Challenge #168 - Statues and Monuments
A person, an animal, a mythical being, a thing, whatever poeple made into a statue. Also monumets, artificial or natural. Natural Monuments may present an aditional challenge: people viewing the image shoud think ‘monument’ rather than ‘landscape’ .
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Challenge #168 - Statues and Monuments WINNERS
My original thought was about massive statues or big monuments, but I failed to explain that, so the small figures like the first post were ‘automatically’ admitted.
- BobsYourUncle - G9 - Monkey Business
The monkey is an interesting figure; it can be scaring with dramatic lighting, but the fill flash worked fine to make it friendly. Perhaps a ‘key’ light to cast some soft shadows may help, though.
- jhoesly - G9 - Horse Sense
Good exposition and interesting shadows in the statue. For me, the sign in the background becomes almost the main subject due to the extremely tight crop/framing of the statue.
- racingsafetyman - G9 - Ladies in Waiting
It is an interesting capture of the ladies waiting for their final destination. Nice soft shadows and good decision to turn it into B&W so the grass is just an un-conspicuous background. Can you show us them in the intended final location?
- Boutty - G6 - Legends (aust. tennis)
I like the composition. The backlight casting long shadows is interesting. The B&W conversion and added noise almost integrated the live subject to the row of statues. Somebody may think that the main subject in the foreground, although a tennis legend as you said, is not (yet) carved in stone and does not qualify as statue .
- Pete - G9 - London Sphinx
I liked the lights on the distant background and their reflections on the water. Raising the dark shadows of the statue a little bit seems to enhance the sphinx on my monitor. Is it (the sphinx) part of the resurrection of Egyptian forms in London around 1920?
- KC Jewel - G6 - Ensenada
I was not sure if the flag qualified as a monument or not until I compared the size of the people standing by the pole with the pole itself and with the flag. A pole 100 m high (more than 300 feet) and a flag of 1800 m2 (more than 15 thousand square feet) can only be described as monumental. You got a good place for the shot to show us the flag in its real size.
- Michael Wells - G9 - "For those who served..."
This picture may be another tight framing for me, but the position of the statue’s head, the shadows and the camera’s point of view contributes to an interesting dramatic mood. Well done.
- pgm - G9 - I've seen the light!
The photography describes the monument quite well. The low camera position shows the crux dominating the scene, the monument’s size is measured by comparison with the trees, the sun behind it and glaring through the structure adds a ‘mystic’ sense. The title describes the subjective perception of the photographer. Well done.
Theoretically, the centered crux breaks the rule of thirds, but the broken rule seems to work fine here.
- marie - Pro1 - Salute to Nelson in Trafalgar Sq
A difficult balance of exposure between the sky and the other elements perfectly nailed. I think I also found a fine sense of humor there, capturing the back of the admiral to enhance the incredible array of horns/speakers mounted on what resembles a hat or a temple from the ancient Thai Kingdom (Thailand). Wonderful picture, marie. You got to explain us the origin of the pole with the horns.
- Dave Page - G9 - Disney Dreams Come True
A Disney Castle is always a monument to Joy. Perfect timing to capture the fireworks behind it. From the exif, 1/3” shutter speed seems slow for the steadiest hand. Did you shot on a tripod? Was IS enough to avoid blurring the image on a hand held shot? Beautiful composition and exposure.
- bsmotril - G9 - Texas State Capitol
Interesting picture. The building itself, as a symbolic representation of the State, may be considered a monument. It is a nice perspective, difficult to achieve on a big building with a wide open zoom.
- Kevan_G9 - G9 - Eeewww...too much saturation, the sky is totally blown out and the noise!
I liked the Dougherty’s grave initially posted, but this ‘urban’ statue is interesting as well. I like the composition with the camera behind the shoulder of the ‘critic’ and the ‘artist’ attention to the work in progress. Is the group a permanent exhibition on the sidewalk?
- mikeofmandan - G9 - (missing title)
A beautiful work with welded iron rods!. The B&W works fine, although I guess it has not too many colors in the color version either. Careful exposition, it is easy to get the clear parts overexposed whit an overall dark image. Nice composition of the detail. Do you have a wider view of the statue? I wonder if the whole thing is as dramatic as the detail in your photo. Great picture!.
- Gary W. Graley - G7 - Man of La Mancha
Don Quijote de La Mancha has a lot of statues in almost every style. This stylized representation is beautiful and the old looking buildings behind enhance it. I like how the light coming from the side creates volume in the statue and in the tower in the far background although the texture of the wall in sharp focus behind the statue is slightly detrimental. An unavoidable drawback of the deep depth of field (?) of our small sensor cameras.
- 1st - pgm - G9 - I've seen the light!
- 2nd - mikeofmandan - G9 - (missing title)
- 3rd - marie - Pro1 - Salute to Nelson in Trafalgar Sq
- I considered the missing title on mikeofmandan a minor rule’s break. Check how to fill the title row posting in ‘advanced’ mode.
- I did not send a Private Message to bsmotril about his picture 794 pixels wide, but he corrected the size to exactly 800 pixels.
- Pete posted a 1024 pixels image. He told me that all the pictures on his gallery are of the same size and I asked him not to remove it this time. I hope he will find the way to post 800 pixel images in the future (attachments hosted in POTN? a small free account to host challenge submissions?)
Many thanks to everyone; 14 interesting submissions of a high quality standard.
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