Good Morning Everyone,
A visit to N.Y. has to include a visit to that icon of the city, The Statue of Liberty.
Of course, my husband and I took a trip out to Liberty Island and were not only thrilled to see this colossal statue but to meet so many people from other nations, surely testimony to the idea of 'freedom'.
I chose to post this particular shot, from the many that I took, because, symbolically, the clouds appeared to be emanating from the Liberty's torch ... she's lighting the Heavens!
I will put a more conventional shot in a w/s.
For anyone who does not know the history of this wonderful statue, I have copied this information from - about.com.manhatten, ny :
The Statue of Liberty National Monument has stood proudly in New York Harbour for almost 120 years (her official 120th birthday was on October 28, 2006).
The statue was a gift to the people of the United States from the people of France in recognition of the friendship established during the American Revolution. Over the last 120 years, the Statue of Liberty has become an internationally-recognized symbol of freedom and democracy.
Creating Miss Liberty
The Statue of Liberty, known officially as “Liberty Enlightening the World,” was designed by French sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi and funded completely through donations from the French people.
After Bartholdi finalized the design in miniature, the statue itself was created using wooden molds, a copper shell, and an iron structure designed by Gustave Eiffel, who later built the Eiffel Tower.
On July 4, 1884, the 151-foot-tall, 225-ton Statue of Liberty was delivered to the American Ambassador in Paris. In order to transport Lady Liberty to New York, the statue was dismantled into 300 pieces and packed into 214 wooden crates.
The Statue of Liberty is just over 305 feet high from the ground to the tip of her torch. There are 354 steps inside the statue and its pedestal and 25 viewing windows in the crown.
There are seven rays on Liberty's crown, symbolizing the seven seas and seven continents. Miss Liberty holds a tablet in her left hand that reads "July 4, 1776" (in Roman numerals).
Many thanks for your interest.
Please feel free to feedback on any aspect of the shot, Bev :-)
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mikolaj_kawa (0) 2010-08-28 0:40
Hello Beverley! Superb point of view. Excellent composition. Perfect exposure and capture. Good DOF. Ideal frame. Interesting note. Well done!
dkmurphys (44657) 2010-08-28 1:04
I'm not a big fan of America and it's symbols but you're capture is made to create an impressive sensation over this statue. Perfect angle and colors, good management of light. Well done.
rodgerg (55767) 2010-08-28 1:13
An original and very efficience POv for this famous statue. Framing well selcetd too. Superb light under this beautiful blue sky with plesant clouds, the details nad the contrasts arise very well.
Have a nice WE,
jonathan_hart (21274) 2010-08-28 2:03
maybe it's the best angle because here, the Lady seems prouder than ever
there is some round traces in the sky on top right (???)
nice angle of light
Budapestman (82620) 2010-08-28 2:52
an imposing photo of this famous symbol, the composition is very spectacular, the colours and lights are beautiful, excellent POV and clarity, great impression, Congratulations! Have a nice weekend! Kellemes hétvégét kívánok!
Nicou (111365) 2010-08-28 2:53
Fantastique cadrage et compo quel fuyance la belle statue de la liberté très bien présentée, très bien captée, avec ce nuage très très bein placé, fantastique.
Belle journée et maitié
danos (80967) 2010-08-28 3:14
Good morning Bev,
the world known statue of libebrty with a new POV very effective.I like the way you have seen and have captured the statue, with the white cloud to be found behide it,creating contrast and depth.As i see now, the upper cloud, looks like to get out from the torch.Well done.
Have a nice weekend,Danos
pauloog (11747) 2010-08-28 4:02
An eye catvching combination of the clouds and the big iron statue, well seen!
snunney (76410) 2010-08-28 5:04
The upwards point of view combined with the lovely sky show off the statue to great effect. I like how the eyes move naturally from the lower wall angle to the next and thence on to the statue itself, right up to the tip of the flame and that cloud you mention. Superb natural colours and excellent sharpness. Have a good weekend.
KLB (23723) 2010-08-28 7:32
You've chosen an unusual angle to shoot this so famous statue. Very interesting idea, and perfect achievement.
The colours are great and the quality irreproachable.
I like how you've used the cloud above the flame as if it is smoke.
Compliments for your both images. The complementary picture is excellent too. The people under the statue give an impressive sens of scale.
lousat (68585) 2010-08-28 8:16
Woow Bev! What a POV ,what a light,what a sky,what a colors,what a contrast between the statue and the blue of sky.....what a beautifull pic of one of the most famous place in the world!Great work my dear,today 2 points are not eanough.Thanks for share,have a nice weekend,Luciano.
Longroute (19392) 2010-08-28 9:34
you are showing a very good and fine capture of this famous statue: the colours are gorgious, the clarity excellent and I love how you framed it. But what makes it so appealing are the two white clouds: one behind and the other just above the torch!
Excellent work, TFS,
I've been to St. Katherine docks - really so lovely - but unfortunately the weather was gray and overcast, so the pictures are not good... I'll post later some other photos of London)
tyro (17254) 2010-08-28 14:43
This is indeed Wonderful!
The composition is just superb with, as you call her, "Miss Liberty" being placed perfectly in the frame.
The exposure is spot-on with lots of details in both the brightest parts and the deepest shadows and that polarising filter has given the sky a wonderfully deep blue against which those bright fluffy white clouds and the statue stand out superbly.
As always, your photograph is incredibly sharp and clear. And, as is also your wont, you have provided a very interesting and informative note to accompany it.
Thank you for sharing this one, Bev.
kiks (11749) 2010-08-29 0:58
i specialy like on this image the composition with the cloud that seems smoke coming out the torcht. The colors are great also.
Clementi (52514) 2010-08-30 13:17
una classica immagine che tutti voglio scattare quando arrivano in america, il tuo pov è molto bello e sembra che tocchi le nuvole.
macjake (49328) 2010-08-30 15:07
hmmm...such a classic!
So much to admire about this photo.
But first i have only 2 critiques, and not to worry, nothing major :) just my Obsessional behaviour popping up! :)
the cloud behind the statue, it could be argued that its a bit distracting.
I really love how the brick base structure is seemingly coming out of the bottom right corner of the frame...could you not have had the bottom left like that aswell?
they are the only negatives, 2 small points.
I agree with you about the way the torch is lighting the clouds, a wonderful touch!
and the point of view looking upwards makes the statue that much larger and more powerful.
and of course you have your usual sharpness, clarity and exposure just spot on!
i'd be proud of this one myself, can't wait to see more of your interpretations of NY!
have a great day
Kielia (22293) 2010-09-01 1:04
this is really incredible! You captured this fantastic scene in a decisive moment indeed when the clouds are giving us the illusion of the statue lightening the heavens (by the way: I like this title!) The image has a strong appeal. Great photo work with a fantastic atmosphere! Congratulation!
Glint (5989) 2010-09-01 6:09
you' ve chosen just the right pov here (I have a crick in my neck) and a perfect composition.You have two triangles there,its base and the triangle from torch to base top.The light and colours are so right.
ps belatedly read your note and see what you mean about the torch & clouds.You have a creative eye.
LOOOK13 (19046) 2010-09-03 11:22
Splendid and wonderfull!!!!!
A great cheer.
korbee (6615) 2010-09-03 12:03
With this kind of populair and well photographed object like this its always very hard to make something special,and I must say you did a fine job Bev,normally its seen form far away not as close as this.
Nicely presented and framed in TL style!;]]
saxo042 (35814) 2010-09-07 9:22
I must have missed this photo, but here are the votes from the Swedish jury... A perfect POV with a magnificient sky above. The cloud looks more like a genie, coming out of her lamp. You could probably have wished something;) This is one of the best pictures I have seen of this icon!
batalay (34109) 2010-09-20 15:52
The photograph is excellent in every way — in the composition, light management, colors and resolution. The note is especially informative, apparently the height of the statue is almost exactly the same as the hight of its pedestal. As long as I've lived in the United States (that's most of my life), I've visited the statue once, and saw it on a helicopter ride a second time. Can you imagine how many millions of people had to have been inspired by first seeing it. I hope that your visit to the United States was tremendously edifying.
wolf38 (29818) 2010-09-29 23:25
Hi Beverley. From this perspective, I saw the Statue of Liberty never before. A very beautiful and worth seeing photo. Vivid colors and the best light. Overall, excellent. regards, wolfgang.
- Copyright: Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) (24342)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-07-02
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D200, NIKKOR AF-S 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G ED DX, 62 mm HOYA Circular Polarize
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/80 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): My Trip to New York [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2010-08-28 0:39