Oscar Dean Photography | Photo of the Week #34 - Hilton Hotel, Myrtle Beach, SC.

Photo of the Week #34 - Hilton Hotel, Myrtle Beach, SC.

August 24, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

The Photo of the Week is posted every Monday.  Each photo aims to document the things I've seen, places I've been and all sorts of curious things I have encountered as I go about my daily activities.  Along with the photo I will provide some background and interesting facts about the image and some technical information as well.


On a visit to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, I stayed at the Hilton Hotel located literally "a stone's throw" from the beach.  After checking in at the front desk and heading to my room, I was greeted by this really cool architectural view once I stepped out of the elevator.  It was a completely open space where you could walk an infinite loop while taking in dramatic views of the floors above and below.  As I took in all of the repeating lines and patterns, I couldn't help but feel that I had been transported into an M.C. Escher drawing!  (See below).  There was no way I was going to leave this hotel without capturing a photo of the interior of this modern structure.


During the day, each floor of the hotel was buzzing with activity whether it was from tourists, business people, cleaning crews etc., so trying to take a nice clean photo proved to be a challenge.  My solution to get this shot was to wait until late at night, 11:00pm to be honest!  No one was around to bother me or cause any distractions so the conditions were perfect.  Although I am happy with the result, hindsight is 20-20 as they say.  I do regret not taking a few photos with some people walking by on some of the other floors, this would have helped to add a bit of human interest to the photo.  Lesson learned!  Take multiple versions of your subject and then you will have several different variations to choose from.


Equipment and Settings

Canon 40D
1 sec at f4, ISO 100
Canon EF-S 10-20mm f3.5 - 4.5 USM lens set at 11mm


Maurits Cornelis Escher (M.C. Escher as he is commonly referred) was a Dutch born graphic artist famously known for his often mathematically inspired drawings, woodcuts and lithographs.  His works would feature impossible constructions, explorations of infinity, architecture and tessellations.  Mathematicians and Scientists were particularly fond of the works of Escher.  During his lifetime, he made 448 lithographs, woodcuts and wood engravings and over 2000 drawings and sketches.  He lived from 1898 - 1972.


Waterfall - 1961 Lithograph

One of his famous drawings called "Waterfall," is mind boggling when you pay close attention to the flow of the water.
It looks so natural at first until you realize that it is impossible for water to flow this way.




Relativity - 1953 Lithograph

"Relativity" shown above is an example of Escher's "Impossible Constructions" style.
This drawing takes all logic and reasoning and throws it out the window!



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