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As usual, the +Landscape Photography team has shared a bunch of amazing pics over the last week, and this sort of 'Best Of...' for the week is a terrific sample of what you can find if you follow the page.
 
Landscape Photography Best of the Week!!!

Congratulations to all those great photographers whose photographs have been selected this week by the curators of +Landscape Photography  #LandscapePhotography including +Doug Hagadorn +Eric Drumm  +Dave Gaylord and +Margaret Tompkins !!  This is just a sampling of the inspirational photographs that you will see!!

Do you want to be a part of this collection?  Share one of your best landscape photographs to the +Landscape Photography theme.  Add the names of some of the curators and get one of them to share your photo to the theme page!!  Each week we will share some of the awesome photographs of those whose photos have been selected to be shared to the theme page!!  They’re picky so share only you’re very best!!  Good luck!!  Be sure to share and follow these great folks.  They’re the Best of the Week!  

We have some wonderful new photographers this week!!  Congratulations on having your photographs selected for the +Landscape Photography page.  If you enjoy this collection, please share it with your friends!!

Check out all the great photographs at +Landscape Photography !!  Get inspired!!!  Share and Enjoy!!
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Bodie Island Lighthouse 0005, 07/10/2015
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Spent the best part of the last week on the Outer Banks. The first part of the trip started last weekend when I joined a great group of shooters in a workshop put on by the +Mountains To Sea Workshops led by +Alistair Nicol , +Tommy White, and special guest instructor +Athena Carey . What a great time with a great bunch of folks only too willing to share their vast knowledge.

This shot is from the first evening of our workshop, and is one of several lighthouses we visited while in the OBX. I'll have more of this one from after sunset when the stars came out, but was happy to capture these clouds seemingly leaping out of the light.

Hope you enjoy!

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#artistphotographeramateurorprofessional +Artist , photographer , amateur or professional curated by +jany viala +Krzysztof Felczak +Chauvin Gene and +Dorma Wiggin

#themagicoflight Curators +Ray Bilcliff +Paul Stein +The Magic of Light

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+Margaret Tompkins Thank you so much for the kind words and the reshare. As always, much appreciated! 
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Wonderful idea. Cheap alternatives are always a good thing!
 
The Black Card Technique - the cheap gradual ND filter alternative

If you have an ND filter, there is no need to get an additional graduated ND filter for darkening down, for example, the sky in your photos. A remarkably simple technique will allow you to mimic a graduated ND filter and even be much more flexible: Just use a black card and cover the respective parts during a long exposure.

Here's a video by +Hannes Nitzsche  to show you how it's done.
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Here's a really good read for beginner, and even advanced, photographers. 

I'll never understand why so many shooters get so wrapped up in looking at EXIF data. There is really just so little to be learned from that, it's just not worth the time some folks spend viewing it.

By contrast, reading, understanding, and putting info like that Ian Plant has pulled together here into practice is SO much better a learning experience.
 
If you haven't done so already, download my FREE ebook "Essential", packed with plenty of photography tips and techniques. http://www.ianplant.com/blog/pro-photographer-shares-secrets-to-taking-great-photos
Acclaimed photographer Ian Plant shares pro secrets in this FREE EBOOK. Learn tips and techniques for taking better photos.
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Looks like some good info here.
 
Being a photographer in the digital age presents a number of excellent advantages along with a collection of new concerns. Sharing your images with the wor
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Tremont 066, 05/01/2015
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Never tire of shooting the Tremont area of Great Smoky Mountain Nat'l Park. In the spring, the green moss seems to almost leap off the rocks. Another one from a first weekend of May photo excursion with fellow G+'ers...
  +Travis Rhoads 
  +Jerry Denham 
  +Jim Denham 
  +Curt Fleenor 
Hope you enjoy!

#LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Kevin Rowe +Toshi Nakamura +Bill Wood +Tony Phillips +Jeff Beddow +Krzysztof Hanusiak +Dennis Hoffbuhr +Dave Gaylord +Doug Hagadorn +Eric Drumm  

#artistphotographeramateurorprofessional +Artist , photographer , amateur or professional curated by +jany viala +Krzysztof Felczak +Chauvin Gene and +Dorma Wiggin

#hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape curated by +Michael Garza +Leo Schubert +David D +Mike Hankey +Peter Marbaise +Hans-Juergen Werner +Shannan Crow

#nature   #naturephotography   #naturephotos   #landscape   #landscapephotos   #landscapepicture   #waterfall   #waterfallphotography   #GreatSmokyMountainsNationalPark   #GreatSmokyMountains   #Tremont   #rjwPhotos  
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Spectacular capture, +RJ Wilner!! :-)
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Avalon Pier 0037, 07/14/2015
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A couple weekends ago, I had the great pleasure of attending a workshop in the Outer Banks put on by +Mountains To Sea Workshops w/ instructors +Alistair Nicol , +Tommy White , & special guest +Athena Carey. Big fun, terrific team of instructors , and a great bunch of attendees. What a fun weekend it was!

I stayed in the area for a couple days after it ended to do some add'l shooting and exploration of the area. We had been to Avalon Pier during the first sunrise session with the workshop, and I knew it was a location to which I'd want to return. This image is from that return visit. 

Sunrise is undoubtedly my favorite time of day to shoot. I just love the serenity available at that time of day before the hustle & bustle of 'humanity' kicks into full swing. O-o-o-m-m-m-!

Hope you enjoy!

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#artistphotographeramateurorprofessional +Artist , photographer , amateur or professional curated by +jany viala +Krzysztof Felczak +Chauvin Gene and +Dorma Wiggin

#themagicoflight Curators +Ray Bilcliff +Paul Stein +The Magic of Light

#hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape curated by +Michael Garza +Leo Schubert +David D +Mike Hankey +Peter Marbaise +Hans-Juergen Werner +Shannan Crow

#PhotoManiaUSA is curated by +David Pilasky, +Marjolein Schat, +Kris Rowlands & +Dorma Wiggin

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Beautiful image! +RJ Wilner 
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Please comment &  +1 on the original post ! You can, please  +1, here for selecting +A.P.A.P.Grand talent Thank you! Krzysztof
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Tremont 012, 05/01/2015
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Another one from an early morning hike up the Middle Prong Trail with a group of G+'ers back at the beginning of May. Though I'd been in the Tremont area a couple times on previous trips, I'd never made it to the point of hiking this trail. Many thanks to our morning's 'tour guide', +Jerry Denham for this one. As great as the driveable section of Tremont is for photo ops, this one is just one op after another. And I'm not sure we even hiked a significant portion of the trail.

Anyway, gotta love big green mossy covered rocks and water in motion!

Hope you enjoy!

#LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Kevin Rowe +Toshi Nakamura +Bill Wood +Tony Phillips +Jeff Beddow +Krzysztof Hanusiak +Dennis Hoffbuhr +Dave Gaylord +Doug Hagadorn +Eric Drumm  

#hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape curated by +Michael Garza +Leo Schubert +David D +Mike Hankey +Peter Marbaise +Hans-Juergen Werner +Shannan Crow

#artistphotographeramateurorprofessional +Artist , photographer , amateur or professional curated by +jany viala +Krzysztof Felczak +Chauvin Gene and +Dorma Wiggin

#nature   #naturephotography   #naturephotos   #landscape   #landscapephoto   #GreatSmokyMountainNationalPark   #Tremont   #MiddleProngTrail   #water   #waterfallphotography   #waterfall   #rjwPhotos  
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Thanks to all for all the kind words. Very much appreciated!
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Cades Cove 015, 05/02/2015
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Taking a break from the 'water in motion' shots I've been posting of late....

This one comes from Cades Cove in Great Smoky Mtn National Park. Everyone in our group on the May photo excursion has a take on this one. Initially, we had feared we may have a cloudless sky at sunset, but as luck would have it, we got just enough to add a nice bit of drama.

And though subtle, I found what appears to be a bit of low level ground fog behind & to the side of the tree a nicely interesting element. And I could be devious and tell you it was exactly that. But in reality, it was the result of cars having driven down the dusty Hiatt Lane and given just enough time to drive out of the scene. I actually got to the point of timing my shots to catch the sun in a good position with the passing of the car(s). 'Ok, bring on the fog generators!' became my mantra each time the sun was kind enough to 'burst' for me. :)

What a fun trip, and a particularly fun evening! Five of us all scattered about in this field all shooting basically the same scene, and yet all coming up with a different take. And in between concentrating on getting 'the shot', the group chatter kept things light and fun.

Compatriots on this evening.... +Travis Rhoads , +Jerry Denham , +Jim Denham , & +Curt Fleenor 

Hope you enjoy!

#LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Kevin Rowe +Toshi Nakamura +Bill Wood +Tony Phillips +Jeff Beddow +Krzysztof Hanusiak +Dennis Hoffbuhr +Dave Gaylord +Doug Hagadorn +Eric Drumm  

#themagicoflight Curators +Ray Bilcliff +Paul Stein +The Magic of Light

#artistphotographeramateurorprofessional +Artist , photographer , amateur or professional curated by +jany viala +Krzysztof Felczak +Chauvin Gene and +Dorma Wiggin

#hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape curated by +Michael Garza +Leo Schubert +David D +Mike Hankey +Peter Marbaise +Hans-Juergen Werner +Shannan Crow

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Tom Branch Falls, 05/04/2015
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If you have been to Great Smoky Mtn National Park and visited the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, you may be familiar with 'The Land of a Thousand Drips' stop.

Well, this ain't that. :) As the post title indicates, this is the Tom Branch Falls in the Deep Creek area of GSMNP. But I couldn't help but think of the Land of a Thousand Drips as I stood and observed this falls while framing up the shot. The name would have been perfectly appropriate for this one....at least on this morning. Watching this one was a little reminiscent of watching an alpine skier on a moguls run. The water just kinda danced down the rock façade, and bounced off every ledge it could find.

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   ^ What the heck does that mean?!?!

Just that the tools a photographer uses, the settings used in any individual photograph, and the processing methodology used are necessary parts of the creation of the 'performance' (to borrow from Ansel Adams) of an image. But only that.

Talk to me about the image itself.....it's strong points, it's weak points, it's composition or lighting, any emotions it evokes, and we can talk forever. Talk to me about the camera used to make the image or settings used, and watch me s-n-O-R--E-!

Though I have an appreciation for any well crafted 'performance', I tend to follow Landscape photographers mostly, some architectural, with an occasional wildlife or street shooter thrown in.

My own work shared here on G+ is almost exclusively some variation of the 'Landscape' genre. I wish the time existed to delve into others, but available time is barely sufficient to quench the thirst for landscapes.

My photographic bucket list would include generation of 2 books....one an 'Out My Front Door' making full of images taken on my own 1.3 acres of property, and the 2nd a 'My Fifty States' concoction with at least one high quality image shot in each of the 50 states that make up the USofA. The latter is not a 'patriotic' thing.....just something I believe would be a satisfying personal achievement.

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