[C&C] Confusion.

Discussion in 'Photo Critique' started by TraamisVOS, Feb 8, 2012.

  1. TraamisVOS

    TraamisVOS SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 29, 2010
    Melboune, Australia
    I took this photo with intent and purpose yesterday.

    But it still confuses me every time I look at it.

    I showed it to a friend today, and it confused him as well.


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  2. Will

    Will SC All-Pro

    Aug 30, 2010
    England
    It's what happens when glass is involved. Cool effect.
     
  3. BillN

    BillN SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 25, 2010
    S W France
    Bill
    Confucius he say - "Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it"

    not sure about this one!
     
  4. TraamisVOS

    TraamisVOS SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 29, 2010
    Melboune, Australia
    Does it confuse you too?
     
  5. texascbx

    texascbx SC Veteran

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    Jul 10, 2010
    Canton Texas
    Ricky
    Perspective of the vertical columns messes with your eyes.
     
  6. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    I just realized that you shot this through some windows, but I still don't understand why the glass appears to be be rippling/ wavy.
     
  7. BillN

    BillN SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 25, 2010
    S W France
    Bill
    reminds me of the incident when a car was driven straight out of the car park through the crash barrier 10 floors up

    cannot recall the exact details - but it was in central London some years ago and not pleasant - I think that it was the car park behind the old Daily Mirror, (of Robert Maxwell fame), building ........ the car park with the lift that takes the car up to it's parking space

    I do not think that it was done by accident.........i.e. there was intent
     
  8. TraamisVOS

    TraamisVOS SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 29, 2010
    Melboune, Australia
    But see, the thing is I didn't shoot it through the windows!

    What you're looking at is a reflection of the car park across the laneway which is behind me.

    The photo itself is actually an office building and if you look carefully, you can see the desks and office lights and office files through the windows. The car park is actually an illusory reflection off the glass.

    But even though I know that, and I intended the photo to look this way, it still confuses me everything I look at it.

    Bill - sounds like a very bad attempt at an insurance claim! Or did you perhaps stumble on the set of a James Bond film?
     
  9. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    I saw the lights and ceiling tiles. I had just assumed that the office was a reflection and you were shooting the carpark from inside. It's disorienting AND cool.
     
  10. TraamisVOS

    TraamisVOS SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 29, 2010
    Melboune, Australia
    You know what, you're right Luke it's the office that looks like the reflection, not the car park. That's the disorienting part.

    I've been staring at this photo for a while now and I think the upper floors of the office building just happen to coincide in some weird way with the reflection of the car park which adds to the illusion that the car park is 'real'.
     
  11. TraamisVOS

    TraamisVOS SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 29, 2010
    Melboune, Australia
    I think the white columns of the office building somehow seems to fit in well with the reflection of the car park, so I think that sort of helps to cement the illusion.
     
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  12. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    does anyone else see the glass as having ripples? Especially towards the top left. I think I had too much tequila last night.
     
  13. TraamisVOS

    TraamisVOS SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 29, 2010
    Melboune, Australia
    hah no it's not the tequila, there are ripples in the glass.

    Now that I kind of know what it is that is adding to the illusion, I think I know how to colour grade the photo, thanks!
     
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  14. Isoterica

    Isoterica SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 6, 2011
    I like reflections of buildings in buildings or using building glass as mirrors.. I think it's great. Confusing? I can tell what is going on.. but it almost has that 50/50 look so I couldn't tell you which one you were pointed at, carpark or offices.. and that too is actually kinda cool.
     
  15. TraamisVOS

    TraamisVOS SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 29, 2010
    Melboune, Australia
    Thanks Kristen.

    I changed the colour grading a little. How does this look:

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  16. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    it looks even more weird now James.
     
  17. Andrewteee

    Andrewteee SC All-Pro

    Jul 8, 2010
    What's the confusion? I think parking in your office is a great idea.
     
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  18. TraamisVOS

    TraamisVOS SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 29, 2010
    Melboune, Australia
    Eeeexcellent....


    hah I just showed this photo to someone else here and they said it was an office building with a car park in the upper floors. They didn't realise it was a reflection either.
     
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  19. TraamisVOS

    TraamisVOS SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 29, 2010
    Melboune, Australia
    No you don't, Mr Spammer.
     
  20. TheRubySusan

    TheRubySusan SC Top Veteran

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    Sep 2, 2013
    Henry, IL
    Ruby
    Actually, at first I thought it was a parking garage where someone had repurposed some of the spaces as office cubicles. I'd just reached the point of thinking, "how do they keep the furniture from getting wet?" when I noticed that over on my right, one of the tall bookcases and one of the cars appear to be occupying the same space. Now I realize you've captured a rare disturbance in the space-time continuum where two parallel universes are coming together in a most unpleasant way. You can't fool me with all this talk about reflections! ;-)

    In short, really cool picture!
     
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