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This was my submission for YELLOW in the Chrysta Rae Photo Scavenger Hunt.  It was my favorite shot in this hunt.

I've taken a lot of iris photos, and most of the time I'm disappointed by the shadows or some x-factor that just totally disrupts the lines of the image.  This time, all the shadows complement the form, the angle accentuates the ruffles, the depth of field gives it dimension, and the petal's iridescence is visible and in focus.  It is abstract yet identifiable.  It is perhaps the best iris photo I've ever done.  And it was yellow.

For +The American Iris Society, the iris is named "Border Guard".  The American Iris Society is curated by +andi rivarola. 
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From a fashion shoot today at Faust Park with model Tori Manoli
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This is my "Ladybug" photo.  It was a lucky capture.  I went to the garden hoping to find a ladybug, but it seemed highly unlikely in the brief amount of time I had there.  You know how hard it is to find something when you're looking for it, lol.  So I was overjoyed to spot this little bugger in amongst the pretty flowers :)
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Big thanks +Reggie Hudson​! 
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I'm curious to see which fire and spark photo is more popular - this one or the next one I post.  I'm working on images to use for backgrounds and I don't want too much duplication.
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Great interpretation +Reggie Hudson!!  Thank you much, big brother.  Hope you have fun plans for the weekend :)
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This is my entry for the "Curved" category.  It is a macro detail of an Edison light bulb.

I had no idea that the big curlicue of light was actually made out of a tiny coil, nor that it was held in place with little twists of wire.  But that is the great thing about macro photography.  A new perspective answers a lot of questions about how things work... and creates many new questions too  ;~)
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Today is Day 6, the "Curved" album. Check it out. This one is awesome!
 
it's DAY SIX of REVEALS
from the 2015 - 15TH ROUND
of the +Chrysta Rae Photography Scavenger Hunt!!!

What you are about to experience 
over the course of the next 10 days is pretty awesome.
We play a game - 500 photographers and myself - a photography scavenger hunt.

What  is the scavenger hunt?
Only the most inspiring, creative and fun way to learn your camera, push your limits, experiment, and shoot things in ways you didn't think you could.

I host this event a few times a year for anyone of any level of photography to participate.
I open the game up to 500 Photographers
I give you 10 items to shoot 
I give you a period of time to shoot and enter your photos.
Then I have them judged by amazing photographers  

I then open the albums up to the public - every morning over the course of 10 days. 
There are 10 categories:
This is the first - the "CURVED* album.

This event is an amazing way to use your camera in new ways. 
It gets you seeing things in new ways,
It helps improve your photography skills, 
gives you a huge audience, 
and let's everyone celebrate each other's successes. 
Make new friends,
and be a part of a community of photographers who care about each other, teach each other, and inspire one another.

The sign up for the next round of the scavenger hunt will be announced on day 10 of reveals from this round.

The group of "scavengers" that participate create a community unlike any other on G+. 
Support, encouragement  friendships even some #huntsmack is enjoyed. 
We become a family over the course of the month. 

This is a negative-free zone - I have zero tolerance for any critiques that are uninvited. 
Please be respectful and remember that every person went out there and took the time to shoot these images 
and put thought into them and tried their best. 
As always, I am proud of every single one of you.

(ONLY ONE of the images were taken by ME - this is a collection of images taken by multiple photographers participating in the scavenger hunt. All copyrights apply)

With that - I present to you the CURVED album,
1 item seen in 300 different ways.
 
(album cover image by +Chris Graham)
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This album looks FANTASTIC!  I've only had time for a quick glance so far, but I can hardly wait to see it later.
This is DAY 10 - the YELLOW album.  Also, if you want to get in on the action, sign up details are mentioned in this post, so read below.
 
it's DAY TEN - OUR FINAL DAY of REVEALS
from the 2015 - 15TH ROUND
of the +Chrysta Rae Photography Scavenger Hunt!!!

THE SIGN UP FOR THE 16th ROUND of THE SCAVENGER HUNT 
will be held on FRIDAY, JULY 10th 
AT 12 NOON (mountain time zone)

MAKE SURE TO SET YOUR REMINDERS AND WATCH MY STREAM AT EXACTLY 12 NOON TO SIGN UP! 

What  is the scavenger hunt?
Only the most inspiring, creative and fun way to learn your camera, push your limits, experiment, and shoot things in ways you didn't think you could.

I host this event a few times a year for anyone of any level of photography to participate.
I open the game up to 500 Photographers
I give you 10 items to shoot 
I give you a period of time to shoot and enter your photos.
Then I have them judged by amazing photographers  

I then open the albums up to the public - every morning over the course of 10 days. 
There are 10 categories:
This is the 10TH - the YELLOW album.

This event is an amazing way to use your camera in new ways. 
It gets you seeing things in new ways,
It helps improve your photography skills, 
gives you a huge audience, 
and let's everyone celebrate each other's successes. 
Make new friends,
and be a part of a community of photographers who care about each other, teach each other, and inspire one another.

The sign up for the next round of the scavenger hunt will be announced on day 10 of reveals from this round.

The group of "scavengers" that participate create a community unlike any other on G+. 
Support, encouragement  friendships even some #huntsmack is enjoyed. 
We become a family over the course of the month. 

This is a negative-free zone - I have zero tolerance for any critiques that are uninvited. 
Please be respectful and remember that every person went out there and took the time to shoot these images 
and put thought into them and tried their best. 
As always, I am proud of every single one of you.

(ONLY ONE of the images were taken by ME - this is a collection of images taken by multiple photographers participating in the scavenger hunt. All copyrights apply)

With that - I present to you the YELLOW album,
1 item seen in 333 different ways.
 
(album cover image by +Lou McCorkle)
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This is my submission to the Spiderweb/Cobweb category of the Chrysta Rae Photo Scavenger Hunt.

Spiders and spider webs give me the creeps in a big way, so I looked for little strands like this.  I took over 50 versions of this shot, and in the end, I combined the web strands from 4 photos to achieve this image.
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The Attack of the Giant Green Moth
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Why you should stay in on a Friday night
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They make them with the exact same yarn colors and complementary patterns, so you (probably) can't go wrong +Kenny Parnell​... but I can pick 2 random socks and still be okay.
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Today is the Ladybug album in the Chrysta Rae Photo Scavenger Hunt. See how 240 photographers interpreted "Ladybug".
 
it's DAY EIGHT of REVEALS
from the 2015 - 15TH ROUND
of the +Chrysta Rae Photography Scavenger Hunt!!!

What you are about to experience 
over the course of the next 10 days is pretty awesome.
We play a game - 500 photographers and myself - a photography scavenger hunt.

What  is the scavenger hunt?
Only the most inspiring, creative and fun way to learn your camera, push your limits, experiment, and shoot things in ways you didn't think you could.

I host this event a few times a year for anyone of any level of photography to participate.
I open the game up to 500 Photographers
I give you 10 items to shoot 
I give you a period of time to shoot and enter your photos.
Then I have them judged by amazing photographers  

I then open the albums up to the public - every morning over the course of 10 days. 
There are 10 categories:
This is the first - the "LADYBUG* album.

This event is an amazing way to use your camera in new ways. 
It gets you seeing things in new ways,
It helps improve your photography skills, 
gives you a huge audience, 
and let's everyone celebrate each other's successes. 
Make new friends,
and be a part of a community of photographers who care about each other, teach each other, and inspire one another.

The sign up for the next round of the scavenger hunt will be announced on day 10 of reveals from this round.

The group of "scavengers" that participate create a community unlike any other on G+. 
Support, encouragement  friendships even some #huntsmack is enjoyed. 
We become a family over the course of the month. 

This is a negative-free zone - I have zero tolerance for any critiques that are uninvited. 
Please be respectful and remember that every person went out there and took the time to shoot these images 
and put thought into them and tried their best. 
As always, I am proud of every single one of you.

(ONLY ONE of the images were taken by ME - this is a collection of images taken by multiple photographers participating in the scavenger hunt. All copyrights apply)

With that - I present to you the LADYBUG album,
1 item seen in 240 different ways.
 
(album cover image by +Andrea Martinez)
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I call this one "The Ring of Fire", but really it's just a time lapse photo of a sparkler :)
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Today's category in the Chrysta Rae Photo Scavenger Hunt is WAX.  This was my WAX shot.

There were a few months, back in 1998, where I was making these candle sculptures all the time.  It may look random, but every drip of every color was placed intentionally.  There are 3 shades of burgundy, multiple purples and blues... it was yet another of my colorful artistic pursuits.

Then I moved these ridiculously fragile sculptures from house to house 4 times in the last 17 years.  It was strange, opening the "Candle Sculptures" box, lighting the candle, the scent of the wax, the shadows of the past feeling so very close, as if I could almost touch them.

I liked the way the light shone on the wet wood after the rain.  The way it illuminates the bricks.  The light is part of the photograph.  The light is the gift of the wax.  The light is what the wax becomes in the moment before it disappears.
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Thank you so much +Reggie Hudson!!
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Photographer, Android Game Designer, Glass Explorer
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I love photography.  My specialties are macros and nightscapes.

When I'm not taking pictures or hanging on G+, I'm hard at work doing game design for Tesseract Mobile.  I co-founded Tesseract Mobile in 2009 with my fiancee Joshua Frank.  We specialize in card games which have been enjoyed by millions of people all around the world.  How cool is that?! 

Big thanks to all the awesome people who have downloaded our games!

I am inspired by the technological pioneers of Silicon Valley and I am proud to work in the tech industry.  More than that, I'm grateful for the opportunity to earn my living with art and creativity.  My dad said that wasn't possible ;)

Here on Google+ I enjoy sharing my photography and graphic designs, but most of all I love being inspired by the creativity of my fellow Google+ members. 

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Tesseract Mobile's games have been downloaded over 3 million times. I designed them!
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  • Tesseract Mobile
    Co-Founder & Game Designer, 2009 - present