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Ellie Kennard has been at 12 events

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First Friday Art Walk661,120The July #FirstFridayArtWalk  is here! It is open to all. Whether you are an artist, or simply an art lover, there is a way for each and every one of us, who wishes to, to participate.  *The June First Friday Art Walk will be held on Friday, July 7, 2013.* ---------------------------------------------------------------- How it works: To participate, please join our community, Google+ First Friday Art Walk: https://plus.google.com/communities/117542371460000181203 Artists, simply share work of your own, a painting, a drawing, a sculpture, an illustration, to the Community and add the hashtag #FirstFridayArtWalk.  Of course, you are also welcome to use the hashtag on your own profile. The Art Walk is open to non-photographic work, in traditional, and digital media. Art lovers and artists alike are welcome to reshare the work of other artists with the   #FirstFridayArtWalk  hashtag as well, both to the Community and to your own circles. This way, we should be able to get a flurry of art circulating in everyone's stream.  Thanks, and we look forward to seeing your work! Please feel free to invite artists and others that you feel may be interested in this event. :)July First Friday Art Walk2013-07-05 13:00:00232  
Ellie Kennard50,900*What?* Please join us for the Google+ Two-Year Anniversary Photowalk! *When?* Saturday, June 29th, meeting up at 2 PM. *Where?* At the moment we have it set to start in Kentville, but if another town (Wolfville for example) is identified as being more suitable for the attendees, it can be chosen. Kentville has the Miner`s Marsh area, which is a great place to go. *Why?* This will be a great occasion to meet other photographers in our area, (whether they are on Google+ yet or not) see and photograph some of the sights around us and most of all, HAVE FUN!!!  This is a FREE event, just for the fun of it. And there could be some exciting prizes. Stay tuned! *Who?* Everyone is welcome to participate. Photographers of all skill levels, from beginner to pro.  What if you only have a cell-phone camera?  YES! You, too!  This is a community-organized event.   *How Can You Help?* *We need your help!*  Can you help us get the word out?  Click on the "invite" button and tell your friends!  Second, start thinking about good locations in our area to hold this event - Miner's Marsh, Kentville? Long Beach? Scott's Bay and Cape Split for the more adventurous? Share your ideas for the best place to hold this. The categories for this years Photo Contest are: Macro  Wildlife  Portrait  Landscape  Architecture  Black & White  Sunrise/Sunset  Photo Contest Rules :  Everyone is eligible to enter one (1) photo in each of the seven categories and you may not enter the same photo twice. For instance; it may be a great “Portrait” shot that you got out on your photowalk and you decided to process it in “Black & White.” You will need to choose between one of those two categories as to where to enter it. The photo MUST HAVE BEEN TAKEN DURING YOUR PHOTOWALK!  The photos will be judged by the judges and the winners will be revealed in a Live Hangout when completed.  (exact date/time TBD when available) Judges decisions are final. All photos will be available for public viewingG + 2 Year Anniversary Photowalk - Annapolis Valley Nova Scotia2013-06-29 14:00:006  
Peter Tom16,942You are invited to post your favorite photographs from May 1 to May 31 2013.Peter's May Exhibition Event2013-05-26 21:00:00124  
pio dal cin82,672Samantha will be sent with four other astronauts to the ISS where she will spend six months experimenting . Join me on a live Hangout where she will talk about her new great challange. She was chosen among thousands of candidates for the 2014 mission.Interview with Samantha Cristoforetti Astronaut on the ISS2013-02-15 17:00:00276  
First Friday Art Walk661,120The February   #FirstFridayArtWalk   is here! It is open to all. Whether you are an artist, or simply an art lover, there is a way for each and every one of us, who wishes to, to participate.  The February First Friday Art Walk will be held on Friday, February 1, 2013.  San Francisco (PDT): From 6 a.m. Friday, February 1 to 12 a.m. Saturday, February 2. New York (EDT): From 9 a.m. Friday February 1 to 3 a.m. Saturday, February 2. Paris (CET): From 2 p.m. Friday, February 1 to 9 a.m. Saturday, February 2. See starting and end times for your local time zone here: http://mytimeconverter.com/  ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- *How it works:*  Artists, simply share work of your own, a painting, a drawing, a sculpture, an illustration, and add the hashtag #FirstFridayArtWalk   . The Art Walk is open to non-photographic work, in traditional, and digital media. Art lovers and artists alike are welcome to reshare the work of other artists with the     #FirstFridayArtWalk    hashtag as well. This way, we should be able to get a flurry of art circulating in everyone's stream.  Also, please circle @103038056099487506311  , so that we will be able to reshare the work that you have hashtagged   #FirstFridayArtWalk   , from the page.  Thanks, and we look forward to seeing your work! Please feel free to invite artists and others that you feel may be interested in this event. :) Creatively,  @107923530149758134024 and @104672614700283598130 G+ First Friday Art Walk2013-02-01 14:00:57142  
Jeff Smith61,921Welcome to The Selfy Sunday Project for *Jan. 13/13.* There is no _theme_ this week. We are open for any artistic interpretation that you may bring to your selfy. *A big thanks to +C.J. Sros for the use (or re-use) of his fantastic selfy from last year as the event cover.* Selfy Sunday is the cornerstone event of The Art of the Self Portrait community. There are 17 moderators who can assist you along the way with SPP. This Community was designed as a place to share self portraits and to learn, grow, and challenge one another. The Selfy Sunday Project allows everyone to share their results on a bi-weekly basis all in one event.  ____ Selfy Sunday FAQ can be found here. http://goo.gl/ngQeF Please check there first if you have any questions. Thanks _ UPLOADING The event will open for uploading at 9:00 PM EDT. You can upload your photo by viewing the event and clicking on the "Add Photos" button. This is a Public event open to everyone. Any questions, again please check the FAQ or let post here in the community. Cheers and have fun! JeffThe Selfy Sunday Project2013-01-13 03:00:02262  
Takahiro Yamamoto3,094,059We'll finish our 366 project in several days! Are you happy about it? Or are you sad? Anyway, who not celebrate the fact that we're completing our missions! You can share two shots this time. *Please remember just two images!* 1) Your best or most favorite shot you took in the fourth quarter of 2012 (October- December). Add #Bestof4Q12Creative366  in the comment section after you post the image! 2) Your best or most favorite shot you took for the project this year. Add #BestofCreative366Project  in the comment section after you post the image! If you think those two tags are too complicated, forget them and just two of your images! But please add your comment in the comment section after you have posted them. *And if you are the one who failed to complete the mission and are thinking you are going to do it again next year, you can add your fav one you took for the project here!* One last thing: I have made this event "public." I might have missed inviting those who are participating this +Creative 366 Project, so if you know anyone who isn't here but is doing his/her project, please invite them! 366プロジェクトもあと数日で終わりです。うれしいですか。それとも、悲しい? どちらにしても、長かったミッションの終わりを皆で祝いましょう! 今回は写真を2枚シェアしてください。 *2枚だけです!* 1.10月~12月にプロジェクト用に撮った写真から、お気に入りの写真かベストの写真を1枚選んで投稿してください。 #Bestof4Q12Creative366  のタグを投稿後にコメント欄に入れてください。 2.プロジェクトのために撮った写真から、今年のベスト(もしくはお気に入り)! の写真を1枚選んで投稿して下さい。  #BestofCreative366Project  をタグとします。 タグが面倒なら、ただ2枚を選んで投稿してくださるだけで結構です。写真のコメント欄に、その写真の思い出などを書き添えていただけるとうれしいです。 そして、このプロジェクトに参加したのに途中で挫折した!来年こそは!という方も、ぜひこのイベントにご参加ください。挫折するまでに撮った写真をシェアしていただければ結構です。もちろん、来年への抱負も添えてくださいね!The Best of Your 3662012-12-30 16:00:0088  
Takahiro Yamamoto3,094,059Where are you and what are you doing on December 12, 2012 (tomorrow), and at 12:12:12 if possible (your lunchtime?). SLRs, compact cameras. phone camera, digital or anolog ... Any cameras are welcome! Let's record the day together! *Invite your friends :)* *Share this link with your friends outside Google+:* http://bit.ly/Shoot121212 明日は12/12/12。どこにいて、何をしていますか? この日に撮った写真をシェアしましょう! 12時12分12秒なら、なお素敵(ランチタイムでしょうか!) カメラは一眼、コンデジ、スマホ、何でもオーケーです。みんなでこの日を記録しましょう。 *お友だちもご招待ください!*Shoot 12/12/122012-12-12 04:00:00484  
Takahiro Yamamoto3,094,059The third quarter is going to be over soon! I'm happy to announce that the event page for the 366ers again. why not share your best or favorite shot you took in the third quarter of 2012 (July 1 - September 30). The date of the event has been set one week after the end of the quarter, so please select one (up to three images) and share it/them here! After you post your photo, please write why you have chosen the image in the comment box. If you have questions about this event page, feel free to leave comment here. One last thing: Please don't share your entire album here. Sometimes it happens when you press a wrong button. Be careful. もうすぐ「クリエイティブ366プロジェクト」も9カ月が過ぎようとしています。今回もやります。2012年第三四半期のベストショット、お気に入りのショットを1枚選んでシェアしてください(最高3枚まで)。シェアしたら、その写真の下のコメント欄に、何でその写真を選んだのか、理由などを書いていただけたらうれしいです。イベントの日時は9月を過ぎて1週間後の月曜日に設定してあります。 最後に、間違って366のアルバム全体をシェアしないでくださいね!Best of Creative 366 Project 3Q122012-10-07 17:00:0083  
Jeff Smith61,921Welcome to *The Selfy Sunday Project* for Sept. 30/12 *No theme this week.* The past weeks SSP was incredible and the submissions were frightful to say the least. As always I want to thank +LaDonna Pride for all of her hard work and she will be helping along the way as our co-host.  Thanks everyone we are all looking forward to some great Selfies. Selfy Sunday FAQ can be found here. http://goo.gl/ngQeF Please check there first if you have any questions. Thanks ___________________________ UPLOADING The event will open for uploading at 9:00 PM EDT. You can upload your photo by viewing the event and clicking on the "Add Photos" button. This is a Public event open to everyone. Any questions, again please check the FAQ or let myself or LaDonna know. Or check the +Selfy Sunday   page for updates. Cheers and have fun! JeffThe Selfy Sunday Project for Sept. 30, 20122012-09-30 03:00:00267  
Heidi Anne Morris64,463Please be gentle with me, this is my first use of the events feature....! :))  *Calling all DOG owners!* You are invite to post your canine images here  _a few side notes_ *- please only post your own images* *_maximum of 3 images per person please_* (I'm sure you have loads to share, there will be other opportunities!) *_event is open for 24hrs starting now - 28.09.12 - 9.48am GMT_* Look forward to seeing your dog photos ! Have fun ♥ +The G+ DogPark +Dog Lovers Worldwide - DLW +The Good Dog Guide +Lost Dogs +We Love Dogs! ♥♥♥ _let's give this baby a whirl!_  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWT2qHVftGk THE DAY OF THE "DOGS" ON GOOGLE PLUS (September issue)2012-09-25 08:30:0066  
Jeff Smith61,921Welcome to *The Selfy Sunday Project* for Sept. 2/12 The Selfy Sunday Project has switched over to the GPlus "Event Mode" which should help in previous issues with the shared album format. *There is no theme this week as we move to the event mode* I will announce the SSP Event one week prior to the actual event time. +LaDonna Pride will be helping along the way as our co-host. Thanks so much +LaDonna Pride . Like always everyone is looking forward to some great Selfies. *Selfy Sunday FAQ* can be found here. http://goo.gl/ngQeF Please check _there_ first if you have any questions. Thanks _______________________________ *UPLOADING* You can upload your photo by viewing the event and clicking on the "Add Photos" button. This is a Public event open to everyone. Any questions, again please check the FAQ or let myself or LaDonna know. Or check the +Selfy Sunday  page for updates. Cheers and have fun! JeffThe Selfy Sunday Project for Sept. 2/122012-09-02 03:00:00244  

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Do you find Google+ on Android mobile is frequently slow? try this to fix it

"This screen is what we see when we try to access G+ on mobile It can hang around looking like this for so long, presumably trying to load content, that in the end we don't have the time to do anything on it."

This was my cry for help. Thanks to the troubleshooting by helpful Plussers my problem is solved.

If you are having similar problems try this solution that worked for us:
1. Uninstall malware and anti virus apps as well as speed optimisers and battery savers
2. Turn the phone off and land for 2 minutes
3. Start and uninstall Google+ (it will revert to factory install)
4. Turn phone off and leave for 2 minutes
5. Start phone and install G+ updates
6. Turn phone off and leave a minute or so
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The Culprit : Superstitious Pileated Woodpecker

For those who saw my black and white posting referring to a superstitious bird (knocking on wood, of course) linked below, I thought I would share a photo of the actual culprit, the pileated woodpecker himself. He was on a huge and very old maple that is one of my favourite trees, behind our house. This bird is doing his best to bring it down single handed beaked.

Superstitious bird posting: https://plus.google.com/+EllieKennard/posts/Tb49kSrCsA4 

Are you not able to comment on Google+ because you don't belong? Would you prefer to comment on my blog? It's right here with all my G+ posts on it: http://www.elliekennard.ca .

#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds curated by +Andy Brown +Dilip Mundkur +Wade Cochran and +Serkan Mutan
+Backyard Birding Monday #BackyardbirdingMonday/105832555748880810955 curated by... more »

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The woodpeckers around here are really superstitious!
Week 9/26: Superstitions

The pileated woodpeckers in our woods make a terrific racket as they search for food in the trunks of the old trees and the holes that are left are impressive. I had seen this tree at the bottom of the field by the barn and knew that it would do for this theme. I knew it worked when Steven, on seeing the images said "The woodpeckers around here are really superstitious!"

#BWProject26 | Curated by +Tisha Montgomery +Brandon Luk +Lauri Novak +Alison Christensen 

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Joni in the woods

Joni, our border collie, is 12 years old this year. It's hard to believe when you see how bright and active she is. So here she is this morning waiting to see which way I am going.

+Fido Friday #fidofriday by +Wes Lum +mel peifer +Lisa Lisa and for +Dog Lovers Worldwide - DLW___Post and photo by +Steven Kennard


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Joni looking sheepish - well, she is a sheepdog!

For Fido Friday #fidofriday  curated by +mel peifer +Lisa Lisa +Suhaib Ayaz and +Wes Lum ___Post and photo by +Steven Kennard



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2015-06-29 20:15:48 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

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Joni and Her Blue Ball

A border collie pup is always intense about everything she plays with. This time it was her blue ball. And here she was willing me to put down my camera and play with her. She is 10 weeks old now.

#bordercollie   #puppy   #Joni  

For
+Dogs GALLERY #dogsgallery  curated by +Heinrich Wagner  
for #dogloversworldwide +DOG LOVERS Worldwide   by +Robert SKREINER and +Michael Boeckels  
and for #hqspanimals  +HQSP Animals curated by +Alejandro J. Soto +Krystina Isabella Brion +Andy Smith___Post and photo by +Steven Kennard


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Joni enjoying her first winter

Joni loves the snow and, at the moment after all of our snowfalls this winter, when she runs through some areas of the garden the snow is well over her head. Under the trees it is more sheltered and she comes up for breath. Her puppyhood is going so fast, she will soon be grown, so we have to make the most of this time.

For
+Kathleen Kent (who might be as keen to run in the snow with her as she was to throw the ball) and +Lindi Smith (who is hoping for a Joni Kennard page :-) ) and +Ursula Klepper who is a big Joni fan, as is, I believe +Heiko Mahr.
#dogsgallery  +Dogs GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner 
#hqspanimals  +HQSP Animals curated by +Alejandro J. Soto +Krystina Isabella Brion +Andy Smith
and #dogloversworldwide by +Robert SKREINER +Roswitha Böhmer and +Thomas Henry 
#adayinthelifeofjoni   #Joni   #bordercollie   #puppy  ___Post and photo by +Steven Kennard


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Joni's First Frisbee Lesson

It took Joni about 3 minutes to learn how to play Frisbee. I wish it took me as short a time to learn critical skills like this.

#dogloversworldwide +DOG LOVERS Worldwide by +Robert SKREINER  +Roswitha Böhmer +Tom Crews


#hqspanimals  +HQSP Animals curated by +Alejandro J. Soto +Krystina Isabella Brion +Andy Smith

#noapologies #bordercollie #puppy #JonisDiary  #AdayinthelifeofJoni #fansofJoni___Post and photo by +Steven Kennard


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Wot? No Frisbee?

Half way around our 3.5 km walk, a wall is a handy place to rest a weary chin.

#dogloversworldwide +DOG LOVERS Worldwide by +Robert SKREINER  +Roswitha Böhmer +Tom Crews


#hqspanimals  +HQSP Animals curated by +Alejandro J. Soto +Krystina Isabella Brion +Andy Smith

#noapologies #bordercollie #puppy #JonisDiary  #AdayinthelifeofJoni #fansofJoni___Post and photo by +Steven Kennard


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Ellie Taking Joni for a Walk

I think she spoils that dog.

#dogloversworldwide +DOG LOVERS Worldwide by +Robert SKREINER  +Roswitha Böhmer +Tom Crews

#noapologies #bordercollie #puppy #JonisDiary  #AdayinthelifeofJoni #fansofJoni___Post and photo by +Steven Kennard


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Joni, Intrigued by the Click of the Shutter

I was taking photographs of the Forget Me Nots, when Joni wanted to know what I was doing. It was the click of the shutter that got that expression. Joni is 5.5 months old.

#dogloversworldwide +DOG LOVERS Worldwide by +Robert SKREINER  +Roswitha Böhmer +Tom Crews


#hqspanimals  +HQSP Animals curated by +Alejandro J. Soto +Krystina Isabella Brion +Andy Smith

#woofwednesday  +Woof Wednesday by +Kana Yamashita

#noapologies #bordercollie #puppy #JonisDiary  #AdayinthelifeofJoni #fansofJoni___Post and photo by +Steven Kennard


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Joni's First Experience of Sheep Herding

She took to it like a ... border collie to sheep herding! Covered in mud at the end of the afternoon, she slept in the car on the way home and was tired for almost 2 days afterwards. Tired, but so happy.

A friend of her breeder's helped us to get her into it and supplied the expertise and the sheep. She said that Joni has a great natural ability.

For our  #farmfriday  theme +Farm Friday curated by myself, +Ellie Kennard and +Susanne Stelle 

and the doggy themes: 

#dogloversworldwide +DOG LOVERS Worldwide by +Robert SKREINER


#hqspanimals +HQSP Animals curated by +Alejandro J. Soto +Krystina Isabella Brion +Andy Smith


#bordercollie #puppy #JonisDiary  #AdayinthelifeofJoni #fansofJoni
#fidofriday +Fido Friday by +mel peifer +Lisa Lisa +Suhaib Ayaz +Wes Lum___Post and photo by +Steven Kennard


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I Want to be a Husky When I Grow Up

In a previous posting, where we talked about a very cold and snowy walk with Joni, our friend Ursula asked to see a photograph of how she looked at the end of her walk. We were out for 2 hours and the wind was blowing the snow swirling around the fields. Joni never seemed to mind as long as we kept throwing her toy.

So here she is, +Ursula Klepper waiting for you to throw her a blue ball! You can bring  Mira along with you, though she might find it a bit cold!


#dogloversworldwide +DOG LOVERS Worldwide by +Robert SKREINER


#hqspanimals +HQSP Animals curated by +Alejandro J. Soto +Krystina Isabella Brion +Andy Smith


#noapologies #bordercollie #puppy #JonisDiary   #AdayinthelifeofJoni #fansofJoni

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Racing Through a Dandelion Field
Sharp Focus on Blur : 6 

Plus Post Week 6 Blurs and Unsharp Photography: 

Taking a Picture? or Making a Photograph?

I had a ‘Eureka!’ moment yesterday, while thinking about the latest lesson of the Blurs and Unsharp Photography: Guided Play 2015 mentorship. I looked at the work that was in my mentorship album and I  considered the thought, experimentation and planning, as well as processing that had gone into each of the photographs.. I realized with a shock that I was no longer ‘taking pictures’. I was making photographs! 

Up to this point in my photography I have always done my best to show my viewers the scene that I saw before me. I wanted the picture to be in focus - I saw it sharp, (or more or less sharp) didn’t I? I saw it in colour, so mostly I wanted accurate colour. This was a kindof documentar... more »

Racing Through a Dandelion Field
Sharp Focus on Blur : 6 

Plus Post Week 6 Blurs and Unsharp Photography: 

Taking a Picture? or Making a Photograph?

I had a ‘Eureka!’ moment yesterday, while thinking about the latest lesson of the Blurs and Unsharp Photography: Guided Play 2015 mentorship. I looked at the work that was in my mentorship album and I  considered the thought, experimentation and planning, as well as processing that had gone into each of the photographs.. I realized with a shock that I was no longer ‘taking pictures’. I was making photographs! 

Up to this point in my photography I have always done my best to show my viewers the scene that I saw before me. I wanted the picture to be in focus - I saw it sharp, (or more or less sharp) didn’t I? I saw it in colour, so mostly I wanted accurate colour. This was a kind of documentary photography and there is nothing wrong with that. But I was often left feeling that I had somehow cheated the viewer. When I stood in front of the scene I didn’t just see nice clear objects or great colour. I felt much more than I saw because all of my senses and my emotions were at work, not just my eyes. My heartstrings were being pulled, which was what prompted me to stop and capture the scene in the first place. But all of that is very, very difficult to communicate using a still photograph. I felt dissatisfied. I needed to be able to convey the emotion that the scenes brought to me. Does a misty, drizzly landscape with a soft light give me a feeling of calm? How can I make the viewer of a photograph experience that when there is no damp in the air, when the soft sound of rain on leaves is absent? Does a fast running dog in a bright, sunlit field of dandelions give me a feeling of exhilaration and joy and freedom? How was I to help make you the viewer feel all of this with me? I had to learn to use colour, light and tonality to produce a more powerful reaction in the viewer. More, I had to learn how far I could push an image to do just that. And when to hold back. Again, it’s exhausting, but so exciting at the same time.

This week I was given the tools (and the understanding) to be able to do that. It’s no longer just ‘taking a picture’. It’s all about ‘making a photograph’. In the photograph accompanying this post I hope you get a sense of the energy, joy and excitement as well as the speed of Joni racing through a field. I hope I have given you more than just a snapshot of a fraction of a second of that race, but a share in the whole run. Maybe you can even feel the dandelions under your own feet.

Thanks to all in the mentorship - +Alex Lapidus  and assisting alumni and other students alike. All have been a terrific inspiration, help and encouragement to me. And of course to the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers 

I hope you are enjoying accompanying me on this journey of discovery. I have a long way to go in my learning, but I feel that I am well on the way.

9 separate images taken in multi-shot mode, edited in Lightroom and processed and composited in Photoshop.

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#hqspphotoart +HQSP Photo Art curated by +Paul Howard +Anja Wessels
#hqspmotion  +HQSP Motion curated by +Melania Pierce and +Anja Wessels___

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2015-06-26 23:25:45 (28 comments, 4 reshares, 96 +1s)Open 

Joni is 18 months Old and Her Collection is a Google+ Featured One!

I have been so busy posting images of unrecognisable (or barely) subjects on my blur mentorship that I thought it was time I shared another image of Joni, who is now almost grown out of the puppy stage. Here she was waiting by the front of the house, nicely backlit next to the rhododendrons that are about to flower. She is always ready for any game, in spite of being so grown up.

My collection  "Joni the Border Collie" is a Google+ featured collection (thanks +Zarina Mujadedy for letting me know) and so this is to blow her trumpet about that achievement so you can browse through the collection if you want, too. https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/0G_hX

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

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Joni is 18 months Old and Her Collection is a Google+ Featured One!

I have been so busy posting images of unrecognisable (or barely) subjects on my blur mentorship that I thought it was time I shared another image of Joni, who is now almost grown out of the puppy stage. Here she was waiting by the front of the house, nicely backlit next to the rhododendrons that are about to flower. She is always ready for any game, in spite of being so grown up.

My collection  "Joni the Border Collie" is a Google+ featured collection (thanks +Zarina Mujadedy for letting me know) and so this is to blow her trumpet about that achievement so you can browse through the collection if you want, too. https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/0G_hX

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

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#hqspanimals  +HQSP Animals curated by +Andy Smith and +Nicole S.

#noapologies #bordercollie #JonisDiary  #AdayinthelifeofJoni #fansofJoni  
#fidofriday +Fido Friday by +mel peifer +Lisa Lisa +Suhaib Ayaz +Wes Lum___

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2015-06-24 12:46:46 (12 comments, 1 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Join Our Party? What? And Let you Take Control of my Account?

The email offer sounds great. Enter using your Twitter account to win a Canon 70D. But read what the app is asking permission to do. Use my account to make tweets, follow people, update my profile? Huh? To MAYBE win a camera? I can't believe anyone would allow this kind of takeover by an app.
BADBOYS
#notworthit  
#canoncanada   #notthatdesperate   
#notforblog  

Join Our Party? What? And Let you Take Control of my Account?

The email offer sounds great. Enter using your Twitter account to win a Canon 70D. But read what the app is asking permission to do. Use my account to make tweets, follow people, update my profile? Huh? To MAYBE win a camera? I can't believe anyone would allow this kind of takeover by an app.
BADBOYS
#notworthit  
#canoncanada   #notthatdesperate   
#notforblog  ___

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2015-06-21 19:27:01 (42 comments, 2 reshares, 52 +1s)Open 

Transformer Transformation
Sharp Focus on Blur : 5

Plus Post Week 5 Blurs and Unsharp Photography: Guided Play 2015 by Alex Lapidus.

"Take sharp photos and blur them." Sounds easy? Well it seems to fly in the face of all that we usually strive for, as photographers. But nothing is sacrosanct when it comes to experimenting in this mentorship and so, kicking and screaming, I did just that.

I didn't just take any old photographs, I took ones specially knowing that I was going to transform them. This is remarkably liberating and quite different from the idea of 'whoops! this didn't work, can I fudge it with special effects or should I just bin it?'. But everything about this mentorship is liberating and refreshing. I managed even to take a sink full of dead flowers and turn them into a light and airy splash of colourful 60's... more »

Transformer Transformation
Sharp Focus on Blur : 5

Plus Post Week 5 Blurs and Unsharp Photography: Guided Play 2015 by Alex Lapidus.

"Take sharp photos and blur them." Sounds easy? Well it seems to fly in the face of all that we usually strive for, as photographers. But nothing is sacrosanct when it comes to experimenting in this mentorship and so, kicking and screaming, I did just that.

I didn't just take any old photographs, I took ones specially knowing that I was going to transform them. This is remarkably liberating and quite different from the idea of 'whoops! this didn't work, can I fudge it with special effects or should I just bin it?'. But everything about this mentorship is liberating and refreshing. I managed even to take a sink full of dead flowers and turn them into a light and airy splash of colourful 60's psychedelia!

Now of course I'm not going to go into the details of how I achieved this effect, but I will tempt and encourage you to explore for yourselves if you ever have the wonderful opportunity to take part in such a mentorship. +Alex Lapidus is a bully in the most positive way, always pushing us, always goading us to achieve better and better (intentional) results and making us even love what we thought of as our mistakes. How do you do that, Alex? It's a gift.

With special thanks to my fellow students as they continue to learn and laugh with me. I'm a week behind but their fantastic (in the original sense of the word) results have inspired and encouraged me to keep going in spite of everything. Thanks everyone.

Thanks also to the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers  which with the wonderful program of free mentorships make all this possible.

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2015-06-19 22:52:17 (37 comments, 0 reshares, 53 +1s)Open 

"Time's a Ticker, It Never Lets Down... Time, Do What You Must"
Week 13/26 : Shallow Depth of Field

Nothing tells time like a good old fashioned wind up clock like this Victorian carriage clock. This one is a seven day clock, which means it is part of a Sunday ritual. If it does't get wound up with its little brass key on Sunday night then the rest of the week might fall to pieces. And if the clock stopped, that lovely quiet regular ticking would not measure out the seconds, and minutes and the days and the hours.

The thing with these clocks with hands is that you always see where time is going. You can always see where it's been. The hand is moving past the 35 minutes towards the quarter to the hour.You can watch it you can listen to it and you know where it will go next. LCD numerals only show you where you are in that moment in time. That's all... more »

"Time's a Ticker, It Never Lets Down... Time, Do What You Must"
Week 13/26 : Shallow Depth of Field

Nothing tells time like a good old fashioned wind up clock like this Victorian carriage clock. This one is a seven day clock, which means it is part of a Sunday ritual. If it does't get wound up with its little brass key on Sunday night then the rest of the week might fall to pieces. And if the clock stopped, that lovely quiet regular ticking would not measure out the seconds, and minutes and the days and the hours.

The thing with these clocks with hands is that you always see where time is going. You can always see where it's been. The hand is moving past the 35 minutes towards the quarter to the hour.You can watch it you can listen to it and you know where it will go next. LCD numerals only show you where you are in that moment in time. That's all some people know. Think about it.

The sad thing is that apparently young people don't know how to tell the time with a clock like this. They have no choice but to live in the moment.

The title quote is from "Time's a Ticker" by Canadian singer songwriter Amelia Curran on her album "War Brides"

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

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2015-06-18 20:16:58 (26 comments, 1 reshares, 50 +1s)Open 

Head in the Clouds

Sitting alone at this counter in a great little café in Halifax, this man was engrossed in his work. Sometimes you don't see what is right in front of your eyes.

Last night after the big screen special showing of all of the "Life's Work : Conversations with Makers" videos,we found ourselves back in the same café with our good friends +Michelle Yorke and +Kyle Cunjak. It was great to catch up with them over tea and snacks. We don't see them enough. It was a wonderful turnout at the screening and the Q&A afterwards was fascinating.

#justforfun   #doubleexposure  

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Head in the Clouds

Sitting alone at this counter in a great little café in Halifax, this man was engrossed in his work. Sometimes you don't see what is right in front of your eyes.

Last night after the big screen special showing of all of the "Life's Work : Conversations with Makers" videos,we found ourselves back in the same café with our good friends +Michelle Yorke and +Kyle Cunjak. It was great to catch up with them over tea and snacks. We don't see them enough. It was a wonderful turnout at the screening and the Q&A afterwards was fascinating.

#justforfun   #doubleexposure  

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#hqspphotoart +HQSP Photo Art curated by +Paul Howard +Anja Wessels___

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2015-06-17 18:31:36 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Interesting Behind the Scenes video about the production of the Life's Work : Conversations with Makers series. 
Title photograph (and one other in the video) was taken by me! :-)
Tonight there is to be a big screen viewing of the series, in Halifax. We are both looking forward to it.
#notforblog  

Behind the Scenes Making of the "Life's Work" Series

For tonight's program of special big screen viewing of the Life's Work : Conversations with Makers series (in Halifax, Nova Scotia) Breakwater Studios has produced a short behind the scenes featurette. I am looking forward to seeing the series on the big screen and meeting up with the film maker and other craftspeople tonight.

Enjoy this short film.

#notforblog
https://vimeo.com/130893976___Interesting Behind the Scenes video about the production of the Life's Work : Conversations with Makers series. 
Title photograph (and one other in the video) was taken by me! :-)
Tonight there is to be a big screen viewing of the series, in Halifax. We are both looking forward to it.
#notforblog  

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2015-06-10 13:26:33 (48 comments, 1 reshares, 79 +1s)Open 

The Essence of Rhododendron
Sharp Focus on Blur : 4

Plus Post Week 4 Blurs and Unsharp Photography: Guided Play 2015 by +Alex Lapidus 

This week was one of the most creative ones that I have enjoyed for a really long time. From the initial lesson post by our mentor Alex, through the additional material shared by alumni and fellow classmates, it was an exciting period of learning, trying, testing and discovery as I felt myself pushing the envelope of my own personal vision. In this image I used a multiple exposure technique that did not involve any work in Photoshop, but was done in camera. I decided to photograph all around this single rhododendron bloom to show every aspect of the unfolding beauty. I took many like this, finally getting one that I felt really captured the essence of the flower. I liked how the technique darkened down the distraction of the green... more »

The Essence of Rhododendron
Sharp Focus on Blur : 4

Plus Post Week 4 Blurs and Unsharp Photography: Guided Play 2015 by +Alex Lapidus 

This week was one of the most creative ones that I have enjoyed for a really long time. From the initial lesson post by our mentor Alex, through the additional material shared by alumni and fellow classmates, it was an exciting period of learning, trying, testing and discovery as I felt myself pushing the envelope of my own personal vision. In this image I used a multiple exposure technique that did not involve any work in Photoshop, but was done in camera. I decided to photograph all around this single rhododendron bloom to show every aspect of the unfolding beauty. I took many like this, finally getting one that I felt really captured the essence of the flower. I liked how the technique darkened down the distraction of the green leaves in the background, showing still the fine details of the marking on the petals and the definition of the opening buds.

Without the mentorship experience, I might well eventually have discovered the fun and creative potential in this and the other techniques that I have learned. But maybe not. I tend to be a bit stuck in my tried and familiar methods, so this environment has really helped me to blossom and show me more sides to my own creativity.

If you ever have a chance to join one of these mentorships, do not pass it up. You will not believe how much you will grow as a photographer from the experience.

With special thanks to my fellow students as they continue to inspire me and to the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers with +Robin Griggs Wood +Ron Clifford and Alex Lapidus (again) who with their wonderful program of free mentorships make all this possible.

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#multipleexposure   #nophotoshop  

#hqspflowers +HQSP Flowers curated by +Melania Pierce +Kanlaya Chungsangornpornsuk +Wayne Lu +Iva Pas +kaatje jansen
#PhotoManiaCanada by +Giselle Savoie +Mark HELM___

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2015-06-09 20:56:40 (39 comments, 0 reshares, 60 +1s)Open 

Multiple Exposure of Metasequoia Glyptostroboides or Dawn Redwood

During the blur mentorship (Blurs and Unsharp Photography Guided Play, led by +Alex Lapidus) I was inspired to discover the feature of in camera multiple exposures. I have had loads of fun this week and this was the result of one of these experiments. It was composed of a total of 9 images taken one after the other as I walked all around this rare deciduous conifer, common name of Dawn Redwood* which is in full spring foliage now. The resulting image, blended in the camera, gives a lovely effect of light, I think and I was pleased with how it came out. 

*"This genus, dating from prehistoric times was thought to be extinct and was known only in fossils until a single living species was found as recently as 1941 in an old Chinese temple. Since its discovery the Dawn Redwood has been widely distributed and is... more »

Multiple Exposure of Metasequoia Glyptostroboides or Dawn Redwood

During the blur mentorship (Blurs and Unsharp Photography Guided Play, led by +Alex Lapidus) I was inspired to discover the feature of in camera multiple exposures. I have had loads of fun this week and this was the result of one of these experiments. It was composed of a total of 9 images taken one after the other as I walked all around this rare deciduous conifer, common name of Dawn Redwood* which is in full spring foliage now. The resulting image, blended in the camera, gives a lovely effect of light, I think and I was pleased with how it came out. 

*"This genus, dating from prehistoric times was thought to be extinct and was known only in fossils until a single living species was found as recently as 1941 in an old Chinese temple. Since its discovery the Dawn Redwood has been widely distributed and is found in many arboretums, parks and gardens throughout the world." source: Conifers for Your Garden, by Adrian Bloom.

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#treetuesday +Tree Tuesday by +Christina Lawrie  +Allan Cabrera +Ralph Mendoza +Kim Troutman +David R Robinson___

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2015-06-06 22:53:01 (34 comments, 0 reshares, 83 +1s)Open 

Rupert and Molly
Week 12/26: Yin Yang

These are two old friends, Rupert and Molly, our Cornish Rex cats. This back view really shows off their curly hair and big ears. They were both pretty interested in something on the other side of the room so fortunately paid me no attention at all.

Yin and Yang is defined in this way: "Yin and yang can be thought of as complementary (rather than opposing) forces that interact to form a dynamic system in which the whole is greater than the assembled parts." Yin is the shady side (Molly) and Yang is the sunny side (Rupert). And the two definitely interact to form a duo that is greater than the assembled parts. Molly can be moody, is very deep in her affections and emotions. A little shy until she gets to know you then she tries to take you over. Rupert is a sunny golden joy boy, always asking for you to pick him up and cuddle... more »

Rupert and Molly
Week 12/26: Yin Yang

These are two old friends, Rupert and Molly, our Cornish Rex cats. This back view really shows off their curly hair and big ears. They were both pretty interested in something on the other side of the room so fortunately paid me no attention at all.

Yin and Yang is defined in this way: "Yin and yang can be thought of as complementary (rather than opposing) forces that interact to form a dynamic system in which the whole is greater than the assembled parts." Yin is the shady side (Molly) and Yang is the sunny side (Rupert). And the two definitely interact to form a duo that is greater than the assembled parts. Molly can be moody, is very deep in her affections and emotions. A little shy until she gets to know you then she tries to take you over. Rupert is a sunny golden joy boy, always asking for you to pick him up and cuddle him. Happy at any moment to have a conversation and to leap around the kitchen to get some laughs going. Together they form the perfect dynamic duo.

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#cornishrex   #cats  

#BWProject26 | Curated by +Tisha Montgomery​ +Brandon Luk​ +Lauri Novak​ +Alison Christensen​  

#caturday +CATURDAY!​ by +Shantha Marie Fountain​ +Cicely Robin Laing​ +Khrystiane Friedli​

#hqspmonochrome +HQSP Monochrome​ curated by +Luis Vivanco S.​ +Оксана Крысюкова​ +tri rini nuringtyas​ +Jean-Philippe Jouve​ and +Giuseppe Petruzzella​

#hqspanimals  +HQSP Animals​ curated by +Andy Smith​ and +Nicole S.​___

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2015-06-06 00:34:01 (39 comments, 5 reshares, 85 +1s)Open 

Baxters Harbour Coastline, Long Exposure
Sharp Focus on Blur : 3

Plus Post Week 3 Blurs and Unsharp Photography: Guided Play 2015 by +Alex Lapidus​

One of the most inspiring things about taking part in a learning experience such as a mentorship on G+ is the interaction between the participants - mentees, mentors and helpers alike. We are able to benefit from the rich and varied experiences of photographers of all skill levels each of whom is inspired in different ways to produce unique bodies of work. Everyone freely shares their expertise and their ideas and as a result, everyone grows. This has most definitely been the case in this past few weeks.  I know, this is billed (quite rightly) as 'Guided Play'. But what better way is there to learn than through play?

 In my case this has most certainly proved true in this past week as I finally feeltha... more »

Baxters Harbour Coastline, Long Exposure
Sharp Focus on Blur : 3

Plus Post Week 3 Blurs and Unsharp Photography: Guided Play 2015 by +Alex Lapidus​

One of the most inspiring things about taking part in a learning experience such as a mentorship on G+ is the interaction between the participants - mentees, mentors and helpers alike. We are able to benefit from the rich and varied experiences of photographers of all skill levels each of whom is inspired in different ways to produce unique bodies of work. Everyone freely shares their expertise and their ideas and as a result, everyone grows. This has most definitely been the case in this past few weeks.  I know, this is billed (quite rightly) as 'Guided Play'. But what better way is there to learn than through play?

 In my case this has most certainly proved true in this past week as I finally feel that I will be able to produce certain kinds of images that have, up to now eluded me. I didn't need to buy new equipment to do this, but I did need to overcome my nervousness about using it. And thanks to the guidance and encouragement (yes, and the joking and laughing) of my fellow participants, I now feel that I am able to do so without fear. I learned to set up my tripod quickly (don't laugh, it can be a little intimidating when there are all those legs and knobs and levers). I learned that even though a 10 stop glass ND (neutral density) filter is very breakable, it won't necessarily smash on the rocks when I click the shutter. So I put it on and took it off to focus and put it back on and clicked the shutter and took it off.. etc etc etc more times than I can remember.I had to do it if I was going to come up with images that were half as good as those I saw being produced around me in the mentorship.  And I now know that I have mastered the use of that equipment.

One of the aspects of photography that we were working on this week was the long exposure. This effect gives that lovely dreamy look of smooth, slightly misty water that you see here, moving around the rough textures of the rocks on the shoreline. Thanks to my dexterity with the tripod and confidence in using my filters and setting my camera up correctly, I took this photograph on a rather dull rainy day.

With thanks to the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers​ with +Robin Griggs Wood​ +Alex Lapidus​ and +Ron Clifford​ who make all this possible.

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#hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape​ curated by +Michael Garza​ +Leo Schubert​ +David D​ +Mike Hankey​ +Peter Marbaise​ +Hans-Juergen Werner​ +Shannan Crow​

#coastalthursday +Coastal Thursday​ by +David Polzine​ +Jon Kahn​ 

#longexposurethursday +LongExposure Thursday​ by +Francesco Gola​ +Luca Gerardi​ 
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2015-05-28 15:27:11 (21 comments, 6 reshares, 84 +1s)Open 

Dances with Blurs
Sharp Focus on Blur : 2

Plus Post Week 2 Blurs and Unsharp Photography: Guided Play 2015

This week has passed in a blur. I'm having so much fun and I feel like a puppy, dancing from picture to picture that I have taken, thinking "I love this one best, ... and this one... and this one... and this one!" The techniques that we are learning this week are really unleashing a creativity that I only guessed that I might have and I feel a bit like these flowers that seem to be sucking in whirling colour and energy from the atmosphere in the mentorship and the world around me to be even more colourful and vibrant. Yes, it's a learning process that I will keep working at even once the mentorship is finished, but the seeds that have been sown in my photographic mind will only continue to produce more and better results with time and... more »

Dances with Blurs
Sharp Focus on Blur : 2

Plus Post Week 2 Blurs and Unsharp Photography: Guided Play 2015

This week has passed in a blur. I'm having so much fun and I feel like a puppy, dancing from picture to picture that I have taken, thinking "I love this one best, ... and this one... and this one... and this one!" The techniques that we are learning this week are really unleashing a creativity that I only guessed that I might have and I feel a bit like these flowers that seem to be sucking in whirling colour and energy from the atmosphere in the mentorship and the world around me to be even more colourful and vibrant. Yes, it's a learning process that I will keep working at even once the mentorship is finished, but the seeds that have been sown in my photographic mind will only continue to produce more and better results with time and practice.

I see the same delight in each of those on the program sharing their wonderful images and each again has a unique way of applying the material we are learning. What a great group of people there is taking part. I want to thank each one of them, students playmates and helpers alike for the support and encouragement they give me (and all of us) as I go through the learning playing process. Special thanks has to go to +Alex Lapidus who must be the only person I know who can survive thrive on only one or two hours of sleep a night, spending the rest of his time on the computer looking at our pictures. It seems to make him even more encouraging and helpful. Unbelievable!
Thanks also to the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers for making all this possible.

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#hqspflowers +HQSP Flowers curated by +Melania Pierce +Kanlaya Chungsangornpornsuk +Wayne Lu +Iva Pas +kaatje jansen

#floralfriday +FloralFriday by +Tamara Pruessner +Beth Akerman +Kiki Nelson +Eustace James___

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2015-05-26 15:56:04 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

'Ladybug' Another Ben Proudfoot Profile Video of a Gifted Artist - Elizabeth Goluch

Well worth watching, a beautiful cameo.
Her website is here:
http://www.elizabethgoluch.com
#notforblog  

'Ladybug' - Video Profile of Elizabeth Goluch, Metal Artist

Once again +Ben Proudfoot of Breakwater Studios has done a superb job of profiling this gifted artist. Another video well worth watching!

I have worked with Elizabeth for many years, most notably (and enjoyably) in producing our collaborative piece "Medusa" (Photographs here https://plus.google.com/+StevenKennard/posts/gGo6ttSLZHU ) and am a great admirer of this artist and her work.

+Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council  #artists   #metalworkers   #insects  

#notforblog  ___'Ladybug' Another Ben Proudfoot Profile Video of a Gifted Artist - Elizabeth Goluch

Well worth watching, a beautiful cameo.
Her website is here:
http://www.elizabethgoluch.com
#notforblog  

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2015-05-24 19:14:41 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

The Original "Lost Orchard'

A photograph of the original orchard mentioned in the short video "Turns" for those who saw it and wanted to see some of +Steven Kennard's photographs of it before it was destroyed. I will have to look at the others with him to see about posting more. 
'Turns' vimeo short video is here if you missed it: https://vimeo.com/126545288



#notforblog  

Lost Orchard

This was a very special old orchard not far from me, situated next to an old graveyard. It looked particularly interesting in the fog with bare branches gnarled and twisted reaching into the misty air, looking like hands.

It was cut down shortly after I took this photograph. The field is now fallow.

For +FoggyFriday #foggyfriday curated by +Thomas Russ Arnestad
+Canada #Canada #Canadianlandscape #novascotia___The Original "Lost Orchard'

A photograph of the original orchard mentioned in the short video "Turns" for those who saw it and wanted to see some of +Steven Kennard's photographs of it before it was destroyed. I will have to look at the others with him to see about posting more. 
'Turns' vimeo short video is here if you missed it: https://vimeo.com/126545288



#notforblog  

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2015-05-22 15:06:26 (91 comments, 5 reshares, 100 +1s)Open 

Self Portrait
Week 11/26 #BWProject26

I am always in a hurry to get things done, so I just zoomed in to take this then zoomed out again!

I am not a great one for taking self portraits, there are many much more interesting subjects around, but this is the theme for this week and who am I to fight it? As this week I am focusing on the zoom, this seemed an ideal opportunity to try out different techniques.

With a tip of the blurred hat to those of us taking part in the blurred mentorship run by +Alex Lapidus, I am posting my blurry self portrait image for the B&W project. You can still see it is me, so that works for me.

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#BWProject26 | Curated by +Tisha... more »

Self Portrait
Week 11/26 #BWProject26

I am always in a hurry to get things done, so I just zoomed in to take this then zoomed out again!

I am not a great one for taking self portraits, there are many much more interesting subjects around, but this is the theme for this week and who am I to fight it? As this week I am focusing on the zoom, this seemed an ideal opportunity to try out different techniques.

With a tip of the blurred hat to those of us taking part in the blurred mentorship run by +Alex Lapidus, I am posting my blurry self portrait image for the B&W project. You can still see it is me, so that works for me.

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#BWProject26 | Curated by +Tisha Montgomery +Brandon Luk +Lauri Novak +Alison Christensen 
#hqspmonochrome +HQSP Monochrome curated by +Luis Vivanco S. +Оксана Крысюкова +Howard Salmon and  +tri rini nuringtyas
#hqspportraits +HQSP Portraits curated by +Heiko Köster  +Frank Nöthe ___

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2015-05-20 17:38:47 (15 comments, 3 reshares, 84 +1s)Open 

Sharp Focus on Blur : 1

Plus Post Week 1 Blurs and Unsharp Photography: Guided Play 2015

Focus on Blur? Oh yes! And you wouldn't guess how hard that can be. Hard as in hard to stop! I am having such a lot of fun in learning from +Alex Lapidus in this mentorship that is enabled by the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers team. There is a wonderful freedom in mastering the techniques that allow you to choose to take images that are out of focus, in whole or in part. Blurring the extraneous and distracting details can really focus in on what is important in the mood of an image. 

Before learning the techniques we have discovered this week, if I ever put my camera into manual focus mode, it was to be sure to focus as sharply as I could on my subject. In some cases this is important. But sometimes the story you are trying to tell needs a different approach. Andlea... more »

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Plus Post Week 1 Blurs and Unsharp Photography: Guided Play 2015

Focus on Blur? Oh yes! And you wouldn't guess how hard that can be. Hard as in hard to stop! I am having such a lot of fun in learning from +Alex Lapidus in this mentorship that is enabled by the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers team. There is a wonderful freedom in mastering the techniques that allow you to choose to take images that are out of focus, in whole or in part. Blurring the extraneous and distracting details can really focus in on what is important in the mood of an image. 

Before learning the techniques we have discovered this week, if I ever put my camera into manual focus mode, it was to be sure to focus as sharply as I could on my subject. In some cases this is important. But sometimes the story you are trying to tell needs a different approach. And learning when to do that (and how to achieve the effect) is both refreshing and freeing. And fun! (Did I say that it is also a little addictive?)

We have a fabulantastic group of mentors who are sitting at their computers or devices 24/7 (or so it seems) ready to give encouragement or assistance where needed. The students are also crazy, fun and committed to enjoying this to the full and producing images according to their own unique visions. If you ever see this mentorship being offered, don't hesitate to sign up for it as I guarantee that it will change your focus and perspective in a wonderfully positive way. Thanks Alex and team and fellow mentees. On now to week 2! I wonder what Alex has in store for us?

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#unsharpsaturday +Unsharp Saturday v2.0  #intentionalblur   #photoplay   #camerafun  ___

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2015-05-15 12:42:05 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

*Mother Earth - Louise Pentz, the Third Voice in the Conversations with Makers"

Once again, +Ben Proudfoot  and team at Breakwater Studios, courtesy of the Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council and Craft Alliance has produced a wonderful cameo of a gifted craftsman. This is such a beautiful profile, another 10 minute video from the series that is well worth watching.

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*Mother Earth - Louise Pentz, the Third Voice in the Conversations with Makers"

Once again, +Ben Proudfoot  and team at Breakwater Studios, courtesy of the Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council and Craft Alliance has produced a wonderful cameo of a gifted craftsman. This is such a beautiful profile, another 10 minute video from the series that is well worth watching.

#notforblog  ___

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2015-05-13 23:23:05 (14 comments, 3 reshares, 32 +1s)Open 

'Turns' Has Hit 50,000 Views and Become a Vimeo Staff Pick!
(Turns is the Short Video Featuring the Work and Inspiration of Wood Artist +Steven Kennard )

Terrific job everyone. It is a beautiful profile video, that's for sure. It is featured on the Collectors of Wood Art site as well as the American Association of Woodturners site.
It was tweeted by +Guy Kawasaki and was on some pretty major sites apart from the specialist ones mentioned above.
https://vimeo.com/126545288 for any who missed it.
+Ben Proudfoot +David Bolen 

'Turns' Has Hit 50,000 Views and Become a Vimeo Staff Pick!
(Turns is the Short Video Featuring the Work and Inspiration of Wood Artist +Steven Kennard )

Terrific job everyone. It is a beautiful profile video, that's for sure. It is featured on the Collectors of Wood Art site as well as the American Association of Woodturners site.
It was tweeted by +Guy Kawasaki and was on some pretty major sites apart from the specialist ones mentioned above.
https://vimeo.com/126545288 for any who missed it.
+Ben Proudfoot +David Bolen ___

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2015-05-13 17:16:27 (38 comments, 4 reshares, 94 +1s)Open 

Snake in the Sun

It's so wonderful to be able to go into the woods and just walk on the ground again! Most of the snow is melted and we don't need to pile on our warm clothes, boots, snowshoes and all the paraphernalia that a winter walk involves. It is so wonderfully freeing ! On this particular afternoon I almost trod on a snake, just caught myself from putting my foot down on it by grabbing onto +Linda Jess's arm, much to her horror as she has a pathological fear of the reptiles. That time the slender creature slithered away out of sight in the undergrowth at the side of the path before I could put my camera to my face. I was so cross to have missed that chance. After about 40 minutes or so we were walking back along the same trail and I spotted this one just lying in the path in the sun. He never moved no matter how much I walked around him, taking photographs in case he... more »

Snake in the Sun

It's so wonderful to be able to go into the woods and just walk on the ground again! Most of the snow is melted and we don't need to pile on our warm clothes, boots, snowshoes and all the paraphernalia that a winter walk involves. It is so wonderfully freeing ! On this particular afternoon I almost trod on a snake, just caught myself from putting my foot down on it by grabbing onto +Linda Jess's arm, much to her horror as she has a pathological fear of the reptiles. That time the slender creature slithered away out of sight in the undergrowth at the side of the path before I could put my camera to my face. I was so cross to have missed that chance. After about 40 minutes or so we were walking back along the same trail and I spotted this one just lying in the path in the sun. He never moved no matter how much I walked around him, taking photographs in case he decided to make a run for it or moved myself to get in closer for a better view. He kept an eye on me, but didn't seem to be worried by our proximity nor by Joni who was waiting a little distance away. It was as if he was sitting for his portrait in his favourite environment. Did I see two snakes that day? Or was it the same one, overcoming his pathological fear of humans and hoping to get a closer look at us on our way back?

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#hqspanimals  +HQSP Animals curated by +Alejandro J. Soto +Andy Smith 
#wildlifewednesday by +Mike Spinak +Morkel Erasmus___

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2015-05-11 19:06:20 (42 comments, 8 reshares, 167 +1s)Open 

The Culprit : Superstitious Pileated Woodpecker

For those who saw my black and white posting referring to a superstitious bird (knocking on wood, of course) linked below, I thought I would share a photo of the actual culprit, the pileated woodpecker himself. He was on a huge and very old maple that is one of my favourite trees, behind our house. This bird is doing his best to bring it down single handed beaked.

Superstitious bird posting: https://plus.google.com/+EllieKennard/posts/Tb49kSrCsA4 

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#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds curated by +Andy Brown +Dilip Mundkur +Wade Cochran and +Serkan Mutan
+Backyard Birding Monday #BackyardbirdingMonday/105832555748880810955 curated by... more »

The Culprit : Superstitious Pileated Woodpecker

For those who saw my black and white posting referring to a superstitious bird (knocking on wood, of course) linked below, I thought I would share a photo of the actual culprit, the pileated woodpecker himself. He was on a huge and very old maple that is one of my favourite trees, behind our house. This bird is doing his best to bring it down single handed beaked.

Superstitious bird posting: https://plus.google.com/+EllieKennard/posts/Tb49kSrCsA4 

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#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds curated by +Andy Brown +Dilip Mundkur +Wade Cochran and +Serkan Mutan
+Backyard Birding Monday #BackyardbirdingMonday/105832555748880810955 curated by +Ricky L Jones  108602149449027340564 and +Marilou Aballe___

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2015-05-09 23:05:08 (36 comments, 0 reshares, 82 +1s)Open 

Flight of Silken Flowers

In setting up my photograph for this week's Black and White project, I had played with a silk print using various lighting and techniques. One of the effects that I particularly liked was this, taken with a slow shutter speed and intentional camera movement (blur). I was partly thinking of the mentorship that +Alex Lapidus​ is beginning soon, where he will be guiding the (fortunate) chosen participants to play with such techniques to produce just this kind of effect. The colours in this were way too lovely to desaturate them for a black and white image, so I am posting this as it is, in glorious colour. Abstract, but still obviously floral in design.

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#u... more »

Flight of Silken Flowers

In setting up my photograph for this week's Black and White project, I had played with a silk print using various lighting and techniques. One of the effects that I particularly liked was this, taken with a slow shutter speed and intentional camera movement (blur). I was partly thinking of the mentorship that +Alex Lapidus​ is beginning soon, where he will be guiding the (fortunate) chosen participants to play with such techniques to produce just this kind of effect. The colours in this were way too lovely to desaturate them for a black and white image, so I am posting this as it is, in glorious colour. Abstract, but still obviously floral in design.

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#unsharpsaturday   #intentionalblur   #photoplay   #camerafun   #colorsonfriday +ColorsOnFriday​ by +Britta Rogge​ +Karsten Meyer​___

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2015-05-09 00:49:24 (30 comments, 1 reshares, 56 +1s)Open 

Floral
Week 10/26

The subject for this week's black and white project was 'floral', but I wanted to avoid the obvious subjects (the only ones in the garden at the moment are crocuses and bluebells) so I decided to think out of the garden. 

#BWProject26 | Curated by +Tisha Montgomery +Brandon Luk +Lauri Novak +Alison Christensen  
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Floral
Week 10/26

The subject for this week's black and white project was 'floral', but I wanted to avoid the obvious subjects (the only ones in the garden at the moment are crocuses and bluebells) so I decided to think out of the garden. 

#BWProject26 | Curated by +Tisha Montgomery +Brandon Luk +Lauri Novak +Alison Christensen  
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2015-05-05 13:34:10 (18 comments, 2 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Turns : The Voice of Steven Kennard in the 6 part Series "Conversations With Makers

+Ben Proudfoot of Breakwater Studios did a wonderful job on this profile video about +Steven Kennard and his work.

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Turns - Conversations with Makers

This is the next in the series of Conversations with Makers, featuring my work, this time.

Thanks to the Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council, to the Canadian Crafts Federation and to Breakwater Studios for making this possible and doing such a great job.

I hope you enjoy this glimpse into my world.

#notforblog  ___Turns : The Voice of Steven Kennard in the 6 part Series "Conversations With Makers

+Ben Proudfoot of Breakwater Studios did a wonderful job on this profile video about +Steven Kennard and his work.

#notforblog  

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2015-04-30 19:35:45 (19 comments, 5 reshares, 101 +1s)Open 

Eastern Townships, Quebec

The Eastern Townships, outside of Montreal, Quebec, have a special place in my heart. My uncle's dairy farm in Waterloo was the warmest and most welcoming place that I knew. His barn, full of the scents of the gentle Jersey cows, milk, sweet molasses and hay represented a place of calm and security. The soft sounds in the early morning, with the rhythmic milking machines, the swish of grains thrown from a pail, the munching and movements of the animals and the voice of my uncle were like music to me. My happiest times were spent sitting in that barn, on the edge of the stalls, listening to him explaining to me everything he was doing. I felt enormously proud when I held the buckets to feed the calves and watched the wild barn cats and kittens crouched over the saucers of milk I put down for them. My proudest moment though, was when a beautiful, newborn calf... more »

Eastern Townships, Quebec

The Eastern Townships, outside of Montreal, Quebec, have a special place in my heart. My uncle's dairy farm in Waterloo was the warmest and most welcoming place that I knew. His barn, full of the scents of the gentle Jersey cows, milk, sweet molasses and hay represented a place of calm and security. The soft sounds in the early morning, with the rhythmic milking machines, the swish of grains thrown from a pail, the munching and movements of the animals and the voice of my uncle were like music to me. My happiest times were spent sitting in that barn, on the edge of the stalls, listening to him explaining to me everything he was doing. I felt enormously proud when I held the buckets to feed the calves and watched the wild barn cats and kittens crouched over the saucers of milk I put down for them. My proudest moment though, was when a beautiful, newborn calf with her large, soft, brown eyes was named after me. Although I rarely visited, the times I spent there are the strongest of my childhood memory. For me it was a place of love, of security.

When I got older I always yearned for a Jersey cow of my own. It was as if my life was not complete without one. When we had the farm in France we finally got our Florette. The association of those same smells and sounds in the warmth of her stall in the early morning made me feel that I was the richest person in the world. I would rest my forehead against her warm flank as I milked her into a bucket and listening to her deliberately chewing her hay I would be transported back to those days of quiet calm and remember that special, loving family in Quebec.

I still feel that my uncle is one of the wisest people I have ever met. We go to see him when we can as he is still very much alive and active, though no longer farming as he is in his 90's. Instead of milking he gardens and golfs in the summer and curls in the winter. 

I feel as if it's been ages since I posted an image of a landscape. This was taken not far from my uncle's farm, in the Eastern Townships, on our trip to see him last fall. I remembered it when I saw an image posted here the other day, where snow frosted the mountains in Colorado. 

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#hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape​​​ curated by +Michael Garza​​​ +Leo Schubert​​​ +David D​​​ +Jesse Martineau​​​ +Mike Hankey​​​ +Peter Marbaise​​​ 

#LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography​​​ +Margaret Tompkins​​​ +Kevin Rowe​​​ +Toshi Nakamura​​​ +Bill Wood​​​ +Tony Phillips​​​ +Jeff Beddow​​​ +Krzysztof Hanusiak​​​ +Dennis Hoffbuhr​​​ +Dave Gaylord​​​ +Doug Hagadorn​​​ +Eric Drumm​​​ +RJ Wilner​​​ ___

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2015-04-29 15:43:44 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Excellent Trailer of the Upcoming Series
I've re-shared this post as I think it is such a brilliant short trailer and, of course, because +Steven Kennard features heavily in it. His video is due for public release on May 5th. I'll make sure to share it too.

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Official Trailer to the Series of 6 Conversations with Makers - "LIfe's Work"
https://vimeo.com/125964077

My own profile is being released on May 5th, so watch this space!

The Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council has written about this great series: (from http://www.nsdcc.ns.ca/news-opportunities/lifes-work-six-conversations-makers)
“Life’s twists, challenges, surprises, and possibilities have been captured by filmmaker Ben Proudfoot in a new series of short documentary videos called Life’s Work:  Six Conversations with Makers.   The trailer forLife’s Work, containing clips from all six videos, is being released today.
Life’s Work introduces viewers to six of Nova Scotia’s master craftspeople.   Through the videos we get to visit them in their studios, and learn a little about their lives and what inspires their creativity.   “The satisfaction that you get from actually making something with your own hands can’t be described,” says woodturner Steven Kennard, “The joy and the delight!”
Stone, featuring stone carver Heather Lawson was released last week.  Turns, featuring Steven Kennard will be released on Vimeo on May 5, followed by Mother Earth (May 19), Fibre & Wood (June 2), Lady Bug(June 16), and Rust (June 30).
Directed by Ben Proudfoot of Breakwater Studios International Ltd., Life’s Work is a collaboration between Craft Alliance Atlantic Association and the Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council.  Funding for the project was provided by ACOA Nova Scotia and Film and Creative Industries Nova Scotia who recognized and supported the opportunity to celebrate and promote our vibrant culture, our talented craftspeople, and our beautiful province to a global audience.
“There’s something that turns me on about the fact that, at the end of the day here’s something that I think is very cool that didn’t exist in the morning.  It wasn’t there last week.  It didn’t exist last year.  And here it is,” says sculptor Gordon Kennedy, “If you want to do things, do it.  This isn’t the dress rehearsal.  What matters is life.  Life matters.  Live it.””
#notforblog  ___Excellent Trailer of the Upcoming Series
I've re-shared this post as I think it is such a brilliant short trailer and, of course, because +Steven Kennard features heavily in it. His video is due for public release on May 5th. I'll make sure to share it too.

#notforblog  

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2015-04-24 18:51:05 (27 comments, 6 reshares, 63 +1s)Open 

Did Someone Say the Lighting With Intent Mentorship is Starting Soon?

Brent and I are really excited that tomorrow I am going to be starting this mentorship with the master of lighting, +Eric Raeber. This should be a wonderful period of learning and we have an amazing group of people lined up ready to explore the mysteries of lighting in photography. I am looking forward to being able to understand and use new techniques to make better use of lighting in my photography, including portraits. This was taken, as he was sitting waiting for his supper, so cute in his little leather jacket.

Brent is the son of good friends of mine and his expression shows perfectly the wonder and excitement I feel waiting for tomorrow's very first lesson to arrive in my inbox.

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Did Someone Say the Lighting With Intent Mentorship is Starting Soon?

Brent and I are really excited that tomorrow I am going to be starting this mentorship with the master of lighting, +Eric Raeber. This should be a wonderful period of learning and we have an amazing group of people lined up ready to explore the mysteries of lighting in photography. I am looking forward to being able to understand and use new techniques to make better use of lighting in my photography, including portraits. This was taken, as he was sitting waiting for his supper, so cute in his little leather jacket.

Brent is the son of good friends of mine and his expression shows perfectly the wonder and excitement I feel waiting for tomorrow's very first lesson to arrive in my inbox.

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#portraitgallery +Portrait gallery  by +Aamir Shahzad 
#hqspportraits +HQSP Portraits curated by +Heiko Köster  +Frank Nöthe
#hqspmonochrome +HQSP Monochrome curated by +Luis Vivanco S. +Оксана Крысюкова +Nader El Assy +Howard Salmon and  +tri rini nuringtyas___

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2015-04-24 14:56:52 (30 comments, 3 reshares, 178 +1s)Open 

The woodpeckers around here are really superstitious!
Week 9/26: Superstitions

The pileated woodpeckers in our woods make a terrific racket as they search for food in the trunks of the old trees and the holes that are left are impressive. I had seen this tree at the bottom of the field by the barn and knew that it would do for this theme. I knew it worked when Steven, on seeing the images said "The woodpeckers around here are really superstitious!"

#BWProject26 | Curated by +Tisha Montgomery +Brandon Luk +Lauri Novak +Alison Christensen 

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The woodpeckers around here are really superstitious!
Week 9/26: Superstitions

The pileated woodpeckers in our woods make a terrific racket as they search for food in the trunks of the old trees and the holes that are left are impressive. I had seen this tree at the bottom of the field by the barn and knew that it would do for this theme. I knew it worked when Steven, on seeing the images said "The woodpeckers around here are really superstitious!"

#BWProject26 | Curated by +Tisha Montgomery +Brandon Luk +Lauri Novak +Alison Christensen 

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2015-04-21 16:46:39 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

I Like Jeffrey Friedl's Posting About LR6
+Jeffrey Friedl 

My own favourite feature? I don't use facial recognition, don't make panoramas, don't use HDR merge. But I do like the fact that it's a lot faster. In my experience. And I love the ability to brush away parts of the radial and graduated filters. 
Note, you now have to have a 64 bit OS to run LR6.
And I love using LRMobile on my tablet and my phone. 
for different views and feature reviews check out 
+Victoria Bampton's blog : http://www.lightroomqueen.com/whats-new-lightroom-cc-6-0/ and 
+Nicole S. Young's : http://photofocus.com/2015/04/21/lightroom-cc/

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I Like Jeffrey Friedl's Posting About LR6
+Jeffrey Friedl 

My own favourite feature? I don't use facial recognition, don't make panoramas, don't use HDR merge. But I do like the fact that it's a lot faster. In my experience. And I love the ability to brush away parts of the radial and graduated filters. 
Note, you now have to have a 64 bit OS to run LR6.
And I love using LRMobile on my tablet and my phone. 
for different views and feature reviews check out 
+Victoria Bampton's blog : http://www.lightroomqueen.com/whats-new-lightroom-cc-6-0/ and 
+Nicole S. Young's : http://photofocus.com/2015/04/21/lightroom-cc/

#notforblog  ___

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2015-04-21 12:29:10 (10 comments, 4 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Life's Work : Stone - Heather Lawson

The first of the series of videos created by +Ben Proudfoot and +David Bolen of Breakwater studios. Heather does wonderful work.

+Steven Kennard's will be launched on May 5th I hope.

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Life's Work : Stone - Heather Lawson

The first of the series of videos created by +Ben Proudfoot and +David Bolen of Breakwater studios. Heather does wonderful work.

+Steven Kennard's will be launched on May 5th I hope.

#notforblog  ___

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2015-04-16 20:27:30 (35 comments, 4 reshares, 87 +1s)Open 

Sophia

Sophia is like a flower. She brightens up the room just as flowers do, by her very presence. She is full of light and love and joy with her direct, trusting gaze and that little smile that played around her rosebud mouth when she looked up at her beloved Dadda.

We met Sophia only yesterday and she touched our hearts. What a sweetheart.

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#portraitgallery +Portrait gallery​  by +Aamir Shahzad​
#hqspportraits +HQSP Portraits​ curated by +Heiko Köster​  +Ryan Ottaway Martin​
#themagicoflight +The Magic of Light​ by +Ray Bilcliff​ +Hamid Dastmalchi​ +Paul Stein​
#inthelight +In the Light​ by +andi rivarola​

Sophia

Sophia is like a flower. She brightens up the room just as flowers do, by her very presence. She is full of light and love and joy with her direct, trusting gaze and that little smile that played around her rosebud mouth when she looked up at her beloved Dadda.

We met Sophia only yesterday and she touched our hearts. What a sweetheart.

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#portraitgallery +Portrait gallery​  by +Aamir Shahzad​
#hqspportraits +HQSP Portraits​ curated by +Heiko Köster​  +Ryan Ottaway Martin​
#themagicoflight +The Magic of Light​ by +Ray Bilcliff​ +Hamid Dastmalchi​ +Paul Stein​
#inthelight +In the Light​ by +andi rivarola​___

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2015-04-13 21:19:19 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

Fascinating Story of Travels

By the talented photographer and writer, our friend +Sumit Sen​​. I don't usually share posts that lead the reader out of G+, but the quality of the images and the interesting story has made this a worthwhile exception. Please take a detour to visit Sumit's illustrated story of travels through an area of India/Nepal where boundaries are blurred, even redundant (except for the time factor)!

Thanks for sharing this, Sumit.

Comments on Sumit's original post please or on the Maptia article itself.

#notforblog

Here is a link to a image-heavy story that I wrote on Maptia.
I find +Maptia a refreshing medium to share such stories. Possible that I will do more of these in the days to come.
Have a look if you have the time. :)___Fascinating Story of Travels

By the talented photographer and writer, our friend +Sumit Sen​​. I don't usually share posts that lead the reader out of G+, but the quality of the images and the interesting story has made this a worthwhile exception. Please take a detour to visit Sumit's illustrated story of travels through an area of India/Nepal where boundaries are blurred, even redundant (except for the time factor)!

Thanks for sharing this, Sumit.

Comments on Sumit's original post please or on the Maptia article itself.

#notforblog

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2015-04-11 13:03:38 (63 comments, 4 reshares, 128 +1s)Open 

Watching Like a Hawk
But isn't it supposed to be spring?

This hawk sat in the tree outside our house keeping an eye on our bird feeders, during another snowstorm.  Most of the photographs we took were spoiled by having so much snow flying across the bird that it was not even clear what it was. Also, the camouflage of this bird is striking and unless you looked very carefully you couldn't even see it at all. And yes, this was taken in April. So this poor hawk is probably thinner than usual and desperately in need of a good meal although the fluffed up feathers make him look big and fat. Will this winter ever end?

Apparently it will and the clue is the sound of birdsong is filling the air as it always does in the spring. We even had an invasion of robins that managed to find some verges that had been cleared of snow by the plows next to the towering banks of white... more »

Watching Like a Hawk
But isn't it supposed to be spring?

This hawk sat in the tree outside our house keeping an eye on our bird feeders, during another snowstorm.  Most of the photographs we took were spoiled by having so much snow flying across the bird that it was not even clear what it was. Also, the camouflage of this bird is striking and unless you looked very carefully you couldn't even see it at all. And yes, this was taken in April. So this poor hawk is probably thinner than usual and desperately in need of a good meal although the fluffed up feathers make him look big and fat. Will this winter ever end?

Apparently it will and the clue is the sound of birdsong is filling the air as it always does in the spring. We even had an invasion of robins that managed to find some verges that had been cleared of snow by the plows next to the towering banks of white snow.

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HQSP Birds
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds curated by +Andy Brown +Dilip Mundkur +Wade Cochran and +Serkan Mutan

#backyardbirdingmonday +Backyard Birding Monday #BackyardbirdingMonday by +Celeste Odono +Ricky L Jones +Marilou Aballe___

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2015-04-10 13:47:36 (88 comments, 3 reshares, 109 +1s)Open 

Like A Candle in the Wind
Week 8/26: Asymmetrical

We were given this antique brass candlestick many years ago and I love the way the tarnish almost seems to give it texture, in a black and white image. 

The candlestick usually sits on the mantelpiece above the wood stove in our living room. With the unusually cold temperatures this year, the fire has had to be kept fairly hot to keep the whole of the house  warm.  A couple of weeks ago I saw that the candle hadn't been able to take the heat and as happens so many times when looking at things a line of a song (or sometimes it's poetry) went through my head when I looked at it. So the title is the song.

I have to apologise for my absence in the public stream lately. I have been co-mentoring a terrific group of enthusiastic people who have been learning to break free of the bonds of automatic settings onth... more »

Like A Candle in the Wind
Week 8/26: Asymmetrical

We were given this antique brass candlestick many years ago and I love the way the tarnish almost seems to give it texture, in a black and white image. 

The candlestick usually sits on the mantelpiece above the wood stove in our living room. With the unusually cold temperatures this year, the fire has had to be kept fairly hot to keep the whole of the house  warm.  A couple of weeks ago I saw that the candle hadn't been able to take the heat and as happens so many times when looking at things a line of a song (or sometimes it's poetry) went through my head when I looked at it. So the title is the song.

I have to apologise for my absence in the public stream lately. I have been co-mentoring a terrific group of enthusiastic people who have been learning to break free of the bonds of automatic settings on their cameras. The mentorship is part of the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers and this program has helped me (and many others) to grow in my photographic skills. Check them out if you are interested in getting involved as a mentor or a mentee, on the learning side.

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#BWProject26 | Curated by +Tisha Montgomery +Brandon Luk +Lauri Novak +Alison Christensen  

#hqspmonochrome +HQSP Monochrome curated by +Luis Vivanco S. +Оксана Крысюкова +Nader El Assy +Howard Salmon and  +tri rini nuringtyas___

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2015-04-08 15:48:45 (4 comments, 3 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

For Photographers - worth a read.

#notforblog  

Matching prints to screen - some of the reasons it doesn't seem to work as well as you'd like.

Calibrating your screen is the first step, but it helps if you know a bit more about the basics.

Actually one of my older articles, but just updated to reflect changes over the last few years and making sure that all the links to other sites still work (archive.org is your friend ;-)___For Photographers - worth a read.

#notforblog  

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2015-03-27 15:24:16 (59 comments, 2 reshares, 79 +1s)Open 

Umbrella
Week 7/26 BW Project 26

I have a vivid memory of a dark and stormy night when I was about 3 years old. I was running across a lawn, holding my mother's hand to go to look at something that was happening at the house next door, although I don't recall what that was - maybe a fire, or flood or something.  Suddenly I felt a pain in my eye and cried out. My mother swept me up in her arms, a look of panic on her face. I had been struck with the spoke of someone's umbrella. Blood poured down my face mingling with the driving rain drops. My memory of the rest of the night is hazy, but I was taken to emergency where my eye was examined and it was discovered that the spoke had just cut into my eyebrow, missing my eye, fortunately.

My poor distraught mother must have been devastated as she thought of her darling little daughter, my face (she thought) scarred for... more »

Umbrella
Week 7/26 BW Project 26

I have a vivid memory of a dark and stormy night when I was about 3 years old. I was running across a lawn, holding my mother's hand to go to look at something that was happening at the house next door, although I don't recall what that was - maybe a fire, or flood or something.  Suddenly I felt a pain in my eye and cried out. My mother swept me up in her arms, a look of panic on her face. I had been struck with the spoke of someone's umbrella. Blood poured down my face mingling with the driving rain drops. My memory of the rest of the night is hazy, but I was taken to emergency where my eye was examined and it was discovered that the spoke had just cut into my eyebrow, missing my eye, fortunately.

My poor distraught mother must have been devastated as she thought of her darling little daughter, my face (she thought) scarred for life. The cut was not large, perhaps 1/2 an inch in length, maybe a bit less. I had often wondered where the scar was (I had never seen it, it was really very small) but a few weeks ago, so many years later, I found where the scar was. As a result of the trauma (mostly caused by my mother's panic and hysteria) I never could be convinced to carry an umbrella, even during the 21 years I lived in England. I am always very careful when I walk by anyone carrying one.

A few years ago, I told myself that it was foolish to be so unreasonable about using an umbrella and I have since bought ones that I use occasionally.

The theme this fortnight is "Umbrella", however so far we are still buried under snow (although today it has rained, in sympathy with the theme!). I dug my umbrella out of the car door, dusted it off (not very well) and set up the photograph more as an art(icle) piece than utility. The theme brought back this memory to me of that long ago accident.

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#BWProject26 | Curated by +Tisha Montgomery +Brandon Luk +Lauri Novak +Alison Christensen  

#hqspmonochrome +HQSP Monochrome curated by +Luis Vivanco S. +Оксана Крысюкова +Nader El Assy +Howard Salmon and  +tri rini nuringtyas___

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2015-03-27 12:06:50 (106 comments, 5 reshares, 58 +1s)Open 

Do you find Google+ on Android mobile is frequently slow? try this to fix it

"This screen is what we see when we try to access G+ on mobile It can hang around looking like this for so long, presumably trying to load content, that in the end we don't have the time to do anything on it."

This was my cry for help. Thanks to the troubleshooting by helpful Plussers my problem is solved.

If you are having similar problems try this solution that worked for us:
1. Uninstall malware and anti virus apps as well as speed optimisers and battery savers
2. Turn the phone off and land for 2 minutes
3. Start and uninstall Google+ (it will revert to factory install)
4. Turn phone off and leave for 2 minutes
5. Start phone and install G+ updates
6. Turn phone off and leave a minute or so
7. Start phone.

This did it for me.... more »

Do you find Google+ on Android mobile is frequently slow? try this to fix it

"This screen is what we see when we try to access G+ on mobile It can hang around looking like this for so long, presumably trying to load content, that in the end we don't have the time to do anything on it."

This was my cry for help. Thanks to the troubleshooting by helpful Plussers my problem is solved.

If you are having similar problems try this solution that worked for us:
1. Uninstall malware and anti virus apps as well as speed optimisers and battery savers
2. Turn the phone off and land for 2 minutes
3. Start and uninstall Google+ (it will revert to factory install)
4. Turn phone off and leave for 2 minutes
5. Start phone and install G+ updates
6. Turn phone off and leave a minute or so
7. Start phone.

This did it for me. Thanks to everyone for the help.
 
#notforblog  ___

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2015-03-25 18:39:55 (39 comments, 0 reshares, 70 +1s)Open 

This Could be the Last Time
For this winter anyway....

That was what I thought when I took this photo early last Sunday morning. That storm lasted all day and we are still cleaning up from it. Many of the (even main) roads are down to 1 or 1.5 lanes. The mail got through today, at least.

If you zoom in you can see that the snow is actually blowing quite hard, so although it looks as though it is still, as it has fallen on the trees and coated them, it is just very heavy snow that has stuck to everything. The ice that you see on the roof caused water to leak into the kitchen. 

This has been a record setting year that I don't wish to see repeated. I  saw in the news that New York was in shock and practically ground to a halt when they had about 1 1/2 to 2" of snow on March 21. On bare ground. I thought the news item was a spoof.

We have mores... more »

This Could be the Last Time
For this winter anyway....

That was what I thought when I took this photo early last Sunday morning. That storm lasted all day and we are still cleaning up from it. Many of the (even main) roads are down to 1 or 1.5 lanes. The mail got through today, at least.

If you zoom in you can see that the snow is actually blowing quite hard, so although it looks as though it is still, as it has fallen on the trees and coated them, it is just very heavy snow that has stuck to everything. The ice that you see on the roof caused water to leak into the kitchen. 

This has been a record setting year that I don't wish to see repeated. I  saw in the news that New York was in shock and practically ground to a halt when they had about 1 1/2 to 2" of snow on March 21. On bare ground. I thought the news item was a spoof.

We have more snow (6-8") due on Friday night. So I guess this was not the last time. Not even close. But Joni likes it, as she gets to run around on the top of the drifts and bark at everyone from a height. 

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#winterwednesday by +Antoine Berger +Logan Miller___

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2015-03-19 21:37:59 (53 comments, 2 reshares, 55 +1s)Open 

Where to Put it All?: 'Snowva Scotia is closed until Further Notice

So now we don't have anywhere else to put the snow, except to start filling up the parking area by the studio. But this was from yesterday's storm. What to do with what is expected on Saturday and into Sunday? There are more severe weather warnings.

Bus service is suspended in Halifax until further notice. There is a parking ban in place so, if there is no bus and you can't park, I guess everything will stay closed. I was advised by a recorded telephone message just now that fuel delivery in our area is being restricted to emergency locations, such as hospitals. So the empty propane tanks in the workshop will remain empty.

On another note, Future Shop is to close in New Minas permanently tomorrow night. If a store closes but there is no one there to notice as it was closed due to the... more »

Where to Put it All?: 'Snowva Scotia is closed until Further Notice

So now we don't have anywhere else to put the snow, except to start filling up the parking area by the studio. But this was from yesterday's storm. What to do with what is expected on Saturday and into Sunday? There are more severe weather warnings.

Bus service is suspended in Halifax until further notice. There is a parking ban in place so, if there is no bus and you can't park, I guess everything will stay closed. I was advised by a recorded telephone message just now that fuel delivery in our area is being restricted to emergency locations, such as hospitals. So the empty propane tanks in the workshop will remain empty.

On another note, Future Shop is to close in New Minas permanently tomorrow night. If a store closes but there is no one there to notice as it was closed due to the weather anyway, does it still count as a closing down?

Are you not able to comment on Google+ because you don't belong? Would you prefer to comment on my blog? It's right here with all my G+ posts on it: http://www.elliekennard.ca .

+Photo Mania Canada with +Giselle Savoie and +Mark HELM #PhotoManiaCanada ___

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2015-03-18 17:29:35 (26 comments, 3 reshares, 63 +1s)Open 

Milkweed Pod: Monarch Central
5 of 5  for #naturephotochallenge  

Every time I look at this picture I think of that line from the Beatles' song "She's leaving home, bye bye'. The tightly packed cluster of milkweed seeds are opening up, ripe and ready to take to the air and disperse on the wind. The milkweed is a plant that is vital for the survival of the Monarch butterfly and so each of these beautiful bits of airy fluff carries a precious burden. The contrast in textures between the seeds and their wings is striking. 

This photo was taken last autumn in Ontario after a light snow fall. Snow has taken on a whole different meaning since that time. 

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I have been challenged by my friend +Tom Crews  to participate in a 5-day Nature Challenge.  I have been asked to post one nature photo each day for 5 days.  I amasked ... more »

Milkweed Pod: Monarch Central
5 of 5  for #naturephotochallenge  

Every time I look at this picture I think of that line from the Beatles' song "She's leaving home, bye bye'. The tightly packed cluster of milkweed seeds are opening up, ripe and ready to take to the air and disperse on the wind. The milkweed is a plant that is vital for the survival of the Monarch butterfly and so each of these beautiful bits of airy fluff carries a precious burden. The contrast in textures between the seeds and their wings is striking. 

This photo was taken last autumn in Ontario after a light snow fall. Snow has taken on a whole different meaning since that time. 

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I have been challenged by my friend +Tom Crews  to participate in a 5-day Nature Challenge.  I have been asked to post one nature photo each day for 5 days.  I am asked to name a new challenger on each of my 5 days.  Today I am challenging my friend​​​​​ +Linda Jess to join me in this. Just post one nature photo a day for 5 days. Tag me in it, copy this text and use the hash tag #naturephotochallenge  and nominate someone else on each of the days.

Thanks for nominating me Tom. It's been fun, if I have been a bit slow at finishing. :D

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#bellesphotos +Belles photos by +Jean-Louis LAURENCE +Claudya Bonnet

#PhotoManiaCanada by +Giselle Savoie +Mark HELM

#hqspflowers +HQSP Flowers curated by +Krystina Isabella Brion +Melania Pierce +Kanlaya Chungsangornpornsuk +Wayne Lu +Iva Pas ___

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2015-03-16 23:42:41 (29 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

More Snow Due

We had an extra foot yesterday and there's another lot due for tomorrow night. It's very hard to walk now.

Joni manages, but I thought I was going to be sick when I got back today, it was such an effort. All the familiar landmarks are gone, buried deep. We are walking in the tree branches maybe more than 4 feet above the ground. And that's on the level surface, not on the snow banks that are above 10 feet high. The picnic tables are so far under the surface there's absolutely no sign of them. Hills and valleys are now the same. Without snow shoes I could not have gone at all.

For the first time I thought "this is not as fun as it looks".

More Snow Due

We had an extra foot yesterday and there's another lot due for tomorrow night. It's very hard to walk now.

Joni manages, but I thought I was going to be sick when I got back today, it was such an effort. All the familiar landmarks are gone, buried deep. We are walking in the tree branches maybe more than 4 feet above the ground. And that's on the level surface, not on the snow banks that are above 10 feet high. The picnic tables are so far under the surface there's absolutely no sign of them. Hills and valleys are now the same. Without snow shoes I could not have gone at all.

For the first time I thought "this is not as fun as it looks".___

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