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"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."
~ Eleanor Roosevelt




I made another trip to the garden today, and observed this lovely purple tulip standing proudly all by itself. I was experimenting a little, and ended up with this happy accident, almost straight out of the camera. I couldn't believe the vivid colors and beautifully smooth bokeh. While I didn't nail the focus exactly the way I wanted, I kind of liked the dreamy mood, so I decided to keep it.




+Moody Monday curated by +Philip Daly +Annelies Jansen #moodymondayphoto 
+PurpleCircle curated by +Lynn Langmade +Sinead Sam McKeown +Craig Szymanski +Alexis Coram #PurpleCircle 
+HQSP Flowers curated by +Anja Wessels +* +Melania Pierce +Kanlaya Chungsangornpornsuk +Wayne Lu +Iva Pas #hqspflowers 
+FLOWER POWER curated by +Edith Kukla #flowerpower #flowerphotography   #floralphotography   #googleplusphotos   #googleplusphotographers  
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NEVER apologize for being away shooting :)
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"The supreme accomplishment is to blur the line between work and play."
~ Arnold J. Toynbee


I thought about calling this image "Poppies by Moonlight", but then I'd have to confess that this was shot in the middle of the afternoon under full sun. And those big, beautiful balls of #bokeh  are from ripples on the fountain in the background. It was quite a bit of trial and error, getting the exposure right, but allowing for a bit of mood as well. It's definitely not as sharp as I'd normally prefer, but at the moment I'm auditing a course on "intentional blur", and as such have been experimenting with a variety of shutter speeds and other camera settings to achieve a different artistic expression. In my experience, sometimes there are a lot of happy accidents when you're playing around, trying to get the feel of a new technique. So I figured it couldn't hurt to share a few of these along the way, so you can observe my journey into unknown territory...

For those of you that love #bokehphotography  as much as I do, you already know I'm in good company with the other #bokeholics  like +Leo Deegan +Paul Moody +Robin Griggs Wood +paula contreras +Kathleen Kent +Wesly Smith +Angie Smith and many more.

Last but not least, when speaking of experimentation there is no better teacher than +Alan Shapiro who advises taking risks and going all out to "make big glorious mistakes." After all, this is how we learn and grow, and also develop our own unique styles. So in the spirit of honoring those who encourage boldly embracing your inner artist, please join me in wishing +Alan Shapiro a very Happy Birthday today. 


+FloralFriday curated by +Tamara Pruessner +Beth Akerman +Eustace James +Kiki Nelson #floralfriday 
+HQSP Flowers curated by +Anja Wessels +kaatje jansen +Melania Pierce +Kanlaya Chungsangornpornsuk +Wayne Lu +Iva Pas #hqspflowers 
+Poppy Pics curated by +Rosie Nixon #poppypics 
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Congratulations! HQSP thinks your work is great and you have been included in the May +HQSP Gold collection for this shot!

*Well done, please check out the other winning shots on +HQSP Gold  

Regards +Heiko Köster (+107773073025291449903)
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+Shannon Adelson You are welcome. :)
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Check out this amazing workshop from +Alex Lapidus​. I wish I had time to do this myself, because I'm sure it's going to be incredible!

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Signup here for Blurs and Unsharp Photography: Guided Play 2015

This is a special program on the art and weird science of motion blurs, intentional camera movement, long exposures, and much more, offered through the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers.  I will be taking on a small group of people for an eight week online mentorship program which will include lessons, assignments, and informal discussions. This is going to be huge fun, and a great learning experience!

To me, blurs and unsharp photography have represented a new dimension of artistic freedom – a fresh and joyous way to play with light, color, form… and sometimes their absence.  My hope is to inspire some of you to find more of that joy in your own photography, and to offer some techniques, tips and tools to help, along with plenty of practice!

My own photography has benefited enormously from mentorships and coaching offered by +Nathan Beaulne, +Robin Griggs Wood, +Darryl Van Gaal, +Sairam Sundaresan and others here on G+, and I’ve had the chance to assist with a number of additional programs and now to serve as a director of the overall Mentorship Program along with Robin and +Ron Clifford; I’m delighted to have the opportunity to offer my own favorite subject once again!  To add to the fun, I've invited the people who participated in and assisted with last year's program to help out this time around, so we'll have all of that fabulous experience in the group.

We’ll be covering a range of topics, including not just how to take certain kinds of images (and sometimes why), but also tools in post-processing and phone apps.  My goal is to be able to offer the program to you regardless of the tools you use to capture (or process) images – DSLRs, mirrorless cameras, point & shoot cameras, or Apple or Android smartphones ().  You’ll need to be familiar with the manual operation of any camera, have at least a basic understanding of the Exposure Triangle, and have time to take at least 100-200 photos per week (because practice with your hands will be key to some techniques; just knowing how won’t be enough).  You’ll also need to spend quality time in a (private) community supporting, enjoying, learning from and teaching your fellow participants!

Selections will be announced on Monday, May 11 (I’m in U.S. Pacific time: UTC - 8:00), and the first lesson will be posted on Thursday, May 14.  The program will run eight weeks, through July 9.

These are the selection criteria:

• You must be taking and publicly posting your own photographs regularly here on G+ –– at least a public photo post every three days, and more is better (the program 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 on G+, as you will be expected to participate in this program giving feedback and comments to others.
• You must have the time available to participate in this workshop.

To be considered for selection, please answer the following questions, on the main post only, here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+AlexLapidus/posts/Uv4ChbSaMXa  (your application will not be seen at any reshares).  Please note that signups are not first-come, first-served, and comments will remain open for at least a few days, so please don’t worry if you’re not first in line.

1) Cameras (including smartphones) you expect to use in the program
2) Photo editing software and apps used most
3) Aspirations within photography
4) Previous art studies 
5) Amount of time you have available for participation

EXAMPLE ANSWERS
1) Nikon D3100 and iPhone 4S
2) Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop, Snapseed
3) To sell prints of my work
4) I have no previous art studies
5) I do have a job and two kids, but I will make the time for this 


() There is at least one topic I may be unable to address if you’re using a point&shoot camera or smartphone alone (call it half of one of the eight weeks).  The ideal combination would be DSLR or mirrorless plus a phone, and if you use only a P&S it needs to be capable of full manual shooting (shutter speed, aperture and ISO).
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Here's my first #tulip  photo of the 2015 season.

For +Measie Elizabeth and the rest of the #TulipSaturday  crew.
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I love it when people use their Art for social and environmental awareness. I don't usually share things like this, but I'm gonna make an exception, because +Bearman Cartoons​ always gives so much back to the G+ community. Please check out his post, and help spread the word about this effort!
 
2015  BEARMAN CHARITY CHALLENGE STARTS TODAY  Please spread the word

For every new G+ follower I net till the end of May, I will donate $1 to charity.

Click the link for additional ways to get me to donate money: http://beartoons.com/2015/05/01/bearman-cartoons-charity-challenge-2015/

I donate money for your actions This is the seventh year I have done this. I will donate MY money (up to $1500) when people do different things including following me on G+, Blogging about the challenge, and cartoonists including me in their regular strip.

Plus anyone that donates money in honor of Bearman Cartoons to http://crayons2computers.org, I will match that donation up to $500.

I don't usually ask people to share my posts, but this one will help spread the word on some great causes I am supporting including:

Red Cross efforts in Nepal https://www.redcross.org
Brandon C Gromada Head and Neck Cancer Foundation http://www.gromadacancerfndn.org/
Crayons to Computers: http://www.crayons2computers.org/

Challenge will run till the end of May. Thanks for all your engagement and support.   I plan on trying to keep up on all the public reshares (can't tell if you shared privately) of this post and give a special circle share to my followers who do so at the end of the month.
Details the seventh annual Bearman Cartoons Challenge at beartoons.com where Bearman donates his own money to charity when his readers do certain things.
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MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND 2015

As we get ready to attend pool openings and BBQ picnics, let us take a moment to remember the loved ones whose lives were lost defending our freedoms. I went to a parade this morning where there were men and women of the Armed Forces marching with pride, veterans of many previous engagements that still honor the uniform through service to their communities. Although I live in a very small town, the streets were lined with flags, at least one in every yard along the main road. So please join me in taking a moment to appreciate the great sacrifices made by those heroic veterans.

#america   #americanflag   #patriotic   #memorialday   #memorialdayweekend   #honor   #veterans   #military   #happymemorialday   #mdw   #neverforget   #army   #navy   #airforce   #marines   #servicemembers  
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That anticipating smile says it all +Shannon Adelson  Great capture.
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"The most difficult thing for me is a portrait. You have to try and put your camera between the skin of a person and their shirt."
~ Henri Cartier-Bresson





+PortraitTuesday curated by +Laura Balc +Tana Teel #PortraitTuesday 
+HQSP Portraits curated by +Anja Wessels +Heiko Köster +Frank Nöthe #HQSPPortraits 
#model   #modeling   #modelphotography   #glamour   #googleplusphotos   #googleplusphotographers  
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Sounds like a great experience, Shannon.
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"I'm crazy and I don't pretend to be anything else."
~ Rihanna


For the #MacroMonday  mini-theme of "loopy" I selected this unusual vine. I'm particularly fond of these curious #curlytwists , but rarely have the opportunity to shoot them. Curators of the MM theme include +Sandra Parlow+Jeff Moreau+Julie B and +Wendy Baker.



+HQSP Macro curated by +Anja Wessels +Terrie Gray +Stefanie Schächtel +Igor Schevchenko +Ernest Fdez. +Thies Groden #hqspmacro 
 +MacroAddict curated by +Sandrine Berjonneau +Didier Caron #macroaddict  
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aww, thank you +Christina Lihani​ 😀
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"Sometimes we should express our gratitude for the small and simple things like the scent of the rain, the taste of your favorite food, or the sound of a loved one's voice."
~ Joseph B. Wirthlin




Fridays are #bokehlicious , and so I celebrate by sharing some #bokehphotography  with my fellow #bokeholics : +Leo Deegan +Paul Moody +Robin Griggs Wood +paula contreras +Kathleen Kent +Wesly Smith +Angie Smith and many more...


  
+ColorsOnFriday curated by +Karsten Meyer +Britta Rogge #ColorsOnFriday 
+FloralFriday curated by +Tamara Pruessner +Beth Akerman +Eustace James +Kiki Nelson #floralfriday 
+HQSP Flowers curated by +Anja Wessels +Krystina Isabella Brion +Melania Pierce +Kanlaya Chungsangornpornsuk +Wayne Lu +Iva Pas #hqspflowers 
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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!

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I'm also involved in the Public Circles Project
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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

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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.  http://goo.gl/DU11W
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