Sculptures

The Bread Line

The Bread Line

The Bread Line

Outside the National Aquarium

Outside the National Aquarium

Outside the National Aquarium

Listening Intently

Street sculptures are always interesting subjects to shoot. You get to enjoy the artist's work up close an from all angles. Just like any other outdoor subject, they look better in soft lighting. In this post we have a partial look at a larger sculpture in a town square. I have isolated two of several characters and attempted to convey the message being delivered on their faces. They really seem to be listening intently, but to whom or what?

I've decided to hold that bit of mystery for a future post, unless someone spills the beans. :-)

Listening Intently
Listening Intently

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The artist really delivered extraordinary detail in the pieces that make up this exhibit.

One thing that I notice about sculptures is the fact that once they have been installed and unveiled, few people seem to pay any attention to them. They just become part of the streetscape. Perhaps it's just me, but I never see anyone actually looking at sculptures. Perhaps everyone has seen them all before. :-)

Thanks for visiting!

4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM
4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM
4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM
4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM

Out To Lunch

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).

Out To Lunch
Out To Lunch

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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.

Processing

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.

Topaz Labs' Clarity Interface
Topaz Labs' Clarity Interface

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.

Thanks so much for clicking by! :-)

4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM
4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM
4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM
4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM