Unfortunately I couldn’t find out what this statue was officially called, because it was one of the few occasions when I have photographed a statue and not looked for a plaque with information on the artist and title. However, it probably didn’t have one as this statue is in front of a large office building and had large iron gates at the main entrance. This meant, I had to look over the gates to take the picture and even then this statue was a good 20 yards away from me, so it was one of the situations where I am thankful for a zoom lens.
I have seen much better pictures of this statue. I believe that the time of day was wrong and due to such high amounts of sunlight reflecting off the glass behind and the darkness of the statue itself, the camera found it more difficult to capture all the detail in the shadows. Now I know why my dad often says that “Cloudy days are statue photography days”.
I had already planned a photo shoot this evening to have another try at photographing some of the sights and sounds of the big city. Just as it was going dark Kov and I walked towards the city centre via the Bridgewater Canal, so I retook a previous image with a wide angle. Kov was taking a lot of HDR images with his new Nikon D40x (great camera by the way) but I was sticking with my usual type of photograph. The above image looks much more like a HDR photograph than my normal night time images because it is highly processed to bring out more detail and saturation. HDR photography is basically when the photographer takes 3 – 5 frames of the same thing on a tripod, identical apart from the exposure setting, making some photos under and some over exposed. When these files are processed together it gives a wider exposure range bringing out more details in the extreme light and dark areas of an image – hence HDR or high dynamic range photography.
I was looking at the Bridgewater Hall, wondering which would be the best way to photograph it and then saw the lights in the trees down by the canal. So I walked down the stairs and found this fountain. It was extremely dark when this image was captured. Because of this, the camera was supported by a tripod and set to take a 20 second exposure. This is why the water from the fountain looks so blurred, but I feel that this fountain is the focal point of the image. Looking at doing a lot more night photography around the city in the upcoming weeks and months.
When people talk to me about Alnwick gardens I think of two things, the treehouse and the fountains. In my opinion the photograph above shows the simplest and most elegant fountains in the whole gardens. The way that the smaller one in the foreground leads down its thin path to the larger one in the background. As soon as this part of the garden caught my eye I knew it was made for me to photograph. It took about an hour before the children stopped playing around it and people moved from the bench at the back, but it was worth the wait. Although I would like to re-take the photograph one day with the camera about 6 – 12 inches higher, which would give you more of the path connecting the two fountains.