These are the Oceanides sculptures at the Fairy Bower ocean rockpool in Manly. They were created by sculptress Helen Leete in 1997 and modelled on the sea nymphs (Okeanides or Oceanides) of Greek mythology. I have several different photos of the Oceanides in my Gallery, but have not posted a Black & White photo of them before, which I dedicate to Mike (MJW364).
Canon 5D Mk II
75mm using 24-105mm lens
Tripod and cable release
B+W Big Stopper filter
Nik Silver Efex Software
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Kielia (20411) 2012-10-18 4:14
a fantastic impression of these fascinating sculptures and a very beautiful and poetic composition taken from a very well working POV. Black and white works excellently. My compliments!
lgir (6215) 2012-10-18 4:20
nice rendering of this achievement in black and white with these sculptures who went to broke, harmoniously, the horizontality of the whole.
bayno (16141) 2012-10-18 4:41
Ciao cara Lisa,
come ripeto...Tanta roba...B&W stupendo con toni deliziosi, inquadratura perfetta, inoltre quello che mi piace è le belle statue e gli scogli come punti fissi e immobili che fanno da ancoraggio a tutto il resto in leggero movimento...nitidezza eccezionale...Bravissima...
mjw364 (3612) 2012-10-18 5:12
Lisa thanks for the dedication. A great shot in BLACK N WHITE! Did u use nik software on this? I like the effect u got from the long exposure. Sharp and well exposed. Like the off centre subject and the sky.
Viva black n white!
timecapturer (30226) 2012-10-18 5:34
a striking graphical composition this enhanced attractively by the use of B&W. A double whammy as you have managed to turn art into a piece of two dimensional art!. Well done I love it!
Warm wishes - Brian.
Sergiom (39122) 2012-10-18 5:37
25 seconds in the middle of the day, the filter is kind of blocking every light available. I like the texture of the sky and water while the sculpture is very net.
Have a nice day
SnapRJW (18674) 2012-10-18 6:25
Hi Lisa - Even without the sculptures this would be a great B&W image. The four horizontal layers with complimentary tones and textures are beautifully captured with a very good tonal range and smoothness. The elegant curves of the figures complete a superb shot. I love the way the light is adding soft highlights to the curves. Lovely work, that Big Stopper is worth every cent.
Warmest regards rosemary
madhumita_roy86 (2142) 2012-10-18 8:35
Wow! very good capture...
truly amazing...beautiful artwork...
excellent sharpness...well chosen B&W...
good details..very creative composition...
wonderful texture of the sky and water...
very good POV & DOF...
ourania (12287) 2012-10-18 9:19
Ciao cara Lisa,
una magnifica opera d' arte anche la tua foto. Gli elementi solidi e le tessiture dure sono posizionati nel quadro superbamente e la composizione possiede buonissima profondita'. Le tessiture morbide di mare e cielo sono affascinanti, le nuvole riflettono le posture eleganti delle statue, un effetto che sembra vivificare le belle figure. Mi piaciono tantissimo le tonalita' grigie, l' alternazione ritmica di chiare e scure. Foto e dedica eccezionali, complimenti e grazie!
Tanti saluti e buona giornata,
macjake (39207) 2012-10-18 10:44
haha...after Mike's rant of B & W photos i'm sure he'll enjoy this one :)
I recognized this photo immediately as i was scanning the new upload pages.
its a pretty sculpture, has elegant forms and shapes.
for me, the best part of the photo are the clouds, love that wispy look.
and uh oh! is that horizon line crooked? i think so! uh oh! lol
have a great day
zoomer (3580) 2012-10-18 11:17
Hi,B+W works great here it puts the emphasis on the sculptures.I like the slow shutter for the water also where as the rest of the image has excellent sharpness and detail.All the best,Wolf.
Highmountains (1834) 2012-10-18 12:56
Beautiful composition with a range of shade of B & W. The artwork, is as yo say - moddled on the sea nymphs, but to me, prior to reading your notes, looked like the tall antlers of an antelope. The sea has a beautiful gleam and silkiness. In contrast, the land mass looks rough with craggy rocks and boulders.
The sky has a wave like formation, adding to the spirit of the beautiful scenery.
Thanks for sharing.
lousat (57542) 2012-10-18 14:20
Ciao Lisa,non finisci mai di sorprenderci con le tue trovate geniali.Che meraviglioso bianco e nero e che spettacolare effetto di questa scultura che abbraccia il mare,grande scatto e grande lavoro in PP,bravissima come sempre.Complimenti e buona giornata,Luciano
carlo62 (12492) 2012-10-18 15:01
lo avevo detto io che eri una musa delle acque, qui c'è la prova, ti hanno dedicato anche questa scultura.
La prossima opera devono dedicartela in onore delle magnifiche foto che condividi con noi che a loro volta sono opere anch'esse.
Sonata11 (28235) 2012-10-18 16:54
very beautiful and very attractive shot of this fabulous place. You captured those statues wonderfully against wonderful sky. I really like it in W&B color. Very elegant picture. Perfectly well done.
All the best,
jjcordier (62280) 2012-10-18 22:09
Le noir et blanc va très bien à cette remarquable photo, joliment composée et de grande qualité technique.
jemaflor (68837) 2012-10-19 2:30
Le n&b convient bien à cette oeuvre, bonne présentation avec l'aspect flou de l'eau en premier plan, bien fait.
snunney (67228) 2012-10-19 7:18
The composition is excellent. The sculptures have a certain charm about them and are beautifully depicted. Very good choice to use black and white. The image is well presented, having a good range of tones and superb clarity. Have a splendid weekend.
dkmurphys (36727) 2012-10-19 9:14
An interesting sculpture that fits perfectly the scene. I like the lack of colors and the calm atmosphere. Well taken, enjoy the weekend.
fabbs99 (5334) 2012-10-19 23:40
Nice B&W Shot of the piece of sculpture which looks a like a pair of hands sprouting out from the ocean. Great concept and beautifully photographed.Very well done.TFS.
Noel_Byrne (7259) 2012-10-20 0:59
One word for this, beautiful. A really fantastic black and white image, those statues as strange and wonderful as they are, look perfectly natural in the scene. I love how you have caught them on the rock like this with the sea on either side, and that amazing wispy sky to top it all off. This show has perfect tones and is so incredibly sharp! Beautiful, thanks for sharing.
ikeharel (37222) 2012-10-20 1:06
Marvelous B&W compo. with the filter that doe's magic.
Good division on picture space, sea and sky's and the (already known)sculpture.
Excelent photojob,a masterpiece.
Enjoy a nice weekend,
ACL1978 (5729) 2012-10-20 5:38
Really lovely shot, Lisa - the long exposure and B&W treatment create a timeless feel, as these two figures are locked in an eternal dance (or struggle?) Hard to tell which.
gus72 (2506) 2012-10-20 17:57
Ciao Bambina !!
I am just starting to appreciate B & W photos ..... and of course one like this reinforces the cause. I like the position of the statues of centre and I find incredible the neat definition between water & sky.
also that filter of yours..... it soften the water surface quite nicely.
by the way..... my photo this week has a bit of similarity to yours.....
Nice day for a BBQ today
Cheers from Moss Vale
Un calido abrazo.
Silvio1953 (98001) 2012-10-20 23:47
Ciao Lisa, gran bel bianco e nero con l'interessante scultura, ottima nitidezza, splendida luce e magniofico cielo, brava, buona Domenica, ciao Silvio
danos (73926) 2012-10-24 2:21
excellent the B/W format of the image with the Oceanides sculptures to are placed perfect in the frame.
I like the beauty of the scene with the different created layers to adds depth in it.
photoray (4926) 2012-10-24 8:31
It is only with the heart that one can see rightly;
what is essential is invisible to the eye."
--- the Little Prince
And what is "essential" is different with everyone...
Fine vision Lisa,
Waylim (22349) 2012-10-24 17:05
Hello Naughty One Kanobi,
Hum, This image is just begging for me to say something naughty, but I'll try to control myself. It is a form of art. Anyway, it has nothing to do with sensuality about it, or does it. Is the one of the right a male, with bigger thigh, I love men with muscular legs, I just can’t escape that one wrap inside, and I love how flexible they are, though made out of metal, but flexible like gummies these two :)
I like the black and white presentation, no need for colors here. It is as good if not better.
kordinator (13411) 2012-10-25 1:43
Beautiful composition with a range of shade of black and white.
Amazing sculptures at the Fairy Bower ocean rockpool in Manly.
Sharp and well exposed image.
Thanks for sharing.
mirosu (5507) 2012-10-26 3:33
It is a well-chosen framing, in a straight-angle shot that works very well graphically, and gives a nice perspective to the elegant sculptures. The light and the light contrast have a beautiful effect on the elements. Well executed B&W photo. Have a nice weekend.