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Lady Katie
Making the lives of children better, one word at a time and exploring the world of photography.
Making the lives of children better, one word at a time and exploring the world of photography.


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I have to say that I am disappointed with Dove (of Unilever). All my life, I have supported the company and sang the praises of their products. I was trying to be patient to see if they would correct things, but they haven't. They have limited edition body washes (and soap bars) in the winter and summer. The Summer Care was my favorite. It smelled clean, and kept my skin as soft as my satin pillowcases. In 2015, they changed the product. It went from a blue label to a yellow label (which I love, because well, it's yellow). This also represented a massive change in the product. The scent is totally different, and lingers for forever, which I highly dislike.
That is not my biggest complaint, though. My biggest complaint is the stupid micro beads they added to "exfoliate". Those little beads wreak havoc on the environment. If Dove were a socially and environmentally conscious, they would take those beads out immediately! I may have to begin purchasing more environmentally friendly products, and leave Dove behind (which could hurt Dove, because I used almost all their products).

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It's almost time for summer. Are you excited, because I know I am!
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Come play with us. Sign ups are open!
for the +Chrysta Rae Photography Scavenger Hunt!

Don't know what that is?
It's an amazing game that has turned into so much more.
If you love photography, and you have a camera,

Simply type "I'M IN" in the comments & fill out the Google Form here:

and the first 350 people to sign up will be entered.

After sign ups (after I get everyone organized & invited to the community) there will be 3 posts:
#1 post will be a PARTICIPATION POST
#2 post will be RULES & EXPECTATIONS
#3 post will be HOW THIS ALL WORKS
THEN I will be giving you an item list - 7 simple things to take pictures of.
This process should all happen by the end of my day/tonight - but to leave room/time for error/beta testing of the Google Forms sheet, it should make it much easier/quicker but since this is the first time we're trying it I'm being cautious!

It's up to you to make your picture stand out!!
It's so much fun!!
You will have 8 weeks to get the photos done.

You do NOT need to be a professional shooter.
You do NOT need a fancy camera.
You do NOT need to feel any hesitation on your skill level,
as this group of Scavengers is the most supportive group of people I have ever known.
This is just FOR FUN.
This will get YOU to use your camera in ways you might not do otherwise,
It's to push you to try new things,
learn new techniques,
join a group of like-minded people who will encourage you
and teach you sooo much!
Basically this gives you a fun excuse to take pictures you wouldn't have otherwise!

During the course of the round, you will make friends,
You will have support and be encouraged and be a part of the best community on G+.
You WILL be welcomed and surrounded by wonderful people
who WANT you to watch you succeed and surprise yourself!!

SO, if that sounds like something you'd like to be a part of...
All you have to do is type two simple little words, "*I'M IN*"
Fill out the attached Google Form and you will be registered.

IF YOU ARE SIGNING UP SOMEONE AS A PROXY (if someone has asked you to sign them up) do so on different comments. (don’t worry about the form if you are signing up as a proxy for someone)
And there NEEDS to be G+ account linked to that name.

Only ONE PERSON per comment, if there are more than one on a single comment, only the first person will be entered.
(This is the only way we can keep track of the 350 spots.)

PLEASE DO NOT comment on this post unless it is to sign up.
Any stray comments will be deleted.

PLEASE DO NOT sign up unless you actually want to participate,
not just because you see everyone else doing it.
And with that let the registration BEGIN!!

The example below was from our "knot" album last round.
Photos by +Rita Zietsma +Stephanie MacNeill +Lou McCorkle +Ariel K. Kasten +Mark Rodriguez +Steve Kalman +Jim Migliore +Paul Howard +Shari Seibold

So just type I'M IN, fill out the google form here:
and you will be included.

After 350 comments are in comments will be disabled and work on entering everyone will begin. If you are within the first 350, you will be hearing back in the next 1-2 days (it may even be today!) and be invited to join the 20th Round Scavenger Community. Good luck!

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Awwww, look what popped up today!

What a great day this was with +Gwen Sutton and +Wendy Herring!

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This is my entry for the word "Knot" in this round of the Scavenger Hunt. This also serves as sneak peek to our wedding, a teaser,, if you will. These two will be hanging out at the top of our cake on the big day.

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+Don Komarechka what wonderful work!
Snowflake-a-Day #68
Another snowflake edit on a small tablet, this one featuring two vibrant and colourful crystals overlapping. I greatly miss my desktop computer due to be back online mid-week! View large!

This post will be quicker than most, as it’s been a long day, but something still needs to be said about this snowflake. The colours here are fabulous and I was thrilled to find this pair. Usually I try to separate such snowflakes and shoot them individually, but these two were firmly attached. Enough force could break them apart, but they’d likely be damaged in the process so I left the overlap. I’d never shot overlapping colourful snowflakes before, so it was a fun experiment!

Since this was edited on a computer with only 8GB of RAM, maybe I should talk about how to deal with the limitations of resource-intensive editing on mobile systems like this Surface Pro 3. You’ll need to limit RAM usage by cropping down your images after alignment, getting rid of excess image data outside of the useful composition before you blend layers. This will make the memory footprint of the stacking operation a little smaller. You can also choose to convert the image from 16-bit to 8-bit, and in the Photoshop “Edit” menu choose “Purge > All” before blending layers. This will remove history states and free up extra memory for the operation.

I normally don’t have to worry about such things, but I’m down to limited equipment after a voltage regulator blew on my desktop computer’s motherboard. I’m glad that I can work on some of these simpler snowflakes while I wait to get back up and running, but they take a lot longer without the proper resources. Still, the show must go on!

If you like this kind of imagery and want to know all the techniques used to create it, check out Sky Crystals: - a 304pg hardcover book I wrote on the topic that is nearly out of print. If I drop below 100 copies left I might raise the price a little… get one now! :) It’s partly images, but beautifully balanced with snowflake science and an exhaustive tutorial on snowflake photography that is directly applicable to many other subjects such as pollen and flowers as the weather warms up!

Saturday, Markus and I had plans to attend the ballet with my maid of honor. Thursday afternoon, I got a text message from Elizabeth that my dress was in. I was THRILLED! Mom and Dad met me in Charlotte at +Ladies of Lineage, where the girls had my dress ready for me. Not to give anything away, but she is fantastic! I can't wait to wear her!

I have to say that the girls at the shop are amazing! Not only did they stay late in the evening the day I ordered during a trunk show for my designer (lucky enough for me!), but they squeezed me in on a Saturday during another trunk show. But it doesn't stop there. These ladies are wonderful. They are incredibly professional, and they did their best to get me the best price for my dress. I had my dress custom made, and that is all I will tell you about it now. You'll have to wait until July or August to learn more.

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Hey, everybody!
There's a new go-round of this mentorship program. It's a great place to get yourself working off manual mode. Head on over to the post and apply, because it's really great experience.
Sign up here for the Camera Basics: Beyond Automatic 2017 mentorship!

►►► Read the instructions before you sign up! ◄◄◄

This is a special program through the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers designed to help you get to know your camera better and be able to move into Manual shooting mode. A group of mentors will be taking on a handful of people for a 8-week online mentorship program which will include lessons, assignments, and informal discussions. Everyone who participates can have fun and learn at the same time!

We have assembled a very able group of quality, knowledgeable and caring photographers from the Google+ community who want to share their understanding and experience with you.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a camera BASICS workshop only, designed to help an individual move beyond shooting on auto or semi-automatic modes exclusively. It will cover how to use the various manual options for DSLR cameras and some "point and shoot" cameras that have a dedicated Manual mode. Do not apply for this workshop if your camera does not have a Manual mode.

Also, please be aware that this is an intensive mentorship. Each week will have set assignments, with very clear expectations. You will be shooting a lot. If you are not comfortable with a very guided and directed program, then this might not be the mentorship for you. This mentorship is not about developing your artistic vision. It is, however, very much about giving you the technical control of your camera needed to develop and realize your artistic vision. Advanced editing skills are not required, and for most of the mentorship you will be asked not to edit your photos.

Group size is LIMITED.

Signups will be open for several days, and are not first-come first-served. Selected participants will be notified by Thursday, Feb. 26th, and the first lesson post will be Thursday March 2nd. You will need to have the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers page circled to receive the private message, if you are selected.


These are the selection criteria:

• You must be taking and posting your own photographs regularly here on G+ –– typically at least a couple of PUBLIC posts per week; more posting increases your chances of being selected. (The class itself will be private to the group selected.)
Posts to a community, even public community are not considered public posts in the sense of this application. Participants are those who regularly post in G+ in a variety of public posts, including posts to public collections.

• You must be interactive with others here at G+, as you will be expected to participate in this program giving feedback and comments to your fellow participants. We learn from each other in this program.
• You must have the time available to participate in this workshop. You’ll be shooting a lot, and weekly assignments need to be completed on time. The program is designed so that each week builds on the lessons of the previous week. If you are going to be away in the middle of the mentorship, then it might be better to wait until the next offering.

(We use the same selection criteria that +Robin Griggs Wood uses for her "G+ Mentorship Art for Photographers Program", which you can read about here to see if you qualify for the BASICS mentorship: )

To be considered for selection, please comment to the main post only!

(your application will not be seen at any reshares) and answer the following questions in your comment:

1) Photography skill level or how long you've been shooting
2) Type of camera/s you currently shoot with that have Manual mode
3) Aspirations within photography
4) Current job or profession
5) Amount of time you have available for participation

1) Shooting for 1 year approx.
2) Canon EOS Rebel T3
3) To sell prints of my work
4) Full-time grocery store clerk
5) I do have a job and two kids, but I will make the time for this

The +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers is run by program directors +Robin Griggs Wood, +Ron Clifford and +Alex Lapidus.

The Mentoring Team and Assistants.


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Happy Superb Owl Sunday!

Let me see your #SuperbOwl !
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