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E2-E4 - First Move to Slaughter
E2-E4 - First Move to Slaughter

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Bokeh VI (Basic Editing)
Camera: Olympus E-10
Location: Home
Date: May 18, 2010
Aperture: f/2.0
ISO: 80
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Still Life, Studio
Date Uploaded: May 18, 2010

This is where I learn what "bokeh" really means... the hard way. Too late to change the entry, so I figured I should at least have fun with the title before I get my come-uppance. I imagine I'll be DNMC'd to death. On the other hand, might have one of Yo-Spiff's shoehorn awards on the way!

This place is so much fun! 8-)

Not much post-processing done. Some adjustments in Adobe Raw like exposure, blackness, contrast. In PSE8, curves, straighten, crop, USM, SFW.

Used single SB-20 flash from camera right ~60^ and above at 1/8 power through shoot-through umbrella.

Place: 264 out of 347
Avg (all users): 5.0056
Avg (commenters): 6.2500
Avg (participants): 4.8824
Avg (non-participants): 5.1170
Views since voting: 521
Views during voting: 295
Votes: 179
Comments: 5
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07/04/2010 06:55:13 PM
Beauty of image: Low
Technical skill: Medium
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/22/2010 10:01:25 AM
Great idea. Fresh and well done.
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05/20/2010 08:55:29 PM
Actually I prefer c2-c4! Against e2-e4, I play c7-c5 :)
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05/20/2010 01:15:11 PM
Unique Bokeh!
One criticism I have here is that the person is reaching for a pawn rather than one of the back figures. THe pawn is completely hidden behind the king, so essentially it looks like the hand is grasping at nothing, which severely takes away from the effect that you were going for. I know your title tries to clarify, and my knowledge of chess clarifies as well, but the actual visual effect is not very strong. I think if the angle of the board had just been shifted slightly so that the pawn was more visibly, this would have worked better.
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05/19/2010 03:16:56 PM
good work, I think it would have been a prettier image without the hand in it
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