This is another piece of public artwork in the middle of a square in Barcelona. As with my "ladies who lunch" shot I was wandering around Barri Gotic and was lost and I stumbled into this square to see this most unusual 20 metre high sculpture. There was no sign to explain what it was or why it was there. I even asked Juan (JFS) last night and he said that he too only discovered this a few weeks ago and doesn't know anything about it other than it being for the people of Catalonia.
It reminded me of one of those wire frames that encases the cork on a champagne bottle. It kind of makes sense in as much as Cava is the national drink of Catalonia.
I had a hard time getting a good POV on this shot. the light was directly overhead and whichever angle I chose I got lens flare and overexposure. This is two stops underexposed even at 1/600th. I like f9 on my wide angle since it is the sweet spot for that lens. I took about 10 shots altogether trying to work the angles but given that it is such a non-uniform shape and there isn't a photographer's line to be had anywhere in the random chaos of it's structure this shot was the best I could come up with.
You know sometimes when you feel like you have worked hard with your camera just to get one decent shot? Well, this is one of those shots.
Hope you like it.
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mesutilgim (73080) 2013-09-23 3:51
Very nice b&w capture with unusual pov but great graphical effect.
TFS and best regards
Noel_Byrne (13436) 2013-09-23 4:33
I can see the champagne wire alright, but at first glance this reminded me of some sort of alien monster, especially the angle which looks like it is rearing its head up, possibly to attack a passing helicopter. Great choice in black and white, especially for the shiny surface texture on the lower left corner. This really reminds me of a scene from a film.
All the best
timecapturer (37200) 2013-09-23 4:57
beautifully conceptual shot this. A superbly chosen POV and wonderful monochromatic rendition. Glorious tones and shades make this both original and artistic. Like it!
Have a good week - Brian.
CPD66 (758) 2013-09-23 5:03
no horizon, no vertical line to work from and a distorted scale to work with.
i love it.
time taken to get the framing right has paid off as has the use of B&W. it has resulted in a great shot and another good posting.
Romano46 (11607) 2013-09-23 7:11
questa è particolarmente bella sia per la particolare composizione che per la finezza del bianco e nero che si avvale di toni molto ben distribuiti.
Un eccellente lavoro che valorizza una aspetto della città di Barcellona senza per questo andare a cercare le solite opere di Gaudì.
Ciao e buon inizio di settimana
tyro (15729) 2013-09-23 8:49
A shot which was, in my opinion at least, well worth all your effort!
I found this which, I believe, shows this sculpture in the Barri Gotic part of Barcelona but your picture is a far, far, better and more artistic capture of this rather strange erection.
Your viewpoint was well chosen and your use of a wide lens has given very strong perspective and a fine composition. Bang-on exposure, lovely light, tones and contrasts and excellent depth of field and sharpness - a very well seen and taken photograph!
SnapRJW (23724) 2013-09-23 9:30
Hello Mike - Your hard work and concentration worked well here. There is drama and tension in the shot which I really admire. This is partly due to you choice of B&W and your PP work which again I appreciate. A beautiful shot and one that I would gladly frame and hang. Warm regards Rosemary
ktanska (22712) 2013-09-23 11:39
I think you find the right spot! That wire on lower left leads into the picture thorugh that spiral to the connections of wires. Yes, this is obviously wire frame that surrounds corks. But the shape is twisted as if it was thrown away and stumbled on. I have no idea what's that supposed to mean. Anyway, the sky is also perfect for such a shot.
Glint (5927) 2013-09-23 12:18
you found the perfect pov to show this sculpture off so dynamically. The diagonal compo is perfect and I am sure the sculptor would be delight with this representation of his/her work. Black & white adds to the drama.
ourania (18738) 2013-09-23 13:17
I like very much how quickly you realized the photographic potential of this sculpture, how meticulously you worked and how you created your own work of art out of it. It's fascinating to watch the desive perspective breaking into the frame, darting upwards and then twisting and breaking up in the random patterns that fall gently down again. This is absolutely effective due to the monochrome and its great contrasts. The role of the building is very nice too, it looks shaken by the metallic explosion:) Great luck to have these clouds as a backdrop too. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
bostankorkulugu (41344) 2013-09-23 23:10
this is such a good presentation indeed... i feel jelaous :P ...
fabbs99 (11218) 2013-09-23 23:51
Great photograph.Nicely shot in B&W.TFS.
krzychu30 (12777) 2013-09-24 0:03
even if we don´t know what it is or how it calls, one thing is sure-it looks amazing seen through your lens!And using here your wide-angle lens helped you to create really superb perspective and visual effect.
I like it also in B&W!
Have a good day
Rafer (14757) 2013-09-24 11:35
Original and nice POV... gretings¡¡¡
abmdsudi (32529) 2013-09-26 10:49
I can see you’ll have some fun in a tight situation there playing around a little with angle twisted distortion trying to really accent the lines and curves, the unseen beauty and the powerful effect of ultra wide lens set at hyperfocal length! and the majesty of the towering cork wire in contrast to the 'small' building. Perhaps it is how a frog sees the world or simply frog's world perspective! this is a good proof that our world is spherical after all. Not to everyone's taste perhaps, but just and it is nice to see something different and out of the box image unusual but great effect. Hat off to inspiration and creativity! Something different to open our eyes, great subject………..
tatadalou (3997) 2013-09-30 18:12
Great POV, with the camera placed just upon the structure. Excellent light management and sharpness. The use of black and white was a good decision.
- Copyright: Michael Wright (mjw364) (6142)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2013-06-24
- Categories: Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Nikon D7000, Sigma 10-20 f/4-5.6 DC EX HSM
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/600 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-09-23 3:15