The City of Austin has a small park, "The Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum," displaying many of the works of Charles Umlauf. Beginning in 1941, Umlauf was one of the first art professors at the University of Texas. Most of the works are not large, but the details are fine and the artist's style is palpable.
The myth of Icarus is an ancient and powerful story that has inspired artists through the ages. In 1965, Umlauf produced his own vision of the young man's fall from the skies.
In the myth, Icarus falls into the ocean. In this foto, of course, he is falling into the trees -- because that is what surrounds this sculpture in the display.
Tech talk -- yes, I have bitten the bullet and acquired a wide angle lens! This shot is from my first day out to experiment with it. I chose the Umlauf Museum as the site in part to practice for an upcoming trip to La Paz, where I hope to do a competent survey of the statues along the Malecón. The challenges shooting at the Umlauf were two-fold -- first, the pieces are not large; second, the sculptures are wonderfully placed along a walking path around a small pond, but this makes it difficult to frame a piece without a distracting background. Icarus, of course, suggested his own solution to that problem -- look up!
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Noel_Byrne (13204) 2013-09-20 10:15
I like this sculpture a lot, great to see another's vision of something you picture in your head all your life. I also really like the composition you have chosen, the angle brings the statue to life and with the head at this angle, it looks as if it could tumble out of the frame and onto the desk here. Even the sky dusts the subject do well, while normally I dislike a grey sky, here it is very suited to the green and bronze tones, and perhaps the insult to Icarus. The sun which melts the wax on his wings doesn't even stay around to see his fall from grace.
Excellent shot and subject, congrats on the new lens!
All the best
aleXundar (543) 2013-09-20 10:30
Great use of your 10-20. Unique perspective and framing. The legs and the hand against the washed out sky accentuated the fall.
A brilliant take of a wonderful sculpture.
eldancer1 (20690) 2013-09-20 13:57
Very nice capture of this sculpture! I like the pov and good lighting considering the pov. Nice details. Well done, tfs.
abmdsudi (32471) 2013-09-20 20:16
The thumbnail doesnt do this justice, A powerful sculpture and very intimate .....
Closeness feels good! and your pov gives such a great impact with the light in this sculpture shows the rugged character which is perfectly set up with a fine green background allowing it to show off so effectively. I can look at this for quite some time just figuring our the position from above and something really different, brilliant idea resulting in a fantastic image. I like the write up and its worked so efficiently - both a beautiful and an intriguing image! Congrats
mcmtanyel (5143) 2013-09-20 20:39
Great POV & composition but I am not too sure on the washed out sky.
jhm (127883) 2013-09-21 0:52
A super-wide lens has a lot benefits but also disadvantages, as little bit deformation, the new super-wide lens of Canon has a diameter of 82mm, specially for the deformation, but these picture is very well taken.
This bronze sculpture is very well made, gives perfect the fall of a man.
Nice detailed picture, lovely presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
saxo042 (33856) 2013-09-21 1:20
This looks like a very fine sculpture and your choice of POV certainly enhances the intentions of the artist. Your picture is well balanced and well composed. Apparently a placed we missed in Austin.
fabbs99 (10998) 2013-09-21 22:47
Great sculpture and a perfect presentation.Excellent choice of your angle this gives perspective and depth image.I love the simplicity of your composition.Excellent composition, good presentation too.Very well done, TFS.
emka (64110) 2013-09-22 0:59
Impressive shot. Poor guy, this Icarus. Beautiful presentation of this sculpture. Very well made. Have a nice Sunday
zoomer (4225) 2013-09-22 9:28
Hi,super dramatic perspective!Great color and detail,all the best Wolf.
nikkitta (8885) 2013-09-23 15:45
A practicar tu español
Buena ti idea de esta captura mirando a lo alto usando el cielo ( blanco) y la vegetacion como contraste
Un buen y creativo trabajo
Un saludo a mi primo de Austin
Sonata11 (31197) 2013-10-09 13:26
I remember this sculpture. You capture wonderfully, fantastic POV. How did you reach the sculpture from the top?. Awesome execution. Perfectly well done. I really love it. Tfs and comment.
Warm regards, Barbara
Silvio1953 (105343) 2013-10-12 2:12
Ciao Russ, great view of fascinating sculpture, beautiful light, wonderful colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
- Copyright: Russ Ham (EstudioChispa) (1694)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-09-18
- Categories: Artwork
- Camera: Nikon D5000, Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM
- Exposure: f/18.0, 1/60 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-09-20 7:48