1. Plus One Collection 2011

    I am very happy to announce that the Plus One Collection 2011 photo book is finally available! I was honored having the chance to contribute one photo to this great project proposed and spearheaded by Ivan Makarov.

    The idea is simple:

    We, a group of photographers from an online community on social network Google+ thought, hey, why not publish a photography book together? We spend a lot of time talking photography online, share and look at each other’s work, and even meet together to socialize and shoot. Why not collaborate on a project together? That’s how the idea of this book was born. When the call to contribute came, 520 photographers, both known and less known, from all over the world responded, willing to donate their art for the project.

    So why publish this book? Two reasons.

    First, we wanted to see each other’s work in print. In today’s digital world, most photographs aren’t printed, and never become something tangible. Looking at photographs printed on paper is a very powerful experience. When photographs are tangible, they tend to last longer – in our minds and in our art collections.

    Second, by publishing the book, we hope to raise funds for a good cause to give back to our world. All net proceeds from the sales of the book will be donated to Kiva, a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty.

    The book is published in three formats – (1) print edition containing 192 photographs, (2) ebook containing the work of all 520 photographers, (3) iOS mobile app, also containing all photographs in the project.

     Other Facts

    • Collectors’ Edition of Plus One Collection printed version is being released on February 9 and will be available for order until February 20th. Standard edition and ebook will be released on February 21st
    • Collectors’ Edition of Plus One Collection will be fulfilled by our team (Ivan and the Crew). Standard print edition of the book will be fulfilled through the publishing company Blurb
    • Photographers of all levels are represented - established professionals, up and coming artists, and amateurs just picking up photography
    • Photographers contributing to the project are from all four continents, representing 53 countries. Less than 50% are from the USA
    • Photographs in the book are just as diverse, representing all styles of today’s photography
    • Book’s editor and project manager is Ivan Makarov – you can find him here
    • The book is designed by design professional, Andy Lee, who volunteered his time to put the book together
    • A team of 11 photographers chose the images for the print edition. The PDF and mobile app will include ALL photographs submitted to the project
    • The total team working on the project consisted of 15 volunteers – none paid
    • Google+ page is here 
    For a limited time only, Plus One Collection will be available as the Collectors’ Limited Edition

    Each book will be printed large (11″ x 13″ landscape), and on premium fine art ProLine paper. Each copy will be numbered and include a certificate of authenticity. In addition, each book will come with a tipped-in print of one of the images in the book (prints are 6″ x 9″ on 8″ x 11.5″ paper). Prints are printed on archival paper to museum standards using UltraChrome K3 inks and will last close to 100 years with proper care.

    The orders for the Collectors’ Limited Edition will only be taken from February 9 through February 20. No orders for that edition of the book will be taken after that date, and only one run of the Collectors’ Limited Edition will be done.

    Besides being a fine art book, each sale of the Collector’s Limited Edition will generate close to $50 for Kiva.

    The standard version of the book will be available to order after February 21.

    To order the Collectors’ Limited Edition of Plus One Collection, use the links below for US/Canada and International orders. The orders will be processed through Paypal and will ship in early March, if not sooner.

    *While all net proceeds from sales of the book will be donated to Kiva, please note that your purchase of the book is not tax deductible. 

  2. My ten favorite photos of 2011

    At the end of a year I like going back and review the photos I made during the year. My goal is to pick my ten personal favorites; which can be is a hard thing to do - at least for me. I started this back in 2009 and with now three annual favorite sets it becomes an intriguing tool for documenting how my photography has changed. When I compare this year’s selection to my ten favorites of 2010 or to my ten favorites of 2009 it is obvious that my interest and therefore photography has changed rather significantly. 2011 was mostly dominated by monochrome architecture or landscape photography with only a few color photos in between. A fair amount of long exposure shots made it on the list too. I started to appreciate monochrome photography as it allows me to better focus on composition, light, patterns and structures without the (often) distracting colors.

    Anyway, here are my ten personal favorites of 2011. You can also view them in a very nice lightbox gallery on my Google+ account.

    1. Tree in Winter Fog, January 14, 2011
    I made this photo during one of the many hikes in Almaden Quicksilver County Park.

    2. Welcome to Mare Island, April 16, 2011
    Night shot on Mare Island in Vallejo, CA which is a fantastic place to explore.

    3. Hintere Gerbergasse 5, April 26, 2011
    A shot from my hometown Nördlingen in Bavaria. 

    4. A Sense of Integrity, September 1, 2011
    Inside Heart Memorial Mining building at UC Berkeley, CA.

    5. I Know my Way, September 10, 2011
    I made this during a fantastic camping trip to Memorial County Park, CA.

    6. Emma, September 10, 2011
    No favorite set with at least one photo of my wonderful daughter.

    7. Bold, October 1, 2011
    A long exposure shot from HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA. 

    8. Endless Time, November 6, 2011
    Another long exposure shot from Natural Bridges State Park in Santa Cruz, CA.

    9. Good Times, November 19, 2011
    This shot of the Daylight Pass road towards Beatty, NV will always remember me of the fantastic Google+ photo trip to Death Valley National Park.

    10. A New Morning, November 20, 2011
    A new day starts at Zabriskie Point in Death Valley National Park.

  3. Foreign Territory

    Foreign Territory.

    Death Valley National Park, California.

  4. Salt Desert

    Badwater Basin in Death Valley National Park is a very strange place - in a highly intriguing sort of way. It is also the lowest point in North America with an elevation of 86 meters (282 feet) below sea level.

    Salt Desert.

  5. Dante’s View

    The top of the Black Mountains in Death Valley National Park offers a majestic view of the Badwater Basin below.

    Dante’s View.

  6. Good Times.

    Daylight Pass Road in Death Valley towards Beatty, NV

    Good Times.

  7. Blue Hour

    I posted already a photo from this spot in Death Valley earlier. However, the light was changing so fast that I was able to make quite a few shots that all have different feeling to them. This one is towards the end of the blue hour just before the was starting to rise.

    Blue Hour at Zabriskie Point.

  8. Ghost town

    While visiting Death Valley I also made stop at the ghost town of Rhyolite. It is located near the eastern edge of the national park. At its heyday Rhyolite had by some estimates a population of up to 5,000 during the gold rush in the early 20th century. However, once the ores were exhausted the population quickly dropped to zero again by 1920.

    This photo is a long exposure shot of the John S. Cook & Company Bank building. It was completed and opened for business in January 1908. The reported cost of the building is $90,000. The safe’s inside vault weighed 6,600 pounds and could hold a million dollars in coin.

    John S. Cook & Co. Bank.

    Rhyolite is an intriguing place and I would highly recommend a stop if you’re in the vicinity.

  9. Forever.

    This is a different shot from the Mesquite Dunes in Death Valley National Park.


  10. A walk into the desert

    I am slowly working through all the photos from the recent G+ trip to Death Valley. This shot from the Mesquite Dunes was made very early in morning. It is quite an experience walking into these dunes for about an hour in the night to find a good spot for the sun to rise. The title is inspired by the fact that I walked into a desert and forgot to take any water with me (greenhorn!). As you can imagine I was quite dried out towards the end of this shoot and very happy to be back at my car where several bottles of water waited.