21 TOP G+ Photos for October 4

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21 awesome TOP photographs published by Google+ photographers on October 4.

This photo makes me happy :)

As many of my favorite shots, I did not plan on taking this one. I was walking down a street in Kyoto when I noticed a bunch of pretty lights hanging on the branches of a tree. I simply switched my lens to manual focus and shot the scene out of focus.

Canon 5D Mk II, Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 L
  • Photographer Romain Guy
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Tis the Season

Fall season, especially early fall, can be the best time of year for coastal California weather. And that means getting out there as often as possible!

My camera gear has been fully briefed: "You will be getting used. You will most likely get wet. Salt water intrusion is a high possibility. I never told you it would be an easy life being my camera, but you will hopefully see many spectacular vistas during your life!"

This is from Saturday night on October 1, 2011 at Natural Bridges State Beach in Santa Cruz, California.

Nikon D7000
Nikkor 12-24mm @ 12mm
1 sec, f11, ISO 100
2 Lee .9 Soft GNDs stacked in a Foundation Holder, angled to the right




Part 2 - Infrared images processed using Topaz software.
Thanks to all those who commented and shared yesterday's post. Please feel free to do the same again today.

All images:
Nikon D100 (LifePixel IR Converted) 18-200mm
  • Photographer John Powell
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#TreeTuesday :-)


(Updated- Still broken) - **It seems that everything posted from September 17th and before that date has retained its comments, +1s and appears in my stream as it has since I posted. Everything posted after (all my recent posts) no longer have comments and don't appear in my stream. The URLS are also broken for those recent posts only.

Additionally, when you click on the big picture in this post it only lets you cycle through 7 of the 99 photos in this album. However, if you click on the link to the album it lets you cycle through all 99 photos. This is a whole other issue it seems. Feedback sent for all issues.

Wow. So, I moved all of my posts over to a new album and curated them putting links to where to find them on Google Plus. Everything was moved properly (they used to be in 'Photos from Posts since I uploaded individually). This is the new album. And now? ALL of my posts disappeared! Is this normal? I cannot believe this. All of my writing, all of my posts...gone. Poof. These are all of the photos with all the old URL links in the captions.

+Vic Gundotra , +Natalie Villalobos , +Brian Rose , +Vincent Mo - Please help.

I can retrieve all my writing from my website since I have literally cross-posted every single site to my photography blog (thank goodness) but please tell me my posts are truly not gone forever. I am about to cry.



  • Photographer J-W van Ederen
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The Vaillancourt sculpture/fountain in San Francisco really isn't the most beautiful art installation when you look at it as a whole. But as you walk into it and focus on particular sections you can find some very wonderful abstract compositions.


south dakota
  • Photographer Ken Jackson
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As I rise from slumbers sweet ...

Kedisan, Lake Batur, Kintamani, Bali
Canon EOS 50D + EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
EXIF: 1/20sec • f/20 • 12 mm • ISO 100
Filters: Lee Hard 2-stop + Lee Soft 3-stop GNDs


Graduated Neutral Density filters (Like this post? Feel free to share it!)

Since I’ve started using social media the question I get asked the most is “What filters are you using?”, or more specifically “What kind of Neutral Density Filters are you using?”. So here is some information you could find useful.

Graduated Neutral Density (GND) filters are resin filters of square or rectangle shapes, which have a dark neutral density half, decreasing light transmission, and a clear half. The transition in between the two sections can be either “hard” (abrupt) or “soft” (progressive), and the strength of the neutral density section can vary from 1 to 4 stops.

The filters require a filter holder, which will be attached to the front of your lens with an adaptor ring. A filter holder can hold several filters/slides at once.

GNDs are traditionally used to control the light in scenes with a bright area (the sky), on which you apply the neutral density section of the filter, and a dark area (foreground, rocks, mountains, etc.) on which you apply the clear section of the filter. The key is to use the right strength of neutral density, and to place the transition appropriately.

Equivalent systems to the GNDs were described in publications from the beginning of the 20th century, but the GNDs like we know them went mainstream with the work of American landscape photographer Galen Rowell (Singh-Ray).

In the digital world there are various techniques using multiple exposures to re-create “dynamic” images, but you want to get properly exposed photos straight from the camera. Every landscape photographer are using them, they are a “must have”.

Google+ user and great photographer Patrick Di-Fruscia recently posted a photo of his equipment before a shoot, it included his camera, 4 lenses, and not less than 14 Neutral Density and Graduated filters…

What to choose?

From my experience Lee and Singh Ray are probably the two best brands to buy from. Their handmade filters are more expensive but their quality is remarkable. I tried Cokin, Hi-Tech and others, and was often disappointed by the lack of consistency with different light settings, not to mention the colour cast you get with some of them.

Choosing the right strength and transition (hard or soft) will depend on your type of photography. If you shoot mostly seascapes, prefer hard edge filters, if you shoot mostly landscapes where the horizon isn’t straight (hills, mountains, etc.), prefer the more polyvalent soft edges. For sunrise and sunset photos where you are looking straight at the sun, 3 stops (0,9) is what you need, you might even be required to stack two GNDs to control the light. For landscapes where you are looking away from the light, some cityscapes and travel photos, a 1 or 2 stops soft edge GND can come handy (look at the Lee filters gallery to see when and how to use some of their filters).

Finally if you can afford 2 or 3 filters and shoot a lot of sunrises and sunsets, I would highly recommend using a Reverse GND (Singh-Ray). Those have the maximum density in the middle (the horizon), and get lighter towards the edges. Imagine a sunset with a clear sky and a few clouds, if you use a classic GND the top of your photo is likely to be a bit dark, the reverse grad will help you avoid this.

Attached image

North Maroubra at sunrise, using two GNDs: Lee 0,6 (2 stops) hard edge + Lee 0,9 (3 stops) soft edge.

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(1) GNDs by Lee Filters: http://www.leefilters.com/camera/products/finder/ref:C475674155E58E/
(2) Filter holder by Lee: http://www.leefilters.com/camera/products/finder/ref:C4756775B6C7AE/
(3) GNDs and Reverse GNDs by Singh-Ray: http://www.singh-ray.com/grndgrads.html
(4) Colour landscape photos from Joe Cornish using a variety of Lee Filters: http://www.leefilters.com/camera/gallery/category:O4541E97A3FCE9/
(5) Metering and applying filters, pdf available on the Lee Filters website (click on Metering Techniques): http://www.leefilters.com/camera/products/range/ref:I46C9C1B6AA3DD/
(6) The fantastic Singh-Ray Blog: http://singhray.blogspot.com/
(7) Video on Lee Filters manufacturing techniques: Mike Browne visits Lee Filters


On burning those precious minutes wisely

The thing about long exposure photography is that it isn't really for the impatient. So, to paraphrase, it really shouldn't be for me because I have the patience and attention span of a gnat.

So, when each exposure commits you to several minutes at a time of waiting and praying that no one or thing does anything to disturb your camera, you learn to appreciate making every choice and decision a deliberate one.

I took this shot over the weekend in Port Townsend, WA, for the 4th Annual +Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk. I was joined with some fantastic photographers like +Nicole S. Young, +Jacob Lucas, and +Stuart Sipahigil, just to name a few. Everyone harmonized perfectly and did their own things, some by themselves and others in small groups.

I headed off to this pier because I saw that no one was around it (Score!). I didn't have many minutes to kill as the rendezvous time for the end of the Walk was quickly approaching. Nicole joined me on the dock shortly after I got there and we started dancing that familiar photographer ballet of getting our own comps without infringing into each other's frames.

I chose this comp initially because I liked the strong lines created by the dock (you know how I love my strong leading lines) that guide the eye through the frame. I went with a B&W process because I thought it added to the overall mood.

In terms of the actual exposure, I stacked my Lee Big Stopper 10-Stop ND filter with my Lee 3-Stop Soft ND Grad filter. This brought me to a solid 2+ minute exposure and gave me the desired effect that I was going for.

I walked away with about 5 shots from that dock, but each one has a level of deliberate precision that only comes when you make every choice count.


For #TreeTuesday here are some more superlative California trees.

Giant sequoias are the world's largest trees in terms of total volume, with heights up to about 90 metres (300 ft) and diameter of 17 meters (56 ft). The trees pictured are not record size, but I found their grouping interesting.


Road to the Sun View, Glacier National Park
One of the more ethereal scenes I witnessed at Glacier National Park. I wrote a little more about this photo on my blog in relation to unexpected detours http://www.jmg-galleries.com/blog/2011/09/28/unexpected-detours-road-to-the-sun-glacier-national-park/
Where was your last unexpected detour?
  • Photographer Jim Goldstein
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A brown bear standing at the mouth of a river as it waits for the arrival of salmon, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska. This was from earlier in August this year.


There are so many beautiful mansions in Beverly Hills that it's hard to keep track of them. But if you turn north from Wilshire Boulevard, up posh Carmelita Avenue, you will discover an extraordinary house unlike anything else you'll ever find in these parts.

Known formally as "The Spadena House," but better known simply as"The Witch's House," this bizarre, whimsical creation was built in 1921 for a movie studio in Culver City. It was used in several silent films, and then moved to this pleasant residential neighborhood in Beverly Hills in 1926, where it is now a private home.

I don't use a lot of texture but when the sky is as boring as it was on this day, It's a good opportunity to add some drama.


Apparently it’s Bad Weather Week on the blog.

Cathy and Glenn had a gorgeous wedding at the Central Park Boat House on Saturday. But there was just one little problem — the only way to easily get to the Boathouse is on foot, normally a lovely little jaunt through the park. But right as they reached the edge of the park, right when guests would be trickling in, the skies opened and it began to pour.

The timing couldn’t have been worse for them, as the logistical problems piled up, but they handled things calmly and efficiently.

“Hey guys,” I said. “I know you’ve been handed a tough situation. If you come about five feet to the left, we can use this terrible weather to take some great photos. This will pass soon and you’ll just have a great story to tell.”

And so we did.

The next night, Cathy sent me a gracious message: “Thank you for making lemonade out of lemons.”

I love this job.



Fishermens Hut
Hoya R72 & 0.6 Hard Grad ISO200 F22 @ 121 seconds.
Awre, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, England.

A long exposure Infra Red take on an abandoned fishermans hut on the shores of the River Severn, my first post towards #Tuesdecay curated by +Ian Ference


Land Of Waterfalls

Tech data:
Canon EOS 5D, Canon 17-40 4L @ 19mm, f/16, 4 seconds, Lee neutral graduated density filter, polarizer, tripod

After a rainy day we decided to visit the pass between Lærdal and Aurland again. Just before sunset the sky cleared a bit, so that the sun had a chance to paint the sky in beautiful colors.
Nach einem sehr regnerischen Tag entschlossen wir uns noch einmal die Passstraße zwischen Lærdal und Aurland zu fahren. Kurz vor Sonnenuntergang klarte der Himmel auf und gab der Sonne für einen kurzen Moment die Möglichkeit die Wolken in schönen Farben zu tauchen.



From the Archives for #TreeTuesday

Quintessially Home

A green grass meadow budding with brilliantly colored flowers on a rolling hill dotted by oak trees still sprouting out their fresh green leaves after the winter, under deep blue skies with some picturesque clouds forming creative designs in the sky, all while listening to the melodious tunes of native birds.

I could have spent an eternity in that afternoon. Alas, time flies by so fast.
In a few weeks, the green grass turned brown; the flowers faded; the sky became a dull hazy blue lacking any clouds; the birds flew away; the oak tree became the only feature of permanence in the summer.

This photo brings me memories of a delightful spring spent roaming the east bay hills, searching for flowers and clouds and sunsets.

Until next year.....

Sunol Regional Wilderness
  • Photographer Sathish Jothikumar
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Photo by our supporter Tony Manco

Now is the time for one of our wonderfull supporters!

Tony Manco helped us spread the word about this project
and he was chosen to be mentioned in this supporter section.

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    and leave a comment with a link to the photo under the G+ post mentioned above.
    Jarek Klimek will manually choose one of those photos and place it at the supporter section at the TOP for the next day.

Good things come to those who wait

I rushed out of home knowing that I would probably be late for the sunset, I got there early. I unpacked and prepared my gear and I looked around, I saw nothing... waited a couple more minutes and I was starting to see nature's magic. I took a couple of shots and waited a little bit more until got this one.

This is also my longest exposure photograph with 87 seconds.

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Jarek had the foresight to research the new social network and created an authoritative list of photographers to follow on Google+.

His viral list has not only become one of the top referring resources of photography trailblazers, it is also shared and watched by leaders such as Guy Kawasaki, Robert Scoble and Darren Rowse.

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