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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 31, 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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"Rural Cottage" by +Jamal Masood for +Artistic Google
 
Rural Cottage
#artisticgoogle #googlestreetview #cottage   #rural   #russia  

Theme: Russia

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

Somewhere on the Unnamed Road, Lozhki, Bryanskaya oblast, Russia

This is a digitally enhanced/modified Google Street View. The original GSV is at https://goo.gl/maps/XDTV9.
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"Sunset" by +Jamal Masood for +Artistic Google
 
Sunset
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Theme: Russia

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

Somewhere on P209 near the village of Lermontovo (formerly Tarkhany) in the Belinsky District of Penza Oblast, Russia. The village is named after the Russian romantic writer Mikhail Lermontov (1814 – 1841) who spent his childhood there and is buried there.

This is a digitally enhanced/modified Google Street View. The original GSV is at https://goo.gl/maps/0XMvM. Besides general cleaning up using PhotoFiltre7, the image has been processed using online Pixlr Express, PhotoScape and Fotor.
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"Traditional amidst Modern" by +Dana Payton for +Artistic Google

Architecture spanning the years. Look at all of that intricate detail in the old building!
 
Traditional amidst Modern in Chelyabinsk in #Россия

For +Artistic Google curated by +Jan McCartney +Rob Robinson  +Patrick Sheeran  and +Jamal Masood 

#artisticgoogle    #googlestreetview    #building    #chelyabinsk     #russia  

This is a digitally enhanced/modified Google Street View Screen Capture.  Captured via Picasa Desktop and enhanced in GIMP 2.8. The original Street View location can be seen at:  https://goo.gl/maps/X7TrI
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"Temple of Alexander Nevsky" by +Dana Payton 

Like a vintage postcard with a little drama happening. (Jan)
 
For +Artistic Google travels in #Россия.

The Temple of Alexander Nevsky in Park Aloye Polye at Chelyabinsk, Russia. 

The Temple of Alexander Nevsky in Winter on 360cities >>>  http://www.360cities.net/image/alexander-nevsky-church-chelyabinsk

#artisticgoogle #googlestreetview  #temple  #russia

For +Artistic Google curated by +Jan McCartney  +Rob Robinson +Patrick Sheeran and +Jamal Masood 

This is a digitally enhanced/modified Google Street View Screen Capture.  Captured via MWSnap & edited in Picasa Desktop. The original Street View location is at:  https://goo.gl/maps/Afyem
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"Golden Pyramid" by +Jamal Masood for +Artistic Google
 
Golden Pyramid
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Theme: Russia

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

Golden Pyramid of the Gostinyi dvor (Russian term for an indoor market/shopping centre) at Khanty-Mansiysk, Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug, Russia.

This is a digitally enhanced/modified Google Street View. The original GSV is at https://goo.gl/maps/xrY9A. Besides general cleaning up using PhotoFiltre7, the image has been processed using PhotoScape, PhotoDirector 4 and Fotor 1.3.
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"Russian Sunset" by +Patrick Sheeran for +Artistic Google
 
A colorful sunset shot for +Artistic Google and our trip to Russia.
A digitally modified Google Street View found here: https://goo.gl/N5FduH
+Jan McCartney , +Rob Robinson , +Jamal Masood and me.
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Wow, that's amazing, I love it :)
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"Windmill at Tarkhany" by +Jamal Masood for +Artistic Google
 
Windmill at Tarkhany
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Theme: Russia

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

Old windmill in the village of Tarkhany (now Lermontovo) in the Belinsky District of Penza Oblast, Russia. 

This is a digitally enhanced/modified Google Street View. The original GSV is at http://goo.gl/maps/M9pDy. Besides general cleaning up using PhotoFiltre7, the image has been processed using FotoSketcher, PhotoScape ans online ipiccy.com.
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"Come September" by +Jamal Masood for +Artistic Google
 
Come September
#artisticgoogle #googlestreetview #autumn   #peterhof   #saintpetersburg   #russia  

Theme: Russia

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

A tree lined pathway at Peterhof Palace, St. Petersburg, Russia.

This is a digitally enhanced/modified Google Street View. The original GSV is at http://goo.gl/maps/DBfSf. Besides general cleaning up using PhotoFiltre7, the image has been processed using PhotoScape, FotoSkecther and online ipiccy.com.
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"Going nowhere" by +Hazel Caplen 

A piece of history, electrified. (Jan)
 
Going nowhere
Steam locomotive L-5129 at Kotlas, Arkhangelsk Oblast.
For +Artistic Google #artisticgoogle in Russia, curated by +Jan McCartney +Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran
This is a digitally processed version of a Google Street View image which can be seen at https://goo.gl/maps/vOOWM
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"Old Russian Churches" by +Jamal Masood for +Artistic Google
 
Old Russian Churches
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Theme: Russia

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

Old Russian Churches in "Vitoslavlitsy" - The Museum of Russian Wooden Architecture. More info in my "Travelogue Of An Armchair Traveller (http://goo.gl/TqnRc6)

This is a digitally enhanced/modified Google Street View. The original GSV is at https://goo.gl/maps/vfQQr. Besides general cleaning up using PhotoFiltre7, the image has been processed using Fotor, Virtual Photographer Plugin, Filter Forge 3 and PhotoFiltre6.
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"On the way to Vycherema" by +Heinrich Damm for +Artistic Google

A summer cottage (dacha) in a idyllic location! (Jamal)
 
On the way to Vycherema
This photo of my little Dacha is for +Artistic Google's tour through Russia:
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This is a digitally enhanced/modified GoogleStreetViewPhoto. The original GSV is at https://goo.gl/XVhsjR

+Artistic Google  curated by  +Jan McCartney +Rob Robinson +Chee Yow +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran #artisticgoogle
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"Sunset Over River Amnya" by +Jamal Masood for +Artistic Google
 
Sunset Over River Amnya
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Theme: Russia

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

As seen from the bridge over River Amnya near the town of Beloyarsky, Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug, Russia.

This is a digitally enhanced/modified Google Street View. The original GSV is at https://goo.gl/maps/88Gwo. Besides general cleaning up using PhotoFiltre7, the image has been processed using Online Pixlr Express, Fotor 1.3 and PhotoDirector 4.
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