14 TOP Photos for January 12

published by ; January 14, 2012
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Do you wonder what the TOP photos published by Google+ photography enthusiasts on January 12 were?

Why do some photos "work" unexpectedly?

Today's image is from Palm Cove in Far-North Queensland (Australia), taken while travelling for business in August 2011.

I have a printed version of this photo on the wall at home - albeit in a slightly wider crop - and I have noticed that visitors to our home as well as people who have seen it here on the web quite like this image. In fact our visitors prefer to many of the others on our walls.

I posted a similar image that I originally preferred at the time of taking the shot, but that doesn't get much attention. I also thought this photo had some faults when I took it: I used my widest lens (10mm) with the camera sitting on the ground - practically in the water - and yet I couldn't get any more of the scene in. Hence it felt kind of "cramped", no matter what I tried with cropping. The one thing I was happy with was the smooth black-and-white toning.

The fact that this image's relative popularity mystifies me is interesting food-for-thought. Is it just that it is a little bit different - and stands out to our visitors for that reason - or is it that I don't yet have the visual language to articulate the elements of this image that "work"? Clearly I have lots more to learn!

Something light for the #BreakfastClub , and a contribution to #TravelThursday , curated by +Laura Mitchum.

_Originally posted 12 August 2011. My apologies that in deleting the original post I lost the nice comments from +Benjamin Glatt, +Jason Bennett, +Marius Andre and +Robert Dyet. Comments and +1's on the Picasa gallery seem to be separate from those on the post too, so sorry to +Dianne Ward and +Carul Mare. _

Palm Cove #2
  • Photographer Peter Phillips
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Coronado Bridge Detail

Seemed to scream B&W to me...
  • Photographer Douglas Knisely
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  • Photographer Scott Frederick
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Frame in blue - Variation III

+Philipp Weimer hier noch eine blaue Variante, mit dual Focous und ein wenig Soft. Mir gefällt diese am besten.


"To stand at the edge of the sea, to sense the ebb and flow of the tides, to feel the breath of a mist moving over a great salt marsh, to watch the flight of shore birds that have swept up and down the surf lines of the continents for untold thousands of years, to see the running of the old eels and the young shad to the sea, is to have knowledge of things that are as nearly as any earthly life can be." ~Rachel Carson~

#BWFineArtLE by +Joel Tjintjelaar
#LongExposureThursday by +Le Quoc & +Francesco Gola
#ThirstyThursdayPics by +Giuseppe Basile & +Mark Esguerra
#FineArtPls by +Marina Chen
#PlusPhotoExtract by +Jarek Klimek
  • Photographer Yvette Depaepe
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Another LE from my trip to Messolonghi Lagoon, a view towards the marina, the town and the mountains behind them.

Processing gave me a bit (read a lot) of trouble here (especially the gradients) and that's why you didn't see much of me this evening ...and I could go on forever with it, but my eyes said NO! :)
Now I have to go clean my mind and rest my eyes a little and I'll be back later (I've seen a lot of good stuff around posted for the LE day, and not only, and I want to go take a closer look).

Have a great evening everyone!
See ya later! :)

for #LongExposureThursday by +Francesco Gola (ciao, caro Francesco! :)
#BWFineArtLE by +Joel Tjintjelaar (I wish I had you here to help me with these gradients, Joel :)
#ThirstyThursdayPics by +Giuseppe Basile & +Mark Esguerra


  • Photographer Klaus-Peter Kubik
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Today I reached 25,000 followers, and if anyone had asked me 6 months ago if I would believed that was possible, the answer would have been, not in my wildest imagination, and people who know me, know I have a lot of imagination some would even say I have too much :)

First I want to thank the google+ team who have made all of this possible, they have created something amazing for us!

And a big thank you to each of you who follows me, many of whom are now my good friends, I thank you for your inspiration, appreciation and encouragement!

The photo that I have chosen to follow this, symbolize in a good way how I sometimes feel when I think on all what has happened in such a short time.


Hard to believe this was just 3 weeks ago. Much of it is already gone. Strange winter.


What a glorious morning it was. I spent an hour photographing the dawn and the sunrise, then went back inside. Then I logged onto G+ and saw +Mae Hogan's beautiful silhouette and then I looked outside and saw the fog and the light was just too glorious, I had to get back out there. Thanks for the inspiration Mae because when I took this shot, I was thinking of yours. Even if it is quite different in the end...

Does it matter to the 'is-ness' that on my particular planet things sometimes just looks more interesting in split tones?

So for #silhouettesonThursday and my ongoing #creative366project . Good morning!


Watching two eagle chicks grow up in the nest was a real thrill!



A different point of view

Canon 5D2
Zeiss 18mm
2 mins exposure




Anchor Song
  • Photographer Elena Kalis
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Photo by our supporter Vero Espino

Now is the time for one of our wonderfull supporters!

Vero Espino 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/TJeGxVYoXZL

  • 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.

A few weeks ago I visited Notre Dame Basilica. I am not a religious person but I really Love architecture and this is one of the most beautiful basilicas I've ever seen. I was there speechless when I saw a photographer there with a tripod. First I cursed myself for not carrying mine, then I speak to him, maybe he saw my disappointment because he offered me his tripod for a few shots.

So, I took my brand new fisheye and as fast as a could I take a few pictures to make my very first HDR image. I was so excited that I didn’t ask his name or mail address so... if you are here on G+ THANK YOU SO MUCH!

My contribution to +FisheyeFriday curated by +Ivan Yudhi and +Randy Halverson

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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.

We strongly respect the authors and their rights. +Jarek Klimek contacts every photographer featured in all DAILY TOPs and if any author decides that he/she doesn't want to be featured in the TOP, we respect this absolutely.

Catherine Hall About us and Google+

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.

Catherine Hall
TWiT Photo Host and Professional Photographer

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