I think I squealed with joy when I saw these fantastic lightning bolts during my…

I think I squealed with joy when I saw these fantastic lightning bolts during my long exposure. 

I took over 70 shots of this storm over Boston tonight.  Most of the lightning was contained in the clouds or outside the range of my shot. 

Fortunately I skipped the #AnDevCon conference "Lightning Talks" tonight 😉   

+LongExposure Thursday #longexposurethursday curated by +Francesco Gola and +Luca Gerardi 
#nightscapes +Nightscapes curated by +Christopher Prins
#photojournalworldwide +Photo Journal Worldwide curated by +andi rivarola
#hqspnonnaturephotos +HQSP Non-Nature Photos c;urated by +Rhea Surgimath and +Michael Sonntag

#thunderstorm #lightning #thunderstormthursday #boston  


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This is one of my favorite shots of San Francisco taken from Marin Headlands. 

I am eagerly looking forward to my trip to the Bay Area to pick up Glass from Google HQ, partly because I'm so excited about Glass, and partly because I just can't wait to get back to Frisco!

See you soon, City by the Bay!!

For #thestreetsofsanfrancisco +The Streets of San Francisco curated by +andi rivarola
And for +HQSP Non-Nature Photos #hqspnonnaturephotos curated by +Rhea Surgimath and +Michael Sonntag
And for +Nightscapes #nightscapes curated by +Christopher Prins 

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It's a long drive to Chicago.  We'd met a friend for dinner and spent happy…

It's a long drive to Chicago.  We'd met a friend for dinner and spent happy hours chatting, so it was quite late by the time we checked into our hotel.  I'd done my research and chosen the hotel for the view, and it was spectacular!   As a result, I was snapping shots until 3am. 

I left the curtains open, which accomplished exactly what I had hoped.  The morning light woke me after a mere 3.5 hours of sleep, and although I felt  too exhausted to take more pictures, when I got to the window, the city of Chicago at dawn was the most beautiful sight I'd ever seen.  Of course I could not resist sharing it!

Yes, the moon was really there, directly above the river.  I'd seen it just starting to rise over the buildings before I went to sleep.  I never would have imagined it would sail across the sky to such a perfect spot!

For +HQSP Non-Nature Photos #hqspnonnaturephotos   curated by +Rhea Surgimath and +Michael Sonntag
+Photo Journal Worldwide #photojournalworldwide curated by +andi rivarola
+Dawn On Sunday #dawnonsunday curated by +Ray Bilcliff +Sherry McBriar +linda stokes +Corey Gibson +Andrew Caldwell
#plusphotoextract  

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Flag over Chicago

I should claim this as an intentional shot, but in reality I did not even realize the flag was fluttering in front of me when I took the photo.  It was dark out there on Lake Michigan, the boat was going rather fast, and it was not easy to keep my balance.  I had to stand at the rail in order to see over the other passengers, and I was uncomfortably aware that an untimely bump could make me drop my camera into the lake. 

"Now I wish I had a camera strap!" I thought to myself as the boat swerved again.  Something swished into my hair..

"What the hell was that?" I looked around and noticed this flag for the first time.  It had swatted me when the boat changed directions.

Now I realized why I'd been seeing little blackouts through the viewfinder.  The flag had been obscuring my shots.  "Great vantage point, goofus"  I wondered how many photos I had taken of a black blob.  Luckily, not many.  And I think this one turned out neat 🙂

There are many night shots of Chicago taken from Lake Michigan, but I bet very few are framed by a swishing American flag.

For +Night Photography Friday #nightphotographyfriday curated by +Mark Hammon and +Steve Passlow

+Nightscapes #nightscapes curated by +Christopher Prins

+Photo Journal Worldwide #photojournalworldwide curated by +andi rivarola.

+HQSP Non-Nature Photos #hqspnonnaturephotos curated by +Alexandre Fagundes de Fagundes and +Rhea Surgimath

#Chicago #chicagophotography  

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This was one of my first attempts at star photography.  Taken at 10pm in mid October,…

This was one of my first attempts at star photography.  Taken at 10pm in mid October, the sky was pitch black to the naked eye. 
I know it's just an ordinary country road, but I was thrilled with how this photo turned out.  So amazing to see how the camera sees the world!

For +Powerline Friday #powerlinefriday curated by +Natosha Davis
And +Night Photography Friday #nightphotographyfriday curated by +Mark Hammon and +Steve Passlow 
Also for #hqspnonnaturephotos +HQSP Non-Nature Photos curated by +Alexandre Fagundes de Fagundes and +Rhea Surgimath
and for #nightscapes +Nightscapes curated by +Christopher Prins
and +Photo Journal Worldwide #photojournalworldwide curated by +andi rivarola
#starphotography #nightphotography  

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This was one of my first attempts at star photography.  Taken at 10pm in mid October,…

This was one of my first attempts at star photography.  Taken at 10pm in mid October, the sky was pitch black to the naked eye. 
I know it's just an ordinary country road, but I was thrilled with how this photo turned out.  So amazing to see how the camera sees the world!

For +Powerline Friday #powerlinefriday curated by +Natosha Davis
And +Night Photography Friday #nightphotographyfriday curated by +Mark Hammon and +Steve Passlow 
Also for #hqspnonnaturephotos +HQSP Non-Nature Photos curated by +Alexandre Fagundes de Fagundes and +Rhea Surgimath
and for #nightscapes +Nightscapes curated by +Christopher Prins
and +Photo Journal Worldwide #photojournalworldwide curated by +andi rivarola
#starphotography #nightphotography  

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This was one of my first attempts at star photography.  Taken at 10pm in mid October,…

This was one of my first attempts at star photography.  Taken at 10pm in mid October, the sky was pitch black to the naked eye. 
I know it's just an ordinary country road, but I was thrilled with how this photo turned out.  So amazing to see how the camera sees the world!

For +Powerline Friday #powerlinefriday curated by +Natosha Davis
And +Night Photography Friday #nightphotographyfriday curated by +Mark Hammon and +Steve Passlow 
Also for #hqspnonnaturephotos +HQSP Non-Nature Photos curated by +Alexandre Fagundes de Fagundes and +Rhea Surgimath
and for #nightscapes +Nightscapes curated by +Christopher Prins
and +Photo Journal Worldwide #photojournalworldwide curated by +andi rivarola
#starphotography #nightphotography  

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This was one of my first attempts at star photography.  Taken at 10pm in mid October,…

This was one of my first attempts at star photography.  Taken at 10pm in mid October, the sky was pitch black to the naked eye. 
I know it's just an ordinary country road, but I was thrilled with how this photo turned out.  So amazing to see how the camera sees the world!

For +Powerline Friday #powerlinefriday curated by +Natosha Davis
And +Night Photography Friday #nightphotographyfriday curated by +Mark Hammon and +Steve Passlow 
Also for #hqspnonnaturephotos +HQSP Non-Nature Photos curated by +Alexandre Fagundes de Fagundes and +Rhea Surgimath
and for #nightscapes +Nightscapes curated by +Christopher Prins
and +Photo Journal Worldwide #photojournalworldwide curated by +andi rivarola
#starphotography #nightphotography  

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This was one of my first attempts at star photography.  Taken at 10pm in mid October,…

This was one of my first attempts at star photography.  Taken at 10pm in mid October, the sky was pitch black to the naked eye. 
I know it's just an ordinary country road, but I was thrilled with how this photo turned out.  So amazing to see how the camera sees the world!

For +Powerline Friday #powerlinefriday curated by +Natosha Davis
And +Night Photography Friday #nightphotographyfriday curated by +Mark Hammon and +Steve Passlow 
Also for #hqspnonnaturephotos +HQSP Non-Nature Photos curated by +Alexandre Fagundes de Fagundes and +Rhea Surgimath
and for #nightscapes +Nightscapes curated by +Christopher Prins
and +Photo Journal Worldwide #photojournalworldwide curated by +andi rivarola
#starphotography #nightphotography  

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This was one of my first attempts at star photography.  Taken at 10pm in mid October,…

This was one of my first attempts at star photography.  Taken at 10pm in mid October, the sky was pitch black to the naked eye. 
I know it's just an ordinary country road, but I was thrilled with how this photo turned out.  So amazing to see how the camera sees the world!

For +Powerline Friday #powerlinefriday curated by +Natosha Davis
And +Night Photography Friday #nightphotographyfriday curated by +Mark Hammon and +Steve Passlow 
Also for #hqspnonnaturephotos +HQSP Non-Nature Photos curated by +Alexandre Fagundes de Fagundes and +Rhea Surgimath
and for #nightscapes +Nightscapes curated by +Christopher Prins
and +Photo Journal Worldwide #photojournalworldwide curated by +andi rivarola
#starphotography #nightphotography  

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