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Robin Griggs Wood
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The White Seal

While this is clearly a composite, a little anecdote goes with it. We stopped along the coast at a bay inaccessible by humans (who didn't have mountain goat in their lineage) that was overrun with pelicans, seagulls and seals. She was truly the only white seal amongst the crowd and alone on one rock in the middle of the water. There was one of those observation stands where you put a a couple quarters in and you could see everything through huge binoculars. It was the only place to stand that was up above the (darn) fence blocking the lenses of all the photographers there.

There was one guy standing on it when we arrived, with his long lens perched on the tourist binoculars and pointed towards this little white seal. She had her back to everyone. We stayed there quite a while, hoping to find another spot to stand above that (damn) fence and this best shooting spot hogger guy never budged from that spot.

I was about to give up and hike back up to the car and neared the observation stand. The spot hogger guy turned towards me and then climbed down indicating that I could have the spot ... mumbling irritatedly, "Good luck getting her to turn around" and hrrumpfed off.

As soon as I climbed up on the stand and pointed my long lens at her, she turned around––and kept turned around for another few minutes, just staring at me. Ha! I think I get to have the moniker of "seal whisperer" now ... ;o))). It was worth the wait; she had such a sweet face.

About the composite: when I got back home, the rocks in this shot reminded me more of something arctic, so I put the little seal in there and used a rainbow that I'd shot out of the car window on the drive, turned on it's side, for the aurora in the sky.

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This is what I do in +The Arcanum. Got a goal? ... get it realized, with a great group around for support and kudos to boot!
If you're not signed up yet, go fill out an application at today!!
(For the TLDR version ... +Chuck Palmer's goal when he started in the Arcanum: get published! Chuck is published!... with more to come!)
I have been participating in +The Arcanum for a little over a year now. I have such a great learning experience in +Robin Griggs Wood cohort where after completing photographic challenges and assignments, you rise through levels of accomplishment. While pursuing Level 14, Robin challenged me to get published "in the next 30 days".  Well I accepted her challenge. which led me to developing a relationship with the photo editor of our local Life Style Magazine. 

Well I met the challenge in just 15 days back in May. One of my photos was published on the Contents page in the June issue of Space Coast Living Magazine.

Fast forward to September and I am now being given assignments to shoot in our local area in addition to my prior work being routinely considered for monthly articles and calendar event posts. I can hardly believe it. I was published in the September and October issues, and will be published in the November issue. Although I am being paid for my work, getting published was never about the money. It was about getting confirmation that I was producing work that a photo editor would consider publishing. The image below is the intro spread for the feature article... Our Haunted Coast published in the October issue of Space Coast Living. Three other photos of mine were also used in the article.  They even used my composites with added ghosts to 3 of the photos. Hard to believe my composites are being published because I don't consider myself having very accomplished photoshop/composite skills. I am very grateful for the opportunity. 

Lessons Learned - Find yourself a mentor that will challenge you! Thanks to Robin for her encouragement (boot) as well as her coaching over the course of a couple of years now in the MAPP and Arcanum. If you want to be published it is really all about developing a relationship with a photo editor. Giving yourself an assignment or accepting an assignment you have never done before builds skills. Keep saying yes. Deliver more than what is asked of you. It pays off in the long run. 

If you care to see the whole SCL Magazine... here is the link to the on-line version. You will see my photos on page 7, 66, 68, 69, 70, and 92. - 
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Great work Robin, and my best wishes for even more publishing success +Chuck Palmer!
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A big "howdy!" from the California coast. 
Wishing you a week of smooth sailing!

I decided to keep shooting with my long lens all last week (you never know when an opportune #seagullbutt  may present itself ... ;o7) ... so, to get the full vista, this shot was done from a panorama of about 10 images (on the vertical). No mean feat getting it all put together ... ('cuz waves move, ya know ... ;oD). At one point it was a 191 megapixel shot! The original full stitch when finished is still 12698 pixels wide. A little encouragement for those who have smaller cameras––you can still get a lot out of them, you just have to work a bit more for it ... ;o)

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We decided to take a mini vacation, after the big meeting up in San Francisco and take the longer route back down south. All the vistas were a superb rest for the mind, but a charge for the muse.

For +Farm Friday, to say howdy to +Ellie Kennard +Steven Kennard and +Susanne Stelle #farmfriday 

#LandscapePhotography with thanks to +Margaret Tompkins +Jim Warthman +Toshi Nakamura and +Landscape Photography
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Lovin' those #TreyUSA  photowalks!

The San Francisco photowalk is tonight! More at - the last of 13 cities for Trey's Photo Walk across the USA! Come meet up with us!
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The Call of the Wild

California, Pacific Coast, just prior to fusion chicken sopes with a draft micro brew.

There may or may not be a seagull out there somewhere ... ;o)

#LandscapePhotography with thanks to +Margaret Tompkins +Jim Warthman +Toshi Nakamura and +Landscape Photography
#SunsetSaturday with thanks to +Dennis Hoffbuhr
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Oh, and you got the pelicans to come and visit as well, lucky you! 
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+Alex Lapidus and +Linda Villers, thanks for the tip on Davenport ... we saw a great sunset! ... <snicker>. Ultimately, we decided it was probably the wiser choice not to hike down because of all the stuff we had in the car, so this was the sunset I got. However, we did find a nice little coffee house there ... :o)
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It's a spoon! No, it's a bill!
Oh wait, it's both!
Spoonbills –– inspiring the Swiss Army equipment contractors since the 1800s ... ;o)

#waterbirdwednesday with thanks to +Margaret Tompkins and +Water Bird Wednesday
#birds4all curated by +Walter Soestbergen +Ricky L Jones & +Birds4All
#birdloversandwildlife curated by +Robert SKREINER  +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE
#birdsgallery  with thanks to +Heinrich Wagner
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Congratulations! HQSP thinks your work is excellent and you have been included in the October 2015 +HQSP Gold collection for this shot!

Well done, please check out the other winning shots on +HQSP Gold and look out for our gold collection published at the end of each month, or check out our Top G+ share page at where you can vote for your favorite shares :-) 

Best Regards, +Terrie Gray
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We Are Family!

Just a shout out and thank you to the #Gulluminati  and all the folks who continue to play on Saturdays, sharing their #birdybutt  shots and keeping us all grinning. 
No one can deny that these are #SeagullButtsInDisguise ! Sharing a little family moment ... :o)

If you've made it this far, please know that there is NO such photography theme as #SeagullButtSaturday . The following people, sometimes posting to the #FunniestNonthemeOnGplus , are actually the #FunniestNonCuratorsOnGplus .
+Robin Griggs Wood +Ursula Klepper +Christin McLeod +Sassi Sassmannshausen +Lauri Novak +Richard Ball +Craig Szymanski +Melissa Beagle +Ellie Kennard +Cora Triton +Steve Savoie +Pam Wolfe +Joy Mum
+Jon Cassill +Tom McGowan +Annie Irving +Diana Boyd +Debby Moran +Alex Lapidus +Lou McCorkle +Rob Lopes +Kimmetal Smith +Bette Kauffman +Liz C +Jacqueline Hodsdon +Darion Jackman +Steven Kennard +Sharon Stone +Dawn Siadatan +Sumit Sen
+Jasbir S. Randhawa +Gazzaroonii T. +John Wade +Dave Bell +Swee Oh
+Leo Deegan +Nancy Battis Vita +Patrick Kelly +Marilyn Benham +Mari Luukkonen +Lora Lee Chapman +Giselle Savoie +Carin Bruce
+David Q. Cohen +Gernot Glaeser +Maureen Roberson +Brian Grzelewski +cobalt please +Darcee McCutcheon +Annelies Jansen +Rachel Ferris +Margaret Tompkins +Jan Vermeulen +Christi Nielsen
Real themes:
#birds4all curated by +Walter Soestbergen +Ricky L Jones & +Birds4All
#birdloversandwildlife curated by +Robert SKREINER +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE
#birdsgallery with thanks to +Heinrich Wagner

Must-have hashtags (for hackling the hashtag-haters ... ;o)) #SeagullButtSaturday (duh!)
#SeagullButtsInDisguise (for other birds; a fine way to use up all those bird shots you took that are "not quite what you were shooting for" and currently languishing on your hard drive.)
#Gulluminati (what the group of non-curators have come to be known as)
#FunniestNonthemeOnGplus (because, isn't it?! ... ;oD)
#Splatterday (Jasbir's invention, applicable for, ahem, some conditional shots ... ;o7)
#rgwoodpost #Gulluminati #Gullarazzi #FunniestNonthemeOnGplus #googleplusphotos #hqspbirds #birdsgallery
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In the past, I’ve never been much compelled to be very public. However, with the numbers in one private online community I belong to reducing like bills in a shore-leave-sailor’s pocket, a social network is possibly coming to a close for me -- so I am finding the need for an outlet of another kind. Or, maybe I’ve had a minor stroke and don’t know it.

I’m an artist . . . but that’s not saying much, because I believe, and it is something that I have devoted my time heavily to convey, that art expression is an inherent property of human nature. The media may vary, but not the innate disposition.

Those that know me have heard my “talent-as-myth” diatribe all too often, and if you end up tuning in to my posts, you will encounter it soon enough. It is my goal to change the notion, which a great number of people resign to, that one needs to have “talent” to pursue the art they feel or want and am doing this on a daily basis through my program in the G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers.

With that as preface, I will probably devote a portion of my posts to inspiring artists, but I also plan to impart other conceptions that I have about life in general, with the goal of elevating, encouraging, enlivening or energizing those who read them.

Let me begin with this: 

I wish for you the ability to create for yourself all that your heart desires. 


Click here to read "The Care and Feeding of Your Muse" –– a two-part article by Robin Griggs Wood for empowering artists and helping them to overcome creative blocks.


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G+ users I recommend: Pawel Tomaszewicz -- sharp work with a dash of sharp witPatricia Davidson -- beautiful, serene imagesSandra Parlow -- pure delightVictor Bezrukov -- consistent eye-candy posted to your stream. Jay Patel -- stunning images. Carsten Bradley -- puts the fun back into artJennifer L. Meyer -- get your "unbelievably cute drawings" fix here. Jarek Klimek -- Public Circles Project, PhotoExtract Photography Magazine & great posts.


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I've worked for many years, not only as an artist, but mentoring and educating others to help them find their art.
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