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Reaching Out III

By Skye24Blue
This is the Archibald Fountain set against the spires of St Mary's Cathedral in Sydney's Hyde Park.

The Archibald fountain was erected in Hyde Park North in 1932, a gift to the City of Sydney bequeathed in the will of J F Archibald. It is intended to commemorate the association between Australia and France in world War one, and is the work of French sculptor Francois Sicard. It depicts a bronze Apollo surrounded by other mythical figures. Horses’ heads, dolphins and tortoises exuberantly spray jets of water. (Tony Smith / City of Sydney)

Have a great week ... Mac Smile

Tags: Australia Architecture Long exposure Sydney Hyde park St marys cathedral Archibald fountain

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phil_j 13 134 4 England
11 Jan 2009 10:20PM
Thats a great viewpoint Mac.


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pennyspike 16 2.1k 29 United Kingdom
11 Jan 2009 10:27PM
A striking image, the deep blue of the sky complements the colour of the catherdral spire and the fountain links the elements together well.
KBan 15 512 4 United Kingdom
11 Jan 2009 10:47PM
great colours, good exposure on the fountain
fentiger 18 920 24 England
11 Jan 2009 10:52PM

Quote:A striking image, the deep blue of the sky complements the colour of the catherdral spire and the fountain links the elements together well.

That says it all. Very well done Mac.

TerryMcK 11 72 2 United Kingdom
11 Jan 2009 10:57PM
A splendid composition with amazing colour. Good luck with your submission.
Bob_V 12 1 2 United States
12 Jan 2009 12:25AM
This is simply marvelous Mac, so well composed and taken.
photophantom 12 108 3 Philippines
12 Jan 2009 3:07AM
Perfection since your first upload of this kind.
Rogerex 13 32 12 Australia
12 Jan 2009 4:22AM
Looks great to me. I look forward to seeing it in that magazine.
12 Jan 2009 4:29AM
Oh Mac,
This is stunning. The water looks almost like feathers and the lighting on the steeples make it look like it is made of gold and the blue so clear and rich accents it perfectly. You definitely have my vote. It will look amazing in a magazine, I have no doubt.
Best Always,
12 Jan 2009 5:40AM
Let's hope the editiorial staff of Aust Photo have equally kind things to say about this shot. Thanks for your input, guys.
Mac Smile
12 Jan 2009 8:04AM
Amazing photo...brilliant..
JudeC 13 6 3 England
12 Jan 2009 8:31AM
An excellent image - Jude.
12 Jan 2009 8:52AM
This is beautiful and so perfectly captured. Good luck. Barry
brownsilent 13 7 2 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2009 9:15AM
Hi Mac, this is a good image, but somehow something feels wrong. Imo Archibald is leaning too much to the left. I made a mod and indeed, when you rotate it about 3° to the right, Archibald looks happier! I needed to give it a little more sky to the upper right, but that's no problem at all, as the sky is a spotless blue.
Hope you don't mind me saying this, as it really is a good image and worth winning the prize!
12 Jan 2009 10:49AM
Appreciate your thoughts, Jo. Will have a look at the original tonight.
peugeot406 13 7 1 England
12 Jan 2009 11:11AM
Excllent iamge
Stace 11 2 2 England
12 Jan 2009 11:31AM
Superb image Mac

RAUL 11 Italy
12 Jan 2009 12:03PM
Great composition.
franken Plus
17 5.1k 4 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2009 12:14PM
Excellent capture!

markharrop 15 191 England
12 Jan 2009 12:29PM
That is an excellent shot. I have been there several times, and not got a shot like this. Excellent alternative view.
dawnmichelle 12 12 United States
12 Jan 2009 1:03PM
excellent everything about it
MickyMc 12 8 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2009 1:55PM
Missed this, will definitely have to have another visit
User_Removed 12 485 13 England
12 Jan 2009 2:19PM
cracking composition mate and a quality shot

lostintime 12 13 5 Germany
12 Jan 2009 7:58PM
Great exposure Mac, wonderful colour and you've captured the water movement beautifully. Would be interested to see the result of Johanna's suggestion. Good luck with the mag.
ugly Plus
12 9 57 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2009 8:47PM
A nice bit of work...
The low light works with in this shot with the church being lit up behind the the main focas of the Fountain.

Well done...

imagio 13 12 1 England
12 Jan 2009 11:07PM
Excellent composition

tigertimb 12 40 66 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2009 11:27PM
Great shot Mac; love the length of exposure getting that water movement just right.
Being overly critical, there are some jpeg articacts for us on the edges of the spires which obviously aren't an issue, but there also looks to be some green fringing on the right hand edges. And I think I'd personally prefer a little less saturation and lose a few % of the red to bring out the brickwork and rotate 1.5° to get the spires straight.
That's sounding a lot worse than I'm intending as their all very minor things and mostly personal preference, but hope it's helpful
johnjrp 16 432 5 Australia
13 Jan 2009 2:18AM
Nicely presented Mac. Like the pov and the lighting. My only critique is to query whether the statute and spire are upright. They look to be slightly sloping to the left. Might just be my post Christmas eye sight. Happy New Year to you. John
CherryMartin 12 10 United States
13 Jan 2009 5:11AM
just gorgeous!
13 Jan 2009 12:50PM
All the best with the sub. Nice work.
whiteswan01 12 13 England
13 Jan 2009 2:42PM
superb nice colours
goso 13 2 1 Australia
13 Jan 2009 3:19PM
Very attractive image Mac - well done......Bill
danbrann 15 640 17
13 Jan 2009 3:43PM
Tremendous but it would be tremendouser if you could make the statue verticalbut I don't know this location and in fact he may be leaning in reality.
However you submit it I wish you good luck and whatever anyone else thinks the thing that matters most is that you like it.
Good luck.
microchip 12 1 United Kingdom
13 Jan 2009 8:53PM
Hi Mac as usual your fountain Images are superb the colours and light look great a cracking capture, Good luck with the entry,
13 Jan 2009 9:14PM
Wonderful composition, colours and perspective
Rock 17 10 2 England
13 Jan 2009 10:30PM
Go for it Mac as it is a Winner.

Richsr 13 91 223 England
14 Jan 2009 9:16AM
Like the tones and light in this Mac - but feel it needs to be rotated slightly to help the verticals.
Good work - Regards Richard.
koka 11 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2009 5:22PM
vibrant! Katie
cantona43 Plus
14 928 4 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2009 8:10PM
superbly composed Mac deserves front cover of the Mag
Briwooly Plus
14 454 6 England
14 Jan 2009 10:18PM
Excellent, great composition looks superb

Hoffy 15 262 16 England
15 Jan 2009 5:10PM
Nice colours and use of light.
Scaramanga 12 60 6 United Kingdom
15 Jan 2009 6:11PM
Really great colours and light. Probably could do with straightening a little.
digiray63 12 4 United Kingdom
15 Jan 2009 10:29PM
Fab shot, super colour, light and pov.
leons29 12 South Africa
16 Jan 2009 3:35AM
Super shot and great composition
fatherpie 11 18 12 England
16 Jan 2009 9:19AM
Good luck!
17 Jan 2009 8:01AM
An excellent image
nickyv32 12 135 England
19 Jan 2009 8:28AM
Beautiful colours, magical shot

rmr 12 1 Wales
19 Jan 2009 8:25PM
beautiful capture mac,just love the colours
AnneWorner 12 620 43 United States
21 Jan 2009 4:30PM
Love the pov of this one, and the sprays of water behind the statue. The colors stand out boldly too.
cassiecat 11 39 46 England
28 Jan 2009 2:40PM
like it.lesley
SRSmith 12 1 United States
7 Feb 2009 7:06AM
Holy Moly, Mac. Excuse me, but the site editor is an idiot. This is an editor's YEARLY choice hands down. World class in all aspects.
7 Feb 2009 11:58AM
Thanks, Steve. Means a lot coming from you. I and countless others would love to see your work again.
Take care, Mac
marc484ie 13 31 1 Ireland
13 Feb 2009 8:03AM
Low light photography at it's best. Outstanding work.
pascalg Plus
12 37 France
28 Feb 2009 2:08PM
excellent again

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