Not only has Google+ changed the way I see the world, but it's made me turn my monitor from landscape to portrait orientation. It's kind of neat since I've never tried it before, but it works perfectly. No more whitespace...now I don't know where I'm going to put the bacon though :/
I've been on G+ for quite a while now and have always been a general photographer -- a little bit of this, a little bit of that. I think I have a fair amount of landscape, nature, b&w, macro, street, portrait...it's fun switching up. I love them all in their special way. But I guess there's a draw back to not "specializing." People don't understand what kind of photographer you are.
The reason I'm sort of ranting here is because circle shares often proclaim "nature photographers" or "landscape photographers," which I am rarely a part of. In fact, I don't think I recall in recent months being included in one landscape/nature circle. It's okay...I mean you can't be everyone's friend, nor can you expect to be in everyone's circle. I get that, but I don't think I've been in one "landscape" specific circle, and that bothers me a bit. Sure I've been in photography circles, which I'm really grateful to be a part of, but I love landscape & nature, so it kind of stings me a little. I read into these things you know? Maybe I'm doing something wrong.
I wrote a post about what type of photographer I am on Sept 30, 2011, http://goo.gl/r05fK, but things have changed. Reminds me, I should post an update one day. My primary passion is landscape & nature photography. Street is also something I love, but I have not been spending enough time doing. I need to get out of my comfort zone again and talk to strangers.
If you're feeling left out, don't! Because I am too...so now we are not alone in our loneliness :) There is a LOT of talent out there...a lot of much more creative, smarter, more experienced photogs, and they deserve to be in circles too! But after being left out over and over, it starts to open up self-doubt. Do you ever feel that way? If you do, come wallow in sorrow with me...we can be the non-landscape photographers together!
Happy Monday! Here's a "circle" that everyone is welcome to join. What kind of photographer are you?
Camera: NIKON D800E Exposure: 0.125 sec (1/8) Aperture: f/8 Focal Length: 14 mm ISO Speed: 100 Exposure Bias: -0.5 EV Flash Used: No Read post in Google+
I took many photographs in Japan that I feel were special. But there were two from Lake Motosu that I felt very lucky to have had the opportunity to capture, one I posted last year called "Twilight Fuji." and the one I'm sharing today. It's amazing how light can change in just a few minutes. The reason I feel so honored is because I took one trip with my friend to this location, and got a beautiful sunrise. I know from personal experience, that sometimes you can visit a location many, many times and not see something so amazing. There was another Japanese photographer next to me who got so excited each time the clouds opened up and the summit of Fuji-san was visible. Just having seen it would've been enough, but luckily I had a functional camera too!
I'm also submitting this photo to the #PlusOneCollection2012 . Last year, I also participated in this project, and it's a great one! I hope you consider joining as well. It's put together by +Ivan Makarov and the submission deadline is Jan 16, 2013.
The photo I submitted last year is called "Ruined." Since then, I've learned a lot of about photography and believing in yourself. Make the best of every opportunity. Don't let any titles like "top photographer" or "best of the best" make you think you are any less! Be yourself and forget about what others think. Nothing matters more, when it comes to art, than being yourself!
As much as I believe photography has to do with the photographer, there is a lot to give to chance. The weather needs to cooperate in order to get a shot. Yes, consistency and dedication might allow a photographer to get a shot, but those are the luxuries of people with lots of money, retired, or people who make money from photography lol. One day! Where's my lotto card?!
Had a great opportunity to shoot Mount Fuji from Lake Motosu in Japan with my friend +GRANT OKUBO this cold, windy October morning. We were truly blessed.
My Japan album is posted @ www.photosew.us/japan if you are interested in viewing more photos from my recent trip.
Typically during the winter months huge waves, think 30 to 50 feet high, roll into the North Shore of Hawaii. Many might know of a location called Waimea Bay, which is where a famous surf contest named after Eddie Aikau is held annually if the waves are big enough. Read more about Eddie here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eddie_Aikau
The day I took this picture, the waves were relatively small -- only about 15 to 20 feet. There was also VOG in the air, which is basically fog with volcanic ash, which created a hazy horizon. The sun was setting when this was captured. I used the 70-200mm, handheld, and I processed this image from 2 exposures. They were processed in Photomatix. I changed the saturation and adjusted some other settings like sharpness and noise reduction. Finally, I added some manual darkening and small tweaks with the Lightroom brush. I wanted to go for a painting type look. I posted a similar image for my G52 project, but that was processed a little differently from this one.
This image was captured at Waiahole Beach Park. Chinaman's Hat Island (aka Mokoli'i Island) is in the background. Since getting the Nikon D800E, I rarely HDR using Photomatix, at most I'll work on 2 exposures through PS. This was created using 5 exposures, Photomatix, and Lightroom for cleanup.
I was going through my old photos, and I totally forgot I had this one from last year. Some might notice a similar photo I took, and that would be because the other was taken on the same day with a different composition.
This is a 3 exposure shot processed in Photomatix and Lightroom. One of my earliest forays into HDR.
Camera: NIKON D5100 Aperture: f/11 Focal Length: 16 mm ISO Speed: 100 Flash Used: No Read post in Google+
I'd like to apologize in advanced to anyone because I post images that are all over the spectrum of photographic genres. One day I'll post B&Ws, the next I'll post oversaturated HDRs, to the next when I'll do de-saturated vintage images. I wonder sometimes if that's a good or bad thing for people looking at my images. I know I love all kinds of photos. I'm not always looking for the perfect photo...sometimes it's just about the message or the moment. I wonder if that's looked upon as a negative by the photographic community though. I don't really limit my posts that way, but I think many artists on G+ do. I guess we only want to show our best side, but is that reality?
I just learned the word Hydrargyrum today...it's another name for mercury.
What do you think? Feedback always welcome! Good or bad.
One of the coolest things is being added by someone you've been following for a long time.
On the flip side, it's really sad when you find out someone who had you circled, uncircled you.
To those who've circled me back, thank you! To those who've uncircled me, I'm sad to see you go... :( But that's Google+...circle your interests, and don't circle those that don't interest you. I sure wish they'd up the number of people you can circle though!
To those who've circled me, and I have not circled you back, hope you leave a comment so I can check out your profile!
I've been pretty much absent on G+ for awhile now, and I haven't shared much of what is going on. Truth is, I miss many of you -- the interaction and the friendships, but life has given me some truly unexpected and wonderful twists.
In the past few months, I've been in a serious relationship with a wonderful girl who I never expected to meet, and it's been an amazing journey so far. Mix that with a lack of photographic motivation, work, my brown dog, sleep and you've got a recipe for the anti-socialness that is me.
So, I want you all to know that I miss you (just some ppl that come to mind right now +Ada M , +Elizabeth Lund, +Richard Martin, the old hangout crew, the Fido themers, my street photography regulars (+Mark Forman), and of course the landscapers! So many more people), and that I hope to be back in full force in the future. I don't know when that will be, but I am still active on G+...but consider me to be a ninja Plusser for a bit.
If you need to get in touch with me, please email me because I really lose track of all the G+ notifications. If there are any I've missed in the past few months, I'm really sorry. I am not ignoring you!
Revisiting the first location where I really got inspired to pursue photography further. As much as I wanted to try something different, I just couldn't resist the urge to try and refine what I did last year. I'm not sure I accomplished that, but I still love the area.
I went out for the 2nd day in a row to Makapu'u to shoot the sunrise. It's amazing how quickly the sky went from having no clouds to lots of clouds. Unfortunately, the colors weren't the greatest, so I had some fun in Nik and Lightroom. Sometimes it's just fun to just paint with brushes and play with filters and sliders...actually, it's always fun :)
Feedback always welcome. Hope you had a great weekend!
Camera: NIKON D800E Exposure: 0.05 sec (1/20) Aperture: f/8 Focal Length: 14 mm ISO Speed: 100 Exposure Bias: -1.5 EV Flash Used: No Read post in Google+
It sucks being a loser
Life is not fair. Even the greatest people have been losers on some days, and for some, it happens more frequently. Yeah, yeah...losers say it just to make themselves feel better, right? The cards are dealt, and we have to live with it. I like to be realistic, and I try to be as honest and forthcoming with all of you.
I do love Google+ for all the opportunities, all the wonderful things I’ve learned, and, most of all, the people I’ve met. This is a great community, and one that deserves honesty. It is largely a very positive community, but not all things that happen are happy or positive, that’s not a reflection of reality. So I’m going to be honest here, this has been a rough month...for my ego, which is okay, because I like to keep my ego as small as possible.
So if things are so great, why the gloomy post? Well, many of you know about the scavenger hunt that happened this month, and many of you also know about the One Plus charity book that’s coming out. The things I submitted for both never got selected. And that’s okay. The images selected were awesome, and they deserve to be there! Actually, I haven’t seen all the ones from the One Plus book, but that’s irrelevant. I’m not writing this post to argue that at all. What I am writing about though, is that this does suck. But why?
Because I've put time and effort into something for nothing. And it does hurt a little...deep down inside, regardless of how much I say, meh, it's just a contest.
I like to reflect on things, especially when it comes to things that I feel like I could have done better. So much so that I can’t sleep at this moment because I’m contemplating it. What could I have done? Maybe I should have picked a different photo? What about processing? Composition? I think I better understand why Trey doesn’t like contests.
That’s when I realized, I suck! The moment I think I’m good is the moment I’ve lost. Seeing other great images inspires me to get better. Critical comments help me get better. Losing helps me get better. This applies to more than just contests. It applies to +1s, circle shares, and anything to do with people acknowledging your work. Don’t let it discourage you. In fact, let it encourage you.
So yeah, it does suck being a loser, but so what? There’s nothing else in the world that motivates you to be a winner like losing. So it’s time to stop feeling sorry for myself, put on the creative thinking cap, and start shooting!
This is not a post to generate a sympathy response...it’s really a note to myself and to others who might be feeling the same. Just have to keep driving forward. Believe in yourself.
I am very happy for all those that won the scavenger hunt, and I am extremely happy with the One Plus book, both printed and digital! Please support the book and buy a copy! Limited editions are currently on sale with the digital copy available after Feb 21st. Digital is only $5, and about $4 goes to Kiva! http://plusonecollection.com/purchase/purchase-print-book/
This HDR image was taken with a Panasonic LX-5, 2 exposures, 0 and -2ev, processed in photomatix, and then coverted to B&W using Nik Silver Efex.
I had wrote this yesterday without knowing +Mike Shaw would feature me in his stream today. What an honor and thank you Mike! Read post in Google+
I visited Shark's Cove on the north shore of the island for sunset yesterday. It's my first time being in this particular part of the cove, but it felt like the landscape didn't belong in Hawaii. It almost looked like a scene from the moon, minus the water. The sunset was not really "colorful" but very golden and a little rainy. There were some turtles and lots of hermit crabs! Plus there was a weird gurgling sound every time the tide came in -- like someone was breathing really loudly. Just a different experience.
This is a little early, but I'll be leaving next week, so I'm not sure how frequently I'll be able to post...This morning I went to shoot at Makapu'u lookout near Pele's Chair with +Ryan Sakamoto and +Alvin Douglass.
I decided to go for a little bit of a surreal look. This is a single exposure processed in Lightroom and Nik Color Efex.
In the past summer, during Beta, +Bradley Horowitz said the suggested user list would give all G+ users a chance to be featured. Now in 2012, almost 6 months later that still doesn't seem to have changed, and only features a handful of people.
Yesterday, Google rolled out "Personal Search" which is tied directly to Google's main search, and it features the same "suggested user" feature in a portion of the search results. Refresh photography a few times, and you see Trey, never change, but the 2nd and 3rd slot alternates between Thomas, Colby, Mike, and a few other photographers, all with 300,000+ followers.
I don't believe Google about this anymore...Considering how quickly they make changes, 6 months to live up to a promise is more than enough time.