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First of all, thanks so much for the encouragement on my flower pics, people Smile

I did, however, say that the next upload would be a non-flowery non-white backgroundy shot...so here you go.

This is from the archives, taken and put together a year ago maybe?

I'd gone to pick up my dad from his church on a Sunday evening and had my cam with me. There's a little garden by the side of the church and in it is a statue of the Virgin Mary. To the right, under a light, is a life ring behind which is a chain leading to an anchor.

I was playing with long exposure, resting the cam on a wall, and took two separate images. One of the statue and one of the ring.

I liked how the images came out - I took several of each with different exposures but only one of each came out well.

And while looking at them, I suddenly thought of people who've ended up ending it all. And how a lot of that perhaps could've been avoided if they'd sought help. I'm talking about them just talking to friends/family/caring people who could perhaps offer an optimistic perspective on whatever misery the person is going through, thus giving them some life-saving hope.

Hence the title.

And I kinda liked the final image when I put these two shots together.

All C&Cs welcome, OBviously, positive or otherwise Smile

Andrew

Camera:Canon PowerShot A630
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Helping Hand
Username:ChiliMan ChiliMan
Uploaded:2 May 2008 - 7:54 PM
Tags:Abstract, Conceptual, Digitally manipulated, Faith, Flash / lighting, General, Hope, Spirit
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cantona43
cantona43 e2 Member 8863 forum postscantona43 vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
2 May 2008 - 8:08 PM

wonderful lighting
Neil

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proz
proz  9205 forum posts United States
2 May 2008 - 8:12 PM

fine composite and excellent message behind it Andrew. great job with these exposures too.

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oldgreyheron
oldgreyheron e2 Member 7124 forum postsoldgreyheron vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
2 May 2008 - 8:17 PM

I typed and lost it - I'll try again. Poeple need help and all of us can give that help. I come from a Christian perspective and would hope to offer a way forward for those in need. This is a challenging and effective image Andrew - go for more!

Mike

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Strobe
Strobe  61254 forum posts United States
2 May 2008 - 8:28 PM

Good composition and light.

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KKmoments
KKmoments  8 United Kingdom
2 May 2008 - 8:30 PM

WOW... this is a highly emotive and thought provoking image.... beautifully put together with great lighting/detail and a wonderful message behind it.... communication nowadays is an art form in itself I remember BT's old saying 'its good to talk' if people just did that so much could be resolved and prevented.....
Superb image and one to be very proud of.... Karen Smile

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pascalg
pascalg e2 Member 737 forum postspascalg vcard France
2 May 2008 - 8:34 PM

incredible light...
both images go on well together

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luxaeternam
2 May 2008 - 8:42 PM

Superb, and a great message of hope.
Smile Lucy

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csr
csr  7 England
2 May 2008 - 8:54 PM

Wonderful lighting nice one
Chris

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TyChee
TyChee e2 Member 9187 forum postsTyChee vcard United States1 Constructive Critique Points
2 May 2008 - 8:57 PM

Excellent concept and well executed. wonderful image.
Ty

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Bodiewil
Bodiewil e2 Member 646 forum postsBodiewil vcard Wales
2 May 2008 - 9:36 PM

Super concept and so well worked

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Possum
Possum  7148 forum posts England
2 May 2008 - 10:26 PM

What a great visual message.
Allie

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DolphinLady
DolphinLady e2 Member 854 forum postsDolphinLady vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
2 May 2008 - 10:42 PM

A very emotional image Andrew & your words are very thought provoking.
Wonderfully put together.
Take care,
Hilary Smile

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 942 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
2 May 2008 - 11:47 PM

Two excellent image, a great narrative , wonderful ideas!


jennnn

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thorn
thorn  9124 forum posts Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
2 May 2008 - 11:55 PM

Hi Andrew,
Emotive,Evocative,well thought out,good title and it's good to help each other when you can.Splendid idea.take care,AnnSmile

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
3 May 2008 - 12:25 AM

Very thought provoking image, Andrew, excellent work. Carol

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Brilane
Brilane e2 Member 8Brilane vcard Wales12 Constructive Critique Points
3 May 2008 - 1:47 AM

Nicely put together, and a very profound thought, Andrew.
Brian

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JimV
JimV e2 Member 8JimV vcard Canada3 Constructive Critique Points
3 May 2008 - 4:55 AM

Karen has said it so well I'll just say she has spoken for me.....in fact, I do believe.....for all of us!
Rgds., Jim

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AlanBW
AlanBW  8 England
3 May 2008 - 10:07 AM

Fascinating image, well put together

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franken
franken e2 Member 113049 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
3 May 2008 - 1:46 PM

Interesting; it works really well.

Ken

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Androo
Androo  7 United Kingdom
3 May 2008 - 5:55 PM

Oooh yeah i like that! Very interesting image, clever title, me not being a huge fan of flower shots i'm glad to see you uploading a different style again!

Androo

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dawnmichelle e2 Member 7dawnmichelle vcard United States
4 May 2008 - 5:14 AM

powerful image and write up ..well done

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IFIMAGE  6143 forum posts Wales
4 May 2008 - 10:34 AM

I like.
Nice work
Ian....

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microchip  7 United Kingdom
4 May 2008 - 9:03 PM

Excellent Image well worked great title,
Alan

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dianah  724471 forum posts United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
5 May 2008 - 9:54 PM

Oh well done Andrew..totally different and so interesting. Great shot.
Di

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Glostopcat e2 Member 8231 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
6 May 2008 - 10:57 PM

A wonderful image Andrew, very well thought out and executed, and an important message to go with it too

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GalleryGirl
9 May 2008 - 9:10 PM

Wow fabulous Andrew. Very imaginative and stunning!
Marilyn x

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bliba
bliba  8 Austria2 Constructive Critique Points
21 May 2008 - 5:54 PM

great comp and lighting

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Rogerex
Rogerex  829 forum posts Australia12 Constructive Critique Points
28 May 2008 - 2:38 AM

An excellent image. I like the way you have juxtaposed the 2 subjects to convey a very meaningful message.
Roger

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