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Mike F Shaw has been at 4 events

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Lotus Carroll1,770,629This is the Event for our October Self Portrait Challenge: Your Greatest Fear. We figured we'd go beyond just a general "Halloween" theme, but still keep the "fright factor" alive. So show us something that absolutely terrifies you!Here is where you enter your ONE Self Portrait with a "Greatest Fear" theme. Your photo must have been captured during this month. This Event remains open until 11:59 CST October 31st, so you have until then to create and enter your best photo from this month. (The dates on the Event are truncated, but you can submit a photo anytime, all month long.) Please read all rules (scroll down). Not adhering to rules will get you disqualified.InspirationModerators of the Art of Self Portraiture Community are not eligible to win, but we'll be putting our photos into the Event in the hopes that you'll be inspired. If you have questions or need help, please pop into the Community http://goo.gl/M7XTQ and ask away! We have categories for questions and discussion and are happy to help with anything. Prizes+Think Tank Photo Blue City Walker 20 http://goo.gl/LbDMIy$150 Gift Certificate for +BorrowLenses.com http://www.borrowlenses.com+500px 1 Year Awesome Account+Capturing Couture Discontinued Strap http://www.capturingcouture.com/collections/the-sale-rack1 Year of +SmugMug Basic http://www.smugmug.com/photos/photo-sharing-featuresPlease circle these sponsors - we love their products and services and it's great that they support our learning and growing together. Having them circled is a requirement to be a winner. :)There will be 5 winners. 1st place winner seOctober Self Portrait Challenge: Your Greatest Fear2014-10-29 06:00:0093 
Lotus Carroll1,770,629This is the Event for our January Self Portrait Challenge: New Beginnings! What is meant by this? It's up to you to interpret. I know that many of us think about what we want the next year to be like (even if you don't make resolutions) and this seems like a great way to express what's been on our minds in that sense. You can interpret this way, or any other way that makes sense to you. We're looking forward to what your creative minds will come up with!Here is where you enter your ONE Self Portrait with a "New Beginnings" theme. Your photo must have been captured any time during this month. This Event remains open until 11:59 CST January 31st, so you have until then to create and enter your best photo from this month. You have about two weeks left to complete this task if you don't already have a qualifying photo that you took this month - you can do it! Please read all rules (scroll down). Not adhering to rules will get you disqualified.InspirationModerators of the Art of Self Portraiture Community are not eligible to win, but we'll be putting our photos into the Event in the hopes that you'll be inspired. If you have questions or need help, please pop into the Community http://goo.gl/M7XTQ and ask away! We have categories for questions and discussion and are happy to help with anything. Prizes$150 Gift Certificate for +BorrowLenses.com http://www.borrowlenses.com1 Year Awesome Account at +500px http://goo.gl/CCrBlS +Think Tank Photo Mirrorless Mover 10 Bag http://goo.gl/Z4h0INPlease circle these sponsors - they make these prizes possible, so having them circled is a requirement to be a winner.There will be 3 winners. 1st place winner selects choice of 3 prizes. 2nd place selects choice of 2 remaining prizes. 3rd place receives the remaining prize. Winners must respond within 24 hours of being contacted or new winners will be chosen.At the end of the month, the Owners and Moderators of The Art of Self Portraiture Community will vote on the submissions and choose 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place winners. Please note that this is subjective (art always is!) and sJanuary Self Portrait Challenge: New Beginnings2014-01-01 07:00:00138 
Lotus Carroll1,770,629This is the Event for our September 2013 Self Portrait Challenge: A Great Cell Phone Photo. Just because you use a cell phone doesn't mean your self portrait has to be of the "facebook style" mobile or reflection variety. That little guy has a camera inside it, so treat it like one!Here is where you enter your ONE Self Portrait using only a cell phone to capture and process (no computer software post processing!). Your photo must have been captured this month. This Event remains open until 11:59 CST September 30th, so you have until then to create and enter your best photo from this month. Please read all rules (scroll down). Not adhering to rules will get you disqualified.Tutorial & TipsNeed some tips and inspiration for this challenge? Have no fear! That's why we're here. :) The amazing +Mark Rodriguez made a tutorial about shooting cell phone photos to get you inspired - see it here: http://goo.gl/z3IZ23 He also posted a video of his process - see it here: http://goo.gl/vzcRHLRemember these Do's and Don'ts to get the best photo:*DO take the time to set up your shot thoughtfully.*DO invest time and effort and try more than once to get it right.*DO make sure your lens is clean.*DO take your photo in adequate light so it's not grainy, blurry, or dark.*DO put the cell phone down and use a timer - stop taking all your photos by holding the phone and pointing at yourself or a mirror.*DO try different angles for the best composition.*DO read the posts in our Tutorials Category and try the concepts and ideas you learn from them: http://goo.gl/uSUULE *DO try different apps and see what works best for you.*DO be aware of your background! It makes a huge difference! Is there junk in the room behind you? If yes, it's not a good place to shoot. ETC.*DO NOT just slap a filter or cheesy effect on and call it a day - take the time to try different edits and pay attention to the elements of your photo. *DO NOT point your phone at a mirror and take a reflection photo where we can see your phone.*DO NOT have your arms in the photo as you're holding the phone out in front of or above you.*DO NOT duckface.*DO NOT showcase your cleavage as the main subject.Here's a list of Photo Apps you can try out:SnapseedVSCOcamRetouch (cloning tool!)Camera+Camera!PhotoStudioPixlr ExpressAviaryInsPhotoPrizes1 Year of +September Self Portrait Challenge: A Great Cell Phone Photo2013-09-01 07:00:00180 
Trey Ratcliff8,000,436A special all-Europe show!  We switched around the time of the show for this special event!  Joining today are +Mike Shaw, +Athena Carey, +Thomas Leuthard, +Ugo Cei,  +Serge Ramelli.  Thank you to +Dave Veffer  for setting everything up!  You can watch live here, or you can ask questions live over at http://www.StuckInCustoms.com -- see you soon!Trey's Variety Hour #59- All European Show - Special Euro Time! (8 PM London Time, not that the UK uses the Euro or anything...)2012-11-25 21:00:00254 

Mike F Shaw has been shared in 904 public circles

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Timothy Eberly8,242If you like landscape photographers. This is the circle for you! Great bunch of professionals here. Add this circle and enjoy! 2014-12-21 07:30:04500000
John Sean7,701This circle contains people who really are interesting and active people on Google Plus.If you would like to be included in the next Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles2 - Share the circle (Publicly)3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!#circles #shared #share #add #friends #circle #share #sharecircle #circleshar #news   #travel   #travelphotography   #update2014-12-20 12:57:20491556
Михаил Пушкарев303#ActiveUsers #Add #AddCircle #AddFriends #AddMeToYour #AddPeople #artcircles #artistcircle #AuthorCircle #AutoFollow #AutoFollowBack #Awesome #AwesomeArt #AwesomeCircle #awesomecircle #awesomecircles #AwesomeDay #AwesomeFace #AwesomePeople #AwesomePublick #AwesomePublickCircle #AwesomeSauce #beautiful #BeautifulPhotographs #BeautifulPictures #belarus #Best #bestcircle #bestengagers #bestgoogleplususers #bestofgoogleplus #bestofgoogleplus #BestShared #BestSharedCircle #BestSnowball #BlackSndwhitePhotography #blogger #bloggers 2014-12-20 08:13:59500000
The Hood404 excellent circle with top engagers!add,share and +1!#circleshare   #circlesharing   #topengagers   #engagement   #topcircle   #circleoftheweek   #megaball   #morefollowers   #publiccircleshares2014-12-19 08:25:23501000
Benjamin Davis2,983 This circle contains people who really are interesting and active people on Google Plus.Grow your G+ community with people that share amazing content that will surprise you:If you received the notice you are in this circle, then well done.If you would like to be included in the next Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles (If you haven't already)2 - Share the circle (Publicly) - (cc) me in the comments on the share and I can add you to the next circle immediately.  Otherwise I may not notice your activity!3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.5 - Add the circle or just check it out.Follow your dreams, Share and Be Shared.More you share more you get! :)Thanks!2014-12-15 12:50:43500112
Михаил Пушкарев0#ActiveUsers #Add #AddCircle #AddFriends #AddMeToYour #AddPeople #artcircles #artistcircle #AuthorCircle #AutoFollow #AutoFollowBack #Awesome #AwesomeArt #AwesomeCircle #awesomecircle #awesomecircles #AwesomeDay #AwesomeFace #AwesomePeople #AwesomePublick #AwesomePublickCircle #AwesomeSauce #beautiful #BeautifulPhotographs #BeautifulPictures #belarus #Best #bestcircle #bestengagers #bestgoogleplususers #bestofgoogleplus #bestofgoogleplus #BestShared #BestSharedCircle #BestSnowball #BlackSndwhitePhotography #blogger #bloggers 2014-12-13 08:06:48496111
Ryan Johnson20,406This circle contains people who are very active on Google+If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#circle #Sharedcircles #circleshare #publiccircle #followme #public #sharedpubliccircles #circleoftheday #circleall #circlecircle #circleday2014-12-11 10:33:04496596294
Allan watson13,995Active users on Google+. Circle Share. If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#awesomecircle #circleme #sharedpoint #sharewithyou #ShareYourCircle #epicengagers #davidromaphotography #addcircle #addpeople #affiliate #awesome #awesomecircles #awesomepeople #besocial #bestengagers #bestsharedcircle #circle #circlefriday #circlemonday2014-12-09 08:07:49457193466
Sport News95Let's break 500 shares again and keep the momentum going! These are the best of the best engagers from all walks of life. Give yourself a little diversity and add these great people to your circles.➤ To be added into the next share, follow these simple steps:  1) Add the circle2) Plus the original post3) Share the circle publicly (and with your circles/extended circles)4) Comment on the original post when complete #circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia #circleoftheday #circles #followers #gpluslist #publicsharedcircles #sharedcircleoftheday #Sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #Sharingcircles #topofthepeople #googlecircleshare #googleplus #sharingiscaring #sharingmeansthankyou #socialmedia 2014-12-08 21:18:09501000
Margaret Tompkins131,076Landscape Photography Best of the Week!!!Congratulations to all those great photographers whose photographs have been selected this week by the curators of #landscapephotography +Landscape Photography +Landscape Photography Show +Margaret Tompkins +Jim Warthman +Kevin Rowe +Johan Peijnenburg +David Heath Williams +Tom Hierl +Carolyn Lim +Howard L. Smith +Kai Kosonen +Sheila B. DuBois +Toshi Nakamura +David Pilasky +Bill Wood +Tony Phillips +Jeff Beddow +Kevin O'Connell +Tom Lussier 2014-12-06 18:51:49135912067
Ruta a la Patagonia - Bariloche9,257 ┊ ☆ ┊☆ ┊ ☆ ┊Great Friends v8 CIRCLE  ┊ ☆ ┊☆ ┊☆┊_______________________________________________________●❈●❈●❉●  Please Share From The Original Post! ●❈●❈●❉●▼▼▼▼▼▼▼ CLICK READ MORE FOR FULL CONTENT ▼▼▼▼▼▼▼This is the Great Friends v8 Google Plus CircleIf you want to participate please kindly frollow the following rules::-)1. Add me to your circles if you haven´t done it already2. Share this circle to Public3. Plus or coment this post so we know you wish to participate in upcoming circlesPlease note:● You must be an active Google+ user and shares useful content.● Your posts must be family-friendly. No adult, gambling, controversial, politics, religion blogs.Have a nice day!Your blogging friends of: +Ruta a la Patagonia - Bariloche +Howard Johnson Hotel Trenque Lauquen  www.hjtrenquelauquen.com.ar #circle   #circleshare   #patagonia   #alojamiento   #ruta5   #trenquelauquen   #HowardJohnson   #hotel  2014-12-04 14:31:24495325
James Honzik26,264 Sharers Meta-circle VIII:  This is a super circle, a meta circle of active  circle sharers, focusing on photography and art. This is version VIII, Leaner,  better, faster, wilder.  It's the only circle I share, and it's a good one. (and if you could, please look at my art and photography, that's why I do this - scroll down, I have lots of new and old good things)Thanks to everyone who looked, shared, and commented.Special kudos out to those who not only share, but post their own good things.I am informing those included,, so if you have concerns please comment.Peace. James#circlesharer  #circle     #circles   #circlefreaks      #publiccircle     #circleshare     #circlesharing       #sharedcircles       #sharedcircle     #morefollowers      #sharingcircles      #circleshare      #endlesscircle   #sharedpubliccircles      #sharedpublicircles       #sharedcircle      #AddCircle       #FindCircles    #AwesomeCircle       #addcircle       #addpeople      #circlemeup     #circlesdiscovery      #circleshare       #circlesharing       #publiccircle      #SharedCircles   #photography #landscape   #photograph   2014-12-02 17:04:10387562568
Obat Anda4Cara Cepat Menambahkan 500 Follower dan Otomatis akan bertambah...Caranya cukup mudah ,1) Beri +1 pos ini 2) Berikan Komentar dan tambahkan id +G anda3) Share post ini agar semakin bertambah banyak Follower Anda4) Pilih Tambahkan Orang (Otomatis Menambahkan circle)2014-12-01 10:09:28501113
Gailen Mapes72,417Hand Picked Photographers Circles - "Unknown or Other" Camera S-U - 30 of 31Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members. These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity). Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to November 7th for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting October 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles   #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes .   Thanks for your cooperation.2014-11-30 11:33:31198000
Ruta a la Patagonia - Bariloche8,947┊ ☆ ┊☆ ┊ ☆ ┊ BRILLIANT PEOPLE v1 CIRCLE  ┊ ☆ ┊☆ ┊☆┊___________________________________________________________●❈●❈●❉●  Please Share From The Original Post! ●❈●❈●❉●▼▼▼▼▼▼▼ CLICK READ MORE FOR FULL CONTENT ▼▼▼▼▼▼▼This is the BRILLIANT PEOPLE v1  Google Plus CircleIf you want to participate please kindly frollow the following rules::-)1. Add me to your circles if you haven´t done it already2. Share this circle to Public3. Plus or coment this post so we know you wish to participate in upcoming circlesPlease note:● You must be an active Google+ user and shares useful content.● Your posts must be family-friendly. No adult, gambling, controversial, politics, religion blogs.Have a nice day!Your blogging friends of: +Ruta a la Patagonia - Bariloche +Hotel Howard Johnson Trenque Lauquen  www.hjtrenquelauquen.com.ar2014-11-28 23:43:024956811
Harry Day11,457*If You recieve this message You are included in circle !!!To get in, and to ensure you stay in #thebestfriends  circle you need to do the following:1. Include me in your circles...!!!2.  Add the circle if you can, if not try again later.3. Plus this post...!!! 4. Publicly share this circle...!!!5. Leave a comment on this circle so I know you have done the three steps above...!!!*#photography  #circlesharingforthepeopleplc #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday  2014-11-28 07:07:07488125
Colin Wilson10,036This circle contains people who are very active on Google+If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#circle #Sharedcircles #circleshare #publiccircle #followme #public #sharedpubliccircles #circleoftheday #circleall #circlecircle #circleday2014-11-27 13:06:50466437
sirilus kristiyo ami joyo0This is a shared circle of people that help G+ to grow.Share and be shared.*If you like this Circle, please share this post and Circle.If you want to be in the next circle, share this circle and post a comment here!*2014-11-24 15:20:25493001
Robert Connor24,820This is a shared circle of people that help G+ to grow.Share and be shared.*If you like this Circle, please share this post and Circle.If you want to be in the next circle, share this circle and post a comment here!*#circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlequeen 2014-11-24 11:21:22492113
Neil Bailey1,661This circle contains people who really are interesting and active people on Google Plus.Grow your G+ community with people that share amazing content that will surprise you:*If you received the notice you are in this circle, then well done.If you would like to be included in the next Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles (If you haven't already)2 - Share the circle (Publicly) - (cc) me in the comments on the share and I can add you to the next circle immediately.  Otherwise I may not notice your activity!3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.5 - Add the circle or just check it out.Follow your dreams, Share and Be Shared.More you share more you get! :)Thanks!*#Circle #Sharers #Engagers #Followers #AddCircle #CoolPeople #Influencers #CircleShare #PublicCircle #ShareCircles #CircleSharing #Awesomepeople #CircleOfTheDay #ShareAndBeShared #ConnectingTheWorld2014-11-24 08:02:45494435
Sharon Caroline3,279Hello my friends, good morning/evening for you all!Boost Your visibility On Google+! Add them all!Shared and be shared. :)Thank you for sharing and promoting this. :)Circle by : http://informasidoang.blogspot.com/#circleshare #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedcircleoftheday2014-11-24 07:36:37501000
OneCatADay - Photo Theme Page5,8861st  OneCatADay Supporter's CircleToday I want to say a big THANK YOU to 300 cat loving people and/or gifted photographers who took outstanding cat photographs and thus have been shared at the +OneCatADay - Photo Theme Page !Cats are said to lower blood pressure and to alleviate stress - that's why #onecatadaykeepsthedoctoraway  ! ;))So, this page wants to provide you with your daily dose of feline photographs to make you smile and feel comfortable :DIf you like to connect to other cat people, don't miss the famous Cat Circle shared weekly by +Simona AN. You can find the latest version here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/103253155729844034205/posts/UPkXez9cwuvIf you want to be included or excluded here - just let me know ;)I'm looking forward to many more p-awesome cat photographs from you and I'd be happy if you'd spread the word to get even more people enjoying and participating in the +OneCatADay - Photo Theme Page !Have a purrfect sunday and a great start into your new week! =^..^= #circleshare   #circles   #circleoftheday   #circleoftheweek   #publiccircle   #publiccirclesproject   #circlesharing   #circle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #circlecount   #catlovers   #catphotography   #catphotos   #felines   #animalphotography  2014-11-23 17:45:423016014
Gert Jan Hermus41,415I am happy to share this great circle of talented and interactive photographers with you.Add them to your own circles and experience the inspiration of these people! #circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing  2014-11-21 15:42:12214241336
Project Bolony1,618Rules are simple:1. SHARE this circle share Post PUBLICLY to your stream.2. Make sure you PLUS and COMMENT the ORIGINAL POST for me to see it.3. ADD this circle to your circles4. INCLUDE ME in YOUR circle and SHARE#sharedcircle       #awesomepeople   #circleshare     #circlesharing     #publiccircle   #circleshared 2014-11-20 22:29:55419000
Kenneth Nicholson9,401This circle contains people who are very active on Google+If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#CircleShare #Belize   #Nicaragua  2014-11-19 07:16:554086414
Noah Wesley10,754This is a public circle of Photographers and Photography loversTo increase your chances of inclusion in future circles please leave a comment when sharing the circle. If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include +ORIGINAL AUTHENTIC PHOTOGRAPHERS  • Comment on this post#circle #publiccircle #Liechtenstein #sharedcircles #sharedcircle #morefollowers #sharingcircles #circleshare #circlesharing2014-11-18 07:17:52411112
Ryan Johnson18,123Active users on Google+. Circle Share If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles  #sharedcircle #AddCircle #FindCircles #addcircle  #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery #circleshare #circlesharing  #publiccircle   #publicsharedcircles2014-11-14 11:49:16496215
Dubie Bacino112,659Inspiring on Google+ Curated by +Dubie Bacino (13th Edition)>> Let's connect on Tsu! https://www.tsu.co/opajdara << This is the circle I go to when I find myself in need of beauty and inspiration. It's made mainly of photographers, but also other people who I find post intriguing, provoking, and inspiring content. This is a very colorful group. One thing they have in common, besides me, is inspiring content that will enhance your Google+ experience. -----------------------------------------When it comes to #CircleSharing, my practice is to share only two of my circles every month:  - ENGAGERS: this is a way of saying thank you to those who have interacted with me in some way (either by plussing, commenting, and/or sharing my posts, or by participating in my communities), and- INSPIRING: mainly photographers, but also other people who I find post original and interesting content.To get into my circles is real simple: either engage with my posts, or keep sharing quality content. If you want me to notice you, be active in one or all of my communities (see below).-----------------------------------------To connect with me -@Opajdara, the best place is my xeeme page: http://xeeme.com/opajdara or http://www.opajdara.com/ -----------------------------------------If you are on #TSU , connect with me: https://www.tsu.co/opajdara. If not, check it out, it's the new social network that pays you revenue for your online activity! -----------------------------------------MY PAGES AND COMMUNITIES(Feel free to join if any of the topics interest you)MOON PHOTOGRAPHYTake a look at +Moonipulations, it's the place for all Moon lovers. Here you will find not only the photoshopped pics as the name indicates, but also the most beautiful moonscapes. If you want to jump in and share your photos,  join Moonipulations community: http://bit.ly/194vpSNROAD PHOTOGRAPHYThis is something I really love, to see an open road in front of me. If you feel the same, come join us and share your most beautiful road pics here: http://bit.ly/18rY1cnAERIAL PHOTOGRAPHYA place for those of us who like to see how earth looks from the sky. A refreshing change of perspective. Take a look for yourself: http://bit.ly/1mOSZA7MOTION PHOTOGRAPHYLook at the world around you - it's in constant motion. Stop for a moment and take a shot of it, then share it with us here:  http://bit.ly/1fI9xGqSHADOW PHOTOGRAPHYVisit the showcase of beautiful and creative shadow photography. Shadows can add a lot to a photograph. They can emphasize emotions, create surreal images, and be used in a variety of ways. If you are interested in exploring this fascinating interaction of darkness and light, please join us: http://bit.ly/16tts8kRAIN PHOTOGRAPHYBad weather can give us some of the most beautif2014-11-13 14:53:524495758129
John Hannah4,387Circle share with new friendsHi friends follow this circle1 - Include me in your circles2 - Share the circle (Publicly)3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!#circles #shared #share #add #friends #circle #share #sharecircle #Ohio  #circlesharing #fullcircleshare #topsharedcircle  #circleoftheday  #sharedcircle   #topsharedcircle  #socialmedia #SEO #socialmediamarketing2014-11-12 11:16:253067610
Tekno Video Blog28#sharedcircle     #publiccircleshare       #circleshare     #circleoftheday     #circleshares       #circlesharing     #circlesshare       #publicsharedcircle     #publicsharedcircles   #sharedcircleoftheday     #sharedcircleoftheweek     #sharedcircles       #sharedpubliccircle   #todayspublicsharedcircle     #todayssharedcircle       #publiccircle       #circle       #circles       #awesome     #awesomeness     #awesomepeople     #shareyourcircle       #bestengagers     #followers     #followback       #awesomecircles       #topsharedcircle       #topsharedcircle       #myseoissocial       #besocial       #socializethesocial       #trust     #circles     #sharedcircle       #followers         #social       2014-11-09 21:42:08500000
Tekno Video Blog28#Magic  #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circles   #circledaily   #circlesdiscovery   #socialmediamarketing   #share   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #ADD   #add   #engaged   #engagement   #engagementring  2014-11-09 21:35:09500000
Ankit Gajjar1,967Awesome Photography Circle Share - Add yourself and pass it on...Note this circle share post will be deleted with in 24hrs.2014-11-08 13:35:50461001
Sharon Caroline1,785Hello my friends, good morning/evening for you all!Boost Your visibility On Google+!Shared and be shared. :)Thank you for sharing and promoting this.#circleshare #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedcircleoftheday2014-11-08 08:36:19497000
Tekno Video Blog0+Circle Magic  #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circles   #circledaily   #circlesdiscovery   #socialmediamarketing   #share   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #ADD   #add   #engaged   #engagement   #engagementring  2014-11-08 01:30:18500000
Tekno Video Blog0+Circle Magic  #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circles   #circledaily   #circlesdiscovery   #socialmediamarketing   #share   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #ADD   #add   #engaged   #engagement   #engagementring  2014-11-07 19:06:28496011
Gregory Snow31,416This is my first shared circle if you want to be included or removed leave me a message in the comments. 2014-11-04 23:56:14495001
Rosie Taylor12,301#6                        •-::-•:*:•-:¦:  Circle Share 146  :¦:-•:*:•.::-•                 •-::-•:*:•-:¦: Fall Share and Be Shared :¦:-•:*:•.::-•      •-::-•:*:•-:¦:  If you want to be shared in this circle  :¦:-•:*:•.::-• •-::-•:*:•-:¦:  Just share it and I will keep you in this circle  :¦:-•:*:•.::-•        •-::-•:*:•-:¦:  Boost your visibility on Google+  :¦:-•:*:•.::-•                       •-::-•:*:•-:¦:  Share the circle!  :¦:-•:*:•.::-•This circle contains people who really are interesting and active people on Google Plus.Grow your G+ community with people that share amazing content that will surprise you:If you received the notice you are in this circle, then well done.If you would like to be included in the next Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles 3 - Share the circle (Publicly) 4 - Add +1 to the post 5 - Follow  your dreams and smile to life.More you share More you get! :)I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!#circles #shared #share #add #friends #circle #share #sharecircle #circleshar2014-11-03 02:12:49436000
Gert Jan Hermus39,387You are in this circle I guess ;-)Check out one of my circles of photographers, bloggers, interactive followers and engagers!These people are very active on my time line. I appreciate that (and them) very much! :-)(Reshare this one for the best result ;-)#circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circles   #circleoftheday     #sundaycircle     #reshare   #12strbl2014-11-01 18:30:4037418630
JITS Jasa Penerjemah Resmi dan Tersumpah38Cara Menambah Follower Google Plus Indonesia Pengen Punya banyak Follower di Google plus, coba ikut Share Circle khusus Indonesia ini yuk.Dengan Share CIrcle kita akan dapat banyak teman dan nantinya tentu akan banyak juga yang follow akun google plus kita.Kalau kamu pengen banyakfollower google plus ii cara mudah untuk dapat Follower Google plus.Syaratnya1. Follow Kami2. Beri Plus dan Share public status ini4. Add seluruh orang yang ada di Lingkaran ini5. Berikan Komentar di bawah status ini agar dengan mudah dapat kami masukkan kamu dalam lingkaran.6. Pastikan kamu memberikan plus, reshare dan komentar di postingan asli di https://plus.google.com/b/103813820956570532442/2014-11-01 08:10:034499212
Gailen Mapes70,233Hand Picked Photographers Circles - "Unknown or Other" Camera S-U - 30 of 31NOTE: October 31 will be my last circle share.  I will be taking down my profile this weekend.Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members. These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity). Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to October 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting September 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles  #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes .   Thanks for your cooperation.2014-10-30 10:40:46201002
Penerjemah Tersumpah0Cara Menambah Follower Google Plus Indonesia Pengen Punya banyak Follower di Google plus, coba ikut Share Circle khusus Indonesia ini yuk.Dengan Share CIrcle kita akan dapat banyak teman dan nantinya tentu akan banyak juga yang follow akun google plus kita.Kalau kamu pengen banyakfollower google plus ii cara mudah untuk dapat Follower Google plus.Syaratnya1. Follow Kami2. Beri Plus dan Share public status ini4. Add seluruh orang yang ada di Lingkaran ini5. Berikan Komentar di bawah status ini agar dengan mudah dapat kami masukkan kamu dalam lingkaran.6. Pastikan kamu memberikan plus, reshare dan komentar di postingan asli di https://plus.google.com/b/103813820956570532442/2014-10-30 01:55:18449001
John Sean2,728This circle contains people who are very active on Google+If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia 2014-10-27 13:09:58389003
Michael Junghans10,859A big thank you. Great to be connected with you :-)Please share | +#sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #circleshare   #circlesharing   #teamelite   #teamelitecircle   #teameliteengagercircle    #sharedcircle #cerchiacondivisa   #condividicerchia   #cerchiadiitaliani   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle   #circleshare  #bosmol #BosmolCircle   #GrowthCIrcle     #GooglePlus   #CircleShare   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircles   #circlesharing   #circleshared   #publiccirclesproject   #publicsharedcircles   #circleoftheday   #google   #circle #circles #publiccircle #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #morefollowers #sharingcircles #circleshare 2014-10-26 18:14:54501839
Ryan Johnson16,173This circle contains people who are very active on Google+If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#circles #shared #share #add #friends #circle #share #sharecircle #circleshar2014-10-25 12:51:414646717
Kye Nevin2,551My Best Photographers Circle#CircleSharing #Circle #SharedCircles #CircleOfTheDay #Share #Photographer #Photographers #Landscape #CircleShare #Google #Google+ #ADD #EliteInnerCircle #TeamElite #PublicCircle #Shared #SharingCircles #PublicSharedCircles #Photography #Photograph #Best #BestPhotographers #BestPhotos #BestPhoto2014-10-24 13:34:11266000
CAT kitten3,124CATkitten Circles – 5th day:♦ Circle 05 - today I publish this circle chosen by random raffle. It’s full of great professional and amateur photographers, artists and many nice people. Enjoy it!♦ Cercle 05 - aujourd'hui, je publie ce cercle choisi par tirage au sort aléatoire. Il est plein de grands photographes professionnels et amateurs, artistes et beaucoup de gens sympathiques. Profitez-en!♦ Círculo 05 – hoje, publico este círculo escolhido por sorteio aleatório. Ele tem grandes fotógrafos profissionais e amadores, artistas e muitas pessoas legais. Aproveite!====================================☆☆To whom shared me in a circle recently, I thank you all.☆☆ Amazing and friendly people of Google +, I appreciate your attention and the “+1"☆☆ If you like what you find in this circle, please credit me by just plus one or SHARE it.Online photography magazines you may like:• http://www.besttopphotographer.com/  • http://stunningmoment.com/2014photography.php • http://www.PhotoExtract.com/  #catkittengdm   #addiction   #addcircle   #addcircles   #addmetoyourcircles   #addpeople   #awesomecircles   #cercle   #circle   #circleme   #cercles   #circleoftheday   #circles   #circlemeup   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #círculo   #circuloscompartidos   #circulos   #findcircles   #fullcircleshare   #fullcircle   #morefollowers   #MYCIRCLES   #mycircle   #publiccircle   2014-10-24 11:15:59499011
Gert Jan Hermus38,141Meet these people in my circles of great artists (Bloggers and photographers). #circles   #circleshare   #sharedcircle #circlesharing   #followers #social #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #circleshared  #sharedcircleoftheday   #addmetoyourcircles #awesomepeople  #circlecount   #newfollowers #googleplus  #meetingpeoplecircle   #12blstr  2014-10-22 19:38:20358001
Scott Detweiler1,122,343Sharing out my top circle for inspiration today.  Some folks over on (that other social network), need some people on here to follow.  I consider this a great group of folks that are friendly, release some great work, and actually interact with people.  Enjoy!2014-10-22 18:51:15103002
Colin Wilson6,173Circle share with new friendsHi friends follow this circle1 - Include me in your circles2 - Share the circle (Publicly)3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!#Circle #Sharers #Engagers #Followers #AddCircle #CoolPeople #Influencers #CircleShare #PublicCircle #ShareCircles #CircleSharing #Awesomepeople #CircleOfTheDay #ShareAndBeShared #ConnectingTheWorld2014-10-21 11:00:42490183046
Becky Collins17,846Photographers Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-10-20 09:12:044865117

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2014-10-17 06:08:54 (140 comments, 6 reshares, 125 +1s)Open 

For those that are not aware it seems I may have broken part of my back. After a doozy of a fall from a gantry in work yesterday o have a gash on the back of my head that looks like a spare mouth.

The CT scan has shown up an unstable fracture in my T spine. I have spent the night doped up on morphine not moving from the one position flat on my back. They have also been waking me every hour or so to check for concussion.

I have to have an MRI scan today and I have to see the orthopaedic surgeon. Hopefully it will just be a case of getting a brace and being sent home.

I have no idea just how long this is going to take me out of the game though :(

Most reshares: 112

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2014-12-01 22:28:07 (37 comments, 112 reshares, 449 +1s)Open 

If you are into Game Of Thrones you will be into this.

Most plusones: 1316

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2014-10-29 09:36:21 (64 comments, 89 reshares, 1316 +1s)Open 

Never Underestimate The Power

Not of the lion but a movement you are all involved with, social media!

Some companies have embraced what social media has to offer in regards to getting their name out there, be it through direct contact or through secondary contract and are utilising it in a way that is of benefit to them. Look at +Colby Brown and his latest ventures using the Sony A7S, a combination that works for both parties. Colby being a well known photographer using and speaking of their equipment has done them only good.

I have seen a few of the once smaller companies such as Olympus, Fuji etc using this medium as a way of getting the brand out to the public. My friend +Matt Hart who was a long time Nikon user switched to Fuji and is now an official UK photographer for them, after many years of knocking on Nikon's door and being ignored he went anotherr... more »

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2014-12-21 11:31:11 (5 comments, 3 reshares, 55 +1s)Open 

Set Them Free

We live in worlds wrapped up in little boxes we put ourselves in, we love to label everything so we don't fear it. We allow our time to be dictated by the passing of the hands of a clock that we make.

It's only through the release of passion do we lose this, we step from the boxes, ignore the labels and forget all concept of time. I found mine when I framed my world for the first time through a viewfinder. When I saw the composition of the world I live in, the glints in eyes, wrinkles upon skin, the warm glow of a winters sunset as it crests the lands horizon. The texture of bark and rustle of leaves as they sing to me in the gentlest of breezes and the dance of grasses around my feet.

We are the creatives, we are the few among the many, we brings worlds of fantasy that mundane life takes away, by freeing ourselves of the constraints that other... more »

Set Them Free

We live in worlds wrapped up in little boxes we put ourselves in, we love to label everything so we don't fear it. We allow our time to be dictated by the passing of the hands of a clock that we make.

It's only through the release of passion do we lose this, we step from the boxes, ignore the labels and forget all concept of time. I found mine when I framed my world for the first time through a viewfinder. When I saw the composition of the world I live in, the glints in eyes, wrinkles upon skin, the warm glow of a winters sunset as it crests the lands horizon. The texture of bark and rustle of leaves as they sing to me in the gentlest of breezes and the dance of grasses around my feet.

We are the creatives, we are the few among the many, we brings worlds of fantasy that mundane life takes away, by freeing ourselves of the constraints that other wish to restrict us with do we show them what they miss.

Whether it be through a viewfinder, a pencil on paper, paint on canvas, mouse click on a screen, fingers on strings, words spoken or sung, remember you are the few among the many, show them, teach them, set them free.___

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2014-12-21 09:40:48 (22 comments, 18 reshares, 360 +1s)Open 

He Ain't Heavy

You are going to have to be a certain age to understand the title of this image.

Once again another image of an ape, maybe one day I will lose my fascination and love of them but I would not put any bets on that.

He Ain't Heavy

You are going to have to be a certain age to understand the title of this image.

Once again another image of an ape, maybe one day I will lose my fascination and love of them but I would not put any bets on that.___

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2014-12-20 09:09:53 (16 comments, 19 reshares, 382 +1s)Open 

Contact

I don't think I need to say anything here.

Contact

I don't think I need to say anything here.___

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2014-12-16 09:53:35 (23 comments, 52 reshares, 543 +1s)Open 

Ghosts

What happens when all we have left to show our children are ghosts? 

Ghosts

What happens when all we have left to show our children are ghosts? ___

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2014-12-12 14:12:16 (17 comments, 28 reshares, 484 +1s)Open 

Fear

Its a moment when you can feel its breath, hear the heartbeat as it rises ready, the glint of a tooth in the darkness and the reflection of eyes within the dark. Do you run? Do you stay and hope you have not been seen? All the time the breath gets louder, heartbeat gets faster, ready for the chase as she sights her prey, you.

Game over.


#savethebigcats  

Fear

Its a moment when you can feel its breath, hear the heartbeat as it rises ready, the glint of a tooth in the darkness and the reflection of eyes within the dark. Do you run? Do you stay and hope you have not been seen? All the time the breath gets louder, heartbeat gets faster, ready for the chase as she sights her prey, you.

Game over.


#savethebigcats  ___

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2014-12-09 11:05:02 (38 comments, 65 reshares, 678 +1s)Open 

The Cry Of The Wolf

After the reintroduction of wolves into Yellowstone Park it has been shown they not only improved the whole ecology of the area they even changed the rivers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysa5OBhXz-Q

We need to understand that each creature on the planet is here for a reason, each one has a role to play on the earth and that roles is not for the amusement of humankind. 

This is an Arctic wolf, on the decline through over hunting, will it be too late before we realise the role this wolf has to play in the sustainability of our planet?

The Cry Of The Wolf

After the reintroduction of wolves into Yellowstone Park it has been shown they not only improved the whole ecology of the area they even changed the rivers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysa5OBhXz-Q

We need to understand that each creature on the planet is here for a reason, each one has a role to play on the earth and that roles is not for the amusement of humankind. 

This is an Arctic wolf, on the decline through over hunting, will it be too late before we realise the role this wolf has to play in the sustainability of our planet?___

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2014-12-08 11:43:27 (21 comments, 15 reshares, 511 +1s)Open 

The Hidden Sunrise

Its not uncommon to see this on the banks of the river Mersey, a combination of a glorious sunrise hidden behind a blanket of sea mist that has rolled in through the estuary.

It might though be something I won't see so much in the near future from this vantage point as they are building a new bridge across the river. It will cut right across this vista, it might be good, it might not be but its a case of just waiting the 5 or so years they need to build it to see.

The Hidden Sunrise

Its not uncommon to see this on the banks of the river Mersey, a combination of a glorious sunrise hidden behind a blanket of sea mist that has rolled in through the estuary.

It might though be something I won't see so much in the near future from this vantage point as they are building a new bridge across the river. It will cut right across this vista, it might be good, it might not be but its a case of just waiting the 5 or so years they need to build it to see.___

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2014-12-06 15:29:34 (16 comments, 32 reshares, 491 +1s)Open 

Old Man Of The Pride

His name is Kenya and he is a very old man now, he still leads his pride but everyday life can be a struggle for him. Rather than him have to fight for his place the park maintains the order so he can outlive the rest of his days as the head. 

I like to think he has many years still in him, he has so much experience he still needs to pass down.

#caturday  

#savethebigcats  

Old Man Of The Pride

His name is Kenya and he is a very old man now, he still leads his pride but everyday life can be a struggle for him. Rather than him have to fight for his place the park maintains the order so he can outlive the rest of his days as the head. 

I like to think he has many years still in him, he has so much experience he still needs to pass down.

#caturday  

#savethebigcats  ___

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2014-12-03 09:50:36 (25 comments, 5 reshares, 310 +1s)Open 

Naughty Or Nice?

Have you been? I met Father Christmas the other day and he is getting ready for the big day, I watched as he read his book of naughty or nice people, are you wondering which list you're on?

Naughty Or Nice?

Have you been? I met Father Christmas the other day and he is getting ready for the big day, I watched as he read his book of naughty or nice people, are you wondering which list you're on?___

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2014-12-01 22:28:07 (37 comments, 112 reshares, 449 +1s)Open 

If you are into Game Of Thrones you will be into this.

If you are into Game Of Thrones you will be into this.___

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2014-12-01 11:27:44 (38 comments, 5 reshares, 369 +1s)Open 

Ferret Hat

Winter is officially here in the UK so time to don the ferret hat profile picture ;)

Ferret Hat

Winter is officially here in the UK so time to don the ferret hat profile picture ;)___

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2014-11-30 10:00:24 (33 comments, 55 reshares, 794 +1s)Open 

Fantasy Is The Daydream Of Reality




Reworking of an older image as I'm still not able to get out and about.

Fantasy Is The Daydream Of Reality




Reworking of an older image as I'm still not able to get out and about.___

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2014-11-29 10:21:22 (12 comments, 21 reshares, 461 +1s)Open 

Stand Proud

#caturday  
#savethebigcats

Stand Proud

#caturday  
#savethebigcats___

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2014-11-27 08:48:06 (27 comments, 36 reshares, 501 +1s)Open 

Could You Be
All you promised to be?
Will you wake each morn
With the joy of the sunrise
Carry over your dreams
To reality
Could you be
All you promised to be?


You only have yourself to believe in.

Could You Be
All you promised to be?
Will you wake each morn
With the joy of the sunrise
Carry over your dreams
To reality
Could you be
All you promised to be?


You only have yourself to believe in.___

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2014-11-26 10:54:25 (16 comments, 33 reshares, 496 +1s)Open 

Strange People

Sometimes you get to meet the strangest of people!

#starwars  

Strange People

Sometimes you get to meet the strangest of people!

#starwars  ___

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2014-11-23 15:59:27 (27 comments, 19 reshares, 442 +1s)Open 

How do You Use Your Imagination?

Do you see the end shot as you take the image?

I am asked on a regular basis to show before and after shots and on a few occasions on how I edit images. This was a shot taken at +Chester Zoo of Iblis their asiatic lion. The original shot is taken through a wire cage in bright sunlight using the Canon 7D with the 70-200mm f/2.8 lens coupled to a 1.4X teleconverter.

I knew the image would work converted to black and white and if I use the technique I'm known for (burning the background out) then the light on his face would really make the image pop. I could have used a longer crop to bring more of his body into the image but I like the way the light travels up his body to his face as if emerging from the darkness, this is more commonly known as Chiaroscuro or painting with light and shadow and has been around before photography.more »

How do You Use Your Imagination?

Do you see the end shot as you take the image?

I am asked on a regular basis to show before and after shots and on a few occasions on how I edit images. This was a shot taken at +Chester Zoo of Iblis their asiatic lion. The original shot is taken through a wire cage in bright sunlight using the Canon 7D with the 70-200mm f/2.8 lens coupled to a 1.4X teleconverter.

I knew the image would work converted to black and white and if I use the technique I'm known for (burning the background out) then the light on his face would really make the image pop. I could have used a longer crop to bring more of his body into the image but I like the way the light travels up his body to his face as if emerging from the darkness, this is more commonly known as Chiaroscuro or painting with light and shadow and has been around before photography.

It was not a case of seeing what I had when I got home, I followed Iblis around his enclosure, I knew the winter light would be low and I just wanted him to face into it, he was waiting to be fed so he was going through bouts of activity. Just prior to the he was lay down in the same position but I knew it would not work unless he stood up so it was a case of just being patient. The camera was set in shutter priority in case he moved faster than I wanted at f/4.5.

Editing wise it was above, using Color Efex Pro I adjusted the contrast prior to converting to black and white using Silver Efex pro. Then it was cropped and dodge and burn applied with some adjustments then done in Lightroom.

Have an idea of the end shot when you take it, use your imagination but more limit the amount of shots you take, its easy to fill a large memory card, don't fill it and be selective on the shot in the camera, the better it is there the better the end result.___

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2014-11-22 09:58:46 (26 comments, 41 reshares, 598 +1s)Open 

Fire

When the fire goes out how cold will humankind be? 

#savethebigcats  
#caturday  

Fire

When the fire goes out how cold will humankind be? 

#savethebigcats  
#caturday  ___

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2014-11-21 05:21:23 (36 comments, 53 reshares, 710 +1s)Open 

What Have I Learnt?

I have been fortunate to have been photographing animals for about three years now, I know I'm still wet behind the ears as we say here but its been a steep learning curve.

I'm about to step out on yet another steep learning curve when I start to be mentored as an Olympus Protege in animal portraiture that is going to open a whole new world.

But what have I discovered while out and about by myself?

Animals do not pose. 
They move when they want, they appear when they want and they have their own environment, once you get used to that idea you will learn you need the patience of a saint but its worth it.

Keep it simple.
The animal is your subject and should be the focal point so be aware of the environment both you and the animal is in. Be aware of not only your background but your foreground as well, there... more »

What Have I Learnt?

I have been fortunate to have been photographing animals for about three years now, I know I'm still wet behind the ears as we say here but its been a steep learning curve.

I'm about to step out on yet another steep learning curve when I start to be mentored as an Olympus Protege in animal portraiture that is going to open a whole new world.

But what have I discovered while out and about by myself?

Animals do not pose. 
They move when they want, they appear when they want and they have their own environment, once you get used to that idea you will learn you need the patience of a saint but its worth it.

Keep it simple.
The animal is your subject and should be the focal point so be aware of the environment both you and the animal is in. Be aware of not only your background but your foreground as well, there is only so much you can do in photoshop.

Get it right in the camera.
As above there is only so much you can do in photoshop, a moving animal will blur if your camera is not set up right, you are going to have adjust your settings as you go, static animals are good in manual but once they decided its time to move you will have to move to shutter priority. If its right in the camera it means you have less to do in editing or you have the ability to play more when you do.

Don't be scared to edit.
The editing programs are to you what a studio is to an artists, what you have taken from the camera is your starting point if need be. Take this image, its cropped from a larger image that had the mother stood behind, with it being a zebra it makes for the perfect black and white. The background have been removed through dodge and burn and the black marking of the zebra have been enhanced with burning to make it pop more. This is not a new style, its called Chiaroscuro or painting with light and shadows and has been used by the old masters in painting for many years, some seem to think its a style I made, its not, its even been used in photography for decades.

Its rewarding.
And it is, get it right and the final images you get will blow you away, you get to make contact with your subjects on a level few other people do, you spend time studying them, understanding how they behave, their individual characters and that can only enrich you. ___

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2014-11-21 03:24:37 (67 comments, 1 reshares, 218 +1s)Open 

Starting To Look Like Iron
Man!!

Went to see the specialist today (sorry to go on as I feel like I'm starting to sound like my mates ex missus that seemed to be permanently sick) and deep joy I'm now in a bigger brace 0.o

The last brace did not cover enough of my back so this one comes up to my chest! It also seems I have a few other minor breaks in my spine that they believe will heal ok.

The real bummer is that I could be looking at a minimum of 3 months in the brace, 6 months before I'm pain free IF I ever get pain free bugger :/

Just to make matters worse it's now 03:30 in the morning and I can't sleep......again!

Starting To Look Like Iron
Man!!

Went to see the specialist today (sorry to go on as I feel like I'm starting to sound like my mates ex missus that seemed to be permanently sick) and deep joy I'm now in a bigger brace 0.o

The last brace did not cover enough of my back so this one comes up to my chest! It also seems I have a few other minor breaks in my spine that they believe will heal ok.

The real bummer is that I could be looking at a minimum of 3 months in the brace, 6 months before I'm pain free IF I ever get pain free bugger :/

Just to make matters worse it's now 03:30 in the morning and I can't sleep......again!___

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2014-11-20 09:32:33 (24 comments, 28 reshares, 502 +1s)Open 

Maybe We Just Don't Know?

Our own self consciousness has a lot to answer for, it allows us to wrap ourselves in in our beliefs like a comfort blanket against reality. "I think, therefor I am!" We assume though we are the only animal to roam the planet that has self consciousness and due to a freak twists of nature (and a huge comet that hurtled toward this other lump of rock in space) we find ourselves in the enviable position of guardians of the planet that sustains us.

So why do we insist on doing such a lousy job of it? At some point nature will tire of us and much like an elephant shakes off fleas she will shake us off this mortal coil. Don't think its not really that possible, read above, she has done it many times before over the millennia this planet has been in existence. Maybe she won't have to shake us off, maybe it will be the one good job we... more »

Maybe We Just Don't Know?

Our own self consciousness has a lot to answer for, it allows us to wrap ourselves in in our beliefs like a comfort blanket against reality. "I think, therefor I am!" We assume though we are the only animal to roam the planet that has self consciousness and due to a freak twists of nature (and a huge comet that hurtled toward this other lump of rock in space) we find ourselves in the enviable position of guardians of the planet that sustains us.

So why do we insist on doing such a lousy job of it? At some point nature will tire of us and much like an elephant shakes off fleas she will shake us off this mortal coil. Don't think its not really that possible, read above, she has done it many times before over the millennia this planet has been in existence. Maybe she won't have to shake us off, maybe it will be the one good job we will be able to do all by ourselves.

I often wonder if the other apes had been given even 10% of the chances we had would they had done things better, I find it hard to believe they could have done any worse.     
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2014-11-20 08:27:09 (25 comments, 10 reshares, 263 +1s)Open 

Harrys Chips.

Best viewed in full screen ;)

Harrys Chips.

Best viewed in full screen ;)___

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2014-11-19 10:03:09 (33 comments, 47 reshares, 864 +1s)Open 

Sip Of Gold

One of those days where all the elements come together for a photographer.

Its autumn and the leaves are still a golden red colour, I am photographing a red panda as the mid afternoon sun starts to glow and settle its yellow colour across the water at the same time as the panda takes a drink causing the ripples to cascade outwards.

Photographing animals can be so frustrating at times but then there are times like this, makes up for all the time spent just watching and waiting.

Sip Of Gold

One of those days where all the elements come together for a photographer.

Its autumn and the leaves are still a golden red colour, I am photographing a red panda as the mid afternoon sun starts to glow and settle its yellow colour across the water at the same time as the panda takes a drink causing the ripples to cascade outwards.

Photographing animals can be so frustrating at times but then there are times like this, makes up for all the time spent just watching and waiting.___

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2014-11-16 11:51:42 (32 comments, 51 reshares, 887 +1s)Open 

This Dawn Mist
Comes to awaken me
Through gentle light
And breath of cold
Surrounds me from the day
So I may move unseen
To dreams I have been
And to where I shall return.

This Dawn Mist
Comes to awaken me
Through gentle light
And breath of cold
Surrounds me from the day
So I may move unseen
To dreams I have been
And to where I shall return.___

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2014-11-14 15:44:08 (37 comments, 25 reshares, 381 +1s)Open 

The Singer

He can be seen most days in Liverpool, when I took this image of him he was singing into a childs plastic microphone but the last time I saw him he had a real one, just not plugged into anything. With dirty hands and broken missing teeth he stands and rambles somewhat incoherently into the mic. He does not sing well but what other way does he have of eating? Its rare he looks at anyone in the eye as he performs, most of the time its off into the distance or the floor. I have spoken to him a few times and he has told me of his record deal he is waiting on, maybe thats what he sees in the distance, an audience for what he does rather than those that walk by, the odd one dropping a few coins in his cup.

You often wonder the circumstances of what had put people into these circumstances, what befell them? He could be someones lost father, they could be someones lost son,... more »

The Singer

He can be seen most days in Liverpool, when I took this image of him he was singing into a childs plastic microphone but the last time I saw him he had a real one, just not plugged into anything. With dirty hands and broken missing teeth he stands and rambles somewhat incoherently into the mic. He does not sing well but what other way does he have of eating? Its rare he looks at anyone in the eye as he performs, most of the time its off into the distance or the floor. I have spoken to him a few times and he has told me of his record deal he is waiting on, maybe thats what he sees in the distance, an audience for what he does rather than those that walk by, the odd one dropping a few coins in his cup.

You often wonder the circumstances of what had put people into these circumstances, what befell them? He could be someones lost father, they could be someones lost son, daughter, wife, mother, they could be drug or alcohol dependant or as we are seeing too many times simply no longer of sound mind and a society that no longer feels compelled to look after its own.

Do you ever wonder that you could be just a few steps behind? It takes very little for you to one day to catch up and be walking the same path. ___

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2014-11-11 10:04:38 (48 comments, 47 reshares, 744 +1s)Open 

Trapped Within

Looking back over some older images I am starting to get the feeling I am trapped myself. Right now my body just won't do what I want it to do, sitting at my PC editing images can only be done for a limited time before my back hurts too much and the dizzy spells kick in. Taking the camera out is a no no at the moment, I can only be on my feet for short periods.

But at some point I should get better, I should be able to get out and about again, to what degree I'm not too sure but at least I am not paralysed or dead, both that could well have been alternatives from the accident. 

I am not the most patient of people, I am constantly told that the healing process takes time but for me its too long, like the big cats I photograph I feel trapped but not behind glass, just within my own mind.

I'm not sure how often I'll be online... more »

Trapped Within

Looking back over some older images I am starting to get the feeling I am trapped myself. Right now my body just won't do what I want it to do, sitting at my PC editing images can only be done for a limited time before my back hurts too much and the dizzy spells kick in. Taking the camera out is a no no at the moment, I can only be on my feet for short periods.

But at some point I should get better, I should be able to get out and about again, to what degree I'm not too sure but at least I am not paralysed or dead, both that could well have been alternatives from the accident. 

I am not the most patient of people, I am constantly told that the healing process takes time but for me its too long, like the big cats I photograph I feel trapped but not behind glass, just within my own mind.

I'm not sure how often I'll be online over the next few weeks but I do check on my iPhone from time to time, otherwise its going to be somewhat fleeting!___

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2014-11-04 13:17:23 (27 comments, 42 reshares, 618 +1s)Open 

King From The Shadows

We push big cats to the brink of extinction along with too many other species all for the "benefit" of mankind. When though will we realise there is nothing left but the shadows left behind?

I don't want my children and my childrens children to see animals that once was in images alone, much the way we see the dodo now. But I feel we are heading down that path and only when its too late will we realise the consequences of our actions.

King From The Shadows

We push big cats to the brink of extinction along with too many other species all for the "benefit" of mankind. When though will we realise there is nothing left but the shadows left behind?

I don't want my children and my childrens children to see animals that once was in images alone, much the way we see the dodo now. But I feel we are heading down that path and only when its too late will we realise the consequences of our actions.___

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2014-11-03 09:34:09 (28 comments, 33 reshares, 614 +1s)Open 

When Winter Comes

I worry for the homeless!

They say at present there is some 185,000 people affected in England alone: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/dec/13/homeless-numbers-increase-three-years-england

Read that figure again, 185,000 and try to put it into perspective. The borough of Halton that I currently live in has a population of some 126,000, this consists of two towns either side of a river (Widnes and Runcorn) You are looking at the whole population plus another 39,000 people. Thats just England, it does not take into account Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

I know from talking with Peter he has suffered when the winters get really bad, no matter how many layers he puts on he can't get warm. If the nights get damp he has woken the following day covered in frost. Add to this a poor and erratic diet then he really does... more »

When Winter Comes

I worry for the homeless!

They say at present there is some 185,000 people affected in England alone: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/dec/13/homeless-numbers-increase-three-years-england

Read that figure again, 185,000 and try to put it into perspective. The borough of Halton that I currently live in has a population of some 126,000, this consists of two towns either side of a river (Widnes and Runcorn) You are looking at the whole population plus another 39,000 people. Thats just England, it does not take into account Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

I know from talking with Peter he has suffered when the winters get really bad, no matter how many layers he puts on he can't get warm. If the nights get damp he has woken the following day covered in frost. Add to this a poor and erratic diet then he really does suffer. 

We have been fortunate in that the weather has been good of late but something tells me that this winter will not be so good. No matter how crap things are for me right now I know I will be warm, fed and have a bed for the night.___

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2014-11-02 17:39:34 (26 comments, 54 reshares, 861 +1s)Open 

A Time To Relax

A male snow leopard relaxing not long after being fed.

These are stunning animals, large paws designed to be able to hold their weight while walking on snow. A Tail that is exceptionally large a furry, they wrap this around their face while they sleep to combat the cold and frostbite. Unlike most other big cats their eyes are pale green to grey not yellow, this could well be something to with their natural habitat. Their camouflaged fur makes them hard to spot in the wild and of course helps when they hunt, unusually as well they cannot roar like other big cats.   

A Time To Relax

A male snow leopard relaxing not long after being fed.

These are stunning animals, large paws designed to be able to hold their weight while walking on snow. A Tail that is exceptionally large a furry, they wrap this around their face while they sleep to combat the cold and frostbite. Unlike most other big cats their eyes are pale green to grey not yellow, this could well be something to with their natural habitat. Their camouflaged fur makes them hard to spot in the wild and of course helps when they hunt, unusually as well they cannot roar like other big cats.   ___

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2014-10-31 06:31:10 (41 comments, 50 reshares, 717 +1s)Open 

Do What You Love!

I think its been the best advice I have been given and the best advice I can give back. Regardless of what you do in the world of art you have to love what it is you do. Its only then that it shows in your work and its only then that others can feel that love you have. 

I think every photographer wants to move to the next level and do it for a living but with that comes drawbacks, all of a sudden you are doing what a client wants rather than what you want, they want things done in a specific way that may well go against what you do but at the end of the day they will be the ones paying your mortgage.

I have spoken to a few professional photographers over the years and a lot miss the freedom to shoot just what they want, what they love, its easy to say they still can but ask how many have the free time in this day and age to do just that?
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Do What You Love!

I think its been the best advice I have been given and the best advice I can give back. Regardless of what you do in the world of art you have to love what it is you do. Its only then that it shows in your work and its only then that others can feel that love you have. 

I think every photographer wants to move to the next level and do it for a living but with that comes drawbacks, all of a sudden you are doing what a client wants rather than what you want, they want things done in a specific way that may well go against what you do but at the end of the day they will be the ones paying your mortgage.

I have spoken to a few professional photographers over the years and a lot miss the freedom to shoot just what they want, what they love, its easy to say they still can but ask how many have the free time in this day and age to do just that?

Me? I have spent many years bouncing from one genre to the next, trying to please the audience, landscapes are a favourite but do I love shooting them, not all the time, I enjoy the time out there but I could do that without a camera. I have two loves when it comes to photography, animals (more so big cats) and the street people I am fortunate to meet.

So the time has come to do what I love.___

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2014-10-29 09:36:21 (64 comments, 89 reshares, 1316 +1s)Open 

Never Underestimate The Power

Not of the lion but a movement you are all involved with, social media!

Some companies have embraced what social media has to offer in regards to getting their name out there, be it through direct contact or through secondary contract and are utilising it in a way that is of benefit to them. Look at +Colby Brown and his latest ventures using the Sony A7S, a combination that works for both parties. Colby being a well known photographer using and speaking of their equipment has done them only good.

I have seen a few of the once smaller companies such as Olympus, Fuji etc using this medium as a way of getting the brand out to the public. My friend +Matt Hart who was a long time Nikon user switched to Fuji and is now an official UK photographer for them, after many years of knocking on Nikon's door and being ignored he went anotherr... more »

Never Underestimate The Power

Not of the lion but a movement you are all involved with, social media!

Some companies have embraced what social media has to offer in regards to getting their name out there, be it through direct contact or through secondary contract and are utilising it in a way that is of benefit to them. Look at +Colby Brown and his latest ventures using the Sony A7S, a combination that works for both parties. Colby being a well known photographer using and speaking of their equipment has done them only good.

I have seen a few of the once smaller companies such as Olympus, Fuji etc using this medium as a way of getting the brand out to the public. My friend +Matt Hart who was a long time Nikon user switched to Fuji and is now an official UK photographer for them, after many years of knocking on Nikon's door and being ignored he went another route.

I myself have been knocking on Canons door for many years and have never even had a reply even though I have a fairly good reach and have been using their products for over 6 years nothing, zilch, not even a response. Myself I will now be switching to Olympus, I was fortunate to have been taken to Ireland last year for the launch of their OMD series along with a lot of other social media photographers. Olympus understands that times have changed, there are different ways to reach out other than direct advertising. I will be working with Olympus and their team, along with a professional photographer over the next year or so (as long as my back allows) to master animal photography better. Whats happens after that I don't know but it can only be good. 

But, it takes companies such as Olympus, Sony and Fuji to look at what is happening, not only are they bringing new technology to the table with the mirrorless systems but also a new way of access to a valuable source of media exposure.

I think both Canon and Nikon need to pull their heads out of the sand.___

2014-10-29 08:00:28 (40 comments, 3 reshares, 79 +1s)Open 

Status!

Thought I would put one up in regards to me falling to bits :(

I have an unstable fracture in my T12 vertebrae a good dent in my head and am now having some issues with my left heel, couple that with the cuts and bruising that is now healing I'm not too bad :P

I managed to get out for a little bit with Jude today as I'm going a little stir crazy but I'm paying the price now. I have to wear the back brace at anytime I'm mobile and its a real pain in the arse but it's very painful when I'm not wearing it and sleep is not easy.

The cut to my head is much better and the chemical burn has calmed right down but saved me being glued/stapled as the burn cauterised the gash :/ I am having some issues with dizzy spells now though.

I'm waiting to go back to see the specialist to see how the fracture is healing and fingers... more »

Status!

Thought I would put one up in regards to me falling to bits :(

I have an unstable fracture in my T12 vertebrae a good dent in my head and am now having some issues with my left heel, couple that with the cuts and bruising that is now healing I'm not too bad :P

I managed to get out for a little bit with Jude today as I'm going a little stir crazy but I'm paying the price now. I have to wear the back brace at anytime I'm mobile and its a real pain in the arse but it's very painful when I'm not wearing it and sleep is not easy.

The cut to my head is much better and the chemical burn has calmed right down but saved me being glued/stapled as the burn cauterised the gash :/ I am having some issues with dizzy spells now though.

I'm waiting to go back to see the specialist to see how the fracture is healing and fingers crossed I won't need the op still. Not sure how long I'm going to be in the brace for or what happens when I come out of it but I think I'm going to be hit for physio :/___

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2014-10-26 17:02:32 (21 comments, 23 reshares, 499 +1s)Open 

On The Prowl

There is nothing that is more fixated than a big cat on the prowl, everything is set upon its prey, everything is tunes in to that end. Nothing comes close to this.

On The Prowl

There is nothing that is more fixated than a big cat on the prowl, everything is set upon its prey, everything is tunes in to that end. Nothing comes close to this.___

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2014-10-24 09:43:08 (34 comments, 41 reshares, 634 +1s)Open 

The Drop

Snow Leopard taking a leap to the ground with its food, just as a domestic cat they can flip and land on all fours from a great height. Its spectacular to see. 

The Drop

Snow Leopard taking a leap to the ground with its food, just as a domestic cat they can flip and land on all fours from a great height. Its spectacular to see. ___

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2014-10-23 06:44:53 (33 comments, 55 reshares, 917 +1s)Open 

Sentinel

Forever watchful, Shikar the large male African lion alert and ready to move.

Possibly one of the first side portraits I have taken of a big cat where you can see the cornea of the eye. He was such a big proud beast. 

Sentinel

Forever watchful, Shikar the large male African lion alert and ready to move.

Possibly one of the first side portraits I have taken of a big cat where you can see the cornea of the eye. He was such a big proud beast. ___

2014-10-17 06:08:54 (140 comments, 6 reshares, 125 +1s)Open 

For those that are not aware it seems I may have broken part of my back. After a doozy of a fall from a gantry in work yesterday o have a gash on the back of my head that looks like a spare mouth.

The CT scan has shown up an unstable fracture in my T spine. I have spent the night doped up on morphine not moving from the one position flat on my back. They have also been waking me every hour or so to check for concussion.

I have to have an MRI scan today and I have to see the orthopaedic surgeon. Hopefully it will just be a case of getting a brace and being sent home.

I have no idea just how long this is going to take me out of the game though :(

For those that are not aware it seems I may have broken part of my back. After a doozy of a fall from a gantry in work yesterday o have a gash on the back of my head that looks like a spare mouth.

The CT scan has shown up an unstable fracture in my T spine. I have spent the night doped up on morphine not moving from the one position flat on my back. They have also been waking me every hour or so to check for concussion.

I have to have an MRI scan today and I have to see the orthopaedic surgeon. Hopefully it will just be a case of getting a brace and being sent home.

I have no idea just how long this is going to take me out of the game though :(___

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2014-10-15 16:34:36 (11 comments, 24 reshares, 497 +1s)Open 

Bright Eyes And Big Ears!

This beautiful little creature is called a Fennec Fox, its no larger if not smaller than your average house cat, they come from the Sahara in North Africa and the ears have evolved to be so large as to enable them to hear predators and they also disperse heat. 

Its one of those animals you fall in love with and although they can be kept in captivity as pets they do not fare well like this.

Sorry for the bombardment today, you will be pleased to know I'm in work tomorrow so I will give you alla breather

Bright Eyes And Big Ears!

This beautiful little creature is called a Fennec Fox, its no larger if not smaller than your average house cat, they come from the Sahara in North Africa and the ears have evolved to be so large as to enable them to hear predators and they also disperse heat. 

Its one of those animals you fall in love with and although they can be kept in captivity as pets they do not fare well like this.

Sorry for the bombardment today, you will be pleased to know I'm in work tomorrow so I will give you alla breather___

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2014-10-15 08:44:11 (33 comments, 33 reshares, 622 +1s)Open 

He Wears It Well!

Wolfgang's coat looks so much better on him than draped over the shoulders of an ugly person, sorry if I offend but thats the intention, if you wear fur you're ugly!

Its not often I upload more than one image a day but I was in awe of these beautiful cats.

He Wears It Well!

Wolfgang's coat looks so much better on him than draped over the shoulders of an ugly person, sorry if I offend but thats the intention, if you wear fur you're ugly!

Its not often I upload more than one image a day but I was in awe of these beautiful cats.___

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2014-10-15 07:45:06 (24 comments, 23 reshares, 526 +1s)Open 

With A Caress And A Dream

As the sun comes down to kiss the land
I'll watch the caress of light
In dreams awake surrounds with fantasy
Call of days long past
To the times to come
With a caress and a dream
I am renewed



This was the long exposure image I managed to do just before I dropped the camera and smashed the filters, always said I needed to narrow down my genres ;) 

With A Caress And A Dream

As the sun comes down to kiss the land
I'll watch the caress of light
In dreams awake surrounds with fantasy
Call of days long past
To the times to come
With a caress and a dream
I am renewed



This was the long exposure image I managed to do just before I dropped the camera and smashed the filters, always said I needed to narrow down my genres ;) ___

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2014-10-14 19:31:19 (48 comments, 80 reshares, 906 +1s)Open 

To Be Hunted

It was that moment when he saw me and decided to look further, I was focused on him as he stealthily came ever closer never once taking his eyes of mine. It was like a rabbit caught in headlights and I can understand how their prey at times are transfixed by these wonderful creatures. Their deep yellow eyes hold you static and even though you know its not going to end well moving just stops being an option.

To Be Hunted

It was that moment when he saw me and decided to look further, I was focused on him as he stealthily came ever closer never once taking his eyes of mine. It was like a rabbit caught in headlights and I can understand how their prey at times are transfixed by these wonderful creatures. Their deep yellow eyes hold you static and even though you know its not going to end well moving just stops being an option.___

2014-10-13 17:02:14 (27 comments, 2 reshares, 64 +1s)Open 

And it just keeps getting better :/

I'm currently in the lakes with my wife and it bee wonderful. I decided to try and some long exposure landscapes as I have not done many for a long while. Managed to do a couple then I dropped my camera! Again! I dropped it not long ago, broke the battery grip so it no longer shuts without a piece of paper wedged in it and electrical tape. Broke the on/off switch so I've had to set it to automatically shut down after two minutes of inactivity. I no longer have a dial face for the settings toggle as that came off but fortunately I shoot in manual mode for 99% of the time. This time I managed to smash my lee big stopper X10 filter, No6 soft NDGrad, 72mm adaptor ring and the outer ring to my Tonika 11-16mm wide angle lens!

No more landscapes shots for a while now :/

And it just keeps getting better :/

I'm currently in the lakes with my wife and it bee wonderful. I decided to try and some long exposure landscapes as I have not done many for a long while. Managed to do a couple then I dropped my camera! Again! I dropped it not long ago, broke the battery grip so it no longer shuts without a piece of paper wedged in it and electrical tape. Broke the on/off switch so I've had to set it to automatically shut down after two minutes of inactivity. I no longer have a dial face for the settings toggle as that came off but fortunately I shoot in manual mode for 99% of the time. This time I managed to smash my lee big stopper X10 filter, No6 soft NDGrad, 72mm adaptor ring and the outer ring to my Tonika 11-16mm wide angle lens!

No more landscapes shots for a while now :/___

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2014-10-11 11:02:43 (34 comments, 27 reshares, 642 +1s)Open 

As We Wake
And the morn does release our slumber
With hues of golds and red
Upon the sky painted
Crystal jewels of dew doth glisten
Beneath feet caressed by green
And the day does call our name
Herald the sun into place
As we wake
We breath once more
And rejoice in light and love.


It seems like a lifetime since I last went out early for a landscape shoot, maybe I need to do it more often. 

As We Wake
And the morn does release our slumber
With hues of golds and red
Upon the sky painted
Crystal jewels of dew doth glisten
Beneath feet caressed by green
And the day does call our name
Herald the sun into place
As we wake
We breath once more
And rejoice in light and love.


It seems like a lifetime since I last went out early for a landscape shoot, maybe I need to do it more often. ___

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2014-10-10 07:23:56 (21 comments, 14 reshares, 221 +1s)Open 

You Have To Ride To Understand

You Have To Ride To Understand___

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2014-10-10 06:38:17 (12 comments, 11 reshares, 268 +1s)Open 

Where Did You Go To?

She had stopped to cross the road at the opposite side to me, she waited for the lights on the crossing to change, as she did she went somewhere else for just a moment, you could see her mind take her to some other place rather than a metropolis on a wet and dreary day.

One of the joys of being not only a street photographer but a people watcher too is what wanders through your life. It may only be brief but that is all it takes, you see people who momentarily let the mask slip and when they do its a new world with so many questions that will never be answered.

This is day 5 of the #fivedayblackandwhitechallenge  that was given to me by +Chrysta Rae and I have really enjoyed doing this, over the last few years I have learnt just how much fun black and white processing can be.

I would like to nominate +Ron Clifford to take on theba... more »

Where Did You Go To?

She had stopped to cross the road at the opposite side to me, she waited for the lights on the crossing to change, as she did she went somewhere else for just a moment, you could see her mind take her to some other place rather than a metropolis on a wet and dreary day.

One of the joys of being not only a street photographer but a people watcher too is what wanders through your life. It may only be brief but that is all it takes, you see people who momentarily let the mask slip and when they do its a new world with so many questions that will never be answered.

This is day 5 of the #fivedayblackandwhitechallenge  that was given to me by +Chrysta Rae and I have really enjoyed doing this, over the last few years I have learnt just how much fun black and white processing can be.

I would like to nominate +Ron Clifford to take on the baton :) ___

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2014-10-09 11:39:06 (18 comments, 36 reshares, 610 +1s)Open 

Can You Get My Best Side?

One of the beautiful Red Pandas from +Chester Zoo  they have recently bred and the young are just as beautiful but very, very elusive!

Can You Get My Best Side?

One of the beautiful Red Pandas from +Chester Zoo  they have recently bred and the young are just as beautiful but very, very elusive!___

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2014-10-09 11:15:02 (13 comments, 8 reshares, 245 +1s)Open 

Dear Prudence

I hate dolls, more so old dolls, they kind of freak me out somewhat, especially when their faces become worn and cracked and their dead eyes still look out. 

This is day 4 of the #fivedayblackandwhitechallenge  that I was given by +Chrysta Rae and as its coming up to Halloween I thought this older image converted to black and white seemed apt.

Don't have nightmares ;)

The fun bit is I get to nominate someone else to have a go. This time I would like to see +Tamara Pruessner have a go :)

Dear Prudence

I hate dolls, more so old dolls, they kind of freak me out somewhat, especially when their faces become worn and cracked and their dead eyes still look out. 

This is day 4 of the #fivedayblackandwhitechallenge  that I was given by +Chrysta Rae and as its coming up to Halloween I thought this older image converted to black and white seemed apt.

Don't have nightmares ;)

The fun bit is I get to nominate someone else to have a go. This time I would like to see +Tamara Pruessner have a go :)___

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2014-10-08 11:41:59 (24 comments, 38 reshares, 555 +1s)Open 

The King And I

Over the last three years or so I have spent a lot of time watching Iblis the Asiatic lion. Times when he plays like a kitten, times when he goes on the attack and the lionesses have to hide. Then there are the times when he sits still and contemplates the world around him. Its at these times I can feel his power the most, silent and brooding, he has nothing to prove to anyone and no reason to even try.


This is day three of the #fiveblackandwhitephotoschallenge   that I was given by +Chrysta Rae in return today I would like to challenge +Barry Blanchard :)

The King And I

Over the last three years or so I have spent a lot of time watching Iblis the Asiatic lion. Times when he plays like a kitten, times when he goes on the attack and the lionesses have to hide. Then there are the times when he sits still and contemplates the world around him. Its at these times I can feel his power the most, silent and brooding, he has nothing to prove to anyone and no reason to even try.


This is day three of the #fiveblackandwhitephotoschallenge   that I was given by +Chrysta Rae in return today I would like to challenge +Barry Blanchard :)___

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2014-10-07 18:58:38 (21 comments, 25 reshares, 522 +1s)Open 

Here Comes Trouble

Day two of the #‎fivedayblackandwhitechallenge‬ that I was set by +Chrysta Rae 

Young orang utan about to jump on its sibling, I have no idea what it had in its mouth but it refused to let go :)

I would like to nominate +Sly Vegas to go on and have a go too :)

Here Comes Trouble

Day two of the #‎fivedayblackandwhitechallenge‬ that I was set by +Chrysta Rae 

Young orang utan about to jump on its sibling, I have no idea what it had in its mouth but it refused to let go :)

I would like to nominate +Sly Vegas to go on and have a go too :)___

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2014-10-06 18:40:20 (10 comments, 3 reshares, 298 +1s)Open 

Fed Up In The Rain!
I was challenged by +Chrysta Rae  to do the ‪#‎fivedayblackandwhitechallenge‬ and this is day one, her look got me, kinda says it all when you get caught in a downpour in Liverpool.
I now nominate the maestro of black and white +Matt Hart  to do the same :)

Fed Up In The Rain!
I was challenged by +Chrysta Rae  to do the ‪#‎fivedayblackandwhitechallenge‬ and this is day one, her look got me, kinda says it all when you get caught in a downpour in Liverpool.
I now nominate the maestro of black and white +Matt Hart  to do the same :)___

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2014-10-05 14:20:05 (13 comments, 14 reshares, 85 +1s)Open 

Please vote for Adopt A Bull Terrier Rescue, its the organisation I volunteer for as a coordinator in the Merseyside region, as you can see we are very much behind so need as much help as you can give by simply clicking a button You can vote once a day so lets see the power of social media and see if we can turn it around.

Harry says a huge thank you too, without Adopt A Bull Terrier Rescue he would not only be with me today, he would not be alive :(

Please vote for Adopt A Bull Terrier Rescue, its the organisation I volunteer for as a coordinator in the Merseyside region, as you can see we are very much behind so need as much help as you can give by simply clicking a button You can vote once a day so lets see the power of social media and see if we can turn it around.

Harry says a huge thank you too, without Adopt A Bull Terrier Rescue he would not only be with me today, he would not be alive :(___

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2014-10-05 13:06:05 (37 comments, 20 reshares, 437 +1s)Open 

The Eyes Of The Lost

His beard has grown and shows more grey, teeth more discoloured and showing decay, hands rougher and dirt now ingrained deep under the nails, cheeks becoming hollow under skin a paler grey. I have met Chris a few times, sat in the same spot, does not have a begging bowl, does not hold his hand out and ask for money. He either sits there as the world goes by or he sleeps sat up. On the streets since the breakup of a relationship finding he has nowhere to go. 

I see his deterioration each time I meet him, he becomes more hollow, more invisible and the eyes become more those of a man simply lost and I feel helpless, I give what I can and food but I always leave thinking I have not done enough, one day I will come back and he won't be there. I hope things have turned around but I fear the worse.

The Eyes Of The Lost

His beard has grown and shows more grey, teeth more discoloured and showing decay, hands rougher and dirt now ingrained deep under the nails, cheeks becoming hollow under skin a paler grey. I have met Chris a few times, sat in the same spot, does not have a begging bowl, does not hold his hand out and ask for money. He either sits there as the world goes by or he sleeps sat up. On the streets since the breakup of a relationship finding he has nowhere to go. 

I see his deterioration each time I meet him, he becomes more hollow, more invisible and the eyes become more those of a man simply lost and I feel helpless, I give what I can and food but I always leave thinking I have not done enough, one day I will come back and he won't be there. I hope things have turned around but I fear the worse.___

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