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Between a [small] rock and a hard place

By helenlinda
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


Tags: Photo journalism Digitally manipulated Portraits and people

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andylea 8 37 1 United Kingdom
11 Jun 2012 8:17AM
this takes me back helen brilliant detail wonderful tones and colour a belter who won ? Wink

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helenlinda Plus
9 344 22 United Kingdom
11 Jun 2012 8:21AM
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.
This is a good idea for an image like it
fentiger Plus
15 916 23 England
11 Jun 2012 8:30AM
Interesting and well composed candid.

helenlinda Plus
9 344 22 United Kingdom
11 Jun 2012 8:33AM
Thanks Graham and Albert SmileSmile
saeidNL 7 3 Netherlands
11 Jun 2012 8:38AM
A really nice image ,well done,
CarolG Plus
10 199 20 Greece
11 Jun 2012 8:40AM
Bet you can't wait for next month, Helen, though I think you are going to miss your 'kids' Smile Carol
helenlinda Plus
9 344 22 United Kingdom
11 Jun 2012 8:40AM
Thank you Saeid and Carol Smile
I certainly am going to miss them Carol Sad
11 Jun 2012 8:55AM
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

helenlinda Plus
9 344 22 United Kingdom
11 Jun 2012 8:58AM
Thanks Graham - its not the housework that I intend using the time for Graham WinkWink
mrswoolybill Plus
10 1.1k 1653 United Kingdom
11 Jun 2012 9:18AM
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.
helenlinda Plus
9 344 22 United Kingdom
11 Jun 2012 9:21AM
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
Fefe Plus
5 23 31 United Kingdom
11 Jun 2012 9:21AM
Great image, love the comp and angleGrin
helenlinda Plus
9 344 22 United Kingdom
11 Jun 2012 9:23AM
Thanks Diane Smile
sherring 9 46 13 United Kingdom
11 Jun 2012 9:27AM
Othello, one of my favourite games, but thats cus im good at it I guess. Grin

11 Jun 2012 9:31AM
Wonderful detail and an excellent comp, you always come up with something different and special..........well done you.

Maiwand 10 3 72 England
11 Jun 2012 9:45AM
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
helenlinda Plus
9 344 22 United Kingdom
11 Jun 2012 10:05AM
Thanks Steve, Len and Ron SmileSmileSmile
SlowSong Plus
8 6.8k 29 England
11 Jun 2012 10:41AM
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
11 Jun 2012 11:41AM
inspired with this beauty ...
Only one month to go ... yippee!!!!
mikbee 10 3 8 Scotland
11 Jun 2012 1:08PM
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.
Jasper87 Plus
7 1.7k 149 England
11 Jun 2012 1:24PM
'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.

marktc Plus
6 96 15 United Kingdom
11 Jun 2012 4:23PM
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!
helenlinda Plus
9 344 22 United Kingdom
11 Jun 2012 4:53PM
Many thanks everyone and particularly to Mark for his User Award SmileSmile
AnnChown Plus
7 202 1 United Kingdom
11 Jun 2012 6:12PM
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!!
gajewski Plus
12 10 9 United States
11 Jun 2012 6:52PM
Very nice. I'm glad you took Moira up on her suggestion. In addition to the textures, I really like this point of view.
pluckyfilly Plus
10 351 33 United Kingdom
11 Jun 2012 7:04PM
looks very good to me and deserving of the awards you have been given
moiral 7 12 Scotland
11 Jun 2012 7:33PM
Very nice piece of work Helen.
You will love retirement Grin. Moira
11 Jun 2012 9:41PM
Another wonderful piece of work Helen.You will have a great time when you retire,well done..Lin
pdcche 6 4 United Kingdom
11 Jun 2012 9:51PM
Beautiful colours and detail Helen, Peter..
12 Jun 2012 10:46AM
Awesome work and exceptional impact on viewer. Wonderful scale, tones, balance and one of those shots makes you think ... and think...

helenlinda Plus
9 344 22 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2012 11:20AM
Thanks Harry SmileSmile
ChiliMan Plus
10 135 17 Singapore
12 Jun 2012 6:01PM
This is SUCH a wonderful image, Helen.

One of my favourite of yours.

Andrew Smile
helenlinda Plus
9 344 22 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2012 7:05PM
Thanks Andrew SmileSmile
A lovely composition & crop.. Needs no narrative.. Excellent
bricurtis Plus
11 2.1k 49 England
12 Jun 2012 8:34PM
Captures the interaction well Helen.
helenlinda Plus
9 344 22 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2012 10:31PM
Thanks Michaela and Brian SmileSmile
17 Jun 2012 6:51AM
Fine work here Helen - it looks great and poses some questions. I love the hands. A
helenlinda Plus
9 344 22 United Kingdom
17 Jun 2012 7:29AM
Thanks Arthur Smile

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