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Freemont Troll

Freemont Troll
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Copyright: Michael Porterfield (mporterf) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 69 W: 93 N: 141] (1022)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-11-08
Categories: Humorous, Architecture, Artwork
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5700
Exposure: f/3.2
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-06-03 5:34
Viewed: 4205
Points: 8
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The Fremont Troll (also known as The Troll, or the Troll Under the Bridge) is a piece of whimsical public art in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle, Washington in the United States. The idea of a troll living under a bridge is derived from the Scandinavian folk tale "Three Billy Goats Gruff."

The Troll is a mixed media megalithic statue, located on N. 36th Street at Troll Avenue N., under the north end of the Aurora Bridge. Aurora Avenue North was renamed "Troll Avenue" in its honor in 2005. Despite its name, the Troll is not under the nearby Fremont Bridge. It is clutching an actual Volkswagen Beetle, as if it had just swiped it from the roadway above. The vehicle had a California license plate.

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Ciao Michael, my today neighbour, fantastic great version with original statue, splendid light and colors, lovely composition, very well done, ciao Silvio

Ooooooooo! Scary!!!! Great original subject and especially interesting as a panorama.

Keep shootin'


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  • lukie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 79 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2009-06-08 9:14]

Haha, Michael,

never seen such an ugly creature before... Not much attention for a shot that in my humble opinion deserves more.
(that troll reminds me at someone)...



You've found our favorite Belgian!
I like this image because the steps really give this a sense of scale.
The letterbox formatted frame is good and the oddity of this is superb!
I think i might have included the bridge support on the left to equalize the composition, although this is not a big deal. I'd also not have clipped so much off of the bottom because it seems like the base of the troll and the Volkswagen wheel is clipped. I really like the large version, it gives us some great detail! Great job with the notes!
I am really disappointed in the lack of helpful hints and tips in the first three (so called) critiques. They should be marked as a comment!
These are long time members, they should utilize TrekLens better than this! They didn't mention the larger version OR mark your great notes as being useful.
Well done!


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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2572 W: 237 N: 6132] (24044)
  • [2009-08-07 7:57]

Just stumbled across this rather late in the day -- sorry -- but I am glad I found it.
I am hoping that you live some place near this, because it is worthy of a retake!
The composition was okay to begin with, but the addition of the black framing helped to put your troll a little closer to the thirds. The reason I suggest is a retake is that I would love to see that Volkswagen right down to the wheels, and I think it would be ideally placed on the thirds intersection -- that would really make the enormity of the piece stand out.
Just my opinion, of course
Still - I love the capture, so you're still getting full marks, especially because you managed to capture our troll

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