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Another one....
So, how many times do you (out there in the Googleverse) see a shot by someone else and you wish it was yours...?

I have that experience all the time, the below shot is one of those shots.

Shared by +Paige Fulton, this is yet in my book another EXCELLENT B&W image.... that I wish I had taken :)

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Thank you David!
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I love this shot by +Paige Fulton take a look at her work. its good... REAL good.
 
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Well...
It's late but its me in 2014. Taken in January.

See... I haven't changed much.

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I'm very glad to hear that, David.  So happy for you!!
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There was a time when I wrote on a weekly basis. This was largely a cathartic experience. Since that time, I have been so busy with work and trying to get my life in better order that the stories dont come out or I am so tired the writing and release seem to fade.

I was asked today to share one of my favorite stories (outside of google+) and I chose this one.

Its not a story so much as it is an accounting and some advice. Take a look, share it if you like it. For those of you who have read it before, I hope you dont mind me sharing it again. I share so little these days that you probably dont remember this one

1549 Words
Written on May 6, 2012.
Shared on May 9, 2012

Preface:
It has been my experience that when you hear the words "For your sake" its never a good thing. People shouldn't have the right to think for us. Good intentions or not, there are some decisions in life that can't be changed and the impact they have on us lasts forever.

This is one of those stories.

For My Sake
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I was 28; it was late August when my mother called. I was in the middle of a divorce, my son was barely 1 year old and my life was essentially an emotional hell. Everything that could go wrong was and now there was this...

When mom called, I was in the middle of trying to console my son and get him calmed down. The message was simple. My grandfather, now 82 had been diagnosed with Cancer (3 months ago) and wasn't doing well.

Yes, three months prior. You can imagine that this news flew like a lead balloon with me.

I lived in Dallas, they were in West Texas. That’s three months I could have had. But "For My Sake" they didn't want to subject me to the pain of knowing the man I loved and idolized was essentially dying.  When my parents considered all the other things I was going through they didn't want to worry me with anything else.

The time that was left was never a consideration.
My need for the time was never considered.
My feelings were apparently considered yet I had a real issue with the conclusion made on my behalf.

I was overwhelmed with sorrow and concern followed by a pinch of anger.

The trip was planned and I packed up my rag tag family... hanging on by a thread, we made the drive as if it was a death march to see my grandfather.

No amount of adjectives could have prepared me for what I experienced when I got there. Three months of a progressing condition and now, like a pitcher in a losing effort with the bases loaded and no strikes, I get called in. I was walking into an emotional disaster.

But.... it was "For My Sake"

We arrived at my parents’ house and made our way in. My grandmother (whom I love dearly as well) is sitting in the recliner in the front of the house. Having suffered from several strokes she wasn't altogether anymore. 

She didn't recognize me. Yeah it hurt, but I understood. The thought that immediately hit me is that there is nothing about the "Golden" years. How in the name of God can it be fair that you live your entire life only to forget the things that mean the most to you , the things that you live your life for.

I hadn't been in the house three minutes and I was crushed.

I headed back to my grandfather’s room. He had a nurse that was administering his medication. This way he could be home and be more comfortable. 

He looked miserable... 

My grandfather... larger than life, at 6'-1" and 260, he was a broad and strong man. Barrel chested, thick and sturdy, his appearance was the essence of confidence. The only thing that was more impressive than his presence was his mind. He graduated Salutatorian from OU with a degree in Business Finance.

Now, a ripe shade of yellow, the cancer had progressed to his liver and jaundice had set in. His eyes were bright red, as if there was a demon inside trying to fight off what was killing him. His breathing was strained and he was moving real slow. My strong, intelligent, commanding presence grandfather had shrunk. His girth was gone having been eaten by the cancer and his determination was fading.

He didn’t acknowledge my presence while I stood there… staring. As a large tear slowly formed, and the muscles in my chest got tight, his nurse waved me off so she could finish his treatment. I nodded and turned to leave. As she was squeezing the bacg to push that last drops of his medication through the IV he groaned.

The tear fell… and I walked away…

All this..

"For My Sake"

When my grandfather emerged, he moved slow, grimaced in pain and sat on the couch. It was at this time when he met my son for the first and last time. He held him on his lap, and I took the one and only picture of my grandfather with my son. Two of the most important people in my life, finally together, one too young and oblivious to know the significance of the moment and the other hanging on to a memory that would last 35 days.

The outfit my son wore that day is on a teddy bear in my office. It reminds me that it happened. All I ever wanted was my grandfather to see me raise my son and teach him as he taught me. I wanted him to be a part of his life; I needed him to guide me. Everything was such a mess and shy of my son I was miserable. But this visit, it wasn’t about advice, it wasn’t about help, it was about goodbye.

Three months of time I could have had and now, I am facing the reality that this won’t get better and time was running out.

"For My Sake"

The moment with my son in his lap lasted about thirty seconds. My son started to fuss and in my grandfathers weakened state, it made sense to collect him and let mom try and calm him down. My grandfather smiled when I took the picture.

And that was it.

The weekend passed, he slept a bunch which made sense. I found myself going by his room to just stare. The memories all rushing by so fast. The times we had, the love I had for him, the respect and the pain. While I recognized that time will take us all and this time was his. I was so scared and hurt…

On Sunday, it was time to go back to Dallas. It was to be a long and somber drive. I told my grandmother I loved her and goodbye. Said goodbye to my folks and then loaded the kids up. Once they were comfortable, I went back in the house and headed back to his room. He was there, staring off into space. I hadn’t made a sound, and without even looking at me he said.

“Davey, fly low and slow. I love you.”

He reached for me and I gave him a hug. I had so many things to ask, so many things I wanted to know, so many more lessons I wanted to hear or learn again. So much…. well, more. 
He looked off in the distance, and faded back to where he was before.

Those were the last words he ever said to me.

As I left I made my parents promise if anything happened to call me and I would be here immediately. They promised and with that we headed back to Dallas. The problem was that they never called. I was never told when he was in the hospital, in pain, in need or needed to be surrounded by the people he loved and that loved him back.

I was told later that they didn’t tell me "For My Sake"…

Because he was in pain, and when he was dying it was bad. They decided for me that I didn’t need to see it or experience it….

I did get my final goodbye….

You see, my grandparents NEVER missed my birthday. And my 29 th birthday was no exception. We were together, however on Sept 23, the day before my 29th I was at the cemetery, standing in a church before family and friends offering a eulogy to the man that inspired me, challenged me and taught me. It was the hardest thing I have ever done. To this very day, I can think of my grandfather and just cry. Oh God it hurts so bad and makes me so happy at the same time. It was blessing to have such a wonderful person in my life. I just wish he could have seen more.

"For My Sake"

Epilogue:
If I could do it all over again, I would have been there. The passing of my grandfather was more important to me than a failing marriage and the eventual duties of being a single parent. The things I wanted to say I wasn’t able to say. The feelings I wanted to express weren’t ever shared. As a result, 17 years later I have a heart filled with regret, pain and many tears have been shed.

Saying goodbye to anyone or anything is a choice we all have. If you ever find yourself in the position of deciding for someone else….

Don’t

Let them do it on their own. 

Closure in life is personal, important and something that others can never properly consider. Some people want it, despite the image or the circumstance, others, don’t. Both choices are fine if they are made by the person and not on their behalf.

Every time my life is a mess, which seems to be a regular occurrence these days I think of him. I wonder what he would tell me, what sage advice he would give me.

Since there is no more advice to be given, I will just try as hard as I can to fly a little lower, and a little slower, just as he wanted me to.

"For My Sake"

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My Long Posts Posts:
Each week I write a long post or story. I really appreciate everyone reading them, sharing them and for all of the comments. I recently started a NOTIFY circle. Meaning, if you like these stories and want to be notified by email when they are shared, please send me a personal note or leave a comment and I will gladly add you to the circle. 

My Long Post Archive
If you are looking for the archive of my stories you can find them here:
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This link will never change, but each week I will update it and add the newest post to the list.

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Merry Christmas to you and your family David. 
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Just got the news!
This image will be published in a Digital Photography Magazine in the July/August time frame. 

Super Excited!

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Thanks everyone! all of the comments made my day. Thanks so very much!
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Unfortunately, in life there are people that have nothing good to say or desparately look for  way to make a mark and get noticed. +Richard Stark is one of those guys.

He posted a nice little dig about myself and +Kalebra Kelby based on one of Kalebra's photos (that I happened to like as well as her story). I didnt appreciate his little dig.

Why.....?

Well, first and foremost. I have met Scott Kelby and I love the guy. I buy his books, follow him on-line and think he is one of the best guys out there pushing photography and photoshop. He has a great family, his wife (while I have never met her personally) has always been gracious, nice and communicative with me.

These are good people.

So when I read someone with no followers take a little shot just so they can get noticed it irritates me. This frustrates me almost as much as when people share scantly clad images of themselves to get noticed.

I tend to follow the good old golden rule "If you dont have anything nice to say then dont say anything" (well most of the time)

So, here was my reply (that I am sure will be deleted by Richard). Once you read it, I really encourage you all to block the dude. Not because he was overtly rude or crude, but because he has chosen to use a poor means of engagement and isnt really worthy of your time.

My reply:
Hey  +Richard Stark honestly, from one Texan to another. You dont know me, you have no idea what I Know or dont know and I dont appreciate your comment.

Just as an FYI....

I played baseball up into high school with significant hopes of college. I pitched and played 3rd base while batting 335. Unfortunately, I had a motorcycle accident where my left thumb was virtually removed that ended up running my hopes of college ball. Instead, in college I coached Pony League Baseball for 5 years.

On top of that my son is named after my favorite picther. Additionally, I have photographed Nolan Ryan in a personal session and shot his 7th no-hitter from behind home plate. Ball in flight, score board in the background. It was an amazing game and honestly one of my favorite shots I have ever taken.

I have had season tickets to the Rangers, The Astros, Mariners and now attend Angels and Dodgers ball games. The smell of the grass and the game still to this day is magical to me and something I love.

So, unless you know what and whom you are speaking of, I think you should shut your pie hole. you are out of line, and to even gently attack the character of a woman is really UN-TEXAN, unbecoming and an indicator of your neolithic incompetence.
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+Robt. J. Moore II Excellent retort and apprecaited. 

"What exactly are you implying? That people with fewer "followers" than yourself have no intention to speak their mind? And are merely trying to gain more "followers?" If so, pardon me, sirrah, but that's just plain callous."

My favorite point in your response, and now that I re-read what I wrote, it indeed a tad flippant. 

Anyone that has followed me for any point in time knows that I dont feel that way in general, but my rebuttal does imply that and now am bothered at my lack of proper articulation as I can see where it can be misunderstood and portraits me in a similar light.

Thanks for pointing that out... my bad.

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Geeze...
Smack out of the DUH Column....
Moron who has used G+ since the beginning just realizes that his bio wasn't displaying properly.

Ok... I'm the moron.... and here is why. 

I haven't used G+ Much in awhile, though that is improving. There have been so many UI changes that at times you (meaning me.... not really you) forgot how the hell this thing works.

In the vein of making it "more usable" they have inadvertently made something less usable. It never ceases to amaze me at the decisions that are made for inclusion vs. those that we have asked for FOREVER yet have never seen (case and point - A WYSIWYG editor for these posts (much like that which has existed for sometime in the About/Bio Section) that allows for Bolding and underlining without all of the proprietary stoopid leading characters)... Just sayin...

Anyway, I digress (hell, Im getting old I have an excuse).

I just realized that my default view showed my profile and I wrongly assumed this is what was displayed to the public. 

[SMACK! had on desk]

That wasnt the case. Nope I had to include it in the public viewing so people could see why the should follow me or even care.

So problem fixed + one new bruise to the forehead.

Now that I am done with my self deprecation....

HEY GOOGLE
Why dont you add something we REALLY want like the WYSIWYG editor instead of making just sharing and posting a PITA...?

Also... how about Error messages that mean something. #500 means NOTHING and I shouldnt have to google it to find out what it means. I think they taught me that in software 101 :)

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Well I cant post a picture to save my like (Error #500). The one time in MONTHS I wanted to share something and I have tried this on three computers and 2 different networks.

Google+ FAIL

Error #500 - you suck
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+Eddy Rademaker angered indeed. Fickle Google. I am in the middle of a big project with them. THey should be nicer :)
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Long Road -
Its been a long road since I joined G+. I think I have had a pretty good run despite disappearing here for the last year.

I have decided to create a new profile and start a new project with regard to my social media presence. I am going to create a new profile, officially launch my blog and separate my photography and writing. My new profile will be largely based on writing alone.

once created I will share it here with all of my followers in hopes that those that wish to read my stories or mindless rambling will follow that profile as well. 

I know a few of you have read me toying with this idea for quite sometime. generally most of you say, "Just start over here" no reason to create a new account.

Up to know I have agreed, but really want to just start over.

So what will the difference be..?

1- I am going to share my stories, writings and thoughts as I always have.

2- In the form my friend +J.C. Kendall I am going to address issues, problems and observations in a very direct (sometimes humorous) way. I miss his writing, his style and presence and think its time we get some of that back on Google+.

So... stay tuned. I am in the process of moving and things are kinda hectic but I will be ready to go soon and will once again be "Present" on Google+ here very shortly.

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So keep your eyes open
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Yep, got those.  Let me know if there's something you've been wanting to shoot down this way, or even up there.  The Disney concert hall in LA looks pretty interesting...
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“Let parents bequeath to their children not riches, but the spirit of reverence.” -- Plato

An important lesson.....

that is very difficult to explain to a college kid. Despite the institution of higher learning, it would appear the college kids only need to contact home when in need of the "Riches." Any other time, despite how close they are to their parents, it seems that the parents become nothing more than an afterthought.

It's frustrating.....
It hurts

And it causes one to question the "Closeness" of the relationship.

I have had a few explain to me that, "It's new, they have a new life and new experiences," and that I need to let them experience it.

Which is fine, I completely understand that... the problem I have is simply this.

Their life is full of changes, no places, new people, new experiences everything is NEW !!!!

Mine, is the same... just without my son in it.

My house is empty..
its quiet here.

NO conversation, nothing but empty and silence. Two lives have changed dramatically.

One gets to truly experience life and one realizes how much of his life (my life) was all about getting my son ready to experience his.

The hardest thing in life to start..... is over

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Awww David. I'm so sorry that you struggle so with all of this. (((MEGA HUGS)))

I'm sure you've heard it all before, but knowing me the way you do you know I've got to try too, so here goes:

When one chapter of our life is done, we move into the next. Some chapters are like leaving early from a party we were really enjoying because we have to get up early the next morning. It's not always what we want & things are not always quite the way we wish them to be, but they are the way they need to be. We just have to realize that the close of one chapter is not really the end, we still have all that we gained, all that we had, but now it's a chance at a new beginning, not starting over, but building on what you've gained in the previous chapters & growing out from there in a different way because you'll be walking a different path.

You yourself have written about how looking through the lens of your camera you are able to see the details of the world that so many miss, now is YOUR time to see the details of YOU & YOUR life without the filters of other's details.

You've done a beautiful job of raising a fine, intelligent & wonderful son that any man would be proud of. Hold on to that, because he's done exactly as you have raised him to do. He's taken over carrying the weight of his own life & now he's spreading his own wings & making his own mark on the world, just the way you taught him too.

It's normal for him to be awed & focused on all the new experiences that are confronting him at this time in his life & he is doing you so proud in that he's facing them on his own terms & finding his own way. He hasn't forgotten you. You are still with him daily even if he doesn't take time to express it the way you want him too, he still loves you & he knows you are there when he needs you and NOT just for the riches. You KNOW in your heart of hearts that if he was in trouble, you'd be the man he'd call on to help & that is as it should be.

Don't see this time as a heavy weight to be carried, David, see it as an opportunity to put down some of the weight that you've been carrying for such a long time & walk with a lighter step while you explore you & your world through a different lens. 

It is my sincerest hope & prayer that you find peace, joy & balance in your life this year, Dear Friend & that God's grace & glory continues to shine on you & through you throughout the coming year. Be well, David! (((MEGA HUGS)))
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-- Wilhelm Nero Pilate Barbellion (1889–1919), British diarist. March 11, 1917 entry. The Journal of a Disappointed Man



Curiosity appears to have gotten the best of you and as a result, here you are. Looking at my about page to see what morsels of information or additional insight you can glean about me.

It's either that or you are bored to tears. (I will let you decide which it is).


WHY AM I HERE..?

The truth is......I'm here by accident. 

I stumbled across Google+ in September of 2011 (almost three months after it launched). I was invited to a Photowalk in Austin and managed to meet some great people whom all frequented or used Google+ so I joined to share my photography. I was looking for a place where I could share, get comments and blog a bit without having to create yet another photography blog. This was it and things were going great until December 21, 2011. Then things changed.

You see, I don't shoot like most Digital Photographers. I am an OLD FILM guy, so I rarely use the back display on my camera. I always shoot in 100% Manual Mode and I take my time, think about my shots and generally wait a bit once I am set up. So, I am somewhat methodical (most of the time). After three months of Google+ sharing my backlog oh photographs the seemingly impossible happened.

I ran out of stuff to share.

Out of shear frustration, I decided I would write something (OH... NO! not another blog post). Instead, I wrote about a guy, I met on the bus when riding home from work in Downtown Seattle (I wrote it on January 26, 2012 (Edited it in March hence the date change)): https://plus.google.com/u/0/112022983294967948367/posts/aXWLMoXhwLr

Anyway, that story was shared a bunch and started a change.

Since that time I have written a great deal. Over 400 pages of text in 2012 alone and 45 long posts. While I was here to share my photography, it turns out my writing was received just as well if not better.

Another accident.

So, for a long time I wrote a long (over 1500 word story) every week. Then, just as before something happened.

I ran out of things to say.

You see, my stories are 100% Non-Fiction. They either happened to me, were witnessed by me or are my opinion. After 50 of them, I literally ran out of things to say (my life isnt that interesting). As a result I have slowed down quite a bit but I do still write.

I have to admit, if you want to meet some great people, you need to take a look at the folks that leave me comments on my stories. I have to tell you, I have some of the nicest most supportive people on the Internet that follow me, and I am grateful for every one of them.

I keep an archive of my long posts so they are easier to find (you'd think Google would have a better solution for this, but they don't) So, in case you are wondering what these stories are that I am talking about, you can find them here: 

My Long Post/ Story Archive


So why am I here...? 

It' simple really. I am here to share. I don't have some APP to sell, I'm not Internet Famous, I won't come do lectures and I don't teach classes. (I have been asked to write a book so there may be that, but I haven't officially started anything yet). I'm just a regular guy, trying REALLY hard to make it through life. I photograph what I can, share what I can and try and support some of my friends here on G+ all at the same time. That's it.... no million picture goal, no apps, nothing to sell and NO half naked pictures of me to help get numbers. 

Just me, my Images and Words

A Little Bio - Technology Stuff
So I get this all the time, and I hate talking about myself. But, people ask questions, and rather than answer them all the time, I have added this stuff here in hopes of answering most of them.

I am an Engineer twice over. My first Degree is in Architecture, and my Masters is in Computer Information Systems. My regular job has been building giant web sites up to recently. Now, I work for a gaming company. Some of the web sites I have either been a developer on or managed the development of include: Symantec.com, Amazon.com, Sophora.com, Hotwire.com, Travelocity.com and a bunch of others. In this business I am a payments and security specialist. I have been programming for 33 years (as of 2013) on the Windows Platform. I have been doing Web Development (highly transactional, fault tolerant systems and dynamic data driven systems since 1999). I have written two books (with six other friends) on Windows Development and been asked to write a few others, but haven't (its a lot of work). 

Yes - I really did design a project that flew on the Space Shuttle Discovery, Flight 51G. I am a space nut, and it was a dream I had when I was a kid (1976 to be exact). I realized that dream in 1985 when the Discovery carried my payload into space. Shy of my children being born, it was the most amazing thing I have ever seen in my life.

Photography Stuff
Oddly, I started taking pictures 33 years ago as well (I was a busy kid back then what can I say). I shot with a Pentax K1000. I processed all of my film by hand and printed all of my pictures by hand. As a result, I developed (pun intended) a strong appreciation for black and white photography. To this very day I shoot 80% of my images in B&W.

I am a 100% Nikon Shooter. I have the following Camera's in my bag: Nikon - F5, D700, D300 and seven f2.8 or faster Nikkor lenses. ( I would have my D800 now, but I have a kid in college.... so perhaps soon)

In my studio, I shoot with Alien Bee's. Though my model/portrait work is slim to none, I do have a complete studio. (I have kids, I have to use that stuff for something).

Since I started taking pictures again back in 2006, I have been published in 6 different books, 4 national magazines and 5 different newspapers. I have hung in 3 galleries in the last 6 years and won 4 different awards for my work.


That's all for now.... 
You can go now....


Really.... 
That's it. 

Nothing else to see or read here.

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Project 52 B&amp;W - Welcome to Project 52 B&amp;W! Our project consists of you taking a photo a week for one full year, all shot in or processed to

Time - News is never a 9 to 5 job.  Wednesday evening,... |
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News is never a 9 to 5 job. Wednesday evening, with the news that Apple visionary Steve Jobs had passed away from pancreatic cancer, TIME ma

NASA - First images from Mars will appear when available
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NASA.gov brings you images, videos and interactive features from the unique perspective of America’s space agency. Get the latest updates on

The Girl on the Bridge -- News &amp; Features
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The Girl on the Bridge - Highway workers raced to finish the suicide barrier on the Aurora Bridge, but they couldn’t overcome opposition and

12 Myths Every Photographer Should Know
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Two weeks ago, I found myself grabbing my DSLR, putting on a lens with no filter since that destroys image quality, putting it on a tripod a

&quot;South Texas in Pictures 2012&quot; Photography Competition | 2nd I...
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KuperSIR is proud to announce the winner of the 2 nd installment of the juried photography competition “South Texas in Pictures 2012"

Today Something In Me Died
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Today something in me died. It was that part of me that wanted to believe in life. Though it could never quite convince itself that it was t

TechCrunch | Google+ Gets A Big Refresh With New Navigation, A Redesigne...
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Google is announcing this morning a new look for its social network, Google+, which introduces a revamped navigation, with drag-and-drop ele