26 TOP G+ Photos for October 2

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26 awesome TOP photographs published by G+ photographers on October 2.

Back at my desk today after our little break in the mountains at the end of last week and my busy weekend. Here's the larger version of that sunrise shot I posted a teaser of on Friday morning.

Sunrise Over The Cabbage Fields of Kita-Kuruizawa, Gunma, Japan.

Five-shot bracketed HDR, shot hand-held as I forgot to pack the tripod.
Merged in Photomatix
A little touch-up in Photoshop.
Nikon D700
14mm f/2.8



~Behind the falls Falls~

I said I wouldn't post tonight but I had some free time and the rest of the family is in bed so why not, right? Here is one of my takes on a water fall we all shot today. I was down underneath a small set of cascading streams coming down right in front of me.... I would be curious to hear your honest thoughts and critiques......please notice the small bird that stood still for me during this exposure on the wood on the far left sticking out into the water!


Leaving You For The Open Road
Photo by Hillary Fox

I created this from a series of ten photographs I shot this morning. The full-resolution image is about 84,000,000 pixels. (Whoa!) This is the road leaving the west entrance of Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada, where I spent a peaceful night camping. Enjoyed perfect weather, jaw-dropping views of strange red sandstone formations lit by the golden hour, excellent hiking, and well-preserved prehistoric petroglyphs. But this road is what called to me and my Canon. The road has a hold on me.
  • Photographer Hillary Fox
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Another Overloaded Trike.

A little too much late-night vignetting there... "Just put down the vignette slider and back away and we won't have any trouble now..."
  • Photographer Douglas Knisely
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Look of Wisdom!
  • Photographer gabriel n
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Tree Of Temptation


Bonjour à tous,

L'automne n'est pas encore là mais en forçant un peu... ;-)
Effet Orton : http://bit.ly/bHD4NO
Textures : http://bit.ly/pesqFL
ebook : http://bit.ly/qeKC2E

In a few days will release the English version of my first ebook:
Natural Landscape and Photography.
Stay tuned !!!


streets of Oslo, autumn


My #1 most popular image of Eagles


Tiger, Panthera tigris
  • Photographer Jeff Wendorff
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This is mount Bromo taken from Pananjakan. It was November 2010 when I took this rare view. Because 3 months after, the mount erupted. Bromo, named as one of the most beautiful mountain in the world, situated in East Java. 3-4 hours driving from Surabaya (2nd biggest city in Indonesia). Best if you visit here in June-Sept.
  • Photographer rarindra prakarsa
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Here are more color shots for those who are new to my work. Which frankly seems to be a lot. Right now I'm trying to put up one new shot per day.

But even if I don't have a new shot, I'll try and talk about things like: why color v. black and white.

I will confess that color is much harder for me to be satisfied with. That may just be my background because I've shot black and white film for so long; and even when digital came along, I would setup my workflow so that I never even saw the color version.

Fortunately I was shooting in RAW mode, so that later I could begin to experiment with color, but my workflow with digital included setting the back of the camera to only show the shots in b&w, and a preset in Lightroom that did the conversion to b&w.

I would look at shots in color when I wanted to make use of color to b&w mapping - a technique that you couldn't do with b&w film... i.e. in lightroom, for example, you could say red should be lighter, or sharper or less saturated in it's black and white rendition.

If you are trying to tell some sort of story, you deal with expressions, actions, situations, and most of the time you don't have control over the color.

Now you have more, but it can distract from the point of the picture.

And then you discover that color can actually enhance the mood of certain images, and show more important details that you might not notice without it, and even make an interesting image where color itself is the subject.

And so that's what happened with me. I fell into a heavy duty color phase where I took many of my black and white images, even those that I had printed and liked and that were from film - and began to use the modern tools such as NIK software and HDR to essentially decide whether color could bring new life or a different feeling to a b&w negative.

I suppose this is subjective - and most of my color work does not fall into a naturalistic camp; whereas my black and white work does. Color photographs that I show are mostly examples of post processing.

Black and white photographs are post processed to increase or decrease contrast, do a bit of burning or dodging, but it's a much simpler process. And I can say with 100% assurance that the color work you see took a long time, either to think up the idea, or to implement, whereas the black and white shots took more time to shoot and less time to post process.

And as I say - for all the new people who have discovered me - enjoy.


Afternoon G Plusers! This is another shot from Port Kembla, NSW, Australia.
When I took this image I was actually standing on a moving bed of seaweed. Hard to explain but it must have been a few feet thick and acted as a barrier to the incoming waves. I couldn't feel solid ground underneath me which was somewhat frightening, but as a wave rushed up towards me it cushioned the impact. Which settled my nerves a little but also had me and tripod bobbing up and down alot. It was a very strange feeling, kinda felt like I was standing on a boat taking photos. It took me a good 20 minutes to wade through the seaweed to get to this spot.
Taken as the last light of the day faded. Nikon D90, f/9, 1sec.


Mt Hutt NZ back country carving with Trevor Ponting in the front and Josh Brown in 2008
  • Photographer MILES HOLDEN
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Lifa can be so good... So I want to share some of that with you my Google+ friends... Enjoy...


One from my yawning wolf series.

Open wide and say .. Rabbit!



I woke up about 45 minutes before sunrise, and crawled out of my tent to take a look around. I immediately looked to teh sky in the direction of Mt. Mt Assiniboine, and things looked dark. I turned around to stretch, and about fell over when I saw the skyline in the East. The sky was bright red, from the lighting of the underside of a series of rolling clouds. I have never seen clouds that vivid.

"It's still forty five min before sunrise!" I yell to +Jason Edlund, as I grab my tripod and camera bag, forgetting about a coat or anything else. I start to run up the trail towards some tarns I had scouted the night before. Out of breathe on the approx 2k run, I am only hoping that I don't come running around a corner and run smack into a Grizzly in the darkness, since I know they are everywhere in the area.

As soon as I arrive at the tarns, the light starts to die down. I try to keep frustration at bay, knowing that there is no way it could have been the actual sunrise. I quickly setup my gear facing in the direction I want to shoot, and keep telling myself that it will light up the same at sunrise. No more than five minutes of waiting, and sure enough the second light show starts. I proceed to witness the most incredible alpenglow I have ever seen. The light was literally lighting the tip of Mt Assiniboine like it was on fire. It was a reflected and indirect alpenglow, and the brightest red I have seen.

I walked back to my tent in a half daze, stunned at the beauty of the Canadian Rockies.
  • Photographer Koveh Tavakkol
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A wintery addition to my Forest album. The bright background here is a snow-covered slope without trees; I focused on the foreground trees to render it into a soft white blur. I used a bit of split-toning to achieve this cold tone.

If you only recently added me to your circles, you're invited to have a look at the other photos in the album too, of course! If you have any questions, I'll be glad to answer them (if I can;).


A shot of me fighting the incoming waves at Utakleiv in Lofoten. For a second i was a little bit scared...if i had slipped i would have been in the atlantic within seconds. This wave came out of nowhere :-)

The shot is taken by good friend, Joe Rainbow...


Not everything in the Southwest has to be colorful.
This is my entry for todays #MonochromeMonday, no doubt there.
Maybe it could also have been posted for #ministractmonday :)

The shot was taken in White Sands. There are not many places like W.S. for b/w lovers. You should go there :)

Hoped U enjoy it. If so, please feel free to share. If not... well, tell my why :)
  • Photographer Klaus Kubelka
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With Canon's recent release of the 300 f2.8 IS II, now is a great time to pick up the original 300 f2.8 IS. I was fortunate to find a 2008 lens in great condition while in Seoul recently, and couldn't resist. While the new lens is lighter, has better IS and AF, the original is still a great lens with wonderful IQ.

While I'll be using this lens primarily for motorsport, I took it for a test run at Amsterdam's Artis Royal Zoo ...


Pictorial Lanscapes
  • Photographer Tomasz Grzyb
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Lazy Sundays


I Came Along, I Wrote a Song for You -- Austin, TX


Stars over Haleakala

It's amazing how much red there is in the sky even an hour after the sun has set. It was one of those "look at the LCD and do a double-take" experiences.

Can anyone identify the constellations in the photo? I am a star dummy. :)

This was my take on the same stars +Dave Cohen shot in this photo:
  • Photographer Vincent Mo
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