The Awakening

© Vicki Hunt

The Awakening

Uploaded: May 04, 2005 02:56:47


aperture f6.3, shutter 1.6 sec., ISO 400; The Awakening is a scupture along the Potomac in DC. My original image had a helicopter that appeared to fly into the hand, but I took a plane from another image and "flew" it into the picture instead.


Colleen Braun May 04, 2005

very creative... #244632

Tammy Scott May 04, 2005

Funny shot, Vicki. #1317748

S J May 04, 2005

Very creative image, Vicki!! You really fooled #1317795

Carla Metzler May 04, 2005

LOL...Creative, Vicki! Wonderful job! #1317802

Donna W. Neal May 04, 2005

Brilliant Vicki...bravo! #1317867

Cindy Paquette May 04, 2005

Welcome back Vicki!!!
Well, I must be in a way different mood than everyone else as I've taken a more serious view of your image. My first impulse was " a powerful and dramatic shot"..still is. It's a super shot, but it instills,for me, a sense of loss of power in that the hand appears ominous. An emotional shot for me. Well done by you! #1317939

Jason Gehrman May 04, 2005

Creative shot. I am interested to see the original shot instead of a photoshoped one. But great idea none the less. Have to agree with comment above. This shot is just on that cusp of about to be released chaos. The threat of doom. Creative thinking. Good luck with the competition. #1317972

Vicki Hunt May 04, 2005

Cindy, thank you for saying this...As I worked on this, I could not help but think of Americas loss on 9-11...I started to title this "Beware", but decided to use the name of the sculpture because I think this could say a million words for all of us to "Be Awake!"...We lost a friend in one of those planes that day as so many others did! I was hesitant to enter the image, since it can provoke emotion...but decided to go ahead....My other shot with the helicopter is on film...I will try to figure out soon how to add it on to this discussion... Helicopters fly back and forth constantly over the sculpture and look like they are flying into and out of the hand...Please feel free to make any comments you would like to....and thanks to you all who have posted! #1318140

Kevin Burns May 04, 2005

Perfect timing!!! Well done.
Sadly I thought of Sep.11th. #1318144

Brinn MacDougall May 04, 2005

I think photography should provoke different first thought was 911 and it upset me. Then, the other side is the skill of presenting an image with emotion, which, is very well done!
design today.. #1319217

Marsha S. Smith May 04, 2005

Wonderfully done, but just a little scary! #1319319

Goshka G. May 04, 2005

My first thought was - what impeccable timing, before reading what you wrote, Vicki! Now I'm thinking - what impeccable PS manipulation!! Whatever the feeling the image invokes, it remains an impeccably composed shot, Vicki! Slightly ominous, true, but I didn't really think of Sept 11 (I was actually in NYC when it did happen, so maybe I'm just trying to block it out). #1319570

Patty Razonable May 04, 2005

Along with all the comments above, this image is very well done with the effects that generates the memories not forgotten......impressive!!! #1319992

DiAnna F. Paulk May 04, 2005

Wow, Vicki! Way to generate a discussion! You go, girl! :) It is a wonderful image. I can't tell that it was manipulated at all!

Only 7 more teaching days and I'm hitting the road! We'll have to get together again. #1320044

William C. Raco level-classic May 04, 2005

Very striking and emotional image, Vicki
Powerful and thought provoking.
Well done.


Kathryn (Love) Scheet level-classic May 04, 2005

wow! now this is very very dramatic, stunning, and unique! #1320147

Debra Booth May 04, 2005

A very thought-provoking image, Vicki. It really points out that the events of 9-11 are far reaching and will continue to revisit us in many aspects of our lives. Very nice photo and PS work!! #1320303

Laurence Saliba level-classic May 06, 2005

This is awesome Vicki!!!! #1326062

Kerby Pfrangle May 06, 2005

Vicki this FUNNY big time. Good job of putting the two picture's together.

Kerby #1326067

Laura Clay-Ballard May 09, 2005

I take it as serious, too. My first thoughts were Sept. 11 and the destruction that followed. This photo is emotional. WHich is GREAT! Emotions don't all have to be good. Beautiful work. #1332960

Melissa L. Zavadil May 09, 2005

This is wildly creative of you! Wonderful job! #1333300

Melissa L. Zavadil June 21, 2005

This is so awesome! I new this one would be a finalist!! Congrats!!! #1498348

Cindy Paquette June 21, 2005

Not surprised at all vicki to see this here! Congrats Girl! #1499807

Tammy Scott June 21, 2005

Great finalist! Congratulations, Vicki! #1500211

Debra Booth June 22, 2005

Congratulations again, Vicki!! #1503525

S J June 22, 2005

Congratulations on this outstanding Finalist, Vicki!! #1503755

Mette Vendelboe Allison level-classic June 22, 2005

Unique work, good luck and big congrats! #1505286

bob cornelison June 22, 2005

First of all I want to say I love this shot...
Everytime I see a shot of a jet, I can't help but think of 9/11 and if it weren't for 9/11 I wouldn't have this aweful gut feeling for shots of jets. It's just a split second of remembering those planes hitting the towers...but it goes away quickly and I am back to present time and can appreciate the humor you have conveyed.
I am sorry for your loss of a friend on that jet but am glad you can still present a photo like this after the loss, showing that we can move on and we won't let terrorist stop us from being our creative selves.
Congrats on being a finalist!

Colleen Braun June 23, 2005

congratulations... #1509027

Tammy Scott June 23, 2005

Congratulations on this very unique shot and win, Vicki! #1509255

Cindy Paquette June 23, 2005

Controversy, discussion and fine, fine and creative photography get you here! CONGRATULATIONS VICKI! :-) #1509428

Laura Clay-Ballard June 23, 2005

congrats on this awesome WINNING image! #1509654

Dolores Neilson June 23, 2005

I don't know how I missed this, Vicki!! The ability for this shot to create strong emotions speaks volumes of the power and your creativity in this image. A big congratulations for your well deserved win here! Wonderful and powerful image! #1509663

DiAnna F. Paulk June 23, 2005

Way to go, Vicki!!! I'm sooooo jealous!!! But so happy for you!! #1510157

Heather Inich June 23, 2005

Wonderful capture!!! very cool!! Congrats on your winner! #1510549

Melissa L. Zavadil June 23, 2005

Congrats on this awesome SECOND PLACE WINNER!!!!! WTG!!!! #1510963

June 23, 2005

Great shot Vicki!
Congratulations on your win! Well deserved! #1510972

Linda D. Lester level-classic June 23, 2005

Congratulations!!! WTG! #1511072

Goshka G. June 23, 2005

Congrats on such a striking winner, Vicki!! #1511500

Marsha S. Smith June 23, 2005


William C. Raco level-classic June 23, 2005

Very nice, Vicki!

bill #1511877

Debra Booth June 23, 2005

Congratulations, Vicki!!! #1512221

bob cornelison June 23, 2005

I'm glad you placed!
Congrats Vicki!
~:O) #1512481

Joannie Bertucci level-classic June 23, 2005

Very clever work Vicki and congrats on a well deserved win! #1512723

Jenny Bosmans June 24, 2005

Congratulations on this well deserved win, Vick!!! Great work!!! #1513778

Carla Metzler June 24, 2005

Congratulations on your win, Vicki! Wonderful work, and well deserved! I am so happy for you! #1513857

Janet L. Skinner June 24, 2005

I love the image and the discussion!!!! Excellent work, Vicki!!! Congratulations!! #1514296

S J June 24, 2005

Congratulations on this outstanding WIN, Vicki!! #1514590

Cathy Barrows June 24, 2005

Congrats on your that the hand of bankruptcy for #1517146

Colette M. Metcalf June 25, 2005

Congrats to you Vicki!!!! #1520349

Vicki Hunt June 29, 2005

Wow! I am so excited and I thank each of you who took time to post a note. I came within a hair of removing this from the competition when I saw how it stirred people's hearts! Thank you BP for this wonderful award!

vicki #1534146

Michael S. Baker December 06, 2005

I'm very familiar with the Awakening. In fact, I have many pics of the entire sculpure, and have even given thought to creating a similar beat me to it! Congrats on a great image!

Mike B- #2158885

Sharrie Thomas January 16, 2006

I really like this photo. Nice image effects. You have a wonderful gallery. #2294993

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