La Paz has a wonderful bayside boulevard, the Malecón. People walk, jog, and bicycle for exercise, recreation, or relaxation along its five-mile promenade. It features an impressive collection of statues that are always a delight to contemplate.
This is a detail from "Sirena con Delfines" ("Mermaid with Dolphins") by José Kuri Breña. It faces generally east and this foto was shot with the sirena looking pretty straight into the morning sun. The dappled sky is a rarity. The patina of the brass provides very interesting colors, but I chose to go monochrome here to accentuate the sculptor's art.
I have added another look at this piece as a workshop, just to allow you some sense of its scope.
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Noel_Byrne (27396) 2013-07-12 8:23
Hats off on this, both the main posting and the workshop which make a breathtaking set of pictures. Statues and sculptures are one of my main interests in photography, and this really is a beauty. I was really impressed with this perfect conversion to black and white, which suits the subject perfectly, but then blown away by the color version which is equally excellent. Beautiful tones, beautiful statue and beautiful work photographing it. These would make a fantastic set of prints.
All the best
amitrajs (132) 2013-07-12 9:46
Namastey Russ............ this is a really beautiful capture............ the B&W color tone and the POV have made this a very interesting shot....... details well captured..........tfs
ManuMay (36083) 2013-07-12 12:09
A very good capture, this time the option in B&W fits really well to the image, excellent focus and sharpness, a great photo exercise, amazing light management...and a superb workshop indeed!
Have a nice week end...
psamaddar (1089) 2013-07-12 23:55
Great POV and a nice sharp capture. A great angle to show this piece of work and turning it B&W makes it more interesting with the shade of clouds in the sky as BG..TFS..Cheers
SnapRJW (31627) 2013-07-13 0:01
Hello Russ - Your WS posting shows off just how sinuous this mermaid is and I like it for that but this one is my favourite. Pin-sharp focus on the sculpture and excellent tonal detail across the surface. Beautifully composed across the diagonal and the sky is soft and unobtrusive and yet vital to the shot. B&W is an excellent choice here. Nice job indeed! Warm regards rosemary
delpeoples (55090) 2013-07-18 22:27
What a beautiful sculpture and an excellent photo of it. I like the tight framing and how the mermaid is almost on a diagonal. You composed the shot superbly and the clouds seem to complement the textures of the mermaids tail. This is just a personal choice thing, but I'd like to see more contrast in this photo. I've done a WS, perhaps exaggerating it a little, but I hope that's ok with you. Sorry but for some reason (obviously the re-sizing thing) the dolphin's nose was cut off.
Cheers, have a great weekend
Royaldevon (33385) 2013-07-24 14:19
Apart from the lovely textural details of the sculpture, I just love how you have given it elegance and a fine composition, as it stretches diagonally across the frame.
My warm regards,
photoray (13656) 2013-07-31 15:25
Like everyone else a fine monochrome view of the Sirena con Delfines. I especially like not only the combination of mermaid and dolphin, but your closeup revealing textures, details and the mermaid's scales.
adores (40960) 2013-08-02 16:31
I like your version and Lisa's Ws - both are very good. The sculpture is beautiful and you framed it very well. The light and the cloudy sky add a lot.
gus72 (3719) 2013-08-24 2:35
HI Russ !!
a well chosen subject..... and an opportune crop to highlight the Mermaid and the Dolphin.
it is like choreography at its best.
in my opinion .... a sensational photo.
Have a nice week end
Romano46 (18472) 2013-10-25 12:08
il tuo stile fotografico è molto interessante e spazia su vari generi con un occhio particolare alle foto di ambiente e alla ripresa di statue.
In quest'ultimo genere di foto ho trovato eccellente questa ripresa in bianco e nero che dona un particolare slancioa questo soggetto sia per la composizione molto curata in ogni dettaglio che per l'eccellente studio sia della luce che dei toni di grigio che hanno valorizzato al meglio il soggetto.
Anche il taglio è perfetto e l'aver condensato l'attenzione solo su una parte del soggetto ritengo che sia stata una scelta indovinata.
Complimenti ed auguri anche per il tuo progetto.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
fotka (3945) 2015-08-05 6:23
Beautiful detail shot of mermaid with small dolphin. I like this diagonal composition with perfect light, shade and sharpness.
- Copyright: Russ Ham (EstudioChispa) (2144)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2011-12-11
- Categories: Artwork
- Camera: Nikon D5000, Nikkor 18-55mm AF-S 1:3.5-5.6G VR
- Exposure: f/11, 1/500 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Statues B&W and not, statue, Statues [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2013-07-12 8:14