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+Jean Michel Missri and +Charles Lupica would like to announce their Paris Long Exposure Photography workshop featuring Paris La Defense, the Eiffel Tower and other iconic Paris monuments.  Join Charles and Jean Michel as they explore the city of light. The workshop includes classroom sessions where Jean-Michel and Charles will teach you how to capture the magnificent architecture of Paris and then warp it into surreal scenes.  We will demonstrate many techniques for creating these images and will use participant images so that we can help you envision what might be.

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Charles Lupica
Jean-Michel Missri
Paris Long Exposure Photography workshop Paris Long Exposure Photography Workshop, June 2-5 2016 – $1250 Expedition Details – Sign up Now . 4 Day Photography workshop in Paris covering long-exposure and night photography featuring Paris’ La Defense, the Louvre pyramid, the Eiffel tower and more. The La Defense business district provides a stunning vista of ultra-modern buildings. …
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+Dean Grossmith cool.  Hopefully we can get +Fabrizio Vignali to take part.
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Last Call - only 4 openings left

                256 Shades of Gray™  
           Online B&W Photography Workshop

hosted on G+ using G+ Communities

The 4th year of our online B&W photography workshop, 256 Shades of Gray (256SOG) is about to start. We had a great year in 2015, learned and grew together and saw some fantastic B&W photography work. We here at 256 LLC are preparing for our 2016 version with some exciting new content and a continuing refinement of the assignments we've presented over the last 3 years.

What is on your 2016 New Year Resolution list? Making those fantastic B&W images…growing your artistic perspective….getting to the next level with your photography.  The 256 SOG (Shades of Gray ) Community will continue its online learning/mentoring structure with feedback and group participation wrapped around new and challenging assignments.  We will introduce more artistic growth opportunities. We will continue to emphasize growing our photography and post processing skills  in Black and White Fine Art Photography.  New 2016 content will explore more contemplative photography, more B&W technique, more tips to improve your artistic perspective and Intent. We all will learn more… grow more…together. So what are you waiting for? Sign up now. 

Looking forward to seeing you online in 2016. We're anticipating a great year and a great group of continuing and new members!

2016 pricing model 
- 100 $ / year or
- 60 $ per 6 months or
- 45$ / 3 months .... whichever works best  for your budget. 

Returning members: receive a 25% discount on the above rates with validated prior membership. Ask for the discount when you sign up.

To sign up leave a comment below. We'll contact you with payment instructions and a community invitation some time in mid-December. The workshop will begin the first week of January with the first assignment running two weeks. 

 The 2015 edition of 256SOG is limited to a total of 50 members. Most of the current members are intermediate to advanced photographers.  

The "heart" of the community is peer review in private setting.  With each new assignment, we try to push people outside their comfort zone to help them grow. We try to help people see the world differently and to understand their photography in news ways.  

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It's highly recommended that people signing up have the Adobe Photographer's subscription and the NIK Collection by +Google+ . 

     Tentative 2016 256 Shades of Gray™ schedule

The tentative schedule of topics is shown below.  This is an evolving schedule. Some of the topics will be combined with other topics, some may be removed and others added as we refine the syllabus.

Module 1: Learning to See
• Vision vs Intent
• Seeing in B&W
• Textures, Overlays and Blending
• Creating Composites & Layering
• Introduction to contemplative photography
• Introduction to Mindfulness
•  Recap assignment, Learning to See

Module 2: Exposure
• The Digital Zone System Part I
• The Digital Zone System Part II
• Low Key
• On Black
• High Key
• On White
• Shadows/Silhouettes
• Recap Exposure with series assignment

Module 3: Art & the Photo
• Composition
• Paying attention to your subject
• Patterns, Shapes and Space
• Creating Depth 
• Visual Flow Psychology / Gestalt perception 
• Framing
• Recap Art & the Photo with series assignment

Module 4: Emphasis
• Selective Color
• Light
• Focus
• Leading Lines
• Perspective
• Long Exposure/False Long Exposure 
• Recap Emphasis with series assignment

Module 5: Contemplative
• Exercises in Contemplative Photography
• Negative Space
• Minimalism
• Motion
• Mindfulness
Recap Contemplative Photography with series assignment

Module 6: Selected Topics
• To be determined

Finale:
• Recap of 2016 256 Shades of Gray™_ with series assignment

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I thought I'd share this wonder tiger image by +Chandler L. Walker 
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It's now more than two weeks since Google Plus unveiled the new interface design.  Are you using the new design or are you holding on to the "Classic" design.
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+Google+ I HATE the new design. Comments just disappear! Also even my husband is not getting notifications of my posts, and I'm definitely in his notification ON circle. MANY PEOPLE ARE REALLY UNHAPPY WITH THE NEW CHANGES! It's better to stick to what worked from the beginning!
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                Announcing the 2016

                256 Shades of Gray™  
           Online B&W Photography Workshop

hosted on G+ using G+ Communities

"Enrollment" will continue through the first week in January or 50 people; whichever comes first. We are current at around 40 people.

The 4th year of our online B&W photography workshop, 256 Shades of Gray (256SOG) is about to start. We had a great year in 2015, learned and grew together and saw some fantastic B&W photography work. We here at 256 LLC are preparing for our 2016 version with some exciting new content and a continuing refinement of the assignments we've presented over the last 3 years.

What is on your 2016 New Year Resolution list? Making those fantastic B&W images…growing your artistic perspective….getting to the next level with your photography.  The 256 SOG (Shades of Gray ) Community will continue its online learning/mentoring structure with feedback and group participation wrapped around new and challenging assignments.  We will introduce more artistic growth opportunities. We will continue to emphasize growing our photography and post processing skills  in Black and White Fine Art Photography.  New 2016 content will explore more contemplative photography, more B&W technique, more tips to improve your artistic perspective and Intent. We all will learn more… grow more…together. So what are you waiting for? Sign up now. 

Looking forward to seeing you online in 2016. We're anticipating a great year and a great group of continuing and new members!

2016 pricing model 
- 100 $ / year or
- 60 $ per 6 months or
- 45$ / 3 months .... whichever works best  for your budget. 

Returning members: receive a 25% discount on the above rates with validated prior membership. Ask for the discount when you sign up.

To sign up leave a comment below. We'll contact you with payment instructions and a community invitation some time in mid-December. The workshop will begin the first week of January with the first assignment running two weeks. 

 The 2015 edition of 256SOG is limited to a total of 50 members. Most of the current members are intermediate to advanced photographers.  

The "heart" of the community is peer review in private setting.  With each new assignment, we try to push people outside their comfort zone to help them grow. We try to help people see the world differently and to understand their photography in news ways.  

═════════════════════════════════

It's highly recommended that people signing up have the Adobe Photographer's subscription and the NIK Collection by +Google+ . 

     Tentative 2016 256 Shades of Gray™ schedule

The tentative schedule of topics is shown below.  This is an evolving schedule. Some of the topics will be combined with other topics, some may be removed and others added as we refine the syllabus.

Module 1: Learning to See
• Vision vs Intent
• Seeing in B&W
• Textures, Overlays and Blending
• Creating Composites & Layering
• Introduction to contemplative photography
• Introduction to Mindfulness
•  Recap assignment, Learning to See

Module 2: Exposure
• The Digital Zone System Part I
• The Digital Zone System Part II
• Low Key
• On Black
• High Key
• On White
• Shadows/Silhouettes
• Recap Exposure with series assignment

Module 3: Art & the Photo
• Composition
• Paying attention to your subject
• Patterns, Shapes and Space
• Creating Depth 
• Visual Flow Psychology / Gestalt perception 
• Framing
• Recap Art & the Photo with series assignment

Module 4: Emphasis
• Selective Color
• Light
• Focus
• Leading Lines
• Perspective
• Long Exposure/False Long Exposure 
• Recap Emphasis with series assignment

Module 5: Contemplative
• Exercises in Contemplative Photography
• Negative Space
• Minimalism
• Motion
• Mindfulness
Recap Contemplative Photography with series assignment

Module 6: Selected Topics
• To be determined

Finale:
• Recap of 2016 256 Shades of Gray™_ with series assignment

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Announcing the 2016 256 Shades of Gray™ Online B&W Photography Workshop hosted on G+ using G+ Communities The 3rd year of our online B&W photography… - 256 Shades of Gray™ - Google+
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+Del MacLaren no worries. 
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If you don't like what Google has done to G+ send them a message by making this post go global instead of sharing a finger with them, as I did yesterday.  Let them know how you feel.
 
Dearest +Google+

I adore you, I do. I took a test drive on your mobilesque desktop G+ and sadly you broke my heart. I have been here since the first couple days of Beta. The first Beta. I loved you at first sight. And don’t get me wrong, I still do. Otherwise I wouldn’t have taken the time to write all of this. And yes, I’m also sending the official feedback. But the official feedback doesn’t cover the overall impressions. I can’t highlight missing features. I can’t hide personal data because you’ve already removed that.

When you first said you listened to us and are focusing on interests. I was happy. Google + is where I go to find people with common interests and passions. But you left out one very important thing. The PEOPLE. Everything social has been removed from the new G+. Hangouts/Chat. Gone. About Me. Gone. Circles have been stripped down to uselessness. I have 39 circles, but I’m only allowed to view 6!? Do you know why I have so many? Part is I have people sorted by things they post about. One is for people who post things not always safe for work. (I don’t mind that they do, I just need to me sensitive to my surroundings). One is for shushed people. These are the people I adore what they post, but not what they plus. I have to segregate them because you don’t allow me to shut off seeing what they plus. I also have a circle for folks who I allow to see my contact info. My local peoples. People I’ve met in real life. That is a large circle. I’ve met, done hangouts with some amazing, inspirational, talented, kind people in the last several years. But I feel like you’ve taken them from me. It’s no longer easy to send someone a quick Chat message. (And yes I still call it Chat when it’s only text). When someone new circles me, not only do I have to click to see their info, it’s a stripped down version of it. Cold. Impersonal. There are some great About Me’s that will never be seen again. Take a look at Shawn McClure’s. It’s awesome. But it’s nowhere to be found on the new version. Only the 239,042,382 links ;-) See this album https://goo.gl/photos/Aq2dTGnkUQFVsPLV9 ? It’s full of the folks I’ve met here on G+. I've been to your house!! There’s a photo of a couple I met in my very first hangout. The live half a world away, but when they came to vacation near me we met up in person. It was awesome. But I can’t even send you the link via G+ anymore. Just the horrible horrible Photos. Where they sit lonely because no one can comment, plus or anything. Just stare. I can’t look at someone’s profile to see their photos anymore either. To be honest unless they’ve been keeping up on hiding junk from highlights I haven’t been able to in a long time. I don’t care what events they’ve gone too – when I click on their (or my) photos tab I want to see the photos by that person. That’s it. Period. No more.

Now let’s talk about the UI. Is it a great redesign? I don’t know. To be honest it looks like a cross between Classic G+ and my cell phone. I get that nothing will necessarily be where I expect it, that there will be a learning curve. Like finding circles. I sincerely hope you make them more functional again. And more accessible. I get that you’re trying to blend mobile and desktop. But why? Most people I know use them in very different ways. And if it’s at a cost of removing features most people love and use daily, maybe it’s not a wise move. Everywhere I want to go, every comment I want to make, ever plus I want to press takes more steps now. Many more steps in some cases. An update or two ago a friend joked that you were in cahoots with mouse manufacturers trying to get us to wear out our mice faster. I’m starting to believe that’s true. What ever happened to elegant design? And the layout. Images are SO tiny. I have a big monitor, even so I have to zoom in my browser to 175%. And even then images and posts don’t fill the screen. While I like the stream having room to breathe, it doesn’t need half my screen’s width to do so. And speaking of filling up space why can’t I zoom in on photos anymore? And why on earth did you put the Delete button where the Close button use to be in the Lightbox view? I’ve nearly deleted my photo several times now. Why move the close button to the other side? It was happy where it was. It told me so.

What happened to the hover pop ups? Is that going away to mobile-ify the UI? I loved being able to hover over someone’s name and the circles I have them in would show up. Made it easy to rearrange. Or remember why I circled them in the first place. I could hover over someone’s name on a comment and see if I had them circled and the quick tagline about them. Gone. Now I have to click on the name, lose the conversation I was in just to see if I have them circled or to circle them. I can’t tell if they have me circled or not.

I do understand why you broke out some of the features – such as hangouts and Photos. I get that many people use them or want to use them without having a G+ account. But why remove all links to them from G+? I know how to do that on my Wordpress site- it’s easy!! Can’t you simply add a tab/button whatever that opens them up like in G+? Who wants to keep jumping from tab to tab when browsing and chatting with someone? How many missed conversations will there be because we forget to open the Hangouts app? Again – it’s the PEOPLE that keep bringing me here.

Communities. Come on. Why hide some of the most useful features in Communities? Why make the categories a drop down menu? (Again that mouse conspiracy theory rears it’s head). Just show them to me! It’s hard enough to get folks to read community rules when it’s right there in front of them. If they have to click to find it, forget it. Again. Classic Google I could simply over the category and a handy pop up menu would show up and let me move a post. Easy peasy. New one I have to click then select. Then when I’m done with one community, I have to go click on the Hamburger button. Click on Communities. Possibly tab between the ones where I’m a member or moderator (another thing that used to be on one handy screen). Then scroll and scroll and scroll to find and click again on the Community I want to view. I can’t simply click on All Communities at the top of well all my communities anymore. And no longer to I get the most commonly used communities at the top. I’m considering adding an AAAAAAAA to the name of all of the Communities I own ;)

You said you talked to users. You said you visited us in our homes. You said you listened. Honestly Adobe said the same thing about the latest Lightroom and that was a huge disaster. I hope you learned a bit from them and that’s why you’re releasing this test version. Because your biggest fans, your biggest supporters are your existing users. We LOVE G+. That’s why my stream is filled with upset people. We feel like you’ve taken our friends away from us. Remember if we didn’t like you so much we would simply leave. But we want to make G+ a success every bit as much as you do. We joined because G+ was different. It was filled with genuine people. Passionate people. Friendly people. Intelligent people. Please remember that. I'm glad you listened when people said G+ was the place for interests. It is, but more importantly it's about people with common interests.

And last but not least I have been and will continue to send feedback on specific problems. As often as I can :) 
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+Charles Lupica Yes, I can understand not wanting to show the whole text.  Especially long posts like this - but at least show 5 lines or so to people know there's text to expand.  

And I agree, forgetting about the occasional troll, this has always been a great place for rational thought and conversation.  Even if people disagreed, it was an agree to disagree kind of thing.   
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Paris abstract: reflections on Peace.  


I have used this technique for many years to add reflections to animals and flowers. My friend and fellow Master of Photography in the Arcancum, +Jean Michel Missri , has been showing some of his abstract architectural images of La Defense. 
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+Mario Falcetti thank you. 
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Seasons' Greetings to all and to all a goodnight. For those of you celebrating Christmas, I hope you had a happy and joyous Christmas.

I wish you all a happy and creative New Year.


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Thanks for your Moving Image !  " I ve never seen it snow  But if I did it would have to be at Christmas time " Thanks
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Hey everyone.  Just a reminder that voting is now open on the Shades of Gray contest that I'm judging over at ViewBug.  Some really fantastic images.  Go vote and go find a contest that interests you.  They have some great prizes and a contest for just about any photographer and, as you know, everyone IS a photographer.

Charles 

BTW: the images is by Jan Rider 
Join the fun and share your creativity. Submit your image for a shot at a Your Choice Of Prize
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It's my mistake. I will add the comment on my share with +Artist , photographer , amateur or professional  
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I  love this image by talented Swiss photographer +Dominique Dubied.  

Best regards Dominique and happy holidays to you and yours.  
 
Stay warm

PLEASE VIEW IT LARGE

Snowflakes swirl down gently in the deep blue haze beyond the window. The outside world is a dream.
Inside, the fireplace is brightly lit, and the Yule log crackles with orange and crimson sparks.
There’s a steaming mug in your hands, warming your fingers.
There’s a friend seated across from you in the cozy chair, warming your heart.
There is mystery unfolding.
~Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration


Available for sale on: 
http://fineartamerica.com/featured/winter-retreat-ii-dominique-dubied.html

#BTPLandscapePro by +BTP Landscape Pro +Nancy Dempsey+Rinus Bakker 
#showyourbestwork and +ShowYourBestWork by +Britta Rogge
#besttopphotographergroup +BestTopPhotographer by +Rinus Bakker +Jack Stepanyan +Nicole Gruber #besttopphotographer member of www.besttopphotographer.com
#artistphotographeramateurorprofessional +Artist , photographer , amateur or professional curated by +jany viala +Krzysztof Felczak +Chauvin Gene and +Dorma Wiggin
#soothingphotography (+Soothing Photography) curated by +E Cindy, +Massimo Marengo, +Tomoaki Matsushita, +Naghmeh Khadembashi and +Steve J. Giardini
#EuropeanPhotography  +European Photo +Janusz Brakoniecki +Jean-Louis LAURENCE +Susanne Ramharter +Ela Kupiec  +Carlos Duarte
#PromotePhotography by +Promote Photography 
#PhotoManiaSchweiz by +Günter Schurr +Photo Mania Schweiz
#fantasticphotos  +Fantastic Photos  by +dietmar rogacki
#LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins  +Dave Gaylord +Doug Hagadorn +Eric Drumm +Jeff Beddow +David D +Bill Wood +Tim Newton 
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Great portfolio, he really knows how to maximise simplicity. 
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The way that the new Google plus Shares posts is totally deplorable ? despicable. It only share the image and not the content, at least not as far as I can tell.

So, forgive me dear +Elizabeth Hahn if I cut and paste your wonderful post


PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS TEXT IS BY +Elizabeth Hahn. Please visit her stream and comment (if you can still find a stream on the new G+ )

Dearest +Google+

I adore you, I do. I took a test drive on your mobilesque desktop G+ and sadly you broke my heart. I have been here since the first couple days of Beta. The first Beta. I loved you at first sight. And don’t get me wrong, I still do. Otherwise I wouldn’t have taken the time to write all of this. And yes, I’m also sending the official feedback. But the official feedback doesn’t cover the overall impressions. I can’t highlight missing features. I can’t hide personal data because you’ve already removed that.

When you first said you listened to us and are focusing on interests. I was happy. Google + is where I go to find people with common interests and passions. But you left out one very important thing. The PEOPLE. Everything social has been removed from the new G+. Hangouts/Chat. Gone. About Me. Gone. Circles have been stripped down to uselessness. I have 39 circles, but I’m only allowed to view 6!? Do you know why I have so many? Part is I have people sorted by things they post about. One is for people who post things not always safe for work. (I don’t mind that they do, I just need to me sensitive to my surroundings). One is for shushed people. These are the people I adore what they post, but not what they plus. I have to segregate them because you don’t allow me to shut off seeing what they plus. I also have a circle for folks who I allow to see my contact info. My local peoples. People I’ve met in real life. That is a large circle. I’ve met, done hangouts with some amazing, inspirational, talented, kind people in the last several years. But I feel like you’ve taken them from me. It’s no longer easy to send someone a quick Chat message. (And yes I still call it Chat when it’s only text). When someone new circles me, not only do I have to click to see their info, it’s a stripped down version of it. Cold. Impersonal. There are some great About Me’s that will never be seen again. Take a look at Shawn McClure’s. It’s awesome. But it’s nowhere to be found on the new version. Only the 239,042,382 links ;-) See this album https://goo.gl/photos/Aq2dTGnkUQFVsPLV9 ? It’s full of the folks I’ve met here on G+. I've been to your house!! There’s a photo of a couple I met in my very first hangout. The live half a world away, but when they came to vacation near me we met up in person. It was awesome. But I can’t even send you the link via G+ anymore. Just the horrible horrible Photos. Where they sit lonely because no one can comment, plus or anything. Just stare. I can’t look at someone’s profile to see their photos anymore either. To be honest unless they’ve been keeping up on hiding junk from highlights I haven’t been able to in a long time. I don’t care what events they’ve gone too – when I click on their (or my) photos tab I want to see the photos by that person. That’s it. Period. No more.

Now let’s talk about the UI. Is it a great redesign? I don’t know. To be honest it looks like a cross between Classic G+ and my cell phone. I get that nothing will necessarily be where I expect it, that there will be a learning curve. Like finding circles. I sincerely hope you make them more functional again. And more accessible. I get that you’re trying to blend mobile and desktop. But why? Most people I know use them in very different ways. And if it’s at a cost of removing features most people love and use daily, maybe it’s not a wise move. Everywhere I want to go, every comment I want to make, ever plus I want to press takes more steps now. Many more steps in some cases. An update or two ago a friend joked that you were in cahoots with mouse manufacturers trying to get us to wear out our mice faster. I’m starting to believe that’s true. What ever happened to elegant design? And the layout. Images are SO tiny. I have a big monitor, even so I have to zoom in my browser to 175%. And even then images and posts don’t fill the screen. While I like the stream having room to breathe, it doesn’t need half my screen’s width to do so. And speaking of filling up space why can’t I zoom in on photos anymore? And why on earth did you put the Delete button where the Close button use to be in the Lightbox view? I’ve nearly deleted my photo several times now. Why move the close button to the other side? It was happy where it was. It told me so.

What happened to the hover pop ups? Is that going away to mobile-ify the UI? I loved being able to hover over someone’s name and the circles I have them in would show up. Made it easy to rearrange. Or remember why I circled them in the first place. I could hover over someone’s name on a comment and see if I had them circled and the quick tagline about them. Gone. Now I have to click on the name, lose the conversation I was in just to see if I have them circled or to circle them. I can’t tell if they have me circled or not.

I do understand why you broke out some of the features – such as hangouts and Photos. I get that many people use them or want to use them without having a G+ account. But why remove all links to them from G+? I know how to do that on my Wordpress site- it’s easy!! Can’t you simply add a tab/button whatever that opens them up like in G+? Who wants to keep jumping from tab to tab when browsing and chatting with someone? How many missed conversations will there be because we forget to open the Hangouts app? Again – it’s the PEOPLE that keep bringing me here.

Communities. Come on. Why hide some of the most useful features in Communities? Why make the categories a drop down menu? (Again that mouse conspiracy theory rears it’s head). Just show them to me! It’s hard enough to get folks to read community rules when it’s right there in front of them. If they have to click to find it, forget it. Again. Classic Google I could simply over the category and a handy pop up menu would show up and let me move a post. Easy peasy. New one I have to click then select. Then when I’m done with one community, I have to go click on the Hamburger button. Click on Communities. Possibly tab between the ones where I’m a member or moderator (another thing that used to be on one handy screen). Then scroll and scroll and scroll to find and click again on the Community I want to view. I can’t simply click on All Communities at the top of well all my communities anymore. And no longer to I get the most commonly used communities at the top. I’m considering adding an AAAAAAAA to the name of all of the Communities I own ;)

You said you talked to users. You said you visited us in our homes. You said you listened. Honestly Adobe said the same thing about the latest Lightroom and that was a huge disaster. I hope you learned a bit from them and that’s why you’re releasing this test version. Because your biggest fans, your biggest supporters are your existing users. We LOVE G+. That’s why my stream is filled with upset people. We feel like you’ve taken our friends away from us. Remember if we didn’t like you so much we would simply leave. But we want to make G+ a success every bit as much as you do. We joined because G+ was different. It was filled with genuine people. Passionate people. Friendly people. Intelligent people. Please remember that. I'm glad you listened when people said G+ was the place for interests. It is, but more importantly it's about people with common interests.

And last but not least I have been and will continue to send feedback on specific problems. As often as I can :) 
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+Simos Xenakis trying to make it a mobile app I think but I spend 90% of my online time at a desktop machine - dinosaur I know. 
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I took a pot shot at Google this morning over their redesign so why not take a shot at Canon, Nikon, and drones.

This morning I received the new ad from B&H.  They're promoting Canon MK III packages and high-end Drones.  I think to myself,"No more Canons for me, I need a smaller, lighter mirror-less Fuji."  For the drones, I think, "Nope, will wait for a few years to see if it's still legal to fly the dang things." I think Canon and Nikon have missed the boat the way Microsoft has missed the boat in mobile computing. The tide is running against them and they don't seem to be reacting to the sea change.  

A day doesn't go by that one of my pro or amateur friends doesn't say. "Sold my Canon / Nikon Gear. Used the money to buy a Fuji  / Sony"    Last year I thought my next camera would be a Canon 5D MKIV. Now, I'm pretty sure it will be a Fuji XT1

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Ditto, getting tired of the weight and all Canon has in mirror-less is APS-C and I am not interested. Sony makes great sensors, but Canon lens are hard to beat. Still contemplating.
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