10 TOP Google+ Photographs for May 11

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10 awesome TOP photos published by Google+ photography enthusiasts on May 11.

Happy Friday Plussers. After a week buried in Adobe Photoshop working on our new Metal Head editorial, which has gone out to the magazine, it was a pleasant change to get back into the studio for yesterday's fashion shoot. This is the first image from yesterday's shoot, featuring this gorgeous purple, floral textured dress by Punk Rock Betty Designs. The color, texture, form and draping of this dress are simply amazing! It was a great shoot with a first-rate team. I should have more images from the two looks I shot finished early next week. Tomorrow we're shooting high-fashion lingerie. I'll be working on those images next week as well.

Side note: Be sure to click on the image to see it larger. The preview I'm seeing below is showing a strange grid-like banding across the dress.

2012 Fashion Photography
Gown by by Nikki Mabalot at Punk Rock Betty Designs.

Creative Team:
Photographer: +Andrea Acailawen.
Photo Assistant: +Christopher Wright.
Fashion Stylist: Wicked Threads.
Hair/Makeup Artist: +Monique McLaughlin.
Model: Angee Killian Huntley.

Contributed to the following themes...

#ColorsonFriday curated by by +Gilmar Smith, +Christina Lihani, +E.E. Giorgi and +Erin Henderson.

#PurpleCircle curated by +lynn langmade, +Craig Szymanski and +Alexis Coram.

#fashionfriday #fashion #fashionphotography #designer #studio #studiophotography #purple #gown #photography
  • Photographer Andrea Acailawen
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Black colonnade


Unrequited Love

I saw it...stared at it...snapped it...

#feelingsfriday - +LeLinda Bourgeois; #forestfriday - +Rudolf Vlček; #breakfastclub - +Gemma Costa, +Andrea Martinez & +Ester Negro



Storm Over Seasonal Wetland, Study 2

The leading edge of the first big storm of 2012 in California.

Re-posted for:
#StormyFriday by +Reinhard Latzke
#SunsetSaturday curated by +TJ Kelly
#SwampySaturday curated by +Ray Bilcliff and +Sherry McBriar
#BWFineArtLE curated by +Joel Tjintjelaar
  • Photographer Alan Craig Barnard
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Have a great weekend!

Spring is here.. :)


Brocéliande II


On Deviating From Habit

I have a knee-jerk, pavlovian reaction whenever I shoot a scene with rushing water like this one, taken at Panther Creek Falls in Washington a few weeks ago with +Jay Patel, +Varina Patel, +Patricia Davidson, +Michael Riffle, and +Nicole S. Young. Namely, I pretty much always go straight for the darkest ND filter in my bag, which is the Lee Big Stopper 10-Stop ND filter. Cutting out 10-stops of light is a tremendous benefit when your goal is to capture the motion of water against the static stillness of the environment that it is flowing through.

However, in this case, the strongest filter isn't necessarily always the best one to use. Sure, I could have placed that filter on and drag my shutter to a minute or two. That would have easily glassed out the water. However, I would have also wiped out those smaller details, namely the sharper wisps of waves as the water contours around the ground.

It's those little details that I feel are critical to giving the shot more directionality and flow. To achieve this, I used a lighter ND filter - the Lee .9 3-Stop 4x4 resin ND filter, which gave me the benefit of a longer exposure while also being fast enough to retain those wisps.

It's akin to a phrase that I use very often on my webinars: Just because a slider can go to 100 doesn't necessarily mean that it has to.

In terms of processing
This is a two exposure blend. The first exposure took care of the water and the second was a much longer one that brought in more details for the scene itself. Masking was done in Perfect Layers 2 by +onOne Software.

I then sent the image to Perfect Effects 3 and applied a Green Enhancer, a Deep Forest Glow, and some Tonal Contrast.

Next, I sent the image to FocalPoint 2 and selectively applied a tiny amount of blur to the background forest. This gave the image a slight 3D feel.

Finally, I used a custom adjustment brush in Lightroom 4RC2 with a cooler white balance on the water.


Sossusvlei Dune I guess I saw this as a challenge to make a black and white of a traditionally very colourful subject. Sossuslvlei, Namibia.

  • Photographer Nicolas Mettier
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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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