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Valley of Fire, Red Rock Canyon, petroglyphs, Route 66, and more!
Valley of Fire, Red Rock Canyon, petroglyphs, Route 66, and more!
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Wildflowers in Nevada
More photos From a recent trip through Mojave Desert ecosystems in Nevada.

#Nevada   #spring   #wildflowers   #MojaveDesert    
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Mesquite, Nevada Area
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Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
What a great resource to have nearby for residents of Las Vegas!  It's a surprise that more visitors to Las Vegas don't explore this park as well.

#Nevada   #RedRockCanyon   #lasvegas   #landscape   #photography  
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Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Nevada
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Valley of Fire State Park
I've created an album of photos from my visits to Valley of Fire State Park over the years, including many from when we met many G+ photographers there in a photowalk in April 2012.  There's a G+ Story on the photowalk that you should be able to access here: https://plus.google.com/107459220492917008623/stories/64b84848-5592-3642-91fe-8c66aa43cf30

#valleyoffire    #Nevada    #lasvegas    #statepark   #LV2012  
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Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada
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Virgin Mountain and Vicinity, Nevada
The Mojave Desert is blooming nicely in this area about 90 minutes east of Las Vegas.

#Nevada #travel #photography
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Mesquite, Nevada Area
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Extraterrestrial Highway, Nevada
Roswell can have its weather balloon crash.  Nevada has Area 51!

#Nevada   #travel    #travelphotography  
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Extraterrestrial Highway 375, Nevada
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A visit to Valley of Fire, Nevada
I used the G+ Story feature to create this collection of images from my last visit:
https://plus.google.com/107459220492917008623/stories/64b84848-5592-3642-91fe-8c66aa43cf30?authkey

I have a more comprehensive album of Valley of Fire photos on G+ here: https://plus.google.com/photos/+JeffreySullivan/albums/5980066400693096545
#Nevada   #travelphotography   #NVmag  
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Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada
Spring is a good time to visit Valley of Fire.  I used to pass through the park on my way to and from Southern Utah in the fall and spring, and in 2012 +Lori Hibbett and I met a bunch of G+ photographers there in early April, but I think we'll try late March to revisit the area this year.

This presentation was mostly auto-created by the Story function on G+.  To find your Stories, drop down your Home menu (blue icon towards the upper right of your G+ screen), select Photos,Drop down your Home menu (blue icon towards the upper right of your G+ screen), select Photos, then drop down the menu at the top, and the first item on the list is Stories.  Select that, and you'll see the Stories you have to choose from. to edit, then share.

Basically The Story function looks at all of your G+/Picasa photos (and Blogger and Panoramio if the accounts are linked), and it identifies trips or events, and puts them in the format you see when you follow a link like the one I shared.  The owner of the Story has the ability to select "Edit" to choose different photos from the trip.  

If you want to add photos, and they're not already visible when you select Edit, you can put them on G+/Picasa and ask for the Story to be regenerated, or you can tell a G+ Photos process to back up photos from your phone (I don't) or from your Windows desktop, and it will try to create stories as photos are added to those locations (each private until you share them I assume).

So I added folders to my Windows desktop specifically to have the photos found for potential Stories.  I think it had 40+ potential Stories for me, going all the way back to trips I took in 2004.  Then drop down the menu at the top of your Photos screen, and the first item on the list is Stories.  Select that, and you'll see the Stories you have to choose from. to edit, then share if you want.

Basically the Story function looks at all of your G+/Picasa photos (and Blogger and Panoramio if the accounts are linked), and it identifies trips or events, and puts them in the format you see when you follow a link like this one.  The owner of the Story has the ability to select "Edit" to choose different photos from the trip.  

If you want to add photos, and they're not already visible when you select Edit, you can put them on G+/Picasa and ask for the Story to be regenerated, or you can tell a G+ Photos process to back up photos from your phone (I don't) or from your Windows desktop, and it will try to create stories as photos are added to those locations (each private until you share them I assume).

So I added folders to my Windows desktop specifically to have the photos found for potential Stories.  I think it has 40+ potential Stories for me to share, going all the way back to trips I took in 2004.

I have a more comprehensive album of Valley of Fire photos on G+ here: https://plus.google.com/photos/+JeffreySullivan/albums/5980066400693096545

#ValleyofFire   #valleyoffirestatepark   #landscapephotography  
+Las Vegas Photography Workshops www.JeffSullivanPhotography.com

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Explore Nevada
I can't wait to get out and see more of the state's incredible landscapes!
#nevadaphotography   #Nevada   #nvmaglove   #landscapephotography  
Unknown Nevada
One of the things I'd like to make a concerted effort to do this year is explore more of Nevada. It's relatively unknown to most photographers, so the subjects tend to be pretty fresh, not over-shot. 

Many of the subjects are what you'd expect... State parks, decaying towns and abandoned mines, a National Park and a National Monument, but others seem a little more serendipitous: eroded badlands, hoodoos, dry lake beds, wild mustangs and wild burros, bighorn sheep, hot springs and tall mountains with alpine wildflowers and gnarled bristlecone pine trees. I probably have years worth of exploration of the state ahead... all the more reason to get started as soon as possible!

My California book is coming along well... close to 5000 words so far this week, so I'm starting to look ahead and think about what projects to work on next.
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One of the Great Things About Nevada is Our Weather
The late spring and summer monsoon storms we get are particularly good for photographers!  This was captured looking over the Rosaschi Ranch near Sweetwater Summit, Nevada.
#Nevada   #nevadaphotography   #nvmaglove   #weatherphotography  
Lightning in a Sunset Thunderstorm
This storm started as some nice clouds at sunset with a little rain coming down, but the clouds consolidated over time to become a more energetic cell with frequent lightning. I kept shooting it well into the night, and ended up with a time-lapse sequence of a few thousand shots.

This is a composite image of many of the images from the event, showing both the lightning strikes and the stars as they emerged. To see the time-lapse video, here is is over on +YouTube : http://youtu.be/I8OEEhKlKzE

I had uploaded some quick single and composite images from this sequence previously, but my father wanted a large print for Christmas, so I've finally gotten around to producing a better version of the composite.  Here's an album with the initial rough copy of the composite before I cleaned it up a little in +Adobe Photoshop Elements and +Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.2: 
https://plus.google.com/107459220492917008623/posts/7kMWj2QJTeP

Fortunately with time-lapse shooting you have a little extra time, since I was with +Lori Hibbett+Nicole Sullivan and +Thomas Sullivan camping on a mountaintop across the valley from this storm, and I had to manage steaks cooking over the campfire in addition to multiple cameras shooting at different focal lengths.

Here's more from my Nevada album on G+: https://plus.google.com/photos/+JeffreySullivan/albums/5712642035357745425

In the last few years I've posted dozens of photography tutorials on my +Blogger  blog... including ones on on how to produce both time-lapse sequences and star trails images.  Just search for "technique tip" and another keyword to find the one you want: www.MyPhotoGuides.com
#weather   #weatherphotography   #Nevada   +Landscape Photography 
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Annual Burning Man Event Brings 60,000 People to Nevada
One of the largest events held in Nevada each year, Burning Man is a temporary city established in the Black Rock Desert featuring hundreds of art installations, a "gift economy" in which you give to others with no expectation of anything in return (even bartering is frowned upon), and tens of thousands of the most creative, successful and independent people you're likely to meet in your life.  http://burningman.com/
#Nevada   #nevadaphotography   #nvmaglove   #burningman  
Burning Man Starts Tomorrow Night!
Here's my next addition of 15 photos to the front of my Burning Man album (30 total added today). I leave for the event tomorrow night, so I'll be offline for most of the next 9-10 days. Then I hope to get out on two backpacking trips before Winter weather arrives, so I could be mostly offline for the next 2-3 weeks.

Shall We Try a "Share Saturday" on Google+?
Twitter has its #FF "Friend Friday"... Let's try a "Share Saturday" on Google+!

Google+ is an amazing place with amazing participants, but a huge number of new people join every week. Let's identify new users and others who are posting quality content,who deserve a bit of recognition!

You can check my profile for three sample "Share Saturday" suggestions so far today. If this concept sounds like a good one to you, consider being generous and "share the love" with the sharing of posts or the recommendation of Google+ members you like. The Golden Rule, karma, "what goes around comes around", call it what you like... most major value systems in the world tell us that in a community you get what you give... and for those of you mostly broadcasting about yourself, start giving today, and do favors for others at least one day per week!

If you like the concept, you can share my earlier recommendations today or make some of your own. Just include "Share Saturday" and mention the concept. One recommendation at a time we'll make the Google+ environment better for all.

Have fun!
But what's this Burning Man event? Burning Man is an annual experiment in human interaction, a temporary city of 50,000 people, a "no commerce" environment where you give to the community with no expectation of anything in return, and you are encouraged to take these values out into the "default world" when you leave (do something nice for your Google+ friends today!). The temporary Black Rock City is established in a dry lake bed in the Black Rock Desert, two hours north of Reno, Nevada. The entry fees of around $250-300 for the 8 day event are invested in the nearby community of Gerlach and in grants to help artists create approximately 300 works of art, emphasizing interactive, pyrotechnic or kinetic works. Why do photographers go to Burning Man? Photo opportunities involving colorful art projects, colorful people, bizarre and wildly creative art vehicles, and things on fire! If you have any trouble reaching copies of the photos shown below which allow comments, try this link: https://plus.google.com/photos/107459220492917008623/albums/5640960102661815329
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Burning Man (67 photos)
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South Lake Tahoe, NV Fireworks Rated in Top 10
For more to see in Nevada, the annual Independence Day fireworks show in South Lake Tahoe, Nevada is rated in the top ten nationwide!  I love shooting fireworks, and I've seen displays all over the country, but I've never seen a better show with more intricate charges and choreography.
#Nevada   #nevadaphotography   #nvmaglove   #independenceday  
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