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Ruby Red

By helenlinda
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

Tags: Abstract Flowers and plants Digitally manipulated

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Comments


annettep38 Plus
4 217 36 Costa Rica
5 Aug 2012 7:50AM
A lovely story and a fantastic abstract!

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helenlinda Plus
8 342 22 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2012 7:51AM
Thanks Annette Smile
Ray42 7 3 England
5 Aug 2012 7:59AM
What a very lovely story to go with the appropriate lovely image
helenlinda Plus
8 342 22 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2012 8:01AM
Thanks Ray Smile
Lillian Plus
6 21 16 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2012 8:06AM
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
helenlinda Plus
8 342 22 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2012 8:11AM
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
marktc Plus
5 85 14 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2012 8:12AM
A super piece of work Helen, extremely lovely.
CaroleS Plus
5 369 3 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2012 8:14AM
A lovely story and a beautifully composed ruby red rose image.
Carole
helenlinda Plus
8 342 22 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2012 8:16AM
Thanks Mark and Carole SmileSmile
jdinne 12 16 England
5 Aug 2012 8:20AM
Its lovely great work. Wonderful story
5 Aug 2012 8:21AM
a bliss to watch.
helenlinda Plus
8 342 22 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2012 8:27AM
Many thanks for your comments John and Parnab SmileSmile
NDODS Plus
5 4.9k 125 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2012 8:32AM
A very heart rending story, so beautiful spoken through both words and an image of exquisite taste

Regards Nathan
helenlinda Plus
8 342 22 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2012 8:38AM
Thanks Nathan Smile
moiral 5 12 Scotland
5 Aug 2012 8:45AM
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
helenlinda Plus
8 342 22 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2012 8:47AM
Thanks Moira - I used just the one rose, but added a part of it as a layer for the background Smile
CarolG Plus
9 192 18 Greece
5 Aug 2012 8:51AM
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
franken Plus
13 3.8k 4 Wales
5 Aug 2012 9:20AM

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
helenlinda Plus
8 342 22 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2012 9:26AM
Thanks Carol and Ken SmileSmile
WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.5k 148 England
5 Aug 2012 9:33AM
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
buxton 8 England
5 Aug 2012 9:38AM
Great bio and you have a great friendship there.
The rose is perfect and really well presented.
Martin..
helenlinda Plus
8 342 22 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2012 9:57AM
Thanks Dave and Martin SmileSmile
mrswoolybill Plus
9 841 1373 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2012 10:12AM
Congratulations to everyone! This is rather lovely, like textured silk.
Moira
helenlinda Plus
8 342 22 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2012 10:35AM
Thanks Moira Smile
5 Aug 2012 10:48AM
beautifully done...
liked your presentation (Australia is far, indeed...)
5 Aug 2012 11:15AM
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
5 Aug 2012 11:36AM
very well worked Helen a fine tribute to your friendship lovely work indeed

GrahamGrinGrinGrin
AnnChown Plus
6 197 1 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2012 11:37AM
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
gary_d Plus
8 576 13 Wales
5 Aug 2012 11:38AM
A lovely story of true friendship and a beautiful tribute. - gary
helenlinda Plus
8 342 22 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2012 12:17PM
Thanks everyone SmileSmileSmileSmileSmile
achieverswales 5 8 101 Wales
5 Aug 2012 12:26PM
This is stunning photography and processing Helen, the rich red is exposed to perfection and some beautiful texture, excellent tribute.

Regards

Trev.
cassiecat 7 39 46 England
5 Aug 2012 12:32PM
beautifully done. a very romantic look. gorgeous colour and detail. congrats on yours and your friends ruby anniversaries. an achievement these days! lesley
helenlinda Plus
8 342 22 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2012 12:56PM
Thanks Trev and Lesley for your comments SmileSmile
Irishkate Plus
5 33 92 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2012 1:00PM
Beautiful image.
The colour looks wonderful and love details
of how you achieved your image.
Great story of friendship.
KateGrinGrinGrin
helenlinda Plus
8 342 22 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2012 1:03PM
Thanks Kate Smile
morpheus1955 9 3 2 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2012 1:58PM
Fabulous image Helen, many congratulations on your Ruby anniversary

Hugh
pluckyfilly Plus
9 350 33 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2012 2:41PM
beautifully done Helen and great result
helenlinda Plus
8 342 22 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2012 3:08PM
Thanks Hugh and Ann SmileSmile
gingerdelight 9 298 11 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2012 5:12PM
A lovely story and what a wonderful image to celebrate your friends' anniversary!
Carol
taggart Plus
11 46 12 United States
5 Aug 2012 5:21PM
So beautiful---the image and the memories---congratulations to all of you!

Enduring friendship! a great accomplishment!
RobinF 9 83 1 England
5 Aug 2012 5:27PM
Lovely story and the rose is exquisite Helen!
kind regards,
Robin
5 Aug 2012 6:06PM
What a lovely story, beautiful Rose
helenlinda Plus
8 342 22 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2012 6:22PM
Thanks Carol, Jenn, Robin and Christine for your comments SmileSmileSmileSmile
Rach1970 7 14 1 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2012 7:08PM
Nice one Helen Smile
helenlinda Plus
8 342 22 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2012 7:26PM
Thanks Rach SmileSmile
pdcche 5 4 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2012 7:44PM
Beautiful Helen and a great sentimental value, Peter..
Rende Plus
9 38 4 Netherlands
5 Aug 2012 8:00PM
Lovely, rich and mysterious!
Rende
bricurtis Plus
10 2.0k 49 England
5 Aug 2012 8:10PM
A lovely card Helen - I like the light on the edge of the rose petals.
Brian.
helenlinda Plus
8 342 22 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2012 8:48PM
Thanks Peter Rende and Brian SmileSmileSmile
5 Aug 2012 9:45PM
Such a lovely story and a wonderful rose,well done Helen,beautiful work..Lin
RobboB Plus
9 107 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2012 9:45PM
A wonderful image made all the more special with the background narrative
helenlinda Plus
8 342 22 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2012 10:02PM
Thanks Lin and Rob for your comments SmileSmile
6 Aug 2012 8:03AM
Fantastic presentation Helen
Jim
helenlinda Plus
8 342 22 United Kingdom
6 Aug 2012 8:06AM
Thanks Jim Smile
saltireblue Plus
5 5.4k 31 Norway
6 Aug 2012 10:37AM
Real friendship that lasts as long as that are rare and precious, Helen. Congrtas to you all on the anniversariesSmile

Malc
helenlinda Plus
8 342 22 United Kingdom
6 Aug 2012 12:10PM
Thanks Malc Smile
1881 3 India
15 Aug 2012 7:25PM
LOVELY WORK.


====== SANJEEV ======
helenlinda Plus
8 342 22 United Kingdom
15 Aug 2012 9:32PM
Thanks Sanjeev Smile

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