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Wes Lum
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Lives in Honolulu, HI


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It's been awhile since I've last posted on G+, but there's a really big opportunity for +Empowerment International, and I hope you can help.

The opportunity is for EI to get 20 bikes from +Specialized Bicycles !  It'll be an amazing thing for EI's biking program, and the kids will definitely be able to make use of it.  Biking helps keep them motivated, keeps them fit, and keeps them off the streets!

It's a very simple process and voting ends on Tuesday.  EI is currently in second about 300 votes.  So every vote counts!  Please click and hit like.  You don't even have to like the product page, just the image.


Please share if possible.  Thank you so much!!  There's so much going on, that I've been pretty quiet on social media in general.  Let's just say it involves getting married.  :)

I hope to come back to G+ in the future, but for now, I just don't have the energy.  I do miss many friends here...I hope you are all in good health and taking beautiful photos!

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OMG! advanced congratulations are in order then :)))
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Back in Nicaragua... And the reason I'm here. The kids. Missed them a lot! Oh hi there Google+!
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Thanks, +Wes Lum!
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Oh yes...I'm still here :D

Great shot by +Andrew Willard.

Have a great week everyone!
Week 31 : Silhouette

#weeklyphotoproject2013  is curated by
+Andrew Willard, +Iain Harley & +Tiina Niskanen
+Weekly Photo Project 2013

I spent too much time, getting the shot I wanted, for this weeks theme image. I've done plenty of silhouette images in b&w but  a colour rendition is always a bit allusive to me... it's not that I can't create one but I always dislike something about them. Even this image bothers me slightly, it's off centre but the shading was terrific so I ended up using it.

Mr. Roo in silhouette enjoying the late afternoon sun.

It's a little late or really early for  #fidofriday  but that's ok ;-)
+Fido Friday is curated by +mel peifer, +Lisa Lisa, +Suhaib Ayaz & +Wes Lum
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Gone Fishing.

Just came back from Molokai, Hawaii.  It was a great trip with good friends.  Friends caught a few Uluas (27 & 65lbs), and I got to take pictures!  Still not into photography the way I used to be, but I did enjoy the solitude and time spent waking up early and staying up late just to capture photos...not to mention the food and beer was awesome!

I figured I should check in and say hello as well.  I hope you are all well and ready for the weekend!

Alright, crawling back into my hole...until next time!  (Maybe next week?  Could be next month........)

For #thirstyThursday  curated by +Mark Esguerra & +Giuseppe Basile.

For #landscapephotography  curated by +Margaret Tompkins.
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beautiful photo Wes
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Goodbye #Whitespace .  Time to switch my monitor back to landscape.  Yippee!

I think I like this new layout.  I can finally see more and my mouse wheel will last a few more years :)

Thank you +Google!
Not only has Google+ changed the way I see the world, but it's made me turn my monitor from landscape to portrait orientation. It's kind of neat since I've never tried it before, but it works perfectly. No more I don't know where I'm going to put the bacon though :/

#usesforwhitespace #whitespace
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Hey +Wes Lum Saying Hello, Haven't seen you for awhile.
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Volunteer needed.  Inquire within.

If you would like to help out a wonderful organization, please consider volunteering.  Read the full post for more information and who to contact.

We are looking for a volunteer to help maintain the Google+ +Empowerment International page.  It would mainly entail keeping the Facebook and Google+ pages in sync -- including posts and responding to comments.

If you are interested, please contact or visit us on Facebook at and leave us a message.


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Last Day in Japan.

I just returned from a trip to Japan with my mother, and it was a great trip!  We visited many areas of Japan, including Fukuoka, Kyoto, Niigata, Sakata, Hakodate, Aomori, Yamagata, and Tokyo.

I also realized how much I missed home.  I haven't been posting much to social media in general, but I do know that photography is something I will continue to do even though I may not share as much as I did before.  I hope you are all in good health and ready for the holiday season.

Take care of each other and until next time, aloha no!
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Beautiful photo. Welcome back
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Happy #FidoFriday!

Even when we're miles away from the ocean, +TJ the Chocolate Labrador is still dreaming of swimming...

Yes, I'm still here...sort of.  Hope you have a great weekend!

#FidoFriday  is curated by +mel peifer, +Lisa Lisa, +Suhaib Ayaz, and myself.
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Hey Ada I know I've been putting g+on the back burner for some time now. Not sure when I'll be using it much again. I've been thinking about you to though!
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July 16, 2011.  The day I started using +Google+.  

Who would've's almost been two years now.  So much has changed, and I've experienced so much I may not have had it not been for Google+.  

How many Google+ UI changes have we gone through?  Who remembers #WhiteSpace .  I've ranted a few times...I've shared my frustrations.  Who remembers the "SUL"?  How about all those circle shares and being left out?!?  :)  Yeah, I've had my timeout moments.  But, I still enjoyed my time on G+...

The most significant and life changing has to be my travels to Nicaragua.  When I joined Google+, my interest in photography was just starting to come back.  I saw so many amazing photos, learned so much, and met so many new people.   One of the people I met, was +Colby Brown, and he was just starting his organization +The Giving Lens.

I remember being so excited when I heard that I could not only take pictures but work with an organization and give back.   I had so many reservations about joining the workshop, but I just did it.  I am so glad I did.

I joined +The Giving Lens and got to travel to Nicaragua, where I connected with an amazing organization +Empowerment International.  An organization that has given me the inspiration to become a better person and see my world in a totally different way.

Today, I continue to work with EI as a volunteer and on the board.

Photography and giving back has given me a sense of pride I've never had before.  

It's funny, when I started using Google+ I had no idea why I was using it.  Was it to blog?  Was it like my journal?  Was it for marketing my photography? 

And now, 2 years later, I still don't really know.  I think I may never know.  But, it has opened doors and introduced me to people I never would have met.  I know my photography skills have gotten better.  I don't think I would've been able to capture the photo of the Milky Way a few years ago.  I think I like not knowing why I'm using Google+.  In some ways, I hope I never know!

Actually, I may be using Google+ to see pictures of Fidos!  It is Friday...Woof Woof!

Have a great weekend everyone!

#MyPlusStory  is not a unique one, I hope.
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I'm still here :)   Thanks everyone!  +walter gawronski naw, just a lot of stuff going on (good stuff :).
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Untold Story.

I've been pretty much absent on G+ for awhile now, and I haven't shared much of what is going on.  Truth is, I miss many of you -- the interaction and the friendships, but life has given me some truly unexpected and wonderful twists.

In the past few months, I've been in a serious relationship with a wonderful girl who I never expected to meet, and it's been an amazing journey so far.  Mix that with a lack of photographic motivation, work, my brown dog, sleep and you've got a recipe for the anti-socialness that is me.

So, I want you all to know that I miss you (just some ppl that come to mind right now +Ada M , +Elizabeth Lund, +Richard Martin, the old hangout crew, the Fido themers, my street photography regulars (+Mark Forman), and of course the landscapers! So many more people), and that I hope to be back in full force in the future.  I don't know when that will be, but I am still active on G+...but consider me to be a ninja Plusser for a bit.

Sadly, I will admit, I am a little more active on, don't kill me, Facebook, and you are more than welcome to friend me:

If you need to get in touch with me, please email me because I really lose track of all the G+ notifications.  If there are any I've missed in the past few months, I'm really sorry.  I am not ignoring you!

I also want to thank the #FidoFriday  team who have been picking up my slack -- +mel peifer, +Lisa Lisa, +Suhaib Ayaz!

Oh hey, I might as well submit this for a theme since the posts are so rare for me these days!

For #LandscapePhotography  curated by +Margaret Tompkins.

Have a great week plussers!  Aloha no!
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Cheers, cheers to your amazing and beautiful journey, +Wes Lum ! :)
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Full time techy, part-time photographer, wanna be chef, adventurer, fisherman, trained by dogs, life long student, financial planner and blogger.
  • Empowerment International
    Volunteer, 2012 - present
    Photographer, 2011 - present
✔ Photography and technology junky. Stop Bullying! Noblesse Oblige.
I live in the state of Hawaii.  I am a technical analyst by profession and a photographer by heart.  I primarily focus on nature and landscape, but I do enjoy venturing into street on occasion.  I currently shoot with a Nikon D800E, D5100, Panasonic LX-5 and my phone.  My primary lenses are the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8, 50mm f/1.4, 105mm f/2.8 and 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6.

I see things in color, black & white, sepia, and everything in between.  I think photography should be bright, vivid, loud, but I also think it should be dark, subtle, quiet.  Just like people, art reflects my different moods.  History of photography is a great reference, but history should never hold us back.  Whether it's HDR, abstract, street or any other type of photography...I enjoy it.  I look forward to change, and I embrace it.  Change may not always be what I want, but that's okay.

Life would be so boring without variety and change.

I enjoy all science and technology, but biology and high tech gadgets really interest me.  Definitely a nerd.  :)  I'm a big Google Android and Chrome fan.  I currently have a Galaxy Nexus.  I upgraded from a rooted HTC EVO 4G phone with FreshEVO rom which has served me well for almost 2 years.  I have no qualms with Microsoft, and in fact, I like Windows.  I'm looking forward to getting a Surface tablet!

I love dogs.  I have a chocolate labrador who is the love of my life.  I hope to adopt a dog one day.

I believe strongly in a world that has tolerance for all people and views.  I believe strongly in inclusion.  I believe in treating others as I wish to be treated and in always keeping an open mind.  Live and let live.

If you are interested, please join me in trying to raise awareness against bullying and add yourself to the StopBullying list.  Also, if you interested in looking for ways to give back using photography, checkout The Giving Lens.  Finally, if you are interested in helping out children in Nicaragua, checkout Empowerment International.

I post about photography, technology, social commentary, rants, finances, motivational topics, food, and everything really.  Maybe I should have just said everything to begin with?

Selected photos placed in my gallery are available for download (Creative Commons BY-NC-SA) at  I use Zenfolio for my gallery.  If you would like to sign up, feel free to use my referral code D7D-PAB-EAZ.  You get a discount, and I get some credit.  If you have any questions or comments, don't hesitate to contact me.
It is never too late to be what you might have been.
  — George Eliot

I never saw a wild thing 
sorry for itself. 
A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough 
without ever having felt sorry for itself.

  — D.H. Lawrence

All I know is that I know nothing.
  — Socrates

The Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, answered “Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.
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I have a horrible memory and people often take me the wrong way.  I am very good at creating awkward moments...ummm...Hi?  Ok, bye.
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