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Conditions for Our 2016 Eastern Sierra Spring Workshop Next Week
I'm heading back out soon for more exploration, but here's some of what I've found so far:
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Gorgeous mountain scene!! Beautiful! Thanks for sharing with the #LandscapePhotography theme!! Please see the about tab of +Landscape Photography !! We have great new curators. It's my pleasure to share your amazing photo to the +Landscape Photography page! Check out all the great photos there including yours!!
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Eastern Sierra Photography Workshop Conditions
I'm still taking laps of the Eastern Sierra to get a read on current conditions for our workshop coming up next week.
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Hot Creek
This site in California's Eastern Sierra was used in the filming of the John Wayne movies "True Grit" and "North to Alaska".

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Gorgeous colors and composition!! Beautiful! Thanks for sharing with the #LandscapePhotography theme!! Please see the about tab of +Landscape Photography !! We have great new curators. It's my pleasure to share your amazing photo to the +Landscape Photography page! Check out all the great photos there including yours!!
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Am I Using Collections Wrong?
In the year or so since Collections came along, response to my posts has plummeted. I've tried various collections, as well as regular G+ posts, uploads to and sharing through Google Photos, and various content types like photos, video and albums. I've tried sharing to large groups. Nothing seems to work well.

Am I doing something significantly wrong under the newer Collections and/or Google Photos features, or has the Google+ community itself changed that much over the past year?
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My experience is similar enough. My featured collections get activity, especially from people who appear to be new to G+, but my views on new posts, activity on posts, and follower growth are down otherwise. Google has graciously featured many of my collections; in the absence of being featured, collections have no net activity (i.e. follower numbers essentially the same as my profile, modest reaction to new posts, and nobody going back through the whole collection very often).
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Eastern Sierra Spring 2016
I created an album for photos from the Eastern Sierra this year, as I'm scouting conditions for the workshop coming up two weeks from today. Here are photos from other years as well that can illustrte the types of conditions we might encounter:

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Spring/Summer Workshops in the Eastern Sierra
After researching and documenting the best locations in the Eastern Sierra for many years, I can't wait to show photographers around to the best spots in the best light. Many of the dates are adjacent to the dates I have for my Bodie night photography workshops, and in most cases I've saved a few spots so photographers can enroll in both if they like.

In June, July and August we should be able to enjoy wildflowers in addition to the stunning landscapes in the Eastern Sierra, so I've started a "Spring in the Eastern Sierra" album to show some examples.

I've also added a blog post to show the types of things we might pursue:

For more information or to enroll, see the Eastern Sierra Photography Workshops overview page on my Web site:

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Eastern Sierra Wildflowers
I decided to start a Spring in the Eastern Sierra" album, and what better way to start it than an overview of some of the wildflowers that bloom here? Although wildflower season runs from late February through August at various elevations, the Inyo to Mono County area has particularly nice blooms in certain areas in June and July.

I'll be showing groups of photographers the best spots in June, July and August:
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+Susan Hoffman K. Good to hear from you, welcome back! So sorry to read about your illness (in the post on your timeline).
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Stunning. What a charmed life you lead.
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Happy National Wine Day and Wine Wednesday!
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Wine Country
Before I switched to photography full time I was in the wine industry for a few years.  I had been enjoying wine as a consumer for a long time as I worked at high tech companies in the Bay Area, and I thought it might be fun to get into the business.  Photography won out in the end, but I still enjoy wine a lot and I still tend a few vines that I planted.  From those vines I have a few gallons of homemade cabernet sauvignon which are ready to be bottled.

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+Susanne Stelle The vineyard I planted in my father's back yard is in the South Bay Area. I grew up in Saratoga, and a friend of mine worked at Ridge Vineyards. When I worked in Silicon Valley, I would make a 20-mile loop ride in the Coast Range on my mountain bike, stopping at Ridge Winery on the way down.
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Photography Technique: Pan Blur
Read the description and give it a try, but I'd recommend doing it with lenses that do not have Image Stabilization (IS/VR) systems that might get damaged if the up and down movements are too abrupt.
Colorful Aspen in Motion
The Fall colors were spectacular over the weekend in the Eastern Sierra, and the changing lighting during the day provided almost endless opportunities for dramatic and creative captures.  I say "almost' only because at this time of year, the days are too short!  About the best you can do is start well before dawn and continue until well after dark.  Fortunately, or unfortunately, the Orionid meteor shower provided bonus opportunities all night long, so the weekend ended up being quite the photography marathon.

This was produced with the pan blur technique I've been playing with: finding subjects with an interesting blend of color, contrast and light, and capturing them hand held, panning the camera up and down.  It's a great way to exercise how you see a scene.
"I almost never set out to photograph a landscape, nor do I think of my camera as a means of recording a mountain or an animal unless I absolutely need a 'record shot'. My first thought is always of light." - Galen Rowell

It was a busy weekend, with hordes of photographers crowding the most popular spots, and starting to discover and clog up many of the formerly obscure ones, thanks to the Internet.  Fortunately there are still a few places which haven't been named/promoted and mapped to death, so +Lori Hibbett and I were able to have most of our shooting locations to ourselves.

We heard that +Kurt Harvey and his wife were coming to the area, so we met Kurt Friday and Saturday nights to do a little light painting and star trail photography.  We ran into +Michael Frye  and +Claudia Welsh at dinner Saturday, for the second weekend in a row.  I thought I recognized a couple of folks with them... turned out one of them was +Doug Kaye.  Also in the area were +Maximilian Laue +Brian Bach Sørensen +Swee Oh +elizabeth hahn  +Tim Gupta +Larry Nienkark and +Scott Loftesness, so check out their streams this week for Fall colors as well (we had heard many of them were going to Yosemite National Park, so sadly we didn't connect with them).

It's interesting that you actually need to pay as much or more attention to technical details when trying to pull off shots like this, if you want them to turn out particularly well.  Here are a couple of blog posts I've written on shooting Fall colors in recent years:

Shooting & Postprocessing Fall Colors Images

Shoot Fall Colors Like a Pro
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More Eastern Sierra Images from This Week
Scouting conditions for my workshop coming up in a couple of weeks.
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Stunning images.
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Sample Spring Photos from the Eastern Sierra
"The Traveler sees what he sees. The Tourist sees what he has come to see.” - G.K. Chesterton
Previsualization, anticipating opportunities and compositions, is critical to great landscape photography, so a photographer with local knowledge anticipates what the traveler never sees, and the tourist never imagined!

That's why I love leading workshops near my home in the Eastern Sierra: I can show people subjects and compositions that they'd otherwise never see, in the best seasonal conditions and at the right time of day for the best light.

Here are some samples of the types of things we might pursue in our workshop coming up in three weeks:

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+John Doe The earth's rotational axis does not point perfectly towards the North Star, Polaris, so it does make a small circle (or in moderately long exposures may appear to wobble) in the sky.
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Mercury Transit of the Sun is Underway!
With a proper eye-protecting filter, the planet Mercury can be seen crossing the face of the sun today. This happens approximately 13 times per century. I'll have my photos available later, but in the meantime, here are some of my photos from the Venus transit of the sun on June 5, 2012, which won't occur again for another 100+ years!

I looked at my photos from the Venus transit to remind myself of appropriate practices and settings for the #mercurytransit , as discussed on my blog:

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Thank you +Mark Stronge !
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Landscape photographer, author, workshop instructor, filmmaker

I'm an award-winning landscape and night photographer, workshop instructor, and author.  I have been exploring the American West for four decades.  I entered a career in digital imaging over three decades ago in the Graphic Printing and Imaging Division at Tektronix.  I've used digital cameras close to 15 years.  I am an avid traveler and prolific photographer, sharing new work daily for the past 10 years (as Internet availability allows, as I travel).

For the past five years, I have been recording my favorite 300+ locations in California from Yosemite to San Diego, to share them with you in my new book, "Photographing California Vol. 2 - South", now available in bookstores, on and via my blog.

I've been leading night photography workshops in Bodie State Historic Park since 2012, and in 2013 I added Yosemite, Death Valley and the Eastern Sierra.  I'll be offering a wide range of workshops in 2016; contact me for the latest schedule.

Thank you for taking a look at my photography.  Living so close to Yosemite and Death Valley here in the Eastern Sierra, I can't wait to show you what I've discovered lately!

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