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Mike F Shaw has been at 4 events

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Lotus Carroll1,770,046This 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 06:00:0094 
Lotus Carroll1,770,046This 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 Carroll1,770,046This 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 07:00:00179 
Trey Ratcliff8,037,451A 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 941 public circles

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Gailen Mapes75,854Hand 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 January 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting December 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             #handpickedcirclesNote: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes .   Thanks for your cooperation.2015-01-30 11:36:21190000
Andreas Levi59,964Some of my awesome inspirators, supporters and friendsHere are some of fantastic peoples which I met on G+ and in real life, for instance on some photo walks and photo tours.You can find in this circle not only great photographers, of which I get a lot of ideas for my work, you find here many interesting nice guys (and ladies) with different interest, all very active, and - for me the most important part - all very kind peoples. With this circle I like to say a big thank you. Thanks for all your inspirations and for your kind comments, feedbacks, conversations, critiques and much more.A little note: I'm not in this circle, but if you get a notification, then you are inside^^ If you like, feel free to share this circle. Have a great day! #thankyou  2015-01-28 15:25:424700519
Robert Connor30,306This 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!#CircleSharing #Circle #Circles #CircleOfTheDay #razil #goiania #ilheus #londrina #manaus #natal #avegantes #porto_algere #porto_seguro #porto_velho #recife #rio_de_janeiro #salvador #sao_paulo #teresina #itoria #chile #chile #santiago #colombia #colombia #bogota #colombia #cali #colombia #medellin #ecuador #ecuador #guayaquil #ecuador #quito #guyana #guyana #georgetown #paraguay 2015-01-28 06:57:55494666
Anton Danilov1,815Public Shared Circle #27Reshare or if you want to be included in next circles#Bosmolcircle #GrowthCircle  #TopEngagers  #Sharers  #circleshare #circlesharing  #TheHood #Cicle #SharedCircle  #CicleOfDay  #Circles #SharedPublicCircles   #Engagers   #SocialMedia   #EngagersCircle  #Google #SharedCircleOfTheDay   #Shared   #SEO   #SocialMediaMarketing   #Marketing  #Google+ #SharingCircles   #PublicCicle   #SharedCircle   #Engagement2015-01-26 17:07:19285000
John Sean11,366This 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!#publiccircle #circleshare #circlesharing #philadelphia #phoenix #san_antonio #san_diego #san_francisco #san_jose #seattle #tampa #washington #american_samoa #american_samoa #pago_pago #fiji #fiji #nadi #fiji #suva #argentina #argentina #buenos_aires #argentina #cordoba #argentina #iguaza #argentina #mendoza #argentina #rosaio #argentina #san_carlos_de_bariloche #bolivia #bolivia #cochabamba 2015-01-23 06:13:25493000
Mariana Lopez de Waard23,530Via +John Wood Thank you :) This circle will add amazing, and wonderful content to you stream.Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to or stay in this Circle - Share the circleIf 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 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!2015-01-22 08:29:014627611
John Wood26,953This circle will add amazing, and wonderful content to you stream.Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to or stay in this Circle - Share the circleIf 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 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!#circleshare #Sociology #Funny #Software #Solar #Startup #SystemsThinking #Teaching #bigdata #Technology #tsunami #Transformation #Transplendence #Trust #Water #WaterResources #pharmacognosy #love #WavePower #Web #tsu #WebAnalytics #clinical #Wind #Addcircle #addcircles #tsunation #addfriends #Addpeople #cvd #awesomecircle #awesomepeople #circle #circleoftheday #food 2015-01-22 06:44:15462010
James Honzik29,199Sharers Meta-circle X:  This is a super circle, a meta circle of active  circle sharers, focusing on photography and art. This is version X. 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. (especially those who told me my last share could not be shared, sorry.)Special kudos out to those who not only share, but post their own good things.Some of my best work is now up for sale on http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/james-honzik.htmlThanks, everybody.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   2015-01-21 20:33:27471704
Markus Guhl24,953MY INSPIRATION CIRCLE...for the first time I share my circle of inspiration. It includes the photographers I look at on a regular basis. There is no need to share this circle to get into it...If you comment on my work and I like yours, I'm pretty sure you'll find yourself in my next circleshare.2015-01-21 19:38:10199001
James Honzik29,009Sharers Meta-circle IX:  This is a super circle, a meta circle of active  circle sharers, focusing on photography and art. This is version IX, 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 also selling prints of my best work on Fine Art America http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/james-honzik.html so if you are interested, take a look.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   2015-01-17 17:34:20471000
Joseph Sukhbir1,267My photo inspiration Circle2015-01-17 07:54:57500000
John Hannah10,564Circle 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 #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #circlesharing #fullcircleshare #elfopower #social #socialmedia #socialmediamarketing #socialnetworks #Mentoring #Sustainable #Music #NaturePhotography #Metabolic #Nonprofit #NonviolentProtest #Online #OnlineEducation #OpenSource #Oregon #Organic #Organization #vascular #Organizational #OrganizationalDevelopment #diabetic #Philosophy #Diabetes #Photography #Photovoltaic #pharma 2015-01-16 06:32:45472000
Allan watson17,849Active 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 #malawi #lilongwe #morocco #morocco #agadir #morocco #casablanca #morocco #fez #morocco #marrakech #morocco #tangier #mozambique #mozambique #maputo #namibia #namibia #walvis_bay #namibia #windhoek #nigeria #nigeria #abuja #nigeria #lagos #rwanda #rwanda #kigali #senegal #senegal #dakar #sierra_leone #sierra_leone #freetown #bloemfontein #dur2015-01-14 07:17:56375324
Ekaterina Bogdanova1,286GO GO GO!!! Add me and you will be added!Hello my friends!!! Here is my weekly #daycircle. There are people who are interested in the latest #video   #news   #funny    #logistics   videos and funny prints. Also I added people who RE-shared my last #circle . 2015-01-13 00:25:25338001
Ruta a la Patagonia - Bariloche14,518┊ ☆ ┊☆ ┊ ☆ ┊Great Friends v20  CIRCLE  ┊ ☆ ┊☆ ┊☆┊_____________________________________________________*●❈●❈●❉●  Please Share From The Original Post! ●❈●❈●❉●▼▼▼▼▼▼▼ CLICK READ MORE FOR FULL CONTENT ▼▼▼▼▼▼▼This is the Great Friends v20 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  De camino al Sur el mejor hotel  para alojarte sobre ruta 5, antes de Santa Rosa La Pampa, esta en Trenque Lauquen:+Hotel Howard Johnson Trenque Lauquen Sobre ruta, con amplio parque, pileta climatizada, estacionamiento, wifi, restobar y mucho mas. Ya sea que vayas de camino a Bariloche, San Martin de los Andes, Villa la Angostura o cualquier otro destino de la cordillera o de la costa de la patagonia (por ruta 33).Consultanos:  www.hjtrenquelauquen.com.ar2015-01-12 14:13:3449911813
Anton Danilov970Public Shared Circle #26Reshare or if you want to be included in next circles#Bosmolcircle #GrowthCircle  #TopEngagers  #Sharers  #circleshare #circlesharing  #TheHood #Cicle #SharedCircle  #CicleOfDay  #Circles #SharedPublicCircles   #Engagers   #SocialMedia   #EngagersCircle  #Google #SharedCircleOfTheDay   #Shared   #SEO   #SocialMediaMarketing   #Marketing  #Google+ #SharingCircles   #PublicCicle   #SharedCircle   #Engagement2015-01-09 14:50:46273001
Priya Sharma946This is a circle to say thank you. Thank you to all of you who commented or shared my work. You all are awesome and make Google Plus such a nice place to share my pictures.If you would like to be a part of my Most Engaged Circle you mustn't plus this post, comment it or share it (but you can) To be a part of the next circle you just have to interact with me by commenting or sharing my work. Not more ;-)my blog : http://kids-pic-beauty.blogspot.in@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~I don't wish to offend anyone on the internet, so if you would like to be removed from my shared circles, please send me a private message and I won't share your profile in the future. The only way being shared will affect you is that you will get notifications that people have added you. You are under no obligation to add them back to your circles. If you don't add them back, they will most likely remove you from their circles after some time.~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~2015-01-09 14:21:21461252
Gert Jan Hermus45,308Check out one of my circles of great photographers, bloggers and active plussers! ;-) #cirlceshare   #circle   #photography   #blogging  circle circleshare2015-01-09 08:21:1733710414
Becky Collins21,423Photographers 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 ?2015-01-09 05:11:150002
John Cleese9,799Hey my friends. Good morning/evening to all! Circle brings together nice and interesting peopleIf you want to be a part of my best shared circles, this is the circle, you may want to add and share circle.Share The Circle And Boost Your Visibility On G+1. Add us to your circles, if you haven't done so already2. +1 this circle3. Publicly share this circle to public, your circles and extended circles.4. If possible, leave a comment on this circle so we know you have done the three steps above.Please make sure you do it on the original post or I won't notice it More you share more you get!#circleoftheday #circleoftheweek #socialnetworking #xeeme #marketing #mlm #affiliate #internet #internetmarketing #mlm #google #googleplus #community #communities #ripples #ripplescircle #circuloscompartidos #circulocompartido #cerchiacondivisa #cerchia #bestengagers #chiudiilcerchio #closethecircle #shared4shared #thebigcommunity #kingcircle #topcircleshare #Science #Research #Technology #NASA #Space #Innova2015-01-08 12:52:184945711
Ercan Çakir4,538 VIP-Circles-01#circle #circles #public #publiccircle   #circleshare #circlesharing   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle   #morefollowers #sharingcircles   #circleshare   #sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles   #sharedcircle   #photography #photographer #bestphotographer   #topphotographer   #AddCircle #FindCircles #awesome   #AwesomePeople   #AwesomeCircle #addmetoyourcircles #addcircle #addpeople   #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery #circleshare #circlesharing   #publiccircle   #publicsharedcircles #SharedCircles   #weeklyreview #sharedcircle   #topsharedcircle #circleoftheday   2015-01-05 06:06:41500000
Ercan Çakir4,538VIP-Circles-01 ------------------------------------- #circle #circles #public #publiccircle   #circleshare #circlesharing   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle   #morefollowers #sharingcircles   #circleshare   #sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles   #sharedcircle   #photography #photographer #bestphotographer   #topphotographer   #AddCircle #FindCircles #awesome   #AwesomePeople   #AwesomeCircle #addmetoyourcircles #addcircle #addpeople   #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery #circleshare #circlesharing   #publiccircle   #publicsharedcircles #SharedCircles   #weeklyreview #sharedcircle   #topsharedcircle 2015-01-05 06:05:00500000
Ercan Çakir4,538 VIP-Circles-01#circle #circles #public #publiccircle   #circleshare #circlesharing   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle   #morefollowers #sharingcircles   #circleshare   #sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles   #sharedcircle   #photography #photographer #bestphotographer   #topphotographer   #AddCircle #FindCircles #awesome   #AwesomePeople   #AwesomeCircle #addmetoyourcircles #addcircle #addpeople   #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery #circleshare #circlesharing   #publiccircle   #publicsharedcircles #SharedCircles   #weeklyreview #sharedcircle   #topsharedcircle #circleoftheday   2015-01-05 06:03:49500002
Ercan Çakir4,538VIP-Circles-1 -------------------------------------- #circle #circles #public #publiccircle   #circleshare #circlesharing   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle   #morefollowers #sharingcircles   #circleshare   #sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles   #sharedcircle   #photography #photographer #bestphotographer   #topphotographer   #AddCircle #FindCircles #awesome   #AwesomePeople   #AwesomeCircle #addmetoyourcircles #addcircle #addpeople   #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery #circleshare #circlesharing   #publiccircle   #publicsharedcircles #SharedCircles   #weeklyreview #sharedcircle   #topsharedcircle #circleoftheday   2015-01-05 06:02:39500002
Михаил Пушкарев420#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 2015-01-01 08:18:41500001
Михаил Пушкарев420#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 2015-01-01 08:18:30500005
ShowYourBestWork5,305The Happy New Year CircleI would like to say thank you for all your great work. It's always my pleasure and a great honor to share your amazing work.________________________I'll invite you to the extra Event ShowYourCity during the New Year's Eve Party 2015https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/116251675481754618997/events/c5s5s6h251983pvuftluduoi8dg__________________________Have fun!! Keep happy!! Happy New Year!!2014-12-31 14:27:13500000
Joseph Sukhbir1,193My Photos Circle2014-12-31 10:25:54304000
Ikoupi1,142Circle share by +Ikoupi #circleshare         #circlesharing       #sharedcircles     #sharedpubliccircles       #publiccircle       #circles   #topcircles   #bestcircles   #engagedcircles 2014-12-30 18:01:58248000
Anton Danilov47Public Shared Circle #25Reshare or if you want to be included in next circles#Bosmolcircle #GrowthCircle  #TopEngagers  #Sharers  #circleshare #circlesharing  #TheHood #Cicle #SharedCircle  #CicleOfDay  #Circles #SharedPublicCircles   #Engagers   #SocialMedia   #EngagersCircle  #Google #SharedCircleOfTheDay   #Shared   #SEO   #SocialMediaMarketing   #Marketing  #Google+ #SharingCircles   #PublicCicle   #SharedCircle   #Engagement2014-12-30 14:50:00247000
Gailen Mapes74,639Hand 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 December 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting November 7th.)  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             #handpickedcirclesNote: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes .   Thanks for your cooperation.2014-12-30 11:55:14193001
Brian Harrod10,619Art Lovers#circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing     #engager   #engagers   #engagerscircle   #engagersshowcasecircle     #followers   #photography   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject   #publiccircle  2014-12-26 22:56:32244000
Harry Day12,525*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 #Japan #Jersey #Jordan #Kazakhstan #Kenya #Kiribati #Latvia #Lebanon #Lesotho #Liberia #Libyan #Arab #Jamahiriya #Liechtenstein #Lithuania #Luxembourg #Macao #Macedonia #Madagascar #Malawi #Malaysia #Maldives #Mali #Malta #Marshall #Islands #Martinique #Mauritania #Mauritius #Monaco 2014-12-26 06:06:4649019928
Sport News95SHARE CIRCLE#sharecircle   #sharecircleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing #publicsharedcircles   #publiccircle   #sharingiscaring   #circles   #publiccircleshare   #publiccircles  2014-12-23 21:48:28501000
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 07:30:04500010
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 12:57:20491394374
Михаил Пушкарев301#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 08:13:59500103
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 12:50:43500141626
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 08:06:48496213
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 10:33:04496596196
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 08:07:49457334591
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 10:09:28501339
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 23:43:02495383760
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

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2014-11-21 03:24:37 (69 comments, 1 reshares, 222 +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!

Most reshares: 111

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2014-12-01 22:28:07 (43 comments, 111 reshares, 585 +1s)Open 

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

Most plusones: 1318

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2014-10-29 09:36:21 (64 comments, 89 reshares, 1318 +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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2015-01-29 17:03:33 (15 comments, 34 reshares, 445 +1s)Open 

Remember Me

To your childrens children, to your history books and photographs.

Remember me to the reasons I am no longer here, for humankinds greed and incapability to be caretakers of the planet they once dwelt.

Remember Me

To your childrens children, to your history books and photographs.

Remember me to the reasons I am no longer here, for humankinds greed and incapability to be caretakers of the planet they once dwelt.___

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2015-01-26 09:48:53 (33 comments, 64 reshares, 707 +1s)Open 

Keeping Warm

A Ural Owl fluffs out its feathers to retain warmth in its down to keep warm.  

Keeping Warm

A Ural Owl fluffs out its feathers to retain warmth in its down to keep warm.  ___

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2015-01-24 10:13:05 (17 comments, 26 reshares, 396 +1s)Open 

Shall We Dance?

Flamingos can be hypnotic when in large groups preening, they have their own dance that we can only watch and admire.

Shall We Dance?

Flamingos can be hypnotic when in large groups preening, they have their own dance that we can only watch and admire.___

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2015-01-23 16:45:12 (25 comments, 15 reshares, 343 +1s)Open 

The Madonna 

Maybe the name will offend you, maybe it will not, maybe it will make you think, maybe it will not.

Art is there to provoke, to make others think, to rethink, consider or reconsider. Whether it be the Sistine Chapel or graffiti on a wall, it may outrage, it may make you dream, it may even make you fall in love. Without art we are nothing.

This image is so far off the beaten track for me, there is so much that I would have shied away from in the past, too much noise, too light tonal greys, the scratches on the wall, its only when you look at the image as a whole, with all its imperfections do you see what the image truly is. Because of its imperfections I love this image, maybe I need to realise perfection should not be an only driving force.

The Madonna 

Maybe the name will offend you, maybe it will not, maybe it will make you think, maybe it will not.

Art is there to provoke, to make others think, to rethink, consider or reconsider. Whether it be the Sistine Chapel or graffiti on a wall, it may outrage, it may make you dream, it may even make you fall in love. Without art we are nothing.

This image is so far off the beaten track for me, there is so much that I would have shied away from in the past, too much noise, too light tonal greys, the scratches on the wall, its only when you look at the image as a whole, with all its imperfections do you see what the image truly is. Because of its imperfections I love this image, maybe I need to realise perfection should not be an only driving force.___

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2015-01-22 13:20:26 (22 comments, 43 reshares, 522 +1s)Open 

Just Before Impact

That moment a snow leopard takes just before it leaps for its prey. The air is tangible with the expectation and you hold your breath while you wait, it slowly back up onto its hind legs ready for the recoil of the spring.

These are beautiful animals, their fur is theirs and designed through evolution to fit their skin, not that of humankind.

Just Before Impact

That moment a snow leopard takes just before it leaps for its prey. The air is tangible with the expectation and you hold your breath while you wait, it slowly back up onto its hind legs ready for the recoil of the spring.

These are beautiful animals, their fur is theirs and designed through evolution to fit their skin, not that of humankind.___

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2015-01-20 11:14:08 (48 comments, 65 reshares, 664 +1s)Open 

Virtue 

They tell me patience is a virtue but its something I have been lacking all my life. Instant hits, instant reactions done fast regardless.

Then I used a camera and understood that patience was a prerequisite of photography, then I started to photograph animals and it took me to my limits. They don't pose for you, they do as they please and they come with their own environment you have to deal with.

Sometimes though you get a zen moment when everything just falls into place and you see your endeavours paying off. I was never really someone for sticking with things but animals have me hook line and sinker.

Virtue 

They tell me patience is a virtue but its something I have been lacking all my life. Instant hits, instant reactions done fast regardless.

Then I used a camera and understood that patience was a prerequisite of photography, then I started to photograph animals and it took me to my limits. They don't pose for you, they do as they please and they come with their own environment you have to deal with.

Sometimes though you get a zen moment when everything just falls into place and you see your endeavours paying off. I was never really someone for sticking with things but animals have me hook line and sinker.___

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2015-01-16 09:49:50 (26 comments, 28 reshares, 428 +1s)Open 

Our Living History

Would we destroy building of historic interest?
Would we crash and ruin classic cars just for the sake of it?
Would we slash the old masters hanging in our museums?
Would we burn down the libraries containing the books of our nations?

If the answer is no then why do we insist on pushing the living history we have to the brink of extinction and beyond?

Our Living History

Would we destroy building of historic interest?
Would we crash and ruin classic cars just for the sake of it?
Would we slash the old masters hanging in our museums?
Would we burn down the libraries containing the books of our nations?

If the answer is no then why do we insist on pushing the living history we have to the brink of extinction and beyond?___

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2015-01-12 11:33:29 (35 comments, 43 reshares, 656 +1s)Open 

Just So You Know

I am keeping an eye on you!

Just So You Know

I am keeping an eye on you!___

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2015-01-10 15:53:49 (33 comments, 19 reshares, 494 +1s)Open 

We Are All Tribal 

Since taking to the streets and becoming an observer of life as it passes you by you get to read people, the soap opera of life is open to you each and every day but you need no TV to watch, just stop and see it.

Rarely though as a seeker of the real do you turn and look at yourself. Do you take the time to stop and look into a mirror to see who is looking back at you. Since the accident I have time to do this, maybe a little too much time but in the 53 years of my life the biggest transformations I have seen within myself have happened in the last ten years. Its also since the time I decided to get back on and a ride motorbikes again. 

I considered myself individual, an extrovert in regards to the way I look but and introvert in regards to how I act. I have also realised I have become part of a tribe, a sect of people that equates to millions int... more »

We Are All Tribal 

Since taking to the streets and becoming an observer of life as it passes you by you get to read people, the soap opera of life is open to you each and every day but you need no TV to watch, just stop and see it.

Rarely though as a seeker of the real do you turn and look at yourself. Do you take the time to stop and look into a mirror to see who is looking back at you. Since the accident I have time to do this, maybe a little too much time but in the 53 years of my life the biggest transformations I have seen within myself have happened in the last ten years. Its also since the time I decided to get back on and a ride motorbikes again. 

I considered myself individual, an extrovert in regards to the way I look but and introvert in regards to how I act. I have also realised I have become part of a tribe, a sect of people that equates to millions in the world that straddle a seat with an engine between their legs, within this tribe are many different sub cultures to which you will eventually fit. So your "individuality" slowly loses itself.

But being part of something is not such a bad thing, most people shun the tribe to which I consider myself a member, fear is a great driving force. Once though people pass over that threshold they find there is nothing to fear.___

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2015-01-04 12:37:29 (26 comments, 39 reshares, 689 +1s)Open 

The Electric Meerkat

Caught with the sun behind the meerkat you can see the glow from his longer hairs. As they spend a lot of time on lookout duty the older meerkats are easier to photograph than the younger ones who just want to have fun. 

These are charming animals that can transfix you with their behaviour. 

The Electric Meerkat

Caught with the sun behind the meerkat you can see the glow from his longer hairs. As they spend a lot of time on lookout duty the older meerkats are easier to photograph than the younger ones who just want to have fun. 

These are charming animals that can transfix you with their behaviour. ___

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2015-01-02 18:02:55 (38 comments, 28 reshares, 463 +1s)Open 

What Comes With Age

For me its something you will never see in youth, there is a spark in the older generation that speaks of a life lived. Through translucent skin creased with time the eyes deny the age, they have seen more than I and hold a knowledge that does not have to be spoken. 

An hour in the company of the old is a year spent in a library.

What Comes With Age

For me its something you will never see in youth, there is a spark in the older generation that speaks of a life lived. Through translucent skin creased with time the eyes deny the age, they have seen more than I and hold a knowledge that does not have to be spoken. 

An hour in the company of the old is a year spent in a library.___

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2014-12-31 11:46:56 (64 comments, 43 reshares, 701 +1s)Open 

As the sun sets upon this year and rises again in a new one.

Look back at the good, forget the bad, look forward to only the future you wish and believe in. We make our own mark on life, make yours count.
Happy new year to you all, the only way is upward and onward

As the sun sets upon this year and rises again in a new one.

Look back at the good, forget the bad, look forward to only the future you wish and believe in. We make our own mark on life, make yours count.
Happy new year to you all, the only way is upward and onward___

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2014-12-30 14:28:43 (23 comments, 12 reshares, 306 +1s)Open 

I'll Keep You Safe

So many stories can be played out if only we take the time to look and try to understand, our lives are tales that will take us from the cradle to the grave and those around us have tales to tell as they move through life. Sometimes you have to just stop for a moment and watch as those stories are told, how you interpret them is down to you.

They were in a busy shopping mall surrounded by people going about their business but he looked vulnerable, lost even and she held him close. Probably too close for others to feel comfortable in such a public gathering but something within this story told me he needed to be held, neither had eye contact with each other or anyone else, they did not speak, she just held his hand with hers while holding him close with the other. It was a sad soap opera playing out in front of me but no one else was watching, not the man... more »

I'll Keep You Safe

So many stories can be played out if only we take the time to look and try to understand, our lives are tales that will take us from the cradle to the grave and those around us have tales to tell as they move through life. Sometimes you have to just stop for a moment and watch as those stories are told, how you interpret them is down to you.

They were in a busy shopping mall surrounded by people going about their business but he looked vulnerable, lost even and she held him close. Probably too close for others to feel comfortable in such a public gathering but something within this story told me he needed to be held, neither had eye contact with each other or anyone else, they did not speak, she just held his hand with hers while holding him close with the other. It was a sad soap opera playing out in front of me but no one else was watching, not the man reading his paper or the woman sat behind them, nor the many people that simply walked by.  

I am closer to the grave than I am from the cradle, the closer I get the more I see, my mind wants to understand the stories I see each day.___

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2014-12-29 16:30:26 (23 comments, 27 reshares, 583 +1s)Open 

Observer

Sometimes you find as a photographer of animals you are as much observed as your subject, this giant otter took a great deal of interest in what I was doing.

Observer

Sometimes you find as a photographer of animals you are as much observed as your subject, this giant otter took a great deal of interest in what I was doing.___

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2014-12-23 14:23:58 (26 comments, 27 reshares, 487 +1s)Open 

Rescue Me

This is Brian, a resident cat at Warrington Animal Welfare and he is been there that long he is now a resident, he lost his tail a long time ago (most of it anyway)

This is a new folder that you will see animals that are in rescue and shelters at the moment, although Brian cannot be adopted many can and need to be, here you will find many that are looking so before you buy please look and try to rescue.

This was my first time out with the Olympus, although I have some getting used to it I have to now admit that great things come in small packets.

Issues I had, no off camera flash as of yet but that will come. trying to get the raw files to open, ended up using a DNG convertor.
This though with a few minor tweaks is as it came from the camera:
Olympus OM-D E10
F/4.9
Exposure: 1/50 sec
ISO: 500
Exposure Bias: -0.3... more »

Rescue Me

This is Brian, a resident cat at Warrington Animal Welfare and he is been there that long he is now a resident, he lost his tail a long time ago (most of it anyway)

This is a new folder that you will see animals that are in rescue and shelters at the moment, although Brian cannot be adopted many can and need to be, here you will find many that are looking so before you buy please look and try to rescue.

This was my first time out with the Olympus, although I have some getting used to it I have to now admit that great things come in small packets.

Issues I had, no off camera flash as of yet but that will come. trying to get the raw files to open, ended up using a DNG convertor.
This though with a few minor tweaks is as it came from the camera:
Olympus OM-D E10
F/4.9
Exposure: 1/50 sec
ISO: 500
Exposure Bias: -0.3 Step
Focal Length: 89mm
Metering Mode Pattern
Shot with flash.___

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2014-12-22 21:21:24 (26 comments, 3 reshares, 276 +1s)Open 

Got an early Christmas present from Olympus UK today 😄

Nice new Olympus OM-D E10 together with:
14-42 f/3.5-5.6
40-150 f/4.0-5.6
45 f/1.8
25 f/1.8
Batch of lenses to say I am happy is an understatement but boy does it all look small compared to my Canon kit (expect to see some of that Canon kit on eBay to buy more of this kit 😜)

Got an early Christmas present from Olympus UK today 😄

Nice new Olympus OM-D E10 together with:
14-42 f/3.5-5.6
40-150 f/4.0-5.6
45 f/1.8
25 f/1.8
Batch of lenses to say I am happy is an understatement but boy does it all look small compared to my Canon kit (expect to see some of that Canon kit on eBay to buy more of this kit 😜)___

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2014-12-22 08:49:59 (45 comments, 47 reshares, 673 +1s)Open 

I think I'm going to regret this but here goes :P 

In the next stage of the Olympus Protege the sections have been opened to the public to submit challenges to myself and my mentor Lindsay and this is the link you can do it in.

If you are serious though you have to be reasonable, no asking to hunt the Yeti or Bigfoot :P

http://www.olympusproteges.co.uk/Journeys/animals

I think I'm going to regret this but here goes :P 

In the next stage of the Olympus Protege the sections have been opened to the public to submit challenges to myself and my mentor Lindsay and this is the link you can do it in.

If you are serious though you have to be reasonable, no asking to hunt the Yeti or Bigfoot :P

http://www.olympusproteges.co.uk/Journeys/animals___

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2014-12-22 07:44:57 (15 comments, 17 reshares, 410 +1s)Open 

Respect

There are those that think they deserve respect, there are those that demand respect, then there are those that simply have our respect.

Respect

There are those that think they deserve respect, there are those that demand respect, then there are those that simply have our respect.___

2014-12-21 11:31:11 (11 comments, 6 reshares, 92 +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 (30 comments, 26 reshares, 491 +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, 21 reshares, 422 +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 (25 comments, 58 reshares, 584 +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, 31 reshares, 510 +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 (39 comments, 68 reshares, 704 +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 (22 comments, 15 reshares, 527 +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, 33 reshares, 518 +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, 326 +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 (43 comments, 111 reshares, 585 +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 (40 comments, 6 reshares, 394 +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, 59 reshares, 813 +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, 23 reshares, 471 +1s)Open 

Stand Proud

#caturday  
#savethebigcats

Stand Proud

#caturday  
#savethebigcats___

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2014-11-27 08:48:06 (27 comments, 38 reshares, 515 +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, 34 reshares, 504 +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 (28 comments, 19 reshares, 448 +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, 605 +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, 56 reshares, 719 +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 (69 comments, 1 reshares, 222 +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, 29 reshares, 510 +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, 264 +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 (36 comments, 51 reshares, 878 +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 (33 comments, 52 reshares, 894 +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 (38 comments, 27 reshares, 382 +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, 48 reshares, 751 +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 (28 comments, 42 reshares, 619 +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 (29 comments, 34 reshares, 619 +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 (27 comments, 53 reshares, 864 +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, 51 reshares, 722 +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, 1318 +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 (39 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, 501 +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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