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Eshabı Ferit Girici4562014-08-24 22:53:54292201CC G+
5th Funny Corps0Hope that you have been having a great week on Google+. Thank you for sharing and promoting this and for connecting up with all the great accounts I have included. Great With This Cilcle!!, And Please..Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps, and get more friend and circle on +Google+  :» Include me in your circles» Click add people and create your circle» +1 this circle» Publicly share this circle to public, your circles and extended circles. ( share the circle and include yourself )» If possible, leave a comment on this circle so I know you have done the three steps above (I say "if possible" as my circle comments more often than not hit the 500 comment limit).»  So I can easily find your share, always publicly share my original shared circle. #circle #circleshare #circlesharing #circles #circleoftheday #circlemeup #circlemenow #bestcircle #bestcircleshare #megacircle #bigcircle #bigcircleshare #funnyvideo #funnyvideos #funnyvideosyoutube #funnyvideoclips #funnyvideooftheday #circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleshared   #share   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #engagers   #engagerscircle   #engagerspeople   2014-08-15 08:05:40492348CC G+
Andrea Gervasi23,420Top 2 Communicators Circle AGHey my friends. Good morning/evening to all! Circle brings together nice and interesting peopleIf you want to be a part of my best shared circles, this is the circle, you may want to add and share circle.Share The Circle And Boost Your Visibility On G+1. Add us to your circles, if you haven't done so already2. +1 this circle3. Publicly share this circle to public, your circles and extended circles.4. If possible, leave a comment on this circle so we know you have done the three steps above.Please make sure you do it on the original post or I won't notice it More you share more you get!Hi everybody, here is the circle of Top 2 Communicators Circle AG. They have made it to the Loyal FollowersCircle without getting tired of spreading.Top 2 Communicators AG Circle contains highly active membersof GooglePlus. If you want to engage with most activemembers you should ADD this circle.I would love to thank to each and every person who have joined the ride with us.Thank you very much! Iappreciate your dedication and hard work.I don't wish to offend anyone on the internet, so if you would like to be removed from my shared circles, please send me a private message and I won't share your profile in the future. The only way being shared will affect you is that you will get notifications that people have added you. You are under no obligation to add them back to your circles. If you don't add them back, they will most likely remove you from their circles after some time.#sharedcircle #publiccircleshare #circleshare #circleoftheday #circleshares #circlesharing #circlesshare  #publicsharedcircle   #publicsharedcircles #sharedcircleoftheday #sharedcircleoftheweek   #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircle #todayspublicsharedcircle   #todayssharedcircle #publiccircle #circle #circles #awesome   #awesomeness #awesomepeople 2014-08-14 13:48:51396028CC G+
DRESSCLEVER0Bemerkenswerte Leute!Sie verdienen es weiter geteilt zu werden! #sharedcircles   #geteilterkreis   #sharedcircle   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday  2014-08-13 12:34:50466011CC G+
Becky Collins13,434Mobile Operator Circle:Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-07-24 05:16:124763112CC G+
Doug Hyatt5,572THIS IS MEGA CIRCLE 12  #DOUGHYATTCIRCLESHARING I AM GETTING 1,000+ FOLLOWERS A WEEK FROM THIS!  1) ADD THE CIRCLE2) RESHARE THE CIRCLE AND BE SURE TO REMEMBER TO CHECK THE BOX WHICH INCLUDES YOURSELF.3)RESHARE TO PUBLIC EVERY DAY!BE SURE TO COPY THE HASHTAG LIST AND ADD IN YOUR COMMENTS LIKE I HAVE!  IT WILL GIVE YOU MAXIMUM RESULTS#doughyattcirclesharing#circles   #circlemania   #circletoday   #circleplus   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #CircleSharing   #sharecircle   #sharecirclethis   #worldsharecircle   #pleasecircleaddme   #circleoftheday   #newgenerationcircle  #monstercircle   #usacircle   #bestofthecircle   #shareofthecircle   #pleasecircle   #newbestcircl  add circle add circle * best share circle * share please pleaseplease add circle * best share circle * share please please#add #circle   #addcircle   #pleasecircle   #bestcircle   #mostcircle  #bestsharecircle   #newcircle   #top100circle   #best500circle   #top500circle   2014-07-19 21:28:01462429CC G+
Cher Fauvél426This is my Elite Raw Rocks Shared Circle!This is my circle for anyone interested in raw, organic, vegan nutrition!May be you just wanna investigate raw living a little? You will find the leaders in this circle.Please G+ and share if you would like to be added :)Be sure to share the original post.Welcome to Raw Rocks Shared Circle!  #rawliving  #rawfood #rawfoodlifestyle #organic   #rawnutrition  2014-07-05 15:20:52500313CC G+
badi gemilang1,090*CIRCLE sharing Mania*1)  Add me to your circle2) Plus the original post3) Share this circle publicly (and with your circles/extended circles)4) Comment on the original post when complete5) Add the circle to get more membersThat's it! I'll add you to my next circle share.Have a great day :#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles2014-07-04 01:55:47501107CC G+
Doug Hyatt3,412ENHANCE YOUR LIST WITH THESE PHOTOGRAPHERS!HERE IS THE LATEST CIRCLE - 6/30/2014CIRCLE SHARING IS THE FASTEST WAY TO GROW YOUR FOLLOWING ON GOOGLE+  SIMPLY ADD THE CIRCLE, THEN ADD YOURSELF, THEN RE-SHARE USING THE HASHTAGS PROVIDED HERE.  WATCH HOW FAST YOU GROW! ENJOY  #DOUGHYATTCIRCLESHARING #CircleSharing #Circle #CircleOfTheDay #Share #SharedPublicCircles #SharedCircles #Google+ #GooglePlusTips #Google #ShareCircle #SocialMedia #AddCircle #ADD #Marketing #Engagers #SocialMediaMarketing #EliteInnerCircle #Friends #PublicCircle #buy_GooglePlus_followers2014-06-30 16:43:40233012CC G+
James Wilson245Sharing Sunday. Hope everyone has a great week. Add, plus and share#Circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleoftheday   #shared   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedpublicircles   #sharing   #sharingcircles 2014-06-29 14:58:28473424CC G+
Hugh Ferguson10,217A starter circle for those new to G+ I just realised its a year since I joined G+. When I started I was lucky enough to come across a really useful circle share to help me on my way. As I have yet to share a circle of my own I will try and give something back, in the hope it helps those in a similar position. I am not posting this for +1's, shares or to gain new followers - so please do not feel obliged to share, +1 or follow - there are plenty of those type of circle shares around if that's what you want The circle below is just a selection of the 3000 or so I follow. All are excellent and active contributors to G+. It's quite Landscape biased (too many great photographers to pick out one or two), but there are examples of other genres and resources for example:Great photographers who work tirelessly through communities and pages, producing great interaction, such as +Margaret Tompkins +Kevin Rowe +Rinus Bakker and +Nancy Dempsey .... wonderful creative artists like +Heidi Anne Morris +Lotus Carroll +Bryan Peterson .....street photographers such as +Thomas Leuthard +Angelica Guckes ......the exquisite beauty of flowers and Macro by +Rosie Nixon +Silke Tüxen ......great teachers such as +Nicole S. Young +Jan Kabili +Jimmy McIntyre ......fantastic resources such as +2014-06-27 15:04:3482231014CC G+
John Wood8,050Follow this advice and grow your G+ community with people that share amazing content that will surprise you:Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!If you received the notice you are in this circle, then well done.If you would like to be included in the next Circle Share you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles (If you haven't already)2 - Share the circle (Publicly) - (cc) me ( ) in the comments on the share and I can add you to the next circle immediately.    _ Otherwise I may not notice your activity!_3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia2014-06-20 10:26:17472211938CC G+
Igor Kazmin318GOOGLE FRIENDS! - You're in this  Circle 6   -  *Share the circle* *'"*:•:••:*:•-:¦:*  *SHARE AND BE  SHARED*  *:¦:-•:*:••-:•:''''*  This is a super Circle and in it I put together a group of really interesting and active people on Google Plus to add in your circles.I'm talking about the top   Google + users that share unique and original contents.Follow   this advice and grow your G+ community with people that share amazing content that will surprise you:boost   visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!If you want to be added to the next Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles 3 - Share the circle (Publicly) 4 - Add +1 to the post 5 - Follow  your dreams and smile to life.More you share More you get! :)Thanks!2014-06-07 22:11:1594204CC G+
John Nuntiatio37,566#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #bestcircle #news   #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #small   #smallcircle  #photography #health2014-06-03 05:52:29478348CC G+
Becky Collins10,282Mobile Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia   #media   #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-05-28 05:03:174777219CC G+
Ryan Johnson5,301MY BEST OF THE BEST CIRCLETo add yourself to the circle or stay in the circle:Add me and reshare the circle PUBLICOptional: Add the circle, plus or comment the post. :)#circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #sharedcircles #sharingcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday   #share   #shared   #followers   #addcircles #publicsharedcircles   #share   #addpeople   #addcircle #addfriends   #circle   #empireavenue   #socialmedia     #influencers   #influencer   #influence   #influencermarketing #thursdaycircle   #thursdaycircleshared   #thursdaycircleshare   #circlethursday   #circlethursdaycircle 2014-05-21 12:34:0943016917CC G+
Jasmina Brozović53,644The Best G+ 444 Photographers Enjoy :D#circles #circlethis #circleyoushare #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #publiccircle #sharedcircle #circleshare   #circle     #motivateme 2014-05-21 08:22:40444861968CC G+
Jeff Phillips272Art and Photo CircleToday I share with you my "Art and Photography" circle. These are some of my favorite people here on G+ who share wonderful art and take "artistic" photos. Share, follow and enjoy.2014-05-18 22:24:14114000CC G+
ramzi parta7 Hello AllHere is my RANDOM Circle... V1.8 - 131123The circle has shrunk a little this week lets see if we can build it back up again. Please share and invite people to join the circle.247 people did not move from the last RANDOM circle, don't be one of them for the next circle.RULES1. Leave a comment saying who you would like to add.(min 1 name - max 10 names)2. Publicly Share the postIn the next circle I will add the people you added or mentioned and yourself (If you give more than 10 names I will only add the first 10)Re-Sharers also automatically get added to my Re-Share Circle and the last one has been shared 211 times so far.http://updateslaluz.blogspot.com2014-05-13 02:32:17501012CC G+
Margaret Tompkins107,694Landscape Photography Best of the Week!!!Congratulations to all those great photographers whose photographs have been selected this week by the curators of #landscapephotography +Landscape Photography +Landscape Photography Show +Margaret Tompkins +Jim Warthman +Kevin Rowe +Johan Peijnenburg +David Heath Williams +Tom Hierl +Carolyn Lim +Howard L. Smith +Kai Kosonen +Sheila B. DuBois +Toshi Nakamura +David Pilasky +Bill Wood Do you want to be a part of this circle?  Share one of your best landscape photographs to the +Landscape Photography theme.  Add the names of some of the curators and get one of them to share your photo to the theme page!!  Each week we will share the profiles of those whose photos have been selected to be shared to the theme page!!  They’re picky so share only you’re very best!!  Good luck!!  Be sure to share and follow these great folks.  They’re the Best of the Week!This circle represents the last two weeks.2014-05-04 00:26:311801002169CC G+
En Ucuz Uçak Bileti3,7582014-05-01 15:22:0848213918CC G+
Andrea Orselli5,603Hi! Here is my circle. Please click "ADD PEOPLE" button to add the whole circle and help increase each others connection. +1 and share will be greatly appreciated.#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday #wanttobecircled #addmetoyourcircles #public #publiccircle #sharedcircles    #sharedcircle #morefollowers #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles #sharedcircle #photography #photographer #bestphotographer #topphotographer #AddCircle #FindCircles #awesome #AwesomePeople #AwesomeCircle #addmetoyourcircles #addcircle #addpeople #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery #circleshare #circlesharing #publiccircle    #publicsharedcircles #SharedCircles #weeklyreview #sharedcircle    #topsharedcircl2014-04-30 20:06:13107413CC G+
Lowongan Kerja661. Plus The Post2. Comment3. Add People To Circles4. Share The Circle!#circlesharing #circleshare #circles #circle #googleplustips #googleplus #indonesia #artists #artist #artistphotographeramateurorprofessional2014-04-30 01:18:3547515729CC G+
Thomas Hawk7,121,413Updated -- 2,500 Kick Ass G+ Photographers Sh-ZA-Da:  http://goo.gl/4gh66cDa-Ho:  http://goo.gl/E6u9IrHo-Mi:  http://goo.gl/eVU9dwMi-Sh:  http://goo.gl/Peo77RSh-Z: http://goo.gl/FVhz462014-04-26 19:42:04472281867CC G+
Sinta Riani517This is a good circle. all of account on this circle is OnNow you can ADD People From this CircleBefor you ADD This people to your Circle, You must Vote g+ on my Blog please.> vote g+ on this link : https://plusone.google.com/u/0/_/+1/fastbutton?count=true&url=http://blog-kangramzi.blogspot.com/> After that. You can add this people to your CircleThank you#vote #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles   #shared   #circle #voteg+?2014-04-17 10:16:02501518CC G+
TechDissected545This is the +TechDissected  #Photography  circle. This is the place where we have some of the most awesome photographers on G+. However, we're looking for more to add to it. Do you fit in this circle or do you know someone that does that's not a part of it? If so, comment with the person's name and tag them so we can add them to our special #Photography  circle!2014-04-11 23:42:09186304CC G+
Andrea Orselli5,541Welcome to  this new circle which has members of the Share Your Circle Community.  This is a great place to Find and Add Circles#circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles   #sharedpublicircles   #circle   #circles   #circlemeup   #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle   #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou   #ShareYourCircle2014-04-03 22:45:30107425CC G+
Matteo Bodi0Amazing #pictures circle, enjoy!2014-03-15 13:58:41484126CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 20:35:51172123CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 20:35:20172307CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 19:46:45475126CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 19:46:00475125CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 19:45:28475014CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 19:44:37475126CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 19:43:264755010CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,684#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-13 21:16:32388135CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,684#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-13 21:12:27388124CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,684#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-13 21:11:55389122CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,684#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-13 21:11:09389022CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,684#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-13 21:10:40389649CC G+
ibrahim aslan02014-02-25 12:24:46501001CC G+
Jasmina Brozović39,527Remarkable Collection of the G+ Unique PhotographersIf you like my photography posts, you can find the authors of those posts in this remarkable circle!  Be free to add, share, comment or simply enjoy these excellent photographers:-)#circles #circlethis #circleyoushare #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #publiccircle #sharedcircle #circleshare   #circle #photography #photographycircle #photographerstofollow   #photographers  2014-02-21 07:55:45233351727CC G+
Eric Hege19,707Photographers Circle K-ZThis is K-Z (last names) of my current Photography Circle. Most of these people should be very active, and they post some really great images encompassing about any subject matter you could think of!Add them to your circles, and feel free to share this circle. You'll find A-J of this shared circle here:https://plus.google.com/+EricHege/posts/EyuRKbMFGA52014-02-19 17:17:184787010CC G+
Cristian Teodoridis2,715And this is my circle with the top (professional) photographers on Google+. Enjoy!2014-02-18 18:34:27494023CC G+
Fredrik Blanke401Handpicked circle of the very TOP engagers and highly active G+ people on the planet! Well when it comes down to it, it's a favorite circle recommended by me. If you want to stay updated on what's happening in 2014, then you need to add and share this list :)If you feel you should be on this list then please:1. Add this list2. +13. Comment4. Re-share the list(Take note that only highly active engangers will be considered for this list).I'm grateful for everyone following me and interacting with me on a daily basis. So I decided to share the love and a circle with engagers. Please feel free to comment , share or recommend people I obviously forgot to add.#sharedcircle #topsharedcircle    #circleoftheday #sharedcircle #trustinme    #circlesharing #circleshare #circles          #circleoftheday #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircles #share #vipsnowballcircle #sharedcircleoftheday #sharewithyou           #followme #followers #followback #circle #googleplus #coolpeople #circleshare #sharedcircles #sharedcircle    #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #circlesharing   #fullcircleshare 2014-01-31 18:49:15619129CC G+
Allan Cooper7,409This circle is for nature lovers and photographers: #nature   #naturephotography   #photographer   #share   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles2014-01-20 01:10:38253418CC G+
Allan Cooper7,383This circle is for nature lovers and photographers: #nature   #naturephotography   #landscape   #landscapephotography   #animal   #animals   #animallovers   #animalphotography   #flowers   #flowerphotography   #orchid   #orchidphotography   #birds   #bird   #parrot   #dogs   #cat   #circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing2014-01-18 04:09:25250725CC G+
Stephan Spelde8,664My Inspirational CircleEver since I joined Google plus in the end of the year 2011 I have been looking for those special ones. Those people that inspired me...touched my soul with their work or made me laugh my pants off.It took me over 2 years to fill this circle up to 500 inspirators, but today... I finally added my last person. :)I will seek more of these in the future, don't worry, and this means I will have to share multiple circles from now on, but for now...these are the 500 most inspirational people on Google Plus for me.A great big Thank You to everybody in this circle for enriching my Google Plus experience and inspire and motivate me in becoming a better photographer.artist. #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circles  2014-01-09 22:05:0550031930CC G+
Carin Kilby Clark626Sharing a circle of inspirational people 2014-01-04 21:11:09247073CC G+
Zvonimir Fras17,307101 Amazing PhotographersI don't usually share circles of my own......this is a special occasion, since I've gathered 100 photographers who's work I really like.It took me more than a year, and many of them came to my attention when I started managing +Stunning Moment alongside +Alycia Miller.Some of them are extremely popular with millions of followers, and some of them have less than 10 or 100 followers.Some are very active on G+, some are mostly active on other sites.If you're into photography (and you are if you're seeing this post) this is the circle you want to add ;)Feel free to share this with each and every photography-lover you know, they will thank you ;)Please tell me if you think I missed someone! I'm always looking for new talents! :D--I was told to include this hashtags cause people like them :)#sharedcircle   #topsharedcircle   #circlesharing   #circleshare  #circles #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircles  #circle #amazing #photographers #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare  2014-01-02 18:33:13101351936CC G+

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Haena Surf, Tunnels Beach, North Shore, Kauai, Hawaii
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Grandmother of the Ages" Trinidad, far Northern California
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"Rust and Surf"
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The first in a series of my science fiction story is available for FREE download in many formats on Smashwords! Book two is published and I'm halfway through book three. About 90,000 words each.

Here's the synopsis:

We've existed in our modern form for a small fraction of 1% of the lifespan of the Earth. Yet we feel as though we'll be the dominant species forever more. What if we're wrong? Could the human race be just another link in the long chain of evolution? What if our species is ephemeral? How could it happen? Who or what would replace us? Could our extinction be a good thing for those who follow us? After all, we regard the extinction of the dinosaurs as a good thing for those who followed, including us.
 
Astrobiologist Nisha Chandra specialized in evolution, which led us to becoming the alpha species on Earth. She knew our species... mehr »

The first in a series of my science fiction story is available for FREE download in many formats on Smashwords! Book two is published and I'm halfway through book three. About 90,000 words each.

Here's the synopsis:

We've existed in our modern form for a small fraction of 1% of the lifespan of the Earth. Yet we feel as though we'll be the dominant species forever more. What if we're wrong? Could the human race be just another link in the long chain of evolution? What if our species is ephemeral? How could it happen? Who or what would replace us? Could our extinction be a good thing for those who follow us? After all, we regard the extinction of the dinosaurs as a good thing for those who followed, including us.
 
Astrobiologist Nisha Chandra specialized in evolution, which led us to becoming the alpha species on Earth. She knew our species was ephemeral, but she didn't expect it to happen in the way it did.

They came to Earth but didn't care. We were just another life form to be stepped around. Humanity suffered the ultimate blow to its ego. Our time as the alpha species on Earth had passed. Later, we became ephemeral. Not because of a disaster or because of them, but because we chose it.___

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2014-04-04 02:57:29 (54 comments, 44 reshares, 687 +1s)

"Exposed" Isla Mujeres, near Cancun, Mexico
During a vacation I waited a week for the sun to move into this position behind these hurricane exposed pier pilings. During the 30 seconds of this exposure, the sun appeared and disappeared below the horizon as a fleeting red blob!

"Exposed" Isla Mujeres, near Cancun, Mexico
During a vacation I waited a week for the sun to move into this position behind these hurricane exposed pier pilings. During the 30 seconds of this exposure, the sun appeared and disappeared below the horizon as a fleeting red blob!___

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2014-04-02 00:13:21 (23 comments, 13 reshares, 82 +1s)

My book offer has expired. 3,000 downloaded.
325 pages with 188 examples on how you can learn landscape photography from the old masters of painting.
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00I7EFPQ0
If you read it, write a review if you like it! 
Yes, the painting is by Aivazovsky, a true master.

My book offer has expired. 3,000 downloaded.
325 pages with 188 examples on how you can learn landscape photography from the old masters of painting.
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00I7EFPQ0
If you read it, write a review if you like it! 
Yes, the painting is by Aivazovsky, a true master.___

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2014-03-23 16:14:17 (26 comments, 10 reshares, 146 +1s)

Thanks! Several thousand of you now are reading my book!
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00J5PJFP2

Thanks! Several thousand of you now are reading my book!
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00J5PJFP2___

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2014-03-19 00:44:17 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)

+Jon Cornforth will be in the San Francisco Bay area speaking about Marine Wildlife Photography in Alaska, Tonga and Beyond.  It looks like a great presentation! See him at the following locations. 
Saratoga REI, March 18, 2014 Done
Corte Madera REI, March 19 Done
Berkeley REI, March 20 Done
Marina REI, March 21 (Friday)

http://cornforthimages.com/events/

+Jon Cornforth will be in the San Francisco Bay area speaking about Marine Wildlife Photography in Alaska, Tonga and Beyond.  It looks like a great presentation! See him at the following locations. 
Saratoga REI, March 18, 2014 Done
Corte Madera REI, March 19 Done
Berkeley REI, March 20 Done
Marina REI, March 21 (Friday)

http://cornforthimages.com/events/___

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2014-02-21 00:48:53 (117 comments, 146 reshares, 1527 +1s)

Haena Surf, Tunnels Beach, North Shore, Kauai, Hawaii
See it big at 2,000 x 3,000!
See my book here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00I7EFPQ0
#landscapephotography   #photography   #kauai   #hawaii   #surf   #wave  

Haena Surf, Tunnels Beach, North Shore, Kauai, Hawaii
See it big at 2,000 x 3,000!
See my book here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00I7EFPQ0
#landscapephotography   #photography   #kauai   #hawaii   #surf   #wave  ___

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2014-02-17 03:24:30 (51 comments, 102 reshares, 1080 +1s)

"Rust and Surf... again!" View 3 of 3 of the same composition! See my previous posts for the others. Zoom in to see every bit of detail at 2000x3000! Wait for it to render. See my photo book here for more.
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00I7EFPQ0 #landscapephotography    #photography    #goldengatebridge   #sanfrancisco    #longexposure  

"Rust and Surf... again!" View 3 of 3 of the same composition! See my previous posts for the others. Zoom in to see every bit of detail at 2000x3000! Wait for it to render. See my photo book here for more.
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00I7EFPQ0 #landscapephotography    #photography    #goldengatebridge   #sanfrancisco    #longexposure  ___

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2014-02-16 17:32:15 (32 comments, 58 reshares, 1046 +1s)

"Suspensions" View 2 of 3 of the same composition! See my previous post for # 1. Zoom in to see every bit of crusty rust at 2000x3000!
wait for it to render. See my photo book here for more.
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00I7EFPQ0

#landscapephotography   #photography   #goldengatebridge   #sanfrancisco   #longexposure  

"Suspensions" View 2 of 3 of the same composition! See my previous post for # 1. Zoom in to see every bit of crusty rust at 2000x3000!
wait for it to render. See my photo book here for more.
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00I7EFPQ0

#landscapephotography   #photography   #goldengatebridge   #sanfrancisco   #longexposure  ___

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2014-02-15 03:19:59 (95 comments, 141 reshares, 2144 +1s)

"Rust and Surf"
See it big at 2000x3000!
See my photo book here.
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00I7EFPQ0

      #photography           #landscapephotography   #goldengatebridge   #sanfrancisco   #california  

"Rust and Surf"
See it big at 2000x3000!
See my photo book here.
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00I7EFPQ0

      #photography           #landscapephotography   #goldengatebridge   #sanfrancisco   #california  ___

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2014-02-14 05:16:29 (26 comments, 37 reshares, 440 +1s)

The Taro Fields, Hanalei, Kauai, Hawaii
See it big at 2000x3000!
See my photo book here.
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00I7EFPQ0

    #photography         #landscapephotography   #hawaii     #Kauai   #hanaleibay   #hanalei  

The Taro Fields, Hanalei, Kauai, Hawaii
See it big at 2000x3000!
See my photo book here.
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00I7EFPQ0

    #photography         #landscapephotography   #hawaii     #Kauai   #hanaleibay   #hanalei  ___

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2014-02-12 04:23:13 (60 comments, 88 reshares, 807 +1s)

Sunrise looking east towards Monterey, California
See it big at 2000x3000!
See my photo book here.
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00I7EFPQ0

  #photography   #carmel   #beach   #ocean     #landscapephotography  

Sunrise looking east towards Monterey, California
See it big at 2000x3000!
See my photo book here.
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00I7EFPQ0

  #photography   #carmel   #beach   #ocean     #landscapephotography  ___

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2014-02-09 16:26:37 (17 comments, 9 reshares, 223 +1s)

The beach at Carmel, California is one of the best beaches on the planet!
See the 3,600 pixel wide version!
See my photo book here,
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00I7EFPQ0

#landscapephotography   #photography   #carmel #beach   #ocean  

The beach at Carmel, California is one of the best beaches on the planet!
See the 3,600 pixel wide version!
See my photo book here,
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00I7EFPQ0

#landscapephotography   #photography   #carmel #beach   #ocean  ___

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2014-02-09 01:50:04 (90 comments, 173 reshares, 2066 +1s)

Grandmother of the Ages" Trinidad, far Northern California
See the 4,500 pixel wide version!
See my photo book here,
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00I7EFPQ0

#landscapephotography   #photography   #sky  

Grandmother of the Ages" Trinidad, far Northern California
See the 4,500 pixel wide version!
See my photo book here,
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00I7EFPQ0

#landscapephotography   #photography   #sky  ___

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2014-02-08 17:44:42 (29 comments, 36 reshares, 479 +1s)

I hadn't paid attention to the views on my photos until this morning. This one has over 22 million views originally. I'll have to check out the others. This is +Jay Patel ! See my photo book here
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00I7EFPQ0

#landscapephotography   #photography   #lunatic  !

I hadn't paid attention to the views on my photos until this morning. This one has over 22 million views originally. I'll have to check out the others. This is +Jay Patel ! See my photo book here
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00I7EFPQ0

#landscapephotography   #photography   #lunatic  !___

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2014-02-07 01:42:48 (17 comments, 14 reshares, 359 +1s)

"At the pier #2" - San Francisco
Choose it to see it at 4,500 pixels wide!
Alcatraz is at the right of the frame.
#landscapephotography   #sanfrancisco   #rainbow   #photography  

"At the pier #2" - San Francisco
Choose it to see it at 4,500 pixels wide!
Alcatraz is at the right of the frame.
#landscapephotography   #sanfrancisco   #rainbow   #photography  ___

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2014-01-26 17:53:02 (67 comments, 4 reshares, 50 +1s)

This winter in the eastern US is not that bad! 

The headlines talk about this winter being a record cold one. Talk show hosts are saying that this cold weather proves the Earth is not getting warmer. Some people are saying that this cold weather proves that 'global warming' is a hoax and a conspiracy.

So I decided to look at a historical record for Chicago, which is at the center of this this cold weather and do my own count and chart. This chart shows the frequency of the number of days at or below zero for a minimum temperature on a given day, summarized for each year from 1873 through today. So far this January, Chicago has endured 9 days below zero with three more predicted in the next few days. I added them in for a total of 12 for 2014.

My Data source is here:

http://www.climatestations.com/chicago/

As you can see, it's a cold... mehr »

This winter in the eastern US is not that bad! 

The headlines talk about this winter being a record cold one. Talk show hosts are saying that this cold weather proves the Earth is not getting warmer. Some people are saying that this cold weather proves that 'global warming' is a hoax and a conspiracy.

So I decided to look at a historical record for Chicago, which is at the center of this this cold weather and do my own count and chart. This chart shows the frequency of the number of days at or below zero for a minimum temperature on a given day, summarized for each year from 1873 through today. So far this January, Chicago has endured 9 days below zero with three more predicted in the next few days. I added them in for a total of 12 for 2014.

My Data source is here:

http://www.climatestations.com/chicago/

As you can see, it's a cold year, but far from breaking any sort of record other than the coldest since 2001 or so. 

So please all you talk show hosts, stop your hyperbole!
#climatechange   #globalwarming   #winter   #cold   #climate   #chicago  ___

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2014-01-05 20:05:01 (29 comments, 2 reshares, 73 +1s)

Global Climate Change!   #globalwarming   #climatechange  
(Photo: Snowball fight on steps of Florida's capitol building, 1899)

We've seen the recent headlines:

Snow in Egypt!
Canada colder than Mars!
Ship caught in increasing Antarctic sea ice!
US football playoff game might be the coldest ever!

Now, I have no vested interest in climate research. I'm not a climatologist and I'm not a climate change denier. I'm in the middle. I'm just someone who has access to the same records as anyone else. So, recently I decided to poke around and use some logic to get underneath this highly charged issue. 

Headlines often shape public opinion. So let's take this headline I read online to start:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-chicago-weather-forecast-20140105,0,3851706.story
R... mehr »

Global Climate Change!   #globalwarming   #climatechange  
(Photo: Snowball fight on steps of Florida's capitol building, 1899)

We've seen the recent headlines:

Snow in Egypt!
Canada colder than Mars!
Ship caught in increasing Antarctic sea ice!
US football playoff game might be the coldest ever!

Now, I have no vested interest in climate research. I'm not a climatologist and I'm not a climate change denier. I'm in the middle. I'm just someone who has access to the same records as anyone else. So, recently I decided to poke around and use some logic to get underneath this highly charged issue. 

Headlines often shape public opinion. So let's take this headline I read online to start:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-chicago-weather-forecast-20140105,0,3851706.story

Reporter Rosemary Regina Sobol writes: "Chicago's all-time lowest temperature is 11 below zero on Dec. 24, 1983. "We will be right in that territory tomorrow," Fenelon said."

"Is that true?" I wondered. I went to Wikipedia and one part of this article below says,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Climate_of_Chicago

"The coldest temperature ever recorded in Chicago is −27 °F (−33 °C) at O'Hare on January 20, 1985. On December 24, 1983, and January 18, 1994, the high temperature reached only −11 °F (−24 °C)"

Okay so that's one BIG mistake. Ms. Sobol is saying that the high temp on that day is the all-time record cold temp for Chicago! Perhaps that was an oversight, but people will read that and think that global COOLING is happening because new all time low temps are being recorded! They are not. The temperature will not come close to dropping below -27 in Chicago.

I dug around for some record cold temps and compared them to the current cold snap. I read about the US cold snap of 1899. It makes this one look like a trip to Hawaii!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Blizzard_of_1899

Comparing this cold snap so far to Feb, 1899:

                                 Jan 2014            Feb. 1899  

Dallas                     18f            -8f (-22c) (yes it was -8 in Dallas!)
Tallahasse, Fl.     21f            -2f (yes, below zero in N. florida!)
Washington, DC    7f          −15f (−26c) - temps common in Jan.
Miami, Fl               46f          29f (-2c) and it snowed in Miami in 1976
Minden, La         +16f        −16f(−27c)

Now, look at that last one. -16f in Louisiana! People are complaining about -11 in Chicago because it's been warm over the past 40 years.

Check out 1899 in Chicago. It dropped below -20f many times and below -30 a few times!

http://www.climatestations.com/images/stories/chicago/CHI1899.gif

When I look at the weather pattern of the current cold snap, the air at the North Pole has moved over central North America. This is as cold as it can get. It's warmer in north Alaska than Minnesota right now. For me, this cold spell is evidence of global warming because it doesn't even touch the all time lows in most areas. If this extreme weather can't even make new lows, what can? 

Okay, what about the increasing ice in Antarctica? Well, water has strange properties. The salty sea around Antarctica is 28f (-2c). But fresh water freezes at 32.6f (0c) or so. Therefore, if you pour warm fresh water over 28 degree salty water, it will freeze on top. And that's whats happening. Fresh water is melting over land and flowing over the cold sea water and freezing it solid. Therefore, warming temps lead to more ice for the moment. There's more but I'll leave that for you to research.

I looked for other things. Some places are having record snowfall. Yes, that's true. However, one thing I notice is that it rarely snows when it's -40f or c. It's too cold. Cold air holds less moisture than warm air. So if you take a place that is normally cold in winter, like Minnesota and warm it up by a few degres, it will still be well below freezing, but it will be warmer and therefore have more snow. So in cold areas, more snow is a sign of global warming.

As for the snow in Egypt, yep, that is a record and a little evidence for cooling but it's .001% of the entire picture.

So I see overwhelming evidence for global warming without looking at record high temps being recorded each year. And CO2 levels have risen from 320ppm to 400 in the past 50 years, which is huge! Humans do play some role, but I'm not an expert on the relation between CO2 and global warming. So I'll leave that to the experts. 

As you can see down this page, CO2 levels have not been above 300ppm in the past 400,000 years.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbon_dioxide_in_Earth's_atmosphere

I suppose people will disagree with me. If you do, present some significant evidence showing the Earth is cooling. And don't cherry pick the record heat of 1998 and compare it to the past few years. And don't attack climate researchers as evidence of anything. It turns out the missing heat they talked about in that scandal is buried in the sea, where temperatures have continued rising over the past 5 years even while air temps are stable at near record highs.

So if you disagree that the Earth is warming, present me with evidence and I'll listen.

Enjoy the frozen games today!

Patrick___

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2014-01-04 04:27:50 (14 comments, 12 reshares, 270 +1s)

Here are thirty seconds of my life!
(I do have arms, but they're folded)
I hope that the 31,415,926 seconds of 2014 are good ones for you!

Here is a good explanation on how that's calculated.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/01/01/new_year_2014_how_astronomers_define_the_year.html

Here are thirty seconds of my life!
(I do have arms, but they're folded)
I hope that the 31,415,926 seconds of 2014 are good ones for you!

Here is a good explanation on how that's calculated.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/01/01/new_year_2014_how_astronomers_define_the_year.html___

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2013-12-24 02:56:20 (51 comments, 11 reshares, 41 +1s)

 
Why Bitcoin cannot succeed.
(as of this writing, it's US $670, down from a peak of over $1,000)

I've studied the history of economic booms and busts and this is a classic! As the cliche goes, for every boom, there is a bust.

To start a classic boom, you need a good concept that makes logical sense, and you need a stream of new followers to buy from the early adopters who make the big money. It's not a scam, just a good idea. Some good ideas succeed. Here is the original paper describing the concept of Bitcoin.

http://bitcoin.org/bitcoin.pdf

(I had to try a few times to get this PDF on my screen for some reason)

When I read this paper, the concept makes sense. It's a great idea. Bitcoin allows the exchange of money between people without going through a bank or similar institution. The total number of Bitcoins is... mehr »

 
Why Bitcoin cannot succeed.
(as of this writing, it's US $670, down from a peak of over $1,000)

I've studied the history of economic booms and busts and this is a classic! As the cliche goes, for every boom, there is a bust.

To start a classic boom, you need a good concept that makes logical sense, and you need a stream of new followers to buy from the early adopters who make the big money. It's not a scam, just a good idea. Some good ideas succeed. Here is the original paper describing the concept of Bitcoin.

http://bitcoin.org/bitcoin.pdf

(I had to try a few times to get this PDF on my screen for some reason)

When I read this paper, the concept makes sense. It's a great idea. Bitcoin allows the exchange of money between people without going through a bank or similar institution. The total number of Bitcoins is limited. Ownership is secure and verifiable. It's a new currency for a new age. The price is rising overall. What's not to like?

The idea has taken off and continues to attract rapidly increasing numbers of followers at sharply increasing prices despite dramatic fluctuations.

So the recipe for a classic boom is fulfilled.

Why will Bitcoin go bust?

First, think of why Bitcoin is popular right now. Followers like it mainly because the price has risen dramatically. It's speculative frenzy. When you overhear people talking about it at the local coffee place or in a grocery store, you know it's a boom. By the time you can talk to an average person on the street about the latest boom, you know it's near the saturation point. Once everyone knows about it, there will be smaller numbers of new followers to buy in. Booms need  new followers to survive. Booms need to be fed!

The second reason Bitcoin will go bust is because there is no scenario where it can succeed. There are three price scenarios for Bitcoin, the price will rise, it will fall, or it will stabilize. Only stable currencies make good currencies.

Scenario 1: Rising Bitcoin prices.

Let's say Apple decides to accept bitcoins and Bitcoin prices are rising. You want to buy a new iPad and the price is around $640. You have one bitcoin worth $640, so you walk into the store to buy the iPad. As you stand there admiring the sleek new iPad, you remember that you bought your Bitcoin a few months ago for $300 and you feel happy. However you begin to hesitate about buying. After all, you bought the Bitcoin as an investment and it's making money. Perhaps you should hold onto it, and wait for it to go to $1,000. Then you can get your iPad and a mini too. Maybe it will go to $1 million and you can buy your dream house! So you walk out of the Apple store empty handed. 

This is the danger of price deflation and why it kills an economy. As of now, you can buy that iPad for 1.0 Bitcoins, but you decide to wait for the price to drop (in bitcoins) so you can buy the iPad AND a mini. You decided to wait, and that killed the sale for Apple. It also killed most other Bitcoin based sales Apple was hoping for at that time. Therefore, Apple would probably decide to stop accepting Bitcoins while Bitcoin prices rise.

Scenario 2: Falling Bitcoin prices.

Let's assume the same scenario as above only Bitcoin prices are dropping and Apple accepts Bitcoins. You still want to buy a new iPad and the price is around $640. Let's say recently the price was over $1,000 (It was for real!). You had your Bitcoin and you were ready to buy an iPad and a mini with your 1 Bitcoin worth $1,000, but you waited and now it's back to $640. You can either hold onto the Bitcoin and hope it goes up again, or get rid of the Bitcoin and buy the iPad for 1 Bitcoin right now. If you hold on and wait, Apple loses the sale again. If you buy the iPad, Apple gets the sale, but now is the proud owner of one falling Bitcoin. What company wants to sell items in a currency losing its value? So Apple would probably decide to stop accepting  Bitcoins, just as it did when Bitcoin prices were rising.

So far, Apple would not accept Bitcoins regardless if the price is rising or falling, because you as a Bitcoin owner would not buy as often, and would usually buy because you want to get rid of the Bitcoin. Apple is not where you go to get rid of stuff you don't want!

Scenario 3: Stable Bitcoin prices.

Here is the ideal scenario. Apple makes products, and accepts Bitcoins because the price is stable. They can count on making a product and selling it for a fair and predictable price. After all, who wants to make a product when they don't know what price they can sell it for!

There is one BIG problem with a stable Bitcoin price. People like Bitcoin as a speculation or an investment. They are hoping for the price to rise. If prices stop rising and become stable, the speculators will sell. Speculators want to make money, not sit on a boring trade that does nothing. Investors will see a stable price and begin to look around for better investments. After all, they might as well put their money under a mattress and earn zero percent interest. Therefore, if prices are stable, investors will on balance sell their Bitcoins.

Stable Bitcoin prices will then cause investors to sell, and prices will drop. If prices drop, companies will stop accepting bitcoins.

See what I mean? No matter what, Bitcoin is doomed.

I'm sorry but simple boom and bust psychology is at work here.

One major caviat for anyone speculating in Bitcoin right now is this:

Bitcoin has an intrinsic value of zero. No government backs the value of a Bitcoin. It's a pure speculative play. As such, the current price is arbitrary. A Bitcoin worth $1 or $640 is infinity times its intrinsic value.

For all I know, one Bitcoin could be worth $10,000 or $1 at the end of 2014. Both prices are equally valid. Nobody has formulated a good technique to predict when a bust will follow a boom.

But for every boom, there is a bust!

Good luck out there,

Patrick___

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2013-12-13 02:25:01 (12 comments, 19 reshares, 268 +1s)

The Santa Monica Pier at night.
Exposure time not too long or too short.
See the very big version!

The Santa Monica Pier at night.
Exposure time not too long or too short.
See the very big version!___

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2013-12-11 00:52:35 (15 comments, 17 reshares, 269 +1s)

The Spectacle
(see it at 4,500 pixels wide, you won't regret it! Let it render...)
many photos stitched...

The Spectacle
(see it at 4,500 pixels wide, you won't regret it! Let it render...)
many photos stitched...___

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2013-12-10 01:02:46 (16 comments, 11 reshares, 274 +1s)

The Gates of Heaven, San francisco 
(See every bolt at 6,000x6000. It will take time to render)
2 landscape images, 500mm+1.4 extender

The Gates of Heaven, San francisco 
(See every bolt at 6,000x6000. It will take time to render)
2 landscape images, 500mm+1.4 extender___

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2013-12-08 04:34:57 (22 comments, 23 reshares, 380 +1s)

'The Jacuzzi" Lumahai Beach, Kauai
See it at 4,500 pixels wide.
I excluded the grave markers to the left!

'The Jacuzzi" Lumahai Beach, Kauai
See it at 4,500 pixels wide.
I excluded the grave markers to the left!___

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2013-12-05 05:06:25 (27 comments, 34 reshares, 386 +1s)

You know where, from the you know what viewpoint!  :-)
Click to see it at 4,500 pixels wide. It will render slow...
No HDR

You know where, from the you know what viewpoint!  :-)
Click to see it at 4,500 pixels wide. It will render slow...
No HDR___

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2013-12-04 04:24:19 (9 comments, 6 reshares, 121 +1s)

Garrapata Rock Wall, Big Sur, California
30 photos stitched with my 400mm F5.6
Click to see it 6,000 super fine pixels wide!
It would make a life size 10x20 foot print at over 200DPI.

Garrapata Rock Wall, Big Sur, California
30 photos stitched with my 400mm F5.6
Click to see it 6,000 super fine pixels wide!
It would make a life size 10x20 foot print at over 200DPI.___

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2013-12-01 15:58:08 (12 comments, 26 reshares, 427 +1s)


A hole in the wall, Tennessee Beach, Marin, near San Francisco.
(click to see it super sharp at 4,500 px wide! It takes time to render.)
This hole collapsed. Nothing is forever! There is a pile of rubble here now.

Hi Everyone,

I'm finished with a programming project and I wrote a 545 page sci-fi book. So now I will upload my old and new photos REALLY BIG!

As I mentioned in the past couple of uploads, I'm looking for a few more readers for my book. When I hit 50, I'll stop and I'm getting close to that number now. If you would like to read it, reply below and send an email with your email address to patrick@patricksmithphotography.com and I'll send you a PDF. I spent 6 weeks editing it, so it's in decent shape! I might use part of the photo above as my cover because in my book, and in reality the human species faces a fork in the road... mehr »


A hole in the wall, Tennessee Beach, Marin, near San Francisco.
(click to see it super sharp at 4,500 px wide! It takes time to render.)
This hole collapsed. Nothing is forever! There is a pile of rubble here now.

Hi Everyone,

I'm finished with a programming project and I wrote a 545 page sci-fi book. So now I will upload my old and new photos REALLY BIG!

As I mentioned in the past couple of uploads, I'm looking for a few more readers for my book. When I hit 50, I'll stop and I'm getting close to that number now. If you would like to read it, reply below and send an email with your email address to patrick@patricksmithphotography.com and I'll send you a PDF. I spent 6 weeks editing it, so it's in decent shape! I might use part of the photo above as my cover because in my book, and in reality the human species faces a fork in the road from an evolutionary standpoint. Nothing is forever!

Here's the description:

Astrobiologist Nisha Chandra exalted the evolution of species on Earth, praising the virtues of the nature of change. After all, evolutionary change led to us becoming the alpha species on Earth. She lived her life strictly by the scientific method. She believed in things that could be conclusively proven by observation, experimentation, and logical hypothesis.

However, inexplicable events occurred which unraveled her rational world. She suffered the loss of a child, and gained a friendship, the likes of which the world had never seen. Homo sapiens suffered the loss of its innocence and identity. She derived a new hypothesis. Our time as the alpha species on Earth has passed.

Thanks,

Patrick___

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2013-12-01 03:58:49 (41 comments, 67 reshares, 566 +1s)

A fork in the road, A mile from my house east of San Francisco.
(click to see it super sharp at 3,600 px wide! It takes time to render.)

Hi Everyone,

I'm finished with a programming project and I wrote a 545 page sci-fi book. So now I will upload my old and new photos REALLY BIG!

As I mentioned in the past couple of uploads, I'm looking for a few readers for my book. When I hit 50, I'll stop and I'm nearing that number now. If you would like to read it, reply below and send an email with your email address to patrick@patricksmithphotography.com and I'll send you a PDF. I spent 6 weeks editing it, so it's in decent shape! I might use part of the photo above as my cover because in my book, and in reality the human species faces a fork in the road from an evolutionary standpoint.

Here's the description:

Astrobiologist Nisha... mehr »

A fork in the road, A mile from my house east of San Francisco.
(click to see it super sharp at 3,600 px wide! It takes time to render.)

Hi Everyone,

I'm finished with a programming project and I wrote a 545 page sci-fi book. So now I will upload my old and new photos REALLY BIG!

As I mentioned in the past couple of uploads, I'm looking for a few readers for my book. When I hit 50, I'll stop and I'm nearing that number now. If you would like to read it, reply below and send an email with your email address to patrick@patricksmithphotography.com and I'll send you a PDF. I spent 6 weeks editing it, so it's in decent shape! I might use part of the photo above as my cover because in my book, and in reality the human species faces a fork in the road from an evolutionary standpoint.

Here's the description:

Astrobiologist Nisha Chandra exalted the evolution of species on Earth, praising the virtues of the nature of change. After all, evolutionary change led to us becoming the alpha species on Earth. She lived her life strictly by the scientific method. She believed in things that could be conclusively proven by observation, experimentation, and logical hypothesis.

However, inexplicable events occurred which unraveled her rational world. She suffered the loss of a child, and gained a friendship, the likes of which the world had never seen. Homo sapiens suffered the loss of its innocence and identity. She derived a new hypothesis. Our time as the alpha species on Earth has passed.

Thanks,

Patrick___

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2013-11-30 03:24:02 (17 comments, 13 reshares, 226 +1s)

A portion of a 30,000 pixel-wide panorama of San Francisco.
(click to see it super sharp at 8,000 px wide! It takes time to render.)
I had to slightly blur out a few apartments to respect privacy!)

Hi Everyone,

I'm finished with a programming project and I wrote a 545 page sci-fi book. So now I will upload my photos REALLY BIG!

As I mentioned yesterday I'm looking for a few readers for my book. If you would like to read it, reply below and send an email with your email address to patrick@patricksmithphotography.com and I'll send you a PDF. I spent 6 weeks editing it, so it's in good shape!

Here's the description:

Astrobiologist Nisha Chandra exalted the evolution of species on Earth, praising the virtues of the nature of change. After all, evolutionary change led to us becoming the alpha species on Earth. She lived her life... mehr »

A portion of a 30,000 pixel-wide panorama of San Francisco.
(click to see it super sharp at 8,000 px wide! It takes time to render.)
I had to slightly blur out a few apartments to respect privacy!)

Hi Everyone,

I'm finished with a programming project and I wrote a 545 page sci-fi book. So now I will upload my photos REALLY BIG!

As I mentioned yesterday I'm looking for a few readers for my book. If you would like to read it, reply below and send an email with your email address to patrick@patricksmithphotography.com and I'll send you a PDF. I spent 6 weeks editing it, so it's in good shape!

Here's the description:

Astrobiologist Nisha Chandra exalted the evolution of species on Earth, praising the virtues of the nature of change. After all, evolutionary change led to us becoming the alpha species on Earth. She lived her life strictly by the scientific method. She believed in things that could be conclusively proven by observation, experimentation, and logical hypothesis.

However, inexplicable events occurred which unraveled her rational world. She suffered the loss of a child, and gained a friendship, the likes of which the world had never seen. Homo sapiens suffered the loss of its innocence and identity. She derived a new hypothesis. Our time as the alpha species on Earth has passed.

Thanks,

Patrick___

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2013-11-29 19:31:18 (13 comments, 26 reshares, 183 +1s)

 
A portion of a 50,000 pixel-wide panorama of San Francisco.
(click to see it super sharp at 8,000 px wide! It takes time to render.)

Hi Everyone,

I'm finished with a programming project and I wrote a 545 page sci-fi book. So now I will upload my photos REALLY BIG!

As I mentioned yesterday I'm looking for a few readers for my book. If you would like to read it, reply below and send an email with your email address to patrick@patricksmithphotography.com and I'll send you a PDF. I spent 6 weeks editing it, so it's in good shape!

Here's the description:

Astrobiologist Nisha Chandra exalted the evolution of species on Earth, praising the virtues of the nature of change. After all, evolutionary change led to us becoming the alpha species on Earth. She lived her life strictly by the scientific method. She believed in things... mehr »

 
A portion of a 50,000 pixel-wide panorama of San Francisco.
(click to see it super sharp at 8,000 px wide! It takes time to render.)

Hi Everyone,

I'm finished with a programming project and I wrote a 545 page sci-fi book. So now I will upload my photos REALLY BIG!

As I mentioned yesterday I'm looking for a few readers for my book. If you would like to read it, reply below and send an email with your email address to patrick@patricksmithphotography.com and I'll send you a PDF. I spent 6 weeks editing it, so it's in good shape!

Here's the description:

Astrobiologist Nisha Chandra exalted the evolution of species on Earth, praising the virtues of the nature of change. After all, evolutionary change led to us becoming the alpha species on Earth. She lived her life strictly by the scientific method. She believed in things that could be conclusively proven by observation, experimentation, and logical hypothesis.

However, inexplicable events occurred which unraveled her rational world. She suffered the loss of a child, and gained a friendship, the likes of which the world had never seen. Homo sapiens suffered the loss of its innocence and identity. She derived a new hypothesis. Our time as the alpha species on Earth has passed.

Thanks,

Patrick___

posted image

2013-11-28 18:20:01 (11 comments, 17 reshares, 170 +1s)

A portion of the San Francisco skyline from Berkeley
(click to see it at 8,000 pixels wide! It takes time to render.)

Hi Everyone,

I haven't uploaded here for a while, but I'm finished with a programming project and I wrote a 545 page sci-fi book. So now I have some time to upload new work and some older stuff REALLY BIG!

I'm looking for a few readers. If you would like to read my book, reply below and send an email with your email address to patrick@patricksmithphotography.com and I'll send you a PDF. I spent 6 weeks editing it, so it's in good shape!

Here's the description:

Astrobiologist Nisha Chandra exalted the evolution of species on Earth, praising the virtues of the nature of change. After all, evolutionary change led to us becoming the alpha species on Earth. She lived her life strictly by the scientific method. She... mehr »

A portion of the San Francisco skyline from Berkeley
(click to see it at 8,000 pixels wide! It takes time to render.)

Hi Everyone,

I haven't uploaded here for a while, but I'm finished with a programming project and I wrote a 545 page sci-fi book. So now I have some time to upload new work and some older stuff REALLY BIG!

I'm looking for a few readers. If you would like to read my book, reply below and send an email with your email address to patrick@patricksmithphotography.com and I'll send you a PDF. I spent 6 weeks editing it, so it's in good shape!

Here's the description:

Astrobiologist Nisha Chandra exalted the evolution of species on Earth, praising the virtues of the nature of change. After all, evolutionary change led to us becoming the alpha species on Earth. She lived her life strictly by the scientific method. She believed in things that could be conclusively proven by observation, experimentation, and logical hypothesis.

However, inexplicable events occurred which unraveled her rational world. She suffered the loss of a child, and gained a friendship, the likes of which the world had never seen. The human species suffered the loss of its innocence and the beginning of its separation. She derived a new hypothesis. Our time as the alpha species on Earth has passed.

Thanks,

Patrick___

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2012-09-28 14:14:31 (73 comments, 19 reshares, 228 +1s)

"Ghirardelli #2" , San Francisco, California

A small portion of a 52,000 pixel-wide panorama (600 megapixels) I did on recently. See a 6000 pixel version version here! See if you can find the people that are in there twice :) I do that on my big panos if I can.
http://www.patricksmithphotography.com/zphotos/120923-Ghirardelli2-6000.jpg

Details
56 portrait oriented photos, each carefully focused 
Canon 5D mark II 
Canon 400L lens 
1/50th-sec. exposures @F8-F13 depending on DOF needs
ISO 100
No Lee neutral density soft grad filters.
No polarizer, no HDR 
RAW file processed with Capture One by Phase One
TIFF file processed with Photoshop cs4
Round bucket and plywood for a very stable tripod in high winds
(though I used the flat back of a concrete bench to place the plywood
It worked perfectly!)A... mehr »

"Ghirardelli #2" , San Francisco, California

A small portion of a 52,000 pixel-wide panorama (600 megapixels) I did on recently. See a 6000 pixel version version here! See if you can find the people that are in there twice :) I do that on my big panos if I can.
http://www.patricksmithphotography.com/zphotos/120923-Ghirardelli2-6000.jpg

Details
56 portrait oriented photos, each carefully focused 
Canon 5D mark II 
Canon 400L lens 
1/50th-sec. exposures @F8-F13 depending on DOF needs
ISO 100
No Lee neutral density soft grad filters.
No polarizer, no HDR 
RAW file processed with Capture One by Phase One
TIFF file processed with Photoshop cs4
Round bucket and plywood for a very stable tripod in high winds
(though I used the flat back of a concrete bench to place the plywood
It worked perfectly!)
AutoPano stitching software, plus some manual stitching
(The boats kept moving around)

The Story

Before I made my previous G+ upload, I made this one during the golden time of a foggy sunset. That occurs usually around 30 minutes before sunset. Foggy sunsets along the California coast are usually dull and gray affairs, but the light can be sublime when the sun it low but still strong and high enough to cut through the fog and light the subject as if a huge soft lightbox were covering the landscape!

There are a couple of problems here that I will fix but I wanted to upload this before the weekend.

Daytime panoramas are SO much easier to shoot and process compared to my twilight panos. The exposure times are shorter, and stitching program has an easier time locating the common features between frames, and the dynamic range is easier to handle. I was able to make this as a practice run to get ready for the twilight image I uploaded last here on G+. Actually I just manually stitched a few frames last night so it is better than what you see in that image. I may post that later.

The detail is incredible. In the big version I can read the licence plates of the cars!

I think I'm going to find every great view of the city and do it big under dramatic natural and artificial light conditions. It is really difficult to take so many perfectly focused, long-exposure photos when you only have a few minutes where the natural and artificial lights are even. Or you only have a few minutes with good sunset light. I like to get the entire thing done in one visit if I can. It can be difficult to return when conditions are similar to finish the image!

Here, the fog kept moving around so I would have to pause the shooting to wait  for the fog to match the previous shot. 

Other stuff

My pictures are featured on the front page of California Governor, Jerry Brown's website http://gov.ca.gov

Resources

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.

http://www.patricksmithphotography.com/Photography_Book.html


For everything else, go to my website:

http://www.patricksmithphotography.com

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!)
http://www.wunderground.com/wundermap/
Google Earth
http://earth.google.com/

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)
http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/satellite/?wfo=mtr

Tide charting and preditions: (chose your area in US, other countries have similar websites)
http://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/tide_predictions.shtml?gid=235

Wave Heights (I choose 'North Pacific from Global')
http://polar.ncep.noaa.gov/waves/index2.shtml

Or Here:
http://www.opc.ncep.noaa.gov/shtml/RP1bw.gif

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

http://www.californiacoastline.org/___

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2012-09-25 15:33:12 (33 comments, 16 reshares, 219 +1s)

"Ghirardelli #1" , San Francisco, California

A small portion of a 45,000 pixel-wide panorama I did on Monday evening. See a 3600 pixel version version here! I'll show a sunset version too.
http://www.patricksmithphotography.com/zphotos/120923-Ghirardelli1-3600.jpg

Details
50 portrait oriented photos, each carefully focused 
Canon 5D mark II 
Canon 400L lens 
8-14-sec. exposures @F8-F13 depending on DOF needs
ISO 160
No Lee neutral density soft grad filters.
No polarizer, no HDR (though HDR can come in handy here)
RAW file processed with Capture One by Phase One
TIFF file processed with Photoshop cs4
Round bucket and plywood for a very stable tripod in high winds
(though I used the flat back of a concrete bench to place the plywood
It worked perfectly!)
AutoPano stitching software, plusso... mehr »

"Ghirardelli #1" , San Francisco, California

A small portion of a 45,000 pixel-wide panorama I did on Monday evening. See a 3600 pixel version version here! I'll show a sunset version too.
http://www.patricksmithphotography.com/zphotos/120923-Ghirardelli1-3600.jpg

Details
50 portrait oriented photos, each carefully focused 
Canon 5D mark II 
Canon 400L lens 
8-14-sec. exposures @F8-F13 depending on DOF needs
ISO 160
No Lee neutral density soft grad filters.
No polarizer, no HDR (though HDR can come in handy here)
RAW file processed with Capture One by Phase One
TIFF file processed with Photoshop cs4
Round bucket and plywood for a very stable tripod in high winds
(though I used the flat back of a concrete bench to place the plywood
It worked perfectly!)
AutoPano stitching software, plus some manual stitching
(the fog made the stitching go crazy in spots!)

The Story

In the full-sized version, you can see the art on the walls in each apartment. Some people in one of the apartments were having too much.. .um.. fun so I had to clone them out :) Fortunately the exposure times of 10 seconds or so meant that few people are visible. Anyone identifiable in the apartments have a legal expectation of privacy so I blur them or clone them out! On the street, all is fair game!

I think I'm going to find every great view of the city and do it big under dramatic natural and artificial light conditions. It is really difficult to take so many perfectly focused, long-exposure photos when you only have a few minutes where the natural and artificial lights are even. Or you only have a few minutes with good sunset light. I like to get the entire thing done in one visit if I can. It can be difficult to return when conditions are similar to finish the image!

Here, the fog kept moving around so I would have to pause the shooting to wait  for the fog to match the previous shot. This was a really tricky image to get right.

Other stuff

My pictures are featured on the front page of California Governor, Jerry Brown's website http://gov.ca.gov

Resources

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.

http://www.patricksmithphotography.com/Photography_Book.html


For everything else, go to my website:

http://www.patricksmithphotography.com

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!)
http://www.wunderground.com/wundermap/
Google Earth
http://earth.google.com/

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)
http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/satellite/?wfo=mtr

Tide charting and preditions: (chose your area in US, other countries have similar websites)
http://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/tide_predictions.shtml?gid=235

Wave Heights (I choose 'North Pacific from Global')
http://polar.ncep.noaa.gov/waves/index2.shtml

Or Here:
http://www.opc.ncep.noaa.gov/shtml/RP1bw.gif

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

http://www.californiacoastline.org/___

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2012-09-24 14:15:38 (26 comments, 13 reshares, 244 +1s)

"Diablo Valley #1" , Lafayette and Walnut Creek, California

A small portion of a 30,000 pixel-wide panorama I did last Friday. I'm making a 15 Ft (5m) wide print for a local hair salon. See a 4000 pixel version version here!
http://www.patricksmithphotography.com/zphotos/120921-DiabloValley1-4000.jpg

Details
25 portrait oriented photos, each carefully focused 
Canon 5D mark II 
Canon 24-105L lens @105 
2-4-sec. exposures @F8-F13 depending on DOF needs
ISO 100
No Lee neutral density soft grad filters.
No polarizer, no HDR (though HDR can come in handy here)
RAW file processed with Capture One by Phase One
TIFF file processed with Photoshop cs4
Round bucket and plywood for a very stable tripod in high winds
AutoPano stitching software, plus some manual stitching

The Story
... mehr »

"Diablo Valley #1" , Lafayette and Walnut Creek, California

A small portion of a 30,000 pixel-wide panorama I did last Friday. I'm making a 15 Ft (5m) wide print for a local hair salon. See a 4000 pixel version version here!
http://www.patricksmithphotography.com/zphotos/120921-DiabloValley1-4000.jpg

Details
25 portrait oriented photos, each carefully focused 
Canon 5D mark II 
Canon 24-105L lens @105 
2-4-sec. exposures @F8-F13 depending on DOF needs
ISO 100
No Lee neutral density soft grad filters.
No polarizer, no HDR (though HDR can come in handy here)
RAW file processed with Capture One by Phase One
TIFF file processed with Photoshop cs4
Round bucket and plywood for a very stable tripod in high winds
AutoPano stitching software, plus some manual stitching

The Story

The reds in this compressed jpg file don't look that great but you get the idea!

Some high clouds came in last Friday so I headed up the hill near my house 20mi (30km) inland and east of San Francisco to do a big panorama. It was a hot evening but there was very little twinkling, which blurs long exposures. The problem with shooting away from the sun is that usually the sky looks a bit bland, but on this evening the reds were so intense that they looked like red blobs on screen in the back of the camera. I had to be careful to not let the reds get blown out. Then we I was processing, I selected the red blobs individually and desaturated the red areas until the detail in them returned. I used levels also to lower the brightness of the red channel. Modern cameras can not handle red very well it seems. The sunset looking towards the sun was even more intense!

I have been waiting a long time with this view in mind. I had the location and composition set a long time ago, then I waited and waited for months and months. If you have a house in Walnut Creek that is not covered by trees, you will be able to see it in the full-sized print!

I'll be back!

Other stuff

My pictures are featured on the front page of California Governor, Jerry Brown's website http://gov.ca.gov

Resources

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.

http://www.patricksmithphotography.com/Photography_Book.html


For everything else, go to my website:

http://www.patricksmithphotography.com

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!)
http://www.wunderground.com/wundermap/
Google Earth
http://earth.google.com/

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)
http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/satellite/?wfo=mtr

Tide charting and preditions: (chose your area in US, other countries have similar websites)
http://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/tide_predictions.shtml?gid=235

Wave Heights (I choose 'North Pacific from Global')
http://polar.ncep.noaa.gov/waves/index2.shtml

Or Here:
http://www.opc.ncep.noaa.gov/shtml/RP1bw.gif

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

http://www.californiacoastline.org/___

posted image

2012-09-19 15:39:58 (81 comments, 20 reshares, 282 +1s)

"Coit Tower #1" ,  View from Lombard Street, San Francisco
Over 220 million views. Thanks!
A 25,000 pixel-wide panorama made from 30 images in the middle of the busy Lombard Street drop-off. I live to tell the tale! See the 1920x1200 pixel version!
http://www.patricksmithphotography.com/zphotos/120917-Coit1920.jpg

Details
30 portrait oriented photos, each carefully focused 
Canon 5D mark II 
Canon 400L 5.6 lens (this lens is incredibly sharp!)
8 to 20-sec. exposures @F8- F16 (depending on DOF needs)
ISO 160
No Lee neutral density soft grad filters.
No polarizer, no HDR (though HDR can come in handy here)
RAW file processed with Capture One by Phase One
TIFF file processed with Photoshop cs4
Small Slik Sprint mini II tripod
Manfrotto 322RC2 pistol-grip ball head
AutoPano stitching software, plusso... mehr »

"Coit Tower #1" ,  View from Lombard Street, San Francisco
Over 220 million views. Thanks!
A 25,000 pixel-wide panorama made from 30 images in the middle of the busy Lombard Street drop-off. I live to tell the tale! See the 1920x1200 pixel version!
http://www.patricksmithphotography.com/zphotos/120917-Coit1920.jpg

Details
30 portrait oriented photos, each carefully focused 
Canon 5D mark II 
Canon 400L 5.6 lens (this lens is incredibly sharp!)
8 to 20-sec. exposures @F8- F16 (depending on DOF needs)
ISO 160
No Lee neutral density soft grad filters.
No polarizer, no HDR (though HDR can come in handy here)
RAW file processed with Capture One by Phase One
TIFF file processed with Photoshop cs4
Small Slik Sprint mini II tripod
Manfrotto 322RC2 pistol-grip ball head
AutoPano stitching software, plus some manual stitching

The Story

Okay, this is the classic view from the top of Lombard street that people can't resist shooting. Cable cars stop right here just so people can get out and shoot it. I've been wanting to get a really huge photo of this place so finally I picked a good clear evening with very little twinkling that causes distortions in 400mm shots.

The biggest problem is that there is a light post on the left side that gets in the way unless you set up almost in the middle of the busy street. So what I did was shoot part of this panorama in the middle of the street  to avoid the bright street light, and the rest slightly on the left side. People were really wondering what I was doing. I had to bail out many times when cars came too close. Many had questions. Like, why not use a machine to automate the pano taking process? A: It was windy and those machines wobble in the wind. I used a plastic bucket and a round piece of plywood to rotate the lens. Q: Are you doing an HDR? No, if the light is just right, you don't need it, but the good light lasts only a few minutes. Plus it would take several evenings to get all the shots I wanted if I were taking 3-5 shots of each frame. I did this all in one evening during a 10-minute period. I just barely squeezed it in. I was ready to go back the next decent night to finish it off but this works for me. In my gigapixel images, I need at least 3 evenings to do one when the light is just right.

This can be printed 15 ft. wide @200DPI. And the pixels are sharp and clean too!

Other stuff

My pictures are featured on the front page of California Governor, Jerry Brown's website http://gov.ca.gov

Resources

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.

http://www.patricksmithphotography.com/Photography_Book.html


For everything else, go to my website:

http://www.patricksmithphotography.com

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!)
http://www.wunderground.com/wundermap/
Google Earth
http://earth.google.com/

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)
http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/satellite/?wfo=mtr

Tide charting and preditions: (chose your area in US, other countries have similar websites)
http://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/tide_predictions.shtml?gid=235

Wave Heights (I choose 'North Pacific from Global')
http://polar.ncep.noaa.gov/waves/index2.shtml

Or Here:
http://www.opc.ncep.noaa.gov/shtml/RP1bw.gif

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

http://www.californiacoastline.org/___

posted image

2012-09-18 15:11:42 (1 comments, 5 reshares, 20 +1s)

Have a look at +Colby Brown's very thorough article on social media for photographers. There is something for everyone, not just in deciding which routes to take but also which routes are not for you!

Social Media for Photographers

When it comes to being a photographer, there is no shortage of online networks waiting for you to share your images, interact with others and potentially grow your business. From Google+ to Facebook, Twitter to Pinterest, 500px to Flickr, you have more options at your disposal now then ever before. But what really is Social Media? Why is it so important? Which networks are best for your needs? And most importantly, what are some of the ways that you can maximize your time on each of the major networks?

Over the next few weeks, I will be releasing a series of posts titled “Social Media for Photographers”. While I will be giving a broad over view of social media here today, each subsequent blog post will cover a specific social network (Google+, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Stipple), allowing you to have a more in depth look at the positive and negative aspects of nearly all of the choices out there. 

#businessofphotography   #photoeducation   #socialmedia  ___Have a look at +Colby Brown's very thorough article on social media for photographers. There is something for everyone, not just in deciding which routes to take but also which routes are not for you!

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2012-09-14 15:18:16 (12 comments, 5 reshares, 103 +1s)

"Raygun Gothic Rocketship" ,  The Embarcadero, Pier 14, San Francisco

I have seen many photos of this 40ft. sculpture, so I envisioned it in the darkness of space, where it belongs! 5 photos stitched See it big, you won't regret it!:
http://www.patricksmithphotography.com/zphotos/RaygunRocket-1800.jpg

Details

5 landscape photos, carefully focused to make a fine 10-ft. tall print
Canon 5D mark II 
Canon 24-105L lens @105mm
8 to 12-sec. exposures @F13
ISO 100
No Lee neutral density soft grad filters.
No polarizer, no HDR (though HDR can come in handy here)
RAW file processed with Capture One by Phase One
TIFF file processed with Photoshop cs4
Small Slik Sprint mini II tripod
Manfrotto 322RC2 pistol-grip ball head
No Stitching software, I had to do it manually.

TheS... mehr »

"Raygun Gothic Rocketship" ,  The Embarcadero, Pier 14, San Francisco

I have seen many photos of this 40ft. sculpture, so I envisioned it in the darkness of space, where it belongs! 5 photos stitched See it big, you won't regret it!:
http://www.patricksmithphotography.com/zphotos/RaygunRocket-1800.jpg

Details

5 landscape photos, carefully focused to make a fine 10-ft. tall print
Canon 5D mark II 
Canon 24-105L lens @105mm
8 to 12-sec. exposures @F13
ISO 100
No Lee neutral density soft grad filters.
No polarizer, no HDR (though HDR can come in handy here)
RAW file processed with Capture One by Phase One
TIFF file processed with Photoshop cs4
Small Slik Sprint mini II tripod
Manfrotto 322RC2 pistol-grip ball head
No Stitching software, I had to do it manually.

The Story

This 40 foot tall aluminum sculpture was featured at the Burning Man festival a few years ago and has been on display for a couple of years on the Embarcadero. I have seen so many photos of it that I have not photographed it until the other evening when I walked by and realized that from a distance with the dark background, it would look great in outer space. So I darkened the background bridge lights so make it completely black.

So I backed up on to the road which fortunately was having the closest lane closed for construction work. Then I made a series of 5 photos that I stitched together in Photoshop. For some reason, AutoPano would not stitch the images together properly so I gave up and did it by hand. It turned out fine but it took over an hour to do it.

I spent about 1 hour photographing it too. There were a lot of people walking past it. One person would not interfere much in an 8-second exposure but there were hoardes of people on this evening. There were some bright spots reflected on the shiny surface, so I made some darker photos so I could manually blend the properly exposed areas into the final stitched image. I wanted a natural look, though HDR would have come in handy here. I exposed the top part for longer knowing that the dynamic range limitations would make the top look too dark compared to what I was seeing. So to me, this is what I saw!

The city lights give it a golden look, though in the daytime it looks silver.

For more information on this impressive sculpture, go here:
http://www.raygungothicrocket.com/

Other stuff

My pictures are featured on the front page of California Governor, Jerry Brown's website http://gov.ca.gov

Resources

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.

http://www.patricksmithphotography.com/Photography_Book.html


For everything else, go to my website:

http://www.patricksmithphotography.com

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!)
http://www.wunderground.com/wundermap/
Google Earth
http://earth.google.com/

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)
http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/satellite/?wfo=mtr

Tide charting and preditions: (chose your area in US, other countries have similar websites)
http://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/tide_predictions.shtml?gid=235

Wave Heights (I choose 'North Pacific from Global')
http://polar.ncep.noaa.gov/waves/index2.shtml

Or Here:
http://www.opc.ncep.noaa.gov/shtml/RP1bw.gif

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

http://www.californiacoastline.org/___

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2012-09-11 14:54:50 (14 comments, 14 reshares, 151 +1s)

"Transbay #1" ,  San Francisco

One of several massive skyscraper projects starting in San Francisco. The Transamerica building might still be in the top 10 but just barely! See it big:
http://www.patricksmithphotography.com/WebsitePhotos/120906-Transbay1.jpg

Details

8 photos stitched (would look good @ 10 feet wide)
A blanket to protect me from the barbed wire fence I had to sit on!
I remained motionless because the fence would move and spoil the shots.
Canon 5D mark II 
Canon 24-105L lens @30mm
8 5-sec. exposures @F11 
ISO 160
No Lee neutral density soft grad filters.
No polarizer, no HDR
RAW file processed with Capture One by Phase One
TIFF file processed with Photoshop cs4
Small Slik Sprint mini II tripod
Manfrotto 322RC2 pistol-grip ball head

The Story
... mehr »

"Transbay #1" ,  San Francisco

One of several massive skyscraper projects starting in San Francisco. The Transamerica building might still be in the top 10 but just barely! See it big:
http://www.patricksmithphotography.com/WebsitePhotos/120906-Transbay1.jpg

Details

8 photos stitched (would look good @ 10 feet wide)
A blanket to protect me from the barbed wire fence I had to sit on!
I remained motionless because the fence would move and spoil the shots.
Canon 5D mark II 
Canon 24-105L lens @30mm
8 5-sec. exposures @F11 
ISO 160
No Lee neutral density soft grad filters.
No polarizer, no HDR
RAW file processed with Capture One by Phase One
TIFF file processed with Photoshop cs4
Small Slik Sprint mini II tripod
Manfrotto 322RC2 pistol-grip ball head

The Story

An enormous work of art is being created in downtown San Francisco. The 1100 ft. tall transbay tower (excluding a tower on top) and transit terminal with 4-block long park on top of this area is being built. The city will be transformed with this project and many other towers exceeding 900ft. (300m) are bring built too. This will become another dynamic part of the city. This open view will never be seen again. 

I am surprised that so many supertall buildings are about to go up. There is a strong anti-growth attitude in the city and people like their views here. But because of the location, the new structures wil not block the good views for everyone else. But the person who bought the 45 million dollar penthouse on the 60th floor of the millenium tower in the distance here will be in the shade for an hour or two at mid day.

I had to climb up and sit on top of a barbed wire fence to get this view. I walked around the entire project looking for the best view and for me this was the best. It shows what is happening under the ground, where the BART subway and rail tracks will go. Supposedly the high speed rail to LA will go here too.

The workers on the left did not see me but I'm glad I got them in the shot for some human interest.

Other stuff

My pictures are featured on the front page of California Governor, Jerry Brown's website http://gov.ca.gov

Resources

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.

http://www.patricksmithphotography.com/Photography_Book.html


For everything else, go to my website:

http://www.patricksmithphotography.com

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!)
http://www.wunderground.com/wundermap/
Google Earth
http://earth.google.com/

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)
http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/satellite/?wfo=mtr

Tide charting and preditions: (chose your area in US, other countries have similar websites)
http://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/tide_predictions.shtml?gid=235

Wave Heights (I choose 'North Pacific from Global')
http://polar.ncep.noaa.gov/waves/index2.shtml

Or Here:
http://www.opc.ncep.noaa.gov/shtml/RP1bw.gif

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

http://www.californiacoastline.org/___

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2012-09-10 14:39:09 (33 comments, 39 reshares, 314 +1s)

"At the Pier #1" ,  San Francisco

I saw this last week just after the photo I shared two uploads ago in my stream. I had to de-saturate this too! See it big:
http://www.patricksmithphotography.com/WebsitePhotos/120905_0125-AtThePier1.jpg

Details

Canon 5D mark II 
Canon 24-105L lens @45mm
1.5-sec. exposure @F11 
ISO 100
2 3-stop Lee neutral density soft grad filters.
No polarizer, no HDR
RAW file processed with Capture One by Phase One
TIFF file processed with Photoshop cs4
Small Slik Sprint mini II tripod
Manfrotto 322RC2 pistol-grip ball head

The Story

As I mentioned before, my plan on this evening was to head up to Mt. Tamalpais which is 10 miles (16km) up the coast from the city and get above the fog and below the clouds for my evening photo shoot. This rarelyhap... mehr »

"At the Pier #1" ,  San Francisco

I saw this last week just after the photo I shared two uploads ago in my stream. I had to de-saturate this too! See it big:
http://www.patricksmithphotography.com/WebsitePhotos/120905_0125-AtThePier1.jpg

Details

Canon 5D mark II 
Canon 24-105L lens @45mm
1.5-sec. exposure @F11 
ISO 100
2 3-stop Lee neutral density soft grad filters.
No polarizer, no HDR
RAW file processed with Capture One by Phase One
TIFF file processed with Photoshop cs4
Small Slik Sprint mini II tripod
Manfrotto 322RC2 pistol-grip ball head

The Story

As I mentioned before, my plan on this evening was to head up to Mt. Tamalpais which is 10 miles (16km) up the coast from the city and get above the fog and below the clouds for my evening photo shoot. This rarely happens and I've been waiting for months for this to happen. I headed up around 4pm. It takes about  30 minutes to drive up from the freeway and when I got up to the park entrance, the gate was closed due to high fire danger!  

So I ended up near the Golden Gate Bridge. In between shots of the bridge in the developing sunset, There was a huge rainbow which I captured with several shots joined. I will show that later. Here, just the lower edge of the rainbow is shown. I was interested in how the people were reacting to the spectacle. I like the guy on the pier who remained motionless during the 1.5 second exposure. In a big print, you see the people quite well.

I waited for the ferry to clear the pier and raised the camera up a bit so you can see Alcatraz in the background behind the pier. 

Other stuff

My pictures are featured on the front page of California Governor, Jerry Brown's website http://gov.ca.gov

Resources

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.

http://www.patricksmithphotography.com/Photography_Book.html


For everything else, go to my website:

http://www.patricksmithphotography.com

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!)
http://www.wunderground.com/wundermap/
Google Earth
http://earth.google.com/

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)
http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/satellite/?wfo=mtr

Tide charting and preditions: (chose your area in US, other countries have similar websites)
http://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/tide_predictions.shtml?gid=235

Wave Heights (I choose 'North Pacific from Global')
http://polar.ncep.noaa.gov/waves/index2.shtml

Or Here:
http://www.opc.ncep.noaa.gov/shtml/RP1bw.gif

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

http://www.californiacoastline.org/___

posted image

2012-09-07 15:47:47 (35 comments, 20 reshares, 286 +1s)

"Alcatraz #1, The Rock" ,  San Francisco

Before I show more of the sunset from Thursday, I want to show what I saw yesterday morning! Click to see it big:

Details

Canon 5D mark II 
Canon 24-105L lens @105mm
1/250-sec. exposure @F8 
ISO 100
2 3-stop Lee neutral density soft grad filters.
Lee filter holder with 77mm adapter ring.
No polarizer, no HDR
RAW file processed with Capture One by Phase One
TIFF file processed with Photoshop cs4
Small Slik Sprint mini II tripod
Manfrotto 322RC2 pistol-grip ball head

The Story

Yesterday morning there were still a few clouds left over from an old hurricane, so I headed out to see what I could see. There was also fog, which is what made these crepuscular rays so strong. First the light was filtered through the high clouds, and thenth... mehr »

"Alcatraz #1, The Rock" ,  San Francisco

Before I show more of the sunset from Thursday, I want to show what I saw yesterday morning! Click to see it big:

Details

Canon 5D mark II 
Canon 24-105L lens @105mm
1/250-sec. exposure @F8 
ISO 100
2 3-stop Lee neutral density soft grad filters.
Lee filter holder with 77mm adapter ring.
No polarizer, no HDR
RAW file processed with Capture One by Phase One
TIFF file processed with Photoshop cs4
Small Slik Sprint mini II tripod
Manfrotto 322RC2 pistol-grip ball head

The Story

Yesterday morning there were still a few clouds left over from an old hurricane, so I headed out to see what I could see. There was also fog, which is what made these crepuscular rays so strong. First the light was filtered through the high clouds, and then through the patches of fog. This is about 45 minutes after sunrise, which is a good time to see these rays

As usual, I was looking for something else, mainly a giga-panorama of the city at sunrise with my 400mm, but the light was not hitting the city. It is good to keep flexible. 

So I changed lenses when I started to see these rays appear. I made about 10 different exposures but I liked this one because of how there are strong angled rays on either side of Alkatraz Island, which was a prison deemed from which it was impossible to escape.

There is one other exposure which I like. I'll show that later.

Other stuff

My pictures are featured on the front page of California Governor, Jerry Brown's website http://gov.ca.gov

Resources

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.

http://www.patricksmithphotography.com/Photography_Book.html


For everything else, go to my website:

http://www.patricksmithphotography.com

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!)
http://www.wunderground.com/wundermap/
Google Earth
http://earth.google.com/

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)
http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/satellite/?wfo=mtr

Tide charting and preditions: (chose your area in US, other countries have similar websites)
http://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/tide_predictions.shtml?gid=235

Wave Heights (I choose 'North Pacific from Global')
http://polar.ncep.noaa.gov/waves/index2.shtml

Or Here:
http://www.opc.ncep.noaa.gov/shtml/RP1bw.gif

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

http://www.californiacoastline.org/___

posted image

2012-09-06 15:55:28 (49 comments, 69 reshares, 429 +1s)

"Hurricane Dusk" ,  San Francisco

I had to de-saturate this... I kid you not! But this is not what I went out to shoot last night. I had other plans and was disappointed to end up here. Read on! See it big: http://www.patricksmithphotography.com/ztemp/HurricaneDusk1800.jpg

Details

Canon 5D mark II 
Canon 24-105L lens @38mm
1-sec. exposure @F11 
ISO 100
2 3-stop Lee neutral density soft grad filters.
No polarizer, no HDR
RAW file processed with Capture One by Phase One
TIFF file processed with Photoshop cs4
Small Slik Sprint mini II tripod
Manfrotto 322RC2 pistol-grip ball head

The Story

Yesterday afternoon I was looking at the weather satellite movies and I saw the remnants of a hurricane heading up from the south. I got very excited because it has been months since I'vesee... mehr »

"Hurricane Dusk" ,  San Francisco

I had to de-saturate this... I kid you not! But this is not what I went out to shoot last night. I had other plans and was disappointed to end up here. Read on! See it big: http://www.patricksmithphotography.com/ztemp/HurricaneDusk1800.jpg

Details

Canon 5D mark II 
Canon 24-105L lens @38mm
1-sec. exposure @F11 
ISO 100
2 3-stop Lee neutral density soft grad filters.
No polarizer, no HDR
RAW file processed with Capture One by Phase One
TIFF file processed with Photoshop cs4
Small Slik Sprint mini II tripod
Manfrotto 322RC2 pistol-grip ball head

The Story

Yesterday afternoon I was looking at the weather satellite movies and I saw the remnants of a hurricane heading up from the south. I got very excited because it has been months since I've seen some decent clouds. Fog at the coast, yes. But real clouds? No. 

My plan was to head up to Mt. Tamalpais which is 10 miles (16km) up the coast from the city and get above the fog and below the clouds for my evening photo shoot. This rarely happens and I've been waiting for months for this to happen.

I headed up around 4pm. It takes about  30 minutes to drive up from the freeway and when I got up to the park entrance, the gate was closed due to high fire danger.   Now, yes it has not rained in many months, which is normal at this time of year, and it is almost always open unless it is extremely hot and windy. But it seemed fine to me and more humid than normal up there. I think they were worried about lightning strikes, but they never happened.

I was not happy about this but it is good to have a backup plan, and based on the fog and clouds, I went down to the bridge to see what was happening. After doing some scouting for a future project, I went to the northeast side and waited, but the light was not happening. But I noticed that things were developing on the other side. I gave up on my idea for a shot. So I got in the car, paid the $6 toll and went across the bridge to the other side.

I witnessed an incredible light show the likes of which I have rarely seen! I have many over the top shots and stitched panoramas. Some with huge rainbows even though it did not rain. I'll share those later.

Moral of the story, keep your eyes open, be ready to abandon your preconceived ideas, and never give up!

Other stuff

My pictures are featured on the front page of California Governor, Jerry Brown's website http://gov.ca.gov

Resources

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.

http://www.patricksmithphotography.com/Photography_Book.html


For everything else, go to my website:

http://www.patricksmithphotography.com

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!)
http://www.wunderground.com/wundermap/
Google Earth
http://earth.google.com/

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)
http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/satellite/?wfo=mtr

Tide charting and preditions: (chose your area in US, other countries have similar websites)
http://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/tide_predictions.shtml?gid=235

Wave Heights (I choose 'North Pacific from Global')
http://polar.ncep.noaa.gov/waves/index2.shtml

Or Here:
http://www.opc.ncep.noaa.gov/shtml/RP1bw.gif

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

http://www.californiacoastline.org/___

posted image

2012-09-04 15:21:17 (44 comments, 34 reshares, 360 +1s)

"The Photographer" ,  Pfeiffer Beach, Big Sur, California

There were a lot of photographers here last winter so I decided to include one in my photo. I have some unusual looking new work with people in them that I will be showing later. This is Jared Atencio from Flickr. (not on G+ yet)

Details

Canon 5D mark II 
Canon 24-105L lens @105mm
1/4-sec. exposure @F14 
   (I wanted more DOF than F14 but I didn't want to go over ISO 100 (quality) or 1/4-sec. (movement))
ISO 100
No Grad filters.
No polarizer.
RAW file processed with Capture One by Phase One
TIFF file processed with Photoshop cs4
Small Slik Sprint mini II tripod
Manfrotto 322RC2 pistol-grip ball head

The Story

Be forewarned that if you recognize me on a beach such as Pfeiffer Beach in Big Sur, I will think ofyou ... mehr »

"The Photographer" ,  Pfeiffer Beach, Big Sur, California

There were a lot of photographers here last winter so I decided to include one in my photo. I have some unusual looking new work with people in them that I will be showing later. This is Jared Atencio from Flickr. (not on G+ yet)

Details

Canon 5D mark II 
Canon 24-105L lens @105mm
1/4-sec. exposure @F14 
   (I wanted more DOF than F14 but I didn't want to go over ISO 100 (quality) or 1/4-sec. (movement))
ISO 100
No Grad filters.
No polarizer.
RAW file processed with Capture One by Phase One
TIFF file processed with Photoshop cs4
Small Slik Sprint mini II tripod
Manfrotto 322RC2 pistol-grip ball head

The Story

Be forewarned that if you recognize me on a beach such as Pfeiffer Beach in Big Sur, I will think of you as part of nature and work you in somehow!  I met Jared hiding behind the forest of about a dozen tripods.  While most of them were taking the same shot, Jared was up there taking the blows for the sake of landscape photography.  He had an umbrella that he used as a shield and it did a good job but as you can see in the big version, it did not protect his entire body.  But the camera is most important, right?

This is what the edge of nature photography is all about.  (Well almost.) Pushing the limits.  Risking your equipment on slippery rocks while trying to stay out of the shots of the rest of those that had gathered in this place to see this spectacle.  Sure, not everyone is in perfect shape to attempt these feats, but it is good to step out of your comfort zone to see what you can discover regardless of age or disability!




Other stuff

My pictures are featured on the front page of California Governor, Jerry Brown's website http://gov.ca.gov

Resources

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.

http://www.patricksmithphotography.com/Photography_Book.html


For everything else, go to my website:

http://www.patricksmithphotography.com

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!)
http://www.wunderground.com/wundermap/
Google Earth
http://earth.google.com/

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)
http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/satellite/?wfo=mtr

Tide charting and preditions: (chose your area in US, other countries have similar websites)
http://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/tide_predictions.shtml?gid=235

Wave Heights (I choose 'North Pacific from Global')
http://polar.ncep.noaa.gov/waves/index2.shtml

Or Here:
http://www.opc.ncep.noaa.gov/shtml/RP1bw.gif

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

http://www.californiacoastline.org/___

posted image

2012-08-27 15:06:40 (18 comments, 15 reshares, 207 +1s)

"Galaxy" , San Francisco, California

It is a long cloudless summer season so here is a view looking up from level 2 in an 8-level shopping mall in San Francisco. I have some other interesting views too.
(Expand the post, to see the big version! )

Details

Canon 5D Mk II
Canon 17-40L @18 
0.5-second exposures @F11
No Filters
ISO 100
No polarizer
RAW files processed with Capture One by Phase One
Stitching done with AutoPano
TIFF file processed with Photoshop
Small Slik Sprint mini II tripod
Manfrotto 322RC2 pistol-grip ball head

The Story

When the long dry season hits, it's time to try other things. So I have a nice set of things to show now over the coming days or weeks. This is a simple shot looking up. There was a lot of dynamic range but I used a single exposure... mehr »

"Galaxy" , San Francisco, California

It is a long cloudless summer season so here is a view looking up from level 2 in an 8-level shopping mall in San Francisco. I have some other interesting views too.
(Expand the post, to see the big version! )

Details

Canon 5D Mk II
Canon 17-40L @18 
0.5-second exposures @F11
No Filters
ISO 100
No polarizer
RAW files processed with Capture One by Phase One
Stitching done with AutoPano
TIFF file processed with Photoshop
Small Slik Sprint mini II tripod
Manfrotto 322RC2 pistol-grip ball head

The Story

When the long dry season hits, it's time to try other things. So I have a nice set of things to show now over the coming days or weeks. This is a simple shot looking up. There was a lot of dynamic range but I used a single exposure and selected the darker areas and brightened them a bit. No big deal. I just wanted it to look natural, which was otherworldly enough.

This mall is a maze of curved escalators and a photographer's paradise. I'm not sure about photo restrictions here so do it at your own risk! I have a 20-shot big view of the dome which I'll show later.

Other stuff

My pictures are featured on the front page of California Governor, Jerry Brown's website http://gov.ca.gov

Resources

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.

http://www.patricksmithphotography.com/Photography_Book.html


For everything else, go to my website:

http://www.patricksmithphotography.com

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!)
http://www.wunderground.com/wundermap/
Google Earth
http://earth.google.com/

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)
http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/satellite/?wfo=mtr

Tide charting and preditions: (chose your area in US, other countries have similar websites)
http://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/tide_predictions.shtml?gid=235

Wave Heights (I choose 'North Pacific from Global')
http://polar.ncep.noaa.gov/waves/index2.shtml

Or Here:
http://www.opc.ncep.noaa.gov/shtml/RP1bw.gif

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

http://www.californiacoastline.org/

.___

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2012-08-16 15:20:10 (24 comments, 11 reshares, 191 +1s)

"Lassen Pines" , Lassen Volcanic National Park, California

It's doesn't look like much in this little G+ version, but you should see it big! 
(Expand the post, to see the big version! Download to see it at 1920x1200.)

Details

Canon 5D Mk II
Canon 400L 
2 2-second exposures @F16
 (one shot focused for the foreground trees and one for the background)
 (then manually blended using masking in Photoshop)
No Filters
ISO 160
No polarizer
RAW files processed with Capture One by Phase One
Stitching done with AutoPano
TIFF file processed with Photoshop
Small Slik Sprint mini II tripod
Manfrotto 322RC2 pistol-grip ball head

The Story

I was away for a week and never saw a single cloud! Typical for summer but I was hoping for the occasional monsoonal flow butit ... mehr »

"Lassen Pines" , Lassen Volcanic National Park, California

It's doesn't look like much in this little G+ version, but you should see it big! 
(Expand the post, to see the big version! Download to see it at 1920x1200.)

Details

Canon 5D Mk II
Canon 400L 
2 2-second exposures @F16
 (one shot focused for the foreground trees and one for the background)
 (then manually blended using masking in Photoshop)
No Filters
ISO 160
No polarizer
RAW files processed with Capture One by Phase One
Stitching done with AutoPano
TIFF file processed with Photoshop
Small Slik Sprint mini II tripod
Manfrotto 322RC2 pistol-grip ball head

The Story

I was away for a week and never saw a single cloud! Typical for summer but I was hoping for the occasional monsoonal flow but it never happened. So what can you do when you have flat and boring sunsets and sunrises for days on end in such a beautiful place? Well, you look for smaller views with little or no sky.

After the sunset, these trees seemed to glow. It was quite dramatic, so I pulled out the 400mm to get a closer view. I had to take two shots because I could not get the entire view in focus even at F32. So I went to F16 and took two shots. One focused in front and one in back. F8 would have required 4 images at least. The DOF is too narrow.

Then I went into photoshop and superimposed one image on top of the other and used a mask to only show the parts that are in focus. There are photo stacking programs that will do this automatically and they might be a good purchase. It took about an hour to meticulously edit this thing! But all is super sharp now.

Other stuff

My pictures are featured on the front page of California Governor, Jerry Brown's website http://gov.ca.gov

Resources

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.

http://www.patricksmithphotography.com/Photography_Book.html


For everything else, go to my website:

http://www.patricksmithphotography.com

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!)
http://www.wunderground.com/wundermap/
Google Earth
http://earth.google.com/

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)
http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/satellite/?wfo=mtr

Tide charting and preditions: (chose your area in US, other countries have similar websites)
http://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/tide_predictions.shtml?gid=235

Wave Heights (I choose 'North Pacific from Global')
http://polar.ncep.noaa.gov/waves/index2.shtml

Or Here:
http://www.opc.ncep.noaa.gov/shtml/RP1bw.gif

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

http://www.californiacoastline.org/

.___

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2012-08-13 15:04:00 (20 comments, 17 reshares, 218 +1s)

"Burney Falls #1" , halfway between Lassen and Shasta,  California
A small part of a gigapixel image with my 400mm!

I'm back from a trip to Mt. Lassen and Shasta in Northern California. I never saw a single cloud but I made the best of it! 8 shots out of 100+ total..
(Expand the post, to see the big version! Download to see an even bigger version.)

Details

Canon 5D Mk II
Canon 400L 
8 2-second exposures @F11
No Filters
ISO 160
No polarizer
RAW files processed with Capture One by Phase One
Stitching done with AutoPano
TIFF file processed with Photoshop
Small Slik Sprint mini II tripod
Manfrotto 322RC2 pistol-grip ball head

The Story

I was away for a week and never saw a single cloud! Typical for summer but I was hoping for the occasional monsoonal flow but itn... mehr »

"Burney Falls #1" , halfway between Lassen and Shasta,  California
A small part of a gigapixel image with my 400mm!

I'm back from a trip to Mt. Lassen and Shasta in Northern California. I never saw a single cloud but I made the best of it! 8 shots out of 100+ total..
(Expand the post, to see the big version! Download to see an even bigger version.)

Details

Canon 5D Mk II
Canon 400L 
8 2-second exposures @F11
No Filters
ISO 160
No polarizer
RAW files processed with Capture One by Phase One
Stitching done with AutoPano
TIFF file processed with Photoshop
Small Slik Sprint mini II tripod
Manfrotto 322RC2 pistol-grip ball head

The Story

I was away for a week and never saw a single cloud! Typical for summer but I was hoping for the occasional monsoonal flow but it never happened. So what can you do when you have flat and boring sunsets and sunrises for days on end in such a beautiful place? Well, you look for smaller views with little or no sky.

Burney falls was described by US president Teddy Roosevelt about 100 years ago as "The 8th wonder of the world." I am not going to argue. What you are seeing is about 10% of the entire falls. Most of the water emerges from layers of rock and there is a more standard waterfall that cascades from a river too. So you get two waterfalls for the price of one. It costs about USD $6 to get into the state park.

This is about 8 frames from over 100 that I made covering most of the waterfall. It was a bright and sunny and hot day so it was difficult to shoot and the light was harsh. But in the more shady areas like this, the light was good enough. I may go back when the clouds return for the winter rainy season. And this is high elevation so this place can get snow too.


I wanted a big view, so I VERY carefully focused and shot over 100 photos and stitched them in AutoPano. This is only 8 photos from that shoot.  I wanted everything to be sharp. I made sure to expose the scene so that the water was not too bright but everything else is properly exposed. The original is 70,000 pixels wide 20,000 high, and super sharp but not oversharpened. It could be printed 40 feet wide with no pixelation! But I may not release it because the light really was too harsh.

The falls face north and in the morning in the summer, the light strikes the falls. By the afternoon it is in the shade and shooting is easier. A cloudy day is best.

Other stuff

My pictures are featured on the front page of California Governor, Jerry Brown's website http://gov.ca.gov

Resources

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.

http://www.patricksmithphotography.com/Photography_Book.html


For everything else, go to my website:

http://www.patricksmithphotography.com

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!)
http://www.wunderground.com/wundermap/
Google Earth
http://earth.google.com/

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)
http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/satellite/?wfo=mtr

Tide charting and preditions: (chose your area in US, other countries have similar websites)
http://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/tide_predictions.shtml?gid=235

Wave Heights (I choose 'North Pacific from Global')
http://polar.ncep.noaa.gov/waves/index2.shtml

Or Here:
http://www.opc.ncep.noaa.gov/shtml/RP1bw.gif

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

http://www.californiacoastline.org/

.___

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2012-08-08 23:49:01 (43 comments, 40 reshares, 290 +1s)

"Lassen Moonlight" , Mt. Lassen Volcanic National Park, California

I'm back from a trip to Mt. Lassen and Shasta in Northern California. I never saw a single cloud but I made the best of it!
(Expand the post, to see the big version! Download to see an even bigger version.)

Details

Canon 5D Mk II
Canon 24-105L @ 82
0.3-second exposure @F8
1 LEE soft ND grad (100x150mm) 0.9 (3-stop)
Lee foundation kit filter holder with Lee 77mm adapter ring
ISO 160
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 5-minute long-exposure under a nearly full moon was a joy to create. It was almost as bright as daytime as the last light of day blended... mehr »

"Lassen Moonlight" , Mt. Lassen Volcanic National Park, California

I'm back from a trip to Mt. Lassen and Shasta in Northern California. I never saw a single cloud but I made the best of it!
(Expand the post, to see the big version! Download to see an even bigger version.)

Details

Canon 5D Mk II
Canon 24-105L @ 82
0.3-second exposure @F8
1 LEE soft ND grad (100x150mm) 0.9 (3-stop)
Lee foundation kit filter holder with Lee 77mm adapter ring
ISO 160
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 5-minute long-exposure under a nearly full moon was a joy to create. It was almost as bright as daytime as the last light of day blended with the moonlight. Even when all the daylight was gone, it was easy to hike back to the campsite in the dark with no flashlight. The long exposure smoothed the reflections in the water, which made the photo feel more like what it was like to be out there on this warm summer evening. It was so perfect that even the mosquitoes seemed to be taking a break!

It is pure guesswork when you go out at night. A quarter moon will requre an exposure time of perhaps 4-8 times what a full-moon would require. And there was a bit of daylight left in the sky. I wanted the trees lit by some daylight so as not to turn into silhouettes with the moon behind them. 

It is also hard to get a perfect focus. But the reflected moonlight right in front of the trees was bright enough so I could adjust the focus in live preview. Look for a bright spot and focus there. It really helps.

Other stuff

My pictures are featured on the front page of California Governor, Jerry Brown's website http://gov.ca.gov

Resources

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.

http://www.patricksmithphotography.com/Photography_Book.html


For everything else, go to my website:

http://www.patricksmithphotography.com

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!)
http://www.wunderground.com/wundermap/
Google Earth
http://earth.google.com/

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)
http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/satellite/?wfo=mtr

Tide charting and preditions: (chose your area in US, other countries have similar websites)
http://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/tide_predictions.shtml?gid=235

Wave Heights (I choose 'North Pacific from Global')
http://polar.ncep.noaa.gov/waves/index2.shtml

Or Here:
http://www.opc.ncep.noaa.gov/shtml/RP1bw.gif

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

http://www.californiacoastline.org/

.___

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2012-07-29 15:14:52 (21 comments, 27 reshares, 288 +1s)

I am in the process of showing 30 of my earliest photos that I made from way back in 2006 with my 8mp Canon Rebel (350) when I started doing photography. I will share what I learned.  #earlyphotos    #landscape    #seascape  
  
"The Monolith of McClures Beach" , Point Reyes National Seashore, Marin  County, California

When I was just starting out, I learned the most by looking at paintings made by the old masters, and less so by looking photo books. So I was more into studying paintings than photos while I learned photography. I wrote an ebook (link below) which describes my process. 

The Story

This was one of my first attempts to to make an interesting picture on a clear day. When I was starting out, I noticed how the best paintings and photos almost always had clouds and good warm light and color in the sky. If you are doing alandscape... mehr »

I am in the process of showing 30 of my earliest photos that I made from way back in 2006 with my 8mp Canon Rebel (350) when I started doing photography. I will share what I learned.  #earlyphotos    #landscape    #seascape  
  
"The Monolith of McClures Beach" , Point Reyes National Seashore, Marin  County, California

When I was just starting out, I learned the most by looking at paintings made by the old masters, and less so by looking photo books. So I was more into studying paintings than photos while I learned photography. I wrote an ebook (link below) which describes my process. 

The Story

This was one of my first attempts to to make an interesting picture on a clear day. When I was starting out, I noticed how the best paintings and photos almost always had clouds and good warm light and color in the sky. If you are doing a landscape painting, why do all that work and finish it off by getting the tube of blue and spreading it all over the sky?

So what do you do when it is clear? Well, you can turn your attention and the attention of the viewer to other more interesting things and leave just a bit of sky at the top. Here, I loved the patterns in the sand and how it would turn glossy for just a few seconds before it would dry out. 

I also liked the angle of the sun across the monolith and the other rocks. If the sun were setting behind like in the winter, then the monolith would just appear as a silhouette. If it were summer and the sun were setting further to the right and behind the camera, the light would be more direct on the monolith face and the definition would be gone.

All that was left was to time a nice wave impacting the rock and I was done. The bright sun did make the wave impact too bright in relation to the rest of the photo even though I used two ND grad filters. But such is life!

Resources

I wrote a 325 page 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.

http://www.patricksmithphotography.com/books.html

For everything else, go to my website:

http://www.patricksmithphotography.com


Other stuff

My pictures are featured on the front page of California Governor, Jerry Brown's website http://gov.ca.gov

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!)
http://www.wunderground.com/wundermap/
Google Earth
http://earth.google.com/

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)
http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/satellite/?wfo=mtr

Tide charting and preditions: (chose your area in US, other countries have similar websites)
http://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/tide_predictions.shtml?gid=235

Wave Heights (I choose 'North Pacific from Global')
http://polar.ncep.noaa.gov/waves/index2.shtml

Or Here:
http://www.opc.ncep.noaa.gov/shtml/RP1bw.gif

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

http://www.californiacoastline.org/

.___

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2012-07-28 15:57:13 (39 comments, 37 reshares, 418 +1s)

I am in the process of showing 30 of my earliest photos that I made from way back in 2006 with my 8mp Canon Rebel (350) when I started doing photography. I will share what I learned.  #earlyphotos    #landscape    #seascape  
  
"The Monolith of Gray Whale Cove" , Gray Whale Cove, San Mateo County, California

When I was just starting out, I learned the most by looking at paintings made by the old masters, and less so by looking photo books. So I was more into studying paintings than photos while I learned photography. I wrote an ebook (link below) which describes my process. 

The Story

This was one of my first attempts to capture an image that can only be done at the lowest tide of the month at sunset. It inspired me to plan ahead, looking at not only the tides, but the weather, the season and all other variables. The idea I had wasto visit... mehr »

I am in the process of showing 30 of my earliest photos that I made from way back in 2006 with my 8mp Canon Rebel (350) when I started doing photography. I will share what I learned.  #earlyphotos    #landscape    #seascape  
  
"The Monolith of Gray Whale Cove" , Gray Whale Cove, San Mateo County, California

When I was just starting out, I learned the most by looking at paintings made by the old masters, and less so by looking photo books. So I was more into studying paintings than photos while I learned photography. I wrote an ebook (link below) which describes my process. 

The Story

This was one of my first attempts to capture an image that can only be done at the lowest tide of the month at sunset. It inspired me to plan ahead, looking at not only the tides, but the weather, the season and all other variables. The idea I had was to visit places on the edge. Places where the conditions are rare but also beautiful. Of course everyone likes to do this and everyone likes to see it. But I have put a lot of energy into being at a place just when everything comes together.

It was not a glorious colorful sunset, but it was not drab either. I used the deep colors in the sky to complement the similarly rich colors of the sand. I do have photos with more powerful water coming over the rock and sand, but here the sand is at it's most glossy and colorful. It complemented the monolith perfectly.

Timing is very important!

Resources

I wrote a 325 page 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.

http://www.patricksmithphotography.com/books.html

For everything else, go to my website:

http://www.patricksmithphotography.com


Other stuff

My pictures are featured on the front page of California Governor, Jerry Brown's website http://gov.ca.gov

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!)
http://www.wunderground.com/wundermap/
Google Earth
http://earth.google.com/

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)
http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/satellite/?wfo=mtr

Tide charting and preditions: (chose your area in US, other countries have similar websites)
http://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/tide_predictions.shtml?gid=235

Wave Heights (I choose 'North Pacific from Global')
http://polar.ncep.noaa.gov/waves/index2.shtml

Or Here:
http://www.opc.ncep.noaa.gov/shtml/RP1bw.gif

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

http://www.californiacoastline.org/

.___

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2012-07-27 00:13:20 (34 comments, 30 reshares, 401 +1s)

"Silicon City - San Francisco"

San Francisco is becoming the capitol of Silicon Valley. Read why here.

http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/technology/story/2012-07-18/new-tech-hub-san-francisco/56441430/1

(Expand this post below for the description from my earlier post)

Details

Canon 5D Mark II
Canon 17-40L @24
1-minute exposure @F18(pushing it but it looks fine at full-res)
1-LEE soft ND grad 0.9 (100x150mm) (2 grads with bright lights creates reflected lights!)
Lee foundation kit filter holder with Lee 77mm adapter ring
No polarizer.
ISO 50
Small Slik tripod with Manfrotto pistol grip ball head
RAW file processed with Capture One by Phase One
TIFF file processed with Photoshop
Sturdy hiking boots to keep from falling off the hill
(This is to the left of most shots... mehr »

"Silicon City - San Francisco"

San Francisco is becoming the capitol of Silicon Valley. Read why here.

http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/technology/story/2012-07-18/new-tech-hub-san-francisco/56441430/1

(Expand this post below for the description from my earlier post)

Details

Canon 5D Mark II
Canon 17-40L @24
1-minute exposure @F18(pushing it but it looks fine at full-res)
1-LEE soft ND grad 0.9 (100x150mm) (2 grads with bright lights creates reflected lights!)
Lee foundation kit filter holder with Lee 77mm adapter ring
No polarizer.
ISO 50
Small Slik tripod with Manfrotto pistol grip ball head
RAW file processed with Capture One by Phase One
TIFF file processed with Photoshop
Sturdy hiking boots to keep from falling off the hill
(This is to the left of most shots taken here to get the full 2x3 ratio frame!)
I was literally hanging off the cliff to get this perspective.
Location: Well, I do not officially advocate going here, though many do!

The Story

There is a dynamic energy in this city now as it becomes the northern hub of Silicon Valley with companies like Twitter, SalesForce (cloud computing) Wikimedia (wikipedia), Zynga (80 million users play farmville etc.), UStream, Metacafe, DropBox, RapLeaf, Blurb (photo books), Dolby Labs, Stumbleupon, Digg and Reddit (THE way to go viral on the internet), Craigslist (the biggest want-ad website with local versions around the world), Yelp (recommendations on restaurants and other things, soon worldwide), Autodesk, (the leading computer design software company), Typekit, QuantCast (Web analytics), Twilio, Square(mobile payments), GitHub, Riverbed,Heroku (cloud computing/online customer database systems), Second-life (the biggest online virtual reality game played by over 800,000 people around the world). And let's not forget Wired Magazine....etc...etc..

Oracle, Genentech, Lucasfilm and Pixar are also within a few miles of where I took this shot. I wanted to capture this dynamic feeling in a photo.

The left side of the skyline is starting to change now with a 1200 ft (400m+) tower and many 300m+ towers going up. It will become the main part of the skyline. It will include a 5 block 4 level mall/city park. Rents and real estate prices are actually rising as companies go public and people move here. 

Despite all this growth, most of the city retains the charm of a hillside mediterranean coastal town, minus the historic buildings! It is the most walkable US city comparable only to Manhattan in New York City.

Here is a view in the opposite direction!
https://plus.google.com/u/0/102871123574468799566/posts/L57sK6Jros6

Other stuff

My pictures are featured on the front page of California Governor, Jerry Brown's website http://gov.ca.gov

Resources

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.

http://www.patricksmithphotography.com/Photography_Book.html


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!)
http://www.wunderground.com/wundermap/
Google Earth
http://earth.google.com/

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)
http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/satellite/?wfo=mtr

Tide charting and preditions: (chose your area in US, other countries have similar websites)
http://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/tide_predictions.shtml?gid=235

Wave Heights (I choose 'North Pacific from Global')
http://polar.ncep.noaa.gov/waves/index2.shtml

Or Here:
http://www.opc.ncep.noaa.gov/shtml/RP1bw.gif

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

http://www.californiacoastline.org/___

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2012-07-25 21:07:37 (0 comments, 5 reshares, 37 +1s)

It's for a good cause....  Check it out!
Leave comments under +Ivan Makarov's original post.

Creative Suite 6 Design and Web & Lightroom 4 - Charity Auction

Are you thinking about buying Adobe's Creative Suite 6 Design and Web product? Here's a chance to do it at a good price and also help a good cause - one of the many new things we're doing as +Photographers for Good Foundation.

You'll recall that couple of months ago I had an auction to benefit my friend Brett Anderson and his son Jackson who were raising funds for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation ("CFF"). Jackson was born with Cystic Fibrosis and is also my son's best friend, so I always join in these efforts when he's doing it. We hope both kids can enjoy long friendship throughout their lives. 

Brett and I will be doing 100km bike ride in the Bay Area three weeks from now and Brett is raising funds for that. He also works for Adobe, and good folks there donated CS6 Design and Web Premium license ($1,900 retail value) for our auction. _Important detail - it's Mac only._ 

What's included

The license to the CS6 Design and Web includes full license to the following Adobe products - Photoshop CS6 Extended, Illustrator CS6, InDesign CS6, Dreamweaver CS6, Flash® Professional CS6, Fireworks® CS6, Acrobat® X Pro, Bridge CS6, Media Encoder CS6. You can see more here - http://goo.gl/7eYK8

+Andy Lee - pretty good package, isn't it?

How and when to bid

You can bid on the product right here in the comments until Sunday, July 29, 11:59pm PT. Simply state your bid, and we'll contact the highest bidder to arrange a donation to CFF and shipment of the CS6 Design and Web. Shipping will be on us. We'll start with a $50 bid. 

How else you can help

If you can, Brett and I appreciate any donations, big or small. All those who donate will be enterened into Adobe Lightroom 4 giveaway - we'll draw the winner next Monday. Here's where you can donate - http://goo.gl/gzOkU

If you can't help otherwise, please reshare it to your circles. We hope there's a designer out there who could use this product and help out our cause. 

Thanks for reading and for spreading the news!___It's for a good cause....  Check it out!
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2012-07-25 15:25:01 (56 comments, 71 reshares, 441 +1s)

I am in the process of showing 30 of my earliest photos that I made from way back in 2006 with my 8mp Canon Rebel (350) when I started doing photography. I will share what I learned.  #earlyphotos    #landscape    #seascape  
  
"Monterey Morning" , Monterey-Pacific Grove-Asilomar, California

When I was just starting out, I learned the most by looking at paintings made by the old masters, and less so by looking photo books. So I was more into studying paintings than photos while I learned photography. I wrote an ebook (link below) which describes my process. 

The Story

This was one of my first attempts to capture the raw power of the sea.  And also one of my first attempts to escape the power of the sea!  

The sun was rising and the Monterey peninsula is one of the few places in California where you can see a sunriseover the w... mehr »

I am in the process of showing 30 of my earliest photos that I made from way back in 2006 with my 8mp Canon Rebel (350) when I started doing photography. I will share what I learned.  #earlyphotos    #landscape    #seascape  
  
"Monterey Morning" , Monterey-Pacific Grove-Asilomar, California

When I was just starting out, I learned the most by looking at paintings made by the old masters, and less so by looking photo books. So I was more into studying paintings than photos while I learned photography. I wrote an ebook (link below) which describes my process. 

The Story

This was one of my first attempts to capture the raw power of the sea.  And also one of my first attempts to escape the power of the sea!  

The sun was rising and the Monterey peninsula is one of the few places in California where you can see a sunrise over the water since it is on the west coast of North America.  A big winter storm had just passed and the surf was up .. big! I was initially drawn to the way the waves would strike the rocky shoreline and I wanted to capture it. Always try to capture what draws you in. The impact of the wave would only last a moment and the waves had to pass by me first before they would strike the rocks. So in order to capture this action, I had to let the the wave pass by and then get down close and set up the tripod quickly before the wave would strike the rock. I only got about 3 or 4 seconds.

It took many attempts because there was not enough time and sometimes another wave would come in quickly and I would have to promptly evacuate. I learned to decide on an escape round ahead of time so that if I had to get out of there I would not have to waste time thinking about where to go.

Be careful when photographing the sea. Respect the power of the ocean. People have died on this very spot. If you are really careful, you can capture a moment like this. But the price can be high!

Resources

I wrote a 325 page 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.

http://www.patricksmithphotography.com/books.html

For everything else, go to my website:

http://www.patricksmithphotography.com


Other stuff

My pictures are featured on the front page of California Governor, Jerry Brown's website http://gov.ca.gov

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!)
http://www.wunderground.com/wundermap/
Google Earth
http://earth.google.com/

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)
http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/satellite/?wfo=mtr

Tide charting and preditions: (chose your area in US, other countries have similar websites)
http://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/tide_predictions.shtml?gid=235

Wave Heights (I choose 'North Pacific from Global')
http://polar.ncep.noaa.gov/waves/index2.shtml

Or Here:
http://www.opc.ncep.noaa.gov/shtml/RP1bw.gif

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

http://www.californiacoastline.org/

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