The first Google+ Flash Mob? (click to see ALL the face-tags!!)

It was an amazing night... and once Stanford University found out we were coming via e-chatter, there were several dozen anxious communiques exchanged by the organizers. But, everything worked out in the end... There were no power-confused security-guards trying to wrestle our tripod-laden bodies to the ground, and Stanford was totally cool.

We went everywhere from the famous fountain in evening sun to an Andy Goldsworthy sculpture (btw, I mentioned his great documentary - see some on YouTube at Rivers and Tides ) to a Mausoleum (!) to Rodin's sculptures and the Gates of Hell to the Star-Trek-looking engineering quad...

I met so many nice people! There were a ton of photographers from beginner to beyond... everyone was so curious and nice... I mentioned in yesterday's talk at Google how when I am open and vulnerable that interesting people (to me) get auto-filtered into my world... and this was a perfect example of that. To have hundreds of people that are simply sharing in a celebration of photography and the small things in life... this is very nice.
Here's the group photo from tonight's +Trey Ratcliff photo walk at Stanford. It was great to meet everyone and put real faces to the Google+ profile photos! Thanks again to Trey for organizing this.

A few people asked for the details on how this shot was done so here it is...

This was by far the largest group shot I've ever taken and I wasn't sure how many rows of people were going to be in the photo until right before I took it. Assuming the worst, I setup four Ranger Quadra packs outfitted with bare heads and wide reflectors. You can see two heads in the photo lighting the front and middle. The other two heads are high camera left and right on C stands aimed at the back in a cross pattern.

The Quadras were set at ~3.5 power giving me ~f/11, ambient light was dialed in at 1/60 s.

I was going to put the camera on a tripod but didn't feel like messing around with it on those steps. Instead, I wound up shooting the Phase One IQ140 with a 35mm lens, hand held, at ISO 400.

I think there are over 150 people in this shot. I've tried counting heads on my screen a few times but it's late and I keep losing track of who I already counted...help.
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