36 TOP G+ Photos for Sep 28

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36 awesome TOP photographs published by G+ photographers on September 28. Hint: Hit F11 and use left and right arrows to browse through photos!

Mount Hood, Oregon


Just to get it out of the way, here's the obligatory cell-block image from last night's Alcatraz shoot with +Joe McNally. I'll probably have only one or two more to post. Although it was a lot of fun, we were moving around too much to really nail the best shots. And while we visited some interesting parts of the island, I don't think they were the most photogenic.


Pure Poetry

The most beautiful bit of Chinglish that I have encountered, and in a perfect context. :)
  • Photographer Douglas Knisely
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Since my Circles have grown by the thousands in recent days, I'd like to re-share a few galleries, including these Industrial images. More to come soon...
  • Photographer Kevin Brown
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2 more images, this time from Tasman Lake, near Mt. Cook


a female crab holds an apron full of potential offspring to protect them from potential predators.
  • Photographer Peyton Hale
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I've got re-branding for avatar:-)
Sort of tired to be "photographer with the camera" on that picture.

How do you like it? Scary? This is true me:-)

P.S Thank you +Genia Larionova for a great PP, you know my true look like anyone else:-)


Visions d'Apocalypse

Since yesterday you are 7000 to have added to me to your circles! It is extraordinary!!! Thank you very much and welcome in my Google+ page!

As you know i am French and i live in Chambéry. So excuse me if my english is not very well ;-)

I love photography and particulary the HDR photos. I have a Canon EOS 50D and a Canon EF-S 10-22mm lens. I use Photomatix for making my HDR photos.

One thing which I like with HDR: he's allows to highlight the impressive side of the nature! As in this photo for exemple!

I made this photo this spring in Sicily. The scene was very impressive! The cumulonimbus was really enormous … And the sun… he seemed to burst in clouds !

And you my friends, why do you love HDR photos?

The HDR was tonemapped with Photomatix 4 from 3 exposures (-2;0;+2).

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

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


Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower, Shinjuku: One of my favorite buildings in Shinjuku.




The Bridge - France 2007
  • Photographer Michel Rajkovic
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Rockhopper Penguins taking a freshwater shower in the Falkland Islands. The penguins use the waterfall to wash off the sea salt and dirt from the nesting colony. Competition for space under the small waterfall is intense and often leads to noisy disputes! We used a couple of off-camera flashes to illuminate the underside of the overhang.


Good morning! (Night, evening and day!)


Hey G+,

One of my favourite shots of my hometown Sydney Australia. I hope you get the chance to visit here one day,,,,you will not be disappointed..Cheers Giu


This is Horsetail Fall in Yosemite National Park selectively lit by the warm light of the the last few moments of the setting sun. This is not some sort of post-processing effect. This phenomenon occurs fairly rarely, under very specific conditions during the last 2 weeks of February as the vertical profile of El Capitan blocks light on one side of this waterfall. leaving the water brightly backlit.

This is my contribution for #WaterfallWednesday. I also moved some interesting waterfall pics to the front of this album of images from my blog posts.

Album: ActiveSole | myphotoguides

As I mentioned earlier, thanks to +Eric Leslie for of tracking some of these photo theme ideas!


Waterfall Wednesday - These falls are in the Brecon Beacons, and are called 'Sgwd yr Eira'. And no, I don't know how to pronounce that :) This waterfall is particularly good because you can walk right around the back of it to the other side. This photo is a couple of years or so old.
I'm dedicating this post to +Helminadia Ranford, who just happened to be the 12,000th person to circle me. Check out Helminadia's stream for some nice landscape pictures from her part of the world.
update - for a view of this waterfall in far more impressive flow, have a look at this picture from +AnnMarie Jones https://plus.google.com/u/0/104605541194704556978/posts/ZuKf5PSGStX #WaterfallWednesday


Morning light at Bowling Ball Beach, Mendocino Coast, California

Check out this and other images featured online at Nikon World's Learn & Explore Current Issue site:


Special Note: Also, I just want to say a many humbled thanks to all the people who've recently added me to their circles. I'll actually be posting less frequently for the next week or so as I head back on the road shooting for my current book project. I've also appreciated all the people that have commented, +1'd, and especially those who've liked my work enough to share it with their friends and circles.

Cheers, & I hope everyone has a great week ahead.

- Gary


The Story so Far - Available Light Images G+ Portfolio


Seljalandsfoss waterfall in Southern Iceland. You can walk behind it all the way.
  • Photographer Ragnar Th. Sigurdsson
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:: All photos are low resolution for copyright protection, thanks :: Todas as fotografias estão em baixa resolução para protecção dos direitos de autor, obrigado ::
  • Photographer Mário Caldeira
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No underwater photo collection is complete without image of the clown fish ! Probably most popular underwater subject which is still despite it's notorious reputation of countless replicas offers some room for artistic improvisation :-)

This one is from the Shark Reef, so don't be surprised it ended up in "beqa shark labs" album with some less colorful and more toothy neighbors ! This particular specie is called "pink skunk anemonefish".


Big update. I hope you like the new photos and the whole album. Have a nice day.
(Germany is once again sunny)
  • Photographer Andreas Wecker
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Some images from the test session we did today with Mirjam.
This was her first "real" photoshoot and I think she did pretty well.

She will be one of the models for a campaign we're shooting for a large hairdressers salon in the coming weeks.
  • Photographer Frank Doorhof
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~ The Elegance of Elowah ~

+Sandy Gennrich and +Shamik Ganguly were visiting from the East coast and asked if I would meet up with them for a hike into some falls...We decided to hit up Elowah Falls located in the Columbia River Gorge. We had beautiful overcast almost rainy condition to give us good light. Due to a small landslide down stream my comp I would have shot was not available so I decided to get a bit closer to the falls. I waded carefully through waist deep water over to where I shot this. The mist was horrible and took some creative wiping, shooting, wiping and shooting to finally get a shot with minimal water drops....all in all a great day with 2 new friends!!! Thanks again to +Patricia Davidson for mentioning to me that today is Waterfall Wednesday! What do we post on Thursday??? Cheers!


Having a ball at Road Atlanta for Petit Le Mans.

Faaaaaaast panning!
  • Photographer Dan Carr
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OMG... I just posted a colour photograph.... still sort of BW though... Blue&White..
  • Photographer Jack Storey
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Facade... must... shoot... facade...

I can't resist a nice facade, especially if it got lines that can be turned into diagonals, like this on in St. Paul.


+Alexander Kiryushin Here is an image of mine showing two Leopard brothers. I took some more Leopard images earlier this month in Kenya, which I will share on G+ in the near future.



Korea, China, Vietnam,Laos, Myanmar, Malaysia, Germany, Schweiz, Ghana, Kongo, Philippinen, Thailand,...


edit: thx waldi for ur last model job


Hedric’s Pod in Teton National Park, here is another great Location that +Jeff Clow took us to on the Dirt Cheap Photo Tour this past weekend
  • Photographer Rob Daugherty
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Good Luck Charm, Horseshoe Bend, Arizona, USA
  • Photographer Patrick Di Fruscia
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Opposite Statues

Statues pose in the lobby of the awesome Opposite House hotel... The whole place is a giant piece of art with rich colors and strange designs. It was great during the daytime, but I figured that it would look even more interesting with the lights were controlled. I don't know much about interior lighting design, but I do appreciate it very much when it is done well...


Summery Shauna portrait using natural light and a silver bounce.

I love photographing people. I’ve explored all kinds of photography from landscapes to macros to wildlife to sports and I find that I’m just more passionate about photographing people. Even when I’m out shooting street photography I try to sneak candid shots of people.

I find that photographers that focus on one particular area of photography and build a portfolio of work in that area, tend to develop a more cohesive style. Plus, they are happy because they are photographing what they love to shoot. You’ll never find a more unhappy photographer than a passionate sports photographer shooting weddings. “Can we have a replay on the bouquet toss? This time really give it some air”.

What are you passionate about shooting?
  • Photographer Lisa Bettany
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"Suspensions" - Same place as my last post, but somehow subtly different ..hehe!
NEW! Click on all my photos to [Actions/Download] the 1920 pixel-wide version!
(Expand post for shooting details and stories.)

A brilliant red sunrise to the right lit up this scene nicely for a 2-minute exposure. Feel free to try this composition. I do not own it! Nobody owns a composition.


Canon 5D mark II
Canon 17-40L @ 26
(I focused on the front of the chain, then backed off halfway to infinity mark)
(It is all super sharp in the 5600 pixel version, chain is 1m from the lens)
Live preview
2-minute exposure @F16(I wanted lots of DOF, F22 makes things too soft..diffraction..)
Lee Big Stopper 10-stop super dark glass filter.
(BTW, it dropped out of the filter holder to the
concrete, halfway through one exposure. Not a scratch! Sounded awful though!)
ISO 160
1 Lee soft grad filter (4x6 inch, 100x150mm, 0.9, 3-stop)
No polarizer.
RAW file processed with Capture One by Phase One
TIFF file processed with Photoshop cs4
Small Slik Sprint mini II tripod
Manfrotto 322RC2 pistol-grip ball head

The Story

Yes, I've done this composition before as you just saw, but not at sunrise on a spectacular morning. The waves were small which meant lots of reflections were coming off the bridge and the red bricks of the 150 year-old Fort Point.

When the waves are small, it is easy to set up this composition, though you have to be meticulous about it. The chain can not touch the rocks/concrete or it loses its impact. Also, you want the top of that rusty post to not go above the horizon. After a bit of fiddling around, this always seems to be the best composition, at least for me. You can't fiddle around much during big surf or you will be sucked into the bay. No kidding! Be careful here.

Then the sky turned red to the right which turned everything red. The rest was done with the 2-minute exposure, which really brings out the chain nicely. I took a short exposure shot beforehand to test the sharpness and the temperature. Then I put on the dark filter and did a series of long exposures. They always turn out blue-ish compared to the short exposure shots. So I use the short exposure shots as a guide when adjusting the temp in post-processing to get it back to looking natural.

There were lots of runners out but they do not show up in this long exposure. Also, extremely large ships always seem to come and go at sunrise/sunset so you have to anticipate that in a long exposure. They take 2-5 minutes to pass through the scene and have wrecked several trips here in the past because they can often pass by just when the light is the best. Uggh!

Other stuff

My pictures are featured on the front page of California Governor, Jerry Brown's website http://gov.ca.gov


I wrote a 325 eBook that describes exactly how I went about learning photography starting in 2006. I did not learn the usual way. I have studied the great masters of painting and hope to find that light in the real world.


A great weather mashup map of the world with local temperatures, weather and nice popups. See where it is hot and not! (Must wait for slow commercials first, but worth it!)

Google Earth

Simply the best way to scout out locations that there is. You can see sun angles and pre-visualize light under lots of different conditions. Sometimes you can actually pre-compose your shots! This has saved me many thousands of vertical feet of climbing by avoiding spots with blocked views etc.

Satellite imagery (choose 'National' for a local US region or use your fave website)

Tide charting and preditions: (chose your area in US, other countries have similar websites)

Wave Heights (I choose 'North Pacific from Global')

Or Here:

Photos of every inch of the California coastline from a small plane. Excellent for close in detailed views.

  • Photographer Patrick Smith
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'Mehndi' - a woman in New Delhi India has henna applied to create a skin decoration.

from the photography blog www.shoottokyo.com
  • Photographer Dave Powell
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Another day, another modern day Empress wondering where all the Samurai have gone

Photo by our supporter Bill Gekas

Now is the time for one of our wonderfull supporters!

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

Do you want to be seen here? Become our supporter!

How? It's easy:

  • 1) Share publicly G+ post linked to this article: https://plus.google.com/111873853137122484021/posts/jkY8TEcyHis

  • 2) Choose one of the best photographs you have published on G+
    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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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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