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Bringing Google Street View and Artists Together
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This project started long, long ago in a faraway land when photographer Ken Rathke felt that his creativity needed a boost one rainy day. It began as a a fun experiment with creatively processed images of California and blossomed into a weekly foray to exciting destinations - all virtually of course on the Artistic Google Magic Bus! The locations we've  visited so far can be seen in this Google Map.

So where can we find travel pictures for screen capture and creative processing? Google Maps - Street View is perfect. It's Frugal National Geographic for those of us that like to dream. The challenge is to find the right angle, subject matter, cropping, composition and presentation.

We wanted the images to have a certain raw quality that was already there, but hidden until brought out by the creative mind of the Artistic Googler.

The instructions are simple: 

1) Sunday night or Monday, we announce a new theme location for the tour.

Our current theme is:  Russia (April 27 - May 10, 2015)

2) If you'd like to participate, be sure to circle us.
3) You create a screen captured image from Google Street View. Note that these are the raw images taken by the roving GSV camera (identified by blue lines or orange dots), not the Panoramio or the Geo Panorama ones submitted to Google by photographers (identified by blue squares or blue dots and the photographer's copyright. See the note below about the new Google Maps format).
4) You tart it up any way you like in photo editing and give it a title.
5) Tag your image with +Artistic Google if you would like it to appear in our photo albums.
6)  You can submit images until Sunday at 6 pm EDT (10 pm UTC) when the theme closes for the week. 
7) Please make sure to include a link to the original GSV image in your post.Find out how to do that here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9BIq4Mr5tk
8) Post to Public and tag the curators in your post so we are notified and can reshare it: +Jan McCartney +Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran
9) Enjoy the thunderous applause!

We make an album with all the images submitted for each destination. Check out all of our photo albums by clicking on the Photos tab at top of our page.

We know that tarting up Google Street View images is addictive and you'll want to try lots of them. Because of the curatorial work involved in presenting these albums, though, we'd ask you to send us no more than your 10 best images each week.

Look on busy streets or down lonely alleys. It's all there for you to get your Mojo going! We want this Art Project theme to make better photo composers and post processing creators out of you. Then you can take your experience at Artistic Google and go out into the Real World and create original Masterpieces all your own.

Let's have fun and create!

*All original images on this G+ Page and shared in connection with the Artistic Google page are copyrighted by Google Maps  from Street View and are being used for the sole purpose of artistic merit and will not be sold or profited from by the posting individuals.

A note on copyright in the new Google Maps format:

In the new Google Maps format, the images are identified by the imagery type shown in the dark grey inset on the top left corner of view. If the inset describes the image as "Street view" or "See inside" then these are acceptable for the Artistic Google album. However if the image is described as "Photo Sphere" or "Photo" then it cannot be shared in the AG Stream and will not be included in the AG Album.

Another acid test is whether the image is copyright © Google or not. If it is, then it can be shared in AG Stream and if it is not, then it will not be shared. The copyright status of each image is clearly shown in the bottom portion of the image.

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wow, you can afford Photoshop?  ;-P
I actually am a little jealous....
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"village at the station of new life" by +Chryssa Kotsanidou for +Artistic Google

Dancing brushstrokes and dappled light.  (Rob)
 
village at the station of new life for +Artistic Google's tour in Russia

+Jan McCartney +Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran 
modified from a Google Street View image: goo.gl/maps/sk5HP
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"Savior " by +Himitsu Animo for +Artistic Google

A historical church full of mosaic. (Jamal)
 
Savior
The Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood in St. Petersburg, Russia.

 Rise Against - Savior: https://youtu.be/e8X3ACToii0

Derived from GSV (https://goo.gl/maps/52VM8) for +Artistic Google's Tour of Russia. Curated by +Jan McCartney +Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood and +Patrick Sheeran.
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appear one castle or in the future is plausive .......be
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"Siberian Church" by +Harley McAdams  for +Artistic Google

Harley is off to a good start in the current tour of Russia and finds this small yet a very thematic picture of Russian Onion Domed Church. This fine painterly image will adorn the cover of the Russia Album. (Jamal)
 
This Siberian church must date from pre-Stalin days.  You can see the Google street view image which inspired this digital painting at http://goo.gl/tC3HEl.  Submitted to +Artistic Google curated by +Jan McCartney  +Patrick Sheeran +Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood 
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oh this is just so pretty!
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"Soviet War Memorial, Berlin" by +Jamal Masood for +Artistic Google
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Soviet War Memorial, Berlin
#artisticgoogle #googlestreetview #berlin   #germany  

Theme: New York City/Berlin

For +Artistic Google curated by +Jan McCartney +Rob Robinson +Patrick Sheeran and +Jamal Masood (me).

The Soviet War Memorial was built within few months of the capture of Berlin and commemorates the war dead of Soviet Armed Forces specially the 80,000 soldiers who died during the Battle of Berlin. It stands in the former West Berlin.

This is a digitally enhanced/modified Google Street View. The original GSV is at http://goo.gl/maps/FEX6D. Besides general cleaning up the image has been created  using PhotoScape, Online Pixlr Express, Fotor and Virtual Photographer.
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"Altes Museum Rotunda" by +Jamal Masood for +Artistic Google
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#artisticgoogle #googlestreetview #altesmuseum   #berlin  

Theme: New York City/Berlin

For +Artistic Google curated by +Jan McCartney +Rob Robinson +Patrick Sheeran and +Jamal Masood (me).

The roof and skylight of Altes Museum rotunda has been wonderfully captured by Google camera but I wish it had captured the full circle.

Besides cleaning up, I have processed the image using Hagrid and Anne filters of online Pixlr Express and then inverted the image and gave it sepia touch using PhotoScape.

This is a digitally enhanced/modified Google Street View. The original GSV is at http://goo.gl/maps/FEX6D
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"Rostral Column" by +Rob Robinson for +Artistic Google
 
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At the Old Saint Petersburg Stock Market for AG's Russia Tour, curated by +Jan McCartney , +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran and me. Produced from a Street View image, https://goo.gl/maps/r0v4M, using Photoshop with increased saturation and a graduated filter, blue to orange, from Nik Color Efex Pro 4. Brushed in highlights.
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"Boys' Day Out" by +Jamal Masood for +Artistic Google
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#artisticgoogle #googlestreetview 

Theme: Russia

For +Artistic Google curated by +Jan McCartney +Rob Robinson +Patrick Sheeran and +Jamal Masood (me).

Somewhere in Neryungri, Sakha Republic, Russia

This is a digitally enhanced/modified Google Street View. The original GSV is at http://goo.gl/maps/FEX6D. Besides general cleaning up, the image has been processed  using PhotoScape, FotoSketcher and Filter Forge 3 (Frames).
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Here is a great link suggested by +Hazel Caplen for getting back to Classic Maps - https://www.google.com/lochp

+Barry Hunter is also working on a project for Classic Maps. http://gokml.net/maps
It is s till in development stage but has potential to become a good replacement of classic maps. (Jamal)
 
Google Classic Maps Killed
#googlemaps  

I noticed now that the following link to get the Google Classic Maps is no longer working;
https://maps.google.com/maps?output=classic&dg=opt

Clicking on the link redirects me to;
https://www.google.com/maps/@?dg=opt&newdg=1

The newly opened page displays a message that;
"You're in Lite mode" and it also gives a link to "Switch back to full Maps".

Clicking on the link switches the Map to full mode where following message is displayed;
"You're using full Google Maps" and it also gives a link "Switch to Lite mode"

It seems Google has finally killed the 10+ years old Classic Maps. 

RIP Classic Maps. I loved you and will miss you.
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That's a wrap for our Artistic Google tour of New York City/Berlin !

Golden Google Award time!
The Album Cover Award goes to "Berlin Looking East" by +Ben Langhinrichs 
"Washington Square in Manhatten" by +Harley McAdams 
"Nathan's Famous" by +Patrick Sheeran 
The sparkling "A Visit to Altes Museum" by +Heinrich Damm 
Portraiture Award for "Purpose" by +Ben Langhinrichs 
"Bank" by +Himitsu Animo 
"Altes Museum, Berlin" by +Jan McCartney 
Drama Award for "Casting Call" by +Rob Robinson 
"Under the Hell Gate Bridge" by +Patrick Sheeran 
"Autumn landscape" by +Hazel Caplen 
Techniques Award for "Altes Museum Rotunda" by +Jamal Masood 
Trifecta Award for "24-Hour Surveillance" by +Ben Langhinrichs 

Are you ready for our next tour?

RUSSIA (April 27 - May 10, 2015)

We last visited Russia way back in 2012 when Street View coverage was limited to a few cities. Now the Magic Bus will take you on a tour all the way from the border of Finland down through the Baltic states, across the top of Kazakhstan and Mongolia to the Japan Sea and across the Sea of Othotsk to the Kamchatka Peninsula. Along the way, you can stop off in the usual touristy spots in Moscow and St. Petersburg, taking in the architecture, cafes, museums and street scenes or hit the beaches of the Black Sea. 

For inspiration, check out Google's "Russia Highlights" at https://www.google.com/maps/views/streetview/russia-highlights?gl=u

For fun, take a look at some cool finds at http://www.streetviewfun.com/top-100/russia/

And of course, re-visit our 2012 album at http://goo.gl/V7gz1b

We'd love to learn your techniques for digital enhancement. Feel free to share a note about your software or any unusual processing steps.

If you've never participated in Artistic Google and would like to, check out our "About" page to find out how.

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"Ceiling of the Morgan Library" by +Harley McAdams 

A perspective challenge solved! And a wonderfully intricate image too. (Jan)
 
Ceiling of the Morgan Library in New York City for +Artistic Google curated by +Patrick Sheeran +Jan McCartney +Jamal Masood +Rob Robinson    The image is derived from the Google Street View image at http://goo.gl/LLhMYi, cleaned up, straightened up, and enhanced a bit in Photoshop.
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"24-Hour Surveillance" by +Ben Langhinrichs for +Artistic Google

Don't worry if you are being watched just let the ice cream melt in your mouth and savour its flavour. (Jamal)
 
24-Hour Surveillance
I visited Blue Marble Ice Cream with +Artistic Google's tour (and because nom nom nom). As the sign suggests, the shop is being watched. Original GSV at http://goo.gl/OthLg7.
#artisticgoogle #NewYorkBerlin
+Patrick Sheeran +Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Jan McCartney 
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