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Baldur McQueen
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Please note - our friend Hans Berendsen has had to move to a different Google Profile, loosing a whole lot of followers.  Please update your circle - his new one is the one with the human in the profile picture ;-)

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Please add my new profile to your circles instead of this abandoned one so I can get in touch with you all again.. 
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My entry for the Embrace theme - New Years Scavenger Hunt.

We're on the last day of the New Year Scavenger Hunt reveals - so far, 9 categories/themes have been judged and revealed.

I'll say this only once (then a few times after that!), you should really try to get yourself on the next scavenger hunt - it is, to put it mildly, a wonderful, fun and (for some) dramatic experience ;-)  

What is the Scavenger Hunt?  Well, to put it simply - it's an exciting photography game, open to anyone - where you are given 10 words and you must shoot 10 pictures (1 for each word) in a period of a few weeks.  Again - it's open for anyone, no matter what ability or experience!!
The pictures are then moved into 10 gigantic photo albums, where a few judges look over them and choose which they like best.  It's friendly, it's a game, it's fun!

The next sign up date is FRIDAY, MARCH 21 at 12 NOON - just head over to +Chrysta Rae's page and you'll quickly find the information you need (see direct link to announcement below).  
Chrysta is the heart and soul behind the project, and, as I can testify, an excellent psychologist as well if you get a bit overwhelmed........ (don't ask!)!!

If I've done this right - you can see the 9 categories already judged and revealed below, but only the honourable mentions and 1-3 place winners.

The reason I highlight that, is because all those beautiful winning shots used to scare the hell out of me in the past.  I thought the game must only be for advanced photographers or Photoshop nerds.  Not true.  There are all sorts of people, all sorts of abilities - and, as I soon learned, it's not about taking things too seriously, it's about having fun!!

To view all the albums in full, go to Chrysta's page and take your pick ;-)

Here's a link to Chrysta's announcement: http://tinyurl.com/p5rl8lh

And here are the 9 themes already judged and revealed:

RULE OF THIRDS
1st Place: http://tinyurl.com/pm7g64c

2nd Place: http://tinyurl.com/num8fh9

3rd Place: http://tinyurl.com/obws6nw

Honourable Mentions: http://tinyurl.com/nsx97wp 


FUCHSIA
1st Place: http://tinyurl.com/ob6asb2

2nd Place: http://tinyurl.com/nr5snnr

3rd Place: http://tinyurl.com/pbw9hl9

Honourable Mentions: http://tinyurl.com/pz4lgw8


SPICY
1st Place: http://tinyurl.com/nmo34mq

2nd Place: http://tinyurl.com/olmyh9u

3rd Place: http://tinyurl.com/qztl94h

Honourable Mentions: http://tinyurl.com/nwux3nd


SOOC - CIRCLE
1st Place: http://tinyurl.com/px7yj62

2nd Place: http://tinyurl.com/oovnn7o

3rd Place: http://tinyurl.com/ppk8g4q

Honourable Mentions: http://tinyurl.com/owv6qcp


CARELESS
1st Place: http://tinyurl.com/ozw3ckf

2nd Place: http://tinyurl.com/owyjau8

3rd Place: http://tinyurl.com/nk6f29h

Honourable Mentions: http://tinyurl.com/oafqtos


STEAM
1st Place: http://tinyurl.com/o6oxvjk

2nd Place: http://tinyurl.com/plj65oo

3rd Place: http://tinyurl.com/nejlre6

Honourable Mentions: http://tinyurl.com/nv2ln5j


EMBRACE
1st Place: http://tinyurl.com/oakf2sp

2nd Place: http://tinyurl.com/p3uoyoh

3rd Place: http://tinyurl.com/olruoff

Honourable Mentions: http://tinyurl.com/n9poyqg


HUNGOVER
1st Place: http://tinyurl.com/o9vq7ah

2nd Place: http://tinyurl.com/p7m2df8

3rd Place: http://tinyurl.com/ohp32ab

Honourable Mentions: http://tinyurl.com/pdjfpsv


HEALTHY
1st Place: http://tinyurl.com/p3eug8s

2nd Place: http://tinyurl.com/pnp4z2r

3rd Place: http://tinyurl.com/pgr4d7w

Honourable Mentions: http://tinyurl.com/p7db9xr
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Wow! +Baldur McQueen This is stunningly beautiful and very creative!
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As it's been more than a month since my last public post, I just wanted to tell you I'm still here :-)

I've been busy lately and it looks like things will stay that way for quite a while.  I'm carving out a new path - a new direction.  Or..... as some people call it, filling in job applications :-)

So... in the next few weeks I'll be more active than I've been the last month.... but less active than before that :-)))
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Best wishes on your journey +Baldur McQueen!

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Divided we fall  - Yorkshire, UK.

I shouldn't really be posting anything at the moment - I should be out shooting for the Scavenger Hunt.  A few days to go and I'm all ideas - no action! 
I may just fail miserably and send nothing..... which would be  a shame.

I photographed this farm early January - whilst on my way to Malham.  It may seem dark, but it's a whole lot lighter than when I first posted..... thanks to some excellent critique I received.

Have an excellent Monday guys - I'm off to think up some more ideas for the Scavenger Hunt :-)

+Monochrome Monday  curated by  +Hans Berendsen +Jerry Johnson +Steve Barge +Dominique Hilbert +David Orr +Martin Heller #MonochromeMonday
+Moody Monday  curated by  +Philip Daly +Annelies Jansen #moodymondayphoto
#ukphotographycommunity  +UK Photography Community 
#10000photographersaro : +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER
#bwfineartle : +Black and White Fine Art Photography Gallery curated by +Joel Tjintjelaar
#europeanphotography : +European Photo curated by +Susanne Ramharter +Janusz Brakoniecki +Michael Muraz +Jean-Louis LAURENCE
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Excellent capture! Really like this.
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Livin' on the edge.... - Gordale Scar (Yorkshire, UK).

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+TreeSilhouette Wednesday  curated by  +Charles Fromage +Andrew Sowerby #TreeSilhouetteWednesday
+Earth Pattern Saturday  curated by  +Annette Gretler +Beat Gretler #EarthPatternSaturday
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Excellent light, composure and simplicity.
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Another one of my shots for the New Years Scavenger Hunt - this time for the theme "Careless". 

And a quick reminder - the clock is ticking, the signup for the next Scavenger Hunt is in an hour or so.... you can view a countdown here, thanks to +Alan Bland ( http://tinyurl.com/puzboe2 ).

I've decided to sit this one out, as I'll not have enough time to complete the tasks in the way I'd want - but I highly recommend that you (yes, YOU!) give it a try - it is, to put it mildly, a wonderful, fun and (for some) dramatic experience ;-)  

What is the Scavenger Hunt?  Well, to put it simply - it's an exciting photography game, open to anyone - where you are given 10 words and you must shoot 10 pictures (1 for each word) in a period of a few weeks.  Again - it's open for anyone, no matter what ability or experience!!
The pictures are then moved into 10 gigantic photo albums, where a few judges look over them and choose which they like best.  It's friendly, it's a game, it's fun!

The next sign up IS TODAY - just head over to +Chrysta Rae's page and you'll quickly find the information you need.  
Chrysta is the heart and soul behind the project, and, as I can testify, an excellent psychologist as well if you get a bit overwhelmed........ (don't ask!)!!

If I've done this right - you can see all the categories for the hunt that has just finished (below) but only the honourable mentions and 1-3 place winners.

The reason I highlight that, is because all those beautiful winning shots used to scare the hell out of me in the past.  I thought the game must only be for advanced photographers or Photoshop nerds.  Not true.  There are all sorts of people, all sorts of abilities - and, as I soon learned, it's not about taking things too seriously, it's about having fun!!

To view all the albums in full, go to Chrysta's page and take your pick ;-)

And here are the 10 themes from the latest Scavenger Hunt:

SELFIE (OPPOSITE)
1st Place: http://tinyurl.com/q4bt5mr

2nd Place: http://tinyurl.com/nww43n7

3rd Place: http://tinyurl.com/oadvjqy

Honourable Mentions: http://tinyurl.com/q9m5ojj


RULE OF THIRDS
1st Place: http://tinyurl.com/pm7g64c

2nd Place: http://tinyurl.com/num8fh9

3rd Place: http://tinyurl.com/obws6nw

Honourable Mentions: http://tinyurl.com/nsx97wp 


FUCHSIA
1st Place: http://tinyurl.com/ob6asb2

2nd Place: http://tinyurl.com/nr5snnr

3rd Place: http://tinyurl.com/pbw9hl9

Honourable Mentions: http://tinyurl.com/pz4lgw8


SPICY
1st Place: http://tinyurl.com/nmo34mq

2nd Place: http://tinyurl.com/olmyh9u

3rd Place: http://tinyurl.com/qztl94h

Honourable Mentions: http://tinyurl.com/nwux3nd


SOOC - CIRCLE
1st Place: http://tinyurl.com/px7yj62

2nd Place: http://tinyurl.com/oovnn7o

3rd Place: http://tinyurl.com/ppk8g4q

Honourable Mentions: http://tinyurl.com/owv6qcp


CARELESS
1st Place: http://tinyurl.com/ozw3ckf

2nd Place: http://tinyurl.com/owyjau8

3rd Place: http://tinyurl.com/nk6f29h

Honourable Mentions: http://tinyurl.com/oafqtos


STEAM
1st Place: http://tinyurl.com/o6oxvjk

2nd Place: http://tinyurl.com/plj65oo

3rd Place: http://tinyurl.com/nejlre6

Honourable Mentions: http://tinyurl.com/nv2ln5j


EMBRACE
1st Place: http://tinyurl.com/oakf2sp

2nd Place: http://tinyurl.com/p3uoyoh

3rd Place: http://tinyurl.com/olruoff

Honourable Mentions: http://tinyurl.com/n9poyqg


HUNGOVER
1st Place: http://tinyurl.com/o9vq7ah

2nd Place: http://tinyurl.com/p7m2df8

3rd Place: http://tinyurl.com/ohp32ab

Honourable Mentions: http://tinyurl.com/pdjfpsv


HEALTHY
1st Place: http://tinyurl.com/p3eug8s

2nd Place: http://tinyurl.com/pnp4z2r

3rd Place: http://tinyurl.com/pgr4d7w

Honourable Mentions: http://tinyurl.com/p7db9xr

#scavengerhunt  
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+Baldur McQueen Hello hello :) Count ... wonderful photo... :),
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We've had a winter without snow - and the past few days the sun has been shining, warming up hearts, minds and nature.
Such circumstances bring out the flower shooter in everyone - the urge to document all those little signs of life, popping up all around :-)  This one is from a short walk earlier today.

Hope your all having a beautiful day :-)
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This is beautiful, +Baldur McQueen!  Absolutely beautiful!
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Unquenched Thirst - Gordale Scar, Yorkshire - UK.

There is a hidden message in every waterfall. It says, if you are flexible, falling will not hurt you!
- Mehmet Murat ildan

I climbed up to the "mouth" of Gordale Scar (upper) waterfall in an attempt to capture the middle rock and the tree, with the water.  It came out slightly surreal, as you see - but I'm happy with it.
The climb wasn't hard - but getting down, as always, was quite tricky.  I also discovered that you can get behind the waterfall - although most of the pictures I took there were a bit weird.

+Tree Tuesday  curated by  +Christina Lawrie +Shannon S. Myers +Allan Cabrera +Ralph Mendoza +Kim Troutman #TreeTuesday
+LandscapeArtTuesday  curated by  +Christina Deubel #LandscapeArtTuesday
+TreeSilhouette Wednesday  curated by  +Charles Fromage +Andrew Sowerby #TreeSilhouetteWednesday
+Monochrome 52  curated by  +Shane Raynard +Linda Villers #monochrome52
#10000photographersaro : +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER
#allthingsblackandwhite : +All Things Monochrome curated by +Charles Lupica
#bwfineartle : +Black and White Fine Art Photography Gallery curated by +Joel Tjintjelaar
#landscapephotography : +Landscape Photography curated by +Ben T +David Heath Williams +Jeff Beddow +Margaret Tompkins +Jeannie Danna +Bill Wood +Jim Warthman +Vishal Kumar +Carra Riley +paul t beard +Tom Hierl
#monochromeworld : +Monochrome World curated by +andi rivarola
#plusphotoextract curated by +Jarek Klimek
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+Baldur McQueen - I like Athena's rating system - perhaps I'll adapt it for my own uses at some point... For now however, I'll simply second her 1000/1000 assessment.  ;-)  Hope you're doing well and dandy - I've been a bit less active myself of late, due to work pressures. Blerg. :)
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There is something fishy going on!  In the few years we've lived in the area, we've had loads of spiders in the house, late September and early October.  After that, they're not to be seen until the summer.

This week, though, we've seen quite a few juicy ones - crawling around walls, as if looking for love.  I caught this one earlier today - and took a few snaps before releasing into nature (it's probably found it's way back by now!!)

+Spider Sunday  curated by  +Kimberly Hosey +Mandy Allen #SpiderSunday
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sorry I can´t comment on this.  I can hardly look at it.  Im seriously fobic and would die :)
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NOT MY IMAGE

Please take some time to view +Frank Daniel Brubakken's photos - they are simply outstanding!  Add, if you want (that is what I have done!!!) - and please comment & plus on the original image!!!

NOT MY IMAGE

#selflesssunday  
 
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  • Iceland University of Education
    Social Work (B.Ed)., 1997 - 2000
  • Iceland University of Education
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Born in a small town in North Iceland in 1972 - Scottish mother, Icelandic father.  I have two siblings; an older brother (UK) and a younger sister (Norway). 

My wife and I moved to the UK in 2005, shortly after the birth of our third child.  

For quite a few years my main interest has been in maintaining a blog, mostly to do with Icelandic and British politics.

I have been taking photographs for years, mostly on Automatic Mode as other settings just scared me!  Early 2011 I bought a photography magazine for the first time (I think it was Digital Photo), and since then I have been spending most of my free time trying to learn more about photography and how to take better pictures.  

How long this struggle will last - I do not know.

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Leeds, UK - Manchester, UK - Húsavík, Iceland - Reykjavík, Iceland - Akureyri, Iceland