I shot this photo in the Huntington Library in Pasadena. A small group of elementary school students are seen listening to their teacher discuss Thomas Gainsborough's immortal painting, "Blue Boy." Created in 1770, the painting depicts 18 year old Jonathan Buttall (1752–1805), the son of a wealthy hardware merchant, and is probably Gainsborough's most popular work.
A table approximated a sturdy tripod... with my camera set on self-timer mode. Some of the visitors in the photo appeared blurred, as they should in a 1/3 second exposure.
I am also hanging this photo in the group theme Pictures at an Exhibition II, since an earlier group theme Pictures at an Exhibition I has reached its capacity. I welcome others to contribute their photos also.
I noticed that today's date is April 23rd, a day on which two of my intellectual heroes share birthdays — William Shakespeare, who would have been 450, Max Planck, who would have been 156.
Critiques | Translate
worldcitizen (8574) 2014-04-22 18:05
The "Blue Boy", and the ladies beside him, certainly seem to be engaging the young students. They have a definite air of importance surrounding them, made even more prominent by the spotlights shining on their portraits. I like the blurred figures of the school children. It seems like a very dark interior, but your exposure is very good.
daddo (26754) 2014-04-22 19:00
Hi Bulent. Lots of blue boys around- the living (and excitable kind). What stands out is the artist's ability to create the impression of light so that with the additional aid of the gallery lights the figures seem three dimensional and ready to hop down from the canvas.Selam. Klaudio.
serp2000 (44073) 2014-04-22 21:15
Hello, dear Bulent,
The green walls say me that this is not the Norton Simon Museum. Yes, I agree with you, I had have the same problem with the moving visitors. Thanks for memories. This photo brings me back to Pasadena again.
All the best wishes,
jemaflor (96795) 2014-04-22 23:07
Interesting scenery well taken, light is well mannaged, good sharpness also, tfs.
emka (96525) 2014-04-22 23:09
Hi Bulent, I didn't know that Planck and Shakespeare had their birthday the same day. Nice to see this group of kids admiring famous painting.
I have read that you met Serghei and Deniz on your lectures. How I would like to be there too:). But somehow we move round the world but our ways do not cross.
I put (I hope) Georgian flag but when I read your critique I was already out of Armenia.
Warm regards and hugs for CJ
snunney (98265) 2014-04-23 2:39
Yu have composed the shot very well and the exposure is just perfect, with the emphasis on the paintings but still allowing us to catch a glimpse of the admiring visitors. The two either side also seem to be in the style of Gainsborough though I am no expert.
macondo (19483) 2014-04-23 4:46
Shakespeare's 450th today, actually!
This one's a nicely exposed shot which makes good use of the highlights in the paintings themselves. I don't mind the blurry people - they add a touch of movement to the scene, but I think it's a pity the person on the right intruded into the picture and lessened the impact of the official staring at the group. I don't think you can crop here, as the official is a required element in this shot, I think.
I'm glad to see you have uploaded a higher res version which actually fits on a 24" monitor; many don't.
RhodieIke (11744) 2014-04-24 3:38
Interesting photo and title of this scene in a library with these gorgeous large art work of Thomas Gainsbourgh's paintings. He painted and lived in my neck of the woods.
Especially seeing the students taking a great interest, except one lad who seem's more interest in what you are doing. A photographer in the making hey.
jhm (152246) 2014-04-24 4:37
These picture is taken in very difficult conditions, with few light but with a wonderful result
Through the table to use as tripod is your picture wonderful sharp and clear.
Nice depth and perspective picture too, with attentive students
Composition and presentation are excellent.
Very well done, TFS.
PS: I have a nice picture for you, I send these tommorow.
pili51 (1853) 2014-04-26 17:00
This is a lovely composition! The lighting is dark in these places. I am impressed that the photo came out as well as it did considering the conditions. You had the chance to capture this moment. I pretty sure it was a big decisive day for these boys to stand in front of these and beautifuls pictures!
The masterpieces are well presented and I find the luminosity interesting.
Thank you for having posted this beautiful image.
Gigidusud (20825) 2014-05-01 11:31
Hello dear Bulent,
Great capture to the scene on the library with nice clarity on the paintings in the background. Well done!
Best wishes to you and family!
photoray (13981) 2014-05-02 16:15
Interesting candid with the classical paintings on exhibit with the school children observing.
I believe Gainsborough's "Pinkie" is also at the Huntington?
I have a direct connection to Pasadena, living near Colorado Blvd in my youth and being hired to become a Transportation agent/analyst by Maynard Levenick, a West Point graduate, colonel and buddy to General Patton in WWII, then colonel in the Pentagon, and they both lived in Pasadena after the War.
ikeharel (70743) 2014-05-03 0:45
Most museums around the world do not allown photography indoor's, Bulent. But I see the guard on right merely watching the kids.
Fine shot on low light condition, and the art details shown are beautiful in place over the pic. space.
Romano46 (18472) 2014-05-09 13:36
mi piace molto l'ambientazione e come nella tua foto la luce riproponga con grande fedeltà l'ambiente dei musei.
Alla straordinarietà dell'illuminazione e della notevole nitidezza si somma una composizione ricca di note interessanti soprattutto per la presenza della scolaresca che osserva i dipinti mentre il custode li osserva con fare bonario.
Complimenti per come hai saputo riprodurre in maniera efficace quello che solitamente è un ambiente assai difficoltoso da mostrare.
Ciao e buona notte
Graal (102752) 2014-05-28 1:17
interesting report from gallery. Nice portraits. Good note and photo-work.
Have a nice day.
mcmtanyel (22216) 2014-06-05 15:49
Selamlar Bülent Bey,
Great light management and sharpness in difficult conditions. Nice framing. I am pleasantly surprised to see that the Blue Boy is fully in view although the blue t-shirted boy is threatening to occlude it.
- Copyright: Bulent Atalay (batalay) (38775)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-04-11
- Categories: Artwork
- Camera: Nikon D200, 18-70mm DX Zoom Nikkor
- Exposure: f/4.2, 1/3 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Pictures at an Exhibition II [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2014-04-22 16:58