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Hi everyone, I'm delighted at how well my last upload - Church Window Reflections, was received by you. Glad so many liked it! Smile

Today a Venice shot, honestly!! Inside the Doges Palace is a large courtyard at the back of which stands a magnificent staircase; the Scala dei Giganti, built by Sansovino in the mid 16th century. At the top of the staircase stand huge statues of Neptune and Mars.

Either side of the stairs are marble slabs with amazing patterns, yep, you've guessed it, this is one!! I've used levels and saturated a bit to bring the 'lion' out more, but I have NOT produced it myself. If you look carefully it's not a perfectly symmetrical piece.

Hope it appeals to some of you? A big cat mid week! V2 Mono for those who may prefer.
Thanks for looking
Barbara

Brand:Pentax
Camera:Pentax K-x Check out PENTAXPORTAL!
Lens:smc PENTAX-DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL II
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Focal Length:37.5mm
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/125sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Marble Lion
Username:baclark baclark
Uploaded:14 Apr 2011 - 7:49 AM
Tags:Doges palace, Marble, Specialist / abstract, Venice, Wildlife / nature!!
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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2011 - 7:53 AM

My 2 favourite photographers on either side of me today ....
Never had that happen before
Thought at first mono ..... but now not so sure
So a half vote each

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7338 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2011 - 8:00 AM

I am itching to make it symmetrical as you can imagine LOL!!!
Wonderful find and I can see him there quite clearly.
Helen

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woolybill1
woolybill1 e2 Member 8woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2011 - 8:02 AM

A very serious, pensive lion Smile
Well seen.
Bill

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andylea
andylea  637 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2011 - 8:25 AM

v1 for me today barbara cracking colour and detail a belter Wink
andy

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KingBee
KingBee e2 Member 8398 forum postsKingBee vcard Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2011 - 8:27 AM

v1 for me Barbara, although I see a skull rather than a lion. Better take my tablets ....

Don’t have a PC at home at the moment – having a new one built, should be ready for the weekend – so will be back with you all by Sunday, with any luck. At least I can enjoy your images from the office! Regards. Bob

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2011 - 8:34 AM

That is some composition Barbara, all the colours well selected and bought out,
great shot
Lillian

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accipiter
accipiter e2 Member 5accipiter vcard England57 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2011 - 8:38 AM

Well seen and displayed! Prefer v1 but the lion is clear in both. A

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 8526 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1091 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2011 - 8:41 AM

I'm seeing two faces, one looking forward, the other looking down. Love the tones so this has to be colour for me.
And it's the tiny breaks in symmetry that bring it alive for me.
Moira

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Imagephotographics

Wonderful image Barbara - I like both versions !

Chris

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Alvar
Alvar  7 France2 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2011 - 9:24 AM

Great images Barbara...like them both
Alvar

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EAS
EAS  5 Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2011 - 9:53 AM

It's great! Love that Lion face. Of course, no surprise that I prefer colour but mono is rather good too.

Ann

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dmhuynh72
dmhuynh72 e2 Member 628 forum postsdmhuynh72 vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2011 - 10:11 AM

That is amazing Barbara, and I think the color has a better definition of the lion.
regards
Yung

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AshTree
AshTree  51702 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2011 - 10:28 AM

How beautiful is this!!! Well seen and captured, Barbara, I love it.

Theresa

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morpheus1955
14 Apr 2011 - 10:30 AM

Superb image Barbara, wonderful tones and textures, both work for me.

Hugh

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louisemorrisonsty

Brilliant image Barbara. V1 for me. Took me a wee while to see the lion but there he is. Well done.
Lou

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2011 - 1:27 PM

A superb vision-- love this, especially in color!
JEnnnnn

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rontear
rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2011 - 2:29 PM

Well located Barbara, will be seeing cloud dragons nextWink Ron.

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mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2011 - 3:05 PM

I believe you when you say Venice Barbara,even though the chippie down the road from me has a similar looking backdrop behind his deep fat friers !! Well,he is Italian right enough,but I bet his fish suppers are dearer than a chippie in Venice !!
Mick.

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TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2011 - 3:27 PM

It certainly is a magnificent staircase in the Doge's Palace, isn't it? An excellent capture here, Barbara, super colours, tones and textures. Just has to be the colour version for me Smile
Trev Smile

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TonyWatson
14 Apr 2011 - 5:18 PM

Done it again Barbara ~ Nice one!

Doc

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jonwebber
jonwebber  6 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2011 - 5:29 PM

Nicely indeed.
jon

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Paree
Paree e2 Member 9603 forum postsParee vcard 3 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2011 - 6:13 PM

wow its amazing
especially the thumb nail,
it can be seen better i think

thanks for sharing

paree

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Jekaro
Jekaro e2 Member 5Jekaro vcard United Kingdom
15 Apr 2011 - 8:37 AM

Two cracking images, Barbara, love the patterns and colours, as you can tell it's V1 for me.
Roy

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