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2,000 Kick Ass Photographers on Google+

Part 4 of 4 (Ro-Z)

Part 1 of 4 (A-Ev) here:  http://goo.gl/Z333g
Part 2 of 4 (Ev-La) here:  http://goo.gl/dX7lR
Part 3 of 4 (La-Ro) here:  http://goo.gl/MP1Q2

This is the fourth time since joining G+ almost a year ago that I'm sharing my photographers circle.  I shared it with 500 photographers, 1,000 photographers, 1,500 photographers and now 2,000 photographers.  I have to break my circle up into four 500 photographer circles as that is the G+ limit.  Each day this week (Mon.- Thurs.) I'll share a different circle.  Today is the fourth circle and includes photographers with the last name's Ro-Z. 

A few notes about these circles.  I always get hated on when I share them by people.  Inevitably if I include 2,000 people, I will leave 50,000 people out.  This is not intentional or personal.  This circle is not "the best" photographers on G+ or in the world.  It doesn't mean if you are not in my circle that you are not a "quality" photographer.  

This list is simply photographers that I've stumbled across for whatever reason over the past year and have chosen to follow their work.  In some cases I've gotten to know the photographers in this circle personally -- through photowalks and trips, hangouts, in real life, etc.  Many of these people are or have become my friends.  Most of the photographers in my circle though I don't even know.  They are just people whose work I admire and want to consume -- I hope many are future friends.  :)

I use some objective criteria with this circle but I use a lot of subjective criteria too.  This is, afterall, my own personal circle that I look at and +1 from every single day.  My aesthetic taste and personal preferences may be very, very different than yours.  This is ok.  Art is subjective.  That said, here a breakdown of my own preferences and biases that influence who I add into my circle.

1.  I like people who are active on G+.  If you haven't posted one of your photos in the last month you probably are not in this circle.  I use a script to uncircle inactive people regularly.

2.  I like photographers who mostly post their own photographs.  I dislike clutter and "dumb stuff" in my photographers circle.  Excessive reshares, circle shares, memes, gifs, youtube videos, posts not about photography, web links, etc. make me uncircle or move people to a different circle.  

I also like photographers who regulate how much of their photography they post to their stream.  I don't want to see 50 shots in a row of someone's vacation.  I think about 5 photos max a day feels about right to me.

3.  *Controversial* I dislike signatures and watermarks.  You will find photographers in my circle that use them.  It's just a bias, not a hard and fast rule.  I mostly want this stream to be as watermark/signature free as possible.  I totally understand and respect your reasons and decision for using watermarks/signatures.  I hope you equally respect my decision to not want to consume photos mared up with them.  Please don't turn this into a discussion about watermarks/sigs, I've spent the last 10 years thinking heavily about this issue.  It's just a personal preference and bias.

4.  I like people who are active, positive, helpful, enthusiastic G+ community members.  I dislike people who are rude, mean, complainers, trolls, harrasers, etc.  If you say mean things to people, about people, about their art or their work I don't want to follow you.  I'm fine with debate and disagreement.  It should just be done respectfully -- there's a huge difference between respectful disagreement and rude behavior.  Not only will you not be in this circle if you are rude, I'll probably block you too.  I want to surround myself with positive uplifting people. 

5.  I like people who directly post their work here on G+.  If you primarily post links to Flickr, 500px, your blog, etc. I probably won't follow you.  G+ photos are larger and I don't want to have to leave G+ to consume a photo.  I also want to know that you are invested in the conversations around your photos here.

I haven't included myself in these circles but I have included +Photo Talk Plus   which is the weekly hangout show that +Lotus Carroll  and I do on Wednesday nights.  I've also included our two show sponsors +SmugMug and +Blurb Books.  Thanks to everyone who supports the show. 

I'll share my circles again when they hit 2,500 in the future.  Thanks to all photographers on G+ (not just the ones in my circle) for making this such an amazing place for photography on the web.
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191 comments
 
Wow thats a big Circle, and its added!
 
Thanks for sharing. I look forward to one day seeing my name in there!
 
Thanks so much +Thomas Hawk for including me!!  I've found some awesome new people in the first three circles and I'm sure there will be new gems here to!!  Many thanks for all your great work on G+!!
 
Very honored to be included!
 
Well +Thomas Hawk - I had my fingers crossed since Monday (bit cramped now...)
I am totally psyched to be included in your Kick Ass Photographers circle!  Thank you so much for adding me and sharing.  Looking forward to checking out the other included users once I can get them all circled.
Also thank you for being such an active community member here, I hope to someday have the pleasure of meeting you :)
 
Wow +Thomas Hawk, I am honoured to be included. I suppose I should get off the computer and shoot more now.
 
Thanks +Thomas Hawk  and thank you Google+ , it's exposed me to a lot of great photography from around the world and allowed me to share as well.
 
I would like that you mr. +Thomas Hawk would include me in one of this circle someday. people says that i'm good but i need help in getting more known. Yours truly.
Maya
 
It is a great honor to be included in the kick-ass photographry circle by someone as kick-ass as you +Thomas Hawk , many, many thanks!!
 
I've been following the four parts +Thomas Hawk and you've put together a really good list of 2000. On behalf of those of us included and those of us finding new photographers to follow - thanks!
 
I have more than 200 of these (all four circles) photographers circled, because they have inspired me and helped me become a lot better photographer the last year. It's a great company to be in and I'm sure the rest of them is well worth checking out. Thanks +Thomas Hawk!
 
I just wondered why my circle adds went crazy - now I know :-)... It's really  an honor to be in such company! Thank you for your great work for the photographer community!
 
Thanks +Thomas Hawk  and thank you Google+
 
Great circles, thanks for the inclusion.
 
A big bump in adds for me too!  Thanks buddy!
 
Google+ is for kids, not old guys who take pictures like you....
 
Thanks for Your work. If my inclusion is possible, i would be very happy. Thanks ;) 
 
Wow, totally honored, and totally not worthy. But very glad to be be included, nonetheless!
 
honored to be included with such talented photogs.
 
holy crapballs i made the circle :>
 
Thanks so much for the inclusion +Thomas Hawk! Also, fantastic episode of photo talk last night. Really enjoyed it.
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Thank you +Thomas Hawk for inclusion! Appreciate your effort! I enjoy your posts a lot!
 
Appreciate the add and the kind words.
 
Thank you again for your continued support. :)
 
Thanks for including me in this circle! It is an honor to be recognized by you!
 
Sheesh, who knew there were so many Smiths out there. ;-)
 
Thanks again for including me with these other fine photographers +Thomas Hawk and thanks for all you effort in creating these circles!!
 
i added this to my "bragging rights" part of my profile :>
 
Thanks +Thomas Hawk for once again including me in your own circles, it means a lot to me.... you rock brother!
 
we should rock the world by internet
 
Hey +Thomas Hawk, great list and some inspiring work in there. For a next update of your circle, I'd be stoked to be included... ;)
 
+Thomas Hawk Thanks so much for taking a look at my photos and including me in your circle. Your work is inspirational so this truly means a lot.
 
Bump to keep in my stream. Thank you
 
wow!! nice acheivement, i have 26 woot!
 
Thank you again for the continued inclusion +Thomas Hawk - you never ask for anything in return when you so much of your own, valuable time into maintaining this, you promote a wide variety of photographers from these activities - and while you can't include everyone who owns a camera, you do a lot more than many of us to promote a community here. It is deeply appreciated.
 
Thanks looking forward to share photos, ideas & knowledge!
Jimmy S
 
Massive Thanks Thomas.Really chuffed to be included.Cheers
 
thanks a lot, +Thomas Hawk , it's indeed an honor to be included!  and, interestingly, i saw some of my personal friends in this circle too!  thanks again.
Ken Z
 
+Thomas Hawk -- wow! I am honored for you adding me to this list....thanks so much!! I appreciate too your work of finding great photogs and for your criteria :)  I like to find others who post their own content for inspiration to others -- you provide many with a great resource of people who love photography!! Thanks for the time you take to compile the circles!!
 
Just noticed I was in there +Thomas Hawk. Thanks so much!

Maybe I can somehow get on your FB Photographers list as well ;) - hint hint
 
Thanks a lott.... It's gr8 to be in your photographers list... :D
 
Thanks a lot, and appreciate the work that went into it. Would be very useful to many I think.
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Thank you so much for sharing these Circles. My father was a photography teacher, I love finding great photographers and seeing their work.
 
Is there a reason I can't click to see who's in those circle links above? Only brings me back here...
 
I have about 300 photographers in circles - & I don't think there's enough time in the day for me to follow any more!  Some great images being put up. (is it naughty if I steal a few ideas?)
 
Awesome.  Thanks for the include. 
 
Ah Ha! The source of my recent bump in followers....thank you kindly for including me +Thomas Hawk :))!
 
Curse trhat +Google+ , what is that daily limit, i can't now add this circle.
 
Thanks again for including me!  Much love :)
 
Hey, much appreciate the addition, +Thomas Hawk.  Guess it's hard to go wrong with a Hawk looking out for ya!  
 
Thanks for helping make Google+ a better place.
 
Thanks for including me, +Thomas Hawk.  I appreciate it very much. I look forward to seeing the new-to-me photographers.
 
Thanks for all the effort you put into this, Thomas.
 
Thank you for sharing this, would love to be included one day!
 
They are the best
 
Great collection of circles Thomas. I was waiting for this forth one to share with the links to the other three so can do that now :-)
 
Gonna have to save this for later... Gotta edit up my circles before I add 2,000 more.
 
thanks for this, +Thomas Hawk. Also, I like very much your discussion of preferences and bias' for inclusion.
 
Thank you for including me in this list again Thomas I appreciate it!
 
Thanks again for the inclusion and the share, +Thomas Hawk 
Much appreciated! 

Keep up the good work with your camera and on +Photo Talk Plus ,
my favorite G+ hangout show.  :)
 
Did Google remove the total number of people you can circle?
 
Just getting started so I'm going to circle up! Dang, I've added 500 today and hit some limit.  Maybe tomorrow...
 
Thank you for the circle add!  Now to go out and kick some....
 
Thanks so much for keeping me in the circle +Thomas Hawk!  You gave me such a great boost when I joined G+ a few months ago, and I'll be forever grateful!
 
Thank you so much for including me and all those talented other photographers +Thomas Hawk !! Greetings from Bruges, Belgium!! :-D
 
It kind of seems like Google+ is the social network for photographers. Anyone feel the same?
 
Thank you, +Thomas Hawk, I'm honored by the nod and appreciate all the work that goes into curating a list this big!
 
Thanks +Thomas Hawk for including me. Google+ has definitely become the place to share photography, learn about photography, and meet other photographers. I've learned a lot from some fabulous photographers here...
 
Thanks for the inclusion and for the hard work Thomas. Big thumbs up ;)
 
I'm looking for more exposure so if you feel I'm worthy I'd like to be added. Thanks
 
Ohhh, so this is where all todays commotion started! 
What a nice surprise on this gloomy thursday - Thank you! for including me in this fine company ♥
 
Wow. Saw a big jump in my followers and it took a while to figure out why. Thank you +Thomas Hawk. It's both a great surprise and honor to be included in your Kick Ass circle! I'll be seeing you at the end of the month in Denver!
Edited - Apologize for the hugely embarrassing typo...ugh
 
I have been sharing the circles all week and actually giggled like a school girl when I saw my name included in this one.
 *So* honored to be included with such a wonderful group of photographers.  Thank you +Thomas Hawk  :)
 
Thanks so much for including me, +Thomas Hawk ; must be my astrophotos.  Very flattered to be here!!
 
thank you +Thomas Hawk, I really appreciate your including me in this group of kick ass peeps!!!
 
Excellent post +Thomas Hawk thanks for the inclusion, this is certainly a post worthy of re-sharing. I have added the circle and ended up with only 2 new people in my circles, great minds think alike ;-)
 
Oh my gosh I just made my Google + to share my photography. So glad I stumbled upon this!
 
Good Gravy Thomas! I wondered what was going on with my circle counter. It was you! :) Thank you for your inclusion and for sharing the wealth of your findings.
 
Thank you, +Thomas Hawk - I am honored, humbled and also inspired to work harder than ever!
 
Thank you for including me +Thomas Hawk. I will try my best to keep kicking ass and taking photos!
 
That's a very nice pat on the back +Thomas Hawk !  Thanks for including me in your circle, and for the +1 's you've left me over the last couple of weeks. : )
 
Thank you, +Thomas Hawk , for including me in this circle.  And thanks, too, for looking at my photos. It's quite an honor to be included in such an illustrious group.
 
As a beginning photographer I can't tell you just how much of a compliment it was that you circled me +Thomas Hawk. I have only been doing photography seriously since March of this year (and by that I mean I still do not hve a DSLR, though I have all intention of aquiring one soon, and only recently learned some of the basics of serious photography. Prior to that, I had no idea what f-stops, depth of field, or hot shoe even meant), so to be included in your "*2,000 Kick-ass Photographers on G+*" is a boost for me that you can not even imagine! Thank you so very much for including me in this. It helps me to know I'm headed in the right direction! :0)
 
thank you thomas Hawk i nide to partag cercle
 
Thanks for posting/sharing these.
 
+Thomas Hawk I've been following your stream for a while, but I don't think we'd yet had the chance to exchange words. Now that the occasion has arisen, I'd just like to say thanks for sharing some stunning images and for organising these circles.
 
It's great to see a top rated G+ photographer putting back into G+, I all to often see little or no focus on sharing circles from the top tiered photographers, thanks for proving the haters wrong +Thomas Hawk and a big thank you for my inclusion :)
Kab Yaj
 
Thank you for the inclusion, Mr. Hawk!
 
Thank a lot for having me in! I feel really honored :) 
 
Thanks for including me and also being so generous with your sharing.  You are what google+ is all about.  
 
Truly an honor to be mentioned by you +Thomas Hawk.  My hat is off to you for undertaking such a project too!  Thank you.
 
It doesn't happen often but I am speechless!  All I can think of to say is THANK YOU +Thomas Hawk !!! =)
 
Very insprired that I made the cut - thank you +Thomas Hawk - you rock !! i'm all charged up to learn, produce & contribute better work to this fantastic community #yourock #awesomeness  
 
Thank you for including me,  you are an inspiration to us!
 
added a 1000 but reached my daily limit apparently
 
I've been out west traveling and just noticed this +Thomas Hawk.  As always, thanks for the inclusion!
 
Thanks for the inclusion Thomas - it's a real honour. This goes quite some way to cheering me up after Ireland's 3-1 defeat in the European Championships today.
 
Hey +Thomas Hawk, I've started several weeks ago to share my work in G+, slowly grabbing followers and haven't reached the critical mass yet! I invite you to take a look at my work and if you like it, maybe add me in your circle. Thanks!
 
Happy to be in a circle with so many talented photographers! Thanks for the inclusion +Thomas Hawk 
 
 +Thomas Hawk I was on your list last year and for whatever reason, not on this one, I still follow you and I know you follow me. I was just wondering why?
 
Thank you so much +Thomas Hawk, I'm honoured and humbled to have been included in a circle with some of the people I consider to be luminaries in the photography community on G+!
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Very very thankful for my inclusion +Thomas Hawk, it means a lot.  Thank-you. 
 
A little behind on this one as I've recently returned from vacation but I'm super, super honored to have been included. I've looked up to your photography for a long time and it's great to know that accomplished photographers like you notice the little people like me.
 
thanks again, thomas, for including me in this circle.
it's always an honor.
 
Am I really only now seeing this +Thomas Hawk I really am fairly active on G+ and I very much appreciate the inclusion!
 
Thank you so much for the inclusion +Thomas Hawk! Since having my twins two months ago, they are pretty much the only subjects I have time to photograph, so I was pleasantly surprised to be included in your photographer's circle again. It was so nice to meet you, even if just briefly, on the Jarviewalk earlier this year in SLC. :0)
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