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Darryl Van Gaal has been at 4 events

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Margaret Tompkins145,353*Landscape Photography Community:  In the Still of the Night* General Rules 1) You must be a member of the Landscape Photography Community and there are no limits on follower count.  We welcome the millionaires!! 2) Only ONE photograph per member is allowed.  If you submit more than one photo, all of your photos will be removed. 3) Your photo MUST be ORIGINAL.  If you post the work of someone else, you will be banned from the community. 4) This must be a Landscape Photograph and it must feature a night time element. 5) There is NO VOTING for this contest!  Several of our senior moderators have volunteered to judge this contest.  They are experienced judges of photography events and their decision is final. 6) Photos must be posted no later than Monday, May 26, 2014, 3 pm CDT.  Those posted after that time will be removed. 7) Winners will be announced on Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at 3 pm CDT. 8) Moderators of the LPC may participate but they cannot win the contest.LPC Contest #15 In the Still of the Night2014-05-19 22:00:00420  
Ron Clifford2,864,529On the show +Kerry-Ann Lecky Hepburn   will share how she got started in astrophotography, explain her fabulous setup and show a few of her favourite deep sky images, (you don't want to miss this!). Afterwards, Kerry-Ann get into an example of her workflow for processing a deep sky astro image from pre processing (image stacking) to final post processing in Photoshop...... I have got to see this. "After getting my first telescope at the age of 11 and then my first film camera as a teenager I was hooked on the concept of taking pictures of deep space. Ever since then I have strived to improve my skills in astrophotography and in the process have produced images that have won awards, been featured in calendars, magazines, books and online publications such as Sky News POW and NASA APOD. While enjoying this hobby, I have a full time career as a meteorologist and  I love life with my husband and two girls". My Website is  www.weatherandsky.com Your loyal hosts +Jan Kabili  and +Ron Clifford  will be joined by producer +Dave Bell  and panelists, the  extraordinary +Erika Thornes  and +Dan Hughes   #photoshop #astrophotography #deepspace  The Photoshop Show 50 - with Guest Kerry-Ann Lecky Hepburn2014-01-29 03:00:0096  
Virtual Star Party12,009It's Sunday, which means it's time for the +Virtual Star Party ! Join your hosts +Scott Lewis and +Fraser Cain as they gather up their phenomenal group of citizen astronomers from across the globe in order to share their view of the universe from their telescopes in a Google+ Hangout on Air! *We've got a special guest today*: Kevin Nelson from Quantum Scientific Imaging will join us to talk about the QSI cameras that many of our astronomers use. In addition to Fraser, Scott, and the astronomers are PhD astronomers discussing and explaining the amazing space science and astronomy that's being viewed in the telescopes. We'll even take requests and answer questions left in the comments. To make a suggestion, ask a question or just say "hi" to the team, please leave your comments below in the Google+ event, through any of the shares of the live show, or on Twitter using the hashtag #StarParty     Also, The VSP is now on Twitter and Facebook! Give us a follow and/or a like!   http://twitter.com/The_VSP http://facebook.com/VirtualStarParty #VSP20130804   #Astronomy   #Space   #ScienceSunday   #ScienceEveryday   #Stars   #Galaxies   #Nebulae   #HangoutsOnAir   #TheVSP   #Telescope   #AmateurAstronomy  Virtual Star Party - 4 August, 20132013-08-05 06:00:19137  
Jeff Smith62,107Welcome to The Selfy Sunday Project for June 2/13.  The theme for this week is *I've got the music in me* Again this can be taken literally or metaphorically but basically since we have have some love or appreciation for music I would like to see that incorporated into your selfy. Like always everyone is looking forward to some great Selfies. We have 17 moderators who can help you along the way. _____________________________ UPLOADING The event will be open for uploading photos at 9:00 PM on the Saturday before. Click the  Add Photos button in the event to upload your images. This is a Public event open to all. Any questions, again please check the FAQs. Cheers and have fun! JeffThe Selfy Sunday Project2013-06-02 03:00:48129  

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2014-12-26 15:16:38 (35 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

For the computer geeks gods
Please, please, please offer some advice for a photography computer  (under 2k)
I'm really going crazy picking between a used iMac
(iMac 27″ 3.4GHz i7 QC 16GB/1TB Fusion $1,899)
and building my own PC computer (build specs located here reconfigured http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/user/dvgzx2/saved/#savedbuild_1825951)

I know G+ has some amazing computer people and some that are both great with computers and into photography!!!
any thoughts would be appreciated

Most reshares: 34

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2015-05-18 15:33:43 (2 comments, 34 reshares, 211 +1s)Open 

From the cliffs of Bruce Peninsula National Park.
I took this image during the Victoria Day weekend.  Unfortunately there was a fog in the air that did affect the photo.  I still consider this an impressive image that represents just how dark this area is at night.

Feel free to share this image if you like it
please do not copy or print it however without my explicit written consent

Image Details
Camera - Canon 6d
Lens - Tamron 15-30 mm f/2.8 Di VC USD  @ 15mm f/2.8
Shutter Speed - 35 seconds
ISO - 6400

This image was taken with a single click of the shutter, it is not a two image composite.

Most plusones: 211

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2015-05-18 15:33:43 (2 comments, 34 reshares, 211 +1s)Open 

From the cliffs of Bruce Peninsula National Park.
I took this image during the Victoria Day weekend.  Unfortunately there was a fog in the air that did affect the photo.  I still consider this an impressive image that represents just how dark this area is at night.

Feel free to share this image if you like it
please do not copy or print it however without my explicit written consent

Image Details
Camera - Canon 6d
Lens - Tamron 15-30 mm f/2.8 Di VC USD  @ 15mm f/2.8
Shutter Speed - 35 seconds
ISO - 6400

This image was taken with a single click of the shutter, it is not a two image composite.

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2015-07-24 20:06:09 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

I'm featured in the latest issue of Photo News. woo hoo!!

Click on the link below to see the images I shot for the article about my Night Photography.

I'm featured in the latest issue of Photo News. woo hoo!!

Click on the link below to see the images I shot for the article about my Night Photography.___

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2015-07-09 23:47:38 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

I've always had a soft spot for Academic Institutions  

The Dean of Math and Science at Bridgewater State University contacted me a while back asking if I would sell them an image.  I was more than honored to grant the request.  
I was also contacted by the Art Director at the University asking if I'd be willing to loan them some images for display by there new Observatory and also give a short lecture on photographing the Milky Way.  Of course for anyone who knows me, I will rarely turn down a chance to speak to a captive audience.
While there I was approached by Karen Callan an Assistant Director at the Publications office.  She asked once again if they could do a short blurb about the display and run one of the images.  Today I received 2 copies of the magazine in the mail.  
I always find it a bit surreal to see my work in a publication......

I've always had a soft spot for Academic Institutions  

The Dean of Math and Science at Bridgewater State University contacted me a while back asking if I would sell them an image.  I was more than honored to grant the request.  
I was also contacted by the Art Director at the University asking if I'd be willing to loan them some images for display by there new Observatory and also give a short lecture on photographing the Milky Way.  Of course for anyone who knows me, I will rarely turn down a chance to speak to a captive audience.
While there I was approached by Karen Callan an Assistant Director at the Publications office.  She asked once again if they could do a short blurb about the display and run one of the images.  Today I received 2 copies of the magazine in the mail.  
I always find it a bit surreal to see my work in a publication......___

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2015-07-08 22:56:15 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

Summer fun

Summer fun___

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2015-07-07 20:07:49 (5 comments, 2 reshares, 49 +1s)Open 

Double Rainbow

Double Rainbow___

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2015-07-06 19:12:43 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Mentorships Rawk!!!

For that matter it Rawks even more because it's Tamara's Mentorship!!!!

Summer Mentorship  

Right now, I am announcing my own photography mentorship program - "Building An Image with +Tamara Pruessner".   This is the second time I have ran this mentorship and while the first had bumps due to a family loss, I am super excited about trying this again. 

Sharing this post is highly encouraged, but please disable comments so people will go to the original post.

This will be a 6-week program, working on design elements of a photograph that will make you "FEEL", which to me, is the single most important job a photograph can do.  Make emotion. 

If you would like to participate in a highly interactive, community-based learning project, then please read on and APPLY! 

+Tamara Pruessner will be taking on a handful of people for a special mentorship program called "Building An Image".  This mentorship is designed to help you learn, search for, and apply design elements of a photograph to bring forth the emotions that make images memorable.  It will focus on rules and when to break them as well as elements such as color and when not to use it, patterns, lines, shapes, etc. 

This course is NOT how to use your camera, but IS how to see and build and image with the camera and skills you already have.  I will be happy to give some guidance on technical aspects as it relates to the weekly lessons, but I will not be focusing on f-stops and apertures. 
 
Up to 5 photographers will be selected for a 6-week on-line apprenticeship program which will include lessons, assignments,  Google hangouts are possible, and informal discussions are encouraged. Mainly, the goal is for everyone to have fun, collaborate, and learn from each other.

Selections will be announced on Friday, July 10th for the mentorship which will begin within days of the announcement of selected mentorees.

Selection criteria will include:

• You should be interactive here at G+, as you will be expected to participate in this program giving feedback and comments to others.
• You have little previous art studies, as this program is designed for those who have not had the opportunity to add this skill set to their knowledge base.
• You should be taking and posting photographs regularly.  (The class itself will be private to the group  except for the option of a public display album of your best work at the end.) You may publicly post your own achievements and I encourage it!!

To be considered for selection, please comment to this main post only: (not to any reshares)

and answer the following questions in your comment: 
1) Photography skill level
2) Photo editing software used most
3) Favorite subjects to photograph
4) Aspirations within photography
5) Current job or profession (or favorite hobby outside of photography)
6) Previous art studies


EXAMPLE ANSWERS
1) Intermediate hobby photographer
2) Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop CS3
3) Trees, landscapes, waterfalls
4) To sell prints of my work
5) Full-time grocery store clerk, and I collect bottle caps.
6) I have no previous art studies

The mentorship program  is a lot of fun and has great interaction, it also requires a commitment to complete the weekly assignments.  If you feel you won't have time to dedicate to going out and taking lots of pictures, then please consider allowing others the chance to participate.

+Kyle Wilson - your earburn as requested.___Mentorships Rawk!!!

For that matter it Rawks even more because it's Tamara's Mentorship!!!!

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2015-07-05 23:07:27 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

Has this EVER happened to you?
Thanks Camera Lens Fog for this image

http://darkclearskies.com/Tutorials-Tips-and-Tricks/How-to-Prevent-Lens-Fog

Astrophotography, Landscape Astrophotography, and just plain old Night Shooting are difficult enough.
Using the right lens, setting the ISO correctly and getting the exposure time correct are all issues that plague photographers shooting at night (and other times of day).
Never mind the fact that fact that "playing" in the dark has several dangers, from wild animals, to wilder people, and even police that thing you're up to no good.

Mother Nature figured she'd have a go at you also.
If you have ever gone out shooting night scenes, wide-field astrophotography, or landscape astrophotography, you've probably experienced the dreaded lens fog.

What causes lens fog?  more »

Has this EVER happened to you?
Thanks Camera Lens Fog for this image

http://darkclearskies.com/Tutorials-Tips-and-Tricks/How-to-Prevent-Lens-Fog

Astrophotography, Landscape Astrophotography, and just plain old Night Shooting are difficult enough.
Using the right lens, setting the ISO correctly and getting the exposure time correct are all issues that plague photographers shooting at night (and other times of day).
Never mind the fact that fact that "playing" in the dark has several dangers, from wild animals, to wilder people, and even police that thing you're up to no good.

Mother Nature figured she'd have a go at you also.
If you have ever gone out shooting night scenes, wide-field astrophotography, or landscape astrophotography, you've probably experienced the dreaded lens fog.

What causes lens fog?  

The easy explanation
To explain this issue in simple terms, your camera's lens will fog most times when the lens is colder than the air surrounding the lens.

The more in depth explanation
When the air near the lens is cooled by the lens, the relative humidity of the surrounding air will quickly increase. As air cools it looses it's ability to carry water vapour. Once the relative humidity reaches near 100% and greater water will begin to collect on the lens.    Even if the air is fairly dry, if the temperature difference is great enough you will get lens fog.....

How to stop it
Preventing lens fog isn't really that difficult. Simply don't allow your lens to get colder than the outside air!.......

How the heck do you do that????

There are several ways that you can achieve this;

      You can purchase a lens warmer

      You can use a DIY lens warmer

      You can use a hair dryer every once in a while on your lens (if a plug is around)

      Use hand warmers

Hand warmers are my current choice.  This solution is quite simple.  My weapon of choice are "Hotties" they are available in a few different sizes.
I have used the large ones, and am currently in possession of some smaller ones that I'm going to experiment with.

How to use them
Using hand warmers is quite simple and the only extra equipment needed is an elastic band. As you can see in the photograph, all you have to do is place the hand warmer over the barrel of the lens and affix it with an elastic band.
If you follow this tip, it should help defend you against the evil conspiracy Mother Nature has planned for you and your night shots.
Hopefully this post gives you the knowledge to overcome one more of the many obstacles that you will face as a creature of the night.

Oh, if I ever figure out how to avoid the police bombarding you with a thousand questions as to why you're out "Creeping" (the wording they used with me) around with your camera I'll be sure to blog about it.___

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2015-06-27 23:36:19 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

The Virgo Cluster

The Virgo Cluster is the closest cluster of galaxies to our own (about 70 million lighrt years to the center).
It not only contains over 2000 galaxies, it also has a noticeable gravitational pull on us!!!
See more of my deep space and landscape astrophotography images at www.darkclearskies.com

This image is around 1 hour of total exposure shot using a +Nikon USA  D7000 and an
+Orion Telescopes & Binoculars  ED80T CF telescope

The Virgo Cluster

The Virgo Cluster is the closest cluster of galaxies to our own (about 70 million lighrt years to the center).
It not only contains over 2000 galaxies, it also has a noticeable gravitational pull on us!!!
See more of my deep space and landscape astrophotography images at www.darkclearskies.com

This image is around 1 hour of total exposure shot using a +Nikon USA  D7000 and an
+Orion Telescopes & Binoculars  ED80T CF telescope___

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2015-06-26 23:52:06 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Ever wonder how this happens?
It's explained in the description of the photo at my new site darkclearskies.com

or below on the photo

Ever wonder how this happens?
It's explained in the description of the photo at my new site darkclearskies.com

or below on the photo___

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2015-06-20 00:20:39 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

A call to all my birding friends

a quick shot from my back porch,  I'm thinking that this was a N.A. Kestrel?

Anyone....

A call to all my birding friends

a quick shot from my back porch,  I'm thinking that this was a N.A. Kestrel?

Anyone....___

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2015-06-17 02:28:20 (11 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

http://www.darkclearskies.com/ has officially launched today!!!

Let me know what you think of the design....
Lots of work to do still, but I think it's a pretty good start!

http://www.darkclearskies.com/ has officially launched today!!!

Let me know what you think of the design....
Lots of work to do still, but I think it's a pretty good start!___

2015-06-17 01:38:38 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

I really really really need help with Namecheap pointing to my smugmug account....

anyone, Bueller, anyone......

**EDIT**  Figured out!!!!

I really really really need help with Namecheap pointing to my smugmug account....

anyone, Bueller, anyone......

**EDIT**  Figured out!!!!___

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2015-06-02 22:06:21 (0 comments, 4 reshares, 45 +1s)Open 

Glow Sticks and Lesson Learned
While taking this image a while ago I found myself originally annoyed by the group seen in the lower left of the image.  The were a small group of 20 somethings tossing around some glow sticks.

I decided to snap off a few images anyway even though I realized that this groups antics would be difficult to remove in Post.

About 30 to 45 mins after this shot the group had moved on....  apparently they were moving on right past the location where I was shooting.  It was in the minutes to come that I came to realize that my original irritation was misplaced.

The leader of the group was an extremely friendly young man who insisted upon calling me Sir as he offered me one of the glow sticks from the group.  I politely refused the offer, only to have this group of very friendly and polite people insist that in order to enjoy the rest ofmy ... more »

Glow Sticks and Lesson Learned
While taking this image a while ago I found myself originally annoyed by the group seen in the lower left of the image.  The were a small group of 20 somethings tossing around some glow sticks.

I decided to snap off a few images anyway even though I realized that this groups antics would be difficult to remove in Post.

About 30 to 45 mins after this shot the group had moved on....  apparently they were moving on right past the location where I was shooting.  It was in the minutes to come that I came to realize that my original irritation was misplaced.

The leader of the group was an extremely friendly young man who insisted upon calling me Sir as he offered me one of the glow sticks from the group.  I politely refused the offer, only to have this group of very friendly and polite people insist that in order to enjoy the rest of my night, I would have to accept the offer.

After taking a ring of glow sticks the group asked me several questions about what I was doing with a camera in the dark.  I explained to the group that this area was a "Dark Sky" location and that if they looked in the right direction (which I instructed them on) that they would be able to see the Milky Way.   They were extremely grateful for my information and I had learned an important lesson about sharing the environment with everyone, even if they don't share the same passion as myself.

I don't know the name of the young gentleman from Toronto, Ontario. But I'd like to publicly thank him for teaching an old dog a new trick.

Reflecting upon this encounter I see how my original irritation was misguided!!!

Lesson learned!!!___

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2015-06-02 22:05:35 (11 comments, 7 reshares, 80 +1s)Open 

Glow Sticks and Lesson Learned
While taking this image a while ago I found myself originally annoyed by the group seen in the lower left of the image.  The were a small group of 20 somethings tossing around some glow sticks.

I decided to snap off a few images anyway even though I realized that this groups antics would be difficult to remove in Post.

About 30 to 45 mins after this shot the group had moved on....  apparently they were moving on right past the location where I was shooting.  It was in the minutes to come that I came to realize that my original irritation was misplaced.

The leader of the group was an extremely friendly young man who insisted upon calling me Sir as he offered me one of the glow sticks from the group.  I politely refused the offer, only to have this group of very friendly and polite people insist that in order to enjoy the rest ofmy ... more »

Glow Sticks and Lesson Learned
While taking this image a while ago I found myself originally annoyed by the group seen in the lower left of the image.  The were a small group of 20 somethings tossing around some glow sticks.

I decided to snap off a few images anyway even though I realized that this groups antics would be difficult to remove in Post.

About 30 to 45 mins after this shot the group had moved on....  apparently they were moving on right past the location where I was shooting.  It was in the minutes to come that I came to realize that my original irritation was misplaced.

The leader of the group was an extremely friendly young man who insisted upon calling me Sir as he offered me one of the glow sticks from the group.  I politely refused the offer, only to have this group of very friendly and polite people insist that in order to enjoy the rest of my night, I would have to accept the offer.

After taking a ring of glow sticks the group asked me several questions about what I was doing with a camera in the dark.  I explained to the group that this area was a "Dark Sky" location and that if they looked in the right direction (which I instructed them on) that they would be able to see the Milky Way.   They were extremely grateful for my information and I had learned an important lesson about sharing the environment with everyone, even if they don't share the same passion as myself.

I don't know the name of the young gentleman from Toronto, Ontario. But I'd like to publicly thank him for teaching an old dog a new trick.

Reflecting upon this encounter I see how my original irritation was misguided!!!

Lesson learned!!!___

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2015-06-01 00:17:00 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 36 +1s)Open 

Share for the group

Here is an image with very minimal post production work.
The only adjustments here are color balance and a tiny bit of contrast boost.  Essentially this is almost as it appeared  off the card.

I thought people might be interested to see an image with almost no PP___Share for the group

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2015-05-31 13:03:54 (6 comments, 4 reshares, 37 +1s)Open 

Here is an image with very minimal post production work.
The only adjustments here are color balance and a tiny bit of contrast boost.  Essentially this is almost as it appeared  off the card.

I thought people might be interested to see an image with almost no PP

Here is an image with very minimal post production work.
The only adjustments here are color balance and a tiny bit of contrast boost.  Essentially this is almost as it appeared  off the card.

I thought people might be interested to see an image with almost no PP___

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2015-05-27 19:51:06 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 42 +1s)Open 

I thought the group might like this shot I took facing west shortly after Nautical Twilight.

Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.
Desmond Tutu

A 20 second exposure as the night rises.
ISO - 100
Camera - Canon 6D
Lens - Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD  @  15mm  f/2.8___I thought the group might like this shot I took facing west shortly after Nautical Twilight.

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2015-05-26 19:38:24 (10 comments, 14 reshares, 131 +1s)Open 

Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.
Desmond Tutu

A 20 second exposure as the night rises.
ISO - 100
Camera - Canon 6D
Lens - Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD  @  15mm  f/2.8

Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.
Desmond Tutu

A 20 second exposure as the night rises.
ISO - 100
Camera - Canon 6D
Lens - Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD  @  15mm  f/2.8___

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2015-05-21 23:24:57 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 44 +1s)Open 

Into the Sunset

Into the Sunset___

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2015-05-18 15:37:58 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

From the cliffs of Bruce Peninsula National Park.
I took this image during the Victoria Day weekend.  Unfortunately there was a fog in the air that did affect the photo.  I still consider this an impressive image that represents just how dark this area is at night.

Feel free to share this image if you like it
please do not copy or print it however without my explicit written consent

Image Details
Camera - Canon 6d
Lens - Tamron 15-30 mm f/2.8 Di VC USD  @ 15mm f/2.8
Shutter Speed - 35 seconds
ISO - 6400

This image was taken with a single click of the shutter, it is not a two image composite.

From the cliffs of Bruce Peninsula National Park.
I took this image during the Victoria Day weekend.  Unfortunately there was a fog in the air that did affect the photo.  I still consider this an impressive image that represents just how dark this area is at night.

Feel free to share this image if you like it
please do not copy or print it however without my explicit written consent

Image Details
Camera - Canon 6d
Lens - Tamron 15-30 mm f/2.8 Di VC USD  @ 15mm f/2.8
Shutter Speed - 35 seconds
ISO - 6400

This image was taken with a single click of the shutter, it is not a two image composite.___

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2015-05-18 15:33:43 (2 comments, 34 reshares, 211 +1s)Open 

From the cliffs of Bruce Peninsula National Park.
I took this image during the Victoria Day weekend.  Unfortunately there was a fog in the air that did affect the photo.  I still consider this an impressive image that represents just how dark this area is at night.

Feel free to share this image if you like it
please do not copy or print it however without my explicit written consent

Image Details
Camera - Canon 6d
Lens - Tamron 15-30 mm f/2.8 Di VC USD  @ 15mm f/2.8
Shutter Speed - 35 seconds
ISO - 6400

This image was taken with a single click of the shutter, it is not a two image composite.

From the cliffs of Bruce Peninsula National Park.
I took this image during the Victoria Day weekend.  Unfortunately there was a fog in the air that did affect the photo.  I still consider this an impressive image that represents just how dark this area is at night.

Feel free to share this image if you like it
please do not copy or print it however without my explicit written consent

Image Details
Camera - Canon 6d
Lens - Tamron 15-30 mm f/2.8 Di VC USD  @ 15mm f/2.8
Shutter Speed - 35 seconds
ISO - 6400

This image was taken with a single click of the shutter, it is not a two image composite.___

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2015-05-18 15:09:35 (11 comments, 2 reshares, 64 +1s)Open 

Here is one of the night images that I shot during my visit to the Bruce Peninsula.
The skies were relatively cloud free, but unfortunately there was a fog in the air that did in fact affect imaging. 
Despite that, the images are still pretty darn stunning!!!  I also posted a sunset version of this photograph I took earlier the same day.
Image Details
Camera - Canon 6d
Lens - +Tamron 15-30 mm f/2.8 Di VC USD  @ 15mm f/2.8
Shutter Speed - 35 seconds
ISO - 6400

This image was taken with a single click of the shutter, it is not a two image composite.

This lens is now officially my favorite Canon mount lens.  it optically outperforms lenses that cost significantly more and the build quality is outstanding.  It is by far the best lens I've ever used for night shooting.

#astrophotography   #nightphotography   #stars   #brucepe... more »

Here is one of the night images that I shot during my visit to the Bruce Peninsula.
The skies were relatively cloud free, but unfortunately there was a fog in the air that did in fact affect imaging. 
Despite that, the images are still pretty darn stunning!!!  I also posted a sunset version of this photograph I took earlier the same day.
Image Details
Camera - Canon 6d
Lens - +Tamron 15-30 mm f/2.8 Di VC USD  @ 15mm f/2.8
Shutter Speed - 35 seconds
ISO - 6400

This image was taken with a single click of the shutter, it is not a two image composite.

This lens is now officially my favorite Canon mount lens.  it optically outperforms lenses that cost significantly more and the build quality is outstanding.  It is by far the best lens I've ever used for night shooting.

#astrophotography   #nightphotography   #stars   #brucepeninsula   #parkscanada   #halfwayrockpoint  ___

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2015-05-17 22:53:14 (5 comments, 2 reshares, 48 +1s)Open 

Yesterday I posted a photo of my tripod and camera inches away from the edge of a cliff.
This is the resulting photograph.
If you think the Bruce Peninsula is beautiful in the daytime, wait until you see the night photos....  stay tuned....

+Tai Mi as requested.

This image was shot with the TAMRON SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD

+Tamron 

Yesterday I posted a photo of my tripod and camera inches away from the edge of a cliff.
This is the resulting photograph.
If you think the Bruce Peninsula is beautiful in the daytime, wait until you see the night photos....  stay tuned....

+Tai Mi as requested.

This image was shot with the TAMRON SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD

+Tamron ___

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2015-05-16 23:26:30 (6 comments, 2 reshares, 52 +1s)Open 

Living life on the edge

Living life on the edge___

2015-05-15 15:10:20 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

I'm headed to the Bruce tomorrow for a night shoot is anyone interested?

I'm headed to the Bruce tomorrow for a night shoot is anyone interested?___

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2015-05-11 23:04:02 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Back from a week of misbehaving on a Boat!
Taken with the bosses (wife) Nikon AW120

Back from a week of misbehaving on a Boat!
Taken with the bosses (wife) Nikon AW120___

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2015-04-25 22:36:48 (18 comments, 2 reshares, 65 +1s)Open 

I finally purchased a T adapter for the 6D

Taken a few moments ago from the back deck.

I finally purchased a T adapter for the 6D

Taken a few moments ago from the back deck.___

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2015-04-22 19:09:08 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

+Ian Norman 
Not sure if you know about this thief yet Ian

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vtxG6lcb0g

+Ian Norman 
Not sure if you know about this thief yet Ian

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vtxG6lcb0g___

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2015-03-29 13:15:41 (14 comments, 28 reshares, 93 +1s)Open 

Tutorials
Please share so others may learn also

I've not been that active and for that I'm sorry.  Life seems to be getting in the way.  The same goes for my blog (Dark Clear Skies).
With the warmer weather coming, I hope to push myself to get out and shoot more often (and post).

I figured that it's also been some time since I've shared my tutorials so here they are.

My Tutorials

Deep space photography is not as hard as you think it is! - http://tinyurl.com/94lm5og

Why a GEM for astrophotography?  -  http://tinyurl.com/9knog45

The "Top Secret" "Rule of 600" - http://tinyurl.com/98vdqdy

Hate how airplanes wreck your star-trail images? -  http://tinyurl.com/9uzbhb5

No more funky colors around your stars -http... more »

Tutorials
Please share so others may learn also

I've not been that active and for that I'm sorry.  Life seems to be getting in the way.  The same goes for my blog (Dark Clear Skies).
With the warmer weather coming, I hope to push myself to get out and shoot more often (and post).

I figured that it's also been some time since I've shared my tutorials so here they are.

My Tutorials

Deep space photography is not as hard as you think it is! - http://tinyurl.com/94lm5og

Why a GEM for astrophotography?  -  http://tinyurl.com/9knog45

The "Top Secret" "Rule of 600" - http://tinyurl.com/98vdqdy

Hate how airplanes wreck your star-trail images? -  http://tinyurl.com/9uzbhb5

No more funky colors around your stars - http://tinyurl.com/9kyqgm7

Coolers aren't just for beer!! - http://tinyurl.com/n6a4v3v

Pinpoint Stars and Over 80 Seconds of the International Space Station How was it done?  - http://tinyurl.com/mcehhga

How to stop camera lens fog - http://tinyurl.com/mdcfp9c

Shooting Starry Night Landscapes.....  How to make it look even "Cooler"  -  http://tinyurl.com/lywr4ym

How to be a Master Astronomer (or at least pretend to be) - http://tinyurl.com/mb6dojd

Inexpensive Solution to Widefield Astrophotography - http://tinyurl.com/mh4n9t4

One of a Landscape Astrophotographers "Must Have" tools - http://tinyurl.com/lh6akcm

Make Stellarium More Realistic when planning for a night shot - http://tinyurl.com/ob2lztj

Enhancing the Milky Way - http://tinyurl.com/qyrgnhu

How to Enhance a Meteor Streak or Satellite Trail - http://tinyurl.com/mb58eqm

The Beginners Guide to Landscape Astrophotography - http://tinyurl.com/klccg8j

Landscape Astrophotography - Before the Big Night Out (2nd post in the series) -  http://tinyurl.com/nperug5

Photographing Star Trails - http://tinyurl.com/8ec7kx8

How to photograph the moon - http://tinyurl.com/q5vteob

Why Subtract Dark Frames? - http://tinyurl.com/9puuuva

The Power of Stacking Images - http://tinyurl.com/8qnn63c

The Orionids: Photographing Shooting Stars - http://tinyurl.com/k2lt64q

Photographing Meteor Showers  From Planning to Post Processing

     First post - http://tinyurl.com/mjyp27w

     Second Post - http://tinyurl.com/qb6l4bt

     Third Post - http://tinyurl.com/pdjtlo9

     Fourth Post - http://tinyurl.com/owbgso5

How to Make the Stars POP! - http://tinyurl.com/mh82hse


#tutorials   #night   #astrophotography   #howto  ___

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2015-03-29 11:48:02 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

I'm a Proud Dad
My son and one of his defensive players discussing strategy prior to a face-off during the championship game for Novice Rep.
They not only captured the win 7-3, my son also received the game puck (player of the game) from his coach for playing one of his best games ever!!! 

Of course though, I'd be proud of him regardless of the score, and I tell my children that all the time!!!!

I'm a Proud Dad
My son and one of his defensive players discussing strategy prior to a face-off during the championship game for Novice Rep.
They not only captured the win 7-3, my son also received the game puck (player of the game) from his coach for playing one of his best games ever!!! 

Of course though, I'd be proud of him regardless of the score, and I tell my children that all the time!!!!___

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2015-03-22 17:37:18 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 34 +1s)Open 

Give some well deserved love to  +Emma Mitchell.  She's been working very hard perfecting her night shooting skills and I for one think that she's hit a home run with her latest work featuring the latest round of geomagnetic activity!

Great job Emma 

The set of the best from Tues night/Wed morning. 
:) 
Callanish standing stones, Isle of Lewis, Scotland. 
Magic happens!

#northernlights   #aurors   #auroraborealis   #callanish   #outerhebrides   #hebridean   #magical  ___Give some well deserved love to  +Emma Mitchell.  She's been working very hard perfecting her night shooting skills and I for one think that she's hit a home run with her latest work featuring the latest round of geomagnetic activity!

Great job Emma 

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2015-03-17 14:23:27 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Aww Crap  Why does it have to be cloudy and daytime....

http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/news/g4-severe-geomagnetic-storm-observed

Aww Crap  Why does it have to be cloudy and daytime....

http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/news/g4-severe-geomagnetic-storm-observed___

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2015-03-17 12:59:56 (9 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

If you have a camera and it's dark out, you may want to head outside.
There is currently a G2 geomagnetic storm with a warning for a G3.

EDIT  Make that a G4 Warning

This means that if you're north of 40 degrees there is a chance you'll see an Aurora!!!!

Get shooting for us in the daylight right now!

If you have a camera and it's dark out, you may want to head outside.
There is currently a G2 geomagnetic storm with a warning for a G3.

EDIT  Make that a G4 Warning

This means that if you're north of 40 degrees there is a chance you'll see an Aurora!!!!

Get shooting for us in the daylight right now!___

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2015-03-07 15:47:24 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Here is a quick collage from this weeks visit and presentation at Bridgewater University in Massachusetts.  It was a very diverse group that consisted of the general public, students, professors from disciplines varying from the Sciences, to the Arts and even the Dean of Math and Science sat in on the presentation.  

Unfortunately we were clouded over so using the observatory didn't work out as was planned, but on the positive side, it looks like a return visit may be in the works.

The Meteorites on display are amazing! 
The building design is beautiful!
I was treated first rate!
and I think I had as much fun as the group I spoke to.

Here is a quick collage from this weeks visit and presentation at Bridgewater University in Massachusetts.  It was a very diverse group that consisted of the general public, students, professors from disciplines varying from the Sciences, to the Arts and even the Dean of Math and Science sat in on the presentation.  

Unfortunately we were clouded over so using the observatory didn't work out as was planned, but on the positive side, it looks like a return visit may be in the works.

The Meteorites on display are amazing! 
The building design is beautiful!
I was treated first rate!
and I think I had as much fun as the group I spoke to.___

2015-03-07 00:51:44 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Back home from +Bridgewater State University after speaking to a group about my Landscape Astrophotography.

The facilities are first rate and it felt more like a vacation, than a speaking engagement about my photography (that is on display in the University).

Thanks BSU for being so gracious! 

Back home from +Bridgewater State University after speaking to a group about my Landscape Astrophotography.

The facilities are first rate and it felt more like a vacation, than a speaking engagement about my photography (that is on display in the University).

Thanks BSU for being so gracious! ___

2015-03-01 12:08:57 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

A happy birthday shout out to  +Jeff Moreau

Hope you have a great one Jeff!!

A happy birthday shout out to  +Jeff Moreau

Hope you have a great one Jeff!!___

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2015-02-23 01:00:26 (16 comments, 7 reshares, 70 +1s)Open 

I've been playing around with some images from this summer on the new computer (which is awesome!!!) and I came across this interesting shot.  The milky way isn't really prominent, but the low lying fog rolling in gives it an interesting feeling. 

I've been playing around with some images from this summer on the new computer (which is awesome!!!) and I came across this interesting shot.  The milky way isn't really prominent, but the low lying fog rolling in gives it an interesting feeling. ___

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2015-02-21 21:07:17 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 36 +1s)Open 

May 20, 2012  Timmins number 9 forest fire

I captured this image back in 2012 in a dark sky location, the lack of stars is due to the glow from a raging forest fire that consumed over 39,500 hectares (over 150 square miles) of northern forest in Ontario.

150 days before the Ministry of Natural Resources could bring the blaze under control. It was finally declared extinguished on Halloween.

No lives were lost in the Timmins 9 fire

It required a total of 8,097 person days to suppress

Six Bird Dog aircraft, 12 (Bombardier) CL-415 water bombers, and three (de Havilland) Twin Otters provided air attack on the fire. More than 830,000 litres of water and more than 4 million litres of foam were dropped on the fire


#forrestfire   #fire   #timminsno9  

May 20, 2012  Timmins number 9 forest fire

I captured this image back in 2012 in a dark sky location, the lack of stars is due to the glow from a raging forest fire that consumed over 39,500 hectares (over 150 square miles) of northern forest in Ontario.

150 days before the Ministry of Natural Resources could bring the blaze under control. It was finally declared extinguished on Halloween.

No lives were lost in the Timmins 9 fire

It required a total of 8,097 person days to suppress

Six Bird Dog aircraft, 12 (Bombardier) CL-415 water bombers, and three (de Havilland) Twin Otters provided air attack on the fire. More than 830,000 litres of water and more than 4 million litres of foam were dropped on the fire


#forrestfire   #fire   #timminsno9  ___

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2015-02-15 11:24:38 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 29 +1s)Open 

Happy 50th to the Flag of my Country!!!

Sadly I realized that this is the only photo I have of our flag!
I'll have to change that this year

Happy 50th to the Flag of my Country!!!

Sadly I realized that this is the only photo I have of our flag!
I'll have to change that this year___

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2015-02-15 11:12:38 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

ATTENTION anyone in the Bridgewater MA, area
If you're in the Bridgewater area I'll be there for a few days the week of March 2nd.
I'll be presenting at Bridgewater University the evening of Wednesday March 4th.  I'll be staying in the area for a few days also!

ATTENTION anyone in the Bridgewater MA, area
If you're in the Bridgewater area I'll be there for a few days the week of March 2nd.
I'll be presenting at Bridgewater University the evening of Wednesday March 4th.  I'll be staying in the area for a few days also!___

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2015-02-07 21:11:04 (11 comments, 6 reshares, 84 +1s)Open 

Sometimes getting there is the adventure.

Quite often you will see a "road shoot" from me, there is good reason for that!
Most times I'll leave the house with only a vague idea of what I'm going to capture that evening.  Those road shots are the result of aimlessly driving around and seeing something that I like in the way a road turns, or even how the sky opens up around it.

This image is exactly that.  A totally unplanned "spur of the moment" shot.

I've processed it in B&W to give it a bit of a different look than what you're used to seeing from me.

Sometimes getting there is the adventure.

Quite often you will see a "road shoot" from me, there is good reason for that!
Most times I'll leave the house with only a vague idea of what I'm going to capture that evening.  Those road shots are the result of aimlessly driving around and seeing something that I like in the way a road turns, or even how the sky opens up around it.

This image is exactly that.  A totally unplanned "spur of the moment" shot.

I've processed it in B&W to give it a bit of a different look than what you're used to seeing from me.___

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2015-02-01 13:21:29 (14 comments, 4 reshares, 93 +1s)Open 

This image was actually shot during the daylight.  There were light clouds in the air, but the details of the even brighter moon were able to shine through.
I've often loved this type of shot because it gives us the illusion that the moon is in the clouds when in fact it is over 238,000 miles from the clouds.  I also processed it to give the appearance of a night shot.

The image was processed in Lightroom

This image was actually shot during the daylight.  There were light clouds in the air, but the details of the even brighter moon were able to shine through.
I've often loved this type of shot because it gives us the illusion that the moon is in the clouds when in fact it is over 238,000 miles from the clouds.  I also processed it to give the appearance of a night shot.

The image was processed in Lightroom___

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2015-01-30 00:24:59 (6 comments, 2 reshares, 69 +1s)Open 

A quick and simple panorama from back in the summer
Shot with the Canon 6d near Long Point, Ontario.

A quick and simple panorama from back in the summer
Shot with the Canon 6d near Long Point, Ontario.___

2015-01-08 23:06:02 (18 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

In the image below are two choices for my Photography Editing Computer.  
Which system would you pick? click on the small arrow in the upper right of the image to make it bigger
The programs I run generally are Photoshop Lightroom and Deep Sky Stacker
The Computer is mated with a Dell Ultrasharp U2713H (already purchased)

In the image below are two choices for my Photography Editing Computer.  
Which system would you pick? click on the small arrow in the upper right of the image to make it bigger
The programs I run generally are Photoshop Lightroom and Deep Sky Stacker
The Computer is mated with a Dell Ultrasharp U2713H (already purchased)___

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2015-01-02 01:36:43 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Hey fellow Canuckle Heads (That's Canadians for those who don't know)
Here is a deal that you may want to check out!!!
One is on it's way to my house as you read this

http://accessories.dell.com/sna/products/Gaming_Accessories/productdetail.aspx?c=ca&l=en&cs=cadhs1&sku=225-4148&baynote_bnrank=0&baynote_irrank=0&~ck=baynoteSearch

Hey fellow Canuckle Heads (That's Canadians for those who don't know)
Here is a deal that you may want to check out!!!
One is on it's way to my house as you read this

http://accessories.dell.com/sna/products/Gaming_Accessories/productdetail.aspx?c=ca&l=en&cs=cadhs1&sku=225-4148&baynote_bnrank=0&baynote_irrank=0&~ck=baynoteSearch___

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2014-12-26 15:16:38 (35 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

For the computer geeks gods
Please, please, please offer some advice for a photography computer  (under 2k)
I'm really going crazy picking between a used iMac
(iMac 27″ 3.4GHz i7 QC 16GB/1TB Fusion $1,899)
and building my own PC computer (build specs located here reconfigured http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/user/dvgzx2/saved/#savedbuild_1825951)

I know G+ has some amazing computer people and some that are both great with computers and into photography!!!
any thoughts would be appreciated

For the computer geeks gods
Please, please, please offer some advice for a photography computer  (under 2k)
I'm really going crazy picking between a used iMac
(iMac 27″ 3.4GHz i7 QC 16GB/1TB Fusion $1,899)
and building my own PC computer (build specs located here reconfigured http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/user/dvgzx2/saved/#savedbuild_1825951)

I know G+ has some amazing computer people and some that are both great with computers and into photography!!!
any thoughts would be appreciated___

2014-12-12 21:38:00 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Ok gang, I'm looking at upgrading my computer
Here are my choices
Choice 1  iMac 27″ 3.4GHz i7 QC 16GB/1TB Fusion thin no CD model ----- $1,899

Choice 2  iMac 27″ 3.1GHz i5QC 8GB/1TB/SD --- $1,299

Choice 3  iMac 27″ 2.8GHzi7 QC 8GB/2TB/SD --- $1,099

Choice 4  iMac 27″ 3.06GHz C2D 8GB/1TB/SD --- $899

Ok gang, I'm looking at upgrading my computer
Here are my choices
Choice 1  iMac 27″ 3.4GHz i7 QC 16GB/1TB Fusion thin no CD model ----- $1,899

Choice 2  iMac 27″ 3.1GHz i5QC 8GB/1TB/SD --- $1,299

Choice 3  iMac 27″ 2.8GHzi7 QC 8GB/2TB/SD --- $1,099

Choice 4  iMac 27″ 3.06GHz C2D 8GB/1TB/SD --- $899___

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2014-11-25 01:32:50 (12 comments, 3 reshares, 49 +1s)Open 

If you're anywhere near Bridgewater, Massachusetts some pieces of my work are on display for the next year.  
I'll be making the trip down from Canada for the official opening of the exhibition! 

http://www.bsuarts.com/VanGaal.htm

If you're anywhere near Bridgewater, Massachusetts some pieces of my work are on display for the next year.  
I'll be making the trip down from Canada for the official opening of the exhibition! 

http://www.bsuarts.com/VanGaal.htm___

2014-11-25 01:12:59 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

+Daniel Mihai Popescu is one of the best sharers out there, he's got a great circle that shares once in a while.
Thanks for the inclusion Daniel!

This is a special circle! As you see, it hasn't even 400 members, but the number can increase, I suppose :)
I'm very happy at the moment, that's all.
You may do as you wish, I'm not sure that my notification system works, so I'm gonna thank you personally in comments. Again, I hope you don't mind if I mention you.
Wishing you a nice week ahead and if you aren't already on Tsu, the new trendy network, break the ice and fill the form after you click on the link :)
http://www.tsu.co/DanielMihaiPopescu
I know that a lot of you are there already and that's just fine.
#danielmihaipopescusharedcircle   #maximumperformance  ___+Daniel Mihai Popescu is one of the best sharers out there, he's got a great circle that shares once in a while.
Thanks for the inclusion Daniel!

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2014-11-14 00:04:56 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

This is nature at it's best!!!
Well worth the watch!

This is nature at it's best!!!
Well worth the watch!___

2014-11-11 13:31:36 (14 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

So who here can give me an invite to start using Google inbox? Anyone.... Bueller...... Anyone.....

So who here can give me an invite to start using Google inbox? Anyone.... Bueller...... Anyone.....___

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