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The ubiquitous statue

By AM74
Whilst in Rio de Janeiro, I went to see the famous Christ the Redeemer statue. Tried to get a different angle to the usual shots. It is handheld and I focussed on L eye). Would welcome the critique team's thoughts.

Tags: City Statue Architecture


mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.3k 2268 United Kingdom
7 Jan 2019 9:37PM
I'm envious. Photographing sculpture is a passion of mine, and it doesn't come more monumental than this.

Things that work - the low angle gives a sense of power but also an intimate view of the face, as you indicate that eye is crucial. And the rising diagonal is a positive, dynamic line.

Suggestions - this isn't actually vertical, and if you rotate I to the vertical the angle becomes even more dramatic. I did a bit of fiddling, with extra canvas space the rotation and some cloning to fill in gaps, plus a square crop to give greater importance to the face while keeping the diagonal line. The crop also lets the diagonal rise from a corner.

I put that eye on the upper left third. I also did a bit of gentle burning on the stonework lower in the frame. If you took a number of shots you may be able to get something similar if you want to.

Just suggestions, I like this a lot.
banehawi Plus
16 2.3k 4164 Canada
8 Jan 2019 12:35AM
Its ok. A bit underexposed (especially the sky).

Though I can understand the desire to get a close shot, the impact of this statue is its size, and position looking over the bay. Hopefully you got some of these also.

As it is it does stand out as being "THAT" statue

Robert51 11 7 106 United Kingdom
8 Jan 2019 8:25AM
I really like the shot. Like the others I feel the crop has the statue too low in the image.

You said you were looking for something different so I have taken that a little further in post processing. I know this is not to everyone's taste but I hope it may give yoy a few ideas in a different direction.
paulbroad 13 131 1289 United Kingdom
8 Jan 2019 8:36AM
It is a well seen strong image. It is a touch under due to the amount of sky, but rather than brighten I might have tried to up the contrast to retain some depth of tone in the sky. I would also crop tighter - there is too much sky, some off the top and right thus moving the head to the right.

dudler Plus
17 1.3k 1701 England
8 Jan 2019 5:15PM
Welcome back to hte Critique Gallery, Annie.

This is a really nice shot, and I wouldn't worry about the overexposure. It gives a nice tonality - we used to do this with slide film to improve saturation. A little more contrast won't go amiss, but I actually like the look as it stands - a bit like viewing the world through sunglasses.

I don't think there'll be a person viewing htis who isn't envious, unless they've been there themselves.

Your composition makes use of negative space, and that's fine. I'd probably offset the head more. There are all sorts of htings you can do with this, including a whole protractor's worth of angles, and more crops than you can shake an IS lens at.

I've cropped tighter - initially, I was getting rid of sky below the arm, but ended up going far tighter.

Almost everyone goes for a distant view, the imposing sculpture on top of a hill. By going in close, you've connected with another aspect of the meaning: this is an upclose and personal view of the figure of Christ. It reminds me of the sculpture of St Michael and the Devil at Coventry Cathedral in terms of the unknoability of hte eyes: but instead of looking down at a defeated enemy, Christ is looking out, offering His embrace to the world.

Thank you for sharing this, and hte meotions it can evoke.
pamelajean Plus
14 1.4k 2158 United Kingdom
8 Jan 2019 6:13PM
Welcome back to the Critique Gallery, Annie, it's been a few months.

I admire you for trying to get a different angle on this statue, that's called being creative, and often produces an image with impact. Typical tourist shots often all look the same, and you didn't want to be the same. Obviously, you had to be looking up, but you managed to create a strong diagonal with the arms, and you featured the face.

Sometimes the light just isn't falling in the right direction, and there might be a constriction on time, but here the light is coming in nicely from the left and highlighting the facial features.

It can be hard to convey the meaning of a statue or sculpture, but I think that making the face the main element can actually do that. You want to convey someone else's creativity honestly, but also make your own image out of it. Every sculpture has a message, and you will want to convey its essence.

Did you take any pictures from the side, showing Christ's profile or semi-profile? Maybe it wasn't possible to achieve such an angle, but I'm sure you took other pictures. Personally, I would have taken the touristy pictures, but also my own interpretations.

9 Jan 2019 10:02PM
Thank you all for your helpful comments.

I loved the statue and was struck by a calm and reassuring influence it had on the city. Everyone could feel it, whether you were a Christian or not.

It is really silly but I have not yet mastered the crop feature in Lr i.e. when I crop one side out, it crops it all round. I must look up how to do it properly.

Like all the mods, especially Moira's.

Took several photos but as is usual, not many were good enough. Uploading one as mod, which again I had difficulty cropping to make it super symmetrical.
pamelajean Plus
14 1.4k 2158 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2019 10:12PM
As to the other shot that you've uploaded into the mods section, Annie, the statue is straightforward, and facing us, and so it doesn't really need anything except for a small crop to the left side in order to make each side equal, placing the statue central. It also needs a small anti-clockwise rotation in order to get it straight. I used the tops of the hands to get a straight line. See my mod.
dudler Plus
17 1.3k 1701 England
17 Jan 2019 8:22AM
The more distant shot shows the sense of calm care: the closeup that you posted first contains a different emotion...

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