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Your move

By Steve Cribbin
I took this as a non-traditional still life for an interclub competition.
It bombed.
I used two table lamps, one balanced for daylight and one tungsten and set the white balance in Lightroom more towards the tungsten setting.

2 secs @ f/32 ISO 100 using a close-up lens (filter-type)


Tags: Knight Blue General Chess Glass Close-up and macro King Bishop

Voters: bmh1, motorsportpictures, SootyNicko and 4 more

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16 Feb 2009 7:40PM
Lovely light and colour.

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SootyNicko 12 4 United Kingdom
16 Feb 2009 7:55PM
I like the lighting, the pieces look like they're made of ice. Good use of DoF too.
co 14 3 3 Netherlands
16 Feb 2009 8:14PM
gret sharpness and colour !!
its almost a stock photo Smile
Swanvio 9 15
16 Feb 2009 9:02PM
Think we've got the same chess set!
Love the lighting here.
SuziBlue 15 16.2k 10 Scotland
17 Feb 2009 12:09AM
The lighting and the mood are really nice and work for me - my niggle is the composition. I think the knight at the front is balanced nicely on the lower edge (although my brain wants to see him looking to the left and not the right) but I'm not sure about the bishop and the king? queen? Perhaps if one was further behind the other so as to get a sense of distance.

I'm wondering if this is in fact a king and he's in check or perhaps it's checkmate - you could suggest this with the positioning of the pieces without actually showing the board, and let the viewer picture the winning move suggested by a suitable title.
Steve Cribbin 15 49 10 United Kingdom
17 Feb 2009 1:55PM
Thanks for the votes and comments - I do appreciate them.
Yes, Karen, I thought that when I saw one of your images on epz. It was just gathering dust in a corner of the room, as none of us really play much chess.
I agree about the composition not being too inspiring Suzi. I tried 48 variations whilst looking for a decent image. I started off wanting to show the board to try to show the checkmate position, but I ended up with too many pieces and it looked cluttered. I tried different DoFs to create the extra dimension and settled on this one in the end. I am not a keen chess player but I am fairly sure that the piece with the cross on top is the king. I was hoping to create a sort of end-move feel to it with the knight looking across in the direction of the king (with some licence).
Perhaps this is a case where a better knowledge of the subject would result in a better image?
So I ended up with a few pieces. I like the knight overlapping the king and the DoF between them and then I needed some more. I felt that one piece would work best - so where to place it?
The image was being prepared for projection, so it really needed to be in landscape format. Overlapping the third piece would leave a jumble of pieces with a lot of empty space. Perhaps if I had gone for it much closer to the camera than the knight and out of focus, with just part of its height filling the right of the frame from top to bottom to form a stopping feature?
Anyway, the succesful images in the competition were nice bowls of fruit and veg.
Thanks for your consideration Suzi.


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