27 TOP G+ Photos for October 11

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My contribution to the #TuesDecay theme is from the old Abandoned Pier in Davenport, California. I guess this could be also a contribution to #MyTownTuesday as it is just a few miles away from where I live.

This old pier is a tough one to access and the trail down the craggy cliff isn't getting any easier to use, so please be safe and use your best judgment if you try to get down to see this old structure. I often hear people comment about Stonehenge when they see this image at art shows, so I've started calling it "Davenhenge". :)


Fishing Can Be Relaxing

I'm not really a fan of blue skies. So, the trick I usually do is to find some trees and try to frame the subject naturally. I also tried this shot in HDR but halfway through I realized it wasn't working.


Have I told you lately that I love you?
Have I told you there's no one else above you?

sunset at Pererenan Beach,Bali Indonesia


The Blue Mosque, Istanbul

It was a dull dreary winter's day in Istanbul when I shot this, hand-held. Cold and rainy outside, I decided to look for inspiration indoors and I headed to the Blue Mosque, the largest mosque in Turkey. Built 400 years ago close to the site of the much older Hagia Sofia, the Blue Mosque is one of the finest examples of classical Ottoman architecture and incorporates elements of Byzantine design. The interior is decorated with more than 20,000 handmade ceramic tiles.

Nikon D700, 20mm, seven exposures

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Photography Tip: Always keep your horizon lines level - not :)

You have to know that I'm a big advocate of leveled horizon lines - I hate the beach shots with the slightly tilted horizon where you can see the water drops leaking out of the frame on one side.

There are certain situations where - that's my opinion - a tilted horizon works. I tilted my camera on purpose for this composition to place that one line of the stairs at the lower right corner leading the eye right to the subject.
Some might say it doesn't work but at the end it was my decision so I don't really care.



The snow storm challenge with Little Red Riding Hood was a new beginning for me, confidence on a deeper level took root in my heart. Because of all of the pressure coming from every direction I was forced to make a decision, do I agree with the negative oppressing voices, or do I agree that I can, in fact, overcome every hindering circumstance? My friend Rex Crain always says, "We are never what we feel, but what we decide." I decided!!!

This image was taken also in the most adverse weather conditions possible. We almost cancelled the shoot. Again, we had people depending on us. The model, Gloria McCune, ignored her bluish colored skin and watering eyes but I couldn't put her through too much torture. I knew we couldn't be out there but for 30 minutes max. So again, I asked God for some miracle power. We flowed so quickly through a series of images that made one of my all-time favorite stories. It was a story of returning to the rest and comfort of our true home. It began with the "bridegroom" (which was her husband in real life) beckoning her to be his bride. She hears his soft voice and mounts the horse. She is adorned with jewels and a big beautiful bouquet and rides to meet him. The last image shows the two of them running toward their mansion in the hills. It was magical!!! And definitely a miracle to be able to capture the romance of it all in 30 fast minutes!! This was an unplanned story. When I had shown up for the shoot I had no idea that we'd write such a beautiful and complete series of images. God gave me the story after the shoot.

I hope this encourages you to step out in faith even when things look very dim. He is able to turn your most hindering of circumstances into beautiful romances.

There are more from this shoot on my website at www.triplecord.com in the gallery called "Fairytales."


Spending my night going through some of my images to see if any of them would be good for some composites. Totally inspired by Joel Grimes and +Eric Doggett
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sometimes I point my camera away from the streets and up in the air, I even play around with some colors - not very often but it's liberating to get out of my comfort zone from time to time. Hope you like it....


Someone was quizzing me about what HDRs of mine that I really felt happy with. This is definitely one. I hate over-doing this stuff and there have been 90 in the bin for every 100 I have taken. I shot this the day I found out of this location and specifically the old pier. I used it a week later for a fashion shoot and photography workshop which was awesome for all concerned and the one pic I shot - to test the lighting setup for students - was a double-page spread in three magazines later that year.

October 2009
Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8
7-shot bracket
Photomatix then Photoshop.


Something from London :)
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  • Photographer Pawel Tomaszewicz
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My Second Encounter

I had an amazing encounter, or rather a second amazing encounter, with this fine gentleman in old Shanghai. He was sitting in his wheelchair at a prominent intersection in the same place where I had seen him in early 2009. At that time, he had casually called me and another companion photographer over and shown us a book, Disappearing Shanghai by Howard W. French (who appears to be on G+ as +Howard French ), a book that I had actually heard about online before my trip, but had not seen. His copy is extremely worn and tattered, but the images are still clear -- and they are amazing. Frankly, we were a bit embarrassed and felt somewhat uncomfortable about talking (wordlessly) to him, and we exchanged gestures and continued to explore and shoot. Both my companion and I captured the best images we had ever gotten during that trip.

When I returned to old Shanghai for the first time in September, 2011, he was still in his traditional spot, and, alone this time, I spent a while looking at his book while he started trying to point out building, locations, areas in the vicinity -- memories! -- even though I wasn't really understanding. It was frustrating to not be able to communicate, but I knew he was trying very hard to share the disappearing images of old Shanghai with another photographer (as I'm sure he has done with countless photographers visiting this amazing area). Not knowing what to do or say ( :) ), I pulled out my iPhone and tried to show him some of my images from my previous trip (http://phoser.500px.com/shanghai/). Suddenly, he stood up and gently made it clear that I needed to follow him.

For the next twenty or more minutes, I followed him around the neighborhood as he pushed his wheelchair slowly along the streets. Four or five times, he would choose a spot carefully, sit down, and then direct me to take photos of compositions that he wanted me to see, understand, and capture! When I didn't get into the right position to get the composition that he had in mind, he would correct me, sometimes making me bend down and shoot upwards! I don't think he was ever entirely satisfied with me. :)

Sadly (photographically), the lighting was absolutely terrible with harsh sunshine through deep shadowy narrow streets, and even though I tried to take bracket sets, there wasn't much in the extremely cluttered field that makes for a great photo. But it matters not at all to me because the experience is something that I'll never, ever forget and it transcends the images. I present a few of the least photographically objectionable images in memory of the experience.

At the end, he stopped beside a residence, and signaled to me that this was his home. I have a photo of that street sign across from his house. I was amused by his neighbors (family, friends?) who smiled knowing he was bringing another photographer home (like a stray animal, the resemblance to which I will readily concede) while trying to help them document a vision and a lifestyle that is rapidly disappearing.

If you're ever in Shanghai, please visit old Shanghai and visit my friend. I hope he's still there every time I'm lucky enough to get back there, and I will always look for him when I can visit.

Perhaps some of you have had the same encounter with this amazing man?

I see that Howard W. French has a remarkable website and an active flickr site as well.
  • Photographer Douglas Knisely
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Misty morning
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harmonic II, 2011
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In late May, the sun sets around 11pm, with the color in the sky lasting well past midnight. By that time, temperatures drop well into negative (fahrenheit) territory. That the "view from the room" that someone mentioned when looking at the previous image. I took this image from inside the tent, through the unzipped door.

When I came back from Alaska, I viewed the image as a faithful representation of my experience, but years later, as I realized I was never going to be in the same position again, I cursed myself for not working hard enough for the photography, by not crawling outside. At that time this wasn't too appealing of an option, as I was in survival mode, trying to save energy for a long summit and traverse day. What do you think ?


Un jour Nouveau

I took this panoramic view this morning during a walk at the lake "Saint André".
As always it was a very beautiful sunrise :-)

I used 5 HDR photo for completing the panorama. Every HDR photo is composed from 3 exposures (-2ev; 0ev; +2ev) and tonemapped with Photomatix 4.1.

From the Girolamo's HDR Photos site: www.omalorig.com

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Just came back home. We went to Bicester Village today. As usual, the wife did the shopping. I did the shooting. :)

Here is my contribution to Daily Photography Themes
#TodayTuesday curated by +Brian White.
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Well, it's official. Summer in the Pacific Northwest is over :-/
Rain started heavy lately, so we'll get nothing but more of it until next July. It's a bit of downer to accept the fact that blue skies will be a rare happening for about 9 months now... WOW, that's sad..
But, fortunately, a short drive up into the mountains and the wet, drizzly gray stuff is replaced with fluffy, beautiful white stuff!
This is a shot from last winter. My friend and I were headed up to a meadow across the creek below the tent, but thigh high snow stopped us here.
It got frikkin cold this night, single digits, maybe even 0. But man, the stars sure did shine :-)
Alright Rain, let's do this...


Eagle Lake III
Acadia National Park - Bar Harbor, Maine

Taken this past weekend in Acadia. The weather was unseasonably warm - the best example of an Indian summer this year...and the color just suddenly appeared overnight. I've never seen the trees turn so fast before, nor have the colors been so vibrant and powerful...a beautiful time of year here.
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The Story of Medo || Elephant Nature Park

I wanted to share the sad story of one of these amazing animals. Find out how I became involved with these Asian Elephants here: goo.gl/P5sGz

Medo (right, pronounced: Meadow) was born around 1976. The majority of her working days were spent in logging camps. She was rescued from a very remote area near the Thai/Burma border, and arrived at the Elephant Nature Park in June 2006. Medo was put to work at the age of 8. She hauled logs in the mountains spanning the border region for 4 years, until she was seriously injured when a heavy log fell on her, breaking her rear left ankle. Unable to work, 12 year old Medo’s contract with the logging company was cancelled. The bone never properly set, and even to this day her original injury is evident.

Medo was then forced into a breeding program. She was chained by four legs and a huge bull savagely attacked her, pinning her on the ground with his tusk. She screamed in pain but no one would risk coming close to help her. She was left lying, bleeding and crying in agony, alone. Vets would soon determine that her backbone had become dislocated. These injuries were life threatening, and Medo fought for her life for 3 full years.

For the next 15 years Medo spent her life in isolated and tedious toil. The owners were shameful of her condition and sought to keep her hidden. No camps would accept an elephant so marred by abuse.

The Elephant Nature Park team finally found her in Feb 2006; dragging the small logs that she could, in an isolated village in the mountains. On arrival at ENP, Medo saw other elephants again for the first time in 15 years. Unsure of herself, she had a slow adjustment period, but finally a strong bond of friendship formed with gentle Mae Mai. Medo’s major physical injuries will likely never heal but with hope she can still become a well-adjusted and social elephant.

Learn more about Elephant Nature Park here: http://goo.gl/0c6Ja


This evening's sunset at Cousteau Resort just out of Savusavu, Fiji Islands.
There was quite a lot of cloud cover but it made for subtle yet dramatic evening light. I waited until quite late and used a long exposure to give the dreamy feel to the moving sea water. I really liked the elongated root system of the foreground palm tree binding it back to the shoreline.

Canon EOS1Ds mk3. Canon 14mm 2.8L II. ISO 200. f4.5 for 30 seconds.
Lexar Pro 600x CF. Lowepro ProTrekker 400. Edited on HP DreamColor.
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Photo of the Day: Woman of War

This image is part of a 1940s “Woman of War” period piece I shot at San Francisco’s historic Julia Morgan Ballroom. While my first passion is fine art wedding photography, I am also an avid practitioner of portraiture. I value beauty for the sake of beauty, and this particular project unifies my aesthetic vision with the delicate whimsy of fashion and the magnetism of femininity. http://www.catherinehall.net/blog/?p=7179

Watch out for my tip on beauty portraiture on TWiT Photo today – did I mention that we will host our first in-studio guest ever (the amazing Sue Bryce) in a couple of hours? Bubbling with excitement :)


On beating Murphy and his Law in the face

Last year, +Scott Wyden Kivowitz and I met up in NYC and spent the day shooting random areas of the city. The shot below was taken at Chelsea Pier. The day started right off with a comedy of errors that ranged from forgotten cables, broken tripod legs, and the general harassment that comes along with being a photographer.

Still, that didn't stop us. And why should it? One critical component of being a successful photographer is how well you can adapt to unforeseen and inclement circumstances. Not everything goes according to plan and despite being a bit tongue-in-cheek, it is really important that you know how to work calmly and productively around calamity.

In general, so many of us focus on learning how to use our gear in happy day scenarios but we don't necessarily conduct our own fire drills. The real way to test your mettle as a photographer is not based on how you perform in perfect situations, but rather on how you perform on the hectic ones.

Not only will you learn just how strong of a photographer you are based on how you perform in these situations, but you'll also get a much clearer picture of your overall character. It's very interesting and should be considered by all of us.


Once Upon a Time.........
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This is another one of my favorite photos from my recent Polar Bear Photography Tour. I was standing next to the boat with my local Inupiat guide when this mom and cub came over to have a closer look at us. We very quickly got back in the boat, but not before I fired off a few pictures at 10fps with the Canon 1DmkIV that I borrowed from Canon Professional Services. The light was absolutely spectacular and for a moment these bears walked side by side allowing me to create this striking image. I hand-held the camera with my Canon 400mm f4 DO IS lens attached and used a right-angle view finder to get the camera as close to the ground as possible while kneeling. It is a single-exposure which was slightly cropped from the original and required minimal processing using Aperture 3 and Photoshop CS5.


I don't mention gear much but in preparation for a trip to the Highlands, I've just ordered a x2 extender. I think I'll be sticking with my 70-200 for a good while, so might as well have the option of going longer and still being comparable to a real 300/400mm zoom lens. If money were no object I'd be using a fixed telephoto 2.8 ofcourse :-)

I've also got a Black Rapid RS-7 strap on the way plus a Manfrotto 680B monopod. I never take my tripod and I'm not doing long exposures so I'm looking forward to having a walking stick. First new kit for ages!

I'm hoping to see red deer, bison, elk, more wolves, wildcats and otters. Probably won't get to find all of those but fingers crossed!

For now though, back to the good ol' snow leopard. So far I'm liking using google photos instead of fiddling around with Picassa. I have noticed the caption doesn't appear. Easy fixed by just adding it while sharing the photo.

Carl Stovell 2010 - Creative Commons BY-NC-ND


South Dakota's Badlands area is a place dear to my heart, a unique place, often otherworldly, inhabited by a few ranchers and by the Oglala Lakota. The most stunning parts of the area are preserved as a national park. I've shot a good deal there in several trips and most of my resulting work from there has been in monochrome. I've also been working some in color, however - trying to do it in such a way as to express the spirit of the place as I have felt it.
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Quick tip for taking better portraits: Engage with your subject.

As a photographer it’s really easy to get preoccupied with the technical details of a shoot and disconnect from your subject. Unfortunately, this disconnection between photographer and subject shows up like sore thumb in photos. Nothing is worse than a portrait of a subject with dead, expressionless eyes. It’s something that no amount of Photoshop can fix.

To combat “zombie eyes”, stay connected to your subject and actively give them feedback throughout the shoot. Make small talk to your subject between shots, make sure they are comfortable and happy, tell them silly jokes if you need a smile. I find that with teen girl subjects, mentioning anything to do with Twilight or hunky vampires gets a great response!

Strobist Info:
580EX shot through umbrella-ella 30 degrees to the left of her face.
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