The curves of a steel sculpture of an orca in Swy-a-Lana Park in Nanaimo. Canon EOS 7D EF 50mm f/1.4 at f/2.2 1/640 ISO 100
The animal leaps forward with a surge of power that ripples down its muscular boday and pushes through the waves. It's nose broaches the surface and the water pours off of it as it reaches for the sky. It is all grace and power, and in that stolen moment where we see it join our world we know what true potential is. We stop for a moment and realize we need to breathe again.
In one of the main downtown parks in Nanaimo our city displays the work of local sculptures. One day as I was walking through Swy-a-Lana I noticed an sculpture of an orca. As I got closer I saw that the piece was put together out of the old steel car parts. Right away I realized that the prime photographic opportunities were going to be in the details as the background was not attractive no matter which angle I took. I got in close and stopped down my fast 50 to f/2.2. The lines and curves of the steel take on a life all their own at this scale and I love the way the cogs of the gear are visible through the blurred out piece of steel in the foreground.
Below is the whole sculpture.