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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) We announce a new theme location for the tour.

Our current theme is:  The Golden Triangle - Los Angeles, New Orleans, Mexico City  (June 29 - July 12, 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 the tour's end date at 6 pm EDT (10 pm UTC) when the theme closes. 
7) Please make sure to include a link to the original GSV image in your post. Find out how to obtain the link (URL) here:  https://goo.gl/8CXqyE
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 per tour.

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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"Flower Shop" by +Jamal Masood for +Artistic Google
 
Flower Shop
#artisticgoogle #googlestreetview #flowers   #mexicocity  

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

A beautiful flower shop on Monte Athos, Mexico City. The image in Google Maps is itself very good and I have just cleaned it up and processed it with water-colour pencil and enhanced the colours.

This is a digitally enhanced/modified Google Inside View. The original GSV is at https://goo.gl/maps/kLsoV. 
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And that's a wrap for our Artistic Google tour, Exploring Africa !

Here are the Golden Google Awards...

The Album Cover Award for the first ArtyGoogler off the bus is for "Sambirano valley in Madagascar" by +Chryssa Kotsanidou 
"All the pretty little horses" by +Jan McCartney 
"Cows At The River" by +Jamal Masood 
"Not a Ruby Slipper in Sight" by +Tessie L'Amour 
"Avenue of the Baobabs" by +Rob Robinson 
"Alright, alright, keep your roof on" by +Ben Langhinrichs 
"Bridge" by +Himitsu Animo 
"one more tree" by +Chryssa Kotsanidou 
"Moir Hut" by +Jamal Masood 
"Beach Time" by +Hazel Caplen 
"Hartbeespoort Dam" by +Rita Pinto 
"The Lion's Head" by +Patrick Sheeran 
"Sun and shadow on South African mountain" by +Andrée Reno Sanborn 

Are you ready for our next tour?

The Golden Triangle - June 29 - July 12, 2015

Artistic Google celebrates the hustle and bustle of three cities: Los Angeles, New Orleans and Mexico City.

Los Angeles - "City of Angels", is a paradise for tourists who throng to Hollywood, Venice Beach,  Sunset Strip, Rodeo Drive, Disneyland, Japanese Garden, and much more. Seek out LA's huge selection of street murals! 

New Orleans - "The Big Easy", home of jazz, is one the oldest cities of USA and has an diverse atmosphere rich with French, Creole, and other cultures. Enjoy the unique architectural styles reflecting the city's historical roots and multicultural heritage. The famous French Quarter is a treat for artists. Pay a visit to Superdome, museums, the zoo, and of course the stunning views of the Mississippi River.

Mexico City is one of the oldest cities in North America and biggest metropolis in the world. Founded in the 12th century, the city is full of historical buildings and landmarks. It is also known as the City of Palaces. Visit the Plaza de la Constitución, the Cathedral, "El Angel" monument, Basílica de Guadalupe, and Coyoacán— the Colonial Arts district which was home to Frida Kahlo, Leon Trotsky, and Diego Rivera.

If you need more inspiration, have a look through our photo albums. We have visited California every year since 2012, and the artistic team went to New Orleans/Louisiana and Mexico in 2013.

If you've never participated in Artistic Google and would like to, check out our "About" page to find out how. (Jamal and Jan).
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I don't know how you pick the "winners" when they are all wonderfully creative pieces. I'm in awe of so many of them.
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"Magnificent Avenue of Baobabs" by +Jamal Masood for +Artistic Google
 
Magnificent Avenue of Baobabs
#artisticgoogle #googlestreetview #beautiful #trees #nature #madagascar  

Theme: Exploring Africa

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

No trip to Madagascar is complete without visiting the Avenue of the Baobabs. It is a row of about 20 - 25 imposing Baobab trees along some 260 metres long stretch of the road in Madagascar and is one of the most famous and popular tourist spot in Madagascar. 

This is a digitally enhanced/modified Google Street View. The original GSV is at https://goo.gl/maps/Pwkdj. 
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"The Lion's Head" by +Patrick Sheeran for +Artistic Google
 
Around Cape Town, Western Cape, Africa.  The impressive Lion's Head has some clouds coming over it, as seen from Signal Hill Road.
A digitally modified Google Street View found here: https://goo.gl/maps/GLdgw
+Artistic Google , +Jan McCartney , +Rob Robinson , +Jamal Masood and me.
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Wow, what timing to catch  that spectacular cloud.
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"Postcard" by +Patrick Sheeran for +Artistic Google
 
I found this Postcard from the Postcard Cafe on the Stark-Conde winery in South Africa for +Artistic Google .
A digitally modified Google Street View found here: https://goo.gl/maps/ZiETb
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OMG, it is so beautiful!
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"Clouds Over Lion's Head" by +Jamal Masood for +Artistic Google
 
Clouds Over Lion's Head
#artisticgoogle #googlestreetview #capetown   #southafrica  

Theme: Exploring Africa

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

This is a view of  Lion's Head as seen from Signal Hill in Cape Town. The clouds give an impression of a smoking volcano. The famous Table Mountain is on the left under the clouds.

This is a digitally enhanced/modified Google Street View. The original GSV is at https://goo.gl/maps/lVebu
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"Tyin' to add some "arty" structure" by +Heinrich Damm for +Artistic Google

Heinrich's artistic touch  makes a rather drab wall come alive with life. This beautiful image will adorn the cover of Golden Triangle Tour of Los Angeles, New Orleans and Mexico City. (Jamal) 
 
Tyin' to add some "arty" structure to bland walls ...
The theme this time is: The Golden Triangle – Los Angeles.
This is a digitally modified GoogleStrretViewPhoto found here: https://goo.gl/R3kf81
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The texture really brought the walls to life.
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"Golden Grass, African Savanna" by +Jamal Masood for +Artistic Google
 
Golden Grass, African Savanna
#artisticgoogle #googlestreetview #grass   #botswana  

Theme: Exploring Africa

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

An unnamed dirt road passing through savanna grass in Central Distt., Botswana.

This is a digitally enhanced/modified Google Street View. The original GSV is at https://goo.gl/maps/QVEw9. 
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"Sun and shadow on South African mountain" by +Andrée Reno Sanborn for +Artistic Google

A lovely capture Sun and shadow. (Jamal)
 
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Sun and shadow on South African mountain
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"Pringle's Bay, South Africa" by +Andrée Reno Sanborn for +Artistic Google

Andrée returns to Artistic Google after a long break with a fine capture and rendering of Pringle's Bay. Welcome back Andrée. (Jamal)
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Welcome back, +Andrée Reno Sanborn. I enjoyed looking back through your images from 2012.
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"girl from Ibhayi" by +Chryssa Kotsanidou for +Artistic Google

An excellent painterly treatment and a great capture of an innocent face in shadows. (Jamal)
 
girl from Ibhayi a township near Port Elizabeth, South Africa for +Artistic Google's tour in Africa
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from a Google Street View image: goo.gl/maps/EsCLc
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thank you Jamal. :)
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