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1958: Bobby Fischer wins US Chess Championship at age 14
1958: Bobby Fischer wins US Chess Championship at age 14
GrayGhost


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: The Year You Were Born (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Location: New Providence, NJ USA
Date: Nov 21, 2006
Aperture: 4.5
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Black and White, History
Date Uploaded: Nov 21, 2006

Thanks to Ryan Tunney, age 12, who graciously modeled for this shot, to his mom Carol Tunney who pushed the shutter release, and to my wife Linnea who held the reflector while I shook hands and directed.

Board position is actually Robert Fisher vs. Boris Spassky, World Championship match, game 8, Reykjavik 1972.

Clock is a photoshopped print, folded and taped onto a video cassette.

28mm, tripod, manual exposure, Canon E-TTL II 1:4, 580EX on camera with diffuser, 580EX on upper left in 60" Photek Softlighter II, small reflector on right. Lighting from too high caused the shadow under the lip, making it look overly full.

ACR, PS crop, levels, B&W conversion via channel mixer, fix one hot pixel, resize, USM, save for web

The background is a black bedsheet - unfortuantely new with big creases that are still slightly visible, so I didn't light it. This was a big mistake that will cost points, as there's no/little subject separation as a result. Next time I hope that I'll have time to iron, and/or wish for advanced editing.

A live model for a challenge is branching out for me - hope that it doesn't do too badly.

Statistics
Place: 5 out of 102
Avg (all users): 6.6090
Avg (commenters): 7.4762
Avg (participants): 6.4231
Avg (non-participants): 6.6462
Views since voting: 35288
Views during voting: 512
Votes: 312
Comments: 29
Favorites: 1 (view)


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06/19/2007 07:29:48 AM
I look up the game 8 of the world championship wasn't the final position
Great image
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12/05/2006 08:07:43 AM
Nice work Gary!
Congratulations.
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12/03/2006 11:46:27 PM
Fubuloso!! Congratulations on your 5th place.
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12/03/2006 03:20:06 PM
Well done Gary! Great score and an awesome placement. While maybe not a ribbon that honorable mention still looks great in you rprofile. Keep up the good work my friend!
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12/02/2006 05:22:49 PM
Congrats on the 5th place. Great shot!
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11/29/2006 05:08:18 AM
Yay Gary!!!! Congratulations on a great score and an Honorable Mention! Awesome! Looks like live models are good to you. :) Wonderful shot.
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11/29/2006 01:18:12 AM
Great ideas all around and terrific execution. Congrats on the honorable mention!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/28/2006 11:29:39 PM
That's scary. I remember this too clearly. Good composition, lighting and processing.
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11/27/2006 11:43:31 AM
chess is so much fun! anyways, i think the focus should be less on the boy and more on the chess board, since the boy isn't Bobby Fischer.
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11/27/2006 02:27:56 AM
nice shot . the mood is created in a very truthful manner. Really cool!
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11/26/2006 10:05:47 PM
I wish the background were not so black. This is a pleasant photograph otherwise, love the shades of black. 8
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11/26/2006 07:34:05 PM
nice setup and idea. my monitor is pretty bright but i can see the wrinkles in the backdrop but that is not too detrimental. nice job.
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11/25/2006 06:00:32 PM
I love the black and white. This is really good.
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11/25/2006 04:32:52 PM
Great tonal range and very nice take on the challenge. Back for a bump up and a ribbon prediction... Good luck!
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11/25/2006 02:54:19 PM
I like the addition of the "shaking hands" to this winning portrait.
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11/24/2006 11:17:01 AM
Sweet shot, great idea....
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11/24/2006 07:32:55 AM
Excellent set up. What a great choice of topic. Well done.
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11/24/2006 06:12:03 AM
very good
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11/23/2006 12:24:15 PM
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11/23/2006 06:43:00 AM
Nice lighting & clarity.
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11/23/2006 05:15:43 AM
Clever, and well taken..... love that look.....
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11/22/2006 10:29:59 PM
Great shot with beautiful lighting.
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11/22/2006 03:26:24 PM
Nice job. I like the fact that you were able to pull off the black sweater on a black background.
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11/22/2006 03:11:05 PM
Nice job on the setup. Did you have to hunt for one of those timers?
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11/22/2006 02:18:09 PM
great tones, cute shot.
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11/22/2006 11:06:43 AM
Very strong shot. Your model gives off a Bobby Fischer look, and so does the image. The tie pulls the image forward in time, and so does the dark background - small nitpicks. Wonderful shot. 7
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11/22/2006 09:49:31 AM
Didn't know that before! Overall I like this but there is some detail in the background that keeps drawing my eye away from the subjects.
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11/22/2006 07:49:29 AM
This is great, his expression is perfect.
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11/22/2006 06:30:19 AM
background is a bit messy, but nice try.
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