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Oh My Goodness!  A Google Story That I Actually Like!
A year ago +D Stuart and I ventured forth to work on our assignments with the mentorship program taking you beyond automatic settings.  I had just gotten a new, used Canon 7D camera and had rented a 400mm prime lens to try out on a trip to California the next week.  We spent half the time at the Rio Salado Habitat, a nature preserve in central Phoenix and the other half along 16th Street in the center of our asphalt jungle here.  These "old" images must have suddenly caught the algorithm attention, for this morning I posted another image from that day.  Even though the others were shared a year ago, this one kicker image brought all I shared into a Google "Story"  Shared with you all just for the fun of it.  I did not change a thing from the way Google put it together. I guess you can tell there is plenty of color here in the American Southwest.
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This is the best story yet, Cobalt !
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I am Groot (and Possibly Mother of the Year)
My three sons are enjoying Phoenix Comicon 2015 today! First photo received via cell phone. I wish I could be there but it is awesome all three of my sons are able to attend. I pulled Drew out of his day program for the day and it is planned for a heavy duty Comicon extravaganza trek today. Good we have a manual wheelchair for Drew. His leg braces and walker would not be enough to get him through the miles he'll travel around today.

I am Groot, with Drew
Edited from a photo sent by cell phone from his brother John, Drew is already enjoying Phoenix Comicon 2015 today!
#phxcomicon and use this hashtag to see photos on Twitter and Instagram today: #phxcc

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Hey that's awesome. I was there today too. And I saw this Groot at the same booth. Didn't see your son though. Glad they're having fun.
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It's Obama's fault.  :-)
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Let It Bee
Mural of a bee at a coffee shop on 16th Street, Phoenix, Arizona.
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I think it's the bee's knee, +Douglas Knisely! Thanks!
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Sliding Sides, Morenci Mine
The upper levels of an old and vast copper mine in Arizona are just piles of sliding gravel left over from blasting. The two large bulldozers to the left show the scale here and the pit roads must be frequently sprayed with water to reduce air pollution and improve visibility for the drivers. This image is part of the many I am adding to an album you may enjoy seeing for geological compositions and rocks. To give another idea of the vast area and scale, take a look at a photo of this whole area seen from my sole viewing area of Lookout Point on Highway 191, high above:
https://goo.gl/WrQ1YO
#morencimine   #morenciaz   #coppermine   #mining   #scale   #vast  
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+cobalt please I actually have a few pictures on an old hard drive I'll try to find...
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Stunning Memorial Day composition remembering an American family.  Please do look closer and comment on Sandra's post.  Read her story, share a plus and remember.  That's what Memorial Day is for in America.
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Remembering Memorial Day, my Dad and my nephew, Dusty

This will be the second Memorial Day without Dad, a WWII POW…and while he was MIA…the reason for my grandmother’s white hair.  She served too.

Dusty served and came home with PTSD.  He is also gone now.  

I see this image  (taken yesterday) as our flag in tears…but still flying.  The stars cry for the fallen and their families.  At the bottom of the image you’ll see a soldier with a backpack, kind of inside the flag.  This soldier is still looking forward, and ahead is the flag unfurled.  Still there.  Still waving.  And not distorted by the tears and pain of the past.  
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Thank You Thomas
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(About the new Google Photos)
If you are wondering about the benefits of this new plan, read this assessment by +Thomas Hawk on his blog. Lots of us photographers are rather dismayed by the whole offering. The worst things for me are having to go to another site to upload and share and then get back into Google+ and then there is the distinct feeling that photography on this network is now to be dominated by party pix and Instagram and Whatsapp, not a boon to photographers who have helped build this Plusland.
 
Google launched Photos
Google launched Google Photos today. For months now people have been talking about how Google was going to decouple photos from Google+ and create a standalone photo product and today at I/O they finally unveiled their latest effort to the world. Last August when rumors about this new service ...
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Thanks for commenting +Charles Gaines. I hope people will read this blog post essay. 
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Rio Salado Wildflowers, Backlit
Shot with a 400mm prime lens, Canon 7D handheld, one fine Spring day at the Rio Salado Nature Preserve in central Phoenix, Arizona.

FYI Although this is for #floralfriday, it is also a test to see how an image uploaded through the new Google Photos works. I've already seen that hashtags may or may not work but the tagging for individuals does. I'll post what I can see from EXIF data after this is public. BTW, this was shot with the first time I got my hands on a rented 400mm prime lens on a Canon 7D, handheld. +D Stuart and I were out for a morning in this preserve that is right downtown in Phoenix. I always remembered this image but had never edited it. Hat tips to Floral Friday curators +Tamara Pruessner and +Kiki Nelson and +Eustace James and +Beth Akerman
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+cobalt please I thank you. I think it's my computer. I have enabled comments but between Windows, Norton and Chrome I'm thinking I'm rather 'shafted'. :)  I have to change OS..Soon! I do have that option. I'm daunted a bit by the learning curve in switching to a different OS. I think that will resolve this issue.
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Oh This is JUST What We Photographers Wanted
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Great idea, yet another place to stash our photos and be able to sort them.  RECOMMENDED READING FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS USING GOOGLE+
https://medium.com/backchannel/bradley-horowitz-says-that-google-photos-is-gmail-for-your-images-and-that-google-plus-is-not-dead-54be1d641526

So much for posting online just what you wish to share and build posts around the image or link the post to a suitable image.  The comments of this article interview are interesting to those folks who had been very happy to find like-minded folks on Google+ and share images within themes, using Theme Pages and hashtags.  Now hashtags are having glitches in searches inside Google+ with them, and people are supposed to self-identify content and post within Collections.  It's all about what the Google+ member wants, right?

Sorry, I don't know too many other Plusland members who were clamoring to get these new features and seriously, most of us are quite happy with our photos stored in hard drives, in other photo storage hosts, and in the Cloud.  I don't see any usefulness in these new ideas, myself, so perhaps I will just hang on till the bitter end.  I really don't want to lose contact with all the incredible folks I've come to know in the last four years in Plusland.  Sad sad sad.
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+Bette Kauffman Well, every time I use either Lightroom or Camera RAW in Bridge or Photoshop I learn something new.

There are a wealth of tutorials on the web... especially YouTube. +B and H camera has a good number of extensive videos on using Lightroom. I also have Julieanne Kost's blog bookmarked. Lots of quick tutorials there too. All it takes is time... which, of course, is a four letter word. LOL 
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Kept thinking how when young I used to offer visit a natural history museum in Elgin and saw hundreds of taxidermy birds on display. Since they were mostly from the early 20's to 30's, you can imagine the terrible shape they were in. Yet I did get past morbidity to look closely at them and learn. 
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Mad Max Fury Road!!!!!
Maybe I will get my hearing back tomorrow....
Great action adventure and worthy of the traditions with this fourth in the famous series.  Two of my sons took me tonight and it was truly intense all the way through.  

Checked Rotten Tomatoes and was interested to see so far the Tomatometer at 98%  My son Drew judges it a 20 out of 10.  As an artist, this is a fantastic show.  The scenes, vehicles, costumes, make-up and incredible detail make this very rich and dense.  Since I am still trying to recover from my first eye surgery, half way through I had to put on my sunglasses to watch the rest.  So many fireballs and explosions light up the screen.  Surprised Charlize Theron would be so great here, what a powerful heroine. The "breeders" and "war boys" were classic character additions to this series and the warlords were truly evil, of course.  All you can want in a Mad Max movie.  Well done, George Miller, for this great comeback extravaganza.

BTW, the giant haboob with tornadoes inside:  nice touch!  Living in Arizona, we could actually relate to it.  In the Deviant Art wallpaper shown here, the offering is credited as a screen grab from a trailer, with copyrights to Warner Brothers and Village Roadshow Pictures.  If you look at it be sure to see the very tiny road chase with the warlords in pursuit of Max and the gals escaping the Citadel.  It was just about 90% chase scenes for this movie and of course, very very fast pace, heart-pounding intensity.  Funny, I don't watch war films or grim action movies that are too close to real life, but I am all for a raging rumble in fantasy! 

http://twistedbobbay.deviantart.com/art/Mad-Max-Fury-Road-Sand-Storm-471682003

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http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/mad_max_fury_road/
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Saw the new trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road and absolutely loved it especially the scene with the marauders racing towards the colossal sand storm. Screen grab from the trailer, perfect for 1600 x 9...
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Too feminist?  It might have been but it still took a MAN to help save the ladies (on the other hand, they probably could've done it without the men-- the women were pretty badass!)  (But if the MRAs boycotted the movie, it's their loss.  I got a less-crowded theater to watch it in, and I didn't have to hear their shitty comments.)
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Layers of Time, Revealed
When man knows that digging deep enough will reveal treasures of copper and other valuable minerals, a mountain is removed carefully.  In layers. Morenci Mine in southeastern Arizona, seen in the Golden Hour. For scale consider the top of a truck barely above a mound at the lower right, along a zig zag road back up from the pit. Golden Hour, from Lookout Point on Arizona Highway 191, August 2014.

My scientist and rock-lovin' friends may enjoy seeing this post. #geology   #stonesaturday   #morenciaz   #coppermine   #mining  
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Yes, scale. Since I could only "see" through my 400mm prime lens I could make out tiny vehicles that I knew to be huge landmovers. Your mind is in surreal territory there. 
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