite your friends._ The role of *purposeful storytelling* is to unlock people's emotions so they can connect to your story and brand. *JOIN +Simon Mainwaring AND +Yifat Cohen FOR AN INTERACTIVE HANGOUT ON AIR*  Simon Mainwaring is a Fortune 50 consultant and New York Times bestselling author of +We First  (voted Best Marketing Book of 2012 by strategy+business) joins us in an interactive OnAir Hangout to explains how the most successful brands in the world are using social media to accelerate their brand awareness, profits and positive social impact.  *IN THIS HANGOUT...* You’ll learn how to tell a unique brand story that sets you apart from competitors and brings in new, loyal customers. You’ll learn how to use social media to inspire existing customers to buy and promote your brand. You’ll discover the proven digital, social and mobile marketing techniques that rapidly grow your reputation, profits and impact. http://goo.gl/OXPb4How To Use Social Media to Build Your Community.2013-05-23 18:00:0090  
Drink and Click™ Philadelphia177Kicking off the first official Philly Drink and Click Event on South Street!  Here is the line up: 1) Meet at at Tattooed Mom's,  530 South Street http://tattooedmomphilly.com/. 2) Independence Hall 3) South Street Pier 4) Paddywacks, 150 South Street http://www.paddywhackspub.com/2nd/homepage.php The event will be documented every time we move locations by +Stacey Heritage  or +Allan Cabrera . See ya next Saturday! Please feel free to invite anyone in the area that would enjoy this event. ******************************************************************************************** The plan is to meet at a bar have a few drinks and get to know each other (if we haven't met already).  Then we can walk around the neighborhood and try to get some kick@ss shots with Leading Lines in mind, in the evening light.  Once the sun goes down go back to original bar or a different bar. ******************************************************************************************** This month’s chapter wide challenge is “Leading Lines” IMPORTANT INFORMATION: To be eligible for this month’s Drink and Click ™ challenge attendees need do the following: (If you win a prize and your stream does not show you completed the sponsor mention your prize will be forfeited) - We love our sponsors. This month we have +Think Tank Photo  , +Gary Fong Flash Diffusers  and +Trey Ratcliff   +Stuck In Customs .  Create a post on your stream and give them some love. They deserve it =) - Circle Drink and Click’s Google + Page at http://goo.gl/AmgV6 and like our FB page at http://goo.gl/2lsCE - Join our Drink and Click community here in Google+http://tinyurl.com/bjhpq27 *******Drink and Click TM does not encourage drinking. You can join us and drink water if you want. We have many members which don’t drink alcohol and they still have a lot of fun with us.We are not responsible for any injury or incidents while meeting. You are responsible for your actions while you are with us. This is just the same as going to a bar with friends. Our organization does not encourage drinking and driving. If you had too much to drink please take a cab or bring a designated driver. **********Philly starts it off on South Street looking for Leading Lines2013-05-11 16:00:009  
Drink and Click NYC529(photo cred @102098441993552391967 ) We are going to have an Drink and Click NYC event THIS SATURDAY. Figure we can shoot around the staten island ferry, the "charging bull" and around the battery park area. we are going to switch things up a bit this time though and meet at a bar (blarney stone) FIRST. (booya).  we will try to get together a little while before sunset so we can get some drinks and then head out shooting.  its been a while since weve had an official D+C event so lets try to make this a good one. the weather is supposed to be in the mid to upper 40s so it should be a decent day.  lets all try to make it out to this one. invite some friends/connections that havent been to an event before.  @107622652992550584661 @111352744056678033869 @100977573903335334434 @113198401790339638650 @111104197639247470898 @103863358002402822590 @109613356046265833033 @112550765490509969966 @102767271264631421114 @117009886930068964404 @112516512312962070044 @114242552432938641752 @115807723984369772514 @106478996597121286809 @111514876659997758230 @114931036562399719579 @104102743248207705784 @101581621743538145504 @103967125493066123087 @108746713310478380877 @103594918218453415029 @113454186380628969589 @102406418598992189071 @116117774051784876387 @117861338670157326726 @110115097224285661710 @105272327605733068897 @100011172726731573630 @108719588316767449029 Drink and Click NYC March Event2013-03-23 22:30:0020  
Henry A. Otero (Hanko9)131,174*#Spartacus : War Of The Damned* Gaius Claudius Glaber is dead. Many months have passed since his defeat, and the rebel army, led by Spartacus and his generals Crixus, Gannicus and Agron, continue to amass victories over Rome. With the rebel numbers swelling to thousands of freed slaves, it has become a force that has started to challenge even the mighty armies of Rome. Spartacus is more determined than ever to bring down the entire Roman Republic. Following the death of Ashur, Naevia and Crixus fight as one with newfound strength and determination. And Gannicus, always seeking to embrace life to the fullest, shares his bed with the beautiful and dangerous Saxa. Together, the rebels engage in one bloody skirmish after another and prepare for the inevitable: a full out war with Rome. The Roman Senate turns to its wealthiest citizen, Marcus Crassus, for aid. A powerful, strategic politician, he respects his opponent and refuses to make the same mistakes Glaber and his predecessors have. With a young and fiercely competitive Julius Caesar as an ally, Crassus is determined to crush Spartacus and his rebellion. The epic conclusion of a legendary journey, Spartacus: War of the Damned will unleash a battle unlike anything ever seen before.Spartacus: War of the Damned [Season Premiere]2013-01-26 03:00:00142  
Isabelle Fortin26,900Whatever your poison of choice is, I am hoping everyone can raise a glass to celebrate Mark Rodriguez's Birthday on Sunday Sept. 23rd. Mark will be away on a trip in wine country so I thought we could all post a photo raising a glass and toasting one of the best people on G+ Cheers !! Raise your Glass to International Godriguez Day ! Happy Birthday Mark :)2012-09-23 05:30:00145  
Anna Lowry30,337Let's start at Local 16 (if it's nice out, plan on meeting on the rooftop) and then we can work our way down the U st corridor.  Remember, any type of camera will do and all are welcome. Come on DC, let's get the internet social by way of drinking and clicking.  Please share the event with your circles as you might have people that haven't made it into mine. And be sure to circle the page https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/112097746219931978398/112097746219931978398/posts See you guys soon!  Also, there is going to be a Photo Challenge for the month of September for all of the Drink and Click groups.  Here are the details: The September challenge is Reflections. Look around, more things reflect that you really care to notice when you are walking around. Water, Chrome, Mirrors, sunglasses, etc. You need some inspiration? here are some images to get you started with ideas http://digital-photography-school.com/27-resplendent-reflections-images-to-inspire-you Challenge Rules: -Images must be taken on a Drink and Click ™ event during the month of September.  Photos can be submitted by joining the Challenge event: https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/ccqtjh576u9vfapvhs5b5ulaim4/107430862196617669986 cc: +Juan Gonzalez and +Lotus Carroll Drink and Click DC2012-09-08 16:30:0028  
Vivienne Gucwa (travelinglens)1,794,584This 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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"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."
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I made another trip to the garden today, and observed this lovely purple tulip standing proudly all by itself. I was experimenting a little, and ended up with this happy accident, almost straight out of the camera. I couldn't believe the vivid colors and beautifully smooth bokeh. While I didn't nail the focus exactly the way I wanted, I kind of liked the dreamy mood, so I decided to keep it.




+Moody Monday curated by +Philip Daly +Annelies Jansen #moodymondayphoto 
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"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."
~ Eleanor Roosevelt




I made another trip to the garden today, and observed this lovely purple tulip standing proudly all by itself. I was experimenting a little, and ended up with this happy accident, almost straight out of the camera. I couldn't believe the vivid colors and beautifully smooth bokeh. While I didn't nail the focus exactly the way I wanted, I kind of liked the dreamy mood, so I decided to keep it.




+Moody Monday curated by +Philip Daly +Annelies Jansen #moodymondayphoto 
+PurpleCircle curated by +Lynn Langmade +Sinead Sam McKeown +Craig Szymanski +Alexis Coram #PurpleCircle 
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2015-05-04 20:33:06 (39 comments, 65 reshares, 587 +1s)Open 

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."
~ Eleanor Roosevelt




I made another trip to the garden today, and observed this lovely purple tulip standing proudly all by itself. I was experimenting a little, and ended up with this happy accident, almost straight out of the camera. I couldn't believe the vivid colors and beautifully smooth bokeh. While I didn't nail the focus exactly the way I wanted, I kind of liked the dreamy mood, so I decided to keep it.




+Moody Monday curated by +Philip Daly +Annelies Jansen #moodymondayphoto 
+PurpleCircle curated by +Lynn Langmade +Sinead Sam McKeown +Craig Szymanski +Alexis Coram #PurpleCircle 
+HQSP Flowers curated by +Anja Wessels +* +Melania Pierce +Kanlaya Chungsangornpornsuk +Wayne Lu +Iva Pas #hqspflowers 
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~ Bono





+FloralFriday curated by +Tamara Pruessner +Beth Akerman +Eustace James +Kiki Nelson #floralfriday 
+HQSP Flowers curated by +Anja Wessels +kaatje jansen +Melania Pierce +Kanlaya Chungsangornpornsuk +Wayne Lu +Iva Pas #hqspflowers 
+HQSP Monochrome curated by +Anja Wessels +Luis Vivanco S. +Оксана Крысюкова +Howard Salmon +tri rini nuringtyas +Giuseppe Petruzzella +Jean-Philippe Jouve #hqspmonochrome 
+Poppy Pics curated by +Rosie Nixon #poppypics 

"To be one, to be united is a great thing. But to respect the right to be different is maybe even greater."
~ Bono





+FloralFriday curated by +Tamara Pruessner +Beth Akerman +Eustace James +Kiki Nelson #floralfriday 
+HQSP Flowers curated by +Anja Wessels +kaatje jansen +Melania Pierce +Kanlaya Chungsangornpornsuk +Wayne Lu +Iva Pas #hqspflowers 
+HQSP Monochrome curated by +Anja Wessels +Luis Vivanco S. +Оксана Крысюкова +Howard Salmon +tri rini nuringtyas +Giuseppe Petruzzella +Jean-Philippe Jouve #hqspmonochrome 
+Poppy Pics curated by +Rosie Nixon #poppypics ___

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2015-06-22 15:33:58 (7 comments, 2 reshares, 47 +1s)Open 

"Fashion is about dressing according to what's fashionable. Style is more about being yourself."
~ Oscar de la Renta





+Shoes Monday curated by +Laura Harding +Olga Kafka +Carmen Schmidt +Mee Ming Wong +Erwin Vindl +Ananda Sim +Thomas Andersen #ShoesMonday 
+Everything Green curated by +andi rivarola #everythinggreen 
+All Things Green curated by +Cicely Robin Laing #AllThingsGreen 

"Fashion is about dressing according to what's fashionable. Style is more about being yourself."
~ Oscar de la Renta





+Shoes Monday curated by +Laura Harding +Olga Kafka +Carmen Schmidt +Mee Ming Wong +Erwin Vindl +Ananda Sim +Thomas Andersen #ShoesMonday 
+Everything Green curated by +andi rivarola #everythinggreen 
+All Things Green curated by +Cicely Robin Laing #AllThingsGreen ___

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2015-06-17 13:36:12 (12 comments, 2 reshares, 85 +1s)Open 

#WordlessOnWednesday  

#WordlessOnWednesday  ___

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2015-06-12 14:55:28 (17 comments, 7 reshares, 87 +1s)Open 

"Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success."
~ Henry Ford





#FridaysAreBokehlicious  so if you like #Bokeh  then click through these hashtags to see other #BokehPhotography  from fellow enthusiast #bokeholics  like +Paul Moody +Leo Deegan +Dave Besbris  +Robin Griggs Wood +Wendy Chase +Angie Smith +Wesly Smith +Kathleen Kent +Elizabeth Hahn +Sean McLean +Dawn Siadatan +Michael B. Stuart +Marie CADORET +Lauri Novak +Michael Hatten and many more.

+FloralFriday curated by +Tamara Pruessner +Beth Akerman +Eustace James +Kiki Nelson #floralfriday 
+ColorsOnFriday curated by +Karsten Meyer +Britta Rogge #ColorsOnFriday 
+HQSP Flowers curated by +Anja Wessels +kaatje jansen +Melania Pierce +Kanlaya Chungsangornpornsuk +Wayne Lu +Iva Pas #hqspflowers 
+PromotePhotography curated b... more »

"Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success."
~ Henry Ford





#FridaysAreBokehlicious  so if you like #Bokeh  then click through these hashtags to see other #BokehPhotography  from fellow enthusiast #bokeholics  like +Paul Moody +Leo Deegan +Dave Besbris  +Robin Griggs Wood +Wendy Chase +Angie Smith +Wesly Smith +Kathleen Kent +Elizabeth Hahn +Sean McLean +Dawn Siadatan +Michael B. Stuart +Marie CADORET +Lauri Novak +Michael Hatten and many more.

+FloralFriday curated by +Tamara Pruessner +Beth Akerman +Eustace James +Kiki Nelson #floralfriday 
+ColorsOnFriday curated by +Karsten Meyer +Britta Rogge #ColorsOnFriday 
+HQSP Flowers curated by +Anja Wessels +kaatje jansen +Melania Pierce +Kanlaya Chungsangornpornsuk +Wayne Lu +Iva Pas #hqspflowers 
+Promote Photography curated by +Nikola Nikolski +Naghmeh Khadembashi +Milena Ilieva +Gittan Beheydt #promotephotography ___

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2015-06-10 12:18:37 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

#WordlessOnWednesday  

#WordlessOnWednesday  ___

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2015-06-09 14:52:24 (14 comments, 5 reshares, 52 +1s)Open 

"If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away."
~ Henry David Thoreau





+PortraitTuesday curated by +Laura Balc +Tana Teel #PortraitTuesday 
+MusicMonday curated by +Nathan Lucking #MusicMonday 
+HQSP Portraits curated by +Anja Wessels +Heiko Köster +Frank Nöthe #HQSPPortraits 
+HQSP Music curated by +Bill Merrow #hqspmusic 
#drums   #drummer   #drumming   #percussion   #band   #music   #musician  

"If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away."
~ Henry David Thoreau





+PortraitTuesday curated by +Laura Balc +Tana Teel #PortraitTuesday 
+MusicMonday curated by +Nathan Lucking #MusicMonday 
+HQSP Portraits curated by +Anja Wessels +Heiko Köster +Frank Nöthe #HQSPPortraits 
+HQSP Music curated by +Bill Merrow #hqspmusic 
#drums   #drummer   #drumming   #percussion   #band   #music   #musician  ___

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2015-06-07 08:30:14 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Artists Supporting Other Artists

If you or someone you know is in a position to take advantage of this great opportunity, please do so. Ms. Boling is not only a great photographer, but a truly wonderful instructor as well. Pass it on, so maybe someone in your own Circles might benefit from something new (and beautiful) to hang on their walls.

First Time for Everything

I’ve never done a shameless self-promotion here … and I think I’ve only linked my SmugMug page once or twice here, if that.

Now … I’m actually going to ask a favor. I know most of you are photographers and have absolutely no need for prints from me. I get that. Maybe someone in your circles who doesn’t know me would like something. Please share!

Through the end of June, I have discounts:
Code GPrint20 = 20% off any purchase
Code GPrint30 = 30% off any purchase over $250

I would really like (need!) to upgrade my Adobe software to CS6. I don’t know how long they will keep selling it.

Thank you … thank you … thank you!!!___Artists Supporting Other Artists

If you or someone you know is in a position to take advantage of this great opportunity, please do so. Ms. Boling is not only a great photographer, but a truly wonderful instructor as well. Pass it on, so maybe someone in your own Circles might benefit from something new (and beautiful) to hang on their walls.

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2015-06-05 13:30:49 (14 comments, 4 reshares, 77 +1s)Open 

"We are all ordinary. We are all boring. We are all spectacular. We are all shy. We are all bold. We are all heroes. We are all helpless. It just depends on the day."
~ Brad Meltzer





#HappyFriday   #TGIF  
+FloralFriday curated by +Tamara Pruessner +Beth Akerman +Eustace James +Kiki Nelson #floralfriday 
+HQSP Flowers curated by +Anja Wessels +kaatje jansen +Melania Pierce +Kanlaya Chungsangornpornsuk +Wayne Lu +Iva Pas #hqspflowers 
+HQSP Macro curated by +Anja Wessels +Terrie Gray +Stefanie Schächtel +Igor Schevchenko +Peter Marbaise +Evi Verstraeten #hqspmacro 
+Promote Photography curated by +Nikola Nikolski +Naghmeh Khadembashi +Milena Ilieva +Gittan Beheydt #promotephotography 
#flowerphotography   #floralphotography  
#googleplusphotos   #googleplusphotographers   #lily  

"We are all ordinary. We are all boring. We are all spectacular. We are all shy. We are all bold. We are all heroes. We are all helpless. It just depends on the day."
~ Brad Meltzer





#HappyFriday   #TGIF  
+FloralFriday curated by +Tamara Pruessner +Beth Akerman +Eustace James +Kiki Nelson #floralfriday 
+HQSP Flowers curated by +Anja Wessels +kaatje jansen +Melania Pierce +Kanlaya Chungsangornpornsuk +Wayne Lu +Iva Pas #hqspflowers 
+HQSP Macro curated by +Anja Wessels +Terrie Gray +Stefanie Schächtel +Igor Schevchenko +Peter Marbaise +Evi Verstraeten #hqspmacro 
+Promote Photography curated by +Nikola Nikolski +Naghmeh Khadembashi +Milena Ilieva +Gittan Beheydt #promotephotography 
#flowerphotography   #floralphotography  
#googleplusphotos   #googleplusphotographers   #lily  ___

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2015-06-03 15:59:42 (10 comments, 1 reshares, 53 +1s)Open 

#WordlessOnWednesday   #WordlessWednesday  

#WordlessOnWednesday   #WordlessWednesday  ___

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2015-05-30 11:42:23 (12 comments, 5 reshares, 64 +1s)Open 

"Don't be dismayed by good-byes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again. And meeting again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends."
~ Richard Bach



I remember reading somewhere that this was the final week of #TulipSaturday  so I wanted to make sure and get my entry up before heading out for a full day of shooting. I'll be out in New Jersey shooting a music festival, and won't be able to reply to comments until I return home this evening. This seasonal theme of #TulipsPhotography  is brought to you by the wonderful curation talents of +Measie Elizabeth, +Marilyn Benham and +Eustace James. If you enjoy #tulips  as much as they do, feel free to click through these hashtags and check out the work of all the other contributors.



#crazyabouttulips   #flowerphotography   #floralphotography    <... more »

"Don't be dismayed by good-byes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again. And meeting again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends."
~ Richard Bach



I remember reading somewhere that this was the final week of #TulipSaturday  so I wanted to make sure and get my entry up before heading out for a full day of shooting. I'll be out in New Jersey shooting a music festival, and won't be able to reply to comments until I return home this evening. This seasonal theme of #TulipsPhotography  is brought to you by the wonderful curation talents of +Measie Elizabeth, +Marilyn Benham and +Eustace James. If you enjoy #tulips  as much as they do, feel free to click through these hashtags and check out the work of all the other contributors.



#crazyabouttulips   #flowerphotography   #floralphotography     
+HQSP Flowers curated by +Anja Wessels +kaatje jansen +Melania Pierce +Kanlaya Chungsangornpornsuk +Wayne Lu +Iva Pas #hqspflowers 
+PurpleCircle curated by +Lynn Langmade +Sinead Sam McKeown +Craig Szymanski +Alexis Coram #PurpleCircle ___

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2015-05-29 17:02:05 (19 comments, 7 reshares, 188 +1s)Open 

Tulip Having A Bad Hair Day





+ColorsOnFriday curated by +Karsten Meyer +Britta Rogge #ColorsOnFriday 
+FloralFriday curated by +Tamara Pruessner +Beth Akerman +Eustace James +Kiki Nelson #floralfriday 
+HQSP Flowers curated by +Anja Wessels +kaatje jansen +Melania Pierce +Kanlaya Chungsangornpornsuk +Wayne Lu +Iva Pas #hqspflowers #tulips   #tulipsphotography   #flowers   #flowerphotography  
#FridaysAreBokehlicious   #Bokeh   #Bokeholics  +Leo Deegan +Paul Moody +Robin Griggs Wood +paula contreras +Kathleen Kent +Wesly Smith +Angie Smith +Elizabeth Hahn +Michael B. Stuart +Sean McLean +Wendy Chase 

Tulip Having A Bad Hair Day





+ColorsOnFriday curated by +Karsten Meyer +Britta Rogge #ColorsOnFriday 
+FloralFriday curated by +Tamara Pruessner +Beth Akerman +Eustace James +Kiki Nelson #floralfriday 
+HQSP Flowers curated by +Anja Wessels +kaatje jansen +Melania Pierce +Kanlaya Chungsangornpornsuk +Wayne Lu +Iva Pas #hqspflowers #tulips   #tulipsphotography   #flowers   #flowerphotography  
#FridaysAreBokehlicious   #Bokeh   #Bokeholics  +Leo Deegan +Paul Moody +Robin Griggs Wood +paula contreras +Kathleen Kent +Wesly Smith +Angie Smith +Elizabeth Hahn +Michael B. Stuart +Sean McLean +Wendy Chase ___

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2015-05-27 13:32:52 (12 comments, 1 reshares, 65 +1s)Open 

#WordlessOnWednesday  

#WordlessOnWednesday  ___

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2015-05-23 16:00:28 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 48 +1s)Open 

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND 2015

As we get ready to attend pool openings and BBQ picnics, let us take a moment to remember the loved ones whose lives were lost defending our freedoms. I went to a parade this morning where there were men and women of the Armed Forces marching with pride, veterans of many previous engagements that still honor the uniform through service to their communities. Although I live in a very small town, the streets were lined with flags, at least one in every yard along the main road. So please join me in taking a moment to appreciate the great sacrifices made by those heroic veterans.

#america   #americanflag   #patriotic   #memorialday   #memorialdayweekend   #honor   #veterans   #military   #happymemorialday   #mdw   #neverforget   #army   #navy   #airforce   #marines   #servicemembers  

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND 2015

As we get ready to attend pool openings and BBQ picnics, let us take a moment to remember the loved ones whose lives were lost defending our freedoms. I went to a parade this morning where there were men and women of the Armed Forces marching with pride, veterans of many previous engagements that still honor the uniform through service to their communities. Although I live in a very small town, the streets were lined with flags, at least one in every yard along the main road. So please join me in taking a moment to appreciate the great sacrifices made by those heroic veterans.

#america   #americanflag   #patriotic   #memorialday   #memorialdayweekend   #honor   #veterans   #military   #happymemorialday   #mdw   #neverforget   #army   #navy   #airforce   #marines   #servicemembers  ___

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2015-05-20 11:41:44 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 47 +1s)Open 

#WordlessOnWednesday  

#WordlessOnWednesday  ___

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2015-05-15 17:17:57 (16 comments, 6 reshares, 65 +1s)Open 

"The supreme accomplishment is to blur the line between work and play."
~ Arnold J. Toynbee


I thought about calling this image "Poppies by Moonlight", but then I'd have to confess that this was shot in the middle of the afternoon under full sun. And those big, beautiful balls of #bokeh  are from ripples on the fountain in the background. It was quite a bit of trial and error, getting the exposure right, but allowing for a bit of mood as well. It's definitely not as sharp as I'd normally prefer, but at the moment I'm auditing a course on "intentional blur", and as such have been experimenting with a variety of shutter speeds and other camera settings to achieve a different artistic expression. In my experience, sometimes there are a lot of happy accidents when you're playing around, trying to get the feel of a new technique. So... more »

"The supreme accomplishment is to blur the line between work and play."
~ Arnold J. Toynbee


I thought about calling this image "Poppies by Moonlight", but then I'd have to confess that this was shot in the middle of the afternoon under full sun. And those big, beautiful balls of #bokeh  are from ripples on the fountain in the background. It was quite a bit of trial and error, getting the exposure right, but allowing for a bit of mood as well. It's definitely not as sharp as I'd normally prefer, but at the moment I'm auditing a course on "intentional blur", and as such have been experimenting with a variety of shutter speeds and other camera settings to achieve a different artistic expression. In my experience, sometimes there are a lot of happy accidents when you're playing around, trying to get the feel of a new technique. So I figured it couldn't hurt to share a few of these along the way, so you can observe my journey into unknown territory...

For those of you that love #bokehphotography  as much as I do, you already know I'm in good company with the other #bokeholics  like +Leo Deegan +Paul Moody +Robin Griggs Wood +paula contreras +Kathleen Kent +Wesly Smith +Angie Smith and many more.

Last but not least, when speaking of experimentation there is no better teacher than +Alan Shapiro who advises taking risks and going all out to "make big glorious mistakes." After all, this is how we learn and grow, and also develop our own unique styles. So in the spirit of honoring those who encourage boldly embracing your inner artist, please join me in wishing +Alan Shapiro a very Happy Birthday today. 


+FloralFriday curated by +Tamara Pruessner +Beth Akerman +Eustace James +Kiki Nelson #floralfriday 
+HQSP Flowers curated by +Anja Wessels +kaatje jansen +Melania Pierce +Kanlaya Chungsangornpornsuk +Wayne Lu +Iva Pas #hqspflowers 
+Poppy Pics curated by +Rosie Nixon #poppypics ___

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2015-05-13 22:02:36 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 55 +1s)Open 

#WordlessOnWednesday  

#WordlessOnWednesday  ___

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2015-05-06 15:28:44 (7 comments, 4 reshares, 71 +1s)Open 

#WordlessOnWednesday  

#WordlessOnWednesday  ___

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2015-05-05 20:34:17 (11 comments, 2 reshares, 45 +1s)Open 

"The most difficult thing for me is a portrait. You have to try and put your camera between the skin of a person and their shirt."
~ Henri Cartier-Bresson





+PortraitTuesday curated by +Laura Balc +Tana Teel #PortraitTuesday 
+HQSP Portraits curated by +Anja Wessels +Heiko Köster +Frank Nöthe #HQSPPortraits 
#model   #modeling   #modelphotography   #glamour   #googleplusphotos   #googleplusphotographers  

"The most difficult thing for me is a portrait. You have to try and put your camera between the skin of a person and their shirt."
~ Henri Cartier-Bresson





+PortraitTuesday curated by +Laura Balc +Tana Teel #PortraitTuesday 
+HQSP Portraits curated by +Anja Wessels +Heiko Köster +Frank Nöthe #HQSPPortraits 
#model   #modeling   #modelphotography   #glamour   #googleplusphotos   #googleplusphotographers  ___

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2015-05-04 20:33:06 (39 comments, 65 reshares, 587 +1s)Open 

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."
~ Eleanor Roosevelt




I made another trip to the garden today, and observed this lovely purple tulip standing proudly all by itself. I was experimenting a little, and ended up with this happy accident, almost straight out of the camera. I couldn't believe the vivid colors and beautifully smooth bokeh. While I didn't nail the focus exactly the way I wanted, I kind of liked the dreamy mood, so I decided to keep it.




+Moody Monday curated by +Philip Daly +Annelies Jansen #moodymondayphoto 
+PurpleCircle curated by +Lynn Langmade +Sinead Sam McKeown +Craig Szymanski +Alexis Coram #PurpleCircle 
+HQSP Flowers curated by +Anja Wessels +* +Melania Pierce +Kanlaya Chungsangornpornsuk +Wayne Lu +Iva Pas #hqspflowers 
+FLOWER POWER curated by+E... more »

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."
~ Eleanor Roosevelt




I made another trip to the garden today, and observed this lovely purple tulip standing proudly all by itself. I was experimenting a little, and ended up with this happy accident, almost straight out of the camera. I couldn't believe the vivid colors and beautifully smooth bokeh. While I didn't nail the focus exactly the way I wanted, I kind of liked the dreamy mood, so I decided to keep it.




+Moody Monday curated by +Philip Daly +Annelies Jansen #moodymondayphoto 
+PurpleCircle curated by +Lynn Langmade +Sinead Sam McKeown +Craig Szymanski +Alexis Coram #PurpleCircle 
+HQSP Flowers curated by +Anja Wessels +* +Melania Pierce +Kanlaya Chungsangornpornsuk +Wayne Lu +Iva Pas #hqspflowers 
+FLOWER POWER curated by +Edith Kukla #flowerpower #flowerphotography   #floralphotography   #googleplusphotos   #googleplusphotographers  ___

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2015-05-04 19:05:28 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

Check out this amazing workshop from +Alex Lapidus​. I wish I had time to do this myself, because I'm sure it's going to be incredible!

Click on the original post below for more information...

Signup here for Blurs and Unsharp Photography: Guided Play 2015

This is a special program on the art and weird science of motion blurs, intentional camera movement, long exposures, and much more, offered through the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers.  I will be taking on a small group of people for an eight week online mentorship program which will include lessons, assignments, and informal discussions. This is going to be huge fun, and a great learning experience!

To me, blurs and unsharp photography have represented a new dimension of artistic freedom – a fresh and joyous way to play with light, color, form… and sometimes their absence.  My hope is to inspire some of you to find more of that joy in your own photography, and to offer some techniques, tips and tools to help, along with plenty of practice!

My own photography has benefited enormously from mentorships and coaching offered by +Nathan Beaulne, +Robin Griggs Wood, +Darryl Van Gaal, +Sairam Sundaresan and others here on G+, and I’ve had the chance to assist with a number of additional programs and now to serve as a director of the overall Mentorship Program along with Robin and +Ron Clifford; I’m delighted to have the opportunity to offer my own favorite subject once again!  To add to the fun, I've invited the people who participated in and assisted with last year's program to help out this time around, so we'll have all of that fabulous experience in the group.

We’ll be covering a range of topics, including not just how to take certain kinds of images (and sometimes why), but also tools in post-processing and phone apps.  My goal is to be able to offer the program to you regardless of the tools you use to capture (or process) images – DSLRs, mirrorless cameras, point & shoot cameras, or Apple or Android smartphones ().  You’ll need to be familiar with the manual operation of any camera, have at least a basic understanding of the Exposure Triangle, and have time to take at least 100-200 photos per week (because practice with your hands will be key to some techniques; just knowing how won’t be enough).  You’ll also need to spend quality time in a (private) community supporting, enjoying, learning from and teaching your fellow participants!

Selections will be announced on Monday, May 11 (I’m in U.S. Pacific time: UTC - 8:00), and the first lesson will be posted on Thursday, May 14.  The program will run eight weeks, through July 9.

These are the selection criteria:

• You must be taking and publicly posting your own photographs regularly here on G+ –– at least a public photo post every three days, and more is better (the program 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 on G+, as you will be expected to participate in this program giving feedback and comments to others.
• You must have the time available to participate in this workshop.

To be considered for selection, please answer the following questions, on the main post only, here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+AlexLapidus/posts/Uv4ChbSaMXa  (your application will not be seen at any reshares).  Please note that signups are not first-come, first-served, and comments will remain open for at least a few days, so please don’t worry if you’re not first in line.

1) Cameras (including smartphones) you expect to use in the program
2) Photo editing software and apps used most
3) Aspirations within photography
4) Previous art studies 
5) Amount of time you have available for participation

EXAMPLE ANSWERS
1) Nikon D3100 and iPhone 4S
2) Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop, Snapseed
3) To sell prints of my work
4) I have no previous art studies
5) I do have a job and two kids, but I will make the time for this 


() There is at least one topic I may be unable to address if you’re using a point&shoot camera or smartphone alone (call it half of one of the eight weeks).  The ideal combination would be DSLR or mirrorless plus a phone, and if you use only a P&S it needs to be capable of full manual shooting (shutter speed, aperture and ISO).___Check out this amazing workshop from +Alex Lapidus​. I wish I had time to do this myself, because I'm sure it's going to be incredible!

Click on the original post below for more information...

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2015-05-04 14:39:39 (15 comments, 7 reshares, 69 +1s)Open 

"I'm crazy and I don't pretend to be anything else."
~ Rihanna


For the #MacroMonday  mini-theme of "loopy" I selected this unusual vine. I'm particularly fond of these curious #curlytwists , but rarely have the opportunity to shoot them. Curators of the MM theme include +Sandra Parlow, +Jeff Moreau, +Julie B and +Wendy Baker.



+HQSP Macro curated by +Anja Wessels +Terrie Gray +Stefanie Schächtel +Igor Schevchenko +Ernest Fdez. +Thies Groden #hqspmacro 
 +MacroAddict curated by +Sandrine Berjonneau +Didier Caron #macroaddict  

"I'm crazy and I don't pretend to be anything else."
~ Rihanna


For the #MacroMonday  mini-theme of "loopy" I selected this unusual vine. I'm particularly fond of these curious #curlytwists , but rarely have the opportunity to shoot them. Curators of the MM theme include +Sandra Parlow, +Jeff Moreau, +Julie B and +Wendy Baker.



+HQSP Macro curated by +Anja Wessels +Terrie Gray +Stefanie Schächtel +Igor Schevchenko +Ernest Fdez. +Thies Groden #hqspmacro 
 +MacroAddict curated by +Sandrine Berjonneau +Didier Caron #macroaddict  ___

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2015-05-02 23:09:43 (17 comments, 5 reshares, 72 +1s)Open 

Here's my first #tulip  photo of the 2015 season.

For +Measie Elizabeth and the rest of the #TulipSaturday  crew.

Here's my first #tulip  photo of the 2015 season.

For +Measie Elizabeth and the rest of the #TulipSaturday  crew.___

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2015-05-01 18:44:51 (17 comments, 3 reshares, 65 +1s)Open 

"Sometimes we should express our gratitude for the small and simple things like the scent of the rain, the taste of your favorite food, or the sound of a loved one's voice."
~ Joseph B. Wirthlin




Fridays are #bokehlicious , and so I celebrate by sharing some #bokehphotography  with my fellow #bokeholics : +Leo Deegan +Paul Moody +Robin Griggs Wood +paula contreras +Kathleen Kent +Wesly Smith +Angie Smith and many more...


  
+ColorsOnFriday curated by +Karsten Meyer +Britta Rogge #ColorsOnFriday 
+FloralFriday curated by +Tamara Pruessner +Beth Akerman +Eustace James +Kiki Nelson #floralfriday 
+HQSP Flowers curated by +Anja Wessels +Krystina Isabella Brion +Melania Pierce +Kanlaya Chungsangornpornsuk +Wayne Lu +Iva Pas #hqspflowers 

"Sometimes we should express our gratitude for the small and simple things like the scent of the rain, the taste of your favorite food, or the sound of a loved one's voice."
~ Joseph B. Wirthlin




Fridays are #bokehlicious , and so I celebrate by sharing some #bokehphotography  with my fellow #bokeholics : +Leo Deegan +Paul Moody +Robin Griggs Wood +paula contreras +Kathleen Kent +Wesly Smith +Angie Smith and many more...


  
+ColorsOnFriday curated by +Karsten Meyer +Britta Rogge #ColorsOnFriday 
+FloralFriday curated by +Tamara Pruessner +Beth Akerman +Eustace James +Kiki Nelson #floralfriday 
+HQSP Flowers curated by +Anja Wessels +Krystina Isabella Brion +Melania Pierce +Kanlaya Chungsangornpornsuk +Wayne Lu +Iva Pas #hqspflowers ___

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2015-04-30 18:34:09 (8 comments, 6 reshares, 61 +1s)Open 

"The beautiful Spring came; and when Nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also."
~ Harriet Ann Jacobs





+HQSP Flowers curated by +Anja Wessels +Krystina Isabella Brion +Melania Pierce +Kanlaya Chungsangornpornsuk +Wayne Lu +Iva Pas #hqspflowers 
+Poppy Pics curated by +Rosie Nixon #poppypics 
+Rainy Day Photos curated by +Angie Davila 
+Yellow on Thursday curated by +Meirav M. #yellowonthursday 
+YisforYellow curated by +Lucille Galleli #YisforYellow 

"The beautiful Spring came; and when Nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also."
~ Harriet Ann Jacobs





+HQSP Flowers curated by +Anja Wessels +Krystina Isabella Brion +Melania Pierce +Kanlaya Chungsangornpornsuk +Wayne Lu +Iva Pas #hqspflowers 
+Poppy Pics curated by +Rosie Nixon #poppypics 
+Rainy Day Photos curated by +Angie Davila 
+Yellow on Thursday curated by +Meirav M. #yellowonthursday 
+YisforYellow curated by +Lucille Galleli #YisforYellow ___

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2015-04-29 14:06:30 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 42 +1s)Open 

#WordlessOnWednesday   #WordlessWednesday  
#Wordless  

#WordlessOnWednesday   #WordlessWednesday  
#Wordless  ___

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2015-04-22 12:45:53 (13 comments, 10 reshares, 99 +1s)Open 

#WordlessOnWednesday  

#WordlessOnWednesday  ___

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2015-04-21 14:50:09 (8 comments, 2 reshares, 61 +1s)Open 

"My wings may be torn and tattered, but I can still fly!"






+On the Wings of Butterflies! curated by +Cicely Robin Laing +Sharon Jeannette #WingsofButterflies 
#butterfly   #butterflies   #butterflyphotography  
#botanical   #garden   #flowers  

"My wings may be torn and tattered, but I can still fly!"






+On the Wings of Butterflies! curated by +Cicely Robin Laing +Sharon Jeannette #WingsofButterflies 
#butterfly   #butterflies   #butterflyphotography  
#botanical   #garden   #flowers  ___

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2015-04-20 21:09:10 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 56 +1s)Open 

"Into each life some rain must fall."
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow






#rain   #raindrops   #leaves   #bokeh   #bokehphotography  
+Moody Monday curated by +Philip Daly +Annelies Jansen #moodymondayphoto 
+All Things Green curated by +Cicely Robin Laing #AllThingsGreen 
+Everything Green curated by +andi rivarola #everythinggreen 
+Rainy Day Photos curated by +Angie Davila 

"Into each life some rain must fall."
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow






#rain   #raindrops   #leaves   #bokeh   #bokehphotography  
+Moody Monday curated by +Philip Daly +Annelies Jansen #moodymondayphoto 
+All Things Green curated by +Cicely Robin Laing #AllThingsGreen 
+Everything Green curated by +andi rivarola #everythinggreen 
+Rainy Day Photos curated by +Angie Davila ___

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2015-04-15 17:25:21 (7 comments, 2 reshares, 74 +1s)Open 

#WordlessOnWednesday   #WordlessWednesday  

#WordlessOnWednesday   #WordlessWednesday  ___

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2015-04-10 18:14:36 (18 comments, 4 reshares, 67 +1s)Open 

"Boredom is the feeling that everything is a waste of time; serenity, that nothing is."
~ Thomas Szasz




Yep, we're almost at the weekend, and that means it's time for the #bokeholics  to celebrate because Fridays are #bokehlicious ! So if you love #bokehphotography  and the gorgeous soft backgrounds like we do, then share your #bokeh  images using one of the hashtags above. You'll be in great company, with stellar folks like +Leo Deegan +Paul Moody +Robin Griggs Wood +Elizabeth Hahn +Wesly Smith +Angie Smith +paula contreras +Kathleen Kent +Wendy Chase and many more!



 

+FloralFriday curated by +Tamara Pruessner +Beth Akerman +Eustace James +Kiki Nelson #floralfriday 
+ColorsOnFriday curated by +Karsten Meyer +Britta Rogge #ColorsOnFriday 
+HQSP Flowers curated by +Anja Wessels+Krystina Isab... more »

"Boredom is the feeling that everything is a waste of time; serenity, that nothing is."
~ Thomas Szasz




Yep, we're almost at the weekend, and that means it's time for the #bokeholics  to celebrate because Fridays are #bokehlicious ! So if you love #bokehphotography  and the gorgeous soft backgrounds like we do, then share your #bokeh  images using one of the hashtags above. You'll be in great company, with stellar folks like +Leo Deegan +Paul Moody +Robin Griggs Wood +Elizabeth Hahn +Wesly Smith +Angie Smith +paula contreras +Kathleen Kent +Wendy Chase and many more!



 

+FloralFriday curated by +Tamara Pruessner +Beth Akerman +Eustace James +Kiki Nelson #floralfriday 
+ColorsOnFriday curated by +Karsten Meyer +Britta Rogge #ColorsOnFriday 
+HQSP Flowers curated by +Anja Wessels +Krystina Isabella Brion +Melania Pierce +Kanlaya Chungsangornpornsuk +Wayne Lu +Iva Pas #hqspflowers 
+Everything Green curated by +andi rivarola #everythinggreen #floralphotography   #flowerphotography   #googleplusphotos   #googleplusphotographers  

(PS. Please forgive me in advance for my sporadic posting. I'm working on a new project at the moment which may limit my ability to be as active and engaged here as usual. But stay tuned, because once I have all the details available, I'll be looking to this wonderful community to help me spread the word. Thanks again for your patience and understanding!)  ___

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2015-04-08 13:49:13 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 63 +1s)Open 

#WordlessOnWednesday  

#WordlessOnWednesday  ___

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2015-04-01 14:57:26 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

#WordlessOnWednesday  

#WordlessOnWednesday  ___

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2015-03-31 14:20:58 (10 comments, 3 reshares, 61 +1s)Open 

"Glamour is about feeling good in your own skin."
~ Zoe Saldana



A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend a portrait workshop led by +Sam Breach. She taught us about working with models, and how to overcome challenges, both in and out of the studio. While I don't have a lot of professional experience in shooting fashion or glamour, I learned quite a bit in the short time we had to practice. Here is one of the images I captured during that session.

Model: Heather (Posh Vixen)
MUA: Kim (Posh Vixen)
Photographer: © 2015 +Shannon Adelson 
Gear: Nikon D90, Nikkor 70-300
Settings: ISO 200, 190mm, f/8.0, 1/125 sec.
Processing: Lightroom 5 and Photoshop CC

#lasvegas   #nevada   #tgsmu15  
#portraiture   #portraitphotography   #glamour  
#monochrome   #blackandwhitephotography  
+Portrai... more »

"Glamour is about feeling good in your own skin."
~ Zoe Saldana



A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend a portrait workshop led by +Sam Breach. She taught us about working with models, and how to overcome challenges, both in and out of the studio. While I don't have a lot of professional experience in shooting fashion or glamour, I learned quite a bit in the short time we had to practice. Here is one of the images I captured during that session.

Model: Heather (Posh Vixen)
MUA: Kim (Posh Vixen)
Photographer: © 2015 +Shannon Adelson 
Gear: Nikon D90, Nikkor 70-300
Settings: ISO 200, 190mm, f/8.0, 1/125 sec.
Processing: Lightroom 5 and Photoshop CC

#lasvegas   #nevada   #tgsmu15  
#portraiture   #portraitphotography   #glamour  
#monochrome   #blackandwhitephotography  

+PortraitTuesday curated by +Laura Balc +Tana Teel #PortraitTuesday 

+HQSP Portraits curated by +Anja Wessels +Heiko Köster +Ryan Ottaway Martin #HQSPPortraits ___

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2015-03-29 20:41:24 (12 comments, 0 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

I just wanna say thanks...

For the last couple years I've been regularly sharing my images with y'all here on the Plus, and the wonderful curators of the HQSP communities regularly re-share them with their respective followers as well. This is the first time I've ever been nominated for the +HQSP Gold​ list, and I'm super stoked about this honor. I'm not really sure how all the voting and such works, but I sincerely appreciate everyone who takes the time to plus, comment or share my pictures on a daily basis. Google Plus is a unique community that nurtures the growth of artists from within, and I know this because I started with only about 400 followers in the beginning, and recently I reached the 30k milestone. I'm grateful every day for the friends I've made here, the people I've learned from, and the gracious community that has allowed me to share myc... more »

HQSP Vote Week 13  2015 - 18 photos

For week nr 13 the HQSP team has chosen 18 new photos from the HQSP Gold page and nominated them for HQSP Weekly Winner

Yesterday we posted the best 3 of week 12 in this post: http://hqsp.info/hqsp-weekly-winner-week-12-2015/

You, the public can vote by giving your favorite(s) your vote in the form. The link is on the website: http://hqsp.info/your-votes-please-week-13-2015/
FI. We are using a Google form. You will have to log in to vote.

Rules of the HQSP Vote:
- A photographer can not vote for their own photo
- A photographer can not vote with other accounts/pages he or she owns/curates
- A photographer should not call others to vote for his photo alone. Inviting people to vote in general, is OK.

The winners will be posted on the Weekly winners page on
HQSP.info:  http://www.hqsp.info

So let's vote!

Congratulations, you are in this vote:  
+Alisa Timurzieva  +Thomas Deckert  +Heiko Köster  +Igor Schevchenko Photography  +Nico Kaiser  +Daniel Raghu  +Nick Monaghan  +Bernd Flicker  +Stefan Kierek  +Pavel Olivík  +Dirk Müller  +David Roma  +Chris Hansen  +Nigil Haroon  +Marc Matzinger +Kim Landgraf +Kim Landgraf  +Shannon Adelson  +Duncan McInnis 

If you don't want to be a part of the vote, or have any questions, please contact me. 
                    
On behalf of the HQSP team,


+Anja Wessels ___I just wanna say thanks...

For the last couple years I've been regularly sharing my images with y'all here on the Plus, and the wonderful curators of the HQSP communities regularly re-share them with their respective followers as well. This is the first time I've ever been nominated for the +HQSP Gold​ list, and I'm super stoked about this honor. I'm not really sure how all the voting and such works, but I sincerely appreciate everyone who takes the time to plus, comment or share my pictures on a daily basis. Google Plus is a unique community that nurtures the growth of artists from within, and I know this because I started with only about 400 followers in the beginning, and recently I reached the 30k milestone. I'm grateful every day for the friends I've made here, the people I've learned from, and the gracious community that has allowed me to share my creativity as I discover more and more ways to express myself as an artist. Thanks to this platform I learn new things every day, and the journey it started for me has taken me (and my photography) to enlightening places I never imagined. A special thanks to the +HQSP Flowers​ and +HQSP Promotion​ teams for their support and encouragement.

Thank You, Plus Peeps, I love y'all!

#googleplusphotos #googleplusphotographers

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2015-03-27 18:01:13 (34 comments, 9 reshares, 96 +1s)Open 

"Loneliness is the poverty of self; solitude is the richness of self."
~ May Sarton






+FloralFriday curated by +Tamara Pruessner +Beth Akerman +Eustace James +Kiki Nelson #floralfriday 
+HQSP Flowers curated by +Anja Wessels +Krystina Isabella Brion +Melania Pierce +Kanlaya Chungsangornpornsuk +Wayne Lu +Iva Pas #hqspflowers 
+PurpleCircle curated by +Lynn Langmade +Sinead Sam McKeown +Craig Szymanski +Alexis Coram #PurpleCircle 
Fridays are #bokehlicious  with the #bokeholics :
+Leo Deegan +Robin Griggs Wood +Michael B. Stuart +Dave Besbris +Paul Moody +paula contreras +Elizabeth Hahn +Wesly Smith +Angie Smith +Wendy Chase +Lauri Novak and many more who enjoy #bokeh  and #bokehphotography  as much as we do! 

"Loneliness is the poverty of self; solitude is the richness of self."
~ May Sarton






+FloralFriday curated by +Tamara Pruessner +Beth Akerman +Eustace James +Kiki Nelson #floralfriday 
+HQSP Flowers curated by +Anja Wessels +Krystina Isabella Brion +Melania Pierce +Kanlaya Chungsangornpornsuk +Wayne Lu +Iva Pas #hqspflowers 
+PurpleCircle curated by +Lynn Langmade +Sinead Sam McKeown +Craig Szymanski +Alexis Coram #PurpleCircle 
Fridays are #bokehlicious  with the #bokeholics :
+Leo Deegan +Robin Griggs Wood +Michael B. Stuart +Dave Besbris +Paul Moody +paula contreras +Elizabeth Hahn +Wesly Smith +Angie Smith +Wendy Chase +Lauri Novak and many more who enjoy #bokeh  and #bokehphotography  as much as we do! ___

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2015-03-26 14:23:00 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 77 +1s)Open 

"The secret of concentration is the secret of self-discovery. You reach inside yourself to discover your personal resources, and what it takes to match them to the challenge."
~ Arnold Palmer



Every week I see +steph wanamaker re-sharing images for the #gingerthursday  theme, but I never had anything to contribute...until now! While we were in Las Vegas a couple weeks ago (with 130 other photographers), there was a little commissary across from the hotel, where everyone enjoyed lunch at the outdoor patio. One day I observed this young lady intently focused on her iPhone. So I took the opportunity to grab a quick snap, with the intention of finally having something to add to the #gingerthursday  theme. If you'd like to see more images from our Las Vegas adventures, make sure to click on the #tgsmu15  hashtag, and review all of the exciting people andpla... more »

"The secret of concentration is the secret of self-discovery. You reach inside yourself to discover your personal resources, and what it takes to match them to the challenge."
~ Arnold Palmer



Every week I see +steph wanamaker re-sharing images for the #gingerthursday  theme, but I never had anything to contribute...until now! While we were in Las Vegas a couple weeks ago (with 130 other photographers), there was a little commissary across from the hotel, where everyone enjoyed lunch at the outdoor patio. One day I observed this young lady intently focused on her iPhone. So I took the opportunity to grab a quick snap, with the intention of finally having something to add to the #gingerthursday  theme. If you'd like to see more images from our Las Vegas adventures, make sure to click on the #tgsmu15  hashtag, and review all of the exciting people and places we encountered.




+HQSP Portraits curated by +Anja Wessels +Heiko Köster +Ryan Ottaway Martin #HQSPPortraits #portrait   #portraitphotography   #streetphotography  ___

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2015-03-25 15:20:48 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 62 +1s)Open 

#WordlessOnWednesday  

#WordlessOnWednesday  ___

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2015-03-23 16:07:10 (11 comments, 3 reshares, 84 +1s)Open 

"We learn the rope of life by untying its knots."
~ Jean Toomer




The #MacroMonday  mini-theme this week is "intersection", and while I was at the botanical gardens recently, I came across this unusual branch next to one of the orchid displays. The vines all grew in these twisted curls, weaving in and out, and all around one another. So I'll leave it to the puzzle masters +Jeff Moreau, +Sandra Parlow, +Wendy Baker, and +Julie B  to figure out how it unwinds...  



+HQSP Macro curated by +Anja Wessels +Terrie Gray +Stefanie Schächtel +Igor Schevchenko +Ernest Fdez. +Thies Groden #hqspmacro 
+MacroAddict curated by +Sandrine Berjonneau +Didier Caron #macroaddict 
#curlytwists   #vines   #garden   #gardening  
#googleplusphotos   #googleplusphotographers  

"We learn the rope of life by untying its knots."
~ Jean Toomer




The #MacroMonday  mini-theme this week is "intersection", and while I was at the botanical gardens recently, I came across this unusual branch next to one of the orchid displays. The vines all grew in these twisted curls, weaving in and out, and all around one another. So I'll leave it to the puzzle masters +Jeff Moreau, +Sandra Parlow, +Wendy Baker, and +Julie B  to figure out how it unwinds...  



+HQSP Macro curated by +Anja Wessels +Terrie Gray +Stefanie Schächtel +Igor Schevchenko +Ernest Fdez. +Thies Groden #hqspmacro 
+MacroAddict curated by +Sandrine Berjonneau +Didier Caron #macroaddict 
#curlytwists   #vines   #garden   #gardening  
#googleplusphotos   #googleplusphotographers  ___

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2015-03-20 17:07:30 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 46 +1s)Open 

"Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it."
~ Greg Anderson



I had the great privilege of meeting +Ron Clifford in person last weekend, and he definitely embodies the concept of living life to the fullest in every moment. Equally comfortable in a classroom, or leading a caravan of crazy photographers through the desert, Ron was always a beacon of energy that everyone quickly found themselves drawn to. His magnetic personality made us all want to get a little closer, learn a little more, and experience things in the unique way he sees them. There were so many memorable moments, and enough smiles and laughter to last for many months to come...

I could go on all day about his generosity of spirit, his humility, or his incredible sense of humor. But what I'll probably remember most is his... more »

"Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it."
~ Greg Anderson



I had the great privilege of meeting +Ron Clifford in person last weekend, and he definitely embodies the concept of living life to the fullest in every moment. Equally comfortable in a classroom, or leading a caravan of crazy photographers through the desert, Ron was always a beacon of energy that everyone quickly found themselves drawn to. His magnetic personality made us all want to get a little closer, learn a little more, and experience things in the unique way he sees them. There were so many memorable moments, and enough smiles and laughter to last for many months to come...

I could go on all day about his generosity of spirit, his humility, or his incredible sense of humor. But what I'll probably remember most is his boundless positive energy. He radiates a powerful vibe that says, we are all artists in this together, so let's go have some fun! And I assure you, not only did we have fun and share some new experiences, but I believe all of our lives were enriched simply by being exposed to his creative way of thinking living.

If you'd like to know more about the remarkable adventures we all had in Nevada, make sure to click on the hashtag #tgsmu15  so you can follow along and be a part of these stories as they continue to unfold.



#lasvegas   #nevada   #valleyoffire   #desert  
#desertphotography   #portrait   #portraitphotography  
#scavengerhunt   #tgsmu15   #hqspportraits  
#monochrome   #blackandwhitephotography   
#inspiration   #education   #learning  ___

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2015-03-19 04:10:17 (11 comments, 12 reshares, 92 +1s)Open 

Happy Birthday! +Elizabeth Lund 

Happy Birthday! +Elizabeth Lund ___

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2015-03-17 18:24:34 (16 comments, 6 reshares, 84 +1s)Open 

"Even though you're growing up, you should never stop having fun."
~ Nina Dobrev







+Poppy Pics curated by +Rosie Nixon #poppypics 
+HQSP Flowers curated by +Anja Wessels +Krystina Isabella Brion +Melania Pierce +Kanlaya Chungsangornpornsuk +Wayne Lu +Iva Pas #hqspflowers 
+FLOWER POWER curated by +Edith Kukla #flowerpower 
+B for Blue curated by +Aileen Sorenson #BforBlue #poppy   #poppies   #blue   #flowers   #flowerphotography   #floralphotography   #googleplusphotos   #googleplusphotographers   #beautyinthestream   #botanical   #gardening  

"Even though you're growing up, you should never stop having fun."
~ Nina Dobrev







+Poppy Pics curated by +Rosie Nixon #poppypics 
+HQSP Flowers curated by +Anja Wessels +Krystina Isabella Brion +Melania Pierce +Kanlaya Chungsangornpornsuk +Wayne Lu +Iva Pas #hqspflowers 
+FLOWER POWER curated by +Edith Kukla #flowerpower 
+B for Blue curated by +Aileen Sorenson #BforBlue #poppy   #poppies   #blue   #flowers   #flowerphotography   #floralphotography   #googleplusphotos   #googleplusphotographers   #beautyinthestream   #botanical   #gardening  ___

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2015-03-16 17:51:20 (23 comments, 9 reshares, 104 +1s)Open 

"I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes."
~ e. e. cummings





By special request of +Kathleen Kent I took a trip to the local botanical gardens to see the Blue Poppies. Previous to this visit I knew very little about them, but luckily the gardener filled me in on some of the mysteries surrounding these blooms. Despite the crowd of photographers waiting in line with tripods and macro lenses to get in close to these flowers before they are gone, I managed to grab a few quick frames yesterday to share here. 





+HQSP Flowers curated by +Anja Wessels +Krystina Isabella Brion +Melania Pierce +Kanlaya Chungsangornpornsuk +Wayne Lu +Iva Pas #hqspflowers #poppies   #poppy   #blue  #flo... more »

"I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes."
~ e. e. cummings





By special request of +Kathleen Kent I took a trip to the local botanical gardens to see the Blue Poppies. Previous to this visit I knew very little about them, but luckily the gardener filled me in on some of the mysteries surrounding these blooms. Despite the crowd of photographers waiting in line with tripods and macro lenses to get in close to these flowers before they are gone, I managed to grab a few quick frames yesterday to share here. 





+HQSP Flowers curated by +Anja Wessels +Krystina Isabella Brion +Melania Pierce +Kanlaya Chungsangornpornsuk +Wayne Lu +Iva Pas #hqspflowers #poppies   #poppy   #blue   #flowers   #flowerphotography   #floralphotography   #googleplusphotos   #googleplusphotographers  ___

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2015-03-16 15:36:23 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

ask, and ye shall receive...
yum!

Thank you so much for the wonderful summary +Ayoub Khote​ my taste buds are dripping with anticipation. Having recently joined the gym, and watching my calories carefully, I'm kind of glad this is only available in the UK, otherwise I might lose the battle with temptation. But I really appreciate you taking one for the team, so we can all live vicariously! I will admire the deliciousness from a safe distance...

The Krispy Kreme Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Doughnut 

Because +matthew rappaport posted about them being only available in the UK, and +Shannon Adelson wanted pictures, I went over to my local Krispy Kreme and picked up a few.

Now, let me tell you about them... The crispy, nutty chunks on the top add a very pleasant crunch to the beautifully smooth peanut butter within. The chocolate is sweet, with just enough of a bitter note to let you know it's good chocolate. The doughnut itself is soft and fluffy, with enough of a glaze that the sweetness permeates without becoming overpowering.

The experience is more than the sum of its parts; Krispy Kreme doughnuts are delicious, and Reese's peanut butter cups are delicious, but this marriage of the two is like eating a Reese's peanut butter cup on a cloud, floating in a clear sky... It's the ultimate Reese's experience!

It is the doughnut nirvana that is beyond even Homer Simpson's wildest dreams.

Worth a flight over from the US, I'd say!

For more information: http://www.techtimes.com/articles/39353/20150312/krispy-kreme-reeses-peanut-butter-cup-donut-here-cant.htm

Yes, they are that good!___ask, and ye shall receive...
yum!

Thank you so much for the wonderful summary +Ayoub Khote​ my taste buds are dripping with anticipation. Having recently joined the gym, and watching my calories carefully, I'm kind of glad this is only available in the UK, otherwise I might lose the battle with temptation. But I really appreciate you taking one for the team, so we can all live vicariously! I will admire the deliciousness from a safe distance...

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2015-03-15 18:31:11 (34 comments, 4 reshares, 90 +1s)Open 

The Great Scavenger Meet Up 2015
Las Vegas, NV
#tgsmu15  

When you first arrive in Sin City, you expect to be overwhelmed by the sights and sounds of devious debauchery and delightful decadence. But when you travel to Vegas and meet up with a hundred or more photographers, somehow the dynamic changes considerably, and endless buffets and slot machines are the last things on your mind.

Prior to last weekend, many of the photographers I had befriended over the past few years (here on Google+) I had never actually met in person. But thanks to +Chrysta Rae (and +Nancy Levan) that all changed quite dramatically, and so many of us experienced an indescribable bond like we’d been best friends for years. +Chrysta Rae has been known to say that the Hunt is “the most fun you can have with your camera”. But it is so much more than that! The photography community hereon Google... more »

The Great Scavenger Meet Up 2015
Las Vegas, NV
#tgsmu15  

When you first arrive in Sin City, you expect to be overwhelmed by the sights and sounds of devious debauchery and delightful decadence. But when you travel to Vegas and meet up with a hundred or more photographers, somehow the dynamic changes considerably, and endless buffets and slot machines are the last things on your mind.

Prior to last weekend, many of the photographers I had befriended over the past few years (here on Google+) I had never actually met in person. But thanks to +Chrysta Rae (and +Nancy Levan) that all changed quite dramatically, and so many of us experienced an indescribable bond like we’d been best friends for years. +Chrysta Rae has been known to say that the Hunt is “the most fun you can have with your camera”. But it is so much more than that! The photography community here on Google+ is more like a family. 

The people in this Scavenger Hunt community are some of the most generous and gracious individuals I’ve ever had the pleasure to interact with. We come from all walks of life, all skill levels, and from all around the World. Some were shooting with expensive professional gear, and others with a simple cell phone and a dream. Guidance was offered, stories were swapped, techniques were shared, and lots of other tips and tricks throughout our weekend full of wandering desert adventures and frolicking Fremont Street frivolity. 

I left Las Vegas with so many amazing memories, and I plan to continue sharing them with you over the coming weeks. But for now, I’d like to give you a glimpse into the incredible learning opportunities we were exposed to by marvelous mentors including +Robin Griggs Wood +Ron Clifford +Pam Boling +Mark Rodriguez +Sam Breach and +Alan Shapiro. 

Although the portrait wizard in the photo below needs no introduction, I’d like to extend a heartfelt thank you for the experience of getting to know you, as you shared your wisdom with all of us. Here are my takeaways...


TOP FIVE THINGS I'VE LEARNED FROM +Alan Shapiro 

ONE
don’t be afraid to take risks, and make big glorious mistakes, because those “happy accidents” might be a sign you’re on the right path

TWO
photography is like cooking: find the ingredients you like, and create delicious recipes to match your taste

THREE
aim to inspire others as much as (or more than) they’ve inspired you

FOUR
open your eyes and really SEE what’s around you, observing from every angle

FIVE
keep a journal, and note which experiments worked best, so you can do it again


I feel confident that everyone in attendance learned a little something from everyone else around them. I know I did! And that journey continues every day, as I seek out new inspiration, to better understand my own style, and further focus my efforts on achieving my personal and professional goals. 

For more information make sure to check out the other posts attached to the the #tgsmu15  hashtag. If you have any questions about our Las Vegas experience, don’t hesitate to ask any of us. If you find something useful in all of our ramblings, please feel free to share this post with your own friends and followers.


#lasvegas   #nevada   #portrait   #streetphotography   #hqspportraits  ___

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2015-03-13 20:01:59 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 60 +1s)Open 

The Great Scavenger Hunt Meetup
Las Vegas, NV
#tgsmu15  

As I'm sure you can imagine, getting 130 photographers together, wandering around the desert during the day, and partying through the night without sleep can be just a bit tiring... So you have to grab a nap when you can, and in this case +Paul Howard plopped right down at the edge of a cliff and reflected on the beauty of nature around him.

Gorgeous clear skies, coupled with the bright warm sunshine, gave us perfect weather for exploring. Make sure you click on the hashtag #tgsmu15  so you can see more of where we went and what we did. Would you like to join the +Chrysta Rae Scavenger Hunt adventures, and participate with us? Then make sure to watch your stream tomorrow for announcements about the next Hunt.

In the meantime, take a few minutes to watch this heartwarmingly comical video fromthe... more »

The Great Scavenger Hunt Meetup
Las Vegas, NV
#tgsmu15  

As I'm sure you can imagine, getting 130 photographers together, wandering around the desert during the day, and partying through the night without sleep can be just a bit tiring... So you have to grab a nap when you can, and in this case +Paul Howard plopped right down at the edge of a cliff and reflected on the beauty of nature around him.

Gorgeous clear skies, coupled with the bright warm sunshine, gave us perfect weather for exploring. Make sure you click on the hashtag #tgsmu15  so you can see more of where we went and what we did. Would you like to join the +Chrysta Rae Scavenger Hunt adventures, and participate with us? Then make sure to watch your stream tomorrow for announcements about the next Hunt.

In the meantime, take a few minutes to watch this heartwarmingly comical video from the opening ceremonies...
https://plus.google.com/u/0/+ChrystaRae/posts/adPwuqnZWGC

#desert   #lasvegas   #nevada   #valleyoffire   #scavengerhunt   
#googleplusphotos   #googleplusphotographers   #photography   #fun  ___

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2015-03-12 16:41:12 (15 comments, 1 reshares, 67 +1s)Open 

The Great Scavenger Hunt Meetup
Las Vegas, NV
#tgsmu15  

You might have noticed I didn't post here much over the last few days, and that's because my wife and I were away attending an epic event in Las Vegas. For the last few years, I've been participating in +Chrysta Rae's Photography Scavenger Hunt here on G+.  Last weekend over 100 of these photographers gathered in the desert to meet each other for the first time in real life. It was absolutely surreal, getting to know people we had previously only interacted with online. I can't even begin to describe the overwhelming emotions experienced during these few incredible days. Suffice to say, my wife says she saw me smile more with this group than in all of the last decade!

There will be many more stories to share, but just so you don't miss any of them, make sure you are watching theha... more »

The Great Scavenger Hunt Meetup
Las Vegas, NV
#tgsmu15  

You might have noticed I didn't post here much over the last few days, and that's because my wife and I were away attending an epic event in Las Vegas. For the last few years, I've been participating in +Chrysta Rae's Photography Scavenger Hunt here on G+.  Last weekend over 100 of these photographers gathered in the desert to meet each other for the first time in real life. It was absolutely surreal, getting to know people we had previously only interacted with online. I can't even begin to describe the overwhelming emotions experienced during these few incredible days. Suffice to say, my wife says she saw me smile more with this group than in all of the last decade!

There will be many more stories to share, but just so you don't miss any of them, make sure you are watching the hashtag  #tgsmu15  so you can follow our adventures. Maybe you'd like to join us next time? Then be sure to follow +Chrysta Rae's post this Saturday when the next Hunt signups will be announced. You can find more information about that here:
https://plus.google.com/u/0/+ChrystaRae/posts/eTtvEiMjZcm

I've got some more unpacking to do, and also need to catch up on laundry and other household duties. But rest assured, there will be many more images from our Vegas activities over the coming days. I look forward to sharing all of our crazy days and fun-filled nights with you all very soon, so stay tuned! 

#desert   #lasvegas   #nevada   #strikeapose   #scavengerhunt  
#googleplusphotos   #googleplusphotographers  
#photography   #fun  ___

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2015-03-05 14:29:52 (12 comments, 0 reshares, 38 +1s)Open 

"God is great, beer is good, and people are crazy!"

I haven't shared a video in a while, and this one struck a chord with me, so I wanted to pass it along to y'all. I like to listen to music while I'm editing photos, and normally I just let the tunes play in the background. But the other day I happened to catch the video for this jam, and it completely changed my interpretation...

Check it out when you get a chance, and let me know what you think.

Have you ever listened to a song, then saw the accompanying music video and had a different opinion about it?

In this case I felt the story took on a whole new meaning, and really made me think about the poignant moments expressed. What first seemed comical and lighthearted soon became profound and introspective.

If you have a favorite music video, or a similar story about one,... more »

"God is great, beer is good, and people are crazy!"

I haven't shared a video in a while, and this one struck a chord with me, so I wanted to pass it along to y'all. I like to listen to music while I'm editing photos, and normally I just let the tunes play in the background. But the other day I happened to catch the video for this jam, and it completely changed my interpretation...

Check it out when you get a chance, and let me know what you think.

Have you ever listened to a song, then saw the accompanying music video and had a different opinion about it?

In this case I felt the story took on a whole new meaning, and really made me think about the poignant moments expressed. What first seemed comical and lighthearted soon became profound and introspective.

If you have a favorite music video, or a similar story about one, please feel free to share it in the comments below.

Have a great day!___

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2015-03-04 20:18:40 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 40 +1s)Open 

#WordlessOnWednesday  

#WordlessOnWednesday  ___

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2015-03-04 18:55:55 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

My friend +Julian Ortiz is going to be part of an exhibit later this month in DC. If you or someone you know live in the greater Washington, D.C. metro area (or the surrounding region), I encourage you to check out his work. His street photography is truly unique, and embraces the old school (B&W) film aesthetic. Click on the original post below to learn more...

EXPOSEDDC 2015 - Opening reception - March 12th, 6 to 10 p.m.

Like some of you know, one of my photos, "next car reader "(http://goo.gl/SNqy06) was selected to be part of the 2015 +Exposed DC Annual Photography Show.
Here is the info of the opening reception:

venue: 1358 NE (Capital Fringe headquarters)
address: 1358 Florida Ave NE - Washington, DC 20002

Two floors of awesome D.C. photography
Available for first-time art-buyer prices
Selection of locally-made beers from Bluejacket
Complimentary wine

Full-color program exhibition available for $10
*$14 in advance: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe/9982244*
$20 at the door

Maybe for a lot of you it is going to be impossible to go, but I'm pretty sure that you know someone that live here or a friend that have a friend that live here in the DC area, so I'm asking you to share all the information of the show. Like the old times, when I was the singer of a hardcore punk band and no internet. Just the simple but effective way to promote a show: a flyer and/or mouth to mouth.

If you live here in the area, come and say hi!. Don't be shy, My English has an strong Argentine accent, but it is going to be fun, and you are going to see and meet 40 DC photographers that is going to show you the city in a different way!

Thanks is advance for the share!___My friend +Julian Ortiz is going to be part of an exhibit later this month in DC. If you or someone you know live in the greater Washington, D.C. metro area (or the surrounding region), I encourage you to check out his work. His street photography is truly unique, and embraces the old school (B&W) film aesthetic. Click on the original post below to learn more...

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