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Posted on 13/09/23 06:12:55 AM
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Re: Challenge 971: Escher's Hotel
You got me stumped Ant. Clever Dennis.

Very nice Frank. Does the fact that in popular music there's a 'Stairway To Heaven' and a 'Highway to Hell' tell us anything about anticipated traffic levels ......... ?

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Posted on 13/09/23 11:04:36 AM
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Re: Challenge 971: Escher's Hotel
Thanks David - I believe it does.
I particularly liked your Jealousy entry.

Posted on 13/09/23 12:09:38 PM
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Re: Challenge 971: Escher's Hotel
Some great - and very imaginative entries this week - but particulalry likes the elegance of David's cats which have me proper baffled.
Mean while I went completely off piste with a tribute to The Eagles - you can check out any time you like but you can never leave ...




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Posted on 13/09/23 12:16:41 PM
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Re: Challenge 971: Escher's Hotel
Ant Snell wrote:
Caption Competition

Because I couldn't think of anything apt or amusing to say I am opening my image up as a caption competition




"Last time I play four dimensional chess"



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Posted on 14/09/23 02:24:14 AM
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What a mess!


Posted on 14/09/23 02:37:34 AM
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Re: Challenge 971: Escher's Hotel
Here's one DavidMac did much earlier



Posted on 14/09/23 07:32:47 AM
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Re: Challenge 971: Escher's Hotel
josephine harvatt wrote:
Some great - and very imaginative entries this week - but particulalry likes the elegance of David's cats which have me proper baffled.


The idea is not new. I’ve simply done a version of my own.

Mean while I went completely off piste with a tribute to The Eagles - you can check out any time you like but you can never leave ...


I love this Jo! Really unexpected. One of my favourite tracks too.


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Posted on 14/09/23 07:44:10 AM
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Re: Challenge 971: Escher's Hotel
Micheal, interestingly you have suffered from exactly the same minor perspective anomalies as I did with this one, but the result is very pleasing.

As for ´Knife Grinders’, it represents a little over two years work. A bit more than the average challenge entry! I still consider it the best image I have ever done.

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Posted on 14/09/23 11:08:32 AM
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David wrote
Micheal, interestingly you have suffered from exactly the same minor perspective anomalies as I did with this one, but the result is very pleasing. ...

Thanks David. I ran out of time with this one. It took forever extracting that woodwork, and changing the perspective was another week's work. The caption "Juliet, Juliet, wherefore art thou Juliet?" would have said it all: I was going to put Romeo on the balcony but he would have been too small, so I would have had to zoom in on him, losing some of the left or right wing. Juliet was goiing to be hiding somewhere below, maybe with another man. No matter, it's been a good experience.


Posted on 14/09/23 2:01:51 PM
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Re: Challenge 971: Escher's Hotel
David Mac: - Fantastic work on your illusions and enjoyed the "Construction of an Illusion" - most interesting.


Posted on 14/09/23 4:25:49 PM
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Thanks Frank. They have given me a lot of pleasure.

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Posted on 14/09/23 5:17:20 PM
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Some stunning entries. Lloyd, your pc problem is bringing out some nice images. Well done...and Anna, lovely video and still image. David and these types of images always bring out amazing compositions...your grinder image is amazing.

Ant, "why are you stairing (sp)?" and Frank, wow. Never seen the dark side of you. It very eye catching. Strangely enough, Josephine, that track came to mind when I was doing the Norman Bates image. Love it. Lovely re-construction Mariner.

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Posted on 14/09/23 6:57:49 PM
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Re: Challenge 971: Escher's Hotel
No time for me this week but some really nice work from everyone.

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Posted on 14/09/23 10:51:18 PM
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Re: Challenge 971: Escher's Hotel
Seeing as we're all have these catchy tunes associated with our images this week, here's "A Fiddler on the roof." If I were a rich man...come on, all together...Daidle deedle daidle Daidle daidle deedle daidle dumb...



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Posted on 15/09/23 07:41:58 AM
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Re: Challenge 971: Escher's Hotel
First to play with the staircase this week was lwc, with a boy attempting to slide down a remarkably short length of bannister. Have to say, though, he does fit very neatly. I enjoyed the moose entry, and the staircase does mirror extremely well.

A heavenly setting from tooquilos, the staircase neatly framing the celestial gates. I like the asymmetric composition, and the artfully-placed winsome angel. A great choice of background in the animated version, showing a really dedicated cutout. And… that song every guitarist I knew at university (including me) could play.

A spectacular image from DavidMac, mirroring the scene to great effect. The added windows (and, of course, the trademark DavidMac lighting) add hugely to the ambience, and extending the scene backwards gives it tremendous depth. Interestingly, the most powerful feature in this symmetrical view is the asymmetric placing of the people: it adds real dynamism to the composition. Splendid. The combination of perspectives in the second entry is, um, interesting… but that ceiling/wall on the left does rather fight with the staircase. I have to say, David, your not having enough time to join in is very different to everyone else’s not having enough time to join in.

I enjoyed Ant Snell’s Doctor Who entry, and I’m rather surprised our resident Whovian Josephine Harvatt didn’t beat you to it. A fine selection of characters, but why is the stranded dalek firing its death ray out of its eye socket?

I have to say I didn’t recognise Anthony Perkins in dwindt's entry, but closer inspection revealed the keytag reading Bates Motel. The lighting here is remarkable, particularly on his clothing – 3D modelled? But it’s the dagger in the far shadow that really makes this one. Fantastic work. And a remarkable change of viewpoint in the second entry – Topol would be delighted.

A trip to the underworld from Frank, and that’s a dark and complex vision of hell. From the thoroughly convincing flames to the variety of tormented souls, this is an extraordinary image: I had no idea you were plagued by such dark thoughts. Still, better out than in. Very fine work, Frank.

A somewhat psychedelic entry from Josephine Harvatt, an Eagles tribute that, had it been square, would have made the perfect album cover. It certainly draws you in, though. The more I look at it, the more I see.

A major rebuild from Mariner, for whom the hardest job must have been constructing the underside of the stairs going down. It’s hard to see exactly how these work: what happens at the far end? They seem to disappear before meeting the rising stairs. A curious tussle with perspective, Michael! Not sure a bucket of water will be enough to clean this up.


Posted on 15/09/23 08:31:58 AM
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Re: Challenge 971: Escher's Hotel
Yes, Steve. My entry this week is full of mistakes. Sorry!

Posted on 15/09/23 2:23:32 PM
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Re: Challenge 971: Escher's Hotel
Thanks Steve, was lucky with the boy... popped up on my first search.


Posted on 15/09/23 4:31:15 PM
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Re: Challenge 971: Escher's Hotel
Thank you Steve.
Some really interesting images this week.

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Posted on 16/09/23 4:17:54 PM
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Re: Challenge 971: Escher's Hotel
Steve Caplin wrote:
Interestingly, the most powerful feature in this symmetrical view is the asymmetric placing of the people: it adds real dynamism to the composition. Splendid.


Glad you like it. I was a bit pessimistic because I got too caught up in the obvious perspective anomalies

The combination of perspectives in the is, um, interesting… but that ceiling/wall on the left does rather fight with the staircase.


The wall is only a wall. There is no major perspective trick as such except that you can perceive the staircase and cats as looking up from below or down from above. It was far, far too rushed and I didn't really pull it off.

I have to say, David, your not having enough time to join in is very different to everyone else’s not having enough time to join in.


I only had until Monday evening to post anything. So I was quite able to join in but forced to be very rushed. I continued to look in and comment for the rest of the week but had no means to participate beyond this.

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Posted on 16/09/23 8:02:22 PM
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Re: Challenge 971: Escher's Hotel
Thanks Steve - great challenge.
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