8 TOP Google+ Photos for February 5

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8 awesome TOP photos published by Google+ photography enthusiasts on February 5.

My G+ Friends,

Even if I have many other images which belong to my project 'The Heliades', this is going to be the last upload (at least for the moment) for it.

This is #5: it received an award of merit at the 2012 International Fine Art Photography Award. 

My long-time followers already know the idea which stands behind this project, but I am pasting it in order to 'help' my new ones.

While reading Ovid’s Metamorphoses, I came across an episode that changed my vision of my surroundings forever: the ‘Heliades’, daughters of the Sun, after the death of their brother Phaeton are transformed into Poplar trees on the banks of the Po river.
I have always loved to walk on those banks, but now, every time I stop and listen, it almost feels like I can hear their laments and whispers in the wind.

Looks like this 2013 is going to be a fantastic year. I am totally full of new energies, after some pretty hard times. Expect many interesting news!!!

Anyway, don't forget to take a look at the +Glass Star Agency official page. Important announcements will be happening soon!

I also want to congratulate my dear friend +Julia Anna Gospodarou  on having been short-listed for the finals at the Sony World Photography Awards. Go baby!!!

#plusphotoextract     by +Jarek Klimek 
#fineartpls   by +Marina Chen 
#treetuesday  by +Christina Lawrie  and +Shannon S. Myers 
  • Photographer Luca Cesari
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t took a very sharp banking turn of a helicopter to its right side to capture this dramatic, completely vertical shot of Abu Dhabi's busy commercial area around the Hamdan Street. It was both scary as well as fun to take this shot!

Technique: I kept the camera in Shutter Priority which is my preferred camera mode when shooting from a moving helicopter. Trick is to keep the image pin sharp during helicopter's movement, engine and wind vibrations. From my experience, shutter speeds from 1/800 to 1/2000 provide the peace of mind. Autofocusing should be turned off (pre-focused) and IS turned on. About 95% of my aerial shots end up being sharp, just like in this example.
Post processing: pre-cooking was done in LR 4.3. 16-bit TIFF files were exported to Photoshop CS 5.5 for final polish, distortion correction, sharpening, etc. Grading was done with Color Efex Pro and tones were tweaked with Viveza 2. I was going for a dramatic and slightly emotionally detached look which is a colour palette look of 'Band of Brothers' TV miniseries and Matrix trilogy.
  • Photographer Beno Saradzic
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Chickpea & Pearl Couscous Salad

It's only Tuesday, but so far this week has been pretty rough. I've been sick with the flu for about three days, and just finally starting to see clearly (minus one ear which just won't quite clear for me). That, and I have a bunch of work to get to (and taxes to file, yuck) before I head off for a big trip at the end of the month on a food-and-wine adventure around South Australia/Tasmania (yipee!).

So, I made this salad on Friday with the intention of photographing it the very next day, but just today felt well enough to stand up long enough to make it happen. :) It's still deliciously yummy, and was pretty enough to shoot so I made it happen. And, I'm quite pleased with the results.

Here's the recipe ... I just threw the ingredients together until it looked right, so you can change up the measurements as you see fit:

-1 cup dry whole-wheat pearl couscous (cooked as indicated on package)
-2 cans chickpeas
-Grape tomatoes
-Juice of 1 small lime
-Juice of 1 small lemon
-1/2 onion, finely diced
-Splash of Olive oil
-Parsley, chopped
-Cilantro, chopped

Mix all ingredients in a bowl and eat :)


First light on Moskenes Island, Norway.



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Well I ad planned on a bit of a road trip last night but it wasn't to be due to the weather. It wasn't what I needed for a shot I have in mind, however I have been itching to get out and shoot, so I did go out anyway!
Glad I did to because I have come away with something I quite like. The conditions were great for this scene. Despite literally being in the path of the water, and in the bath of serious spray, the glass stayed mist free (even though the camera and lens were anything but)! I was a bit nervous in this spot but knew that if I persisted it would pay off!

  • Photographer Dylan Fox
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Sleaghach - Torridon, UK - Winter 2012 -In early December winter comes to northern Scotland. Ice covered the countless lakes and the frequently showers turn into snowfall. In the last part of my UK series I show the shots from Wester Ross. The photos were taken during several hikes in the spectacular mountainous regions An Teallach and Torridon.

Photo by our supporter Rainer M. Ritz

Now is the time for one of our wonderfull supporters!

Rainer M. Ritz 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/+JarekKlimek/posts/Deifg8HMUdQ

  • 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.

Vencian carnival in south Germany

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What is Plus Extract?

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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