13 TOP Google+ Photos for February 6

published by ; February 8, 2012
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13 amazing TOP photos published by Google+ photography enthusiasts on February 6.

Someone may tear your chest wide open and remove your heart but the love will still remain...

Pentax K10D, Photoshop CS5.




On Being A Photographer Versus Any Other Type Of Artist

So apparently there was some sort of football game on yesterday... :)

While the Giants were going on to win the championship (w00t New York!), I was meeting up with my two newest friends, +Karen Hutton and +Ben Canales, to shoot sunset atop Crown Point at the Vista House. I have to say that these two photographers are just fantastic to shoot alongside with and exude creativity and tons of comic relief. It was an absolute pleasure and I look forward to more encounters with these characters.

I cannot begin to accurately tell you how strong the winds were up there last night. It was almost comical - laughing so hard while your eyes involuntarily stream tears from the whipping cold air. And the thing was that if you didn't brace your tripod down with your own weight, it'd simply blow over. But that's what we, as photographers, do to get our shots, right?

I pondered this a lot last night over coffee at Stumptown with Karen and +Jeffrey Yen. We were discussing the differences and similarities of photographers versus other type of artist. Now, this isn't meant to be a debate. I am not trying to deliberately spew incendiary opinions, so please don't react as if that was the case.

My point is pretty simple - as photographers, if we want to create our work, we have to go out to where the work is and create it. If that means hiking through chest-deep water, blistering cold, or across some sandy desert dunes, that is what we have to do. It's a pay-to-play art form. Whereas a painter, for instance, has the freedom and the luxury to create wonderful and epic work from the comfort of a controlled environment. If a painter wanted to paint the Grand Canyon, he or she isn't required to be sitting or standing on the rim to do so. If a photographer wants to capture the same place, there really is no other option but to be there. We need to study and master our cameras and the environment all while knowing how to manipulate the camera to best exploit whatever the current environmental conditions are. And really, would we want to have it any other way?

It's a fairly straightforward opinion and as I was standing atop Crown Point, trying to keep my camera from blowing over in the middle of a bracketed sequence of exposures, I was reminded of just how lucky I am to be a photographer and how much I love my craft.

In terms of processing

This is a nine exposure tone-mapped HDR image using Photomatix. I opted to use the Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye lens because of all the the naturally circular elements in the shot. The stairs and the cloud formations all benefited from the massive amount of circular distortion.

I processed the image primarily in Perfect Effects 3 by +onOne Software. Not much done, though - mostly accentuating the warm tones in the building and sunset horizon while cooling off the rest of the sky. I also selectively added some tonal contrast to the Vista House itself to bring out some more texture. I toyed with applying a FocalPoint layer to the sky but I ended up losing a bunch of that gorgeous shape to the clouds and opted to delete that layer.


[how near the stars are]

time turned inward
as if to find the shelter
that lives in the mind
of those who remember
the gentle proximities
of how near the stars are
for those who are in love
  • Photographer William Mazdra
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Tip of the day: Don't take your dogs out with you when you're shooting...

Why not? Ok, here's the story...
Firstly one (Sam) wandered off when I was walking them before I was going to head out to shoot the sunset, 20 mins later yelling and bawling at him I finally found him, at which point the clouds were beautifully lit.
Another (Tessa) insisted coming out with me as I rushed to get into position. Ok no problems as I knew she'd just sit close while I'm busy. Thats what I thought...

After shooting a few frames I looked around and no dog! I started off down the hill suspecting that she was sniffing around in the bushes.. and bang I was down on my arse slipping on the muddy ground. Worst of all, all 20 stone of my ample arse landed square on my +Nikon 70-200mm VRII which was in my +Think Tank Photo lens changer hanging on my belt. Damn those lenses are built strong! The only thing that gave way on the lens was the lens hood which didn't survive the impact and ended up in a couple of bits. A new one has cost me £28. Could have been worse, could have been £1600 for a new lens though!!

So hence my tip, just leave the dog, the wife, the kids at home when you shoot - they're distracting, badly behaved and will only cost you money! ;-)

Here's a quick blend of one of the scenes I did get before the drama started...


sharing with you a photo i consider as one of my best minimal ones..From Kalohori-Thessaloniki my favorite waterland a strange sea-artifact also great in color (another time..)..Enjoy!
#MinimalMonday curated by +Olivier Du Tré (PS. Finally i made yesterday the purchase Oli..lot of bucks mate! )


Birds fly back home

[ A Piece of Work ]
#photography #PlusPhotoExtract


The Last Light, Death Valley National Park, CA
#photographyworkflow #howtophotograph

Here is an image from our 2010 Death Valley workshop. I was teaching one of the students to manage the dynamic range and to get sun star within camera. This photo is also start of the new large format posts with a watermark...No frames. Click on the thumbnail to see the details at large size.

How was this photo created?
This is a blend of 3 images using our iHDR manual workflow. To get the sunstar we used a small aperture. While trying to take a test shot with a GND filter I noticed that the filter was reflecting the sunlight and creating a hot spot on the cactii. So, I removed the filter and used the histogram to determine the appropriate bracketing for a manual blend.

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The Watchmen

These crooked trees created wonderful silhouettes against the dancing night sky. Nights like this makes the cold and darkness worthwhile...



"Leigh Lake Reflections" Shot in Grand Teton National Park, one of my favorite locations for photography all times of the year.
  • Photographer Chip Phillips
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New work: African queen - shot in the ruins of Kampala, Uganda.
  • Photographer Dean Bradshaw
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Adrienne - Final
Retouch comparison coming soon...


The Matterhorn.

#monochromemonday curated by +Siddharth Pandit
#NatureMonday, curated by +Rolf Hicker
#mountainmonday curated by +Michael Russell
  • Photographer Emmanuel Coupe
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Photo by our supporter Benjamin Cortis

Now is the time for one of our wonderfull supporters!

Benjamin Cortis 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/YYYc2VQP2ce

  • 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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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
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