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"With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith, we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day."

- Martin Luther King, Jr
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Great photo Monico!
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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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the Sorcerer's Hat  |  Disney's Hollywood Studios

When I heard that some very good friends of mine were visiting Disney World this weekend I realized that I haven't shared many shots from my recent Disney World adventure.

Here's a quick shot of the (soon to be removed) Sorcerer's Hat at Disney's Hollywood Studios.
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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!
 
Yosemite questions? We've got answers. http://sm.wacom.com/HDHk
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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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There are some people in this world who you can't help but just love. For me +Kalebra Kelby is just such a person.

She's an amazing person who I'm lucky enough to have met in person and, even though it was a brief meeting, she has all the warmth and kindness that you hope a person you admire has. She's definitely the real deal!

Kalebra is an artist, a master story teller, one amazing iPhone photographer and someone who one of my favorite photographers (a man named +Scott Kelby) talks about with a smile that speaks volumes. That's a pretty awesome resume if you ask me.

Now Kalebra has a blog and I'm sure it's going to be as awesome as her numerous posts here on Google+. Be sure to check out her post below and then head over to see what she's up to on her blog (which has one of the coolest names EVER). If you're not a fan yet I'm sure you will be soon enough.

Congrats on the new project, Kalebra!
 
Well, I've gone and done it now—I've started a blog—dang it! I named it...wait for it... “Shot with my trusty iPhone.”  Sorry but I just can't be bothered to think of something else. Hahaha! ;)

For those of you that don't know, I'm a bit of a late bloomer when it comes to social media—I've only been engaged with it for about four years. When my husband first tried to set up a Facebook account for me I, literally, freaked out when he said other people (friends of friends, etc.) could read my posts and I had him take it down five minutes after he put it up. After a few months I tried again but I never could quite get into it—I just never connected. Then he mentioned G+! Oooo, me likey. Hahaha! The engagement here is different and because you're here you know exactly what I mean.

Since joining G+ I have branched out to other sites (Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram) but none of the interaction (at least so far) has been like here on G+ and well, dang it, apparently, I have become quite attached to you guys. ;)

Having said all that and in an attempt to keep in touch with you (come what may on any social site) I have started a blog. Ack! LOL! Actually, I'm quite excited about it and the prospect of learning something new. I had A LOT of help from my friend +RC Concepcion and I'm so very grateful for his willingness to teach (imagine that) and also for his patience. Hahaha! —Thank you RC, I couldn't have done it without you! :-)

Now through my own (always present) curiosity, RC's (always present) willingness to help and the mad encouragement I've received from my husband +Scott Kelby and friends like +Karen Hutton , +Barb Cochran, +Kathy Porupski, +Jean Cappello, +lynn hughes and others, I think I'm ready to launch. I have no idea how it fits into everything else right now but I'm game.

A very special and sincere thank you to everyone here on G+ because without you, being so darned charming and fun and all, this next step into a new adventure would have never happened in the first place. 😘

Here's the link. http://www.shotwithmytrustyiphone.com/ now, let's have some (more) fun! ;)
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Oh my goodness Monico—thank you. I'm just overwhelmed but such a nice post—really—thank you. :)
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The Imagination Pavilion  |  Disney's Epcot Theme Park

Here's another new shot from my latest Disney World adventure. This is a shot of the Illuminations fireworks show captured from the Imagination Pavilion (in Epcot).

I've photographed Illuminations from all around the World Showcase but on this night I found a sturdy trash near Journey Into Imagination With Figment and I used a tabletop tripod to capture a few fireworks shots before calling it a night. Here's a look at one of my favorites.
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Illuminations is an excellent show. I hope to get back there next year. Nice photo with the fountain!
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Luke

For me a trip to the +Smithsonian's National Zoo is not complete without a visit to see the big cats. Here's a new shot of the king of the pride, Luke.
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Thank you, +Paul Howard.

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"Yes my teeth and ambitions are bared, be prepared!"

I've been super busy recently but the good news is that it wasn't all work and no play.

Recently I had a chance to visit the happiest place on Earth and I was lucky enough to see some close friends while I was there. I even got to take a Fuji XT-1 for a test drive for two days and I was seriously impressed by the images it produced. Hopefully I'll get some time to share more images and some thoughts on using the Fuji.

This is a quick shot I took at the Disney's Art of Animation Hotel with the Fuji XT-1 (with the 18-55mm lens).
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Nice one Monico!  I assumed you have been very busy the last few weeks (likewise here!).  But some vacation time is a good thing!  I got to handle an XT-1 at PSW.  Control layout and EVF were very nice.  Curious to see your forthcoming comments & photos.
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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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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.

I look forward to getting to know everyone that takes the time to add me to one of their circles.
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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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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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