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Wellington photographer Amber Griffin has won gold for her dance photography.
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Had to share this one! How can it not put a smile on your face.


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This pretty well sums up how I feel today (and it's one of my personal favorites).
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Great learning opportunity from a wonderful G+er.


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So who wants to learn how to do this?

Our collective community here on G+ has given me so much and allowed me to share so much of my life and what I care about. It's time to kick that up a notch.

I will be hosting and videotaping a series of "G+ Photo Tutorials and Processing Sessions" via Taped hangouts starting on Saturday, Feb 4th at 10pm EST.
First in the series will be a start to finish tutorial showing and explaining how I created this (still work in progress) "portrait of a Red-Knobbed Hornbill giving me her best come hither look" commissioned by the wife of a wonderful and generous Art Collector in Belgium as a birthday gift to him. These are the same techniques I use for all my "Finer feathered Friends" series for the Ritz Carlton Hotels (with just a few secrets withheld for some future time)

This particular session will focus on Photoshop Processing and we'll talk about working with textures, layers, blending modes, masking techniques and along the way, talk a little about the overall creative process. I will answer any questions along the way and hopefully have a co-host to help facilitate a chatroom and keep the session fun and informative. My goal is for you all to be able to walk away with a few new skills, tips and tricks for creating layered images with your own work.

Future sessions will cover some of my various color and monochrome processing techniques, and a few sessions on my approach to shooting and processing portraits among other things.

Need to work through some details hence the early warning. I would love to get an idea how many people will be interested in the live session so i don't break Google or something. And I do plan on recording it and posting it here and/or Youtube for anyone not able to make the session. I will also be reposting this as we get closer with any new news.

Here's hoping we all learn and grow and stay inspired.
It's what makes this place so amazing for me and I want everyone to feel the same way.
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One of my favourites here on G+. If you haven't heard of him already check him out!

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Staring at nothing but seeing far too much and thinking all sorts of crazy rollercoaster, topsy-turvy thoughts after staying up far too late and waking up waaaaaaay too early
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Some flowery goodness from +kimberly pemberton.


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through the lens to the other side
behold .. my butterfly
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+Jarek Klimek just shared a different image by +Christos Lamprianidis and I really enjoyed this one so sharing it! Enjoy!


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If you haven't checked this out +Anna Rumiantseva is doing a SP 365 this year. Some wonderful images so far!


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Self Portrait Project 365
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One of my favourites of +Alan Shapiro's portrait collections.

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Another day, another not-so-conservative father answers the door to meet
a) his worst nightmare or b) his alter ego.
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Take time to remember.

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Join me for the upcoming Veteran's Day Celebration in NY

One of my favorite days of the year is almost upon us:

I love veteran's Day. I get to meet many, many soldiers and listen to their amazing stories. And I get to thank them for all they do to keep their country safe and secure. (It's the least I can do for those that did the most they could do.)

And it's also a day for remembering and honoring all the brave men and women that have fallen in service to their country. (Not that we shouldn't do that every day)

It's a powerful day. A moving day. A magnificent day.

And for anyone who can take a few hours this Friday, I invite you to join me in capturing the emotion and the celebration.

I plan on getting to Madison Square Park between 8:30 and 9am to meet some of the early arrivers. That's always the best time to talk to folks before the crowds arrive. The official celebration starts a little later (confirming time and will post later) and then the parade begins.

Hope to see some of you there. #NYCVeteran'sDay
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Here's a contest +Jay Patel and +Varina Patel are running so check it out! Follow the link for details.
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A Google+ Exclusive Contest - Vol 1

Photography is all about learning. It’s not about fancy equipment... it’s about learning to use what you have! We believe that learning to make the most of the equipment you have on hand is one of the most important skills for any photographer. How many times have we heard someone say “If only I had a better camera, I could take great shots!” The truth is, the camera you are using is far less important than the lighting conditions and the skill of the photographer behind the lens.That’s what this contest is all about. Forget for a moment about resolution and crop factors and aspect ratios! Learn to see the potential in the equipment you already have.

Who Is Eligible?
As long as you have a Google+ account, and you are NOT one of our past students you are eligible to participate. (Sorry guys! You know too much about the cameras we use. It just wouldn’t be fair!) It does not matter where you live :)

Prizes:
OnOne Software - www.ononesoftware.com
Perfect Photo Suite 6.
This revolutionary photo editing suite contains some ground breaking applications that will change your digital editing workflow forever. Perfect Photo Suite 6, the dramatic new version of onOne Software's award winning product suite offers the best new tools for solving the most common problems faced by photographers today. Value = $300

Nature Photography and iHDR Workflow Webinar Recordings
http://www.photographybyvarina.com/photography/workshops/webinar-recordings-nature-photography-ihdr-workflow
More than eight hours of streaming video in four sessions! Varina and Jay Patel walk you through the process of creating stunning landscape images – we discuss the equipment we use in the field, basic composition, histograms, RAW conversion, layers and masks, and our iHDR workflow! The recordings come with over 100MB of samples, notes, and video tutorials. Total Value: $100

How do I Win?

Follow the steps below to enter.

1. Make sure you have circled +Brian Matiash (onOne Software), +Varina Patel, +Jay Patel.
2. Re-Share this post – here’s the link: https://plus.google.com/u/0/101145980349117737014/posts/j8JSXXACVep
PLEASE INCLUDE THE ORIGINAL URL FOR THIS POST WHEN RESHARING. Please make it clear when you repost that only comments to the ORIGINAL post will be considered valid entries for this contest. You may wish to turn off comments on your re-shared post and direct photographers to the original post.
3. Here’s the fun part… Match the images in this gallery

https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/101145980349117737014/albums/5669821312144680961

to the camera listed below. Please follow these simple directions carefully. _Copy and Paste the list of the camera below into the comment box for this post._ Add the image name (Letters A through J) next to the camera.

To make the contest judging easier we are requesting you follow these simple rules:
__Please do not change the order of the camera list below ONLY add the image name (Letters A through J) to the list below
__You can only enter once. You may change your answer as many times as you want until the post is locked for judging. :-))

Thats it! First person to match the correct and camera and the image will win the prize. We will contact winner on Google+
1) Canon 10D:
2) iPhone 4:
3) Canon 5D:
4) Canon 5D MKII:
5) Canon D30:
6) Rebel XT:
7) Canon 20D:
8) Pentax K1000 (Film):
9) Canon 50D:
10) Canon 1DS MKII:

Trust me...we will make sure that there is a winner. :-)))

Good Luck to all G+ Fans
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