Google+ Communities Launch – The Photo Community

Huge new Google+ Feature: Google Communities! The Photo Community

Come see The Photo Community (Google+ should activate it at some point here…) – Come join as soon as you can!

What are communities? They are very similar to regular Google+ accounts, except they are not tied to a person — they are tied to a passion or an idea. This will allow threaded conversations to begin and live independently in the world of Google+.

Think of a piazza in Italy where the whole community comes to hang out, eat gelato, watch artists, have coffee, and talk about the world as it goes by. To me, this is what a Google+ community is.

Besides making The Photo Community, I am also going to make a private community just for people involved in the Stuck In Customs (my website). That will be a private one — invite only. This will replace the Sorry 1990’s Forums that currently run on the website. I’m so sick of that old style of forums… aren’t you? I assume everyone will be able to make public and private Google+ Communities soon.

You’ll notice that The Photo Community has categories on the left. This is a cool thing that allows conversations to be established within certain buckets. Here are a few of the categories I set up, with more to come:

General Discussion – a place for everything… it’s sort of a catch-all for everyone just to hang out.

Critique Me! – Do you have a photo that you would like critiqued? Just post it in a new thread here, and you’ll get it analyzed. I can’t promise it will all be rosy, but we would prefer it if the feedback is civil and constructive! 🙂

Gear Talk – If you have a particular penchant for the hardware side of things, this is a great place to have these discussions and ask questions.

Newbie Photo Zone – Are you just getting into photography and have a question? This will be a great area for you… don’t be shy!


Google+ Communities can also have moderators, which will be very helpful. I’m going to start setting those up today to take the burden off of me as an individual. As a rule, we’ll try to make sure the community is a positive happy place… Back to that Italian piazza example above, these will be the kind old-lady-shop-owners that come kick the cretins out of the piazza.

Features to come?

Here’s a few features I’d like to see in upcoming iterations. Google has a tradition of quickly iterating on design to improve the user experience.

– Allow commenters to embed photos in a thread — this is especially handy for photographers, and I think it would also be handy over on the food-related groups!

– Allow moderators to have a “sticky” or community-news post that doesn’t get pushed down the stream.

– Any other ideas you have? Put them in the comment

Daily Photo – The Rising Setting Sun

I’ve tried to detect pattens for when you see these streaming bits of sun at sunrise and sunset. At first, I thought it was just related to moisture and particulate in the air. Then I thought it was related to clouds five+ miles away that are naturally broken up with gaps between them of several hundred meters. Now I think it’s a combination of the two. Maybe this explains why it is so rare.

Now that I live in the mountains, I never see the horizon any more. It doesn’t bother me so much, but it is harder to get these kind of shots. Those of you that also live with no horizon know what I mean! 🙂

The Rising Setting Sun

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-11-09 11:16:52
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  • Aperturef/5.3
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length112mm (112mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
  • Exposure Programaperture priority
  • Exposure Bias

  • The Photo Community link isn’t working. Google is returning a 404 error on it.

  • ADWheeler

    404. That’s an error.

    The requested URL was not found on this server. That’s all we know.

  • Dawid

    I’m too, so I have to wait

  • Leo Teles

    Yeah, Same here Trey !

  • Same here. I’m sure we’ll see something working or corrected in a bit.

  • Michele

    Hmm…might have to dust off my G+ account for the SIC page – Dave Veffer might just faint from the shock! 🙂

  • Fokion Xiotakis

    Guess i’ll have to wait a little. Google+ Photo Community link, not available for me yet.

  • Gilmar Smith

    This sounds soooo sweet Trey!

  • David Hendershot

    Very Cool. Looking forwad to this.

  • Bo

    Get the same 404 message as the rest of you

  • susan ratcliff

    Awesome shot – sooo bright!!

  • This looks awesome. It’ll be the feature that brings me back to G+!

  • Brian Glick

    We’re in the process of rolling things out. Might be a little while until everyone gets it.

  • This combined with Snapssed -> Google+ launched today are really great news for us photographers.

    Love it!

  • Allow communities to plug into Dart for Publishers(DFP) that way communities could make some advertising dollars and people could get paid for making great communities.

  • paulrboon i get a 404 error when trying to view ??

  • This is great news – a very needed feature! : )

  • neil

    Thanks for this post Trey 🙂
    I will drop in to the community & join when I can see ifr from here in the U.K.
    Unfortunately I will be away from the ‘puter for a couple of days though 🙁

    Thanks again

  • David Pilasky

    I would love to help be a moderator in your new photo community.

  • Great sunrise! Since I live in a city (albeit not a big one), seeing straight horizons is quite difficult too.

    Regarding the communities: love to be on both, once they’re working, that is… 😛 I’m sure Google is working out the kinks!

  • Trey Ratcliff

    Thanks! Yes I hope they open up soon for everyone… I have no idea how long that will be though 🙁

  • Roger Madsen

    Can’t access it yet 🙁 but sound really cool!

  • Pierre Hendrix

    Nice shot! I love taking pictures of clouds, especially green and purple iridescent clouds (quite common where i live, but you only see them if you really look for them).
    You are mostly right about how these ‘streaming bits of sun are formed’. Just google for ‘crepescular rays’. You need particles that scatter light and something patchy that blocks light. So if you take a picture on a misty morning in a dense forrest, or take a picture underwater where something blocks the sun, then you will see the same thing happen as in this picture.

  • Casper van Zyl

    Great SHOT

  • Trey Ratcliff

    Thanks! 🙂

  • Trey Ratcliff

    Thanks – that is one of my favorite photos too! 🙂

  • Garrick Morgenweck

    You need to be able to post a photo to more than one community at a time. A night Landscape for istance would be appropriate in Landscape and Night Photography Community as well as the general Photography Community.

  • Massimo

    Moderators should be able to change the category of a post inserted, in fact many members insert the post with the wrong category, many times before it is listed – if the categories are wrong not very useful

  • Sonali Banday

    Same here Trey ! you can see my profile also

  • Sonali Banday

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