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Serendipity is when one finds something that one was not expecting to find. In the simplest of words, it means a "happy accident"

It is one of Moira's favourite words, and she comes to mind whenever I read it Smile

So what was I not expecting to find?
The light attracted me to the barbed wire, which I have photographed before but I was not anticipating such beautiful shadows.

Enjoy - they gave me much pleasure and I hope you find them beautiful too.

Thanks for looking

Helen

Brand:FUJIFILM
Camera:Fujifilm FinePix S9600 Zoom
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Focal Length:25mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/3.8
Shutter Speed:1/320sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Serendipity - for Moira
Username:helenlinda helenlinda
Uploaded:29 May 2011 - 9:18 AM
Tags:Barbed wire, May 2011, Specialist / abstract, Stirchley
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paulknight
29 May 2011 - 9:24 AM

Well spotted. A good idea.

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mrswoolybill
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29 May 2011 - 9:30 AM

Serendipity means not just the knack for finding happy accidents, you also need to be able to recognise their worth...
Thanks for this, it's beautiful - twisting, dancing shadows behind the evil spikes, shadows with a life of their own.
Moira

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
29 May 2011 - 9:37 AM

Thanks Paul and Moira - glad you like it Moira and I've linked the definition to its source now - and I agree, valuing what you find is another story Smile

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andylea
andylea  537 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
29 May 2011 - 10:32 AM

brilliant light and shadows helen love the title a real cracker nice one Wink
andy

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helenlinda
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29 May 2011 - 10:39 AM

Thanks Andy

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AnnChown
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29 May 2011 - 11:13 AM

How lovely - well seen. I love the shadows and textures.
Ann

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pdcche
pdcche  3 United Kingdom
29 May 2011 - 11:47 AM

Well spotted Helen, nice shadows indeed, makes the spikes look fearsome.. Peter

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Rende
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29 May 2011 - 11:50 AM

Some beautiful new work Helen!
Rende

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helenlinda
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29 May 2011 - 12:01 PM

Thanks Ann, Malc, Peter and Rende

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gary_d
gary_d e2 Member 6520 forum postsgary_d vcard Wales12 Constructive Critique Points
29 May 2011 - 12:05 PM

Happy accidents seems to sum up my photography with a lot of luck thrown in, this is well spotted rather than an accident I think. - gary

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helenlinda
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29 May 2011 - 12:09 PM

Thanks Gary Smile

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accipiter
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29 May 2011 - 12:22 PM

A fine composition using the barbed wire and the shadows, with a much darker emotional feel than your last few uploads. Excellent and well seen. A

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
29 May 2011 - 12:24 PM

Thanks Arthur. For me barbed wire evokes very dark and disturbing feelings - so it was good to find some beauty along with the beast

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
29 May 2011 - 12:25 PM

shadows and green mold! love it!

Serendipity-- one of those too big for m words........ LOL!

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helenlinda
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29 May 2011 - 12:33 PM

Thanks Jenn Smile

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pamelajean
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29 May 2011 - 1:04 PM

It gave me an ominous feeling at first, barbed wire is such a nasty was of erecting a barrier, but great for photography. The shadows look like spiders and leggy insects. I love moments of serendipity, but hate it when I realise there was far more potential than I managed to capture at the time, and that time has gone.

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TrevBatWCC
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29 May 2011 - 1:09 PM

You certainly have the knack of making an ordinary subject look interesting and attractive, Helen Wink Love the tones and textures in the wood behind and the shadows. Excellent work Smile
Trev Smile

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helenlinda
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29 May 2011 - 1:39 PM

Thanks Pamela and Trev

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Daisymaye
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29 May 2011 - 2:10 PM

The shadows are so much more interesting than the real thing. A lovely find Helen and so nice you thought to capture it..........Sandy

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pluckyfilly
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29 May 2011 - 2:21 PM

shadows is not something I have considered when taking piccies but I can see what you mean, they do make a fine picture

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digital_boi
29 May 2011 - 3:23 PM

Indeed Helen the shadows make the shot and of course the great texture you have retained in the wood click GrinGrin

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JustDucky
JustDucky  3 Canada
29 May 2011 - 3:34 PM

superb capture
Tammy

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Shellio
Shellio  3 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
29 May 2011 - 4:11 PM

Excellent capture Helen, nice bold shadows against nice textured wood.
Shell

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29 May 2011 - 4:43 PM

Fascinating shadows, Helen. I am afraid my first thought was of concentration camps - there have been some very powerful photos recently of those and barbed wire always looks so menacing.
Christina

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helenlinda
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29 May 2011 - 5:00 PM

Thanks Sandy, Ann, Graham, Tammy, Shell and Christina


Quote: I am afraid my first thought was of concentration camps - there have been some very powerful photos recently of those and barbed wire always looks so menacing.
Christina

I have to say that barbed wire does not have good associations for me either Christina

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tony64
tony64  10204 forum posts England9 Constructive Critique Points
29 May 2011 - 5:19 PM

Hi Helen, this is a strong image for me and very creative. I think its what we photographers do so well in seeing an image. I love the bg colours and of course those amazing shadows. Well done and have my UA for the week.Smile
Tony

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jaktis
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29 May 2011 - 6:10 PM

A good use of shadows and textures

Peter

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helenlinda
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29 May 2011 - 6:15 PM

Thanks Tony and Peter for your comments
.........and many thanks to Tony for his User Award - much appreciated Smile Smile

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ChristineD
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29 May 2011 - 6:54 PM

Great capture, shadows and textures.

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helenlinda
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29 May 2011 - 7:03 PM

Thanks Christine

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Joline
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29 May 2011 - 7:10 PM

A convoluted dance of shadows and sharps.

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ChiliMan
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29 May 2011 - 7:47 PM

I'm a sucker for shadows and you've got some good ones here, Helen. Good find Smile

Andrew

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delboy1145
29 May 2011 - 8:13 PM

the wooden background really gives this image real depth,cracking shot

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Adrian_Reynolds
29 May 2011 - 8:29 PM

Serendipity alone doesn't produce these great shots Helen, you have know when you've found it, great image.
Adrian

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bricurtis
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29 May 2011 - 8:54 PM

Another fine observation Helen - great shadows against the texture of the bg.
Brian.

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moiral
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29 May 2011 - 9:13 PM

You find such wonderful things in shots. Moira

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helenlinda
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29 May 2011 - 10:17 PM

Many thanks Joline, Andrew, Dave, Adria, Brian and Moira

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PhillipMinnis
30 May 2011 - 12:59 AM

Oh, Helen, we can always count on you to come up with something very striking and different! This one is no exception! Excellent capture!


Cheers

Phil

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helenlinda
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30 May 2011 - 1:00 AM

Thanks Phil

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30 May 2011 - 10:13 PM

Just been notified of a Mark's User Award - many thanks Mark - I'm delighted to receive it Smile Smile

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31 May 2011 - 6:50 PM

Well observed shadow-play.

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helenlinda
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31 May 2011 - 8:00 PM

Thanks Anne

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