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View52~38 - Worship the "Bird of Freedom"

After much deliberation I have decided to use this shot as my submisswion for week 38 of the View52 project.


The View 52 group can be viewed here - View52: A Year in Pictures

My View52 shots can be viewed here - My View52 Project Pictures


This shot was purely a test shot to see if the three flash guns were positioned correctly to light the bird during the fire-spinning - it was only once I uploaded it onto the computer that I noticed the ghostly figures of us - it was great also to see the stars through the whispy clouds.


Long exposure and light painting the large Aluminium Bird sculpture atop the hill at the Great Notley Discovery Centre near Braintree in ESSEX.


The sculpture was erected in 2000 and was created by the sculptor Johnathan Clarke by using a Polystyrene form encased in moulding sand - molten Aluminium was poured in and it replaced the Polystyrene by melting/burning it out.


The 6 meter tall, three quater tonne, aluminium, stainless steel and concrete statue of a Kestrel soars over the Country Park.


The statue has had a checkered past, the original statue commissioned by Countryside Properties and Braintree Dristrict Council was stolen in May 2007.


The iconic statute which looks down from the open air amphitheatre in the park had been a feature since October 2000. Police found where the statue had been pulled off the base and then dragged along tracks. Despite a comprehensive area search they were unable to discover how or where the statue was taken from the point the tracks ended


A replacement statue, an exact replica, with a 15ft wingspan was installed at the park in June 2008.


Nikon D7000

Sigma 10-20mm lens @ 10mm

F10 @ 30 seconds

ISO 100

Yongnuo radio shutter trigger

Giottos Tripod

3 x Flash guns located around the base of the statue and fired manually / optically

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Taken on September 17, 2012