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Post by pop511 » Fri Aug 10, 2018 11:41 am

Pic one is how I normally frame and take pictures of statues, but I'm fed up with "doing the norm". For me that is. So I viewed the statue side on, and there it was.
With my normal picture taken, it could have been anywhere in the world, at least this way it puts it into surroundings.
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Post by Duck » Fri Aug 10, 2018 4:42 pm

That's what is referred to as an "Aha! " moment. That second image is by far a stronger image. This is something I like to teach my students when we go out in the field.
Like you, I love taking photos of statues. Something about the artistry of them really appeals to the artist in me. Specially those made by true artists who understand the various lines of sight and sculpt them with that in mind. For what I mean by this, take a look at some of these from behind. They should have the same visual strength from the back as they do from the front.

I'd love to see what this scene looks like during the golden hour with the city lights in the background. ;)
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Post by pop511 » Fri Aug 10, 2018 7:48 pm

Duck;
Another excellent idea from you.
Photo at night?
Statue is in a park and city buildings are in the distance, but heck!!! If it doesn't work for this. Go and find one that will. :)
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Post by minniev » Sat Aug 11, 2018 12:22 am

Agreen with Duck. The second is a stronger image because of the context - overlapping buildings from different eras and probably different centuries, and the fellow made of marble casting a downward glance that excludes them all as if to infer that time is no issue to him. Nicely done. I bet a monochrome would work well too.
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Post by pop511 » Sat Aug 11, 2018 11:20 am

Minniev;
" I bet a monochrome would work well too."
If ever you want to know if your picture is any good. Convert to gray scale and or turn your picture upside down.
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Post by Matt Quinn » Sat Aug 11, 2018 11:31 pm

Ed, Great scenic shot; invites contemplation. Good composition and lines for wandering. Thanks. Matt
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Post by pop511 » Mon Aug 13, 2018 1:21 pm

Had to come back to this;
As with many B&W I do, I like to reduce contrast, vibrance, saturation and clarity all the way down to open up the grays. This then gives me plenty of scope to play around later.
A quick play with Topaz B&W efects2. No further adjustments done to grays.
I think to further finish this. Take out the modern buildings and the van in the lower right corner.
Darn I'll get it right one day..
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Post by minniev » Mon Aug 13, 2018 4:14 pm

pop511 wrote:
Mon Aug 13, 2018 1:21 pm
Had to come back to this;
As with many B&W I do, I like to reduce contrast, vibrance, saturation and clarity all the way down to open up the grays. This then gives me plenty of scope to play around later.
A quick play with Topaz B&W efects2. No further adjustments done to grays.
I think to further finish this. Take out the modern buildings and the van in the lower right corner.
Darn I'll get it right one day..
Have fun;
Interesting conversion, though it might benefit from more contrast when you get to the point of finishing it up. I hadn't thought of removing the modern stuff but because of the angle you shot from, it would be possible.
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Post by pop511 » Fri Aug 17, 2018 12:48 pm

Duck;
Following on from your earlier comments, I returned to the site to have a look at the rear of the statue.
A valuable lesson
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