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Crooked Houses
KarenNfld


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Challenge: Bizarrechitecture (Basic Editing)
Collection: 6s
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Location: St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Date: Mar 16, 2010
Aperture: 13
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/250s
Galleries: Cityscape, Architecture
Date Uploaded: Mar 15, 2010

Yes I know it's probably not bizarre enough for this challenge. It's row houses on a very steep road, I simply tilted the camera to take the photo.

Yes I know the wires are distracting but there's no way around them.

I have a shot without the car (taken on a different day, with harsh shadows) but I preferred the one with the car, to give it a bit of perspective.

[Mar. 23rd, 2010 12:22:13 PM]

I really wasn't expecting this photo to do this well. I was preparing myself for a 5.5 score. Thrilled with the score, favourite and comments. Thanks!

Statistics
Place: 19 out of 87
Avg (all users): 6.3394
Avg (commenters): 6.9583
Avg (participants): 6.2368
Avg (non-participants): 6.3607
Views since voting: 3296
Views during voting: 472
Votes: 221
Comments: 34
Favorites: 1 (view)


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03/26/2010 07:26:11 PM
Very neat shot. Actually, both versions are nice.
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03/25/2010 05:32:34 AM
Originally posted by essay:

Karen,

Anyone can snap a photo of a strange building, but you've taken the common, and made it uncommon to fit the challenge. I love what you've done with this. The presence of the car and no parking sign really helps to sell the effect. Nice Job!


You can say that again.
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03/25/2010 12:07:58 AM
Oh, you did this just exactly right. Enjoyed at our house.
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03/24/2010 09:27:01 AM
What a great way to make 'normal' look 'bizarre'! I was totally fooled by the tilted crop and after seeing the outtakes I understand how it worked!
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03/24/2010 07:56:32 AM
Karen,

Anyone can snap a photo of a strange building, but you've taken the common, and made it uncommon to fit the challenge. I love what you've done with this. The presence of the car and no parking sign really helps to sell the effect. Nice Job!

Message edited by author 2010-03-24 07:58:31.
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03/24/2010 03:09:13 AM
Congratulations on a great finish.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/23/2010 11:04:05 PM
Very cool effect, very clever. 7 for the ingenuity.
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03/23/2010 10:45:15 PM
Really clever! Even the sign tells us the houses are messed up.
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03/23/2010 09:38:52 PM
well executed illusion.
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03/23/2010 10:58:48 AM
very clever 8
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03/22/2010 03:59:29 PM
Nice composition!
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03/22/2010 12:50:05 PM
LOL! Awesome!
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03/21/2010 09:42:18 PM
nice!
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03/21/2010 10:04:51 AM
Nice visual play :)
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03/21/2010 04:51:19 AM
this is a great photo. i have seen it somewhere before.
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03/21/2010 04:39:23 AM
I absolutely love the simple complexity of this shot. Good gosh, I just can't understand for the life of me how the builders could have made such a mistake in the construction of these houses. Didn't they have plumb bobs when these homes were made? Oh wait, that's right...The Depression.
The car just makes it all seem right!
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03/20/2010 07:07:56 PM
Great idea with the play on angles. Is that a no parking sign where the car is parked? And is the sign crooked? Lots of illusion here, and nice array of color.
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03/19/2010 08:05:06 PM
Clever illusion...
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03/19/2010 05:53:36 AM
Nice idea
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03/18/2010 07:00:26 PM
Clever tilt.
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03/18/2010 04:49:55 PM
What a trip.
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03/18/2010 01:17:02 PM
Judging from the way the curtains are hanging, I'd say it's the hill that is angled. Gotta give you kudos for creative thinking on this, however. It is very effective until I look at the details. Interesting that the no parking sign is tilted with the hill.
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03/18/2010 12:45:37 PM
I do home inspections for a living and I have to tell you I have some concerns here! Fun shot, like the way you leveled the street to create an interesting shot. the car being there really adds to the effect.
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03/18/2010 10:58:09 AM
VERY clever!
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03/17/2010 11:03:48 PM
I appreciate it, but I can't give it a very high score. 5. I think it's th elighting. Although it's a reaity shot, sunset or sunrise shooting would have made it so much better. Great concept
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03/17/2010 09:25:34 PM
I first thought this might be a hill in San Francisco but then I noticed that the parking sign is straight up in the frame. Well spotted!
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03/17/2010 08:35:58 PM
This is a great optical illusion which was done with camera rotation. One thing that really throws me for a loop and makes me keep looking is the no parking sign... it appears to be vertical and if the photo was rotated it would be at an angle which makes me want to believe the houses are really built crooked. I just can't stop looking and wondering.

Aside from all that the photo is technically good with great color shot at what looks like nearly mid day light making it pretty average photography.

Technically Good Photo + Optical Illusion = A vote of 7.
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03/17/2010 05:02:31 PM
Great effect. Glad those curtains are hanging straight!
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03/17/2010 02:39:57 PM
Pretty amazing and bizarre architecture for sure. Do people actually live in them? If so I guess the inside of the houses themselves are normal with level floors and such. It strikes me that the curtains are not leaning with the house like one would expect them too. They must have been starched stiff to hang the way they do.
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03/17/2010 11:47:48 AM
More impact if your false horizon was horizontal?
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03/17/2010 09:44:45 AM
Ha.. well done tilting the camera so the road looks level.
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03/17/2010 07:57:15 AM
I think this is in NFL? Great picture...9!
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03/17/2010 12:27:33 AM
lol...had me fooled for a moment. Great idea. :)
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03/17/2010 12:12:16 AM
St. John's? Steep hill?

I like the tilt you applied.
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