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Free time really does pay - See what it means for you!

FreeTimePays is a unique digital channel devoted to supporting positive social impact & economic growth through the effective engagement of people, community and business.

 

Here we explain how this unique channel can help you, your community, your business achieve it's goals through shared passions that support and promote greater collaboration. We will show you how you can get involved, grow your own 'Community of Passion', make a real difference for yourself and others and actively support 'People with Passion'. 

 

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Free time really does pay - See what it means for you!


FreeTimePays is a unique digital channel devoted to supporting positive social impact & economic growth through the effective engagement of people, community and business.

 

Here we explain how this unique channel can help you, your community, your business achieve it's goals through shared passions that support and promote greater collaboration. We will show you how you can get involved, grow your own 'Community of Passion', make a real difference for yourself and others and actively support 'People with Passion'. 

 

Connect with us

 

Take the article to see what it means for you, your organisation and your community.

 


Let's first tell you a little about FreeTimePays, its digital reach and our plans for Birmingham and the West Midlands.

 

So, what is FreeTimePays?

 

 

 

 

 

For more about this amazing and quite unique digital product and social media channel, connect to FreeTimePays.com

 

And what about our plans across the West Midlands?

 

 

 

So what do we mean by 'Communities of Passion' and 'People with Passion' and how does FreeTimePays help them. 

 

 

 

And what passions are supported by FreeTimePays and how?

 

 

 

And what makes people come back for more?

 

 

 

Connect with us for further details or to arrange a tour of this quite unique digital platform including a practical demonstration of all three components of FreeTimePays - its Community Passport; its Community Workspace and its Community Matchmaker,  

 

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Gallery

Photography
20 hours ago - FreeTimePays

Please bring back the Spring for our Birmingham in Pink feature!

Our 'Birmingham's gone all pink' feature gathering pace with loads of great pink and cherry blossom photos sent in. Just hoping the wind doesn't blow it all off the trees too soon. Take the passion link to view more photos.   

 

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Inspiration

Construction & regeneration
22 Apr 2018 - Daniel Sturley

New Growth in the City

Here's a photo juxtaposing budding twigs and branches with the oddly positioned construction cranes in the distance at the Paradise Birmingham development, Birmingham is a city in growth and cranes are often iconic of regeneration.

I've started a photography feature on crane and heavy plant photography and would welcome contributions from other enthusiast photographers.

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Photography
22 Apr 2018 - Daniel Sturley

Crane Photography

There has been a large update to this photography feature, click 'View Article' to see a selection of the additions. Contact us if you would like to become a contributor to this or any other of our photography features, you can also suggest a new one!

Click the link below to go straight to this photography feature gallery.

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Crane Photography


There has been a large update to this photography feature, click 'View Article' to see a selection of the additions. Contact us if you would like to become a contributor to this or any other of our photography features, you can also suggest a new one!

Click the link below to go straight to this photography feature gallery.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See more in the feature gallery here: Crane & Plant Photography Feature

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Inspiration

Photography
22 Apr 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Trees Are Budding in 'Boomingham'

I like to look for interesting juxtapositions that work visually but have a little extra. Here I saw the nest and then the core for Bank Tower Two and immediately recognised it as an opportunity to capture something that spoke of 'new growth', which is what Birmingham is experiencing recently. Canon 60D, 70-300mm zoom lens at 130mm, F4.5, 1/500th second exposure, ISO 100.

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Inspiration

Environment & green spaces
21 Apr 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Birmingham Botanical Gardens

With decent weather now settling in and the trees and flowers coming out in the spring heat, it's worth a visit to Birmingham's magnificent Botanical Gardens. Here's a small gallery of photos that Daniel took in September 2016, he'll be down there soon to add to this feature. If you would like to contribute to this and other photography features please contact us.

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The Birmingham Botanical Gardens


With decent weather now settling in and the trees and flowers coming out in the spring heat, it's worth a visit to Birmingham's magnificent Botanical Gardens. Here's a small gallery of photos that Daniel took in September 2016, he'll be down there soon to add to this feature. If you would like to contribute to this and other photography features please contact us.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos by Daniel Sturley

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Inspiration

Photography
21 Apr 2018 - Daniel Sturley

Using Different Lenses in Photography

Here are three photos taken with three different lenses of the construction of Bank Tower Two on Broad Street as part of the Left Bank development. Click 'View Article' to see the photos, descriptions and tips.

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Using Different Lenses in Photography


Here are three photos taken with three different lenses of the construction of Bank Tower Two on Broad Street as part of the Left Bank development. Click 'View Article' to see the photos, descriptions and tips.


These were taken just before sunset, using a Canon 60D hand held with ISO 400 film speed.

18-55mm zoom lens at 18mm, 1/125th second exposure, F/8

This is the widest end of the lens and does produce a little distortion.

 

28-80mm zoom lens at 80mm, 1/200th second exposure, F/8

I always like to fire off several captures because I find that a tiny camera shake can defocus the image and I can never tell properly till I see it on my laptop.

 

70-300mm zoom lens at 228mm, 1/1000th second exposure, F/5.6.

I definitely needed to fire off a few to make sure that I got this sharp (it's pin sharp on the 18mpx master too). The lens produces a sever magenta flare in the shadows adjacent to super reflective edges, most consumer lens have this effect due to the minute tint in the lens glass and can often be red to even green. I removed most of it in Photoshop Elements by reducing the saturation on only the magenta channel and if did not really effect the rest of the photo. It can still be seen but is much better.

Photography by Daniel Sturley 

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Photography
21 Apr 2018 - FreeTimePays

Birmingham's "in the Pink" for Spring

We're looking for the best 'Blossom' photos across Birmingham. Here's a selection so far from BirminghamWeAre's 'People with Passion' - get yours to us by email at admin@freetimepays.

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Birmingham's "in the Pink" for Spring


We're looking for the best 'Blossom' photos across Birmingham. Here's a selection so far from BirminghamWeAre's 'People with Passion' - get yours to us by email at admin@freetimepays.


Winterbourne Gardens, Edgbaston, Birmingham by Christine Wright

 

Oozells Square, Brindley Place, Birmingham by Damien Walmsley 

 

Botanical Gardens, Birmingham by Christine Wright

 

Kings Heath, Birmingham by Elliott Brown

 

Oozells Square, Birmingham by Kev Maslin

 

Winterbourne Gardens, Edgbaston, Birmingham by Barry Whitehead

 

Kings Heath Park, Birmingham by Christine Wright 

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Inspiration

Photography
20 Apr 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Library of Birmingham at Dusk

Just after dusk the Library of Birmingham is lit up in multicolour, taken using a Canon 60D on a tripod with a delayed shutter, ISO400, F/8 and a 10 second exposure.

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Activity for you

Poetry
20 Apr 2018 - FreeTimePays

Poetry launch at Waterstones - Inspirational Birmingham poets


20 Apr 2018
7pm
Waterstones, Birmingham

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Inspiration

Construction & regeneration
20 Apr 2018 - Daniel Sturley

Cranes Across the City

People are starting to talk about 'Boomingham', and this becomes obvious with the shear number of cranes across the city centre. Here a panoramic photo by Daniel Sturley.

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Construction & regeneration
19 Apr 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Construction of Three Snowhill

There has been more progress at Three Snowhill with the main structure nearing completion and many more windows installed. Click 'View Article' to see more photos.

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The Construction of Three Snowhill


There has been more progress at Three Snowhill with the main structure nearing completion and many more windows installed. Click 'View Article' to see more photos.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos by Daniel Sturley

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Construction & regeneration
18 Apr 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Construction of Bank Tower Two

The core for Bank Tower Two has gone up to the 31st floor, nearly there! There has been more progress on the main structure with some exterior framing and insulation panels installed on the lower floors. Click 'View Article' to see the gallery of photos.

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The Construction of Bank Tower Two


The core for Bank Tower Two has gone up to the 31st floor, nearly there! There has been more progress on the main structure with some exterior framing and insulation panels installed on the lower floors. Click 'View Article' to see the gallery of photos.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos by Daniel Sturley

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Did you know?

Civic pride
15 Apr 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Great Comedian Tony Hancock

The monument to the great comedian Tony Hancock is in Old Square on Corporation Street, He was born in Hall Green in May 1924 and was famous for his BBC show 'Hancock's Half Hour. Photo by Daniel Sturley.

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Construction & regeneration
15 Apr 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Construction of One Chamberlain Square

More windows have been installed and the roof structure continues on One Chamberlain Square. The building looks very dark at present but will have a much lighter look when the vertical window dividers are added. Click 'View Article' to see a gallery of recent photos.

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The Construction of One Chamberlain Square


More windows have been installed and the roof structure continues on One Chamberlain Square. The building looks very dark at present but will have a much lighter look when the vertical window dividers are added. Click 'View Article' to see a gallery of recent photos.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos by Daniel Sturley

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Inspiration

People & community
15 Apr 2018 - FreeTimePays

Let's get behind this great City of Birmingham!

We're providing the digital space so together we can show the world what this great city of ours has to offer. If you take photos, create art, or run a business here in the City; whether you're a musician, a poet, play sport or run community activities, get in touch with us - we're stronger together!  

 

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Architecture
14 Apr 2018 - Daniel Sturley

Bank Tower One at Left Bank

The now complete Bank Tower One  at the Left Bank development blends into the existing cluster at the west end of Brindleyplace in this photo by Daniel.

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Inspiration

Photography
14 Apr 2018 - Daniel Sturley

Three Brindleyplace in Reflection

Here's a nice addition to the Brindleyplace feature from Daniel Sturley of Three Brindleyplace reflected in the curved windows of the Deutsche Bank Building.

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Gallery

Photography
14 Apr 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The City Skyline from Balsall Heath

There's a great spot in Balsall Heath looking back at the city centre, lots of new construction is continuously adding more shapes to the skyline. Here a photo by Daniel Sturley, send us yours to add to this Birmingham skyline photography feature.

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Introducing

Art, culture & creativity
13 Apr 2018 - FreeTimePays

A quite amazing talent! - Introducing Imran Ali Bashir

Give this guy a camera, show him a building and be amazed by the creative result!  Imran is such a huge talent and yes he's from Birmingham, a city overflowing with creative inspiration!

 

Take the article to view a selection of Imran's great work.

 

Take the project link to see even more and make sure to come back to see this amazing gallery of photography as it grows. 

 

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A quite amazing talent! - Introducing Imran Ali Bashir


Give this guy a camera, show him a building and be amazed by the creative result!  Imran is such a huge talent and yes he's from Birmingham, a city overflowing with creative inspiration!

 

Take the article to view a selection of Imran's great work.

 

Take the project link to see even more and make sure to come back to see this amazing gallery of photography as it grows. 

 


The Cube, Birmingham.

 

'Windows and Doors', Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham.

 

Bullring, Birmingham.

 

Moseley Road Baths, Balsall Heath, Birmingham.

 

'Blue on Blu', Radisson Blu, Birmingham.

 

Bullring & Grand Central, Birmingham.

 

For more of Imran's stunning and creative photography, connect here

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Inspiration

People & community
10 Apr 2018 - FreeTimePays

Can't Wait! Commonwealth Games hand over by Gold Coast to Birmingham

Barry Whitehead was on hand to witness rehearsals ahead of the Commonwealth Games hand-over by Gold Coast, Australia. The hand-over to Birmingham takes place on the 15th April with a performance by 400 young people broadcast live.

 

Take the article to view a selection of photos taken by Barry.

 

Watch out for new content, posts and our Passion Point launch that will recognise and reward people for getting involved and helping to promote this great City of ours.

 

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Can't Wait! Commonwealth Games hand over by Gold Coast to Birmingham


Barry Whitehead was on hand to witness rehearsals ahead of the Commonwealth Games hand-over by Gold Coast, Australia. The hand-over to Birmingham takes place on the 15th April with a performance by 400 young people broadcast live.

 

Take the article to view a selection of photos taken by Barry.

 

Watch out for new content, posts and our Passion Point launch that will recognise and reward people for getting involved and helping to promote this great City of ours.

 


 

 

 

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Construction & regeneration
08 Apr 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Construction of Bank Tower Two

The main structure is continuing with safety cladding added as it rises to the 12th floor. Click 'View Article' to see more photos.

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The Construction of Bank Tower Two


The main structure is continuing with safety cladding added as it rises to the 12th floor. Click 'View Article' to see more photos.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos by Daniel Sturley

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Construction & regeneration
08 Apr 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Construction of One Chamberlain Square

The construction of One Chamberlain Square has restarted with more windows installed and the roof structure continuing. Click 'View Article' to see a few more photos from the build.

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The Construction of One Chamberlain Square


The construction of One Chamberlain Square has restarted with more windows installed and the roof structure continuing. Click 'View Article' to see a few more photos from the build.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos by Daniel Sturley

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News & Updates

Construction & regeneration
07 Apr 2018 - Daniel Sturley

Crane Installation at Paradise Birmingham

With construction restarting at Paradise Birmingham a new crane is being installed.

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Introducing

Travel & tourism
04 Apr 2018 - FreeTimePays

'48 Hours in Birmingham' campaign delivers real impact!

Given the great success and reach of our promotional campaign for Birmingham, we have been asked to extend it through the Spring and Summer months. Get involved and send us your suggestion (in no more than 500 words). 

 

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