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Looking for patterns in these raindrops on the train.

+Al Chris+Lauri Novak#bwproject2016
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A blank wall where ivy used to be for week 8/26 in the #bwproject2016, Texture.

With +Lauri Novak +Al Chris +The B&W Project

ETA: HAH, take that GOOGLE! I have overcome your ability to hide Al Chris from me!
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#bwproject2016 +Lauri Novak And Al Chris who I can never tag.

Topic 7: Baker's Dozen/13

I knew I wanted to shoot this subway stop as soon as I saw the theme.

It's luck that this mother and son posed so nicely for me with that fake family in the background, but it's also true that luck favors the prepared, and I'm glad I was ready to capture this as soon as I saw it!

I actually had a stress dream last night that I accidentally posted this in color and then couldn't find the b&w version to replace it...the mom has a red jacket on, and one of the figures in the back has red as well, so it really worked well in color too...
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Here is my whole album from the +Chrysta Rae 17th Round Scavenger Hunt.

If you've been watching the reveals and wondering if you should get involved - YOU SHOULD! It's so much fun and I've expanded my skill set each round to better learn how to make that image in my head into reality.

This last round I signed up to mentor with +Derek Kind and it was awesome. He was so incredibly helpful, he nudged me this way and that way to push my photos to the next level. So a particular thank you to +Derek Kind this time around!

Tomorrow at 12pm mountain time are the sign ups on +Chrysta Rae's profile, follow her if you want to join in the fun!

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You're welcome, thanks for being a great mentoree and congrats on the album! :D
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Today is the day, go and sign up on +Lauri Novak's post!
The How Do You See? mentorship is ready for sign-ups!

This is a special program for those who are looking to add that little extra umph to their images by looking at the world around them in a different way through the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers.

I will be taking on a limited number of people for a 6 week online mentorship program which will include lessons, assignments, and informal discussions. Everyone who participates can have fun and learn at the same time!

I have been taking photos for 40ish years (you do the math). It’s a passion and one of the things that has remained consistent throughout is my ‘photographic eye’. One of the questions I get asked most often is “how did you see that”? In college, on a trip to Greece I was shooting a flower coming through a fence when one of my fellow travelers asked what I was shooting, my reply: Don’t you SEE that? The answer was no of course they didn’t. I also have a passion for helping others and I’m hoping through this mentorship program I can help you find your photographic eye, to see the world around you in a new and different way and to help you produce images that make your viewer see something in a new way as well.

PLEASE NOTE: This is NOT a technical workshop. You can use any kind of camera - phone - tablet - point and shoot - DSLR and yes, even mirrorless ;). Editing will actually not be allowed for most of this program so editing skills are not needed either! YAY!

Selections will begin March 15th for the mentorship beginning March 20th.

These are the selection criteria:

• You must be taking and posting your own photographs regularly here on G+ –– an absolute minimum of three days between Public posts; more increases your chances of being selected. (The class itself will be private to the group selected except for the option of a public display album of your best work at the end.)
• You must be interactive here at G+, as you will be expected to participate in this program giving feedback and comments to others.
• You have no previous studies in this subject, since this program is designed for those who have not had the opportunity or advantage to add this skill set to their knowledge base.
• You have the time available to participate in this workshop.

To be considered for selection, please comment to the main post only, here:

(your application will not be seen at any reshares) and answer the following questions in your comment:

1) Photography skill level
2) Photo editing software used most
3) Favorite three subjects to photograph
4) Aspirations within photography
5) Current job or profession
6) Previous art studies
7) Amount of time you have available for participation

1) Intermediate hobby photographer
2) Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop CS3
3) Trees, landscapes, waterfalls
4) To sell prints of my work
5) Full-time grocery store clerk
6) I have no previous art studies
7) I do have a job and two kids, but I will make the time for this

The +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers is run by program directors +Robin Griggs Wood +Ron Clifford and +Alex Lapidus
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Here is day 10 of the reveals for the +Chrysta Rae Scavenger Hunt. Today's word is "white". If you've been enjoying and want to play along, there are details in this final release post of how to sign up for the next round!
Well, this is it - DAY TEN of REVEALS
for the 17th Round of the +Chrysta Rae Photography Scavenger Hunt.

By now you all know what the Scavenger Hunt is, so I won't bore you with details on this post. However, if you don't know and are interested, just look at another album for details!

Day Ten of reveals is always full of the "happy-sads":
Sad this round is over, but excited for the next round to begin!!

And this next round will be AMAZING.
I am THRILLED to announce that ADOBE is sponsoring 
the 18th Round of the Photography Scavenger Hunt. 
That's right, folks. Adobe. ADOBE!!! 


They will be a part of our community, 
they will be involved in activities, 
and there WILL be prizes. nodding
This round - you do not want to miss!!

SO, the DATE FOR THE 18TH ROUND - Brought to you by ADOBE - SIGNUPS ARE ON:
MONDAY, MARCH 14th at 12 NOON (mountain time zone)

So that means you set your alarms, or you find yourself a reliable proxy that will be on MY PROFILE PAGE at 12 noon and watch for the official sign up post. I have a feeling this one might go fast, so make a note!

That said - here is our final album, our WHITE album.
1 word seen 252 different ways.

(none of the photos included in the album were taken by me. Each is taken by a different photographer involved in the 17th round of the scavenger hunt - All copyrights apply.)

Cover image by +Dana Finster 
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Here is my entry for the word "Amused" in the Scavenger Hunt!

ETA - the funny thing about this one is that I was stuck, really, really, really stuck on this word. This idea came to me out of the blue and right at the very end so I was really rushing to get it done, but as it turns out it's one of my favorites this round.

And thank you to +Derek Kind for letting me use his name here :)
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Thank you +Justine King!! :)) 
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I spent yesterday working on one of my photos from last fall from our trip to Watkins Glen, NY. Gosh it was just lovely there. I'm looking forward to going back there someday.

#LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Dave Gaylord +Eric Drumm +Jeff Beddow +David D +Bill Wood +Tim Newton +Chandler L. Walker +Ronald Varley +Hamid Dastmalchi +Sylvia Ting +AJ Lim +Krzysztof Felczak

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Playing around on my phone on the subway again.

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#bwproject2016 +The B&W Project +Lauri Novak and Al Chris

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Thank you +John Dusseault!
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Check out this amazing mentorship opportunity with +Lauri Novak! Stay tuned for details!
A new mentorship is on it's way!
How Do You See?

Over the last 4 or so years I have been a member of several of the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers programs both as a mentee and also as a helper/cheerleader. These programs are one of the reasons I’ve grown so much as a photographer and also met so many amazing people who I call friends.

It’s my turn to Pay It Forward! I will be leading my very own mentorship program based around one of the questions I have been asked the most over my photographic life; “How did you see that?”


The sign ups will begin Wednesday March 9th around 7:00am CST and end Tuesday, March 15th at 9:00pm CST right here on my profile and will explain a little more about what the program will be about!

+Robin Griggs Wood +Alex Lapidus +Ron Clifford (for whatever reason it's not letting me or pulling up the G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers to tag). 
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Find the open window, follow the road less traveled, do things that take your breath away and make your heart sing, and always, always dance. Be exactly who you were meant to be. And if you're me, that includes using the Oxford Comma. :)

My world is divided into moments of time. In each of those individual moments I see details that make up relationships, that imply, that insinuate, and that connect disparate elements. These moments, when gathered and distilled, can tell exquisite stories. My goal as a photographer is to reveal the stories that people pass by, unsuspecting. Through photography, I collect these moments and present them as a way to communicate what I see, a way to tell the stories that I see beneath the surface of everyday life.