A woman wearing bright red shoes, with classy handbag in tow, tip-toes into a garden to rummage through the bushes. A mysterious image that suggests a story behind it, but what that story is I could not say. The red shoes against the garden green, and the fact that you can only see her legs make it a very arresting image. I wonder what she’s looking for.
In emergency situations where someone suffers cardiac arrest or pulmonary arrest, i.e. their heart stops beating or they stop breathing, CPR can be used to keep their vital organs healthy until more extensive medical help arrives, or until the patient regains their vital signs.
CPR stands for Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, which basically involves sqeezing and releasing the heart by pressure to maintain blood flow and inflating and deflating the lungs to maintain the bare minimum oxygenation of the person’s blood to prevent tissue damage due to lack of oxygen.
You will find plenty of resources online to learn the basics of CPR and how it works, but the Red Cross has specific guidelines and techniques it considers as standard requirements to allow health care and emergency service professionals to aquire basic skills and advanced certification in CPR techniques to make them more effective in the field. Here are some of the main starting points online to explore the Red Cross CPR techiniques, training and certification for both professionals and lay persons.
- Prepare for Emergencies with American Red Cross First Aid, CPR and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Courses by taking a class. Details of procedures and requirements at various location scan be found on the Red Cross’s own site.
American Red Cross first aid, CPR and AED programs
- This site on American Red Cross online training lets you learn valuable lifesaving skills at your own pace and on your own time. It also includes more situation specific information and and more details as to which areas the training is available in.
American Red Cross online training
- Here is a more general interest introduction to the subject of CPR and the Red Cross recognised guidelines for the procedure and eHow.
American Red Cross CPR Guidelines
- CPR Dude gives American Red Cross CPR, AED, and First Aid training to laypersons. This site provides information about CPR, and also help with very specific emergency situations, such as choking, and various useful CPR related resources and FAQs.
- If you’re more of an audio-visual person, this sample introductory video on the subject of CPR might be a good place to start for basic information, and YouTube has plenty more to browse through on th subject.
Hope this short list of resources gets you started in your quest for Red Cross CPR guides and information.
We think of ladybirds as red but compared to these very red leaves, they seem to pale into a rich orange. This almost monochrome image is a wonderful find. Not only is the inclusion of the ladybirds subtle, but over time you realise just how many of these there must be on an average sized tree of this sort. The sheer numbers of the insect population can be astonishing, and beautiful.
As digital camera’s have grown from technological curiosity, to useful tools, to their current status as gadget toys and fashion accessories, they’ve shed some of the inhibitions they carried over from being a serious photographic tool. In the film era camera’s were fairly utilitarian things. As more consumer interest in cameras grew you found a rise in more stylish and shiney camera stylings and colours but mose photographers preferered the ever unobtrusive black.
If you want to go in the obtrusive and attention grabbing direction, nothing says cool photographer like a red digital camera, and you thankfully have a wide range to choose from in today’s marketplace. If you’re in the market for a tiny pocketable compact with a hot red streak, you might want to look at the Canon IXUS range or the Nikon Coolpix S70, which are both available in red versions. The IXUS range is a particularly reliable range of cameras which have always been known for their dependable image quality and attractive styling. The red version adds a whole differentlevel of fashion awareness to what is basically a very solid compact digital camera.
Another interesting new animal to look at is the Samsung DualView TL220 12MP Red Digital Camera. These new compacts come with a standard 3-inch LCD on the back and a small 1.5 inch LCD screen on the front side of the camera, net to the lens, to allow proper framing and composition of shots when taking self-portraits by holding the camera at arms length. A cool new feature for a hot new camera when gotten in red.
The good thing is, you’re limited to compact camera’s when it comes to crimson flavoured photographic equipment. Panasonic produces a version of their semi-professional Micro Four-Thirds format camera with interchangeable lenses, the Lumix G1, in a red too. It’s a very sophisticated piece of equipment with a good range of optics available in the growing micro four-thirds lens and camera format which allows for smaller lense assemblies. These camera’s are basically SLRs, but without the added bulk of the pentaprism on top. The viewfinder is instead an electronic one. Nothing quite says serious photographer like a red SLR, don’t you think?
If you’re really feeling very rich and would like to be the next Speilberg ratehr than the next Ansel Adams, you might want to consider another camera, which isn’t really red, but is callde Red. The RedOne digital cinematography camera and it’s newer siblings pioneered the move into (relatively) affordable digital cinematography in films and they have already been used on hundreds of productions. They mey not be red to look at, but they don’t need to be to be cool. Certainly the ultimate photographic red. All you need is upwards of $17,000 for the body for starters.
Whatever be your red photographic toy of choice, start saving now.
Desolation and destruction can be fascinating to look at. If you’ve ever walked by a building in the process of being demolished, you know what I mean. It’s that same desolation that makes this picture of a red foldable chair in the abandoned Starlite Theatre interesting. That and the wonderful contrasting colours.