The Journey of Landscape Photography and G+

I wore out my first copy of "Photographing Southwest, Volume 1 – A guide to the natural landmarks of Southern Utah" by +Laurent Martres. I loaded up my car and went on the road full time in September 2006, as my divorce started. Landscape photography, and that book, got me through a lot of rough times in the next few years. Eventually I started a Mono Lake and Yosemite regional guide, contacted Laurent, and by coincidence he was looking for someone to write a book to cover my home turf through San Diego! It has been a massive undertaking covering that much ground, but an amazing experience.

Most of the project has been accomplished while participating on Google+. G+ has a unique ability to handle what I call "long form social media", so I can include more information with posts. It also has the unique circle functionality so I can manage notifications and interaction by subject type, including geography. Add in Events for organizing things like photowalks, and Hangouts for capturing instructional demonstrations, and you have a formidable combination. Thanks to the excellent collection of technologies brought to fruition by +Bradley Horowitz +Yonatan Zunger +Dave Besbris +Vic Gundotra and no doubt hundreds of engineers I may never see or meet, we have powerful tools that can bring us together.

That concept of bringing people together was particularly effective from the beginning thanks to excellent community managers such as +Brian Rose, who valued and encouraged photowalks. Not only was I introduced to hundreds of photographers on G+ through photowalks, but as they occurred in Death Valley, Yosemite, the Eastern Sierra, Anza-Borrego State Park, on numerous state beaches and elsewhere, many G+ photographers were with me, in a very literal way, on the adventure of developing this book.

I've been a little busy this year sprinting done the final stretch to get this book out, but I'm looking forward to getting it out the door and getting back to more photography, and catching up, preferably in person, with many of the people around here that I haven't see in a while.

I didn't want this post to go on forever, so I've placed more on my blog. I'm sure that I'll have a lot more to say as this project winds down:

California Landscape Photography Guide Book
http://activesole.blogspot.com/2014/09/California-landscape-photography-guide-book.html
#landscapephotography #California #travel

 

3. Will a Facebook beta be available soon? I haven't been able to get the Facebook Comments code to work, so having Facebook posts and comments migrate to my blog could be a partial solution (although I might still have issues if Google Analytics is unable to track the views)

https://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/comments/

Comments
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A few quick questions +Daniel Treadwell

1. What are the ramifications of including or not including the canonical reference? I understand that Google may want to "de-duplicate" a G+ post from its identical blog mirror post, but if my blog becomes an aggregation point for my online content, as an author I would want the Google+ post to be the one demoted, not the post on my blog, where all traffic related to my content should aggregate.

2. Do you anticipate being able to use +Google Analytics to properly measure traffic and engagement on G+ posts? It's very nice to migrate comments to my WordPress blog along with the post, but Google Analytics does not track or credit any of the views of the post on G+. PR firms and brands use Google Analytics statistics to determine whether or not a blogger has influence, so the lack of statistics for either G+ or the same posts mirrored to a blog deeply degrades the value of activity and posts on G+.

Light Painting Tools for Night Photography

Examples of different kinds of lights, sources, prices, with a few example images from their use.

Blog post: http://activesole.blogspot.com/2014/09/what-lights-are-in-your-light-painting.html
#lightpainting #lightpaintingphotography #nightphotography

What Lights Are in Your Light Painting Bag?
What’s in your light painting bag? A lot of my lights are re-purposed from camping, backpacking, cycling, astronomy, and so on. A lot of the colored lights I use are from Dollar Tree or Amazon.com. I get asked a lot about w…

Expanded Eastern Sierra Fall Colors Album

My expanded fall colors album on G+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/112689391100142840168/albums/5922898679249951921
+Eastern Sierra Nevada Workshops #fallcolors #fallcolorsphotography #Fallcolorsworkshops

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Emergence
Coming soon…

http://www.jeffsullivanphotography.com/blog/eastern-sierra-fall-colors-photo-workshops/
#EasternSierra #fallcolors #photographyworkshop

 

100 Photos from Death Valley

As the weather cools and I look forward to returning to the desert in a few weeks, this morning I added a few dozen photos to my album from 2013 visits to Death Valley: 
https://plus.google.com/b/116469806647181209109/photos/116469806647181209109/albums/5857035748497514689

http://www.jeffsullivanphotography.com/blog/death-valley-photography-workshop-2013/
#DeathValley  +Death Valley Workshops  #photographyworkshops  

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Death Valley 2013
I've added more photos from last year's visits to Death Valley.  See the entire album at: https://plus.google.com/b/116469806647181209109/photos/116469806647181209109/albums/5857035748497514689

My Death Valley photography workshop schedule will be up soon at: www.JeffSullivanPhotography.com
#deathvalley   #Deathvalleyphotoworkshops   #deathvalleyphotography  

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Will You Use the New Poll Feature on G+?

- Yes
- No
- Whaat?

Google+ is still alive
and Google acquires Polar to give it some boost
http://www.techtimes.com/articles/15440/20140912/google-is-still-alive-and-google-acquires-polar-to-give-it-some-boost.htm

Google+ is still alive and Google acquires Polar to give it some boost
Google acquired online poll startup company Polar to boost Google+. Despite its struggles, Google+ remains very valuable to Google.

Death Valley 2014 So Far

A few more photos from my visits to Death Valley this year. See the whole album here on G+: https://plus.google.com/b/116469806647181209109/photos/116469806647181209109/albums/6010124205375557457

I'll have my photography workshop schedule up soon at: www.JeffSullivanPhotography.com
#deathvalley #deathvalleyphotography #photoworkshops

             

In Album Death Valley 2014

County Barn at Sunset

From our last night photography workshop at Bodie State Historic Park on  August 30, 2014.  I can't wait to go back out in a couple of weeks. With the sun setting around 6:30, we'll have over 4.5 hours of night shooting, roughly double what is available when the sun sets much later in mid-summer!

I've opened up the last few spots for separate night ($325) and interior access ($225):  www.JeffSullivanPhotography.com
 +Bodie Photo Workshops 
#landscapephotography   #photographyworkshop   #nightphotographyworkshops  

Bodie County Barn at sunset, August 30, 2014.

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Opened up Interior Workshop for Separate Enrollment

October 5 only $225 (Oct 4 night only $325). I had 3 enrollments yesterday and have 3 more interested; we're almost full.
Here are close to 180 sample interior shots here in an album on G+: https://plus.google.com/b/116719515450184310739/photos/116719515450184310739/albums/6037111458618593457

More info: http://www.jeffsullivanphotography.com/blog/bodie-night-photography-workshops/
#photographyworkshop #bodiestatehistoricpark #interiors

    

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Light Painting the Hoover House

+Ryan Watamura captured this image of the abandoned house where the brother of President Herbert Hoover lived in the late 1800s.  Check out more of Ryan's work… hard to believe that he only has 534 contacts: 
https://plus.google.com/+RyanWatamura/posts/HQNsU9q48u3 #nightphotography   #ghosttown   #bodiestatehistoricpark  +Bodie Photo Workshops 

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Hoover House and Milky Way, Bodie, California. #bodie +Bodie Photo Workshops +Jeff Sullivan +Maximilian Laue

Hoover House and Milky Way, Bodie, California. #bodie +Bodie Photo Workshops +Jeff Sullivan +Maximilian Laue

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Fun shot of the Milky Way over Bodie's green truck by +Larry Gibson

#bodiestatehistoricpark #ghosttown #nightphotography

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I shoot this at Bodie ghost town last Aug.
Nikon D7000 11-16 mm @16mm ISO 4000 25 sec.
I light painted truck and shack using LED light panel for 3 sec.
Happy New Year !!! #lightpainting #boide #landscapephotography #milkywayphotography

 

Alone

My camera was capturing a time-lapse sequence when a ghostly figure drifted into the scene… It turned out to be +Tex Schneider , who had dropped by to light paint the old Chevy.
Our last workshop in Bodie is coming up October 4 and 5: http://www.jeffsullivanphotography.com/blog/bodie-night-photography-workshops/ +Bodie Photo Workshops  #nightphotographyworkshops   #bodiestatehistoricpark   #astrophotography  

Light painting the ’37 Chevy in Bodie August 30, 2014.

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Wild West Ghost Town Last Weekend

We had another amazing visit to Bodie last weekend.  Here are 14 more photos from our night and interior photography workshop.  Here's a link to the rest of my 2014 Bodie album on G+: https://plus.google.com/photos/+JeffreySullivan/albums/5887226287122891953
#Bodienightphotography   #bodieghosttown   #nightphotographyworkshops  +Bodie Photo Workshops 

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Mars, Saturn, Moon Conjunction Over Bodie's 1937 Chevy August 30

I wrote a blog post last week about the opportunity to capture the moon, Mars and Saturn on the evenings of August 30 and 31.  This is the shot I planned with The Photographer's Ephemeris to place them over the rusty 1937 Chevy in California's Bodie State Historic Park.

Moments earlier I had been catching sunset on Main Street…
…continued: http://activesole.blogspot.com/2014/09/mars-saturn-moon-conjunction-August-30-bodie.html

#astrophotography   #astronomy   #science  
+The Photographer's Ephemeris

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Mars, Saturn and Moon Conjunction Over Bodie’s 1937 Chevy August 30
Mars, Saturn and the moon over Bodie’s 1937 Chevy on August 30 I wrote a blog post last week about the opportunity to capture the moon, Mars and Saturn on the evenings of August 30 and 31.  This is the shot I planned with +Th…

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Eastern Sierra Fall Colors Progress, Late September (2012)

This is one of the higher elevation places to catch fall colors in California's Eastern Sierra region, so it's one of the earlier places to catch the colors changing.  The smaller trees on the hillsides start to change first and that is already happening in 2014, but you can see from this September 28 photo from 2012 that the larger trees take a little longer and may not be significantly started until early October.

I'm on my second copy of this +Lowepro hip pack after I used the first one extensively 2005 – 2010.  It only cost around $65 if I remember correctly and I like having heavy gear firmly affixed to my hips for a low center of gravity and better stability and balance.  Also pairing it with a small day pack gives me more space but with maximum movement for agility and maximum stability while I'm crossing streams and balancing on small rocks like this.  I can take either or both bags with me, without having to lug everything everywhere.  It's a very flexible setup.  Found it… only $62.50 on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0016J7V7E?ie=UTF8&creativeASIN=B0016J7V7E&linkCode=xm2&tag=jeffsulliphot-20

Photo credit: +Lori Hibbetthttps://plus.google.com/116318044389289937577/posts/1yihrnfgndG?pid=6054517568478587618&oid=116318044389289937577
#fallcolors   #easternsierra   #easternsierraphotoworkshops  +Eastern Sierra Nevada Workshops 

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Fall colors are starting.  We are putting together an amazing few days for a small group of photographers.  We have a few spots still available.  There isn't a website just drop a note if you're interested.  

Fall colors are starting.  We are putting together an amazing few days for a small group of photographers.  We have a few spots still available.  There isn’t a website just drop a note if you’re interested.  

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Why Did the Milky Way Cross the Road?

No, it wasn't following a chicken.  The Milky Way moves from southeast to southwest over the course of the summer, so as you shoot in the same location over that time period, your compositions and foreground subjects change from week to week.  The dark new moon week only occurs for about a week per month, but that week shifts from year to year, so it can take a lot of visits and time to experience every combination of Milky Way position and foreground.  Our next workshop on October 4 will be my 15th night in Bodie, but we're still managing to find a lot of new compositions and to further develop old ones.
http://www.jeffsullivanphotography.com/blog/bodie-night-photography-workshops/ +Bodie Photo Workshops 
#nightphotography   #astrophotography   #photographyworkshop  

Old truck in Bodie, captured during our night photography workshop August 30, 2014.

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The Wild West at Night

The "Wild West" was epitomized by rough, lawless towns.  Many of them were mining towns, and the best surviving example may be Bodie.  Preserved as a Bodie State Historic Park, a lot of money and effort goes into maintaining it in a state of "suspended decay".

This is the first of my images from our Bodie night photography workshop Saturday night.  Nice to see the Milky Way "cross the road"!  Our last Bodie workshop of  the year will be October 4-5: http://www.jeffsullivanphotography.com/blog/bodie-night-photography-workshops/ +Bodie Photo Workshops   #bodiestatehistoricpark   #ghosttownphotography   #nightphotography  

This is the first of my images from our Bodie night photography workshop Saturday night.

The “Wild West” was epitomized by rough, lawless towns. Many of them were mining towns, and the best surviving example may be Bodie. Preserved as a Bodie State Historic Park, a lot of money and effort goes into maintaining it in a state of “suspended decay”.

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Can HDR Software Finally Produce High Dynamic Range?

I used it a lot in 2008 and before.  I avoided it like the plague after I bought a camera with better dynamic range in 2009.  Here's why I'm starting to use HDR software more again.
…continued on my blog:
The Redemption of High Dynamic Range (HDR) Software
http://activesole.blogspot.com/2014/09/redemption-of-high-dynamic-range-HDR.html #HDR   #Photomatix   #photographytutorials   #landscapephotography  

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The Redemption of High Dynamic Range (HDR) Software
Joshua tree in Hidden Valley, Joshua Tree National Park When I captured the image above in early 2009, I used a Canon EOS 40D.  Although that was the first Canon camera marketed as producing 14-bit RAW files, it wasn’t alway…

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Joshua Trees in Hidden Valley

Working on my guide book this week, I sent to the layout editor last night  the chapter for Joshua Tree National Park.

Here's the rest of my Joshua Tree album on G+: https://plus.google.com/photos/+JeffreySullivan/albums/5703478156779716817
www.MyPhotoGuides.com
#joshuatree    #landscapephotography   #joshuatreenationalpark  

Joshua Trees in Hidden Valley – Joshua Tree National Park, California.

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