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Here's a great way to expand your visibility if you are relatively unknown. +Peter From should be thanked for his generous initiative!
The NEW USER PROMOTION CIRCLE –– First Version –– Announcement


READ the whole post BEFORE you ask for inclusion. Thank you!

Next Monday it will be time to share the first validated New User Promotion Circle (NUC). This is a circle for users that are new to Google+ and/or have less than 1000 followers but still have good photography in their feeds.
It's all about being seen –– and this circle will help these users to get the attention they deserve. It's the perfect circle to be in (and the only one for that matter) if you want your work promoted a bit quicker throughout the G+ community.

This will be a great circle to add as well for those of you that have plenty of followers. Why? Because the circle will contain skilled photographer's you might not have found otherwise. If you know someone in need of a push forward here on G+, let them know about this circle.

If YOU want to hop on the NUC train, do the following:

1. Help spread the word and reshare this announcement post. Why? If you think you should be promoted, you should be willing to do the same for your fellow photographers. Simple as that.

2. Ask for inclusion in the comments and please state HOW MANY followers you have and that you HAVE reshared. I will check every feed.

3. Make sure that you share your own original photography in your feed. If there are too many reshares of other peoples' work, irrelevant YouTube clips, animated GIFS, blog post teasers etc., I might not add you to the circle. The NUC is a validated quality circle that should bring people great imagery to their feeds.

NOTE! If you see that I have plussed your comment, then you know that I have added you to the NUC. I didn't PLUS your comment? Make sure that you have reshared this announcement post and let me know that you did so.

*This announcement post is hash-tagged with #CircleSharingForThePeopleNUPC1 so that you may mute the reshares this post will generate. That way you will avoid seeing multiple copies of this post in your feed and your adrenaline level will stay normal. I will add a new hash-tag for every announcement and circle post in the future. That way you won't miss out on any of the action but still can mute all the duplicate reshares.* 

Here is an excellent add-on that will help you to mute the reshares:

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Thanks for this share +Jacques Cloutier !  +Peter From I've shared it on my feed and I have 252 followers. :)  Thanks for this great promotion circle.  I love meeting new photographers here on G+! :)
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A great way to get familiar with all the resources available from G+
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New Google and Google+ users (expand the post to see more)

How to:
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All captured during a three months photo and trekking binge in the fall of 2011 in Utah, Arizona and Colorado... Heading back again in September 2012 for 10 weeks... anybody interested in sharing some parts of this adventure?
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The Amazing Photographer's Circle (APC) –– Revised Version, Part 1

And the time has come to reshare my popular validated Amazing Photographer's Circle again. In here you will find great creative photographer's from all over the globe. If you want to spice up your feed with some stunning photography, you really should add Part 1 and 2 of the APC to your circles. I am honored and very proud to present and promote this circle.

Do YOU want to be included in the next revision of the APC? Then do the following:

1. Reshare BOTH parts (1 & 2) of the APC in your feed. Start with this before you ask for inclusion. WHY??? you cry out! Beacuse... If you want to be promoted in this circle, it is just fair that you help promote your fellow photographer's as well. You all benefit from that. If you don't like that, it's fine, but do NOT ask for inclusion. No resahre, no inclusion –– NO exceptions.

2. Let me know in the comments that you wish to be included.

3. Make sure that you share your own original photography in your feed. (If there are too many reshares of other peoples' work, YouTube clips, GIFS etc., I might not add you to the circle. The APC is a validated quality circle that should bring people great imagery to their feeds.

NOTE! If you see that I have plussed your comment, then you know that I have added you to the next revision of the APC. I didn't PLUS your comment? Make sure that you have reshared BOTH circle posts and let me know that you did so.


Cheers and enjoy the ETPC.
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For your enjoyment!
"Maelstrom" , North Shore Kauai, Hawaii near the Kilauea Lighthouse

This was my first upload to G+ on July 1st. I think that 6 people here knew about me back then, so here is a repost!
(Expand post for the gory details, and click to see the big version!)


Canon 5D

Canon 17-40L @ 27
0.6-second exposure @F14
LEE soft ND grad (100x150mm) 0.9 + 0.6
Lee foundation kit filter holder with Lee 77mm adapter ring
ISO 50
No polarizer
RAW file processed with Capture One by Phase One
TIFF file processed with Photoshop
Small Slik Sprint mini II tripod
Manfrotto 322RC2 pistol-grip ball head

The Story (this area is called the Mokolea Lava Pools)

What you are looking at here was almost my last few moments of my life. I had heard that there was a blowhole on the north shore of Kauai. Most people that visit the island have seen the Sprouting Horn blowhole on the south side near Poipu. But this one is more violent and little known.

On the top left of the frame is a 20 foot wave crashing over a 20 foot tall lava shelf. The water that you see going down the blowhole is from a previous wave combined with water from when the blowhole previously erupted.

The best time to see this spectacle is at sunrise at high tide during the winter storm season which starts in November and ends in April. To get here, Head to the Kilauea lighthouse. About 1 mile before the lighthouse, there is a road angling at a 45° angle on the right side of the road. I forget the name of the road. Drive down that road for 1/2 mile and park on the side in the gravel. If it is dry you can drive almost all the way down if you have a 4 Wheel Dr. vehicle. But if it is wet it is even difficult to walk on this slippery road. Do not attempt to drive all the way if it is wet!

To get this shot:

1. Get up 2 hours before sunrise.... on your vacation.
2. Put on your old shoes and shorts that are destined to become stained with red mud.
3. Drive to the trail head (Right turn before the Kilauea Lighthouse.)
4. Make sure there are decent clouds before committing to the hike down.
5. Get out your flashlight. I have a wind-up one so no worry about batteries.
6. Navigate the extremely slippery trail, in the dark, often on all-fours, for 1/2 mile
7. Ignore the strange noises in the dense steamy jungle... if you can.
8. Watch the surf for at least 20 minutes to determine a safe place to be.
9. Hand-hold the camera to get the settings right before heading into the water.
10. Set up the tripod and composition just before the next wave hits.
11. Make the exposure and run!
12. As you run, make sure to avoid spilling too much blood extracted by the sharp lava rock!

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My pictures are featured on the front page of California Governor, Jerry Brown's website


I wrote a 325 eBook that describes exactly how I went about learning photography starting in 2006. I did not learn the usual way. I have studied the great masters of painting and hope to find that light in the real world.

A great weather mashup map of the world with local temperatures, weather and nice popups. See where it is hot and not! (Must wait for slow commercials first, but worth it!)
Google Earth

Simply the best way to scout out locations that there is. You can see sun angles and pre-visualize light under lots of different conditions. Sometimes you can actually pre-compose your shots! This has saved me many thousands of vertical feet of climbing by avoiding spots with blocked views etc.

Satellite imagery (choose 'National' for a local US region or use your fave website)

Tide charting and preditions: (chose your area in US, other countries have similar websites)

Wave Heights (I choose 'North Pacific from Global')

Or Here:

Photos of every inch of the California coastline from a small plane. Excellent for close in detailed views.

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What is your take on this relevant debate?
A few of you may know I tend to jump into public hangouts from my mobile, this week as I was coming home I joined the G+ hangout dev teams hangout, I talked to them for about 10 minutes on my way home and told them I had a few ideas and observations I'd share when I had a chance to write. Here that is:

One of the main problem any open forum on the internet is trolls or disruptive users, hangouts are not exception.

When I first joined and realized there wasn't a moderation function I was pretty surprised. During the hangout with the developers I learned the reason behind this, that is creating an environment that promotes free, open and fair discussion. Commendable, but unfortunately it doesn't represent the reality of the situation. The harsh reality is that there will always be disruptive users often unintentionally

Got the dollar store microphone with the built in hum
Has a very loud mic with a loud environment
Doesn't realize we are hearing EVERYTHING
Is playing music
Have people in the room talking

Then comes the malicious users, those who knowingly disrupt if only to anger strangers in a strange land. Without the proper mechanisms, the trolls are winning in hangouts. Today I started 2 hangouts public. The first one, 5-6 people came in, 2 of them made so much noise the one person person I know left to open a new hangout. I joined that, within 10 minutes and 20 users later I abandoned it. Hangouts really NEED to be public without that, you're going to be preaching to the choir more often than not and you're not going to be utilizing the most attractive benefit - meeting new people.

Currently the only way to deal with this is for everyone in the room to block someone. I don't think this is conductive to developing a community

Blocks tend to be permanent, even for non malicious users, or a user new to hangouts that may not quite have a clear understanding of the environment.

Blocks leave the person in the hangout, unable to see if the others are talking. If the person doesn't voluntarily leave, you have at least 2 people prone to speaking over each other.

Blocks leave malicious users in the hangout allow them to use social engineering to disrupt the conference further. They can sit in the room blocking others, preventing them from re-entering the hangout and they mine the user names blocking them and preventing them from possibly entering in other rooms.

Anyone can block. The problem with this is that it turns over control over functionality to people who did not create the hangout. For example, I create hangout, Bob, Bill and Betty join. I'm friends with all of them yet Bill and Betty don't get along and Betty blocked Bill. She won't leave, neither will Bill and unless I block them both, Bob and I can't carry on a conversation since Bill and Betty will be talking over each other.

The block form leaves the user with the impression that google will take some for of action, which they may not. The overhead of reviewing block reports would be reduced.

The idea that a block is required by everyone is difficult to organize, resulting in one hangout I have joined that has a ready recorded message used as a cue to ask everyone to block someone. I understand that the blocking was to become 3 people in a room that blocked someone booted them from the room.

While that's going to be better than the current situation, in the 20 user hangout I was in today, we would have more time figuring out who was making noise and agreeing to block them than we would having a discussion. In the hangout today, I really only had one ally, so even this won't work.

Here's the problem, even if you made it so that just anyone could boot a troll, the trolls would simply join the room then leave. Even in moderated forums, jumping in and out of a room is often enough of a disruption to gratify the troll. I bet on slower computers, a stream of users joining and leaving would increase the cpu usage on the client system creating a frozen interface. Speculation, but I bet it could happen, it's happened to others. This problem affected Skypecasts and I've seen the hangout slow during multiple entries and would bet it could be done easy enough. ( I am running an 8 core machines with 16gb, someone entering slows the hangout for 2-3 seconds) The trolls are always going to find a way to disrupt regardless of what you'll do. No automated system is really possible and distracting the users for administration roles is a real detractor.

I mentioned I have been an administrator and developer for 20 years, I developed a mouse driven gui interfaced served by AIX for my universities mail system before MIT developed mosaic. I've worked on major networking projects and understand policy making and think I have a pretty good grasp on best practice.

My suggestions are:

Instead of blocking as the mechanism, /boot $time $message or /boot -ban $message

Booting stops the interference instantly, explains the problem and is temporary. The current system require you to select a reason and take your attention away from the hangout.

A boot + ban would be best for the hangout instance being abused and expire when the hangout ends, this doesn't require blocking yet prevent the user from joining and in IRC this process is well know for rehabilitating people.

I imagine that bans require extra processing time so minimizing them would be advantageous.

A hotlink to the users profile in chat would allow for users jumping in and out or truly deserving of a block be blocked even if they are not in the room ex post facto.

By providing the initiator of the hangout with the ability to moderate you are not limiting free speech or democratic discussions as they can not be programmed but are the result of fair leadership. I understand that the hangout team feels that having all users as equals prevents the role of a dictator, but it should be clear that MOST of the hangouts I join have a leader or a group of core individuals with a following.

The current situation doesn't actually promote free and fair speech since quite often one bad egg is enough the the likelihood of such an encounter on a public hangout is substantial.

True free and fair discussions will be the result of true moderators with rational attitudes. In every forum I have observed there has been people taking moderation roles for a wide range of reasons. Many of them do a poor job at promoting free exchanges of ideas but at the same time the users themselves will recognize this and certainly not fault Google. Good hosts will also appear and since these types of communications tend to form tight communities, these personalities will become known. A sort of free market for the exchange of ideas will form with the community recognizing quality hosts completely organically with no need to interfere.

This tendency was observed on the 3 years Skypecasts were available. The community quickly recognized branded conferences as consistently being quality and certain hosts as being democratic in the exchange of ideas.

I truly feel that hangout must be viewed somewhat as a separate community if at least in regards of active users. Skype had 60-100 million users, 25 million users online and yet Skypecasts only had 5000 users online at any given time. From observing hangout canopy, the current user group for hangouts is also relatively small in comparison to the total G+ subscriber base.

Certainly, Skypecast can not be directly compared to G+ hangouts. There where several critical issues that prevented Skypecast from becoming truly viable. As someone who developed with the Skype API and found several flaws, one of which eventually became partial reason for closing skypecasts I can can say many of the potential issues are not present in hangouts. Some of this was architecture related and other security flaws. I will be happy to explain in a private medium since Skype did not correct the issues after I presented them with the exploit and publishing it would feed trolls.

Since hangouts use a central host, scraping hangouts for IP addresses is not as easy as peer to peer conferencing systems like Skypecasts and others. However, I have observed trolls posting URLs to match profiles to IP addresses. A URL posted in the chat followed by a port scan seems to be the way IP addresses are being harvested, I haven't seen any other exploits attempted and this reflects quite well on the infrastructure's integrity.

I don't envision the suggestions above as being anything but a options during the creation and I certainly support the idea of unmoderated rooms and believe they a purpose to serve.

Some of the other suggestions I have are as follows,

Expand the chat window from collapsed automatically if someone is +mentioned in the chat.

Hotlink +mentions in the chat window

Create a “lecture mode” without the “bling” sound of someone entering and having new users muted on entry with only the moderator able to unmute someone. Once someone is unmuted by the host, they are free to mute and unmute themselves at will unless muted again by the host.

Create a push to talk option, with a keyboard hotkey

Present a user definable welcome message on the “check your hair” entry page that allows the host of the hangout to to convey information regarding the topic, protocol or format of the hangout.

Create a how-to video for new users. People don't seem to read anymore on the internet.

Make a I'm Feeling Lucky button that tosses users into a room with other users. When I mentioned this I was told that there is a listing of suggested hangouts. I feel this is a bit different since it eleminates the stigma of entering a room of people who might be discussion a certain topic or who may not like you. There are a lot of people who don't want to feel as if they are intruding on a conversation, tonight I heard one gentlemen say he always felt like he was eavesdropping when he comes into a room he wasn't invited to. Other users simply don't want to face a decision making process or simply enjoy the chance meeting. I heard some speculation that there might be patent infringement on chatroulette with something like this, but I don't think introducing a random conference is anything but “Too Obvious” as patent laws is concerned.

All in all I think hangouts are outstanding and represent a real value that has yet to be recognized by many of the G+ users, I think that success of the effort will be the result of the smallest details and most insignificant impressions of it's users. I wish you continued success and that you for the many hours I have used this exceptional creation.

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Well David, maybe different types or variations of hangouts could be offered. Basically the first type could be open to all with some of the risks you have so well illustrated as some improvement will surely be worked in. The second could be by invitation only and available for passive viewing at large. And the third completely private, then shared selectively by the participants if they wish to. But first, background sounds, blockage issues and inappropriate intrusions have to be resolved.
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+10000 Photographers around the World - Circle 3.0 (first edition)

All members of the group 10000 Photographers around the World
are now urged to share this brand new Photographer - Circles!

Important: Those, who do not publicly share this circles will not be included in the next circle! It's that simple! And that's only fair!

If you want also to become a member of Group "10.000 Photographers around the World", please read the rules of +10000 Photographers around the World share this circle, give +1 to this circle and comment here to this original post and circle!
See the wonderful Group-List +10000 Photographers around the World here:

If you are a photographer and you are already in the circles of +Robert SKREINER and +Robert SKREINER - PHOTOGRAPHY , but not in the group and not in the circles, so please post also here!

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All captured during a three months photo and trekking binge in the fall of 2011 in Utah, Arizona and Colorado... Heading back again in September 2012 for 10 weeks... anybody interested in sharing some parts of this adventure?
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The Amazing Photographer's Circle (APC) –– Revised Version, Part 2

Here's part 2 of the APC. Ask for inclusion in the first post BUT reshare both to get included in the next revision.

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Space Time Beauty Inspiration Just relax, enjoy and appreciate. If you see and recognize beauty it is also within yourself... +Peter Galazka
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This is the future of education--online and free
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Served my country, raised a big family, now seeing the world on my own time and sharing the beauty through Photography
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Survived hell of PTSD, Have 5 great adult kids, Decorated Law Enf. Officer (Retired)
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