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Challenge: Glass II (with a twist) (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Location: Home
Date: Jun 23, 2006
Aperture: f/7.1
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/4
Galleries: Still Life
Date Uploaded: Jun 23, 2006

Raw pic of my glass/mirror chessboard setup beside a green lightning plate and black backdrop.
A close tight shot with minimal "d.o.f" as possible.

using photoshop i increased the shadows, corrected contrast and brightness, increased color saturation to improve the green glow and a little sharpen all done in the raw interface.
cropped and saved for web

Place: 100 out of 258
Avg (all users): 5.2912
Avg (commenters): 5.8182
Avg (participants): 4.9121
Avg (non-participants): 5.4691
Views since voting: 741
Views during voting: 395
Votes: 285
Comments: 13
Favorites: 1 (view)

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07/09/2006 06:26:54 AM
Hello from the Critique Club....

Hi Rob,
This is a very nice shot. You have done well with the lighting and exposure and your post processing seems spot on. You have not overdone the editing.

I think that the overall score is dissapointing. Perhaps this is because the glass chess set is a popular choice in these challenges and although this is a great shot it offers not much that is new.

I think that this photo is a case of good but not quite there and could be improved a little.
I would maybe try a less cluttered scene, it has the appearance of being quite busy and the main problem for the viewer is the lack of a focal point. The overall scene seems to slope a little to the left which is a distraction. Maybe it's a personal thing but I would have liked to have seen this lit in blue. (Not sure why, just the green reminds me of Jello and blue would maybe feel more like glass)

Overall a great photo and good idea for the challenge.


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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/04/2006 04:45:06 AM
This is one of my personal favourites. Great work!
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07/03/2006 03:41:08 PM
This is a good photo and I like the concept, but the glass chess set has been done many times before.
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07/03/2006 08:50:26 AM
07/01/2006 07:52:07 PM
very cool.
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07/01/2006 04:46:48 PM
It's been so long since I played chess... bright green is different, and the placement of the pieces seems balanced.
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06/30/2006 11:31:56 AM
VERY nice. beautiful color. there are a few spots of dust of lint that are distractign but for basic editing its quite nice. good work.
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06/29/2006 09:45:05 PM
I really like the lighting, but the focus seems a bit soft and the playing board is not quite level.
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06/29/2006 03:22:41 PM
love the way you have coloured these pieces, they are not very clear but the colour helps.
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06/29/2006 12:18:39 PM
Haha, as a chess lover, I can appreaciate this one. I like the green light. What I'm unsure about is what was supposed to be the main subject of this image.
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06/28/2006 04:10:38 PM
Like the colors
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06/28/2006 11:08:21 AM
Two kings next to each other? I think not. :) I like the photo though!
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06/28/2006 09:04:08 AM
I like the green
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