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"For past 8 weeks, I felt like a bird who could fly into the world created by unbridled imagination." ~ +Sonali Dalal

Marvelous images, Sonali! Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and images from your time in +Alex Lapidus's "Blurs and Unsharp Photography" mentorship!

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For anyone who has read this far, consider mentoring someone else here (or more) ... some people don't even know where to start with their cameras and you could be the change they need in their lives. Even the smallest bit of knowledge can be passed on and you can create your mentorship in many different ways. Imagine the feeling of taking someone to their next level, paying forward the knowledge you've received and watching someone blossom with enthusiasm and accomplishment! Find out how you can get that feeling for yourself herehttps://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2AGAbjLwjUcY0ZiNHlHY2FoNlU/view?usp=sharing

For past 8 weeks ,I felt like a bird who could fly into the world created by unbridled imagination. Thanks to the wonderful opportunity provided by Blur and Unsharp mentorship by +G+ mentorship programme for photographers , +Alex Lapidus, +Heiko Mahr and +Robin Griggs Wood , I could create a world of fantasy where I dwelled for 8 fabulous weeks.

When I started the mentorship, I did not imagine I would enjoy and learn so much apart from finding highly creative bunch of co-mentees from whom also I would learn a lot. I had seen work by past mentees and had always wondered how they could do such work and when I would learn such amazing techniques. I am most thankful to +Alex Lapidus for his tremendous dedication , patience, and enthusiasm for imparting knowledge. +Heiko Mahr 's timely gems provided necessary extra reading and courage to let go. I have read and re-read +Robin Griggs Wood articles many times (during previous mentorships too ) and have always been amazed by her words and their capacity to inspire. Special thanks to the programme directors for providing such amazing mentorship programme. +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers


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16/07/2017
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"...with so many new tools in the photographer’s toolbox, the fun and experimenting won't stop here. It is a wonderful new way of creating; experimenting and interpreting the world." ~ +Birka Wiedmaier

Terrific album, Birka! Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and images from your time in +Alex Lapidus's "Blurs and Unsharp Photography" mentorship!

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For anyone who has read this far, consider mentoring someone else here (or more) ... some people don't even know where to start with their cameras and you could be the change they need in their lives. Even the smallest bit of knowledge can be passed on and you can create your mentorship in many different ways. Imagine the feeling of taking someone to their next level, paying forward the knowledge you've received and watching someone blossom with enthusiasm and accomplishment! Find out how you can get that feeling for yourself herehttps://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2AGAbjLwjUcY0ZiNHlHY2FoNlU/view?usp=sharing
Blurs & Unsharp Photography Final Plus Post

The time has passed, much too fast. Eight weeks of the Blurs & Unsharp Mentorship, a +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers by +Alex Lapidus and +Heiko Mahr are over.
When I look back, and through my images for the mentorship, I see a lot of colour has come into my life, not only in the work I have created (most of my previous work was in b&w) but also by the wonderful people I have met in this time.
I experienced a totally new freedom in creating different moods or blurring my work, either in camera or in post processing, the possibilities are endless.
Places that before seemed rather uninterestingly, suddenly offer many photo opportunities. My attention is much more drawn to the details in my surroundings now, to movement and light. I did not have a lot of experience with abstract or unsharp photography before these eight weeks but with so many new tools in the photographer’s toolbox, the fun and experimenting won't stop here. It is a wonderful new way of creating; experimenting and interpreting the world.
What I enjoyed most, was the total freedom of interpreting the assignments. This lead to a vast body of work by all of us and was a great source for inspiration.
Thank you again, +Alex Lapidus, +Heiko Mahr and +Robin Griggs Wood for this wonderful program and all moderators and fellow mentees for your lovely and encouraging comments!
Since I had missed the signup date last year I would like to say an extra thank you to +Christine Bichler and +Karolina Trapp for the friendly reminder this year ;)

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7/15/17
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"It is not only being able to create Unsharp and Blurred photos that matters; what is also important is the sense of daring, of audacity that this mentorship has insufflated into my vision. I feel am now playing with the impossible, ie, there is no limit to my creativity!" ~ +Françoise Dhulesia

Fabulous images, Françoise! Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and images from your time in +Alex Lapidus's "Blurs and Unsharp Photography" mentorship!

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For anyone who has read this far, consider mentoring someone else here (or more) ... some people don't even know where to start with their cameras and you could be the change they need in their lives. Even the smallest bit of knowledge can be passed on and you can create your mentorship in many different ways. Imagine the feeling of taking someone to their next level, paying forward the knowledge you've received and watching someone blossom with enthusiasm and accomplishment! Find out how you can get that feeling for yourself herehttps://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2AGAbjLwjUcY0ZiNHlHY2FoNlU/view?usp=sharing

Final Plus Post To Alex +Alex Lapidus​'s mentorship Blur and Unsharp Photography mentorship
The mentorship is now over and I just cannot imagine how fast time flew!

In just eight weeks, Alex and Heiko +Alex Lapidus+Heiko Mahr​ have succeeded in opening amazing and unexpected new horizons to my creativity!
It is not only being able to create Unsharp and Blurred photos that matters; what is also important is the sense of daring, of audacity that this mentorship has insufflated into my vision.
I feel am now playing with the impossible, ie, there is no limit to my creativity!
As a lover of abstractness, I have liked to capture a world of fantasy and softness, a world where I see no boundaries, where there is no beginning or end, and where Art is self-sufficient and the expression of a liberation.
In that sense, this mentorship has been a slow process leading my creativity towards a more unbridled expression.
I have worked hard because the course was enthralling from day one to the last. Interactions were unique, rich, friendly, fun, enriching, stimulationg.
I have made friends whom I will remember througth their Art. All co-mentees have gifted me with their vision and I thank them all for this.
I would recommend any one to follow this mentorship next time Alex directs it!
I have felt free to interpret the tasks in my own way, and I have really appreciated this a lot.
Thanks and thanks again to all of you, mentors, moderators and co-mentees.
I would like to thank Robin for her generousity +Robin Griggs Wood​; Robin, youare too modest! What a dedicaion you too have!
Thank you to the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers https://plus.google.com/u/0/105385385448524520257
for making this journey into blur possible.
+G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers




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14/07/2017
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"I was delighted and surprised at the level of knowledge Alex Lapidus , Heiko Mahr and all the helpers and supporters offered us. Add to that, participants that were so very helpful, supportive, and talented -- many styles and techniques used, I could not try them all, but hope to in the near future. Thank you all. I am forever changed by you guys." ~ +Marsha Leigh

Wonderful album, Marsha! Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and images from your time in +Alex Lapidus's "Blurs and Unsharp Photography" mentorship!

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For anyone who has read this far, consider mentoring someone else here (or more) ... some people don't even know where to start with their cameras and you could be the change they need in their lives. Even the smallest bit of knowledge can be passed on and you can create your mentorship in many different ways. Imagine the feeling of taking someone to their next level, paying forward the knowledge you've received and watching someone blossom with enthusiasm and accomplishment! Find out how you can get that feeling for yourself herehttps://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2AGAbjLwjUcY0ZiNHlHY2FoNlU/view?usp=sharing
Final Plus Post for Blurs and Unsharp Photography
~A program by +Alex Lapidus assisted by +Heiko Mahr +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers +Robin Griggs Wood

Where to begin!
There are three principal means of acquiring knowledge... observation, reflection, and experimentation.
Observation collects facts;
Reflection combines them;
Experimentation verifies the result.
Denis Diderot

I am the type of artist that probably spends more time studying than getting in there and doing the art. I suppose I just love the learning process.

Regarding blur effects, I would describe my strength at the moment to be on the processing side, which is fine -- a different street leading to the same destination. That being said, as a young piano student (later a music major in college), music theory taught me that learning basic chords first was important before you composed a song using dissonant tones. In this art class, I needed to understand methods used in-camera. I am still new to that part after the class and hope to practice lots more with the foundation +Alex Lapidus presented.

As the class is just wrapping up over 8 weeks, I am more excited than ever to add new skills I began learning to my art box. I have taken a few other mentor classes at G+ over the years and this particular class, I knew ahead of time I would feel like an absolute beginner and I still am. But I feel more empowered than ever to keep practicing.

I was delighted and surprised at the level of knowledge +Alex Lapidus , +Heiko Mahr and all the helpers and supporters offered us. Add to that, participants that were so very helpful, supportive, and talented -- many styles and techniques used, I could not try them all, but hope to in the near future. Thank you all. I am forever changed by you guys. I look forward to seeing all of your new work as it comes out.

I feel refreshed and invigorated to make new art and sing new songs more than ever. (((°▽°)八(°▽°)))♪


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7/13/17
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"I am surprised and very pleased at the unexpected ways my vision and photography has grown during these 8 weeks." ~ +Rachael Switalski

Awesome images, Rachael!! Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and great work from your time in +teresa pilcher's "Finding Your Vision" mentorship!

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For anyone who has read this far, consider mentoring someone else here (or more) ... some people don't even know where to start with their cameras and you could be the change they need in their lives. Even the smallest bit of knowledge can be passed on and you can create your mentorship in many different ways. Imagine the feeling of taking someone to their next level, paying forward the knowledge you've received and watching someone blossom with enthusiasm and accomplishment! Find out how you can get that feeling for yourself herehttps://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2AGAbjLwjUcY0ZiNHlHY2FoNlU/view?usp=sharing
Finding Your Vision Graduation Plus Post #pluspost

First and foremost I would like to apologize to my fellow mentees as well as our amazing teacher +teresa pilcher for falling off the face of the earth for the last week. Life happens, it's a reality, but I wasn't able to contribute effectively to the final week and I am sorry that I missed that.

What I learned in this mentorship was of course not at all what I thought I would learn. I learned about the expected things, types of composition to consider, different types of light to look for and use in my photos, thinking about motion, background selection, etc, etc. But my takeaway was that what I am truly looking for in street photography are moments. Stolen moments of time, in which a glance, a hand gesture, some frozen congruity of events that tells a story. This should not surprise me, and I'm sure doesn't surprise those who know me well, I am ever on the search for stories. Thank you +teresa pilcher for pushing us all to search for our internal vision through the structure of street photography. I am surprised and very pleased at the unexpected ways my vision and photography has grown during these 8 weeks.

For all the support, encouragement, and knowledge that was shared among the group, thank you to my fellow mentees +Françoise Dhulesia +Jenn Camforth +Chris Sutton +Piotr Edelman +Janusz Bednarski +Jane Levine +Diana Brown +Stephanie Cassiday-Krueger +Nicole Ina Michel +Kimmetal Smith +Angelo Gifford +Heiko Mahr +Lena Konstantinova +Caleb Asch +Enrique Barreiro Alonso +Rita Zietsma +Jeffrey Heidrick +Kitten KaboodleInc +Gernot Glaeser +Paco TeGe +Agnieszka Ambroszczyk +Mitch Garcia +Stefano Ruzzini and for their support along with +Rich Barbara and +Karolina Trapp

And ever and always the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers, +Robin Griggs Wood (my amazetabulous mentor) and +Alex Lapidus for making these truly wonderful, free mentorships and online learning experiences possible.

With no more ado, here is my graduation album. Enjoy.
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6/11/17
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"Each week I learned something new ... That's mentorship open new doors for me" ~ +Janusz Bednarski

Great work, Janusz! Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and work from your time in +teresa pilcher's "Finding Your Vision" mentorship!

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For anyone who has read this far, consider mentoring someone else here (or more) ... some people don't even know where to start with their cameras and you could be the change they need in their lives. Even the smallest bit of knowledge can be passed on and you can create your mentorship in many different ways. Imagine the feeling of taking someone to their next level, paying forward the knowledge you've received and watching someone blossom with enthusiasm and accomplishment! Find out how you can get that feeling for yourself herehttps://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2AGAbjLwjUcY0ZiNHlHY2FoNlU/view?usp=sharing
Recently I completed the awesome 8 weeks mentorship "Finding Your Vision" which was run by talented and amazing street photographer +teresa pilcher Thank you for this experience. Thank you to our amazing moderators +Alex Lapidus +Robin Griggs Wood +Karolina Trapp +Rich Barbara +Heiko Mahr +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers and fellow street photographers for your awesome comments and inspirational images.
Each week I learned something new, I have shot so many street images than ever before. That's mentorship open new doors for me :)
Sadly that's end now, but I hope to see you all again or maybe in real life some time :)
If you thing about improving your photography skills I highly recommend any of +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers
And here is my album from this mentorship :



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"Limits didn’t exist and we were encouraged to step out of the box and try new approaches. ... In the end we saw that our 'vision' was growing, expanding and blossoming." ~ +Stephanie Cassiday-Krueger

Such rich images, Stephanie; amazing! Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and great work from your time in +teresa pilcher's "Finding Your Vision" mentorship!

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For anyone who has read this far, consider mentoring someone else here (or more) ... some people don't even know where to start with their cameras and you could be the change they need in their lives. Even the smallest bit of knowledge can be passed on and you can create your mentorship in many different ways. Imagine the feeling of taking someone to their next level, paying forward the knowledge you've received and watching someone blossom with enthusiasm and accomplishment! Find out how you can get that feeling for yourself herehttps://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2AGAbjLwjUcY0ZiNHlHY2FoNlU/view?usp=sharing
When I saw the opportunity on +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers to apply for a mentorship in Street Photography my interest was piqued. When I saw that it was developed and being led by the talented and gifted +teresa pilcher I was very intrigued as I had been so impressed by what I had seen of her work online. This was not only my first Mentorship but the first ever course I participated in related to photography. This was ‘The Decisive Moment’ as Henri Cartier-Bresson so famously eludes to in his interpretation of Street Photography and of which the English edition of his book “Images à la sauvette” was later titled.

Selections were made and for eight weeks Teresa guided us on a journey that took us through streets all over the world. As mentees we took our vision and expanded upon it through thoughtful examination of different principles - we had a fabulous multi-cultural group of people with the added guidance of +Karolina Trapp, +Alex Lapidus , +Heiko Mahr , +Rich Barbara , +Robin Griggs Wood and +Ron Clifford to encourage and assist us. We worked as a team - offering constructive comments - advice and suggestions. We were able to see the world through the eyes of others with the same assignment. Limits didn’t exist and we were encouraged to step out of the box and try new approaches. What was interesting was that we still maintained our own style and that was evident as the weeks progressed. We could look at a photo and know who it belonged to - but yet see the progress that was being made. In the end we saw that our 'vision' was growing, expanding and blossoming.

When asked - ‘What Street Photography Means To Me’: part of my reply was this
“An opportunity to grab a moment - whether it is chaos or solitude - among strangers. An early morning in a random city around the world. A nighttime walk full of energy and dark shadows. The view from a street cafe. Children at play. People deep in their thoughts among the crowds. People performing on the streets - and those that live on the streets. Being lost yet finding security in the world around me.”

This still holds very true and now I have the skills to further enhance those moments. To use various disciplines such as Natural Contrast - Points of View - Balance and Tension - Shadows - Layers - Reflection - Composition and Blurred focus to add another layer of intrigue to ‘my story’ .

A heartfelt thank you to Teresa and her fabulously talented team of Moderators - to my fellow mentees for sharing their support as well as their progress.

I highly encourage anyone interested in expanding their knowledge in photography to partake and get involved in the programs available through the +G Mentorship Program. These are people that want to do this - they give their time and energy to enhancing the artistic abilities of others and promoting the field of photography.

The photos I chose here represent the disciplines studied and also my personal vision during these past 8 weeks. I was fortunate to be traveling in North and Central America - Europe and the Caribbean islands and found not only fabulous inspiration but brought back pretty spectacular memories that were enhanced by the lessons taught in this course. Teresa always wished us “Good Light” and that says it all….

Stephanie Cassiday-Krueger #FYVision2017

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29/05/2017
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"I can honestly say that I have learnt so much, not only from Teresa and the mentors, but also from the incredibly talented group of fellow mentees who were generous in their support and input into critique." ~ +Kitten KaboodleInc

Such wonderful images you created, Kitten! Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and great work from your time in +teresa pilcher's "Finding Your Vision" mentorship!

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For anyone who has read this far, consider mentoring someone else here (or more) ... some people don't even know where to start with their cameras and you could be the change they need in their lives. Even the smallest bit of knowledge can be passed on and you can create your mentorship in many different ways. Imagine the feeling of taking someone to their next level, paying forward the knowledge you've received and watching someone blossom with enthusiasm and accomplishment! Find out how you can get that feeling for yourself herehttps://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2AGAbjLwjUcY0ZiNHlHY2FoNlU/view?usp=sharing
Finding Your Vision 2017 - Graduation Album
(Note: Apologies for the umpteenth repost - had glitches with the album format!)

Recently I completed the awesome Finding Your Vision street photography program which was developed and run by the fantabulous +teresa pilcher​​ here on Google Plus, with the help of +Rich Barbara​​​, +Karolina Trapp​​, +Alex Lapidus​​, +Heiko Mahr​​ and +Robin Griggs Wood​​​. :)

This is the fourth (?) photography based program I've completed that's run under the umbrella of the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers​which does SO much in promoting and cultivating the great photography that makes G+ such a great sharing platform :)

During the program we explored the artistic elements that can help lift a street photo above the ordinary. The focus was predominantly on SOOC (although some minor adjustment permitted and with the final lesson touching on the role of post processing if desired).

There are many sub-genres within street photography, and as I discovered there is so much more to it than being out there on a street capturing a 'decisive moment'. I can understand why now it takes a lot of practice and effort to take a truly great street photo.. and I'm hooked! 😉

I can honestly say that I have learnt so much, not only from Teresa and the mentors, but also from the incredibly talented group of fellow mentees who were generous in their support and input into critique. Thank you all SO much for your part in my photographic discoveries and personal growth!

Lastly, thanks so much to the followers who check out and plus my photos - your interest is very much appreciated! :))

I hope you enjoy a selection of my favourite shots taken during the program.

Kitten Kaboodle =^.^=

#streetphotography #b&w #sepia #colour #blur
#peoplephotography #girls #guys #pavement #steps #beach #night #darkside #nightphotography #graphics #beach #summer #australia #dog #kids #festivalgoers #hipsters #skateboarders #shoppingcentre #silhouette #cars #reflections #desaturated #bridge #fujifilm #kk.inc #fyv2017kkgradalbum





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"my understanding of what I’m trying to achieve has evolved, and with that comes a different way to see and photograph the world. ... every time I pick up the camera now the process is different, what I see is different." ~ +Chris Sutton

Such great images, Chris, and WOW that woman in a red dress shot! ... ;oD. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and great work from your time in +teresa pilcher's "Finding Your Vision" mentorship!


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For anyone who has read this far, consider mentoring someone else here (or more) ... some people don't even know where to start with their cameras and you could be the change they need in their lives. Even the smallest bit of knowledge can be passed on and you can create your mentorship in many different ways. Imagine the feeling of taking someone to their next level, paying forward the knowledge you've received and watching someone blossom with enthusiasm and accomplishment! Find out how you can get that feeling for yourself herehttps://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2AGAbjLwjUcY0ZiNHlHY2FoNlU/view?usp=sharing
Finding Your Vision Mentorship 2017 - Final Album

Sadly, the eight weeks of this mentorship have passed by all too quickly. But what a ride we had, striving to perfect our technique yes, but more importantly, understanding how we can use some newly gained skills to better express our thoughts and understanding of the world around us. That understanding and view of our world is precisely what helps to define how we can create unique photographs.

Is my vision complete? It probably never will be, like everyone else I inevitably change as the world changes around me. However, my understanding of what I’m trying to achieve has evolved, and with that comes a different way to see and photograph the world. That’s not just in street photography either, every time I pick up the camera now the process is different, what I see is different.

In street photography, the surprise for me is that I’ve changed from a distant observer to an engager (shock horror, introvert talks to somebody :) ). That engagement ranges from a shared glance to hours long conversations, and not surprisingly the photographs reflect that engagement. For me that’s been the missing link, bog ordinary photographs of somebody walking down a street don’t fit my vision, what I do want to express is how people live in the modern urban environment, how they interact with spaces, people around them, good architecture and bad. I know I’m not there yet, but I’m sure on my way.

How did this happen? Well it wouldn’t have happened without the amazing program +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers, the patient guidance of our mentor, +teresa pilcher and the constant presence of directors ,+Alex Lapidus and +Robin Griggs Wood, and helpers +Heiko Mahr +Karolina Trapp and +Rich Barbara. When that process is allied with an amazing group of photographers who interact, discuss, guide, and share their knowledge, then the learning environment is like no other I’ve experienced.

So I’ll raise a glass (metaphorically) to all those who were a part of this mentorship, and for anyone who would like to learn and stretch themselves photographically, follow the program and keep an eye open for new mentorship announcements.

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"I learned so much on this mentorship to help guide me into making much more interesting, impactful and story telling images." ~ +Rita Zietsma

Such amazing images, Rita!! Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and great work from your time in +teresa pilcher's "Finding Your Vision" mentorship!

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For anyone who has read this far, consider mentoring someone else here (or more) ... some people don't even know where to start with their cameras and you could be the change they need in their lives. Even the smallest bit of knowledge can be passed on and you can create your mentorship in many different ways. Imagine the feeling of taking someone to their next level, paying forward the knowledge you've received and watching someone blossom with enthusiasm and accomplishment! Find out how you can get that feeling for yourself herehttps://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2AGAbjLwjUcY0ZiNHlHY2FoNlU/view?usp=sharing
Finding Your Vision - Final Plus Post #pluspost #FYV2017 #graduationalbum

We have just completed an 8 week +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers called Finding Your Vision-Street Photography - with our tireless, uber talented and knowledgeable leader +teresa pilcher and our amazing moderators +Alex Lapidus +Robin Griggs Wood +Karolina Trapp and +Rich Barbara. Thank you all so much for shairng your knowledge, time and commitment with us all during this mentorship.

I used to go to the streets with my camera and not really know how to shoot with impact. I learned so much on this mentorship to help guide me into making much more interesting, impactful and story telling images. Tips such as setting your stage, adding emphasis, finding unique perspectives, panning, blurring, adding balance and tension and adding complexities have helped me to see the streets differently and have raised my street images up a notch or two.

I've always been shy about pointing my camera at strangers on the street - and this mentorship has helped me both to be less shy and to find ways to still take street shots without being too obvious.

I thoroughly enjoyed this mentorship and highly recommend it.
Thanks to all my fellow mentees for your awesome comments and inspirational images. I've learned from each one of you.
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