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Challenge: Games III (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2015 - Challenges
Camera: Nikon D7000
Lens: Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm f2.8D
Location: Apopka, FL
Date: Mar 1, 2015
Aperture: f/3.2
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/50 sec.
Date Uploaded: Mar 1, 2015


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Place: 5 out of 45
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Avg (commenters): 6.5000
Avg (participants): 6.0000
Avg (non-participants): 6.5208
Views since voting: 1049
Views during voting: 135
Votes: 70
Comments: 10
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08/04/2015 11:49:39 AM
*Hello from Sid and the Critique Club*

Congratulations on your high placing for a superb image very worthy of its position that fully meets the challenge

What a stunning image, I really like what you have done here, the high contrast mono works really well. I love the pure blacks throughout the image.

I'm intrigued by the lighting which I am assuming is behind and below, anyway it is well controlled and very effective. I fall into the camp that likes the squares breaking up the reflections, I think this element really adds hugely to the overall effect. It is far more effective than a straightforward pure one for one reflection, it gives us a vague feel for the battleground itself and it breaks the pieces up with such irregularity it adds real intrigue, I love it.

If I am going to be critical although the lighting works really well when I look closely it also brings out unwanted detail like the resin flow but in particular the seams on the rooks and the queen. I can visualise just how stunning this could be with a glass set with all the lovely effects the lighting would have on the glass and then those reflections, divine.

Thank you for another lovely submission, Sid
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03/13/2015 09:41:46 AM
Congratulations on your HM, I liked the broken reflections as well.
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03/09/2015 11:36:18 AM
A wonderful photo, Janine! CONGRATULATIONS!
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03/09/2015 11:20:21 AM
Congrats on HM, Janine! Well done!
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03/09/2015 05:23:15 AM
Being 'Odd' myself, I quite enjoy the broken reflections, it resembles the uncertainty of war and battle about to take place. Congrats on the HM
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/08/2015 06:26:47 PM
I like this but the reflection being blacked out in parts is odd
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03/08/2015 11:33:40 AM
There are tons of chess images in this one but this one is my favorite and one of my top fav spark ribbon picks

The reflection and the white and black contrast is very eye appealing to me
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03/04/2015 03:27:50 AM
very well handled shot , great light
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03/03/2015 12:18:01 PM
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03/02/2015 05:11:01 PM
Creatively lit. A very striking high contrast image. What disappoints is the way the reflections are broken by what I assume to be the squares on the board. Nonetheless, nicely presented.
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