With Christmas Day less than three weeks away, the time has come to mix in a few holiday images. We begin with this Holiday Horse...
After a week-long visit to Hilton Head South Carolina, it's good to be back home. We thoroughly enjoyed the time away and although I was unable to do everything I had in mind, I feel refreshed and energized. I want to thank everyone for their visits, comments and RTs during the past weeks, as my online presence has been less than normal. It is now time to get back in the groove and continue to work on the many projects I established for myself at the beginning of the year.
Today's image is titled Out To Lunch, and is a sculpture created by J. Seward Johnson, the American Artist known for his bronze works, many of them painted. If you have been to any of the major American cities you have likely seen Mr. Johnson's life-sized works of art.
Out To Lunch has been seen in several places including California, Missouri and New Jersey. The image featured here was taken on Hilton Head Island (SC).
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Difficult to see from this vantage point, but this young man is grasping what appears to be a hamburger in his right hand while reading a book during his lunch break. There are many photographs of this particular piece, most of which are the tourist shots taken from a standing position and straight on from the front. I chose this angle to show a different view and to give more prominence to the book.
I used the beta version of the soon to be released Topaz Clarity, a powerful plugin that allows you to cleanly enhance contrast and clarity in your images. I am impressed with this product so far. This is my first usage of it but I'll have a Clarity specific post up soon. Here is a look at the interface, which will be familiar to current Topaz users.
After running this through Topaz Clarity (Beta) and selecting the Clouds II preset, I added a slight background blur in Photoshop and called it a day.
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Today we have another entry for the Urban Art category. Straight from down the yellow brick road and Emerald City, it's the Tin Man. He has settled in the city of York PA where he can be seen daily hanging out on the corner of the courthouse. Suing for royalties, perhaps?
The fact of the matter is this, York was once a manufacturing town with all sorts of mills and industrial factories. To commemorate that past history, although plenty of manufacturing remains, a series of sculptures have been created and placed around the downtown area.
The Tin Man
I can only guess at the significance of a tin man sitting on a couple of industrial sized gears and what that has to do with manufacturing. Perhaps a lot of tin or aluminum is what he represents. In any case, it must be a lonely existence on this cold corner where people walk by continually and never even speak.
If they only had a heart, he must be saying. :-)
This was a somewhat challenging image because of the clutter and usual traffic one would encounter at mid-morning in a city. After aligning the 3 hand-held shots I performed some masking to bring out the shadowy parts of the tin man.
I also added some blur to reduce the visibility of the background clutter and to add a little Oz-like dream effect. :-)
I was unable to locate the official title of this sculpture and the artist to give proper credit. Seems there would be a plaque or something nearby, but I saw none, nor has online research yielded any results so far. Ole Tin Man doesn't look very weathered so I would guess that he has only been in place for a relatively short time.
My plan is to find out more about this and the other sculptures in that area related to the town's manufacturing history. I can then target each one on another day trip.
Thanks for visiting!