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The Adultress

By chase
I borrowed a glass chess board from my neighbour and decided to try something a bit different.I have done chess images before but this time...
1. B&W...I don't do enough.
2. Selective colour...not usually my thing.
3. Shallow DOF...I am normally an 'everything sharp' person.
4. Grain and grunge...I usually avoid grain like the plague.
5. Light tent...I don't use it enough.

Yep, I dropped on a grungy texture, couldn't help myself.

Single frame, lit by daylight inside a small light tent so all the available light was diffused.
The glass board is ontop of a mirror to give me the reflections.

Work in progress.

Constructive critique and mods are welcome as always.
Janet xx

Tags: Mirror Still life Chess Glass Queen Daylight Light tent Selective colour Textures and layers B&W project

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TanyaH Plus
18 1.3k 411 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2020 9:55AM
B&W - works well.
Selective colour - serves its purpose here in that it pulls the viewer's eye where it needs to be, and strengthens the title.
Shallow DoF - perfect choice for this.
Grain and grunge - works a treat for me, and loving that texture!
Light tent - yeah, I've got one too and never use it! Might have to ...

Verdict? Yep, this works beautifully Smile
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2020 9:56AM
Very well constructed image, a good result...
Isabel GrinGrin
AlfieK Plus
4 1 1 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2020 9:56AM
Very cleverly set up and photographed. Excellent. 😀😀😀😀
chase Plus
15 2.1k 562 England
28 Feb 2020 10:11AM
Thanks peeps.
I must admit, I had to go through tough post processing with this one, so many things go against my 'norm'.
Thanks for the in depth comment Tanya, great to have.

Alfie, super to get your UA for this one, I am chuffed to bits.
Janet xx
Irishkate Plus
10 45 121 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2020 10:17AM
Clever title and use of colour, grunge etc.
I too was taught sharpness (camera clubs!) but love Shallow depth of field and lovely bokeh but seldom achieve what I want!
Must use my light tent too!
28 Feb 2020 10:20AM
I'm not sure. Shallow DOF, tick, selective colour, tick, reflections, tick. I think the texture is a bit much and detracts from the pieces, maybe in part because quite a lot of it is in focus whereas the back chess pieces aren't. I also wish you had rotated the pawns so that their seams weren't visible (a minor quibble, but I know you are into perfectionWink). Of course, just my opinion and others are available SmileWinkBlush
chase Plus
15 2.1k 562 England
28 Feb 2020 10:24AM
Thanks in progress.
There are 4 seams on the Pawns, whichever way I turned them they were visible Sad I guess I could have cloned them off) but....I wanted to be really different and move the 'perfection' barrier.
Janet xx
clicknimagine Plus
11 798 104 India
28 Feb 2020 10:27AM
What you have done is a great job, I can see that the king, two Pawns and two knights are more than enough to overpower the queen in opposition...
28 Feb 2020 11:21AM
Great work 😊😊
SlowSong Plus
12 9.6k 30 England
28 Feb 2020 12:16PM
I don't usually like selective colour but this is subtly done and works well. She looks like a queen bee in the nest. Smile
chase Plus
15 2.1k 562 England
28 Feb 2020 12:39PM
Thanks all.

Quote:She looks like a queen bee in the nest

Hmmm, she has been rather naughty ! Wink
sherlob Plus
15 3.2k 130 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2020 1:11PM
Its nice to get out of our comfort zone occasionally Janet. This works well imho...
Saastad Plus
1 16 15 Norway
28 Feb 2020 1:37PM
Good to see people do things they normaly dont do!
But the result is very artistic and beautiful
I like it a lot!

TrevBatWCC Plus
12 13 19 England
28 Feb 2020 2:56PM
You're exactly my kind of person! All 5 of those points apply to me too - although I do like no.2 if it works on an image. However, by the time I fully got to grips mastering how to do it, it seemed to fall out of fashion! Must do more still-life shots, and put my light tent to use, though... 😀
This works for me, really like it, and think it deserves my User Award 🏆👍
Trev 😀
28 Feb 2020 3:28PM
First class image worth all your work, Dave.
chase Plus
15 2.1k 562 England
28 Feb 2020 3:44PM
Thanks all.
Trev and Dave, lovely to have your User Awards, many thanks.

Seems like plenty of us have an unused light tent hanging around, we could have a sale !! Wink
Janet xx
saltireblue Plus
10 11.8k 75 Norway
28 Feb 2020 4:00PM
For the title to work best with the image, I think the pawns have to go. A Queen would never be adulterous with the hired help when she has nobler men available, so if she is to be unfaithful to her king, I like the idea of a knight and a bishop, instead of two knights, and no pawns.Smile

I think the number of effects is a wee bit too much, both shallow dof, colour popping, grain & grunge.
I am personally not a fan of popping, and neither are you, it seems, so why not lose that one? Shallow dof is certainly effective, I would, to go with the title, have the spurned King oof and the two dastardly fellows she was unfaithful with, in focus. More in keeping with the story?
Grain is also good, but perhaps the grunge is a step too far...

Just some random thoughts.Smile
chase Plus
15 2.1k 562 England
28 Feb 2020 4:34PM
Thanks for your honesty and your ideas Malc, some good suggestions there so I made you green Wink
The comfort zone was getting far, far too comfy so I went for the lot !!
Maybe I will pare it down a tad...eventually Smile we shall see.

Mike, so nice to have your UA, many thanks.
Janet xx
chase Plus
15 2.1k 562 England
28 Feb 2020 7:38PM
Hi Allistair, many thanks for your complimentary UA.
Janet xx
Deserving of all the comments and awards. Great Image.

richmowil Plus
12 446 2 England
28 Feb 2020 11:19PM
Different and good!
dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1833 England
29 Feb 2020 9:04AM
VERY different, Janet!

Get the DoF right, and maybe the seams on the pawns won't show much.

I can't imagine ever doing soemthing like this - but I'm glad I know people who do.

As for the queen - the appetite of Catherine the Great might well include sturdy footsoldiers...

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