Takeoff - and some thoughts on Google+

Are you on Google+?

Google + is my new favorite place, and the new center for my social media efforts!  I have been playing around with the site for a few weeks now, and have to say that it is pretty fantastic.  Are you on there?  Circle me - you can find my profile here:  http://gplus.to/jimnix

Let me know your thoughts on social media!

Also, I wrote up some personal thoughts on photography and social media, and would really appreciate your input.  There are so many sites out there, and it can be pretty overwhelming, and I am really curious what everyone else is doing!  Check out this little article and let me know your thoughts:

http://www.nomadicpursuits.com/social-media-photography-wh/ 

Takeoff

Saturday morning came early for me, because I was up to go meet my friends Pete Talke and Mike Tuuk (and some of Mike’s kids, too!) to go shoot a hot air balloon launch here in Austin.  So, I got up at 5am, which wasn’t too hard - surprisingly - and headed out to meet them.  We spent a good while there, snapping all sorts of balloon this and balloon that, then capped it off with some caffeine at Starbucks to keep us awake!  All the while we were geeking out a bit about photography stuff.  In other words, a great way to spend a Saturday morning!  Here's one of my personal favorites from that session:

And here's a shot Mike's daughter took of us that morning (me on the left, Mike Tuuk center, Pete Talke right):