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Rudi Sebastian photograph titled 'The sand canvas' was the winner of the 'detail' section of The 2016 Wilfdlife Photographer Of The Year competition. The pristine white sand of Brazil’s Lençóis Maranhenses National Park offers a blank canvas to the rain. In the dry season, sand from the coast is blown by powerful Atlantic winds as far as 50 kilometres (30 miles) inland, sculpting a vast expanse of crescent-shaped dunes up to 40 metres (130 feet) high. With the onset of the rains, the magic begins. An impermeable layer beneath the sand allows water to collect in the dune valleys, forming thousands of transient lagoons, some more than 90 metres (295 feet) long. Bacteria, algae tint the clear water in countless shades of green, Blue, while streams carrying sediment from the distant rainforest make their mark with browns, blacks. Patterns appear as the water evaporates, leaving behind organic remains. Rudi learned about the park on a TV programme, and realizing the photographic potential, planned his trip almost two years ahead, to make sure of the season, that he would have time to stay until the water level was right. He waited several days for the perfect light – overhead, to bring out the colours but with clouds obscuring any direct sun ‘to get a shadowless purity’. Shooting almost vertically down from a small aircraft with the door removed, avoiding perspective or scale, he created his striking image. A few weeks later, the scene had evaporated. Rudi's equipment includes: Canon EOS 5DS R + 24–70mm f4 lens at 70mm, 1/2000 at f5.6 (+0.3 e/v) , ISO 320. - © Rudi Sebastian Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Detail winner - - Wednesday 19th October 2016

The Sand Canvas
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The Pristine White Sand Of Brazil’s Lençóis Maranhenses National Park Offers A Blank Canvas To The Rain. In The Dry Season, Sand From The Coast Is Blown By Powerful Atlantic Winds As Far As 50 Kilometres (30 Miles) Inland, Sculpting A Vast Expanse Of Crescent-shaped Dunes Up To 40 Metres (130 Feet) High. With The Onset Of The Rains, The Magic Begins. An Impermeable Layer Beneath The Sand Allows Water To Collect In The Dune Valleys, Forming Thousands Of Transient Lagoons, Some More Than 90 Metres (295 Feet) Long. Bacteria, Algae Tint The Clear Water In Countless Shades Of Green, Blue, While Streams Carrying Sediment From The Distant Rainforest Make Their Mark With Browns, Blacks. Patterns Appear As The Water Evaporates, Leaving Behind Organic Remains. Rudi Learned About The Park On A Tv Programme, And Realizing The Photographic Potential, Planned His Trip Almost Two Years Ahead, To Make Sure Of The Season, That He Would Have Time To Stay Until The Water Level Was Right. He Waited Several Days For The Perfect Light – Overhead, To Bring Out The Colours But With Clouds Obscuring Any Direct Sun ‘to Get A Shadowless Purity’. Shooting Almost Vertically Down From A Small Aircraft With The Door Removed, Avoiding Perspective Or Scale, He Created His Striking Image. A Few Weeks Later, The Scene Had Evaporated.
Canon Eos 5ds R + 24–70mm F4 Lens At 70mm, 1/2000 At F5.6 (+0.3 E/v) and Iso 320.

Blue's Duncan James: "Doctors Told Me I Could Have Died After Health Scare"


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Blue singer Duncan James has revealed how a recent illness left him facing death or spending the rest of his life in a wheelchair. The singer was rushed to hospital in June, after fluid from his brain and spine began pouring out of a surgery wound in his back, while at his mother’s house.

Duncan JamesDuncan James has opened up about his recent health scare

“Doctors told me I could have spent the rest of my life in a wheelchair – or died,” he told The Mirror. “The feeling in my leg may take years to come back – and it may never return. I’ve always been incredibly active but I’ve been told to dramatically change my lifestyle.

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Blue, Lee Ryan, Duncan James, Simon Webbe and Antony Costa - Cornbury Music Festival 2015 - Day 2 - Performances - Blue at Great Tew Estate, Cornbury Music Festival - Great Tew, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom - Saturday 11th July 2015

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Nicole Scherzinger Reportedly Axed By Record Label


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It really hasn't been a good year for Nicole Scherzinger, the pop star who sold more than 50 million records with the Pussycat Dolls and who received a huge pay packet for her appearances on both the US and UK 'X Factor' judging panels. First, the singer's relationship with Formula 1 ace Lewis Hamilton came to an end, and now she has reportedly been dropped by RCA Records.

Nicole Scherzinger at The Huffington PostOff the record: Nicole has reportedly been dropped

The news, reported by The Sun, follows paltry sales of her second solo album, 'Big Fat Lie', which spent only two weeks in the UK top 100 after entering the chart at number 17 in October last year.

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Blue sign copies of their new album 'Colours' at HMV in Birmingham at HMV Bullring Shopping Centre - Birmingham, United Kingdom - Tuesday 10th March 2015

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Blue, Antony Costa, Simon Webbe, Duncan James and Lee Ryan
Blue, Antony Costa, Simon Webbe, Duncan James and Lee Ryan
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Blue, Antony Costa, Simon Webbe, Duncan James and Lee Ryan
Blue, Simon Webbe, Duncan James and Lee Ryan

Blue, Lee Ryan and Duncan James - Members of boyband Blue outside the ITV studios - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 6th January 2015

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Blue Announce Spring 2015 Uk Tour

Posted on 03 November 2014

Blue Announce Spring 2015 UK Tour

Lee Ryan's "Low Point". Arrest A "Wake-up Call" To Former Blue Star


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The rather depressing news that Lee Ryan had been arrested for alleged drink driving and possession of drugs has been followed by a statement from the former Blue star, who insists that spending a night in the cells has acted as a “wake-up call”.

Lee RyanLee Ryan leaves the Celebrity Big Brother house

He explained: "I know I've let people down. Being arrested and ending up in a cell was the biggest wake-up call to me. It made me realise there is a problem I can't keep ignoring. I need to do something about it," he added. 

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The Award For Most Depressing News Story Of 2014 Goes To Lee Ryan


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It’s like, April, but Lee Ryan has already managed to cultivate the year’s most depressing news story by getting caught drunk driving and – allegedly – possessing cocaine. The former ‘Blue’ star and one-time Celebrity Big Brother contestant is becoming – or has very much become – ‘one of those guys’. 

Lee RyanLee Ryan was arrested in the wee hours of Friday morning

"I can confirm that Lee was arrested in the early hours of Friday morning. He was arrested on suspicion of drink driving and is awaiting a court date. He was charged with failure to provide a specimen and criminal damage. A controlled substance was found in his possession,” ready a statement released by his Ryan’s official spokesperson. 

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All Rise, And Fall: Blue's Simon Webbe Is Bankrupt, Was Never Paid.


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Simon Webbe, a member of the former British boy-band Blue, has been declared bankrupt just weeks after his band-mate Duncan James also ran into financial problems and a couple of months after Antony Costa was effectively left homeless.

The 35-year-old musician filed papers at London's High Court on September 25 after running into financial problems earlier this year, according to Mail Online.

Simon is the third member of the band to run into money problems after the group's company BlueWorld Ltd collapsed leaving the quartet - also comprising of Lee Ryan - owing thousands to creditors. Costa admitted that he saw his earnings drop from £250,000 a month to just £400 a month, though Webbe admits that he never saw a penny of the group's monumental earnings. 

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The Line-Up So Far For The Big Summer Session 26th - 27th July 2013

Posted on 06 June 2013

The Line-up So Far For The Big Summer Session 26th - 27th July 2013

Denise, Outen, Christmas, Britain's Got Talent, Blue and Leadenhall Market - Denise van Outen rewinds a live performance of her favourite Christmas carols sung by Britain's Got Talent a capella sensations Out of the Blue at Leadenhall Market Monday 26th November 2012 Featuring: Denise van Outen Where: London, United Kingdom

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Denise, Outen, Christmas, Britain's Got Talent, Blue and Leadenhall Market
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Denise, Outen, Christmas, Britain's Got Talent, Blue and Leadenhall Market
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