Statue in Maastricht, The Netherlands
This is another one for the Maastricht series. This statue is right next to the city hall. I don't have a clue who this is, I was too busy taking the pictures ;-)
Processing: HDR from 4 exposures (-2/+2) tonemapped using Photomatix. Then added lucis on the buildings on both sides. Went into CS3 to add curves, levels and selective color, then finished it with a cross process effect for the sky to get the green/blue tones.
Edit : I blended the HDR with the 0ev shot to remove most of the ghosting from moving subjects. Thanks for reminding me Harpagrornis
Edit : Thanks to Patricia , we now know who's statue this is!
Minckeleers, Jan Pieter
Maastricht 1748 - 1824. Scientist.
Jan Pieter Minckeleers was a Maastricht Jesuit who in 1771 became professor of Science at the Belgian university of Louvain. He discovered how to use coal gas for gas lamps and air balloons. In 1789 he had to return to his birth city for political reasons. He worked in Maastricht as a pharmaceutical chemist. He was also interested in meteorology, geology and paleontology. He wrote down a description of the Mosasaurus fossil that had been found in Mount St Pieter.
In Maastricht, Minckeleers’ statue stands at the Market side of the Boschstraat since 1904. The statue holds a gas pipe out of which burns an eternal flame. Furthermore, a street in the city centre bears the scientist’s name. There’s another statue of Minckeleers in Louvain-Heverlee.