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September theme: 'Outdoor Sculptures'
(and an August contest extension)

Posted by Teresa Hanafin  September 6, 2011 11:22 PM

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First, August contest news:

Some of you wrote to me asking if the deadline for the August "Rule of Thirds" contest could be extended because so many people in New England were without power for several days after Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irene struck. And you can lose even more days just getting back to normal after a situation like that.

So let's extend it until midnight this Sunday, Sept. 11. That gives you another weekend to get the best possible photo.

As a reminder:

> Here's the original entry explaining the contest

> Here's the gallery and entry form

Now, on to September:

Awhile ago, the announcement that the City of Boston would erect a statue honoring Celtics legend Bill Russell spurred a spate of stories and photo galleries about existing statues. Around the same time, I read a story about a proposal from somebody that the Rose Kennedy Greenway be spruced up with public art - specifically, sculptures by regional artists.

Those two items made me realize that I have seen some absolutely beautiful photos of statues and sculptures, so I tucked away the idea to make it a contest theme. Might as well do it before it gets too cold, right? (Yes, the sculpture has to be a piece of outdoor art, not something inside a museum or other building).

The challenge with photographing an entire piece of sculpture is that it must be seen as three-dimensional. That means that the right light is critical.

If you choose to shoot a close-up of just part of the sculpture, does it still reflect the artist's intent, telescoped? Or is it a slice of your interpretation of the artist's work?

Finally, be very aware of the environment and background. Watch for clutter that will take the focus off the sculpture.

Here are some interesting blog posts and articles I found on photographing statues and other sculptures:

How to Photograph Sculpture at Photography Mad

Completely Unprofessional Notes on Taking Photos of Outdoor Sculpture at Forgotten Delights (this is a little outdated, having been written in 2005, but the techniques are still valid)

Photographing Sculptures at Status Hat

Because I'm posting this theme late, I won't enforce the must-be-taken-this-month rule. But I will in October, our annual color theme month. And to help you out, I'll pick the color now: Yellow.

I'll post more on the October theme later. Time to go home.

September deadline: Midnight Friday, Sept. 30

One entry per person.


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