Not free at all-a political comment.

© Peter W. Marks

Not free at all-a political comment.

Uploaded: November 13, 2010


1/8--sec; f2.5; ISO 400/ 5o mm fl

On SIUE campus Edwardsville, IL

Exif: F Number: 2.5, Exposure Bias Value: 0.33, ExposureTime: 1/8000 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 400, FocalLength: 50.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 50D


Dale Hardin November 17, 2010

a very dramatic statement Peter. Would be interested in the story behind this statue. And congratulations on the EP.

Would be remiss however, if I didn't point out some areas of concern regarding the photographic aspects of the shot. The most obvious is the tilt of all the trees leaning to the right. With the image straightened, his plight would be even more dramatic.

Also opening in raw and reducing the blown highlights using the recovery tool would help and a slight reduction in highlights would bring out more detail.

You certainly haven't lost your knack for finding story telling images. Well done. #1328059

Jeff E Jensen November 17, 2010

Dale's given you some good suggestions and I have nothing to add to them.

I will say that this statue is interesting and would love to learn more about it. #9046101

Rita K. Connell level-classic November 17, 2010

come on pete we want the story. it is a very interesting statue. I think you have capture it very nicely. tilt or no tilt it looks like he is going up hill with all thoses chains. now I agree the hightlights could be worked on because you have lost come details on him. this is a shot that would be very cool done on a cloudy day to give it more of a story. or b/w and leaving the chains in color. #9046264

Michael Kelly level-deluxe November 17, 2010

A very interesting find Peter. I think Dale has given you great advice and I have no more to add.

Just a question: Are the chains rusted or were than made deliberately in this color. The color does make for a nice contrast against the statue. #9046727

Stephen Shoff November 17, 2010

Indeed, an interesting bit of statuary. #9047185

Peter W. Marks November 18, 2010

Look at the art guys, look at the freakin' art! Never mind the tilted trees, never mind the blown high lights. Look at the freakin' art!
Ah! Now I feel better. lol So what was it you were asking?
Oh yeh! This piece of student sculpture is on the campus grounds of SIUE our local university. Each year up to a dozen stipends are awarded to students to create major pieces of sculpture and these are placed around the campus. I shot this back in the summer and am not sure whether or not it is still there as the 2010-2011 competition has been judged and the 2009/10 ones might have now been removed. However, I go across to the uni three morning a week to work-out at their fitness center, so tomorrow I will take a look and a grey day is forecast so will try your suggestion Rita.
Dale. What's with the "...Would be remiss however, if I didn't point out some areas of concern regarding the photographic aspects..." Good god man, you are sounding more like a Brit every day. I am happy that I have given you some encouargement to explore more candid, people-shots but doing imperonations of my accent! I can take friendship only so far! #9048263

Peter W. Marks November 18, 2010

I forgot to answer your question Mike.
the chain was constructed of steel with no protective coating so oxidation has given that wonderful rust patina.

Here's a 'straightened version' and yes Rita, I liked the struggling uphill version too.

Dale Hardin November 18, 2010

LOL! Thank God for you Peter! Did not realize I had become so darn pompous! What a twit. I'm so glad you gave me the OK to insul.... I mean, critique you in my own words instead of trying to be so sensitive to your feelings. From now on it's just plain old Dale, the country boy. Whew! This feels good! :o) #9048580

Teresa H. Hunt November 18, 2010

Very interesting sculpture. I think the chains color is very cool.

Your edits really brought out the texture in the man and the color in the chains. #9048674

Joan E. Hoffman November 18, 2010

Love the statue as well.... there are times over the summer working at the RV park, that I feel exactly that way!!!! #9048748

Michael Kelly level-deluxe November 18, 2010

Love the fixes this one really pops now. #9049033

Carla Capra level-classic November 18, 2010

Oh I love this image, Peter!
Some days....I'm walking right with this
Congrats on your EP. The edits and the info are great.
;) CC #9049398

Aimee C. Eisaman November 20, 2010

The first thing that caught my eye in this photo was the colors and then I was drawn into what the story could be with this statue. A great find on your part and I like all the texture and sharpness in it. Works well that way for me. :~) #9052904

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