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Spirit of Ecstasy

Posted by
Stephen (Canberra, Australia) on 21 May 2011 in Art & Design and Portfolio.

The famous hood mascot of Roll Royce. I shot this one - possibly on the Silver Ghost model - at a Rolls Royce vintage car show.

More shots from the show will go into a forthcoming series of mine. Should be interesting!

NIKON D5000 1/640 second F/8.0 ISO 100 90 mm

MissT from Chicagoland, United States

Fantastic - Love the light and the composition!

21 May 2011 5:37am

Kenny from Eastsound, United States

Very cool focus and perspective.

21 May 2011 6:18am

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

very nice
i like this focus

21 May 2011 7:04am

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

Such enchanting light and delicacy you've captured!!! Beautiful and original composition! Have a lovely weekend!:-)

21 May 2011 7:12am

tataray from france, France

Tel un trophée gagné.

21 May 2011 7:32am

JCJ from Troyes, France

the DoF is great, nice star effect of the BG, it's very well composed.

21 May 2011 9:05am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Great...excellent composition.

21 May 2011 9:11am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

That's very nicely done. The diffused rivet highlights make a perfect backdrop

21 May 2011 9:52am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

It's flamboyant, it's shiny, it's splendid !!!!!! Great composition Good day.

21 May 2011 10:02am

Lara from Vienna, Austria

great light, and all that glitter and shine!

21 May 2011 11:00am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Nicely done, and there is a wonderful harmony in the colours.

21 May 2011 11:27am

Sunder from Chennai, India

Superb shot! Nice focus and details...

21 May 2011 11:30am

marci from in, Morocco

love this! love the sparkle :-)

21 May 2011 11:45am

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Sweet focus here, and that glittering jewel-like bokeh really adds a nice flourish.

21 May 2011 11:54am

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Fantastic detail on the ornament, and the DOF is excellent here - wonderful shot!

21 May 2011 12:12pm

Lougris from Toulouse, France

emblématique !! et très bien réalisé!

21 May 2011 12:15pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

wonderful focus and lovely bokeh !

21 May 2011 12:19pm

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Mythic and magnificent

21 May 2011 12:33pm

Anne from 新加坡, Singapore

So cool and shiny..lovely light and bokeh...an impressive shot in focus !

21 May 2011 12:56pm

danou-yepa from Nice, France

stunning light and compo , great bokeh !!!!

21 May 2011 1:39pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

fine composition and selective focus

21 May 2011 1:58pm

Phil David Morris 2011 from Saskatoon,, Canada

One of my favorite mascots of all time. I have seen several of these over at the auction
houses I deal with the last couple days and none have been photographed half as good
as this photo. The sparkles of the background give it that oomph of the Art Deco period.
Truly spectacular. 5***** 's !!~

21 May 2011 2:25pm

Don from Spokane, United States

A fine shot of this famous hood ornament. It must be nice to drive with that in front of you pointing the way! :-)

21 May 2011 2:32pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Beautiful set and very well photographed. Exquisite highlights that make the character the protagonist of a fairy tale ... I like the lights and glows in the body of the beautiful car! Greetings, Adela

21 May 2011 2:38pm

Florence from Paris, France

A mythic car brand ! Lovely close-up. Shiny.

21 May 2011 3:19pm

Don Levesque from Saint John, Canada

Love how the focus is centered on this beautiful hood ornament.
Well done Stephen!

21 May 2011 3:54pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Wow ... So beautiful and glittering. Wonderful composition. Nice focus and detail. :)

21 May 2011 4:02pm

Photographs by M.E. from San Francisco, United States

EXCELLENT PICTURE - love the color treatment and exposure!!!

21 May 2011 4:09pm

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Wohoo... This is excellent ! A great capture of this exceptional car... Fantastic work ! 5***** for me
Have a nice weekend :)

21 May 2011 4:26pm

Mhelene from Paris, France

A superb framing ! Very beautiful composition .

21 May 2011 4:33pm

Dulang from United States

I like the narrow depth of field. Oh, to be her....

21 May 2011 5:26pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Oh yes, that elegant winged figure. It has caught my eye, too. This shot is gorgeous.

21 May 2011 5:54pm

Nathanael from Paris, France


21 May 2011 7:01pm

Williams from East LaHave, Nova Scotia, Canada

Beautiful & interesting indeed. I love the DOF & the creamy silver feel of the whole thing.

21 May 2011 7:44pm

Kavita from Paramaribo, Suriname

Oh, I so love the bokeh!!! Wowwwww! Awesome shot!

21 May 2011 10:43pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Cool shot, wonderful light on the hood mascot, also love the sparkle in the photo!

21 May 2011 10:56pm

Mehregan from Adelaide, Australia

Fabulous shot, I like sparkle in the photo

22 May 2011 3:32am

Becky from los angeles, United States

very cool 0 love the perspective and the glassy magical feel to it. Excellent.

22 May 2011 4:56am

DESPITE STRAIGHT LINES from Canada &, United Kingdom

Such an iconic symbol that almost anyone would recognise. The early sculptures were sold silver on brass, but later became more cheapy made due to costs and the fact that they became sought after by thieves who would jemmy the base and clip off the retaining pins, doing much damage to the car bonnets in the process. Eventually, Rolls had to design a retractable motor b=version where the mascot sinks into a recess for security when parked, on the latest variants, also because of health and safety and pedestrian safety in the event that they roll across the bonnet and are injured in a crash! Isn't that crazy.

Back in 1971, as a boy I used to go treasure hunting with my father along the open banks of the river Thames, and I found one of these original beautiful mascots lying in the low tide with it;s retaining pins clipped, having been stolen and dumped or dropped. I kept it for many years and was offered money along the way but declined as it was such a lovely thing to hold and touch. Eventually it sold about ten years ago and bought me a brand new Nikkor lens, but memories of those days with my father, and it's exquisite detail close up when you study the folds in her flowing gown and locks of hair, are so precious. There are several versions, and mine was not solid silver, nor the rarest, but equally beautiful.

A lovely frame that evokes such memories for me, Stephen.

22 May 2011 6:20am

@DESPITE STRAIGHT LINES: Thanks, Paul. I am so pleased this shot has brought back these treasured memories for you. Thanks again for sharing it with us.

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Bravo ! Je te souhaite un agréable dimanche

22 May 2011 6:35am

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

a easily recognisable sign---love the bokeh in this shot.

22 May 2011 7:49am

fereshteh. from Iran

Amazing picture! ..I like it.

22 May 2011 9:50am

Scene by Sharon Photography from Kingston, Ontario, Canada

5 HUGE stars *****

22 May 2011 12:46pm

Steve from Sonoma, United States

Ahhh, the lap of luxury

22 May 2011 4:45pm

Marie from FRESNES, France

beau détail et belles couleurs.

22 May 2011 4:56pm

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

Superb composition and DOF. Wonderful.

22 May 2011 5:46pm

Allan Clark from Dunedin, New Zealand

grate shot

22 May 2011 7:10pm

Ryan Sexton from United States

Awesome shot, now let see the rest of that beautiful car.

22 May 2011 7:51pm

London Caller from London, United Kingdom

Oh I love vintage cars!
Especially Bentley. ;)

22 May 2011 9:38pm

myky from London, Canada

Great compositional elements!

23 May 2011 4:56pm

Suzanne from Melbourne, Australia

An absolutely sublime and stunning image Stephen!

24 May 2011 7:42am

Dutch from Neverwhere, United States

Beautiful car.. my husband would love this photo as I do.

24 May 2011 4:37pm

1/640 second
ISO 100
90 mm