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Mike Thompson
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I thought, in this heat of summer, I would share an image from cooler times. I took this last February during a trip to Yosemite to chase a snow storm. While the storm never truly materialized, the clouds in the valley were spectacular! I know we have all seen countless images of Half Dome but I don't remember seeing one quite like this. If you look closely, there are clouds hugging the shear face. It looked to me like the wind was trapping the clouds as it blew across the granite top. I sat at Tunnel View for most of the day happily snapping away...occasionally being taken away to take a snap shot for a tourist or chatting with another photographer about the joy in pressing the shutter. Happy Monday!!
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I don't share other photographer's work often but I think Margrit Schwarz is creating a wonderful body of work. It is creative, inspiring, and all in camera. I will definitely be following her innovatively artistic take on the world through her photography here on Google+!
The last 2 months were a fun ride with the Blurs and Unsharp Photography Mentorship program hosted by +Alex Lapidus, +Robin Griggs Wood and an amazing team of mentors from the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers ! For me, it was a passageway into another world, a world of creative freedom and endless possibilities. No sunset or moonrise, no wave, no tree, no building and no street scene will ever look the same again :-) I had intentional camera movement (ICM) firmly in my toolkit before I joined the program, yet my learning curve was way steeper than expected. From simple blur tips to complex multiple exposure techniques and detailed know-how for a whole range of processing software, Alex and his team expertly guided us through weekly assignments that built on each other in ways that continued to surprise me. All this was complemented by discussions on creativity, abstraction, expressionism and, most importantly, by constant, thoughtful and constructive feedback. The result was a super fun and safe environment in which we could all exchange, support each other, learn and grow. THANK YOU Alex & team for your amazing energy and gentle nudging - some of us needed a little longer to put down roots in Blurryland, but they are that much deeper!

For me, this started happening in week 4, with the introduction of multiple exposure techniques. Several thousand trial-and-error images later, during my recent travels, I 'discovered' a multilayered reality through which people seem to move with deliberation yet unclear destination, passing by each other in urban environments of increasing abstraction. Light and shadow reveal individual trajectories that intersect but rarely converge. Colors highlight, or hide, layers beyond the visible, leaving much to our imagination.

I can't wait to continue playing with this and many other new directions I discovered over the past 8 weeks - the possibilities are endless!
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I am hoping with my recent retirement from my day time job, I will have more time to commit to my photography. With that in mind, I would like to share an image I had taken a couple of years ago in the Sierra's in Yosemite National Park.
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There are many photographers I follow, but Rupert is one of my personal favorites.  He manages to produce some truly unique and beautiful images.  I hope you appreciate his work as much as I do. 

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I had taken this a few years ago while in Greece and is one of my favorite images from the trip.  I hope you enjoy it and have a great week!
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Wind, when you are out to do some photography can be a pain.  Your camera shakes on your tripod so long exposures are an issue and sand can be a real problem if you want to change lenses.   But it can offer opportunity.  I took this as the sun was going down at the Point Reyes class mentioned in my previous post.  The sand was blowing like crazy!  In fact, the wind blew my tripod over a couple of times, thankfully my camera was not on it at the time.  Anyway, I really liked these little dunes with the long shadows and blowing white sand.  Hope you had a great weekend!
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Thanks to +Mike Bingham, I spent Saturday at Point Reyes National Seashore in a class on how to do panoramic images.  +Gary Crabbe was our instructor.  While this isn't perfect, I was able to get a pretty good shot of Mike (middle), Gary (right), and another student.  Gary is extremely knowledgeable about photography and very personable.  I would highly recommend his classes.  This shot is made up of 11 portrait images.  I could probably print it at 7-8 feet across without any image degradation.....guess I need to think about getting a larger printer.....if I want to pursue panos.  Fun stuff!
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A Grand Cayman sunset and a wee bit of rum...
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Added photos to LPC Contest # 11: A River Runs Through It.

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Added photos to LPC Contest # 10: RED.
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