Bai Chuang Shyu  

The Blessing of the Big Fish by Bai Chuang Shyu

April 2021 - The Blessing of the Big Fish

April 2021 - Bai Chuang Shyu


About the Image(s)

“The blessing of the big fish” is a brand new piece of public art installation in Tainan City’s Historic Harborside Park next to the Anping Canal. Running 23 meters long, 10 meters wide and 8 meters high, the upper half of the whale is made up of 3,714 stainless steel pipes welded together without the use of a single bolt to keep the contours pure. The art installation weighs over 20 metric tons and the bottom half of the installation makes ingenious use of the whale’s body contours to support the weight without requiring vertical columns. Not only that, visitors can even climb a flight of stairs to get into the “tummy” of the whale to enjoy the view of the sea and sunset.
When I get to the spot, it is already dark. I did not bring my tripod this time. Thus I put my NikonD810 on the ground to get a solid support and have an upward view of the fish. I used f/22, 13 second and ISO of 250. In front of the Big fish is a plain solid ground. I thought that it would be nice to create a water reflection. Thus I use the online Photo-editor, LunaPic to generate the reflection. The local adjustment of saturation and contrast was done in Viveza2 and cropped in PhotoShop.

5 comments posted

David Terao   David Terao
A very nice nighttime image...again! And, beautifully post-processed. The reflection definitely makes the image. I'll have to check out LunaPic. Well done!   Posted: 04/01/2021 07:05:25

Don MacKenzie   Don MacKenzie
A fun, delightful and interesting image! Nice reflection. I find the tree on the left to be a slight distraction. Well done.   Posted: 04/01/2021 10:03:30

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
(Groups 36 & 67)
A marvelous capture of a very interesting piece of art. i do like the nighttime shot with the black background. I wonder if bringing down the highlights and slightly underexposing the image would reduce the impact of the bright light on the upper whale. I just find that bright white area a bit distracting   Posted: 04/01/2021 13:24:29

Ray Henrikson   Ray Henrikson
This is an extraordinary example of architectural art and you captured well. I would like to see this in person. It's a minor point, but I assume the artist has had pointed out to him or her that a whale is not a fish!   Posted: 04/02/2021 21:05:37

Cindy Lynch   Cindy Lynch
Wonderful image that is so well processed. I love that you added the reflection. It adds so much interest. Your photo is so crisp and sharp. I cannot think of anything to improve it. It's already great!   Posted: 04/03/2021 16:22:24


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