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Two Knights Defense (56) -White to Move
Two Knights Defense (56) -White to Move
whiterook


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Sports III (Basic Editing)
Camera: Minolta DiMAGE 7
Lens: Konica Minolta 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 MZ
Location: Chatham, MA
Date: May 2, 2007
Aperture: f/10
ISO: 10
Shutter: 1 sec
Galleries: Performance, Action
Date Uploaded: May 2, 2007

Crop, increase contrastness and increase sharpness

Statistics
Place: 215 out of 230
Avg (all users): 4.0095
Avg (commenters): 3.1875
Avg (participants): 3.9494
Avg (non-participants): 4.0458
Views since voting: 657
Views during voting: 360
Votes: 210
Comments: 17
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05/16/2007 09:35:08 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

Interesting looking game set up. I can understand the idea of chess as a sport...but the other part of the challenge was to show the action. I think including some human interaction with the pieces would help immensely in that regard. Perhaps showing a hand poised over one of the white pieces as if deciding to make the move?

The lighting is very yellow and unflattering in this image. I think using the camera's white balance compensation or fixing it in post-processing would help. The direction of the lighting (coming from almost directly over head) shortens the shadows and makes it hard to see the detail in the black pieces...the two bishops, for example, almost look like one object. At the same time the tops of the white pieces are too light...for example, compare the tops of the two nearest white pawns with the pawns guarding the king.

Subject is just one element of a photograph but lighting is everything!
Keep shooting what you love.
Regards, Kadi
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/14/2007 07:04:53 PM
Just a picture, not a photograph
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05/13/2007 09:10:24 PM
the color seems off and the focus and pixelation are issues - in addition, I don't feel that chess is a sport - an obsession, a game - yes, a sport, no. 3
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05/13/2007 01:22:59 PM
Rg4 is probably needed immediately. After dxc3 2. bxc3 c4+ 3. Kh1 Qg7 4. h3 f3 things are pretty even.
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05/12/2007 03:01:02 AM
The whole picture is a bit crooked and not very sharp.
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05/10/2007 04:49:21 PM
I understand where you were going with this picture, but the layout looks like it's on a kitchen floor, hastily set up. The colours could be more vibrant.
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05/10/2007 12:46:35 AM
Like the colours but the cropping and composition need a lot of work. A tad boring too.
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05/09/2007 07:43:06 PM
I guess in some other countries, chess is a sport.

Too me however, a sport needs humans, not just props.

With that in mind, why should I care for this image? I don't play chess, so it is confusing, and cluttered.

Comp could be better, color yuck, too much to look at and figure out, some texture, light flat, blacks too deep, whites not there, overall a boring image
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05/09/2007 03:07:16 PM
umm, your move
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05/09/2007 03:01:11 PM
Two Knights Defense (56) -WhiteROOK to Move???
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05/09/2007 11:57:27 AM
the colors seem to run together..perhaps a different background color or more contrast?
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05/09/2007 11:07:54 AM
Whiterook, is it your play here?
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05/09/2007 11:06:11 AM
IMHO should have straightened the board and maybe set it up on a table rathger than the floor.
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05/09/2007 08:44:15 AM
Despite being a nice photograph, this entry does not fall within the parameters of this weeks challenge. That being said, I must judge this photograph accordingly. :-(
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05/09/2007 04:59:38 AM
is it a sport?
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05/09/2007 01:29:25 AM
errr...Is Chess a sport?
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05/09/2007 12:35:10 AM
IMHO, chess is not a sport. :P but anyway - 5
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