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Warning: Random Personal Post
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As many people know I deal with Agoraphobia. This includes Anxiety both General and Social as well as Panic Attacks which can lead me to become shut in if it gets bad enough.

In the last 6 months on my 6th attempt for a therapist (this time with Insurance Company Support) It has had an affect on my anxiety, actually starting to see progress. So much so things that seemed impossible a year ago don't seem so lofty anymore.

I made it through the winter for the first time since 2010-11 without becoming totally shut in for stretches, though there were struggles. I've started to be able to go into grocery stores more easily and even shop a little without having to know what I need so I can get in and out in less than 5 minutes.

In the last 8 weeks I have pushed myself, taken on the Scavenger Hunt, for the first time since the end of 2013, and been really trying to get out as often as I can. Basically trying to live my life. I've had bad days, I've had to know my limits, but the anxiety for the first time in years wasn't the primary consideration in my plans much of the time for nearly 2 months.

When I say this I don't mean the anxiety is gone. It isn't. I've learned to manage it better but the anxiety itself is still there, I still hate a line, I get nervous if people are walking to closely behind, Table Rock in Niagara Falls on a Saturday even in March or April is a no go. I have bouts of panic on buses that continuously feels like the first few seconds of a fall on a roller-coaster and it doesn't go away.

Overall though I have been able to do the things I want to do, when I want to do them 9 times out of 10.

It has taken a toll though. Like a Marathon, you are good for the first 10km.. but by km 35 you are really feeling it and by the time you finish you need time before you run your next one. Which is where I am now.. I've run a Mental Marathon and now my mind is saying.."Dude, I can't keep your anxiety under control any more, I'm tired and going to bed"

That is something people don't always understand, controlling something like this s not easy. It is frustrating because when you do get emotionally exhausted things that you know rationally are no big deal seems horrible. I saw Americans eating a picnic out of the back of a SUV in a 7-11 parking lot and nearly lost my shit the other day. Someone was walking behind me as I took out the garbage this morning and it felt like I was in a dark alley coming home from the Opera with the Waynes. I just wanted to get away.. The gentleman walking behind me.. was just going to his car to pack some fishing gear. There was no threat but my heart was racing, my stomach was upside down and I was breathing quickly. The Anxiety, The fear of being out of my safe place was just too much for me to use my coping techniques. Lately that is the norm. Just walking up the street leaves me with the roller coaster feeling. There is no rational reason for it, beyond that is my default state, and I’m having a hard time deal with it.

So it is time for a few weeks to just chill out, recharge and take it easy for a bit. It means I've had to move a shoot in June to August so I can basically avoid stresses for a while. Not all is bad though in this set back. There is good that comes out of it... I'm getting stronger. I'm winning. I'm not retreating into my home to hide from the world, I'm just slowing down, and staying out of stressful situations a bit. It is a hold in my fight.. I know I will win eventually. That is a good feeling that helps offset feeling awful right now.
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Tx for sharing and being so vulnerable. What an eye opener! Glad you have such a positive approach. Praying things continue to get better for you +Rob Elliott  PS. Awesome apple pic!!
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So I was shooting yesterday. As part of a thank you to the young lady that I was working with, I offered to do some creepy photos. I pulled out my Make-up kit and went to work. 

When I saw this photo I saw something like this in my head. A Designer I'm not but I'm amused. 

Figure this is as good a way as any to start my week off :) 
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Awesome! Death becomes her. ;)
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Wednesday was a very strange weather day. Was in Toronto for the first time since December. Start the day in thick fog,  was nearly blown over by wind, rained on, blinded by sunlight, caught in a hail storm and saw wonderful moon light. In that order. 
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Good shot. Perfect timing.
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Some times we make silly mistakes.. like shooting JPG instead of RAW when we want to do this to an image. On occasion though it will turn out ok. 

Fort Mississauga - Niagara-on-the-Lake
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Fabulous shot! 
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Hey I'm on beme Pictish

Haven't actually shared anything but I will eventually 
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gah.. I've been debating posting this image for a while. 

I have a love of Vampires. Near Dark is one of my favourite movies, when I was in high school Anne Rice inspired me to do a paper on "The Evolution of the Vampire as an Anti Hero in Modern Literature" I never turned it in because I never turned anything in high school but the research was awesome.

So when I do Vampy make up stuff I have fun with it.   However it has been pointed out that not everyone has my appreciation of images like this... so I try not to post them too often beyond the Halloween season. 
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I have plenty of people in my circles that live for this creepy stuff
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So with Round 18 in it's last week I thought I'd Share some past photos.

These are from March and Autumn of 2013.. being that was the last time I did a Hunt. 
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This is the shoot that keeps on giving. Alina was a trooper when we did our 13 hours of shooting.. I think we both could have kept going. 

Today I went to edit a different shot that I have been basically putting off for umm well almost 18 months lol. When I saw this and wanted to give it a quick treatment. 
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Congratulation +Rob Elliott  your photograph has been selected to be displayed at +Photo Mania Canada #photomaniacanada. Thank you for sharing your fantastic work us!
Have a great day! :)
+Giselle Savoie and +Mark HELM 
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This past week I was in Niagara-on-the-Lake a city that has a special place in my heart. In April of 2012 I took a photo of Fort Mississauga which is an unmaintained National Heritage Site that was built to act as a counter point to Fort Niagara on the American Side of the Niagara River.
The site is fairly unremarkable, but the photo I took there was the first photo I cropped to a 1:2 format. A Crop I use a lot today. It was also the first photo I took where I said.. "hey that doesn't suck"

Since then I've tried to take other photos there. I've never been super happy with them. I'm still chasing that perfect photo, which is ok. The chase is fun.

I thought I'd share that photo from 2012 paired with my photo 4 years later. I get a kick out of how my eye has changed, my processing, and just my styling.

One day I will get my white whale.

#FortMississauga   #Niagara   #NOTL  
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It is at the other end of the Niagara River about an hours drive though beautiful wine country. There are lots of wonderful restaurants in the city. 
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this video has been making the rounds.. but instead of linking back to it people have been stealing it and re uploading it. Which means that even though it has been shared millions of times.. it only has 600k views. 

give this dude some love. 

+Fine Brothers Entertainment  would be a good react video. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCm_oD7lwrg
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One of my favourite image creators/photographers is +Jaroslav Wieczorkiewicz his work is fantastic. 

If you are going to check something out this year his Fallen Angels are just awesome.

http://aurumlight.com/!galleries!fallenangels
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Brampton, Ontario - Sarnia, Ontario - Waterloo, Ontario - Milton, Ontario - Acton, Ontario - Etobicoke, Ontario - Mississauga, Ontario - North Bay, Ontario - Winnipeg, Manitoba - Wawa, Ontario - Ear Falls, Ontario - Marathon, Ontario - St. Catharines, Ontario - Thorold South, Ontario - Thorold, Ontario
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I am a Niagara Falls, Ontario based hobbyist photographer. Having lived all across Ontario growing up, I have seen an amazingly wide cross section of city and landscapes as well as a whole cast of characters from all walks of life. This has lead me to focus on capturing moments and places that can hold meaning or tell a story, both Urban and Rural. 

I work in the Financial Industry with a big five bank for my day job, and am passionate about technology, history, and culture. Of late I have been enjoying organizing and participating in photowalks through my connections on Google+. 

When I'm not photographing I'm usually reading about history, Wikipedia, or researching one thing or another. I also tend to Hike or Walk a fair bit. I spent my formative years in the Niagara Region and recently moved back after nearly a decade away. 

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Moved 33 times, trying to slow that down. Been bitten by a Python, a few dogs, twice by a cat, at least one fish, and a frog.. I'm tasty.
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Kaziklu, Kaz