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Andy Stuart
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Lives in Gartly, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
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Gartly, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
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Rhynie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland - Clatt, Aberdeenshire, Scotland - Sauchen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland - Tillyfourie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland - Whitehouse, Alford, Aberdeenshire, Scotland - Oaklands, St,Albans, Hertfordshire - Penrith, Cumbria - Oaklands, St,Albans, Hertfordshire - Brownieside, Northumberland, uk - North Charlton, Northumberland, England - Middlemoor, Northumberland, England - Warkworth, Northumberland, England
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Photography wannabe, I will shoot almost anything - Husband, Father of 4, Rugby Coach.
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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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  • Photography (Therapeutic not employment)
    Photographer, 2009 - present
  • too ill to work
    2000 - 2013
  • Rugby Coach (Therapeutic not employment)
    Rugby Coach, 2007 - 2013
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The Royal Tweed Bridge
Royal Tweed Bridge is a road bridge in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, England crossing the River Tweed. It was intended to divert traffic from the 17th century Berwick Bridge, and until the 1980s it formed part of the A1 road, the main route from London to Edinburgh. However, the construction of the A1 River Tweed Bridge to the west of Berwick has since reduced the Royal Tweed Bridge's importance.

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

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

At the time of its construction, it held the record for the longest single concrete span in the UK.
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Roughting Linn 2
I went in search of the Waterfall at Roughting Linn, in North Northumberland and came across this little delight. Sadly when I got back to check my images I realised that I had found the wrong waterfall. However, I had been at a smaller waterfall about 15/20 metres upstream of the one I had been looking for. I will return to get the shots I was looking for. The next time I'd hope that the midgies were not at home.
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St.Abbs Harbour
This hidden gem is part of the stunning Berwickshire Coast. The village was originally known as Coldingham Shore, the name St Abbs being adopted in the 1890s. The new name was derived from St Abb's Head, a rocky promontory located to the north of the village, itself named after the 7th century saint Æbbe of Coldingham.

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

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

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

Never again!!!
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Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)
A relatively recent coloniser of Britain having first appeared in significant numbers in 1989 and first breeding in 1996 in Dorset. I photographed this one between Warkworth and Amble on the River Coquet in Northumberland, UK and it was a delight to see this medium sized bird in the flesh.
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Flying Heron Composite
A Composite of 4 images of a Grey Heron flying short distances down the River Coquet in Northumberland, England.
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St.Abbs Harbour
This hidden gem is part of the stunning Berwickshire Coast. The village was originally known as Coldingham Shore, the name St Abbs being adopted in the 1890s. The new name was derived from St Abb's Head, a rocky promontory located to the north of the village, itself named after the 7th century saint Æbbe of Coldingham.

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

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

http://divestabbs.com/
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This is why we are in such a mess now.
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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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+Martin Speckhardt it's a HTC Desire 310 - in the photo details ;) ♥
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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.
Quality: Very GoodFacilities: Very GoodService: Very Good
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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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