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The Sower

By DRicherby
The Sower is a 20ft bronze statue by Lee Lawrie, standing on the golden dome of the 34-storey tower of the Nebraska state capitol in Lincoln. As you can probably imagine, he symbolizes the importance of agriculture in the state; and he faces north-west, towards most of the state. The frieze below the dome depicts Native American thunderbirds.

We made the trip into town to photograph the capitol in the snow, some of which is just visible on the tower, if you look closely. I'll probably post a more general view of the capitol at some point. The snow that fell then, nearly a month ago, is still here, with plenty more on top of it. According to the news, this is the longest and most severe cold spell in the last 25 years. Forecast low for tonight is -33C, which would be within a degree or so of the record low. Brrrrrr. (Update: the temperature never got below about -20°C. Such accuracy in forecasting...)

All comments and criticism appreciated.


Friday, 11th December, 2009.
97mm, f/8, 1/320s, ISO-200.

Tags: Architecture Black and white

Voters: CurtainTwitcher, colmar, fototaker and 45 more

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colmar 12 42 35 Scotland
9 Jan 2010 1:06AM
A fine pov and the contrast is superb a well captured image thanks for sharing it Colin

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9 Jan 2010 2:24AM
love the angle,shapes and mono.....samatha
accipiter 10 61 England
9 Jan 2010 8:17AM
Very good mono. A
smartbox 10 1 2 United States
13 Jan 2010 12:14AM
Very nice capture. You have excellent clarity of tones and detail. I am always a sucker for a B&W capture and this is a good one.

Watch out for global warming, you might freeze to death. Smile
astyag 12 12
13 Jan 2010 11:11AM
Very nice mono, like the sunlight effect
prabhusinha 12 5 5 India
14 Jan 2010 6:13AM
Wonderful in mono,& thanks for the information.
Thushari 10 1 Sri Lanka
14 Jan 2010 1:15PM
Hi Dave great mono well captured
clicknimagine Plus
10 619 100 India
15 Jan 2010 3:15PM
wonderful tones here, superb shot...
Phil1958 11 272 4 Wales
15 Jan 2010 5:38PM
Superb Shot and a good write up - my Printing press shot was taken at ISO 1600, F5 @ 1/60th., knew I should have used my tripod for better dof and a slower shutter speed - thanks for pointing it out,

ad2009 10 9
15 Jan 2010 8:42PM
love it , so clear
Lillian Plus
10 23 17 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2010 5:41PM
that's a great mono, you keep looking and find more and more
superb shot!
19 Jan 2010 6:09PM
super capture
EAS 11 1 13 Scotland
19 Jan 2010 7:17PM
Superb mono of a wonderful looking building. Really enjoyed your write-up too. Many thanks for today's vote and comment. You have an eagle eye and it took me some time, even with your directions, to spot the little section I hadn't changed!

22 Jan 2010 8:07PM
Great image, excellent mono and light.
davey_griffo 11 213 165 England
28 Jan 2010 11:29PM
At first sight, he looked to me more like a footballer. I thought that was a leg sticking out, but I can see it's his hand, presumably spreading grain. Should have gone large....d'oh!!

Fabulous detail.
DRicherby 11 269 726 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2010 11:34PM
*laugh* I'd never seen it like that but, yes, it does look rather like his leg and he's doing a hop and a skip. Grin
29 Jan 2010 8:47PM
Great shot and very good in B/W Smile
SteveMoulding 11 3 7 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2010 4:31PM
An iconic looking building beautiful captured. Really suits mono.
Dusan 10 Sri Lanka
30 Jan 2010 5:29PM
Great Mono well done
morpheus1955 13 3 2 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2010 6:27PM
I love the POV, very well taken.

sable 11 9 7 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2010 3:14PM
Good mono - I like the angle you have chosen - great narrative - Elizabeth
4 Feb 2010 10:11PM
intresting shot,good mono..dave
Jez22 12 4 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2010 9:29AM
Super Image well taken.
RTDS 11 Cyprus
6 Feb 2010 11:04AM
Great capture and mono works very well.
ChasD 10 4 2 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2010 10:04AM
Great shot and superb use of mono. Charles.
Ghacon 9 4
28 Jun 2010 11:22AM
Lovely to see a dramatic black and white architectural photograph, I like the contrast from brilliant white to deep blacks combined with the angle of the sun creates a three dimensional feel.

Was this handheld or on a tripod?? Just rotating the image left and maybe moving left to the building would have completed the centerline that divides the image leading to the bronze statue as it falls away slightly to the right at the moment.

Gareth Hacon

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