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Old 08-27-2014, 09:31 PM   #1
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Default “Reflections” from Puzzle Parley

First, it was a pleasure meeting all those puzzlers from this forum that attended the Puzzle Parley in Salem. I had a great time and was humbled by so many works of art. P.S. to Ron from Turtle Teasers, your puzzle from the exchange was the hardest by far!

On Saturday afternoon I took a break from the Puzzle Parley and walked down to the Salem waterfront where I found the boat “Friendship of Salem” docked. I saw its position at the dock and knew right away that I needed to return the next morning at sunrise to capture pictures of this boat on the water. As long as there was some sun and zero wind I was confident I would capture some fantastic photos. So I got up at 4:30 on Sunday morning (much to the chagrin of my family) and headed back to the waterfront. I was not disappointed. The sun came up directly opposite the starboard side of the ship and created the most amazing reflections. So for about 30 minutes I ran around and took about 300 pictures from every angle that I could to capture the ship with its reflections. I even (illegally mind you) climbed up on an adjacent structure to capture a slight overhead angle. Hey, it was 5:30 on a Sunday morning. I was fairly certain I was not gonna get caught. Below is the 1st of the pictures that I proceeded to cut into what I hope to be a series of “Reflection” puzzles.

Before I started cutting I was deciding on figurals and I decided to do birds in the real sky and sea creatures in the water. But then, my daughter gave me what I thought was a brilliant idea. She said “dad, since the picture is a reflection, then what ever figures you put in the top part, you should do the same figures in the reflection on the bottom, just opposite.” Reflections of the figurals! Wow! Brilliant! So that’s what I did as best I could. Hopefully she will never read this forum because after all was done, I am not sure if I like it. To me it just looks like upside down figurals. And since the reflection is smaller than the real picture due to reflective distortion, matching placement was difficult.

The puzzle is 10” x 15” with 622 pieces and took about 14 hours of work time from start to finish. There are 14 figurals and my signature piece. I printed the photo on metallic paper, reverse mounted it on clear acrylic with a translucent backing.

On the difficulty scale of 1 -10 this is probably an 8. I did some interior color line cutting and made the scalloped edges very difficult to do 1st with many interior pieces that look like edge pieces & vice-versa. And with the exception of the figural pieces I would say I achieved a 98% on the rest of the pieces being the same size & thickness The next one I cut will be harder because the sky and the reflection are almost identical in color. I am going to shoot for 750 pieces on the next one.

As always your comments and critique is welcome.

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Old 08-27-2014, 11:01 PM   #2
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I love it, Antori! The reflecting figurals are really fantastic, too.

My family and I boarded The Friendship during the last two Parleys, and we thought it was great. Last fall, I was strolling along one of our own nearby waterfronts in Buffalo, and was delighted to see the ship docked there. I recognized it instantly. After speaking with the owners, it sounded like they were considering staying for the winter, but i'm not sure if they ever did.

Great job on the puzzle!
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Now, that is one fine puzzle and a GREAT story supporting it!

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Beautiful Puzzle, I love the the idea from your daughter, about having the figures reflect, you did it perfectly.
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Beautiful!!! But LOTS of pieces,

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beautiful puzzle and great concept.....wonderful job!!!!

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Outstanding. Your daughter was right on.
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WOW, great photo and an amazing puzzle.
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Very very nice one fine scroller.
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What an amazing puzzle! Well done. Wow.
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