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despair:  n. Complete Loss of Hope
despair: n. Complete Loss of Hope
ChrisW123


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Despair (Classic Editing)
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S602Z
Location: In my kitchen
Date: Feb 21, 2003
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/12
Galleries: Emotive
Date Uploaded: Feb 21, 2003

Whew this picture took a lot of tries to get the lighting and angle I liked. The background is one of my wife's sweaters!

No real adjustments except "Black Point" in Levels to darken the black pieces a a little more. Then very light Unsharp Mask.

Statistics
Place: 21 out of 200
Avg (all users): 5.7906
Avg (commenters): 6.5417
Avg (participants): 5.8737
Avg (non-participants): 5.7083
Views since voting: 1248
Votes: 191
Comments: 27
Favorites: 1 (view)


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03/03/2003 12:05:22 AM
Originally posted by jblharshaw:

looks awfully familiar...
//www.despair.com/sacrifice.html
Couldn't you have gone farther than depsair.com to steal a photo idea?
Though i have to admit, it's a nice copy


I wish I'd seen this before I'd voted. :( It's nice, but ... I was thinking about the idea, too.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/02/2003 11:16:20 PM
I don't usually like the chess shots, but the lighting, composition, and set up are really good on this one. Light verses darkness, good verses evil. Nice job. 8
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03/02/2003 02:21:20 PM
This is an excellent concept.
But to enhance the despair the white piece is all right, but the black ones should have been more angular or agressive figures.
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03/02/2003 09:31:17 AM
Cool lighting, great dof and nice idea.
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03/01/2003 01:16:06 AM
good job, i like how you made the lonely piece stick out
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02/28/2003 03:58:22 PM
The lighting, composition and contrast of white vs black really makes this a powerful shot
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02/27/2003 09:31:21 PM
It's always terrible to be the one to lose a game of chess. This is a good composed photo. The background coloring is attractive and not distracting. good job!
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02/27/2003 10:35:22 AM
Great idea, excellent lighting and colors. You've made the chess board seem as if it is wet! cool.....
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02/26/2003 10:14:41 PM
This is a really neat idea but this game is completely impossible and that bothers me...sorry.
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02/26/2003 11:07:04 AM
The nearest anyone came to really portaying despair: few other shots really give you the idea that here there is NO hope.
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02/26/2003 10:39:12 AM
My only 10 for the week. What's the background? I love this shot.
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02/26/2003 04:35:10 AM
This board position is impossible. Black always moves first.
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02/25/2003 09:44:49 PM
could be my monitor: Too much contrast between the white and black. I think I would have prefered a different angle, more from behind the white, to give the black more weight in the shot.
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02/25/2003 04:25:17 PM
Best of the chest comps!
might have been a little better with a slightly elevated angle...
also the lighting makes it hard to see the black pieces
high scores from me...
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02/25/2003 02:56:39 PM
I like your choice of focus, the eye is drawn to the pawn in despair. And the choice of color is good too, the white one is out of hope, the black ones are its antagonizers. Nice effect with the lighting.
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02/25/2003 01:29:18 PM
Extremely well shot image with what could be considered a cliche theme. There's been a few chess shots in this challenge. In my opinion, none were able to do it elegently as you. 9/10. - [added later: The more i look at your photo, the more i like it. There is so much emphasis on this white peon, I love it. Actually, the more I look, the more I think this shot is not about despair but more about courage. This looks to me as if he's defying the black army on his own. But it's just a question of personal interpretation. Great shot, really.]
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02/25/2003 01:07:53 AM
Beautiful image.
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02/24/2003 07:40:27 PM
Title works well with the image. Nice background. The best chess image I've seen.
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02/24/2003 07:22:33 PM
Nicely done! Excellent picture. You have a pretty chess set, too. :)
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02/24/2003 06:10:18 PM
Perhaps the chess player is showing despair, but the chess pieces aren't, IMO
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02/24/2003 03:35:26 PM
cool
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02/24/2003 02:27:37 PM
nice photo. good job.
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02/24/2003 11:03:17 AM
Looks like a beginning to me...
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02/24/2003 05:37:38 AM
Nice idea, but I can't help thinking that just to the left, the massed ranks of white are waiting to back-up the loney pawn. Perhaps you could have shown the edge of the board just behind the pawn.
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02/24/2003 02:10:14 AM
looks awfully familiar...
//www.despair.com/sacrifice.html
Couldn't you have gone farther than depsair.com to steal a photo idea?
Though i have to admit, it's a nice copy
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02/24/2003 01:51:18 AM
Technically, you should have used the white king (otherwise the game is already over!) Great idea, good composition and good lighting.
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02/24/2003 01:00:36 AM
The background is interesting. Creative Idea. I enjoy the lighting.
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