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Silent Watcher....

Sunday night I was up Gilfach Goch watching Jenna and her rugby team play Treorchy U18's with the U15's playing Gilfach... the U18's game finished under floodlights but we were also treated to a wonderful sunset. Well sort of, as those of you that know GG will know it to be nestled in a valley ... so no actual setting of the sun captured.

Hand held using my 70-200mm f4 and x2 extender with an effective focal length of 288mm. ISO 320 and a shutter speed of 1/320 (freaky right).
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Tuesday Sunset Goodness

Posting this to cheer myself up ... today is a bit** damp and although the family is away I'm unlikely to see any sunshine today.

#sunset #BeautifulWales #Southerndown #cliffs #rocks


** In Welsh terms a bit = a year of rainfall in other locations. To say it's rained a bit would be an understatement :)
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Is +Bench Saturday  #benchsaturday even a thing still?

I have to admit, I dropped out of the themes pretty much straight away as I could never compete with all the #hashtags - but one I used to enjoy watching and occasionally partaking of was #benchsaturday

Anyway ... took a stroll round a loacl'ish beauty spot recently and found this acorn leaf bench which I thought would be perfect for ... well, you know... #benchsaturday :)
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Sgŵd Ddwli Isaf
-aka Lower Gushing Falls.

This, I think is a very easy to get to waterfall but due to the path being a little dodgy, especially when wet, and quite a steep initial climb I find so few tourists actually make their way to it after they've visited Sgŵd Gwladus (see my lasy post)..

It means I can find my spot. I can take my time. I can take as many or as few shots as I want and still not be in the way of anybody.

This is a two shot Long Exposure pano as my wide angle isn't wide enough (crop sensor) and then stitched together automagically within Lightroom. A couple of my usual tweaks and here it is ...

#longexposure #LE #waterfall #BeautifulWales
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+Stuart Dyckhoff can imagine it would be :))
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Little Planet

Actually, it' Coity Castle just round the corner from me - but as the light was so bad I got my orb out (no sniggering at the back please)

Anyway .. enjoy. If ya want :)
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Ouzoud Waterfalls
_http://www.moroccopedia.com/visit-ouzoud-falls/_

I loved this place and could have happily spent all day here. What I didn't like was the constant harrying of the "tour guide" that was foisted upon us. My advice ... by all means go on an organised trip to get there but ignore the guides on arrival and take the concrete paths and steps down to the falls - certainly far less dangerous and you still get to see all of the falls (and Barbary Apes) at your pace.

OK so the tour guide cost me the grand sum of 60Dhiram (less than £5) for the wife and I but the only time we actually needed him was because of the very slippery soil based path he took us down - the rest of his info we already knew.

Anyway - as a consequence I didn't get the opportunity for any long exposure shots or to find a spot I was really happy with ... still, I do like this one but I could have saved myself the grief of carrying my camera bag all that way ...!
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Aye, am reet chuffed

Today in the UK it is GCSE (aged 16 [ish]) results day ... I am so proud of my beautiful daughter and her results. Yes... she got straight A's, A*'s and a Distinction.

But do you know what? The precise marks / grades are not what is important. What is important is that she is happy with them. That she's happy the effort she put in for study and revision paid off. That she is happy to have far exceeded her own expectations and also exceeded some of her teachers expectations. Really, this is all anyone can ask - which is why today I didn't ask her friends "what grades did you get" but instead asked them "are you happy with the grades you got" and "are you happy that you exceeded your expectations". Some of her friends didn't fare so well overall but all of them were 'reet chuffed' with their efforts and that they had exceeded their own expectations.

After all , with 30+ years in work, I can assure any youngster that in reality all these exams do, at this age, is give you a great grounding for setting up your future. They certainly don't make it. They give you an understanding of preparation, study, revision, etc and opposed to being the end (even if you now opt to leave schooling) it is just the start of a journey and hopefully one that takes her (and you) as far as you want it to go.


Da iawn +Jenna Dyckhoff da iawn indeed.
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good on you kidda, well done hinny ...
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Collections - meh

Personally, and it is only personally, I still don't like collections.

What's more, I don't like that G+ appears to have forced me to follow dozens of collections just because I follow a person. ...

So there has to be a way to turn this off en-masse? Anybody help me with this?
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Exactly. A public collection contains, or perhaps labels, public posts. So I'm making the same kinds of posts, just sharing to a public collection instead of just "public."
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Give Me The Honey Dude

The bees were definitely out the other day as I wandered the gardens of Aberglasney House. - I have such problems grabbing bee shots though.

- either the wind blows
- the bee moves
- the bees is at the wrong angle
- etc...

but this one, for me, was spot on.


#bees #flowers #honey #happydays
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Your photo has been shared on +Photo Mania UK, curated by Hans-Juergen Werner and Walli Werner (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!
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A little experiment...

The #famlam went to a gorgeous old house the other day called Aberglasney House & Gardens.

I took just a few pictures, mostly flowers, which you can find by following the link to my Facebook page. Normally I wouldn't do this but it seems silly to upload them twice.

Anyway, please do go take a look and like the ones you like or even just like my page...  if you don't use FB then let me know and if I get enough shouts I'll post them up here as well.
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+Dave DeBaeremaeker understood.

I note a trend though that folks are commuting between the two - why I have no idea but it is what it is. I think some of it may be down to the fact that G+ has / is going through some dreadful growing pains and not being (IMO) most sensible about the way forward ... this alienates its users who then think ... hmm, where else?

Ordinarily I would have agreed with you 2yrs ago but no longer. Social media usage, IME, is a very mixed bag and I fin (certainly the youf generation) don't care about cross border links and just follow whatever wherever.
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Sgwd Gwladus (aka Lady Falls)

Thoroughly enjoyed my return visit to this magical place but resorted to a long exposure to eliminate unwelcome tourists :)

Did enjoy having most of my family along for company though even if the daughter moaned about all the walking.
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Undecided

I recently shared this: https://plus.google.com/u/0/102165221944293633376/posts/gCdLFX4RrEk and said at the time that I hadn't had the opportunity to do any LE shots. Well, I'd somehow overlooked this particular image, which at 4s, is on the "just an LE" scale but LE all the same.

But I can't really decide which I prefer ... I'm edging towards the simplicity that the B&W conversion brings and the deliberate under exposure I added in post... after all it was a very sunny day just adds to the overall image.

But what say you?

Which image do you prefer and why?
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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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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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