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The perils of choosing a shooting spot in the dark when at the Salton Sea. Fascinating place so far.
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A little something to share before I drop off the grid for a bit. Thanks to the curators for great themes. +Monochrome Monday curated by +Hans Berendsen, +Jerry Johnson, +Manuel Votta, +Steve Barge, & +Nurcan Azaz+Mountain Monday curated by +Michael Russell.

#monochromemonday   #mountainmonday   #monochrome   #mountain   #Arizona   #superstitionmountain  
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Very beautiful landscape! Wonderful use of light and shadows. Cool looking mountains! Thanks very much for sharing with Monochrome Monday!
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Romantic Date for Two
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Grand Opening of INSIVITY.COM + $2000 GIVEAWAY

I am incredibly happy to announce the official launch of Insivity ( Insivity stands for "Insane Inspiration and Creativity" and consists of a collaborative effort from some of the most talented and inspirational photographers, graphic designers and illustrators in the world who are here to share their knowledge and passion with all of you...for free!

Aritsts include:
+Jeremy Cowart +Chris Burkard +Elia Locardi +Ken Kaminesky +Richard Bernabe +Catherine Hall +Dean Bradshaw +Patrick Di Fruscia +Jay Patel +Varina Patel +Alan Shapiro  +Brian Matiash  and many many more.

As part of this grand opening, we are giving away a Wacom Cintiq 22HD tablet (MSRP $1999) to one lucky winner. All you have to do is sign up for the Insivity newsletter ( and reshare any one of our announcements on Google+, Twitter or Facebook.

The giveaway runs from today through December 31st, 2012. More information can be found here....

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It was quite hazy on this late July afternoon but the light cast across the Superstitions was magnificent. I prefer the monochrome version because the contrast of it really brings out the beauty that is the Superstitions. Besides, no one who hasn't seen it in person ever believes that these beauties can be orange, pink, magenta, or purple depending on the light.
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Wow that far away.
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ANNOUNCING PLUS ONE COLLECTION 2012 + Image Submission + Fundraising Campaign

Alright, let's do this thing! The publication of Plus One Collection 2012 is officially under way. Read on for details, watch the video, re-share it, and get on the train before it's too late. 

Who can contribute a photograph for the book? 

Anyone. Send us your best image you took in 2012 and it'll get published in one or in all forms - in print, in ebook, and in our online gallery. 

What's the theme?

Same as last year - your best photograph you made in the year just ended, 2012. 

How else can I help?

Re-share this post with your circles. Invite friends and family to participate. This is a photography community publication, and we want as many submissions as we can get. Everyone should hear about this. Remember to tag your posts with #PlusOneCollection2012

When is the deadline?

Image submission is open from now until January 16, 11:59pm California time. In other words, don't wait and send us your work today. 

How do I submit my photograph? 

All details and submission form is here -

Will we be able to see what's being submitted?

Yes. Once submissions start coming in, I will setup a +SmugMug gallery where you can see all that's being sent to us and you'll be able to find your image too. 

How will the book get published?

The book will be printed and bound professionally through Oddi in Iceland. They're known for working with photographers and for their great quality of printing.

How can we afford a print run?

To afford the cost of publication, we launched a crowdsourcing campaign through Indiegogo ("Kickstarter" that allows charitable causes). There are all levels of contribution there, so take a look -

How do I pre-order a copy?

Just like last year, for limited time only, you can order Limited Edition of the book that will ship numbered, signed, and with a fine art print. The only way to order it this year is through Indiegogo campaign that will run through January. These copies will ship first and before book officially goes on sale. So again, don't wait and chip in today!

When will the book ship? 

We're shooting for the same time frame as last year - so sometime in early spring. 

What cause are we supporting this year?

We are very proud to have teamed up with the Kilgoris Project. In short, we will use any proceeds from the sale of the book and buy digital cameras for underpriveledged children in the school in Kenya. But it's a much bigger project than that. Please watch the video!

Who made this video?

We proud to be still working on +Andy Lee who made this video is our chief designer for everything pixel related. 

Ivan, why are you not smiling in the video?

I'm Russian. We never do. But I'm always smiling inside. 

Kmm. I still want to help.

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Who Needs a Website? Do I?

When it came time to renew my hosting contract for 2013 I opted to let the website go. My host wasn't all that great and I had been neglecting the site for some time so it just seemed like the right thing to do. Funny how we always miss stuff we don't use once it's gone. I know a lot of people find Google+ has replaced their blogs but something I don't like about social sites like Google+ is that a person must intentionally visit the site then actively look for what they want to view unlike a website with a RSS feed. Allowing a reader to subscribe and anytime something new is posted it automagically appears in the RSS reader for one's enjoyment. I suppose I'm old fashion that way. I still don't use Facebook and use Twitter mostly for sharing links. I play with Instagram a little, just because it's so darned easy to share a quick snapshot from a cell phone; although the new Flickr app may just be a great replacement for Instagram. The fewer sites (social networks) I have to visit and manage the better. 

What started this rambling menagerie of words was the act of posting a photo to Flickr then to Google+ and realizing what I miss most about my website is the ability to schedule posts ahead of time. I don't get on the computer everyday and even if I do I don't necessarily get on the web. The ability to schedule posts ahead of time so they were spread out rather than slamming my readers with ten posts at once was very useful functionality. This got me wondering if I should start another website. I enjoy sharing both words and images online even though I tend not to socialize very much. I don't know why I'm so anti-social online. Perhaps too much time spent on bulletin boards (no, not that kind). Perhaps I just like socialization in meatspace that much more. Perhaps I have enough acquaintances and don't have room for anymore. Perhaps there are too many needy people clamoring for attention online (you know, just like I'm doing right now). Anyway, that's my dilemma for the day. I have a hankering for a good old fashioned web site but am not sure I want to ride that bull again.

Of course, all of the above isn't even taking into account what I would name the site, how I would design the site, and what back-end I would use. I guess the back-end question is irrelevant because I would use what I am familiar with and that is Wordpress. I know I can get a free site on but I don't like the imposed limitations. Of course, maybe that is the direction I should go if I decide to create another website. Those limitations would free me up from developing my own theme and maintaining custom code (although that is half the fun of having a website). Perhaps I should take a chance and just explore the idea. It is free after all. What could it hurt to try?
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+David Kutcher I migrated to Wordpress from Blogger several years ago, just don't think I can go back to it. I thought about Tumble since it is seems to be designed for simple posts without all the options Wordpress and Blogger allow.
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The Gateway

Into the valley that is Telluride, Colorado from Society Dr. just off 145. 
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Spectacular footage! Makes supermoto look even more tantalizing!
Dear Santa, all I want for Christmas is a supermoto so I can go sliding through corners, launching off jumps, and lofting epic wheelies all-day long with reckless abandon. You see Santa, sport bike track days here in Northern California are very expensive, and let’s not even begin to talk about how much a “whoopsies” can cost on today’s Yamahonda GXS-R1′s. I’ve been a good boy this year, and always wear my gear when out ... ...
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Resharing Monday's post, this time for #bwlandscapewednesday  curated by +Manuel Votta, +Victor Bezrukov, +Margaret Tompkins, and +Charles Lupica. Also a nice fit for +Weather Wednesday curated by +Jason Borg.
Rising from Bryce Canyon

So many folks think stormy days ruin their time in nature but often it has the opposite effect. Storms throughout the day brought life to Bryce Canyon in marvelous ways.

Processing photos of Bryce Canyon is always difficult as both color and monochrome have their purposes. The colors of Bryce Canyon are fantastic, yet a monochromatic image sure brings the focus to the structure of the hoodoos and dynamic landscape of the canyon. Always a tough decision, but +Monochrome Monday made it a little easier to celebrate #nationalparksmonday  this week.

#nationalparksmonday  curated by +Juan Pons 
#monochromemonday  curated by +Hans Berendsen, +Jerry Johnson, +Manuel Votta, +Steve Barge, and +Nurcan Azaz
#BryceCanyon   #brycecanyonnationalpark   #nationalpark   #monochrome   #blackandwhite  
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Thank you +Margaret Tompkins, always a pleasure to share the beauty of this magnificent planet.
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Former civil servant, father, husband, photographer, writer, poet, and time waster. I have been passionate about photography since early childhood and am now striving to earn a living with it and master my own style regardless of the object being photographed.
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