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

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

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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!


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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.

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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!
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  • 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...
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  • 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?
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  • 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
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  • 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 Adelson2013-03-25 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."

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    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.

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    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!
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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!
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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 Adelson2013-07-31 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 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...
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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 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 Adelson2013-08-17 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 Adelson2013-05-07 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  
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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. 
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  • 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  
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-04-23 18:44:52
    “Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography.”
    ~George Eastman





    Here's another shot from my Aloha series, from the Old Lahaina Luau, on our vacation in Maui a few weeks ago.
    #maui   #hawaii   #luau  

    Shot with a Nikon D90 and a Nikkor 18-300mm lens
    190mm | ISO 2000 | 1/125 sec | f/5.6
    Processed in Adobe Lightroom 3


    for +PortraitTuesday  #PortraitTuesday  
    curated by +Laura Balc & +Tana Teel 
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-03-29 11:35:33
    Project 52 B&W
    Week 13: "Look Up"
    #P52BW13  | +Project 52 B&W
    Curated by +Tisha Craw +David Bowden +Susan Porter 

    After visiting NYC this past weekend, my initial thought was to showcase one of the many skyscrapers for this week's theme. However, I stumbled upon these dudes playing chess with such intensity, neither one ever took their eyes off the board.  So I decided my interpretation for look up would be to highlight what we are not seeing, since they both maintained their stare at each other and the chess pieces.
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-05-08 02:43:40
    PHOTO PEEPS

    I saw a post by +Kalebra Kelby a couple of weeks ago http://goo.gl/6gsLQ and it got me thinking about things I might want to shoot, you know, if I had the chance to do something unique or special or one-of-a-kind.

    But despite how much we prepare for those special moments, creativity can be a fickle muse, so we have to also be able to adapt, keep our skills fresh and our mind sharp.

    So here's my question for ya...

    IF YOU JUST FOUND OUT YOU ONLY HAD ONE MORE DAY TO LIVE, AND YOU COULD ONLY SHOOT ONE MORE FRAME, WHAT WOULD END UP IN FRONT OF YOUR LENS?
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-08-28 23:17:29
    "Rainbows are Visions, but only Illusions..."

    I was experimenting with the filters in +onOne Software tonight and decided to apply textures and an alternate color palette, to give the scene a sort of magical quality of a land far away in dreams...

    I imagine I'll sleep well tonight, thinking about the psychedelic butterfly.




    +On the Wings of Butterflies! curated by +Cicely Robin Laing +Sharon Jeannette #WingsofButterflies
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-02-17 23:24:37
    Good Afternoon, Plus Peeps

    Aloha from Maui!

    It was quite dark and rainy when our flight arrived late last night. However, this is the view we awoke to today from our oceanside cottage in Lahaina. Can't believe how many beautiful shades of blue there are in the water.

    We are less than 200 feet from the beach, and can hear the crashing waves from our room.

    This. Is. Paradise.

    Shot with my #Nexus4 phone.
    Processed with the #Snapseed app for #Android .
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  • Shannon Adelson2014-04-10 21:50:56
    "A great building must begin with the unmeasurable, must go through measurable means when it is being designed, and in the end must be unmeasurable."
    ~Louis Kahn


    It has been my great pleasure to compete with +April Hill today as we explored the theme "Architecture". Many thanks also to +Tamara Pruessner for the opportunity to participate in her awesome #PhotographyDeathMatch  theme. It has been a huge learning experience for me, and I'm grateful I got to absorb so much about a new genre. Although at times during the previous week it felt like cramming for final exams, I'm finally able to say I'm happy with how things turned out, and I look forward to further investigating this niche in the future.

    If you missed our previous bouts today, here's a recap with links to all of the posts:

    +April Hill 
    Round One
    http://goo.gl/F2rQOh

    Round Two
    http://goo.gl/JNqMhm

    Round Three
    http://goo.gl/YtRx7s

    +Shannon Adelson 
    Round One
    http://goo.gl/e9SKF1

    Round Two
    http://goo.gl/vu2sAE 

    Round Three
    http://goo.gl/sPWNAL


    #architecture   #architecturephotography   #architectureyesterdayandtomorrow   #philadelphia   #cityhall   #monochromeworld   #monochromephotography  
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-12-12 20:59:43
    DeCaf for the UnDead?

    No matter where you travel in the world, you'll always find people who just gotta have their java. Here's another quick snap from our recent adventures in Puerto Rico. This little shop is located right in the middle of Old San Juan.

    How much coffee can you possibly need when you're dead? Perhaps I'll reach out to the resident zombie experts of G+, to see if anyone knows the answer to that question...

    +Sean Cowen +matthew rappaport +byron rempel +Gary Munroe +Rob Elliott +J. Rae Chip +Amanda Blain 


    =======================


    What is the best beverage to wash down brains? Maybe the caffeine connoisseurs can shed some light on this dilemma...

    #coffeethursday  is curated by +Maki Silberberg +Jason Kowing +Sairam Sundaresan +Stuart Dyckhoff 


    =======================


    #sanjuan   #puertorico   #oldsanjuan   #coffeeshop   #coffeelovers   #coffeetime   #zombiesurvival  
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-07-21 20:05:59
    "Go out and make some big, glorious mistakes!"

    If you've ever watched one of his hangouts on air (HOA) tutorials, then you've probably heard +Alan Shapiro say that phrase many times before. Happy Accidents are a wonderful part of the creative process. Figuring out how to convert the concepts in our imagination into some form of Art is often a confusing and challenging journey. 

    My wife and I were on vacation in Colorado a couple of months ago, and while walking around at the Boulder Creek Festival I saw this sign and just had to grab a quick snap. It was a very unusual piece created by a local artist, but immediately reminded me of Alan's advice. Sometimes I find myself worrying about getting it right, perfecting the message I want to convey with a shot, instead of living in the moment and enjoying the creative process. Once in a while, I need to be reminded to stop, look around, listen, and not be afraid to make mistakes.


    +Sign Sunday curated by +Lori Carey +Janice La Mere Hackney +Gary Posner #signsunday

    +RustySunday curated by +Rene Bechard +Gary Posner #rustysunday
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-03-01 12:25:31
    Good Morning, Plus Peeps

    I am so excited to finally have some new flowers to share with +Tamara Pruessner for her +FloralFriday theme.  While visiting Hawaii last week, we were surrounded by so many amazing varieties, I couldn't wait to get back and edit a few shots.  Actually, it was really hard to leave that island paradise. But now that we are home, I'm glad I have these visual reminders of how beautiful everything looks there!

    Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

    #FloralFriday  
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  • Shannon Adelson2012-04-20 21:20:19
    +Chrysta Rae's Photography Scavenger Hunt is an exciting adventure, and will definitely challenge you to expand your perspective. If you are curious about what types of images you might be called upon to create, here is a summary from the latest Hunt.



    PURPLE
    http://goo.gl/jL4nl entire album (246 photos)
    http://goo.gl/KOrQi 1st Place +Sandra Parlow & +Jerry Rudolph
    http://goo.gl/FhjUY 2nd Place +Lynn Herrick +Robert Thiess +Ken Thompson
    http://goo.gl/qVDJq 3rd Place +Ed Sweeney +Sam Breach +Sandra Parlow
    http://goo.gl/vVuo8 Honorable Mentions (14 photos)


    JELLO
    http://goo.gl/QnxXg entire album (213 photos)
    http://goo.gl/1LBH8 1st Place +Keith Johnston +Don Burkett +Graeme Nix
    http://goo.gl/mU6kv 2nd Place +Sarra Robinson +Kasandra Lemieux +Jeff McDonald
    http://goo.gl/f0MGw 3rd Place +Lisa Rose +Ricardo Williams +Simone Gignoux
    http://goo.gl/h7f5m Honorable Mentions (15 photos)


    GREEN FOOD
    http://goo.gl/SIolo entire album (231 photos)
    http://goo.gl/3OJ2U 1st Place +Sandra Parlow +Alessandro Cerè
    http://goo.gl/OmU3m 2nd Place +Søren Schaffstein +mel peifer +Lesley Scott
    http://goo.gl/cA4zf 3rd Place +Tom Gort +Gretchen Chappelle +Jason Rykiss
    http://goo.gl/5zcJF Honorable Mentions (14 photos)


    NIGHT LIGHTS
    http://goo.gl/6hxNM entire album (230 photos)
    http://goo.gl/sTTxN 1st Place +Jakob Tertel +Monika Pudlovskytė +Jason Rykiss
    http://goo.gl/hHbMu 2nd Place +Erika Thornes +Jacob Lucas +Rob Amend
    http://goo.gl/sKhZs 3rd Place +William Rainey +Cora Reed +Susan Porter
    http://goo.gl/7BfJl Honorable Mentions (13 photos)


    MINT
    http://goo.gl/i5VRx entire album (208 photos)
    http://goo.gl/Udtz0 1st Place +Christopher Germano +Gilmar Smith +Lori Carey
    http://goo.gl/vPFRs 2nd Place +Grayson Hartman +Brian Bonham +Robert Thiess
    http://goo.gl/HSo8S 3rd Place +Derek Kind +Melissa Grover +Keith Anglemyer
    http://goo.gl/deIWh Honorable Mentions (15 photos)


    LACE
    http://goo.gl/rMEXf entire album (220 photos)
    http://goo.gl/UkuDr 1st Place +Brian Bonham +Chris Crowder
    http://goo.gl/CUJpP 2nd Place +Christina Lawrie +Chris Crowder +Larry Moss
    http://goo.gl/CsQmf 3rd Place +Erika Thornes +Simone Linke
    http://goo.gl/O3AGn Honorable Mentions (16 photos)


    GROSS
    If you want the link to these, you'll have to ask +Chrysta Rae


    DRINKS ON FIRE
    http://goo.gl/8LK7N entire album (199 photos)
    http://goo.gl/YtOhI 1st Place +Jake Johnson +Layla Kuyper +Kenny Shepard
    http://goo.gl/Vd2hW 2nd Place +Christopher Germano +Eustace James
    http://goo.gl/9uRd3 3rd Place +Eustace James +Jamie Rich +Erika Thornes
    http://goo.gl/z4JQG Honorable Mentions (13 photos)


    BATH
    http://goo.gl/uW9KZ entire album (218 photos)
    http://goo.gl/VSqvE 1st Place +Ed Sweeney +Erika Thornes +Chris Davies
    http://goo.gl/6VLIG 2nd Place +William Rainey +Amy G +Sam Breach
    http://goo.gl/7E0bD 3rd Place +Erika Thornes +Chris Crowder +Anne Durand
    http://goo.gl/nGeb3 Honorable Mentions (12 photos)


    SOFT
    http://goo.gl/aUrx4 entire album (227 photos)
    http://goo.gl/HcwvQ 1st Place +Jason Stone +Jason Rykiss +Vincent Dale
    http://goo.gl/u7P0A 2nd Place +Eustace James +Susan Porter +Aldene Preddie
    http://goo.gl/gxjbD 3rd Place +Christina Lawrie +Jim Stout +William Rainey
    http://goo.gl/V6K7X Honorable Mentions (13 photos)


    MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Sign up for the next +Chrysta Rae's Photography Scavenger Hunt starts on Wednesday, April 25th at 12 NOON (Mountain Time) and will close as soon as the first 500 spots are gone!*
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  • Shannon Adelson2014-04-07 20:14:41
    Are you ready to RUMBLE?

    Nope, sorry, not just yet... In a few more days, +April Hill and I will face off against one another in the latest #PhotographyDeathMatch . Click through the link below to get all the details from +Tamara Pruessner's post. April and I have been tasked with shooting "Architecture", a category with which both of us are entirely unfamiliar. I've spent the last few days studying, trying to come up with ideas for the match, while she's down in New Orleans partying preparing her own images.  

    The weather wasn't very cooperative today, pouring rain since dawn and hasn't stopped yet. But I'll be out again first thing tomorrow morning, looking for some magical interiors and exteriors to shoot for Thursday's competition....

    Keep your fingers crossed, 'cause I need all the luck I can get!
    http://goo.gl/Enpnfm
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-03-05 05:40:07
    Sometime last year I developed a passion for shooting flowers, and that likely would not have happened if it weren't for learning about and participating in +Chrysta Rae's Photography Scavenger Hunt.  The community of Hunters have become an extended family: joking and laughing, teasing and taunting, educating and entertaining.  

    I chose this image tonight because it represents an aspect of #huntlove  that should not be underestimated: our passionate gratitude for this activity's creator +Chrysta Rae.  Chrysta Rae is perhaps one of the most caring and generous individuals I have ever met online.  Over the past year I've had the privilege to participate in her community, and not only make some wonderful photo friends, but also learn a lot along the way.  I've witnessed some incredible transformations, as artists develop their styles and enhance their talents.  And as any artist can tell you, there are moments when things aren't going the way you want, and you are tempted to give up.

    Take a close look at this image, and notice how despite the obvious presence of lingering raindrops, the petals are beaming with radiance, ready to shine anew. +Chrysta Rae has been the sunshine on G+ many times over for many, many people. And no matter how many challenges or obstacles are in her path, she never loses faith in the process, and continues to support and encourage everyone that plays.

    This image was processed using +onOne Software which I would not have discovered if not for fellow scavengers +Brian Matiash and +Jacob Lucas providing such helpful tutorials on how to use it.

    Any list I might offer would inevitably leave someone out I should have remembered to include. But here are just a few of the scavengers who have greatly enhanced my experiences here, and to whom I am grateful for their spirited conversations and delightful personalities:

    +kimberton pemberly +Derek Kind +Elizabeth Hahn +Stuart Dyckhoff +Elizabeth Lund +Mark Rodriguez +Shannon Brearley +Eustace James +Lauri Novak +Vincent Dale +eleisa barbour +Richard Ball +Celeste Odono +Gene Bowker +Beth Akerman +Ralph Mendoza +Rhea Surgimath +Christopher Germano +Kim Troutman 

    If you are not already following these people, then what the heck is wrong with you please go check them out! I am sure your stream will be enriched even more than you can imagine...  
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  • Shannon Adelson2012-03-08 19:40:46
    What is your SuperHero name?

    A few months ago, +Melody Lynn asked her circle peeps to participate in a fun game. http://goo.gl/R78Qw It went on for days, and provided continuous humor for us all.

    Wanna play? The formula is simple:

    The color of your shirt + the first object to your left = Your Superhero Name

    Add your answer in the comments below.
    I'll go first. . .
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  • Shannon Adelson2014-02-04 14:59:50
    "The pure air and dazzling snow belong to things beyond the reach of all personal feeling, almost beyond the reach of life. Yet such things are a part of our life, neither the least noble nor the most terrible."
    ~Frederick Soddy


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    The view out my window during yesterday's snowstorm...

    +Tree Tuesday curated by +Christina Lawrie +Shannon S. Myers +Allan Cabrera +Ralph Mendoza +Kim Troutman #TreeTuesday

    +My Town Tuesday curated by +Melanie Kintz +Jamie Furlong #mytowntuesday

    #snow   #snowstorm   #winterwonderland  
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-08-11 01:07:05
    Service with a Smile

    I don't often do street photography, but my wife and I went on a food tour this morning in Manayunk (a Philly suburb), and I caught this candid moment when the waitress was returning from serving at one of the sidewalk tables. I didn't even notice her shirt until I opened this on the desktop at home.

    Question:
    "Do you tip your wait staff more when they flirt with you?"






    +All Things Monochrome curated by +Charles Lupica +Bill Wood #allthingsblackandwhite

    +HQSP Urban & Street Photos curated by +Rhea Surgimath +Michael Sonntag +Оксана Крысюкова #HQSPUrbanStreetPhotos

    +Monochrome World curated by +andi rivarola #monochromeworld

    +StreetPhotography curated by +Tatiana Parmeeva +Maria Roco #streetphotography

    +StreetPics curated by +Arnold Goodway #StreetPics

    #StreetSaturday  by +Siddharth Pandit
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-08-02 22:51:13
    Project 52 B&W
    Week 31: Nature
    #P52BW13   |  +Project 52 B&W 
    Curated by +Tisha Craw +Susan Porter & +Lauri Novak 

    I'm really far behind in updating this album, but I'm going to try to upload a few more missing ones this weekend. I was driving around rural Pennsylvania this afternoon, and the scene just seemed so rustic and natural, I thought I'd give it a try. 

    After initial edits in LR5, played around with the sliders in SEP for a while, but still not sure I got exactly what I wanted. Perhaps this is just one of things that becomes more comfortable over time...

    


    +Farm Friday curated by +Ellie Kennard +Steven Kennard +Sofie Løve Forsberg #farmfriday

    +All Things Monochrome curated by +Charles Lupica +Bill Wood #allthingsblackandwhite

    +Monochrome World curated by +andi rivarola #monochromeworld
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-07-23 22:10:24
    “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.”
    ~Benjamin Franklin

    “Work is the curse of the drinking classes.”
    ~Oscar Wilde


    I didn't want +Isabelle Fortin to drink alone, so I'll grab a brew in honor of #TipsyTuesday  and share a toast with this theme's bartenders: +Levi Moore +Tara Romasanta +Jason Kowing 

    "Cheers!"
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-06-19 02:23:08
    “I tried to discover, in the rumor of forests and waves, words that other men could not hear, and I pricked up my ears to listen to the revelation of their harmony.”
    ~Gustave Flaubert

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

    +Tree Tuesday was originally the brain-child of +Christina Lawrie and +Shannon S. Myers but is now also curated by the entire #TreeTuesday  team including +Ralph Mendoza +Allan Cabrera and +Kim Troutman. 
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-05-31 19:45:27
    Comic Con Philadelphia 2013

    I took approximately 23 portraits yesterday. Thanks again to +Chris Chabot and +Jennifer Bailey for helping me find the courage to walk up to strangers and ask if I may shoot them. Only one person declined, and while I didn't achieve my original goal of 100 Strangers in the same day, I definitely had fun trying!

    It will take me a while to sift through all the images, and decide which ones warrant further editing. But here is the first one.

    Her name is Rosanna, and you can find her on that other network.
    https://www.facebook.com/Rosanna.Rocha.Cosplayer
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-05-25 00:38:26
    1st Day in Colorado

    We arrived in Denver this morning, and spent most of the day at Rocky Mountain National Park. Although exhausted from our adventures, wanted to share a quick pic before grabbing a nap.

    The attached panorama was shot #SOOC with my #Nexus4 phone.

    #mobilography #mountains

    And YES, it is almost June, and there was plenty of snow left on the mountaintops.
    
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  • Shannon Adelson2014-02-18 20:42:29
    Surviving the Ice Storm

    Good Afternoon, Plus Peeps! You might have noticed I haven't been online as much as usual lately. Between the power outages and constant precipitation, things have been pretty hectic around here. I'm not a fan of Winter as is, but shoveling snow day after day has left me too exhausted to edit and share. Add to that the unbearably low temperatures, and my mood has been as grey as the skies.

    However, the sun is coming out, and the temps went up a few degrees, so I wanted to take this opportunity to share my visual journey from the past couple weeks. I don't normally post an entire album at once; but I made an exception in this case, because the subject is thematically linked, and I know there are tons of folks out there that appreciate what we've all been through with the weather this month.

    I'd also like to extend warm and heartfelt thanks to the brave #PECO  employees who risk their lives during horrible conditions to get our utilities working again. A couple of years ago there was a huge storm in the Summer, and we lost power for four days. At that time, the #PECO  website was very unreliable, continually giving us projected timelines for repair, and then constantly missing them with further delays. So imagine my great surprise after this last storm where they fixed our neighborhood days ahead of schedule, getting us back online and able to warm the house and ourselves again.

    As most of you can probably guess, when there's no power you also lose all of your cable, which for us includes TV, internet and phone. I've definitely had my share of complaints about +Comcast in the past, but following this recent storm they really came through. Within just a few hours of power being restored to our town, they had our service up and running again, so we could get online and get back to business as usual. 

    As a person who is constantly plugged-in, I'm not sure which was worse, losing all of our connectivity or losing our heat. Nevertheless, with the major storm now in our rear view, we are focused on moving forward. We were lucky enough to find a hotel that had power, and stay warm for the few nights that our town was dark. But one thing that really annoyed me was that nearly all of the local hotels significantly hiked their rates during the storm. We called around to compare, and some of the prices were nearly double or triple what they were before the storm hit. I understand businesses need to make a profit, but I have a moral and ethical objection to profiting off the suffering of others. 

    Anyway, that's what's been happening in our neck of the woods here in rural Pennsylvania. Hope you are all staying safe and dry wherever you are located. Warmest wishes for a speedy end to Winter and a glorious return to Spring!

    All of these images were shot with my little Panasonic point and shoot, since I didn't really want to take the DSLR out in the icy rain, sleet and slush. Enjoy the attached album, and let me know what you think. Thanks!

    +Tree Tuesday curated by +Christina Lawrie +Shannon S. Myers +Allan Cabrera +Ralph Mendoza +Kim Troutman #TreeTuesday

    #winter   #winterwonderland   #winterstorm   #pax   #paxstorm   #stormdamage   #snowstorm   #snowstorm2014   #snowpocalypse   #weather   #polarvortex   #winterstormpax   #icicles  
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-09-20 21:40:18
    Seafood by the Sea

    Most of you know I'm a vegetarian, but my wife is the opposite, preferring  Surf 'n Turf over anything green and leafy. But sometimes there's an up side... I get to take pictures of the interesting stuff she eats!

    This is one of her favorites: Ahi Tuna Salad. For more information about the restaurant we dined at last weekend, check out their full menu here:
    http://www.skippersdock.com/index.html

    Before we went away on vacation, I promised my friend +matthew rappaport that I'd be on the lookout for #foodporn  to share. So I hope you enjoy the view; and in case you're wondering, she says it was yummy!



    +FoodFriday curated by +D. DeMonteverde +Natty Netsuwan +Moon Lee +Jenn Oliver #FoodFriday

    +ColorsOnFriday curated by +Karsten Meyer +Britta Rogge #ColorsOnFriday
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-08-13 18:36:01
    “Most of us are imprisoned by something. We're living in darkness until something flips on the switch.”
    ~Wynonna Judd





    This image is from one of the abandoned hallways at the Eastern State Penitentiary (Philadelphia, PA). Many thanks to +Stacey Heritage for the use of her tripod ballhead, so that I could experiment with a long exposure.

    Nikon D90 with Nikkor 70-300 @145mm
    ISO 500
    10 second exposure at f/27

    For more information about shooting inside this location, feel free to check out their website: http://www.easternstate.org/



    +TuesDecay curated by +Ian Ference +Jean-Claude Dahn +Christian Gruner #TuesDecay

    +HQSPPromotion curated by +Rinus Bakker +Carina Marsh +Marina Versaci +Syuzanna Avetisyan +Thierry Raemaekers +Tammy Boldt #hqsppromotion


    #urbex   #urbexphotography   #urbexploration   #decayphotography   #decayeveryday   #abandoned   #abandonedplaces   #abandonedbuildings   #abandonedphotography   #nikonphotography   #nikond90      
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-06-24 13:33:25
    "Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world."
    ~Marilyn Monroe



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



     +Shoes Monday  #shoesmonday  
    +Olga Kafka +Laura Harding +Mee Ming Wong +Erwin Vindl +Thomas Andersen +Paul Wright 


    +Monochrome Monday  #monochromemonday  
    +Steve Barge +Jerry Johnson +Martin Heller +Hans Berendsen +David Orr 
    #blackandwhitephotography   #monochromephotography  
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-05-21 18:34:04
    CIRCLE | PLUS | COMMENT | SHARE
    Discuss.

    While many of us are taking a pause from uploading new photos (since Google is still busy fixing the album issues), I figured it was a good time for a discussion about how we manage our levels of community engagement...

    CIRCLES
    "Do you circle everyone who follows you?"
    I routinely review new followers as they appear in my Inbox. However, more often than not, unless we share common interests, I'll usually bookmark their profile, and check back again in a week or so. I evaluate the content in their stream, and see if anything sticks out to me. Also, I regularly check for familiarity. Has this person engaged with me on any of my posts or those of my friends? Have I previously engaged on theirs? If the answer is NO, then usually they do not get added to my Circles, but I might come across them in other Communities or shared from someone else's stream.

    PLUS
    I do most of my web surfing on my #Nexus4  smart phone, which has a very fast #Android  app for Google+. Because of the smallish screen, though, many posts only show the image plus a few lines of text. If the image grabs my attention, I might click through to read further and/or comment. If there isn't any attached image, then unless I already know that the person posting hosts excellent discussions, I might not take the time to read the entire expanded post. 
    For more about this line of thinking, check out the fabulous conversation ("Scrolling") from +Jerry Johnson last Friday:
    https://plus.google.com/u/0/110041558267751969861/posts/6gwFyYbrf8k

    COMMENT
    This is an easy one. Because the stream fills up so quickly, I take great pains to try and keep my Circles as organized and efficient as possible. When I'm viewing on the desktop, I take far more time to interact with people throughout my full stream. But when I only have a few minutes at a time, or am viewing exclusively on my phone, then I have a few go-to circles that contain folks whose posts I hope to never miss! These people are my VIPs, and I greatly treasure their interactions, because that engagement is the social media foundation that creates such value for this community. I am grateful for each and every person that takes the time to read and comment on my posts. In turn, I strive to add value to those I comment on as well, whether it be humor, advice, questions, answers, or simply a casual greeting. 

    SHARE
    Did I ask a question to which you provided the answer? Did you teach me something I really needed and wanted to learn? Does your work inspire me so much that I want to make sure others hear about it? Are you representing a cause I believe in? These are just a few of the possible reasons I might share someone else's work from my page. For the most part, I share my own photography, typically no more than once or twice per day. And if I do share material from someone else, I generally disable comments, leading the discussion back to the original post as intended.

    How do YOU manage your engagement here on G+?
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-04-07 13:01:07
    Good Morning, Plus Peeps

    Last week on Wednesday, I had the pleasure of attending the first stop on the +Scott Kelby _Shoot Like A Pro_ tour. It was a full day of classes at the Philadelphia Convention Center.

    To learn more about this tour, check out the links below:
    http://scottkelby.com/2013/announcing-my-new-shoot-like-a-pro-tour/
    http://kelbytraining.com/tours/scott-kelby-digital-photography-tour/

    Among the many new tips and tricks I learned, were some interesting camera settings I hadn't tried before. I am always amazed by shooters who get it right in camera, thus reducing the time and energy needed for post-processing.

    This is a shot I took yesterday at +Longwood Gardens with a kit (not macro) lens, no special lighting, no flash, all created with settings in the camera, a lot of patience, and a little luck. I shot about a dozen frames before I got this one, but I'm pretty happy with the result. I can't tell you how many times I looked at the back of my camera on that tiny 3" LCD screen thinking I got something great, only to get back to the full-size monitor on the desktop and be disappointed that it wasn't nearly what I thought I had. 

    However, there is light at the end of that tunnel, folks! Even if you are already a pro, you will learn things from Scott Kelby that will amaze you, and all of a sudden things will click and make more sense.

    If there isn't a live tour stop near you, go online and check out their incredible selection of training classes. +KelbyTraining.com has a fantastic roster of instructors and courses in many topics that might interest you. The curriculum is always being updated with new material, and you can view it at your own convenience 24/7.

    Thank you +Scott Kelby for taking the time to share your secrets, and help us all make better images!
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-12-07 15:43:33
    "If you feed them, they will come..."

    Fork.
    Knife.
    Napkin.
    #seagullbutt ???

    While on vacation last week in Puerto Rico, I promised +Robin Griggs Wood that I would not be on the lookout for a contribution to the #seagullbuttsaturday non-theme. Since I did actually get a willing participant to pose for me, I should also probably not alert the non-curators about this find. 
    +Christin McLeod +Sassi Sassmannshausen +Ursula Klepper +Ellie Kennard +Lauri Novak +Richard Ball +Cora Triton +Craig Szymanski +Melissa Beagle +Lou McCorkle +Joy mum +Steve Savoie +Pam Wolfe +Jon Cassill +Debby Moran +Annie Irving +Tom McGowan +Christina Lihani +Diana Boyd +Alex Lapidus +Rob Lopes +Bette Kauffman 
    I hope everyone is having a pleasant weekend so far! Very glad to be back on the mainland, with broadband, Lightroom, and my iMac.


    ===========================


    +Birds4All curated by +Walter Soestbergen #Birds4All

    +BIRD LOVERS Worldwide curated by +Robert SKREINER #birdloversworldwide

    +HQSP Birds curated by +Claire Jennings +Philippe Avenel +Delcour Eric +Marina Versaci #hqspbirds
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-09-19 15:28:40
    Boredom & Fatigue

    Over the last few weeks, it feels like I've spent more time in airports than in the comfort of my own bed. I know some of you are familiar with that feeling, right? While I almost always love the destination, getting there can sometimes be a pain. Gates are changed, flights are delayed, yet one airport aspect remains the same: waiting.

    How do YOU pass the time, while en route to the next stop on your journey? If you're blessed to be in an airport with strong WiFi, then there are usually many distractions available. But when gaming, or catching up on emails isn't an option, many of us resort to either sleep or sustenance.

    Which brings me to the point of my post today... COFFEE! Whatever your beverage of choice, in the airport you often encounter folks consuming caffeine with the same necessity and inevitability as the air they breathe. Some of us do it to stay awake, while others simply do it out of habit.

    What is YOUR airport ritual? How do YOU prefer to combat the boredom and fatigue?





    #CoffeeThursday  is curated by the highly caffeinated team including +Jason Kowing +Maki Silberberg +Stuart Dyckhoff +Sairam Sundaresan. 
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-08-20 15:12:17
    RESHARE:
    There's A First For Everything

    As far as I know, this is the first time anyone has ever written an article about one of my images! So, you'll have to forgive me if the walls are shaking a little, from me jumping up and down in excitement!

    I mean, if there's one thing I've discovered from this experience, it's that you never know how your image will affect someone else...

    Many thanks to +D. Travis North for the incredibly thoughtful essay about my picture. Please head on over to his Blog and read his insightful observations about the facility where the image was taken.

    His piece is very enlightening, and I recommend checking it out! 

    If you enjoy it, then you might also like his Community by the same name: +Shutter Photo Magazine  

    Looking forward to hearing everyone's feedback!

    Reshared text:
    Today we feature a great new perspective from the mind of +Shannon Adelson featuring the great Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia.  This is a setting that this author is very familiar with, but I'll admit I never saw this scene the way Shannon portrayed.  Read on to be inspired and to gain some confidence in your work.  
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-07-11 17:47:18

    Overcoming Challenges

    On my post last week +Susan Porter asked if I had any tips or tricks about capturing images of these furry friends. As it turns out, I definitely faced a few obstacles, so I thought I'd write a post about them.

    On my first visit to this particular animal shelter there were two challenges that struck me immediately: lighting and movement. I quickly observed that the lighting (from room to room, kennel to kennel) varied considerably, and many rooms didn't have any windows, so relying on industrial fluorescents in the ceiling wasn't ideal. White balance wasn't a big issue, since I always shoot in RAW. But getting enough of the right kind of light in the right place was initially quite frustrating.

    Many shelters have a wide range of animals in different sizes, shapes and personalities. Some cats warmed up immediately and it was obvious they didn't mind the interaction. Others were scared, not only of this new person in their space, but some appeared terrified of the flash. Despite cranking up my ISO, I still encountered images that were somewhat blurry due to insufficient light. I had to get creative, and think outside the box; so I went out to the parking lot, and grabbed the emergency flashlight from the trunk of my car, and basically maneuvered it to partially light small areas as best as possible.

    How did I fix the lighting?

    On my second visit I brought not only on and off-camera flash, but a couple of flashlights, a basic home-made reflector, and a couple of modifiers (including the +Gary Fong Flash Diffusers, standard and snoot). The image below was shot at ISO 2000 in order to stabilize the shutter speed (1/60 handheld), but also allow a shallow DOF (f/5.6) to blur the background (unsightly cages, metal bars, etc). As you can see here, the lighting is relatively even, allowing this beautiful feline face to be featured prominently and in sharp focus.

    What if the animal is scared/restless and won't stop moving?

    This happens quite a lot, but there are a few things I learned that help. Familiarity is key, so if there is a primary caregiver that does their feeding, cleaning and nurturing, ask if that person is available to assist and be present during the shoot. For the kittens that were apprehensive, I spent time playing with them, letting them sniff (me and) my gear. Usually within a few minutes they relax enough for me to bring up the camera and begin snapping a few test shots for settings. Eventually they become accustomed to the clicking sounds, and then I can really compose without disturbing them. In a few extreme cases, where the animals just couldn't maintain calm long enough for staged (still frame) shots, I shot brief intervals of video, and later pulled the best frames to edit in Lightroom. Keep in mind, although pulling still shots from video isn't always going to be high resolution, it's usually sufficient for the web. Remember, the goal is getting exposure for the animals, and helping them find loving homes. If the resulting image looks like a pet portrait, then that's an added bonus!

    Anyway, that's my story, and it's a journey I started a couple of months ago and continue to do in my free time today. I look forward to hearing your story and how helping animals has enriched your life.


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


    Shared with +#ThankfulThursday because I'm grateful to have fur babies in my life, and for the opportunity to help facilitate abandoned and homeless furry friends finding loving owners to snuggle with. #ThankfulThursday  is curated by +Bonnie Pickartz.

    I recently discovered some themes I haven't shared with yet, so am also tagging +HQSP Animals and curators +Marina Versaci and +Joe Urbz from the  #hqspanimals  theme.

    Many thanks to +Erin Davila-Onu for alerting me to the fact that #everydayiscaturday  with more opportunities to share with people who love #cats  and #kittens

    Lastly, I'm tagging +Robert SKREINER (already well known for his +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS project) as I was just told he manages the +CATS all over the World page as well.

    Happy Thursday, Everyone!
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-05-17 02:54:41
    "No matter how little money and how few possessions you own, having a dog makes you rich."
    ~Louis Sabin




    I had the privilege of photographing this puppy yesterday, and wanted to share the image/story with you all (a little early) for +Fido Friday.  My friend cares for multiple animals (cats, dogs, and even a horse, too). Some of them are her permanent pets family members, and others she fosters until she helps them find a new home.

    My wife and I regularly donate to local and national organizations like the Humane Society, PETA, ASPCA, etc. However, my friend brought to my attention that sometimes even more than monetary donations, these places need additional caregivers, people who love animals, and volunteer their time and compassion until these babies find more permanent homes.


    "A bone to the dog is not charity. Charity is the bone shared with the dog, when you are just as hungry as the dog."
    ~Jack London

     
    I'm not a fan of using posts to preach on behalf of a cause, so suffice to say I have a huge admiration for people who love animals. If you are a pet owner, and you treat your animals like they are part of your family, then you are a superstar in my book.


    Special thanks to the #FidoFriday  crew:
    +mel peifer +Wes Lum +Lisa Lisa +Suhaib Ayaz 

    #dogs   #pets   #animalphotography  
    #doglovers  
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-05-08 16:24:06
    Too OLD To Learn Something NEW???

    "Make pictures you like, not pictures you think someone else will like. If you do, the clients will come."

    +Zack Arias referenced this quote on his Blog, and he gave some excellent examples from shooters you've probably heard of.  Since I only recently started this new path of my photography journey, it's too early for me to say whether or not it will work out as described.

    I'm curious to hear how y'all feel about that quote, and what YOUR experiences have been thus far, especially for those starting a new or second career later in life...

    (Many thanks to +Kate Hailey from whom I borrowed this article she posted on her FB page.)
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-02-22 20:57:32
    Good Morning, Plus Peeps!

    Aloha from Maui

    This is the view from our seaside table at breakfast this morning. The Sea House restaurant on Napili beach.

    #sooc #panorama #nexus4
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  • Shannon Adelson2012-08-01 10:35:03
    *Floral Mystique*

    Good Morning, Plus Peeps

    Here's yet another floral image from our recent trip to Mystic, CT.  These spiky little flowers were in a potted display along the sidewalk in front of the docks.  This plant was gently nestled among what looked like dozens of cacti. Once I started playing with the processing in post, I simply couldn't stop until I got this!
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  • Shannon Adelson2012-02-14 14:49:15
    If I lost 1,000 followers today, but gained just one new commenter with true insights, I'd consider that a fantastic bargain... In my opinion, quality will always hold more value than quantity.

    Would you trade popularity for a more enlightened understanding of your own artistic journey? (I'm not saying it has to be one or the other, simply posing a question.)
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  • Shannon Adelson2014-03-25 14:46:37
    "You must understand, young Hobbit, it takes a long time to say anything in Old Entish. And we never say anything unless it is worth taking a long time to say."
    ~Treebeard, from Lord of the Rings


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    While visiting friends in New Jersey this past weekend, I observed this wonderful tree art in their backyard. I've seen similar offerings in gardening magazines (and in Skymall on the airplane), but never rendered with such detail, matching the bark textures and colors in just the right sizes, shapes and proportions. Someone obviously went to a good deal of effort to make this look as creatively authentic as possible. And I'd say they did a pretty fantastic job. The first few people I showed it to thought I must have made it in Photoshop. But I assure you, this is as seen on the tree, only adding a bit of contrast and clarity in Lightroom, and a teensy bit of glow and vignette from onOne.


    +Tree Tuesday curated by +Christina Lawrie +Allan Cabrera +Ralph Mendoza +Kim Troutman #TreeTuesday
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-12-10 17:48:13
    If I stare at this long enough, will the snow in my driveway go away?

    Here's another snap from our vacation in Puerto Rico over the long Thanksgiving weekend. We had Lunch at a little restaurant called Peruriccan overlooking the beach in Condado. You can check out the unique menu at their website here:
    http://www.perurrican.com

    If you missed my panorama last week, it was taken from this same spot, right after we ate.
    http://goo.gl/tBhZ0K


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    +Lonely Chair Tuesdays curated by +Rachel Tine +Lauri Novak #lonelychairtuesdays

    +Sea Tuesday curated by +Julia Anna Gospodarou #SeaTuesday

    #sanjuan   #puertorico   #condado   #beach   #waves  
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-10-18 00:47:26
    P is for Pelican

    #abcproject  by +Levi Moore 

    ==================================


    +BIRD LOVERS Worldwide curated by +Robert SKREINER #birdloversworldwide

    #birds4all : +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones +Walter Soestbergen
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-07-01 14:52:07
    I wonder what +Rachel Tine did to deserve getting spanked with a plank by +Jeff Moreau? I know one thing though, it definitely looks like they were having a good time!
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-05-01 14:34:50
    Say "AAAAAH"

    You know how whenever you go to the Doctor, they tell you to stick out your tongue, so they can shove a popsicle stick down your throat? And they never even let you consume said popsicle first, right? Well, you know I'm a rebel, so my flower is symbolically sticking its tongue out at each and every disease that causes people anxiety, frustration, and discomfort.

    +kimberton pemberly has been under the weather lately, so in an effort to cheer her up, a bunch of folks are posting happy thoughts and warm wishes all to simply say ♥♥♥ #WeLoveYouPemberton  ♥♥♥

    While many of the people I follow here on G+ are photographers, I don't always follow them exclusively for their photography. Kim is one of my favorite photographers on G+, and also happens to be one of the funniest and most creative people you'll meet.  She regularly demonstrates her quirky sense of humor, whether her posts are photo-related or not...

    If you are not already Circling her, head on over to her profile right now and check out her amazingly artistic images!
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  • Shannon Adelson2011-12-29 23:03:09
    +Klout is still a mystery to me, and will probably remain so... But it's always nice when they take the time to shed a little more light on how their processes continue to develop over time. I agree with +Joe Fernandez (and I'm paraphrasing here) that you really have to listen to and understand the people you are trying to influence, for without them, your words might fall on deaf ears.

    So I have two questions for you, Joe:

    (1) How does one get invited to join the Klout Squad?

    (2) Does +Megan Berry need help sorting through the
    1 billion daily @mentions on Twitter? 8¬)

    And a bonus question, in case the two above weren't interesting enough...
    How about scheduling a +Klout Hangout?
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  • Shannon Adelson2014-01-24 21:44:38
    "Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth."
    ~John F. Kennedy


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    +FloralFriday curated by +Tamara Pruessner +Beth Akerman +Eustace James +Kiki Nelson #floralfriday

    +HQSP Flowers curated by +Anja Wessels +Kawthar A +Krystina Isabella Brion +jon-paul Jones +Maria B-R +Zita Nahm +Kanlaya Chungsangornpornsuk #hqspflowers

    +Everything Green curated by +andi rivarola #everythinggreen

    Texture Blend Photography curated by +Gemma Costa #TextureBlendPhotography +Texture Blend Photography
    The Official TextureBlendThursday Photo Theme curated by +Christine Hauber +Matt Suess #TextureBlendThursday +The Official TextureBlendThursday Photo Theme Page
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-10-04 12:31:16
    C is for Cat
    "...or Curiosity, as these adorable felines are known to exhibit throughout their nine lives"

    Day 3/26 of the #abcproject  curated by +Levi Moore 



    +HQSP Animals curated by +Mark HELM +Jim Haner +Krystina Isabella Brion +Delcour Eric +Claire Jennings #hqspanimals

    #caturdayeveryday  
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-09-14 01:47:11
    Ridin' the Tide

    I have no idea what this looks like on the large screen, but wanted to share a quick snap from our outing today. Floating down the inlet off the coast of Westerly, Rhode Island.

    #Nexus4 #SOOC
    #mobilography #android
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-07-17 20:20:06
    I had the opportunity to shoot Runaway Train at an outdoor Concert in the Park on Monday night. They billed themselves as Americana, playing everything from Johnny Cash to the Dixie Chicks. 

    For anyone interested, here's a link to the rest of my shots from that night:  http://goo.gl/iow4t

    Pictured below are JIM REZAC (electric guitar) and BOBBI FISHER (vocals/guitar). For more information about the band, check out their website:  http://www.reverbnation.com/ratband



    #livemusic   #concertphotography  for #welovemusicwednesday  curated by +Harmony Goodson +Folletto Folletto +LaDonna Pride +Trillian Petrova +Andy Q. +FolleRadio - WeLoveMusicWednesday 

    #musiceveryday   #musicphotography   #music   #countrymusic   #americana  
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-06-28 16:47:12
    Happy Birthday G+!

    Wow, hasn't the time flown by quickly?  Seems like just yesterday we were goofing around in the beta, connecting with other photographers and artists from around the World...

    What a wild ride it has been!

    SO grateful to be a part of this community, and looking forward to many more adventures here.

    Time to go pack for the drive to NYC, and the amazing event tomorrow:
     +The Google + Two Year Anniversary Photowalk


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

    Oh yeah, and by the way, it's +FloralFriday (as if you didn't know that already). Wishing a fabulous weekend to the entire #FloralFriday  crew including +Tamara Pruessner +Eustace James +Beth Akerman +Kiki Nelson 

    #floralphotography   #happybirthdaygoogle+  
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-06-07 01:01:30
    Moonshine & Dynamite

    Did you know that, in addition to comic book characters, Comic Con also features a number of (old and new) television shows? While one might think the General Lee (of Dukes of Hazard fame) was the biggest attraction in this scene, I personally thought the foreground had many more exciting elements. 

    Yep, I can hear the warnings from Uncle Jesse loud and clear!
    "How many Dukes does it take to screw up a moonshine delivery?"

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    Just the good ol' boys
    Never meanin' no harm
    Beats all you never saw
    Been in trouble with the law
    since the day they was born

    Straightenin' the curves
    Flattenin' the hills
    Someday the mountain might get 'em
    but the law never will

    Makin' their way the only way they know how
    That's just a little bit more than the law would allow

    Just the good ol' boys
    Wouldn't change if they could
    Fightin' the system like a true modern day Robin Hood

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    for +Mark Rodriguez +Isabelle Fortin and +Cheryl Cooper in honor of their theme +Blast From The Past 
      #blastfromthepast   #blastfromthepastthursdays  

    also for +Jason Jakober +Tara Romasanta and +Amanda Recker  #lyricallyinspired  by the following...

    Dukes of Hazzard Theme
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  • Shannon Adelson2012-10-01 11:12:41
    Good Morning, Plus Peeps

    Start your day with something sweet...

    +Macro Monday theme-within-a-theme today is "food", so I'm sharing these delightful berries with you (and curators +Kelli Seeger Kim +Kerry Murphy and +Jennifer Eden).   

    #MacroMonday  will likely make lots of people hungry today, so click through the hashtag and see all the wonderful treats on which your eyes may feast!
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  • Shannon Adelson2012-05-10 10:16:39
    Good Morning, Plus Peeps!

    It is Thursday... What do you have planned?
    Anyone doing anything fun and exciting today?
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-10-23 22:36:43
    T is for Temporary (Shelter)

    #abcproject  by +Levi Moore 


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    When we humans fall on hard times, we can call a friend, or find alternate means of raising our spirits. But animals don't have such luxuries, especially those without permanent homes. When a new rescue arrives at a shelter, they are often scared and confused. It truly breaks my heart when I see animals victimized by unfortunate circumstances like abandonment, abuse, and worse things I don't even want to imagine. However, throughout the country there are a number of no-kill shelters that offer opportunities in a safe environment for these animals to regroup and rejuvenate, while waiting to find a new home.

    Last week I had the pleasure of spending a few hours at a local rescue, and volunteered my photography services, in an effort to assist them with increasing awareness about pets they have available for adoption. Due to the preference of the client, the images are hosted over on that other network. However, if you have an account there, and live anywhere in the Northeast USA (DE, PA, NY, NJ, VA, DC), please consider sharing one of the albums (linked below) on your timeline, and maybe together we can help them find new homes!


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    +DOG LOVERS Worldwide curated by +Robert SKREINER #dogloversworldwide

    +HQSP Animals curated by +Claire Jennings +Krystina Isabella Brion +Delcour Eric +Mark HELM #hqspanimals

    +The G+ DogPark curated by +su ann lim +J.C. Kendall #G +DogPark


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    For more information about the shelter, check out their website:
    http://www.companimals.org/
    And now to the important part, pictures of all these cute puppies....

    "Trinket"
    http://goo.gl/bWh5p9

    "Sherman"
    http://goo.gl/6sBJQI

    "Duke"
    http://goo.gl/FkyRCt

    "Trixie"
    http://goo.gl/yexX6Z

    "Quail"
    http://goo.gl/HWo87J

    "Cupcake"
    http://goo.gl/XTFfbY

    "Brutus"
    http://goo.gl/rjNB4B

    "Charlie"
    http://goo.gl/vZmLPr

    "Princess"
    http://goo.gl/NwXyWY

    "Domino"
    http://goo.gl/Aqj5wq

    "Faith"
    http://goo.gl/RjbXtF


    All photos by +Shannon Adelson.
    © 2013 Adelson Media, Inc. 
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-10-02 13:37:00
    B is for Bag

    Day 2/26 of the #abcproject  by +Levi Moore 

    Image processed in LR5, with conversion to B&W in Nik SEP2.



    +Bags Wednesday curated by +André Behrmann +Michael Behrmann +Magdalena MadZ +Magdalena Szczygieł +Nancy Battis Vita #bagswednesday

    +StreetPics curated by +Arnold Goodway #StreetPics
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-09-28 01:19:51
    Flowers Gently Floating...

    Such a peaceful flower, just gliding atop the still waters of a reflecting pond, disturbed only by the occasional ripples from a jumping toad.

    Relax. Clear your mind. Take a deep breath. #TGIF  

    NOW GO ENJOY THE WEEKEND!


    Before I head to sleep, I want to acknowledge a few Birthdays I found out about today. These people have all been in my Circles for quite some time, and if they aren't in yours yet, now's the time to go check out their amazing imagery!

    +Julie Jamieson +Gary Munroe +Anna Lowry 
    Happy Birthday, Plus Peeps!





    +FloralFriday  #FloralFriday  +Tamara Pruessner +Beth Akerman +Kiki Nelson +Eustace James 

    +FLOWER POWER curated by +Edith Kukla #flowerpower

    +HQSP Flowers curated by +Mark HELM +Anja Wessels +Tamam Newman +Kawthar AL ABDALLA +Michael Thomas Jeppesen +Delcour Eric +Claire Jennings #hqspflowers

    +YisforYellow curated by +Lucille Galleli #YisforYellow
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-09-11 04:34:14
    Canyon Hopping In Style...

    OK, I confess, I had to swallow a couple of dramamine before entering the chopper. But despite my sometimes crippling fear of heights, it was worth it to see the amazing views from 600 feet above the desert.

    In addition to the pilot, my wife and I were accompanied by 5 other guests on this aerial tour. It was an amazing experience, and I'm grateful I had the opportunity to take part in this adventure.

    The flight required a fuel stop, so the pilot allowed us to play musical chairs, and we each got a turn sitting up front with a 180 degree view of the horizon. 

    It's been a very long time since I had a shot to contribute to one of +Gene Bowker's themes, but I'm thrilled to submit this marvel of aircraft technology for #transporttuesday . 
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-08-30 15:04:07
    Meeting Heroes in Real Life

    A few months ago I attended the "Shoot Like A Pro" tour that +KelbyTraining.com hosted at the Philadelphia Convention Center. I stayed around at the end of the classes to get five minutes with the instructor who needs no introduction, Mr. Photoshop himself, the amazing +Scott Kelby!

    I've been using Photoshop for a few years now, but pretty much at the (enthusiastic) amateur level. I never realized how much +Adobe Photoshop and more importantly #Lightroom  would transform my photography forever in new ways I never anticipated. The more I learn, the more I find myself going back through older images and trying out the new techniques I've added to my digital toolbelt.

    So I finally took the plunge. Next week, for the first time ever, I will be attending Photoshop World in Las Vegas! Am I excited? You betcha!

    I know a few folks from G+ are attending also, and I look forward to meeting up with y'all in between classes and such.

    Counting down the days. . .

    #PSW13  
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-08-19 21:53:56
    "It takes a long time to become young."
    ~Pablo Picasso




    I think the older we get, the more we appreciate the little things that make life special. If we spend too much time seeking perfection, we miss some of the fleeting moments that help define our perspective. The next time you are overwhelmed with the stresses of daily life, close your eyes, and try to remember the most carefree moments of your younger years. What made you smile the most? What mental picture took you back to that state of relaxation and joy? Take a deep breath, smile, and (metaphorically) smell the roses. Can you smell this lovely pink bud? Good! Because I selected this wonderful bloom just for +Sumit Sen's Birthday!

    Happy Birthday, Sumit! 





    +Macro Monday curated by +Kerry Murphy +Jennifer Eden +Kelli Seeger Kim #macromonday

    +Pink Circle curated by +lane langmade +Cheryl Cooper #pinkcircle

    +FLOWER POWER curated by +Edith Kukla #flowerpower

    +HQSP Macro curated by +Vinod Krishnamoorthy #hqspmacro

    +Macro4All curated by +Walter Soestbergen +Bill Urwin +Mark O'Callaghan +Thomas Kirchen #Macro4All

    +HQSP Flowers curated by +Rinus Bakker +Tammy Boldt +Marina Versaci +Carina Marsh +Syuzanna Avetisyan +Thierry Raemaekers #hqspflowers
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-07-02 15:42:44
    "Pardon me, would you have any Grey Poupon?"
    1988 Grey Poupon Commercial

    Yep, it's true, I grew up in the 80s. I don't often get to see a car like this except on TV. So when I came across the masterpiece of automotive luxury, I just had to grab a few frames!

    I played around with the processing until I got something I liked, but who knew there was more than one Rolls Royce on that street under the Manhattan bridge?

    Check out a similar image captured by +reggie miller here:
    http://goo.gl/9PCRX

    for +TransportTuesday started by +Gene Bowker and also curated by +Annie Irving and +Michael Earley 
    #transporttuesday   #rollsroyce   #nyc   #luxurycars  
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-05-28 21:44:05
    Anime Anyone?

    I was walking down the street at the Boulder Creek Festival this past weekend, and came across a lovely actress engaging in some fantasy cosplay. My first instinct was to snipe a few frames with my zoom lens from across the street. However, thanks to +Jennifer Bailey and +Chris Chabot I decided to take a chance, introduce myself, and ask a stranger if I might shoot her portrait. To my great surprise, she agreed (just like Jennifer predicted). She posed for several minutes with a variety of expressions, then we exchanged business cards and went our separate ways.

    Thank you Chris for the inspiration to take a risk, and to Jennifer for preparing my mindset, so I was ready to act when the opportunity presented itself.

    To see Chris' original post entitled "200 New Friends" check out the following link:  
    https://plus.google.com/u/0/+ChrisChabot/posts/VJA8tjPkNJN

    for +PortraitTuesday  #PortraitTuesday  
    by +Laura Balc and +Tana Teel 
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-05-06 17:10:40
    "The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called TRUTH."
    ~Dan Rather




    Have you ever felt like you're living life on the edge, while those around you keep encouraging you to take even more risks, and delve further outside your comfort zone? With your entire body and soul aching for normalcy and the strength of a regular routine, you push forward, unaware of what's on the horizon. It can be is terrifying, but also highly educational and enlightening. Which path will you end up taking, and will you ever really know if you made the right choice?  



    Submitted for the weekly #MacroMonday  mini-theme Kitchen Objects with thanks to the +Macro Monday crew: +Kerry Murphy +Kelli Seeger Kim +Jennifer Eden +Jake Easley 


    Also submitted for +Monochrome Monday with thanks to the #MonochromeMonday  curators: +Jerry Johnson +Steve Barge +Hans Berendsen +David Orr +Dominique Hilbert +Martin Heller 


    Nikon D90 | Nikkor 70-300 @ 300mm | f/5.6 | ISO 1000 | 1/125 sec

    Processed with Lightroom 5 beta
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-04-22 15:20:52
    "Happiness held is the seed; happiness shared is the flower."
    ~William Feather





    A little experimentation with LR5 beta...
    #lightroom   #adobelightroom   #lr5   #lr5beta  
    +Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 




    for +Macro Monday  #MacroMonday  
    +Kelli Seeger Kim +Kerry Murphy +Jennifer Eden 

    and also for +Monochrome Monday  #MonochromeMonday  
    +Hans Berendsen +Jerry Johnson +Steve Barge 
    +Dominique Hilbert +David Orr +Martin Heller 


    #blackandwhitephotography   #blackandwhite   #bwphotography  
    #flowers   #flowerphotography  
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  • Shannon Adelson2012-09-06 01:09:08
    Sunflowers at Sunset

    A couple of months ago I saw an image of a sunflower field by +Jennifer Bailey and ever since then I have been hoping to create my own version.  

    Here is the link to her post from June: http://goo.gl/Cikyc

    For those that have been following my stream the last few days, you know I managed to get a few closeups of these majestic flowers, but didn't have any wide angle views from that shoot this past Holiday weekend.  So today on the drive home, I tried to find the field, and after wandering around aimlessly for 20 minutes, finally found this farm again!  (Yes, I remembered to log it in the GPS for next time.)  

    I only had the point and shoot with me this time, but waited until the sun was at the horizon, and then hoped for the best.  Hope you like the result.

    Good Night, Plus Peeps
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  • Shannon Adelson2012-09-03 02:58:22
    Is COMCAST on the fritz?

    Anyone else in the Northeast USA experiencing service outages from +Comcast?  

    Their customer service has always been horrible, but on this Holiday weekend when everyone is trying to enjoy festivities with their families, it puts a real cramp in the party when you lose TV, DVR, Internet and Phone all at the same time.

    What's worse, when you call to report the outage, all you get is a recording saying they are "working on it". There were no storms in the greater Philadelphia area yesterday or today, so why haven't they fixed the problem yet?  

    Some of us rely on connectivity for both personal and professional commitments.  I asked my wife if we ever got a reduced bill from them, during those times when we lost Triple-Play service, and she laughed at the notion... However, wouldn't it be nice if we as consumers of their various products had a means of communicating these frustrations to their senior management?  We always pay our monthly invoice in full, so why aren't we compensated in return when those services are unavailable?

    Who thinks we should get a partial refund when we don't get what we paid for?
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  • Shannon Adelson2014-04-06 23:17:47
    Are the streets of your town safe?

    Cosplay actors from all around the East Coast gathered in New Hope, Pennsylvania yesterday for the Steampunk Fantasy Faire. There was a wide variety of costumes, ranging from traditional elements reminiscent of the industrial revolution all the way to modern day steampunk pirates. 

    I attended the event with other photographers from the +Drink and Click™ Philadelphia posse, and although I didn't get much drinking done, I grabbed a bunch of character portraits. I'll be editing over the next few days to share with you all, and also looking forward to seeing the imagery from fellow shooters +Jeremy Albright +Nancy Battis Vita +Alan Allum +dPHender son and +Rachael Switalski. Unfortunately I wasn't able to stay for dinner, and missed the opportunity to catch up with +rich e. miller +reggie miller and +Stacey Heritage, a deficiency I hope to rectify in the near future.

    I knew very little about the steampunk movement before yesterday, but I learned quite a lot hanging out after the performance with the cast and crew of one of the theatre troupes. Many of the actors and actresses actually make their own costumes, which were quite interesting and detailed. I saw lots of gears and goggles, belts, buttons and weaponry of all shapes and sizes. In the coming days I'll share additional shots of what I witnessed. In the meantime, make sure to check out the streams of all the other shooters above, as I expect they'll have documented the festivities even better than I.

    If you live or work in the greater Philadelphia area, it would be awesome to see you at one of these events, so make sure to add +Drink and Click™ Philadelphia to your circles, and keep an eye on their page for updates on events and activities like the one yesterday.
    http://goo.gl/RDUmzs

    #steampunk   #steampunkfashion   #cosplay   #fantasy  
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  • Shannon Adelson2014-02-14 16:36:43
    Fleur de Lee

    Back during the early days of G+, when I first started posting to flower themes, there was a kind and thoughtful lady who always offered witty and wonderful commentary. I didn't know her personally, only through the online interactions of this social network. But she provided such beautiful and inspiring imagery, taking the viewer away to a fantasy land where butterflies, flowers and hummingbirds were in abundance. She saw magic in everyday life, and despite all of the challenges she faced, she remained optimistic and cheerful about the gift of experiencing life's joys and wonders. She overcame more than her share of obstacles, all the while appreciating the beauty around her. 

    When people in the community learned of her passing earlier this week, there was an outpouring of stories and emotions. These two posts below touched me the most, because they shared such an intimate look into her personality and vision. Please take a few minutes and read through them, as we honor her memory with cherished words and images.

    Inspirational People of G+
    An interview with Lee Daniels (by +Jake Johnson)
    http://goo.gl/DxEkdP

     Remembering Lee Daniels
    The First Time We Met (by +Tamara Pruessner)
    http://goo.gl/EhBx8r

    #rememberingleedaniels   #fleurdelee   


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    +FloralFriday curated by +Tamara Pruessner +Beth Akerman +Eustace James +Kiki Nelson #floralfriday
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-10-10 19:39:57
    I is for Intercourse (Pennsylvania, that is)

    #abcproject  by +Levi Moore 
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-10-01 21:51:05
    A is for Autumn

    Many thanks to +Levi Moore for hosting his #abcproject  once again, especially since I missed it last year. I'm so happy to be able to participate this time, and I hope to make it all the way through the entire month/alphabet!

    +Tree Tuesday curated by +Christina Lawrie +Shannon S. Myers +Allan Cabrera +Ralph Mendoza +Kim Troutman #TreeTuesday

    +HQSP Landscape curated by +Mark HELM +Jim Haner +Michael Thomas Jeppesen +Delcour Eric +Claire Jennings +Sebastian T. +Stefan Kierek +Michael Garza #hqsplandscape
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-09-17 14:35:33
    From the Ocean, Back to the Desert

    Our travel schedule has been hectic lately, but I want to get back into the groove of posting more from our recent adventures out West.  Here is another shot from our aerial tour through the Grand Canyon, and the marvel of machinery that got us in and out of there.

    There were a number of different tours available, but we liked the idea of landing for a brief picnic before continuing on our journey.

    If you're ever out in the area, check out the wide variety of tour options available:
    http://www.maverickhelicopter.com/tour-listing.aspx


    +TransportTuesday curated by +Gene Bowker +Annie Irving #TransportTuesday
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  • Shannon Adelson2013-08-14 14:27:09
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