During our trip to Vancouver to attend the opening of the Bigger Than A Book, Wilder Than A Tree art show we stayed in the Sylvia Hotel which overlooks this sculpture. Located in Morton Park next to English Bay the sculpture is called A-maze-ing Laughter and is by Yeu Minjun of China. Apparently it is extremely popular in Vancouver, so much so that a campaign was raised to keep the statue in place after the Vancouver Biennale ended in 2011. At $1.5 million, that is indeed a lot of interest; much of the tab was picked up by a Vancouver couple that have a very successful business.
The sculpture did not really resonate with me, but it does make a great subject for photography. These are long exposures which I chose partly to eliminate most of the people and many cars too, but also to see how it worked with HDR. All the detail shots are taken in the evening after we returned from Christina Mackie’s show. The overhead views are early the following morning from our hotel window on the eighth floor, also longer exposures, except the black and white which is an afternoon exposure.
All are bracketed shots processed as HDR with Photomatix. I think that the details shots really lend themselves well to this method – no matter how you process them, photos under street lights just seem to have a strange feel. These do too, but with much less of the typical weird colour of either street lamps or HDR. There is a bit of ghosting, but that is the case in the original long exposures with people walking into and out of the shot, not to mention star trails. In one you can even see the faint blue stripe of someone’s cell phone as they walked among the sculptures. I think this is a neat blend of techniques, and am happy with how it worked out.
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Canon EOS 5Dii, Canon 50mm/1.4, 100mm/2.8 and Nikkor-N 24/2.8mm lenses, ISO1250 for night shots and ISO100 for overhead views.