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Challenge: Opposites (Basic Editing I)
Camera: Olympus Stylus 300 Digital
Location: bedroom
Date: May 9, 2004
Galleries: Abstract, Still Life
Date Uploaded: May 9, 2004

soapstone chess pieces, no flash, halogen spotlight behind chessboard

Place: 286 out of 286
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/18/2004 02:03:32 PM
out of focus
05/18/2004 09:10:56 AM
To me...this photo lacks a focal point.
05/17/2004 03:44:03 PM
The softness of this is actually pretty pleasing, but I don't quite get the opposite part of it becaus the color of the pieces looks the same. I like the diagonal angle of your composition and framing to allow for the very high king piece. The contrast could be bumped a little higher even if you want to keep it soft.
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05/17/2004 06:26:54 AM
sorry........don't like the lack of focus
05/17/2004 01:50:09 AM
if i could see the color difference between the two sides, it might be a better shot. it is way out of focus, and if that was your intention, i don't think it works here.
05/17/2004 12:35:43 AM
Chessman and Focus would have been a better title.
Image is very out of focus, and perhaps you intended it to be that way...
05/16/2004 09:30:25 AM
Good idea for the challenge, GREAT framing of the picture, needs focus... rework this photo and I think you could have a winner!
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05/15/2004 04:08:53 PM
Not very original and out of focus
05/15/2004 01:40:47 PM
this is not bocused at all... and could have been better in black and white.
05/15/2004 07:09:55 AM
I think this would be more successful if it was lit more brightly and in focus.
05/14/2004 08:51:24 PM
Terrible focus! Even if that were fixed, the image is static. Chessmen lined up on a chessboard. What's different about YOUR perspective? Try different angles, get the thing focused, work on better lighting, move some of the pieces around, and you'll have something interesting.
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05/14/2004 04:35:48 PM
There is nothing in focus anywhere in this image...
05/14/2004 02:52:03 PM
Sorry, but the lack of focus is all wrong to me.
05/14/2004 05:21:41 AM
Too blur. Cant really see what the chess pieces even look like.
05/14/2004 12:37:27 AM
I think this shot could have significantly benefited from harsher lighting (as it is, I really can't see the difference between the colors of pieces) and from a tighter focus/shallower depth of field. The idea, however, and the concept of "challenge" inherant in the shot are worth pursuing.
05/13/2004 02:40:21 PM
Better focus would have improved this shot.
05/13/2004 12:57:10 PM
focus is off to me, unless you wanted it that way. 3
05/13/2004 12:20:31 PM
heh cool, my friend has exactly the same chess set.
but what's with the focus ??
05/13/2004 08:12:49 AM
I'm sure you've received a lot of comments that have told you this is out of focus (OOF). But I am guessing you knew that. So let's look at something else. It's hard, in this depiction, to tell that the chess players are different. The colors are the same in this very dark image. There is a good feeling of "opposition" though, from the angle you've chosen. But the tight crop here, combined with it being dark and OOF, doesn't have any dynamic, or "pop" as some people refer to it.
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05/13/2004 12:46:46 AM
blurry, and they seem to be the same colour.
05/12/2004 10:57:31 PM
Out of focus
05/12/2004 10:13:38 PM
Very OOF.Nice concept just wish it was a crisp photograph.
05/12/2004 06:29:49 PM
Not really _any_ focus in this shot.....? Maybe better lighting will help you.
05/12/2004 03:37:36 PM
seems to be very out of focus
05/12/2004 01:53:11 PM
Image is out of focus.
05/12/2004 01:47:19 PM
Out of focus. The lighting seems to be coming from a bad angle to show the detail of the pieces.
05/12/2004 01:42:19 PM
Opposite sides of the board? Guess that works, the shot is out of focus, the light doesn't work well for this shot and the cropping and composition leaves me wanting. A 2
05/12/2004 11:30:41 AM
I like the warm colour and composition is not bad. Blurred due to underexposure maybe. A longer exposure and wider aperture might help, also a tripod.
05/12/2004 10:20:21 AM
Terribly out of focus, sorry
05/12/2004 07:26:52 AM
If the lack of focus is intentional, it doesn't work at all, I'm afraid. Also, I think the idea of using a chess game to illustrate opposites is a good idea, but it might be more effective if the pieces were the more traditional black & white kind to bring the point home. The similar colors of the pieces and the shadows don't illustrate the theme as well as if there were more stark contrast.
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05/12/2004 03:50:08 AM
This is the third shot i have seen (so far) that is VERY VERY badly out of focus. PLEASE read your camera manual and practice taking pics so that you can identify ones (like this one) that are out of focus.
05/12/2004 02:10:35 AM
I like the shadows. Bringing the light lower would make the shadows longer, and I think they that would be more interesting. But either way, the lack of focus ruins it for me. 3.
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