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Mike F Shaw has been at 4 events

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Lotus Carroll1,770,047This 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. *Inspiration* Moderators 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* @100266938567862344330 Blue City Walker 20 http://goo.gl/LbDMIy $150 Gift Certificate for @108289626026839048870 http://www.borrowlenses.com @100424993750772730018 1 Year Awesome Account @101789561086090624750 Discontinued Strap http://www.capturingcouture.com/collections/the-sale-rack 1 Year of @118357019708110162087 Basic http://www.smugmug.com/photos/photo-sharing-features Please 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 selects choice of 5 prizes. 2nd place selects choice of 4 remaining prizes. 3rd place selects choice of remaining 3 prizes. 4th place selects choice of remaining 2 prizes. 5th 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, 4th, & 5th place winners. Please note that this is subjective (art always is!) and so we'll be basing our votes purely on our own opinions. Everyone who enters a photo is already a winner, of course. :) *Please Remember These Rules:* *Enter Only Your Own Work *Enter Only ONE Photo *Only SELF PORTRAITS *Must adhere to this month's theme. *Photo Must Be Taken in October 2014 (EXIF data must reflect this) *Can Only Win Once Every 6 Months *Winners Must Respond Within 24 Hours of Contact *Circle Our Prize Sponsors *No Trickery or Spamming *We Reserve The Right To Remove Entries/Participants for Misconduct *Anything Outside Guidelines/Rules Disqualifies A ParticipantOctober Self Portrait Challenge: Your Greatest Fear2014-10-29 06:00:0094 
Lotus Carroll1,770,047This 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. *Inspiration* Moderators 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 @108289626026839048870 http://www.borrowlenses.com 1 Year Awesome Account at @100424993750772730018 http://goo.gl/CCrBlS  @100266938567862344330 Mirrorless Mover 10 Bag http://goo.gl/Z4h0IN Please 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 so we'll be basing our votes purely on our own opinions. Everyone who enters a photo is already a winner, of course. :) Please Remember These Rules: *Enter Only Your Own Work *Enter Only ONE Photo *Only SELF PORTRAITS *Must adhere to this month's theme. *Photo Must Be Taken in January 2014 *Can Only Win Once Every 6 Months *Winners Must Respond Within 24 Hours of Contact *Circle Our Prize Sponsors *No Trickery or Spamming *We Reserve The Right To Remove Entries for Misconduct *Anything Outside Guidelines/Rules Disqualifies A ParticipantJanuary Self Portrait Challenge: New Beginnings2014-01-01 07:00:00138 
Lotus Carroll1,770,047This 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 & Tips* Need some tips and inspiration for this challenge? Have no fear! That's why we're here. :) The amazing @110573952887886961621 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/vzcRHL *Remember 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:* Snapseed VSCOcam Retouch (cloning tool!) Camera+ Camera! PhotoStudio Pixlr Express Aviary InsPhoto *Prizes* 1 Year of @118357019708110162087 Basic http://www.smugmug.com/photos/photo-sharing-features @101789561086090624750 Discontinued Camera Strap - you choose from a variety available. :) http://www.capturingcouture.com Please circle these sponsors - they make these prizes possible, so having them circled is a requirement to be a winner. There will be 2 winners. 1st place winner selects choice of prizes. 2nd place receives 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 vSeptember Self Portrait Challenge: A Great Cell Phone Photo2013-09-01 07:00:00177 
Trey Ratcliff8,163,341A special all-Europe show!  We switched around the time of the show for this special event!  Joining today are @102518365620075109973, @110258598415939907971, @112661262066626464523, @105390077271236874234,  +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 21:00:00256 

Mike F Shaw has been shared in 960 public circles

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Wise Words730Awesome people!2015-03-05 01:53:41213023
Allan watson22,056Active 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 #dur2015-03-04 06:00:51490244
Wise Words6872015-03-02 13:02:42206000
Bintri martanti316 Circle 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!2015-02-28 18:00:54383001
Gailen Mapes79,441Hand Picked Photographers Circles - "Unknown or Other" Camera S-U - 29 of 30Note: 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 February 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting January 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.2015-02-28 13:38:27194001
Colin Wilson19,709This 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 #Em. #United #Kingdom #United #States #Uruguay #Uzbekistan #Vanuatu #Venezuela #Viet #Nam #Virgin #Islands #Wallis #& #Futuna #I. #Yemen #Zambia #Zimbabwe new_zealand #auckland #australia #brisbane # #new_zealand #christchurch #algeria #algeria #algiers #angola #angola #luanda2015-02-28 12:48:24382121015
Ercan Çakir7,064Elite Team AG Friends Circle 400Hey 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!Hi everybody, here is the circle of Circle AG. They have made it to the Loyal FollowersCircle without getting tired of spreading.AG Circle contains highly active membersof GooglePlus. If you want to engage with most activemembers you should ADD this circle.I would love to thank to each and every person who have joined the ride with us.Thank you very much! Iappreciate your dedication and hard work.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.*****************************************************In the "Special Circle No. 100" will be people who share these three parts, each own circuit. So there will be only one "Special Circle"...I apologize if I made any mistake, I will correct it... Thanks again for your SUPPORT !!!*******************************************************#circle  #circleshare  #circlesharing  #circles  #sharedcircles  #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  #shared   #circle #circles #public #publiccircle   #circleshare #circlesharing   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle   #morefollowers #sharingcircles   2015-02-24 07:52:12400000
Фёдръ Хфпёрдъ319#circle #krugi  2015-02-22 08:34:07189000
Circle Connection8,650The Google+ Photographers Circle contains some of the most talented photographer's on Google+. Circle Connection is honored to bring you our first official photography circle. Please share and add these remarkable photographer's to your circle. 2015-02-20 18:01:30290000
Colin Wilson18,327This 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 #Em. #United #Kingdom #United #States #Uruguay #Uzbekistan #Vanuatu #Venezuela #Viet #Nam #Virgin #Islands #Wallis #& #Futuna #I. #Yemen #Zambia #Zimbabwe new_zealand #auckland #australia #brisbane # #new_zealand #christchurch #algeria #algeria #algiers #angola #angola #luanda2015-02-14 06:36:44492118110153
Circle Of The Day4,067If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia 2015-02-11 06:52:344248115
Dubie Bacino125,824Inspiring on Google+ Curated by +Dubie Bacino (16th Edition)This is the circle I go to when I find myself in need of beauty and inspiration. It's made mainly of photographers, but also other people who I find post intriguing, provoking, and inspiring content. This is a very colorful group. One thing they have in common, besides me, is inspiring content that will enhance your Google+ experience. -----------------------------------------When it comes to #CircleSharing, my practice is to share only two of my circles every month:  - ENGAGERS: this is a way of saying thank you to those who have interacted with me in some way (either by plussing, commenting, and/or sharing my posts, or by participating in my communities), and- INSPIRING: mainly photographers, but also other people who I find post original and interesting content.To get into my circles is real simple: either engage with my posts, or keep sharing quality content. If you want me to notice you, be active in one or all of my communities (see below).-----------------------------------------To connect with me, the best place is my appearoo page: http://appearoo.com/opajdara or http://www.opajdara.com/ -----------------------------------------If you are on #TSU, connect with me: https://www.tsu.co/opajdara. If not, check it out, it's the new social network that pays you revenue for your online activity! -----------------------------------------MY PAGES AND COMMUNITIES(Feel free to join if any of the topics interest you)MOON PHOTOGRAPHYTake a look at +Moonipulations, it's the place for all Moon lovers. Here you will find not only the photoshopped pics as the name indicates, but also the most beautiful moonscapes. If you want to jump in and share your photos,  join Moonipulations community: http://bit.ly/194vpSNROAD PHOTOGRAPHYThis is something I really love, to see an open road in front of me. If you feel the same, come join us and share your most beautiful road pics here: http://bit.ly/18rY1cnAERIAL PHOTOGRAPHYA place for those of us who like to see how earth looks from the sky. A refreshing change of perspective. Take a look for yourself: http://bit.ly/1mOSZA7MOTION PHOTOGRAPHYLook at the world around you - it's in constant motion. Stop for a moment and take a shot of it, then share it with us here:  http://bit.ly/1fI9xGqSHADOW PHOTOGRAPHYVisit the showcase of beautiful and creative shadow photography. Shadows can add a lot to a photograph. They can emphasize emotions, create surreal images, and be used in a variety of ways. If you are interested in exploring this fascinating interaction of darkness and light, please join us: http://bit.ly/16tts8kRAIN PHOTOGRAPHYBad weather can give us some of the most beautiful photography. Rain in itself is the master of special effects; from lightning strikes to water drops, mirror reflections t2015-02-09 13:20:514509876125
John Sean12,552This 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 2015-02-06 11:25:57366152026
George Clark15,296Grow 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#MovieReview #Video #Review #AamirKhan #AnushkaSharma #PKmovie #MovieTrailer #YennaiArindhaal #Hindi #Online #Entourage #YouTube #Cinema #BollywoodMovies #Automotive #Cars #Ford #BMW #Auto #Ferrari #Driving #Toyota #WinterDriving #Lamborghini #DrivingSchool #WinterDrivingTips #DistractedDriving #NewYear #AutoRepair #Audi #Supercars #NewCar #UsedCars 2015-02-05 06:07:22430011
Rok Šimec31,796This circle contains people who are very active on Google+. These are people who will share and re-post your circles and other content. This is a good circle to connect with each other and gain followers. I highly suggest adding each person in this Circle to your circles as they are likely to interact with you. #circle   #circleshare  2015-02-04 11:21:39479543488
Allan watson19,674Active 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 2015-02-04 07:27:05451345
Rov Macd5Circle of friends2015-02-03 00:08:59427000
Gert Jan Hermus47,069One of my circles of interactive and inspiring photographers and bloggers! :-) #circle   #circleshare  Circle 2015-02-02 10:33:454238514
John Sean12,158This 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 2015-01-31 07:30:48368161631
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 06:44:15462485185
James Honzik29,206Sharers 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 20:33:274719365113
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
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Ruta a la Patagonia14,518┊ ☆ ┊☆ ┊ ☆ ┊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 14:13:34499373554
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
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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 06:03:49500216
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 08:18:41500203
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 14:27:1350020724
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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

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2014-11-21 03:24:37 (68 comments, 1 reshares, 223 +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: 112

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2014-12-01 22:28:07 (50 comments, 112 reshares, 688 +1s)Open 

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

Most plusones: 1036

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2015-02-17 09:48:44 (30 comments, 67 reshares, 1036 +1s)Open 

The Young And The Brave

Young cheetah surveys the horizons, forever alert, like domestic cats they never turn their hearing off even when they sleep.

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2015-03-05 09:33:09 (22 comments, 21 reshares, 435 +1s)Open 

Bright Darkness
The eyes glisten within the dark fur, something has caught his attention as much as Goshi has caught mine.

Bright Darkness
The eyes glisten within the dark fur, something has caught his attention as much as Goshi has caught mine.___

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2015-03-04 17:53:22 (29 comments, 14 reshares, 329 +1s)Open 

Too Cold To Busk.

This is Dale, he was trying to play the harmonica on the streets of Chester today, when we set out from home the car was showing a temp of 6C, that was without the windchill factor. When I spoke with him I noticed his hands were badly cracked, his skin on his face was showing blue/purple tone people get from being out in the cold for too long. His too long had been eight months, his life is only 32 years gone.

If this is allowed to continue then Dale's and thousands of others lives will simply be wasted.

Too Cold To Busk.

This is Dale, he was trying to play the harmonica on the streets of Chester today, when we set out from home the car was showing a temp of 6C, that was without the windchill factor. When I spoke with him I noticed his hands were badly cracked, his skin on his face was showing blue/purple tone people get from being out in the cold for too long. His too long had been eight months, his life is only 32 years gone.

If this is allowed to continue then Dale's and thousands of others lives will simply be wasted.___

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2015-02-28 22:41:53 (42 comments, 25 reshares, 435 +1s)Open 

Individuality

It's a strange concept but it's a fact of life too. From the moment we leave the womb we are individual, different to everyone of the 7•5 billion other people that inhabit this rock. Each of us has a fingerprint that is unique to us, a DNA code that no one else has. We may grow up with white, brown or black pigment, blue, green or brown eyes but no one will be the same.

So what are the chances of that? Well it's 7•5 billion to 1.

Yet from the moment we are born we are classed, sorted and rammed into a round hole even though we are square pegs. We are put into uniforms and educated to conform to societies standards. Demands are made of us to be part of a civilisation that will keep on churning out more of us the same.

We are canon fodder for the governments, payees into a system we cannot escape, led to believe we are free to bewha... more »

Individuality

It's a strange concept but it's a fact of life too. From the moment we leave the womb we are individual, different to everyone of the 7•5 billion other people that inhabit this rock. Each of us has a fingerprint that is unique to us, a DNA code that no one else has. We may grow up with white, brown or black pigment, blue, green or brown eyes but no one will be the same.

So what are the chances of that? Well it's 7•5 billion to 1.

Yet from the moment we are born we are classed, sorted and rammed into a round hole even though we are square pegs. We are put into uniforms and educated to conform to societies standards. Demands are made of us to be part of a civilisation that will keep on churning out more of us the same.

We are canon fodder for the governments, payees into a system we cannot escape, led to believe we are free to be what we want but as soon as we step out of the norm we are dragged back kicking and screaming. Fed drugs to bring us back into line so the conformists can rest comfortably at night.

Maybe it's time we celebrated our differences instead of going to war over them, maybe it's time we learnt to accept what we are, who others are, before it's too late.

Be different, be free.___

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2015-02-28 09:20:11 (44 comments, 93 reshares, 839 +1s)Open 

Mother 

Finding her tucked away within the bushes with one of her newborn cubs was worth the backache later. 

We went to +Chester Zoo  yesterday as once again they have been successful in breeding their Sumatran tigers, this is the third year in a row. It goes to show just how good a job they are doing and how content the animals are. It will be summer this year that they will move to a massive new enclosure.

#bigcatsforever  
#caturday  

Mother 

Finding her tucked away within the bushes with one of her newborn cubs was worth the backache later. 

We went to +Chester Zoo  yesterday as once again they have been successful in breeding their Sumatran tigers, this is the third year in a row. It goes to show just how good a job they are doing and how content the animals are. It will be summer this year that they will move to a massive new enclosure.

#bigcatsforever  
#caturday  ___

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2015-02-27 09:07:41 (49 comments, 63 reshares, 785 +1s)Open 

The Cliche

So many people will tell you there is a lot of cliches in photography that you should avoid, selective colouring is now one of them, well at the end of the day if you like it and the results it gives you should it matter if its a cliche or not?

The Cliche

So many people will tell you there is a lot of cliches in photography that you should avoid, selective colouring is now one of them, well at the end of the day if you like it and the results it gives you should it matter if its a cliche or not?___

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2015-02-23 16:45:41 (17 comments, 15 reshares, 434 +1s)Open 

Rhino In Mud

Almost as happy as a pig in sh*t as we say here< I know its an instinctive thing to do to keep their skin protected from parasites etc but its still fun to see a fully grown adult male rhino rolling in mud 

Rhino In Mud

Almost as happy as a pig in sh*t as we say here< I know its an instinctive thing to do to keep their skin protected from parasites etc but its still fun to see a fully grown adult male rhino rolling in mud ___

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2015-02-19 13:30:18 (30 comments, 16 reshares, 394 +1s)Open 

As I have posted elsewhere since my health has started to improve a bit I should and try to get back to the cities to see how my friends from the streets are coping.

As I have posted elsewhere since my health has started to improve a bit I should and try to get back to the cities to see how my friends from the streets are coping.___

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2015-02-18 10:40:20 (22 comments, 33 reshares, 503 +1s)Open 

Coming At You!

You have seconds to react, but even if you had minutes I doubt it would be enough time, an attack from a fully grown male lion on you would not take that long.

Coming At You!

You have seconds to react, but even if you had minutes I doubt it would be enough time, an attack from a fully grown male lion on you would not take that long.___

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2015-02-17 09:48:44 (30 comments, 67 reshares, 1036 +1s)Open 

The Young And The Brave

Young cheetah surveys the horizons, forever alert, like domestic cats they never turn their hearing off even when they sleep.

The Young And The Brave

Young cheetah surveys the horizons, forever alert, like domestic cats they never turn their hearing off even when they sleep.___

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2015-02-08 17:31:29 (34 comments, 40 reshares, 690 +1s)Open 

Sometimes Its Easy

To stand alone at the edge of the world
To be as silent as the break of day
To wrap yourself in the cold awakening
To call out and no one hears

Sometimes its easy
Sometimes its hard.

Sometimes Its Easy

To stand alone at the edge of the world
To be as silent as the break of day
To wrap yourself in the cold awakening
To call out and no one hears

Sometimes its easy
Sometimes its hard.___

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2015-02-04 14:45:58 (21 comments, 33 reshares, 588 +1s)Open 

Old Green Eyes Is Back In Town!

My favourite house cat, I say that loosely as I think Montey has more houses than your average billionaire!

Old Green Eyes Is Back In Town!

My favourite house cat, I say that loosely as I think Montey has more houses than your average billionaire!___

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2015-02-02 10:24:27 (20 comments, 39 reshares, 600 +1s)Open 

Beauty Is Not Always In The Eye Of The Beholder

Sometimes it simply exists.

Beauty Is Not Always In The Eye Of The Beholder

Sometimes it simply exists.___

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2015-01-29 17:03:33 (19 comments, 44 reshares, 557 +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 (36 comments, 68 reshares, 757 +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, 425 +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, 14 reshares, 369 +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, 44 reshares, 546 +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 (51 comments, 77 reshares, 694 +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, 29 reshares, 443 +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, 42 reshares, 670 +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, 18 reshares, 507 +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, 705 +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 (40 comments, 28 reshares, 478 +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, 46 reshares, 718 +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, 312 +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, 597 +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, 26 reshares, 495 +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, 280 +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 (46 comments, 48 reshares, 689 +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 (14 comments, 17 reshares, 421 +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, 501 +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, 22 reshares, 433 +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 (26 comments, 57 reshares, 598 +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, 518 +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 (40 comments, 68 reshares, 714 +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, 530 +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, 34 reshares, 527 +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 (26 comments, 5 reshares, 332 +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 (50 comments, 112 reshares, 688 +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 (42 comments, 6 reshares, 402 +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 (34 comments, 58 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, 22 reshares, 481 +1s)Open 

Stand Proud

#caturday  
#savethebigcats

Stand Proud

#caturday  
#savethebigcats___

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2014-11-27 08:48:06 (27 comments, 37 reshares, 521 +1s)Open 

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


You only have yourself to believe in.

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


You only have yourself to believe in.___

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2014-11-26 10:54:25 (16 comments, 33 reshares, 501 +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, 21 reshares, 451 +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, 611 +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, 57 reshares, 725 +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 (68 comments, 1 reshares, 223 +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, 511 +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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