Unrivaled as Odessa's most famous landmark is the set of 192 steps comprising the Potemkin Stairs. In a photo I posted in 2010 a statue is just barely visible at the top of the staircase the larger-than-life bronze statue representing Duke de Richelieu's monument.
The city was an adolescent of only eight, when in 1803 Armand Emmanuel Sophie Septimanie de Vignerot du Plessis, Duke of Richelieu (1766 1822) was appointed the governor of Odessa. But the residents of the city still called him our Duke, and regarded him as the founder of the city. He was instrumental in the city's rise in becoming a major trading port. With the return of the Bourbons on the throne, Richelieu returned to France, where he died in 1822. Having received this news from Paris, Count Langeron immediately began to raise the money for the construction of the monument. Novorossiysk Governor-General, who took the post in May 1823, commissioned his sculptor I. P. Martos to begin work in creating the statue. In a period when Europe was enamored of the classical world, it is no surprise to see Duke de Richelieu, a scroll in hand, wearing a toga.
When I saw the moon above the statue, against the backdrop of a pristine blue sky, I positioned myself so that Richelieu was seen gracefully and nonchalantly juggling the moon without even having to look at it. Finally, I created a simple frame, consisting of simulated beveled mat, and a metal frame a useful technique to frame a photograph to hang on a wall.
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lestans (17020) 2012-04-22 9:27
Hi dear Bulent!
Funny idea here, but , most of all, a well done photo job, in nice vivid blue background.
Greetings from rainy Italy
umutlu101 (13296) 2012-04-22 9:40
çok güzel görmüssünüz...
ayla bir top gibi oynamak bu olmali...
çok güzel bi kompozisyon ve doygun renklerini de sevdim
BennyV (13544) 2012-04-22 10:30
Odessa will always remind me of that famous Potemkin staircase scene, the rest of the city remains a bit of mystery. I'm surpised to see a Richelieu statue here. Thanks for your informative note.
Playful juggling moon effect, a fine shot to share. Thanks & have a good week ahead.
yquem46 (38380) 2012-04-22 10:41
Hi Merhaba Bulent
Excellent quality for this humoristic shot, in the trend of the moon just about to burst on the top of the memorial to Washington
have a nice sunday, best regards
Bluejeans (64247) 2012-04-22 10:42
Ola Bulent ,
Original esta tua foto com esta estátua a segurar a luz , parece que esta a levitar na mão dele , bons detalhes e luz , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
rbassin (16272) 2012-04-22 10:48
Un très bon cadrage qui met la lune à portée de main.
C'est bien vu, belle luminosité.
holmertz (37033) 2012-04-22 10:55
This time the moon is not quite like a bubble about to burst, but you once again found a very inventive way to show our neighbour. This is an excellent and simple (if I may use that word; I mean it as a compliment) composition. I remember this statue well from my visit last year but I certainly didn't see it juggling.
ciakgiak (30405) 2012-04-22 11:36
Ciao caro Bulent,
abbastanza classica l'idea di simulare una mano che tiene qualcosa di impossibile, ma in questo caso al di là dell'idea c'è una splendida realizzazione ed una qualità eccellente. Mi piace la semplicità della scena unita a colori efficaci, ed a qual bel gioco di ombre sul volto del monumento. Complimenti.
Un caro saluto
worldcitizen (6477) 2012-04-22 11:40
Nice, simple, and crisp image that is composed well. I like the positioning of the statue in the frame. To my eye it looks like he might be tossing the moon in the air, as though he were playing catch. :-) I like the beautiful, blue sky, too.
agulberk (3794) 2012-04-22 12:16
Merhaba Bülent Hocam.
Muhteşem bir an. Çok iyi yakalamışsınız. Harikulade bir ışık yönetimi. Yarımay ile heykelin eli arasındaki açı çok güzel bir görüntü oluşturmuş. Mavi gökyüzü de mükemmel bir arka plan olmuş.
Elinize ve emeğinize sağlık.
Selam,saygı ve sevgiler.
emka (73139) 2012-04-22 12:37
hi Bulent, well spotted, the composition is excellent. Here Duke Richelieu looks like a Roman Emperor, and juggles the moon. Superb colours and sharpness. Regards from Amsterdam
bukitgolfb301 (34474) 2012-04-22 17:30
Hello my dear Bulent
Another very stable and solemn shot with sharp and clear focisuing as usual.
Your consideration should be highly appreaciated.
Very nice sequare format. Great tatseful color contarst you presented. Thanks for your sharing with your best job and have a good start of new week, best regards,
Takero from Tokyo
mirosu (12518) 2012-04-22 21:38
Excellent close up photo. I like the light & shadow game. Nice composition and well captured the moon over the hand. Very well done.
Sonata11 (33155) 2012-04-22 21:50
indeed we are neighbour today. What a beautiful composition and great framework of the statue and the moon. A very creative and magnificent picture. Wonderfully executed with fabulous splendid colors, sharpness, clarity,POV. Perfectly well done. I love it a lot. Thanks for sharing.
All the best,
Graal (95343) 2012-04-23 0:10
inventive composition, fine effect. An interesting informations. Photo is well done. I like it.
Have a nice day.
CLODO (28938) 2012-04-23 1:10
A knack to discover the power of the juxtaposition of the statue and the moon!
Well seen and done to get a funny story.
JFS (32459) 2012-04-23 1:14
A good one Bulent! Great visual effect, this vivid blue sky remarks the remains of the moon...I like your crop very much!
dta (62886) 2012-04-23 1:18
Hello Bulent ,
We have to open the thumbnail to discover the moon just above the hand of the statue ! Superb idea . And an excellent framing of this Duke de Richelieu , represented as a roman imperator !
RhodieIke (11512) 2012-04-23 1:19
This a fantastic, a funny capture of this scene, like your caption title. Well observed, great management and presentation, love it, a smile from me on a Monday morning, Cheers Iain.
patdeph (35748) 2012-04-23 1:49
very nice picture, excellently framed,with such good quality and beautiful colors.The great idea to put the Moon above the hand of the statue makes it very funny.Very well seen!
danos (83051) 2012-04-23 2:19
nice the snapshot with the open hand of the bronze statue to looks like to 'play' with the moon,like as a juggler.I like the great colours management,the contrast of the colours,the clear and pure blue sky, as the shot made the most decisive moment.
Royaldevon (26481) 2012-04-23 2:30
Good Morning My Friend,
I smiled when I saw this!
It is a fine piece of positioning and composition.
The statue is very sharply exposed with the light and shadow defininy its details very well. His expression and posture give a certain nonchalence to his ability to juggle with the moon!
Have a lovely day,
delpeoples (52445) 2012-04-23 2:59
Merhaba dear Bulent
What a superb piece of photography, a real lesson in patience, keeping your eyes peeled for the exquisite moment and of course excellent light management. This is not something one sees every day. Beautiful work, congratulations.
ChrisJ (94784) 2012-04-23 3:34
Hi dear Bulent!
Lol! Well positioned to get the illusion of the statue cradling the moon. Good sharpness, colour, saturation & upward pov. Excellent graphism & punchy light contrasts yet still with superb shadow & highlight detail. Nice textures on the Romanesque statue. Tfs!
timecapturer (45143) 2012-04-23 3:44
a fantastic observation and composition. So effective and executed flawlessly. Irresistable detail and a beautiful mix of blue and green that makes the moon all the more prominent and attractive. Superb!
Have a great week - regards Brian.
lousat (72197) 2012-04-23 4:14
What a beautiful idea! I like the result and the top quality of sharpness and colors,great light management too.Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano
jhm (135096) 2012-04-23 4:45
What a nice picture the title suits perfect with the moon, almost in the hand.
High quality picture with this statue as subject
You play excellent with light and shadows.
Excellent captured and nice composed. TFS.
Have a nice day,
tober (8797) 2012-04-23 14:07
Yine son derecede yaratıcı, içerik yönünden de belgesel değerinde bir çalışmaya imza atmışsınız Sayın Hocam. Elinize sağlık.
wolf38 (30276) 2012-04-23 22:44
Hello Bulent. What should I say a lot, this photo is a classic eye-catcher. And wichtigstgste, this photo shows your sense of humor and your good eye such contingencies. Overall, well seen and well presented. Rgds, Wolfgang.
Suppiluliuma (3885) 2012-04-24 1:03
Dear Bülent Bey,
What a brilliant idea!
I think Mr. Richelieu would have loved to see that pose, showing him at full majesty and power.
Schnappilic (9686) 2012-04-25 12:54
Splendid capture at the perfect moment. Interesting effect!
All the best,
paololg (31448) 2012-04-26 14:34
Ciao dear Bulent,
your predisposition for the figurative arts and your great photographic experience are evident in this fantastic picture. The choice of the POV was perfect to give the feeling that our dear Duke de Richelieu is toying with the moon in his hand, with perfect nonchalant, almost to prove a supernatural power. Sincere compliments, my friend, there is always something to learn by you!
Ciao, have a nice Friday!
jlbrthnn (79791) 2012-04-27 4:05
The photo very artistic, is cleverly done, with humor. I like the perspective and framing. The light, colors and sharpness are excellent. The note is well written, interesting and useful. Bravo.
have a nice day
corjan3 (2025) 2012-04-27 8:08
This image makes me think of your saying "... savour with the eye of the artist." which you did very well here. Few would have made the connection. An excellent image. Best regards.
chrisvek (7001) 2012-04-28 4:47
That's an amazing shoot.Great and very clever look.Perfect background.Also very nice POV.I imagine that it was a difficult shoot.Perfect result.Useful note.Very well done!TFS
Have a nice weekend
josepmarin (57473) 2012-04-28 6:18
Merhaba, my friend Bulent,
an excellent minimalist composition, in which you have created a very interesting image, because of the effect of the statue juggling with the moon.
The graphical result is fantastic, and the image has a great chromatic quality.
A beautiful work.
PS: thank you very much for the beautiful photo that you have presented as WS, in which we can estimate the beauty of the W Hotel from an aerial impressive POV.
adores (34362) 2012-04-28 18:12
You had the moon really on the right place! The composition is just perfect!-I like the way you framed the statue. Light and colours are very good also!
papagolf21 (83214) 2012-05-02 5:32
Bonjour, cher ami Bulent,
Bravo pour cette présentation originale. L'oeil exercé du photographe ne s'est pas trompé en réalisant ce cliché.
Un cadrage fort bien pensé.
jemaflor (80650) 2012-05-05 0:24
Excellent composition with this interesting and photogenid detail with the moon close to the hand of the statue, perfect frame and light, tfs.
Didi (55021) 2012-05-12 0:39
A very good decisive moment with this moon play game.
A very interesting lesson of perspective.
ourania (26316) 2012-05-12 2:03
an admirably well composed picture, proving you don't need too many elements in order to make a wonderful and effective visual impact that also invites the viewer to think. The simplicity of the composition is very demanding, you've met the challenge masterfully. I love the clarity, colours and contrasts, the marvellous management of the side light that so delightfully illuminates the Duke and the moon. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely weekend,
eldancer1 (25135) 2012-05-12 10:10
Awesome capture of the statue and the moon. Timing is everything especially in photography. I like the lighting and good technical quality. Great pov and dof with sharp details. Wonderful colors with good saturation. Well done, tfs.
Thanks for the slide show, it's wonderful.
Silvio1953 (115837) 2012-05-13 11:41
Ciao Bulent, fun composition with statue that play with moon, great POV, splendid light, excellent clarity and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
mesutilgim (79956) 2012-05-13 11:46
Selam sevgili Bülent,
Nasılsa gözümden kaçmış b "usta işi kare" !
POV konusunda ders olabilecek nitelikte birçalışma.
Selam ve sevgiler
sacavem (18610) 2012-05-14 9:34
A good photographic opportunity, to create a visual illusion.Great perspective shot here,good details.
photoray (10125) 2012-05-18 7:48
Excellent 'stop-action' moon juggling shot.
And interesting it is at the top of Potemkin Stairs.
I was only aware of France's Cardinale Richelieu, and your notes clarifies.
Keepup the fine informative notes and excellent photos,
nikkitta (13220) 2012-05-18 14:14
Merhaba dear Bulent
Only after carefully reading your note I understand why there is a statue of Richelieu in Odessa, like also the personal history of the capture
Great frame for a creative capture plenty of color contrast
Congrats and TFS
tchefi (1505) 2012-05-20 13:32
Tout simplement excellent!!!Bien vu. Bon angle de vue, bon cadrage et bon choix de profondeur de champ. beau travail.
rhinos59 (610) 2012-05-23 8:58
Great photo, great idea ,how don't know how much time till the moon position was so perfect or you were just lucky to walk by! In any case you did a great job,
serp2000 (37875) 2012-05-24 4:06
Hello, dear Bulent,
Wow! Excellent capture, I think it could be a good illustration for your articles. Splendid colour combination, an interesting information. TFS!
best wishes from Ural,
annjackman (17751) 2012-05-27 22:38
I do like this picture - it is both clever and well taken. The moon and statue are very well placed in your excellent frame. The plain blue sky makes this very effective.
Kind Regards, Ann
mkamionka (29199) 2012-06-04 1:43
great capture. It looks really funny and convincing.
Very well seen and captured,
daddo (22630) 2012-06-07 5:29
Another humorous angle. A different side to your so far serious profile. Great sharpness. The airy light makes the figure look light despite the natural solidity of the statue. Regards. Klaudio.
Angshu (54709) 2012-06-19 21:24
Hello Professor 'A'
Indeed a fine conceptualised picture...what I would call a photographer's shot...highly creative & inspired. You have placed the moon is the most appropriate position creating the illusion of juggling. To some extent reminded me of your another great shot featuring the moon.
With Warm Regards
jaywalker (16095) 2012-06-30 11:47
Hi Bulent, I love this photo, the scene has been wonderfully captured, your eye & view point are truly excellent, love the lighting & the blue sky is the perfect backdrop, kind regards Wilson.
tulipan7 (628) 2014-02-21 14:46
This is funny shot... But great eye in spotting it and great job in taking such clear photo...
- Copyright: Bulent Atalay (batalay) (34723)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-09-02
- Categories: Humorous, Artwork
- Camera: Nikon D200, 18-70mm DX Zoom Nikkor, 67mm Circular Polarizer
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/180 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): The Moon... [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2012-04-22 8:19