Today i went and photographed this statue in Margate by an artist called Antony Gormley. This is from a series of 100 statues made from cast iron that have been placed in various locations all around the world and titled Another Time.
More information about this sculpture and the series can be found on the Turner Galleries Website .
I got here at about 10:30 am , the tide was low and on the turn. When i arrived the whole sculpture was visible as well as the rocks it is secured to. I set up my composition and quickly realised i had to get low, with the original set up the horizon line was at head height on the sculpture and did not look good, by getting lower i got the horizon line down lower and in the final crop i used the rule of thirds to place the horizon along with the sculpture and yes i added the birds in post , along the converging points of the rule of thirds to balance the image better.
I used a long focal length of 200mm at F/11 ,at iso 100, i added a Lee Big Stopper with a polariser and a Lee 0.6 soft grad to control the bright sky. This gave me a exposure time of around 90 seconds This was more than enough to blur the incoming tide around the feet of the sculpture . I was hoping for a little more in the way of clouds to add some movement to the sky but over all i like the resulting image.