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Melissa North ((dot)melie)
Lives in Kwinana, Western Australia
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<3 this guy's work if you hadn't noticed. But seriously, some of his stuff is simply amazing.
Broke Back

Broke, New South Wales, Australia
NIKON D750 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 26 mm, 1 sec at f/11, ISO 50 x 7 Frames

I’d just taken a shot using the Lee Little Stopper looking straight out over these poles into the dam when the sun was just rising over to the left. The heavy cloud on the horizon was still blocking the sun so the light was shining into the clouds and reflecting onto the landscape nicely.

I loved the way the grasses were being partially and intermittently lit by the golden light. In my mind I felt the lay of the land where we were standing would suit a wide panoramic view if I managed to put the composition together properly.

So this is a panorama stitch of seven vertical frames taken at a wide but not too wide focal length.

We are actually standing at the top of a small ridge along this side of the dam and the ridgeline (looking sort of straight ahead in this final image). The poles into the dam are at 90 degrees to the ridgeline so this entire pano probably spans more than 180 degrees of view.

I’m reasonably happy with the final result but it required a little work to bash it together. I also wish I’d taken one more frame on the right just to cover the rest of the dam and give the poles a touch more breathing room on the right. The main problem I faced in post processing was that I’d not bothered to take the polariser off when taking the panorama frames. This is usually a cardinal sin for stitched panoramas, especially ones which cover a wide angle of view with the direction of light changing radically between frames as it does here. The end result is massively uneven polarisation of the sky across the source frames. Frankly I couldn’t be bothered unscrewing the polariser but given the pain involved in fixing this in post I should have taken the option :).

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Awesome photo! :)
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Awwwhyisssssss!!!!! What fun it was. Such an epic weekend. So much teamwork to get our anomaly on June 20 up and running, learned many lessons along the way and had a blast with everything.

Just, yeah, thank you to everyone. :)
Some more of the great stories that get shared with us:

Have you ever made a field so amazing that the pictures of it spread like wildfire through the Ingress communities? And then announced to the world that that field was just the decoy for the REAL field about to go up?
This is exactly what happened during the Perth #Persepolis anomaly. The first field stretched from Mauritius all across the Indian Ocean to cover large parts of Western Australia. Then, because these fields might be taken down, the Perth Enlightened took no half measurements and took down the field themselves, only to replace it with a field from Antarctica!
Read the amazing story of Operation K9 from +Mathew Fogg here:

And while we're on the subject, #Persepolis in #sendai was just as legendary. Great fields covered the site and it was a joy to behold.
Read the japanese Sitrep from +Kyoko Toshino ™  here:

More amazing fields came from New Mexico where +Mike Hansen Kilgada shared with us operation Green Gas Guzzler (3G) where they covered 57,933 km2 and gained about 2.66 Million MU in 5 Layers

Incredible stories coming from +Kent Long about Operation Ghostbuster as well! The objective was to continue an incredible 72-0 cycle win streak. This proved no easy feat. The big blue field that covered Europe stayed behind as a ghost-field for 2 cycles after being taken down. The #bergen enlightened had it all to do with field after field and multilayer after multilayer.
Read about their amazing battle here:

And last but not least, +Matilde Tusberti shared screenshots of the 3429 (!!!) links that went into Estonia today. Dear agents, we honestly can't wait for the SITREP for this one!
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In that slipper? About 5 I'd say
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+Mattias Adolfsson​ happy birthday!!!!! Hope it's excellent! 🎆🎇🎊🎉💚🎂🍻
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A girl can dream
Day to Night
under the windmill

I can still smell the cow dung in the air...the dust of the road and the sharp cold as the last of the sun disappeared over the horizon.
...... experiences which are lost to the city.
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Lyndon!!!!!!! haha maybe :P
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well now, that's cool :)
Vivid Planet

So, i only have about 14.5 billion images from vivid this year, so I think its only fair that I inflict some more vividness on the world... in light (hahaaa get it? vivid ..festival... light.. - ok bad dad joke) of the recent splurge of #tinyplanets its only sensible that I do one of the pinstripped Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To save time I tried with just a single image (yeah kinda of lazy) just see how it would work out.. surprisingly well, i could have blended multiple exposures to get some more dynamic range and stitched a pano... but in the interest of saving time, here we go, tiny planet from a single 14mm shot.

#vivid2015 #bluespoint #vividsydney #bridge #tinyplanet #planetoid  

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D750 coupled with Samyang 14mm f2.8 @ 14mm  Aperture: f/7.1 and Shutter Speed: 20s
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out front - a very bending SHB
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If only I could look up and see the skies this clearly
Look to the Stars

Flinders Chase National Park, Kangaroo Island, South Australia
NIKON D600 + 14.0 mm f/2.8 @ 14 mm, 25 sec at f/4, ISO 400

Second last day on Kangaroo Island so it was my last chance for our last rise at Remarkable Rocks.

My two youngest daughters were joining me for a sunrise session this morning so we woke very early (around 5AM). The skies were clear (again as usual) so I wasn’t expecting anything epic in the sunrise department but it’s always nice to be out and about in such a fabulous place at this time of day.

Before heading across to Remarkable Rocks we made a quick detour to the Lighthouse next to where we were staying for our last chance at seeing it’s last rise under the stars…

5:33AM and still 50 minutes till sunrise but already the sky looks very bright when you’re trying to expose for the stars…

#kangarooisland #southaustralia #flinderschase #capeducouedic
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mmmmmm.  that looks peaceful
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 In light of the passing of my mentor, a great confidante, and great friend, Professor Geoff Shellam; The Shellam fund for Research in Microbiology and Infectious Diseases was launched, to commemorate his efforts in improving human health.  On a personal note, I believe that this will undoubtedly create more grounds for research/education in the field of Microbiology at UWA; where it has been truly lacking in recent years. Please do share this with friends/colleagues/family members, and support this fund generously. 
The New Century Campaign for the University of Western Australia raising funds to support our research and educational vision.
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Couldn't have said it better.
11 habits of people with concealed depression

Depression often goes unseen, unrecognized, and undiagnosed. A person with concealed depression is someone who is conditioned to deal with their inner demons in a way that doesn’t make them clearly visible. They may or may not be diagnosed, and this may or may not be something they’ve shared with even their closest of companions. The problem is that the world becomes darkest when we all stop being able to understand each other. We tend to believe that hardship is worn openly upon one’s chest like a battle scar, but many of these wounds do not easily reveal themselves to those that do not take the time to look.

1. They may intentionally make efforts to appear OK and maybe even seem exponentially happy and upbeat.
The idea that those with depression all have one similarly dreary personality is false. Depression is more than just a mood. Those who live with depression have learned to alter their apparent moods, and may even be some of the most seemingly “happy” people that you know. Personalities can vary. Often those with depression try to stick with the positive and public parts of their demeanor regardless of what they’re going through on the inside. No one wants to bring others down, even if that means hiding how he or she is truly feeling.

2. They may have habitual remedies.
There are serious ways to treat depression, including therapy and medication. However, in addition to these remedies, there are lifestyle habits that those with depression use to treat their everyday state-of-mind. This can be in the form of music, exercise, driving, walks, or basically anything they know can get themselves out of a sinking set of emotions. Concealed depression has a lot to do with the ways people try to personally conquer their own demons.

3.They may have trouble with abandonment.
Anyone who has experienced depression understands the burden it can be. It can also be a burden for those closest to them. Sometimes when you let someone in enough to see the struggles you have, they walk the other way. Though it’s hard to blame these people for leaving, it creates a serious feeling of abandonment for those with depression. It forges a need for secrecy, out of fear of the recession of those they love. There is nothing more heartbreaking than finding out your ugliest layer of self is too ugly for someone you love to handle.

4. They can be pros at “cover-up” stories.
This can be for anything from the cuts on their arms to the reason they skipped dinner. People who live with different forms of depression experience various hardships that can at times impede the normalcy of their daily lives. In these low instances, they know what to say to avoid attention from others to those displays of pain. Often they don’t want to recognize that they are hitting a low point either, so they know how to hide it.

5. They may have abnormal sleeping and eating habits.
This may seem like a small sign or factor, but it has a grave effect. Those who live with depression in an unrevealing way can sometimes only let the little signs show. Sleeping too much or too little are textbook examples. The same goes goes for eating too little or too much. Sleep and nutrition are two critical elements to health. They are also two elements that the human mind can attempt to control. Depression creates a suffocating lack of control, and being able to control at least something, can be all a person has. Sleep can be nearly impossible, or it can be the only escape. The same goes for eating.

6. They may understand substances differently.
A person who handles their depression also knows how to monitor what they put into their body. They know alcohol is a depressant, and drinking it over an extended period of time can create a mental state of low that they are less equipped to handle than the average person. They know that caffeine and sugar are uppers for their moods. They know what medications do what. They know what doesn’t mix well. They know all of this because altering their state of mind in any way is much more of a responsibility than it may be for other people.

7. They may exhibit a very involved perception of life and death.
Not every person with depression has felt suicidal. However, depression often invokes a unique and complex thought process about life in general. Facing one’s mortality often comes at moments of desperation. It happens when you are furiously seeking answers to all of life’s questions. Being dragged in and out of horrible mindsets can cause these kind of thoughts to be more frequent.

8. They are often uniquely talented and expressive.
Many of the most inspired and life-changing artists, musicians, and leaders of this world were also plagued by mental illness. I use the word “plagued” in a contradicting fashion, because having a serious depth of emotions can also lead to profound greatness. People who live with depression that may not be visible to the naked-eye, often express themselves in incredible ways. They are in touch with the good and bad pieces of their souls. They are able to formulate and illustrate beauty through the shadows of the emotions they carry.

9. They are often searching for a purpose.
Everyone wants a purpose in life. We want to know that what we are doing is worthwhile. We want to know that we are moving in the right direction. Those who live with unseen depression want this as well, and in a way that attempts to satisfy something inside of them that may always be hungry for more. Feelings of inadequacy and fear are no stranger to the depressed mind. People with hidden depression are almost always trying to compensate in their life for the frailties that they have inside. They may change directions often. They may become incredibly involved in the pursuit of true happiness. They are also striving and searching for more.

10. They at some times will release subtle cries for help.
Even a person who knows how to live with the burden of their own mind can need help. Outcries from people you aren’t expecting are easily overlooked. Sometimes it isn’t safe for people to be on their own with their depression; as much as they say differently. Sometimes they will reach out. Sometimes they will open up. These moments are the most crucial, because they are especially powerful. They are what builds a bridge between people who have different levels of emotions and mindsets. They are what creates a closeness and trust among friends and lovers that isn’t always easy if some feel they have to camouflage their true selves.

11. They seek love and acceptance, as every person does.
Shielding the world from one’s personal demons is not done so for the sake of dishonesty. People who live with depression in a private and undisclosed way do so for protection. This is for the protection of their hearts. This is for the protection of the people around them. This is for the protection of the success of their dreams. Some of those reading this may have felt an eerie connection to these habits. Whether you have been treated for depression, or you simply have treated yourself, you know how easy it is to feel alone. I entitled this article about those with unseen depression, but the truth is that most depression goes unseen by our human nature. We live in a world that encourages us to hide what is dark and unpleasant. We don’t have to.

The most important habit and motivation of those with unseen depression to understand is that they search for love and acceptance. We all do. The only way to gain it is to spread it. Never turn away from a person who seems to be struggling. Love when it’s difficult. Cry when you need to. Reach out when someone closes the door. Open your heart, even if it feels terrifying to do so. If we keep forcing the bad to go unseen, the good will also go unseen.

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I still suck at the last bit there. Putting me first. Pretty damn terrible at it.

Thanks for sharing that +Martin Towell​​​​ 😘

Also yes, the only person whose opinion of you matters, is yours. Love who you are.
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Yo Perth & rest of AU, anyone know this lady by chance?
Can we share with with our Australian friends please.
A woman rescued from the streets of Carlsbad, Calif. has caught the attention of police and FBI agents after doctors confirmed she suffers from a rare case of amnesia. With the help of social media and a...
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Nah, we have no accent ;)
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3 years ago, I shared this on devil book apparently. It's still darn funny.
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I remember when u found this at work.. i still think its funny too
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This is Australia

where the land rolls endlessly and the sunsets dream on.

WIndmills, these are staple item across the plains of outback Australia, in this case NSW and boy, do they make great photographic subjects :)

#panorama #landscapephotography #windmill

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ISO 100
out front - couple of tanks and a windmill.
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Looks like Westfall windmill at nightfall
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