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Queen's Gambit
Queen's Gambit
Adrian Tung

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Challenge: Still Life (Classic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-10D
Location: Home
Date: Oct 31, 2003
Aperture: F4.5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/5s
Galleries: Still Life, Studio
Date Uploaded: Oct 31, 2003

My first serious shot with my new camera, taken with the Tamron 28-300 XR (my only lens at the moment).
PS adjusted levels, curve and hue (colorize).

Place: 123 out of 326
Avg (all users): 5.3120
Avg (commenters): 7.4000
Avg (participants): 5.2857
Avg (non-participants): 5.3465
Views since voting: 1144
Votes: 234
Comments: 11
Favorites: 0

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11/16/2003 08:36:13 PM

Hello, Adrian,

First of all, congratulations on the new camera!

I don't know much at all about chess, and I assume that your title refers to a particular move or strategy in chess? It's a good title for a very good photo.

I love the colourisation you chose to use for this picture. IMHO, blue doesn't work all that well very often, but here it does, it looks beautiful!

Your focus on the middle three pieces is excellent. The back pieces OOF look almost like they're floating, or as if they're in a dream. IMO, keeping the transparent front pieces so out of focus is very good here, very beautiful.

I'm afraid that I'm not going to be of much help to you. I actually really like your shot, and think it should have scored higher than it did. One possible thing to try would be to have included the tops of the king, queen and one bishop in the background, but I'm not sure if that would add or distract. Same goes for the partial pieces to the right hand side.

Anyway. Keep up the good work, your pictures are very interesting. Take care,

Comments, complaints, questions, please email (uabresch@el-sol.ca)
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11/16/2003 08:35:07 PM
Sorry - I posted the CC comment twice :)))

Message edited by author 2003-11-16 20:36:59.
11/12/2003 01:40:26 AM

As a chess player, I know the risk in 2.c4. As a photographer who has taken lots of shots of chess pieces, I'm also aware of the problems of transposing chess (intellectual) tension into photography (visual) terms. We must rate each photograph purely on visual terms, unless we are sure of our audience completely.

Visually, (and I find this very difficult because I'm looking at the position from a chess player's perspective) the shot is okay. The dof produces a very blurred foreground, a sharp centre, but not the necessary blurred background required to balance.

The main lines are difficult to make out visually, and there seems to be an arbitary cropping. Lighting is good and it allows pawn d5 to pop. Unfortunately, d5is blocked somewhat, reducing its effect. Maybe a wider lighting would have produced more clarity on the squares.

I got hammered with my last chess shot, too. I don't think that people noticed the heart in the centre. Don't worry about your score. You made a good shot which most people found worthy.
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11/12/2003 01:19:46 AM
I like the light, and the effect works in general. However, I think this is not the most interesting arrangement of pieces, interest wise. Perhaps fewer pieces, and using some of the more interesting ones in the "clear piece" position might have been more interesting. I think the use of DOF is good here, but perhaps the foreground objects should be closer into the focus range (not as blurry)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/10/2003 08:26:46 PM
Interesting, but there was so much more you could've done in terms of design and object placement as well as point-of-view
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11/09/2003 07:03:06 PM
would be better if no pieces in the forground.would make it more visible as to what you are trying to capture in this pic
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11/06/2003 05:11:37 PM
Nice milky blur! Matt&Glare playing their game.
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11/05/2003 07:24:08 PM
Guard A. Nice work!
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11/05/2003 02:48:25 PM
Great lighting effect.
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11/05/2003 11:55:38 AM
Nice shot. The transluscent pieces look ghostly. :)
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11/05/2003 02:07:55 AM
The focus, or lack thereof (as in narrow DOF) is very effective indeed here. Great shot, excellent lighting.
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