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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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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.
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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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It's That Desert Time of the Year Again!
I'm looking forward to the milder temperatures of March April and May to get out into the Nevada desert again!
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G+/Panoramio Las Vegas Area Photowalk, April 2012
I'm looking at places to go this spring, and the 4 day photowalk +Lori Hibbett and I led to the Vegas area in April 2012 comes to mind...
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+elizabeth hahn has posted some nice results from the G+/Panoramio Las Vegas Area Photowalk last week. Thanks Elizabeth, it was great seeing you again, and getting to spend a little more time shooting with you this time.

With her re-share of this photo Elizabeth also mentioned a new G+ photo theme which sounds like fun, #selfishSunday by +Barry Blanchard and +Monique Yates , where you share your favorite post from the past week. I may use it for those posts which you can't wait to share, but end up posting at an awkward time of day when few people are around to see it.
#LV2012
 
One quick photo before bedtime - opening card for #Panopoker Flowers in Landscape. Curated by +Mike Spinak and guest curated by +Tony Payne . Sorry about the road Mike, it couldn't be helped :)

#LV2012 with +Jeffrey Sullivan and +Lori Hibbett . This is in the Valley of Fire Park.
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There is always today.. but right now I'm going to stay on this road in contemplation.
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Thanks +Elena Omelchenko for creating an album from the photowalk. I always love seeing someone else's perspective and some of the many compositions that they saw which I missed! It inspires me to see a broader range of subjects the next time I go out.
#LV2012
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Explore Nevada
I can't wait to get out and see more of the state's incredible landscapes!
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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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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/
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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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And the Panoramio Photo Contest Winner from the G+ Las Vegas Photowalk Is...
+elizabeth hahn!
With her "Dancing Waters" image of the fountain show at the Bellagio in Las Vegas:
http://www.panoramio.com/photo_explorer?source=wapi_group_photos#view=photo&position=6&with_photo_id=70894000&order=date_desc&group=69810

The judge (thanks Mom!) also liked:
Sunrise at the Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada by +Elena Omelchenko:
http://www.panoramio.com/photo_explorer?source=wapi_group_photos#view=photo&position=7&with_photo_id=70893476&order=date_desc&group=69810
Star trails with traffic by +Matthew Bell:
http://www.panoramio.com/photo_explorer?source=wapi_group_photos#view=photo&position=26&with_photo_id=70584508&order=date_desc&group=69810
And this sandstone pattern image by +Mayukh Banik:
http://www.panoramio.com/photo_explorer?source=wapi_group_photos#group=69810&order=date_desc&with_photo_id=70942375

Many thanks to +Panoramio - unofficial page for sponsoring the prize, the Nikon Coolpix S8200! Panoramio will be giving out more cameras this month, with their monthly photo contest: http://www.panoramio.com/contest
The categories change every month, with the categories for May being:
- Sunrise & Sunset
- Water Flow
- Motion
- Love
First prize is the Sony NEX-7 interchangeable lens digital camera
Professional quality in your pocket with interchangeable lenses.
24.3 megapixels, Full HD AVCHD, 25/50p, OLED Tru-Finder, 10fps, 7.5cm LCD, built-in flash. With 18-55mm lens.
Congratulations Elizabeth!
#LV2012
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Thanks +Lori Hibbett - ha I had forgotten about the ponchos.
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Google+/Panoramio Las Vegas Photowalk Photo Contest
You've had some time to work on your photos from the trip, now take a moment to upload some of them to the +Panoramio group set up for attendee photos: http://www.panoramio.com/group/69810

For this first Photowalk we'll have one prize, a Nikon Coolpix S8200 camera featuring
- 16.1 Megapixel resolution
- 14X zoom
- HD video recording

Anyone else who wants to have their photos considered, get over to www.Panoramio.com and get your group membership request in ASAP so you can upload some photos over the next few days.
Rules:
- Photos must have been taken in the Las Vegas area on the April 5-8 dates by people who joined us (or who let us know that they tried to).
- People who arrived with me are ineligible.
- Winner will be selected by a judge who does not know the participants.
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Sounds cool even for owner of 8 Canon cameras :-)
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An entire album from the Pinball Hall of Fame in Las Vegas... +Justin Spelbrink and +elizabeth hahn stopped there on the way to the G+/panoramio Las Vegas Photowalk weekend, #LV2012. We dropped by with them again on Saturday of the weekend, and I had so much fun that we returned on Sunday! Some of the pinball machines have "classic" prices of $0.25/game, and even the ones at $0.50 are often 3/$1.
 
Pinball Hall of Fame

Before heading out of Las Vegas to Valley of Fire for the photoadventure, +elizabeth hahn and I stopped at the Pinball Hall of Fame. This place is cool! I was expecting a bunch of old machines that you can just look at, but here they all can be played! Awesome!

#lv2012
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+Matthew Bell has posted some excellent images from the G+/Panoramio Las Vegas Photowalk last week. Drop by his stream if you get the chance to check them out.

You can also click on the #LV2012 hashtag to find many new images from the trip as they're posted (and you can go back and add that tag to your image descriptions and shares so people can find them easier).
 
3rd and final star trail shot from Valley of Fire.

This one is 393 images shot with my 15mm fisheye lens. I started this one much earlier than the other 2 and therefore caught some traffic and lots of planes.

#LV2012
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Valley of Fire, Red Rock Canyon, petroglyphs, Route 66, and more!
Introduction
In 2012 I organized a few free Google+ photowalks to see old friends, and to get to know my new ones on Google+!

Valley of Fire/Las Vegas G+/Panoramio Photowalk April 5-8 
https://plus.google.com/b/102266715914719821262/102266715914719821262/posts/GF9m67Suhox 

Yosemite National Park G+/Panoramio Photowalk, May 4 - 7 

Eastern Sierra G+/Panoramio Photowalk June 1-4

I also started leading night and sunrise workshops at Bodie State Historic Park in California.  I'll be leading many more photography workshops in 2013.  Contact me for details on upcoming dates.

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