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Posted on 25/07/23 3:02:23 PM
Mariner
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Re: Challenge 965: Bear with me
Good video Gordon. The audio is spot on.

Posted on 25/07/23 3:08:42 PM
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Posted on 25/07/23 3:24:10 PM
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Thank you Michael

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Posted on 25/07/23 7:04:03 PM
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Very good entries this week

Like last week my heart is not in this

I have a suspicion (I could be wrong) that it is a boy bear that we are dealing with.



Posted on 26/07/23 10:58:21 AM
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Nice one Gordon, good audio however Paddington Bear (the stand in) seems to be missing his suitcase for his upcoming departure.
Loyd - I see the bear has some stiff competition - nice job.
Michael S. - no comment

Posted on 27/07/23 08:06:11 AM
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Thank you Frank...

Posted on 27/07/23 11:47:32 AM
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Posted on 27/07/23 9:44:39 PM
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Re: Challenge 965: Bear with me
Nice work Mariner - does your wife still talk to you?

Posted on 27/07/23 10:22:36 PM
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Very nicely done Michael.

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Posted on 28/07/23 03:43:42 AM
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Frank wrote:
Nice work Mariner - does your wife still talk to you?


Yes Frank. She is usually within earshot. She calls my work "that crap" and sometimes asks me if I have sold a picture yet. (I never have).


Posted on 28/07/23 03:44:42 AM
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Re: Challenge 965: Bear with me
Thanks Gordon.


Posted on 28/07/23 08:12:05 AM
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First to win a prize this week was Ben Boardman, setting the bar high with an astonishingly good image. The bear flat on its face, crushing the woman beneath, of course, but the real work here has gone into that open door, complete with reflection of the machine next door Ė as well as the rebuilding of the machineís interior. Outstanding, Ben, and hard to beat. The Barbie entry is nicely topical, with Simu Liuís hand extended to take the selfie. And a great Barbie themed machine next to it, too!

Thereís a sadness to Ant Snellís refugee, with previous (and much-loathed) Home Secretary Priti Patel withholding the donated food parcel. Nicely done; I like the way the cardboard sign has been cut to fit the shape of the door. It might be worth changing the Home Secretary to the current one, Suella Braverman, though.

An entertaining swap from DavidMac, with the woman who has got her prize but seems to have lost her partner in the process. Heís well immersed in the box, and the cuddle position as prevented you from having to rebuild the other half of the bear. But as always with these stock shots, having them facing the camera, rather than each other, detracts from the power of the scene.

I like the bright lighting on tooquilos's koala bear (or is it a wallaby?), and the subtle refraction at the edges of the glass. A terrific plot line in the animated version, with so many images flashing by. The zoom dissolve works really well. Good stuff.

An ingenious theft scene from Frank, with a cleverly rebuilt back to the machine and a clutching position that avoids having to rebuild the whole bear. I like the pair of bricks inside, and the hint of broken glass on the floor. Excellent.

Itís not often that GKB shows his working, but in this instance itís good to see the effort involved in completely rebuilding the interior of the machine, which Ė as those of you who attempted it found Ė is an extraordinarily complex task. Placing Paddington in there must have been a bit of light relief after all that cleaning-out. I like the variation in the animated version, with its frenetic soundtrack.

Plenty of lighting effects from lwc, with a curiously dancing bear in its hyperactive box. I like the reflection of the girl in the glass, although the reflected legs should have been brought closer together. Good to see a couple of moose on offer, complete with reworked title.

I hadnít expected michael sinclair to contribute this week, as thereís no opportunity for spinning wheels and two-frame landscapes Ė but here he is, with a cheeky bear appendage. Nicely crafted, the full meat and two veg certainly filling out that space between the legs. Maybe the curtain should appear between both transitions?

I should have expected Mariner to go the extra mile, in this case not only changing the angle of view of the arcade, but building in the machines on the opposite side. Was it just to allow you to do the refraction trick on the view through the glass? Very fine door opening, although interesting that you interpreted the hinges as being on the other side. I donít know whatís causing those strong floor reflections, but it is amusing to see the rural street outside. Once again, though, Iím going to caution you against your over-saturated dresses: thatís an unreal colour, and it really jumps out of the scene.

Good work, every one, on a particularly tricky Challenge.

Posted on 28/07/23 08:35:46 AM
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Thank you Steve, I really enjoyed this tricky challenge. Did anyone notice the pistol in the ladies purse?

Posted on 28/07/23 08:46:09 AM
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Thanks Steve. I did enjoy the self-masochistic technical difficulty of this one.

I didnít think I would have the time for it as I was busy until Monday so was late getting started.

Well done everyone for managing such a complex task.

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Posted on 28/07/23 09:00:25 AM
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Re: Challenge 965: Bear with me
Thanks for the critique, Steve. There was a horrid lens distortion on the LHS which I just had to correct, and the rest followed, more or less naturally. Sorry about the over-saturation of her dress, it's one of my (many) failings. I do try to control it, but this time it got away from me.
The refraction trick didn't work very well. I made a copy of the whole area, reduced it in size a bit, and masked it onto the new door.



Posted on 28/07/23 10:40:16 AM
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Steve Caplin wrote:
But as always with these stock shots, having them facing the camera, rather than each other, detracts from the power of the scene.


Yes you are quite right. One would think it would be easy to find something else but shots of girls cuddling all have arms and other bits of him round her which needed to be removed. She proved to be the one who needed the least rebuilding. Silly, but true.

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Posted on 28/07/23 12:25:26 PM
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Steve Caplin wrote:
...the reflected legs should have been brought closer together.


Ooops! I was so focused on reworking the arms that I never thought about the legs.

Thanks Steve!

Posted on 28/07/23 12:38:25 PM
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Ben Boardman wrote:
Thank you Steve, I really enjoyed this tricky challenge. Did anyone notice the pistol in the ladies purse?


I didnít notice the pistol! Now you point it out, yesÖ hard to spot.

Posted on 29/07/23 07:53:09 AM
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Re: Challenge 965: Bear with me
Thank you Steve.

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Posted on 02/08/23 10:46:09 AM
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Re: Challenge 965: Bear with me
Thanks Steve.
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