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

+Frank Garufi Jr +Boris Gorelik #StormFrank 
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URGENT DONATIONS REQUIRED.
For the next few weeks we are asking for donations for those affected by the floods across Aberdeenshire and in the City.

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

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

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

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

#Aberdeenshire   #scotland   #agriculture   #farming   #monochrome   #blackandwhite   #strawbales   #autumn   #autumnphotography   #agriculturalphotography  
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Coming from a family of photographers I definitely agree with the black and white decision,,, it made me feel as though I was there a 100 years ago
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Street Furniture
This is a first for me, I was out in a local town around late afternoon when I noticed the "Street Furniture" (posh way of saying lamp posts and other objects or pieces of equipment installed on streets for various purposes.) The sun was coming down behind one of the lamp posts and I was drawn to the hanging basket brackets with horses as ornamentation; coupled with the attractive sun-rays radiating from the lamp post.
This was when I started to beat myself up for not having my DSLR with me, then I remembered the advice I had received from some top photographers; "The best camera is the one you have with you." When that came to mind I remembered that my phone had a camera on it (a new thing for me), so I took some shots. However I wasn't impressed, but figured that some tweaking in Lightroom & Photoshop might produce a reasonable image. Was I correct?

#monochrome   #monochromephotography   #phoneography   #firstphotograph   #photography   #lightroom   #photoshop   #streetphotography   #StreetFurniture  
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Thanks +Nancy Graham I must admit that I was pleasantly pleased with the results after playing in Lightroom & Photoshop.
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Calrton Hill
Calton Hill is usually a location from which to photograph Edinburgh, but with it's famous collection of historic monuments, makes a great subject itself especially when back lit by the morning sun. One of the most striking is the National Monument, inspired by the Parthenon in Athens. Intended to commemorate the Scottish servicemen who died in the Napoleonic Wars, sadly never completed leaving just the twelve columns we see today.
The Nelson Monument shaped like an up-turned telescope, completed in 1816 the monument commemorates the death of Admiral Lord Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. In 1852 a time ball was added to the top to enable ships moored in the Firth of Forth to set their time-pieces accurately the Time Ball still drops at one o'clock six days a week. The City Observatory is another of the buildings located here, a Greek temple styled building was where Professor Thomas Henderson, appointed first Astronomer Royal for Scotland in 1834, discovered how to measure parallax and the distance of the stars in this building.
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Inchgarvie - Island or Battleship?
I took this shot with the sole purpose of writing this piece, which is why I have partially blacked the island.
Inchgarvie is one of the small, uninhabited islands in the Firth of Forth. The name comes from the Gaelic Innis Garbhach which means "rough island"; part of the island has four caissons that make up part of the foundations for the Forth Bridge.
Inchgarvie’s fortifications pre-date the modern period, but they were created with the same objective in mind. In the days when boats were the only way to cross the Firth of Forth, the island was on the main route between North Queensferry in Fife and South Queensferry in Lothian. Making it really strategically important so with a fair amount of guile and subterfuge buildings were built on Inchgarvie with the express purpose of making the island look like a warship (as seen in the blacked out part of the image). The island has been used as a defensive installation since the early part of the 16th century, right up till the middle of the 20th century..
The island became of renewed importance to the security of the Firth of Forth during the First and Second World Wars, during which, in combination with the fortifications on Inchcolm (another Island in the Firth), and gun emplacements on the mainland to the north (at North Queensferry) and to the south (at Dalmeny), it became a primary defense against air and submarine attacks on the Forth Bridge and the Rosyth Dockyard. The gun emplacements were permanently manned throughout war.

#ForthBridge   #Scotland   #island   #defense   #history   #wwii   #worldwar1   #worldwarii   #wwI   #worldwar2   #uk   #FirthOfForth  
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Happy New Year to all my loyal followers 
I missed the bells to capture this shot just for you. Here is the light show we got in Scotland to bring in the New Year, not the one in Edinburgh or any other town or city in Scotland this one was provided by Mother Nature.  Thanks to light pollution the sad fact is that nobody in the towns and cities would have seen it, we should switch off the street lights and reconnect with the real world.

Remember to visit www.stuartimages.co.uk for our January Sale.
To get your discount Use the Coupon Code: January 2016
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Hi everyone,
What a dreadful week that was and who knows what the future holds or how long the future maybe.

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

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

How to trash somebody's week, month, year and life in one easy lesson.
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I'm sure to, at a time like this people are at a loss as to what to say...but I'm sure that many people feel as I do and just don't know how to say it!
Thank you for always being there and sharing! Take care and strength to you and yours!
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Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights)
In the wee small hours I saw some images in one of the groups on Fbk. They said they had taken them in the last 20 mins and were going back out to shoot some more. There was only one thing for it I had to get out and try to shoot it for myself, however I had a problem, my tripod is broken. Not to be deterred I went out anyway with a solution in mind all I needed was a good site for both the Aurora and my idea to work. There are several sites in North East Scotland where I would like to shoot the Aurora, but none of them are close enough to try my plan out, so what to do? One key criteria is to get the elevation or go to the coast to get a nice big sky, well from my house there is no shortage of hills. Having found my location I set up with my camera on a strainer post (Gate post) and shutter release cable attached. 
The camera set up was ISO 1600 f.4 Shutter speed 30 sec.
I was treated to a good display of both Aurora and the Taurid Meteor Shower sadly I didn't manage to capture the latter, but still I was able to witness some very bright fireballs so bright they cast a shadows. Hopefully I will have a chance to capture the Aurora and a meteor shower again soon.
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Great results and fun too! You stayed up late - I only lasted until 22:30
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Important - Feedback wanted
What to do with those images that don't come up to standard? These two shots were taken last week and both were out of focus (due to motion blur), so I decided to try something new (for me) to see if I could get something I could be happy with and hopefully people might want to buy. 
Both images were taken through the same process 
in Lightroom
- Increased contrast, Increased the vibrancy & saturation, cropped & resized.
In Photoshop
Image 1
- Add Surface Blur
- Add a Texture

Image 2
- Add additional vertical Motion Blur
Do you like either image? 
Would you hang either of them on your wall?
Please leave any other feedback on these images.
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Know nothing about photography, but your question is whether I would hang them in my home? The first one is pretty, but it's not my style. The second one, however, I would definitely go for. 
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I haven't shared a link to my website for a while, please take the time to take a look and tell me what you think. Many thanks.
 
I haven't shared a link to my website for a while, please take the time to take a look and tell me what you think. Many thanks.
Hello and welcome to Andy StuArt Photography. Every home and office has at least one wall that needs a piece of photographic art. Here at Andy StuArt Photography we have a wide range of subjects from which to select that special gift or art work for home or office. Whether buying a print or booking a photo shoot we value your opinion. We change the images here from time to time so please bookmark this site so you can return again and again.. Bo...
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Ok thanks .I like ur photos
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Political Humour 
 
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Based in Scotland,  I'm working towards being a full time photographer. 

I like networking with other photographers for knowledge sharing and in general hanging out. 

My photographic passions are mainly Nature  and  Landscape photography, but I shoot a number of genres. 

I work primarily within the Aberdeenshire and Moray area, although I also visit North Northumberland regularly.

Currently unable to work full time due to Ill health. :-(

I have been on G+ since August 2011. during which time I have learned a lot and have started to share my knowledge and experiences.  I can frequently be found in hangouts, with photographic and social themes.  Hopefully you will enjoy something I have to offer.

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I'm a Photographer based in Scotland, My Doctor recommended that I find something to get me out of the house as part of my treatment, I did a bit of Rugby coaching, but because that was "timetabled" I couldn't go every week because of my bad health, so I needed something else to do as well and having been interested in photography in the past. My wife bought me a camera and I started shooting. The rest as they say is history. I like networking with other photographers for knowledge sharing and in general hanging out. My photographic passions are primarily Nature, Landscape and Portrait photography, but I shoot a number of genres. I work primarily within the Aberdeenshire and Moray area, although I also visit North Northumberland regularly.
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Very flat course - very disappointing in such a hilly area that they would build a course on the only flat land around - no challenge at all. Nice club house
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Great Castle with a very interesting guided tour - a must visit.
Appeal: ExcellentFacilities: Very GoodService: Excellent
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The food is ok although it's a bit greasy. Better Chinese along the road.
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Great food / drink, good service, friendly staff worth a visit.
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Great food at a great price in nice surroundings served by Friendly staff Thursday night is buffet night if your on a budget go on that night.
Food: ExcellentDecor: Very GoodService: Excellent
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Nice castle, great history, adequate parking, no disabled access
Appeal: ExcellentFacilities: Poor - FairService: Good
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Great location, nice course with great hospitality afterwards
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