The present photo is a sequel to STUDIES IN COLORS #1 in which a group of visitors were seen at Dale Chihuli Blown-Glass Exhibition in Virginia. In Ann Jackman's poetic description, it resembled "... the waterfall of colour tumbling down on the people." The camera I had used in that photo was a compact Nikon Coolpix S9300. For the present photo the camera is a more elaborate Nikon D200. When the area was relatively uninhabited by visitors, I set the camera on the floor and put it on timer mode in order to minimize hand-held motion.
From my earlier note about the artist, Dale Chihuly, his legion of fans are familiar with the beautiful colors that he achieves in his blown glass creations. The collaboration of painters and glass blowers is not a new phenomenon. In the early 16th century, the Venetian Master Titziano (Titian) had collaborated with the glassblowers on the Island of Murano near Venice to learn about their secrets in achieving certain colors, especially the reds. Subsequently, Raphael hired away one of Titians assistants and his colors became more vibrant, especially the reds. Three-hundred and fifty years later, the French Impressionists were able to get their hands on oxides produced in exceedingly hot furnaces used in the Industrial Revolution. Cross fertilization of disciplines frequently leads to immense creativity.
I recently created a new group theme, Symphonies in Color, adding this photo into the collection. The expression, "A symphony of colors," is the way the great Expressionist painter Vincent van Gogh, in a letter to his brother Théo, described the works of French landscape artist Jules Dupré (1811-1889). Van Gogh's words are also appropriate in describing the still life depicted here. I welcome other TE members to add to the theme.
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satyakki (658) 2013-03-10 23:11
Hi There Bulent,
The beauty of this shot lies in its abstractism. If the note is not there, one would imagine them to be coral reef and not glass. For this abstractism the credit goes to the composition. Also for such a subject with multi-reflective numerous surfaces, management of light is a task and i see it has been done very well. No flash shot it seems. Wonder if an HDR attempt would have been interest, provided these were still and no crowd traffic. But its different and i like it.
wolf38 (31284) 2013-03-10 23:27
Hello Bulent. Your photo is a masterpiece of color and light. Very interesting description of image formation. More instructive text. Total. Overall, Your photo is a very successful contribution to TE.
thebest (4276) 2013-03-11 0:47
Firstly I love colour - therefore I am drawn to this image for this reason.
The title is excellent as are your highly informative notes.
Looking at your photo there are some strange & interesting shapes here - quite amazing.
I would really enjoy the Exhibition... I shall have to add it to my already extensive list of things to see.
JFS (32459) 2013-03-11 1:05
Fascinating colors and shapes, very appealing shot, I like it a lot!
snunney (90798) 2013-03-11 3:55
A most unusual and effective abstract composition; a joy to see. I like the play of light through and across the different coloured glass. Technical presentation is perfect.
ChrisJ (105551) 2013-03-11 4:40
Effective tight framing here with the overall impression being a pastiche of plastic or cellophane petals with a few sea urchin sand dollars thrown in for good measure! Good sharpness, lighting contrasts and saturation. Nice textural details in the wavy patterns. Tfs!
eldancer1 (32826) 2013-03-11 7:47
It is indeed a study in colors, an awesome study in colors. I'm going to the Bellagio today to take pictures of the spring flowers, and you just gave an incentive to take pictures of similar glass artwork in their lobby. Good lighting and dof with nice details. Wonderful colors. Well done, tfs.
worldcitizen (7712) 2013-03-11 11:26
The colors certainly are vibrant, and the designs are beautiful. I like your decision to fill the entire frame with glass. The light filters in differently throughout the shot, creating interesting patterns.
cornejo (36447) 2013-03-11 13:27
Hello Bulent, an interesting and beautiful composition, very well captured with good photography. An interesting picture with very good sharpness, color and light. Nice good job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this interesting work.
Good morning and happy start to the week.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
jhm (145204) 2013-03-12 4:53
You know, colors are very subjective, everyone man or woman experience color on an other way.
I've implant (multifocal) lenses since four year, and the colors are a lot different against formerly, according the Doctor is this normal, I get more intensive colors as blue and red.
I like your wonderful picture
Sharpness and clarity are superb.
Excellent composition, nice captured.
Very well done, TFS.
marabu61 (9707) 2013-03-12 12:15
Merhaba Bulent bay
Now this is a colorful picture, somehow that reminds me of a swarm of jellyfish in the sea. Very ingenious idea to take this photo and the result proves you absolutely right. Great colors and shapes, well worth the trouble taken.
have a good evening
emka (87538) 2013-03-13 0:43
I like this Ann's poetic description. For me, it looks like in ocean with the big colourful jellyfishes. Awesome photo.
lousat (83568) 2013-03-16 16:47
Hi Bulent,a very original catch-eye made by these colorful glasses,great capture in a difficult light,very nice idea,i like it!Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano
bukitgolfb301 (38040) 2013-03-16 18:14
Hi dear Bulent
Very amazing and magnifient image at all. Very sharp and clear also mysterious magical color world prensetation. Professional work as usual!
Thanks a lot and have a beautiful Sunday!
Susus7 (100) 2013-03-17 5:42
We saw this display at the exhibition also! You captured a beautiful portion of the Persian ceiling. I wanted to take photos of the whole thing, each glass piece was so beautiful and unique.
Thanks for sharing this!
ACL1978 (7511) 2013-03-17 6:25
Another fascinating look at this Chihuly sculpture, which looks not unlike a tidepool viewed from below. The way these forms and colors transmit the light above them is fantastic, painting with their reflections. Thanks for this closeup as well - good to see it head on in addition to seeing its effect in your previous shot.
shevchenko (18892) 2013-03-17 20:42
Creative artworks that made with colourful glasses, interesting composition, good shoot with less reflection of light from the glass surface, distinct indoor photo, well done.
chrisvek (7001) 2013-03-18 10:21
Wow!What an amazing capture.Awesome colors, contrasts & saturation.Very good framing and POV.Well done!Thank you for sharing.
All the best
delpeoples (55290) 2013-03-19 22:37
Merhaba dear Bulent
What a beautiful photo and so unique. The artwork is exquisite and I love the tight framing, which makes it look even more abstract and arty. beautiful plays of light and shade and the graphism is just wonderful. Excellent work, this is so attractive.
Mondaychild (378) 2013-03-19 23:10
when I saw the thumbnail, I thought "wow, what´s that?"
Sea plants? See animals? Leaves in fall?
It´s none of it.
And if it had been something else, if it had been one of the above mentioned things I would have nevertheless called it artwork. Artwork created by nature.
I like the close-up POV and the tight crop.
Thanks for sharing!
Graal (100548) 2013-03-20 0:52
colours are unusual and beautiful. Amazing patterns and forms of colourful glass. Good mini serie and presentation. Photo I like.
Have a nice day.
ebingul (1978) 2013-03-20 14:57
Merhaba Bülent bey,
Harika bir renk cümbüşü yakalamışsınız.Çok güzel modern bir resim/painting tadında.Elinize ve gözünüze sağlık.Tebrikler ve paylaşımınız için teşekkürler.
yquem46 (38750) 2013-03-20 15:04
Beautiful light and colors in this picture of items which to me looks like an army of jelly fishes !
An amazing shot very artistic and an abstract compo
best regards, have a nice day
Silvio1953 (131778) 2013-03-26 12:13
Ciao Bulent, lovely composition with fantastic colors, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
daddo (26126) 2013-04-04 2:57
Merhaba Bulent Bey. I wrote a critique recently for this photo and it mysteriously disappeared. This is a natural progression from the previous titillating shot as now we have a closer view of the marvelous work. These shapes make me think of some psychedelic, tropical jellyfish as yet undiscovered in our oceans.Brilliant image. Best wishes. Klaudio.
Angshu (56676) 2013-04-11 0:33
Hello dear Professor 'A'
This picture is all about colours & shapes...brings in strong elements of surrealism & imagination! I am left wondering even after looking at the picture for quite a while about the picture. It is frankly quite unqiue as if shells and mussels have become translucent in their various colours and gloss. Amazing!
With Warmest Regards
Bluejeans (64251) 2013-04-18 11:06
Ola Bulent ,
Bonita composição com etas formas coloridas de vidro , gostei do efeito visual , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
P.S. Very sad events that have occurred in recent days in the USA
rigoletto (34279) 2013-05-24 2:54
Hello Dear Professor,
This is an eye catching study on colors and abstract forms and you made a wonderful photo from this exhibiton. I like the tight frame which is filled in with those forms.
mirosu (15386) 2013-09-10 6:07
I've carefully studied all 1 to 5. I made general comments to No.1, but after having thoroughly seen all, this No 3 is my favorite. Here I like the excellent round shapes, patterns and textures as well as the beautiful colors. It has, IMO, not any disturbing elements. Simply outstanding colorful photo with nice artistic elements. Very well done. Greetings, Miro
Curious_Eye (1320) 2014-06-04 5:17
Hello dear Bulent,
This image is a gem - the different colours and shapes form a dream-like collage, and the soft light is just beautiful. You achieved a fantastic effect without the tripod - congratulations!
All the best,
Thank you for stopping by at my gallery. I am now doing a postdoc in Copenhagen, and very much enjoy it. I hope all is well with you too.
- Copyright: Bulent Atalay (batalay) (37205)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-02-06
- Categories: Artwork
- Camera: Nikon D200, 18-70mm DX Zoom Nikkor
- Exposure: f/3.8, 1/13 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): SYMPHONY OF COLORS [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2013-03-10 17:48