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Marble Lion

By baclark
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

Tags: Venice Specialist and abstract Marble Wildlife and nature Doges palace

Voters: barbarahirst, helenlinda, eviemay and 31 more

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barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2011 7:53AM
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 Plus
11 360 22 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2011 8:00AM
I am itching to make it symmetrical as you can imagine LOL!!!
Wonderful find and I can see him there quite clearly.
woolybill1 Plus
11 23 72 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2011 8:02AM
A very serious, pensive lion Smile
Well seen.
andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2011 8:25AM
v1 for me today barbara cracking colour and detail a belter Wink
KingBee Plus
12 529 2 Scotland
14 Apr 2011 8:27AM
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
Lillian Plus
9 22 17 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2011 8:34AM
That is some composition Barbara, all the colours well selected and bought out,
great shot
14 Apr 2011 8:38AM
Well seen and displayed! Prefer v1 but the lion is clear in both. A
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2011 8:41AM
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.
14 Apr 2011 8:42AM
Wonderful image Barbara - I like both versions !

Alvar 11 23 2 France
14 Apr 2011 9:24AM
Great images them both
EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
14 Apr 2011 9:53AM
It's great! Love that Lion face. Of course, no surprise that I prefer colour but mono is rather good too.

dmhuynh72 10 44 3 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2011 10:11AM
That is amazing Barbara, and I think the color has a better definition of the lion.
AshTree 8 1.7k 6 England
14 Apr 2011 10:28AM
How beautiful is this!!! Well seen and captured, Barbara, I love it.

morpheus1955 11 3 2 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2011 10:30AM
Superb image Barbara, wonderful tones and textures, both work for me.

Brilliant image Barbara. V1 for me. Took me a wee while to see the lion but there he is. Well done.
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
14 Apr 2011 1:27PM
A superb vision-- love this, especially in color!
rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
14 Apr 2011 2:29PM
Well located Barbara, will be seeing cloud dragons nextWink Ron.
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
14 Apr 2011 3:05PM
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 !!
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
14 Apr 2011 3:27PM
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
14 Apr 2011 5:18PM
Done it again Barbara ~ Nice one!

jonwebber 9 4 1 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2011 5:29PM
Nicely indeed.
Paree 13 616 3
14 Apr 2011 6:13PM
wow its amazing
especially the thumb nail,
it can be seen better i think

thanks for sharing

15 Apr 2011 8:37AM
Two cracking images, Barbara, love the patterns and colours, as you can tell it's V1 for me.

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