King Neptune

In the city of Virginia Beach, on the shores of the Atlantic ocean stands a huge statue of King Neptune, that mythical ruler of nautical fame. It's a huge statue adorned with sea life. I was impressed with it's overall beauty and the detail that went into this creation. But there is one constant problem. Unless you visit the site very early in the morning or doing the off-season, you'll be hard pressed to get a decent shot of it. You see, it is continually covered with people from around the globe, everyone wanting to have their photo taken. It's a tremendous draw so it's popularity is understandable. :-)

While I was in town there were lines to strike a pose with this thing and although clearly posted, nothing stopped people from climbing all over the statue. So what's a person to do? Get creative.

King Neptune
King Neptune

I got an idea from Adam Allegro, who posted this nicely textured image, so I decided to finally do a textured background. It's one of those things I had considered a few times but just hadn't gotten around to doing. As it turned out I had started to process this image a couple of times before but knew it needed something besides the normal treatment. I went to great lengths to avoid capturing the standard frontal shot that I have already seen several times, so I shot this from a different angle.

King Neptune - B&W
King Neptune - B&W

The morning I shot this temperatures had already reached the 90s by 8:30 am, so you can imagine how harsh the lighting was, not to mention the drab gray sky. I even tried to position the sun between his arm as shown below in this horrible off-the-camera shot.

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DSC_0225-A

I only show this so you have a sense of how large this thing is. :-)   Notice the guy to the left in the safety vest.

Anyhow, the textured shot above was taken with people all over ole Neptune so I shot above them knowing I would crop and come up with some sort of treatment to offset the bad sky behind him.

Having now taken the dive into a little texture, I'm sure I will be doing more in the future.

Thanks for visiting and have a great day!

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