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Sometimes, our brains sabotage us. Fight back!
As admittedly wonderful and fascinating as the human brain is, it can also feel like the brain is out to get us sometimes. In some circumstances, our brain's natural reaction actually does more to sab...
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Many of you are eager to see images of Iceland. As +Patrick Di Fruscia, +Colby Brown and +Ken Kaminesky are still on travel or busy with other things and haven't shared much Iceland shots yet, I'll share one of mine.

Seljandsfoss Sunset
This was really THE shot I wanted to capture in Iceland and probably it's the best one from the whole trip. Ever since I saw similar images on Flickr I wanted to get one of those myself. I did a lot of research on this spot and checked if the sun position (http://www.esrl.noaa.gov/gmd/grad/solcalc/ is a great tool for that) will be right during my visit. It turned out that I had to do the shot on sunset as the sun will most likely be too much north (to the right) during sunrise.
Everything planned and ready to shot I arrived at Seljandsfoss on the second day of the trip but the weather had other plans.. The sky was overcast and one could not see the sun. No sunset on the first day..
The next morning the weather looked much better and we decided to spend one more night at the campsite (we had two extra days planned in our trip and using one at the very beginning removes much flexibility later) and hoped that the weather will stay nice for the sunset. During those two days we've spend some time around the waterfall and checked the conditions. It turned out the one gets really wet when walking behind the waterfall. So staying there for half an hour with temperatures around 10 degree Celsius requires good clothing and protection for the gear. 
I went behind the waterfall during the day and you really have to hurry with your shot. In less then half a minute the lens is full of little drops which destroy the image.
We arrived at the waterfall about 30 minutes prior to the sunset. Setup the tripod and the camera, composing, adjusting settings and shooting. It was really helpful that my girlfriend joined me and cleaned the lens and the filter so that I didn't had drops on the lens for another 2 or 3 shots. 
Staying behind the waterfall for 30 minutes is really a torture to all you equipment. The lens and the camera really got wet (they have never been that wet before) but luckily everything still worked well after the shot. Would have been horror to loose the camera or the wide angle lens on the second day of the trip. Obviously Sony/Sigma have done a great job and also National Geographic did a great job with their backpack (which has a rain cover) as all the other equipment stayed dry during the shot.

So I'm a happy with the shot? Yes I am. It was well worth the effort. The lamp in the middle is bit disturbing but they are used to light the waterfall at night (which is really not needed at that time of the year as it stays bright all day and night long).. 

Sony A550
Sigma 10-20mm @ 11mm
ISO200, F20, 1s
Cokin P662

#naturemonday  by +Rolf Hicker and +Jen Baptist 
#plusphotoextract   by +Jarek Klimek 
#hqsppromotion   curated by +Mukundh B, +Carina Marsh, +Marina Versaci +Tammy Boldt +Thierry Raemaekers, +Rinus Bakker, +HQSPPromotion 

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This year seems to be the Iceland year on google+. If you're looking for pictures make sure to follow: +Patrick Di Fruscia, +Colby Brown, +Ken Kaminesky, +Dominique Dubied, +Rikard Lindby, +Joe Azure  as they have been or are photographing in Iceland this year. 
I'll tag my iceland shots with #iceland2012  maybe the other photographers will do so too.
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Do long hours mean more productivity? Nope. Here's why:
"He's one of my best employees. He always puts in ten-hour days, sometimes much more." Is this how your boss judges you and your colleagues? Probably yes, according to a 2010 study published in Human ...
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A slew of apps promise to encourage "lucid dreaming". So why is there such enthusiasm for controlling dreams, asks Sam Judah.
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Working long hours can be draining, so how do you stay motivated to work on your passions and hobbies? Share your tricks with us:
You've worked a long hard day at the office, and you're finally free. It's tempting to go home, stuff some food in your mouth, and do nothing for the rest of the night, but after work is prime time to...
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Understanding Exposure - ISO, Aperture and Shutter Speed Explained:

http://www.exposureguide.com/exposure.htm

When you think of the craft or art of photography, you must immediately think of exposure. Exposure is a critical element that determines what is actually recorded on film or the image sensor. There are three adjustable elements that control the exposure - ISO, Aperture and Shutter Speed.

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How to use your phone to control just about everything in your home.

Controls exist all over the house: light switches, garage door openers, temperature controls, TV remotes, oven dials, faucets and many more.

Thanks to the smart phone revolution, however, it’s now possible for controls to be on the person, rather than on the machine. In the past year, a new category of home appliance has emerged — the smart phone–controlled device. 

Here are some of my favorite new smart phone–controlled home gadgets: 

http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/2941939/list/Switch-On-the-Phone-Controlled-Home

(Follow me on Houzz: http://www.houzz.com/user/mikelgan )
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Garden Party

I went to a garden party to reminisce with my old friends
          A chance to share old memories and play our songs again
                                                                               Rick Nelson

Here's a line-up of some common characters at the birdbath and feeders in our yard.  American Goldfinches and House Finches. 

For the  #breakfastclub  - curated by +Gemma Costa & +Andrea Martinez 

Prints available on my photo blog: www.PopsDigital.com
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Wow!! Unroll.me is awesome!

1. Go to http://unroll.me/

2. Specify your email service

3. Grant permission

The site will go find every single subscription of every kind that you're getting, letting you unsubscribe from each with a single click. 

Wow!!

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Why do those first hot days of the year feel so bad? Because our bodies’ best methods of coping with heat haven’t been tested in three seasons. But if you’re slogging though your work or workout now, ...
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interesting ideas "how to hang your photos and Art in creative way" !!
i'm interesting to know about your method if you have one , possible with images from your rooms !
#hangphotos
We've already showed you a bunch of cool ideas showing how you can hang your photos and art in creative ways. Now we're going to be more specific and show how
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