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I couldn't supply information about the figure, it was taken in the street of Durham through the gap of a metal fence when I passed by. It's a three bracketing HDR, the face part of the figure and its behind was brightened up on PS. I tried to remove the wood shelter,but it didn't look right,so I left it as it was, slightly cropped the right, top and bottom...Thanks for looking, all comments&critisms are welcome.

Lens:EF24-105mm F/4L IS USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:4 Apr 2013 - 2:03 PM
Focal Length:98mm
Shutter Speed:1/30sec
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:A carving of ..
Username:xwang xwang
Uploaded:19 Apr 2013 - 9:16 AM
Tags:Carving, General, Religion, Wood
Voters:Eastlands · Derek_Fearn · boov · Hermanus · morpheus1955 · leontari · ColleenA · barbarahirst · RysiekJan · Alan_Baseley · WhiteRose1 · NDODS · Philip_H · TyChee · mauriceegan · pamelajean · nonur · mrswoolybill ·
Unique Views:28
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Hermanus  3 South Africa
19 Apr 2013 - 10:30 AM

A lovely photo of this amazing sculpture Jasmine ! Well done Smile


Quote: A lovely photo of this amazing sculpture Jasmine ! Well done Smile

I totally agree, Jasmine.


A great capture, well doneGrinGrin


I like the shelter, Jasmine, it frames the figure head well, just needs a little bit more of it. A wonderful carving.



A wonderful example of the woodcarvers craftsmanship, although quite crude the figure is easily recognisable and very well capture Jasmine

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

Philip_H  3 United Kingdom
19 Apr 2013 - 5:57 PM

Wonderful textures in this image, Jasmine.


pamelajean Critique Team 9941 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1763 Constructive Critique Points
19 Apr 2013 - 9:44 PM

An interesting wooden carving, Jasmine, probably a religious figure like Christ. If the shelter was specifically for the figure, you could have included it, but you were probably going in close for detail on the carving. The shelter serves to give the facial features a dark background and make them well defined.


I like it, especially the facial expression.

xwang  632 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
20 Apr 2013 - 9:55 AM

Thank you Dave.
Thank you Pamela. I did take one with the whole shelter on .. I'll upload the first taken for you to have a look. But I couldn't get away from the metal fence, and I wanted to see more detail of the carving.. So I tried the second. Maybe I shouldn't crop off the right, but there was a lower wall showed the sky.. I thought it might be a distraction ...Thanks again.
Thank you all.

Last Modified By xwang at 20 Apr 2013 - 9:56 AM
mrswoolybill Critique Team 9825 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1314 Constructive Critique Points
20 Apr 2013 - 1:16 PM

It's a sculpture of St Cuthbert, the 7th Century monk from Lindisfarne (Holy Island). For a while it stood on the island, and it has also had a spell in the courtyard within Durham Cathedral's cloisters. And it's very difficult to photograph because of the angle through the railings - I've tried several times. You did well to get this! It's in the graveyard of St Mary-le-bow, which is now a brass-rubbing centre, and as far as I know there's no access to view it up close.
Leave the wood shelter, but I'd be inclined to crop off just that triangle of blue sky top left, apart from being a distraction in breaks the sense of privacy, protection that the wood gives.

xwang  632 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
20 Apr 2013 - 3:19 PM

Thank you very much Moira for your information.
Yes, it seemed inside of the ..is it a museum belong to Durham university?
I agree with you about the cropping. I tried to clone off the front shelter, but the half shelter left there didn't make sense. So I left it, but when I rolled it up a bit to get your version, it is better!

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