Photo Tour Global Directory™ Grand Canyon Temperature Inversion

Saturday, November 30, 2013 was a once in a 10 year experience for a Photo Tour Global Directory™ event with a “total temperature inversion” at the Grand Canyon, according to the National Park Service in an article posted by The Atlantic. The entire Grand Canyon was FILLED with clouds and not a single cloud in the sky above the canyon.  An incredible sight you are going to enjoy!

The National Weather Service explains temperature inversion as:”The warm air above cooler air acts like a lid, suppressing vertical mixing and trapping the cooler air at the surface.”

The Photo Tour Global Directory™ tour group going to the Grand Canyon to shoot the sunrise had no idea what a history making day this would be with a total cloud inversion.  The warm air of the cloudless sky was trapping the fog in the entire canyon for a unique viewing experience.  Being above the clouds was exhilarating as the sun filled the sky and the things became clear through the mist.

The photos tell the story best!  We arrived at the blue hour

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The best shots of the day were taken by a 15 year old young man on the tour who shares his photography under the name “Faceplant Photography.”  He captured the essence of the total temperature inversion as the sun rose on Saturday, November 30, 2013.  He also caught his dad reflecting on the majesty of the Grand Canyon and the wonder of it all!

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The Business Insider had some great shots of this unique phenomenon as well.

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A National Day of Thanksgiving in the USA

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November 28 2013 is a National day of Thanksgiving in the USA! 

Our forefathers celebrated a year of abundance in 1621 at the Plymouth Plantation. 102 Pilgrims had arrived on the Mayflower at Plymouth Rock on December 11, 1620. The first year they lost 46 original settlers but with the help of 91 native Americans they survived the winter and expressed gratitude for the fall harvest with a three day festival. Traditionally, this has been known as the “First Thanksgiving.

Globally, America and Canada celebrate a day of National Thanksgiving.

This year Thanksgiving and the first day of Hanukkah fall on the same day which is a once in a lifetime experience.  According to LiveScience it won’t happen again for almost 70,000 years!  This Hybrid holiday has been lovingly dubbed “Thanksgivukkah.”

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This day of Thanksgiving has traditionally been is to express gratitude and appreciation for family, friends and God with all his blessings. 

Interesting fact…..Thanksgiving in the United States was observed on various different dates throughout history.  It was not until December 26, 1941 that President Franklin D. Roosevelt, after pushing two years earlier to move the date up to give the country an economic boost with a longer Christmas selling season, signed a bill into law, with congress, making Thanksgiving a national holiday and proclaiming it to be the fourth Thursday in November.

George Washington shared the first Presidential Thanksgiving proclamation in 1789.
“Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor – and Whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me “to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.”

Thanksgiving Presidential Proclamations help reinforce our need for peace and gratitude.

Some memorable Thanksgiving quotes make this day of gratitude an opportunity to start traditions in your experience.

Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds. ~Theodore Roosevelt 

“Dear Lord; we beg but one boon more: Peace in the hearts of all men living, peace in the whole world this Thanksgiving.” ~Joseph Auslander

“Thanksgiving is the holiday of peace, the celebration of work and the simple life… a true folk-festival that speaks the poetry of the turn of the seasons, the beauty of seedtime and harvest, the ripe product of the year – and the deep, deep connection of all these things with God.” ~Ray Stannard Baker (David Grayson)

“O Lord that lends me life, Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness.” ~William Shakespeare

Please join with us on this National day of Thanksgiving in the USA to unite world wide with Love, peace and respect for each unique country and culture living together in one world in harmony.

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Photography And Engagement, Are You In The Game?

 

Photography and engagement, are you in the game to win with new connections?

We are in the digital image age and any impression a business shares, has is about 3 seconds to do it’s job to determine if a potential client might click on the photo for more information when a link is included. Photography is the doorway to engagement™ so your first impression is going to set the tone for winning in the marketing game.

Advertising today has to have an image with the “gottcha” factor.

Big companies are sharing images created by consumers on Instagram and Pinterest to encourage engagement and sharing of their business profiles and links.  The images anyone is posting on social media venues have the potential of being shared all over the world.  This new technique of connecting should inspire anyone looking to promote their own business, product or service to have the best photos possible to share in an methodical program to bring continuity to the story being told to bring a consumer to action.  That call to action can be sharing the post or opening a link which asks the consumer to make a decision to buy or subscribe to a newsletter.  The key to getting that call to action in motion is the graphic or photo shown to stimulate the behavior.   To be in the game as the business or consumer the images you post must create an emotions when viewed.

Home Depot has a Halloween Event going on with a daily theme of photos to share on Instagram.   The program is called the “Photo-A-Day Challenge.”  Home Depot has invited the public to share photos on Halloween or Fall with specific themes for seven days prior to Halloween.  You can see the themes in the graphic identified by day.

 

Home Depot Photo Theme contest

The Theme to share on Instagram for October 24, 2013 was Leaves and the daily post for Home Depot shared the theme so people would be able to follow, know the hash tags to use and comment!  # or Hashtags are used as searchable words.

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Below is the Home Depot Instagram profile page and you can see the posts from each day and that they are starting to SHARE on Instagram a photo selected from the Photo-A-Day challenge with the hash tags #letsdothis #fall #HomeDepot #PhotoOfTheday #Halloween #October and more.    By using the hash tags on the posts the terms are searchable on Instagram which are sometime shared on twitter and also fall into trending words on cross social media platforms.  What that means to Home Depot is that their name will be showing up in searches for #Halloween #Leaves #Fall #letsdothis #PhotoOfTheDay #autumn #inspiration

Interesting how Home Depot is taking the word #inspiration as one of the hashtags as anyone searching the word, inspiration will come across the Home Depot tags by hundreds or thousands of posts of consumers in the game.  

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This shot shows Home Depot sharing a consumer post with leaves posted by @ellaclairblog   Home Depot has 43,123 followers on Instragram so  this is a huge shout out for @ellaclairblog as it shows up on the Home Depot Instagram profile page and starts conversations and engagement just from the photograph.

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The share with the Home Depot Photo-A-Day Challenge shows up on the profile page of Instagram.

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Home Depot has a social media team that commented within 2 minutes of posting this photos of leaves.  Instagram is ONLY a mobile app and consumers can only be accessing this Instagram event on their photos.  For Photographers this is a great way to get some of your work out.  There is an app called iWatermark to have your name added to the photo for additional exposure.

Home Depot post on Instagram by Carra Riley with conversation by HD

Home Depot has a planned posting agenda to use photography as the doorway to engagement.  Get in the game and start posting your photos for additional exposure from large companies encouraging photo sharing.

Home Depot Halloween posts

If you do not have photography skills you might want to connect with a local photographer to learn about possible classes or even personal tutoring.  If you don’t have time to capture images around your area you can connect with local photographers through the Photo Tour Global Directory™ site and hire someone to create the story you want to tell through images.

Photography is the doorway to engagement™.  Stunning images must be part of the posting mix if you are in the game to win!

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Connecting Photography Dots Around The World With Google+

You are cordially invited to the Google Plus One Year Anniversary Photowalk happening around the world this Saturday! 

Google is already your best friend.. Now they are going to be your BFF reaching out to touch you around the world sharing their global community through photographs!

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When: Saturday, June 30, 2012  check time in your city

Where: Anywhere in the world check over 200 locations

Who: Photographers of all skill and levels. From beginners to pros. Cell phones are just fine too!

Why: To celebrate the one year anniversary of Google+ in the G+ photo community. To hang out with other fun Google+ photographers. To SHARE MORE PHOTOS! To meet new and interesting people.

Cost: All Free! The best things in life are free right? We just need people to step up and decide to host one in your city.

Anyone can host a photo walk. Groups of people can host them. Anyone can be involved with them. This is a loosely defined community of photographers.

To host a new location go sign up at plancast.com  There is still time so come on in the water is great! 

Become Part Of History This Saturday June 30, 2012 as you participate in the world's first GLOBAL social media "meet-ups" with photographers from all over the world.

Everyone is welcome to join the  Google+ One Year Anniversary Photowalk.  All photography skill levels embraced with kindness and a willingness to share knowledge and talent.

Come join the group in your city or there is still time to create your own group an be part of this history making social media event with Google+.   

Places include: Singapore, Denver, Switzerland, Phoenix, London, Columbus, Baltimore, Calgary, several places in LA, Hong Kong, Dubai and over 200 more cities.

City ?? Beijing
Link ?? http://plancast.com/p/bwmq
Host ?? +Mitchell Masilun 
Time ?? 5:00pm
Meet spot ?? South side of Gulou (Bell Tower) at the three way intersection?

City ??Shanghai, cn
Link ?? http://plancast.com/p/byh4
Host ?? +Angelia King 
Time ?? 
Meet spot ?? around the Shanghai Expo Park.

Check out the Dubai listing they are meeting at the world's tallest building!
City ?? Dubai, UAE
Link ?? http://plancast.com/p/bac3
Host ?? +Syed Rizvi 
Time ?? 
Meet spot ?? Burj Khalifa – the World's Tallest Tower

Someday I WILL do a photowalk in Dubai and after this event I will know photographers there so I can get that checked off the list!  

I will be hosting the Williams, Arizona photowalk on Rt66 or we might just jump in the car and head up to the Grand Canyon.  If you are in Arizona and want to come to the cool country, please let me know.  ??This event will provide an opportunity for people go create relationships with photographers of all skill levels all over the world.  A participant will be able to circle and comment on all the photos as the doors are opened through a common interest in cities around the globe.  Think global, act local brings on new meaning as you really do have a way to connect with the world and share your community through social media at Google+.

The Google+ community is reaching out to touch the world and make you feel safe with engaging in social media. There is even a contest that might interest you if you are a photographer and want to participate .

Photo judging for this great event will be broken down into the following categories:

  1. Macro
  2. Wildlife
  3. Landscape
  4. Architecture
  5. Sunset or Sunrise
  6. Portrait (candid or posed)
  7. Black & White (monochrome)

The door is open for an opportunity to connect with something exciting that everyone loves to talk about, pictures!  
Contest rules include:
"Remember that this is all about enhancing our photographic abilities and interaction with others here on Google Plus. We are here to have fun and to learn a bit along the way. This is a positive experience and please don’t make any negative comments along the way.??The one and only rule is that you must be a Google Plus member before this walk to enter.??Anyone and everyone can participate and take photos in the various photowalks around the world and actually that is encouraged, the more the merrier! We are just limiting the judging to existing G+ers.  😉

I will be hosting the Williams, Arizona photowalk on Rt66 or we might just jump in the car and head up to the Grand Canyon.  If you are in Arizona and want to come to the cool country, please let me know.  ?Hope to see you there! 

Please connect some photography dots around the world and join us for the GLOBAL Google Plus One Year Anniversary Photowalk
Watch us on twitter #GplusAnniversary

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“Photography Is The Currency That Connects”

"Photography is the currency that connects" says Charles Lupica  professional Photographer from Neuchatel,  Switzerland as he explained the photo theme pages that he founded at Google+.   

Have you been wondering about the photo themes on Google+?

Are you a little intimidated about sharing your photos?

Meet Charles Lupica from Neuchatel, Switzerland and his team Tuesday, June 5, 2012 9:00 a.m. PDT on blogtalkradio when we discuss how photography really is the currency that connected all of us.

   Charles leads three very successful theme pages on Google+:

    Sacred Sunday

    Monochrome Monday   

   Daily Fine Art Themes  

  Charles is a shining example of the Google+ community being helpful and kind with engagement as people share their love of the images seen in the photography posted or posting their own content. He and his co-curators make feel people feel special with their comments. 

 

 

Heartfelt engagement with Charles team members is the reason this blogtalkradio show transpired. As I began to connect with people all over the world through photos the comments and kindness of the people on this team stood out like a beacon of light in the night.  This is such an exciting way to meet people and engage on a common interest level that I felt it was important to share what Google+ has that can help anyone trying to connect with others and share their expertise in cyberspace.  Photography offers color interest, subject interest and inspires people to start seeing differently and practice themselves to be able to share what they do through photographs. 

Charles William Lupica junior started taking pictures when he was in his teens as he wanted to have pictures of his father; who never seemed to be in a photograph. Charles grew up in the turbulent 60's and had interesting ideas of what to do in life and seriously thought of pursuing photography as a career. But life went in other directions…….

In 1979, while attending the University of Florida, Charles meet Deborah, his future wife, In 1981 Charles earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Florida and together, Charles and Deborah set out for Colorado to seek their fortune….Charles will share more with us on the show and how he ended up in Switzerland.  Check out his work at studio Lupica. The purple flower to the side is one of Charles Lupica's photographs.

Sacred Sunday is a photo theme started by Charles on Google+, the guidelines are as follows:

"Sharing spirituality, contemplation, reflection and mediation through photography

Sacred Sunday is curated by Charles Lupica Manfred Berndtgen , Robyn Morrison   and  Margaret Tompkins

 

This weekly photography theme encourages you to share with us and with the G+ community what you hold sacred; people praying, temples, and churches are great choices.  We also want to encourage you to post images that share your personal sense of what is sacred, be it a mountain, sunset, or loaf of bread.  More than anything, Sacred Sunday is about sharing. 
 
We promote no religion over any other and invite you to share with us what you hold sacred."
 
MEET The CO-Curators
 

Margaret Tompkins 

from Kansas City, Missouri USA          Photo by Margaret Tompkins

Introduction:

"I'm a photographer, learning, teaching, and documenting the world around me.  My favorite subjects are landscapes, birds, wildlife, people and pets.  I especially like taking photographs of figure skaters.  I like to learn from other photographers and share photographs.

I love cats and helping animal shelters.

I'm in tune with older music from the late 50s and early 60s and have always enjoyed Dick Dale, Jan & Dean, the Beach Boys, surf music, and early rock & roll."

   

 

 Manfred Berndtgen   from Germany                                                                                                                                                            Photo by Manfred Berndtgen

Introduction:

"After years full of privation in a science job, I started working for money, being a software developer first and now system administrator. Since that moment I have enough spare time for useless things and sharing them with the rest of the world. 

I have some highbrow hobbies like my wife and me growing ferns and palms, calligraphy, history, and dabbling with old cameras. I suppressed my desire to take photos for a long time, but I failed: photography has become my favourite waste of time. My favorite photographic subjects are plants and stones, with some emphasis on streets and sacral architecture.

Being in sort of a retro mood induced and fired by my wife, I'm discovering the joys of film photography for some time."

 

  

Sherrie von Sternberg  Maryland USA                                                                                                                                   Photo by Sherrie von Sternberg         

Introduction:

"Artist…Photographer….True Believer…Passionate and full of Love…also curator of Sacred Sunday and loving it!!!!!

Check out her blog! 

 

   

 

 

Robyn Morrison  currently in Australia                                                                                                                   Photo by Robyn Morrison

Living in Paradise!

Introduction:

I'm a busy working mum with two grown daughters & a retired partner.  I've loved photography and photo journaling for years and have built up a fairly large portfolio.  Now I have a few more hours on my hands I'm trying to learn more about different photography techniques, composition & post processing tricks & tips.    All constructive comments are gratefully received!! 

The process to post in a photo theme group on google+ is easy and fun when you know the rules!  Follow them and you will connect with people all over the world and share your message. 

Posting Your Photo.

Across the top of the "Stream Page" locate the "Share What's New" button.
 
1. Click to add your photo, browse and upload from your computer
2. Give the photo a title
3. Describe where and when it was taken.
4. Important. Only post photos that you own the rights to.  Do NOT post someone else's photos.

Add The Curators Names so they can follow the post and be notified.

All of the daily photo themes are curated by individuals they are not or work for google.  By adding their name, which becomes a hyplerlink they receive a  "Notification" about  the post and can respond.

Posting Your Photo To The Theme Page.

First, add the theme page to your circles as the "Page" can NOT 1+ or comment on your post until it has been circled.  Go to the "Theme Page" and click on "Follow" it is in red. Add it to your circles.

The process allows you to add your photo directly to the "Theme Page" should you wish to do that. After the photo has been uploaded, click on the photo and it will open up in the G+ Lightbox. On the right is a button for "Tag People" Click  it and see a new button. "Add A New Tag" Click this and then click on your photo, a white circle will show up then enter the page name.  REMEMBER the + sign or @  +SacredSunday or whatever theme you are trying to tag  will appear as you type with suggestions.

Engage With The Theme.

Get in the game!  To do this you should not only post your photo but remark and 1+ other theme participants photos.  This process is to help you engage with others and sharing along with 1+ing is how it is done.  You talk to them and they talk to you.  The Golden Rule of engagement!

Make comments about the other photos, say what you like about them, what makes them stand out for you.  Under all circumstances be kind.. in all types of social media if you are trying to connect with people kindness, respect and thoughtfulness will help more than anything.

Ready for some fun?  Check out the photo themes on Google+

Rolf Nicker Photography has created a list of themes on Google+ for every single day and #theme pages. Open the link and read about concepts that might interest you and get in the game.

I maintain a page called #BridgesAroundTheworld where anyone can post bridges from any place to meet and engage with others sharing information from their part of the world.  Go take some bridge pictures an come and post to share your bridge connecting the world! Let's build bridges together. 

Don't forget to join in the fun with Charles Lupica and his team in Sacred Sunday, Monochrome Monday and check out the Daily Fine Art Themes 

Our guests on blogtalkradio Tuesday, June 5, 2012 9:00 a.m. PDT.  If you can't join us live the link will direct you to the archive so you can listen anytime after the show and hear how people are connecting on Google+ with photography themes. 

Photography really is the currency that connects! 

 
 
 
 
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