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Grounds For Sculpture

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by jloden, Aug 31, 2012.

  1. jloden

    jloden Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 15, 2012
    Hunterdon County, NJ
    Jay
    This past Wed was my wife's birthday, and to celebrate I made reservations at at Rat's Restaurant which is part of Grounds For Sculpture in Hamilton NJ, with plans to tour the grounds before and after dinner. In a nutshell, the GFS is basically a carefully landscaped garden designed to showcase sculpture and artwork. Needless to say, the camera went along :wink:

    More by luck than design, we arrived just in time to tour the grounds at basically the golden hour, and the light was just unbelievable. It was a photographer's dream: soft golden light that kept playing across the grounds and sculptures and lighting things up with a beautiful glow. Very cool stuff, I couldn't have planned it better.

    Aside from a wonderful dinner and time spent with my beloved wife, the best part of the experience was the discovery that photography has changed my eye such that I now fully appreciate sculpture on an artistic level. I've always been able to understand sculpture's aesthetic on a logical level, but it wasn't until I became a photographer that I learned to see art & beauty in abstracts of form, shape, and color on a personal level. So for the first time I toured works of sculpture and really connected to it.


    All shots with the GX1 + 12-35mm except the last one of the leaf, which was with the Voigtlander 25mm f/0.95, shot wide open.

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  2. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    Bob
    Looks like a place where you could spend a lot of time. Very nice set! Thanks. :cool:
     
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  3. jloden

    jloden Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 15, 2012
    Hunterdon County, NJ
    Jay
    Definitely - this is a place you could go back to a dozen times and see different things every time. My wife and I already want to go back in the fall when the colors change :smile:
     
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  4. MikeR_GF1

    MikeR_GF1 Mu-43 Veteran

    :thumbup: :thumbup:
    You do beautiful work. Thank you for putting it up.

    Perhaps it was Annie Liebovitz who said that photography teaches us how to see.
     
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  5. crsnydertx

    crsnydertx Mu-43 Top Veteran

    995
    Dec 31, 2010
    Houston, TX
    Chuck
    Amazing set, Jay!! Two thumbs up!
     
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  6. twokatmew

    twokatmew Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 1, 2012
    Lansing, MI, US
    Margaret
    Fabulous set! Makes me want to go there. :smile: I love your processing, too. :biggrin:
     
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  7. Kiwi Paul

    Kiwi Paul Mu-43 Top Veteran

    729
    Aug 15, 2011
    Aberdeen Scotland
    Great set, some really good pics there, thanks for sharing.

    Paul
     
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  8. Al.

    Al. Mu-43 Veteran

    372
    Jul 3, 2010
    Hull, East Yorkshire, UK
    Alan
    Is it me or are they a tad over processed? but do like the subject matter
     
  9. jloden

    jloden Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 15, 2012
    Hunterdon County, NJ
    Jay
    Could be.

    Obviously it's a matter of personal taste, but I tend to like my photos to 'pop' visually (contrast & color saturation), so I am more aggressive than others might be with PP. I'm also still new to photography in general so who knows, I could very well look back a year or two or ten from now and think they look terrible. Fortunately, I shoot RAW and keep all the master images :smile: