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Pool Whirlpool

Pool Whirlpool
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Copyright: Pierre Frigon (PierreFrigon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1633 W: 225 N: 3760] (15473)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-14
Categories: Daily Life, Humorous, Event, Decisive Moment, Friends/Family, Experimental, Action, HPP [Heavily Post-Processed]
Exposure: f/3.6, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 60 - 69 points, Part 7 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-10-16 17:08
Viewed: 2227
Points: 66
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Beware what you do when emptying the pool.
Make sure nobody is using it.

This is what happened last Sunday. Preparing for Autumn so started to empty the pool. Then I heard a heart stopping scream and when I looked, just had time to grab the camera and get this.
The water going through the bottom drain created this whirlpool that sucked that poor bather.
Never had time to help the person.

I don't know who it was and the only clue I have is that ring.

So if anybody knows that ring or can identify it, please let me know so that I can tell the family of the loss.

I'm so sorry.

My sick mind came up with this idea last Sunday while emptying the pool. All I needed was an arm. So went through the photos I had from Isabelle's birthday party and got this excelent one.

PP: Used 4 layers for this.
Bottom layer was the whirlpool in its entirety. Just added a frame.
Second layer is the arm copied from the birthday photo.
Third layer is part of the whirlpool around the edge to cover the arm and make a clean separation.
Fourth layer ia a copy of the second layer arm erased just a bit to let show the water from the bottom layer.

Hello to those of you that are just looking.
And HELLO and THANK YOU VERY MUCH to those of you that leave critiques/comments/workshops :-).
Desire is storm, greed is whirlpool, pride is precipice, attachment is avalanche, ego is volcano. Discard desire and you are liberated.
-- Sri Sathya Sai Baba

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Bonsoir Pierre !

Excellente vision et réalisation ! Image amusante.

PS. C'est l'automne ! C'est le temps de tout ranger ! ( SIC ! ) Hier notre déneigeur a mis les balises d'hiver autour du stationnment (^_^).

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  • WMcK Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 663 W: 11 N: 1718] (6837)
  • [2007-10-16 17:31]

What a great compositon, and vivid imagination. Very well done and the PP work is amazing. You had me beleiving it until I got to part 2. Too funny. TFS


Excelente, te felicito

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  • Josine Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 922 W: 21 N: 652] (4069)
  • [2007-10-16 22:55]

Amusing, did you dial 911 :-)
Nice one Pierre


Hi Pierre,
My belly ached as I read the fiction part of your note :O
Similar things have happened here in Portugal - I remember a case of one or two children who died a few years ago.

About the photo: nice colors and very tricky image - you actually believe what you read as you look at the photo!! But then again, we know that you like to joke around so we're always wondering wether or not it's true...thank goodness :))

Bonjour Pierre,
There is a theme called "Freaky Friday" this defenitely should have been part of it - well it is not Friday, but if you like why not add it to the theme?
Love your work - good thinking - nice presentation.

Merhaba el pierre..
İnnehum Fela ehze entumeslihe fi leyli cenadeten bil xayri sename. :)
وافق مجلس النواب الأميركي بأغلبية ساحقة على توبيخ إدارة الرئيس جورج بوش بسبب إخفائها معلومات عن تفاقم تفشي الفساد في العراق. وفي لوس أنجلوس ثانية كبرى المدن الأميركية تبنى المجلس البلدي مذكرة رمزية تدعو إلى انسحاب القوات الأميركية من العراق.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2572 W: 237 N: 6132] (24044)
  • [2007-10-17 4:37]

Very sick!! And very funny!!
Brilliant PP work, Pierre! A great pre-Halloween posting
Superb colours and details

Bonjour Pierre,
Belle présentation et excellent cliché, jolies couleurs et beau travail de PP. excellent POV, salutations.;)

Hi Pierre...

Very cool PP work here.. Flawless... Wonderful light.. notes very helpful... cool frame and signature! :)
I agree you should add this to the Freaky theme!


Your pool must be heated if you just closed it... closed ours once it dropped below 60!

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  • soda Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 173 W: 65 N: 149] (2634)
  • [2007-10-17 7:26]

Salut Pierre,
Ha,ha,ha! Superbe composition! Cet effet est très original.
Excellent travail

I didn't know you had "kid-eating" pools in Canada? I thought Texas was weird! I'm sure it's just some poor street urchin, he probably was stealing from you anyways! don't worry about it......one less kid to run amok through your yard, teasing the cat, eating your daisies! BAH humbug!!
"Nice pp work!!"

You seem to enjoy this stuff, Pierre! Very good pp work. Too bad this poor person couldn't grab on to your frame to save herself......

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  • milas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2841 W: 398 N: 3076] (34114)
  • [2007-10-17 9:12]
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merhaba myfriend Pierre...
What a great compositon, and vivid imagination. Very well done and the PP work is amazing...SELAMLAR

Hi Pierre,
I actually believed the note until I saw the second part!
Very good idea. I like how you can see the arm under water, not just sticking it in the hole. Great frame. TFS

Simple , good of colour and nice idea :-)

Salut Pierre,

Encore une fois, tu me surprend avec ta grande imagination.
Très beau travail bien réussi. C'est à s'y méprendre. Tu aurais ajouter quelques goute d'eau sur le bras et j'aurais cru que c'était réelle ;)

Un gros bravo


You do have a sick mind Pierre :). Excellent PP work and quite convincing. TFS,

Many thanks for your comment on ‘Spring has Sprung’. Rule number one, always take your camera!

Hi Pierre,
Well, some great and creative PP work for sure in this one!! Neat and creative idea too!! So I guess thats it for swimming this year eh? TFS

Bonjour Pierre :)
Te voilà dans le fantastique :o) Excellent montage aux couleurs ravissantes ... une photo que je verrais bien comme affiche de film à suspens ... hehe ! Un peu morbide mais je me dis que c'est un montage :o) Beau travail !

I guess they shouldn't have been using a pool that wasn't theirs! :)
Incredible pp work with a great outcome! This is so cool. Wonderfully put together. TFS

Bonsoir Pierre
Composition amusante avec une belle présentation
splendides couleurs et bonne netteté


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  • Jens Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 555 W: 53 N: 1139] (4663)
  • [2007-10-19 1:17]

Hi Pierre
Great idea, real good PP work created with a great imagination.
Well done my friend.

Great effect Pierre! Love the color & whirlpool! The arm adds a touch of something! Still glad you liked the moon shot, I should have added that was the tail end of my clydesdale photos! We had a good two weeks with grandson here then his Mother was here 5 days till their b-day party. They are getting ready to move to Charlotte N.C. next month. :} Don

Au secour au secour Piet?
An intriguing photo.. special .. diffrent .. but 'cool'
Welldone frere!
Good weekdend you two love birds


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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2007-10-20 8:04]

Bonsoir Pierre,
Ta photo et ton texte m'ont bien fait rigoler!
Quel travail de professionnel tu as fait avec ce matériel. Excellent fondu et effet très réaliste. Bravo ! Annie

:) Voilà!

Oh Wow

I am sorry I missed this one its absolutely fantastic.I love the colours and the PP work is incredible

TFS regards Helen

Clever PP work albeit from a dark imagination ;-)
Thanks for sharing

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  • jentt Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 180 W: 71 N: 433] (4022)
  • [2007-10-22 3:00]

Salut Pierre
LOL!!! Vous avez de sacré système de vidange par chez vous ;-D
En tout cas un excellent montage parfaitement bien réalisé et bien marrant. Superbe.

Hi Pierre,
An amazing job, as usual . . . especially how the arm is transparent under the water. Very creative and fun!
Take care,

haha! Bonjour Pierre, quel bon sens de l'humour tu as. Et c'est tres bien realise avec la main qui sort du tourbillon.
Le bleu est superbe!

Bravo et bon dimanche, Yan :)

ps: Merci pour la critique sur: "Mount Bromont". Je suis contente qu'elle te plaise.


Hi Pierre,
Fantastic work, absolutely stunning PP-work. And great story with black humour. :) Brilliant idea, done the best way. Congrats and tfs. Regards from Hungary, László

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  • Juliet Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1250 W: 106 N: 2911] (22323)
  • [2007-10-24 15:58]

Hi Pierre,
THIS IS COOL...Excellent idea and executed to perfection. GOOD strong colors and framing is nicely done. Bravo Pierre ! TFS Julie

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  • clive Silver Note Writer [C: 8 W: 0 N: 11] (83)
  • [2008-04-30 4:39]

Hi Pierre,
Getting the picture of the whirlpool was a great capture. I really enjoy your story too.
I am very glad that the lighting of the arm was not the same as the lighting in the pool. I might have worried that you really lost someone in the poll. Hahaha.

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