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Andy Stuart

Andy Stuart 

Photography wannabe, I will shoot almost anything - Husband, Father of 4, Rugby Coach.

Occupation: I'm a Photographer based in Scotland, My Doctor recommended that I find something to get me out of the house as part of my treatment, I did a bit of Rugby coaching, but because that was "tim (Photography (Therapeutic not employment))

Location: Gartly, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Followers: 32,866

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Landscape Photography Community10,963*Landscape Photography Community:  Square* *General Rules* 1) You must be a member of the Landscape Photography Community (LPC)!!  Please circle the @106632923256517196664 page. 2) Only ONE photograph per member is allowed.  If you submit more than one photo, all of your photos will be removed. 3) Your photo MUST be ORIGINAL.  Do NOT share someone else's photo.  If you post the work of someone else, you will be banned from the community. 4) You MUST have complete EXIF data for your photo.  Within the event, select your photo and view it large.  Look for the "photo details" on the right.  It should be complete with the date the photo was taken, camera and lens information, ISO, speed, f stop etc.  Photos that don't have complete EXIF data will be removed. 5) Leave a comment and tell us about this photograph. Where is this place located?  What were you trying to achieve?  What challenges did you face and how did you overcome them? THE COMMENT IS REQUIRED. 5) This must be a photograph suitable for the Landscape Photography Community.  6) There is NO VOTING for this contest!  Several of our senior moderators have volunteered to judge this contest.  They are experienced judges of photography events and their decision is final. 7) Photos must be posted no later than Monday, August 17, 2015, 3 pm CDT.  Those posted after that time will be removed. 8) Winners will be announced on Wednesday, August 19, 2015. 9) Moderators of the LPC may participate but they cannot win the contest. 10) Technical Requirements: Enable "sharing" on your photo.  If it receives honors, we want to be able to share it!!  Enable "comments" on your photo.  We want to say how great it is!!  Enable "plus ones" so everyone can give it a big plus!! *Voting:* Feel free to leave positive encouraging comments on the entries at any time.  You know our photographers will love the attention.  Engage in conversation and see what you can learn!! AFTER Monday, August 17, 2015, 3 pm CDT (when the event ends) and BEFORE Friday, August 21, 2015 at noon CDT, you may add another comment and include the hashtag, #LPCFavorite  on five of your most favorite photographs!!  Those with lots of votes will be shared to the  page and honored!!!LPC Event #46: Square2015-08-10 22:00:00383  
Landscape Photography Community10,963Landscape Photography Community:  The Blue Hour General Rules 1) You must be a member of the Landscape Photography Community and there are no limits on follower count.  We welcome the millionaires!! 2) Only ONE photograph per member is allowed.  If you submit more than one photo, all of your photos will be removed. 3) Your photo MUST be ORIGINAL.  If you post the work of someone else, you will be banned from the community. 4) This must be a photograph suitable for the Landscape Photography Community and it must feature the blue hour. 5) There is NO VOTING for this contest!  Several of our senior moderators have volunteered to judge this contest.  They are experienced judges of photography events and their decision is final. 6) Photos must be posted no later than Monday, June 9, 2014, 3 pm CDT.  Those posted after that time will be removed. 7) Winners will be announced on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at 3 pm CDT. 8) Moderators of the LPC may participate but they cannot win the contest.LPC Contest #16: The Blue Hour2014-06-02 22:00:00529  
UK Photography Community364,569A 'Seasonal' event for the UKPC Members only please. If you are not a member and would like to join please see our about page for details. +UK Photography Community  *3 PICTURES EACH - MAX!!* Seasonal imagesUKPC HOLIDAY SEASON PICTURE SHARING EVENT2013-12-23 15:30:0058  
Sheila B. DuBois48,052Going to attempt to sing.   Doesn't matter if your on key or not. The  main thing is if one enjoy singing then lift up your voice and sing!.  Silent Night2013-12-23 06:26:2327  
Billy Wilson1,549,953Joined by:  -Scottish Photographer Andy Stuart (http://stuartimages.co.uk).  -UK YouTuber Francesca Carlino (https://youtube.com/FransFlogs). -MISS HOLLAND & CO (https://youtube.com/MissHollandUSA). -Photographer Jordan Oram (https://google.com/+JordanOram). -Musical Guest Christina Cecrle (https://youtube.com/ChristinaMC11) finishing the last 16 minutes of the hour off with some live music. Tibby & I are excited! The show will be live on Friday at 4pm Eastern/1pm Pacific/9pm for the UK here & on my YouTube: youtube.com/user/TheBillster2/live (time zone converter http://goo.gl/3itW5). That Show with Billy Wilson (TSBW) brings together Artists, Musicians, Photographers, Personalities, & all sorts of fun and interesting people from around the world each Friday for a hangout and is one of the largest & longest running shows on G+. You can watch previous episodes here: http://goo.gl/ceHtH Find Me Elsewhere:  Google+: https://google.com/+billywilson Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/BillyWilson14 Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BillyWilsond  Site/Blog: http://www.thebillywilson.com Help support me, my family, projects, & show on Patreon: http://patreon.com/billywilson or Donate on Paypal: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=E74U8G8TZKYDJ #TSBW#87 European Edition: Fun, Discussion, & Live Music from Christina Cecrle2013-11-29 22:00:0047  
Robert SKREINER1,230,049@102506901448022034742  ► *❶st Contest* Theme: *Your TOP Bird Photos* includes all  Songbirds, Birds of Prey, Water Birds, etc. *Contest Rules:* ● Sign in to the Contest with a short comment! ● Please *share* this ► *❶st Contest* Invitation ● Photos must be your own photos and work! ● *Max 5 Photos* per participating Photographer ● Photos must be uploaded to this *❶st Contest–Page* ● Please add @102506901448022034742 & @105124330145456519952 to your circles ● Post a short own comment to your photos incl. location ● You can also give +1 to your own photos! ● Please be fair and comment also to other photos! ● Please invite your Google+ Friends and Followers. ● You can always change your photos during the contest,     if you delete before your previous photos! ● Please don't upload BW-Monochrome Photos!    There will be a NEW Contest of the Page:   @118354348104191320538   ● Don't delete the automatically shared Contest Photos    in your stream! So you will get more +1 *All ►TOP Bird Photos of this Contest◄* will be shared also at the Page: @102506901448022034742  *The 30 best of ►TOP Bird Photos on G+◄* will be also shared at the G+ Page @110538600381916983600  *The 3 best of ►TOP Photos◄* of the Winners will be shared also in the stream of @117000139571713536948   All participating Photographers will be included in  a public shared *❶st Contest* Circle of  @117000139571713536948 & @102506901448022034742 & @105124330145456519952  *The final decision about the winners is made by* *an international and independent jury.* ░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░ @102506901448022034742   #birdloversworldwide   @110538600381916983600 @112840736235573716407  @118354348104191320538  @105124330145456519952  @114944941956349340056  @109655133541434616383  @115580685364349575355  @105782727431661976037 @114507611997390703788  @102551956772228628364  @107009098215521569646  @104047237564402491584 @112271908611925541359  @112271908611925541359 @102664053835780029639  @112527225704468158520 @102202857193383470434  @105798359393030559274 @103374725189855996747 @110806949181190360839  @101843523903788031573 @117985549028905293535 +BIRD LOVERS Worldwide - ► ❶st Contest2013-10-07 09:00:00791  
Carra Riley54,239Meet 8 small business entrepreneurs who have been engaging in social media from around the world.    *The group will share thoughts and ideas on what IS working and what the future of social media could be.* Learn how you fit in the big scheme of things and how following or connecting with these knowledgeable people might help your social media navigation.      1.  +Luis Galarza  Leominster, Massachusetts  *Galarza’s Internet Marketing Services*  Marketing consultant, Web Designer, Lead Generation, Social Media, Mobile Apps, Mobile Marketing, Google Places, SEO, Video Production, Video Marketing  http://localmarketingvoice.com 2.  +Carolyn McAndrew from Perth Australia *Picardie Press* To Provide Small Business with Quality Affordable Publishing, Design, Printing and Social Media needs. https://www.facebook.com/PicardiePress http://www.picardiepress.com 3.  +Joeann Fossland Tucson, Arizona *Life consultant*   Need a coach? Support for the frazzled, unfocused & time challenged! My vision is to ignite joy, creativity & love! I can help you relax & produce remarkable results! Visit http://www.joeann.com/ Purple Sage Realty, Tucson, AZ 4.  +Katie Katz   Philadelphia, Pennsylvania *Bernard Katz Glass* +Bernard Katz Glass  features hand blown art glass by Bernard Katz. Bernard Katz alongside his wife Katie Katz co-design high quality art glass for art galleries, trade design and private collections worldwide. http://bernardkatz.com/ 5.  +Ken Cook Atlanta,Georgia Digital Content Creator | Blog Content | Web Articles | SEO Research | Video | Audio | Graphics Knowing what other people are saying about you or your brand is important. Telling people what to think about you or your brand is crucial. My job is to do what I do best so you can do more of what you do best. I write accurate and timely articles, optimize existing content for search engines, create videos (YouTube), perform competitive research to determine who your search competitors are and how you can compete with them and win, work with you on predictive content creation based on seasonal and market trends, provide in-depth analysis of your website and your competitors. Listen live to Social Media Edge Radio every Tuesday at 9AM Pacific or you can listen to the 4 years worth of archived episodes at iTunes. http://thekencook.com/ 6.  +Valentina Cirasola San Francisco, California and Italy *Valentina Interiors and Design* “Italian Luxury for Comfortable Living” - Pure – Elegant - Original. I am Valentina, =owner and principal designer of Valentina - Interiors & Designs, my international designing firm established in 1990. Visit me:www.valentinadesigns.com *Valentina Expressions*  Author of  Design books and cooking from Italy.   From this platform I will bring novelties in a variety of subjects. I will announce classes, seminars or future trips to Italy I am organizing with groups. I will also continue offering my design consultations on-line. http://valentinaexpressions.com/ 7.  +john paWhat is the Future of the the Social Media Cube2013-09-27 18:00:0090  
Robert SKREINER1,230,049@110538600381916983600 ► *❶st Contest* Theme: *Natural Water Photos* includes all  Seascape-, Waterfall-, River-, Lake- Photos, etc. by @117000139571713536948 & @110806949181190360839  *Contest Rules:* ● Sign in to the Contest with a short comment! ● *Photos must be your own photos and work!* ● Max *10 Photos* per participating Photographer ● Photos must be uploaded to this *❶st Contest–Page* ● Please add @110538600381916983600 & @105124330145456519952 to your circles,     as well as @117000139571713536948 & @110806949181190360839  ● Post a short own comment to your photo incl. location ● You can also give +1 to your own photo! ● Please be fair and comment also to other photos! ● Please share this ► *❶st Contest* Invitation in your stream! ● Please invite your Google+ Friends and Followers. ● *Don't upload BW-Monochrome Photos!*    There is also a Contest of the Page:   @118354348104191320538  ● Don't delete the automatically shared Contest Photos    in your stream! So you will get more +1 *The best 100 ►TOP Photos on Google+◄* will be shared also at the Page: @110538600381916983600 and in  our Community: *TOP Photos on G+* https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/102730381095199131702 *The 3 ►TOP Photos◄* of the *Winners* will be shared also in the stream of @117000139571713536948 & @110806949181190360839  *All participating Photographers will be incuded in*   *public shared circles of *     @117000139571713536948  & @110806949181190360839  & @110538600381916983600 & @105124330145456519952  *The final decision about the winners is made by an international and independent jury!* ░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░ @102506901448022034742  @114944941956349340056  @109655133541434616383 @107009098215521569646  @112840736235573716407 @115580685364349575355 @114507611997390703788    @102551956772228628364  @112271908611925541359  @102664053835780029639 @105782727431661976037   @104047237564402491584 @105124330145456519952  @101843523903788031573 @105798359393030559274  @117985549028905293535 @103374725189855996747  @112527225704468158520 by @102202857193383470434 +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS -▶❶st Contest◄ - Natural Water Photos2013-07-23 09:00:001994  
UK Photography Community364,569The +UK Photography Community cordially invites you to take part in a celebration of Flora photographed in United Kingdom & Crown Dependencies, shared by professional and non-professional photographers - no exclusions. DISCLAIMER: By entering your image into this event you give UKPC permission to feature your image (if chosen) within our page banner. Please visit out *About* page for more details. WHAT TO POST: - goes without saying that the image *must* fit the theme! - a maximum entry of !!!!  *SIX*   !!!!! images per person - image *must* have been taken in UK or Crown Dependencies - image *must be your own* and you must own the copyright - software manipulation *is* permitted, e.g. creating a reflection - images taken prior to the event *are* permitted for this event - please *do not* post all images in one go: spread them out - please *add a comment* to the image, re location and relevance to UK - you *can* include links in your comments to profile / website / elsewhere - *anyone* in the world can post an image - you *must* have circled the +UK Photography Community  - if you're stuck or have other questions, just post a question on the event! YOU WILL BE REMOVED / SHAMED / BLOCKED IF YOU: - post more than Six images - post anything off topic or non-UK / Crown Dependencies - fail to add the location                  WHEN TO POST & START/END TIMES This is a weekday event and runs to 08:00 Wednesday 29th May . When the event starts a red button titled 'Add Photo' will appear at the top. You can either select and add a photo from your existing albums or upload a new one directly to the event from your computer. There is no opportunity to add any text at the time you post, so you would add the additional info as a comment under your image. Your image should be close to the top of the stream depending how busy it is and how many people are posting images :O)) OTHER INFO - Please consider mapping the location of your image via +PlusPhotoMap  - For a definition of Crown Dependencies, please see here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crown_dependencies HOW TO JOIN THE UKPC COMMUNITY Please visit +UK Photography Community *ABOUT* page for details. If you are not based in the UK and would like to follow our posts, please add us to your circles :O))  We are looking forward to seeing your images  :O)) Best Wishes from the +UK Photography Community mod team!Floral2013-05-23 07:00:00125  
Ali Elhajj29,967Join us for a discussion with Canadian glamour and wedding photographer +Joe Pearson.  Joe will be presenting a live model shoot in-studio focusing on beauty lighting.   If you've ever wondered about the ins & outs of an in-studio shoot, this is the hangout for you! We will be broadcasting on the +Vidcast Network  as well as on Hangouts on Air and will also be taking questions via chat.  PlusPhotoShow OnAir in-Studio Shoot2013-02-12 02:45:0027  
UK Photography Community364,569*PLEASE NOTE:- by entering your image into this event you give the  UKPC permission to feature your image (if chosen) within our page banner.  Please visit out about page for more details.*  _The +UK Photography Community cordially invites you to take part in a celebration of *IMAGES OF THE NATIVE BRITISH TREES* photographed in United Kingdom & Crown Dependencies - at any time*, shared by professional and non-professional photographers - no exclusions.*_        ↓  *WHAT to post.....* _please scroll down to read the whole post_ ↓  *__________________________________________________________________* *A MAXIMUM ENTRY OF THREE IMAGES PER PERSON*  _naughty people posting more images than mentioned above or anything that is not Event or UK related will be shamed or worse - Blocked_ ;) *PLEASE DON'T POST ALL OF YOUR IMAGES IN ONE GO, PLEASE TRY TO STAGGER YOUR ENTRY'S* *IMAGES MUST FIT THE THEME & THE IMAGES MUST BELONG TO YOU* *__________________________________________________________________* *please consider mapping the location of your image via +PlusPhotoMap* *Your image/s MUST be in keeping with the event title & be of a Tree or Trees in the United Kingdom or Crown Dependencies. Please make sure you add a comment under the photo about the image's location & relevance to the UK* More information ..._please scroll down_ *_Once you have posted your image, locate the image in the Event stream & add your comment (some information about the image and yourself.) Please feel free to post a short note and links to you elsewhere on the web if you wish. PLEASE NOTE if you do not add a comment about the image's relevance to the UK the image WILL be removed._*                                 ↓ *this is a TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY event* _please note_ *You do not have to be based in the UK to share an image in this event* *HOW TO JOIN THE COMMUNITY* PLEASE VISIT THE +UK Photography Community  ABOUT PAGE FOR DETAILS If you are not based in the UK and would like to follow our posts please add us to your circles :O))  _if you're stuck please just ask_                                                                                                   *WHEN .... the Event will start and end* *when the event starts a red button will appear at the top saying something like 'add photo'. You can either select and add a photo from your existing albums or upload a new one directly to the event from your computer. There is no opportunity to add any text though at the time you post so you would add the additional info as a comment under your image which should be right at the top of the stream depending how busy it is.*  _We are looking forward to getting seeing your images_  :O)) Best Wishes from the +UK Photography Community  +Heidi Anne Morris  *info only* - What are Crown Dependencies? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crown_dependencies *What are native trees?* The UK's native trees are usually defined as trees that arrived and grew here naturally after tYour images of NATIVE BRITISH TREES2013-02-06 20:00:0084  
UK Photography Community364,569JOIN IN WITH OUR NEW EVENT & YOUR IMAGE COULD BE FEATURED  ON THE UKPC PAGE BANNER *PLEASE NOTE:- by entering your image into this event you give the  UKPC permission to feature your image (if chosen) within our page banner.  Please visit out about page for more details.*  _The +UK Photography Community cordially invites you to take part in a celebration of *IMAGES OF SNOW* photographed in United Kingdom - at any time*, shared by professional and non-professional photographers - no exclusions_ *NO RESTRICTION ON THE AMOUNT OF IMAGES* *BUT THEY MUST FIT THE THEME*                       ↓  *WHAT to post.....* _please scroll down to read the whole post_ ↓  *Your image/s MUST be in keeping with the event title & be of somewhere in the United Kingdom, please make sure you add a comment under the photo about the image's location & relevance to the UK* More information ..._please scroll down_ *_Once you have posted your image, locate the image in the Event stream & add some information about the image and yourself. Please feel free to post a short note and links to you elsewhere on the web if you wish. PLEASE NOTE if you do not add a comment about the image's relevance to the UK the image WILL be removed._*                       *EVERYONE IS INVITED ~ PUBLIC EVENT*              ↓ *this is an ALL WEEK LONG event* _please note_ *You do not have to be based in the UK to share an image in this event BUT your image MUST FIT THE THEME.*  _please only share your own images_ _naughty people posting more images than mentioned above or anything that is not Event or UK related will be shamed or worse - Blocked_ ;) *HOW TO JOIN THE COMMUNITY* PLEASE VISIT THE +UK Photography Community ABOUT PAGE FOR DETAILS If you are not based in the UK and would like to follow our posts please add us to your circles :O))  _if you're stuck please just ask_                                                                                                   *WHEN .... the Event will start and end* *when the event starts a red button will appear at the top saying something like 'add photo'. You can either select and add a photo from your existing albums or upload a new one directly to the event from your computer. There is no opportunity to add any text though at the time you post so you would add the additional info as a comment under your image which should be right at the top of the stream depending how busy it is.*  _We are looking forward to getting seeing your images_  :O)) Best Wishes from the +UK Photography Community  +Heidi Anne Morris A celebration of *IMAGES OF SNOW* photographed in United Kingdom2013-01-25 13:00:00201  
UK Photography Community364,569_The +UK Photography Community cordially invite you to take part in a celebration of images photographed in United Kingdom, shared by professional and nonprofessional photographers - no exclusions_                        *EVERYONE IS INVITED ~ PUBLIC EVENT*               *this is a FRIDAY/SATURDAY/SUNDAY/MONDAY event* ↓  *WHAT to post.....* _please scroll down to read the whole post_ *Your image/s MUST have been photographed in the United Kingdom, please make sure you add a comment under the photo about the image's relevance to the UK* *THREE PICTURES per person for the duration of the event MAX please.* _please note_ *You do not have to be based in the UK to share an image in this event.*  _please only share your own images_ _naughty people posting more images than mentioned above or anything that is not UK related will be shamed or worse_ ;) *HOW TO JOIN THE COMMUNITY* If you are *based in the UK* and are not yet a member of the +UK Photography Community   *** please ensure your profile clearly states where you are in the country *** add the page to your circles (we cannot share your images unless you do) *** follow this link http://goo.gl/QaExO to view the Regions available and indicate which region/s you would like to be added to with a comment here in the event stream, you can "+" mention the admin for your area if you wish - you will find out who that is by viewing the tags in the image, hover your mouse over the circles*  If you are not based in the UK and would like to follow our posts please add us to your circles :O))  _if you're stuck please just ask_                                                                                More information ..._please scroll down_ *_Once you have posted your image, locate the image in the Event stream & add some information about the image and yourself. Please feel free to post a short note and links to you elsewhere on the web if you wish. PLEASE NOTE if you do not add a comment about the image's relevance to the UK the image WILL be removed._*                                *WHEN .... the Event will start and end* *when the event starts a red button will appear at the top saying something like 'add photo'. You can either select and add a photo from your existing albums or upload a new one directly to the event from your computer. There is no opportunity to add any text though at the time you post so you would add the additional info as a comment under your image which should be right at the top of the stream depending how busy it is.*  Find out when this Event *starts* in your time zone here http://goo.gl/bBTGe Event will be open for posting images from 6pm GMT (ish) this Friday 12th October 2012 - you will not be able to add images until then - Event *closes* Monday 15th October 2012.  See link for your time zone http://goo.gl/VkaDx  _We are looking forward to getting seeing your images_  :O)) Best Wishes from the +UK Photography Community  ADMINS: A~ Z by region *London ReA CELEBRATION OF IMAGES PHOTOGRAPHED IN THE UNITED KINGDOM2012-10-15 18:00:00216  

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2015-11-01 13:48:48 (6 comments; 1 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

Important - Feedback wanted
What to do with those images that don't come up to standard? These two shots were taken last week and both were out of focus (due to motion blur), so I decided to try something new (for me) to see if I could get something I could be happy with and hopefully people might want to buy. 
Both images were taken through the same process 
in Lightroom
- Increased contrast, Increased the vibrancy & saturation, cropped & resized.
In Photoshop
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- Add Surface Blur
- Add a Texture

Image 2
- Add additional vertical Motion Blur
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2015-07-29 01:38:45 (0 comments; 12 reshares; 29 +1s; )Open 

The Iconic Forth Bridge
Recognised by UNESCO inscribed the bridge as a World Heritage Site on 5 July 2015, recognising it as
"an extraordinary and impressive milestone in bridge design and construction during the period when railways came to dominate long-distance land travel."  
The sixth World Heritage Site to be inscribed in Scotland.

The Forth Bridge is a cantilever railway bridge over the Firth of Forth has a total length of 8,296 feet (2,528.7 m) designed by the Engineers Sir John Fowler and Sir Benjamin Baker.  The longest single cantilever bridge span in the world until 1917 and remains the second longest today. 

Construction of the bridge began in 1882 and it was opened on 4 March 1890 by the Prince of Wales. At its peak, approximately 4,600 workers were employed on its construction. Wilhelm Westhofenre... more »

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2015-03-21 23:12:36 (3 comments; 7 reshares; 31 +1s; )Open 

Corgarff Castle & The Solar Eclipse
Under the partial solar eclipse on 20th March 2015, this scene made me wonder how many people have witnessed this scene throughout history. It was a wild and woolly morning which just served to highlight the bleak, stark, uncompromising and austere setting of this formidable small castle.

Corgarff Castle is located in Aberdeenshire, Scotland and is within the boundaries of Cairngorm National Park, one of only two in Scotland. This Historic Scotland Property is open to the public between 1 April - 30 September - 7 days a week between 9:30am - 5:30pm.

Corgarff’s story is really two stories. The first takes us from the middle of the 16th century, when the tower was built, through to the close of the 17th century, when it was abandoned. This was the castle’s heyday, when it served as the impressive fortified home of theFor... more »

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Flying Heron Composite
A Composite of 4 images of a Grey Heron flying short distances down the River Coquet in Northumberland, England.

Flying Heron Composite
A Composite of 4 images of a Grey Heron flying short distances down the River Coquet in Northumberland, England.___

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2016-08-25 19:59:07 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

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2016-08-24 19:41:50 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

The Royal Tweed Bridge
Royal Tweed Bridge is a road bridge in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, England crossing the River Tweed. It was intended to divert traffic from the 17th century Berwick Bridge, and until the 1980s it formed part of the A1 road, the main route from London to Edinburgh. However, the construction of the A1 River Tweed Bridge to the west of Berwick has since reduced the Royal Tweed Bridge's importance.

Designed by L.G. Mouchel & Partners, with consulting engineers Charles Bressey and J. H. Bean, and the contractors for construction were Holloway Brothers of London. Construction took place between 1925 and 1928. The total cost of the bridge was £180,000, and up to 170 workers were employed during its construction. It was opened by the then Prince of Wales, later Edward VIII, on 16 May 1928.

The bridge is built from... more »

The Royal Tweed Bridge
Royal Tweed Bridge is a road bridge in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, England crossing the River Tweed. It was intended to divert traffic from the 17th century Berwick Bridge, and until the 1980s it formed part of the A1 road, the main route from London to Edinburgh. However, the construction of the A1 River Tweed Bridge to the west of Berwick has since reduced the Royal Tweed Bridge's importance.

Designed by L.G. Mouchel & Partners, with consulting engineers Charles Bressey and J. H. Bean, and the contractors for construction were Holloway Brothers of London. Construction took place between 1925 and 1928. The total cost of the bridge was £180,000, and up to 170 workers were employed during its construction. It was opened by the then Prince of Wales, later Edward VIII, on 16 May 1928.

The bridge is built from reinforced concrete and consists of four unequal arches, with approach viaducts at each end. The northern end of the bridge is higher, and these spans are longer with lengths 50.1 metres, 74.4 metres, 95.5 metres and 108.5 metres, and the approach viaducts are 60 metres and 44 metres long. The spans consist of four arched ribs, solid in the case of the shortest span and hollow for the longer spans. Columns rise from the ribs and are connected at the top by longitudinal beams, which support perpendicular beams that carry the roadway. The piers and abutments are constructed from mass concrete, and there are expansion joints and a system of wind braces over each of the piers. The parapets are made of dressed sandstone, and there are cast iron lampposts on either side of the roadway.

At the time of its construction, it held the record for the longest single concrete span in the UK.___

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2016-08-19 23:03:23 (0 comments; 4 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)
A relatively recent coloniser of Britain having first appeared in significant numbers in 1989 and first breeding in 1996 in Dorset. I photographed this one between Warkworth and Amble on the River Coquet in Northumberland, UK and it was a delight to see this medium sized bird in the flesh.

Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)
A relatively recent coloniser of Britain having first appeared in significant numbers in 1989 and first breeding in 1996 in Dorset. I photographed this one between Warkworth and Amble on the River Coquet in Northumberland, UK and it was a delight to see this medium sized bird in the flesh.___

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2016-08-18 07:06:55 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

Roughting Linn 2
I went in search of the Waterfall at Roughting Linn, in North Northumberland and came across this little delight. Sadly when I got back to check my images I realised that I had found the wrong waterfall. However, I had been at a smaller waterfall about 15/20 metres upstream of the one I had been looking for. I will return to get the shots I was looking for. The next time I'd hope that the midgies were not at home.

Roughting Linn 2
I went in search of the Waterfall at Roughting Linn, in North Northumberland and came across this little delight. Sadly when I got back to check my images I realised that I had found the wrong waterfall. However, I had been at a smaller waterfall about 15/20 metres upstream of the one I had been looking for. I will return to get the shots I was looking for. The next time I'd hope that the midgies were not at home.___

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2016-08-16 11:56:54 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Flying Heron Composite
A Composite of 4 images of a Grey Heron flying short distances down the River Coquet in Northumberland, England.

Flying Heron Composite
A Composite of 4 images of a Grey Heron flying short distances down the River Coquet in Northumberland, England.___

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2016-08-12 20:43:37 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

St.Abbs Harbour
This hidden gem is part of the stunning Berwickshire Coast. The village was originally known as Coldingham Shore, the name St Abbs being adopted in the 1890s. The new name was derived from St Abb's Head, a rocky promontory located to the north of the village, itself named after the 7th century saint Æbbe of Coldingham.

Next time your in South East Scotland take the time to drop in and explore the village and the surrounding countryside taking in Fast Castle & St.Abb's Head nature reserve, or for the more adventurous you can join the divers to explore the clear waters just off St.Abbs.

http://www.stabbsvisitorcentre.co.uk/

http://divestabbs.com/

St.Abbs Harbour
This hidden gem is part of the stunning Berwickshire Coast. The village was originally known as Coldingham Shore, the name St Abbs being adopted in the 1890s. The new name was derived from St Abb's Head, a rocky promontory located to the north of the village, itself named after the 7th century saint Æbbe of Coldingham.

Next time your in South East Scotland take the time to drop in and explore the village and the surrounding countryside taking in Fast Castle & St.Abb's Head nature reserve, or for the more adventurous you can join the divers to explore the clear waters just off St.Abbs.

http://www.stabbsvisitorcentre.co.uk/

http://divestabbs.com/___

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2016-08-12 20:43:01 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

St.Abbs Harbour
This hidden gem is part of the stunning Berwickshire Coast. The village was originally known as Coldingham Shore, the name St Abbs being adopted in the 1890s. The new name was derived from St Abb's Head, a rocky promontory located to the north of the village, itself named after the 7th century saint Æbbe of Coldingham.

Next time your in South East Scotland take the time to drop in and explore the village and the surrounding countryside taking in Fast Castle & St.Abb's Head nature reserve, or for the more adventurous you can join the divers to explore the clear waters just off St.Abbs.

http://www.stabbsvisitorcentre.co.uk/

http://divestabbs.com/

St.Abbs Harbour
This hidden gem is part of the stunning Berwickshire Coast. The village was originally known as Coldingham Shore, the name St Abbs being adopted in the 1890s. The new name was derived from St Abb's Head, a rocky promontory located to the north of the village, itself named after the 7th century saint Æbbe of Coldingham.

Next time your in South East Scotland take the time to drop in and explore the village and the surrounding countryside taking in Fast Castle & St.Abb's Head nature reserve, or for the more adventurous you can join the divers to explore the clear waters just off St.Abbs.

http://www.stabbsvisitorcentre.co.uk/

http://divestabbs.com/___

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2016-08-04 22:22:15 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Out for a shoot at one of the most iconic sites in Britain. Mid way along Hadrian's Wall there is a dip in a ridge where the wall is sighted, in that dip is a solitary Sycamore tree, the location is known as Sycamore Gap. When shooting at a location like this you have to find unique take on capturing a location that is as well photographed as this one.
Sycamore Gap is a place I have wanted to shoot for quite sometime, so I rose at about 3.30 am grabbed my camera bag and set out to bag another one of the more famous locations in the land, I arrived in good time to select my spot, hoping to get an image that was unique. I took out my camera, selected the lens and switched the camera "on" - trying to take a test shot to check my composition only to discover that my batteries hadn't charged over night. A wasted trip? No not really I took a number of shots with my mobile phone, but... more »

Out for a shoot at one of the most iconic sites in Britain. Mid way along Hadrian's Wall there is a dip in a ridge where the wall is sighted, in that dip is a solitary Sycamore tree, the location is known as Sycamore Gap. When shooting at a location like this you have to find unique take on capturing a location that is as well photographed as this one.
Sycamore Gap is a place I have wanted to shoot for quite sometime, so I rose at about 3.30 am grabbed my camera bag and set out to bag another one of the more famous locations in the land, I arrived in good time to select my spot, hoping to get an image that was unique. I took out my camera, selected the lens and switched the camera "on" - trying to take a test shot to check my composition only to discover that my batteries hadn't charged over night. A wasted trip? No not really I took a number of shots with my mobile phone, but it's not a great camera so I knew that post processing was going to be extremely important to get anything like a reasonable image. My phone produces a lot of artifacts and noise so I need to work with that to produce an acceptable image. The most obvious processing is to go for a Black & White Image with high grain giving it a vintage look. Another I have tried is pushing the noise reduction software to the extreme to give a modern impressionistic look where you get the feeling of the location but without the detail. Which of these images do you prefer?___

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2016-08-02 07:00:52 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

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2016-07-01 07:03:34 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

"Gentlemen, when the barrage lifts..."

Never again!!!

"Gentlemen, when the barrage lifts..."

Never again!!!___

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2016-06-26 23:28:37 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

This is why we are in such a mess now.

This is why we are in such a mess now.___

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2016-06-26 12:56:25 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

Street Furniture
This is a first for me, I was out in a local town around late afternoon when I noticed the "Street Furniture" (posh way of saying lamp posts and other objects or pieces of equipment installed on streets for various purposes.) The sun was coming down behind one of the lamp posts and I was drawn to the hanging basket brackets with horses as ornamentation; coupled with the attractive sun-rays radiating from the lamp post.
This was when I started to beat myself up for not having my DSLR with me, then I remembered the advice I had received from some top photographers; "The best camera is the one you have with you." When that came to mind I remembered that my phone had a camera on it (a new thing for me), so I took some shots. However I wasn't impressed, but figured that some tweaking in Lightroom & Photoshop might produce a reasonable... more »

Street Furniture
This is a first for me, I was out in a local town around late afternoon when I noticed the "Street Furniture" (posh way of saying lamp posts and other objects or pieces of equipment installed on streets for various purposes.) The sun was coming down behind one of the lamp posts and I was drawn to the hanging basket brackets with horses as ornamentation; coupled with the attractive sun-rays radiating from the lamp post.
This was when I started to beat myself up for not having my DSLR with me, then I remembered the advice I had received from some top photographers; "The best camera is the one you have with you." When that came to mind I remembered that my phone had a camera on it (a new thing for me), so I took some shots. However I wasn't impressed, but figured that some tweaking in Lightroom & Photoshop might produce a reasonable image. Was I correct?

#monochrome   #monochromephotography   #phoneography   #firstphotograph   #photography   #lightroom   #photoshop   #streetphotography   #StreetFurniture  ___

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2016-06-24 20:15:03 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

Fittie, Aberdeen
Footdee or Fittie as it is known locally was once a separate village before being absorbed by its big neighbour Aberdeen.

This picturesque area to the south of Aberdeen beach and close to the harbour consists of a few streets formed around squares.

The origins of the name Footdee or Fittie are disputed; some say it takes its name from its position at the foot of the River Dee while other maintain it comes from St Fortin, a saint apparently connected with the local church. Whatever, it was once a poor working class area built at the beginning of the 19th century to house fishermen and their families but has become gentrified somewhat more prosperous and cute and a magnet for artists.

In its prime Fittie once used to boast lots of pubs and it was said that the folk o’ Fittie were not the soberest.

Designed as a planned villageF... more »

Fittie, Aberdeen
Footdee or Fittie as it is known locally was once a separate village before being absorbed by its big neighbour Aberdeen.

This picturesque area to the south of Aberdeen beach and close to the harbour consists of a few streets formed around squares.

The origins of the name Footdee or Fittie are disputed; some say it takes its name from its position at the foot of the River Dee while other maintain it comes from St Fortin, a saint apparently connected with the local church. Whatever, it was once a poor working class area built at the beginning of the 19th century to house fishermen and their families but has become gentrified somewhat more prosperous and cute and a magnet for artists.

In its prime Fittie once used to boast lots of pubs and it was said that the folk o’ Fittie were not the soberest.

Designed as a planned village Fittie’s houses once looked very similar – 28 single storey and thatched buildings built around its North and South squares with uniform doors and windows. Houses were of granite or harled over granite base with slate roofs, sash and case windows. Middle Row and Pilot’s Square were later additions. Aberdeen’s illustrious architect John Smith was the man behind the design. Later in the 19th century, some homeowners added storeys to provide more accommodation to house their families. A feature of Fittie is its outhouses or tarry sheds mostly highly decorated nowadays. Some of them look like little houses in their own right. Possibly roomy sheds were needed because the houses were so small storage would have been a problem.

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2016-06-14 22:25:09 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Will they ever learn? That the NRA are the most toxic element within the American society and that these massacres will never end as long as the "Right to Bear Arms" remains in their constitution. Furthermore, the 2nd amendment actually states:

"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

Which to me means that people in a Militia have the right to keep and bear arms for the security of the nation, and nothing to do with people owning and using, assault rifles and/or other weapons.

#guncontrol   #gunviolence   #guncrime   #NRA   #homophobia   #orlandoshooting   #terrorism  

Will they ever learn? That the NRA are the most toxic element within the American society and that these massacres will never end as long as the "Right to Bear Arms" remains in their constitution. Furthermore, the 2nd amendment actually states:

"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

Which to me means that people in a Militia have the right to keep and bear arms for the security of the nation, and nothing to do with people owning and using, assault rifles and/or other weapons.

#guncontrol   #gunviolence   #guncrime   #NRA   #homophobia   #orlandoshooting   #terrorism  ___

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2016-06-03 11:51:58 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

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2016-01-03 23:08:04 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

The after effects of Storm Frank at Duthie Park, Aberdeen on 31st December for this part of Aberdeen to flood the river would need to be in-excess of 20 feet above the normal river level. The 31st and 1st were the only days reprieve from the rain, then it started again! It has been raining ever since and there is more to come, so stay safe and do your best to remain dry. Take Care everyone.

+Frank Garufi Jr +Boris Gorelik #StormFrank 

The after effects of Storm Frank at Duthie Park, Aberdeen on 31st December for this part of Aberdeen to flood the river would need to be in-excess of 20 feet above the normal river level. The 31st and 1st were the only days reprieve from the rain, then it started again! It has been raining ever since and there is more to come, so stay safe and do your best to remain dry. Take Care everyone.

+Frank Garufi Jr +Boris Gorelik #StormFrank ___

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2016-01-01 22:37:48 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

Happy New Year to all my loyal followers 
I missed the bells to capture this shot just for you. Here is the light show we got in Scotland to bring in the New Year, not the one in Edinburgh or any other town or city in Scotland this one was provided by Mother Nature.  Thanks to light pollution the sad fact is that nobody in the towns and cities would have seen it, we should switch off the street lights and reconnect with the real world.

Remember to visit www.stuartimages.co.uk for our January Sale.
To get your discount Use the Coupon Code: January 2016

Happy New Year to all my loyal followers 
I missed the bells to capture this shot just for you. Here is the light show we got in Scotland to bring in the New Year, not the one in Edinburgh or any other town or city in Scotland this one was provided by Mother Nature.  Thanks to light pollution the sad fact is that nobody in the towns and cities would have seen it, we should switch off the street lights and reconnect with the real world.

Remember to visit www.stuartimages.co.uk for our January Sale.
To get your discount Use the Coupon Code: January 2016___

2015-12-31 00:40:45 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

URGENT DONATIONS REQUIRED.
For the next few weeks we are asking for donations for those affected by the floods across Aberdeenshire and in the City.

SUGGESTED ITEMS - - the usual foodbank items such as packets and tins,
- bedding, sleeping bags, pillows, blankets, anything warm.
-toiletries, toilet roll, deodorant, toothbrushes
-clothes for all ages and sizes, socks, hats, gloves, dressing gowns, anything dry and warm will be good.
- donations of kettles, toastie machines, etc will be handy for some folks too.

If your Local - ALL these items can be dropped off at 17 Park Lane, Gartly, we will arrange a drop off point in Huntly & Alford we will try and collect if required.
If your further afield drop me an email address in my profile.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS
If you can help with any of the following please contact direct through this... more »

URGENT DONATIONS REQUIRED.
For the next few weeks we are asking for donations for those affected by the floods across Aberdeenshire and in the City.

SUGGESTED ITEMS - - the usual foodbank items such as packets and tins,
- bedding, sleeping bags, pillows, blankets, anything warm.
-toiletries, toilet roll, deodorant, toothbrushes
-clothes for all ages and sizes, socks, hats, gloves, dressing gowns, anything dry and warm will be good.
- donations of kettles, toastie machines, etc will be handy for some folks too.

If your Local - ALL these items can be dropped off at 17 Park Lane, Gartly, we will arrange a drop off point in Huntly & Alford we will try and collect if required.
If your further afield drop me an email address in my profile.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS
If you can help with any of the following please contact direct through this link. I can only collect and transport donations, all other offers of help will be gratefully received by these guys. Thanks folks!!!!! -
-Volunteering time for clean up (Manual Handling Required)
-Providing temporary overnight accommodation
-Providing Daytime respite at your home.
-Loan of electrical equipment (Heaters, dehumidifiers, kettles etc)
-Donation of electrical equipment (Heaters, dehumidifiers, kettles etc)
- Driving and moving services.
-Trade services & manual labour.
- Animal services.
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2015-11-29 01:40:06 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Hi everyone,
What a dreadful week that was and who knows what the future holds or how long the future maybe.

Our worst fears have been confirmed, my wife's breast cancer has spread to her bones, that explains her ever reducing mobility. While Sylvia and I had our suspicions that this maybe the case it was still a difficult thing to hear, possibly made worse by going in to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary for what we thought was a routine appointment with the oncologist, but it turned into a stay in hospital.

Since then more tests, new drugs, new treatment, new doctor, more scans, more Radiotherapy and an operation planed for next Friday. Trying to explain all of this to the kids, thank god they are all teenagers I don't know how I'd have coped telling Primary school aged children.

How to trash somebody's week, month, year and life in one... more »

Hi everyone,
What a dreadful week that was and who knows what the future holds or how long the future maybe.

Our worst fears have been confirmed, my wife's breast cancer has spread to her bones, that explains her ever reducing mobility. While Sylvia and I had our suspicions that this maybe the case it was still a difficult thing to hear, possibly made worse by going in to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary for what we thought was a routine appointment with the oncologist, but it turned into a stay in hospital.

Since then more tests, new drugs, new treatment, new doctor, more scans, more Radiotherapy and an operation planed for next Friday. Trying to explain all of this to the kids, thank god they are all teenagers I don't know how I'd have coped telling Primary school aged children.

How to trash somebody's week, month, year and life in one easy lesson.___

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2015-11-07 17:34:39 (1 comments; 3 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights)
In the wee small hours I saw some images in one of the groups on Fbk. They said they had taken them in the last 20 mins and were going back out to shoot some more. There was only one thing for it I had to get out and try to shoot it for myself, however I had a problem, my tripod is broken. Not to be deterred I went out anyway with a solution in mind all I needed was a good site for both the Aurora and my idea to work. There are several sites in North East Scotland where I would like to shoot the Aurora, but none of them are close enough to try my plan out, so what to do? One key criteria is to get the elevation or go to the coast to get a nice big sky, well from my house there is no shortage of hills. Having found my location I set up with my camera on a strainer post (Gate post) and shutter release cable attached. 
The camera set up was ISO 1600... more »

Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights)
In the wee small hours I saw some images in one of the groups on Fbk. They said they had taken them in the last 20 mins and were going back out to shoot some more. There was only one thing for it I had to get out and try to shoot it for myself, however I had a problem, my tripod is broken. Not to be deterred I went out anyway with a solution in mind all I needed was a good site for both the Aurora and my idea to work. There are several sites in North East Scotland where I would like to shoot the Aurora, but none of them are close enough to try my plan out, so what to do? One key criteria is to get the elevation or go to the coast to get a nice big sky, well from my house there is no shortage of hills. Having found my location I set up with my camera on a strainer post (Gate post) and shutter release cable attached. 
The camera set up was ISO 1600 f.4 Shutter speed 30 sec.
I was treated to a good display of both Aurora and the Taurid Meteor Shower sadly I didn't manage to capture the latter, but still I was able to witness some very bright fireballs so bright they cast a shadows. Hopefully I will have a chance to capture the Aurora and a meteor shower again soon.___

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2015-11-03 23:15:27 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

The Mists of Time
After taking my son to work the other day I took some shots on the way home. There was a thick mist on the hill tops and some parks still have straw bales in them. When I saw the rooks in the dead tree and the mist just thinning enough to expose a ruined farm steading there was something timeless about the scene I was compelled to capture.  While the colour shots are okay I much prefer the Black & White version, maybe that was partially because of the timeless quality I felt taking the image.

#Aberdeenshire   #scotland   #agriculture   #farming   #monochrome   #blackandwhite   #strawbales   #autumn   #autumnphotography   #agriculturalphotography  

The Mists of Time
After taking my son to work the other day I took some shots on the way home. There was a thick mist on the hill tops and some parks still have straw bales in them. When I saw the rooks in the dead tree and the mist just thinning enough to expose a ruined farm steading there was something timeless about the scene I was compelled to capture.  While the colour shots are okay I much prefer the Black & White version, maybe that was partially because of the timeless quality I felt taking the image.

#Aberdeenshire   #scotland   #agriculture   #farming   #monochrome   #blackandwhite   #strawbales   #autumn   #autumnphotography   #agriculturalphotography  ___

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2015-11-01 13:48:48 (6 comments; 1 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

Important - Feedback wanted
What to do with those images that don't come up to standard? These two shots were taken last week and both were out of focus (due to motion blur), so I decided to try something new (for me) to see if I could get something I could be happy with and hopefully people might want to buy. 
Both images were taken through the same process 
in Lightroom
- Increased contrast, Increased the vibrancy & saturation, cropped & resized.
In Photoshop
Image 1
- Add Surface Blur
- Add a Texture

Image 2
- Add additional vertical Motion Blur
Do you like either image? 
Would you hang either of them on your wall?
Please leave any other feedback on these images.

Important - Feedback wanted
What to do with those images that don't come up to standard? These two shots were taken last week and both were out of focus (due to motion blur), so I decided to try something new (for me) to see if I could get something I could be happy with and hopefully people might want to buy. 
Both images were taken through the same process 
in Lightroom
- Increased contrast, Increased the vibrancy & saturation, cropped & resized.
In Photoshop
Image 1
- Add Surface Blur
- Add a Texture

Image 2
- Add additional vertical Motion Blur
Do you like either image? 
Would you hang either of them on your wall?
Please leave any other feedback on these images.___

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2015-09-05 17:42:47 (2 comments; 4 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Street Furniture
This is a first for me, I was out in a local town around late afternoon when I noticed the "Street Furniture" (posh way of saying lamp posts and other objects or pieces of equipment installed on streets for various purposes.) The sun was coming down behind one of the lamp posts and I was drawn to the hanging basket brackets with horses as ornamentation; coupled with the attractive sun-rays radiating from the lamp post.
This was when I started to beat myself up for not having my DSLR with me, then I remembered the advice I had received from some top photographers; "The best camera is the one you have with you." When that came to mind I remembered that my phone had a camera on it (a new thing for me), so I took some shots. However I wasn't impressed, but figured that some tweaking in Lightroom & Photoshop might produce a reasonable... more »

Street Furniture
This is a first for me, I was out in a local town around late afternoon when I noticed the "Street Furniture" (posh way of saying lamp posts and other objects or pieces of equipment installed on streets for various purposes.) The sun was coming down behind one of the lamp posts and I was drawn to the hanging basket brackets with horses as ornamentation; coupled with the attractive sun-rays radiating from the lamp post.
This was when I started to beat myself up for not having my DSLR with me, then I remembered the advice I had received from some top photographers; "The best camera is the one you have with you." When that came to mind I remembered that my phone had a camera on it (a new thing for me), so I took some shots. However I wasn't impressed, but figured that some tweaking in Lightroom & Photoshop might produce a reasonable image. Was I correct?

#monochrome   #monochromephotography   #phoneography   #firstphotograph   #photography   #lightroom   #photoshop   #streetphotography   #StreetFurniture  ___

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2015-09-02 02:46:42 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

I haven't shared a link to my website for a while, please take the time to take a look and tell me what you think. Many thanks.

I haven't shared a link to my website for a while, please take the time to take a look and tell me what you think. Many thanks.___I haven't shared a link to my website for a while, please take the time to take a look and tell me what you think. Many thanks.

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2015-09-02 02:37:25 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

Calrton Hill
Calton Hill is usually a location from which to photograph Edinburgh, but with it's famous collection of historic monuments, makes a great subject itself especially when back lit by the morning sun. One of the most striking is the National Monument, inspired by the Parthenon in Athens. Intended to commemorate the Scottish servicemen who died in the Napoleonic Wars, sadly never completed leaving just the twelve columns we see today.
The Nelson Monument shaped like an up-turned telescope, completed in 1816 the monument commemorates the death of Admiral Lord Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. In 1852 a time ball was added to the top to enable ships moored in the Firth of Forth to set their time-pieces accurately the Time Ball still drops at one o'clock six days a week. The City Observatory is another of the buildings located here,... more »

Calrton Hill
Calton Hill is usually a location from which to photograph Edinburgh, but with it's famous collection of historic monuments, makes a great subject itself especially when back lit by the morning sun. One of the most striking is the National Monument, inspired by the Parthenon in Athens. Intended to commemorate the Scottish servicemen who died in the Napoleonic Wars, sadly never completed leaving just the twelve columns we see today.
The Nelson Monument shaped like an up-turned telescope, completed in 1816 the monument commemorates the death of Admiral Lord Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. In 1852 a time ball was added to the top to enable ships moored in the Firth of Forth to set their time-pieces accurately the Time Ball still drops at one o'clock six days a week. The City Observatory is another of the buildings located here, a Greek temple styled building was where Professor Thomas Henderson, appointed first Astronomer Royal for Scotland in 1834, discovered how to measure parallax and the distance of the stars in this building.___

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2015-08-17 01:35:04 (1 comments; 7 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

Political Humour 

Ikke akkurat norsk, men moro læll :-) ___Political Humour 

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2015-08-10 20:51:35 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

Inchgarvie - Island or Battleship?
I took this shot with the sole purpose of writing this piece, which is why I have partially blacked the island.
Inchgarvie is one of the small, uninhabited islands in the Firth of Forth. The name comes from the Gaelic Innis Garbhach which means "rough island"; part of the island has four caissons that make up part of the foundations for the Forth Bridge.
Inchgarvie’s fortifications pre-date the modern period, but they were created with the same objective in mind. In the days when boats were the only way to cross the Firth of Forth, the island was on the main route between North Queensferry in Fife and South Queensferry in Lothian. Making it really strategically important so with a fair amount of guile and subterfuge buildings were built on Inchgarvie with the express purpose of making the island look like a warship (as seeni... more »

Inchgarvie - Island or Battleship?
I took this shot with the sole purpose of writing this piece, which is why I have partially blacked the island.
Inchgarvie is one of the small, uninhabited islands in the Firth of Forth. The name comes from the Gaelic Innis Garbhach which means "rough island"; part of the island has four caissons that make up part of the foundations for the Forth Bridge.
Inchgarvie’s fortifications pre-date the modern period, but they were created with the same objective in mind. In the days when boats were the only way to cross the Firth of Forth, the island was on the main route between North Queensferry in Fife and South Queensferry in Lothian. Making it really strategically important so with a fair amount of guile and subterfuge buildings were built on Inchgarvie with the express purpose of making the island look like a warship (as seen in the blacked out part of the image). The island has been used as a defensive installation since the early part of the 16th century, right up till the middle of the 20th century..
The island became of renewed importance to the security of the Firth of Forth during the First and Second World Wars, during which, in combination with the fortifications on Inchcolm (another Island in the Firth), and gun emplacements on the mainland to the north (at North Queensferry) and to the south (at Dalmeny), it became a primary defense against air and submarine attacks on the Forth Bridge and the Rosyth Dockyard. The gun emplacements were permanently manned throughout war.

#ForthBridge   #Scotland   #island   #defense   #history   #wwii   #worldwar1   #worldwarii   #wwI   #worldwar2   #uk   #FirthOfForth  ___

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2015-08-07 22:37:27 (3 comments; 3 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

HDR - St.Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh

St Giles’ architecture is built in the Gothic style, basically fourteenth century with many alterations. The most notable external feature of the cathedral is the Crown Spire erected in 1495 a feature which was copied across Scotland. Although there is record of a parish church in Edinburgh by the year 854 that would have been a very modest building. St Giles’ was founded in the 1120s when the Scottish royal family, the sons of Queen (Saint) Margaret and King Malcolm Canmore, especially David I (1124-1153) made strenuous efforts to spread Catholic Christian worship throughout the Scottish lowlands.

At the time of the reformation, John Knox led the Lords of the Congregation into Edinburgh c.1559 and was elected minister of Edinburgh. Knox played a principal role in establishing the styles of worship and administration thatwere... more »

HDR - St.Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh

St Giles’ architecture is built in the Gothic style, basically fourteenth century with many alterations. The most notable external feature of the cathedral is the Crown Spire erected in 1495 a feature which was copied across Scotland. Although there is record of a parish church in Edinburgh by the year 854 that would have been a very modest building. St Giles’ was founded in the 1120s when the Scottish royal family, the sons of Queen (Saint) Margaret and King Malcolm Canmore, especially David I (1124-1153) made strenuous efforts to spread Catholic Christian worship throughout the Scottish lowlands.

At the time of the reformation, John Knox led the Lords of the Congregation into Edinburgh c.1559 and was elected minister of Edinburgh. Knox played a principal role in establishing the styles of worship and administration that were to be accepted throughout the country. Knox served as Minister at St Giles’ until 1572. Although it is commonly assumed that St Giles’ and most other Scottish churches were “cleansed” by riots, there is little evidence to support this. Burgh records show that it took over a year to convert St Giles’ for Reformed worship. The building was not looted, and few if any windows were destroyed immediately. The Reformers partitioned the interior of St Giles’, dividing the congregation of Edinburgh and allowing the building to be used for a wide range of purposes. During the next 300 years the building housed a police station, a fire station, a school and a coal store. The Scottish guillotine, the “Maiden”, was housed in the church, and in one corner was a prison used for “harlots and whores”. The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland met in the building, as did the Parliament and the Town Council

#edinburgh   #scotland   #church   #churches   #churchphotography   #kirk   #cathedral   #christianity   #history   #reformation   #architecture   #architecturephotography   #hdr   #hdrphotography   #hdrphoto   #building  ___

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2015-07-29 01:38:45 (0 comments; 12 reshares; 29 +1s; )Open 

The Iconic Forth Bridge
Recognised by UNESCO inscribed the bridge as a World Heritage Site on 5 July 2015, recognising it as
"an extraordinary and impressive milestone in bridge design and construction during the period when railways came to dominate long-distance land travel."  
The sixth World Heritage Site to be inscribed in Scotland.

The Forth Bridge is a cantilever railway bridge over the Firth of Forth has a total length of 8,296 feet (2,528.7 m) designed by the Engineers Sir John Fowler and Sir Benjamin Baker.  The longest single cantilever bridge span in the world until 1917 and remains the second longest today. 

Construction of the bridge began in 1882 and it was opened on 4 March 1890 by the Prince of Wales. At its peak, approximately 4,600 workers were employed on its construction. Wilhelm Westhofenre... more »

The Iconic Forth Bridge
Recognised by UNESCO inscribed the bridge as a World Heritage Site on 5 July 2015, recognising it as
"an extraordinary and impressive milestone in bridge design and construction during the period when railways came to dominate long-distance land travel."  
The sixth World Heritage Site to be inscribed in Scotland.

The Forth Bridge is a cantilever railway bridge over the Firth of Forth has a total length of 8,296 feet (2,528.7 m) designed by the Engineers Sir John Fowler and Sir Benjamin Baker.  The longest single cantilever bridge span in the world until 1917 and remains the second longest today. 

Construction of the bridge began in 1882 and it was opened on 4 March 1890 by the Prince of Wales. At its peak, approximately 4,600 workers were employed on its construction. Wilhelm Westhofen recorded in 1890 that 57 lives were lost during construction; but in 2005 the Forth Bridge Memorial Committee and a team of local historians set out to name all those who died. As of 2009, 73 deaths have been connected with the construction of the bridge and its immediate aftermath. Of the 73 recorded deaths, 38 were as a result of falling, 9 of being crushed, 9 drowned, 8 struck by a falling object, 3 died in a fire in a bothy, 1 of caisson disease, and the cause of five deaths is unknown.

There are plans for a visitors centre to the bridge, which would include a viewing platform on top of the North Queensferry side or a  bridge climbing experience to the South Queensferry side, which should be worth a visit. 

#ForthBridge   #FirthOfForth   #edinburgh   #scotland   #unesco   #bridge   #bridgephotography   #hdrphoto   #hdrphotography   #hdr   #worldheritage   #iconic   #AndyStuArt   +Frank Garufi Jr. +Scott Fritz +Ron Jackson +Boris Gorelik +Shefali Burns +Eileen A. McAllister +Elaine Lindsay +Robert Redl +Steven Rennie +Andy Gray +Olivier Du Tré +Rodney Pike ___

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2015-07-28 13:39:47 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

West Wemyss Tolbooth is of the 18th century, today a badly eroded panel with the family coat of arms states that the Tolbooth was erected
"for the cribbing of vice and service to crown by David, 4th Earl of Wemyss [1628-1720]."

For this purpose it had "prison" cells at ground floor with entrances in the pend which have since been sealed. The tower was converted from a pigeon loft to clock tower in 1901, on top of the tower is a gold weathervane depicting a swan, the Wemyss family symbol.

Locals once referred to the 16th century port and village of West Wemyss as the "Haven Town of Wemyss" and were proud of its status as a burgh of barony, granted by King James IV in 1511. Initially its economy was based on salt-making though it had a harbour by 1621. In the 19th century, the town became dominated by the coal industry.

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West Wemyss Tolbooth is of the 18th century, today a badly eroded panel with the family coat of arms states that the Tolbooth was erected
"for the cribbing of vice and service to crown by David, 4th Earl of Wemyss [1628-1720]."

For this purpose it had "prison" cells at ground floor with entrances in the pend which have since been sealed. The tower was converted from a pigeon loft to clock tower in 1901, on top of the tower is a gold weathervane depicting a swan, the Wemyss family symbol.

Locals once referred to the 16th century port and village of West Wemyss as the "Haven Town of Wemyss" and were proud of its status as a burgh of barony, granted by King James IV in 1511. Initially its economy was based on salt-making though it had a harbour by 1621. In the 19th century, the town became dominated by the coal industry.

#Tolbooth   #WestWemyss   #Fife   #scotland   #historic   #building   #traditional   #architecture   #clocktower   #civicbuilding   #urbanphotography   #urban   #history  ___

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2015-07-27 07:52:20 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Check out YouPic it's a really good photography website

Check out YouPic it's a really good photography website___

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2015-07-25 01:45:49 (0 comments; 8 reshares; 19 +1s; )Open 

Stirling Castle
The magnificent imposing historic citadel stands high above the Central Belt of Scotland a strong defensive position. Its strategic location, guarding the furthest downstream crossing of the River Forth, until the Forth Bridge was completed in the 1890s, made it an important fortification from the earliest times. This stronghold was considered so important that it was seen as the Key to Scotland, whoever held Stirling controlled Scotland. As a result the Castle was besieged many times one such siege led to the Battle of Bannockburn when Edward Bruce, Earl of Carrick, King Robert's younger brother, agreed with the English Commander Sir Philip Mowbray that the English had to relieve him with a year or he'd surrender the castle. The castle towers over some of the most important battlefields of Scotland’s past including Stirling Bridge, the site of William Wallace’svic... more »

Stirling Castle
The magnificent imposing historic citadel stands high above the Central Belt of Scotland a strong defensive position. Its strategic location, guarding the furthest downstream crossing of the River Forth, until the Forth Bridge was completed in the 1890s, made it an important fortification from the earliest times. This stronghold was considered so important that it was seen as the Key to Scotland, whoever held Stirling controlled Scotland. As a result the Castle was besieged many times one such siege led to the Battle of Bannockburn when Edward Bruce, Earl of Carrick, King Robert's younger brother, agreed with the English Commander Sir Philip Mowbray that the English had to relieve him with a year or he'd surrender the castle. The castle towers over some of the most important battlefields of Scotland’s past including Stirling Bridge, the site of William Wallace’s victory over the English in 1297, and Bannockburn where Robert the Bruce defeated the English in the summer of 1314.

#StirlingCastle   #Stirling   #Stirlingshire   #Scotland   #castle   #historical   #historic   #HistoricScotland   #history   #ScottishWarsOfIndependence   #WilliamWallace   #RobertTheBruce   #Edward_I   #BattleOfBannockburn   #BattleOfStirlingBridge   #ScottishIndependence  
#trees   #photography   #landscapephotography  ___

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2015-07-18 21:58:16 (0 comments; 9 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

Loch Lomond
Taken during a recent trip to the open days of the Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh with my eldest daughter.  We stayed overnight before and after the open days, which gave me some spare time for a spot of photography. This was my first visit to the Bonny Banks and I can't wait to go back the photo opportunities there are truly endless.

Some Basic Information About Loch Lomond
The beauty of this area is well known having been immortalised in song and as part of Scotland's oldest National Park, the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Loch Lomond is the largest, by area, freshwater loch in Britain, being 24 miles long, between 5 miles and 3/4 of a mile wide to a depth of up to 620 feet (190m). Lying on the Highland Boundary Fault, which is the boundary between the Lowlands of Central Scotland and the Highlands. Historically the Loch... more »

Loch Lomond
Taken during a recent trip to the open days of the Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh with my eldest daughter.  We stayed overnight before and after the open days, which gave me some spare time for a spot of photography. This was my first visit to the Bonny Banks and I can't wait to go back the photo opportunities there are truly endless.

Some Basic Information About Loch Lomond
The beauty of this area is well known having been immortalised in song and as part of Scotland's oldest National Park, the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Loch Lomond is the largest, by area, freshwater loch in Britain, being 24 miles long, between 5 miles and 3/4 of a mile wide to a depth of up to 620 feet (190m). Lying on the Highland Boundary Fault, which is the boundary between the Lowlands of Central Scotland and the Highlands. Historically the Loch formed part of the boundary between Stirling Shire and Dunbarton Shire. Currently the loch is split between the council areas of Stirling, Argyll and Bute, and West Dunbarton Shire. Its southern shores are about 14 miles north of Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city making it a very popular location for people who want to enjoy the loch both on and off the water. The National Park Authority have tried to achieve a balance between land-based tourists and loch users.

#Loch_Lomond   #scotland   #landscapephotography   #landscape   #landscapephoto   #photography   #Scotland_photography  ___

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2015-07-16 15:02:17 (1 comments; 10 reshares; 27 +1s; )Open 

Light Hill
Evening spring sun peeks through the cloud to floodlight a small hill with two wind turbines and a couple of rows of mature beech trees. This scene is overlooked by a shaded Foundland hill under a battleship grey sky.
#Scotland   #Aberdeenshire   #Foundland   #landscape   #landscapephotography   #landscapephoto   #photography   #photographer   #weeee  

Light Hill
Evening spring sun peeks through the cloud to floodlight a small hill with two wind turbines and a couple of rows of mature beech trees. This scene is overlooked by a shaded Foundland hill under a battleship grey sky.
#Scotland   #Aberdeenshire   #Foundland   #landscape   #landscapephotography   #landscapephoto   #photography   #photographer   #weeee  ___

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2015-07-11 20:17:51 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Check out this site there is some great photography there.

Check out this site there is some great photography there.___

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2015-04-05 22:40:02 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

This is sooo Cool, but how?

This is sooo Cool, but how?___

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2015-04-02 23:59:06 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

The Daily Record poll on who won the Leaders debate, current standings:
Nicola Sturgeon  72.7% 
Ed Miliband          14.3%
David Cameron     6.5%
Nigel Farage          3.9%
Natalie Bennett     1.3%
Leanne Wood        1.3%
Nick Clegg             0.0%

The good news for the SNP continues:
During the debate the SNP received  over 1,600 application for membership and across social media people in England are asking the SNP to field candidates across the UK because they want to vote SNP!!

#GE15   #VoteSNP   #leadersdebate   #bbcqt  

The Daily Record poll on who won the Leaders debate, current standings:
Nicola Sturgeon  72.7% 
Ed Miliband          14.3%
David Cameron     6.5%
Nigel Farage          3.9%
Natalie Bennett     1.3%
Leanne Wood        1.3%
Nick Clegg             0.0%

The good news for the SNP continues:
During the debate the SNP received  over 1,600 application for membership and across social media people in England are asking the SNP to field candidates across the UK because they want to vote SNP!!

#GE15   #VoteSNP   #leadersdebate   #bbcqt  ___

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2015-03-28 22:41:13 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Great news for Scotland.
#GE15   #VoteSNP  

#GE15 #VoteSNP___Great news for Scotland.
#GE15   #VoteSNP  

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2015-03-27 23:49:07 (3 comments; 4 reshares; 21 +1s; )Open 

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2015-03-27 23:45:18 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

The work of my good friend +Rodney Pike if you don't follow him already - what are you waiting for?

Recent Interview
http://blog.flyrice.com/post/114660124263/rodney-pike-artist-interview___The work of my good friend +Rodney Pike if you don't follow him already - what are you waiting for?

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2015-03-25 18:52:43 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Please drop in to my 500px account, to rate and comment on this image, others to if you so wish.  Many thanks.
  

Please drop in to my 500px account, to rate and comment on this image, others to if you so wish.  Many thanks.
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2015-03-21 23:12:36 (3 comments; 7 reshares; 31 +1s; )Open 

Corgarff Castle & The Solar Eclipse
Under the partial solar eclipse on 20th March 2015, this scene made me wonder how many people have witnessed this scene throughout history. It was a wild and woolly morning which just served to highlight the bleak, stark, uncompromising and austere setting of this formidable small castle.

Corgarff Castle is located in Aberdeenshire, Scotland and is within the boundaries of Cairngorm National Park, one of only two in Scotland. This Historic Scotland Property is open to the public between 1 April - 30 September - 7 days a week between 9:30am - 5:30pm.

Corgarff’s story is really two stories. The first takes us from the middle of the 16th century, when the tower was built, through to the close of the 17th century, when it was abandoned. This was the castle’s heyday, when it served as the impressive fortified home of theFor... more »

Corgarff Castle & The Solar Eclipse
Under the partial solar eclipse on 20th March 2015, this scene made me wonder how many people have witnessed this scene throughout history. It was a wild and woolly morning which just served to highlight the bleak, stark, uncompromising and austere setting of this formidable small castle.

Corgarff Castle is located in Aberdeenshire, Scotland and is within the boundaries of Cairngorm National Park, one of only two in Scotland. This Historic Scotland Property is open to the public between 1 April - 30 September - 7 days a week between 9:30am - 5:30pm.

Corgarff’s story is really two stories. The first takes us from the middle of the 16th century, when the tower was built, through to the close of the 17th century, when it was abandoned. This was the castle’s heyday, when it served as the impressive fortified home of the Forbeses of Corgarff.

The second story takes us from the mid-18th century, when the tower was turned into soldiers’ barracks, through to 1831, when the army abandoned it. For those 95 years, the redcoats in the old tower patrolled Strathdon, hunting down Jacobite sympathisers. Latterly they helped the excisemen stamp out the illegal production and smuggling of whisky.  The arrival of the redcoats after the Battle of Culloden in 1746 resulted in the tower house being gutted internally and transformed into soldiers’ barracks. The high stone-vaulted ceiling of the old hall was removed and an extra timber floor inserted, thereby providing accommodation for the commanding officer, three non-commissioned officers and up to 42 men. Outside, the courtyard buildings and surrounding wall were demolished. They were replaced with two single-storey pavilions and the star-shaped wall, equipped with musket-loops, that gives Corgarff its unrivalled appearance.___

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2015-03-08 02:12:13 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

Don't be surprised to see a coalition between Labour and the Tories to lessen the power of the SNP ironically that could make them the Official Opposition. The paranoia is that high in England that this is a serious possibility in the event of a hung parliament especially if the Libdem vote collapses in the way that has been predicted. Interesting times #voteSNP #GE15

Don't be surprised to see a coalition between Labour and the Tories to lessen the power of the SNP ironically that could make them the Official Opposition. The paranoia is that high in England that this is a serious possibility in the event of a hung parliament especially if the Libdem vote collapses in the way that has been predicted. Interesting times #voteSNP #GE15___

2014-12-25 12:37:14 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

 Merry Christmas to all 

 Merry Christmas to all ___

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2014-12-21 07:39:34 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Caught out again - People are Worse off on zero hours contracts than unemployed.

Caught out again - People are Worse off on zero hours contracts than unemployed.___

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2014-12-17 06:14:16 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

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2014-12-12 11:07:31 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Cameron following the same, if slightly more sanitised, policies  as the Third Reich the irony  of this image is striking.

"Arbeit macht frei" translates as "Work makes you free," not with this UK government, with record levels of in work poor, a dramatic rise in Food Bank referrals (up over 400% in the last 12 months) and in an energy rich country people are going cold (some will undoubtedly die as a result).  People who are sick, disabled, or belonged to a foreign race are deprived of their human rights (they will scrap the Human Rights Bill if re-elected), the sick or disabled are subjected to a humiliating test intended to deprive them of the financial support they need to survive and immigrants are depicted as a threat to the British way of life and the livelihoods of the indigenous population (despite the opposite being true).

Cameron following the same, if slightly more sanitised, policies  as the Third Reich the irony  of this image is striking.

"Arbeit macht frei" translates as "Work makes you free," not with this UK government, with record levels of in work poor, a dramatic rise in Food Bank referrals (up over 400% in the last 12 months) and in an energy rich country people are going cold (some will undoubtedly die as a result).  People who are sick, disabled, or belonged to a foreign race are deprived of their human rights (they will scrap the Human Rights Bill if re-elected), the sick or disabled are subjected to a humiliating test intended to deprive them of the financial support they need to survive and immigrants are depicted as a threat to the British way of life and the livelihoods of the indigenous population (despite the opposite being true).___

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2014-11-22 01:13:33 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

This is of serious concern to all in Western Europe.

This is of serious concern to all in Western Europe.___

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