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#4 Gibbs Farm

Posted by
kiwisa (North Shore, New Zealand) on 2 April 2013 in Art & Design.

Alan Gibbs is a NZ-born businessman, entrepreneur and art collector. He owns a farm on the Kaipara Harbour which houses some of his private commissions. http://www.gibbsfarm.org.nz/about.php is a private property, open monthly by prior appointment only to the public. I booked last year for a March entry and had a wonderful few hours photographing this spectacular location.
This was also the first outing for my brand new 7D:)

Canon EOS 7D 1/100 second F/13.0 ISO 100 205 mm

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

It seems to me that that will sound when the wind hits it.

2 Apr 2013 5:40am

~~~Ann~~~ from Nelson, New Zealand

Lots of attention to how each piece was placed in the landscape.

2 Apr 2013 5:52am

@~~~Ann~~~: That is probably what impressed me the most, each piece was thoughtfully and perfectly placed into its position. See the other side of the valley tomorrow.

Bruno F from Planète Terre, Europe, France

That is completly creasy ! Nice framing

2 Apr 2013 6:26am

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

These installations are amazing, what a superb place to test out your new camera

2 Apr 2013 6:36am

@Doug: They are amazing and sit beautifully in their environment. Loving the camera too!!!

Dimitrios from ATHENS, Greece

impressive art***

2 Apr 2013 7:01am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Un vaisseau spatial. Splendide cadrage. Belle journée.

2 Apr 2013 8:42am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Spectacular and surreal sculpture - I like how the figures give a sense of scale.

2 Apr 2013 10:34am

jean pierre from paris, France

sacré grande bouche!!! amitié

2 Apr 2013 10:47am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Must have been such an unreal experience . . all most strange.

2 Apr 2013 10:57am

@Ronnie 2¢: This piece in particular made me feel like I was in Lilliput - strange but true:)

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

They are impressiv these giant sculpture !! Very beautiful composition .

2 Apr 2013 11:05am

Lougris from Toulouse, France

superbe et décalé à souhait !!!

2 Apr 2013 11:09am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Amazing installation - what a great photo op'

2 Apr 2013 11:18am

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice & wonderful!
so beautiful colors & lights!

2 Apr 2013 12:00pm

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

What an amazing piece of artwork! Just a thought on your 7D. I remember my "Out of the box" experience with the 7D not being very positive, but I ended up loving it. The 2 initial problems were that I was using a memory card that wasn't fast enough, so on a long burst, the buffers overloaded and the camera "Stammered". A faster card soon sorted that out. The other "problem" was that I thought that the rear screen wasn't very bright. Well a quick change to the settings soon sorted that out. Anyway, I now think of it as a camera that gives a lot of bang for its buck.

2 Apr 2013 12:38pm

@CElliottUK: Thanks Chris, great tips. I'm okay with the memory cards just trying to work out which wide angle lens would be the best for it. Any thoughts??

Denise from granby, québec, Canada

It looks like some spaceship coming from a strange world! Really impressive installation! Your composition is so perfect and human figures just give us a sense of scale.

2 Apr 2013 1:27pm

@Denise: It looks quite different from the other side, like a giant trumpet. Tomorrow I show the other side.

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

A magnificent work of art ... which requires a large space ... I'm sure your country has it. I Like... Adela

2 Apr 2013 3:43pm

@Adela Fonts: Thanks Adela, these enormous works of art do need a very large space and this property is perfect for them.

Focales from Rhône-Alpes, France

Really an interesting exposition of sculptures

2 Apr 2013 4:11pm

@Focales: Thanks they were fabulous to photograph.

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

I am glad to see the people to give an idea of how massive this artwork is. AMazing!

2 Apr 2013 5:30pm

@Ruthiebear: I took this with my telelens and it still looks giant.

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

This is spectacular! Very good framing with the people showing the sheer size of this sculpture.

2 Apr 2013 6:39pm

@Francisco Romero: I felt like a dwarf next to it.

destani from mashhad, Iran

Great shot ! Excellent work ! 5*****

2 Apr 2013 7:15pm

@destani: Thanks

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

I'm not sure that this is too helpful, but here are my thoughts..... The 7d has a 1.7 crop sensor i.e. if you put a 100MM lens on it, it's actually acting like a 170mm lens. So, to get a wide effect, if you put on a classic 24 or 28 mm lens actually gives you the effect of putting on a 50 mm lens - not even vaguely wide. So what I did was to buy a Sigma 10-20 mm DC HSM lens. This gives an equivalent of 17 to 34mm - a really dramatic wide angle view. It's sharp as a tack, little chromatic aberration, only a little vignetting in the corners, and, given it's extreme design, good value for money. That all said, it is expensive compared with a classic 24 or 28 mm lens. It's worth remembering the crop factor when considering lenses, otherwise you will end up buying a "Wide" lens, that is disappointingly not wide!
Finally, I would absolutely ignore any of the "Kit" lenses. I have never had a kit lens that was even slightly satisfactory. They are nasty lumps of cheap plastic! This isn't surprising when you think that the difference between "Body only" and "Body with kit lens" is generally less than £50 - i.e. these lenses are probably made for less than £20! Nothing of quality can be made for that price! I'm sorry if I've pissed you off because you did buy a kit lens, but, think about it positively. If you are happy with your kit lens, think about how overjoyed you will be when you upgrade to a non-kit lens, and also, what you have paid for the kit lens isn't a kings ransom, so no great damage to your bank account has been done.
Finally, finally, the 7D is an outstanding camera, you have a tool that will produce world class shots-may you have many, many lovely hours with your new friend!

3 Apr 2013 6:51am

@CElliottUK: kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand Definitely not offended Chris!!! I angsted for over a year on whether to go with the 7D or the 60D. I looked at the 6D but decided against full frame. I agree with your kit lens comment and I bought the 7D "Body only" so just using my old kit lenses I got with my 450D, and a Canon 50mm as well as Tamron SP AF 90mm macro I bought later. I basically want to add a wide angle to my bag because I love taking landscape views. I have been looking at the Canon 10-20mm which has very good reviews (so pricey though) but will look at the Sigma now. However, not in the budget at present, so will just enjoy the 7D with the lenses I have. Thanks for the info and I love my 7D, so far have been really happy with the results.

L'angevine from Angers, France

ah effectivement,ce n'est pas une cuillère géante....

3 Apr 2013 7:39am

Jules from Drayton, United Kingdom

impressive frame and I look forward to your new journey with the 7D

3 Apr 2013 12:21pm

Becky from los angeles, United States

That's amazing and such a great piece of land art!

4 Apr 2013 2:14am

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

interesting angle! what an interesting series

7 Apr 2013 5:25am

Nance E from Cary, United States

Not your ordinary farm! I like the POV you chose too. Interesting art piece.

10 Apr 2013 12:11am

Canon EOS 7D
1/100 second
ISO 100
205 mm