First thing i need to say is that obviously this photo is in HDR. I always try to keep my HDR processing to a minimum, but this time I had to go a bit further.
The lighting was not in my favor, so i had to use monochrome to make it somewhat presentable.
This is the Fountain of Four Rivers in the Piazza Navona, a popular place to hang out and enjoy the sights and sounds of Rome.
The Fountain of Four Rivers depicts Gods of 4 Great Rivers across 4 Continents. The Nile in Africa, the Ganges in Asia, the Danube in Europe and the Rio de la Plata in America.
I wanted to have a unique pov of this often photographed fountain. I didn't want to present the usual straight-on composition.
Using the hand of one of the Gods looking skywards toward the Cathedral seemed at the time a powerful point of view. What do you think?
Black and White photographs tend to be less appreciated here on TE. Therefore i'm not sure how this one will be received, along with the strong HDR effect. Lets hope you like it!
If you don't enjoy it, i posted a color version in the WS. The WS photo is NOT hdr, and it has less of a dramatic composition.
thanks for looking
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emka (99999) 2014-08-22 0:00
Hello Craig, Piazza Navona is my favorite poace in Rome, but not only mine and it is diffcult to be creative there. But with your wide angle and HDR you were succesful as always. This is maevelous photo and I am sure it willbe appreciated :).
WArm regrads from north of Poland
carlo62 (50101) 2014-08-22 0:09
una bella idea, ben studiata e ben realizzata.
Non sono un amante del' HDR, ma in questo caso la differenza non si nota e l'effetto ottenuto è splendido.
Bella inquadratura, la statua sembra aspettare qualcosa di mistico dal cielo.
seres76 (1078) 2014-08-22 0:12
It's perfect. You're beautiful to use wide-angle lens. Good selection of b&w. Tfs...
lousat (92892) 2014-08-22 1:31
Hi Craig,fantastic Rome caught in "the day after" style,HDR + black and white are an extreme solution that i like a lot,especially when so well contrasted like your,spectacular perspective too with a magic surround effect! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano
snunney (100774) 2014-08-22 2:55
The composition is very successful as is the HDR processing. I don't think I have seen HDR used with black and white before; in my opinion the result is much better than in colour. I like this one a lot.
trevormoffiet (3112) 2014-08-22 4:22
It looks like the God is about to be crushed by the Cathedral and he is putting his hand up to stop it.
The HDR is quite effective. I have not tried it in colour or B&W. The tonal range obtained by HDR seems to be quite effective. Maybe HDR is the way to go to make good B&W images. The more that people push the boundaries of their own photography the more interesting TE becomes.
gildasjan (43650) 2014-08-22 5:20
Bel effet de l'utilisation du grand-angle pour cette image bien composée en B&W.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-08-22 5:59
one of the vagaries of using a w/a lens and pointing it upwards on a white clouded sky is what I call cloud white-out. Of course when you use HDR that can make it almost impossible to control the sky and sometimes monochrome is the only option, but this is a really stunning B&W presentation. I love the symbolism too! Not sure why B&W is not so popular here it is a mystery as it can have more impact than colour in some presentations and more arty too. I see you call your images catchy little names like me in the processing stage - very "handy" eh? :-)
Enjoy your weekend - B.
miumiu (6113) 2014-08-22 6:18
Wonderful title, composition and place!
I love it in B&W and HDR.
The result is very impressive and dramatic.
The colourful version is beautiful as well!
Sergiom (81809) 2014-08-22 6:45
Je n'ai rien contre un petit HDR à l'occasion. Cela permet de sortir les parties de la photo qui sont trop dans l'ombre et dramatise aussi le ciel à l'occasion. Ici le noir et blanc est plus qu'adéquat et la lentille donne de très belles déformations.
Royaldevon (39740) 2014-08-22 8:07
For me, one of the pay-offs for posting TE has been my appreciation of b&w shots. Sometimes they are infinitely better than colour, especially for drama.
I like this very much because of the drama.
I think you have posted the more dramatic of the two shots and, for that reason, it has more impact.
I don't think this over the top with your use of HDR, but what it does do is give an interesting sky to complement the statue and the building.
Have a good W/e,
photoray (13981) 2014-08-22 10:06
Unusual and eye catching high contrast monochrome, from unique angle with the statue as if shielding from the heaven.
Would have liked the building in more light, but then I suspect your motive was to have dark clouds?
From the ancient past, our photography teachers emphasized black & white requires more work to attract attention, but it avoids the easy bang of colors, and instead, attracting by details and textures.
Thanks for sharing,
Gigidusud (21151) 2014-08-22 10:42
Original POV of the Piazza Navona with nice HDR effect and a great B&W version. The sky is impressive. Well done!
Have a nice Week-end my friend.
berek (50504) 2014-08-22 21:28
very successfuly B&W picture. perspective is certainly true. I really like the light management and composition. congratulations.
Have a nice weekend.
jjcordier (79297) 2014-08-22 22:24
Ton posttraitement a été efficace! POV original et noir et blanc qui "dramatise" la scène. Belle réalisation.
Tue (38710) 2014-08-23 4:22
Great photo from a wonderful POV. I like the B&W here. The sharpness is great and allows us to enjoy many fine details.
marabu61 (11061) 2014-08-23 7:10
I think this composition works quite well, it is a dynamic POV with the upwards view here and black and white is the obvious choice here, it makes it more dramatic and takes out some of the ugly and dirty colors of the place.
Concerning the HDR, you know you are my guru on this. As usually the effect is not to strongly visible here. Used in the right way it can have some amazing results, used in the wrong way it can be quite horrendous.
have a great weekend
COSTANTINO (66210) 2014-08-23 8:16
Hello dear friend
breathtaking photo in sepia
according to your useful notes you used
HDR then it is difficult to control
the sky but you presented an artisic
composition taken from the best
point o view drawing our eyes direcly to the
have a nice time
Noel_Byrne (31668) 2014-08-24 8:02
I do like black and white a lot, so instantly this one appeals to me. I have to say, I lobe the idea in how you have composed this, the god looking to the heavens like this is an excellent idea and an ultra dramatic result. The clouds look like they are swirling and turbulent, as if somebody up in that sky is angry, and the lower god could be pleasing for mercy. The HDR and black and white combo works wonders here.
npecanhuk (75592) 2014-08-24 13:31
You really stepped out of the beaten track here and did such an original photo job for that place that's known all over the world (lots of pictures taken over there)!
Black & white was a superb idea too!
Exposure is excellent (well, I'm not familiar with HDR, so I'm not sure about how much that counts for this specific item)!
But most of all, chosen pov, composition and use of a wide angle lens are true highlights for the success of this picture!
TFS - congrats,
Enjoy your week,
jcpix (13930) 2014-08-24 20:14
This. Is. Cool! Love it! As many times as this piazza has been photographed and seen on the internet, this composition here is a first for me. Big props on the originality, the wide angle strikes yet again....and I hope it doesn't stop. :)
When I first saw the title I thought you had been converted to soccer, and knew of the (in)famous "Hand of God" goal, but it turns out you had something else in mind. lol
I've come to a much greater appreciation of black & white photos (as well as people in pictures :)) since joining TE, and I gotta' say, this is a real beauty! I think the fact the obelisk is almost completely blacked out makes an even stronger point of emphasis looking upwards. Heavy contrast, gritty textures and some sweet clouds all come together for a superb finish...and the HDR 'aint bad either. lol Seriously though, it all works! Have a great week ahead amigo. Take it easy.
Cheers from sun soaked Phoenix,
delpeoples (58600) 2014-08-24 21:08
Well, er the "hand" of God was not the first body part that came to mind when I saw this photo ;) But it's given me a good laugh. I love the play on words. I gather you're not a soccer lover, as the Hand of God in the 1986 World Cup Final is something many of us will never forget. I still have English friends that haven't recovered from it :) SEE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ccNkksrfls.
A beautiful photo, with an impressive wide angle POV. Good onya for choosing the B&W. You're right about them not being as "popular" but this certainly looks more artistic and professional than in colour.
Cricri (120537) 2014-08-25 4:46
Bel effet du grand angle, le traitement en HDR, un ciel qui ajoute une atmosphère étrange et mystérieuse, superbe
willperrett (11084) 2014-08-25 9:18
I'm not a fan of HDR, but I'm quite happy with this. It's not OTT, as so many HDR images are: you have the taste and experience with the software to use it to enhance your imagery, rather than create melodramatic extravaganzas. In fact I like it a lot, converging verticals and all!
eldancer1 (36343) 2014-08-25 10:11
Wow! Very dramatic capture of this iconic Roman structures especially in B&W, I like it! I like the effect of the wide angle lens and it has good contrast. Great pov. Well done, tfs.
adores (45715) 2014-08-27 17:13
I like both but you have done a great work here! It looks dramatic, the pov is great and the PP looks really good. Something I like a lot here is the the statue rising the hand to the sky. Very good work!
nikkitta (17066) 2014-08-28 16:57
The title, just wondering, some allusion to a footfall player?, if so good play with words...
Also good creative way to show some part of the fountain, a dramatic scene emphasized by HDR use
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- Copyright: craig macintosh (macjake) (69173)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-05-23
- Categories: Artwork
- Camera: Pentax K7, SIGMA 8-16mm
- Exposure: f/6.3, 1/124 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2014-08-21 23:57