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Shannon Adelson
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Musician | Photographer | Social Media Enthusiast

By day I work in Business Development & Marketing for an online retailer.  Some of the sandboxes I get to play in include Email Marketing, Affiliate Management, Social Media Marketing, Copy Writing, Copy Editing, Proofreading, SEO, and Google Analytics.

At night and on weekends I prefer a more creative playground, where I can experiment with Digital Photography & Photoshop.  I take my camera with me everywhere I go, but am finally starting to learn to take fewer shots and instead compose images before clicking the shutter.  As time permits, I enjoy sharing images in the +Daily Photography Themes.  I met a number of amazing photographers in this community, and constantly find new inspiration. Want to know what we talk about? Thanks to +Jari Huomo you can easily browse through some of the best conversations from my page.

Other places you might occasionally find me online include Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Klout just to name a few.

I regularly participate in +Chrysta Rae’s Photography Scavenger Hunt, which I highly recommend not only for learning more about your own photography, but for making lots of new friends.  Here are just a few of the incredible people with whom I have the pleasure of interacting: +Chrysta Rae +Alan Shapiro +Kimberly Pemberton +Gary Munroe +Mel Peifer +Eustace James +Gilmar Smith +Mark Rodriguez +LaDonna Pride +GeneBowker If you are interested in learning more about the Hunt, and perhaps wish to view some photos from the latest adventure, check out this post!

I'm also involved in the Public Circles Project

If you appreciate Creativity, and want to fill your stream with Art and Beauty, make sure you circle:

+Louisa Catharine Forsyth +Ray Bilcliff +Christina Lawrie +Vivienne Gucwa +Mihailo Radičević

Learn about the Public Circles Project:

The original post already reached the 500-comment limit, so a new post has been started by +JarekKlimek.

And if you are new to G+, and need assistance getting started, this amazing resource from +Paul Spoerry aggregates a number of extremely helpful resources all in one place.

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I've been a vegetarian for nearly 20 years now. I have lived in over 15 States, and have traveled extensively throughout the US.
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Dressed for Danger

Two weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending one of the +Drink and Click™ Philadelphia events; and although I didn't get much drinking done that day, I snapped plenty of pics of the cosplay participants in action. Make no mistake, this wasn't a damsel in distress, but a lady pirate --- ready, willing and able to defend her ship.

This month's +Drink and Click™ theme is B&W Portraiture, and there are even prizes being offered by the sponsors:
+Think Tank Photo and +ViewBug - Photo Contests 
Make sure you take a moment to check out all the other wonderful entries from events across the country and beyond by clicking through to the event page below...

Many thanks to +Rachael Switalski+Jeremy Albright and +D. Travis North for spearheading the efforts here in our Philly chapter, keeping our photo walk adventures interesting each month!

+HQSP Portraits curated by +Anja Wessels +Heiko Köster +Maurice Loy #HQSPPortraits
#portraittuesday : +PortraitTuesday curated by +Laura Balc +Tana Teel
#trueportraits +True Portraits Curated by +Ray Bilcliff
#monochromeworld : +Monochrome World curated by +andi rivarola
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that is sweet pirate...wonderful work!
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"A great building must begin with the unmeasurable, must go through measurable means when it is being designed, and in the end must be unmeasurable."
~Louis Kahn

It has been my great pleasure to compete with +April Hill today as we explored the theme "Architecture". Many thanks also to +Tamara Pruessner for the opportunity to participate in her awesome #PhotographyDeathMatch  theme. It has been a huge learning experience for me, and I'm grateful I got to absorb so much about a new genre. Although at times during the previous week it felt like cramming for final exams, I'm finally able to say I'm happy with how things turned out, and I look forward to further investigating this niche in the future.

If you missed our previous bouts today, here's a recap with links to all of the posts:

+April Hill 
Round One

Round Two

Round Three

+Shannon Adelson 
Round One

Round Two 

Round Three

#architecture   #architecturephotography   #architectureyesterdayandtomorrow   #philadelphia   #cityhall   #monochromeworld   #monochromephotography  
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Thank you so much! +Yasmin Simpson It was a little weird at first (shooting something that wasn't people or flowers), but I think I eventually got the hang of it...
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"I call architecture frozen music."
~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Today I have the pleasure of participating in my very first Photography Death Match. About a week ago when +Tamara Pruessner assigned the category "Architecture" I was terrified, having never shot a single frame in this genre. I spent hours looking for tutorials on YouTube, and Googling examples of established photographers to better understand this niche.

Like my opponent +April Hill I was challenged by Mother Nature throwing obstacles in our way. On Monday I spent the morning in Wilmington, Delaware trying to find a shot between raindrops. But the rain never let up, and when I got home to look at the images on the computer, they were all "craptastic". (Many thanks to +Christina Lawrie for enlightening me about that fabulous phrase.)

Tuesday I spent the afternoon in Baltimore, but heavy winds and stormy skies continued to plague my outdoor adventures. I had a few monuments and landmarks that I wanted to perhaps include in this challenge, but alas, returned home with nothing I could be proud of.

So when Wednesday arrived (the day before the match), I knew I had to get something rain or shine. I traveled to Philadelphia in hopes of finding my muse, and finally got some decent weather to work with. So the attached shot is from yesterday in Philly. This staircase is at the entryway to the Union League club on Broad Street.

After a week of waiting nervously, the battle has begun...
#PhotographyDeathMatch  "Architecture #1"

Please take a moment and click on over to see the opening punch from my opponent +April Hill as we continue our sparring throughout the day today. Her approach was quite clever, and in addition to thinking outside the box, she also included a very informative Wiki link to understand more about the nuts and bolts of our topic. The direct link to her first post is here:

+Architectural Visions curated by +Joel Tjintjelaar +Julia Anna Gospodarou #ArchitecturalVisions
+ARCHITECTURE YESTERDAY - TOMORROW curated by +Edith Kukla #architectureyesterdayandtomorrow
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I don't recall if I had a tripod or not, since I haven't processed it, it likely means that it was not all that great, or like 80% of my photos, I just haven't gotten around to it yet. :)
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Good Morning, Plus Peeps!

Today we celebrate the Birthday of a wonderful photographer from Vietnam, +Mai Huong. For the last couple of years I've had the pleasure of enjoying her beautiful images in my stream, while learning more about her culture. She is definitely gifted with an eye for photography, finding beauty in everything around her. Even seemingly mundane subjects take on a special character once in front of her lens. 

Here are just a few of my favorites:

Portrait of an Old Man

Puppy in the Woods

California Seascape

PlusOne Collection Portrait

River Reflection

If Mai isn't already in your Circles, head on over there now and check out her wonderful selection of imagery.

Happy Birthday! +Mai Huong 

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It's not always Black and White...

Well, sometimes it is! Once in a while you find someone in your stream with just the right combination of humor and humility, beautiful imagery joined by warm and friendly narrative. And at that moment you just know you are better off for having that person around you.

+Marilyn Benham is definitely one such lady, and I am grateful to be able to call her friend. I think we first met back in 2011 while participating in the (now World-famous) Scavenger Hunt created by +Chrysta Rae.  Then I discovered she was also a fan of +CreativeLive, one of my favorite pastimes for learning to improve the way I shoot and share pictures. And now we sit in the same (virtual) classroom as we both learn from and complete assignments given by our amazing mentor +Jake Johnson

Evolving as an artist can often be a lonely and frustrating process. But when you have friends like Marilyn around, you just know that as hopeless as any individual moment may seem, failure simply isn't an option. She is a superb cheerleader, always there with a kind and encouraging word. If you need a bouncing board for one of those crazy ideas that just seems too weird to work, she'll listen intently without judgement. And if all that wasn't enough for me to adore this woman, we both share a passion for music that far predates our obsession with photography.

If you don't already have +Marilyn Benham in your stream, then click through right now and add her to your Circles. Here are just a few of my favorites to get you started...

"Pair of Sparrows"

"Hummingbird Buffet"

"Dandelion Dreams"

"Floral Reflection"

Marilyn has an incredibly joyful spirit, and will add a smile to your day, whether you knew you needed it or not! 

Happy Birthday! +Marilyn Benham

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For #monochromemonday curated by +Charles Lupica +Bill Wood +Hans Berendsen
For #minimalmonday curated by +Olivier Du Tré
For the #breakfastclub curated by +Stuart Williams

Happy Monday all you wonderful Peeps out there!! (((hugs)))
Daylight Illumination

During my walk through the City of Philadelphia on Wednesday, I came across this unusual lamp post, and immediately thought of +Nancy Battis Vita so I grabbed a quick snap to add for her #lamppostlove  theme. 

We are headed to DC tomorrow to enjoy the Cherry Blossom festival. Hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!
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I prefer it like this to the entire face +Shannon Adelson :)
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"Architecture begins where engineering ends."
~Walter Gropius

As you might have heard already, I am in the ring today with opponent +April Hill as we compete in the #PhotographyDeathMatch  for the theme: ARCHITECTURE. This is another shot from downtown Philadelphia. I'm sure you can imagine that a busy City street during a weekday has all kinds of traffic, both pedestrian and vehicle. So I had to be patient, and crouch near the ground for quite some time, waiting for the perfect moment when neither people nor cars blocked my path. Here is the result of that effort. Hope you like it!

I tried a version of this in B&W, but the blue sky and the brick building reflected from the background made me want to keep the color. I never knew there were so many beautiful buildings here, until I was forced to look at them in a different way (from behind the lens). I can't think how many times I must've driven by places like this and never given it a second look...

This is Round Two.
You can see the corresponding shot from +April Hill here:

And if you are just learning about the competition now, feel free to browse through our previous one here:

Round One between +April Hill and myself....



Many thanks to +Tamara Pruessner for creating this event/theme, and encouraging us all to branch out beyond our comfort zones and adventure into unexplored territory. If you think this is something you might like to try also, make sure and check out Tam's community. You can ask for an invitation here:
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Leading Lines are apparently a major component in both photography and architecture +Tamara Pruessner so I simply had to include at least one example, right?
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Oh yeah, "creepy" is definitely the right word for it. Imagine walking down the street and seeing these guys on the other side of the crosswalk? Thank goodness it was for the cosplay event in town.... This was yet another image from our recent photo walk in New Hope (PA) during the +Drink and Click™ Philadelphia event visiting the Steampunk Fantasy Faire.
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If the Steampunk Pirates come gunnin' for YOU...


This is Fredrick ‘Fritz’ Gerstein, from the Rhode Island acting troupe The Pirate Crew of the Dead Rabbit. To learn more about the members and their performances, check them out on the web.
or their FB page

#steampunk   #steampunkfashion   #cosplay   #cosplayer   #cosplayphotography   #fantasy   #sciencefiction  
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+Vincent Mo I'm not sure how to do that. I'll PM you a copy of the pic, so you can give me your educated opinion. Thanks!
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