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"chessmen" by MorbidAngel ("Opposites" Challenge, May 2004 - IMAGE_ID=75572)
"chessmen" by MorbidAngel ("Opposites" Challenge, May 2004 - IMAGE_ID=75572)

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Brown Ribbon Deja Vu (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Location: Long Island, NY
Date: Feb 16, 2008
Aperture: f9
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/5
Date Uploaded: Feb 17, 2008

This one made me stretch a number of my skills

I wanted to catch the gist and intent of the original, so I kept the diagonal position of the board. I played with different shooting heights and found a lower postion was more pleasing and showed more of the contrast in the men which was the original challenge.

I had the advantage of owning a nice glass crystal chess set and shot it in a light box I made with with some flouresent twist bulb lamps. I tried quite a few different lighting positions which combined with the different camera heights meant I took over 50 shots. I think the black background made for a nice empty space.

This was the most editing I've ever done in photoshop. I adjusted temperature, shadows, contrast, burned, selective exposure, sharpened and cropped a bit. All in all a pretty good learning experience.

This was one of the comments on the original "...rework this photo and I think you could have a winner!" I hope so.

Place: 22 out of 73
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/28/2008 02:27:43 PM
I don't remember the original shot but was it one of whiterook's? He loves his chessboards. Nice job controlling the reflections on the glass.
02/27/2008 04:53:46 PM
I like, I like, I like. Only suggestion, too much black space at the top.
02/26/2008 12:50:45 PM
very nice control of the lighting. good DOF.
02/22/2008 04:52:15 PM
Definite improvement over the original. I wish your composition were different - it feels like the board is too far at the bottom with too much negative space at the top right. great job in controlling the glare and getting a nice clean background.
02/22/2008 02:16:10 PM
Great lighting, I like the way the chess board is "floating"
02/22/2008 07:37:59 AM
nice redo. excellent lighting. 8
02/22/2008 03:42:07 AM
very good shot of the chessboard. the original had a more dramatic POV, though

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