This is 'The Wave' a sculpture in St John's Square, Blackpool. It is 10.5 metres high and was designed by artist Lucy Glendinning. It is meant to celebrate both Blackpool’s coastal location and it's resort status.
This shot is taken with me looking up, though in my usual style I have flipped it and my POV is one of my "funky" angles. Two criticisms I have of it are that the clouds in the upper right are slightly blown highlights and the rear of the wave along the left edge could have done with being slightly darker so as to emphasise more the curved edge.
It was raining when I took this and this was taken in a short break from the downpour. I waited in a shop doorway for the clouds to break and I'm glad I did.
I'd like to go back at night to shoot it again as apparently it lights up too.
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timecapturer (40290) 2013-11-04 2:53
original and creative as ever and this is a fascinating and wonderfully imaginative take. I love the curves and the effect of the rain is just irresistible. I think we are all our own harshest critic but this works perfectly for me.
Have a good week - Brian.
rigoletto (33751) 2013-11-04 3:16
"Two criticisms I have of it..." you sound like a perfectionist but, this is trekearth, no photo is perfect, and nobody would recognize the slightly blown highlights at the corner, unless you pointed to it (all in all, clouds are supposed to be white) but yeah, auto criticism is the beginning of perfection (according to who), if this is what you want :)
to be picky, i would prefer a darker grey tone of the sky (near black), and i would have preferred it without any clouds behind the jumping lady. what to do about it :))
the essential thing here is how you push your creativity in seeing details. i am curious about its night version as well.
mkamionka (28037) 2013-11-04 3:32
Blackpool is high on my list of towns to visit in the UK mainly as I like postcard shots and that Eiffel tower like structure there provokes me :)
This is a fantastic work here. I like the feeling of disorientation which yor composition created. That is something what I admire the most if I have to look at a photo for a while to figure out what is going on.
Very attractive artwork, excellent presentation,
willperrett (4853) 2013-11-04 3:42
Good stuff, and not from Peebles! Strong lines and composition. The streaks from the rain add another interesting element. No excuse for blown highlights, assuming you shot RAW!
rbassin (14469) 2013-11-04 4:10
une composition très bien faite, un gros plan original mettant en valeur les effets de miroitement,se mélant avec les nuages.
Noel_Byrne (16271) 2013-11-04 4:56
Fascinating image (as always!!) of this beautiful sculpture. I've never seen this before, and it looks like a very interesting piece. The idea to convert to black and white is brilliant as the tones of grey across this are excellent, and the darker figure stands out beautifully.
emka (67325) 2013-11-04 5:10
Hi Mike, I was considering going to Blackpool, mainly to see the tower, but then my son told me about Selfridge in Birmingham, I saw your photos of it, and I changed my plans:). And you write that Blackpool tower is in scaffolding.
very original shot. Interesting black and white work.
gojo (1635) 2013-11-04 5:40
Glad You waited out the rain! The light looks great here and Your POV is brilliant.
Perfect in B&W too.
krzychu30 (14398) 2013-11-04 11:05
B&W at its best!
Although the view is clear and detailed,your close-up and tilt make it quite "taken out of context",which makes the shot even more intriguing and abstract and which forces us to use our imagination.
macjake (48357) 2013-11-04 16:02
what??? no more photos from Barcelona? :)
but perhaps this one could just as easily be from Barcelona too, looks stylish enough.
this photo looks like it belongs in some sort of art gallery or something.
very stylish, artistic, and attractive. caught my attention right away. nice shot and presentation.
Giustiniani (653) 2013-11-05 2:05
absolument superbe! Quelle pureté!
abmdsudi (35366) 2013-11-05 7:37
Great decision in black & white and I think this wouldn't have worked so well in color and nicely arranged by tilting particularly looks a fine backdrop that you have managed to set the sculpture against, and allowing it to show off so effectively. The point of view finds myself twisting to look up makes you really look at the stark contrasty shape creating a sense of drama with the curvy structure. A very striking shot to be proud off and beautifully processed! Congrats.
tyro (16768) 2013-11-05 16:16
This is a brilliant picture and you certainly don't need to bang on and make excuses about blown highlights and lack of contrast and all that sort of stuff - most punters like me just look at it and enjoy it!
I really think that you've done a great job here - from taking the picture at 1/10 second (without a tripod too, I bet) to all the processing which you have done very expertly too. Despite the very high dynamic range, we can stll see details in the dark face of the naked female surfer and I don't think I can see any blown hightlights at all either.
Your composition is excellent too and the details and sharpness are exquisite.
annjackman (16479) 2013-11-08 6:09
I am not disturbed by the slightly blown highlights and love the image. The curves and 'funky' angle work a treat. A wonderful silvery glow gives great impact.
Kind Regards, Ann
delpeoples (50271) 2013-11-12 7:08
A thoroughly professional job here. If you hadn't mentioned it, I'd not have noticed the clouds OE'ing at all. And even then, it's very slight. The flipped POV makes me dizzy, the metallic tones are crazily good and my favourite element is how the rain, from the earlier downpour, has left those streaks on the chrome. Excellent shot, B&W the only way to go here.
- Copyright: Michael Wright (mjw364) (6282)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2013-11-03
- Categories: Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Nikon D7000, 18-105mm 3.5 - 5.6G ED AF-S VR Nikkor
- Exposure: f/11, 1/10 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-11-04 2:48