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Challenge: Symmetry (Classic Editing)
Camera: Sony DSC-F707
Location: Hickory, North Carolina
Date: Mar 28, 2003
Aperture: F2.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/80
Galleries: Still Life, Macro
Date Uploaded: Mar 28, 2003

Another addition to my chess series... I decided to try a blue hue rather than a straight black and white on this one. I used a very shallow depth of field to blur out the king in the background. I used the king for the purpose of 'unbalancing' the photo while maintaining symmetry... I traditionally don't like shots that are too symmetrical or over balanced. The decision to use another chess theme was for the purpose of allowing the checkerboard patterns to help upset the balance enough to make a symmetrical photo that I can still like :)

Place: 10 out of 226
Avg (all users): 6.5773
Avg (commenters): 7.4118
Avg (participants): 6.3727
Avg (non-participants): 6.8452
Views since voting: 2162
Votes: 194
Comments: 24
Favorites: 3 (view)

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01/28/2005 03:09:15 PM
Great..Absolutely great...Great idea..Nice taking..Congrats
04/28/2003 02:39:00 PM
wonderful to see...great use of light... well done.
04/09/2003 12:20:34 AM
hey there from the Critique Club - hehe

this image is excellent .. the clarity and detail in the clear figures is amazing .. i do like the shallow DOF and the play in with the chessboard .. the placement of everything certainly portrays symmetry and the off balance in the background sets the complete composition off nicely ... I also do like the blue tones it gives it a warmer feeling - maybe even a more artsy feel to the photograph than if the shot was done in black and white ... my only thing is that the King looks like its slightly leaning to the right ... maybe it's just an illusion or the piece itself ... either way ... great job .. Ayme
04/07/2003 03:23:31 PM
I shoulda guessed this was you, though I thought 'nah, he wouldn't do another chess shot'. LOL.
Great shot, needless to say I like it.
04/07/2003 08:56:14 AM
Excellent photo John... my fav in your chess series. I like the blue a lot, and think this deserved to place :)
 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/06/2003 03:09:03 AM
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Message edited by author 2005-10-05 12:59:08.
04/05/2003 02:03:04 PM
good color
04/04/2003 12:11:14 PM
04/04/2003 05:39:25 AM
Very nice. Like the lighting and the DOF. Framing is also good with the king in the background. I tried some chessboard shots but they didn't come out this well. Nice work
04/03/2003 04:16:01 PM
Beautiful Lighting .... really stuck out among all the others 10
04/03/2003 09:54:40 AM
i like this photo very much!!
04/03/2003 08:22:14 AM
Very nice image! It looks like you need a minor rotation to the left (or that could be my eyes playing tricks on me. Great balance and DOF.
04/03/2003 12:06:30 AM
Stand off. Nice image.
04/01/2003 11:38:35 PM
Damn, I need to get a glass chess set. Just killer for photos.. Outstanding shot... This will finish high for sure.. 9
04/01/2003 09:22:18 PM
Really nice stuff. I think this image succeeds because of many factors, but the interesting light is what catches my eye first and last.
04/01/2003 05:34:02 PM
Color and lighting is very nice. Perhaps some crop off the top. Too much space there. Nice photo
04/01/2003 02:05:58 PM
nice clear image, good idea
04/01/2003 02:04:42 PM
good job, the symetry pulls the picture together.
04/01/2003 01:50:00 AM
Your lighting and composition (with the Queen in the background) really make this an interesting image.
04/01/2003 12:05:27 AM
I really like this photo, the depth and lighting give it a great overall mood. The composition is great, and leads my eyes naturally to the apex of the picture.
03/31/2003 06:52:13 PM
Very cool. Love the glass figures.
03/31/2003 04:33:24 PM
It is hard to find fault with a technically superior image such as this. Color, content, clarity, composition, meets the challenge... this one has got it all.
03/31/2003 01:54:11 PM
I like your subject.
03/31/2003 01:00:59 PM
Love the blue tint, the light and focus. Nice shooting.

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