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2017-04-27 17:11:23 (500 comments; 586 reshares; 1,359 +1s; )Open 

Love anime? Obsessed with street art? Can’t get enough nature photography? Now it’s even easier to get way into what you’re into with Topics.

Most reshares: 586

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2017-04-27 17:11:23 (500 comments; 586 reshares; 1,359 +1s; )Open 

Love anime? Obsessed with street art? Can’t get enough nature photography? Now it’s even easier to get way into what you’re into with Topics.

Most plusones: 2348

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2017-04-30 00:37:55 (166 comments; 93 reshares; 2,348 +1s; )Open 

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Songs of Distant Shores

I wish I could tease you with the story before showing you the photo, but G+ doesn't work that way :-).  This is a single exposure, taken last night (with just a quick hotel room edit, but that's all I usually do anyway).  +Linda Villers and I had quite an adventure!

A few weeks ago I saw a beautiful photo from +Adam Woodworth (at https://plus.google.com/+AdamWoodworth/posts/4Lexv5RzJ2t ) of the Milky Way over the Hopewell Rocks, and I thought, hey, we're headed that direction!  On the rare occasions when I plan to go out and capture something specific, +Darryl Van Gaal and +Sairam Sundaresan have helped arm me with the right tools, so I was able to figure out that the Milky Way would be setting in the South after sunset, and the Moon wouldn't be up.  We had also scouted the Hopewell Rocks park last week during a daytimelow tide... more »

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2017-05-22 20:18:26 (26 comments; 9 reshares; 217 +1s; )Open 

Exploring ancient villages with +Carlo Ciotti

Interested in the architecture and living quarters of yesteryear? Carlo's Collection explores some of the most fascinating locations from around the globe.


Exploring ancient villages with +Carlo Ciotti

Interested in the architecture and living quarters of yesteryear? Carlo's Collection explores some of the most fascinating locations from around the globe.
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2017-05-19 17:57:07 (79 comments; 26 reshares; 295 +1s; )Open 

Community Management Best Practice: Boosting Community Engagement

This post was written by Community Vanguards member and toy photographer +Shelly Corbett

Communities are more fun when you have consistent and quality engagement. But how do you create an environment that will foster this type of behavior? Sharing and learning together is one way to accomplish an active and engaged community. In the Toy Photographers community we take engagement seriously; we enjoy learning from each other. No matter how much we think we know about our specific subject, we love to expand and improve our knowledge. Here are a few of the ways that we’ve found to boost engagement in our community:

Have fun!
If you’re having fun, then everyone else will too. To be a successful community owner or moderator you need to be an enthusiastic cheerleader. If you’re excited,then ... more »

Community Management Best Practice: Boosting Community Engagement

This post was written by Community Vanguards member and toy photographer +Shelly Corbett

Communities are more fun when you have consistent and quality engagement. But how do you create an environment that will foster this type of behavior? Sharing and learning together is one way to accomplish an active and engaged community. In the Toy Photographers community we take engagement seriously; we enjoy learning from each other. No matter how much we think we know about our specific subject, we love to expand and improve our knowledge. Here are a few of the ways that we’ve found to boost engagement in our community:

Have fun!
If you’re having fun, then everyone else will too. To be a successful community owner or moderator you need to be an enthusiastic cheerleader. If you’re excited, then everyone else will be too!

Share your passion!
If you’re enthusiastic about what you’re doing, don’t be surprised when your enthusiasm becomes contagious. If you’re excited about your community, your members will be too!

Quality engagement!
Early on, we made a decision to leave meaningful comments on every post. We want to give our members a reason to post to our community. We learned early on that our members like to be actively engaged.

Share your knowledge and expertise!
If you’re starting a community then you’re probably an expert. Share that knowledge through interesting posts such as “How to”, “Behind the Scenes”, or “Tips and Tricks”. But don’t simply post a link, tell your members why you think they should read what you’re sharing.

Ask questions!
Present open-ended questions designed to engage your members. Invite community members to share their own knowledge and experiences. By doing this you’re showing them they’re valued members of the team. We can all learn from each other.

Lead by example!
Be the type of member you want to have in your community. Moderators and owners are not only there to keep order and enforce the rules; they’re there to contribute, encourage and support.

Hold regular contests!
Nothing engages a community like a contest; everyone likes to show off their best work. The winner could even be your next month's banner photo?

Have fun!
Did I mention this already?

Running a G+ community can be a lot of work. But it can be also be extremely rewarding if you approach it with a sense of fun and joy. I know this is true because I take great pride in the Toy Photographers community that I run with +Tony Tulloch +aliceincleveland, and +Jason Nvrmore. If you like toys and photography, stop by and say ‘Hi!”

+Shelly Corbett runs the Toy Photography Community on G+: https://plus.google.com/communities/107717476696294795419
Check out our Collection for more Community Best Practices: https://plus.google.com/collection/4G0lkB___

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2017-05-19 16:36:53 (130 comments; 27 reshares; 510 +1s; )Open 

Google+ iOS Update: Improved Photo Browsing

Improved Photo Browsing

Hi friendly iOS users,

We’re proud to announce an improved photo browsing experience. Now, when you tap on a photo, you get a richer experience where you can (1) zoom-in (2) scroll to see more photos and (3) pinch or tap the icon in the top right to see a mosaic view of the photos in the stream. One of my favorite uses of this is to browse Leo Deegan’s photo collections, check it out and bring on the feedback!___Google+ iOS Update: Improved Photo Browsing

2017-05-18 19:59:42 (53 comments; 22 reshares; 296 +1s; )Open 

Taking your health into your own hands with +Michael A Koontz

G+ Create member Mike Koontz is committed to living a balanced, active lifestyle, and helping other do the same by sharing his advice on exercise, yoga, and nutrition. Follow his Healthier Living Collection to gain tips on building a healthier lifestyle one step at a time.


Taking your health into your own hands with +Michael A Koontz

G+ Create member Mike Koontz is committed to living a balanced, active lifestyle, and helping other do the same by sharing his advice on exercise, yoga, and nutrition. Follow his Healthier Living Collection to gain tips on building a healthier lifestyle one step at a time.
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2017-05-17 22:03:46 (113 comments; 28 reshares; 455 +1s; )Open 

Life Saver Triboluminescence

The Science Gifs Collection by +Colin Sullender breaks down complicated phenomenons through the internet's unofficial language.... gifs (pronounced 'jif' with a soft g 😛).

In this post, Colin breaks down Triboluminescence, which is "an optical phenomenon that generates light through the breaking of chemical bonds"

The Science Gifs Collection: https://plus.google.com/collection/A2NSc

#SharingKnowledge #ShareYourSkills

Life Saver Triboluminescence

Triboluminescence is an optical phenomenon that generates light through the breaking of chemical bonds in a material when it is pulled apart, ripped, rubbed, scratched, or crushed (fractoluminescence). An exact understanding of how the process works has yet to be established. The current theory involves electrical charge separation that results in ionization of the surrounding air, which produces the flash of light.

Mint-flavored Life Saver candies are an easy way to visualize this phenomenon with the naked eye. Crushing them with a hammer (or your teeth) in a dark room will generate bright blue sparks. This light is actually generated by a two-step process involving fluorescence, which is the emission of light by a substance that has absorbed another wavelength of light. The light released by triboluminescence is ultraviolet and therefore invisible to the human eye. However, the wintergreen oil used in mint flavoring is fluorescent, and converts the invisible ultraviolet light into visible blue light.

I highly recommend watching the source video from +SmarterEveryDay to see more slow motion footage of Life Savers being hammered and shot with a pellet gun.

Source: https://youtu.be/tW8q_JfmcbU (Smarter Every Day)

#ScienceGIF #Science #GIF #Triboluminescence #Light #Luminescence #Mechanical #Chemical #Bond #Photons #Energy #HighSpeed #SlowMotion #SlowMo #LifeSaver #Lightning #SmarterEveryDay___Life Saver Triboluminescence

The Science Gifs Collection by +Colin Sullender breaks down complicated phenomenons through the internet's unofficial language.... gifs (pronounced 'jif' with a soft g 😛).

In this post, Colin breaks down Triboluminescence, which is "an optical phenomenon that generates light through the breaking of chemical bonds"

The Science Gifs Collection: https://plus.google.com/collection/A2NSc

#SharingKnowledge #ShareYourSkills

2017-05-16 20:56:58 (35 comments; 28 reshares; 263 +1s; )Open 


+Margrit Schwarz shares fascinating finds and concepts from the intersection of art & science. #Sharingknowledge #Shareyourskills

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To join us in this initiative, share the best Collections and Communities that you have learned from with us! Or share Collections and Communities that you created to teach others!

Teaching art & science with Collections
Fascinating finds and concepts from the intersection of art & science.

Learn about the ways that art and science intersect with Create member +Margrit Schwarz!

This week we're celebrating educational Collections and Communities in our Teaching and Learning on G+ campaign. Show us how you use G+ to teach or learn by tagging #sharingknowledge #shareyourskills___
+Margrit Schwarz shares fascinating finds and concepts from the intersection of art & science. #Sharingknowledge #Shareyourskills

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To join us in this initiative, share the best Collections and Communities that you have learned from with us! Or share Collections and Communities that you created to teach others!

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2017-05-16 18:45:01 (147 comments; 61 reshares; 1,406 +1s; )Open 

Collection Of The Week: Explorations In Space

This informative Collection by +Raquel Hunter traverses our galaxy with some of the most interesting tidbits of information about our closest neighbors. If you're #FeelingSpacey, check it out!

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Interested in building your own high quality Collection? Head over to the Collections Community which serves as your one-stop shop for learning and sharing Collections on Google+. Submit your Collections here for feedback from moderators and the G+ team.

https://plus.google.com/communities/104797282868426074024

Collection Of The Week: Explorations In Space

This informative Collection by +Raquel Hunter traverses our galaxy with some of the most interesting tidbits of information about our closest neighbors. If you're #FeelingSpacey, check it out!

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Interested in building your own high quality Collection? Head over to the Collections Community which serves as your one-stop shop for learning and sharing Collections on Google+. Submit your Collections here for feedback from moderators and the G+ team.

https://plus.google.com/communities/104797282868426074024___

2017-05-16 15:27:57 (57 comments; 17 reshares; 295 +1s; )Open 

Learn about the world of ingredients

+Azlin Bloor of the Foodies+ Community runs this informative Collection featuring different ingredients from around the globe.
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To join us in this initiative, share the best Collections and Communities that you have learned from with us! Or share Collections and Communities that you created to teach others!

#sharingknowledge, #shareyourskills

Learn about the world of ingredients

+Azlin Bloor of the Foodies+ Community runs this informative Collection featuring different ingredients from around the globe.
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To join us in this initiative, share the best Collections and Communities that you have learned from with us! Or share Collections and Communities that you created to teach others!

#sharingknowledge, #shareyourskills___

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2017-05-15 23:16:53 (61 comments; 31 reshares; 465 +1s; )Open 

Brush up on your photography through the G+ Mentorship program

This week, G+ users are spreading their expertise through the hashtag #sharingknowledge . Join the movement and #shareyourskills

Teaching Photography with the G+ Mentorship Program
_ Passing along the gift of knowledge and experience._

The G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers is an online, mini-mentorship program run by +Robin Griggs Wood, +Ron Clifford, and +Alex Lapidus that gives emerging amateur photographers the opportunity to reach out to working professionals, gaining technical, artistic expression or career advice in a friendly forum.

Visit the Mentorship program's page to find out how to get involved: https://plus.google.com/105385385448524520257

This week we're celebrating educational Collections and Communities in our Teaching and Learning on G+ campaign. Show us how you use G+ to teach or learn by tagging #sharingknowledge #shareyourskills
___Brush up on your photography through the G+ Mentorship program

This week, G+ users are spreading their expertise through the hashtag #sharingknowledge . Join the movement and #shareyourskills

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2017-05-15 17:24:37 (79 comments; 66 reshares; 830 +1s; )Open 

Teaching and Learning on Google+

Here at Google+ we believe that learning is a life-long pursuit. Curious minds of all ages should have access to resources for the sharing of knowledge, and Collections and Communities are the perfect way to share your skills!

Do you use Collections and Communities to teach or learn from others? We have found incredibly great Communities and Collections from teachers, artists, chefs, and many other users who are dedicated toward sharing their knowledge here at Google+.

Over the next few days we’ll be sharing some of our favorite teaching resources on the Google+ page.

If you want to be part of this initiative, share the best Collections and Communities that you have learned from with us! Or share Collections and Communities that you created to teach others!

#sharingknowledge, #shareyourskillsmore »

Teaching and Learning on Google+

Here at Google+ we believe that learning is a life-long pursuit. Curious minds of all ages should have access to resources for the sharing of knowledge, and Collections and Communities are the perfect way to share your skills!

Do you use Collections and Communities to teach or learn from others? We have found incredibly great Communities and Collections from teachers, artists, chefs, and many other users who are dedicated toward sharing their knowledge here at Google+.

Over the next few days we’ll be sharing some of our favorite teaching resources on the Google+ page.

If you want to be part of this initiative, share the best Collections and Communities that you have learned from with us! Or share Collections and Communities that you created to teach others!

#sharingknowledge, #shareyourskills
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2017-05-15 12:42:07 (82 comments; 28 reshares; 764 +1s; )Open 

Toy Photography Weekend At Google+

This weekend we featured some of the amazing work from the Toy Photography Community on G+. Using the hashtag #TinyToysBigScreen, the crew paid homage to some of their favorite movies through their lenses.

Led by organizer +Shelly Corbett, select members also visited the Google+ offices this weekend to check out our new digs and also capture some toy photography shots on location. We had a blast hosting everyone and we're looking forward to seeing the finished product of everything created this weekend!

Visit The Toy Photography Community: https://plus.google.com/communities/107717476696294795419

Also, check out the great work in #TinyToysBigScreen

Toy Photography Weekend At Google+

This weekend we featured some of the amazing work from the Toy Photography Community on G+. Using the hashtag #TinyToysBigScreen, the crew paid homage to some of their favorite movies through their lenses.

Led by organizer +Shelly Corbett, select members also visited the Google+ offices this weekend to check out our new digs and also capture some toy photography shots on location. We had a blast hosting everyone and we're looking forward to seeing the finished product of everything created this weekend!

Visit The Toy Photography Community: https://plus.google.com/communities/107717476696294795419

Also, check out the great work in #TinyToysBigScreen___

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2017-05-14 19:12:02 (110 comments; 35 reshares; 839 +1s; )Open 

Ant-Man in his natural habitat: #TinyToysBigScreen

Ant-Man is such a fitting subject for this theme. Great job +Shelly Corbett​!

Shelly's Profile: https://plus.google.com/b/101560853443212199687/100669689430222369029
Shelly's Lego Photography Collection: https://plus.google.com/collection/gth1Y

Ant-Man in his natural habitat: #TinyToysBigScreen

Ant-Man is such a fitting subject for this theme. Great job +Shelly Corbett​!

Shelly's Profile: https://plus.google.com/b/101560853443212199687/100669689430222369029
Shelly's Lego Photography Collection: https://plus.google.com/collection/gth1Y___

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2017-05-14 17:10:02 (42 comments; 19 reshares; 632 +1s; )Open 

The Wrath of Magneto: #TinyToysBigScreen

R2-D2 and CP30 are no match for Magneto in this mash-up by +Tom Milton​

Tom's Profile: https://plus.google.com/b/101560853443212199687/106971001255052413444 *Tom's Lego Photography Collection*: https://plus.google.com/collection/gM-hPE

The Wrath of Magneto: #TinyToysBigScreen

R2-D2 and CP30 are no match for Magneto in this mash-up by +Tom Milton​

Tom's Profile: https://plus.google.com/b/101560853443212199687/106971001255052413444 *Tom's Lego Photography Collection*: https://plus.google.com/collection/gM-hPE___

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2017-05-13 18:00:02 (81 comments; 43 reshares; 817 +1s; )Open 

John Wick does what he does best: #TinyToysBigScreen

+James Garcia​ illustrates why you don't mess with a man's dog.

James' Profile: https://plus.google.com/116816958708239784045
James' Toy Photography Collection: https://plus.google.com/collection/go4uEB

John Wick does what he does best: #TinyToysBigScreen

+James Garcia​ illustrates why you don't mess with a man's dog.

James' Profile: https://plus.google.com/116816958708239784045
James' Toy Photography Collection: https://plus.google.com/collection/go4uEB___

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2017-05-13 16:00:02 (34 comments; 21 reshares; 538 +1s; )Open 

Vintage Toys For Modern Movies: #TinyToysBigScreen

Toy photographer +aliceincleveland​​ used vintage toys to memorialize movies such as Saving Private Ryan.

"These lead Barclay toy soldiers from around 1940 were a gift to me from a close friend. He was even kind enough to let me know not to put them in my mouth! These were his own grandfather's toy soldiers and thus I was deeply moved that he passed them onto me."

AliceinCleveland's Profile: https://plus.google.com/115504103735239853592

Alice's Toy Collection: https://plus.google.com/collection/4fL2jB

Vintage Toys For Modern Movies: #TinyToysBigScreen

Toy photographer +aliceincleveland​​ used vintage toys to memorialize movies such as Saving Private Ryan.

"These lead Barclay toy soldiers from around 1940 were a gift to me from a close friend. He was even kind enough to let me know not to put them in my mouth! These were his own grandfather's toy soldiers and thus I was deeply moved that he passed them onto me."

AliceinCleveland's Profile: https://plus.google.com/115504103735239853592

Alice's Toy Collection: https://plus.google.com/collection/4fL2jB___

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2017-05-12 19:00:02 (72 comments; 53 reshares; 839 +1s; )Open 

Tiny Toys From A Galaxy Far Far Away: #TinyToysBigScreen

From the talented camera of +Ang Cheng Ann​, a classic take on Star Wars

Ang's Profile: https://plus.google.com/118257765153562522194 Ang's Lego Toy Photography Collection: https://plus.google.com/collection/EhLs0

Tiny Toys From A Galaxy Far Far Away: #TinyToysBigScreen

From the talented camera of +Ang Cheng Ann​, a classic take on Star Wars

Ang's Profile: https://plus.google.com/118257765153562522194 Ang's Lego Toy Photography Collection: https://plus.google.com/collection/EhLs0___

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2017-05-12 17:00:02 (30 comments; 23 reshares; 545 +1s; )Open 

Community Management Best Practices: Leadership Styles as a Community Owner/Moderator

Post written by Community Vanguards member +Paul Pavlinovich​

Introduction
There are as many styles of leadership as there are times the earth has spun around the sun, I reckon there are three main types and they are the ones I will talk about in this article. They work in different ways and situations and will work differently for each community.

Leadership Styles
Hands off - This leader is generally a member of the community but doesn’t apply any specific leadership. This works very well for small free form communities where everyone gets along and the community has a specific tight goal or topic that all members participate in. This leader may have moderators but may not see a need for them, and as their community grows may struggle and wonder why theydon... more »

Community Management Best Practices: Leadership Styles as a Community Owner/Moderator

Post written by Community Vanguards member +Paul Pavlinovich​

Introduction
There are as many styles of leadership as there are times the earth has spun around the sun, I reckon there are three main types and they are the ones I will talk about in this article. They work in different ways and situations and will work differently for each community.

Leadership Styles
Hands off - This leader is generally a member of the community but doesn’t apply any specific leadership. This works very well for small free form communities where everyone gets along and the community has a specific tight goal or topic that all members participate in. This leader may have moderators but may not see a need for them, and as their community grows may struggle and wonder why they don’t like being there anymore.

I'm the BOSS - This leader has a strong controlling hand over the community and sets strict rules, sets goals, and micromanages content. The style can be successful and at times is necessary if things go off the rails. Personally I prefer to avoid this style. This leader is unlikely to have moderators, but when they exist they are tightly managed and have little say.

Participative - This leader is someone who has found a balance between Hands off and I’m the boss. This is where most experienced community owners and moderators are going to sit. This leader exists on a sliding scale and moves back and forth between the two as necessary, relaxing control when the community is going well only stepping in where necessary and strength is needed. This leader will have a strategy of where the community is heading that is well communicated and is likely to have a policy or guidelines for user behaviour and content. This leader is likely to have a cooperative supportive empowered team of moderators who all understand the strategy and are free to make and enforce decisions but may defer to the owner in complex situations. This leader will participate regularly in the community and perhaps summarise the activities periodically in wrap ups that encourage people to join existing conversations and recognise good contributors.

No one style is going to work for every community and situation. From time to time a community may need to change direction, perhaps because it’s becoming stale or is competing with other communities for attention and in this case a Transformational style is needed where every effort is around seeding and encouraging change to bring freshness and reformation.

Conclusion
Owning or moderating a successful community requires leadership. Sometimes it’s an easy job and sometimes it’s hard. You as leader may find yourself needing to take control and assert authority to maintain the direction of the community and encourage high quality contributions or to moderate politics, harassment or bullying. Finding the balance is hard and there are no magic beans that will help you grow into the leader you need to be. Over time you will find the place. I encourage you to seek feedback from your moderators and members. You may feel you’re doing an awesome job only to find that others don’t think so. Seeking and accepting feedback are the signs of an excellent leader. Note that this doesn’t always mean you change your behaviour but it’s important to be aware of what others think while making your decisions. Never be afraid to call someone in who is knowledgeable perhaps from the Create Vanguards program who can mentor you from an independent perspective.

_This piece was written by +Paul Pavlinovich​​ as part of the Community Vanguards Best Practices series. Paul runs various Communities on Google+, including Photograph Melbourne: https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/116476435425093945441____

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2017-05-12 16:00:18 (48 comments; 21 reshares; 680 +1s; )Open 

Free Willy: Toy Photography Style #TinyToysBigScreen

+Tony Tulloch, of the Toy Photography community recreates the defining moment from Free Willy.
Check out more of Tony's work: https://plus.google.com/+TonyTulloch
The Toy Photography Community: https://plus.google.com/communities/107717476696294795419

Free Willy: Toy Photography Style #TinyToysBigScreen

+Tony Tulloch, of the Toy Photography community recreates the defining moment from Free Willy.
Check out more of Tony's work: https://plus.google.com/+TonyTulloch
The Toy Photography Community: https://plus.google.com/communities/107717476696294795419___

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2017-05-11 20:15:52 (43 comments; 17 reshares; 523 +1s; )Open 

+David Haviland pays homage to Indiana Jones #TinyToysBigScreen

David recreated the iconic scene where Harrison Ford is chased by a giant ball in Raiders Of The Lost Ark.

Summer blockbuster still reminds me of my youth when going to the movie was how you saw movies as you were not sure if or when it would come out on VHS.

This is one of my all time favourite movies. I love the art behind the filming and special effects, it still holds up against all the modern CGI movies.

The ball was created by buying a foam ball from a craft shop and then painting it. The rest of set is just some basic lego. Lit with torches and dust effect added in PS.

Hope you like my take on the Summer Blockbuster.

#TinyToysBigScreen___+David Haviland pays homage to Indiana Jones #TinyToysBigScreen

David recreated the iconic scene where Harrison Ford is chased by a giant ball in Raiders Of The Lost Ark.

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2017-05-11 17:30:27 (118 comments; 40 reshares; 914 +1s; )Open 

Explore your favorite movies through the eyes of the toy photographers of G+ #TinyToysBigScreen

For the next few days we’ll be featuring the work of the growing community of toy photographers on Google+. With the Summer Blockbuster Movie season on the horizon, the photographers are using the theme of #TinyToysBigScreen to pay homage to some of the most memorable movies of all-time with their tiny figures.

The first installment in this series comes from +Jason Nvrmore, who chose to immortalize Godzilla in this striking shot.

GoGoGoGodzilla!

#TinyToysBigScreen #Godzilla #Kaiju #KingOfTheMonsters ___Explore your favorite movies through the eyes of the toy photographers of G+ #TinyToysBigScreen

For the next few days we’ll be featuring the work of the growing community of toy photographers on Google+. With the Summer Blockbuster Movie season on the horizon, the photographers are using the theme of #TinyToysBigScreen to pay homage to some of the most memorable movies of all-time with their tiny figures.

The first installment in this series comes from +Jason Nvrmore, who chose to immortalize Godzilla in this striking shot.

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2017-05-11 16:18:25 (131 comments; 49 reshares; 1,206 +1s; )Open 

Collections Tip: Engage with others in comments and tags!

Want great engagement on your content but not sure how to get it? Create member and #Collections101 Panelist, +Azlin Bloor believes that taking the time to acknowledge and engage with others is key to being successful on Google+.

She suggests making the effort to respond to others in comments or when tagged on posts. Tags could be seen as someone asking for your opinion on a topic. When you respond to comments and tags, and take the time to engage your audience, that audience will keep coming back!

*Check out Azlin’s profile and posts for more examples of successful engagement! * https://plus.google.com/u/0/+AzlinBloor?

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For more great tips check out #Collections101, a panel event featuring Azlin that walks you through the basics of building high quality Collections. h... more »

Vietnamese Spring Rolls (Gỏi Cuốn) with Salmon and Shiitake

My favourite kind of spring rolls, Vietnamese Spring Rolls are very easy appetisers or party food to make. And because they are not fried like the more well known crispy fried spring rolls, they are amazingly healthy as well, filled with fresh ingredients, alongside any cooked meat you’d like to stuff them with.

In the West, these tend to be called summer spring rolls, but they don’t have to be a summer affair. In fact, we always make them for Chinese New Year, and that’s always in the winter!

This is one of the recipes we teach, and unlike all the other recipes you'll find online, we fill it with salmon and shiitake. The whole spring roll is a seamless blend of bold, mild and aromatic. When it gets dunked into either dip, it takes on yet another level of flavour – sweet from the sweet chilli sauce and hot and sour from the dipping sauce.

On the blog post, you'll also find a link to my YouTube video showing you how to roll it.

Full recipe on LinsFood: http://linsfood.com/vietnamese-spring-rolls-goi-cuon/

#linsfood #vietnamesefood #springrolls #healthyrecipes___Collections Tip: Engage with others in comments and tags!

Want great engagement on your content but not sure how to get it? Create member and #Collections101 Panelist, +Azlin Bloor believes that taking the time to acknowledge and engage with others is key to being successful on Google+.

She suggests making the effort to respond to others in comments or when tagged on posts. Tags could be seen as someone asking for your opinion on a topic. When you respond to comments and tags, and take the time to engage your audience, that audience will keep coming back!

*Check out Azlin’s profile and posts for more examples of successful engagement! * https://plus.google.com/u/0/+AzlinBloor?

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For more great tips check out #Collections101, a panel event featuring Azlin that walks you through the basics of building high quality Collections. https://youtu.be/l1Fh6m4ySvo

Interested in building your own high quality Collection? Head over to the Collections Community which serves as your one-stop shop for learning and sharing Collections on Google+. Submit your Collections here for feedback from moderators and the G+ team. https://plus.google.com/communities/104797282868426074024

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2017-05-10 17:23:33 (143 comments; 100 reshares; 2,322 +1s; )Open 

A beautiful look at Monument Valley, Utah from +Elia Locardi

Magnitude || Monument Valley, Utah

With only one evening to shoot in this massive and spectacular landscape, my goal was to capture something a little bit different than usual. And thankfully, the sky cooperated with my idea of combining light trails leading down the long dusty road.

Monument Valley is incredible. It’s a location that I’ve seen so many times in films and having the opportunity to finally experience it in person was well worth the effort of getting there. My only disappointment was having just one single night to enjoy and take in the overwhelming magnitude of this classic American landscape.

If you want to learn my entire landscape photography and post-processing workflow from start to finish, both in the field and in editing, I've created an in-depth video tutorial course: http://bit.ly/landscape-tutorial

#monumentvalley #utah #america #americana #landscape #travelphotography ___A beautiful look at Monument Valley, Utah from +Elia Locardi

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2017-05-09 21:01:59 (77 comments; 25 reshares; 505 +1s; )Open 

It's now easier to invite people into your Communities with Community invite links.

Invite all the right people to your Communities all at once

Communities are a great way for groups of people to share around a topic. But when you’re creating a Community for a group you’re a part of, like a book club, parent-teacher association, or work team, the last thing you want to have to do is invite each member one-by-one.

Since so many groups already have a way to get ahold of one another, whether that’s through email, chat, a newsletter or something else, we’ve created a new Community invite link so you can invite all the right people at once.

Community owners and moderators can share an invite link with their group however they choose. People with the link will be able to directly join both private and ask-to-join public Communities, and anyone who doesn’t have a Google account or Google+ profile will be able to create one along the way. Communities that are restricted to a given G Suite organization will continue to only be accessible to members of that organization.

If something changes, you can easily disable a shared link or generate a new one at any time. To share an invite link to your Community, just open the invite menu on Google+ web, turn on the “Allow invites by link” option, and grab the link that appears.
___It's now easier to invite people into your Communities with Community invite links.

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2017-05-09 20:05:48 (83 comments; 46 reshares; 1,123 +1s; )Open 

Collection Of The Week: Interviews Of A Street Photographer

This brand new Collection is brought to you by the Street Photographers Community and +teresa pilcher, and as the title suggests, features Q&A sessions with street photographers.

The photographers share valuable nuggets of wisdom about their process and give advice to those looking to get into the craft.

Check out the Collection here: https://plus.google.com/collection/ck3jGE

(Photo Credit: +Joel Wright)
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Interested in building your own high quality Collection? Head over to the Collections Community which serves as your one-stop shop for learning and sharing Collections on Google+. Submit your Collections are for feedback from moderators and the G+ team.

https://plus.google.com/communities/104797282868426074024


Collection Of The Week: Interviews Of A Street Photographer

This brand new Collection is brought to you by the Street Photographers Community and +teresa pilcher, and as the title suggests, features Q&A sessions with street photographers.

The photographers share valuable nuggets of wisdom about their process and give advice to those looking to get into the craft.

Check out the Collection here: https://plus.google.com/collection/ck3jGE

(Photo Credit: +Joel Wright)
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Interested in building your own high quality Collection? Head over to the Collections Community which serves as your one-stop shop for learning and sharing Collections on Google+. Submit your Collections are for feedback from moderators and the G+ team.

https://plus.google.com/communities/104797282868426074024
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2017-05-08 14:34:55 (99 comments; 37 reshares; 434 +1s; )Open 

Discover the Good Guys Gaming Community

Good Guys Gaming is a community of folks who come together to share experience, knowledge, tips and enjoy the wonderful world of gaming. We believe it is a fun and valid pastime and are here to promote the positive aspects. Here you will find all ages and professions from yacht designers, I.T. Professionals to airline pilots.

Says Community owner +Aidan Feehan, 'GGG has been a wonderful community to own. All of the members without exception are friendly and help to promote our message of gaming as a creative and valid outlet for your spare time.'

Check out the Community here: https://plus.google.com/communities/108566363930226796309

And follow the +Good Guys Gaming page for all things GGG: https://plus.google.com/+gitbotv

Discover the Good Guys Gaming Community

Good Guys Gaming is a community of folks who come together to share experience, knowledge, tips and enjoy the wonderful world of gaming. We believe it is a fun and valid pastime and are here to promote the positive aspects. Here you will find all ages and professions from yacht designers, I.T. Professionals to airline pilots.

Says Community owner +Aidan Feehan, 'GGG has been a wonderful community to own. All of the members without exception are friendly and help to promote our message of gaming as a creative and valid outlet for your spare time.'

Check out the Community here: https://plus.google.com/communities/108566363930226796309

And follow the +Good Guys Gaming page for all things GGG: https://plus.google.com/+gitbotv___

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2017-05-04 20:31:17 (86 comments; 32 reshares; 572 +1s; )Open 

The making of a Star Wars superfan

Star Wars is regarded as one of the most impactful entertainment franchises of all time. This story from +Raymond Mendiola IV details how he turned to the force in 2007, thirty years after the original was released. #StarWarsDay

My Star Wars Story

Here is my story of how Star Wars has had a profound impact on my life for the past 10 years and brought me to the place I am today:

I was aware of Star Wars to some degree in my pre-teen years, but it wasn't until 2007 when I really watched the then six Star Wars films and became a fan. However at that point the franchise was pretty dormant and we knew of nothing yet on the horizon. However later that year we learned that The Clone Wars movie was coming out August 2008. The series followed in October and that cemented my love of Star Wars. Star Wars was something I could continue to enjoy and not just six films that were cool. About two and a half years later I came across Star Wars Insider for the first time in a local Target and I started subscribing. Several issues later I read an interview in the magazine about two guys who had a Star Wars podcast - that eventually became what +Rebel Force Radio is today. Once I started listening to the podcast I was entertained and informed and became introduced to and connected to a larger community of Star Wars fans. I felt that I was not alone - even though I had a couple of friends who were also fans of Star Wars - now I had a Star Wars family.

As I approached my highschool graduation and was searching for colleges and universities to attend - I heard or read somehow that there was a Star Wars club at my top pick. So that's the only university where I applied to. However, when I arrived that Fall of 2011 I discovered that the club no longer existed. So I restarted the club and was the president until I graduated in 2014. I've always been more of an introvert but being the president of the Star Wars club and having the various responsibilities that come from that , made me more outgoing and adventurous than I probably would ever be otherwise. The club is how I met my very best friend - at the first meeting no less!

As I approached my university graduation in Spring 2014 I didn't know what I was going to do with my Philosophy degree but having tried to do some very rudimentary graphic design and advertising to promote the club, I though that might be an interesting field to get into. So that fall after I graduated, I went back to school for two semesters and began my training in the arts of graphic design and advertising. In June 2015 I became a volunteer graphic designer at a local nonprofit. I am now working and doing freelance for a couple of non-profits and even doing some web design projects as well. I owe some of my web design knowledge to Star Wars as well as over the years I have had various websites and blogs - most of which were Star Wars related.

Last December 2016 I had a crazy idea to have a big Star Wars day at my alma mater. And after many months of planning and organizing, that is what is happening. We were able to get a very sizable four-figure budget on top of everything else I've been putting into it. And the big Star Wars Day event is happening tonight!!!! We are expecting and hoping for a big crowd across the undergraduate, graduate, alumni, and staff community. I already have plans for the future.

I guess to wrap it up Star Wars has impacted me greatly in two ways: it inspired my career and it enabled me to connect with and want to connect with a larger community of people. Star Wars is integral part of my life and I am every thankful for it. Soon my career / work will intertwine with Star Wars and I will be able to do what I love, have Star Wars be a part of it, and connect with people. Always in motion is the future :)

What is your Star Wars story? Use the hashtag #MyStarWarsStory

#StarWars #StarWarsDay___The making of a Star Wars superfan

Star Wars is regarded as one of the most impactful entertainment franchises of all time. This story from +Raymond Mendiola IV details how he turned to the force in 2007, thirty years after the original was released. #StarWarsDay

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2017-05-04 19:49:55 (161 comments; 66 reshares; 1,670 +1s; )Open 

Meet Create Member, +Rosie Nixon

Hello Rosie! Introduce yourself and tell us about what you enjoy creating

”My name is Rosie Nixon and my hobbies include being a creative photographer, gardener and freelance garden columnist. My garden and the surrounding countryside is my very own natural light studio. Consequently I prefer to sit, observe and soak in nature with my camera rather than do much weeding or mowing!”

What is your favorite creation, and why?

”It has to be this winter image of snowdrops growing through the silt and stones along our local river. They show such determination despite no gardener coming to tend them with food and water. Resilient and reliable each year as they have to survive our Scottish cold winters and flooding. Characteristics such as determination, resilience and reliability that I admire not only inflowe... more »

Meet Create Member, +Rosie Nixon

Hello Rosie! Introduce yourself and tell us about what you enjoy creating

”My name is Rosie Nixon and my hobbies include being a creative photographer, gardener and freelance garden columnist. My garden and the surrounding countryside is my very own natural light studio. Consequently I prefer to sit, observe and soak in nature with my camera rather than do much weeding or mowing!”

What is your favorite creation, and why?

”It has to be this winter image of snowdrops growing through the silt and stones along our local river. They show such determination despite no gardener coming to tend them with food and water. Resilient and reliable each year as they have to survive our Scottish cold winters and flooding. Characteristics such as determination, resilience and reliability that I admire not only in flowers but also in people.”

(See the image on G+ here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+RosieNixon/posts/AWwRRfoXVGf)

”This image caused quite an alarm and almost a 999 call to the emergency services. I was lying flat on the stones along the river while a couple of dog walkers were strolling along the path 40 feet or so above the river. They saw me lying flat and very still down below on the stones and they thought I was a casualty. I think I scared the life out of them … as they started yelling. Once I figured out that it could possibly be me they were yelling at I turned and lifted the camera ...they were much relieved!”

Rosie’s Collections

Garden Photography: https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/4F0GU
Still In Motion: https://plus.google.com/collection/w7ghX___

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2017-05-04 18:57:37 (70 comments; 22 reshares; 483 +1s; )Open 

Exploring the impact of Star Wars on pop culture with +Michael Brown​ #StarWarsDay

STAR WARS
Influencing pop culture from a galaxy far, far away....

As you may know, today marks the annual celebration of not only just the world renown galactic movie franchise, but also it's influence on pop culture today. I know from my own two eyes, being born in the late 80s, Star Wars has always been around. Wither it has been from a Walt Disney World short film attraction with the collaboration of George Lucas and Michael Jackson (https://youtu.be/tgpLqrhOPs0), the C3P0 lunch boxes (https://goo.gl/bMwiMe), the endless amount of Star Wars clothing (https://goo.gl/g5uLvx) and even the +Action Movie Kid​​ himself training others to become a Jedi (https://youtu.be/gnw012CVSOM). In some way shape or form we've all experiences Star Wars in some fashion.

Almost each and every character in the original Star Wars franchise is now iconic, inspiring many other characters and actors in other films and genres. For example, Princess Leia, played by Carry Fisher, has literally been a beacon of Hope for all woman protagonist in films today. I'd like to think that if it weren't for Princess Leia's character, we wouldn't have Trinity from the Matrix, staring Carrie Anne Moss, Alice in Resident Evil, played by Milla Jovovich, and even Jordan O'Neill from GI Jane, played by Demi Moore. And there's many more!

I can go on and on about each and every character in the Star Wars universe and how they have not only contributed to pop culture but influenced it. Even now, with the newest addition to the franchise, "The Force Awakens", "The Last Jedi", and "Rogue One", you see an incredibly diverse cast that makes for lively story telling. I have no reason to believe that this won't inspire many other movie and TV franchises to look into casting more diverse roles.

Star Wars will forever be a part of pop culture​, pushing the boundaries of technology, culture, diversity, and beautiful storytelling all from a galaxy far, far away, that yet feels so close to home. I hope that you enjoyed this special praise and celebration of the Star Wars franchise and as always, #MayThe4thBeWithYou.

#StarWars

Infographs from +Shutterfly​​ https://goo.gl/IjrNrE___Exploring the impact of Star Wars on pop culture with +Michael Brown​ #StarWarsDay

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2017-05-04 14:22:20 (144 comments; 144 reshares; 1,214 +1s; )Open 

#StarWarsDay on Google+

To help you live May the Fourth to the fullest, we’re bringing you our favorite Star Wars content on G+. We consulted Google+ Create member and resident Star Wars expert +Raymond Mendiola IV for his favorite picks from the G+ galaxy. Check out his picks and some of our favorites too:

Star Wars Art:
Check out +Virginia Poltrack’s amazing Star Wars artwork: https://plus.google.com/collection/I0ePI
+Raymond Mendiola IV’s curated Star Wars art: https://plus.google.com/collection/oxgBc
Star Wars Uberfans by +Sean Cowen: https://plus.google.com/collection/wC-aI
Embrace The Weird Side of the Force by +Sasch Mayer: https://plus.google.com/collection/07rRX

Stay up to date on movie news:
Follow the Official G+ Star Wars page:https... more »

#StarWarsDay on Google+

To help you live May the Fourth to the fullest, we’re bringing you our favorite Star Wars content on G+. We consulted Google+ Create member and resident Star Wars expert +Raymond Mendiola IV for his favorite picks from the G+ galaxy. Check out his picks and some of our favorites too:

Star Wars Art:
Check out +Virginia Poltrack’s amazing Star Wars artwork: https://plus.google.com/collection/I0ePI
+Raymond Mendiola IV’s curated Star Wars art: https://plus.google.com/collection/oxgBc
Star Wars Uberfans by +Sean Cowen: https://plus.google.com/collection/wC-aI
Embrace The Weird Side of the Force by +Sasch Mayer: https://plus.google.com/collection/07rRX

Stay up to date on movie news:
Follow the Official G+ Star Wars page: https://plus.google.com/+StarWars
Star Wars News and Rumors by Raymond: https://plus.google.com/collection/IKl1Y
Get your news fix with +Emily Vitori: https://plus.google.com/collection/AtBnb

Join the resistance:
Join up with fellow fans in Raymond’s Community: https://plus.google.com/communities/102789498892855599083
Exchange Star Wars facts and start a discussion: https://plus.google.com/communities/114646506344218625446
And listen to the Star Wars podcast from Rebel Force Radio: plus.google.com/+RebelForceRadio1

These are the toys you’re looking for
It wouldn’t be a Google+ list without mentioning some of the incredible toy photography artists. Check out these Star Wars toy photography Collections from +Ang Cheng Ann and +Captain Kaos
https://plus.google.com/collection/suKs0
https://plus.google.com/collection/QYlzBE

Show us how you’re celebrating Star Wars day, whether it’s posting about the upcoming film, or baking R2D2 cookies in your Chewie onesie. Tag #StarWarsDay
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2017-05-03 21:34:37 (74 comments; 27 reshares; 502 +1s; )Open 

Collections Tip: Turn Collections Notifications on

Want to make the most of Collections? +Nina Trankova, Create member and #Collections101 panelist recommends turning your Collections notifications on for your favorite Collections so you:

◊ Won’t miss a post
◊ Get notified immediately about each new post, directly by mail
◊ Save time and money, because you’re receiving the best authentic expertise
◊ Stay focused

Check out Collections PRO for more great advice from her: https://plus.google.com/collection/U8pox

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For more great tips check out #Collections101, a panel event featuring Nina that walks you through the basics of building high quality Collections. https://youtu.be/l1Fh6m4ySvo

Interested in building your own high quality Collection? Head over to the Collections Community which serves as yourone-stop sh... more »

Collections Tip: Turn Collections Notifications on

Want to make the most of Collections? +Nina Trankova, Create member and #Collections101 panelist recommends turning your Collections notifications on for your favorite Collections so you:

◊ Won’t miss a post
◊ Get notified immediately about each new post, directly by mail
◊ Save time and money, because you’re receiving the best authentic expertise
◊ Stay focused

Check out Collections PRO for more great advice from her: https://plus.google.com/collection/U8pox

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For more great tips check out #Collections101, a panel event featuring Nina that walks you through the basics of building high quality Collections. https://youtu.be/l1Fh6m4ySvo

Interested in building your own high quality Collection? Head over to the Collections Community which serves as your one-stop shop for learning and sharing Collections on Google+. Submit your Collections here for feedback from moderators and the G+ team. https://plus.google.com/communities/104797282868426074024


https://plus.google.com/collection/U8pox___

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2017-05-02 16:57:25 (168 comments; 114 reshares; 1,517 +1s; )Open 

Collection Of The Week: +Shawn McClure's Plant Photography

This Collection features colorful and vivid depictions of trees, plants, and everything in between.

Plant Photography: https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/guef_

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Interested in building your own high quality Collection? Head over to the Collections Community which serves as your one-stop shop for learning and sharing Collections on Google+. Submit your Collections are for feedback from moderators and the G+ team.

https://plus.google.com/communities/104797282868426074024

No Worries -- Bingham, Illinois
"My dog doesn't worry about the meaning of life. She may worry if she doesn't get her breakfast, but she doesn't sit around worrying about whether she will get fulfilled or liberated or enlightened. As long as she gets some food and a little affection, her life is fine."
-- Joko Beck

My tiny dog Gracie, who is a Maltese Terrier that weighs eight pounds soaking wet, photobombs my shot as she watches the sunrise between the trees on my family's farm in southern Illinois. There's a closer shot of Gracie here: https://goo.gl/u8ihMI

For #TreeTuesday ( +Tree Tuesday ) Curated by +Christina Lawrie , +Allan Cabrera , +Ralph Mendoza , +Kim Troutman and +David R Robinson, and #TreeSilhouetteWednesday +TreeSilhouette Wednesday curated by +Charles Fromage, +Andrew Sowerby, +Steve Alfano, +sebastian hesse, +David D and +Bhattacharya P., and #LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography curated by +Margaret Tompkins +Eric Drumm +Chandler L. Walker +Krzysztof Felczak +Jeff Beddow +H Peter Ji +Dorma Wiggin, and #hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape curated by +Peter Marbaise +Hans-Juergen Werner +Shannan Crow +Albert Vuvu Konde +Patrick Nolan +Guy Verkroost, and #hqspanimals for +HQSP Animals...___Collection Of The Week: +Shawn McClure's Plant Photography

This Collection features colorful and vivid depictions of trees, plants, and everything in between.

Plant Photography: https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/guef_

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Interested in building your own high quality Collection? Head over to the Collections Community which serves as your one-stop shop for learning and sharing Collections on Google+. Submit your Collections are for feedback from moderators and the G+ team.

https://plus.google.com/communities/104797282868426074024

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2017-05-01 20:43:57 (76 comments; 31 reshares; 586 +1s; )Open 

Meet Create Member +Anuradha Goyal

Hello Anuradha! Tell us a little bit about your work

”I enjoy creating travel experiences from my own travels. It is like sharing the joy of travel with my readers and creating an osmosis, where we multiply our joys of traveling.”

How did you start creating travel stories?

”I started writing my travel stories as an experiment way back in 2004 when blogging was just born. One thing led to another and in 8-10 years my travel blog became my identity. Readers joined in, a whole community of fellow bloggers is born making in an enviable space to be in.”

Whats your favorite creation?

”I have enjoyed writing each of my stories but it is the poetry that I wrote for the poetry in stone that Sun Temple at Modhera evoked that remains by favorite -http://ww... more »

Meet Create Member +Anuradha Goyal

Hello Anuradha! Tell us a little bit about your work

”I enjoy creating travel experiences from my own travels. It is like sharing the joy of travel with my readers and creating an osmosis, where we multiply our joys of traveling.”

How did you start creating travel stories?

”I started writing my travel stories as an experiment way back in 2004 when blogging was just born. One thing led to another and in 8-10 years my travel blog became my identity. Readers joined in, a whole community of fellow bloggers is born making in an enviable space to be in.”

Whats your favorite creation?

”I have enjoyed writing each of my stories but it is the poetry that I wrote for the poetry in stone that Sun Temple at Modhera evoked that remains by favorite - http://www.inditales.com/sun-temple-modhera/“

Anuradha’s Collections

Incredible India by IndiTales - https://plus.google.com/collection/IehtR
Goa Beaches & Beyond - https://plus.google.com/collection/QRXtR

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAh46fRij2g___

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2017-05-01 03:24:31 (83 comments; 38 reshares; 807 +1s; )Open 

#MyToughestShot: +Federico Enguix employed the use of a flight simulator to scout this location

Do you want to know how to create a panorama like this? Check out my article in PetaPixel ;)
#makingof #panorama #switzerland #lake #sunset #creative #photography #MyToughestShot___#MyToughestShot: +Federico Enguix employed the use of a flight simulator to scout this location

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2017-05-01 03:19:13 (153 comments; 84 reshares; 2,078 +1s; )Open 

#MyToughestShot: Hiking up Mt. St Leonard in a blizzard

My Toughest shot 1
This is an initiative of the Create+ program designed to showcase the work of creators within Google+

I have selected 3 images to show that sometimes you need to go the extra mile to get just the right image. For my first image I present a photo that I call "The boulevard of broken dreams". The name comes from an image that I have seen of James Dean from the 50's where he is walking down a street in New York all hunched over with a great coat obviously feeling the cold.

On this particular day a friend of mine decided that we were going to see some snow (we don't see a lot of snow in Melbourne) and to take some photos. What he didn't tell me was that he had timed our arrival to coincide with a cold front and we hiked up to the top of Mount St Leonard in the middle of a blizzard. The attached image is a picture of my friend taken while hiking back to the car. This image to me is all about why you should go out in all weather to take photos. Sometimes you come up with images that are extraordinary. I have placed​ a link to the GPS location in maps for those that may be interested.

#MyToughestShot #createinaction #thatsaplus

https://www.google.com.au/maps/place/Mt+Saint+Leonard+lookout/@-37.5700095,145.5269812,2572m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0xa2209ce846e89153!8m2!3d-37.5671697!4d145.5254495___#MyToughestShot: Hiking up Mt. St Leonard in a blizzard

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2017-04-30 00:37:55 (166 comments; 93 reshares; 2,348 +1s; )Open 

#MyToughestShot: +Alex Lapidus races against time to capture this long exposure of the Milky Way

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Songs of Distant Shores

I wish I could tease you with the story before showing you the photo, but G+ doesn't work that way :-).  This is a single exposure, taken last night (with just a quick hotel room edit, but that's all I usually do anyway).  +Linda Villers and I had quite an adventure!

A few weeks ago I saw a beautiful photo from +Adam Woodworth (at https://plus.google.com/+AdamWoodworth/posts/4Lexv5RzJ2t ) of the Milky Way over the Hopewell Rocks, and I thought, hey, we're headed that direction!  On the rare occasions when I plan to go out and capture something specific, +Darryl Van Gaal and +Sairam Sundaresan have helped arm me with the right tools, so I was able to figure out that the Milky Way would be setting in the South after sunset, and the Moon wouldn't be up.  We had also scouted the Hopewell Rocks park last week during a daytime low tide (see https://plus.google.com/u/0/+AlexLapidus/posts/BUJMjfEihoj for more info on the Rocks and the Bay of Fundy tides).

So we just had to drive a few hours, hike in a mile or so from the road, climb down to the ocean floor in the dark, learn basically from scratch how to get the cameras focused in the dark and lightpaint the rocks (we don't do this kind of thing much).  And, oh yeah, there were the sounds of waves on the shore...

Last week the water was way out, and we never heard any waves.  Last night, it sounded like we were right near the waterline, and we could see the water gleaming a bit, even though we were there at basically the same time relative to the tide tables.  Remember, those rock formations are there because this area is far underwater half the time, and we remembered all too clearly one of the guides last week saying "once the water gets to that point, you have six minutes..."  And there were no guides there (in fact nobody else at all).  So we stayed close to the ladder, and kept a nervous eye on the water, but didn't notice it getting much closer; all I can figure is that maybe it was relatively high for a low tide.  Anyway, no star trails on this night :-).

Sorry about the funky colors.  There were some orange lights in the area coloring especially the trees and clouds; there's the green of the trees and airglow; and we had very blue flashlights that we were trying to light the rocks with.  I may try more editing (or a different version of the image) when I get home.  I see that +Adam Woodworth offers workshops, which I'd better go take if I'm going to do this much :-).

My album from Montreal and Eastern Canada is at https://plus.google.com/photos/+AlexLapidus/albums/6043709562062703185 and I also have a Night Skies album at https://plus.google.com/photos/+AlexLapidus/albums/5991811766995836433 ; prints available at http://www.alexlapidus.com .


For #travelthursday  with +Laura Mitchum; #photojournalworldwide  with +andi rivarola (+Photo Journal Worldwide); #coastalthursday  with +Jon Kahn and +David Polzine (+Coastal Thursday); #longexposurethursday  with +Francesco Gola and +Luca Gerardi (+LongExposure Thursday); #nightphotographyfriday  with +Mark Hammon and +Steve Passlow (+Night Photography Friday); #nightscapes  with +Jesse Martineau, +Valesa Diamontes and +Patrick Zeiler (+Nightscapes);  #hqspnight  +HQSP Night curated by +Dirk Müller +Nico Kaiser ;  #hqsplandscape , +HQSP Landscape curated by +Nader El Assy +Luca Ferroglio +Craig Loxley +Dorothy Pugh +Jesse Martineau +David D ;  #landscapephotography +Landscape Photography +Landscape Photography Show +Margaret Tompkins +Jim Warthman +Kevin Rowe +Johan Peijnenburg +David Heath Williams +Tom Hierl +Carolyn Lim +Howard L. Smith +Kai Kosonen +Sheila B. DuBois +Toshi Nakamura +David Pilasky +Bill Wood +Tony Phillips +Jeff Beddow ;  #StunningMoment +Stunning Moment by +Alycia Miller +Zvonimir Fras ; #amazinglandscapes  with +Rolf Hicker; #freshpics  with +Trevor Farrell (+Fresh Pics).___#MyToughestShot: +Alex Lapidus races against time to capture this long exposure of the Milky Way

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2017-04-28 20:55:19 (69 comments; 51 reshares; 1,129 +1s; )Open 

#MyToughestShot: +Kevin Childress employs LED lights, mushrooms and a whole lot of patience for this night time production

Nightglow, Part 1

Being a stand-out landscape and nature photographer is no easy task these days. There is no shortage of fierce and talented competition in landscape and nature photography and in many ways technology improvements over the years have allowed a greater number of photographers to produce amazing and stunning images. I'm one who believes there really are no "original ideas" left to be had in photography, so how does one stand out from the crowd ... ?

It all starts with a vision: One of my favorite activities is to roam through forests in search of small, attractive plant life - wild flowers, etc. - and try to conceive new ways to compose and illuminate those subjects in their natural environment. Of course there are problems in the forest with good light (or the lack thereof) and wind. Where these problems occur I enjoy designing and building my own DIY solutions and I've assembled a nice little field kit to deal with pretty much anything Mother Nature can throw at me. But one day I realized I was missing a piece of lighting equipment that would allow me to paint light into really small areas of really small objects. My solution was to build a number of single-lead 5mm LED light sources that were easy to articulate and that could get into really tight spots (imagine a single LED on the end of a 5-foot harness that is attached to a battery pack). Now that I had my lights assembled I had to figure out what to do with them ...

Putting a vision into action: After building the lights I spent a few hours scouting the forests of a local park for subjects when a cluster of mushrooms caught my eye. I looked closely and wondered if it were possible for light to pass through the mass of the mushrooms but realized using my new LEDs would require me to photograph under the cover of darkness given the relatively low power of the LED rig. The next morning I began looking around the house for test subjects when I made a wonderful discovery: a nice little pod of mushrooms in a flower bed right in my own back yard!! Initially there were four mushrooms in a tight little bunch - one cap was spread wide and the other three still had the caps closed like the small mushroom you see in my image. A few hours later I went back to study the composition - it was now around 10:00 a.m. - and the largest mushroom had already wilted and fallen to the ground! The next day I found another of the mushrooms had spread it's cap overnight and like the one before it had shriveled and fallen only a few hours after sunrise. Clearly these little mushrooms were nocturnal creatures! I was now down to two mushrooms and both of their caps were still closed.

Executing an action: Not to miss one last opportunity with my two remaining mushrooms I began working on this image at 4:30 a.m. and I was delighted to find the largest of the mushrooms had spread it's cap overnight. Of course it was pitch dark outside and it took me about 45-minutes to get my new gear in order and to find a good angle for composition. After a few test shots using a powerful flashlight I began to notice problems with my composition. The angles were just all wrong and my background was seriously lacking any contribution to the image. Finally I completely flattened my tripod to the ground and went to work on the background. After another couple test shots for exposure I noticed something that could have wrecked the whole project - a blasted irrigation head almost immediately next to my subject. ARGHHHH! Thank goodness it was fall and I was able to use a large leaf to conceal the irrigation head. Finally I randomly placed a handful of smaller leaves to balance the weight of the composition. My first official exposure was captured at 5:20 a.m.

An action explained: To light the mushrooms I used a single bright white LED. There is no light being exposed to the top of the mushroom. The mushroom was lit entirely by pointing the LED upward, directly under the cap. The leaves and the ground are exposed mostly by light reflecting from beneath the mushroom's cap but are also picking up a little light spill from the LED bulb. I was very happy to see that light could indeed pass through the mass of the cap!
I later solved the light spill problem by snooting the LEDs with a short length of a drinking straw.

Obviously my hand, the LED, and the LED wires aren't visible in the image. That was achieved by taking three exposures - one exposure with the LED under the left side of the cap, one exposure with the LED under the right side of the cap, and one exposure with the LED under the front side of the cap. With those three layers in Photoshop I simply masked out my hand, the LED and the wires to allow those same areas of the opposing images to fill the frame. There are four images total in the layer stack with the top three layers set to Lighten blend mode. The background is a hedge of Emerald Green Arborvitae about three feet behind the mushroom and was lit continuously with a Savage dual-arm macro light.

The final image was processed with selective dodging and burning along with a couple selective color shifts.

This was definitely one of #MyToughestShot s!


#mushrooms   #fungi   #night   #nightphotography   #closeup   #nature   #naturephotography   #ledlighting  ___#MyToughestShot: +Kevin Childress employs LED lights, mushrooms and a whole lot of patience for this night time production

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2017-04-28 19:29:48 (244 comments; 156 reshares; 2,153 +1s; )Open 

This Month On Google+: April Edition

From the women of Syria to discussions of sustainable agriculture, April was a month of social reflection for many G+ users. And as always, the creatives shared tons of inspiring work for everyone to enjoy. Here's a little bit of what happened in the last thirty days!

#CreateABetterEarth: Google+ Create members celebrated Earth Day with thoughts, reflections and information on the health of our planet. https://plus.google.com/collection/cz5DTB

#MyToughestShot: We invited photographers to share the stories behind their most challenging pictures. Check out the hashtag or visit the G+ Collection https://goo.gl/tDRENo

Collections Of The Week: Portraits, Seascapes, App-less April, Travel Photography and more! https://plus.google.com/collection/k428v

Connecting The World... more »

This Month On Google+: April Edition

From the women of Syria to discussions of sustainable agriculture, April was a month of social reflection for many G+ users. And as always, the creatives shared tons of inspiring work for everyone to enjoy. Here's a little bit of what happened in the last thirty days!

#CreateABetterEarth: Google+ Create members celebrated Earth Day with thoughts, reflections and information on the health of our planet. https://plus.google.com/collection/cz5DTB

#MyToughestShot: We invited photographers to share the stories behind their most challenging pictures. Check out the hashtag or visit the G+ Collection https://goo.gl/tDRENo

Collections Of The Week: Portraits, Seascapes, App-less April, Travel Photography and more! https://plus.google.com/collection/k428v

Connecting The World Through Postcards: This Collection by +Geri Linda Metterle puts a modern twist on communication of yesteryear. https://goo.gl/pspx30

Um Fouad's Coffee Ritual: A Syrian refugee's recipe for hope amid adversity https://goo.gl/WeR3yK

Join Community Vanguards: Are you running a community and want to take it to the next level? The G+ Community Vanguards program may be for you https://goo.gl/m7C4BE

(Photo Credit: +Clint Burkinshaw's Travel Photography Collection)___

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2017-04-28 17:33:34 (126 comments; 75 reshares; 1,465 +1s; )Open 

#MyToughestShot: Walking along rocky cliffs while visually impaired, all for a spectacular view

Great work, +Alistair Ford!


Photographing Zakynthos island's Shipwreck Cove for my Zakynthos island images collection. .

Being visually impaired with Cone Dystrophy and having very little central vision made this quite a challenge for me walking along the rocky clifftop which does not have a proper footpath that in places is only a few inches way from the edge of the 200 meter high cliffs. Eventually I got to the location on the edge of the cliff where i wanted to take the photograph. Looking down from the clifftop towards the beach and Shipwreck below was really breathtaking. I spent a few minutes just standing there to take it all in before taking the photo.

For photographing the beach and Shipwreck below I used my Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Android phone and Shoulderpod S1 grip. The photo was taken using the Note 3 ' s stock camera app using the panorama mode with the phone held vertically and panning from lift to right. The photos where then edited in Snapseed

Photography by Alistair Ford

#MyToughestShot___#MyToughestShot: Walking along rocky cliffs while visually impaired, all for a spectacular view

Great work, +Alistair Ford!

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2017-04-28 16:55:26 (110 comments; 51 reshares; 518 +1s; )Open 

Community Management Best Practices: using the Ask to Join feature
Post contributed by Community Vanguards member +Paul Snedden

Did you know that, as a Community Manager or Owner, you have the ability to change whether members need to be approved before they can join a community? It's called Ask to Join, and can be enabled on any Public community - even after it's been created.

By default, Public Communities are setup with the "anyone can join” option enabled. A great way to make sure you're only getting quality members joining your Community is by enabling the “ask to join” option. What this will do is send an 'application' notification to the Community Owner and Moderators to let you know that you have a request for a new member.

Private Communities don't miss out either. For them, Community Owners and Moderators can nowchang... more »

Community Management Best Practices: using the Ask to Join feature
Post contributed by Community Vanguards member +Paul Snedden

Did you know that, as a Community Manager or Owner, you have the ability to change whether members need to be approved before they can join a community? It's called Ask to Join, and can be enabled on any Public community - even after it's been created.

By default, Public Communities are setup with the "anyone can join” option enabled. A great way to make sure you're only getting quality members joining your Community is by enabling the “ask to join” option. What this will do is send an 'application' notification to the Community Owner and Moderators to let you know that you have a request for a new member.

Private Communities don't miss out either. For them, Community Owners and Moderators can now change between “hide it from searches” (invite-only) and “people can find it and ask to join”. One very important point to remember is that this does not allow Communities to change between private and public. That is set at the point of creation of the Community and is not changeable due to privacy restrictions.

To enable Ask to Join, you'll need to open up the Community from the desktop/web interface - click on the gear icon from the Community page, select 'Edit Community', and scroll to the bottom.

Paul owns and moderates a few Communities on Google+, including Sydney: https://plus.google.com/communities/109313133531630502005 and Sydney Local Guides: https://plus.google.com/communities/112376213917229628646___

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2017-04-27 19:50:34 (172 comments; 90 reshares; 1,566 +1s; )Open 

#MyToughestShot: +Ian Plant "I (mildly) cooked my forearms making this photo!"

Now that's dedication.

A surface breakout of lava on the Big Island of Hawaii. I (mildly) cooked my forearms making this photo! Canon 5DSR, Canon 11-24mm f/4 lens, ISO 50, f/11, 20 seconds.___#MyToughestShot: +Ian Plant "I (mildly) cooked my forearms making this photo!"

Now that's dedication.

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2017-04-27 17:11:23 (500 comments; 586 reshares; 1,359 +1s; )Open 

Love anime? Obsessed with street art? Can’t get enough nature photography? Now it’s even easier to get way into what you’re into with Topics.

Love anime? Obsessed with street art? Can’t get enough nature photography? Now it’s even easier to get way into what you’re into with Topics.___

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2017-04-27 17:03:49 (80 comments; 27 reshares; 840 +1s; )Open 

Brush up on your photography skills with lessons from a Create member

+Alex Lapidus will be running his 'Blurs and Unsharp Photography: Guided Play' program for the fourth year. If you're interested in signing up, stay tuned to his profile in the coming weeks.

https://goo.gl/nOxpRd

Brush up on your photography skills with lessons from a Create member

+Alex Lapidus will be running his 'Blurs and Unsharp Photography: Guided Play' program for the fourth year. If you're interested in signing up, stay tuned to his profile in the coming weeks.

https://goo.gl/nOxpRd___

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2017-04-27 16:42:36 (108 comments; 58 reshares; 1,286 +1s; )Open 

#MyToughestShot: +Rodrigue El Hajj goes under a waterfall and battles mist to capture this angle

#Seljalandsfoss is one of the best known waterfalls in #Iceland and it's possible to walk behind it, but I gotta tell you the mist coming from it doesn't make it that easy at all to take a picture! It's pretty crazy! But the feeling you get when you get out of there all wet from head to toe with your gear is amazing!
This #waterfall of the river #Seljalandsá drops 60 metres over the cliffs of the former coastline.
#500px HQ: http://ow.ly/WFzUG

For more contents visit:
http://www.rod-fx.com
http://www.twitter.com/rodrigueelhajj
http://www.vimeo.com/rodrigueelhajj
http://www.500px.com/rodrigueelhajj

#landscape #onearth #epic_captures #discoverearth #planetearth #bestvacations #everydayiceland #nofilter #loves_iceland #icelandtravel #photooftheday #epicphotography #ourplanetdaily #earthpix #fantasticearth #wonderful_places #destinationearth #jaw_dropping_shots #natgeolandscape #weare500px #naturalwonders #awesomeearth #thebest_captures
#MyToughestShot #awesome_earthpix #fisheye +Google+​​​​ +500px​​​ #g+winning  #symmetry +Google Photos #LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins #BTPLandscapePro +BTP Landscape Pro #LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography curated by +Margaret Tompkins +Eric Drumm +Chandler L. Walker +Krzysztof Felczak +AJ Lim +Jeff Beddow +H Peter Ji +Jani Westman +Dorma Wiggin +Ranco Sevla Sevla

___#MyToughestShot: +Rodrigue El Hajj goes under a waterfall and battles mist to capture this angle

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2017-04-26 19:01:06 (296 comments; 119 reshares; 2,236 +1s; )Open 

#MyToughestShot: +Margaret Tompkins Grand Canyon capture required 2 days, 2 four-wheel drive vehicles, and 2 guides

Toroweap - A Photographer's Adventure

This was one of #MyToughestShot !!

Toroweap is on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and it's very remote!! Getting there is the adventure. I invited 3 of my friends to help me celebrate my birthday at Toroweap. It required 2 days, 2 4-wheel drive vehicles, 2 guides, and lots of gear. The adventure starts near Kanab, UT, a place I dearly love. Around mile-marker 26, there is a dirt road with the sign "Toroweap 61". Yes, that's 61 miles. The first 55 miles are fairly easy. It's dirt and gravel and very well maintained for the first few miles. You pass through great unspoiled areas of the Arizona Strip country. The last 6 miles is where you really need high clearance 4-wheel drive vehicles with someone who knows what they are doing. The last couple of miles is pure rock!! I don't recall seeing a road at all.

A storm passing through creating great clouds in the sky and my friend stepped near the edge to give the photo perspective. Down below, the Colorado River cuts deeper into the canyon. That's a 3000 ft. cliff!! This is also where Lava Falls is located on the river. It's one of the most dangerous rapids on the river.

Later we celebrated with great night photography and brownies to celebrate the day!! It was an awesome birthday celebration!!

I'm sharing for my dear friends at #LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography curated by +Margaret Tompkins +Eric Drumm +Chandler L. Walker +Krzysztof Felczak +Jeff Beddow +H Peter Ji +Dorma Wiggin #Toroweap #NorthRim #GrandCanyon #ColoradoRiver
___#MyToughestShot: +Margaret Tompkins Grand Canyon capture required 2 days, 2 four-wheel drive vehicles, and 2 guides

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2017-04-26 17:19:53 (138 comments; 34 reshares; 863 +1s; )Open 

Collection Of The Week: Portraits!

The human face can tell a thousand stories, and the Portraits! Collection by +Manish Lakhani is full of striking photography that does just that. Take a browse through the Collection here and take a journey through his travels.

Portraits!: https://plus.google.com/collection/QvFLXB

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Interested in building your own high quality Collection? Head over to the Collections Community which serves as your one-stop shop for learning and sharing Collections on Google+. Submit your Collections are for feedback from moderators and the G+ team.

https://plus.google.com/communities/104797282868426074024

Collection Of The Week: Portraits!

The human face can tell a thousand stories, and the Portraits! Collection by +Manish Lakhani is full of striking photography that does just that. Take a browse through the Collection here and take a journey through his travels.

Portraits!: https://plus.google.com/collection/QvFLXB

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Interested in building your own high quality Collection? Head over to the Collections Community which serves as your one-stop shop for learning and sharing Collections on Google+. Submit your Collections are for feedback from moderators and the G+ team.

https://plus.google.com/communities/104797282868426074024___

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2017-04-25 14:43:26 (212 comments; 88 reshares; 1,511 +1s; )Open 

#MyToughestShot: +Darren Huski explains the dangers and delicacy of capturing a geyser at Yellowstone

"Photographing around geothermal features is tough. You have to stay on boardwalks. There is no wandering around as the ground is often a thin crust and you literally could fall through into boiling water." 😳

Yellowstone by Night

A nightscape of the Milky Way, Northern Lights and Erupting Geyser in Yellowstone. This may be #MyToughestShot

I planned a trip to Yellowstone last fall timed with the new moon to see if I could photograph some of the geothermal features of park with the Milky Way. Because it was the end of the season and many campgrounds were closed I was staying in an area I had only driven through once. Looking at Maps, Google Earth and using Stellaium, I picked out a few locations and features I thought I could photograph the Milky Way from such as Grand Prismatic Spring. I also looked for some different areas especially a geyser. Many people will be drawn to see Old Faithful and when it erupts there are hundreds of people there. I wanted no people and no lights.

Photographing around geothermal features is tough. You have to stay on boardwalks. There is no wandering around as the ground is often a thin crust and you literally could fall through into boiling water. Always stay on the boardwalks!

That was what led me to the White Dome Geyser. It is a large cone that you can get close to on a boardwalk. It is off the main drive on a side road away from the Old Faithful area.

I saw the geyser was erupting every 30-40 minutes. I got there for sunset and had the whole place to myself. I set up my tripods and cameras and waited for it to get dark. While waiting for the stars to show up I saw the geyser erupt a couple of times. I heard coyotes howling too.

Finally it was dark enough, I could see the arc of the Milky Way had the Geyser framed for the shot. Then it was just a question of waiting for the eruption. When it happened I would just long enough for about 3 images out of each camera. When it happened I rapidly took the images. One one set I turned on my red LED on my headlamp to light the plume of steam.

It was only after reviewing the images did I realize that I had also picked up a faint aurora to the north!

A little planning and a little luck made it an image you could hope for but not always get. I guess you make your own luck.

Sony A7R with Samyang 24mm lens

If you want to see more of my nightscape images check out my Nightscape Collection here on G+ https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/AXE9b

#wildernessphotographer #wyoming #yellowstone #nightscape #milkyway #create #sonya7r #samyang #milkyway #aurora #geyser #nationalpark #mytoughestshot___#MyToughestShot: +Darren Huski explains the dangers and delicacy of capturing a geyser at Yellowstone

"Photographing around geothermal features is tough. You have to stay on boardwalks. There is no wandering around as the ground is often a thin crust and you literally could fall through into boiling water." 😳

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2017-04-24 16:56:05 (180 comments; 49 reshares; 1,217 +1s; )Open 

Meet Create Member +Paolo Dalprato Photographer

Hello Paolo! Tell us a little bit about yourself!

”I’m a professional photographer, my subjects ranging from industrial photography to portraits, architecture, live music. I use both color and black and white and about lenses my preference is for the extremes. In my workflow shooting and post-processing are equally important, in both phases what I like best is to use lights and shadows to give shape to my subjects.”

When and how did your passion for photography start?

My passion for photography started when I was a teenager. I was captivated by the magic of the image becoming visible on the paper in the developing tank. The digital age has brought another spell: post-production. I use only open source software.

Whats your favorite picture that you’ve taken?
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Meet Create Member +Paolo Dalprato Photographer

Hello Paolo! Tell us a little bit about yourself!

”I’m a professional photographer, my subjects ranging from industrial photography to portraits, architecture, live music. I use both color and black and white and about lenses my preference is for the extremes. In my workflow shooting and post-processing are equally important, in both phases what I like best is to use lights and shadows to give shape to my subjects.”

When and how did your passion for photography start?

My passion for photography started when I was a teenager. I was captivated by the magic of the image becoming visible on the paper in the developing tank. The digital age has brought another spell: post-production. I use only open source software.

Whats your favorite picture that you’ve taken?

My favorite picture is this, it's an unmade bed in a hotel room. I do not know who slept there and that's the charm, because I think it is a photo that drives us to fantasize, to create stories and characters. And this is what I love in photography, stimulate the imagination.
https://plus.google.com/photos/photo/116170258297905062171/6406638428095279954?icm=false

Paolo’s Collections:

Metal: https://plus.google.com/collection/QLCu3

Macro: in b&w https://plus.google.com/collection/AZVz3

Milan: in colors https://plus.google.com/collection/82L-LE___

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2017-04-24 15:10:36 (149 comments; 81 reshares; 1,337 +1s; )Open 

Introducing #MyToughestShot

This week, we’re inviting photographers to share the stories behind their most challenging shots. It may only take a few seconds to acknowledge the beauty of a picture, but in that moment most of us are unaware of how much work actually went into creating it.

Photographers can spend hours waiting in one spot for the perfect moment, or they can hike through harsh conditions to reach the ideal vantage point. On the technical side, there various lenses and filters and techniques that goes into post-processing that most people forget when looking at a picture.

We invite all photographers to share the stories of your challenging work by using the hashtag #MyToughestShot.

Check out the first entry here (https://goo.gl/RdkJ0v) and be on the lookout for much more!

Introducing #MyToughestShot

This week, we’re inviting photographers to share the stories behind their most challenging shots. It may only take a few seconds to acknowledge the beauty of a picture, but in that moment most of us are unaware of how much work actually went into creating it.

Photographers can spend hours waiting in one spot for the perfect moment, or they can hike through harsh conditions to reach the ideal vantage point. On the technical side, there various lenses and filters and techniques that goes into post-processing that most people forget when looking at a picture.

We invite all photographers to share the stories of your challenging work by using the hashtag #MyToughestShot.

Check out the first entry here (https://goo.gl/RdkJ0v) and be on the lookout for much more!___

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2017-04-24 15:08:35 (54 comments; 37 reshares; 928 +1s; )Open 

#MyToughestShot: +Heiko Köster endures the treacherous conditions of Death Valley on two trips to capture this photo.

The hottest place on Earth? 60 miles from civilization? Unpaved roads? Running low on gas? No problem! 💯

Race Track Playa
Death Valley NP, USA, 2012


#MyToughestShot - an initiative by crea(+)e

The image below was one of the most expensive and elaborate images I ever took, so far. And this is ....

The Story behind the Picture

Since I saw a photograph of the sliding rocks somewhere in a bookstore I was fascinated by this place. How could these rocks move without leaving any trace except their own ?

Preparations

Later I figured that the amazing place was located in Death Valley and so I got hooked to visit this fantastic location. Living in Europe it takes more than a weekend trip to get to Death Valley.Luckily I have the chance to visit the US every once in a while, but anyway Death Valley was not always on our route.
Obstacle number two was the remote location of this place. It takes a 30 miles drive over unpaved roads to get there and this road starts next to Ubehebe Crater, which also is located just in the middle of nowhere, far away from any larger city.

1st Attempt

So it took some years, until we came across Death Valley again in October 2010, and since we wanted to go to the race track, we rented a SUV. When we arrived at Ubehebe Crater and entered the "road" to the race track we saw the warning signs about heavy duty tires and 4 wheel drive requirements for the trip. Since we crossed an ocean and drove some thousand miles to get to this place we wanted at least give it a try with our normal rental car. But after a mile or so I gave up, because I didn't want to go about 60 miles to and from Race Track Playa on a very rough road with a normal SUV with regular tires. Everything was rattling and shaking when we drove on this road and I thought the car would just fall apart after a while.
So we decided to come back on our next trip with a tougher, more suitable car.

2nd Attempt

In 2012 we came back, this time I rented an off road jeep at a local place near Furnace Creek. We stayed at the lodge and in the early morning we picked up our Jeep Wrangler. The guy at the rental said, we would have enough time to take a little trip to Rhyolite and back through Titus Canyon before we head for Race Track Playa. So we did it, but of course the tour took longer than expected. For someone who never drove off road, the easy Titus canyon drive was a great adventure and when we left Titus Canyon it was already afternoon. So we drove as fast as we could - or the recommendation of the car lender let us - to get to the Race Track.

Late Arrival

It took quite a while to finish the 60 miles drive and since the sun was relentlessly making progress, we speeded up a bit and drove faster and faster the more we got used to the road and the more the clock was turning. Around 5pm we arrived, but since the place was surrounded by high mountains, the sun was already setting behind them. We rushed out on the plaza and took as many pictures as we could before everything was completely covered in shade.

Back through the Dark of the Night

Then we headed back, noticing that the fuel of our Jeep was running low .... it was supposed to last for the whole trip. Since the rental guy had a lot of experience about the distances and trips in Death Valley we were on the save side. But we had more than a 80 miles to go to the next gas station, it was getting dark and there was no reception of any mobile network. Not the best conditions to feel confident in a completely remote location.
After two hours of driving in the dark one hour on the unpaved road and one hour on the regular highway with the gas running lower and lower, we finally reached Furnace Creek and I put on gas for $100 before we returned it to the rental place and dropped of the keys. Including the extra night at the motel , the gas, the rent plus insurance for the car and the tires, I spent about $500 extra for this single day trip in addition to the normal costs for flights and the road trip through the US to get there, but it was worth every penny.
After spending the day of my life out in the dessert, we went back to the lodge and happily fell asleep.

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___#MyToughestShot: +Heiko Köster endures the treacherous conditions of Death Valley on two trips to capture this photo.

The hottest place on Earth? 60 miles from civilization? Unpaved roads? Running low on gas? No problem! 💯

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