27 TOP G+ Photos for October 5

published by ; October 7, 2011
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Do you wonder what are the top G+ photographs published on October 5? G+ API helped us to answer this hard question and here is our answer: 27 awesome TOP photos published by G+ photographers!

Double Arches

The first photo I posted on Google+ was actually my second attempt to take this shot. This is the first.

I had visualized this shot for almost a year before the conditions all came together to allow me to take it -- a clear moonless night, the Milky Way in the right position and, most difficult (for me), the time to make the run up to Joshua Tree National Park to take it. When the conditions all materialized, I called my good friend/ adventurer/ photographer +Phillip Colla and off we went on the 3 1/2 hour drive. We shot until 2:30 a.m., drove back home and both went to work the next day.

Notice I didn't say we worked the next day; just that we went to work.

This is a six-shot panorama. For each shot, the shutter was open for 30 seconds, during which we time light-paint the arch for a few of those moments. All very scientifical/artistical. Sorta.

I like this version better than the one I posted earlier, which was taken a month (OK, one lunar cycle) later, because the Milky Way is a bit lower and, therefore, further left so it echos the rock arch a bit more closely. (That has nothing to do with being taken one lunar cycle earlier; Unlike the moon and the sun, the Milky Way alway rises in the exact same spot and follows the exact same path across the sky.) I also processed it with new (for me) software - Nik's Dfine for noise reduction, and Viveza for color and lighting. Even though the lighting on the rocks is a bit too harsh, overall I'm much happier with this version. Just gives me a reason to go back next year.

And . . . I'm hoping to boost the number of people in my circles; so please feel free to share. Thanks!


Here is the color version of the previous photo...
More here: http://www.jesse-estes.com/mount-bromo-2011/


I don't understand. But it's okay, I understand.

"Women in a sense are each beautiful flowers; fragile, hypnotizing, unique, and some deadly." - Sylvia Ji

This is actually my usual digital art work but since it's still Wednesday so I might as well contribute in #WomenWednesday which is curated by these amazing ladies +Niki Aguirre +Athena Carey +Lee Daniels and +Christina Lawrie ;)


The irony of seeing a hint of glee while she's running away from bad weather...
  • Photographer Danny Santos
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Eland Oxpecker double portrait
Serengeti, Tanzania

One of my favourite birds, the oxpecker on the largest antelope in africa, the Eland. The oxpecker feeds exclusively on ticks, flies and other insects that reside on other animals. While this is somewhat of a favourable relationship, their feeding can be intrusive and irritating for the host. Furthermore it has been observed that the oxpecker will re-open old wounds and create new ones to feed on the blood. For this reason other animals will not tolerate them, I have seen elephants swat them away with little tolerance to their presence.

Photographic Details: I love the dynamic between the two subjects. This photo does illustrate the current mutual relationship these two animals have including the flies buzzing around, albeit without expressing the dark side this bird may have. I took many photos but I was looking for one with the eyes and face of both animals in focus, with the soft mottled textures of the trees in the background. The shade of the trees provided a soft light in the otherwise harsh midday sun.

From http://www.kylefoto.com
Also check out my upcoming safaris in 2012!
  • Photographer Kyle Marquardt
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Hi little angle...


~Mossy Creek Cascade~

Located in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge. This was taken early one morning on a hike up to another waterfall. Happy #WaterfallWednesday


This is a shot from early September that I never got around to posting... The trip was pretty much a dud when it came to interesting photographs - this being the sole interesting one, and not a single cloud was to be found. For 4 days, we literally saw nothing but blue skies. Makes for great backpacking, but lousy photographs.
  • Photographer Dan Ransom
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  • Photographer Cassius Wright
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Hoover Dam Power Plant, Deep inside

Feel free to share.

Camera:Canon EOS 60D
Exposure:0.1 sec (1/10)
Focal Length:17 mm
ISO Speed:100


From a shoot I did for Eater.com this is a new restaurant in the Meatpacking district named Catch (lots of seafood).


Trying the #PlusPhotoExtract hashtag for +Jarek Klimek Plus Extract project with one of my favorite pictures this year.

"The Thinker in the City"

Where: Corner of West 31th Street and 6th Avenue in Manhattan, New York, USA.
When: Mid-July 2011.
What: A man takes a little nap on the sidewalk.


Steam - Yellowstone
  • Photographer Steve Skinner
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Here's one from Monday Night's Colts/Bucs Game

It's a bit grainy (shot at 1,600 ISO with a 10.5 fisheye, but it was underexposed by about 2-stops so I had to crank the exposure, which cranked up the noise), but I still like the emotion of the scene as the offense is announced and enters the field (that's Buc's Wide Receiver Mike Williams #19).

I'll have more tomorrow, but I've got to get over to the convention center to get set up for my class. Hope you all have a fantastic Wednesday. Cheers, -Scott
  • Photographer Scott Kelby
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First light on the South Coast of NSW, Australia. Tankers line the horizon with their lights guiding the way, while onshore I frame this shot. Taken with a Nikon D90, 18-105mm kit lens, 0.9 hard grad hitech filter. f/11, 30 secs.


La dernière lumière

In this photo (taken this summer in Sicily) I tried to capture the last lights of the day, just before the arriving of the night.

I used 3 exposures (-2ev; 0ev; +2ev) and Photomatix for the HDR tonemapping.

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

Feel free to share if you like the photo ;-)


Beyond Galata Bridge || NEW Before & After Comparison

View the Interactive Before & After Comparison: http://goo.gl/T0B58

My favorite thing about Istanbul is the mix of old and new styles. No matter where you look, there’s a fantastic mix of architectural styles that almost creates a juxtaposed effect.

This effect is really evident when looking towards Yeni Cami Mosque from Galata Bridge. The Yeni Cami Mosque is ironically nicknamed “The New Mosque,” though it’s much older than any building in North America. It looks oddly out of place when viewed next to the neon low glow of Galata Bridge.

#PlusPhotoExtract (testing)


I'm still figuring things out in G+, but thanks for the great welcome. Apparently people share waterfall photos on Wednesdays? This is an image I took a couple years back in Glacier National Park. The first time I saw an image of this falls was many years ago. It was one of Galen Rowell's on the cover of Outdoor Photographer Magazine. #waterfallwednesday


Waterfall Wednesday

Since it's once again #waterfallwednesday (curated by +Eric Leslie), I'm sharing this photo of Yosemite Falls with you.


We had some dynamic weather in Arizona yesterday. There was a lot of crazy winds and instability going on, so there were severe warnings quite a few times throughout the day. My daughter and I left the house late in the afternoon and drove towards South Mountain. We spotted this little cell that had some interesting characteristics to it. You could see a sort of “spiral” shape to it as it rose into the sky.

The first picture shows that. You can see it twisting skyward.

This is indicative of a storm that has some rotation on it. And rotation is the first step to a mesocyclone, which CAN lead to a tornado. But that mainly happens in the Midwest, not out here very much. Still…seeing anything like this in Arizona is always a treat.

The second image is just another shot of the cell a few minutes later. You can kind of see some spinny-ness going on, but it started dying out right when I got to it. Was kind of spooky to be right under this for a bit, but I was about 95% confident nothing would happen.

Gonna be quiet from me the rest of the week as I travel to New York City with the wife to get away from the hot temps of Phoenix. Of course, it’s 62 this morning and is going to be in the high 70′s tomorrow, so I guess we left just in time!


Here are two more favorites from this year. I gave these a bit of a tweak with Nik Software's Color Efex Pro 4. Very nice update to this plugin!


Women Wednesday

I had the good fortune to photograph an extraordinarily bright and beautiful young actress, Caitlin FitzGerald, a while back when she was out auditioning for various roles in Los Angeles. We went to the beach at the golden hour and found some wonderful light.

I love the strong, confident look she is giving me here, and at the same time, I think she looks mermaid-like. How wonderful it would be to be 20-something again, with the promise of an exciting and glamorous life ahead?

Read more on #Women Wednesday by +Niki Aguirre here: https://plus.google.com/109549749746353031555/posts/b3KCk51xV9k#109549749746353031555/posts/b3KCk51xV9k/b3KCk51xV9k#109549749746353031555/posts/b3KCk51xV9k
  • Photographer Carolyn Hampton
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Bridge Vasco de Gama
  • Photographer Anthony Gelot
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Auction to Benefit the Victims of Cancer

In honor of the passing of Steve Jobs, I hereby offer to auction any 10 of my full-resolution images of your choice! Donate to a cancer organization of your choice, show me the receipt and they are yours for personal use and personal printing! (Expand post to see the instructions below)

I have raised lots of money on Flickr doing this, I hope that G+ is as generous!

*The top 3 bidders will get 10 full-res photos! *
I sell each of these for USD $100-300 for personal printing purposes.

Auction ends exactly one week from now on the hour. (6pm San Fran. time now)*

1) Enter your bid in the comments below
2) Check back often and bid again up to 1 week from now.
3) Bid as often as you wish.
4) I will make a comment at the end to declare the bidding over.
5) The three winners will be announced in 1 week.

If you win, you will donate your bid to the cancer related charity of your choice, to be used for cancer research or treatment. Please make it a reputable charity that I can verify.

Make a screen print of your donation and email it to me, I will give you my email if you win. I will be able to tell if it is a true screen print, I am a programmer after all so be good!

Once your donation is verified, choose any 10 photos from my G+ wallpaper folder and I will give you a link to the full-res files from my Canon 12mp 5d and 21mp 5d Mk II so that you can download them.

USE: Important! These files are valuable to me. You are allowed to make a print of any size for your own personal use. You will not be allowed to sell them or even give them away. If you are a company, let me know about that. This is for non-commercial use. Do not re-post the images on the internet in any form including submitting them into contests. Believe me, people have done that!
  • Photographer Patrick Smith
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Mysterious Ways - Big Island, Hawaii
  • Photographer Patrick Di Fruscia
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Photo by our supporter Henny Boogert

Now is the time for one of our wonderfull supporters!

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

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  • 1) Share publicly G+ post linked to this article: https://plus.google.com/111873853137122484021/posts/PYz2xLLSXsR

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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.

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It's your DAILY dose of TOP Google Plus photographs, which were chosen by an algorithm that combines automatic steps and manual curation. This means that the DAILY TOPs are NOT based solely on popularity, and users with a small number of followers have a chance to be featured in the TOP. We use Google+ API for the automatic steps; Jarek Klimek is responsible for curation and communication with the authors.

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Google+ has flourished into a bustling online community for photographers – and one reason is the exceptional contribution of early adopters such as Jarek Klimek, Editor of PhotoExtract magazine.

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.

Jarek has helped introduce the work of great photographers to Google+ photography enthusiasts and I was very excited to share his insights with viewers on TWiT Photo.

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