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1,500 Kick Ass Photographers on Google+ (A-G, Part 1 of 3)

1,500 Kick Ass Photographers on Google+ (A-G, Part 1 of 3) http://goo.gl/WGdFw

1,500 Kick Ass Photographers on Google+ (G-O, Part 2 of 3) http://goo.gl/1yiS6

1,500 Kick Ass Photographers on Google+ (P-Z, Part 3 of 3) http://goo.gl/6nLZE

I've shared my photographers circle on Google+ two times now.

Once when it got to 500 and then again when it got to 1,000. Today my circle hit 1,500 so I'm sharing them again.

I have to break them up into 500 person circles because this is the limit on Google+. Also Google limits the number of people you can add to circles per day so I'm going to publish my kick ass photographers circle over 3 days. Today I'm publishing A-G. Tomorrow I'll publish G-O. Friday I'll publish P-Z. By last name.

In addition to the kick ass photographers in these circles I've also added three other accounts. Our new photography hangout show which will be on live tonight at 8PM PST +Photo Talk Plus as well as our show's sponsors +Drobo and +SmugMug as a way of saying thanks to them.

A few notes about these circles. not to be long-winded, but…

Every time I've shared my circles I've gotten haters from it. People who are upset that they are not in them. I absolutely detest that. It makes me not even want to share them because of that. These circles are not meant to be the definitive list of what photographers you should be following on Google+. These circles are simply who I have chosen to follow for photography on Google+ for my own personal consumption. I want to share them because I think YOU may also benefit from having these rich, talented, kick ass photographers in your streams.

This is the circle that I browse every single day looking for great stuff to +1 and comment on Google+ and as such it reflects my own personal biases.

For example. I hate looking at watermarks. This is a personal preference thing. If you use them, more power to you. It's absolutely your right. But as a consumer of photography I find them ugly and distracting and so I tend not to follow people who use them. This is not a big deal. This is not a personal attack against you if you watermark.

This isn't even a universal rule of mine. I do have a few friends who use them that I still follow. But by and large, what you get with my circles is a watermark/signature free circle.

I also prefer people who are active on Google+ both in terms of posting and in terms of contributing to the community. If the last photo you posted was in November, I probably won't have you in this list.

If you were in my photographers circle before but removed, it could be for a lot of these sorts of reasons. Watermarks/sigs, not posting enough, posting too much non photography stuff that I'm not interested in, or all kinds of other things. Who knows. But it's most definitely not personal. (Unless I'm blocking you and then maybe it is personal).

Also if you are not in these circles it may simply be because we don't know each other yet. In time perhaps we will become great friends (hopefully). Or you may not be in these circles just because I'm being lame and made a mistake and forgot about you. Every time I share these circles it seems I accidentally leave out some photographers who absolutely ARE kick ass and this is just part of the difficulty of trying to manage something so large.

Anyways, sorry for the huge disclosure -- more than anything, thank you to every kick ass photographer who I am following who has contributed to making every day of my life a more beautiful day with the amazing work that you publish. I'm overwhelmed by the talent on Google+ and grateful that i get to be a part of this great big photo sharing community of ours. I'm also looking forward to getting to know even more photographers in the upcoming year and watching this circle grow to 2,000 eventually, when I'll share them again.
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+Thomas Hawk, does Google+ still have a limit in circles of 5,000 people / businesses / whatever?
 
That's a lot of kickass photographers!
 
ok i just pumped my photography circle by 500 photographers, so thank you ;)
 
Haters are every where...you have the right to make whatever circles you wish and add whoever you want. Nobody should take it personal...especially since there are thousands and thousands of photographers on Google+ and you can't add every one them. So good for you for holding on to your rights!! And yes, there are some Kick Ass Photographers in your circle!!
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Thanks a lot for sharing these circles, +Thomas Hawk. Found some great photographers. Not by mass-adding, but by browsing through the profiles for hours. Time-consuming, yes, but great fun.
And yeah, haters gonna hate, I know what you mean. Guess you can´t change that.
 
Thank YOU Thomas for being kick ass yourself! ;)
 
Haters Hate just to HATE...... They are like trolls and they get off on making people angry. I would not worry about them!
 
I am humbled by being included in your "Kick Ass" circle! Thank you!
 
Hey Thomas that's great.. Thanks a lot for the circle of new friends.
 
am I under G for greg or T for Thurtle? or even M for modest? :)
 
+Thomas Hawk thank you:) Thats really sweet and kind of you! Hope your day/night lovey x
 
Thanks again Thomas! The first time this happened my phone blinked new circle notifications for 3 days. It's such a great motivator. When you do come to "shoot Idaho" some day, I will buy you dinner. 
 
nice thomas, but you do not have me on your list, so it is incomplete! :)
 
I'm Busted! (No hatred here) I used to be kick-ass and now I'm not. (again, not hating). I try to hide my watermark but I guess you caught it and removed me since last time. Or, maybe you didn't like my latest work. No worries. I sure did enjoy the follower bump last time you shared. I guess I'll have to work that much harder now. :)
 
+Brian Grzelewski actually Brian, you are still in it. You will just be in tomorrow's G-O list. G cuts off halfway through so this is just part of the G's today.

You must have an invisible watermark. :) Those are the best kind.
 
Perfect, the G-O list, my name fits perfectly in the "M" category;) The list is great so far, checking them all out now!
 
+Thomas Hawk Hooray! Thanks for responding. If you ever notice them and it bugs you, I would consider not having my (almost invisible) one rather than having something that people thought was unsightly. Thanks, again.
 
Always a pleasure to be included in your Circles, Tom...many thanks.
 
Well, I think it's awesome that you're sharing it! You are in my circles as one of 'dem guys as in, awesomeness lol. Not sure I've personally commented much, but it was the busy season...hope to be around more now :)
 
+Thomas Hawk Thank you for the sharing your "Kick Ass Photographers on Google+" circles and for including me. :-)
 
It's an honor to be on your list +Thomas Hawk. Hopefully I can maintain your interest, both for my own progress and the great photography community on G+.
 
Thanks for the lists! I just started G+ and it makes it easier to find everyone again.
Ken Wah
 
Thanks for circling me! I am honored. Don't know if I'm kick ass enough to be in tomorrow's G-O list but we'll see. :) I try to be as active on G+ as I can, hoping that through the photos I post I can make some new friends and learn new things about photography along the way. I've never dreamed of +Thomas Hawk circling me back so when I saw the notification this morning I peed my pants :D
 
Thanks for sharing, TH. It is always a pleasure to browse the people in your Photography circles. Thanks for including me; I'm honored to be in such great company.
 
Seeing as William, above, is asking I might as well too - in a shameless sort of way: Please add me, too!
 
Thanks. I've just looted your whole circle. Is that a crime?
 
am honored to be included in this list, many thanks +Thomas Hawk , I am in Hong Kong this week for Chinese New Year, will be posting photos soon.
 
I agree with you Thomas, so many talented folks here. It really is amazing! I add new photographer's daily and this definitely makes it easier to do. Keep up the good work! :-)
 
such an awesome place for photographers. thanks for sharing.
 
+Thomas Hawk, always honored to be in the company of such awesome photographers! Thanks.
 
Thanks for the inclusion in the shared circle +Thomas Hawk! I was wondering why I'd had over 200 people add me to their circles in the last hour ;)
 
+Thomas Hawk Thank you for sharing. I'm amazed the amount of excellent photographers I keep discovering.
And thanks for including me :)
 
The fact that you have to write a disclaimer like you did, +Thomas Hawk, is really sad. It should be understood that this circle is what you want personally and not an all inclusive "list".
 
These photographers are mean.. Wouldn't want to meet them or I'll be getting my ass kicked..
 
+norkhairi misdi That's right! Now...come at me with that raspberry! Come on, be as vicious as you like with it. :)
 
Yay! I haven't fallen off the list :P Thank you for including me!
 
AHHH!! That is super sweeeeeeet! Thank you for including mwa :)
 
+Joseph Bae this is just A-G. G-O comes tomorrow and P-Z comes on Friday. I think you just amy see +Trey Ratcliff making an appearance in the circle that corresponds with his last name. ;)
 
I'm tempted to add the circle to see the works of other Google+ users, but I added a circle the other day with "the best people of Google+" and my stream has been crazy ever since, even after deleting the circle.
 
Hey thanks for adding me Thomas :) I think you're pretty kick-ass too!
 
+Thomas Hawk ....I am honored to be on your list...thanks for that...and thanks also for having a list with some new names on it instead of the same names we see in most other suggested circles!! +Andy Q. , I am also going to go through each profile and add some new people. Cheers!
 
Wow ! Thomas Hawk - I'm just starting up here on G+ - Thank you so much! Didn't know it could be so easy....
 
Once again, Thomas thank you so much for including me in your circles! And thanks also for hosting Photo Talk Plus, I'm really enjoying listening in!
 
Are you freakin' kidding me?! You rock, +Thomas Hawk! Thanks for adding me to such an awesome circle of people. :)
 
Thanks for sharing my profile in your circles again +Thomas Hawk . I was sitting here most of the afternoon wondering where all these new peeps were coming from!
 
Thomas! Many thanks for taking the time to peek at my posts and include me amongst a list of wonderful photographers. I once read on your blog that you take your camera gear with you everywhere. And each time I see a photo op and reluctantly shoot it with my phone, I sigh a little and remember your words, wishing I had brought my DSLR. I'm not very disciplined when it comes to photography yet, but I will be in time! Hope 2012 is off to a good start for you!
 
Thanks so much for including me.
 
Thanks for sharing, lots of awesome in that circle.
 
Well I'll be Hawked! You're one super-kind-kick-ass-photo-makin'-magician dude +Thomas Hawk! Thank you for sharing us with your posse, it's an honor to be among such a talented group of peers.
 
+Thomas Hawk Thanks for sharing. I think I have most of the people in my circles but will check out the ones I don't have circled. Now that I fixed my computer, I can start engaging on G+ again :)
 
Thanks for the inclusion Thomas!
 
Thanks for including me +Thomas Hawk - it's a lovely surprise that makes me start my day doing the happy dance :D
 
Thank you +Thomas Hawk for adding me to your photography circle. Its unfortunate tho that I haven't posted much in a while. Need-to-do-take-more-shots. That should be my mantra! :)
 
+Thomas Hawk thanks for including me in this circle! Tons of great photographers in this circle. Thanks for sharing!
 
Thanks for sharing, +Thomas Hawk! I now have some more inspirational content hitting my stream!!! And thank you for including me in your circles and share!
 
+Thomas Hawk So what do I do to be considered for your circle (apart from taking some cool pics)? :)
 
Thank you +Thomas Hawk : I also am honored to be in your circle as there are some really great people in that list. Thank you for my added followers.
 
Thank you again and again and .... you get the idea... Very honored to be in the list and will be looking at the new folks that you have added...
 
Wow! Thanks for including me! I'm honored! :)
 
Thanks for sharing, I'm new to Google + as I'm more Facebook and Twitter. So can we add this circle into our own circles? Not sure how this works. Thanks for sharing.
 
I am very honored but also humbled! Thank you Thomas!
 
Well, great job done. :) When I have a few hours to surf through all those great images I will do so. About the watermark "thingy" from above in your text. Well, everybody has a different opinion and taste, of course. I found a great article about watermarking in Greg Taylor's Blog. For me, I actually agree with Greg, when the watermark sits somewhere not disturbing or distracting in a lower corner right or left hand, small, why not. But as said, everybody has a different opinion and taste. I love Biltong & Gin Tonic on Safari :)
Here the blog for those who would like to read it: http://grtaylor2.com/2010/01/18/hy-watermark-or-brand-your-photos/
 
+Thomas Hawk Hello!!!!How are you! thankyou so much for adding me in your Kick-ass Circle~ im here!!! and i Love it thankyou so much~ you de man!!x
 
Thank you +Thomas Hawk. I finally discovered why I'm getting circled often in the last 24 hours. Is a post Christmas Miracle. Festivus.
 
Thank you for including me Thomas, I really appreciate it!
 
+Thomas Hawk I'm so honored to be included. Many thanks! I have been blown away by the kindness and generosity of the G+ community. As a fresh face here, I have been welcomed with open arms and the support has been astounding. There is no better place to meet, mingle and learn. So grateful for the add. Have a lovely day! :o)
 
+Thomas Hawk , thanks for compiling + sharing this! I added quite a few new photographers to my own circles from this list.

I'm curious, do you have a running tally for your goal of 1,000,000 photographs? I just realized how sick that number really is. To make the math easy, if you only have 50 years of photography, that works out to 20,000 photos per year, or more than 50 per day. If your Flickr page gives any indication of how many you've so finished, you're averaging less than 1/2 that (based on ~66K photos over the last 7 years), which is pretty amazing. Does anyone know if there's a single photographer who's produced even 500K photos in their lifetime? (post-mortem prints don't count)
 
Thank you lovely +Thomas Hawk you pushed me over 10k followers. You're like a secret elf. Hope to see you again on a Photowalk soon. ~Sam
 
I cant see if I am in the circles. Help me out here?? I appreciate it.
Ken Wah
 
Awww I didn't make it into the list. Guess I'm not kick-ass enough :P
That's alright I'll work harder!!
 
+Paul Blaisse ha ha - it wasn't that many all told - I was already at 9850 or so - he just pushed me over the top :D and for that I thank him.
 
+Sam Breach I was already part of your 9850 so I couldn't help you breach the 10k mark :p
 
+Paul Galbraith and I thank you -> for already being there for me and for your use of the word 'breach'. ;)
 
I'm getting near 500,000 point which I find mind boggling and I think that you and others played a role in that. Thank you +Thomas Hawk I don't know how you do it. And I've never kicked anyone's ass :)
 
Thank you so much for the inclusion +Thomas Hawk ... It feels fantastic to be among such exalted company!
 
Oh I see, +Thomas Hawk so that's where all these new followers came from... Thanks muchly. I'll take some time this weekend to check out those who I'm not already following, since the one's I am, inspire me daily.
 
Sorry I didn't see your original post until now, but I greatly appreciate it - I'm honored as always to be included in any circle share. Thanks!
 
Hi, great circle, just added and about to reshare. Also..i think i know why i am not there ... i recently started adding my url to some of my photos :(
 
Thank you for taking the time to create and share. I couldn't agree more with your post...If ever you find yourself in Tokyo I am happy to be photo-tour guide and share all the secret spots.
 
+Thomas Hawk Thank you so much, for continuing to promote all the photographers in your circles. :)
 
thanks for the share man. i got 700 new followers in the last 2 days thanks to u.
 
A big WOW from me too! Thank You +Thomas Hawk! for including!
 
Many thanks for the inclusion; I was wondering where all of the new followers were coming from, now I know.... You the man.
 
Hey, +Thomas Hawk Thanks once again for including me in this great list. I appreciate that you not only find time to make some awesome photos and participate in the community, but also to curate a list like this one so we can all find new art. It's very appreciated.
 
Wow! I am honored to be included in this circle +Thomas Hawk Thank you! It blows my mind that you go to the effort, I find the circles so cumbersome to deal with that I barely manage my own circles. Kudos to you for this incredibly generous contribution to the photography community! We will all benefit from the open sharing of work and ideas. Thanks again for including me, +Thomas Hawk . Oh, and when might there be a +Thomas Hawk Pasadena Photo Walk? ;-)
 
Can't wait to see if I "Kick Ass", if not I sure it's just an oversight :) Thanks for sharing +Thomas Hawk
 
Thanks for organizing / sharing! Would be even cooler if Google didn't max out the number of people/circles I can add in one day so I can add all three circles!!
 
Muchos Gracias for adding me to this circle, Thomas you rock!
 
Thanks Thomas and for adding my info - I am small enough over here that I can interact with almost everyone who stops by -;0)
 
I love the photography circles yourself and others share, like a lot of others have stated; there are different ways of editing the circles and generally I add them all and un-circle as I go if I find things unappealing. What I love most is, that as a beginner and an avid learner, I have learned more from looking at the work of so many fantastic artist here on G+ and the variety and different perspectives people have has taught me more than I ever would have thought. I still have a long way to go, but for me having such rich diversity of the art shared so freely is of great help in my quest for a great shot. If people don't like that they are not included maybe they should remember that even though they might not be in your personal circles there is every chance that they are in someone else's. I have found many great artists vicariously because of these circle shares..I thank you and everyone who is generous enough to share their preferences.
 
Awesome. Thanks, Thomas. I wondered where all those people came from.
 
Thank you for sharing your circles with us again! And thank you, for keeping me amongst them.
 
Thank you so much for sharing these circles +Thomas Hawk I would be very honored indeed to be added to one of them if possible.
 
Holy moly, I can't even begin to say thank you. Such an honor. In addition to that, thank you for taking the time to make these! It's great to find new photogs that I didn't have yet.
 
I'm honored and stoked, still trying for 100+ photos a day !!!
 
+Thomas Hawk I thought I was seeing things when I saw my name in here, I am absolutely thrilled to be included in this circle with so many outstanding photographers, it really is a great honor! Thank you!!!
 
Love all the photographers on Google+ they give me so many new ideas and inspiration which I use when shooting my own photos.
 
+Carl Donohue less watermarks, less non photo posts and more non-watermarked photo posts. :)
 
Thanks for the add Thomas. Love your work and your contribution to the photographic society!!
 
+Thomas Hawk I'm not sure what you're seeing; Every post on my feed bar ONE is a photo and photography related post. Just say'n. As for a copyright notice, I sell rights managed licensing. It works for me, but I understand many people don't. I place a small © and my name on each image. Hopefully that's not too offensive for your delicate sensibilities. :)

No worries .. but if you want an actual list of ALL the photographers on your list who DO post watermarked images< i think you'd be mildly surprised. Just say'n. :)
 
+Thomas Hawk No to worry .. I sell rights managed licenses, and place a small copyright symbol with my name in the lower corner of virtually any image of mine that goes on the internet. But if you look at my feed, every single post showing up is a photo, or photography trip post but one.

Fwiw, there's an awful lot of folks on your list who post watermarked images. just say'n. :)
 
I'm just happy to be responded to; that's almost as fun as being included in the circle of kickass photographers. :)
 
+Thomas Hawk I am honored to have been included. Thank you for doing this. This help the photographers included get connected to others they wouldn't normally get on their own.
 
+Thomas Hawk Wow thanks for the list!! I'm taking photos of Japan, so if you have time please take a look at my profile :)
 
how come I missed this? Thank you so much +Thomas Hawk! It's a great honor to be in your circle next to so many of my favorite photographers! :)
 
professional landscape photography. hope you enjoy watching my work!
 
+Thomas Hawk Thanks for sharing this circle! Slowly but steady Google+ makes sense for me as a real networking environment, as opposed to Facebook which I see as purely private. Looking forward to seeing a lot of great photography and inspiration!
 
Merci +Thomas Hawk je viens de découvrir mon nom dans ce cercle et j'en suis très heureux.  J'espère êetre à la hauteur !
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I would like to join this circle to share my artwork.Thanks Thomas Hawk!
 
I would love to be part of this circle +Thomas Hawk. I'm a street photographer from Paris. Take a look at my work! Thanks!
 
Thanks Thomas for your awesome circle ! it's lot of work to end up with a huge list like that... I'm glad you're sharing it !
 
Thank you +Thomas Hawk  for including me in this huge circle or I find many friends. I'll include it with great pleasure in my circles as the previous ones. Thank you and good weekend
 
Thank you +Thomas Hawk, for including me in the circle. I'll be sure to keep posting new photos to my page. I also want to think you for sharing so many of your own photos with everyone on Google+.
 
Thank you very much +Thomas Hawk it is quite an honer to be in your circles. I love your work and how much you share with the community.
 
thankyou Mr Hawk <3 loveage from the Midlands Uk~you continue to Inspire~have a great Day whatever you are up to :)
 
Very nice of you to include me in this group of wonderful photographers, thanks so much.
 
thank you again +Thomas Hawk for keeping me around .. You are the best.. :) and there are a Ton of spectacular photogs in these circles definitely worth looking at. 
 
This is a treasure.  Thanks for compiling and for the inclusion.
 
Thank you, sir. These are always a pleasure to browse.
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