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Standing Woman

Standing Woman by Gaston Lachaise was modeled in 1932 and cast in bronze in 1955. It is a striking, dark, larger than life sculpture that captures an iconic female force. In a gallery crowded with other exhibits, this photo was shot at 1/45 with an ISO of 1100. Original Image:
Standing Woman by Gaston Lachaise

Standing Woman by Gaston Lachaise

Standing Woman by Gaston Lachaise.

Standing Woman by Gaston Lachaise.

The original image on the left  fully captures the blackness' of the work. The next step brightened the image ; but in the final adjustments in Silver Efex Pro 2, I brought it up even more to fully capture the inherent power. Final Image:   Normally, I would eliminate noise before sharpening but, in this instance, I sharpened first and then dialed it back. _KRK6432-Editedit7078
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Spinning Ball

I enjoy working with sculptures. Here is the first of two sculptures that I photographed last week at the Brooklyn Museum.  Both images were taken with a Nikon D7100 using a 35mm f1.8 lens. Due to generally poor lighting conditions in the galleries, I used aperture priority set to f4.8 There is a story behind each image and I’ll borrow liberally from the Museum’s cards. Liberty 2015, part of the Punctum series, in fiberglass with an auto paint finish. This work by Hank Willis Thomas, b. 1975,  is the artists 3 dimensional rendition of a 1976 Life Magazine photograph of a Harlem Globe Trotter standing in front of the Statue of Liberty spinning a basketball.  Thomas cast the arm of retired NBA All-Star, Juwan Howard to produce the piece which begins at the shoulder.  I chose to use only the upper portion of the work. Since the sculpture’s initial inspiration was a photograph that 40 years later was turned into a three dimensional piece, I decided to return the image to its original dimension and portray it as street art. The original photo:
A portion of Liberty 2015 by Hank Willis Thomas

A portion of Liberty 2015 by Hank Willis Thomas

And the final:Spinning Ball    
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