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Reichstag tide pool

The Reichstag dome is one of the most interesting architectural subjects I've photographed. I love all the swoopy lines. Thanks, Berlin!
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Love Berlin!
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Reichstag warp core

This is inside the Reichstag dome in Berlin. The Reichstag building has a long history, but it's currently (again) where the German parliament meets.

I like to imagine that this is what a Star Trek warp core would have looked like had it been invented in Germany. Like if Audi built a starship. :)
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In Google Photos, we've made a habit of doing April Fool's jokes that actually work. :)

This year, if you upload a photo of people, +David Hasselhoff will photobomb it!
Introducing Auto Awesome Photobombs with +David Hasselhoff 

Google+ Auto Awesome is all about fun surprises that bring your photos to life. Capture a quick burst of photos, and you’ll get an animated GIF. Take a series of portraits, and you’ll get a photobooth-style collage.

Today we’re announcing Auto Awesome Photobombs. What’s more fun than Benedict Cumberbatch photobombing U2 at The Oscars ( Or Michelle Obama at The White House ( A good photobomb can turn an ordinary photo into something special and put a smile on your face. Now with Auto Awesome, celebrities can make a spontaneous appearance in your pictures!

We’re starting with +David Hasselhoff naturally, everyone’s favorite crime-fighting rockstar lifeguard.

To get your own photobomb, upload a new self portrait or group photo with friends, and leave a little room for The Hoff. He might just make a surprise appearance. :-)

P.S. You can also mention +David Hasselhoff in your public posts and comments. If you’re lucky he’ll add some awesome to the conversation.

#googleplusupdate #Hoffsome
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There's so much about this photo that says "Cuba" to me. The walls in the background: brightly painted yet crumbling. The bars, like the economic situation holding back so many Cubans. The look of defiance and determination on the man's face despite his circumstances. I can't claim to know Cuba well after just one week, but what I did see were resourceful people who love life and are determined to make a better future. This was taken during +David Hobby's Cuba trip in 2013.

On a technical note, I think it's pretty cool that one of my favorite photos from 2013 was taken on a +Sony mirrorless camera. It was an NEX-7 with the Zeiss 24mm f/1.8.

Thanks to +Ivan Makarov's hard work, we'll have a +Plus One Collection to mark another year of photography on Google+! This year's proceeds will go to the Samburu Project, a non-profit organization which provides clean drinking water to communities in Kenya. This photo is my submission for this year's book.

#PlusOneCollectionIII   #StrobistCuba2013  
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Thanks for that great insight, +Peter Sorotokin. During our week in Cuba, we had many conversations with the locals and our hosts about life in Cuba. We wanted to know what they were living through, but like with so many things, it's impossible for an outsider to really understand. Your description seems to fit well, and I especially appreciate "being smug with respect to an American who more or less would not be able to understand what he is facing". That's a gulf that I wished I could cross while I was there and still do after coming home and looking back at the photos. It made me happy to see Cubans finding joy despite their circumstances. The live bands are so full of life, and the people going for a swim in the ocean looked so carefree.
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King of the tree

Here's a cheetah looking regal. Actually, he had just peed on the tree. This was quite an exciting moment for us. :) In the background is a giraffe who was watching the cheetah very carefully.

Photo nerdery:

A fair number of my "lazy landscape" photos were taken with fast shutter speeds. 1/5000 sec on this one! Whenever the animals were on the move, it was a race to guess where they were headed and get there before the action started. Several times, the interesting stuff happened while the truck was still violently bouncing around. I got in the habit of switching to a fast shutter speed when we started moving.

Of course, once the truck was stopped, I switched back to a slow shutter speed (and lower ISO), but maybe not as slow as you might think. People moving around in the truck were enough to necessitate 1/400 or 1/800 sec with longer lenses. This was a good tip from +Andy Biggs.

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Thanks, +Varushini Suresh!
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Reichstag tornado

Another view of the Reichstag dome. The Reichstag building burned down in 1933 and got bombed during WWII. The glass dome was added after reunification. In 1999, the German parliament finally moved back in.

It's pretty neat to compare the new dome against the original one from the 1800s:
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Oh that's too bad! I hope you'll get to go back some time.
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Berlin Hauptbahnhof

"Hauptbahnhof" means "main station". I think it looks like the head and shoulders of a giant robot with two missile arrays strapped to its shoulders. The tower with "DB" at the top is the antenna that he's using to receive targeting coordinates from the airborne support craft.

That cyclist is doomed.
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I love Berlin! I remember arriving there for the first time into that train station, and immediately something in the air tells me that I am going to love Berlin. 
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I'm in the middle of Silicon Valley and there's no reception. You would think that the tech center of the world would have mobile service. Well played, Sprint.

Good thing my friends on Verizon have wifi tethering. :)
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I am always surprised about the terrible reception in Silicon Valley...
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1TB for $9.99 per month??

Uh, ya... it's real! Ready to upload all your photos? :)
"How big is a terabyte anyway? Well, that’s enough storage for you to take a selfie twice a day for the next 200 years and still have room left over for… shall we say… less important things. Like before, storage continues to work across Drive, Gmail and Google+ Photos. And, of course, the 15GB plan remains free."
Save more with Google Drive

Whether it's all the footage of your kids' baseball games, the novel you're working on, or even just your grocery list for the week, we all have files that are too important to lose. That’s why today we're making it more affordable for you to keep everything safe and easy to reach on any device, from anywhere.

We've lowered the price of our monthly #GoogleDrive storage plans to $1.99 for 100GB (previously $4.99), $9.99 for 1TB (previously $49.99), and $99.99 for 10TB, with even more storage available if you need it. Like before, storage continues to work across +Google Drive, +Gmail, and +Google+ Photos. And, of course, the 15GB plan remains free. Sign up for a plan now at

Want to learn more? Head over to the Drive blog for details: 
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I'd argue selfies should be smaller that 4 MP in which case auto backup is free ;D
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New Goodies on Photos for Android!

We're rolling out a new version of the Android G+ app with a bunch of great stuff for Photos.

- Brand new photo editor: now more powerful and non-destructive!
- All Photos view: includes photos from your phone and from online
- Date scrubber: in All view, drag the scrubber to quickly go back in time

Congratulations to +Todd Kennedy and team!

#googleplusupdate   #googlephotos  
New photo features in Google+ for Android

Today’s update to Google+ for Android is all about photos. In particular, the app includes:

Non-destructive photo editing across devices
Starting today you can start your edits on one device, and continue (or start over) on another. This means you can backup full-resolution photos from your desktop, edit them in seconds on your phone, then add some finishing touches from your tablet. (And you can revert to your originals at any time!) The technical term for this experience is non-destructive editing in the cloud, and we think you'll really enjoy it.

Brand new filters and creative tools
Now when you edit your photos, you’ll have a powerful set of tools (like crop and rotate), 1-touch filters, and Snapseed-inspired enhancements (like Drama, Retrolux, and HDR Scape). Mix and match to make your photos look their absolute best.

A single view of all your photos
The new ‘All’ view displays your entire photo library — whether it’s on your current device, or backed up in the cloud. If your library is really large (> 10s of thousands of photos), the app won’t show all your photos initially. But stay tuned, because we’re supporting larger and larger libraries over the next few weeks.

An easy way to browse your photos by date
In addition to search, there’s now another way to find your photos fast. Just swipe through your photos in the ‘All’ view, and look for the scroll bar on the right. Dragging the scroll bar up or down will quickly move you forwards or backwards in time.

The app is rolling out gradually to Google Play (v4.3,, so check back soon if you don’t see it yet. #googleplusupdate  
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+Patricia Louise Banks I'm glad it worked out for you!
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Making art in code and pixels: engineer by day, photographer by night
Tech Lead Manager on Google+ Photos, and previously an engineer on Google Maps. Before Google, I spent a few years in natural language processing. Also a follower of Christ and professional husband.
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