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  #89 From above
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Peculiar Encounter       ©2010 Franz07
Panasonic DMC-LX3       9th place, 75 points
1/30s, f2.8, ISO 80, 60mm, Normal Program, Pattern, no flash
Post-Processing: cropped
cleaned a lot of spots on the stairs with clone tool
rotated 180°
pushed contrast
      Extra Info: Some people think that their way is the only way. But could it be purely a matter of taste?
The way I see it, the whole thing looks suspect... ;-)
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Oct 1, 2010
    Hi friends, thank you all very much for your comments and votes.
I had the feeling, that I cropped too much / was too close to it, but I had to, because there were walls on both sides of the stairs and I wanted to take away any chance for orientation. Billy, your suggestion is a good idea, but I did almost turn it the other way, my son going up, my daughter going down. LOL!

Sep 28, 2010
    Many congrats Franz!! I also had your pic much higher, great at least it got a TT, your imagination shines!! :-)

Sep 28, 2010
    My compliments to your models and yourself. I had it placed a lot higher. Great imagination. I hope you pay your models well!

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Sep 27, 2010
    Maybe Franz's family performing? :-D (if not, please excuse me and take this as a great cumpliment!)
I really like this image, both for the creativity and the fun factor... so imaginative!! a very nice take on theme mein Freund!! and high in my TT, well done!!! :-)

P.S. may I suggest something? I like a lot the composition and the odd angle, but turning my head (and myself LOL) 90 degrees left, the image changes a lot, and I think I like it even better! in portrait orientation, the effect you have created is much more apparent, really kinda "Escher impossible perspective", with the boy going down and the girl going up... amazing effect! :-)))

Sep 27, 2010
    It's a very strange shot...I must congratulate with you cause my brain is still confused!
It's a good work!

Sep 26, 2010
    Thanks a lot LaRee! Always pleasing to get your approval.
I was thinking about taking this shot again from another perspective. Maybe from the 45° angle between them two? The view could be even more confusing. But I found no stairs that has even surfaces on the top side and the front.
Maybe in another challenge ;-)

Sep 25, 2010
    Looking down for sure. Strange perspective...yep. Interesting and in my favs

Sep 24, 2010
    Thanks for your comments!
elliott, LOL! Before I knew a title for the picture its caption was xxx_Escher.jpg. You're right, that would be a great challenge.
Jade, I'm confused by what you mean with the "original" question (just like in your comment on my main entry in the last challenge). The word "original" has almost 12 different translations in German with very different meanings. Did you ask where I got the idea from? Escher, I guess. But I couldn't tell you any specific artwork as my inspiration. Actually I've never been interested in arts - too useless / chichi for my taste (music excepted). Nowadays our photo-hobby helps me to reconsider this attitude. And layering, no - no layering was used - just two small stools with different height. You know, I'm still trying to keep it simple. ;-)
Andrew, thanks a lot!
Michael, bravo! You caught me again! Ha! But not all of us - LOL!!! These are not the same children / ghosts... ...You'd better know, I've got a lot of them here and around the house. :-D
But you are right, they had a lot of fun and are excitedly waiting for comments that like their picture. :-) Thanks, from them too! Ah, yes: the white spot is a print on the t-shirt. They should better had worn white shirts and blue jeans, but we had only one chance for this, before it started to rain.
Edited on Sep 26, 2010

Sep 24, 2010
    I just love this shot. My favourite railways ghosts I presume. Congrats to your m models - they did a good job of acting. What is the white stuff in your son's left hand? Is it more ice cream from the sidewalk? You had me twisting my head so much to figure it out and now my neck aches :-) Great imagination and execution I bet your kids loved the result!

Sep 24, 2010
    This picture makes me dizzy!
Love the creativity. Cool shot.

Jade O.
Sep 23, 2010
    Great great set up with a few items of detail that detract somewhat; the stairs are not square on the right - a little perspective adjust in PP required - and the boy looks like he is on steroids, the girls shoulders seem too narrow in comparison but that may simply be a trick of visual perspective which requires you to shrink the boy unnaturally; great background which cleanly and seamlessly integrates as an essential and not distracting element. Talk about using your entire canvass effectively. This is textbook perfect example of how to eliminate every non-essential element from a photograph. Now, I have to ask - was this a 100% original idea? And, was there any layering used (not in your PP) or did the boy simply lie on the stairs with his legs up and do a stomach crunch?

Sep 23, 2010
    this is great. can't believe i had similar idea (but didn't go through with it). was going to try something like in an escher print. what a fun challenge that would be.
this is in my favorites. good luck. el
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