Photo-sharing

Google + Top 11 of 2011

As some of you may know, I have been a pretty active member of the photographic community at Google+ over the last few months. I have to say that while I had serious doubts in the beginning (another social media outlet?!?! who needs THAT!) I have become a fervent adept once I got a taste of it. A really vibrant community, endless new possibilities, great interaction. It has been lots of fun, and I am sure, will be for a while.

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Black Forest Cake

My way to give back to the G+ community was to organize and curate a list of albums from G+ members each featuring their top 11 images of the last year. I also volunteered to choose the top 20 entries and feature them on my blog. The response was overwhelming and truly fantastic. With over 100 entries to look at and choose from, I had my job cut out for me! After days and days of browsing through these fantastic entries (you can find them all here), and agonizing hours to whittle them down, my final list is ready at last! I have to admit there were just too many entries to choose from and I ended up going over my self-imposed limit of 20. But hey, my game, my rules :D .

So, without further ado, here is the list of (slightly over) 20 entries that made it. In no particular order:

David Kingham: https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/114452583189695653393/albums/5690486026562149521

Paul Burwell: https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/103678929192213568672/albums/5686925156839469585

Carl Donohue: https://plus.google.com/photos/106930933794139848428/albums/5690369044313139457

Amanda Large: https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/106928066647458178022/albums/5690173103716378593

Sarah Fischler: https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/110600546748211156466/albums/5689791663046615633

Dave Wilson: https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/114860393629170534951/albums/5687479460800200017

John Dusseault: https://plus.google.com/photos/114559845119114226260/albums/5687665947521518673

Jacob Lucas: https://plus.google.com/photos/111204757488124368395/albums/5689405630546084497

Jari Salo: https://plus.google.com/photos/113953524641382928797/albums/5689420132458553185

Mihailo Radicevic: https://plus.google.com/photos/114369704013100203178/albums/5689325095335662225?banner=pwa

Erwin Windl: https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/115185449105972818666/albums/5689378035867437329

Nathan Wirth: https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/108032623298499022371/albums/5688996868183479617

Damien Grillat: https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/116649538143102503746/albums/5688964745371757777

Clark Crenshaw: https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/109940597696193991152/albums/5688722399593605185

Brett Nickeson: https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/112538775834301543018/albums/5688738091843444641

Mabry Campbell: https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/110294292842274744076/albums/5688426687188761921

Rob Tilley: https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/117930635480648239039/albums/5688217191819921361

Robert Van Koesveld: https://plus.google.com/photos/108092487151722513439/albums/5688024109817130513

Jim Davis: https://plus.google.com/photos/115143234371607892983/albums/5688009610116196977

Alan Majchrowicz: https://plus.google.com/photos/115958398724943172938/albums/5692010619275877169

Olivier Du Tre: https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/102349305007676725479/albums/5686897470381743553

Patrick Endres: https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/116958518733450165364/albums/5692068464916781697

Scott Rinckenberger: https://plus.google.com/photos/118391323892426354857/albums/5690156868390952785

If you still have time and/or energy, you can find my own Top 11 here. I would greatly appreciate it if you could leave a comment :) .

Voila, I hope this has kept you entertained!

Thanks to all of those who kindly participated and congratulations to those who made the final list!

Diagonally inclined

In this photo-sharing feature I post an image around a given theme and have you post links to your images (that you have taken in the past or specifically around this theme) for everyone to see and comment on. In this way, everyone gets to see everyone’s input, and hopefully learn from it. Needless to say that your participation is vital for this feature. On my end, I will be very actively involved and offer comments, view and advice as you post your images. On your part, you simply need to post a comment at the end of this post with a link to your image.

Last month, the theme was simplification with a twist: I invited you to share images where you achieved compositional simplicity via under or overexposure. In this second instalment, I thought I would stick with the simplification theme once again, and again this time with a twist: diagonal lines.

Like all lines, diagonals provide an anchor to ground specific elements in your image. However, diagonals have the added benefit to imply movement or action. Take a flat, dull scene, throw in a diagonal, and all the sudden it comes alive.

Below are a few examples, both in nature and human-made elements, where I simplified the landscape and isolated specific elements from a scene while relying on the strength of the diagonal.

Here I concentrated on the light and shadow play to distill the basic elements of this sand dune landscape

A combination of strong color contrast and booming diagonal lines really makes this abstract jump at you.

Now, that I’ve shown you mine, will you show me yours? :)

Your turn #2

So, I asked questions.

You answered.

I listened (or read…).

Now, I will pretend show you that I listened:).

One of the suggestions that came out of my post a few weeks ago, was to start a “photo-sharing” feature, wherein I post an image around a given theme and have you post links to your images (that you have taken in the past or specifically around this theme) for everyone to see and comment on. In this way, everyone gets to see everyone’s input, and hopefully learn from it. Needless to say that your participation is vital for this feature. On my end, I will be very actively involved and offer comments, view and advice as you post your images. So, this is it. My first post every month will be just that, the photo-sharing portion (I know, I will have to come up with a new name for it, but for now, Hagen’s suggestions will have to do :D – sorry Hagen, someone had to pay :D ).

The theme today is simplification. Only it is simplification with a twist. What I am looking for is a bit of an abstraction, either of the natural landscape or of architectural landmarks, or really anything that tickles your fancy, only the abstraction is not achieved via focal length selection, or some odd angle or view. Rather simplification is merely achieved via changes in exposure, either by over or underexposing the image.

Here are a few examples for you. The first one, shows the actual image, then the simplified one (by overexposing by a few stops).

Original image, metered exposure (Click to Purchase Print)

Simplified image, overexposed by 2 stops (Click to Purchase Print)

The following one was obtained by underexposing the scene on a bright morning.

I intentionally underexposed this image to remove all distractions and only focus on the bright ripples in the sand (Click to Purchase Print)

Now, your turn :) .