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40 years ago today Tony and I came back from our honeymoon and went to Pauline and Dave's wedding. Two weeks earlier Dave had been the photographer for our wedding. We met them both at college. Tony and Dave both had motorbikes and were studying maths. Pauline and I were both studying to be primary school teachers and we shared a room in the second year. We have been close friends through the years of raising our families and have supported each other through tough times. There's only one problem with our friendship now - they moved to Australia, and so its harder keeping in touch SadSad
This is one of my Ruby Wedding roses.
I'm never happy working with red flowers - the camera never seems to get the colour right and I'm never happy with the colour on the monitor - so this is version 3 of trying to get the colours as I wanted them. I used just 1 rose, and layered a section of it for the background. I also wanted it small, so have put a deep black border around it and given it a black background.
It will not be to the liking of many, but hey ho, I took all evening to sort it last night and it would be good to get it up on their anniversary, bearing in mind that it is 16:35 there already WinkWinkWink
Have a lovely day Pauline and Dave
Thanks for looking
Helen

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 450D
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:4 Aug 2012 - 7:35 PM
Focal Length:28mm
Aperture:f/4.5
Shutter Speed:0.5sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Ruby Red
Username:helenlinda helenlinda
Uploaded:5 Aug 2012 - 7:38 AM
Tags:Abstract, Digitally manipulated, Flowers & plants
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annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3188 forum postsannettep38 vcard France32 Constructive Critique Points
5 Aug 2012 - 7:50 AM

A lovely story and a fantastic abstract!

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
5 Aug 2012 - 7:51 AM

Thanks Annette Smile

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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
5 Aug 2012 - 7:59 AM

What a very lovely story to go with the appropriate lovely image

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
5 Aug 2012 - 8:01 AM

Thanks Ray Smile

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
5 Aug 2012 - 8:06 AM

That is what friendship is all about Helen
and they will say you have done them proud
as this is so beautifully captured and such a delicate red
Lillian
would have been mine too

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
5 Aug 2012 - 8:11 AM

Ah bless you Lillian, it must be so hard to miss out on those special times. My parents reached 50 years together, but Tony's Dad died before they reached 40. On our 40th anniversary I had great joy in remembering everything we did at my Mum and Dad's celebration. We even had the same friend make and decorate the cake for us SmileSmile
Many thanks for your comment and especially for your much sought after User Award - I did not for one minute think that this would get awarded - I'm well chuffed as they say SmileSmileSmile

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marktc
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5 Aug 2012 - 8:12 AM

A super piece of work Helen, extremely lovely.

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CaroleS
CaroleS e2 Member 434 forum postsCaroleS vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
5 Aug 2012 - 8:14 AM

A lovely story and a beautifully composed ruby red rose image.
Carole

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
5 Aug 2012 - 8:16 AM

Thanks Mark and Carole SmileSmile

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jdinne
jdinne  11 England
5 Aug 2012 - 8:20 AM

Its lovely great work. Wonderful story

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peekay2001
5 Aug 2012 - 8:21 AM

a bliss to watch.

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
5 Aug 2012 - 8:27 AM

Many thanks for your comments John and Parnab SmileSmile

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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 43282 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom103 Constructive Critique Points
5 Aug 2012 - 8:32 AM

A very heart rending story, so beautiful spoken through both words and an image of exquisite taste

Regards Nathan

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
5 Aug 2012 - 8:38 AM

Thanks Nathan Smile

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moiral
moiral e2 Member 4moiral vcard Scotland
5 Aug 2012 - 8:45 AM

I think you have done very well with the shot Helen. I particularly like the fg rose. Good tale of a lifelong friendship too. Moira

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
5 Aug 2012 - 8:47 AM

Thanks Moira - I used just the one rose, but added a part of it as a layer for the background Smile

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7130 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
5 Aug 2012 - 8:51 AM

A beautiful image, Helen, may they have a wonderful day (what is left of it!), and such a shame that you cannot share it with them. Carol

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5 Aug 2012 - 9:20 AM


Quote: I think you have done very well with the shot Helen. I particularly like the fg rose. Good tale of a lifelong friendship too. Moira

I couldn't have said it better Helen.

Ken

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
5 Aug 2012 - 9:26 AM

Thanks Carol and Ken SmileSmile

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41056 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England136 Constructive Critique Points
5 Aug 2012 - 9:33 AM

Perfect use of layers, it doesn't look like one Smile. A deep sumptuous, velvet red.... ruby red in fact...doh! Excellent work, Helen.

Dave

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buxton
buxton  6 England
5 Aug 2012 - 9:38 AM

Great bio and you have a great friendship there.
The rose is perfect and really well presented.
Martin..

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helenlinda
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5 Aug 2012 - 9:57 AM

Thanks Dave and Martin SmileSmile

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mrswoolybill Critique Team 7440 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1028 Constructive Critique Points
5 Aug 2012 - 10:12 AM

Congratulations to everyone! This is rather lovely, like textured silk.
Moira

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helenlinda
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5 Aug 2012 - 10:35 AM

Thanks Moira Smile

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pascalg
pascalg e2 Member 737 forum postspascalg vcard France
5 Aug 2012 - 10:48 AM

beautifully done...
liked your presentation (Australia is far, indeed...)

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TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
5 Aug 2012 - 11:15 AM

I'm never happy trying to photograph red flowers, either, and unless I reduce the saturation they seem to lose all detail Sad But this is a super presentation here, Helen, and a beautiful story, too Smile
Trev Smile

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digital_boi
5 Aug 2012 - 11:36 AM

very well worked Helen a fine tribute to your friendship lovely work indeed

GrahamGrinGrinGrin

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5 Aug 2012 - 11:37 AM

You've made a really stunning image Helen - I just love the result of your hard work. The light is superb. Great stuff! Smile
Ann

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gary_d
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5 Aug 2012 - 11:38 AM

A lovely story of true friendship and a beautiful tribute. - gary

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
5 Aug 2012 - 12:17 PM

Thanks everyone SmileSmileSmileSmileSmile

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achieverswales
5 Aug 2012 - 12:26 PM

This is stunning photography and processing Helen, the rich red is exposed to perfection and some beautiful texture, excellent tribute.

Regards

Trev.

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cassiecat
cassiecat  639 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
5 Aug 2012 - 12:32 PM

beautifully done. a very romantic look. gorgeous colour and detail. congrats on yours and your friends ruby anniversaries. an achievement these days! lesley

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
5 Aug 2012 - 12:56 PM

Thanks Trev and Lesley for your comments SmileSmile

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Irishkate
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5 Aug 2012 - 1:00 PM

Beautiful image.
The colour looks wonderful and love details
of how you achieved your image.
Great story of friendship.
KateGrinGrinGrin

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helenlinda
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5 Aug 2012 - 1:03 PM

Thanks Kate Smile

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morpheus1955
morpheus1955 e2 Member 7morpheus1955 vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
5 Aug 2012 - 1:58 PM

Fabulous image Helen, many congratulations on your Ruby anniversary

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5 Aug 2012 - 2:41 PM

beautifully done Helen and great result

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5 Aug 2012 - 3:08 PM

Thanks Hugh and Ann SmileSmile

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gingerdelight

A lovely story and what a wonderful image to celebrate your friends' anniversary!
Carol

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taggart
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5 Aug 2012 - 5:21 PM

So beautiful---the image and the memories---congratulations to all of you!

Enduring friendship! a great accomplishment!

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RobinF  883 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
5 Aug 2012 - 5:27 PM

Lovely story and the rose is exquisite Helen!
kind regards,
Robin

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5 Aug 2012 - 6:06 PM

What a lovely story, beautiful Rose

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
5 Aug 2012 - 6:22 PM

Thanks Carol, Jenn, Robin and Christine for your comments SmileSmileSmileSmile

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Rach1970  6 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
5 Aug 2012 - 7:08 PM

Nice one Helen Smile

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5 Aug 2012 - 7:26 PM

Thanks Rach SmileSmile

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pdcche  4 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2012 - 7:44 PM

Beautiful Helen and a great sentimental value, Peter..

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5 Aug 2012 - 8:00 PM

Lovely, rich and mysterious!
Rende

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5 Aug 2012 - 8:10 PM

A lovely card Helen - I like the light on the edge of the rose petals.
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5 Aug 2012 - 8:48 PM

Thanks Peter Rende and Brian SmileSmileSmile

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5 Aug 2012 - 9:45 PM

Such a lovely story and a wonderful rose,well done Helen,beautiful work..Lin

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5 Aug 2012 - 9:45 PM

A wonderful image made all the more special with the background narrative

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
5 Aug 2012 - 10:02 PM

Thanks Lin and Rob for your comments SmileSmile

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canonfan  4 United Kingdom
6 Aug 2012 - 8:03 AM

Fantastic presentation Helen
Jim

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6 Aug 2012 - 8:06 AM

Thanks Jim Smile

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6 Aug 2012 - 10:37 AM

Real friendship that lasts as long as that are rare and precious, Helen. Congrtas to you all on the anniversariesSmile

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6 Aug 2012 - 12:10 PM

Thanks Malc Smile

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1881  2 India
15 Aug 2012 - 7:25 PM

LOVELY WORK.


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15 Aug 2012 - 9:32 PM

Thanks Sanjeev Smile

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