Shannon Adelson2013-05-02 17:54:57
This is my Gratitude Circle

If you received a Notification about this, then you are in it!

***********************

First of all, I'd like to thank +Jari Huomo from whom I borrowed this idea. He posted a similar Circle Share last June ( http://goo.gl/zWn2t ), and regrettably it has taken me far too long to finally put mine together.  Please allow me to apologize in advance if I accidentally left someone out who regularly engages here on my page.

This was a labor of love, as I tried not only to include those that I have regular conversations with here on my own page, but who also are all actively engaging their followers on their own pages.  This is also the first time ever that I curated a circle myself.

Many of these people you probably already have in your Circles, and might recognize from some of the following activities:

+Chrysta Rae's Photography Scavenger Hunt 

+Project 52 B&W 

+FloralFriday 

+Macro Monday 

...and too many more to mention individually!


*************************

Now, I'm sure you'd like to know how it was put together, right? Well, most of you know I have been on G+ since beta and was not a fan of Shared Circles when they were first introduced, because if you can remember back that far, Circle Sunday used to highlight individual profiles, and more importantly why you had those people in your Circles.

As circle membership grew larger and larger, and more people shared them at random, it seemed fewer people took the time to thoroughly vet the contents.  I'd like to point out that I did not include myself in this circle, as it is meant to show gratitude for those that have enriched my experiences here in this community, not as a means of self-promotion. Sure, we all would love to have higher engagement, or more followers, or both -- but NOT at the expense of quality. One thing I've discovered in the past two years on here is that it is very difficult to maintain relationships with hundreds of people, and not have a few (hundred) slip through the cracks.  While I admit my circles are not nearly as organized or efficient as I'd like, hopefully my methods have kept me in the loop so that I don't miss too many conversations with the people I care about.

I should point out that while a majority of this circle contains photographers, that was definitely not a requirement for inclusion. Everyone in this circle has in one way or another affected my life in a positive way. And I am long overdue in expressing my heartfelt appreciation for the plusses, shares and comments that make this place such a joy to be a part of.  *Thank you* to everyone included here, as you have truly added value to my social media adventures: offering advice, sharing wisdom, commiserating about struggles, lifting each other up on the bad days, and celebrating together on the good ones.

********************

For the Public reading this post, please take the time to review each and every one of these people, as I can personally vouch for the quality of their posts, and the honesty of their engagement. All of these people post mostly their own content (for Public consumption), and are actively participating in multiple communities on a variety of topics.  Please check out their work, and show your appreciation as they have so often done for others like me!
  • 82 plusses - 130 comments - 9 shares | Read in G+
  • Shannon Adelson2013-05-02 17:54:57
    This is my Gratitude Circle

    If you received a Notification about this, then you are in it!

    ***********************

    First of all, I'd like to thank +Jari Huomo from whom I borrowed this idea. He posted a similar Circle Share last June ( http://goo.gl/zWn2t ), and regrettably it has taken me far too long to finally put mine together.  Please allow me to apologize in advance if I accidentally left someone out who regularly engages here on my page.

    This was a labor of love, as I tried not only to include those that I have regular conversations with here on my own page, but who also are all actively engaging their followers on their own pages.  This is also the first time ever that I curated a circle myself.

    Many of these people you probably already have in your Circles, and might recognize from some of the following activities:

    +Chrysta Rae's Photography Scavenger Hunt 

    +Project 52 B&W 

    +FloralFriday 

    +Macro Monday 

    ...and too many more to mention individually!


    *************************

    Now, I'm sure you'd like to know how it was put together, right? Well, most of you know I have been on G+ since beta and was not a fan of Shared Circles when they were first introduced, because if you can remember back that far, Circle Sunday used to highlight individual profiles, and more importantly why you had those people in your Circles.

    As circle membership grew larger and larger, and more people shared them at random, it seemed fewer people took the time to thoroughly vet the contents.  I'd like to point out that I did not include myself in this circle, as it is meant to show gratitude for those that have enriched my experiences here in this community, not as a means of self-promotion. Sure, we all would love to have higher engagement, or more followers, or both -- but NOT at the expense of quality. One thing I've discovered in the past two years on here is that it is very difficult to maintain relationships with hundreds of people, and not have a few (hundred) slip through the cracks.  While I admit my circles are not nearly as organized or efficient as I'd like, hopefully my methods have kept me in the loop so that I don't miss too many conversations with the people I care about.

    I should point out that while a majority of this circle contains photographers, that was definitely not a requirement for inclusion. Everyone in this circle has in one way or another affected my life in a positive way. And I am long overdue in expressing my heartfelt appreciation for the plusses, shares and comments that make this place such a joy to be a part of.  *Thank you* to everyone included here, as you have truly added value to my social media adventures: offering advice, sharing wisdom, commiserating about struggles, lifting each other up on the bad days, and celebrating together on the good ones.

    ********************

    For the Public reading this post, please take the time to review each and every one of these people, as I can personally vouch for the quality of their posts, and the honesty of their engagement. All of these people post mostly their own content (for Public consumption), and are actively participating in multiple communities on a variety of topics.  Please check out their work, and show your appreciation as they have so often done for others like me!
  • 82 plusses - 130 comments - 9 shares | Read in G+
  • Shannon Adelson2013-05-02 17:54:57
    This is my Gratitude Circle

    If you received a Notification about this, then you are in it!

    ***********************

    First of all, I'd like to thank +Jari Huomo from whom I borrowed this idea. He posted a similar Circle Share last June ( http://goo.gl/zWn2t ), and regrettably it has taken me far too long to finally put mine together.  Please allow me to apologize in advance if I accidentally left someone out who regularly engages here on my page.

    This was a labor of love, as I tried not only to include those that I have regular conversations with here on my own page, but who also are all actively engaging their followers on their own pages.  This is also the first time ever that I curated a circle myself.

    Many of these people you probably already have in your Circles, and might recognize from some of the following activities:

    +Chrysta Rae's Photography Scavenger Hunt 

    +Project 52 B&W 

    +FloralFriday 

    +Macro Monday 

    ...and too many more to mention individually!


    *************************

    Now, I'm sure you'd like to know how it was put together, right? Well, most of you know I have been on G+ since beta and was not a fan of Shared Circles when they were first introduced, because if you can remember back that far, Circle Sunday used to highlight individual profiles, and more importantly why you had those people in your Circles.

    As circle membership grew larger and larger, and more people shared them at random, it seemed fewer people took the time to thoroughly vet the contents.  I'd like to point out that I did not include myself in this circle, as it is meant to show gratitude for those that have enriched my experiences here in this community, not as a means of self-promotion. Sure, we all would love to have higher engagement, or more followers, or both -- but NOT at the expense of quality. One thing I've discovered in the past two years on here is that it is very difficult to maintain relationships with hundreds of people, and not have a few (hundred) slip through the cracks.  While I admit my circles are not nearly as organized or efficient as I'd like, hopefully my methods have kept me in the loop so that I don't miss too many conversations with the people I care about.

    I should point out that while a majority of this circle contains photographers, that was definitely not a requirement for inclusion. Everyone in this circle has in one way or another affected my life in a positive way. And I am long overdue in expressing my heartfelt appreciation for the plusses, shares and comments that make this place such a joy to be a part of.  *Thank you* to everyone included here, as you have truly added value to my social media adventures: offering advice, sharing wisdom, commiserating about struggles, lifting each other up on the bad days, and celebrating together on the good ones.

    ********************

    For the Public reading this post, please take the time to review each and every one of these people, as I can personally vouch for the quality of their posts, and the honesty of their engagement. All of these people post mostly their own content (for Public consumption), and are actively participating in multiple communities on a variety of topics.  Please check out their work, and show your appreciation as they have so often done for others like me!
  • 82 plusses - 130 comments - 9 shares | Read in G+
  • Shannon Adelson2013-05-02 17:54:57
    This is my Gratitude Circle

    If you received a Notification about this, then you are in it!

    ***********************

    First of all, I'd like to thank +Jari Huomo from whom I borrowed this idea. He posted a similar Circle Share last June ( http://goo.gl/zWn2t ), and regrettably it has taken me far too long to finally put mine together.  Please allow me to apologize in advance if I accidentally left someone out who regularly engages here on my page.

    This was a labor of love, as I tried not only to include those that I have regular conversations with here on my own page, but who also are all actively engaging their followers on their own pages.  This is also the first time ever that I curated a circle myself.

    Many of these people you probably already have in your Circles, and might recognize from some of the following activities:

    +Chrysta Rae's Photography Scavenger Hunt 

    +Project 52 B&W 

    +FloralFriday 

    +Macro Monday 

    ...and too many more to mention individually!


    *************************

    Now, I'm sure you'd like to know how it was put together, right? Well, most of you know I have been on G+ since beta and was not a fan of Shared Circles when they were first introduced, because if you can remember back that far, Circle Sunday used to highlight individual profiles, and more importantly why you had those people in your Circles.

    As circle membership grew larger and larger, and more people shared them at random, it seemed fewer people took the time to thoroughly vet the contents.  I'd like to point out that I did not include myself in this circle, as it is meant to show gratitude for those that have enriched my experiences here in this community, not as a means of self-promotion. Sure, we all would love to have higher engagement, or more followers, or both -- but NOT at the expense of quality. One thing I've discovered in the past two years on here is that it is very difficult to maintain relationships with hundreds of people, and not have a few (hundred) slip through the cracks.  While I admit my circles are not nearly as organized or efficient as I'd like, hopefully my methods have kept me in the loop so that I don't miss too many conversations with the people I care about.

    I should point out that while a majority of this circle contains photographers, that was definitely not a requirement for inclusion. Everyone in this circle has in one way or another affected my life in a positive way. And I am long overdue in expressing my heartfelt appreciation for the plusses, shares and comments that make this place such a joy to be a part of.  *Thank you* to everyone included here, as you have truly added value to my social media adventures: offering advice, sharing wisdom, commiserating about struggles, lifting each other up on the bad days, and celebrating together on the good ones.

    ********************

    For the Public reading this post, please take the time to review each and every one of these people, as I can personally vouch for the quality of their posts, and the honesty of their engagement. All of these people post mostly their own content (for Public consumption), and are actively participating in multiple communities on a variety of topics.  Please check out their work, and show your appreciation as they have so often done for others like me!
  • 82 plusses - 130 comments - 9 shares | Read in G+
  • Shannon Adelson2013-05-02 17:54:57
    This is my Gratitude Circle

    If you received a Notification about this, then you are in it!

    ***********************

    First of all, I'd like to thank +Jari Huomo from whom I borrowed this idea. He posted a similar Circle Share last June ( http://goo.gl/zWn2t ), and regrettably it has taken me far too long to finally put mine together.  Please allow me to apologize in advance if I accidentally left someone out who regularly engages here on my page.

    This was a labor of love, as I tried not only to include those that I have regular conversations with here on my own page, but who also are all actively engaging their followers on their own pages.  This is also the first time ever that I curated a circle myself.

    Many of these people you probably already have in your Circles, and might recognize from some of the following activities:

    +Chrysta Rae's Photography Scavenger Hunt 

    +Project 52 B&W 

    +FloralFriday 

    +Macro Monday 

    ...and too many more to mention individually!


    *************************

    Now, I'm sure you'd like to know how it was put together, right? Well, most of you know I have been on G+ since beta and was not a fan of Shared Circles when they were first introduced, because if you can remember back that far, Circle Sunday used to highlight individual profiles, and more importantly why you had those people in your Circles.

    As circle membership grew larger and larger, and more people shared them at random, it seemed fewer people took the time to thoroughly vet the contents.  I'd like to point out that I did not include myself in this circle, as it is meant to show gratitude for those that have enriched my experiences here in this community, not as a means of self-promotion. Sure, we all would love to have higher engagement, or more followers, or both -- but NOT at the expense of quality. One thing I've discovered in the past two years on here is that it is very difficult to maintain relationships with hundreds of people, and not have a few (hundred) slip through the cracks.  While I admit my circles are not nearly as organized or efficient as I'd like, hopefully my methods have kept me in the loop so that I don't miss too many conversations with the people I care about.

    I should point out that while a majority of this circle contains photographers, that was definitely not a requirement for inclusion. Everyone in this circle has in one way or another affected my life in a positive way. And I am long overdue in expressing my heartfelt appreciation for the plusses, shares and comments that make this place such a joy to be a part of.  *Thank you* to everyone included here, as you have truly added value to my social media adventures: offering advice, sharing wisdom, commiserating about struggles, lifting each other up on the bad days, and celebrating together on the good ones.

    ********************

    For the Public reading this post, please take the time to review each and every one of these people, as I can personally vouch for the quality of their posts, and the honesty of their engagement. All of these people post mostly their own content (for Public consumption), and are actively participating in multiple communities on a variety of topics.  Please check out their work, and show your appreciation as they have so often done for others like me!
  • 82 plusses - 130 comments - 9 shares | Read in G+
  • Shannon Adelson2014-03-26 23:26:46
    Good Evening, Plus Peeps!

    I am pleasantly surprised by how accurate this new tool defines relevance. While the Google algorithms will always remain a mystery to me, they did sort through my correspondence, contacts and circles, and correctly identified people with whom I interact regularly. Yes, there are a few other programs offering similar features. But when +steph wanamaker makes a recommendation it's definitely worth checking it out!

    Here is a list that the software from +Chris Gary says are my Top 25 followers and friends on Google+.

    1.) +Jerry Johnson
    2.) +Elizabeth Lund
    3.) +Susan Porter
    4.) +Shannon Brearley
    5.) +Erin A.D.
    6.) +Richard Ball
    7.) +Marilyn Benham
    8.) +Mae Hogan
    9.) +Ricardo Williams
    10.) +Wade Brooks
    11.) +Tom Tran
    12.) +Marc Jansen
    13.) +LaDonna Pride
    14.) +Lauri Novak
    15.) +Eustace James
    16.) +Jason Kowing
    17.) +Melissa Beagle
    18.) +Christina Lihani
    19.) +Ralph Mendoza
    20.) +Sarra Robinson
    21.) +Cora Triton
    22.) +Stuart Dyckhoff
    23.) +Julian Ortiz
    24.) +Pat Kight
    25.) +Christopher Germano

    This was posted from Relevance+ on Android. It is available on Android and Windows at http://www.deskplace.com! #Relevance+ #DeskPlace #MyTop25

    If you are like me and would love the convenience of a desktop version for Mac, make sure to let Chris know, as he said that just may appear in the near future...
  • 47 plusses - 88 comments - 3 shares | Read in G+
  • Shannon Adelson2014-03-26 23:26:46
    Good Evening, Plus Peeps!

    I am pleasantly surprised by how accurate this new tool defines relevance. While the Google algorithms will always remain a mystery to me, they did sort through my correspondence, contacts and circles, and correctly identified people with whom I interact regularly. Yes, there are a few other programs offering similar features. But when +steph wanamaker makes a recommendation it's definitely worth checking it out!

    Here is a list that the software from +Chris Gary says are my Top 25 followers and friends on Google+.

    1.) +Jerry Johnson
    2.) +Elizabeth Lund
    3.) +Susan Porter
    4.) +Shannon Brearley
    5.) +Erin A.D.
    6.) +Richard Ball
    7.) +Marilyn Benham
    8.) +Mae Hogan
    9.) +Ricardo Williams
    10.) +Wade Brooks
    11.) +Tom Tran
    12.) +Marc Jansen
    13.) +LaDonna Pride
    14.) +Lauri Novak
    15.) +Eustace James
    16.) +Jason Kowing
    17.) +Melissa Beagle
    18.) +Christina Lihani
    19.) +Ralph Mendoza
    20.) +Sarra Robinson
    21.) +Cora Triton
    22.) +Stuart Dyckhoff
    23.) +Julian Ortiz
    24.) +Pat Kight
    25.) +Christopher Germano

    This was posted from Relevance+ on Android. It is available on Android and Windows at http://www.deskplace.com! #Relevance+ #DeskPlace #MyTop25

    If you are like me and would love the convenience of a desktop version for Mac, make sure to let Chris know, as he said that just may appear in the near future...
  • 47 plusses - 88 comments - 3 shares | Read in G+
  • Shannon Adelson2014-03-26 23:26:46
    Good Evening, Plus Peeps!

    I am pleasantly surprised by how accurate this new tool defines relevance. While the Google algorithms will always remain a mystery to me, they did sort through my correspondence, contacts and circles, and correctly identified people with whom I interact regularly. Yes, there are a few other programs offering similar features. But when +steph wanamaker makes a recommendation it's definitely worth checking it out!

    Here is a list that the software from +Chris Gary says are my Top 25 followers and friends on Google+.

    1.) +Jerry Johnson
    2.) +Elizabeth Lund
    3.) +Susan Porter
    4.) +Shannon Brearley
    5.) +Erin A.D.
    6.) +Richard Ball
    7.) +Marilyn Benham
    8.) +Mae Hogan
    9.) +Ricardo Williams
    10.) +Wade Brooks
    11.) +Tom Tran
    12.) +Marc Jansen
    13.) +LaDonna Pride
    14.) +Lauri Novak
    15.) +Eustace James
    16.) +Jason Kowing
    17.) +Melissa Beagle
    18.) +Christina Lihani
    19.) +Ralph Mendoza
    20.) +Sarra Robinson
    21.) +Cora Triton
    22.) +Stuart Dyckhoff
    23.) +Julian Ortiz
    24.) +Pat Kight
    25.) +Christopher Germano

    This was posted from Relevance+ on Android. It is available on Android and Windows at http://www.deskplace.com! #Relevance+ #DeskPlace #MyTop25

    If you are like me and would love the convenience of a desktop version for Mac, make sure to let Chris know, as he said that just may appear in the near future...
  • 47 plusses - 88 comments - 3 shares | Read in G+
  • Shannon Adelson2014-03-26 23:26:46
    Good Evening, Plus Peeps!

    I am pleasantly surprised by how accurate this new tool defines relevance. While the Google algorithms will always remain a mystery to me, they did sort through my correspondence, contacts and circles, and correctly identified people with whom I interact regularly. Yes, there are a few other programs offering similar features. But when +steph wanamaker makes a recommendation it's definitely worth checking it out!

    Here is a list that the software from +Chris Gary says are my Top 25 followers and friends on Google+.

    1.) +Jerry Johnson
    2.) +Elizabeth Lund
    3.) +Susan Porter
    4.) +Shannon Brearley
    5.) +Erin A.D.
    6.) +Richard Ball
    7.) +Marilyn Benham
    8.) +Mae Hogan
    9.) +Ricardo Williams
    10.) +Wade Brooks
    11.) +Tom Tran
    12.) +Marc Jansen
    13.) +LaDonna Pride
    14.) +Lauri Novak
    15.) +Eustace James
    16.) +Jason Kowing
    17.) +Melissa Beagle
    18.) +Christina Lihani
    19.) +Ralph Mendoza
    20.) +Sarra Robinson
    21.) +Cora Triton
    22.) +Stuart Dyckhoff
    23.) +Julian Ortiz
    24.) +Pat Kight
    25.) +Christopher Germano

    This was posted from Relevance+ on Android. It is available on Android and Windows at http://www.deskplace.com! #Relevance+ #DeskPlace #MyTop25

    If you are like me and would love the convenience of a desktop version for Mac, make sure to let Chris know, as he said that just may appear in the near future...
  • 47 plusses - 88 comments - 3 shares | Read in G+
  • Shannon Adelson2014-03-26 23:26:46
    Good Evening, Plus Peeps!

    I am pleasantly surprised by how accurate this new tool defines relevance. While the Google algorithms will always remain a mystery to me, they did sort through my correspondence, contacts and circles, and correctly identified people with whom I interact regularly. Yes, there are a few other programs offering similar features. But when +steph wanamaker makes a recommendation it's definitely worth checking it out!

    Here is a list that the software from +Chris Gary says are my Top 25 followers and friends on Google+.

    1.) +Jerry Johnson
    2.) +Elizabeth Lund
    3.) +Susan Porter
    4.) +Shannon Brearley
    5.) +Erin A.D.
    6.) +Richard Ball
    7.) +Marilyn Benham
    8.) +Mae Hogan
    9.) +Ricardo Williams
    10.) +Wade Brooks
    11.) +Tom Tran
    12.) +Marc Jansen
    13.) +LaDonna Pride
    14.) +Lauri Novak
    15.) +Eustace James
    16.) +Jason Kowing
    17.) +Melissa Beagle
    18.) +Christina Lihani
    19.) +Ralph Mendoza
    20.) +Sarra Robinson
    21.) +Cora Triton
    22.) +Stuart Dyckhoff
    23.) +Julian Ortiz
    24.) +Pat Kight
    25.) +Christopher Germano

    This was posted from Relevance+ on Android. It is available on Android and Windows at http://www.deskplace.com! #Relevance+ #DeskPlace #MyTop25

    If you are like me and would love the convenience of a desktop version for Mac, make sure to let Chris know, as he said that just may appear in the near future...
  • 47 plusses - 88 comments - 3 shares | Read in G+
  • Shannon Adelson2013-08-08 14:29:34
    What is YOUR Best Post?

    First I'd like to say that I'm very grateful to +Scott Kelby and the entire +KelbyTraining.com media group for not only putting on this conference last year, but also for making the sessions available for later viewing. I was one of those folks who desperately wanted to attend, but financially it just wasn't feasible for me to get all the way out to California at that time.

    However, having been on G+ since the early beta days, I'm proud to say that my photography posts (and accompanying writing) have been influenced considerably by the community here. This video is a perfect example of how we share a little bit of ourselves through our online interactions with other members of this very engaging group of artists. 

    Pay close attention to the stories shared by +RC Concepcion and you'll notice the intimate details make you feel like you're a part of his close circle of friends. To be honest, you might even need a tissue or two by the end of the story about his Mom and her introduction to the Internet.

    If you were able to attend the conference in person, I'd love to hear more about your experiences. If you wrote a blog post about it (either here on G+ or on another domain), please feel free to share the link below in the comments. I'd really like to read through what people got out of attending the live sessions.

    For the rest of us who were unable to be there in person, this part is for you! Many of us post to share our work, to ask questions, to offer advice or feedback, or simply to participate in conversations about a topic that interests us. On the attached video, the panel discusses the importance of being genuine, and writing in an authentic fashion. +Matt Kloskowski raised a crucial point: "How can you write an intriguing post about something that doesn't actually intrigue you?"

    So if you read this far, I'd really love it if you are willing to share answers to some of the following...

    Which of your posts do you believe tells the most about who you are? I'm not talking about technical details you included in your About page. I mean, what post did you share a part of your soul? Of all the writing you've done since being a part of this community, which post(s) do you feel really offer the best sense of what makes you tick? (Please share a link in the comments, so we can all go and read them. And if by chance you are inspired to go and write one now, please be sure to tag me so I'll know about it and be able to go check it out!)

    I'll be offering a few new insights about myself that are not in my profile bio; but first, I open the floor to YOU, so please tell me more about how the World of G+ has influenced you...

    What do YOU find intriguing and want to share with this community?
  • 28 plusses - 64 comments - 9 shares | Read in G+
  • Shannon Adelson2013-08-08 14:29:34
    What is YOUR Best Post?

    First I'd like to say that I'm very grateful to +Scott Kelby and the entire +KelbyTraining.com media group for not only putting on this conference last year, but also for making the sessions available for later viewing. I was one of those folks who desperately wanted to attend, but financially it just wasn't feasible for me to get all the way out to California at that time.

    However, having been on G+ since the early beta days, I'm proud to say that my photography posts (and accompanying writing) have been influenced considerably by the community here. This video is a perfect example of how we share a little bit of ourselves through our online interactions with other members of this very engaging group of artists. 

    Pay close attention to the stories shared by +RC Concepcion and you'll notice the intimate details make you feel like you're a part of his close circle of friends. To be honest, you might even need a tissue or two by the end of the story about his Mom and her introduction to the Internet.

    If you were able to attend the conference in person, I'd love to hear more about your experiences. If you wrote a blog post about it (either here on G+ or on another domain), please feel free to share the link below in the comments. I'd really like to read through what people got out of attending the live sessions.

    For the rest of us who were unable to be there in person, this part is for you! Many of us post to share our work, to ask questions, to offer advice or feedback, or simply to participate in conversations about a topic that interests us. On the attached video, the panel discusses the importance of being genuine, and writing in an authentic fashion. +Matt Kloskowski raised a crucial point: "How can you write an intriguing post about something that doesn't actually intrigue you?"

    So if you read this far, I'd really love it if you are willing to share answers to some of the following...

    Which of your posts do you believe tells the most about who you are? I'm not talking about technical details you included in your About page. I mean, what post did you share a part of your soul? Of all the writing you've done since being a part of this community, which post(s) do you feel really offer the best sense of what makes you tick? (Please share a link in the comments, so we can all go and read them. And if by chance you are inspired to go and write one now, please be sure to tag me so I'll know about it and be able to go check it out!)

    I'll be offering a few new insights about myself that are not in my profile bio; but first, I open the floor to YOU, so please tell me more about how the World of G+ has influenced you...

    What do YOU find intriguing and want to share with this community?
  • 28 plusses - 64 comments - 9 shares | Read in G+
  • Shannon Adelson2013-08-08 14:29:34
    What is YOUR Best Post?

    First I'd like to say that I'm very grateful to +Scott Kelby and the entire +KelbyTraining.com media group for not only putting on this conference last year, but also for making the sessions available for later viewing. I was one of those folks who desperately wanted to attend, but financially it just wasn't feasible for me to get all the way out to California at that time.

    However, having been on G+ since the early beta days, I'm proud to say that my photography posts (and accompanying writing) have been influenced considerably by the community here. This video is a perfect example of how we share a little bit of ourselves through our online interactions with other members of this very engaging group of artists. 

    Pay close attention to the stories shared by +RC Concepcion and you'll notice the intimate details make you feel like you're a part of his close circle of friends. To be honest, you might even need a tissue or two by the end of the story about his Mom and her introduction to the Internet.

    If you were able to attend the conference in person, I'd love to hear more about your experiences. If you wrote a blog post about it (either here on G+ or on another domain), please feel free to share the link below in the comments. I'd really like to read through what people got out of attending the live sessions.

    For the rest of us who were unable to be there in person, this part is for you! Many of us post to share our work, to ask questions, to offer advice or feedback, or simply to participate in conversations about a topic that interests us. On the attached video, the panel discusses the importance of being genuine, and writing in an authentic fashion. +Matt Kloskowski raised a crucial point: "How can you write an intriguing post about something that doesn't actually intrigue you?"

    So if you read this far, I'd really love it if you are willing to share answers to some of the following...

    Which of your posts do you believe tells the most about who you are? I'm not talking about technical details you included in your About page. I mean, what post did you share a part of your soul? Of all the writing you've done since being a part of this community, which post(s) do you feel really offer the best sense of what makes you tick? (Please share a link in the comments, so we can all go and read them. And if by chance you are inspired to go and write one now, please be sure to tag me so I'll know about it and be able to go check it out!)

    I'll be offering a few new insights about myself that are not in my profile bio; but first, I open the floor to YOU, so please tell me more about how the World of G+ has influenced you...

    What do YOU find intriguing and want to share with this community?
  • 28 plusses - 64 comments - 9 shares | Read in G+
  • Shannon Adelson2013-08-08 14:29:34
    What is YOUR Best Post?

    First I'd like to say that I'm very grateful to +Scott Kelby and the entire +KelbyTraining.com media group for not only putting on this conference last year, but also for making the sessions available for later viewing. I was one of those folks who desperately wanted to attend, but financially it just wasn't feasible for me to get all the way out to California at that time.

    However, having been on G+ since the early beta days, I'm proud to say that my photography posts (and accompanying writing) have been influenced considerably by the community here. This video is a perfect example of how we share a little bit of ourselves through our online interactions with other members of this very engaging group of artists. 

    Pay close attention to the stories shared by +RC Concepcion and you'll notice the intimate details make you feel like you're a part of his close circle of friends. To be honest, you might even need a tissue or two by the end of the story about his Mom and her introduction to the Internet.

    If you were able to attend the conference in person, I'd love to hear more about your experiences. If you wrote a blog post about it (either here on G+ or on another domain), please feel free to share the link below in the comments. I'd really like to read through what people got out of attending the live sessions.

    For the rest of us who were unable to be there in person, this part is for you! Many of us post to share our work, to ask questions, to offer advice or feedback, or simply to participate in conversations about a topic that interests us. On the attached video, the panel discusses the importance of being genuine, and writing in an authentic fashion. +Matt Kloskowski raised a crucial point: "How can you write an intriguing post about something that doesn't actually intrigue you?"

    So if you read this far, I'd really love it if you are willing to share answers to some of the following...

    Which of your posts do you believe tells the most about who you are? I'm not talking about technical details you included in your About page. I mean, what post did you share a part of your soul? Of all the writing you've done since being a part of this community, which post(s) do you feel really offer the best sense of what makes you tick? (Please share a link in the comments, so we can all go and read them. And if by chance you are inspired to go and write one now, please be sure to tag me so I'll know about it and be able to go check it out!)

    I'll be offering a few new insights about myself that are not in my profile bio; but first, I open the floor to YOU, so please tell me more about how the World of G+ has influenced you...

    What do YOU find intriguing and want to share with this community?
  • 28 plusses - 64 comments - 9 shares | Read in G+
  • Shannon Adelson2013-08-08 14:29:34
    What is YOUR Best Post?

    First I'd like to say that I'm very grateful to +Scott Kelby and the entire +KelbyTraining.com media group for not only putting on this conference last year, but also for making the sessions available for later viewing. I was one of those folks who desperately wanted to attend, but financially it just wasn't feasible for me to get all the way out to California at that time.

    However, having been on G+ since the early beta days, I'm proud to say that my photography posts (and accompanying writing) have been influenced considerably by the community here. This video is a perfect example of how we share a little bit of ourselves through our online interactions with other members of this very engaging group of artists. 

    Pay close attention to the stories shared by +RC Concepcion and you'll notice the intimate details make you feel like you're a part of his close circle of friends. To be honest, you might even need a tissue or two by the end of the story about his Mom and her introduction to the Internet.

    If you were able to attend the conference in person, I'd love to hear more about your experiences. If you wrote a blog post about it (either here on G+ or on another domain), please feel free to share the link below in the comments. I'd really like to read through what people got out of attending the live sessions.

    For the rest of us who were unable to be there in person, this part is for you! Many of us post to share our work, to ask questions, to offer advice or feedback, or simply to participate in conversations about a topic that interests us. On the attached video, the panel discusses the importance of being genuine, and writing in an authentic fashion. +Matt Kloskowski raised a crucial point: "How can you write an intriguing post about something that doesn't actually intrigue you?"

    So if you read this far, I'd really love it if you are willing to share answers to some of the following...

    Which of your posts do you believe tells the most about who you are? I'm not talking about technical details you included in your About page. I mean, what post did you share a part of your soul? Of all the writing you've done since being a part of this community, which post(s) do you feel really offer the best sense of what makes you tick? (Please share a link in the comments, so we can all go and read them. And if by chance you are inspired to go and write one now, please be sure to tag me so I'll know about it and be able to go check it out!)

    I'll be offering a few new insights about myself that are not in my profile bio; but first, I open the floor to YOU, so please tell me more about how the World of G+ has influenced you...

    What do YOU find intriguing and want to share with this community?
  • 28 plusses - 64 comments - 9 shares | Read in G+
  • Shannon Adelson2014-04-10 14:43:26
    "I call architecture frozen music."
    ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe



    Today I have the pleasure of participating in my very first Photography Death Match. About a week ago when +Tamara Pruessner assigned the category "Architecture" I was terrified, having never shot a single frame in this genre. I spent hours looking for tutorials on YouTube, and Googling examples of established photographers to better understand this niche.

    Like my opponent +April Hill I was challenged by Mother Nature throwing obstacles in our way. On Monday I spent the morning in Wilmington, Delaware trying to find a shot between raindrops. But the rain never let up, and when I got home to look at the images on the computer, they were all "craptastic". (Many thanks to +Christina Lawrie for enlightening me about that fabulous phrase.)

    Tuesday I spent the afternoon in Baltimore, but heavy winds and stormy skies continued to plague my outdoor adventures. I had a few monuments and landmarks that I wanted to perhaps include in this challenge, but alas, returned home with nothing I could be proud of.

    So when Wednesday arrived (the day before the match), I knew I had to get something rain or shine. I traveled to Philadelphia in hopes of finding my muse, and finally got some decent weather to work with. So the attached shot is from yesterday in Philly. This staircase is at the entryway to the Union League club on Broad Street.
    http://www.unionleague.org/

    After a week of waiting nervously, the battle has begun...
    #PhotographyDeathMatch  "Architecture #1"

    Please take a moment and click on over to see the opening punch from my opponent +April Hill as we continue our sparring throughout the day today. Her approach was quite clever, and in addition to thinking outside the box, she also included a very informative Wiki link to understand more about the nuts and bolts of our topic. The direct link to her first post is here:
    http://goo.gl/F2rQOh



    +Architectural Visions curated by +Joel Tjintjelaar +Julia Anna Gospodarou #ArchitecturalVisions
    +ARCHITECTURE YESTERDAY - TOMORROW curated by +Edith Kukla #architectureyesterdayandtomorrow
  • 113 plusses - 61 comments - 13 shares | Read in G+
  • Shannon Adelson2014-04-10 14:43:26
    "I call architecture frozen music."
    ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe



    Today I have the pleasure of participating in my very first Photography Death Match. About a week ago when +Tamara Pruessner assigned the category "Architecture" I was terrified, having never shot a single frame in this genre. I spent hours looking for tutorials on YouTube, and Googling examples of established photographers to better understand this niche.

    Like my opponent +April Hill I was challenged by Mother Nature throwing obstacles in our way. On Monday I spent the morning in Wilmington, Delaware trying to find a shot between raindrops. But the rain never let up, and when I got home to look at the images on the computer, they were all "craptastic". (Many thanks to +Christina Lawrie for enlightening me about that fabulous phrase.)

    Tuesday I spent the afternoon in Baltimore, but heavy winds and stormy skies continued to plague my outdoor adventures. I had a few monuments and landmarks that I wanted to perhaps include in this challenge, but alas, returned home with nothing I could be proud of.

    So when Wednesday arrived (the day before the match), I knew I had to get something rain or shine. I traveled to Philadelphia in hopes of finding my muse, and finally got some decent weather to work with. So the attached shot is from yesterday in Philly. This staircase is at the entryway to the Union League club on Broad Street.
    http://www.unionleague.org/

    After a week of waiting nervously, the battle has begun...
    #PhotographyDeathMatch  "Architecture #1"

    Please take a moment and click on over to see the opening punch from my opponent +April Hill as we continue our sparring throughout the day today. Her approach was quite clever, and in addition to thinking outside the box, she also included a very informative Wiki link to understand more about the nuts and bolts of our topic. The direct link to her first post is here:
    http://goo.gl/F2rQOh



    +Architectural Visions curated by +Joel Tjintjelaar +Julia Anna Gospodarou #ArchitecturalVisions
    +ARCHITECTURE YESTERDAY - TOMORROW curated by +Edith Kukla #architectureyesterdayandtomorrow
  • 113 plusses - 61 comments - 13 shares | Read in G+
  • Shannon Adelson2014-04-10 14:43:26
    "I call architecture frozen music."
    ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe



    Today I have the pleasure of participating in my very first Photography Death Match. About a week ago when +Tamara Pruessner assigned the category "Architecture" I was terrified, having never shot a single frame in this genre. I spent hours looking for tutorials on YouTube, and Googling examples of established photographers to better understand this niche.

    Like my opponent +April Hill I was challenged by Mother Nature throwing obstacles in our way. On Monday I spent the morning in Wilmington, Delaware trying to find a shot between raindrops. But the rain never let up, and when I got home to look at the images on the computer, they were all "craptastic". (Many thanks to +Christina Lawrie for enlightening me about that fabulous phrase.)

    Tuesday I spent the afternoon in Baltimore, but heavy winds and stormy skies continued to plague my outdoor adventures. I had a few monuments and landmarks that I wanted to perhaps include in this challenge, but alas, returned home with nothing I could be proud of.

    So when Wednesday arrived (the day before the match), I knew I had to get something rain or shine. I traveled to Philadelphia in hopes of finding my muse, and finally got some decent weather to work with. So the attached shot is from yesterday in Philly. This staircase is at the entryway to the Union League club on Broad Street.
    http://www.unionleague.org/

    After a week of waiting nervously, the battle has begun...
    #PhotographyDeathMatch  "Architecture #1"

    Please take a moment and click on over to see the opening punch from my opponent +April Hill as we continue our sparring throughout the day today. Her approach was quite clever, and in addition to thinking outside the box, she also included a very informative Wiki link to understand more about the nuts and bolts of our topic. The direct link to her first post is here:
    http://goo.gl/F2rQOh



    +Architectural Visions curated by +Joel Tjintjelaar +Julia Anna Gospodarou #ArchitecturalVisions
    +ARCHITECTURE YESTERDAY - TOMORROW curated by +Edith Kukla #architectureyesterdayandtomorrow
  • 113 plusses - 61 comments - 13 shares | Read in G+
  • Shannon Adelson2014-04-10 14:43:26
    "I call architecture frozen music."
    ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe



    Today I have the pleasure of participating in my very first Photography Death Match. About a week ago when +Tamara Pruessner assigned the category "Architecture" I was terrified, having never shot a single frame in this genre. I spent hours looking for tutorials on YouTube, and Googling examples of established photographers to better understand this niche.

    Like my opponent +April Hill I was challenged by Mother Nature throwing obstacles in our way. On Monday I spent the morning in Wilmington, Delaware trying to find a shot between raindrops. But the rain never let up, and when I got home to look at the images on the computer, they were all "craptastic". (Many thanks to +Christina Lawrie for enlightening me about that fabulous phrase.)

    Tuesday I spent the afternoon in Baltimore, but heavy winds and stormy skies continued to plague my outdoor adventures. I had a few monuments and landmarks that I wanted to perhaps include in this challenge, but alas, returned home with nothing I could be proud of.

    So when Wednesday arrived (the day before the match), I knew I had to get something rain or shine. I traveled to Philadelphia in hopes of finding my muse, and finally got some decent weather to work with. So the attached shot is from yesterday in Philly. This staircase is at the entryway to the Union League club on Broad Street.
    http://www.unionleague.org/

    After a week of waiting nervously, the battle has begun...
    #PhotographyDeathMatch  "Architecture #1"

    Please take a moment and click on over to see the opening punch from my opponent +April Hill as we continue our sparring throughout the day today. Her approach was quite clever, and in addition to thinking outside the box, she also included a very informative Wiki link to understand more about the nuts and bolts of our topic. The direct link to her first post is here:
    http://goo.gl/F2rQOh



    +Architectural Visions curated by +Joel Tjintjelaar +Julia Anna Gospodarou #ArchitecturalVisions
    +ARCHITECTURE YESTERDAY - TOMORROW curated by +Edith Kukla #architectureyesterdayandtomorrow
  • 113 plusses - 61 comments - 13 shares | Read in G+
  • Shannon Adelson2014-04-10 14:43:26
    "I call architecture frozen music."
    ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe



    Today I have the pleasure of participating in my very first Photography Death Match. About a week ago when +Tamara Pruessner assigned the category "Architecture" I was terrified, having never shot a single frame in this genre. I spent hours looking for tutorials on YouTube, and Googling examples of established photographers to better understand this niche.

    Like my opponent +April Hill I was challenged by Mother Nature throwing obstacles in our way. On Monday I spent the morning in Wilmington, Delaware trying to find a shot between raindrops. But the rain never let up, and when I got home to look at the images on the computer, they were all "craptastic". (Many thanks to +Christina Lawrie for enlightening me about that fabulous phrase.)

    Tuesday I spent the afternoon in Baltimore, but heavy winds and stormy skies continued to plague my outdoor adventures. I had a few monuments and landmarks that I wanted to perhaps include in this challenge, but alas, returned home with nothing I could be proud of.

    So when Wednesday arrived (the day before the match), I knew I had to get something rain or shine. I traveled to Philadelphia in hopes of finding my muse, and finally got some decent weather to work with. So the attached shot is from yesterday in Philly. This staircase is at the entryway to the Union League club on Broad Street.
    http://www.unionleague.org/

    After a week of waiting nervously, the battle has begun...
    #PhotographyDeathMatch  "Architecture #1"

    Please take a moment and click on over to see the opening punch from my opponent +April Hill as we continue our sparring throughout the day today. Her approach was quite clever, and in addition to thinking outside the box, she also included a very informative Wiki link to understand more about the nuts and bolts of our topic. The direct link to her first post is here:
    http://goo.gl/F2rQOh



    +Architectural Visions curated by +Joel Tjintjelaar +Julia Anna Gospodarou #ArchitecturalVisions
    +ARCHITECTURE YESTERDAY - TOMORROW curated by +Edith Kukla #architectureyesterdayandtomorrow
  • 113 plusses - 61 comments - 13 shares | Read in G+
  • Shannon Adelson2013-07-04 02:37:11
    I can haz catnip?

    Yeah, I know it's not #caturday  yet, but I wanted to share with you all how I spent my afternoon today. As I might have mentioned previously, I'm not a big fan of birthday celebrations. Around age 35 I stopped really enjoying the ceremony of marking how much time has passed, compared with how much time I may or may not have ahead of me... My wife (and friends) threw a bash for me when I turned 40, and at that point I decided there wouldn't be any more birthday parties!

    So instead of a day focused on me, I chose to do something better different with my time, and focus on these adorable little creatures that can't speak for themselves. For the past couple of months, I've been volunteering my photographic services at a local animal shelter. Some of the images they were using previously were, shall we say, not really the kind that would make someone want to adopt a pet. A friend of mine works there, so I volunteered to assist them in creating better profile pics for the potential pets, to hopefully increase the adoption rates, and find these fur babies some new homes.

    If you are an animal lover, then you know these visits can be very emotional. However, I tried to separate my feelings about their current situation, in order to focus on helping them secure a better future. As a result of these efforts, some of the animals I photographed last month have since been adopted and new rescues have taken their place. So I told my friend I'll return every few weeks, and do what I can to help them create appealing imagery that improves their candidacy for finding loving homes.

    Having said that, though, I do want to take this opportunity to thank all of you who extended such thoughtful birthday messages throughout the day. I have to admit, it was kind of cool seeing my own birthday hashtag, and reading all of the wonderful comments from friends I've made here on G+ these past two years! I'm still catching up on Notifications, and I apologize if I missed anyone, but I promise I'll catch up with you soon. If you are mentioned below, then hopefully it means I already saw your message and responded with my heartfelt gratitude.

    +Christina Lihani +Ayoub Khote +Suzy Jenkins +Tawni Henlin +Stacey Heritage  +Alli M +Erin Davila-Onu +Allison Knights +Bud Hoffman  +Wade Brooks +Nora Hoffman Liberty +Tom Tran  +Elizabeth Lund +Stuart Dyckhoff +Richard Ball +Maki Silberberg  +kimberton pemberly +Christopher Germano +Teri Chall +Brian Bonham +steph wanamaker +Jaana Nyström  +Yifat Cohen +Marilyn Benham +Ralph Mendoza +Eustace James +Lauri Novak +Allan Cabrera +Isabelle Fortin +Rachael Switalski +Aura Osorio +Matt Austin +DeShaun Craddock +Karl Geiger Jr +Will Kriski   
  • 81 plusses - 53 comments - 1 shares | Read in G+
  • Shannon Adelson2013-07-04 02:37:11
    I can haz catnip?

    Yeah, I know it's not #caturday  yet, but I wanted to share with you all how I spent my afternoon today. As I might have mentioned previously, I'm not a big fan of birthday celebrations. Around age 35 I stopped really enjoying the ceremony of marking how much time has passed, compared with how much time I may or may not have ahead of me... My wife (and friends) threw a bash for me when I turned 40, and at that point I decided there wouldn't be any more birthday parties!

    So instead of a day focused on me, I chose to do something better different with my time, and focus on these adorable little creatures that can't speak for themselves. For the past couple of months, I've been volunteering my photographic services at a local animal shelter. Some of the images they were using previously were, shall we say, not really the kind that would make someone want to adopt a pet. A friend of mine works there, so I volunteered to assist them in creating better profile pics for the potential pets, to hopefully increase the adoption rates, and find these fur babies some new homes.

    If you are an animal lover, then you know these visits can be very emotional. However, I tried to separate my feelings about their current situation, in order to focus on helping them secure a better future. As a result of these efforts, some of the animals I photographed last month have since been adopted and new rescues have taken their place. So I told my friend I'll return every few weeks, and do what I can to help them create appealing imagery that improves their candidacy for finding loving homes.

    Having said that, though, I do want to take this opportunity to thank all of you who extended such thoughtful birthday messages throughout the day. I have to admit, it was kind of cool seeing my own birthday hashtag, and reading all of the wonderful comments from friends I've made here on G+ these past two years! I'm still catching up on Notifications, and I apologize if I missed anyone, but I promise I'll catch up with you soon. If you are mentioned below, then hopefully it means I already saw your message and responded with my heartfelt gratitude.

    +Christina Lihani +Ayoub Khote +Suzy Jenkins +Tawni Henlin +Stacey Heritage  +Alli M +Erin Davila-Onu +Allison Knights +Bud Hoffman  +Wade Brooks +Nora Hoffman Liberty +Tom Tran  +Elizabeth Lund +Stuart Dyckhoff +Richard Ball +Maki Silberberg  +kimberton pemberly +Christopher Germano +Teri Chall +Brian Bonham +steph wanamaker +Jaana Nyström  +Yifat Cohen +Marilyn Benham +Ralph Mendoza +Eustace James +Lauri Novak +Allan Cabrera +Isabelle Fortin +Rachael Switalski +Aura Osorio +Matt Austin +DeShaun Craddock +Karl Geiger Jr +Will Kriski   
  • 81 plusses - 53 comments - 1 shares | Read in G+
  • Shannon Adelson2013-07-04 02:37:11
    I can haz catnip?

    Yeah, I know it's not #caturday  yet, but I wanted to share with you all how I spent my afternoon today. As I might have mentioned previously, I'm not a big fan of birthday celebrations. Around age 35 I stopped really enjoying the ceremony of marking how much time has passed, compared with how much time I may or may not have ahead of me... My wife (and friends) threw a bash for me when I turned 40, and at that point I decided there wouldn't be any more birthday parties!

    So instead of a day focused on me, I chose to do something better different with my time, and focus on these adorable little creatures that can't speak for themselves. For the past couple of months, I've been volunteering my photographic services at a local animal shelter. Some of the images they were using previously were, shall we say, not really the kind that would make someone want to adopt a pet. A friend of mine works there, so I volunteered to assist them in creating better profile pics for the potential pets, to hopefully increase the adoption rates, and find these fur babies some new homes.

    If you are an animal lover, then you know these visits can be very emotional. However, I tried to separate my feelings about their current situation, in order to focus on helping them secure a better future. As a result of these efforts, some of the animals I photographed last month have since been adopted and new rescues have taken their place. So I told my friend I'll return every few weeks, and do what I can to help them create appealing imagery that improves their candidacy for finding loving homes.

    Having said that, though, I do want to take this opportunity to thank all of you who extended such thoughtful birthday messages throughout the day. I have to admit, it was kind of cool seeing my own birthday hashtag, and reading all of the wonderful comments from friends I've made here on G+ these past two years! I'm still catching up on Notifications, and I apologize if I missed anyone, but I promise I'll catch up with you soon. If you are mentioned below, then hopefully it means I already saw your message and responded with my heartfelt gratitude.

    +Christina Lihani +Ayoub Khote +Suzy Jenkins +Tawni Henlin +Stacey Heritage  +Alli M +Erin Davila-Onu +Allison Knights +Bud Hoffman  +Wade Brooks +Nora Hoffman Liberty +Tom Tran  +Elizabeth Lund +Stuart Dyckhoff +Richard Ball +Maki Silberberg  +kimberton pemberly +Christopher Germano +Teri Chall +Brian Bonham +steph wanamaker +Jaana Nyström  +Yifat Cohen +Marilyn Benham +Ralph Mendoza +Eustace James +Lauri Novak +Allan Cabrera +Isabelle Fortin +Rachael Switalski +Aura Osorio +Matt Austin +DeShaun Craddock +Karl Geiger Jr +Will Kriski   
  • 81 plusses - 53 comments - 1 shares | Read in G+
  • Shannon Adelson2013-07-04 02:37:11
    I can haz catnip?

    Yeah, I know it's not #caturday  yet, but I wanted to share with you all how I spent my afternoon today. As I might have mentioned previously, I'm not a big fan of birthday celebrations. Around age 35 I stopped really enjoying the ceremony of marking how much time has passed, compared with how much time I may or may not have ahead of me... My wife (and friends) threw a bash for me when I turned 40, and at that point I decided there wouldn't be any more birthday parties!

    So instead of a day focused on me, I chose to do something better different with my time, and focus on these adorable little creatures that can't speak for themselves. For the past couple of months, I've been volunteering my photographic services at a local animal shelter. Some of the images they were using previously were, shall we say, not really the kind that would make someone want to adopt a pet. A friend of mine works there, so I volunteered to assist them in creating better profile pics for the potential pets, to hopefully increase the adoption rates, and find these fur babies some new homes.

    If you are an animal lover, then you know these visits can be very emotional. However, I tried to separate my feelings about their current situation, in order to focus on helping them secure a better future. As a result of these efforts, some of the animals I photographed last month have since been adopted and new rescues have taken their place. So I told my friend I'll return every few weeks, and do what I can to help them create appealing imagery that improves their candidacy for finding loving homes.

    Having said that, though, I do want to take this opportunity to thank all of you who extended such thoughtful birthday messages throughout the day. I have to admit, it was kind of cool seeing my own birthday hashtag, and reading all of the wonderful comments from friends I've made here on G+ these past two years! I'm still catching up on Notifications, and I apologize if I missed anyone, but I promise I'll catch up with you soon. If you are mentioned below, then hopefully it means I already saw your message and responded with my heartfelt gratitude.

    +Christina Lihani +Ayoub Khote +Suzy Jenkins +Tawni Henlin +Stacey Heritage  +Alli M +Erin Davila-Onu +Allison Knights +Bud Hoffman  +Wade Brooks +Nora Hoffman Liberty +Tom Tran  +Elizabeth Lund +Stuart Dyckhoff +Richard Ball +Maki Silberberg  +kimberton pemberly +Christopher Germano +Teri Chall +Brian Bonham +steph wanamaker +Jaana Nyström  +Yifat Cohen +Marilyn Benham +Ralph Mendoza +Eustace James +Lauri Novak +Allan Cabrera +Isabelle Fortin +Rachael Switalski +Aura Osorio +Matt Austin +DeShaun Craddock +Karl Geiger Jr +Will Kriski   
  • 81 plusses - 53 comments - 1 shares | Read in G+
  • Shannon Adelson2013-07-04 02:37:11
    I can haz catnip?

    Yeah, I know it's not #caturday  yet, but I wanted to share with you all how I spent my afternoon today. As I might have mentioned previously, I'm not a big fan of birthday celebrations. Around age 35 I stopped really enjoying the ceremony of marking how much time has passed, compared with how much time I may or may not have ahead of me... My wife (and friends) threw a bash for me when I turned 40, and at that point I decided there wouldn't be any more birthday parties!

    So instead of a day focused on me, I chose to do something better different with my time, and focus on these adorable little creatures that can't speak for themselves. For the past couple of months, I've been volunteering my photographic services at a local animal shelter. Some of the images they were using previously were, shall we say, not really the kind that would make someone want to adopt a pet. A friend of mine works there, so I volunteered to assist them in creating better profile pics for the potential pets, to hopefully increase the adoption rates, and find these fur babies some new homes.

    If you are an animal lover, then you know these visits can be very emotional. However, I tried to separate my feelings about their current situation, in order to focus on helping them secure a better future. As a result of these efforts, some of the animals I photographed last month have since been adopted and new rescues have taken their place. So I told my friend I'll return every few weeks, and do what I can to help them create appealing imagery that improves their candidacy for finding loving homes.

    Having said that, though, I do want to take this opportunity to thank all of you who extended such thoughtful birthday messages throughout the day. I have to admit, it was kind of cool seeing my own birthday hashtag, and reading all of the wonderful comments from friends I've made here on G+ these past two years! I'm still catching up on Notifications, and I apologize if I missed anyone, but I promise I'll catch up with you soon. If you are mentioned below, then hopefully it means I already saw your message and responded with my heartfelt gratitude.

    +Christina Lihani +Ayoub Khote +Suzy Jenkins +Tawni Henlin +Stacey Heritage  +Alli M +Erin Davila-Onu +Allison Knights +Bud Hoffman  +Wade Brooks +Nora Hoffman Liberty +Tom Tran  +Elizabeth Lund +Stuart Dyckhoff +Richard Ball +Maki Silberberg  +kimberton pemberly +Christopher Germano +Teri Chall +Brian Bonham +steph wanamaker +Jaana Nyström  +Yifat Cohen +Marilyn Benham +Ralph Mendoza +Eustace James +Lauri Novak +Allan Cabrera +Isabelle Fortin +Rachael Switalski +Aura Osorio +Matt Austin +DeShaun Craddock +Karl Geiger Jr +Will Kriski   
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-12-19 02:23:27
    Who do YOU follow? #DecemberDozen  

    I saw a post over the weekend which included this hashtag, and it got me thinking about WHY we recommend people to others. Despite hearing some people call this place a ghost town, there are in fact a number of very engaging people here in the G+ community. 

    Those of you who've known me since the beta days on here know that I've never been a huge fan of Shared Circles, because too often it seems people globally add the contents without ever reviewing all the individuals contained within. And I think that's perhaps the most important part of the process. Spending time getting to know each person helps in evaluating potential for future interactions. Do we have anything in common? Are we passionate about similar topics?

    I can't deny that in terms of followers, I've definitely benefited from being included in various Circles shared among my peers, colleagues and friends. However, if you've been following me for any length of time, you already know I'm not popular, nor am I considered one of the "cool kids". But the beauty of this platform is that there's something here for everyone, and if you commit yourself to experiencing it organically, I truly believe you'll enjoy your time here.

    My December Dozen

    The people featured below are in no particular order, but grouped by me into categories I feel best describe WHY you may wish to add them to your stream. Some have millions of followers, others have far fewer, but ALL share some common elements: they embrace the good and the bad about the platform, they educate and entertain, and their leadership makes this place interesting for everyone with whom they interact.

    Photography: Education & Inspiration

    +Robin Griggs Wood has been active on G+ since the beginning, and demonstrates daily that she gets what this place is all about. But in addition to being an incredible painter and photographer, she is also an amazing mentor. Working with the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers she challenges everyone to discover their inner Artist, and in the process many learn just as much about themselves as they do about their trade. When she's not teaching or playing (or judging) in +Chrysta Rae's Photography Scavenger Hunt she can sometimes be found stalking seagulls. Despite having millions of followers to keep up with, Robin regularly makes time to interact both on her own page as well as on the profiles of those she follows. I can't imagine she isn't already in your Circles, but if not I promise you'll be glad you added her!

    +Sandra Parlow is another lovely lady I first met through the Scavenger Hunt. She has a great sense of humor, and is always there if you need a helping hand, or simply a (virtual) hug. I could describe how wonderful her images are, but that alone wouldn't provide a full picture of everything she does on G+. In addition to being one of the moderators of the +Behind the Lens: Photo Critique Group she is also a co-curator of the wildly popular +Macro Monday.  But I didn't even get to the best part yet... Sandra is a champion of the undiscovered goobies. She's got some sort of indescribable talent radar, finding unknown artists (many of whom barely have a couple hundred followers) and sharing them with her Circles and Communities. Add her to your stream, and just watch the waves of activity draw you in! (PS. Ask her if there's a particular member of the Northern wildlife she's fond of...)

    +Mark Rodriguez Otherwise known as "Godriguez", this man is not only a Photoshop guru, but an incredibly talented photographer, cartoon creator, and master of the mashup. Although I first met Mark via the Scavenger Hunt (yep, another one!), he is perhaps best known for the +Movie Mashup Tuesday theme. While his innovative designs will draw you in, it's the behind the scenes (BTS) posts that will keep you mesmerized over and over again. For even the most complicated composites, he takes the time to explain his process in bite-sized chunks that even non-photographers can digest and absorb. I'd be here all day if I continued listing his numerous achievements, so just head on over to his page and observe the magic for yourself!

    Music

    ► I could list half a dozen musicians I follow in my own personal Circles, but for the purposes of this post I chose +HEATHER FAY because she's the embodiment of humble celebrity. Just like Robin she has over a million followers, but that doesn't stop her from reaching out to interact with her G+ family on a regular basis. I'm sure she'd be successful with or without this platform, but the fact that she takes us all on the adventure with her is such a blessing for the community. Thanks to her constant sharing, we all get a front row seat as her career continues to blossom. Grab your headphones, and head on over to her post to enjoy the vids and tunes!

    Comedy & Entertainment

    ► If it's fun and/or funny, and is happening anywhere in the G+ universe, you can be sure +matthew rappaport has his finger on the pulse of trending topics. He enlightened me about how to accomplish getting my first +G+ Achievement Unlocked and also regularly coordinates +HIRL activities for NYC and beyond. I had the opportunity to spend an afternoon in person during +The Google + Two Year Anniversary Photowalk and witness his chaotic bursts of endless energy. If you've seen him on Hangouts then you know he has a magnetic personality, always willing to chat about even the most seemingly mundane topics. He's an expert on the Google ecosystem, and when I heard he'd jumped on board +The Huffington Post I knew immediately they definitely picked a winner! I encourage you to browse through his voluminous photo albums, as his unique documentary style will leave you feeling like you actually attended the same event!

    ► Do you sometimes feel like the main stream isn't giving you what you need? If the Google algorithm isn't tweaked to your satisfaction, then take matters into your own hands and add +steph wanamaker to a Circle you check daily. Way before there were hashtags like #GingerThursday  or theme-based communities, she was curating content, sharing highlights from Arts & Entertainment news, to bloopers, birthdays and more. The Ginger Ninja moderates a number of TV and movie communities, including great programming like Sherlock, The Big Bang Theory, and many more incredible Netflix offerings. If you need your daily dose of comedic relief from Canada, don't let the border stand in your way, pop into her stream and be prepared to stay there a while.

    Engaging Conversations & G+ Culture

    ► You can't even begin to have a discussion about G+ engagement without including platform pioneer: +Ayoub Khote.  Active since practically the first day, he is not only a fountain of knowledge about the network, but shares his time and energy educating others about how to enjoy their time here. Whether offering +Google+ Help to those that need it, or providing the weekly #HumpDayHint  Ayoub is constantly interacting from sunrise to sundown and beyond. Understanding the culture of G+ is about more than just posts and followers; it's also about family dynamics, and the relationships we develop while playing together in the Google sandbox. Topics of conversation vary, but after a couple of days you'll definitely find something you can relate to. Then jump right in and participate with his posse in the Question of the Day and other intellectual stimulation.

    ► If you want to know the most popular posts from the past year, or perhaps you just wanna jam out to great tunes all (Friday) night long, +Sean Cowen is your one-stop shop! Get all your news and information in the same convenient place. If you can't find exactly what you're looking for, he can definitely point you in the right direction. I've never been brave enough to wear my heart on my sleeve, but when people talk about Sean you always hear things like selfless, genuine, compassionate, supportive, inspiring. I encourage you to sift through a few of his posts, and I'm confident you will feel like you've known the guy for years. 

     ► Are you the kind of person that takes one day at a time, and lives every moment to the fullest? Or do you seek external inspiration to keep those creative juices flowing? Regardless of the challenges that come his way, +Levi Moore is the epitome of positivity, constantly overcoming any obstacle in his path. While many are probably familiar with his work leading the #abcproject , he also hosts provocative conversations on a variety of interesting topics. The more time you spend in his stream, the more you'll discover what an cool guy he is!

    ► Although barely anyone is using it anymore, +Marc Jansen got me an invitation to Schemer, where in my mind he became an instant superstar when I learned "Hangout with +Jeri Ryan" was a scheme he already crossed off his list! He is a self-proclaimed introvert, but you'd never know it by interacting on his stream. He shares a variety of content, and occasionally delves into deep philosophical debates. One of the enlightening moments for me came while reading comments in a thread he started about lifestyle priorities and career goals. The perspectives shared by all the commenters were incredibly poignant and profound, leaving me with lots of questions about my own life and the decisions guiding my personal and professional pursuits. 

    ► When someone comes to G+ for the first time, they often seek out #gplustips  to figure out the best method to navigate the complex waterway called the stream. From almost the very first day, +Jaana Nyström has been a beacon of engagement, leading by example exploring each new social media tool as it became available here on G+, then immediately sharing her extensive analysis with others, helping to improve the system through constant feedback and experimentation. If you have any questions about how this place works, or what you can hope to get out of spending time here, I highly recommend starting on her page, and you'll feel like an expert in no time!

    +Yifat Cohen is the ever-popular +G+GoTo Gal, with weekly insights about using Hangouts to improve everything from your health to your business bottom line. I find her posts and other resources so helpful because she can pretty much talk about anything to anyone from any walk of life. She is equally comfortable chatting with a regular Joe or a CEO. I haven't yet had the privilege of being coached by her, but it's on my list of goals for 2014, and after you check out the material she shares you'll probably be seeking her advice also!

    ► As co-curator of #TipsyTuesday  and #CoffeeThursday , +Jason Kowing is a man of many talents. But in addition to his photography skills, he makes my list for his entertaining banter on Jas' Question of the Day. When he suggests you interrupt your regularly flowing stream, you just might want to do what he says. The type of questions vary from week to week, but one thing is certain, the responses are guaranteed to either make you laugh or scratch your head or both!

    If you made it this far, Thank You. I hope these suggestions will keep creativity flowing throughout your stream.

    If you did your own #DecemberDozen  post, please share a link to it in the comments below, so everyone can check out your recommendations. If you're not a writer, and would rather just share a few names of folks that would top YOUR list, please feel free to share them in the comments also. Hopefully, we can all take a little time out during this busy Holiday season and get to know someone new...
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-12-19 02:23:27
    Who do YOU follow? #DecemberDozen  

    I saw a post over the weekend which included this hashtag, and it got me thinking about WHY we recommend people to others. Despite hearing some people call this place a ghost town, there are in fact a number of very engaging people here in the G+ community. 

    Those of you who've known me since the beta days on here know that I've never been a huge fan of Shared Circles, because too often it seems people globally add the contents without ever reviewing all the individuals contained within. And I think that's perhaps the most important part of the process. Spending time getting to know each person helps in evaluating potential for future interactions. Do we have anything in common? Are we passionate about similar topics?

    I can't deny that in terms of followers, I've definitely benefited from being included in various Circles shared among my peers, colleagues and friends. However, if you've been following me for any length of time, you already know I'm not popular, nor am I considered one of the "cool kids". But the beauty of this platform is that there's something here for everyone, and if you commit yourself to experiencing it organically, I truly believe you'll enjoy your time here.

    My December Dozen

    The people featured below are in no particular order, but grouped by me into categories I feel best describe WHY you may wish to add them to your stream. Some have millions of followers, others have far fewer, but ALL share some common elements: they embrace the good and the bad about the platform, they educate and entertain, and their leadership makes this place interesting for everyone with whom they interact.

    Photography: Education & Inspiration

    +Robin Griggs Wood has been active on G+ since the beginning, and demonstrates daily that she gets what this place is all about. But in addition to being an incredible painter and photographer, she is also an amazing mentor. Working with the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers she challenges everyone to discover their inner Artist, and in the process many learn just as much about themselves as they do about their trade. When she's not teaching or playing (or judging) in +Chrysta Rae's Photography Scavenger Hunt she can sometimes be found stalking seagulls. Despite having millions of followers to keep up with, Robin regularly makes time to interact both on her own page as well as on the profiles of those she follows. I can't imagine she isn't already in your Circles, but if not I promise you'll be glad you added her!

    +Sandra Parlow is another lovely lady I first met through the Scavenger Hunt. She has a great sense of humor, and is always there if you need a helping hand, or simply a (virtual) hug. I could describe how wonderful her images are, but that alone wouldn't provide a full picture of everything she does on G+. In addition to being one of the moderators of the +Behind the Lens: Photo Critique Group she is also a co-curator of the wildly popular +Macro Monday.  But I didn't even get to the best part yet... Sandra is a champion of the undiscovered goobies. She's got some sort of indescribable talent radar, finding unknown artists (many of whom barely have a couple hundred followers) and sharing them with her Circles and Communities. Add her to your stream, and just watch the waves of activity draw you in! (PS. Ask her if there's a particular member of the Northern wildlife she's fond of...)

    +Mark Rodriguez Otherwise known as "Godriguez", this man is not only a Photoshop guru, but an incredibly talented photographer, cartoon creator, and master of the mashup. Although I first met Mark via the Scavenger Hunt (yep, another one!), he is perhaps best known for the +Movie Mashup Tuesday theme. While his innovative designs will draw you in, it's the behind the scenes (BTS) posts that will keep you mesmerized over and over again. For even the most complicated composites, he takes the time to explain his process in bite-sized chunks that even non-photographers can digest and absorb. I'd be here all day if I continued listing his numerous achievements, so just head on over to his page and observe the magic for yourself!

    Music

    ► I could list half a dozen musicians I follow in my own personal Circles, but for the purposes of this post I chose +HEATHER FAY because she's the embodiment of humble celebrity. Just like Robin she has over a million followers, but that doesn't stop her from reaching out to interact with her G+ family on a regular basis. I'm sure she'd be successful with or without this platform, but the fact that she takes us all on the adventure with her is such a blessing for the community. Thanks to her constant sharing, we all get a front row seat as her career continues to blossom. Grab your headphones, and head on over to her post to enjoy the vids and tunes!

    Comedy & Entertainment

    ► If it's fun and/or funny, and is happening anywhere in the G+ universe, you can be sure +matthew rappaport has his finger on the pulse of trending topics. He enlightened me about how to accomplish getting my first +G+ Achievement Unlocked and also regularly coordinates +HIRL activities for NYC and beyond. I had the opportunity to spend an afternoon in person during +The Google + Two Year Anniversary Photowalk and witness his chaotic bursts of endless energy. If you've seen him on Hangouts then you know he has a magnetic personality, always willing to chat about even the most seemingly mundane topics. He's an expert on the Google ecosystem, and when I heard he'd jumped on board +The Huffington Post I knew immediately they definitely picked a winner! I encourage you to browse through his voluminous photo albums, as his unique documentary style will leave you feeling like you actually attended the same event!

    ► Do you sometimes feel like the main stream isn't giving you what you need? If the Google algorithm isn't tweaked to your satisfaction, then take matters into your own hands and add +steph wanamaker to a Circle you check daily. Way before there were hashtags like #GingerThursday  or theme-based communities, she was curating content, sharing highlights from Arts & Entertainment news, to bloopers, birthdays and more. The Ginger Ninja moderates a number of TV and movie communities, including great programming like Sherlock, The Big Bang Theory, and many more incredible Netflix offerings. If you need your daily dose of comedic relief from Canada, don't let the border stand in your way, pop into her stream and be prepared to stay there a while.

    Engaging Conversations & G+ Culture

    ► You can't even begin to have a discussion about G+ engagement without including platform pioneer: +Ayoub Khote.  Active since practically the first day, he is not only a fountain of knowledge about the network, but shares his time and energy educating others about how to enjoy their time here. Whether offering +Google+ Help to those that need it, or providing the weekly #HumpDayHint  Ayoub is constantly interacting from sunrise to sundown and beyond. Understanding the culture of G+ is about more than just posts and followers; it's also about family dynamics, and the relationships we develop while playing together in the Google sandbox. Topics of conversation vary, but after a couple of days you'll definitely find something you can relate to. Then jump right in and participate with his posse in the Question of the Day and other intellectual stimulation.

    ► If you want to know the most popular posts from the past year, or perhaps you just wanna jam out to great tunes all (Friday) night long, +Sean Cowen is your one-stop shop! Get all your news and information in the same convenient place. If you can't find exactly what you're looking for, he can definitely point you in the right direction. I've never been brave enough to wear my heart on my sleeve, but when people talk about Sean you always hear things like selfless, genuine, compassionate, supportive, inspiring. I encourage you to sift through a few of his posts, and I'm confident you will feel like you've known the guy for years. 

     ► Are you the kind of person that takes one day at a time, and lives every moment to the fullest? Or do you seek external inspiration to keep those creative juices flowing? Regardless of the challenges that come his way, +Levi Moore is the epitome of positivity, constantly overcoming any obstacle in his path. While many are probably familiar with his work leading the #abcproject , he also hosts provocative conversations on a variety of interesting topics. The more time you spend in his stream, the more you'll discover what an cool guy he is!

    ► Although barely anyone is using it anymore, +Marc Jansen got me an invitation to Schemer, where in my mind he became an instant superstar when I learned "Hangout with +Jeri Ryan" was a scheme he already crossed off his list! He is a self-proclaimed introvert, but you'd never know it by interacting on his stream. He shares a variety of content, and occasionally delves into deep philosophical debates. One of the enlightening moments for me came while reading comments in a thread he started about lifestyle priorities and career goals. The perspectives shared by all the commenters were incredibly poignant and profound, leaving me with lots of questions about my own life and the decisions guiding my personal and professional pursuits. 

    ► When someone comes to G+ for the first time, they often seek out #gplustips  to figure out the best method to navigate the complex waterway called the stream. From almost the very first day, +Jaana Nyström has been a beacon of engagement, leading by example exploring each new social media tool as it became available here on G+, then immediately sharing her extensive analysis with others, helping to improve the system through constant feedback and experimentation. If you have any questions about how this place works, or what you can hope to get out of spending time here, I highly recommend starting on her page, and you'll feel like an expert in no time!

    +Yifat Cohen is the ever-popular +G+GoTo Gal, with weekly insights about using Hangouts to improve everything from your health to your business bottom line. I find her posts and other resources so helpful because she can pretty much talk about anything to anyone from any walk of life. She is equally comfortable chatting with a regular Joe or a CEO. I haven't yet had the privilege of being coached by her, but it's on my list of goals for 2014, and after you check out the material she shares you'll probably be seeking her advice also!

    ► As co-curator of #TipsyTuesday  and #CoffeeThursday , +Jason Kowing is a man of many talents. But in addition to his photography skills, he makes my list for his entertaining banter on Jas' Question of the Day. When he suggests you interrupt your regularly flowing stream, you just might want to do what he says. The type of questions vary from week to week, but one thing is certain, the responses are guaranteed to either make you laugh or scratch your head or both!

    If you made it this far, Thank You. I hope these suggestions will keep creativity flowing throughout your stream.

    If you did your own #DecemberDozen  post, please share a link to it in the comments below, so everyone can check out your recommendations. If you're not a writer, and would rather just share a few names of folks that would top YOUR list, please feel free to share them in the comments also. Hopefully, we can all take a little time out during this busy Holiday season and get to know someone new...
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-12-19 02:23:27
    Who do YOU follow? #DecemberDozen  

    I saw a post over the weekend which included this hashtag, and it got me thinking about WHY we recommend people to others. Despite hearing some people call this place a ghost town, there are in fact a number of very engaging people here in the G+ community. 

    Those of you who've known me since the beta days on here know that I've never been a huge fan of Shared Circles, because too often it seems people globally add the contents without ever reviewing all the individuals contained within. And I think that's perhaps the most important part of the process. Spending time getting to know each person helps in evaluating potential for future interactions. Do we have anything in common? Are we passionate about similar topics?

    I can't deny that in terms of followers, I've definitely benefited from being included in various Circles shared among my peers, colleagues and friends. However, if you've been following me for any length of time, you already know I'm not popular, nor am I considered one of the "cool kids". But the beauty of this platform is that there's something here for everyone, and if you commit yourself to experiencing it organically, I truly believe you'll enjoy your time here.

    My December Dozen

    The people featured below are in no particular order, but grouped by me into categories I feel best describe WHY you may wish to add them to your stream. Some have millions of followers, others have far fewer, but ALL share some common elements: they embrace the good and the bad about the platform, they educate and entertain, and their leadership makes this place interesting for everyone with whom they interact.

    Photography: Education & Inspiration

    +Robin Griggs Wood has been active on G+ since the beginning, and demonstrates daily that she gets what this place is all about. But in addition to being an incredible painter and photographer, she is also an amazing mentor. Working with the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers she challenges everyone to discover their inner Artist, and in the process many learn just as much about themselves as they do about their trade. When she's not teaching or playing (or judging) in +Chrysta Rae's Photography Scavenger Hunt she can sometimes be found stalking seagulls. Despite having millions of followers to keep up with, Robin regularly makes time to interact both on her own page as well as on the profiles of those she follows. I can't imagine she isn't already in your Circles, but if not I promise you'll be glad you added her!

    +Sandra Parlow is another lovely lady I first met through the Scavenger Hunt. She has a great sense of humor, and is always there if you need a helping hand, or simply a (virtual) hug. I could describe how wonderful her images are, but that alone wouldn't provide a full picture of everything she does on G+. In addition to being one of the moderators of the +Behind the Lens: Photo Critique Group she is also a co-curator of the wildly popular +Macro Monday.  But I didn't even get to the best part yet... Sandra is a champion of the undiscovered goobies. She's got some sort of indescribable talent radar, finding unknown artists (many of whom barely have a couple hundred followers) and sharing them with her Circles and Communities. Add her to your stream, and just watch the waves of activity draw you in! (PS. Ask her if there's a particular member of the Northern wildlife she's fond of...)

    +Mark Rodriguez Otherwise known as "Godriguez", this man is not only a Photoshop guru, but an incredibly talented photographer, cartoon creator, and master of the mashup. Although I first met Mark via the Scavenger Hunt (yep, another one!), he is perhaps best known for the +Movie Mashup Tuesday theme. While his innovative designs will draw you in, it's the behind the scenes (BTS) posts that will keep you mesmerized over and over again. For even the most complicated composites, he takes the time to explain his process in bite-sized chunks that even non-photographers can digest and absorb. I'd be here all day if I continued listing his numerous achievements, so just head on over to his page and observe the magic for yourself!

    Music

    ► I could list half a dozen musicians I follow in my own personal Circles, but for the purposes of this post I chose +HEATHER FAY because she's the embodiment of humble celebrity. Just like Robin she has over a million followers, but that doesn't stop her from reaching out to interact with her G+ family on a regular basis. I'm sure she'd be successful with or without this platform, but the fact that she takes us all on the adventure with her is such a blessing for the community. Thanks to her constant sharing, we all get a front row seat as her career continues to blossom. Grab your headphones, and head on over to her post to enjoy the vids and tunes!

    Comedy & Entertainment

    ► If it's fun and/or funny, and is happening anywhere in the G+ universe, you can be sure +matthew rappaport has his finger on the pulse of trending topics. He enlightened me about how to accomplish getting my first +G+ Achievement Unlocked and also regularly coordinates +HIRL activities for NYC and beyond. I had the opportunity to spend an afternoon in person during +The Google + Two Year Anniversary Photowalk and witness his chaotic bursts of endless energy. If you've seen him on Hangouts then you know he has a magnetic personality, always willing to chat about even the most seemingly mundane topics. He's an expert on the Google ecosystem, and when I heard he'd jumped on board +The Huffington Post I knew immediately they definitely picked a winner! I encourage you to browse through his voluminous photo albums, as his unique documentary style will leave you feeling like you actually attended the same event!

    ► Do you sometimes feel like the main stream isn't giving you what you need? If the Google algorithm isn't tweaked to your satisfaction, then take matters into your own hands and add +steph wanamaker to a Circle you check daily. Way before there were hashtags like #GingerThursday  or theme-based communities, she was curating content, sharing highlights from Arts & Entertainment news, to bloopers, birthdays and more. The Ginger Ninja moderates a number of TV and movie communities, including great programming like Sherlock, The Big Bang Theory, and many more incredible Netflix offerings. If you need your daily dose of comedic relief from Canada, don't let the border stand in your way, pop into her stream and be prepared to stay there a while.

    Engaging Conversations & G+ Culture

    ► You can't even begin to have a discussion about G+ engagement without including platform pioneer: +Ayoub Khote.  Active since practically the first day, he is not only a fountain of knowledge about the network, but shares his time and energy educating others about how to enjoy their time here. Whether offering +Google+ Help to those that need it, or providing the weekly #HumpDayHint  Ayoub is constantly interacting from sunrise to sundown and beyond. Understanding the culture of G+ is about more than just posts and followers; it's also about family dynamics, and the relationships we develop while playing together in the Google sandbox. Topics of conversation vary, but after a couple of days you'll definitely find something you can relate to. Then jump right in and participate with his posse in the Question of the Day and other intellectual stimulation.

    ► If you want to know the most popular posts from the past year, or perhaps you just wanna jam out to great tunes all (Friday) night long, +Sean Cowen is your one-stop shop! Get all your news and information in the same convenient place. If you can't find exactly what you're looking for, he can definitely point you in the right direction. I've never been brave enough to wear my heart on my sleeve, but when people talk about Sean you always hear things like selfless, genuine, compassionate, supportive, inspiring. I encourage you to sift through a few of his posts, and I'm confident you will feel like you've known the guy for years. 

     ► Are you the kind of person that takes one day at a time, and lives every moment to the fullest? Or do you seek external inspiration to keep those creative juices flowing? Regardless of the challenges that come his way, +Levi Moore is the epitome of positivity, constantly overcoming any obstacle in his path. While many are probably familiar with his work leading the #abcproject , he also hosts provocative conversations on a variety of interesting topics. The more time you spend in his stream, the more you'll discover what an cool guy he is!

    ► Although barely anyone is using it anymore, +Marc Jansen got me an invitation to Schemer, where in my mind he became an instant superstar when I learned "Hangout with +Jeri Ryan" was a scheme he already crossed off his list! He is a self-proclaimed introvert, but you'd never know it by interacting on his stream. He shares a variety of content, and occasionally delves into deep philosophical debates. One of the enlightening moments for me came while reading comments in a thread he started about lifestyle priorities and career goals. The perspectives shared by all the commenters were incredibly poignant and profound, leaving me with lots of questions about my own life and the decisions guiding my personal and professional pursuits. 

    ► When someone comes to G+ for the first time, they often seek out #gplustips  to figure out the best method to navigate the complex waterway called the stream. From almost the very first day, +Jaana Nyström has been a beacon of engagement, leading by example exploring each new social media tool as it became available here on G+, then immediately sharing her extensive analysis with others, helping to improve the system through constant feedback and experimentation. If you have any questions about how this place works, or what you can hope to get out of spending time here, I highly recommend starting on her page, and you'll feel like an expert in no time!

    +Yifat Cohen is the ever-popular +G+GoTo Gal, with weekly insights about using Hangouts to improve everything from your health to your business bottom line. I find her posts and other resources so helpful because she can pretty much talk about anything to anyone from any walk of life. She is equally comfortable chatting with a regular Joe or a CEO. I haven't yet had the privilege of being coached by her, but it's on my list of goals for 2014, and after you check out the material she shares you'll probably be seeking her advice also!

    ► As co-curator of #TipsyTuesday  and #CoffeeThursday , +Jason Kowing is a man of many talents. But in addition to his photography skills, he makes my list for his entertaining banter on Jas' Question of the Day. When he suggests you interrupt your regularly flowing stream, you just might want to do what he says. The type of questions vary from week to week, but one thing is certain, the responses are guaranteed to either make you laugh or scratch your head or both!

    If you made it this far, Thank You. I hope these suggestions will keep creativity flowing throughout your stream.

    If you did your own #DecemberDozen  post, please share a link to it in the comments below, so everyone can check out your recommendations. If you're not a writer, and would rather just share a few names of folks that would top YOUR list, please feel free to share them in the comments also. Hopefully, we can all take a little time out during this busy Holiday season and get to know someone new...
  • 59 plusses - 46 comments - 9 shares | Read in G+
  • Shannon Adelson2013-12-19 02:23:27
    Who do YOU follow? #DecemberDozen  

    I saw a post over the weekend which included this hashtag, and it got me thinking about WHY we recommend people to others. Despite hearing some people call this place a ghost town, there are in fact a number of very engaging people here in the G+ community. 

    Those of you who've known me since the beta days on here know that I've never been a huge fan of Shared Circles, because too often it seems people globally add the contents without ever reviewing all the individuals contained within. And I think that's perhaps the most important part of the process. Spending time getting to know each person helps in evaluating potential for future interactions. Do we have anything in common? Are we passionate about similar topics?

    I can't deny that in terms of followers, I've definitely benefited from being included in various Circles shared among my peers, colleagues and friends. However, if you've been following me for any length of time, you already know I'm not popular, nor am I considered one of the "cool kids". But the beauty of this platform is that there's something here for everyone, and if you commit yourself to experiencing it organically, I truly believe you'll enjoy your time here.

    My December Dozen

    The people featured below are in no particular order, but grouped by me into categories I feel best describe WHY you may wish to add them to your stream. Some have millions of followers, others have far fewer, but ALL share some common elements: they embrace the good and the bad about the platform, they educate and entertain, and their leadership makes this place interesting for everyone with whom they interact.

    Photography: Education & Inspiration

    +Robin Griggs Wood has been active on G+ since the beginning, and demonstrates daily that she gets what this place is all about. But in addition to being an incredible painter and photographer, she is also an amazing mentor. Working with the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers she challenges everyone to discover their inner Artist, and in the process many learn just as much about themselves as they do about their trade. When she's not teaching or playing (or judging) in +Chrysta Rae's Photography Scavenger Hunt she can sometimes be found stalking seagulls. Despite having millions of followers to keep up with, Robin regularly makes time to interact both on her own page as well as on the profiles of those she follows. I can't imagine she isn't already in your Circles, but if not I promise you'll be glad you added her!

    +Sandra Parlow is another lovely lady I first met through the Scavenger Hunt. She has a great sense of humor, and is always there if you need a helping hand, or simply a (virtual) hug. I could describe how wonderful her images are, but that alone wouldn't provide a full picture of everything she does on G+. In addition to being one of the moderators of the +Behind the Lens: Photo Critique Group she is also a co-curator of the wildly popular +Macro Monday.  But I didn't even get to the best part yet... Sandra is a champion of the undiscovered goobies. She's got some sort of indescribable talent radar, finding unknown artists (many of whom barely have a couple hundred followers) and sharing them with her Circles and Communities. Add her to your stream, and just watch the waves of activity draw you in! (PS. Ask her if there's a particular member of the Northern wildlife she's fond of...)

    +Mark Rodriguez Otherwise known as "Godriguez", this man is not only a Photoshop guru, but an incredibly talented photographer, cartoon creator, and master of the mashup. Although I first met Mark via the Scavenger Hunt (yep, another one!), he is perhaps best known for the +Movie Mashup Tuesday theme. While his innovative designs will draw you in, it's the behind the scenes (BTS) posts that will keep you mesmerized over and over again. For even the most complicated composites, he takes the time to explain his process in bite-sized chunks that even non-photographers can digest and absorb. I'd be here all day if I continued listing his numerous achievements, so just head on over to his page and observe the magic for yourself!

    Music

    ► I could list half a dozen musicians I follow in my own personal Circles, but for the purposes of this post I chose +HEATHER FAY because she's the embodiment of humble celebrity. Just like Robin she has over a million followers, but that doesn't stop her from reaching out to interact with her G+ family on a regular basis. I'm sure she'd be successful with or without this platform, but the fact that she takes us all on the adventure with her is such a blessing for the community. Thanks to her constant sharing, we all get a front row seat as her career continues to blossom. Grab your headphones, and head on over to her post to enjoy the vids and tunes!

    Comedy & Entertainment

    ► If it's fun and/or funny, and is happening anywhere in the G+ universe, you can be sure +matthew rappaport has his finger on the pulse of trending topics. He enlightened me about how to accomplish getting my first +G+ Achievement Unlocked and also regularly coordinates +HIRL activities for NYC and beyond. I had the opportunity to spend an afternoon in person during +The Google + Two Year Anniversary Photowalk and witness his chaotic bursts of endless energy. If you've seen him on Hangouts then you know he has a magnetic personality, always willing to chat about even the most seemingly mundane topics. He's an expert on the Google ecosystem, and when I heard he'd jumped on board +The Huffington Post I knew immediately they definitely picked a winner! I encourage you to browse through his voluminous photo albums, as his unique documentary style will leave you feeling like you actually attended the same event!

    ► Do you sometimes feel like the main stream isn't giving you what you need? If the Google algorithm isn't tweaked to your satisfaction, then take matters into your own hands and add +steph wanamaker to a Circle you check daily. Way before there were hashtags like #GingerThursday  or theme-based communities, she was curating content, sharing highlights from Arts & Entertainment news, to bloopers, birthdays and more. The Ginger Ninja moderates a number of TV and movie communities, including great programming like Sherlock, The Big Bang Theory, and many more incredible Netflix offerings. If you need your daily dose of comedic relief from Canada, don't let the border stand in your way, pop into her stream and be prepared to stay there a while.

    Engaging Conversations & G+ Culture

    ► You can't even begin to have a discussion about G+ engagement without including platform pioneer: +Ayoub Khote.  Active since practically the first day, he is not only a fountain of knowledge about the network, but shares his time and energy educating others about how to enjoy their time here. Whether offering +Google+ Help to those that need it, or providing the weekly #HumpDayHint  Ayoub is constantly interacting from sunrise to sundown and beyond. Understanding the culture of G+ is about more than just posts and followers; it's also about family dynamics, and the relationships we develop while playing together in the Google sandbox. Topics of conversation vary, but after a couple of days you'll definitely find something you can relate to. Then jump right in and participate with his posse in the Question of the Day and other intellectual stimulation.

    ► If you want to know the most popular posts from the past year, or perhaps you just wanna jam out to great tunes all (Friday) night long, +Sean Cowen is your one-stop shop! Get all your news and information in the same convenient place. If you can't find exactly what you're looking for, he can definitely point you in the right direction. I've never been brave enough to wear my heart on my sleeve, but when people talk about Sean you always hear things like selfless, genuine, compassionate, supportive, inspiring. I encourage you to sift through a few of his posts, and I'm confident you will feel like you've known the guy for years. 

     ► Are you the kind of person that takes one day at a time, and lives every moment to the fullest? Or do you seek external inspiration to keep those creative juices flowing? Regardless of the challenges that come his way, +Levi Moore is the epitome of positivity, constantly overcoming any obstacle in his path. While many are probably familiar with his work leading the #abcproject , he also hosts provocative conversations on a variety of interesting topics. The more time you spend in his stream, the more you'll discover what an cool guy he is!

    ► Although barely anyone is using it anymore, +Marc Jansen got me an invitation to Schemer, where in my mind he became an instant superstar when I learned "Hangout with +Jeri Ryan" was a scheme he already crossed off his list! He is a self-proclaimed introvert, but you'd never know it by interacting on his stream. He shares a variety of content, and occasionally delves into deep philosophical debates. One of the enlightening moments for me came while reading comments in a thread he started about lifestyle priorities and career goals. The perspectives shared by all the commenters were incredibly poignant and profound, leaving me with lots of questions about my own life and the decisions guiding my personal and professional pursuits. 

    ► When someone comes to G+ for the first time, they often seek out #gplustips  to figure out the best method to navigate the complex waterway called the stream. From almost the very first day, +Jaana Nyström has been a beacon of engagement, leading by example exploring each new social media tool as it became available here on G+, then immediately sharing her extensive analysis with others, helping to improve the system through constant feedback and experimentation. If you have any questions about how this place works, or what you can hope to get out of spending time here, I highly recommend starting on her page, and you'll feel like an expert in no time!

    +Yifat Cohen is the ever-popular +G+GoTo Gal, with weekly insights about using Hangouts to improve everything from your health to your business bottom line. I find her posts and other resources so helpful because she can pretty much talk about anything to anyone from any walk of life. She is equally comfortable chatting with a regular Joe or a CEO. I haven't yet had the privilege of being coached by her, but it's on my list of goals for 2014, and after you check out the material she shares you'll probably be seeking her advice also!

    ► As co-curator of #TipsyTuesday  and #CoffeeThursday , +Jason Kowing is a man of many talents. But in addition to his photography skills, he makes my list for his entertaining banter on Jas' Question of the Day. When he suggests you interrupt your regularly flowing stream, you just might want to do what he says. The type of questions vary from week to week, but one thing is certain, the responses are guaranteed to either make you laugh or scratch your head or both!

    If you made it this far, Thank You. I hope these suggestions will keep creativity flowing throughout your stream.

    If you did your own #DecemberDozen  post, please share a link to it in the comments below, so everyone can check out your recommendations. If you're not a writer, and would rather just share a few names of folks that would top YOUR list, please feel free to share them in the comments also. Hopefully, we can all take a little time out during this busy Holiday season and get to know someone new...
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-12-19 02:23:27
    Who do YOU follow? #DecemberDozen  

    I saw a post over the weekend which included this hashtag, and it got me thinking about WHY we recommend people to others. Despite hearing some people call this place a ghost town, there are in fact a number of very engaging people here in the G+ community. 

    Those of you who've known me since the beta days on here know that I've never been a huge fan of Shared Circles, because too often it seems people globally add the contents without ever reviewing all the individuals contained within. And I think that's perhaps the most important part of the process. Spending time getting to know each person helps in evaluating potential for future interactions. Do we have anything in common? Are we passionate about similar topics?

    I can't deny that in terms of followers, I've definitely benefited from being included in various Circles shared among my peers, colleagues and friends. However, if you've been following me for any length of time, you already know I'm not popular, nor am I considered one of the "cool kids". But the beauty of this platform is that there's something here for everyone, and if you commit yourself to experiencing it organically, I truly believe you'll enjoy your time here.

    My December Dozen

    The people featured below are in no particular order, but grouped by me into categories I feel best describe WHY you may wish to add them to your stream. Some have millions of followers, others have far fewer, but ALL share some common elements: they embrace the good and the bad about the platform, they educate and entertain, and their leadership makes this place interesting for everyone with whom they interact.

    Photography: Education & Inspiration

    +Robin Griggs Wood has been active on G+ since the beginning, and demonstrates daily that she gets what this place is all about. But in addition to being an incredible painter and photographer, she is also an amazing mentor. Working with the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers she challenges everyone to discover their inner Artist, and in the process many learn just as much about themselves as they do about their trade. When she's not teaching or playing (or judging) in +Chrysta Rae's Photography Scavenger Hunt she can sometimes be found stalking seagulls. Despite having millions of followers to keep up with, Robin regularly makes time to interact both on her own page as well as on the profiles of those she follows. I can't imagine she isn't already in your Circles, but if not I promise you'll be glad you added her!

    +Sandra Parlow is another lovely lady I first met through the Scavenger Hunt. She has a great sense of humor, and is always there if you need a helping hand, or simply a (virtual) hug. I could describe how wonderful her images are, but that alone wouldn't provide a full picture of everything she does on G+. In addition to being one of the moderators of the +Behind the Lens: Photo Critique Group she is also a co-curator of the wildly popular +Macro Monday.  But I didn't even get to the best part yet... Sandra is a champion of the undiscovered goobies. She's got some sort of indescribable talent radar, finding unknown artists (many of whom barely have a couple hundred followers) and sharing them with her Circles and Communities. Add her to your stream, and just watch the waves of activity draw you in! (PS. Ask her if there's a particular member of the Northern wildlife she's fond of...)

    +Mark Rodriguez Otherwise known as "Godriguez", this man is not only a Photoshop guru, but an incredibly talented photographer, cartoon creator, and master of the mashup. Although I first met Mark via the Scavenger Hunt (yep, another one!), he is perhaps best known for the +Movie Mashup Tuesday theme. While his innovative designs will draw you in, it's the behind the scenes (BTS) posts that will keep you mesmerized over and over again. For even the most complicated composites, he takes the time to explain his process in bite-sized chunks that even non-photographers can digest and absorb. I'd be here all day if I continued listing his numerous achievements, so just head on over to his page and observe the magic for yourself!

    Music

    ► I could list half a dozen musicians I follow in my own personal Circles, but for the purposes of this post I chose +HEATHER FAY because she's the embodiment of humble celebrity. Just like Robin she has over a million followers, but that doesn't stop her from reaching out to interact with her G+ family on a regular basis. I'm sure she'd be successful with or without this platform, but the fact that she takes us all on the adventure with her is such a blessing for the community. Thanks to her constant sharing, we all get a front row seat as her career continues to blossom. Grab your headphones, and head on over to her post to enjoy the vids and tunes!

    Comedy & Entertainment

    ► If it's fun and/or funny, and is happening anywhere in the G+ universe, you can be sure +matthew rappaport has his finger on the pulse of trending topics. He enlightened me about how to accomplish getting my first +G+ Achievement Unlocked and also regularly coordinates +HIRL activities for NYC and beyond. I had the opportunity to spend an afternoon in person during +The Google + Two Year Anniversary Photowalk and witness his chaotic bursts of endless energy. If you've seen him on Hangouts then you know he has a magnetic personality, always willing to chat about even the most seemingly mundane topics. He's an expert on the Google ecosystem, and when I heard he'd jumped on board +The Huffington Post I knew immediately they definitely picked a winner! I encourage you to browse through his voluminous photo albums, as his unique documentary style will leave you feeling like you actually attended the same event!

    ► Do you sometimes feel like the main stream isn't giving you what you need? If the Google algorithm isn't tweaked to your satisfaction, then take matters into your own hands and add +steph wanamaker to a Circle you check daily. Way before there were hashtags like #GingerThursday  or theme-based communities, she was curating content, sharing highlights from Arts & Entertainment news, to bloopers, birthdays and more. The Ginger Ninja moderates a number of TV and movie communities, including great programming like Sherlock, The Big Bang Theory, and many more incredible Netflix offerings. If you need your daily dose of comedic relief from Canada, don't let the border stand in your way, pop into her stream and be prepared to stay there a while.

    Engaging Conversations & G+ Culture

    ► You can't even begin to have a discussion about G+ engagement without including platform pioneer: +Ayoub Khote.  Active since practically the first day, he is not only a fountain of knowledge about the network, but shares his time and energy educating others about how to enjoy their time here. Whether offering +Google+ Help to those that need it, or providing the weekly #HumpDayHint  Ayoub is constantly interacting from sunrise to sundown and beyond. Understanding the culture of G+ is about more than just posts and followers; it's also about family dynamics, and the relationships we develop while playing together in the Google sandbox. Topics of conversation vary, but after a couple of days you'll definitely find something you can relate to. Then jump right in and participate with his posse in the Question of the Day and other intellectual stimulation.

    ► If you want to know the most popular posts from the past year, or perhaps you just wanna jam out to great tunes all (Friday) night long, +Sean Cowen is your one-stop shop! Get all your news and information in the same convenient place. If you can't find exactly what you're looking for, he can definitely point you in the right direction. I've never been brave enough to wear my heart on my sleeve, but when people talk about Sean you always hear things like selfless, genuine, compassionate, supportive, inspiring. I encourage you to sift through a few of his posts, and I'm confident you will feel like you've known the guy for years. 

     ► Are you the kind of person that takes one day at a time, and lives every moment to the fullest? Or do you seek external inspiration to keep those creative juices flowing? Regardless of the challenges that come his way, +Levi Moore is the epitome of positivity, constantly overcoming any obstacle in his path. While many are probably familiar with his work leading the #abcproject , he also hosts provocative conversations on a variety of interesting topics. The more time you spend in his stream, the more you'll discover what an cool guy he is!

    ► Although barely anyone is using it anymore, +Marc Jansen got me an invitation to Schemer, where in my mind he became an instant superstar when I learned "Hangout with +Jeri Ryan" was a scheme he already crossed off his list! He is a self-proclaimed introvert, but you'd never know it by interacting on his stream. He shares a variety of content, and occasionally delves into deep philosophical debates. One of the enlightening moments for me came while reading comments in a thread he started about lifestyle priorities and career goals. The perspectives shared by all the commenters were incredibly poignant and profound, leaving me with lots of questions about my own life and the decisions guiding my personal and professional pursuits. 

    ► When someone comes to G+ for the first time, they often seek out #gplustips  to figure out the best method to navigate the complex waterway called the stream. From almost the very first day, +Jaana Nyström has been a beacon of engagement, leading by example exploring each new social media tool as it became available here on G+, then immediately sharing her extensive analysis with others, helping to improve the system through constant feedback and experimentation. If you have any questions about how this place works, or what you can hope to get out of spending time here, I highly recommend starting on her page, and you'll feel like an expert in no time!

    +Yifat Cohen is the ever-popular +G+GoTo Gal, with weekly insights about using Hangouts to improve everything from your health to your business bottom line. I find her posts and other resources so helpful because she can pretty much talk about anything to anyone from any walk of life. She is equally comfortable chatting with a regular Joe or a CEO. I haven't yet had the privilege of being coached by her, but it's on my list of goals for 2014, and after you check out the material she shares you'll probably be seeking her advice also!

    ► As co-curator of #TipsyTuesday  and #CoffeeThursday , +Jason Kowing is a man of many talents. But in addition to his photography skills, he makes my list for his entertaining banter on Jas' Question of the Day. When he suggests you interrupt your regularly flowing stream, you just might want to do what he says. The type of questions vary from week to week, but one thing is certain, the responses are guaranteed to either make you laugh or scratch your head or both!

    If you made it this far, Thank You. I hope these suggestions will keep creativity flowing throughout your stream.

    If you did your own #DecemberDozen  post, please share a link to it in the comments below, so everyone can check out your recommendations. If you're not a writer, and would rather just share a few names of folks that would top YOUR list, please feel free to share them in the comments also. Hopefully, we can all take a little time out during this busy Holiday season and get to know someone new...
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-03-25 03:44:51
    Last week +Jake Johnson asked a seemingly simple question on his post:

    "I am handing out Photography assignments.  Anyone want one?"

    Since I am always looking for ways to expand my knowledge, and improve my skills, I accepted his challenge. Little did I know that the project he created would be such an incredible catalyst, propelling people on new journeys of discovery and wonder...

    I encourage you to please check out his original post, and review all of the amazing stories that have come from that one question above, all in less than a week's time.
    https://plus.google.com/u/0/113381419568450917747/posts/AYoNzDuFY6F

    Here is how Jake described my assignment:

    "I love NYC. I have a memory of a homeless family that I saw while walking through Central Park. I remember the little girl. She looked scared. They needed help and I chose to keep walking. I want to help someone this weekend for me. Somehow right the wrong that I did. Document it with one single image. You have until Tuesday Night."

    ------------------------------------------

    I had a few ideas of what I might like to shoot, but I wasn't sure how to approach the subject matter, as this was very new territory for me. Unfortunately, there is no shortage of homeless people in New York City, so finding one was not as much of an issue as finding the right one for this task.

    I was fortunate enough to receive some wise counsel from +Alan Shapiro who graciously agreed to meet my wife and I while we were visiting. We walked around for a while, during which he asked me a few general questions about my thought processes. Although I didn't have answers for all of them, he definitely got the wheels turning in my head, brainstorming possibilities about a number of creative options I might consider. He then demonstrated a few of his techniques for breaking the ice, or determining if the person I wished to photograph might possibly enjoy the interaction.  (At this point I needed a secretary, as I was taking mental notes like crazy, trying to absorb everything that was happening around me.)

    Please say hello to "Felix"

    The man in this image had a cardboard sign that said FREE ADVICE (donations accepted). On this particular trip to the City, I didn't bring my DSLR with me, and only had a small point-and-shoot and my smart phone.  Alan advised me that in his experience, some people are intimidated by a large camera, while others view it as a sign of professional status. And then of course, there are those that do not wish to have their picture taken at all, for any reason.

    But I was determined to complete my #assignmentforjake  and Alan convinced me not to let choice of gear discourage me from that goal. Having recently observed Alan asking questions designed to establish rapport, I noticed that there were only a few small bills and some change in the tiny plastic cup Felix gripped within his bare hands.  Felix and I made small talk for a few minutes, as Alan explained I was trying to learn something new, and would he [Felix] mind if we took a few photographs along the way...

    Why is Felix smiling?

    Because he is happy!  Sure, there are things in life I imagine he'd wish were different. But he accepted that he is in control of his outlook on life, and didn't for a minute appear victimized by poverty or misfortune.  He was polite, energetic (despite the cold and wind), and truly seemed to embrace that having a positive attitude is a choice.

    What advice did Felix give me?

    "Do you like taking pictures? Does it make you happy? Then go take pictures, and be happy."

    I came away from this experience with a sense of wonder and amazement at the human spirit. Between conversations with Alan, and our interaction with Felix, my day was filled with an unexpected sense of joy and purpose. If I had to summarize what I learned from this assignment, it would be that only YOU are responsible for your own self-confidence.

    ------------------------------------------

    Thank you, Jake, for helping me expand my horizons, and experience something I probably wouldn't have ventured out to do.  

    Alan, I can't even begin to describe the appreciation I have for you as an artist and mentor. You forever changed how I look at my role behind the lens, and I look forward to meeting new challenges with open eyes.
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-03-25 03:44:51
    Last week +Jake Johnson asked a seemingly simple question on his post:

    "I am handing out Photography assignments.  Anyone want one?"

    Since I am always looking for ways to expand my knowledge, and improve my skills, I accepted his challenge. Little did I know that the project he created would be such an incredible catalyst, propelling people on new journeys of discovery and wonder...

    I encourage you to please check out his original post, and review all of the amazing stories that have come from that one question above, all in less than a week's time.
    https://plus.google.com/u/0/113381419568450917747/posts/AYoNzDuFY6F

    Here is how Jake described my assignment:

    "I love NYC. I have a memory of a homeless family that I saw while walking through Central Park. I remember the little girl. She looked scared. They needed help and I chose to keep walking. I want to help someone this weekend for me. Somehow right the wrong that I did. Document it with one single image. You have until Tuesday Night."

    ------------------------------------------

    I had a few ideas of what I might like to shoot, but I wasn't sure how to approach the subject matter, as this was very new territory for me. Unfortunately, there is no shortage of homeless people in New York City, so finding one was not as much of an issue as finding the right one for this task.

    I was fortunate enough to receive some wise counsel from +Alan Shapiro who graciously agreed to meet my wife and I while we were visiting. We walked around for a while, during which he asked me a few general questions about my thought processes. Although I didn't have answers for all of them, he definitely got the wheels turning in my head, brainstorming possibilities about a number of creative options I might consider. He then demonstrated a few of his techniques for breaking the ice, or determining if the person I wished to photograph might possibly enjoy the interaction.  (At this point I needed a secretary, as I was taking mental notes like crazy, trying to absorb everything that was happening around me.)

    Please say hello to "Felix"

    The man in this image had a cardboard sign that said FREE ADVICE (donations accepted). On this particular trip to the City, I didn't bring my DSLR with me, and only had a small point-and-shoot and my smart phone.  Alan advised me that in his experience, some people are intimidated by a large camera, while others view it as a sign of professional status. And then of course, there are those that do not wish to have their picture taken at all, for any reason.

    But I was determined to complete my #assignmentforjake  and Alan convinced me not to let choice of gear discourage me from that goal. Having recently observed Alan asking questions designed to establish rapport, I noticed that there were only a few small bills and some change in the tiny plastic cup Felix gripped within his bare hands.  Felix and I made small talk for a few minutes, as Alan explained I was trying to learn something new, and would he [Felix] mind if we took a few photographs along the way...

    Why is Felix smiling?

    Because he is happy!  Sure, there are things in life I imagine he'd wish were different. But he accepted that he is in control of his outlook on life, and didn't for a minute appear victimized by poverty or misfortune.  He was polite, energetic (despite the cold and wind), and truly seemed to embrace that having a positive attitude is a choice.

    What advice did Felix give me?

    "Do you like taking pictures? Does it make you happy? Then go take pictures, and be happy."

    I came away from this experience with a sense of wonder and amazement at the human spirit. Between conversations with Alan, and our interaction with Felix, my day was filled with an unexpected sense of joy and purpose. If I had to summarize what I learned from this assignment, it would be that only YOU are responsible for your own self-confidence.

    ------------------------------------------

    Thank you, Jake, for helping me expand my horizons, and experience something I probably wouldn't have ventured out to do.  

    Alan, I can't even begin to describe the appreciation I have for you as an artist and mentor. You forever changed how I look at my role behind the lens, and I look forward to meeting new challenges with open eyes.
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-03-25 03:44:51
    Last week +Jake Johnson asked a seemingly simple question on his post:

    "I am handing out Photography assignments.  Anyone want one?"

    Since I am always looking for ways to expand my knowledge, and improve my skills, I accepted his challenge. Little did I know that the project he created would be such an incredible catalyst, propelling people on new journeys of discovery and wonder...

    I encourage you to please check out his original post, and review all of the amazing stories that have come from that one question above, all in less than a week's time.
    https://plus.google.com/u/0/113381419568450917747/posts/AYoNzDuFY6F

    Here is how Jake described my assignment:

    "I love NYC. I have a memory of a homeless family that I saw while walking through Central Park. I remember the little girl. She looked scared. They needed help and I chose to keep walking. I want to help someone this weekend for me. Somehow right the wrong that I did. Document it with one single image. You have until Tuesday Night."

    ------------------------------------------

    I had a few ideas of what I might like to shoot, but I wasn't sure how to approach the subject matter, as this was very new territory for me. Unfortunately, there is no shortage of homeless people in New York City, so finding one was not as much of an issue as finding the right one for this task.

    I was fortunate enough to receive some wise counsel from +Alan Shapiro who graciously agreed to meet my wife and I while we were visiting. We walked around for a while, during which he asked me a few general questions about my thought processes. Although I didn't have answers for all of them, he definitely got the wheels turning in my head, brainstorming possibilities about a number of creative options I might consider. He then demonstrated a few of his techniques for breaking the ice, or determining if the person I wished to photograph might possibly enjoy the interaction.  (At this point I needed a secretary, as I was taking mental notes like crazy, trying to absorb everything that was happening around me.)

    Please say hello to "Felix"

    The man in this image had a cardboard sign that said FREE ADVICE (donations accepted). On this particular trip to the City, I didn't bring my DSLR with me, and only had a small point-and-shoot and my smart phone.  Alan advised me that in his experience, some people are intimidated by a large camera, while others view it as a sign of professional status. And then of course, there are those that do not wish to have their picture taken at all, for any reason.

    But I was determined to complete my #assignmentforjake  and Alan convinced me not to let choice of gear discourage me from that goal. Having recently observed Alan asking questions designed to establish rapport, I noticed that there were only a few small bills and some change in the tiny plastic cup Felix gripped within his bare hands.  Felix and I made small talk for a few minutes, as Alan explained I was trying to learn something new, and would he [Felix] mind if we took a few photographs along the way...

    Why is Felix smiling?

    Because he is happy!  Sure, there are things in life I imagine he'd wish were different. But he accepted that he is in control of his outlook on life, and didn't for a minute appear victimized by poverty or misfortune.  He was polite, energetic (despite the cold and wind), and truly seemed to embrace that having a positive attitude is a choice.

    What advice did Felix give me?

    "Do you like taking pictures? Does it make you happy? Then go take pictures, and be happy."

    I came away from this experience with a sense of wonder and amazement at the human spirit. Between conversations with Alan, and our interaction with Felix, my day was filled with an unexpected sense of joy and purpose. If I had to summarize what I learned from this assignment, it would be that only YOU are responsible for your own self-confidence.

    ------------------------------------------

    Thank you, Jake, for helping me expand my horizons, and experience something I probably wouldn't have ventured out to do.  

    Alan, I can't even begin to describe the appreciation I have for you as an artist and mentor. You forever changed how I look at my role behind the lens, and I look forward to meeting new challenges with open eyes.
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-03-25 03:44:51
    Last week +Jake Johnson asked a seemingly simple question on his post:

    "I am handing out Photography assignments.  Anyone want one?"

    Since I am always looking for ways to expand my knowledge, and improve my skills, I accepted his challenge. Little did I know that the project he created would be such an incredible catalyst, propelling people on new journeys of discovery and wonder...

    I encourage you to please check out his original post, and review all of the amazing stories that have come from that one question above, all in less than a week's time.
    https://plus.google.com/u/0/113381419568450917747/posts/AYoNzDuFY6F

    Here is how Jake described my assignment:

    "I love NYC. I have a memory of a homeless family that I saw while walking through Central Park. I remember the little girl. She looked scared. They needed help and I chose to keep walking. I want to help someone this weekend for me. Somehow right the wrong that I did. Document it with one single image. You have until Tuesday Night."

    ------------------------------------------

    I had a few ideas of what I might like to shoot, but I wasn't sure how to approach the subject matter, as this was very new territory for me. Unfortunately, there is no shortage of homeless people in New York City, so finding one was not as much of an issue as finding the right one for this task.

    I was fortunate enough to receive some wise counsel from +Alan Shapiro who graciously agreed to meet my wife and I while we were visiting. We walked around for a while, during which he asked me a few general questions about my thought processes. Although I didn't have answers for all of them, he definitely got the wheels turning in my head, brainstorming possibilities about a number of creative options I might consider. He then demonstrated a few of his techniques for breaking the ice, or determining if the person I wished to photograph might possibly enjoy the interaction.  (At this point I needed a secretary, as I was taking mental notes like crazy, trying to absorb everything that was happening around me.)

    Please say hello to "Felix"

    The man in this image had a cardboard sign that said FREE ADVICE (donations accepted). On this particular trip to the City, I didn't bring my DSLR with me, and only had a small point-and-shoot and my smart phone.  Alan advised me that in his experience, some people are intimidated by a large camera, while others view it as a sign of professional status. And then of course, there are those that do not wish to have their picture taken at all, for any reason.

    But I was determined to complete my #assignmentforjake  and Alan convinced me not to let choice of gear discourage me from that goal. Having recently observed Alan asking questions designed to establish rapport, I noticed that there were only a few small bills and some change in the tiny plastic cup Felix gripped within his bare hands.  Felix and I made small talk for a few minutes, as Alan explained I was trying to learn something new, and would he [Felix] mind if we took a few photographs along the way...

    Why is Felix smiling?

    Because he is happy!  Sure, there are things in life I imagine he'd wish were different. But he accepted that he is in control of his outlook on life, and didn't for a minute appear victimized by poverty or misfortune.  He was polite, energetic (despite the cold and wind), and truly seemed to embrace that having a positive attitude is a choice.

    What advice did Felix give me?

    "Do you like taking pictures? Does it make you happy? Then go take pictures, and be happy."

    I came away from this experience with a sense of wonder and amazement at the human spirit. Between conversations with Alan, and our interaction with Felix, my day was filled with an unexpected sense of joy and purpose. If I had to summarize what I learned from this assignment, it would be that only YOU are responsible for your own self-confidence.

    ------------------------------------------

    Thank you, Jake, for helping me expand my horizons, and experience something I probably wouldn't have ventured out to do.  

    Alan, I can't even begin to describe the appreciation I have for you as an artist and mentor. You forever changed how I look at my role behind the lens, and I look forward to meeting new challenges with open eyes.
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-03-25 03:44:51
    Last week +Jake Johnson asked a seemingly simple question on his post:

    "I am handing out Photography assignments.  Anyone want one?"

    Since I am always looking for ways to expand my knowledge, and improve my skills, I accepted his challenge. Little did I know that the project he created would be such an incredible catalyst, propelling people on new journeys of discovery and wonder...

    I encourage you to please check out his original post, and review all of the amazing stories that have come from that one question above, all in less than a week's time.
    https://plus.google.com/u/0/113381419568450917747/posts/AYoNzDuFY6F

    Here is how Jake described my assignment:

    "I love NYC. I have a memory of a homeless family that I saw while walking through Central Park. I remember the little girl. She looked scared. They needed help and I chose to keep walking. I want to help someone this weekend for me. Somehow right the wrong that I did. Document it with one single image. You have until Tuesday Night."

    ------------------------------------------

    I had a few ideas of what I might like to shoot, but I wasn't sure how to approach the subject matter, as this was very new territory for me. Unfortunately, there is no shortage of homeless people in New York City, so finding one was not as much of an issue as finding the right one for this task.

    I was fortunate enough to receive some wise counsel from +Alan Shapiro who graciously agreed to meet my wife and I while we were visiting. We walked around for a while, during which he asked me a few general questions about my thought processes. Although I didn't have answers for all of them, he definitely got the wheels turning in my head, brainstorming possibilities about a number of creative options I might consider. He then demonstrated a few of his techniques for breaking the ice, or determining if the person I wished to photograph might possibly enjoy the interaction.  (At this point I needed a secretary, as I was taking mental notes like crazy, trying to absorb everything that was happening around me.)

    Please say hello to "Felix"

    The man in this image had a cardboard sign that said FREE ADVICE (donations accepted). On this particular trip to the City, I didn't bring my DSLR with me, and only had a small point-and-shoot and my smart phone.  Alan advised me that in his experience, some people are intimidated by a large camera, while others view it as a sign of professional status. And then of course, there are those that do not wish to have their picture taken at all, for any reason.

    But I was determined to complete my #assignmentforjake  and Alan convinced me not to let choice of gear discourage me from that goal. Having recently observed Alan asking questions designed to establish rapport, I noticed that there were only a few small bills and some change in the tiny plastic cup Felix gripped within his bare hands.  Felix and I made small talk for a few minutes, as Alan explained I was trying to learn something new, and would he [Felix] mind if we took a few photographs along the way...

    Why is Felix smiling?

    Because he is happy!  Sure, there are things in life I imagine he'd wish were different. But he accepted that he is in control of his outlook on life, and didn't for a minute appear victimized by poverty or misfortune.  He was polite, energetic (despite the cold and wind), and truly seemed to embrace that having a positive attitude is a choice.

    What advice did Felix give me?

    "Do you like taking pictures? Does it make you happy? Then go take pictures, and be happy."

    I came away from this experience with a sense of wonder and amazement at the human spirit. Between conversations with Alan, and our interaction with Felix, my day was filled with an unexpected sense of joy and purpose. If I had to summarize what I learned from this assignment, it would be that only YOU are responsible for your own self-confidence.

    ------------------------------------------

    Thank you, Jake, for helping me expand my horizons, and experience something I probably wouldn't have ventured out to do.  

    Alan, I can't even begin to describe the appreciation I have for you as an artist and mentor. You forever changed how I look at my role behind the lens, and I look forward to meeting new challenges with open eyes.
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  • Shannon Adelson2012-04-07 15:15:49
    +Erika Stahoski had a great post yesterday about sharing some G+ love with those we care about, and for whom we want to publicly acknowledge appreciation. I would have liked to comment there, but her post already reached the 500-comment limit. So instead I'm starting one here, just to quickly share a few thoughts about a handful of folks that continually enrich my G+ experiences. Many of the people I admire were already mentioned in her post, so check that out here: http://goo.gl/9iiMu

    I would not have encountered Erika if not for the shared circle/conversation started by +Sean Cowen, so he's definitely ranking high on the list. But in no particular order, here are some folks who consistently make me grateful to be a part of this community.

    +Jaana Nyström and +stephanie wanamaker take every available opportunity to educate and inspire. I have learned so much from these ladies and their posts, it would be impossible to summarize here. Suffice to say, if you are learning to navigate your way through the myriad options on G+, put them in your circles ASAP.

    One of the greatest joys for me as an aspiring photographer is the level of support the veterans show for those of us with less experience. Every time I have a question, or need some advice, I only have to open the laptop and within minutes, rivers of knowledge are flowing that can sometimes take days to absorb and decipher. These amazing artists keep my daily stream full with incredibly beautiful images and helpful discussions: +Mark Rodriguez +Louisa Catharine Forsyth +Eustace James +Heidi Anne Morris.

    Keeping track of everyone in your circles is a huge challenge, and sometimes I feel I let people down by not getting over to their streams often enough... However, whenever I am feeling like I wish there were more time in the day, people with far busier schedules than I make the time to drop by and say HI. You know when you have those days that it just seems like nothing is going according to plan, a brief note can make all the difference in turning that frown upside down. Whether they stay for an hour or a few seconds, these peeps always make me smile: +Chrysta Rae +Gilmar Smith +Jerry Johnson +Billy Wilson

    I could easily go on and on and on.... But you get the idea!
    I love G+, and all the people who contribute to making this community a wonderful place to learn and share and grow!

    Hope everyone has a fantastic Holiday weekend, whatever you are celebrating!
  • 30 plusses - 41 comments - 0 shares | Read in G+
  • Shannon Adelson2012-04-07 15:15:49
    +Erika Stahoski had a great post yesterday about sharing some G+ love with those we care about, and for whom we want to publicly acknowledge appreciation. I would have liked to comment there, but her post already reached the 500-comment limit. So instead I'm starting one here, just to quickly share a few thoughts about a handful of folks that continually enrich my G+ experiences. Many of the people I admire were already mentioned in her post, so check that out here: http://goo.gl/9iiMu

    I would not have encountered Erika if not for the shared circle/conversation started by +Sean Cowen, so he's definitely ranking high on the list. But in no particular order, here are some folks who consistently make me grateful to be a part of this community.

    +Jaana Nyström and +stephanie wanamaker take every available opportunity to educate and inspire. I have learned so much from these ladies and their posts, it would be impossible to summarize here. Suffice to say, if you are learning to navigate your way through the myriad options on G+, put them in your circles ASAP.

    One of the greatest joys for me as an aspiring photographer is the level of support the veterans show for those of us with less experience. Every time I have a question, or need some advice, I only have to open the laptop and within minutes, rivers of knowledge are flowing that can sometimes take days to absorb and decipher. These amazing artists keep my daily stream full with incredibly beautiful images and helpful discussions: +Mark Rodriguez +Louisa Catharine Forsyth +Eustace James +Heidi Anne Morris.

    Keeping track of everyone in your circles is a huge challenge, and sometimes I feel I let people down by not getting over to their streams often enough... However, whenever I am feeling like I wish there were more time in the day, people with far busier schedules than I make the time to drop by and say HI. You know when you have those days that it just seems like nothing is going according to plan, a brief note can make all the difference in turning that frown upside down. Whether they stay for an hour or a few seconds, these peeps always make me smile: +Chrysta Rae +Gilmar Smith +Jerry Johnson +Billy Wilson

    I could easily go on and on and on.... But you get the idea!
    I love G+, and all the people who contribute to making this community a wonderful place to learn and share and grow!

    Hope everyone has a fantastic Holiday weekend, whatever you are celebrating!
  • 30 plusses - 41 comments - 0 shares | Read in G+
  • Shannon Adelson2012-04-07 15:15:49
    +Erika Stahoski had a great post yesterday about sharing some G+ love with those we care about, and for whom we want to publicly acknowledge appreciation. I would have liked to comment there, but her post already reached the 500-comment limit. So instead I'm starting one here, just to quickly share a few thoughts about a handful of folks that continually enrich my G+ experiences. Many of the people I admire were already mentioned in her post, so check that out here: http://goo.gl/9iiMu

    I would not have encountered Erika if not for the shared circle/conversation started by +Sean Cowen, so he's definitely ranking high on the list. But in no particular order, here are some folks who consistently make me grateful to be a part of this community.

    +Jaana Nyström and +stephanie wanamaker take every available opportunity to educate and inspire. I have learned so much from these ladies and their posts, it would be impossible to summarize here. Suffice to say, if you are learning to navigate your way through the myriad options on G+, put them in your circles ASAP.

    One of the greatest joys for me as an aspiring photographer is the level of support the veterans show for those of us with less experience. Every time I have a question, or need some advice, I only have to open the laptop and within minutes, rivers of knowledge are flowing that can sometimes take days to absorb and decipher. These amazing artists keep my daily stream full with incredibly beautiful images and helpful discussions: +Mark Rodriguez +Louisa Catharine Forsyth +Eustace James +Heidi Anne Morris.

    Keeping track of everyone in your circles is a huge challenge, and sometimes I feel I let people down by not getting over to their streams often enough... However, whenever I am feeling like I wish there were more time in the day, people with far busier schedules than I make the time to drop by and say HI. You know when you have those days that it just seems like nothing is going according to plan, a brief note can make all the difference in turning that frown upside down. Whether they stay for an hour or a few seconds, these peeps always make me smile: +Chrysta Rae +Gilmar Smith +Jerry Johnson +Billy Wilson

    I could easily go on and on and on.... But you get the idea!
    I love G+, and all the people who contribute to making this community a wonderful place to learn and share and grow!

    Hope everyone has a fantastic Holiday weekend, whatever you are celebrating!
  • 30 plusses - 41 comments - 0 shares | Read in G+
  • Shannon Adelson2012-04-07 15:15:49
    +Erika Stahoski had a great post yesterday about sharing some G+ love with those we care about, and for whom we want to publicly acknowledge appreciation. I would have liked to comment there, but her post already reached the 500-comment limit. So instead I'm starting one here, just to quickly share a few thoughts about a handful of folks that continually enrich my G+ experiences. Many of the people I admire were already mentioned in her post, so check that out here: http://goo.gl/9iiMu

    I would not have encountered Erika if not for the shared circle/conversation started by +Sean Cowen, so he's definitely ranking high on the list. But in no particular order, here are some folks who consistently make me grateful to be a part of this community.

    +Jaana Nyström and +stephanie wanamaker take every available opportunity to educate and inspire. I have learned so much from these ladies and their posts, it would be impossible to summarize here. Suffice to say, if you are learning to navigate your way through the myriad options on G+, put them in your circles ASAP.

    One of the greatest joys for me as an aspiring photographer is the level of support the veterans show for those of us with less experience. Every time I have a question, or need some advice, I only have to open the laptop and within minutes, rivers of knowledge are flowing that can sometimes take days to absorb and decipher. These amazing artists keep my daily stream full with incredibly beautiful images and helpful discussions: +Mark Rodriguez +Louisa Catharine Forsyth +Eustace James +Heidi Anne Morris.

    Keeping track of everyone in your circles is a huge challenge, and sometimes I feel I let people down by not getting over to their streams often enough... However, whenever I am feeling like I wish there were more time in the day, people with far busier schedules than I make the time to drop by and say HI. You know when you have those days that it just seems like nothing is going according to plan, a brief note can make all the difference in turning that frown upside down. Whether they stay for an hour or a few seconds, these peeps always make me smile: +Chrysta Rae +Gilmar Smith +Jerry Johnson +Billy Wilson

    I could easily go on and on and on.... But you get the idea!
    I love G+, and all the people who contribute to making this community a wonderful place to learn and share and grow!

    Hope everyone has a fantastic Holiday weekend, whatever you are celebrating!
  • 30 plusses - 41 comments - 0 shares | Read in G+
  • Shannon Adelson2013-05-20 16:38:07
    So. Many. Notifications.

    Upon waking this morning and looking at my phone, I discovered that Google thinks I need a cup of coffee before reviewing my stream... I have not ever seen this icon in the red box before, most likely because my previous notifications never went above 99. However, due to the large amount of sharing this past weekend, and the incredible number of new followers in the last 48 hours, clicking on the coffee cup revealed 118 new notifications overnight.

    First of all, I wish to extend a huge THANK YOU to +Robin Griggs Wood whose weekend project #rgwshareathon  continues to expose many artists' works (including mine) to a new (and much larger) audience. I am so grateful for the many wonderful comments I've received, and of course the sharing and plussing as well. Thank you, Robin, for not only providing such wonderful artistic inspiration, but also for being such a fabulous mentor and role model. I won't ever be able to thank you enough for the many things you do to help others succeed on their journeys.

    If you haven't already seen what Robin has been up to this past weekend, make sure to check out her original post here:
    https://plus.google.com/u/0/103698889037599783920/posts/CxryQMfXwDx

    The other monumental incident of my weekend was being included by +Charles Lupica in his Top 1000 circle, which was vetted by an entire team of community members including +Bill Wood +Gemma Costa +Jen Baptist +Katy Houlne +Margaret Tompkins.  The list features photographers who actively engage in this community, and post mostly their own work.

    For convenience the lists were sorted alphabetically in two parts as follows:
     
    Top 1000 most followed active photographers sharing content on G+ (Circle One: A to J)
    https://plus.google.com/u/0/103236949470535942612/posts/FPsHj9E2QEo

    Top 1000 most followed active photographers sharing content on G+ (Circle One: J to Z)
    https://plus.google.com/u/0/103236949470535942612/posts/SWDq1zGoxH3

    Charles has been curating lists like this for the past couple of years, and puts a great deal of time and effort into helping us all better find each other. THANK YOU +Charles Lupica for your hard work and dedication on this project!

    Finally, I wish to offer my heartfelt gratitude to all the new followers and friends who are just now discovering me for the first time. I truly appreciate each and every one of you. If I haven't already interacted with you on one of your posts, please feel free to leave a comment below, so that I can jump on over to your profile and check out your work. This community is incredibly supportive, and the feedback is often extremely helpful. I look forward to seeing your images and discussions in my stream.

    Have a great day!
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-05-20 16:38:07
    So. Many. Notifications.

    Upon waking this morning and looking at my phone, I discovered that Google thinks I need a cup of coffee before reviewing my stream... I have not ever seen this icon in the red box before, most likely because my previous notifications never went above 99. However, due to the large amount of sharing this past weekend, and the incredible number of new followers in the last 48 hours, clicking on the coffee cup revealed 118 new notifications overnight.

    First of all, I wish to extend a huge THANK YOU to +Robin Griggs Wood whose weekend project #rgwshareathon  continues to expose many artists' works (including mine) to a new (and much larger) audience. I am so grateful for the many wonderful comments I've received, and of course the sharing and plussing as well. Thank you, Robin, for not only providing such wonderful artistic inspiration, but also for being such a fabulous mentor and role model. I won't ever be able to thank you enough for the many things you do to help others succeed on their journeys.

    If you haven't already seen what Robin has been up to this past weekend, make sure to check out her original post here:
    https://plus.google.com/u/0/103698889037599783920/posts/CxryQMfXwDx

    The other monumental incident of my weekend was being included by +Charles Lupica in his Top 1000 circle, which was vetted by an entire team of community members including +Bill Wood +Gemma Costa +Jen Baptist +Katy Houlne +Margaret Tompkins.  The list features photographers who actively engage in this community, and post mostly their own work.

    For convenience the lists were sorted alphabetically in two parts as follows:
     
    Top 1000 most followed active photographers sharing content on G+ (Circle One: A to J)
    https://plus.google.com/u/0/103236949470535942612/posts/FPsHj9E2QEo

    Top 1000 most followed active photographers sharing content on G+ (Circle One: J to Z)
    https://plus.google.com/u/0/103236949470535942612/posts/SWDq1zGoxH3

    Charles has been curating lists like this for the past couple of years, and puts a great deal of time and effort into helping us all better find each other. THANK YOU +Charles Lupica for your hard work and dedication on this project!

    Finally, I wish to offer my heartfelt gratitude to all the new followers and friends who are just now discovering me for the first time. I truly appreciate each and every one of you. If I haven't already interacted with you on one of your posts, please feel free to leave a comment below, so that I can jump on over to your profile and check out your work. This community is incredibly supportive, and the feedback is often extremely helpful. I look forward to seeing your images and discussions in my stream.

    Have a great day!
  • 19 plusses - 40 comments - 0 shares | Read in G+
  • Shannon Adelson2013-05-20 16:38:07
    So. Many. Notifications.

    Upon waking this morning and looking at my phone, I discovered that Google thinks I need a cup of coffee before reviewing my stream... I have not ever seen this icon in the red box before, most likely because my previous notifications never went above 99. However, due to the large amount of sharing this past weekend, and the incredible number of new followers in the last 48 hours, clicking on the coffee cup revealed 118 new notifications overnight.

    First of all, I wish to extend a huge THANK YOU to +Robin Griggs Wood whose weekend project #rgwshareathon  continues to expose many artists' works (including mine) to a new (and much larger) audience. I am so grateful for the many wonderful comments I've received, and of course the sharing and plussing as well. Thank you, Robin, for not only providing such wonderful artistic inspiration, but also for being such a fabulous mentor and role model. I won't ever be able to thank you enough for the many things you do to help others succeed on their journeys.

    If you haven't already seen what Robin has been up to this past weekend, make sure to check out her original post here:
    https://plus.google.com/u/0/103698889037599783920/posts/CxryQMfXwDx

    The other monumental incident of my weekend was being included by +Charles Lupica in his Top 1000 circle, which was vetted by an entire team of community members including +Bill Wood +Gemma Costa +Jen Baptist +Katy Houlne +Margaret Tompkins.  The list features photographers who actively engage in this community, and post mostly their own work.

    For convenience the lists were sorted alphabetically in two parts as follows:
     
    Top 1000 most followed active photographers sharing content on G+ (Circle One: A to J)
    https://plus.google.com/u/0/103236949470535942612/posts/FPsHj9E2QEo

    Top 1000 most followed active photographers sharing content on G+ (Circle One: J to Z)
    https://plus.google.com/u/0/103236949470535942612/posts/SWDq1zGoxH3

    Charles has been curating lists like this for the past couple of years, and puts a great deal of time and effort into helping us all better find each other. THANK YOU +Charles Lupica for your hard work and dedication on this project!

    Finally, I wish to offer my heartfelt gratitude to all the new followers and friends who are just now discovering me for the first time. I truly appreciate each and every one of you. If I haven't already interacted with you on one of your posts, please feel free to leave a comment below, so that I can jump on over to your profile and check out your work. This community is incredibly supportive, and the feedback is often extremely helpful. I look forward to seeing your images and discussions in my stream.

    Have a great day!
  • 19 plusses - 40 comments - 0 shares | Read in G+
  • Shannon Adelson2013-05-20 16:38:07
    So. Many. Notifications.

    Upon waking this morning and looking at my phone, I discovered that Google thinks I need a cup of coffee before reviewing my stream... I have not ever seen this icon in the red box before, most likely because my previous notifications never went above 99. However, due to the large amount of sharing this past weekend, and the incredible number of new followers in the last 48 hours, clicking on the coffee cup revealed 118 new notifications overnight.

    First of all, I wish to extend a huge THANK YOU to +Robin Griggs Wood whose weekend project #rgwshareathon  continues to expose many artists' works (including mine) to a new (and much larger) audience. I am so grateful for the many wonderful comments I've received, and of course the sharing and plussing as well. Thank you, Robin, for not only providing such wonderful artistic inspiration, but also for being such a fabulous mentor and role model. I won't ever be able to thank you enough for the many things you do to help others succeed on their journeys.

    If you haven't already seen what Robin has been up to this past weekend, make sure to check out her original post here:
    https://plus.google.com/u/0/103698889037599783920/posts/CxryQMfXwDx

    The other monumental incident of my weekend was being included by +Charles Lupica in his Top 1000 circle, which was vetted by an entire team of community members including +Bill Wood +Gemma Costa +Jen Baptist +Katy Houlne +Margaret Tompkins.  The list features photographers who actively engage in this community, and post mostly their own work.

    For convenience the lists were sorted alphabetically in two parts as follows:
     
    Top 1000 most followed active photographers sharing content on G+ (Circle One: A to J)
    https://plus.google.com/u/0/103236949470535942612/posts/FPsHj9E2QEo

    Top 1000 most followed active photographers sharing content on G+ (Circle One: J to Z)
    https://plus.google.com/u/0/103236949470535942612/posts/SWDq1zGoxH3

    Charles has been curating lists like this for the past couple of years, and puts a great deal of time and effort into helping us all better find each other. THANK YOU +Charles Lupica for your hard work and dedication on this project!

    Finally, I wish to offer my heartfelt gratitude to all the new followers and friends who are just now discovering me for the first time. I truly appreciate each and every one of you. If I haven't already interacted with you on one of your posts, please feel free to leave a comment below, so that I can jump on over to your profile and check out your work. This community is incredibly supportive, and the feedback is often extremely helpful. I look forward to seeing your images and discussions in my stream.

    Have a great day!
  • 19 plusses - 40 comments - 0 shares | Read in G+
  • Shannon Adelson2013-05-20 16:38:07
    So. Many. Notifications.

    Upon waking this morning and looking at my phone, I discovered that Google thinks I need a cup of coffee before reviewing my stream... I have not ever seen this icon in the red box before, most likely because my previous notifications never went above 99. However, due to the large amount of sharing this past weekend, and the incredible number of new followers in the last 48 hours, clicking on the coffee cup revealed 118 new notifications overnight.

    First of all, I wish to extend a huge THANK YOU to +Robin Griggs Wood whose weekend project #rgwshareathon  continues to expose many artists' works (including mine) to a new (and much larger) audience. I am so grateful for the many wonderful comments I've received, and of course the sharing and plussing as well. Thank you, Robin, for not only providing such wonderful artistic inspiration, but also for being such a fabulous mentor and role model. I won't ever be able to thank you enough for the many things you do to help others succeed on their journeys.

    If you haven't already seen what Robin has been up to this past weekend, make sure to check out her original post here:
    https://plus.google.com/u/0/103698889037599783920/posts/CxryQMfXwDx

    The other monumental incident of my weekend was being included by +Charles Lupica in his Top 1000 circle, which was vetted by an entire team of community members including +Bill Wood +Gemma Costa +Jen Baptist +Katy Houlne +Margaret Tompkins.  The list features photographers who actively engage in this community, and post mostly their own work.

    For convenience the lists were sorted alphabetically in two parts as follows:
     
    Top 1000 most followed active photographers sharing content on G+ (Circle One: A to J)
    https://plus.google.com/u/0/103236949470535942612/posts/FPsHj9E2QEo

    Top 1000 most followed active photographers sharing content on G+ (Circle One: J to Z)
    https://plus.google.com/u/0/103236949470535942612/posts/SWDq1zGoxH3

    Charles has been curating lists like this for the past couple of years, and puts a great deal of time and effort into helping us all better find each other. THANK YOU +Charles Lupica for your hard work and dedication on this project!

    Finally, I wish to offer my heartfelt gratitude to all the new followers and friends who are just now discovering me for the first time. I truly appreciate each and every one of you. If I haven't already interacted with you on one of your posts, please feel free to leave a comment below, so that I can jump on over to your profile and check out your work. This community is incredibly supportive, and the feedback is often extremely helpful. I look forward to seeing your images and discussions in my stream.

    Have a great day!
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  • Shannon Adelson2014-04-10 19:01:35
    "Architecture begins where engineering ends."
    ~Walter Gropius


    As you might have heard already, I am in the ring today with opponent +April Hill as we compete in the #PhotographyDeathMatch  for the theme: ARCHITECTURE. This is another shot from downtown Philadelphia. I'm sure you can imagine that a busy City street during a weekday has all kinds of traffic, both pedestrian and vehicle. So I had to be patient, and crouch near the ground for quite some time, waiting for the perfect moment when neither people nor cars blocked my path. Here is the result of that effort. Hope you like it!

    I tried a version of this in B&W, but the blue sky and the brick building reflected from the background made me want to keep the color. I never knew there were so many beautiful buildings here, until I was forced to look at them in a different way (from behind the lens). I can't think how many times I must've driven by places like this and never given it a second look...

    This is Round Two.
    You can see the corresponding shot from +April Hill here:
    http://goo.gl/JNqMhm

    And if you are just learning about the competition now, feel free to browse through our previous one here:

    Round One between +April Hill and myself....

    Hers:
    http://goo.gl/F2rQOh

    Mine:
    http://goo.gl/e9SKF1


    Many thanks to +Tamara Pruessner for creating this event/theme, and encouraging us all to branch out beyond our comfort zones and adventure into unexplored territory. If you think this is something you might like to try also, make sure and check out Tam's community. You can ask for an invitation here:
    http://goo.gl/Awvnge
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-04-12 08:46:22
    Project 52 B&W
    Week 15: Flower(s)
    #P52BW13   | +Project 52 B&W 
    Curated by +Tisha Craw & +Susan Porter 



    "Today is the first day of the rest of your life... Go forth and explore."



    Happy Friday, Plus Peeps!



    +Tamara Pruessner | #FloralFriday  | +FloralFriday 
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  • Shannon Adelson2014-04-10 19:01:35
    "Architecture begins where engineering ends."
    ~Walter Gropius


    As you might have heard already, I am in the ring today with opponent +April Hill as we compete in the #PhotographyDeathMatch  for the theme: ARCHITECTURE. This is another shot from downtown Philadelphia. I'm sure you can imagine that a busy City street during a weekday has all kinds of traffic, both pedestrian and vehicle. So I had to be patient, and crouch near the ground for quite some time, waiting for the perfect moment when neither people nor cars blocked my path. Here is the result of that effort. Hope you like it!

    I tried a version of this in B&W, but the blue sky and the brick building reflected from the background made me want to keep the color. I never knew there were so many beautiful buildings here, until I was forced to look at them in a different way (from behind the lens). I can't think how many times I must've driven by places like this and never given it a second look...

    This is Round Two.
    You can see the corresponding shot from +April Hill here:
    http://goo.gl/JNqMhm

    And if you are just learning about the competition now, feel free to browse through our previous one here:

    Round One between +April Hill and myself....

    Hers:
    http://goo.gl/F2rQOh

    Mine:
    http://goo.gl/e9SKF1


    Many thanks to +Tamara Pruessner for creating this event/theme, and encouraging us all to branch out beyond our comfort zones and adventure into unexplored territory. If you think this is something you might like to try also, make sure and check out Tam's community. You can ask for an invitation here:
    http://goo.gl/Awvnge
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-04-12 08:46:22
    Project 52 B&W
    Week 15: Flower(s)
    #P52BW13   | +Project 52 B&W 
    Curated by +Tisha Craw & +Susan Porter 



    "Today is the first day of the rest of your life... Go forth and explore."



    Happy Friday, Plus Peeps!



    +Tamara Pruessner | #FloralFriday  | +FloralFriday 
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  • Shannon Adelson2014-04-10 19:01:35
    "Architecture begins where engineering ends."
    ~Walter Gropius


    As you might have heard already, I am in the ring today with opponent +April Hill as we compete in the #PhotographyDeathMatch  for the theme: ARCHITECTURE. This is another shot from downtown Philadelphia. I'm sure you can imagine that a busy City street during a weekday has all kinds of traffic, both pedestrian and vehicle. So I had to be patient, and crouch near the ground for quite some time, waiting for the perfect moment when neither people nor cars blocked my path. Here is the result of that effort. Hope you like it!

    I tried a version of this in B&W, but the blue sky and the brick building reflected from the background made me want to keep the color. I never knew there were so many beautiful buildings here, until I was forced to look at them in a different way (from behind the lens). I can't think how many times I must've driven by places like this and never given it a second look...

    This is Round Two.
    You can see the corresponding shot from +April Hill here:
    http://goo.gl/JNqMhm

    And if you are just learning about the competition now, feel free to browse through our previous one here:

    Round One between +April Hill and myself....

    Hers:
    http://goo.gl/F2rQOh

    Mine:
    http://goo.gl/e9SKF1


    Many thanks to +Tamara Pruessner for creating this event/theme, and encouraging us all to branch out beyond our comfort zones and adventure into unexplored territory. If you think this is something you might like to try also, make sure and check out Tam's community. You can ask for an invitation here:
    http://goo.gl/Awvnge
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-04-12 08:46:22
    Project 52 B&W
    Week 15: Flower(s)
    #P52BW13   | +Project 52 B&W 
    Curated by +Tisha Craw & +Susan Porter 



    "Today is the first day of the rest of your life... Go forth and explore."



    Happy Friday, Plus Peeps!



    +Tamara Pruessner | #FloralFriday  | +FloralFriday 
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  • Shannon Adelson2014-04-10 19:01:35
    "Architecture begins where engineering ends."
    ~Walter Gropius


    As you might have heard already, I am in the ring today with opponent +April Hill as we compete in the #PhotographyDeathMatch  for the theme: ARCHITECTURE. This is another shot from downtown Philadelphia. I'm sure you can imagine that a busy City street during a weekday has all kinds of traffic, both pedestrian and vehicle. So I had to be patient, and crouch near the ground for quite some time, waiting for the perfect moment when neither people nor cars blocked my path. Here is the result of that effort. Hope you like it!

    I tried a version of this in B&W, but the blue sky and the brick building reflected from the background made me want to keep the color. I never knew there were so many beautiful buildings here, until I was forced to look at them in a different way (from behind the lens). I can't think how many times I must've driven by places like this and never given it a second look...

    This is Round Two.
    You can see the corresponding shot from +April Hill here:
    http://goo.gl/JNqMhm

    And if you are just learning about the competition now, feel free to browse through our previous one here:

    Round One between +April Hill and myself....

    Hers:
    http://goo.gl/F2rQOh

    Mine:
    http://goo.gl/e9SKF1


    Many thanks to +Tamara Pruessner for creating this event/theme, and encouraging us all to branch out beyond our comfort zones and adventure into unexplored territory. If you think this is something you might like to try also, make sure and check out Tam's community. You can ask for an invitation here:
    http://goo.gl/Awvnge
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-04-12 08:46:22
    Project 52 B&W
    Week 15: Flower(s)
    #P52BW13   | +Project 52 B&W 
    Curated by +Tisha Craw & +Susan Porter 



    "Today is the first day of the rest of your life... Go forth and explore."



    Happy Friday, Plus Peeps!



    +Tamara Pruessner | #FloralFriday  | +FloralFriday 
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  • Shannon Adelson2014-04-10 19:01:35
    "Architecture begins where engineering ends."
    ~Walter Gropius


    As you might have heard already, I am in the ring today with opponent +April Hill as we compete in the #PhotographyDeathMatch  for the theme: ARCHITECTURE. This is another shot from downtown Philadelphia. I'm sure you can imagine that a busy City street during a weekday has all kinds of traffic, both pedestrian and vehicle. So I had to be patient, and crouch near the ground for quite some time, waiting for the perfect moment when neither people nor cars blocked my path. Here is the result of that effort. Hope you like it!

    I tried a version of this in B&W, but the blue sky and the brick building reflected from the background made me want to keep the color. I never knew there were so many beautiful buildings here, until I was forced to look at them in a different way (from behind the lens). I can't think how many times I must've driven by places like this and never given it a second look...

    This is Round Two.
    You can see the corresponding shot from +April Hill here:
    http://goo.gl/JNqMhm

    And if you are just learning about the competition now, feel free to browse through our previous one here:

    Round One between +April Hill and myself....

    Hers:
    http://goo.gl/F2rQOh

    Mine:
    http://goo.gl/e9SKF1


    Many thanks to +Tamara Pruessner for creating this event/theme, and encouraging us all to branch out beyond our comfort zones and adventure into unexplored territory. If you think this is something you might like to try also, make sure and check out Tam's community. You can ask for an invitation here:
    http://goo.gl/Awvnge
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-04-12 08:46:22
    Project 52 B&W
    Week 15: Flower(s)
    #P52BW13   | +Project 52 B&W 
    Curated by +Tisha Craw & +Susan Porter 



    "Today is the first day of the rest of your life... Go forth and explore."



    Happy Friday, Plus Peeps!



    +Tamara Pruessner | #FloralFriday  | +FloralFriday 
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-07-31 00:09:56
    +Google+ & +Circloscope: The Relevance Algorithm 

    OK, I guess it's my turn to participate in this #meme , and to my great surprise, the representation matched my expectations pretty closely. That is to say, all of the faces featured here are people I do actually interact with on a regular basis. I'm not sure if the size of the circles is relative to their level of engagement on my profile, or perhaps my engagement with them on their profiles. In any case, there are a lot of cool people here, and I didn't need some fancy formula to prove that...

    Is anyone surprised that +Chrysta Rae is at the center of so many of our little worlds?  I apologize to the people at the top, as the screen capture cut off some of your heads. But I know who you are, and as such am listing everyone below to thank you for being part of the time I spend here online.

    +Thomas Hawk +Amanda Blain +Ray Bilcliff +Marilyn Benham +DeShaun Craddock +Jeff Moreau +Jake Johnson +Maki Silberberg +Derek Kind +Alex Lapidus +Eric Raeber +Lauri Novak +Craig Szymanski +Heidi Anne Morris +Richard Ball +Marc Jansen +Billy Wilson +Vivienne Gucwa +Anna Lowry +Vincent Dale +Sandra Parlow +Susan Porter +Christina Lawrie +Mandy Sloan +kimberton pemberly +Sam Breach +Gene Bowker +martin shervington +Ralph Mendoza +Wade Brooks +Kalebra Kelby +Allan Cabrera +Carmelyne Thompson +Eustace James +steph wanamaker +Shannon Brearley +eleisa barbour +Gilmar Smith +LaDonna Pride +Sumit Sen +Mark Rodriguez +Sean Cowen +Stuart Dyckhoff +Robin Griggs Wood +matthew rappaport +Jaana Nyström +Alan Shapiro +Ayoub Khote +Jerry Johnson 

    I think all these folks are relevant, don't you?

    To find your own visualization, follow the steps outlined by +Circloscope here:
    http://goo.gl/vtxeIy

    Make sure to check out their website, if you aren't already using their Chrome extensions to remove inactives and/or identify people who haven't circled you back.
    http://goo.gl/fH3X6
    Many thanks to +Ehsan Ahmadi Gharacheh for putting together such a useful tool.

    #circles   #networking   #relevance   #circlescope    

    If you managed to read all the way down this far, what do YOU think of the tool? What if anything did you learn from YOUR results?
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-07-31 00:09:56
    +Google+ & +Circloscope: The Relevance Algorithm 

    OK, I guess it's my turn to participate in this #meme , and to my great surprise, the representation matched my expectations pretty closely. That is to say, all of the faces featured here are people I do actually interact with on a regular basis. I'm not sure if the size of the circles is relative to their level of engagement on my profile, or perhaps my engagement with them on their profiles. In any case, there are a lot of cool people here, and I didn't need some fancy formula to prove that...

    Is anyone surprised that +Chrysta Rae is at the center of so many of our little worlds?  I apologize to the people at the top, as the screen capture cut off some of your heads. But I know who you are, and as such am listing everyone below to thank you for being part of the time I spend here online.

    +Thomas Hawk +Amanda Blain +Ray Bilcliff +Marilyn Benham +DeShaun Craddock +Jeff Moreau +Jake Johnson +Maki Silberberg +Derek Kind +Alex Lapidus +Eric Raeber +Lauri Novak +Craig Szymanski +Heidi Anne Morris +Richard Ball +Marc Jansen +Billy Wilson +Vivienne Gucwa +Anna Lowry +Vincent Dale +Sandra Parlow +Susan Porter +Christina Lawrie +Mandy Sloan +kimberton pemberly +Sam Breach +Gene Bowker +martin shervington +Ralph Mendoza +Wade Brooks +Kalebra Kelby +Allan Cabrera +Carmelyne Thompson +Eustace James +steph wanamaker +Shannon Brearley +eleisa barbour +Gilmar Smith +LaDonna Pride +Sumit Sen +Mark Rodriguez +Sean Cowen +Stuart Dyckhoff +Robin Griggs Wood +matthew rappaport +Jaana Nyström +Alan Shapiro +Ayoub Khote +Jerry Johnson 

    I think all these folks are relevant, don't you?

    To find your own visualization, follow the steps outlined by +Circloscope here:
    http://goo.gl/vtxeIy

    Make sure to check out their website, if you aren't already using their Chrome extensions to remove inactives and/or identify people who haven't circled you back.
    http://goo.gl/fH3X6
    Many thanks to +Ehsan Ahmadi Gharacheh for putting together such a useful tool.

    #circles   #networking   #relevance   #circlescope    

    If you managed to read all the way down this far, what do YOU think of the tool? What if anything did you learn from YOUR results?
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-07-31 00:09:56
    +Google+ & +Circloscope: The Relevance Algorithm 

    OK, I guess it's my turn to participate in this #meme , and to my great surprise, the representation matched my expectations pretty closely. That is to say, all of the faces featured here are people I do actually interact with on a regular basis. I'm not sure if the size of the circles is relative to their level of engagement on my profile, or perhaps my engagement with them on their profiles. In any case, there are a lot of cool people here, and I didn't need some fancy formula to prove that...

    Is anyone surprised that +Chrysta Rae is at the center of so many of our little worlds?  I apologize to the people at the top, as the screen capture cut off some of your heads. But I know who you are, and as such am listing everyone below to thank you for being part of the time I spend here online.

    +Thomas Hawk +Amanda Blain +Ray Bilcliff +Marilyn Benham +DeShaun Craddock +Jeff Moreau +Jake Johnson +Maki Silberberg +Derek Kind +Alex Lapidus +Eric Raeber +Lauri Novak +Craig Szymanski +Heidi Anne Morris +Richard Ball +Marc Jansen +Billy Wilson +Vivienne Gucwa +Anna Lowry +Vincent Dale +Sandra Parlow +Susan Porter +Christina Lawrie +Mandy Sloan +kimberton pemberly +Sam Breach +Gene Bowker +martin shervington +Ralph Mendoza +Wade Brooks +Kalebra Kelby +Allan Cabrera +Carmelyne Thompson +Eustace James +steph wanamaker +Shannon Brearley +eleisa barbour +Gilmar Smith +LaDonna Pride +Sumit Sen +Mark Rodriguez +Sean Cowen +Stuart Dyckhoff +Robin Griggs Wood +matthew rappaport +Jaana Nyström +Alan Shapiro +Ayoub Khote +Jerry Johnson 

    I think all these folks are relevant, don't you?

    To find your own visualization, follow the steps outlined by +Circloscope here:
    http://goo.gl/vtxeIy

    Make sure to check out their website, if you aren't already using their Chrome extensions to remove inactives and/or identify people who haven't circled you back.
    http://goo.gl/fH3X6
    Many thanks to +Ehsan Ahmadi Gharacheh for putting together such a useful tool.

    #circles   #networking   #relevance   #circlescope    

    If you managed to read all the way down this far, what do YOU think of the tool? What if anything did you learn from YOUR results?
  • 66 plusses - 33 comments - 2 shares | Read in G+
  • Shannon Adelson2013-07-31 00:09:56
    +Google+ & +Circloscope: The Relevance Algorithm 

    OK, I guess it's my turn to participate in this #meme , and to my great surprise, the representation matched my expectations pretty closely. That is to say, all of the faces featured here are people I do actually interact with on a regular basis. I'm not sure if the size of the circles is relative to their level of engagement on my profile, or perhaps my engagement with them on their profiles. In any case, there are a lot of cool people here, and I didn't need some fancy formula to prove that...

    Is anyone surprised that +Chrysta Rae is at the center of so many of our little worlds?  I apologize to the people at the top, as the screen capture cut off some of your heads. But I know who you are, and as such am listing everyone below to thank you for being part of the time I spend here online.

    +Thomas Hawk +Amanda Blain +Ray Bilcliff +Marilyn Benham +DeShaun Craddock +Jeff Moreau +Jake Johnson +Maki Silberberg +Derek Kind +Alex Lapidus +Eric Raeber +Lauri Novak +Craig Szymanski +Heidi Anne Morris +Richard Ball +Marc Jansen +Billy Wilson +Vivienne Gucwa +Anna Lowry +Vincent Dale +Sandra Parlow +Susan Porter +Christina Lawrie +Mandy Sloan +kimberton pemberly +Sam Breach +Gene Bowker +martin shervington +Ralph Mendoza +Wade Brooks +Kalebra Kelby +Allan Cabrera +Carmelyne Thompson +Eustace James +steph wanamaker +Shannon Brearley +eleisa barbour +Gilmar Smith +LaDonna Pride +Sumit Sen +Mark Rodriguez +Sean Cowen +Stuart Dyckhoff +Robin Griggs Wood +matthew rappaport +Jaana Nyström +Alan Shapiro +Ayoub Khote +Jerry Johnson 

    I think all these folks are relevant, don't you?

    To find your own visualization, follow the steps outlined by +Circloscope here:
    http://goo.gl/vtxeIy

    Make sure to check out their website, if you aren't already using their Chrome extensions to remove inactives and/or identify people who haven't circled you back.
    http://goo.gl/fH3X6
    Many thanks to +Ehsan Ahmadi Gharacheh for putting together such a useful tool.

    #circles   #networking   #relevance   #circlescope    

    If you managed to read all the way down this far, what do YOU think of the tool? What if anything did you learn from YOUR results?
  • 66 plusses - 33 comments - 2 shares | Read in G+
  • Shannon Adelson2013-07-31 00:09:56
    +Google+ & +Circloscope: The Relevance Algorithm 

    OK, I guess it's my turn to participate in this #meme , and to my great surprise, the representation matched my expectations pretty closely. That is to say, all of the faces featured here are people I do actually interact with on a regular basis. I'm not sure if the size of the circles is relative to their level of engagement on my profile, or perhaps my engagement with them on their profiles. In any case, there are a lot of cool people here, and I didn't need some fancy formula to prove that...

    Is anyone surprised that +Chrysta Rae is at the center of so many of our little worlds?  I apologize to the people at the top, as the screen capture cut off some of your heads. But I know who you are, and as such am listing everyone below to thank you for being part of the time I spend here online.

    +Thomas Hawk +Amanda Blain +Ray Bilcliff +Marilyn Benham +DeShaun Craddock +Jeff Moreau +Jake Johnson +Maki Silberberg +Derek Kind +Alex Lapidus +Eric Raeber +Lauri Novak +Craig Szymanski +Heidi Anne Morris +Richard Ball +Marc Jansen +Billy Wilson +Vivienne Gucwa +Anna Lowry +Vincent Dale +Sandra Parlow +Susan Porter +Christina Lawrie +Mandy Sloan +kimberton pemberly +Sam Breach +Gene Bowker +martin shervington +Ralph Mendoza +Wade Brooks +Kalebra Kelby +Allan Cabrera +Carmelyne Thompson +Eustace James +steph wanamaker +Shannon Brearley +eleisa barbour +Gilmar Smith +LaDonna Pride +Sumit Sen +Mark Rodriguez +Sean Cowen +Stuart Dyckhoff +Robin Griggs Wood +matthew rappaport +Jaana Nyström +Alan Shapiro +Ayoub Khote +Jerry Johnson 

    I think all these folks are relevant, don't you?

    To find your own visualization, follow the steps outlined by +Circloscope here:
    http://goo.gl/vtxeIy

    Make sure to check out their website, if you aren't already using their Chrome extensions to remove inactives and/or identify people who haven't circled you back.
    http://goo.gl/fH3X6
    Many thanks to +Ehsan Ahmadi Gharacheh for putting together such a useful tool.

    #circles   #networking   #relevance   #circlescope    

    If you managed to read all the way down this far, what do YOU think of the tool? What if anything did you learn from YOUR results?
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  • Shannon Adelson2014-03-20 23:18:50
    The Most Fun You Can Have With Your Camera...

    Do you shoot portraits or landscapes? Do you prefer a zoom lens, or the old-fashioned way, zooming with your feet? Do you shoot from far away, or with macro glass as close as you can get? Whatever your style, the +Chrysta Rae Scavenger Hunt is a wild ride full of excitement and adventure. If you hope to challenge yourself (and your photography) to reach a whole new level of #awesomesauce , then you absolutely have to give it a try. Her community is full of both newbies and veterans, professionals and amateurs, cell phone snappers and DSLR savants. Whether you typically shoot straight out of the camera (SOOC), or let Photoshop and Lightroom do the heavy lifting in post production, there is a niche/category/topic to match everyone. The only limitation is your own creativity. Thinking "outside the box" is not only encouraged but celebrated. So go ahead, get your typing fingers ready, because tomorrow is the sign up for the next round of FUN.
    http://goo.gl/v3PVUK
    Click on the link above to get all the details about the Spring Scavenger Hunt. But for those that need a little reminder, the spots go quick, so if you aren't going to be around, make sure you ask a friend to sign up for you. At the last Christmas round I think there were over 200 comments within the first three minutes. So don't procrastinate! 


    Did you forget already? No worries. +Alan Bland has you covered. Here is a convenient countdown timer he started to make sure that wherever you live and whatever you are doing, you don't lose track of time before it's too late... 
    http://goo.gl/b08Rm5

    One of the greatest things about the Scavenger community is the camaraderie. Not only will you make lots of new friends, but you'll also be immersed in an environment full of learning and innovation. If you thought you were a creative person before, just wait until you see the imaginative approach and unique interpretation your colleagues take on the very same category.

    In case you haven't made up your mind yet, here is a comprehensive summary from the latest round, so you can review for yourself. You might want to sit down, though, and be prepared to have your mind blown.


    "SPICY" (179 interpretations)
    http://goo.gl/zlg0wN

    "FUCHSIA" (242 interpretations)
    http://goo.gl/ngf206

    "CARELESS" (160 interpretations)
    http://goo.gl/mtcPK6

    "CIRCLE" (271 interpretations)
    http://goo.gl/UGeKfa

    "HUNGOVER" (169 interpretations)
    http://goo.gl/gDhjhT

    "RULE OF THIRDS" (250 interpretations)
    http://goo.gl/ZNdTRU

    "OPPOSITE SELFIE" (140 interpretations)
    http://goo.gl/jLqpfj

    "EMBRACE" (175 interpretations)
    http://goo.gl/sCTACx

    "HEALTHY" (172 interpretations)
    http://goo.gl/WNjdAl

    "STEAM" (178 interpretations)
    http://goo.gl/ihBWWM

    Isn't that an amazing collection of talent? I've participated seven or eight times now, and even though I never won anything, my own photography has grown leaps and bounds as a result. In the attached image, look at some of my snapshots from the very first Hunt (at the top, above the text). Then compare those to the ones below, from more recent Hunts. The way I see it, if we learn, if we grow, and most importantly, IF WHEN WE HAVE FUN, then we are all winners. 

    Now you're convinced, right? OK, great! I'll see you all tomorrow at the signup on +Chrysta Rae's stream for. . . .
    #TheMostFunYouCanHaveWithYourCamera  


    #photography   #scavengerhunt   #photoshop   #lightroom   #camera   #adventure  
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  • Shannon Adelson2012-09-04 11:07:44
    "Beautiful and graceful, varied and enchanting, small but approachable, butterflies lead you to the sunny side of life.  And everyone deserves a little sunshine."  
    ~Jeffrey Glassberg

    ********************************************

    Good Morning, Plus Peeps

    Here is another shot from my Sunflower adventures yesterday.  Luckily I had the 70-300 zoom with me, as I had to shoot it from the road, so as not to trespass on the owner's massive growing field.  Trying to dodge the raindrops, I composed my frame, fired off a few test shots, then waited for just the right light when this little wonder flew straight into the middle of the flower.  I had to quickly re-focus, but its wings were still moving (and hence a little blurry).  All in all, not a bad result from a Sunday Monday drive in the rain...
  • 62 plusses - 32 comments - 20 shares | Read in G+
  • Shannon Adelson2014-03-20 23:18:50
    The Most Fun You Can Have With Your Camera...

    Do you shoot portraits or landscapes? Do you prefer a zoom lens, or the old-fashioned way, zooming with your feet? Do you shoot from far away, or with macro glass as close as you can get? Whatever your style, the +Chrysta Rae Scavenger Hunt is a wild ride full of excitement and adventure. If you hope to challenge yourself (and your photography) to reach a whole new level of #awesomesauce , then you absolutely have to give it a try. Her community is full of both newbies and veterans, professionals and amateurs, cell phone snappers and DSLR savants. Whether you typically shoot straight out of the camera (SOOC), or let Photoshop and Lightroom do the heavy lifting in post production, there is a niche/category/topic to match everyone. The only limitation is your own creativity. Thinking "outside the box" is not only encouraged but celebrated. So go ahead, get your typing fingers ready, because tomorrow is the sign up for the next round of FUN.
    http://goo.gl/v3PVUK
    Click on the link above to get all the details about the Spring Scavenger Hunt. But for those that need a little reminder, the spots go quick, so if you aren't going to be around, make sure you ask a friend to sign up for you. At the last Christmas round I think there were over 200 comments within the first three minutes. So don't procrastinate! 


    Did you forget already? No worries. +Alan Bland has you covered. Here is a convenient countdown timer he started to make sure that wherever you live and whatever you are doing, you don't lose track of time before it's too late... 
    http://goo.gl/b08Rm5

    One of the greatest things about the Scavenger community is the camaraderie. Not only will you make lots of new friends, but you'll also be immersed in an environment full of learning and innovation. If you thought you were a creative person before, just wait until you see the imaginative approach and unique interpretation your colleagues take on the very same category.

    In case you haven't made up your mind yet, here is a comprehensive summary from the latest round, so you can review for yourself. You might want to sit down, though, and be prepared to have your mind blown.


    "SPICY" (179 interpretations)
    http://goo.gl/zlg0wN

    "FUCHSIA" (242 interpretations)
    http://goo.gl/ngf206

    "CARELESS" (160 interpretations)
    http://goo.gl/mtcPK6

    "CIRCLE" (271 interpretations)
    http://goo.gl/UGeKfa

    "HUNGOVER" (169 interpretations)
    http://goo.gl/gDhjhT

    "RULE OF THIRDS" (250 interpretations)
    http://goo.gl/ZNdTRU

    "OPPOSITE SELFIE" (140 interpretations)
    http://goo.gl/jLqpfj

    "EMBRACE" (175 interpretations)
    http://goo.gl/sCTACx

    "HEALTHY" (172 interpretations)
    http://goo.gl/WNjdAl

    "STEAM" (178 interpretations)
    http://goo.gl/ihBWWM

    Isn't that an amazing collection of talent? I've participated seven or eight times now, and even though I never won anything, my own photography has grown leaps and bounds as a result. In the attached image, look at some of my snapshots from the very first Hunt (at the top, above the text). Then compare those to the ones below, from more recent Hunts. The way I see it, if we learn, if we grow, and most importantly, IF WHEN WE HAVE FUN, then we are all winners. 

    Now you're convinced, right? OK, great! I'll see you all tomorrow at the signup on +Chrysta Rae's stream for. . . .
    #TheMostFunYouCanHaveWithYourCamera  


    #photography   #scavengerhunt   #photoshop   #lightroom   #camera   #adventure  
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  • Shannon Adelson2012-09-04 11:07:44
    "Beautiful and graceful, varied and enchanting, small but approachable, butterflies lead you to the sunny side of life.  And everyone deserves a little sunshine."  
    ~Jeffrey Glassberg

    ********************************************

    Good Morning, Plus Peeps

    Here is another shot from my Sunflower adventures yesterday.  Luckily I had the 70-300 zoom with me, as I had to shoot it from the road, so as not to trespass on the owner's massive growing field.  Trying to dodge the raindrops, I composed my frame, fired off a few test shots, then waited for just the right light when this little wonder flew straight into the middle of the flower.  I had to quickly re-focus, but its wings were still moving (and hence a little blurry).  All in all, not a bad result from a Sunday Monday drive in the rain...
  • 62 plusses - 32 comments - 20 shares | Read in G+
  • Shannon Adelson2014-03-20 23:18:50
    The Most Fun You Can Have With Your Camera...

    Do you shoot portraits or landscapes? Do you prefer a zoom lens, or the old-fashioned way, zooming with your feet? Do you shoot from far away, or with macro glass as close as you can get? Whatever your style, the +Chrysta Rae Scavenger Hunt is a wild ride full of excitement and adventure. If you hope to challenge yourself (and your photography) to reach a whole new level of #awesomesauce , then you absolutely have to give it a try. Her community is full of both newbies and veterans, professionals and amateurs, cell phone snappers and DSLR savants. Whether you typically shoot straight out of the camera (SOOC), or let Photoshop and Lightroom do the heavy lifting in post production, there is a niche/category/topic to match everyone. The only limitation is your own creativity. Thinking "outside the box" is not only encouraged but celebrated. So go ahead, get your typing fingers ready, because tomorrow is the sign up for the next round of FUN.
    http://goo.gl/v3PVUK
    Click on the link above to get all the details about the Spring Scavenger Hunt. But for those that need a little reminder, the spots go quick, so if you aren't going to be around, make sure you ask a friend to sign up for you. At the last Christmas round I think there were over 200 comments within the first three minutes. So don't procrastinate! 


    Did you forget already? No worries. +Alan Bland has you covered. Here is a convenient countdown timer he started to make sure that wherever you live and whatever you are doing, you don't lose track of time before it's too late... 
    http://goo.gl/b08Rm5

    One of the greatest things about the Scavenger community is the camaraderie. Not only will you make lots of new friends, but you'll also be immersed in an environment full of learning and innovation. If you thought you were a creative person before, just wait until you see the imaginative approach and unique interpretation your colleagues take on the very same category.

    In case you haven't made up your mind yet, here is a comprehensive summary from the latest round, so you can review for yourself. You might want to sit down, though, and be prepared to have your mind blown.


    "SPICY" (179 interpretations)
    http://goo.gl/zlg0wN

    "FUCHSIA" (242 interpretations)
    http://goo.gl/ngf206

    "CARELESS" (160 interpretations)
    http://goo.gl/mtcPK6

    "CIRCLE" (271 interpretations)
    http://goo.gl/UGeKfa

    "HUNGOVER" (169 interpretations)
    http://goo.gl/gDhjhT

    "RULE OF THIRDS" (250 interpretations)
    http://goo.gl/ZNdTRU

    "OPPOSITE SELFIE" (140 interpretations)
    http://goo.gl/jLqpfj

    "EMBRACE" (175 interpretations)
    http://goo.gl/sCTACx

    "HEALTHY" (172 interpretations)
    http://goo.gl/WNjdAl

    "STEAM" (178 interpretations)
    http://goo.gl/ihBWWM

    Isn't that an amazing collection of talent? I've participated seven or eight times now, and even though I never won anything, my own photography has grown leaps and bounds as a result. In the attached image, look at some of my snapshots from the very first Hunt (at the top, above the text). Then compare those to the ones below, from more recent Hunts. The way I see it, if we learn, if we grow, and most importantly, IF WHEN WE HAVE FUN, then we are all winners. 

    Now you're convinced, right? OK, great! I'll see you all tomorrow at the signup on +Chrysta Rae's stream for. . . .
    #TheMostFunYouCanHaveWithYourCamera  


    #photography   #scavengerhunt   #photoshop   #lightroom   #camera   #adventure  
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  • Shannon Adelson2012-09-04 11:07:44
    "Beautiful and graceful, varied and enchanting, small but approachable, butterflies lead you to the sunny side of life.  And everyone deserves a little sunshine."  
    ~Jeffrey Glassberg

    ********************************************

    Good Morning, Plus Peeps

    Here is another shot from my Sunflower adventures yesterday.  Luckily I had the 70-300 zoom with me, as I had to shoot it from the road, so as not to trespass on the owner's massive growing field.  Trying to dodge the raindrops, I composed my frame, fired off a few test shots, then waited for just the right light when this little wonder flew straight into the middle of the flower.  I had to quickly re-focus, but its wings were still moving (and hence a little blurry).  All in all, not a bad result from a Sunday Monday drive in the rain...
  • 62 plusses - 32 comments - 20 shares | Read in G+
  • Shannon Adelson2014-03-20 23:18:50
    The Most Fun You Can Have With Your Camera...

    Do you shoot portraits or landscapes? Do you prefer a zoom lens, or the old-fashioned way, zooming with your feet? Do you shoot from far away, or with macro glass as close as you can get? Whatever your style, the +Chrysta Rae Scavenger Hunt is a wild ride full of excitement and adventure. If you hope to challenge yourself (and your photography) to reach a whole new level of #awesomesauce , then you absolutely have to give it a try. Her community is full of both newbies and veterans, professionals and amateurs, cell phone snappers and DSLR savants. Whether you typically shoot straight out of the camera (SOOC), or let Photoshop and Lightroom do the heavy lifting in post production, there is a niche/category/topic to match everyone. The only limitation is your own creativity. Thinking "outside the box" is not only encouraged but celebrated. So go ahead, get your typing fingers ready, because tomorrow is the sign up for the next round of FUN.
    http://goo.gl/v3PVUK
    Click on the link above to get all the details about the Spring Scavenger Hunt. But for those that need a little reminder, the spots go quick, so if you aren't going to be around, make sure you ask a friend to sign up for you. At the last Christmas round I think there were over 200 comments within the first three minutes. So don't procrastinate! 


    Did you forget already? No worries. +Alan Bland has you covered. Here is a convenient countdown timer he started to make sure that wherever you live and whatever you are doing, you don't lose track of time before it's too late... 
    http://goo.gl/b08Rm5

    One of the greatest things about the Scavenger community is the camaraderie. Not only will you make lots of new friends, but you'll also be immersed in an environment full of learning and innovation. If you thought you were a creative person before, just wait until you see the imaginative approach and unique interpretation your colleagues take on the very same category.

    In case you haven't made up your mind yet, here is a comprehensive summary from the latest round, so you can review for yourself. You might want to sit down, though, and be prepared to have your mind blown.


    "SPICY" (179 interpretations)
    http://goo.gl/zlg0wN

    "FUCHSIA" (242 interpretations)
    http://goo.gl/ngf206

    "CARELESS" (160 interpretations)
    http://goo.gl/mtcPK6

    "CIRCLE" (271 interpretations)
    http://goo.gl/UGeKfa

    "HUNGOVER" (169 interpretations)
    http://goo.gl/gDhjhT

    "RULE OF THIRDS" (250 interpretations)
    http://goo.gl/ZNdTRU

    "OPPOSITE SELFIE" (140 interpretations)
    http://goo.gl/jLqpfj

    "EMBRACE" (175 interpretations)
    http://goo.gl/sCTACx

    "HEALTHY" (172 interpretations)
    http://goo.gl/WNjdAl

    "STEAM" (178 interpretations)
    http://goo.gl/ihBWWM

    Isn't that an amazing collection of talent? I've participated seven or eight times now, and even though I never won anything, my own photography has grown leaps and bounds as a result. In the attached image, look at some of my snapshots from the very first Hunt (at the top, above the text). Then compare those to the ones below, from more recent Hunts. The way I see it, if we learn, if we grow, and most importantly, IF WHEN WE HAVE FUN, then we are all winners. 

    Now you're convinced, right? OK, great! I'll see you all tomorrow at the signup on +Chrysta Rae's stream for. . . .
    #TheMostFunYouCanHaveWithYourCamera  


    #photography   #scavengerhunt   #photoshop   #lightroom   #camera   #adventure  
  • 66 plusses - 32 comments - 5 shares | Read in G+
  • Shannon Adelson2012-09-04 11:07:44
    "Beautiful and graceful, varied and enchanting, small but approachable, butterflies lead you to the sunny side of life.  And everyone deserves a little sunshine."  
    ~Jeffrey Glassberg

    ********************************************

    Good Morning, Plus Peeps

    Here is another shot from my Sunflower adventures yesterday.  Luckily I had the 70-300 zoom with me, as I had to shoot it from the road, so as not to trespass on the owner's massive growing field.  Trying to dodge the raindrops, I composed my frame, fired off a few test shots, then waited for just the right light when this little wonder flew straight into the middle of the flower.  I had to quickly re-focus, but its wings were still moving (and hence a little blurry).  All in all, not a bad result from a Sunday Monday drive in the rain...
  • 62 plusses - 32 comments - 20 shares | Read in G+
  • Shannon Adelson2014-03-20 23:18:50
    The Most Fun You Can Have With Your Camera...

    Do you shoot portraits or landscapes? Do you prefer a zoom lens, or the old-fashioned way, zooming with your feet? Do you shoot from far away, or with macro glass as close as you can get? Whatever your style, the +Chrysta Rae Scavenger Hunt is a wild ride full of excitement and adventure. If you hope to challenge yourself (and your photography) to reach a whole new level of #awesomesauce , then you absolutely have to give it a try. Her community is full of both newbies and veterans, professionals and amateurs, cell phone snappers and DSLR savants. Whether you typically shoot straight out of the camera (SOOC), or let Photoshop and Lightroom do the heavy lifting in post production, there is a niche/category/topic to match everyone. The only limitation is your own creativity. Thinking "outside the box" is not only encouraged but celebrated. So go ahead, get your typing fingers ready, because tomorrow is the sign up for the next round of FUN.
    http://goo.gl/v3PVUK
    Click on the link above to get all the details about the Spring Scavenger Hunt. But for those that need a little reminder, the spots go quick, so if you aren't going to be around, make sure you ask a friend to sign up for you. At the last Christmas round I think there were over 200 comments within the first three minutes. So don't procrastinate! 


    Did you forget already? No worries. +Alan Bland has you covered. Here is a convenient countdown timer he started to make sure that wherever you live and whatever you are doing, you don't lose track of time before it's too late... 
    http://goo.gl/b08Rm5

    One of the greatest things about the Scavenger community is the camaraderie. Not only will you make lots of new friends, but you'll also be immersed in an environment full of learning and innovation. If you thought you were a creative person before, just wait until you see the imaginative approach and unique interpretation your colleagues take on the very same category.

    In case you haven't made up your mind yet, here is a comprehensive summary from the latest round, so you can review for yourself. You might want to sit down, though, and be prepared to have your mind blown.


    "SPICY" (179 interpretations)
    http://goo.gl/zlg0wN

    "FUCHSIA" (242 interpretations)
    http://goo.gl/ngf206

    "CARELESS" (160 interpretations)
    http://goo.gl/mtcPK6

    "CIRCLE" (271 interpretations)
    http://goo.gl/UGeKfa

    "HUNGOVER" (169 interpretations)
    http://goo.gl/gDhjhT

    "RULE OF THIRDS" (250 interpretations)
    http://goo.gl/ZNdTRU

    "OPPOSITE SELFIE" (140 interpretations)
    http://goo.gl/jLqpfj

    "EMBRACE" (175 interpretations)
    http://goo.gl/sCTACx

    "HEALTHY" (172 interpretations)
    http://goo.gl/WNjdAl

    "STEAM" (178 interpretations)
    http://goo.gl/ihBWWM

    Isn't that an amazing collection of talent? I've participated seven or eight times now, and even though I never won anything, my own photography has grown leaps and bounds as a result. In the attached image, look at some of my snapshots from the very first Hunt (at the top, above the text). Then compare those to the ones below, from more recent Hunts. The way I see it, if we learn, if we grow, and most importantly, IF WHEN WE HAVE FUN, then we are all winners. 

    Now you're convinced, right? OK, great! I'll see you all tomorrow at the signup on +Chrysta Rae's stream for. . . .
    #TheMostFunYouCanHaveWithYourCamera  


    #photography   #scavengerhunt   #photoshop   #lightroom   #camera   #adventure  
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-10-28 22:19:29
    Z is for Zany

    According to the various urban and traditional dictionary resources I consulted, definitions range widely but include the following synonyms:  eccentric, peculiar, odd, unconventional, strange, bizarre, weird. I think this pretty much qualifies, don't you? This image was captured recently at a street festival in NYC. Maybe the folks in Manhattan think this is normal; but personally I've never seen anything like it before in my life!

    #nyc   #newyorkcity   #nycphotography   #nycphotographer  

    Many thanks to +Levi Moore for stirring everyone's creative juices during this month-long #abcproject .  I did my best to visit the profiles of my fellow participants, but if I missed anyone please feel free to drop a link to your album below in the comments and I'll go check it out ASAP. I'm grateful to be part of such a wonderfully supportive community, and we should all thank Levi for taking the time to visit each and every one of us and offer encouraging feedback. This was a really fun theme, and I'm sad to see it end.

    Here's a link to my entire #abcproject  album:
    http://goo.gl/Bt3ez7

    Until next time...
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-10-28 22:19:29
    Z is for Zany

    According to the various urban and traditional dictionary resources I consulted, definitions range widely but include the following synonyms:  eccentric, peculiar, odd, unconventional, strange, bizarre, weird. I think this pretty much qualifies, don't you? This image was captured recently at a street festival in NYC. Maybe the folks in Manhattan think this is normal; but personally I've never seen anything like it before in my life!

    #nyc   #newyorkcity   #nycphotography   #nycphotographer  

    Many thanks to +Levi Moore for stirring everyone's creative juices during this month-long #abcproject .  I did my best to visit the profiles of my fellow participants, but if I missed anyone please feel free to drop a link to your album below in the comments and I'll go check it out ASAP. I'm grateful to be part of such a wonderfully supportive community, and we should all thank Levi for taking the time to visit each and every one of us and offer encouraging feedback. This was a really fun theme, and I'm sad to see it end.

    Here's a link to my entire #abcproject  album:
    http://goo.gl/Bt3ez7

    Until next time...
  • 197 plusses - 30 comments - 7 shares | Read in G+
  • Shannon Adelson2013-10-28 22:19:29
    Z is for Zany

    According to the various urban and traditional dictionary resources I consulted, definitions range widely but include the following synonyms:  eccentric, peculiar, odd, unconventional, strange, bizarre, weird. I think this pretty much qualifies, don't you? This image was captured recently at a street festival in NYC. Maybe the folks in Manhattan think this is normal; but personally I've never seen anything like it before in my life!

    #nyc   #newyorkcity   #nycphotography   #nycphotographer  

    Many thanks to +Levi Moore for stirring everyone's creative juices during this month-long #abcproject .  I did my best to visit the profiles of my fellow participants, but if I missed anyone please feel free to drop a link to your album below in the comments and I'll go check it out ASAP. I'm grateful to be part of such a wonderfully supportive community, and we should all thank Levi for taking the time to visit each and every one of us and offer encouraging feedback. This was a really fun theme, and I'm sad to see it end.

    Here's a link to my entire #abcproject  album:
    http://goo.gl/Bt3ez7

    Until next time...
  • 197 plusses - 30 comments - 7 shares | Read in G+
  • Shannon Adelson2013-10-28 22:19:29
    Z is for Zany

    According to the various urban and traditional dictionary resources I consulted, definitions range widely but include the following synonyms:  eccentric, peculiar, odd, unconventional, strange, bizarre, weird. I think this pretty much qualifies, don't you? This image was captured recently at a street festival in NYC. Maybe the folks in Manhattan think this is normal; but personally I've never seen anything like it before in my life!

    #nyc   #newyorkcity   #nycphotography   #nycphotographer  

    Many thanks to +Levi Moore for stirring everyone's creative juices during this month-long #abcproject .  I did my best to visit the profiles of my fellow participants, but if I missed anyone please feel free to drop a link to your album below in the comments and I'll go check it out ASAP. I'm grateful to be part of such a wonderfully supportive community, and we should all thank Levi for taking the time to visit each and every one of us and offer encouraging feedback. This was a really fun theme, and I'm sad to see it end.

    Here's a link to my entire #abcproject  album:
    http://goo.gl/Bt3ez7

    Until next time...
  • 197 plusses - 30 comments - 7 shares | Read in G+
  • Shannon Adelson2013-10-28 22:19:29
    Z is for Zany

    According to the various urban and traditional dictionary resources I consulted, definitions range widely but include the following synonyms:  eccentric, peculiar, odd, unconventional, strange, bizarre, weird. I think this pretty much qualifies, don't you? This image was captured recently at a street festival in NYC. Maybe the folks in Manhattan think this is normal; but personally I've never seen anything like it before in my life!

    #nyc   #newyorkcity   #nycphotography   #nycphotographer  

    Many thanks to +Levi Moore for stirring everyone's creative juices during this month-long #abcproject .  I did my best to visit the profiles of my fellow participants, but if I missed anyone please feel free to drop a link to your album below in the comments and I'll go check it out ASAP. I'm grateful to be part of such a wonderfully supportive community, and we should all thank Levi for taking the time to visit each and every one of us and offer encouraging feedback. This was a really fun theme, and I'm sad to see it end.

    Here's a link to my entire #abcproject  album:
    http://goo.gl/Bt3ez7

    Until next time...
  • 197 plusses - 30 comments - 7 shares | Read in G+
  • Shannon Adelson2014-02-19 20:39:13
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-08-17 16:26:15
    Expressions of Gratitude and Appreciation

    How do YOU show people you care about their posts? Some people leave a comment. If a post is particularly exceptional one might choose to re-share it in their own stream. But lately there seems to be a trend toward PLUSSING with carefree abandon.

    This takes many forms, and has many names, some of which include:
    #plusphuck   #plusphuckphriday   #plusbomb   #pluslove  and my personal favorite (thanks to +Christina Lihani) #plushumping . Regardless of what you call it, the page owner is greeted with multiple notifications. Some might argue this is similar to spamming, and from a certain perspective, I can see their point. However, just because I choose to visit profiles daily doesn't mean everyone does. If someone only browses G+ on the weekends, for example, they might share all their plus love all at once, instead of throughout the week. So I don't begrudge those that choose to share their virtual affection and appreciation in whatever forms it takes. I'm grateful that they took the time to read my words, and look at my images.

    Having said all that, let me take a moment to thank the folks below who graciously honored me with their #pluslove :
    +Kenny Shepard +Mia Spegiorin +Olena Melnyk +Allan Cabrera +Cyrelle K. +matthew rappaport +Jeffrey Pabroquez 

    I'd also like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the rest of my followers who choose to add me to their stream. Last night I reached a new milestone at 21000 followers. I am overwhelmed every time I see these numbers rising, because I am still in shock at how much this has grown since the beginning. Back in the Summer of 2011 (during the beta days) I had approximately 400 followers, most of whom were exploring the platform for the first time just like I was. We added each other, conversed on various topics, and found common interests. Never in my wildest imagination did I envision hundreds or thousands more would care what I write or look at the images I post. So believe me when I say I am extremely grateful for each and every person that takes the time to share some of their time with me here.

    If you are a NEW follower, please take a moment and introduce yourself below, so that I can make a point of stopping by to check out your profile. With all the changes to the UI lately, and with Notifications being on the fritz most of the time, I don't always get to find the new people right away.

    If you have already been in my Circles for some time, or even since the beginning, then I just want to THANK YOU again for making this journey with me. Each day is filled with new adventures!

    One final thought... If you are reading this now and you are new to Google+, or have questions about the best ways to navigate your way around this fabulous community, make sure to follow these folks, who always offer the best insights, the latest trends, and the most helpful advice. +Jaana Nyström +martin shervington +Yifat Cohen 

    Have a great weekend!
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-06-07 13:12:14
    Project 52 B&W
    Week 23: Broken
    #P52BW13  | +Project 52 B&W 
    Curated by +Tisha Craw +Susan Porter & +Lauri Novak 

    Mr. Mister - Take These Broken Wings

    This beautiful falcon lost its wing in the wild, and is currently undergoing rehabilitation as part of the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program. 

    http://www.rmrp.org/rehabilitation/

    Image was converted to B&W using LR5 beta, with final tweaks added in OnOne Perfect Effects 4.
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-04-30 15:53:18
    “In a decaying society, art, if it is truthful, must also reflect decay. And unless it wants to break faith with its social function, art must show the world as changeable. And help to change it.”
    ~Ernst Fischer






    Here is another shot from the recent #espphotowalk  at the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, PA. 

    Submitted for the #tuesdecay  theme.
    +TuesDecay is curated by +Ian Ference. 
  • 51 plusses - 29 comments - 3 shares | Read in G+
  • Shannon Adelson2014-02-19 20:39:13
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-08-17 16:26:15
    Expressions of Gratitude and Appreciation

    How do YOU show people you care about their posts? Some people leave a comment. If a post is particularly exceptional one might choose to re-share it in their own stream. But lately there seems to be a trend toward PLUSSING with carefree abandon.

    This takes many forms, and has many names, some of which include:
    #plusphuck   #plusphuckphriday   #plusbomb   #pluslove  and my personal favorite (thanks to +Christina Lihani) #plushumping . Regardless of what you call it, the page owner is greeted with multiple notifications. Some might argue this is similar to spamming, and from a certain perspective, I can see their point. However, just because I choose to visit profiles daily doesn't mean everyone does. If someone only browses G+ on the weekends, for example, they might share all their plus love all at once, instead of throughout the week. So I don't begrudge those that choose to share their virtual affection and appreciation in whatever forms it takes. I'm grateful that they took the time to read my words, and look at my images.

    Having said all that, let me take a moment to thank the folks below who graciously honored me with their #pluslove :
    +Kenny Shepard +Mia Spegiorin +Olena Melnyk +Allan Cabrera +Cyrelle K. +matthew rappaport +Jeffrey Pabroquez 

    I'd also like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the rest of my followers who choose to add me to their stream. Last night I reached a new milestone at 21000 followers. I am overwhelmed every time I see these numbers rising, because I am still in shock at how much this has grown since the beginning. Back in the Summer of 2011 (during the beta days) I had approximately 400 followers, most of whom were exploring the platform for the first time just like I was. We added each other, conversed on various topics, and found common interests. Never in my wildest imagination did I envision hundreds or thousands more would care what I write or look at the images I post. So believe me when I say I am extremely grateful for each and every person that takes the time to share some of their time with me here.

    If you are a NEW follower, please take a moment and introduce yourself below, so that I can make a point of stopping by to check out your profile. With all the changes to the UI lately, and with Notifications being on the fritz most of the time, I don't always get to find the new people right away.

    If you have already been in my Circles for some time, or even since the beginning, then I just want to THANK YOU again for making this journey with me. Each day is filled with new adventures!

    One final thought... If you are reading this now and you are new to Google+, or have questions about the best ways to navigate your way around this fabulous community, make sure to follow these folks, who always offer the best insights, the latest trends, and the most helpful advice. +Jaana Nyström +martin shervington +Yifat Cohen 

    Have a great weekend!
  • 30 plusses - 29 comments - 1 shares | Read in G+
  • Shannon Adelson2013-06-07 13:12:14
    Project 52 B&W
    Week 23: Broken
    #P52BW13  | +Project 52 B&W 
    Curated by +Tisha Craw +Susan Porter & +Lauri Novak 

    Mr. Mister - Take These Broken Wings

    This beautiful falcon lost its wing in the wild, and is currently undergoing rehabilitation as part of the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program. 

    http://www.rmrp.org/rehabilitation/

    Image was converted to B&W using LR5 beta, with final tweaks added in OnOne Perfect Effects 4.
  • 74 plusses - 29 comments - 0 shares | Read in G+
  • Shannon Adelson2013-05-07 20:59:53
    Retired Racers

    Anybody watch the Kentucky Derby this past weekend? If you did, then you probably know that every year there are horses that are retired from the racing circuit. Whether they win or lose, they experience aging just like the rest of us. When they are no longer fast enough, or have limited profitability, many of these horses are put out to pasture, both physically and metaphorically.

    I recently had the opportunity to visit one such equestrian retreat in Unionville, PA. There is a farm called LaMancha animal rescue where I observed many wonderful animals. This no-kill shelter serves as home to horses, dogs, cats, pigs, goats, turkeys, emus, and more...

    http://lamanchaanimalrescue.20megsfree.com/index.htm

    In the coming weeks I'll be sharing some additional images from my visit, so you can see some of these beautiful creatures in action, enjoying their retirement community.




    Submitted to the #EquineTuesday  theme.
    +#EquineTuesday is curated by +Jillian Chilson.  
    #equine   #horselovers   #equinephotography   #horses  
  • 57 plusses - 29 comments - 3 shares | Read in G+
  • Shannon Adelson2013-04-30 15:53:18
    “In a decaying society, art, if it is truthful, must also reflect decay. And unless it wants to break faith with its social function, art must show the world as changeable. And help to change it.”
    ~Ernst Fischer






    Here is another shot from the recent #espphotowalk  at the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, PA. 

    Submitted for the #tuesdecay  theme.
    +TuesDecay is curated by +Ian Ference. 
  • 51 plusses - 29 comments - 3 shares | Read in G+
  • Shannon Adelson2014-02-19 20:39:13
  • 124 plusses - 29 comments - 0 shares | Read in G+
  • Shannon Adelson2013-08-17 16:26:15
    Expressions of Gratitude and Appreciation

    How do YOU show people you care about their posts? Some people leave a comment. If a post is particularly exceptional one might choose to re-share it in their own stream. But lately there seems to be a trend toward PLUSSING with carefree abandon.

    This takes many forms, and has many names, some of which include:
    #plusphuck   #plusphuckphriday   #plusbomb   #pluslove  and my personal favorite (thanks to +Christina Lihani) #plushumping . Regardless of what you call it, the page owner is greeted with multiple notifications. Some might argue this is similar to spamming, and from a certain perspective, I can see their point. However, just because I choose to visit profiles daily doesn't mean everyone does. If someone only browses G+ on the weekends, for example, they might share all their plus love all at once, instead of throughout the week. So I don't begrudge those that choose to share their virtual affection and appreciation in whatever forms it takes. I'm grateful that they took the time to read my words, and look at my images.

    Having said all that, let me take a moment to thank the folks below who graciously honored me with their #pluslove :
    +Kenny Shepard +Mia Spegiorin +Olena Melnyk +Allan Cabrera +Cyrelle K. +matthew rappaport +Jeffrey Pabroquez 

    I'd also like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the rest of my followers who choose to add me to their stream. Last night I reached a new milestone at 21000 followers. I am overwhelmed every time I see these numbers rising, because I am still in shock at how much this has grown since the beginning. Back in the Summer of 2011 (during the beta days) I had approximately 400 followers, most of whom were exploring the platform for the first time just like I was. We added each other, conversed on various topics, and found common interests. Never in my wildest imagination did I envision hundreds or thousands more would care what I write or look at the images I post. So believe me when I say I am extremely grateful for each and every person that takes the time to share some of their time with me here.

    If you are a NEW follower, please take a moment and introduce yourself below, so that I can make a point of stopping by to check out your profile. With all the changes to the UI lately, and with Notifications being on the fritz most of the time, I don't always get to find the new people right away.

    If you have already been in my Circles for some time, or even since the beginning, then I just want to THANK YOU again for making this journey with me. Each day is filled with new adventures!

    One final thought... If you are reading this now and you are new to Google+, or have questions about the best ways to navigate your way around this fabulous community, make sure to follow these folks, who always offer the best insights, the latest trends, and the most helpful advice. +Jaana Nyström +martin shervington +Yifat Cohen 

    Have a great weekend!
  • 30 plusses - 29 comments - 1 shares | Read in G+
  • Shannon Adelson2013-06-07 13:12:14
    Project 52 B&W
    Week 23: Broken
    #P52BW13  | +Project 52 B&W 
    Curated by +Tisha Craw +Susan Porter & +Lauri Novak 

    Mr. Mister - Take These Broken Wings

    This beautiful falcon lost its wing in the wild, and is currently undergoing rehabilitation as part of the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program. 

    http://www.rmrp.org/rehabilitation/

    Image was converted to B&W using LR5 beta, with final tweaks added in OnOne Perfect Effects 4.
  • 74 plusses - 29 comments - 0 shares | Read in G+
  • Shannon Adelson2013-05-07 20:59:53
    Retired Racers

    Anybody watch the Kentucky Derby this past weekend? If you did, then you probably know that every year there are horses that are retired from the racing circuit. Whether they win or lose, they experience aging just like the rest of us. When they are no longer fast enough, or have limited profitability, many of these horses are put out to pasture, both physically and metaphorically.

    I recently had the opportunity to visit one such equestrian retreat in Unionville, PA. There is a farm called LaMancha animal rescue where I observed many wonderful animals. This no-kill shelter serves as home to horses, dogs, cats, pigs, goats, turkeys, emus, and more...

    http://lamanchaanimalrescue.20megsfree.com/index.htm

    In the coming weeks I'll be sharing some additional images from my visit, so you can see some of these beautiful creatures in action, enjoying their retirement community.




    Submitted to the #EquineTuesday  theme.
    +#EquineTuesday is curated by +Jillian Chilson.  
    #equine   #horselovers   #equinephotography   #horses  
  • 57 plusses - 29 comments - 3 shares | Read in G+
  • Shannon Adelson2013-04-30 15:53:18
    “In a decaying society, art, if it is truthful, must also reflect decay. And unless it wants to break faith with its social function, art must show the world as changeable. And help to change it.”
    ~Ernst Fischer






    Here is another shot from the recent #espphotowalk  at the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, PA. 

    Submitted for the #tuesdecay  theme.
    +TuesDecay is curated by +Ian Ference. 
  • 51 plusses - 29 comments - 3 shares | Read in G+
  • Shannon Adelson2014-02-19 20:39:13
  • 124 plusses - 29 comments - 0 shares | Read in G+
  • Shannon Adelson2013-08-17 16:26:15
    Expressions of Gratitude and Appreciation

    How do YOU show people you care about their posts? Some people leave a comment. If a post is particularly exceptional one might choose to re-share it in their own stream. But lately there seems to be a trend toward PLUSSING with carefree abandon.

    This takes many forms, and has many names, some of which include:
    #plusphuck   #plusphuckphriday   #plusbomb   #pluslove  and my personal favorite (thanks to +Christina Lihani) #plushumping . Regardless of what you call it, the page owner is greeted with multiple notifications. Some might argue this is similar to spamming, and from a certain perspective, I can see their point. However, just because I choose to visit profiles daily doesn't mean everyone does. If someone only browses G+ on the weekends, for example, they might share all their plus love all at once, instead of throughout the week. So I don't begrudge those that choose to share their virtual affection and appreciation in whatever forms it takes. I'm grateful that they took the time to read my words, and look at my images.

    Having said all that, let me take a moment to thank the folks below who graciously honored me with their #pluslove :
    +Kenny Shepard +Mia Spegiorin +Olena Melnyk +Allan Cabrera +Cyrelle K. +matthew rappaport +Jeffrey Pabroquez 

    I'd also like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the rest of my followers who choose to add me to their stream. Last night I reached a new milestone at 21000 followers. I am overwhelmed every time I see these numbers rising, because I am still in shock at how much this has grown since the beginning. Back in the Summer of 2011 (during the beta days) I had approximately 400 followers, most of whom were exploring the platform for the first time just like I was. We added each other, conversed on various topics, and found common interests. Never in my wildest imagination did I envision hundreds or thousands more would care what I write or look at the images I post. So believe me when I say I am extremely grateful for each and every person that takes the time to share some of their time with me here.

    If you are a NEW follower, please take a moment and introduce yourself below, so that I can make a point of stopping by to check out your profile. With all the changes to the UI lately, and with Notifications being on the fritz most of the time, I don't always get to find the new people right away.

    If you have already been in my Circles for some time, or even since the beginning, then I just want to THANK YOU again for making this journey with me. Each day is filled with new adventures!

    One final thought... If you are reading this now and you are new to Google+, or have questions about the best ways to navigate your way around this fabulous community, make sure to follow these folks, who always offer the best insights, the latest trends, and the most helpful advice. +Jaana Nyström +martin shervington +Yifat Cohen 

    Have a great weekend!
  • 30 plusses - 29 comments - 1 shares | Read in G+
  • Shannon Adelson2013-06-07 13:12:14
    Project 52 B&W
    Week 23: Broken
    #P52BW13  | +Project 52 B&W 
    Curated by +Tisha Craw +Susan Porter & +Lauri Novak 

    Mr. Mister - Take These Broken Wings

    This beautiful falcon lost its wing in the wild, and is currently undergoing rehabilitation as part of the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program. 

    http://www.rmrp.org/rehabilitation/

    Image was converted to B&W using LR5 beta, with final tweaks added in OnOne Perfect Effects 4.
  • 74 plusses - 29 comments - 0 shares | Read in G+
  • Shannon Adelson2013-05-07 20:59:53
    Retired Racers

    Anybody watch the Kentucky Derby this past weekend? If you did, then you probably know that every year there are horses that are retired from the racing circuit. Whether they win or lose, they experience aging just like the rest of us. When they are no longer fast enough, or have limited profitability, many of these horses are put out to pasture, both physically and metaphorically.

    I recently had the opportunity to visit one such equestrian retreat in Unionville, PA. There is a farm called LaMancha animal rescue where I observed many wonderful animals. This no-kill shelter serves as home to horses, dogs, cats, pigs, goats, turkeys, emus, and more...

    http://lamanchaanimalrescue.20megsfree.com/index.htm

    In the coming weeks I'll be sharing some additional images from my visit, so you can see some of these beautiful creatures in action, enjoying their retirement community.




    Submitted to the #EquineTuesday  theme.
    +#EquineTuesday is curated by +Jillian Chilson.  
    #equine   #horselovers   #equinephotography   #horses  
  • 57 plusses - 29 comments - 3 shares | Read in G+
  • Shannon Adelson2013-04-30 15:53:18
    “In a decaying society, art, if it is truthful, must also reflect decay. And unless it wants to break faith with its social function, art must show the world as changeable. And help to change it.”
    ~Ernst Fischer






    Here is another shot from the recent #espphotowalk  at the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, PA. 

    Submitted for the #tuesdecay  theme.
    +TuesDecay is curated by +Ian Ference. 
  • 51 plusses - 29 comments - 3 shares | Read in G+
  • Shannon Adelson2014-02-19 20:39:13
  • 124 plusses - 29 comments - 0 shares | Read in G+
  • Shannon Adelson2013-08-17 16:26:15
    Expressions of Gratitude and Appreciation

    How do YOU show people you care about their posts? Some people leave a comment. If a post is particularly exceptional one might choose to re-share it in their own stream. But lately there seems to be a trend toward PLUSSING with carefree abandon.

    This takes many forms, and has many names, some of which include:
    #plusphuck   #plusphuckphriday   #plusbomb   #pluslove  and my personal favorite (thanks to +Christina Lihani) #plushumping . Regardless of what you call it, the page owner is greeted with multiple notifications. Some might argue this is similar to spamming, and from a certain perspective, I can see their point. However, just because I choose to visit profiles daily doesn't mean everyone does. If someone only browses G+ on the weekends, for example, they might share all their plus love all at once, instead of throughout the week. So I don't begrudge those that choose to share their virtual affection and appreciation in whatever forms it takes. I'm grateful that they took the time to read my words, and look at my images.

    Having said all that, let me take a moment to thank the folks below who graciously honored me with their #pluslove :
    +Kenny Shepard +Mia Spegiorin +Olena Melnyk +Allan Cabrera +Cyrelle K. +matthew rappaport +Jeffrey Pabroquez 

    I'd also like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the rest of my followers who choose to add me to their stream. Last night I reached a new milestone at 21000 followers. I am overwhelmed every time I see these numbers rising, because I am still in shock at how much this has grown since the beginning. Back in the Summer of 2011 (during the beta days) I had approximately 400 followers, most of whom were exploring the platform for the first time just like I was. We added each other, conversed on various topics, and found common interests. Never in my wildest imagination did I envision hundreds or thousands more would care what I write or look at the images I post. So believe me when I say I am extremely grateful for each and every person that takes the time to share some of their time with me here.

    If you are a NEW follower, please take a moment and introduce yourself below, so that I can make a point of stopping by to check out your profile. With all the changes to the UI lately, and with Notifications being on the fritz most of the time, I don't always get to find the new people right away.

    If you have already been in my Circles for some time, or even since the beginning, then I just want to THANK YOU again for making this journey with me. Each day is filled with new adventures!

    One final thought... If you are reading this now and you are new to Google+, or have questions about the best ways to navigate your way around this fabulous community, make sure to follow these folks, who always offer the best insights, the latest trends, and the most helpful advice. +Jaana Nyström +martin shervington +Yifat Cohen 

    Have a great weekend!
  • 30 plusses - 29 comments - 1 shares | Read in G+
  • Shannon Adelson2013-06-07 13:12:14
    Project 52 B&W
    Week 23: Broken
    #P52BW13  | +Project 52 B&W 
    Curated by +Tisha Craw +Susan Porter & +Lauri Novak 

    Mr. Mister - Take These Broken Wings

    This beautiful falcon lost its wing in the wild, and is currently undergoing rehabilitation as part of the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program. 

    http://www.rmrp.org/rehabilitation/

    Image was converted to B&W using LR5 beta, with final tweaks added in OnOne Perfect Effects 4.
  • 74 plusses - 29 comments - 0 shares | Read in G+
  • Shannon Adelson2013-05-07 20:59:53
    Retired Racers

    Anybody watch the Kentucky Derby this past weekend? If you did, then you probably know that every year there are horses that are retired from the racing circuit. Whether they win or lose, they experience aging just like the rest of us. When they are no longer fast enough, or have limited profitability, many of these horses are put out to pasture, both physically and metaphorically.

    I recently had the opportunity to visit one such equestrian retreat in Unionville, PA. There is a farm called LaMancha animal rescue where I observed many wonderful animals. This no-kill shelter serves as home to horses, dogs, cats, pigs, goats, turkeys, emus, and more...

    http://lamanchaanimalrescue.20megsfree.com/index.htm

    In the coming weeks I'll be sharing some additional images from my visit, so you can see some of these beautiful creatures in action, enjoying their retirement community.




    Submitted to the #EquineTuesday  theme.
    +#EquineTuesday is curated by +Jillian Chilson.  
    #equine   #horselovers   #equinephotography   #horses  
  • 57 plusses - 29 comments - 3 shares | Read in G+
  • Shannon Adelson2013-04-30 15:53:18
    “In a decaying society, art, if it is truthful, must also reflect decay. And unless it wants to break faith with its social function, art must show the world as changeable. And help to change it.”
    ~Ernst Fischer






    Here is another shot from the recent #espphotowalk  at the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, PA. 

    Submitted for the #tuesdecay  theme.
    +TuesDecay is curated by +Ian Ference. 
  • 51 plusses - 29 comments - 3 shares | Read in G+
  • Shannon Adelson2013-07-01 14:07:01
    My wife says:
    "Why do you want me to take your picture with that really hot guy giving away the free stuff?"

    So I said:
    "Um, because that's #bonocore . You know, the Bonocore."

    Squeeeee!  Yeah, I admit it, I had to do it. New York City really knows how to throw a party, and our Photo Walk was definitely epic. I had such an amazing time with old friends and new.

    We all owe a huge debt of thanks to +Alan Shapiro for organizing this amazing event. I apologize for not being able to contain my enthusiasm at meeting you in person +Michael Bonocore but you were just as awesome as we all expected. And thank you so much for the incredible swag from +SmugMug which we will be enjoying repeatedly. I wore my new SmugMug t-shirt yesterday, and the lens cloth has been proudly added to my camera bag. 

    Last but not least, as you all know, I'm not shy about how much I love Google+ (anyone recognize the Circles t-shirt?), so it was really wonderful that +Brian Matiash flew all the way out here to join our East Coast celebration, with participants from Canada, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Virginia, Maryland, and lots of other cool places.

    THANK YOU! +Google+ Photos 



    +The Google + Two Year Anniversary Photowalk 
    #nycgoogleplus2ndanniversaryphotowalk  
    #NewYorkCity   #Photography   #Photowalk   #NYC  
  • 50 plusses - 28 comments - 0 shares | Read in G+