Tuesday, April 9, 2013


I wanted to do a couple of more posts relating to our time in Scottsdale.  Toward the end of March I returned to downtown Scottsdale one more time to get some more shots of sculptures.  One was of the Don Quixote sculpture in the civic center plaza.

I like this sculpture a lot because of its abstract representation of the literary figure.  I think it is important to position the sculpture as a silhouette figure agains the white of the fountain behind it.  However, this is more difficult that it looks as ideally the camera should be about 10 feet off the ground, which is not possible without a ladder.  This was about the best I could do.

Here is a similar shot of "Woman and Fish" which is located near the Don Quixote sculpture.

Again, I thought the best approach was to position the sculpture in front of a fountain.  Here I intentionally positioned the sculpture off-center.

And here is another well-known sculpture that I have shot numerous times before.

There are a number of LOVE sculptures scattered around the world and I am sure that it has been shot many thousands of time, so it is difficult to think of a different look.  Here I decided to crop out part of the sculpture, leaving just enough to make it recognizable.  Not sure if this works.

There are a couple of bronze sculptures of "western" figures that I had not shot before.  One is of a man and his dog.  For some reason I decided to feature just the man's back, featuring the rope that he was carrying.

There is also a sculpture of a couple of men on horseback with one rider attempting to pass a bag to the other.  It's a great sculpture, but it is hard to capture because the backgrounds around it are very busy.  I could only isolate the sculpture by presenting just a portion of this large piece.

Doesn't really work.  But I do like the intensity on the face of the second horseman.

There is a plaza in the northwest section of Scottsdale's business district that includes an interesting if weird sculpture made of fabric stretched over a wire framing.  The sculpture stands perhaps 15 feet tall and is open on one side so that one can stand "inside."  Here are a couple of shots of the figure from the inside.

Strange, but I liked the abstract pattern that the structure was creating.

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