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"Chalk"mate
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kellmak10


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Challenge: Chalk (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Sony DSLR-A330
Lens: Sony SAL-50F18 DT 50mm F/1.8 SAM
Location: my kitchen
Date: Oct 16, 2010
Aperture: f/4
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/20
Galleries: Sports, Still Life
Date Uploaded: Oct 16, 2010

i made a handcarved chess set out of sidewalk chalk and took a picture of it on a chess board also drawn with sidewalk chalk... cropped, resized, sharpened, added a border, adjusted the contrast, saturation and color time and made the colors a little more vibrant... also cloned out the line of the edge of the chessboard, so it blended with the black background, i darkened the background bit too to make the chess pieces pop, used cloning also to take out a few "chalk dust" spots on the board from moving the pieces around, and used it to clean up a few imperfections within the chalk itself. not sure what i'm going to do with my handcarved chess set now???

so there have been lots of questions about the carving of the chess pieces...i just used the big sidewalk chalk that comes in the round bucket (about 2 bucks at the craft store) and i had some wood carving tools that are super sharp that i never used before... i just held the chalk in my hand and started carving the pieces to look like a wooden set that i have. it didn't take that long, about 2 hours to do the whole set...the only piece that broke while i was carving is the cross of the top of the king, and i just carved another cross and attached it seperatley with a toothpick. it was super fun and much easier than i thought it would be to carve chalk... this was actually the first thing i've ever carved, i usually have issues with the 3d-ness of carving, i think starting with the round chalk and carving round pieces was a big help with the ease of this...but i was so very happy with how it turned out and getting a ribbon for it makes it that much better...thanks so much to everyone for all the wonderful comments and votes!!

wow...i just checked out the 1st and 3rd place... i feel so out of my league being surround by these guys....amazing images and i am honored to be between them!!

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 55
Avg (all users): 7.2422
Avg (commenters): 8.8750
Avg (participants): 6.7419
Avg (non-participants): 7.3615
Views since voting: 7997
Views during voting: 453
Votes: 161
Comments: 44
Favorites: 16 (view)


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10/31/2010 10:39:30 PM
Not only is the craftmanship to be admired, but I really like that you chalked the board, too. And the lighting is perfect! I've enjoyed seeing this on the front page all week.
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10/27/2010 07:11:06 AM
A huge congrats on your blue ribbon!! This was one of my favorites of the challenge!!
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10/26/2010 06:23:13 AM
Congrats this was one of my top picks.
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10/25/2010 07:36:17 PM
The mind boggles at the amount of time and patience and detail put into this shot. Wonderfully creative, and so glad it paid off for you! Congrats on the red!
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10/25/2010 03:50:11 PM
It is the best photo ever! Love it!
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10/25/2010 01:43:07 PM
Wow! What can I say? Fantastic image and so deserving of a ribbon. You put a lot of work into the making and I'm delighted for you that it did so well. Congratulations, Kelly!
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10/25/2010 12:42:19 PM
great job all round.
You OWN the Sony Alpha A330 home page!

Message edited by author 2010-10-25 12:44:05.
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10/25/2010 11:22:37 AM
This is brilliant, great title as well!
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10/25/2010 11:00:22 AM
Love it! This is so clever! Congratulations!
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10/25/2010 09:53:27 AM
Congrats on the Ribbon! Awesome work!!
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10/25/2010 09:23:24 AM
Congrats on the ribbon! Truly an impressive photo, not to mention a great carving job.
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10/25/2010 09:22:38 AM
WOW!!! Great job on photography and carving. Congrats on your Red Ribbon!!!
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10/25/2010 08:46:09 AM
WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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10/25/2010 07:17:38 AM
That is quite incredible. Very professionally made. Congrats!
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10/25/2010 03:46:06 AM
Wow! that must have taken a lot of time, totally deserved ribbon, congratulations!
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10/25/2010 03:22:11 AM
You totally deserve your red for all your most excellent hard work - one very clever lady! Fabulous image is the icing on the cake....
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10/25/2010 02:29:14 AM
The time required to do the carving is well rewarded with the Red Congratulations.
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10/25/2010 02:23:42 AM
Beautiful. I like the idea of drawing the chess also with chalk.
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10/25/2010 01:30:46 AM
Incredible work on the carving. Just out of curiosity, what kind of tools/technique did you use? Just holding a chalk in the hand and carving with some kind of knife, or something more specific? Also, I can imagine you broke an healthy amount of chalks before obtaining this result... Anyway, congratulations on the ribbon, very deserved!
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10/25/2010 12:52:20 AM
Very creative! Congrats on the red ribbon! (pretty good carving talent to boot)
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10/25/2010 12:36:08 AM
Congrats on a PB and a red!! You deserve it for all the work you put into it! (plus it's a great shot :)
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10/25/2010 12:19:49 AM
Wow...very clever.
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10/25/2010 12:19:21 AM
Excellent job meeting the challenge description in a creative way.
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10/25/2010 12:12:32 AM
Congrats on the yellow. One of my top picks
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10/25/2010 12:08:43 AM
Well done...this is an excellent, creative image. congrats on the red
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/24/2010 04:06:34 PM
So creative.
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10/24/2010 09:18:00 AM
so did YOU carve these out and how long did that take???? that's talent if you did...
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10/24/2010 03:08:56 AM
Now this is creative. You must have spent a lot of time on this. Deserves a great score. One of my top picks.
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10/23/2010 09:35:14 PM
Very clever and a lot of work. Nice job.
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10/23/2010 03:39:08 PM
Wow - really impressive !!

Even down to the board itself.
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10/22/2010 07:19:53 PM
Ok. Completely and totally, ridiculously amazing. Are these really and truly chalk? I was so impressed, I didn't notice, until my third viewing, that the game board was in chalk. Awesome!

(Would be difficult to play, however, too many colors! (or is it warm colors vs cool colors?) -8-

(voted earlier -- commenting now)
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10/22/2010 01:39:54 PM
One of my three 10's. I love the work you put into this, even if you didn't do the carving it is still excellent. Great lighting, very nice depth of field and the title is great.
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10/21/2010 07:46:33 PM
Very nice...10
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10/21/2010 01:59:03 PM
A straight 10 purely for the concept and effort. Got to be front page!
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10/21/2010 02:39:21 AM
Very clever you get a 9 for your effort, as I'm sure you spent a lot of time carving these up.
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10/19/2010 10:24:17 PM
Oh wow!!! Someone is quite the artist! This is such a neat concept!
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10/19/2010 06:53:12 AM
Real neat idea.
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10/19/2010 01:41:33 AM
If you carved these, I'm even more impressed!
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10/18/2010 09:44:28 PM
Now that took some work.
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10/18/2010 09:11:49 PM
Kudos for the patience in making your props. As for the photo, I like the lighting.
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10/18/2010 08:33:51 PM
amazing, on so many levels...10
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10/18/2010 12:48:02 PM
Very creative. Nice job.
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10/18/2010 08:16:26 AM
Oh wow did you carve these yourself? Awesome job. Excellent photograph too.
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10/18/2010 01:54:03 AM
Creative and terrific!
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