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Posted on 29/07/21 9:13:38 PM
michael sinclair
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Re: Challenge 867: Landguard Fort
Josephine, Gordon (very "Marineresque"), Frank, and Michael brave entries.

I always live in hope that we'll get a decent Friday challenge entry


Posted on 29/07/21 11:14:49 PM
lwc
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Re: Challenge 867: Landguard Fort
josephine harvatt wrote:
Very creepy lwc!



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Posted on 29/07/21 11:19:32 PM
Frank
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Re: Challenge 867: Landguard Fort
Nice one Loyd, as Josephine said creepy, well done - lots going on
Mariner and Gordon- lots of rebuilding there, nice and quite imaginative
Michael - what a blast
Josephine- best I can manage- well you managed it quite well


Posted on 30/07/21 08:34:28 AM
Steve Caplin
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Re: Challenge 867: Landguard Fort
First to invade the fort was, unusually, michael sinclair, with a visual precursor of the destructive mayhem that Iím sure will follow. The Black Hole dynamite box is fine; but why are the two boxes of TNT at such a strange angle? A fine oberleutnant, who reminds me of the old Castle Wolfenstein game. He needs more vitamin C, though. And - there we go, in the second entry. Thatís quite an explosion youíve wrought; not entirely sure the combination of images works. And itís back to your usual two-frame road trip in the third entry. Pretty car; horrible road surface.

I like Josephine Harvattís added posters, and those tea-drinking squaddies are well chosen. The one on the bed works well, although he is a little small - look at the jacket draped over the chair next to him for scale. Youíre always going to have trouble with that man in the foreground, though, due to the angle at which he was photographed.

Astonishing work from GKB, who has performed a complete transformation on the room. I like the fact that youíve kept the original table, albeit with some updated reading material, although I never considered teddy bears as the target audience. Splendid new fireplace, sofas and lamp. I like the picture window, and the fact that youíve gone to the trouble to reflect the room in it - and even reflected the manís face. But why do the buildings outside also have reflections? Shome mishtake shurely?

Excellent choice of squaddies from Frank, clearly disturbed in the midst of their breakfast. The four men are perfectly chosen and placed, and the food on the table is a great detail. At first I thought the saluting man on the left was a distraction because heís square on to the viewer, but then I realised that the viewer is the officer whoís interrupting the meal, so it makes perfect sense. Just one suggestion: assuming you used an Adjustment Layer to dark and add blue to the room, you should consider masking the area around the lamp - itís the only visible light source, and revealing it would add focus:



Spooky work from lwc, with a blazing fire complete with sparks and a clown hiding in the locker (I never did trust clowns). The flickering radio is a nice touch, but itís the moths that really make it for me. Slightly concerned about the colour of the light, though; wouldnít it be better an incandescent yellow, rather than LED blue?

A complete rebuild from Mariner, who has moved the action to Whitehall. A great selection of off-duty soldiers, and I like the hint of uniform hanging from the locker. They donít get a lot of privacy, though, do they - perhaps some doors should be installed? The sides of the lockers are sloping down alarmingly, and donít need to. And does that bicycle have a detachable front wheel? Because there isnít room for it where itís been placed. Otherwise splendid.

Thanks to all who took part.

Posted on 30/07/21 09:08:56 AM
GKB
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Re: Challenge 867: Landguard Fort
Thanks Steve. I enjoyed putting this one together.

The teddy bears are a hangover from my initial and abandoned thoughts of a Goldilocks theme. I liked the teddy sitting in the chair so I thought I would keep him. When I changed theme I put another teddy on the sofa but then decided to put my dear old Geoffrey there instead. I couldnít throw out the new teddy so I put him in the corner near the fire.

The buildings arenít reflected but refracted. I figured that the window would be heavily double-glazed and there would be considerable refraction. Itís an issue I had every time I photographed aircraft through a glazed cockpit.


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Posted on 30/07/21 09:34:14 AM
Mariner
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Re: Challenge 867: Landguard Fort
Steve wrote
...They donít get a lot of privacy, though, do they - perhaps some doors should be installed? The sides of the lockers are sloping down alarmingly, and donít need to. And does that bicycle have a detachable front wheel? Because there isnít room for it where itís been placed. Otherwise splendid.

Thanks, Steve. Not my best work. I had a lot of trouble sorting out the perspective. The characters and beds are too small. The bicycle was a (bad) afterthought. The people are oversaturated, the uniformed men need some shading, the walls are too rough, the shelf supports are too bright, and I forgot to put a poster of a scantily dressed female on the wall opposite the beds. I ran out of patience. Better luck next time.


Posted on 30/07/21 10:31:13 AM
Frank
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Re: Challenge 867: Landguard Fort
Thanks Steve, yes I agree, I had played around with that light quite a bit and did do some masking on it but perhaps not enough.
Other than that It was a tough one considering limited space, perspective, etc. Oh what to do with this?

Posted on 30/07/21 11:39:45 AM
josephine harvatt
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Re: Challenge 867: Landguard Fort
Its that ol divill perspective again - Thanks Steve.

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Posted on 30/07/21 4:07:32 PM
lwc
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Re: Challenge 867: Landguard Fort
...itís the moths that really make it for me. Slightly concerned about the colour of the light, though; wouldnít it be better an incandescent yellow, rather than LED blue?



Moths work well, but it's the mouse on the cot that I like. I do agree about the colour of the light.

Thanks Steve...!
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