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Days gone by.

Winches at Collieston harbour, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

Good Sunday all :)
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None to be found +Andy Burke​ !
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Looks like she is taking to it well +Andy Smith :)
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Go to Chrysta's post below and sign up if you want some photo fun. Me, I'm taking a break this round. Have fun all!
 
THIS IS THE OFFICIAL 2015 "SWEET 16" ROUND SIGN UP
for the +Chrysta Rae Photography Scavenger Hunt!

Don't know what that is?
It's an amazing game that has turned into so much more.
If you love photography, and you have a camera,
COME JOIN US!!

Simply type "I'M IN" in the comments below and the first 500 people to sign up will be entered.

After sign ups I will be giving you an item list -
10 simple things to take pictures of.
It's up to you to make your picture stand out!!
It's so much fun!!
I give you a few weeks to get the shots done.

You do NOT *need to be a professional shooter. 
You do NOT need a fancy camera.
You do NOT need to feel any hesitation on your skill level,
as this group of Scavengers is one of the most supportive groups of people around.
This is just FOR FUN.
It's me getting you to use your camera in ways you might not do otherwise,
It's to push yourself to try new things, learn new techniques, join a group of like-minded people who will encourage you and teach you sooo much!
Basically I'm giving you a fun excuse to take pictures you wouldn't have otherwise - for example, last round I got to pour yellow paint over a friend's head!! 

During the course of the month, you will make friends,
You will have support and be encouraged and be a part of the best community on G+. You WILL be welcomed and surrounded by wonderful people who WANT you to watch you succeed and surprise yourself!!

SO, if that sounds like something you'd like to be a part of...
All you have to do is type two simple little words, "*I'M IN "
And you will be registered.

IF YOU ARE SIGNING UP SOMEONE AS A PROXY (if someone has asked you to sign them up) do so on different comments.

I will only enter ONE PERSON per comment, if there are more than one on a single comment, only the first person will be entered. 
(This is the only way I can keep track of the 500 spots.)

PLEASE DO NOT comment on this post unless it is to sign up. Any stray comments will be deleted.

PLEASE DO NOT sign up unless you actually want to participate, not just because you see everyone else doing it.

I can't wait to play with you!!!!

And with that - (like any of you even read this) - let the registration BEGIN!! bounces around room

(This image below was shots from the "LADYBUG" category from the last round. PHOTOS BY: +Ursula Klepper, +Laurie Clouthier, +Søren Schaffstein, +Eleanor Preger, +Andrea Martinez, +Wendy Chase, +Bryan Finster, +Bethany DiTecco, and +Mark Rodriguez)
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A whole new camera (almost) V4.0 firmware out now +Gavin Gordon​​ +Carla McMahon​​ and other X-T1 owners :)
#fujifilmxt1

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35mm f/1.4 lock on now seems much better too. 
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Happy Doggies now Summer finally arrived :)
Morning all
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Enjoy! :)
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#PLUSpost  Week 7 Lighting with Intent with +Eric Raeber  #LightingWIT  

Light painting! What an excellent, fun, week on this mentorship, some great assignments and background info from Eric, as always.

We were going through how to use flashlights and speedlights to light a scene during a long exposure shot, and also how to do light painting, so we've had monsters, drummers, skipping kids and many more coming to life :)

This shot (a processed version of the SOOC submitted in my assignments) has lighting via my keyring LED and an old darkroom red flashlight, over a 30 second exposure (so the scene itself started out in almost total darkness). The background is our kitchen wall :) Amazing to see what you can do with this, and learned a lot this week.

Onwards, to week 8, the penultimate week! :)

Please do consider signing up to a mentorship, as and when they become available. So much generous time given, right here on G+, for zero cost.  

Part of the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers 
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ha ha!
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#FinalPLUSpost Lighting With Intent mentorship with +Eric Raeber #LightWIT

So... the end. Or, the beginning more like.    The TL;DR summary of the lengthy post below is this - Eric runs a great mentorship, and if he runs one again, sign up. OK?    (do it!) ;)

A few months back, I saw a post going around for signups for a new mentorship by Eric, being run as part of the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers.  To be honest, I didn't pay too much attention, as I was still finishing off the previous round of Scavenger Hunt.   Then, as Scavenging was just finishing up, someone in that community re-shared it again. I had a proper read of his sign-up post,  I did the finger counting of how many hours I had per week to dedicate, how much of the list of lighting items required I needed to buy (about £50 on a softbox and lightstand as I already had a few cheap lighting bits and pieces) and threw my hat into the ring.

What was to come over the next 9 weeks was enlightening, fascinating, and gave me a sore head at times (not just from the wine in week 4 lol!)

Eric came up with 9 very well written and easy to understand lessons with some great examples and assignments (well, in some cases, I had to re-read several times, but I have to do that anyway with other things, so more my problem than Eric's lol).

So we went through basic lighting in week 1, roaming the house in darkness with a flashlight to find interesting items to light through or off,  defining hard and diffused light in week 2, light fall off and isolation in week 3,  reflecting light in week 4 (also known as 'forcing the students to buy wine against their will' week, lol - we needed the wine after spending hours trying to stop what seemed like everything reflecting off the f%^ing wine bottle and glass we had to shoot!!)  So week 5, adding colour through gels (which was a week of revelation for me - I just love them!), week 6 showing motion in images and finding out about front curtains, rear curtains, of the camera kind, not bedroom), week 7, light painting - creating monsters and getting into trouble with the good lady wife for sitting naked on her leather seat!, week 8, reverse engineering of photos (I have an IOU for 1 photo from week 8), looking at the classic portraiture lighting styles, then the bombshell dropped for week 9, along with a draft creative brief for it to write up in week 8.

Ah week 9. Final week.  The gift -  A photoshoot for a friend, family, non-profit organisation or local business.  A way to push out of comfort zones.  So I didn't go too far out of the zone, as I decided to offer this shoot to a good friend, Colin 'Spider' MacKenzie, a top local blues harmonica player here in Aberdeen.  However,  up to this point, I've never taken photos of anyone outside my household, or my parents (who I've only taken a few informal shots of).

As a person afflicted lifelong with shyness (as opposed to just being an introvert) even this photoshoot with Spider was outside the zone a fair bit, and I was nervous and anxious about not making a total arse of myself with lighting equipment that I still am effectively a novice with!   But Spider is a true gent, and helpfully also a photog, and double helpfully a photog with other Fuji lenses ;)   I had a great time, and most importantly, he is happy with the shots!    Now, on to standing in a public place offering to take passing stranger portraits!  (I'm only half joking, I wrote a very precise plan for how to do such a thing in week 8 - only my shyness stops me currently).

I have learned so much in this mentorship, not just technically, but about myself. And hey, I did a photoshoot, and got some shots of my little girl my wife and I will treasure always.  Oh yeah, we did a video hangout! I've been here 4 years and never been in one until this mentorship, lol (such a newbie).

In closing, I would like to personally thank all of my fellow mentees and community moderators for their camaraderie and advice, their willingness to share and their inclusiveness, and look forward to seeing how you all progress. Can't wait to see your week 9 creations!

As for Eric,  I did portray him (jokingly - honest!) as a sort of Evil Leader  (a Emperor Palpatine of G+ if you will - OK, I'd better stop that!!) but really could not have wished for a better mentor - always available, always willing to offer assistance, and always inspiring.  Thanks Eric, for giving up your time for us and providing this opportunity for us all to grow as photographers. 

And, relax.... :)
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Thanks +Gernot Glaeser sorry for the delay, been on holiday, just starting to catch up with online stuff :)
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Interesting short video of north-east England documentary photography exhibition 
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A team of photographers and film-makers spent 40 years capturing scenes of normal life in north-east England. The work of the Amber collective reveals a lost era.
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haha +Andy Smith  and Mornings
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A cracking 20 minute video of BBC Radio 1 session for Faith No More, 3 of the songs off the latest album plus This Guy's in Love with you for good measure :)
Think it will natively stream in UK only, as it's from iPlayer, but your favourite VPN client will work I am sure outside the UK.
Rock legends Faith No More perform four tracks for Daniel P Carter.
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Glad you enjoyed it +Stefan Welke !   My favourite band since I was teenager :)

Of course, I should have mentioned that VPN could be used (Hola etc) thanks for noting that.
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I think Fuji just made the X-T1 auto focus better :)

Roger Federer at Wimbledon Centre Court, Tuesday 30th July.

It felt like I lost about 50 litres of water from sweat in 35c London, but it was an amazing experience :)

X-T1 / 50-230mm @ 230mm / firmware v4.0
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......I Love Federer.......!!!!!!Good night Andy.......!Melenia
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"Bliss"

Time for a new set of Scavenger Hunt album reveals :)

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Thanks +Stefan Welke :)
Yes, agreed +Μελένια Μέλι :)
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Supply Chain

Evening all :)

#aberdeen   #scotland  
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Lol, yep :)  Glad you got that in the end, I think I told you before you'd do great, glad it is working out :)
All OK here, usual combination of good and shite, but generally AOK :) +Leonie H 
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