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Love anime? Obsessed with street art? Can’t get enough nature photography? Now it’s even easier to get way into what you’re into with Topics.

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#MyToughestShot: +Ian Plant "I (mildly) cooked my forearms making this photo!"

Now that's dedication. 
A surface breakout of lava on the Big Island of Hawaii. I (mildly) cooked my forearms making this photo! Canon 5DSR, Canon 11-24mm f/4 lens, ISO 50, f/11, 20 seconds.

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Brush up on your photography skills with lessons from a Create member

+Alex Lapidus will be running his 'Blurs and Unsharp Photography: Guided Play' program for the fourth year. If you're interested in signing up, stay tuned to his profile in the coming weeks.

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#MyToughestShot: +Rodrigue El Hajj goes under a waterfall and battles mist to capture this angle

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#MyToughestShot: +Margaret Tompkins Grand Canyon capture required 2 days, 2 four-wheel drive vehicles, and 2 guides
Toroweap - A Photographer's Adventure

This was one of #MyToughestShot !!

Toroweap is on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and it's very remote!! Getting there is the adventure. I invited 3 of my friends to help me celebrate my birthday at Toroweap. It required 2 days, 2 4-wheel drive vehicles, 2 guides, and lots of gear. The adventure starts near Kanab, UT, a place I dearly love. Around mile-marker 26, there is a dirt road with the sign "Toroweap 61". Yes, that's 61 miles. The first 55 miles are fairly easy. It's dirt and gravel and very well maintained for the first few miles. You pass through great unspoiled areas of the Arizona Strip country. The last 6 miles is where you really need high clearance 4-wheel drive vehicles with someone who knows what they are doing. The last couple of miles is pure rock!! I don't recall seeing a road at all.

A storm passing through creating great clouds in the sky and my friend stepped near the edge to give the photo perspective. Down below, the Colorado River cuts deeper into the canyon. That's a 3000 ft. cliff!! This is also where Lava Falls is located on the river. It's one of the most dangerous rapids on the river.

Later we celebrated with great night photography and brownies to celebrate the day!! It was an awesome birthday celebration!!

I'm sharing for my dear friends at #LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography curated by +Margaret Tompkins +Eric Drumm +Chandler L. Walker +Krzysztof Felczak +Jeff Beddow +H Peter Ji +Dorma Wiggin #Toroweap #NorthRim #GrandCanyon #ColoradoRiver


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Collection Of The Week: Portraits!

The human face can tell a thousand stories, and the Portraits! Collection by +Manish Lakhani is full of striking photography that does just that. Take a browse through the Collection here and take a journey through his travels.



Interested in building your own high quality Collection? Head over to the Collections Community which serves as your one-stop shop for learning and sharing Collections on Google+. Submit your Collections are for feedback from moderators and the G+ team.

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#MyToughestShot: +Darren Huski explains the dangers and delicacy of capturing a geyser at Yellowstone

"Photographing around geothermal features is tough. You have to stay on boardwalks. There is no wandering around as the ground is often a thin crust and you literally could fall through into boiling water." 😳
Yellowstone by Night

A nightscape of the Milky Way, Northern Lights and Erupting Geyser in Yellowstone. This may be #MyToughestShot

I planned a trip to Yellowstone last fall timed with the new moon to see if I could photograph some of the geothermal features of park with the Milky Way. Because it was the end of the season and many campgrounds were closed I was staying in an area I had only driven through once. Looking at Maps, Google Earth and using Stellaium, I picked out a few locations and features I thought I could photograph the Milky Way from such as Grand Prismatic Spring. I also looked for some different areas especially a geyser. Many people will be drawn to see Old Faithful and when it erupts there are hundreds of people there. I wanted no people and no lights.

Photographing around geothermal features is tough. You have to stay on boardwalks. There is no wandering around as the ground is often a thin crust and you literally could fall through into boiling water. Always stay on the boardwalks!

That was what led me to the White Dome Geyser. It is a large cone that you can get close to on a boardwalk. It is off the main drive on a side road away from the Old Faithful area.

I saw the geyser was erupting every 30-40 minutes. I got there for sunset and had the whole place to myself. I set up my tripods and cameras and waited for it to get dark. While waiting for the stars to show up I saw the geyser erupt a couple of times. I heard coyotes howling too.

Finally it was dark enough, I could see the arc of the Milky Way had the Geyser framed for the shot. Then it was just a question of waiting for the eruption. When it happened I would just long enough for about 3 images out of each camera. When it happened I rapidly took the images. One one set I turned on my red LED on my headlamp to light the plume of steam.

It was only after reviewing the images did I realize that I had also picked up a faint aurora to the north!

A little planning and a little luck made it an image you could hope for but not always get. I guess you make your own luck.

Sony A7R with Samyang 24mm lens

If you want to see more of my nightscape images check out my Nightscape Collection here on G+

#wildernessphotographer #wyoming #yellowstone #nightscape #milkyway #create #sonya7r #samyang #milkyway #aurora #geyser #nationalpark #mytoughestshot

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Meet Create Member +Paolo Dalprato Photographer

Hello Paolo! Tell us a little bit about yourself!

”I’m a professional photographer, my subjects ranging from industrial photography to portraits, architecture, live music. I use both color and black and white and about lenses my preference is for the extremes. In my workflow shooting and post-processing are equally important, in both phases what I like best is to use lights and shadows to give shape to my subjects.”

When and how did your passion for photography start?

My passion for photography started when I was a teenager. I was captivated by the magic of the image becoming visible on the paper in the developing tank. The digital age has brought another spell: post-production. I use only open source software.

Whats your favorite picture that you’ve taken?

My favorite picture is this, it's an unmade bed in a hotel room. I do not know who slept there and that's the charm, because I think it is a photo that drives us to fantasize, to create stories and characters. And this is what I love in photography, stimulate the imagination.

Paolo’s Collections:


Macro: in b&w

Milan: in colors

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Introducing #MyToughestShot

This week, we’re inviting photographers to share the stories behind their most challenging shots. It may only take a few seconds to acknowledge the beauty of a picture, but in that moment most of us are unaware of how much work actually went into creating it.

Photographers can spend hours waiting in one spot for the perfect moment, or they can hike through harsh conditions to reach the ideal vantage point. On the technical side, there various lenses and filters and techniques that goes into post-processing that most people forget when looking at a picture.

We invite all photographers to share the stories of your challenging work by using the hashtag #MyToughestShot.

Check out the first entry here ( and be on the lookout for much more!

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#MyToughestShot: +Heiko Köster endures the treacherous conditions of Death Valley on two trips to capture this photo.

The hottest place on Earth? 60 miles from civilization? Unpaved roads? Running low on gas? No problem! 💯
Race Track Playa
Death Valley NP, USA, 2012

#MyToughestShot - an initiative by crea(+)e

The image below was one of the most expensive and elaborate images I ever took, so far. And this is ....

The Story behind the Picture

Since I saw a photograph of the sliding rocks somewhere in a bookstore I was fascinated by this place. How could these rocks move without leaving any trace except their own ?


Later I figured that the amazing place was located in Death Valley and so I got hooked to visit this fantastic location. Living in Europe it takes more than a weekend trip to get to Death Valley.Luckily I have the chance to visit the US every once in a while, but anyway Death Valley was not always on our route.
Obstacle number two was the remote location of this place. It takes a 30 miles drive over unpaved roads to get there and this road starts next to Ubehebe Crater, which also is located just in the middle of nowhere, far away from any larger city.

1st Attempt

So it took some years, until we came across Death Valley again in October 2010, and since we wanted to go to the race track, we rented a SUV. When we arrived at Ubehebe Crater and entered the "road" to the race track we saw the warning signs about heavy duty tires and 4 wheel drive requirements for the trip. Since we crossed an ocean and drove some thousand miles to get to this place we wanted at least give it a try with our normal rental car. But after a mile or so I gave up, because I didn't want to go about 60 miles to and from Race Track Playa on a very rough road with a normal SUV with regular tires. Everything was rattling and shaking when we drove on this road and I thought the car would just fall apart after a while.
So we decided to come back on our next trip with a tougher, more suitable car.

2nd Attempt

In 2012 we came back, this time I rented an off road jeep at a local place near Furnace Creek. We stayed at the lodge and in the early morning we picked up our Jeep Wrangler. The guy at the rental said, we would have enough time to take a little trip to Rhyolite and back through Titus Canyon before we head for Race Track Playa. So we did it, but of course the tour took longer than expected. For someone who never drove off road, the easy Titus canyon drive was a great adventure and when we left Titus Canyon it was already afternoon. So we drove as fast as we could - or the recommendation of the car lender let us - to get to the Race Track.

Late Arrival

It took quite a while to finish the 60 miles drive and since the sun was relentlessly making progress, we speeded up a bit and drove faster and faster the more we got used to the road and the more the clock was turning. Around 5pm we arrived, but since the place was surrounded by high mountains, the sun was already setting behind them. We rushed out on the plaza and took as many pictures as we could before everything was completely covered in shade.

Back through the Dark of the Night

Then we headed back, noticing that the fuel of our Jeep was running low .... it was supposed to last for the whole trip. Since the rental guy had a lot of experience about the distances and trips in Death Valley we were on the save side. But we had more than a 80 miles to go to the next gas station, it was getting dark and there was no reception of any mobile network. Not the best conditions to feel confident in a completely remote location.
After two hours of driving in the dark one hour on the unpaved road and one hour on the regular highway with the gas running lower and lower, we finally reached Furnace Creek and I put on gas for $100 before we returned it to the rental place and dropped of the keys. Including the extra night at the motel , the gas, the rent plus insurance for the car and the tires, I spent about $500 extra for this single day trip in addition to the normal costs for flights and the road trip through the US to get there, but it was worth every penny.
After spending the day of my life out in the dessert, we went back to the lodge and happily fell asleep.

#DeathValley #sailingRocks #slidingRocks #RaceTrackPlaya

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