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Pleasures and Terrors of Levitation
Pleasures and Terrors of Levitation

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Abstract Expressionism (Minimal Editing*)
Camera: Sony Alpha a7S II
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM II
Location: Montesilvano, Pescara (Abruzzo - Italy)
Date: Jan 22, 2017
Aperture: 16.0
ISO: 25600
Shutter: 1/80
Date Uploaded: Jan 22, 2017

This a bird silhouette printed on the soundproof panels of the railroad, to prevent birds from dying by hitting the panels.

I was walking when I saw this silhouettes and I stopped by to look at them; I noticed the high voltage cables behind the "birds" and thought about the possibilities of them to die, killed by electricity, along the railroad.

So I took this shot, trying to get both the bird and the cables in the frame and to portray a very "straight" concept (animal death by human artifacts), in a kind of abstract way.

Thinking of Siskind series "The Pleasures and Terrors of Levitation", I thought this would have been a nice title for this picture, because it wants to represent both the "freedom" and the dangers of flying free.

Shot with my A7s mark II with the Canon 70-200 f/2.8 on + Canon Extender 2x III, @400mm, f/16, 1/80 (thanks SteadyShot, even though you are not that "siskindy") and ISO 25600.

Hope you'll enjoy this one,


Place: 25 out of 74
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Avg (commenters): 7.6667
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Views since voting: 234
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Votes: 56
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02/04/2017 02:34:54 PM
Thank you for the comments and votes!
 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/29/2017 11:48:34 PM
probably a fake bird but the image is still irresistible, and great title.
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01/24/2017 01:39:53 PM
wow it all fits as an abstract
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01/23/2017 12:12:13 AM
how fabulous!
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