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John Harvard's Foot [256/366] | by timsackton
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John Harvard's Foot [256/366]

Day 256.


This is probably the most famous foot in Cambridge - the foot of the John Harvard statue in Harvard Yard. Tourists flock to this statue to take photos and touch the foot for luck. Interestingly, this is also known as the statue of three lies, since no part of the inscription (John Harvard, founder, 1638) is true - the statue, although meant to represent John Harvard, is not of him as no pictures survived; he was not the founder of Harvard, but rather an early benefactor; and Harvard was founded in 1636, not 1638.


Regarding the photo: this is something I've been wanting to shoot since near the beginning of this project, but because of the alignment of buildings it is rare for direct sunlight to be falling on the statue. When I happened to be passing through the yard and saw the light today, I had to take my shot. However, I didn't have a clear vision for how I wanted to shoot this, and I feel like with more time and thought there is a stronger composition to be had along this theme. Today was very busy, though, and I only had about five minutes to shoot something quickly. Maybe I will try again later.


If you are curious, I have several straightforward shots in my stream: see here, here, and here.


Taken Sep 12, 2012 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

¹⁄₁₆₀ sec at f/7.1, ISO100, no flash.

Lens: EF50mm f/1.4 USM @ 50 mm

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Taken on September 12, 2012