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Friday, 15 January 2021


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Wow, what a flashback to the 90's and faux-3D computer games like "Duke Nukem 3D". They presented a "Potemkin 3D" like this, made up of 2D images. Many "objects" could present only one perspective, and as you got close, they'd simply magnify, pixels and all; and you could wander to a spot where suddenly you were looking at the cut-out edge-on. Software was available to make one's own "maps" for such games, which was essentially virtual room-building using 2D photos and graphics. Makes perfect sense to use similar tools to show and dress up actual rooms.

Ah the good ol' days! Well, not good for one's body--I'd have been better off playing pool!

Well it worked. You posted it. I now know about it and may look into the house.
Free wide spread advertising.

Just like having people dressed in super hero costumes.

I’m not sure that adding ‘furniture’, digitally, helps. I don’t get a sense of scale, especially since the photo was taken with a wide angle look.
I’d prefer to see a person, standing between the two windows.
When you come right down to it, the digital art does more to turn me off, because it’s not very good.
Maybe others might find it helpful.

Destruction of actual photographs starts (to my mind) with horrible cartoon-like HDR modifications. As you have shown, that's only the beginning of the possible abominations.

I think they've got their proportions out of wack!

Nothing new about rental furniture. Here in SoCal you could rent furniture by the month, 50 years ago. Abby Rents is still in business.

When I started in the movie biz (1970s), I worked on low-budget features. Movies like this were normally the second show on a double feature. We would find a house the owner had already moved out of i.e. no furniture. We'd pay the real estate agent $50.00 for a five day rental. Move-in Monday, shoot three days and move-out on Friday.

Abby Rents would deliver Monday morning, and pick up Friday afternoon. They loved us! No damage, and thirty days paid for one week one weeks use 8-)

Funniest to me is the apparent furnace or AC or at least a blower for same right next to the faux bed. Good luck sleeping through that racket.

I live in Orange County, California. Rich foreigners send their children here for high school. Then on to Stanford, USC, Cal-Tech.

A retired teacher friend taught English as a Second Language, She speaks Hmong as well as many other S.E.Asian languages.

She told a group of us, one evening, how parents would rent a house like this in a high-rent part of town. The parents would tell the school district that the kids were living with an aunt. Every room in the house would be full of high-end furniture, large screen TVs, etc. The home would look like the home of a prosperous aunt.

Of course the aunt would never be there if someone from the school came by—because she didn't exist. True story.

A "pageant retouch"?

I highly doubt this was done by anyone other than the estate agent, in order to save a few bucks on real or virtual staging. Just proves that there are as many potential "Photoshop fails" out there as there are copies of Photoshop, which is like grains on a beach.

Now, if the ceiling was painted a nice, neutral-dark grey...

The white between the beams gives an impression the place is like that. Might open the realtor to false advertising action by a potential buyer.
Unless one shows reality next to the fairy tale with clear explanation of it you are asking for trouble.

With the two windows, where does all the light come from?

I've had the mondo edition of the Peter Lindbergh retrospective for several months, and I get something new from it every time I pick it up. Also, it's great for flattening prints. I may order the smaller edition just so that I can loan it out.

In the orginal photo it appears the photograpger use a very wide angle lens. It was downhill from there. They should have used a nornal lens or maybe a short tele and stiched to together two or three photos for a more realistic image.

Please Mike, this is a serious question here, is there anything, anything at all in this world, that someone hasn't co-opted and/or coerced for the purposes of evil (or at least, stupid).

The quickest way to sell something? Be genuine. That's it. We all have a radar for genuine people and information. We make not like it, but we know it when we're presented with it.

I could sell a ketchup popsicle to a lady with white gloves on the hottest day on record in New York. And honesty is always, always the ticket. Or a monkey. Can you believe my wife won't let me buy a monkey? Yep, spousal abuse is rife in my household. But I do have a chocolate labrador - so... pretty close.

Somebody please let Kyle know that he's too late: the monkey picture has already been shot by none other than Garry Winogrand.

A true, personal tale of monkeys from the part of my youth spent in India, a little adventure during the train trip with a bunch of other kids along the way to wherever we lived, a couple of days of heightened joy on release from the prison of our boarding school.

The trip required the day be spent in Madras waiting for an evening Calcutta-bound connection. During that day, we wandered around the station and the area surrounding it, and I was clever enough to buy a monkey on a string from a vendor. All went well until the following morning, when the monkey turned very antisocial, baring its teeth to one and all. I decide that I had better not try to bring the thing along with me when I alighted and met the family, so I bequeathed it to another kid who was tavelling further down the line. I never heard from of him or the monkey ever again. His father was jockey.

Ahh, but what would it look like with a nice pool table in there?

Seem to remember seeing an image Samuel Clemens attic billiard room.

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