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Mike F Shaw has been at 4 events

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Lotus Carroll1,771,286This is the Event for our October Self Portrait Challenge: Your Greatest Fear. We figured we'd go beyond just a general "Halloween" theme, but still keep the "fright factor" alive. So show us something that absolutely terrifies you!Here is where you enter your ONE Self Portrait with a "Greatest Fear" theme. Your photo must have been captured during this month. This Event remains open until 11:59 CST October 31st, so you have until then to create and enter your best photo from this month. (The dates on the Event are truncated, but you can submit a photo anytime, all month long.) Please read all rules (scroll down). Not adhering to rules will get you disqualified.InspirationModerators of the Art of Self Portraiture Community are not eligible to win, but we'll be putting our photos into the Event in the hopes that you'll be inspired. If you have questions or need help, please pop into the Community http://goo.gl/M7XTQ and ask away! We have categories for questions and discussion and are happy to help with anything. Prizes+Think Tank Photo Blue City Walker 20 http://goo.gl/LbDMIy$150 Gift Certificate for +BorrowLenses.com http://www.borrowlenses.com+500px 1 Year Awesome Account+Capturing Couture Discontinued Strap http://www.capturingcouture.com/collections/the-sale-rack1 Year of +SmugMug Basic http://www.smugmug.com/photos/photo-sharing-featuresPlease circle these sponsors - we love their products and services and it's great that they support our learning and growing together. Having them circled is a requirement to be a winner. :)There will be 5 winners. 1st place winner seOctober Self Portrait Challenge: Your Greatest Fear2014-10-29 06:00:0096 
Lotus Carroll1,771,286This is the Event for our January Self Portrait Challenge: New Beginnings! What is meant by this? It's up to you to interpret. I know that many of us think about what we want the next year to be like (even if you don't make resolutions) and this seems like a great way to express what's been on our minds in that sense. You can interpret this way, or any other way that makes sense to you. We're looking forward to what your creative minds will come up with!Here is where you enter your ONE Self Portrait with a "New Beginnings" theme. Your photo must have been captured any time during this month. This Event remains open until 11:59 CST January 31st, so you have until then to create and enter your best photo from this month. You have about two weeks left to complete this task if you don't already have a qualifying photo that you took this month - you can do it! Please read all rules (scroll down). Not adhering to rules will get you disqualified.InspirationModerators of the Art of Self Portraiture Community are not eligible to win, but we'll be putting our photos into the Event in the hopes that you'll be inspired. If you have questions or need help, please pop into the Community http://goo.gl/M7XTQ and ask away! We have categories for questions and discussion and are happy to help with anything. Prizes$150 Gift Certificate for +BorrowLenses.com http://www.borrowlenses.com1 Year Awesome Account at +500px http://goo.gl/CCrBlS +Think Tank Photo Mirrorless Mover 10 Bag http://goo.gl/Z4h0INPlease circle these sponsors - they make these prizes possible, so having them circled is a requirement to be a winner.There will be 3 winners. 1st place winner selects choice of 3 prizes. 2nd place selects choice of 2 remaining prizes. 3rd place receives the remaining prize. Winners must respond within 24 hours of being contacted or new winners will be chosen.At the end of the month, the Owners and Moderators of The Art of Self Portraiture Community will vote on the submissions and choose 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place winners. Please note that this is subjective (art always is!) and sJanuary Self Portrait Challenge: New Beginnings2014-01-01 07:00:00138 
Lotus Carroll1,771,286This is the Event for our September 2013 Self Portrait Challenge: A Great Cell Phone Photo. Just because you use a cell phone doesn't mean your self portrait has to be of the "facebook style" mobile or reflection variety. That little guy has a camera inside it, so treat it like one!Here is where you enter your ONE Self Portrait using only a cell phone to capture and process (no computer software post processing!). Your photo must have been captured this month. This Event remains open until 11:59 CST September 30th, so you have until then to create and enter your best photo from this month. Please read all rules (scroll down). Not adhering to rules will get you disqualified.Tutorial & TipsNeed some tips and inspiration for this challenge? Have no fear! That's why we're here. :) The amazing +Mark Rodriguez made a tutorial about shooting cell phone photos to get you inspired - see it here: http://goo.gl/z3IZ23 He also posted a video of his process - see it here: http://goo.gl/vzcRHLRemember these Do's and Don'ts to get the best photo:*DO take the time to set up your shot thoughtfully.*DO invest time and effort and try more than once to get it right.*DO make sure your lens is clean.*DO take your photo in adequate light so it's not grainy, blurry, or dark.*DO put the cell phone down and use a timer - stop taking all your photos by holding the phone and pointing at yourself or a mirror.*DO try different angles for the best composition.*DO read the posts in our Tutorials Category and try the concepts and ideas you learn from them: http://goo.gl/uSUULE *DO try different apps and see what works best for you.*DO be aware of your background! It makes a huge difference! Is there junk in the room behind you? If yes, it's not a good place to shoot. ETC.*DO NOT just slap a filter or cheesy effect on and call it a day - take the time to try different edits and pay attention to the elements of your photo. *DO NOT point your phone at a mirror and take a reflection photo where we can see your phone.*DO NOT have your arms in the photo as you're holding the phone out in front of or above you.*DO NOT duckface.*DO NOT showcase your cleavage as the main subject.Here's a list of Photo Apps you can try out:SnapseedVSCOcamRetouch (cloning tool!)Camera+Camera!PhotoStudioPixlr ExpressAviaryInsPhotoPrizes1 Year of +September Self Portrait Challenge: A Great Cell Phone Photo2013-09-01 07:00:00180 
Trey Ratcliff7,957,091A special all-Europe show!  We switched around the time of the show for this special event!  Joining today are +Mike Shaw, +Athena Carey, +Thomas Leuthard, +Ugo Cei,  +Serge Ramelli.  Thank you to +Dave Veffer  for setting everything up!  You can watch live here, or you can ask questions live over at http://www.StuckInCustoms.com -- see you soon!Trey's Variety Hour #59- All European Show - Special Euro Time! (8 PM London Time, not that the UK uses the Euro or anything...)2012-11-25 21:00:00254 

Mike F Shaw has been shared in 887 public circles

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sirilus kristiyo ami joyo0This is a shared circle of people that help G+ to grow.Share and be shared.*If you like this Circle, please share this post and Circle.If you want to be in the next circle, share this circle and post a comment here!*2014-11-24 15:20:25493001
Robert Connor24,820This is a shared circle of people that help G+ to grow.Share and be shared.*If you like this Circle, please share this post and Circle.If you want to be in the next circle, share this circle and post a comment here!*#circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlequeen 2014-11-24 11:21:22492113
Neil Bailey1,661This circle contains people who really are interesting and active people on Google Plus.Grow your G+ community with people that share amazing content that will surprise you:*If you received the notice you are in this circle, then well done.If you would like to be included in the next Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles (If you haven't already)2 - Share the circle (Publicly) - (cc) me in the comments on the share and I can add you to the next circle immediately.  Otherwise I may not notice your activity!3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.5 - Add the circle or just check it out.Follow your dreams, Share and Be Shared.More you share more you get! :)Thanks!*#Circle #Sharers #Engagers #Followers #AddCircle #CoolPeople #Influencers #CircleShare #PublicCircle #ShareCircles #CircleSharing #Awesomepeople #CircleOfTheDay #ShareAndBeShared #ConnectingTheWorld2014-11-24 08:02:45494435
Sharon Caroline3,279Hello my friends, good morning/evening for you all!Boost Your visibility On Google+! Add them all!Shared and be shared. :)Thank you for sharing and promoting this. :)Circle by : http://informasidoang.blogspot.com/#circleshare #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedcircleoftheday2014-11-24 07:36:37501000
OneCatADay - Photo Theme Page5,8861st  OneCatADay Supporter's CircleToday I want to say a big THANK YOU to 300 cat loving people and/or gifted photographers who took outstanding cat photographs and thus have been shared at the +OneCatADay - Photo Theme Page !Cats are said to lower blood pressure and to alleviate stress - that's why #onecatadaykeepsthedoctoraway  ! ;))So, this page wants to provide you with your daily dose of feline photographs to make you smile and feel comfortable :DIf you like to connect to other cat people, don't miss the famous Cat Circle shared weekly by +Simona AN. You can find the latest version here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/103253155729844034205/posts/UPkXez9cwuvIf you want to be included or excluded here - just let me know ;)I'm looking forward to many more p-awesome cat photographs from you and I'd be happy if you'd spread the word to get even more people enjoying and participating in the +OneCatADay - Photo Theme Page !Have a purrfect sunday and a great start into your new week! =^..^= #circleshare   #circles   #circleoftheday   #circleoftheweek   #publiccircle   #publiccirclesproject   #circlesharing   #circle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #circlecount   #catlovers   #catphotography   #catphotos   #felines   #animalphotography  2014-11-23 17:45:423016014
Gert Jan Hermus41,415I am happy to share this great circle of talented and interactive photographers with you.Add them to your own circles and experience the inspiration of these people! #circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing  2014-11-21 15:42:12214241336
Project Bolony1,618Rules are simple:1. SHARE this circle share Post PUBLICLY to your stream.2. Make sure you PLUS and COMMENT the ORIGINAL POST for me to see it.3. ADD this circle to your circles4. INCLUDE ME in YOUR circle and SHARE#sharedcircle       #awesomepeople   #circleshare     #circlesharing     #publiccircle   #circleshared 2014-11-20 22:29:55419000
Kenneth Nicholson9,401This circle contains people who are very active on Google+If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#CircleShare #Belize   #Nicaragua  2014-11-19 07:16:554086414
Noah Wesley10,754This is a public circle of Photographers and Photography loversTo increase your chances of inclusion in future circles please leave a comment when sharing the circle. If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include +ORIGINAL AUTHENTIC PHOTOGRAPHERS  • Comment on this post#circle #publiccircle #Liechtenstein #sharedcircles #sharedcircle #morefollowers #sharingcircles #circleshare #circlesharing2014-11-18 07:17:52411112
Ryan Johnson18,123Active users on Google+. Circle Share If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles  #sharedcircle #AddCircle #FindCircles #addcircle  #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery #circleshare #circlesharing  #publiccircle   #publicsharedcircles2014-11-14 11:49:16496215
Dubie Bacino112,659Inspiring on Google+ Curated by +Dubie Bacino (13th Edition)>> Let's connect on Tsu! https://www.tsu.co/opajdara << This is the circle I go to when I find myself in need of beauty and inspiration. It's made mainly of photographers, but also other people who I find post intriguing, provoking, and inspiring content. This is a very colorful group. One thing they have in common, besides me, is inspiring content that will enhance your Google+ experience. -----------------------------------------When it comes to #CircleSharing, my practice is to share only two of my circles every month:  - ENGAGERS: this is a way of saying thank you to those who have interacted with me in some way (either by plussing, commenting, and/or sharing my posts, or by participating in my communities), and- INSPIRING: mainly photographers, but also other people who I find post original and interesting content.To get into my circles is real simple: either engage with my posts, or keep sharing quality content. If you want me to notice you, be active in one or all of my communities (see below).-----------------------------------------To connect with me -@Opajdara, the best place is my xeeme page: http://xeeme.com/opajdara or http://www.opajdara.com/ -----------------------------------------If you are on #TSU , connect with me: https://www.tsu.co/opajdara. If not, check it out, it's the new social network that pays you revenue for your online activity! -----------------------------------------MY PAGES AND COMMUNITIES(Feel free to join if any of the topics interest you)MOON PHOTOGRAPHYTake a look at +Moonipulations, it's the place for all Moon lovers. Here you will find not only the photoshopped pics as the name indicates, but also the most beautiful moonscapes. If you want to jump in and share your photos,  join Moonipulations community: http://bit.ly/194vpSNROAD PHOTOGRAPHYThis is something I really love, to see an open road in front of me. If you feel the same, come join us and share your most beautiful road pics here: http://bit.ly/18rY1cnAERIAL PHOTOGRAPHYA place for those of us who like to see how earth looks from the sky. A refreshing change of perspective. Take a look for yourself: http://bit.ly/1mOSZA7MOTION PHOTOGRAPHYLook at the world around you - it's in constant motion. Stop for a moment and take a shot of it, then share it with us here:  http://bit.ly/1fI9xGqSHADOW PHOTOGRAPHYVisit the showcase of beautiful and creative shadow photography. Shadows can add a lot to a photograph. They can emphasize emotions, create surreal images, and be used in a variety of ways. If you are interested in exploring this fascinating interaction of darkness and light, please join us: http://bit.ly/16tts8kRAIN PHOTOGRAPHYBad weather can give us some of the most beautif2014-11-13 14:53:524495758129
John Hannah4,387Circle share with new friendsHi friends follow this circle1 - Include me in your circles2 - Share the circle (Publicly)3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!#circles #shared #share #add #friends #circle #share #sharecircle #Ohio  #circlesharing #fullcircleshare #topsharedcircle  #circleoftheday  #sharedcircle   #topsharedcircle  #socialmedia #SEO #socialmediamarketing2014-11-12 11:16:253067610
Tekno Video Blog28#sharedcircle     #publiccircleshare       #circleshare     #circleoftheday     #circleshares       #circlesharing     #circlesshare       #publicsharedcircle     #publicsharedcircles   #sharedcircleoftheday     #sharedcircleoftheweek     #sharedcircles       #sharedpubliccircle   #todayspublicsharedcircle     #todayssharedcircle       #publiccircle       #circle       #circles       #awesome     #awesomeness     #awesomepeople     #shareyourcircle       #bestengagers     #followers     #followback       #awesomecircles       #topsharedcircle       #topsharedcircle       #myseoissocial       #besocial       #socializethesocial       #trust     #circles     #sharedcircle       #followers         #social       2014-11-09 21:42:08500000
Tekno Video Blog28#Magic  #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circles   #circledaily   #circlesdiscovery   #socialmediamarketing   #share   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #ADD   #add   #engaged   #engagement   #engagementring  2014-11-09 21:35:09500000
Ankit Gajjar1,967Awesome Photography Circle Share - Add yourself and pass it on...Note this circle share post will be deleted with in 24hrs.2014-11-08 13:35:50461001
Sharon Caroline1,785Hello my friends, good morning/evening for you all!Boost Your visibility On Google+!Shared and be shared. :)Thank you for sharing and promoting this.#circleshare #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedcircleoftheday2014-11-08 08:36:19497000
Tekno Video Blog0+Circle Magic  #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circles   #circledaily   #circlesdiscovery   #socialmediamarketing   #share   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #ADD   #add   #engaged   #engagement   #engagementring  2014-11-08 01:30:18500000
Tekno Video Blog0+Circle Magic  #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circles   #circledaily   #circlesdiscovery   #socialmediamarketing   #share   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #ADD   #add   #engaged   #engagement   #engagementring  2014-11-07 19:06:28496011
Gregory Snow31,416This is my first shared circle if you want to be included or removed leave me a message in the comments. 2014-11-04 23:56:14495001
Rosie Taylor12,301#6                        •-::-•:*:•-:¦:  Circle Share 146  :¦:-•:*:•.::-•                 •-::-•:*:•-:¦: Fall Share and Be Shared :¦:-•:*:•.::-•      •-::-•:*:•-:¦:  If you want to be shared in this circle  :¦:-•:*:•.::-• •-::-•:*:•-:¦:  Just share it and I will keep you in this circle  :¦:-•:*:•.::-•        •-::-•:*:•-:¦:  Boost your visibility on Google+  :¦:-•:*:•.::-•                       •-::-•:*:•-:¦:  Share the circle!  :¦:-•:*:•.::-•This circle contains people who really are interesting and active people on Google Plus.Grow your G+ community with people that share amazing content that will surprise you:If you received the notice you are in this circle, then well done.If you would like to be included in the next Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles 3 - Share the circle (Publicly) 4 - Add +1 to the post 5 - Follow  your dreams and smile to life.More you share More you get! :)I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!#circles #shared #share #add #friends #circle #share #sharecircle #circleshar2014-11-03 02:12:49436000
Gert Jan Hermus39,387You are in this circle I guess ;-)Check out one of my circles of photographers, bloggers, interactive followers and engagers!These people are very active on my time line. I appreciate that (and them) very much! :-)(Reshare this one for the best result ;-)#circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circles   #circleoftheday     #sundaycircle     #reshare   #12strbl2014-11-01 18:30:4037418630
JITS Jasa Penerjemah Resmi dan Tersumpah34Cara Menambah Follower Google Plus Indonesia Pengen Punya banyak Follower di Google plus, coba ikut Share Circle khusus Indonesia ini yuk.Dengan Share CIrcle kita akan dapat banyak teman dan nantinya tentu akan banyak juga yang follow akun google plus kita.Kalau kamu pengen banyakfollower google plus ii cara mudah untuk dapat Follower Google plus.Syaratnya1. Follow Kami2. Beri Plus dan Share public status ini4. Add seluruh orang yang ada di Lingkaran ini5. Berikan Komentar di bawah status ini agar dengan mudah dapat kami masukkan kamu dalam lingkaran.6. Pastikan kamu memberikan plus, reshare dan komentar di postingan asli di https://plus.google.com/b/103813820956570532442/2014-11-01 08:10:03449000
Gailen Mapes70,233Hand Picked Photographers Circles - "Unknown or Other" Camera S-U - 30 of 31NOTE: October 31 will be my last circle share.  I will be taking down my profile this weekend.Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members. These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity). Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to October 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting September 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles  #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes .   Thanks for your cooperation.2014-10-30 10:40:46201002
Penerjemah Tersumpah0Cara Menambah Follower Google Plus Indonesia Pengen Punya banyak Follower di Google plus, coba ikut Share Circle khusus Indonesia ini yuk.Dengan Share CIrcle kita akan dapat banyak teman dan nantinya tentu akan banyak juga yang follow akun google plus kita.Kalau kamu pengen banyakfollower google plus ii cara mudah untuk dapat Follower Google plus.Syaratnya1. Follow Kami2. Beri Plus dan Share public status ini4. Add seluruh orang yang ada di Lingkaran ini5. Berikan Komentar di bawah status ini agar dengan mudah dapat kami masukkan kamu dalam lingkaran.6. Pastikan kamu memberikan plus, reshare dan komentar di postingan asli di https://plus.google.com/b/103813820956570532442/2014-10-30 01:55:18449001
John Sean2,728This circle contains people who are very active on Google+If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia 2014-10-27 13:09:58389003
Michael Junghans10,859A big thank you. Great to be connected with you :-)Please share | +#sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #circleshare   #circlesharing   #teamelite   #teamelitecircle   #teameliteengagercircle    #sharedcircle #cerchiacondivisa   #condividicerchia   #cerchiadiitaliani   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle   #circleshare  #bosmol #BosmolCircle   #GrowthCIrcle     #GooglePlus   #CircleShare   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircles   #circlesharing   #circleshared   #publiccirclesproject   #publicsharedcircles   #circleoftheday   #google   #circle #circles #publiccircle #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #morefollowers #sharingcircles #circleshare 2014-10-26 18:14:54501739
Ryan Johnson16,173This circle contains people who are very active on Google+If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#circles #shared #share #add #friends #circle #share #sharecircle #circleshar2014-10-25 12:51:414646717
Kye Nevin2,551My Best Photographers Circle#CircleSharing #Circle #SharedCircles #CircleOfTheDay #Share #Photographer #Photographers #Landscape #CircleShare #Google #Google+ #ADD #EliteInnerCircle #TeamElite #PublicCircle #Shared #SharingCircles #PublicSharedCircles #Photography #Photograph #Best #BestPhotographers #BestPhotos #BestPhoto2014-10-24 13:34:11266000
CAT kitten3,124CATkitten Circles – 5th day:♦ Circle 05 - today I publish this circle chosen by random raffle. It’s full of great professional and amateur photographers, artists and many nice people. Enjoy it!♦ Cercle 05 - aujourd'hui, je publie ce cercle choisi par tirage au sort aléatoire. Il est plein de grands photographes professionnels et amateurs, artistes et beaucoup de gens sympathiques. Profitez-en!♦ Círculo 05 – hoje, publico este círculo escolhido por sorteio aleatório. Ele tem grandes fotógrafos profissionais e amadores, artistas e muitas pessoas legais. Aproveite!====================================☆☆To whom shared me in a circle recently, I thank you all.☆☆ Amazing and friendly people of Google +, I appreciate your attention and the “+1"☆☆ If you like what you find in this circle, please credit me by just plus one or SHARE it.Online photography magazines you may like:• http://www.besttopphotographer.com/  • http://stunningmoment.com/2014photography.php • http://www.PhotoExtract.com/  #catkittengdm   #addiction   #addcircle   #addcircles   #addmetoyourcircles   #addpeople   #awesomecircles   #cercle   #circle   #circleme   #cercles   #circleoftheday   #circles   #circlemeup   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #círculo   #circuloscompartidos   #circulos   #findcircles   #fullcircleshare   #fullcircle   #morefollowers   #MYCIRCLES   #mycircle   #publiccircle   2014-10-24 11:15:59499011
Gert Jan Hermus38,141Meet these people in my circles of great artists (Bloggers and photographers). #circles   #circleshare   #sharedcircle #circlesharing   #followers #social #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #circleshared  #sharedcircleoftheday   #addmetoyourcircles #awesomepeople  #circlecount   #newfollowers #googleplus  #meetingpeoplecircle   #12blstr  2014-10-22 19:38:20358001
Scott Detweiler1,122,343Sharing out my top circle for inspiration today.  Some folks over on (that other social network), need some people on here to follow.  I consider this a great group of folks that are friendly, release some great work, and actually interact with people.  Enjoy!2014-10-22 18:51:15103002
Colin Wilson6,048Circle share with new friendsHi friends follow this circle1 - Include me in your circles2 - Share the circle (Publicly)3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!#Circle #Sharers #Engagers #Followers #AddCircle #CoolPeople #Influencers #CircleShare #PublicCircle #ShareCircles #CircleSharing #Awesomepeople #CircleOfTheDay #ShareAndBeShared #ConnectingTheWorld2014-10-21 11:00:42490569
Becky Collins17,846Photographers Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-10-20 09:12:044865117
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Rosie Taylor10,162#6 GOOGLE FRIENDS! -  RESHARE if you want to be included *'"*:•:••:*:•-:¦:*  *SHARE AND BE  SHARED*  *:¦:-•:*:••-:•:''''*  This is a super Circle and in it I put together a group of really interesting and active people on Google Plus to add in your circles.I'm talking about the top   Google + users that share unique and original contents.Follow   this advice and grow your G+ community with people that share amazing content that will surprise you:boost   visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!If you want to be added to the next Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles 3 - Share the circle (Publicly) 4 - Add +1 to the post 5 - Follow  your dreams and smile to life.More you share More you get! :)I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!#circles #shared #share #add #friends #circle #share #sharecircle #circleshare2014-10-12 04:05:30436000
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shahul meeran0#circles   #awesomepeopleongplus   #bestcircle   #circleoftheday   #circleoftheweek   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #followback2014-10-02 01:36:18500789
shahul meeran0#circle   #awesomepeopleongplus   #shahul  #bestcircle   #bestcircleshare   #circleoftheday   #circlemenow   #circlesharing   #circlemeup   #dcircle   #engagerscircle   #engagerspeople   #engagerscircleshare   #followback   #followme   #follow4follow   #googlepluscircles   #googlepluscircleshare   #ripplescircle   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #topcircleshare  2014-10-02 01:27:37501000
Gailen Mapes68,324Hand 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 September 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting August 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 #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +2014-09-30 10:18:33201001
Gert Jan Hermus35,503My circle of photographers, bloggers, interactive followers and engagers!(This is only one of my circles. I shall post the next ones soon ;-)(Reshare this one for the best result ;-)#circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circles   #circleoftheday     #sundaycircle     #reshare   #1272014-09-28 09:15:324647840126
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Shared Circle Magic2,145Increase your following with our Amazing CirclesNext circles to include only those resharing thisEven if you are included in this circle,  Add me, +1 , comment and share this to be included in next 2 circles (after 12 Hours)Want to grow your follower list? Need more followers? Join my circles now To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps: 1 - include me in your circles 2 - Click add people and create your circle 3 - share the circle (include yourself) 4 - add +1 to the post(Comment on the original post so that I know you have shared)#powercircle #sharedcircle #topsharedcircle #circleoftheday #sharedcircle #trustinme #circlesharing #circleshare #circles #circleoftheday #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircles #share #vipsnowballcircle #sharedcircleoftheday #sharewithyou #followme #followers #followback #circle #googleplus #coolpeople #circleshare #sharedcircles #sharedcircle #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #circlesharing #fullcircleshare #powercircle #sharedcircle 2014-09-25 10:51:524964410
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Shared Circle Magic1,839Increase your following with this Amazing CirclesBe a part of the awesome 5 circles Next circles to include only those resharing thisEven if you are included in this circle,  Add me, +1 , comment and share this to be included in next 2 circles To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps: 1 - include me in your circles 2 - Click add people and create your circle 3 - share the circle (include yourself) 4 - add +1 to the post(Comment on the original post so that I know you have shared)#powercircle #sharedcircle #topsharedcircle #circleoftheday #sharedcircle #trustinme #circlesharing #circleshare #circles #circleoftheday #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircles #share #vipsnowballcircle #sharedcircleoftheday #sharewithyou #followme #followers #followback #circle #googleplus #coolpeople #circleshare #sharedcircles #sharedcircle #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #circlesharing #fullcircleshare #powercircle #sharedcircle 2014-09-19 11:19:31493111222
Becky Collins16,736Tennis Fans Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-09-19 05:02:054908614
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Denyse Landry40,553Cercle Engagement V.1.Commitment Circle V. 1.Si vous recevez une notification, vous êtes inclus.If you receive a notification, you are included.IMPORTANTPour être dans mon prochain cercle partagé, vous devez m’indiquer votre intérêt.To be shared in my next circle, you must indicate your interest.PARTAGE/ SHARECOMMENTAIRES/ COMMENTSPLUSMaintain an active circle helps everyone circle to expand their network on G+. Share this circle will introduce you to other people and you will know by the fact other interesting people with new things to discover . It is always very rewarding for all. Do not hesitate to share.I appreciate your hard work and your shares.Maintenir un cercle actif aide tout le monde du cercle à élargir leur réseau sur G+. Partager ce cercle vous fera connaître par d’autres personnes et vous connaîtrez par le fait même d’autres personnes avec des nouveautés à découvrir. Ce qui est toujours très enrichissant pour tous. N'hésitez pas à partager.J’apprécie votre excellent travail et vos partages . #sharedpubliccircles   #addmetoyourcircles   #findcircles   #topsharedcircle   #bestengagers   #topongoogle   #googleplusphotos   #photographer   #photooftheday   #photooftheweek   #thankyoucircle   #bestcircleshare   #topphotographer  2014-09-09 20:55:3932623431
Rok Šimec20,887Another great circle shared with me by an amazing G+'er!!This circle will add great, amazing, wonderful, and awesome content to you feed plus your page will receive massive engagement and ppplllluuuussss OnEs!!!   Welcome to +circle your circle with circles!!!!!  :DBoost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - Click add people and create your circle3 - share the circle (include yourself)4 - add +1 to the post*More you share more you get!           #circleshare  2014-09-07 17:17:4748113923
Gert Jan Hermus34,407My Sunday circle of interesting people.Add them to your circles. Socialize and get inspired! ;-)#circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circles   #circleoftheday   #sundaycircle  2014-09-07 09:36:374616130105

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2014-10-17 06:08:54 (139 comments, 6 reshares, 123 +1s)Open 

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

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

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

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

Most reshares: 107

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2014-09-25 20:11:54 (72 comments, 107 reshares, 1205 +1s)Open 

That Look

Every now and then you will come across an animal that can give you a look that will stop you dead in your tracks, its as if you have done something wrong. This great grey owl did just that today, I felt as if I had been chastised by a look alone.

Most plusones: 1312

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2014-10-29 09:36:21 (63 comments, 89 reshares, 1312 +1s)Open 

Never Underestimate The Power

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

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

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

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2014-11-23 15:59:27 (24 comments, 18 reshares, 405 +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, 558 +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 (35 comments, 49 reshares, 675 +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 (60 comments, 1 reshares, 205 +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, 27 reshares, 482 +1s)Open 

Maybe We Just Don't Know?

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

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

Maybe We Just Don't Know?

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

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

I often wonder if the other apes had been given even 10% of the chances we had would they had done things better, I find it hard to believe they could have done any worse.     
 ___

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2014-11-20 08:27:09 (25 comments, 10 reshares, 254 +1s)Open 

Harrys Chips.

Best viewed in full screen ;)

Harrys Chips.

Best viewed in full screen ;)___

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2014-11-19 10:03:09 (32 comments, 46 reshares, 852 +1s)Open 

Sip Of Gold

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

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

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

Sip Of Gold

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

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

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

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2014-11-16 11:51:42 (32 comments, 51 reshares, 871 +1s)Open 

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

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

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2014-11-14 15:44:08 (36 comments, 25 reshares, 373 +1s)Open 

The Singer

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

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

The Singer

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

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

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

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2014-11-11 10:04:38 (48 comments, 47 reshares, 730 +1s)Open 

Trapped Within

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

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

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

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

Trapped Within

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

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

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

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

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2014-11-04 13:17:23 (27 comments, 42 reshares, 606 +1s)Open 

King From The Shadows

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

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

King From The Shadows

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

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

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2014-11-03 09:34:09 (29 comments, 33 reshares, 605 +1s)Open 

When Winter Comes

I worry for the homeless!

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

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

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

When Winter Comes

I worry for the homeless!

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

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

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

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

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2014-11-02 17:39:34 (26 comments, 53 reshares, 850 +1s)Open 

A Time To Relax

A male snow leopard relaxing not long after being fed.

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

A Time To Relax

A male snow leopard relaxing not long after being fed.

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

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2014-10-31 06:31:10 (41 comments, 50 reshares, 710 +1s)Open 

Do What You Love!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2014-10-29 09:36:21 (63 comments, 89 reshares, 1312 +1s)Open 

Never Underestimate The Power

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

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

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

Never Underestimate The Power

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

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

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

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

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

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

2014-10-29 08:00:28 (40 comments, 3 reshares, 80 +1s)Open 

Status!

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

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

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

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

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

Status!

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

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

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

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

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

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2014-10-26 17:02:32 (21 comments, 24 reshares, 492 +1s)Open 

On The Prowl

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

On The Prowl

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

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2014-10-24 09:43:08 (34 comments, 41 reshares, 628 +1s)Open 

The Drop

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

The Drop

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

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2014-10-23 06:44:53 (33 comments, 55 reshares, 913 +1s)Open 

Sentinel

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

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

Sentinel

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

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

2014-10-17 06:08:54 (139 comments, 6 reshares, 123 +1s)Open 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2014-10-15 16:34:36 (11 comments, 23 reshares, 489 +1s)Open 

Bright Eyes And Big Ears!

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

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

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

Bright Eyes And Big Ears!

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

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

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

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2014-10-15 08:44:11 (33 comments, 33 reshares, 613 +1s)Open 

He Wears It Well!

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

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

He Wears It Well!

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

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

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2014-10-15 07:45:06 (23 comments, 23 reshares, 515 +1s)Open 

With A Caress And A Dream

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



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

With A Caress And A Dream

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



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

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2014-10-14 19:31:19 (49 comments, 78 reshares, 901 +1s)Open 

To Be Hunted

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

To Be Hunted

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

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

And it just keeps getting better :/

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

No more landscapes shots for a while now :/

And it just keeps getting better :/

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

No more landscapes shots for a while now :/___

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2014-10-11 11:02:43 (34 comments, 27 reshares, 636 +1s)Open 

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


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

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


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

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2014-10-10 07:23:56 (21 comments, 14 reshares, 217 +1s)Open 

You Have To Ride To Understand

You Have To Ride To Understand___

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2014-10-10 06:38:17 (12 comments, 11 reshares, 264 +1s)Open 

Where Did You Go To?

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

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

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

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

Where Did You Go To?

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

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

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

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

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2014-10-09 11:39:06 (18 comments, 35 reshares, 608 +1s)Open 

Can You Get My Best Side?

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

Can You Get My Best Side?

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

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

Dear Prudence

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

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

Don't have nightmares ;)

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

Dear Prudence

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

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

Don't have nightmares ;)

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

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2014-10-08 11:41:59 (24 comments, 37 reshares, 552 +1s)Open 

The King And I

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


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

The King And I

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


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

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2014-10-07 18:58:38 (21 comments, 24 reshares, 517 +1s)Open 

Here Comes Trouble

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

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

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

Here Comes Trouble

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

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

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

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2014-10-06 18:40:20 (10 comments, 3 reshares, 294 +1s)Open 

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

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

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2014-10-05 14:20:05 (13 comments, 14 reshares, 86 +1s)Open 

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

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

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

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

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2014-10-05 13:06:05 (37 comments, 19 reshares, 428 +1s)Open 

The Eyes Of The Lost

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

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

The Eyes Of The Lost

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

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

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2014-10-04 11:14:24 (39 comments, 60 reshares, 852 +1s)Open 

Up Close And Personal 

Eurasian Eagle Owl, I love getting up close with birds of prey, the details within the eyes always blows me away and the way they reflect exactly what they see, beautiful creatures.

Up Close And Personal 

Eurasian Eagle Owl, I love getting up close with birds of prey, the details within the eyes always blows me away and the way they reflect exactly what they see, beautiful creatures.___

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2014-10-03 09:47:43 (60 comments, 100 reshares, 1061 +1s)Open 

Come With Me

Down the rabbit hole
To a land within my mind
A fantasy within my soul
Places lost upon the sane
Places lost upon the mad
With twisted boughs
And fractured dreams
Come with me
Down the rabbit hole
And stay awhile
A lifetime to sleep

Come With Me

Down the rabbit hole
To a land within my mind
A fantasy within my soul
Places lost upon the sane
Places lost upon the mad
With twisted boughs
And fractured dreams
Come with me
Down the rabbit hole
And stay awhile
A lifetime to sleep___

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2014-10-03 08:57:32 (18 comments, 15 reshares, 346 +1s)Open 

The Fun Of Being A Street Photographer

Sometimes its fun, its not always doom and gloom and sometimes you don't have to go searching for subject, they come to you.
This is Spider, he came over for a chat as I was wearing my bike leathers and on the back of my waistcoat I have the patch that says Lone Wolf No Club so he asked what it meant.

Turned out Spider was a biker in the day, was a Hells Angel and rode a Norton Commando but stopped when he lost the bike. We spoke for a good while and he was a real character. He was more than happy for me to take his portrait and this was a test shot but I like the it.

The Fun Of Being A Street Photographer

Sometimes its fun, its not always doom and gloom and sometimes you don't have to go searching for subject, they come to you.
This is Spider, he came over for a chat as I was wearing my bike leathers and on the back of my waistcoat I have the patch that says Lone Wolf No Club so he asked what it meant.

Turned out Spider was a biker in the day, was a Hells Angel and rode a Norton Commando but stopped when he lost the bike. We spoke for a good while and he was a real character. He was more than happy for me to take his portrait and this was a test shot but I like the it.___

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2014-10-02 09:36:26 (9 comments, 10 reshares, 152 +1s)Open 

Seriously enjoying ello, if you are over there come say hi :)

Seriously enjoying ello, if you are over there come say hi :)___

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2014-10-02 07:45:44 (38 comments, 13 reshares, 374 +1s)Open 

We Keep Getting It Wrong

This is Mark.
He is 45.
He lives on the street, been that long he can't remember how long.
Why is he on the streets?

Drugs?

Drink?

No, he had a nervous breakdown. Once again a person with a mental disability ends up on the street because we have no idea just how to care for them.

We Keep Getting It Wrong

This is Mark.
He is 45.
He lives on the street, been that long he can't remember how long.
Why is he on the streets?

Drugs?

Drink?

No, he had a nervous breakdown. Once again a person with a mental disability ends up on the street because we have no idea just how to care for them.___

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2014-10-01 09:28:09 (30 comments, 44 reshares, 582 +1s)Open 

Belief

I have been spending more and more time around animals, they fascinate me to a level I can stand and observe them for hours on end. When you do this you get to see things that others miss, you get to see a resemblance to actions you know.

I watched this chimp sit and take stock of his surrounding, sat on his haunches, arms crossed in front of him just watching his part of the world pass him by. Then I thought back to many times I have done this as well, sat on a wall in a city center, arms folded in front of me watching my part of the world go by.

Does he think as I do?

Does he contemplate what is happening?

Does he consider those around him and what might be going through their minds?

We believe we are superior to our own surrounding and we may well be but that does not mean other creatures are not capable of deep though, its... more »

Belief

I have been spending more and more time around animals, they fascinate me to a level I can stand and observe them for hours on end. When you do this you get to see things that others miss, you get to see a resemblance to actions you know.

I watched this chimp sit and take stock of his surrounding, sat on his haunches, arms crossed in front of him just watching his part of the world pass him by. Then I thought back to many times I have done this as well, sat on a wall in a city center, arms folded in front of me watching my part of the world go by.

Does he think as I do?

Does he contemplate what is happening?

Does he consider those around him and what might be going through their minds?

We believe we are superior to our own surrounding and we may well be but that does not mean other creatures are not capable of deep though, its my belief they are.  ___

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2014-09-30 15:00:05 (38 comments, 40 reshares, 682 +1s)Open 

Beauty Is

I have always been fascinated by why we as a species believe is beauty. In our normal way we pigeon hole everything so we can make sense of the world around. Good, bad, beautiful, ugly and so on.

Yet in doing so we dismiss so much that does not seem to fit the construct we build around it. Vultures are considered ugly by so many people yet this creature is perfectly designed by nature to do what it needs to do to survive. The head sat upon a long and gangly neck, not as many feathers and a fearsome beak  built for nothing more than getting into carcasess to feed. The wings long and broad to allow it to soar high overhead upon the thermals to look for food.

These birds are considered ugly only in our own sense of being, in nature they are beautiful.

I often say you should tilt your head from time to time and look at your world with a whole new... more »

Beauty Is

I have always been fascinated by why we as a species believe is beauty. In our normal way we pigeon hole everything so we can make sense of the world around. Good, bad, beautiful, ugly and so on.

Yet in doing so we dismiss so much that does not seem to fit the construct we build around it. Vultures are considered ugly by so many people yet this creature is perfectly designed by nature to do what it needs to do to survive. The head sat upon a long and gangly neck, not as many feathers and a fearsome beak  built for nothing more than getting into carcasess to feed. The wings long and broad to allow it to soar high overhead upon the thermals to look for food.

These birds are considered ugly only in our own sense of being, in nature they are beautiful.

I often say you should tilt your head from time to time and look at your world with a whole new perspective, it may just surprise you.   ___

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2014-09-29 06:55:37 (33 comments, 30 reshares, 577 +1s)Open 

The Flower Lady

Smile even though its Monday, the more you smile the faster the weekend arrives. 

The Flower Lady

Smile even though its Monday, the more you smile the faster the weekend arrives. ___

2014-09-29 02:56:00 (34 comments, 3 reshares, 73 +1s)Open 

https://ello.co/mikefshaw

Trying ello out, not sure what I'm doing just yet though, come say hi if your already on :)

https://ello.co/mikefshaw

Trying ello out, not sure what I'm doing just yet though, come say hi if your already on :)___

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2014-09-28 13:29:57 (38 comments, 33 reshares, 469 +1s)Open 

Getting Old

Probably the biggest fear in the western world after death but both are inevitable. So much time and effort is invested in trying to retain youth, a whole industry has been constructed around that will sell you anything as long as you believe it to be the elixir of youth.

Models are paraded that are photoshopped and airbrushed that that have no connection to reality. Forced fed this consumer led dream of eternal youth. We want what we cannot have.

Getting old is natural, its a process that will determine the lines in your skin, the brittleness of your bones and the silver within your hair. You cannot stave it off forever, eventually the plastic implants, face lifts and all other masks we place over ourselves will no longer be able to stop nature.

Some though simply embrace it, life is too short to fight something you don't really have much... more »

Getting Old

Probably the biggest fear in the western world after death but both are inevitable. So much time and effort is invested in trying to retain youth, a whole industry has been constructed around that will sell you anything as long as you believe it to be the elixir of youth.

Models are paraded that are photoshopped and airbrushed that that have no connection to reality. Forced fed this consumer led dream of eternal youth. We want what we cannot have.

Getting old is natural, its a process that will determine the lines in your skin, the brittleness of your bones and the silver within your hair. You cannot stave it off forever, eventually the plastic implants, face lifts and all other masks we place over ourselves will no longer be able to stop nature.

Some though simply embrace it, life is too short to fight something you don't really have much control over.

Enjoy who you are, your imperfections are you, the signs of age are you. We may not all be models but we are beautiful regardless.  ___

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2014-09-27 18:39:25 (35 comments, 58 reshares, 978 +1s)Open 

More Than Skin Deep

No implants.
No make up
No false eyelashes
No steroids
No tattoos
No false hair
No false nails
No liposuction

When nature is allowed to be what it is then beauty will always run more than skin deep.

#caturday  

More Than Skin Deep

No implants.
No make up
No false eyelashes
No steroids
No tattoos
No false hair
No false nails
No liposuction

When nature is allowed to be what it is then beauty will always run more than skin deep.

#caturday  ___

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2014-09-26 18:43:00 (39 comments, 14 reshares, 427 +1s)Open 

Only Seconds To React

But if you want the shot you have to react, how long did it take me to realise I had to take her image as she walked past? Seconds.

How long do I have to turn around and approach her? Seconds

How long did I have to put her at ease and explain why this goof had called out and was holding a camera? Seconds

How long did it ask to take her image? Seconds

How long did it take to fire off the two shots I took? Seconds

How long did it take to thank her and pass on my details should she want a copy? Seconds

The total time spent was probably no more than two minutes but those two minutes allowed me to get the shot. You have to be ready, you have to have the balls to it in the first place but when you work around it, street portraits can be some of the most rewarding photography you can do.

Only Seconds To React

But if you want the shot you have to react, how long did it take me to realise I had to take her image as she walked past? Seconds.

How long do I have to turn around and approach her? Seconds

How long did I have to put her at ease and explain why this goof had called out and was holding a camera? Seconds

How long did it ask to take her image? Seconds

How long did it take to fire off the two shots I took? Seconds

How long did it take to thank her and pass on my details should she want a copy? Seconds

The total time spent was probably no more than two minutes but those two minutes allowed me to get the shot. You have to be ready, you have to have the balls to it in the first place but when you work around it, street portraits can be some of the most rewarding photography you can do.___

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2014-09-26 10:25:11 (48 comments, 76 reshares, 1133 +1s)Open 

Here's a awww moment on me, baby meerkat ;)

Here's a awww moment on me, baby meerkat ;)___

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2014-09-25 20:11:54 (72 comments, 107 reshares, 1205 +1s)Open 

That Look

Every now and then you will come across an animal that can give you a look that will stop you dead in your tracks, its as if you have done something wrong. This great grey owl did just that today, I felt as if I had been chastised by a look alone.

That Look

Every now and then you will come across an animal that can give you a look that will stop you dead in your tracks, its as if you have done something wrong. This great grey owl did just that today, I felt as if I had been chastised by a look alone.___

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2014-09-24 13:07:01 (58 comments, 53 reshares, 503 +1s)Open 

If You Could See

Mental illness what would you do?

Would you run in fear from the demons on their back? Knowing they had no escape.

Would you shy away from the deeps wounds that bleed within their minds?

Would the cracks that appear under their skin fill you with as much fear as it does them?

Could you stand the dizzying heights looking down at the depths of despair they are in?

Would you look for a way out at the bottom of a bottle, a needle of escape stuck in your arm, the last pills that remain within the bottle you take or the hope the concrete will soon make it stop as you fall?

Mental illness is a quiet killer, a silent assassin that leaves no mark, it will at some point come for everyone in their lives, some to change the rest of their lives for ever, others to a lesser degree. 

Looking at me you will not... more »

If You Could See

Mental illness what would you do?

Would you run in fear from the demons on their back? Knowing they had no escape.

Would you shy away from the deeps wounds that bleed within their minds?

Would the cracks that appear under their skin fill you with as much fear as it does them?

Could you stand the dizzying heights looking down at the depths of despair they are in?

Would you look for a way out at the bottom of a bottle, a needle of escape stuck in your arm, the last pills that remain within the bottle you take or the hope the concrete will soon make it stop as you fall?

Mental illness is a quiet killer, a silent assassin that leaves no mark, it will at some point come for everyone in their lives, some to change the rest of their lives for ever, others to a lesser degree. 

Looking at me you will not see my bipolar, it does not leave scars that are visible, its does not tell you of its presence but like millions of sufferers its there, its real, because you don't see you can ignore it.

But for how long before you find a demon on your back?___

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