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  #183 Ad Hoc Filters
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One slightly distorted acoustic guitar       ©2017 kerszkavet
Panasonic DMC-FZ150       13th place, 44 points
1/4s, f4.5, ISO 100, 118mm, Aperture Priority, Pattern, no flash
Post-Processing: The glass softened the image and contrast, so in post processing I raised contrast, lowered black point and increased clarity. Cropped slightly, resized and sharpened.
Reduced saturation to taste.
      Extra Info: My aim was to replicate a cubist painting, hence the choice of a guitar
e.g. http://www.juangris.org/Still-Life-with-Guitar.html
Braque and Picasso also often used instruments in cubist still life paintings, and they often incorporated sheet music, newspapers, or text.

The distortion was created by shooting entirely through an angled glass cuboid – actually the base of an award that has otherwise just gathered dust. This created the triple vision effect.
The problem was that the glass was so heavy it could not be supported by anything, which meant it had to be hand held. This meant it was very hard to control the refractions… I took about fifty shots while moving the glass in order to have some that had caught the sheet music which was strategically littering the floor, rather than showing the camera, me, or the furniture.

for the avoidance of doubt I refer to Jomari's comments: "If something covers the entire scene but doesn't interact with the subject consistently, it's still a filter"

The title refers to Mike Oldfield’s 1973 album Tubular Bells. At the end of part one an eccentric master of ceremonies names the instruments as they enter, building up the layers of the tune. This includes “introducing acoustic guitar” and “two slightly distorted electric guitars”
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Mar 13, 2017
    I had this placed higher. Thought it was a good effect.

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Mar 13, 2017
    great info on the image as well.

Mar 12, 2017
    Good use of the guitar and filter. Oddly, the loose strings disturb me! Perhaps the musician in me! In my favs.

Mar 12, 2017
    An interesting result from your filter. I appreciate your explanation of how you were trying to emulate cubism. Well done.

Mar 12, 2017
    I like the concept but wish there was more distortion or more rectangular areas to more closely represent the original.

Mar 12, 2017
    After struggling to hold various filters myself, I feel your pain! I think you achieved your goal nicely here.

Mar 12, 2017
    Qixil, I'm interested in why you see this as just a framing tool and not on-topic.
For me 'framing' would be an additional object that remains visible and directs the eye into an otherwise unaffected picture - e.g. the pictures in challenge 181
Whereas the two elements of this picture (guitar and music) would have looked completely different without the glass block, in terms of their shape, their position, their transparency.

Mar 11, 2017
    Nicely done - very reminiscent of Cubist paintings by Picasso, Braque and others.

Mar 11, 2017
    Shades of Picasso's early cubist works. Oh -just read your extra info. I think you got it.

Mar 10, 2017
    The filter is simply used for framing - so although it's a great shot and I appreciate the MO/cubist references. I'm leaning on the side of it not being a on-topic.
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