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Dante Duphorne

Old stone home near the seashore at sunset...
Trey Ratcliff Trey Ratcliff

The City Of Lights || Paris

From the top of Montparnasse Tower, the sky above Paris explodes with vivid color and light… 

I often say that there are certain places in the world that have the power to take my breath away. On my first visit to Paris last fall, the city exceeded all of my expectations and left me with a strong desire for more. I would even go as far to say that the city of lights could quite possibly be the best city in the world for travel photography. I know that's high praise but from my perspective, with the wealth of possibilities for strong and beautiful compositions and the diversity of subject matter, it could definitely be true. 

This was shot in August 2013 from the top of Montparnasse Tower on a very hazy and grey day. With less than favorable conditions, I wasn’t expecting much for sunset but when this sky appeared out of the grey, I was completely caught off guard. Within minutes, the viewing platform was flooded with a mob of excited spectators.

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#paris   #france   #montparnasse   #travelphotography  http://bit.ly/1m7mBrt
Elia Locardi Elia Locardi

Get this print - Save a little girl!
100% of the money is going to a special charity set up for Eliza O’Neill.  If you're not familiar with this story, see http://goo.gl/1RcWXn — a great effort by the wonderful photographer Benjamin +Von Wong

Get this print here now at http://savingeliza.smugmug.com/Featured/i-fQvhFLw/A 
Trey Ratcliff Trey Ratcliff

Different Light -- Boston, MA
Thomas Hawk Thomas Hawk

"Transition"
The Blood Moon - Lunar Eclipse

This is a composite of a sequence of photos I took the other night to capture the transformation of the Blood Moon here in Colorado, high up in the Rockies.

These shots were all taken with the +Sony  #a7r  and Canon 500mm f/4 telephoto lens. Next time I might opt for a true telescope that I can attach my camera to :)

#bloodmoon   #lunareclipse  
Colby Brown Colby Brown

Lotus Carroll - To Spite Her Face
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To Spite Her Face
Lotus Carroll Lotus Carroll

It's midweek folks but take a leaf out if this rabbit, it will soon be the weekend so chill out lol 😄
Mike Shaw Mike Shaw

Sony A7r Review - updated with new photos!  

I just finished adding more photos and details to the Sony A7r Review. As usual, all the photos are full-rez and you can zoom in on any of them :) 
Trey Ratcliff Trey Ratcliff

#wordlessonwednesday  

Update (now that it's Thursday:)

This was shot at Bears Den Overlook on the AT near Bluemont, Virginia. While I've shot here many times (it's very close to where we live) I've never tried this comp before and I was really happy with the way it turned out:)
Robin Griggs Wood Robin Griggs Wood

Hurricane Sandy playing along the Hudson River
Dave Beckerman Dave Beckerman

Special Delivery!

It’s always a happy day when I receive a delivery from +f-stop  but even more so when it includes something brand new.  You can see a sneak peak of it here – it’s something I am quite excited about.  I can’t share more than this right now, but will soon!  :D

#fstop #camerabag #gearwithathena #lokaul #comingsoon
Athena Carey Athena Carey

Unfortunately I'm not allowed to post anything about backpacks, camera bags and tripods anymore. So after careful consideration, I have come to the decision that I will henceforward only post pictures in which backpacks, camera bags and tripods played a vital role. Just imagine the backpack, camera bag or tripod BEHIND your point of view. We can then start a discussion about how this or that backpack, camera bag or tripod was helpful in the creation of the posted picture, or how another backpack, camera bag or tripod would have been more suitable for the use in said picture.
Karin Nelson Karin Nelson

What if every sunset was like this?
Would it still excite us?

Towards downtown phoenix back in Feb. from up on the rocks in Papago park.

#sunset   #arizonaphotography   #landscapephotography  
#blogged http://blog.jarviedigital.com
Scott Jarvie Scott Jarvie

I am doing a Twitter Chat with +TOSHIBA  in a few minutes that focuses on photography, travel, post processing and the business side of things. You can join in using the hashtag #KIRAbookchat and look for my questions to join in. We have 8 prizes (valued over $1000) from Toshiba, +Formatt-Hitech and X-Rite to give away for those joining the conversation.

My Twitter handle is @ColbyBrownPhoto:) 
Colby Brown Colby Brown

Antelope Canyon - got a mirrorless camera? No permit for you!

I spent a lovely hour at Lower Antelope Canyon near Page in Arizona this morning. Antelope Canyon is a famous slot canyon carved by flash floods which have exposed beautifully coloured rock walls with grooved surfaces. The canyon itself is a narrow passageway about two stories deep and around a couple of meters wide. In places you have to squeeze your self through, but unlike caving there's rarely a feeling of claustrophobia. If you can climb down some narrow stairs, you'll have no problem paying a visit.

Antelope Canyon is probably most famous for beams of sunlight, which at the right time of day and year can create dramatic-looking tubes of light, shining down through the fine dust. As such it's become a mecca for photographers and tourists alike.

There's actually two Antelope Canyons: Upper and Lower, located on opposite sides of a main road. A quick turn off and you're there moments later. They're Navajo National Parks and you'll need to pay a fee to enter. Upper Antelope Canyon is widely regarded to have 'better' sunbeams, and as such is the more crowded of the two. I wanted to avoid or at least minimize the crowds, so headed to Lower Antelope Canyon. I should also add that having seen lots of photos of the sunbeams in the canyons, I now find them a little contrived or even cheesy. Impressive, yes, but I just don’t really like the effect. For me I much prefer to avoid the sky, ground and sunbeams altogether, and instead focus on the beautiful, abstract swirly patterns and colours. I don't even want it to be immediately obvious which way up the image should be.

I knew what to expect in terms of pictures as I'd visited Lower Antelope Canyon a few years ago during November. It was very quiet then and I think I was pretty much alone down there other than about five other photographers. Back then I took my Mamiya 7II medium format film camera. This time was a different story. It's been a surprisingly warm October and also a lot busier than I expected; indeed it's been hard to find accommodation in some towns. As I drew-up to Lower Antelope Canyon parking area, there were already a lot of cars present and a small queue at the entry.

For safety reasons, both Canyons are only accessible by tours, in groups of around 20 people, leaving every 15 minutes or so. The fee at Lower Antelope Canyon in October 2012 was $26 USD for entry and a tour lasting about an hour. I believe Upper Antelope Canyon is more expensive.

Photographers will however be pleased to learn there's another option. You can request a permit which allows you to enter and 'self-guide' for up to two hours. This is what I did the first time I visited, and what I wanted to do again, but today was different. I'd already been identified as a potentially serious photographer due to my tripod, but then the man in the ticket office asked to see my camera. I produced my Panasonic GX1 to which he asked 'does that have a mirror?' 'No!' I proudly replied, to which he said 'then you can't have a permit'! He then explained that permits were only granted to people carrying DSLRs or film cameras, especially larger formats. This makes sense as it separates the serious photographers from the tourists with the point-and-shoots on wobbly tripods. To keep the crowds flowing through the Canyons, the latter would be kept in tour groups, while only the former would be allowed to roam free.

It's a fine idea, but like all these things, where do you draw the line and importantly which side will you be on? Well, the managers of Antelope Canyons in their wisdom drew the line with mirrors. I was actually told I could not have a self-guided photographer's permit because I had a mirror-less camera. I of course tried to explain my camera was every bit as serious as a DSLR in terms of quality, control and lens choice, but he was adamant: no mirror, no permit.

I really didn't want to join a group of 20 others, so he offered me another option: a private tour with my own guide. It sounded expensive, but in fact cost the same as a group tour! So off I went with Reuben, my guide, who turned out to be a photographer himself, although one who also strongly believed mirrors were the way forward.

As it happened, it all worked out really well. Despite our initial differences of opinion, I soon warmed to Reuben and I think he was at least bemused, if not actually interested in my ramblings about future camera trends. More importantly he knew all the good angles in the Canyon and while I normally don't like being advised which direction is best for the shot, he did point out a lot of angles and compositions I'd not noticed. He also listened to my preference of no sky or ground.

I should also add that during my time down there, two or three tours shuffled past and I was impressed to see their guides allowing plenty of time for all the photographers in the group to set up their shots. It didn't seem rushed at all or creatively compromised, other than being in a group environment. Many also had cameras with mirrors and decent tripods! Interestingly I met with some people who'd visited Upper Antelope Canyon at the exact same time and they had a much less enjoyable experience, describing it as a zoo at times and noted several photographers being told to hurry up! Then again it easy to get lost in the experience, but it did reinforce my view that despite the fewer sunbeams, the Lower Canyon is a nicer overall choice.

So what do you need when you're down there? Technically speaking the Canyons benefit from very wide angle shots. They can be dusty too, so you probably don't want to be swapping lenses down there. You'll also want to shoot with small apertures for a nice large depth-of-field, and thankfully the subject matter won't be greatly affected by diffraction, so feel free to use f11, f16 or even smaller. Small apertures and low light levels will however result in long exposures, typically of at least a few seconds if you're using the lowest ISOs for the best quality, so a tripod is absolutely necessary.

As you already know, I took my Panasonic GX1 and as luck would have it, I was travelling with the perfect lens for the job: the Lumix 7-14mm ultra wide zoom, equivalent to 14-28mm. I had these mounted on my Gitzo 1514T traveller tripod with Markins ball head. I took lots of single exposures, but also captured some bracketed sequences just in case I choose to apply some evil HDR techniques at a later date! 

The photo you see here is just one I've quickly grabbed from my selection today: it’s a single exposure of 1.6 seconds at f10 and 160 ISO (the base for the GX1). The lens was set to 28mm equivalent and the white balance set to daylight. There's minimal processing other than a slight tweak of the levels, so what you're looking at is very close to what came straight out the camera and what I saw in person. I hope to share some of the better ones at a later date, but really wanted to discuss my entry experience with you sooner rather than later!

I'm really pleased with the photos I took today in my brief hour exploring Lower Antelope Canyon, and also happy with my private tour. Ultimately though I remain concerned by the management's judgment call on what constitutes a serious camera - or at least one serious enough to allow an independent permit. The guy behind the counter knew what he was looking for, and had already identified my camera as mirror-less before even asking. Last time I visited with a medium format film camera, which ticked all the right boxes for the permit, but this time my choice of camera actually prevented the access I desired.

I genuinely believe mirror-less cameras are the future, and while it'll take a while before they dominate DSLRs, more and more of us will start using them as our cameras of choice, especially when travelling. I've always enjoyed jesting with friends about who's carrying the most 'serious' camera, or chatting with pros who often feel they have to carry a big camera to be taken seriously by clients, but this is the first time I've been inconvenienced or potentially compromised due to my choice of carrying a mirror-less camera. Has anyone experienced anything like this anywhere else? Either way, if you're planning a trip to Antelope Canyon, the message is clear: if you want a photographer's permit, make sure you have a mirror.

(cc +Trey Ratcliff , +Robert Scoble , +Olympus , +Ken McMahon )
Gordon Laing Gordon Laing

Today we’re launching Google Camera, a new app for your Android phone or tablet that makes it easy to take quick photos and videos. And being behind the lens just got more fun with new creative picture modes.

Sleek Design. The 100% viewfinder gets out of your way while capturing the maximum resolution of the scene (no dropped pixels). And the extra large capture button is easy to press so your eyes never lose sight of the subject.

Lens Blur. Emphasize the subject while blurring the background for an SLR-like shot with shallow depth-of-field (or bokeh). You can even change the subject in focus after taking the shot.

Improved Panorama. New higher resolution panoramas capture the full width and detail of a scene.

Photo Sphere. Immersive 360 degree photo spheres let you look up, down and all around...now at up to 50 megapixels! For the first time available on non-Nexus devices.

Google Camera is now available on the Play store (http://goo.gl/llsZjx), and works on all phones and tablets running Android 4.4+ KitKat. We’re just getting started, and in the months ahead we'll make Google Camera available to more devices, helping make photography easier, faster and more fun.

Check out our Research Blog to learn more (http://goo.gl/lUDfi8).
Colby Brown Colby Brown

Join hosts +Juan Gonzalez and myself tonight at 9:30CST for +The Drink and Click Show EP10 with guest +Toby Harriman and panelists +Cambria McCue, +Jacob Lucas, & +Joel Horwath. Cheers!
RSVP & View Here: http://goo.gl/JRQW07 

#drinkandclick   #photography   #onair  
photo copyright Toby Harriman, all rights reserved
Lotus Carroll Lotus Carroll

I'm still looking for the perfect camera backpack. Here are the requirements:

1. Needs a tripod holder
2. Needs room for food/gloves/tissues... maybe a jacket etc.
3. Needs to have a water resistant bottom
4. Needs an external bottle holder
5. No hip straps
6. Sternum strap would be nice, but not a requirement
7. Waterproof exterior would be nice, but not essential
8. Should be wide, but not deep.
9. Clean lines. No gazillion straps and pockets everywhere.
10. Not expensive

I ordered and returned the Timbuk2 sleuth. Other than not having a waterbottle holder, it was extremely uncomfortable. I actually believe there was something wrong with it, since the hard plastic back panel protruded from the bottom and rubbed against my lower back - and that wasn't even with a fully packed backpack!

I had seen the Caselogic Reflexion offerings before, and while I think they have some good looking bags, I was hesitant to order one. However, yesterday I noticed that they have a 20% off sale going on right now, with free shipping (and free returns). So I figured, why not give them a try?

It has a tripod holder, a bottle holder, and room for other items. It unzips in the middle and reveals a camera compartment. The top unzips as well and opens like a doctor's bag. It really looks quite cool. I will review it when I get it. 
Karin Nelson Karin Nelson

Public Library.   #nyc   #publiclibrary   #infraredflash   #landmarks   #newyorkcityphotography  

This was shot at the end of a night of wandering around the city.  Dawn had not yet appeared.  I was using a #Weegee  sort of rig, but modified for the digital world.  The flash had been modified to only emit infrared light.

The camera had been modified to only be sensitive to the same wavelength.  In short, you could use infrared in relative darkness.

Of course the subject and idea is way different from any #Weegee  work, and he was using a 4x5 camera, and flash bulbs coated to only emit light in the infrared spectrum.

The fascinating thing (of course) is that real infrared (as opposed to post processing filters) captures what you can't see with your own eyes.  In that way, it's no different than a telephoto lens which also shows things you could never see with your unaided eyes.
Dave Beckerman Dave Beckerman

Today is Blind Photo Critique Day on “The Grid”

Lifestyle photographer (and Photoshop World instructor) Erik Valind is our in-studio guest today for our live "Blind Photo Critiques"at 4pm today (4-1/2 hrs from now). Can you help me spread the word? 

To submit your work for critique on today’s show, here's the link: http://kelbyone.com/thegrid/critique -then come watch the show live here: http://kelbyone.com/webcasts/thegrid/ (if you miss it, we rebroadcast for free starting tomorrow). See you at 4! (and get your 3 to 4 images submitted right away!). :)
Scott Kelby Scott Kelby

Would love your opinions: Is it OK to mix sharing DSLR & phone pics on my G+ or FB Biz page, or better to keep them separate, and just keep phone pics on Instagram? 

Thanks to my daughter I just recently started sharing my phone pics on Instagram: http://instagram.com/garycrabbe#  - but I'm unsure if I should cross-post DSLR & phone pics?  Anyone experience or foresee any potential problems, especially from a professional's vantage point?

Cheers & Thanks in advance for any thoughts on the subject.
Gary Crabbe Gary Crabbe

This was shot with a Mamiya RB67 using a 127mm lens on Kodak VPS color negative film. Ripped to B&W using SilverFX.

I lugged that camera and a slick tiltall tripod through a goodly chunk of the northern Pacific Crest... I got a nice tan and some good 6x7cm negatives!

I made some 6500DPI scans with 72 inch prints from this camera setup and they were snapping :)
Ralph Cooksey-Talbott Ralph Cooksey-Talbott

behind-the-scenes -- during the 'filming' of 'i nyfi' [the bride]
more photos here: https://plus.google.com/photos/+helensotiriadis/albums/5999609752870723521

a new digital single by
Mithridatis and Trendy HooliGuns
watch here: ΜΙΘΡΙΔΑΤΗΣ & TRENDY HOOLIGUNS - Η ΝΥΦΗ [OFFICIAL VIDEO HD]

download on itunes: http://bit.ly/1gKzj7v
video by RawRec
MUA: Extremeface Art

special guest: Konstantina Tatsi
helen sotiriadis helen sotiriadis

If you feel like starting off your Wednesday with something really silly, I've got you covered. :)
Scott Kelby Scott Kelby

Southeast AK, somewhere around Kake or Angoon, mid-summer, sunset.
Phillip Colla Phillip Colla

We are LIVE in 3-minutes on "The Grid" with our guest Erik Valind for Blind Photo Critiques. http://bit.ly/1m8cq5K
Scott Kelby Scott Kelby

Picture-A-Day (PAD n.1733) "Cold Feet"
This shot has been in my head for a while, and since I had some extra feet with me today, I got to take it finally!
also here:
http://www.dangrabbit.com/photography/pad/04_16_coldfeet

#photo   #photography   #blackandwhitephotography   #feet   #beach   #longisland   #fuji  +G+ 365 Project +Simon Davis-Oakley +Patricia dos Santos Paton +James Cockroft 
Amy DangRabbit Amy DangRabbit

Editor's Choice for April 16.
Jarek Klimek Jarek Klimek

Special Guest +Nicole S. Young joins +Rob Sylvan and +Levi Sim to teach us how to turn Lightroom's power levels up to 11 using third party plugins. Magic will happen, prizes will be given away, and your workflow will gain a whole new level of excellence. 
Nicole S. Young Nicole S. Young

Here's the final composite from the lunar eclipse, last night. It's not exactly what I wanted, but I think it turned out OK. You can see the first half of the cycle, from full moon to near complete eclipse. To the right of the red moon you can see the blue star Spica.

For high definition, visit this photo on 500px:
http://500px.com/photo/67172543

The night started off crystal clear and I set up a remote release on an automatic timer. This was gonna be easy. Then the clouds moved in. I took it off the timer and had to take shots in cloud breaks. Even those shots were slightly hazed by light clouds in-between.

By 2:21 AM the eclipse was almost at its mid-point. The clouds grew thick, and my patience thin. I decided to call it a night and just be satisfied with the first half of the cycle.

-Nikon D600
-Sigma 150-500mm @ 500
-10 image composite
Nick Chill Nick Chill

Public Library.   #nyc   #publiclibrary   #infraredflash   #landmarks   #newyorkcityphotography  

This was shot at the end of a night of wandering around the city.  Dawn had not yet appeared.  I was using a #Weegee  sort of rig, but modified for the digital world.  The flash had been modified to only emit infrared light.

The camera had been modified to only be sensitive to the same wavelength.  In short, you could use infrared in relative darkness.

Of course the subject and idea is way different from any #Weegee  work, and he was using a 4x5 camera, and flash bulbs coated to only emit light in the infrared spectrum.

The fascinating thing (of course) is that real infrared (as opposed to post processing filters) captures what you can't see with your own eyes.  In that way, it's no different than a telephoto lens which also shows things you could never see with your unaided eyes.
Dave Beckerman Dave Beckerman

Last week we went to Photoshop World to meet our good friends and make new :-)
Alex Koloskov Alex Koloskov

MUSICALS IN CHICAGO?

Yeah I've never been to Broadway or off broadway... I'm needing some assistance.

I'll be in chicago and want to go either friday or saturday with a friend. Any suggestions... I'm pretty clueless.
Scott Jarvie Scott Jarvie

MOST CREATIVE MUSIC CHANNEL
Right now, at least for me, these are the most interesting covers by +Aaron Hatch of Big Fresh Mouf

This one I like but you'll probably end up watching a few more.
http://youtu.be/kO4JJLCUYLY

I just really love this concept!!
What do you think?
Scott Jarvie Scott Jarvie

Please 'Share' & help us get the word out!
Your response has been extraordinary! Would you help us take this one step further, by clicking the 'Share' button on this post? 
Of course our gallery opening/First Friday event is important to us, but we are also trying to raise money for the MDA Alaska. 
In early March, they suffered a disastrous vandalism, with tens of thousands of dollars in damages. So, like the poster says, we are selling raffle tickets - with all proceeds going to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The winner will receive an incredible 28"x36" canvas of 'Genesis'. 
Print #1 of 25. I completed the creation of this print yesterday. It is home, sitting in our office with me, as I write this. 
I can't stop looking at it.
David Ryan Taylor David Ryan Taylor

With the weather turning warmer, it was a great day to set up the trampoline.
Curtis Cunningham Curtis Cunningham

An new Arca Swiss compatible plate with or without grip.... and a bigger eye cup...

Shut up and take my money!

#fujifilmxt1  
Karin Nelson Karin Nelson

The sky outside is cloudy and gray this morning so I thought I'd share some images with rosy colors to brighten my day and hopefully yours as well.
Mia McPherson Mia McPherson

On a recent birding trip I was able to photograph a number of upland game birds with ranges that do not extend into the southeastern region of the U.S. - White-tailed Ptarmigan, Greater Sage Grouse, Sharp-tailed Grouse, Greater Prairie Chicken and Lesser Prairie Chicken. Of these, I had the best views of the Lesser Prairie Chicken, a vulnerable species with rapidly dwindling numbers.

http://davidsparks.smugmug.com/Birds/Birds-bySpecies/Upland-Game-Birds/Lesser-Prairie-Chicken/
David Sparks David Sparks

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