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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!

Vota por Empowerment International dando "Me gusta" a esta imagen. Gracias a tu apoyo puede conseguir 20 bicis de niños y 20 cascos!
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Congratulations on the up coming blessings and good luck with the project +Wes Lum  
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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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Oh so happy to see you and TJ here +Wes Lum​ 😄
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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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The great things that +The Giving Lens does!
TGL Peru - Day One

After a hearty breakfast and coffee, the TGL Peru team packed up all of their camera gear and set out to explore the amazingly photogenic city of Cusco, Peru. From old, character filled wooden doors, to baby sheep, this city has a ton to offer our photographers while rambling down the narrow cobblestone roads. 

The afternoon led us to the real reason why the team is here. To help introduce photography to the children of +Picaflor House. After some introductions and a short performance by the children, The Giving Lens team members separated into groups and handed out the many cameras that were generously donated. The children's eyes lit up as they ran around the large play area, learning the basics of photographing flowers, people, and of course, group jumps! The team members, and of course, the children, can't wait to return tomorrow to continue the fun.

#TGLPeru   #Photography   #Travel  #Peru

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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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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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Thank you +Shannon Adelson.

If there's one thing about Google+ that is great, it's the people you can meet.  Whether in person or online, there's something really awesome about online friends you really want to meet in real life or friends you already know.

Despite my current disappearance from G+, I have been "stalking" and wish that everyone keeps meeting new people, forming lasting relationships, and just seeing the world out there.

Oh and there's so much to learn on G+...There are a lot of great faces in this circle.

I hope to meet you one day Shannon!
This is my Gratitude Circle

If you received a Notification about this, then you are in it!


First of all, I'd like to thank +Jari Huomo from whom I borrowed this idea. He posted a similar Circle Share last June ( ), and regrettably it has taken me far too long to finally put mine together.  Please allow me to apologize in advance if I accidentally left someone out who regularly engages here on my page.

This was a labor of love, as I tried not only to include those that I have regular conversations with here on my own page, but who also are all actively engaging their followers on their own pages.  This is also the first time ever that I curated a circle myself.

Many of these people you probably already have in your Circles, and might recognize from some of the following activities:

+Chrysta Rae's Photography Scavenger Hunt 

+Project 52 B&W 


+Macro Monday 

...and too many more to mention individually!


Now, I'm sure you'd like to know how it was put together, right? Well, most of you know I have been on G+ since beta and was not a fan of Shared Circles when they were first introduced, because if you can remember back that far, Circle Sunday used to highlight individual profiles, and more importantly why you had those people in your Circles.

As circle membership grew larger and larger, and more people shared them at random, it seemed fewer people took the time to thoroughly vet the contents.  I'd like to point out that I did not include myself in this circle, as it is meant to show gratitude for those that have enriched my experiences here in this community, not as a means of self-promotion. Sure, we all would love to have higher engagement, or more followers, or both -- but NOT at the expense of quality. One thing I've discovered in the past two years on here is that it is very difficult to maintain relationships with hundreds of people, and not have a few (hundred) slip through the cracks.  While I admit my circles are not nearly as organized or efficient as I'd like, hopefully my methods have kept me in the loop so that I don't miss too many conversations with the people I care about.

I should point out that while a majority of this circle contains photographers, that was definitely not a requirement for inclusion. Everyone in this circle has in one way or another affected my life in a positive way. And I am long overdue in expressing my heartfelt appreciation for the plusses, shares and comments that make this place such a joy to be a part of.  *Thank you* to everyone included here, as you have truly added value to my social media adventures: offering advice, sharing wisdom, commiserating about struggles, lifting each other up on the bad days, and celebrating together on the good ones.


For the Public reading this post, please take the time to review each and every one of these people, as I can personally vouch for the quality of their posts, and the honesty of their engagement. All of these people post mostly their own content (for Public consumption), and are actively participating in multiple communities on a variety of topics.  Please check out their work, and show your appreciation as they have so often done for others like me!
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We go back to Hawaii every other year, so there's a good chance we'll be able to meet up IRL at some point in the future, just don't know exactly when. In the meantime, though, definitely enjoying getting to know you (and the rest of the group here) online. You're right, this platform allowed a bunch of people with similar interests from around the World to network and in some cases develop friendships. I'm so grateful that I was able to join early when it started, and truly experience the benefit of watching how much it has grown, and how much we all have grown along the way as a result.
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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.
Full time techy, part-time photographer, wanna be chef, adventurer, fisherman, trained by dogs, life long student, financial planner and blogger.