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A Knight To Remember

By chase
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

Tags: General Shadow Chess Game Black and white Specialist and abstract Digitally manipulated Flash and lighting

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CarolG Plus
10 199 20 Greece
27 Jan 2012 6:35PM
Great title, great shadow, well captured, Janet. Carol

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Glynn 11 1.2k 1 United Kingdom
27 Jan 2012 6:52PM
Like this loads Janet.
The shadow is placed just right and the darkening of the white squares is much better.
SlowSong Plus
9 7.0k 30 England
27 Jan 2012 7:12PM
Clever. It looks right, but then we are puzzled. Smile
tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
27 Jan 2012 7:37PM
Can't fault the imagination, that led to this shotSmileWink

Trust you are keeping OK Janet

gajewski Plus
13 10 9 United States
27 Jan 2012 7:59PM
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.
Philo 7 99 83 England
27 Jan 2012 8:30PM
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.
marktc Plus
7 96 15 United Kingdom
27 Jan 2012 8:40PM
I thought yesterday's was great but this is just perfect... Superb
Eviscera 11 1.1k 149 United Kingdom
27 Jan 2012 10:42PM
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
banehawi 13 1.7k 3748 Canada
28 Jan 2012 12:05AM
Its much better grounded, but agree with Dave above.

Love the idea.

chase Plus
12 1.1k 246 England
28 Jan 2012 8:04AM
Thanks everyone.

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

Janet xx
sherring 10 46 13 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2012 10:01AM

Richsr 10 91 223 England
28 Jan 2012 11:02AM
Works well Janet
DaveU Plus
11 1.4k 125 England
28 Jan 2012 11:47AM
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
Ade_Osman 14 4.5k 36 England
28 Jan 2012 11:55AM
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
chase Plus
12 1.1k 246 England
28 Jan 2012 4:14PM
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
Nick_w Plus
10 4.3k 99 England
29 Jan 2012 5:24PM
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.
backbeat Plus
11 134 1 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2012 3:05PM
Now I've got the Yes song 'your move' in my head...ahhh, nothing like a bit of


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