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Five in a row. I took several shots of children playing games with stones at a recent history day at school. I uploaded several a while back which I was not really happy with and so took them down. Moira [mrswoolbill] suggested that the left side of one would go with the right side of the other - and here it is, and I think it works better.
I've layered it with the texture from a tombstone to give a hard/rock like appearance - hence the title WinkWink

Many thanks to andylea and pluckyfilly for their User Awards for Weeding. Thanks also to mrswoolbill, bricurtis, Annettep38, and Niknut for their helpful comments. Also thanks to Mark Kent for his GEA

Back to work today - last half of term and "I retire next month" has a great feel about it SmileSmileSmile

Helen

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 450D
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:24 May 2012 - 11:34 AM
Focal Length:27mm
Aperture:f/4.0
Shutter Speed:1/30sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:640
Exposure Mode:Action (High speed)
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Between a [small] rock and a hard place
Username:helenlinda helenlinda
Uploaded:11 Jun 2012 - 8:15 AM
Tags:Digitally manipulated, Photo journalism, Portraits / people
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andylea
andylea  637 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jun 2012 - 8:17 AM

this takes me back helen brilliant detail wonderful tones and colour a belter who won ? Wink
andy

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7338 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jun 2012 - 8:21 AM

Thanks Andy
He seems to be deliberating about whether to block her or plod on with one of two rows of his own - who won - well I think he is showing some good tactics but who knows.

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reflectionsinlight

This is a good idea for an image like it

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fentiger
fentiger  13915 forum posts England22 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jun 2012 - 8:30 AM

Interesting and well composed candid.

Albert

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7338 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jun 2012 - 8:33 AM

Thanks Graham and Albert SmileSmile

Last Modified By helenlinda at 11 Jun 2012 - 8:34 AM

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saeidNL
saeidNL  5 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jun 2012 - 8:38 AM

A really nice image ,well done,
saeid

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 8146 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jun 2012 - 8:40 AM

Bet you can't wait for next month, Helen, though I think you are going to miss your 'kids' Smile Carol

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7338 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jun 2012 - 8:40 AM

Thank you Saeid and Carol Smile
I certainly am going to miss them Carol Sad

Last Modified By helenlinda at 11 Jun 2012 - 8:41 AM

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digital_boi
11 Jun 2012 - 8:55 AM

i'm sure you will enjoy retirement Helen giving you lots of time for the housework and the picccies nice work grave stone given another lease on life makes for a great base to the pic

Graham

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7338 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jun 2012 - 8:58 AM

Thanks Graham - its not the housework that I intend using the time for Graham WinkWink

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 8526 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1091 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jun 2012 - 9:18 AM

Yes the two sides do work together, the hands balance. This now looks 'complete' to me. It's a picture that I would love to have taken, and that's my usual UA criterion.
Congratulations on imminent retirement. It will be the beginning of the rest of your life - we have never been busier, or happier! I'm sure you have a lot of projects to get involved in.
You could suggest to your school that you continue to document the children's activities occasionally - Bill's old school has had its bid for new a building accepted, and we are going to document the final year in the old building.
Moira

Last Modified By mrswoolybill at 11 Jun 2012 - 9:22 AM

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7338 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jun 2012 - 9:21 AM

Many thanks Moira for your advice and your User Award SmileSmileSmile
I am sure that you would have loved to have been in the hall when all the children were taking part in the different activities provided SmileSmile

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Fefe
Fefe e2 Member 3Fefe vcard United Kingdom30 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jun 2012 - 9:21 AM

Great image, love the comp and angleGrin
Diane

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7338 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jun 2012 - 9:23 AM

Thanks Diane Smile

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sherring
sherring  746 forum posts United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jun 2012 - 9:27 AM

Othello, one of my favourite games, but thats cus im good at it I guess. Grin

Steve.

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Len1950
Len1950 e2 Member 4Len1950 vcard England
11 Jun 2012 - 9:31 AM

Wonderful detail and an excellent comp, you always come up with something different and special..........well done you.

len

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 8Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jun 2012 - 9:45 AM

Great shot Helen with excellent PS work.
Hope your retirement is as pleasant as mine has been these last 13 years. Dont know how I found time to go to work.GrinGrin
Ron

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7338 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jun 2012 - 10:05 AM

Thanks Steve, Len and Ron SmileSmileSmile

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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 64838 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jun 2012 - 10:41 AM

An excellent compilation (if that's the right word). It is so balanced and the colours are wonderful.
Happy soon-to-be retirement. I can heartily recommend it. Smile
Chris

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jun 2012 - 11:41 AM

inspired with this beauty ...
Only one month to go ... yippee!!!!

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mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jun 2012 - 1:08 PM

Good work Helen,and interested to hear about your retirement.
My daughter got her results from Uni,and will graduate with a 2.1.
She starts work as a primary school teacher in August at one of our local schools.
Mick.

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41113 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England137 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jun 2012 - 1:24 PM

'Supply' beckons!!Tongue Have a great last half, Helen. Can't see the joins on this Tongue, beautifully compiled and layered. The hands have similar shapes and are well balanced in the image.

Dave

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marktc e2 Member 456 forum postsmarktc vcard United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jun 2012 - 4:23 PM

I wrote a whole dit here and lost connection... I agree with Dave above and when it comes I wish you a very happy and fruitful retirement!

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7338 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jun 2012 - 4:53 PM

Many thanks everyone and particularly to Mark for his User Award SmileSmile

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AnnChown e2 Member 5192 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jun 2012 - 6:12 PM

This is excellent Helen - love the composition and the textures work a treat. You'll love retirement - I retired four years ago and don't know where the time has gone!!
Ann

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gajewski e2 Member 10gajewski vcard United States9 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jun 2012 - 6:52 PM

Very nice. I'm glad you took Moira up on her suggestion. In addition to the textures, I really like this point of view.
-=\Walter

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pluckyfilly e2 Member 8317 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jun 2012 - 7:04 PM

looks very good to me and deserving of the awards you have been given

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moiral e2 Member 4moiral vcard Scotland
11 Jun 2012 - 7:33 PM

Very nice piece of work Helen.
You will love retirement Grin. Moira

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sweetpea62 e2 Member 4sweetpea62 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jun 2012 - 9:41 PM

Another wonderful piece of work Helen.You will have a great time when you retire,well done..Lin

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pdcche  4 United Kingdom
11 Jun 2012 - 9:51 PM

Beautiful colours and detail Helen, Peter..

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harrysulistio
12 Jun 2012 - 10:46 AM

Awesome work and exceptional impact on viewer. Wonderful scale, tones, balance and one of those shots makes you think ... and think...

Harry.

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7338 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jun 2012 - 11:20 AM

Thanks Harry SmileSmile

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ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jun 2012 - 6:01 PM

This is SUCH a wonderful image, Helen.

One of my favourite of yours.

Andrew Smile

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helenlinda e2 Member 7338 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jun 2012 - 7:05 PM

Thanks Andrew SmileSmile

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Michaela_Solway

A lovely composition & crop.. Needs no narrative.. Excellent

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bricurtis e2 Member 91925 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jun 2012 - 8:34 PM

Captures the interaction well Helen.
Brian.

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helenlinda e2 Member 7338 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jun 2012 - 10:31 PM

Thanks Michaela and Brian SmileSmile

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17 Jun 2012 - 6:51 AM

Fine work here Helen - it looks great and poses some questions. I love the hands. A

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17 Jun 2012 - 7:29 AM

Thanks Arthur Smile

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