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The second of my attempts at changing shadows.
I think the shadow on this one is much better 'grounded'

As I have promised myself to do more B&W I had a bash with this one.....hmmmmmmmm

Two images combined using layers & masks,a couple of texture layers added & blended in Photoshop.
Lit with a small torch.

Thanks for taking the time to look/comment.
Janet xx

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D300 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:17.0-55.0 mm f/2.8
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:26 Jan 2012 - 6:29 PM
Focal Length:55mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/7.1
Shutter Speed:1/4sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
Title:A Knight To Remember
Username:chase chase
Uploaded:27 Jan 2012 - 6:23 PM
Tags:Black & white, Chess, Digitally manipulated, Flash / lighting, Game, General, Shadow, Specialist / abstract
Votes:37
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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jan 2012 - 6:35 PM

Great title, great shadow, well captured, Janet. Carol

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Glynn
Glynn  81169 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jan 2012 - 6:52 PM

Like this loads Janet.
The shadow is placed just right and the darkening of the white squares is much better.
I.G.

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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 64341 forum postsSlowSong vcard England28 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jan 2012 - 7:12 PM

Clever. It looks right, but then we are puzzled. Smile
Chris

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tomcat
tomcat e2 Member 85907 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jan 2012 - 7:37 PM

Can't fault the imagination, that led to this shotSmileWink

Trust you are keeping OK Janet

Adrian

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gajewski
gajewski e2 Member 9gajewski vcard United States9 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jan 2012 - 7:59 PM

You've really perfected this. The illusion is perfect. I also like the gritty detail and the vignetting here -- LOVE the pun in the title as well. Nice mono too.
-=\Walter

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Philo
Philo e2 Member 471 forum postsPhilo vcard England83 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jan 2012 - 8:30 PM

Just had a look at your previous shot and the shadow works much better here. I think I slightly prefer the other composition though...just! Wonderful imagination and great title.
Phil

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marktc
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27 Jan 2012 - 8:40 PM

I thought yesterday's was great but this is just perfect... Superb

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Eviscera
Eviscera e2 Member 81102 forum postsEviscera vcard United Kingdom149 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jan 2012 - 10:42 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

just avin a late night breeze through hun.

Im liking its inference , clever idea !

But (haha) , maybe its confusing that the stronger directional light is coming from the left on the prawn and yet its (juxt knight) shadow is coming from the right ?

If your doing the shads on a separate layer , have a play with the warp tool so ya "mould" the light and have a think about masking the opacity , its a bit harsh for a soft light source.


erm , well thats me off lol xx

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10818 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2820 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2012 - 12:05 AM

Its much better grounded, but agree with Dave above.

Love the idea.


Willie

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chase
chase Critique Team 91118 forum postschase vcard England239 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2012 - 8:04 AM

Thanks everyone.

Hi Dave....the light/shadow is just there to fool ya !! Wink
Warp tool is a grand idea.

Janet xx

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sherring
sherring  646 forum posts United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2012 - 10:01 AM

Nice.

Steve.

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England209 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2012 - 11:02 AM

Works well Janet

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DaveU
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28 Jan 2012 - 11:47 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

It's a fine idea Jan but with stuff like this you've really got to make it as realistic as possible. It's no good the casual viewer glancing and thinking "that's clever" .... you've got to convince the more critical viewer to sit back and think "that's clever". The shadow is wrong as a real shadow would run obliquely away from the object following the direction of the light source until it strikes the wall, then it would run vertically up the wall. So you need to select the shadow from where it strikes the wall and use the distort tool to pull it upright. Fiddly but worth it to convince the eye. Old Granny U was a stickler for attention to detail when she did her digital manips Wink

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28 Jan 2012 - 11:55 AM

Hmmmm.....Great idea Janet and I do like it, but don't find it as impressive perhaps as the previous image, just an opinion mind you. Don't ask me why though? because I'm not sure????

Ade Grin

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chase
chase Critique Team 91118 forum postschase vcard England239 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2012 - 4:14 PM

Ok with the shadow stuff !! Wink
TBH the 'real' shadow from the chess piece was in exactly the same place as the replaced one is...explain that one Tongue...I need to check that dodgy torch.

Seriously though...good crit,thankyou....oh & Ade just one teeny question....why though ? Wink
Not as inpressive maybe coz it's B&W...I'm not 100% convinced mono is the way forward for me.

Janet xx

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Nick_w e2 Member 73840 forum postsNick_w vcard England99 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jan 2012 - 5:24 PM

This is brilliant Janet (shortlisted) reminds me of the work of Victoria Ivanova Wink

Re the shadow comments - I don't think its the shadow that's wrong, but movement of the light source on the piece. At the bottom of the image its coming from the RHS of the piece, at the top the LHS. When you move the torch you have to be so careful about the torch distance and length of time as it makes a big difference to the exposure (I had a go at these types over Christmas and binned all my attempts).

Oh an it does work in mono - don't give up on it theres nothing wrong with the conversion.

Last Modified By Nick_w at 29 Jan 2012 - 5:33 PM

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backbeat  8134 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jan 2012 - 3:05 PM

Now I've got the Yes song 'your move' in my head...ahhh, nothing like a bit of nostalgia..lol

Phil

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