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It's #CoffeeThursday again...

And I've just discovered another reason, +Philz Coffee, why I need to return to America and in particular New York. Which also means I have to tag in +Shelly Kay as a local (I believe) is it as good as I hear?

Share your caffeinated shots with the Brew Crew +Jason Kowing +Maki Silberberg +Sairam Sundaresan and me +Stuart Dyckhoff 
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+Stuart Dyckhoff that's okay, same for me and the UK. LOL. I am actually terrible at geography all around. If it's outside the little radius of my 12 mile Island, I am lost. True Story. :-) 
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Wide, Empty Spaces

“To the complaint, 'There are no people in these photographs,' I respond, There are always two people: the photographer and the viewer.”  ~ Ansel Adams
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Thanks +Ellie Kennard though I have to say it was anything but bleak at the time. Peaceful,  yes. Calming, definitely. Sit and stare a while, also yes.
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Spring is Sprung

Took a stroll in our local "country house" estate yesterday with the family. Clearly the grounds folk have been working hard at clearing away the ill and old growth and as yet the newer growth from planting hasn't taken hold to show its beauty. Consequently there wasn't much on display except lots of daffodils, some bluebell shoots and the odd tree with a bud or two on it.

It will be interesting to return when the leaves are out and life is abundant - even the tree that I shot a few years back that has become my most popular image ever (http://bit.ly/1HvrCkL) was looking in a sorry state. Is it just that spring hasn't arrived yet? Or has it finally begun to sprung?
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Let's hope so +Ellie Kennard I was comparing how many shots I've taken up to this time of year in the last two years and it is depressingly few. Well fewer than I'd like which means I haven't been out with my camera that often.
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Sunset Walk

Had a fab stroll with my family tonight at one of the most gorgeous spots I know that is only 15 minutes drive from our house.

Grabbed some sunset shots too but as 'the daughter' said ... "you have. like, 5 angles of this sun already can't we move now?"... I had to grab this golden hour shot on the fly.
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Thanks +Shannon Adelson and +Liz C I agree - I am a lucky guy.
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Its started. 
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Cheers H  +Heidi Anne Morris 
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Bright Lights Big City 2

This is the other image I got on the same night that I shared my shot of the big city lights the other day.

This is the Millennium Bridge that on its opening famoulsy had people hanging on due to, as I recall, resonance of peoples feet causing it to sway wildly. That was fixed. It is also becoming a cliche shot but the real cliche shot is actually about 30ft behind this point. From that angle you get this convergence of 3 bits of bridge...

I didn't go with that one mostly because there was a lot of traffic cones keeping folks away from damaged sections. Still, all that said, this is my version of the cliche - blue hour was very blue and most folks kept moving enough for my 25s exposure to blur them out. Just the one tourist in his pinky coloured trousers left behind!
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Week 8/26: Asymmetrical
#BWProject26 | Curated by +Tisha Montgomery +Brandon Luk +Lauri Novak +Alison Christensen

So sue me, I'm a day late :)
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Many thanks +Magdalena Koziara 
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Does anybody know of a replacement for googleplussuomi.com ? It appears that the domain is up for sale which means I can no longer link folks to my images in an order I desire - or that they then pick an alternative order once at the site.

I realise that +Jari Huomo provided that service free and perhaps the simple cost of hosting it was too much for an individual. For the time it was up though I want to thank Jari for the service and his generosity in hosting it.

Cheers.
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I should probably take the link out of my bio page as well.
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Week 7/26: Umbrella
#BWProject26 | Curated by +Tisha Montgomery +Brandon Luk +Lauri Novak +Alison Christensen

I'm late, I'm late, for a very important date ... not my usual fare but snapped this with my phone (old, poor quality camera unit) through the window of a bus just so I wouldn't fall too far behind on this theme.

For those that care, the brolly says "I heart rain".
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Thank you ladies +Ellie Kennard and +Lauri Novak 
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“A large drop of sun lingered on the horizon and then dripped over and was gone, and the sky was brilliant over the spot where it had gone, and a torn cloud, like a bloody rag, hung over the spot of its going. And dusk crept over the sky from the eastern horizon, and darkness crept over the land from the east.”
John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath

'nuff said.
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It is lovely isn't it +Ellie Kennard - as I've said elsewhere I am fortunate to live here. Today it is hammering down with rain :)
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Halfway through and at its zenith.

It visibly darkened but the clearest indicator was the drop in temperature.
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So cool +Stuart Dyckhoff!
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The Battle of Britain
The B&W Project
Week 6/26: Inspired by TV/Film
#BWProject26  |  +Tisha Montgomery +Brandon Luk +Alison Christensen +Lauri Novak 

Never was so much owed by so many to so few...

My choice of film was made for me when I came across the BoB memorial just round the corner from a hotel I was staying at last week. Otherwise I think this week would have been a bust.

The daytime light was too harsh and then by night these spotlights came on and made trying to capture the airman bursting out of the memorial pale into the background - so I've tried something a little different to try and make the airman stand out again.

Hopes you likes :)
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+Stuart Dyckhoff I'm still missing Week 4!! :)  No worries!!  
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β geek slipping through life one happy day at a time - photographer - techy - martial artist - husband - father - friend
Introduction
All images posted on my stream and created by me are released under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 license

In essence this means you can:

Sharecopy, distribute and transmit the work
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Under the following conditions:

Attribution — You must attribute the work to me, Stuart Dyckhoff, (but not in any way that suggests that I endorse you or your use of the work).

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Please feel free to critique any of my images. Yes I love the +1's and 'that's nice' type of comments but truth be told I am here to learn and the only way to learn is for you to tell me what you don't like.

Better still - tell me how you'd improve it if you can. 

I'm a big boy, I can handle honest criticism but don't expect me to be nice back if you are just being plain rude. :)

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Circling / Following

Let me put this simply: just because you circle me it doesn't mean I will automatically circle you back. Give me a reason to do so ...

But it isn't personal it's more likely you haven't posted anything or your profile is empty or you haven't interacted with me. 

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I am one of the Brew Crew behind the re-birth of #CoffeeThursday - please post your coffee related shots on a Thursday and use this to help notify us: 
#CoffeeThursday curated by your Brew Crew +106488284533523054088, +110105384020219882756, +102165221944293633376  +112763558414523707325

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Sadly googleplussuomi.com appears to have been taken down so I can no longer easily link you to a timeline of my imagery. If anybody knows a direct replacement then please do tell.
-My Google+ Timeline (takes you off G+)-
-All my G+ images - the good, bad and ugly. (takes you off G+)-

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Some keywords to categorise me - if you don't wish to read the rest :)

Tech Head - Geek / Nerd - Hardware - Networks - Firewalls
Photographer - photography - photog - amateur
Welsh - Wales
Rugby
Tang Soo Do Martial Art
Geocaching
Husband - Dad - Son - Brother - Father
Single Malt.
Coffee.

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I  have been curating the Less than 5K Photogs circle. 

However this monthly circle share is on a hiatus whilst I work out a better way to share it and get the members promoted.

Here's a link to the last version of the circle.

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I have a faith in a God and I am an engineer and I believe in science - I don't believe these are conflicting or contradictory things and am happy enter a discussion about any aspect of my faith. However, I will never preach at you through my timeline.

I'm a tech head with a passion for way too many things. I have one wife and 3 children. A happy family man with not enough time, too little money and too much going on inside my head.

I love rugby (Wales) and even though I turned 50 recently I still haven't seen (nor plan to) a full football game. Love cricket; 10 Pin Bowling (closet to 300 I have is a 257); Tang Soo Do; Judo; Cycling and many other.

Come join my train wreck ride and have a laugh with me ...!

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OK here's - 25 things about me.

And another 25 for good measure.

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I am the *one and only* Stuart Dyckhoff in this world of 7 Billion+ peeps.