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"The first man to compare the cheeks of a young woman to a rose was obviously a poet; the first to repeat it was possibly an idiot."
~ Salvador Dali

This is my father's rose .. a shot I captured shortly after his passing in 2012. Although it is a beautiful pinky red I decided to make use of +Joel Tjintjelaar new B&W panel to help me enhance it and show some of its textures.
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Urbex Sunset

This is a set of abandoned farm buildings less than 2 miles - as the crow files - from where I live. It's crazy to think that most of the land around here was all green fields or farm land no more than 30yrs ago but since then our ever increasing population has forced a change.

Now the land that belonged to this farm is all housing... over the trees in the back of the image is our local prison and soon even this set of buildings will be erased for a new development of some form.
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Experimenting

TL:DR - testing for noise with ND16 - thoughts appreciated :)

This is Bracelet Bay in South Wales (UK). The sun was very strong to the left of the image and climbing ... I guess this was just prior to 10am.

Anyway, I stuck on my +Formatt-Hitech INRD 16 stop ND Grad and was still able to get a 6 min exposure (400 seconds). This has resulted in an ultra smooth sea and some distortion in the clouds as the wind was practically zero at the time.

What I was most interested in was firstly how long an exposure I could get without seriously changing my aperture or other settings - so this was f/5.6 at ISO100 - and secondly to how bad noise affected my lens and camera combination when pushing the limits. Previously I used the EFS 10-22mm and that on my Canon 60D would generate noise so bad that after 4 minutes of exposure it was nigh on useless as an image.

I'd always presumed the noise element was down to the camera body pure and simple. Well all other things being equal and with my replacement EFS 10-18mm lens on (half the price of the 10-22) you can see for yourself. My very unscientific test, seems to imply that the cheaper but newer (in terms of it is historically a newer lens from Canon) lens is far better at handling noise with my 60D than the old. Hmmm.

I'll grant this is not the best composition but I tried to get the line of rocks on the left to lead the eye to the water.

Thoughts? Anyone?
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Well +Alex Lapidus and +Ugo Cei as I mentioned to Matthieu I don't disagree and it is very unscientific. Absolutely agreed on that.

Unfortunately the comparison test is not possible as the 10-22mm is dead ... well strictly speaking it's in bits.

All I can use is previous images shot in "similar" conditions.
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Caswell Bay

I truly am lucky to live in such a beautiful place but a place that I malign quite often die to the seemingly incessant rain.

This image, shot just yesterday, is to remind me that we do get gorgeous days with blue sky and little fluffy bits of cloud. What made the day better is that it was me and a few dogs and their owners here yesterday. Give it a month and this place will be swarming with day trippers and holiday makers.
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To use a Welsh phrase  +Michael Maxwell it is lush :)
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The Return

I originally shot this rock formation in early 2014 (see here: http://bit.ly/1RD4bKp ), in fact almost precisely 2 years ago. Today I returned to it with some fellow BADASS members  (you'll have to ask if you want to know) and celebrated my new lens with the below as my first ever image.

New lens you say? Well strictly speaking it is the replacement for my daughter damaged 10-22mm that met its untimely end late December. The reviews assure me that not only is this lens lighter and cheaper it is also much sharper and has IS to boot.. though for this LE that was disabled.

Not quite the same angle and the sun didn't come out to play but I had fun all the same. Hope you likes it too.
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Cheers +Matthieu Oostveen I went with the Canon 10-18 IS
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Caerphilly Castle Sunset Pano with starburst.

I really wanted to capture this shot but a few things presented themselves as obstacles to be overcome.

 - first is I am reduced to my 18-55mm kit my lens.
 - this produces a lot of noise especially in darker areas with bright spots around it.
 - to get the sunburst, one really needs to change the F-stop to something small which again introduces noise
 - next is the lens isn't very wide angle at all especially not on a crop sensor body so had to go with 4 shots to get this all in rather than 2
 - last (apart from processing) I felt there was too much difference between light and dark areas so went with shooting 5 brackets for each shot, combined these into a pseudo HDR and then merged the 4 into the pano you see.

Overall I feel I've done a good job with what I had and am pleased with the end result but there is one area that still bugs me. No prizes for guessing which one.

What it does show is the sheer scale of this castle and its defenses - certainly it is one of the largest still standing (mostly) castles that aren't occupied that I know of.
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Dear +Stuart Dyckhoff 
Your photo has been shared on +Photo Mania UK, curated by Hans-Juergen Werner, Walli Veeser and Chandro Ji  (Photo Mania UK  is a part of +Photo Mania Global). There you will find a selection of the finest Photographs  of UK photographers.  Come around and have a look - We are looking forward to your visit!
Congratulations and best wishes
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Marrakesh, Morocco

So who's been to Morocco or more specifically Marrakesh and can advise on what shouldn't be missed?

I get to spend the best part of almost 4 days there mid June with my honey (for our 30th WA) and ALL suggestions taken into consideration. Also any tips from folks that have 'survived' the souks, hammams, etc are all welcome.

Any 'must grab photo' suggestions also gratefully taken on board :)

Image from: www.marrakech-select.com
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It appears to be about 5m walk from my hotel +Kate Marchio so I'm sure we can sort something - will need to discuss with the good lady first as to what and when we do stuff.
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Be Still....

"Be still. Stillness reveals the secrets of eternity”
_ Lao Tzu_
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Thank you +Giselle Savoie it is also a stunning place to be.
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Shiner

Got a beauty of a shiner developing on my left eye. It is all courtesy of a sparring match in my federations annual UK Open Tang Soo Do Tournament yesterday.

Still, I did come away with a bronze medal in the Over 41's category which had me, at 52½, the 2nd oldest in the group and most of the ones I competed against were at the bottom end of the age range

Go hard or go home I say.

Tang soo everyone.
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Blinking is a little odd +Al Chris and it just feels like I have 'sleeps' permanently in my eye.
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So, so proud of this mad bunch
Under 18's and Under 15's Girls Rugby Teams

My girl is the blonde haired one (more clearly seen) in the lower photo, back row, middle. But in the upper image she's 4th from right... back row again.


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p.p.s. we're all ignoring the wrong spelling of border of course
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Who'd have thought it +Lou McCorkle someone else with the same name as me :)
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Waiting for Sunset

Took the new (read replacement for the daughter damaged one) lens for a real sunset, hopefully... well the sun, colours, etc certainly obliged just prior to sunset.

However the sunset itself disappeared behind a blanket of clouds that came in and obscured everything and there was also, as a consequence, no golden hour shots. Fortunately one of the bunch I met up with had brought some wire wool along so I got my first ever wire wool shoot out of the way.

BTW, the lens before anyone asks is the Canon EFS 10-18mm IS

TL:DR: Pre sunset good, wire wool shots for golden hour.
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Many thanks +Elizabeth Hahn :)
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Mumbles Lighthouse - Fish Eye View :)

This could be alternatively titled "Problems with Kit lenses #36" - when you need you get near and far in focus there are two basic ways to do it. First is to use hyperfocal distance focussing but when you are so close to the first aspect this doesn't work so you have to go to option two.

Option two is to take one image (or set) focussed on the near item and then a second focussed on the more distant object and then blend together.

The problem with this on kit lenses, certainly fro Canon, is the a kit lens typically moves when it re-focuses causing the two images to have ever so slightly different aspects to them making blending a tough job. Still, I do like how this has turned out.
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All images posted on my stream and created by me are released under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 license

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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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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.
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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
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Geocaching
Husband - Dad - Son - Brother - Father
Single Malt.
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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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