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Challenge: Motion (Classic Editing)
Camera: Sony DSC-F717
Location: Diningroom table
Date: Dec 5, 2002
Aperture: F3.5
ISO: 30 seconds
Shutter: 100
Date Uploaded: Dec 5, 2002

Queen sacrifice, Black moves R - K8 mate...

I tried several ways of having the knight moving to take the queen and finally decided on these 'steps' to give the impression that it moved without the aid of human hands... It's fun to have a camera which allows me to do this kind of stuff at last :)

I'm a little bothered by an optical illusion that makes the board seem skewed, but the ruler tells me it's ok, so I'm going for it :)

Place: 64 out of 167
Avg (all users): 5.2929
Avg (commenters): 5.8333
Avg (participants): 5.1402
Avg (non-participants): 5.4167
Views since voting: 814
Votes: 239
Comments: 14
Favorites: 0

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12/17/2002 12:59:23 AM
Critique Club
Composition Good although I feel that the chess board gives the impression that it is tilted!
Camera work Good although the motion blur of the moving pieces has carried itself over to the pawns at the top right corner.
Digital processing Good
My Opinion
Novel idea very well executed ! I would have preferred more contrast to the background as the pieces in the front blend into the table.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/15/2002 11:14:33 AM
Nice execution.
12/14/2002 09:31:33 PM
I would have cropped closer, maybe have shot across the board and profiled the peices. And I think I can see your hand.... But a very interesting and innovative photo.
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12/12/2002 08:25:51 PM
A very cool shot. Definately showing the movement to take the piece. I like the angle and framing/cropping as well. The wood grain board looks good on the wood grain table, but the brown pieces kind of blend in a bit. Otherwise, focus and clarity are good. You have done a nice job. Good luck in the challenge.
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12/11/2002 10:57:20 PM
Nice idea, but it's not clear as to what "bait" means... I know because I play chess but most won't know... By sacraficing the Black Bishop (taken by the White Knight), you clear the way for the Black Rook to checkmate the White King. :) Right? Very clever. You get an 8 for this.
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12/11/2002 12:24:33 PM
Neato! I had this as a 6, only because I think the colors are drab. Woulda preferred a different table. But I like the movement. Looking for string, I am. hehe... so I give ya a 7. Technically some pieces look overexposed while others look underexposed. Focus seems fair. Framed well. hmmmm... maybe if it were b/w? I dunno.
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12/09/2002 09:26:13 PM
This looks like multiple overlaid images to me...
12/09/2002 03:56:32 PM
Nice shot and great idea.
12/09/2002 03:05:26 PM
Seems this was done as a time-lapse instead of multi-exposure. The pink on the right (presumably an arm coming in moving pieces) really detracts. Otherwise, the picture was an excellent idea with lots of promise.
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12/09/2002 01:27:15 PM
Bait that I always fall for or don't see. Nice composition but the light is your weak spot. The dark pieces at the bottom are lost and the white are not white. A little level adjustment might of impoved the color. Not a bad photo.
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12/09/2002 09:26:36 AM
you'd have to be a pretty bad chess player to put your queen in that position when you could have taken the rook and mate was very close.
12/09/2002 07:02:27 AM
Hmm... it's a nice image, but the evidence of the hand used to knock over the king is all too present. (Then again, you may have wanted it like this.) However, I'd have thought it would have been better to tie some fishing line around the king and pull it over mid-exposure instead of using a hand.
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12/09/2002 04:31:14 AM
Nicely done.
12/09/2002 12:08:23 AM
excellent idea! I only have a problem with the pink smudge on the right and the background seems kind of uneven... I really like the idea though... superbly done! 6
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