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Old Dec 28, 2006, 3:22 PM   #1
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I spent an afternoon this last weekend sooting in RAW for the first time with my K110. This is one of the shots after adjusting curves in Pentax Photolab. I cropped the jpeg in PS Elements 2.0 and adjusted the contrast and brightness.

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Old Dec 28, 2006, 4:25 PM   #2
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On my monitor the pic looks very good, and I like your composition. But what the h*ck is it? Is the badminton ball a sculpture or something you cloned into the picture. If it's a sculpture, I'd say the garden designer has a debatable taste.:-)

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Looks good to me, too. But I do have to agree with Kjell - having a giant badminton shuttlecock in front of a building has to have a reason. It certainly looks odd.
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Thanks, Kjell and mtngal.

The building in the background is the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Actually, there are four large shuttlecock sculptures scattered over the grounds of the museum. They were very controversial when first installed, but there have been some even weirder stuff declared art since then. Actually, I have grown to like the shuttlecocks. It isn't often that you consider sculpture as humor. I'll work on a couple of other shots I took and post them.

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Edit: Here is a shot of shuttlecock one and two. The one in the background is the one in the first shot.


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Here is the third shuttlecock. Over the railing are the first two. Can't see them from here.


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Here is the last one. It is on the front lawn of the museum.


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I guess its better than a modern sculpture that looks like a couple of black blobs set on cement. At least they look like what they are supposed to be, and you can almost imagine giants playing on all that lawn.
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Nice composition. Did you use a polarizer or is this how the sky looks over there?
Here in Minnesota is mostly grey.

It reminds me of some modern art I saw 10 years ago in a Vienna park (can't remember which): a bunch of computer motherboards nailed to a wall!
Not sure what it was supposed to convey.


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Thanks for the comment digitaladdict. The sky was blue that day, but it is slightly enhanced in the digital darkroom. I didn't have the polarizer on the camera yet. So I added the effect in PS Elements.

Here is a link to a short display of Kansas City outdoor art. The city passes a regulation a few years ago requiring a percentage of all new public construction funds be designated for artwork. The most controversial, so far, have been the Bartle Hall "Sky Stations" known locally as the "hair curlers."

http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/Exhibit/5437/KCind.html

I may turn this into a project. Recording the public "art" in Kansas City.

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Odd, but wonderfully quirky subject taken very well, beautiful colours.

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