Hood Ornament #4 by bmac62 ()
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This graceful figure sits atop the radiator of a 1931 LaSalle (made by Cadillac) in the National Automobile Museum in Reno, Nevada.
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It seems like a tough shot, because you have to do a closeup, and its shape and difficult sheen would make it difficult to capture. But your pov makes it jut right into us, then recede backwards again: Very dramatic, very "baroque". She moves dramatically into and out of our space. And the golden light (and white-yellow light) partly obscures her face and features---which that light will do---making this as much about light as about the woman herself. It seems like a tough shot, once again, but you rendered it into a swirl of light moving into and out of our space; and it hits the "film" like a flash of intense light, in a "whoosh". You made a visual poem out of it. Makes us want to go up to it and touch it. (And your work at high ISO's---I assume 12,800 is considered high---continues to have beauty and presence.) A shimmering exotic capture of a shimmering exotic 'sculpture'. Eye popping! (I mentioned the word, "baroque": Well here's what I'm talking about. The first of 3 links is Bernini's famous "David"---of Biblical fame---with slingshot in hand. He's twisted and bent as if ready to pounce. Bernini juts his David into our space, and makes him swirl around in it. That's very "baroque," like that hood ornament, and the way you captured it. It has excess.... (I can't activate links: Not possible in comments, anymore. So unfortunately you have to cut and paste. Sorry! http://bernini2013.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Bernini_David_1623-24.jpg The last 2 are the iconic Michelangelo's "David"---same David---only with the classical "balance" of the Renaissance: NOT baroque, but rather with "everything in proportion". I'm sure you've seen it 1000 times, but look at the body compared to Bernini's: Bernini's juts and swivels and 'invades' us, in a way. Whereas Michelangelo's stands contained in his spot, where all David's power---which is fierce---is contained in a beautifully tensed body, without much movement at all. Expressed power vs. contained power. And that wonderful face---the 3d link---shows the face. When you look at his face, you'll see MORE contained power, ready to burst---but not bursting: His wonderfully furrowed brow, his flared nostrils, the look of worry and total-concentration: Michelangelo packs all that power into a mere gaze, whereas Bernini puts it into a swiveling body. That's the difference between baroque and classical! And why I call this beautiful car ornament "baroque"...Anyway, here are the two Michelangelo links, then you can go and tell tara "Mark is suuuuuuuuuch a bore!!! Who ASKED for this???" Just don't tell Michelangelo---he had a temper, dude. That guy could take a freakin' arm off... http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d7/Michelangelo%27s_David.JPG http://ignoranceabroad.billpetro.com/wp-content/uploads/michelangelo_david_head.jpg)