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Here's another shot of Andean Bear cub, Muniri, from Friday's preview at the +Smithsonian's National Zoo.
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Nice shot Monico!
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Tonight I'm at Zaytinya (in +Washington DC) for my first "restaurant week" experience of 2015. I'll be sure to share a review soon...
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It's been a while since I've visited the +Smithsonian's National Zoo so it was awesome to attend the annual Christmas pot luck dinner for the Zoo Photography club.

Before I joined my friends for drinks, food and conversation I made a few stops to see how some of my favorite young animals are looking. Here's a new shot of one of my beloved Sumatran tigers.
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Hi, +Mike Hendren. Thank you for the compliment.

Have a great weekend!
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Here's a helpful hint from Wacom for photographers and designers who upgraded to Yosemite.

Thank you, Wacom!
 
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Disney World Fireworks  |  Black and White Version

For my fourth day of my #fivedayblackandwhitechallenge  I really gave myself a challenge. How do I take an image of something so colorful that it almost doesn't make sense to create a black and white version? I don't know if I have a good answer but I decided to give it a "go" anyway.

Here's an old shot of the happiest place on Earth during one of the most colorful times of night. This was the Wishes Fireworks Spectacular and it's a mind blowing display of sights and sounds (and plenty of color) that all comes together in the Disney way that always guarantees a huge smile.

Thanks again to +Steve Kalman and +Julian Ortiz for making me take new looks at old shots to see if I can apply a little black and white magic to shots that were never meant to be without color.
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That came out very nice! I've tried black & white processing on fireworks and you can get some interesting results.
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Shenandoah Sunrise (in Black and White)

Here's my second image for my #fivedayblackandwhitechallenge . Tomorrow looks super busy for me so I'm getting this in a little early...

This is an older image of mine that was re-worked to a black and white image. I've been looking through my catalog trying to find different styles to represent me in black and white and with all the landscape shooting I do it seemed like a shot from the Shenandoah National Park would be a good addition to the five day challenge.

As I've been playing with black and white it's been a massive challenge for me to give up a tool as powerful as color. I've always used sharpness (and blur/glow), brightness (dodging), darkness (burning) and contrast to create my personal style and it's interesting how much more I lean on them when I can't use color. I think it's especially difficult for me when a subject (like a sunrise) screams for some amazing colors...

Thanks again go out to +Steve Kalman and +Julian Ortiz for dragging me (kicking and screaming) in to the five day black and white challenge.
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That came out very nice Monico!  I picked up the new Macphun Tonality Pro software at PSW.  Haven't had a chance to install & try out yet.
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Grand Californian Christmas Tree  |  Anaheim California

It's getting pretty close to Christmas and work has kept me super occupied (and off of my beloved Google+).  I hope everyone is having a great holiday season!

This time last year I was in California visiting with family and seeing how Disneyland decorated for this special time of year.

Here's a shot from my 2013 Disneyland adventure. This is the lobby of Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa.

#disneyland   #disneychristmas  
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Lovely +Monico Havier​. Just lovely. 
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Today I received the updates on the Orb-3 mishap and it reminded me just how difficult it is to successfully launch a rocket into space.

I toured the assembly facility, saw the launchpad and even witnessed a launch (Orb-2) from the media area and it was an amazing experience for me. The complexity of the entire operation was mind boggling and when I watched a successful launch I felt enormous pride in our space program.

Today something went terribly wrong and it was a sad reminder that a rocket launch is totally unpredictable as well as extremely dangerous. I was briefed on what to do if something like this happened at my launch and even when Orb-2 lifted off I was thinking that anything could happen at any moment.

This isn't the first mishap in our space programs history and I doubt it will be the last. In the not-to-distant future we'll look back on today's events and we'll all marvel at the dedication and hard work it took for the men & women of +NASA and +Orbital Sciences Corporation to get the program back on its feet. There's no doubt in my mind we'll figure out what happened today and proceed to move forward.
 
"Launching rockets is an incredibly difficult undertaking, and we learn from each success and each setback. Today's launch attempt will not deter us from our work to expand our already successful capability to launch cargo from American shores to the International Space Station.” - William Gerstenmaier, associate administrator of NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations Directorate, regarding today's Orbital Sciences Corp's launch mishap.  

Full statement: http://go.nasa.gov/1u5juVQ 
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+Monico Havier It was very sad to see this story on the morning news.  A lot of time and effort on the part of a large team has been trying to get us back into space, and this is a significant setback.  As you said, there is a lot of complexity which most people don't see or understand.  Hopefully they are able to figure out what went wrong, and use that data to reduce risk of future launches.  Fortunately there were no injuries from the mishap.  
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"Peaches at the Dog Park"  |  Black and white version

Here's my fifth and final submission to the #fivedayblackandwhitechallenge . Unfortunately my schedule has been pretty out of control so this image is way late in getting shared.

When I started the black and white challenge I decided I was going to take the hard road with my submissions. I didn't want to use city-scapes, DC monuments or street style shots since they're usually pretty easy subjects for black and white conversions. Instead I wanted to find shots I already shared that were full of color (like sunrises and fireworks). In the end I transformed almost 50 different shots from glorious color into black and white shots. Of all those shots I whittled it down to the five I shared (along with a few alternatives just for fun).

One subject I knew I wanted to include was my pup, Peaches. As most of my followers know Peaches is a rescue dog and she's an absolute sweetheart. She has a whole lot of fans and some of my pictures of her have even been published over the years. She's a wonderful part of my life and she's helped my photography reach an incredibly large audience.

So it only makes sense that Peaches closes out my five day challenge by giving me the look that asks: "is it OK if I run off and have some fun?"

Of course it is, Peaches...

Thanks again to +Steve Kalman and +Julian Ortiz for making me take the five day black and white challenge!
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+Kara Chickering I think you're on to something here!!
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"a Skyline Drive"  |  Black and White Version

Here's a look at the shot that almost became the fourth day of my #fivedayblackandwhitechallenge . Ultimately I decided to go with the fireworks shot but I thought this was also a fun experiment for a black and white shot.

This is a shot from above my car driving on Skyline Drive (in the Shenandoah National Park) and it has plenty of pop in color but takes on a totally different feel when converted to black and white.
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Thanks, +John Balboni.

I don't know if you ever saw the original post but the blur was all captured in camera (it was an interesting rig that included a Manfrotto Magic Arm). The only post processing that happened for this shot was the black and white treatment.

Have a great night, John!
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Discovery Flying By  |  Black and White Version

Today I decided on a shot of Space Shuttle Discovery on display at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum for my #fivedayblackandwhitechallenge . Here's a look at the shot I was considering for today. It was a tough choice but I think I made the right one.

Discovery is one special piece of American history and, although I didn't get a chance to see her launch, I did get to see her fly. This is a shot from her arrival in the Washington, DC area back in 2012 and it's a day I'll never forget.
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It was magical to see Discovery launch. It was a treat to see her landing, to recite her accomplishments doesn't seem real. I've enjoyed every image of her that you've posted, thank you again for this one.
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Hi and thank you for visiting my Google+ page.

I am a photographer and business owner that lives in Virginia near Washington, DC. My business primarily serves clients in the Washington DC area but I travel to do location shoots all over the USA. 

I'm a proud member of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals and I worked as a designer for Ford Design North America. Before design and photography I engineered, installed, operated and maintained huge professional video projection systems.

While photography and photoshop are my business I also enjoy teaching and sharing what I've learned over the years. 

Here on Google+ I'll concentrate on being social person. I hope everyone gets to learn a little about me as I share my thoughts, the status of some of my projects and the occasional picture.

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For anyone interested in an inspired culinary expedition, Zaytinya offers some amazing food served in a Mezza style (numerous small plates of Mediterranean foods). Greece, Turkey and Lebanon are all represented here and the endless supply of fresh bread made for the perfect way to try all the different selections we made. The high ceilings give a unique acoustic signature that makes the place feel full of energy while still allowing you to have an intimate conversation at your table. Overall the experience was a feast for all of my senses and I can't wait to return to continue my exploration of Mediterranean food. Zaytinya is located across the street from the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery and it's one of a myriad of resteraunts operated by local legend José Andrés. I've sampled a number of his eateries and so far I've love them all. Zaytinya just might be my new favorite.
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I stopped in to Jang uh Si Kwang uh Dong on a whim and I walked away pretty happy overall. There was a pretty big language barrier - when we asked what came in a "lunch box" our server pointed to a table sign that was in Korean (and I don't read or speak Korean) - so we took a chance and just ordered. We were rewarded with a huge quantity of food with a great amount of variety. I left pretty full and very happy with the experience. Some day I'll have to get back to try some of their Korean BBQ.
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Normally we take our dog, Peaches, to Town & Country Animal Hospital but we wanted to see our regular vet earlier than normal (he works at both locations). The service was as good as we expect and Dr. Hall gave our girl his usual top notch care. Soon they'll have 24 hour service so this will definitely be our first choice in a pet emergency.
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Without a doubt this is the best bulk candy store I've ever experienced! So far everything I've tried has been first class and super fresh. I especially love their selection of gummy candy which tastes considerably fresher than any gummy candy I've ever had. The only complaint I could offer is that it's not very big so when it's busy it's difficult to get around. But don't let that stop you from giving them a try. If you ask me it's worth a little inconvenience to get some killer candy.
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This was a pretty lucky find for me and I couldn't be happier to have a local supplier of fresh roasted Kona and Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee. If you really love coffee then there's nothing like getting coffee this fresh. The staff was super friendly, the prices were more than reasonable and the coffee was top notch. I can't wait to get back and try some more of their offerings.
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I've tried like heck to be patient with this place but enough is enough. Same day appointments with a particular stylist are almost impossible to get and it's not uncommon for me to wait hours for a simple haircut (if I can get one at all). Typically I get told that I can get a hair cut in an hour or two but that never seems to be the case. Expect four to five hours (if you're lucky) if you have a stylist you want to wait for. And don't be surprised if you get told that you have to come back another day. There's just no winning with this place. As much as I like the atmosphere and the stylists I can't get the same person more than once (unless I want to wait forever or come back another day). The place is anything but cheap so getting inconvenienced makes no sense to me. If I could give this place zero starts I would...
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reviewed 3 months ago
Great pizza and great subs! Tony's is definitely one of my favorite places to grab a quick bite to eat when I'm in the Fair Lakes Shopping Center.
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