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Clash of the Knights

By kingmukherjee
Which would be a better photo among the two?(not on basis of any specific criteria,just as a photo)

Tags: Still life Chess High iso Candlelight

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bluesandtwos 11 520 1 England
27 Oct 2016 6:45PM
The second is the better in my opinion, but I wouldn't like to try and say why! Smile

pamelajean Plus
15 1.5k 2218 United Kingdom
27 Oct 2016 7:34PM
The chess pieces make a fine subject, Kingshuk, but the biggest problem is the total contrast between each side.

I like your idea of candlelight, which gives subtle light and also rim lighting around the knights. You obviously had a light source elsewhere, but you needed more on the right side. A lighter background would have helped, but only to emphasize the outlines.

The first image is my choice, and this is simply because it doesn't show as much of the board and the chess piece reflections. I find the reflections disappointing, and would normally have gone for a composition that showed them up, but they aren't very strong here, again down to lighting.

dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1849 England
27 Oct 2016 10:52PM
A smaler aperture would be good, to allow sharp focus on the pieces.

Some light coming from above would define the outlines of the pieces.

I also suggest stepping back and using the longest setting on your zoom. This will make it easier to avoid distortion - the pieces are leaning outwards because the camera was pointing down at them.
banehawi Plus
16 2.5k 4241 Canada
28 Oct 2016 4:28AM
V1. Yu need beter light, better pieces, smaller aperture

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paulbroad 13 131 1293 United Kingdom
28 Oct 2016 7:30AM
All been said. You cannot judge a photo without looking at criteria. that is the basis of the image. Exposure, focusing, composition etc. All criteria which go into making a photo.

As above, you need the image rather sharper.

mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2408 United Kingdom
28 Oct 2016 9:24AM
V1 looks to be better focused. But your question is strange, as any evaluation will always be based on various criteria, technical and aesthetic!

You set yourself a difficult task here, and I suspect that you were more interested in the idea of the shot than in looking at the practical issues. Two problems jump out!

The chessmen on the right are so much darker, and so the lighting that works on the pieces on the left does not work on the right.

Secondly, the candle flame is a lovely idea in principle but in practice it creates a blown highlight that dominates the frame and draws attention to the underexposure on the right.

You need to reconsider lighting. I wonder how this would work with the chess board viewed at an angle, and the flame placed behind the lighter coloured chessmen, silhouetting them but casting some light on the darker pieces?


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