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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 9 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
10 360 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
16 918 24 England
11 Jun 2012 8:30AM
Interesting and well composed candid.

helenlinda Plus
10 360 22 United Kingdom
11 Jun 2012 8:33AM
Thanks Graham and Albert SmileSmile
saeidNL 8 3 Netherlands
11 Jun 2012 8:38AM
A really nice image ,well done,
CarolG 11 199 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
10 360 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
10 360 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
11 1.2k 1887 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
10 360 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
6 23 31 United Kingdom
11 Jun 2012 9:21AM
Great image, love the comp and angleGrin
helenlinda Plus
10 360 22 United Kingdom
11 Jun 2012 9:23AM
Thanks Diane Smile
sherring 10 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 11 3 73 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
10 360 22 United Kingdom
11 Jun 2012 10:05AM
Thanks Steve, Len and Ron SmileSmileSmile
SlowSong Plus
9 7.3k 30 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
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
11 Jun 2012 11:41AM
inspired with this beauty ...
Only one month to go ... yippee!!!!
mikbee 11 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
8 1.9k 150 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
7 101 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
10 360 22 United Kingdom
11 Jun 2012 4:53PM
Many thanks everyone and particularly to Mark for his User Award SmileSmile
AnnChown Plus
8 207 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
13 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 11 351 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 7 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
10 360 22 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2012 11:20AM
Thanks Harry SmileSmile
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
12 Jun 2012 6:01PM
This is SUCH a wonderful image, Helen.

One of my favourite of yours.

Andrew Smile
helenlinda Plus
10 360 22 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2012 7:05PM
Thanks Andrew SmileSmile
A lovely composition & crop.. Needs no narrative.. Excellent
bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
12 Jun 2012 8:34PM
Captures the interaction well Helen.
helenlinda Plus
10 360 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
10 360 22 United Kingdom
17 Jun 2012 7:29AM
Thanks Arthur Smile

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