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1 year 1 month ago #630920 by NewavaMike


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1 year 1 month ago #630922 by Nikon Shooter
What's in the pipe he's smoking?

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1 year 1 month ago #630983 by garyrhook
I think this is very good.

Super depth of field. The choice of focusing on his face was the right one. My eye wanders around to the chess pieces, the dark coat on the right, the bright light (window?) on the left, and then pops back to his eyes. The background is bit busy but not much to be done about that.

It's clear that, while he's puffing on his hooka, that he is considering his next move. So we know immediately what is happening.

The grain is appropriate for a B&W image. There is detail in the shadow; the blow-out is unfortunate, but very minor. I like the spread of tones in general.

I think you could dodge his face a bit, and add contrast. Brighten his eye sockets so we get more contrast there to reinforce the focus. And level it (because that's a Thing with me).

Congratulations on a very successful capture.


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1 year 1 month ago #631020 by Rohan Tushar
Nice render! Love this shot. Good focus! 


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1 year 1 month ago - 1 year 1 month ago #631039 by GaryA
You captured a moment ... you are telling a story ... Well done.  The face could use some dodging and contrast.  The horizon is a bit off-kilter, tipping slightly to the right.  Personally, I'd like it either level or a slightly more extreme angle (Dutch Angle) than in the photo.

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1 year 1 month ago #631044 by Nikon Shooter

GaryA wrote: You captured a moment ... you are telling a story ... Well done.  The face could use some dodging and contrast.  The horizon is a bit off-kilter, tipping slightly to the right


:agree:

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1 year 1 month ago - 1 year 1 month ago #631063 by NewavaMike
I am generally a straight horizon guy too, especially in any kind of water shot, but with this one I thought the tilted level of the shot added something to the story, since the game is one played all in straight lines (except for the knights) and also that this player is smoking a hookah pipe, it seemed right to have the lines just a bit off level.  I mean, who knows what he is smoking ?  I might be something that is changing his perspective.  :)  

As for dodging and contrast in his face well, the skill set has much room to grow ! 


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1 year 1 month ago #631117 by GaryA
"Slights" in photography usually don't work very well.  Example: Your crop on the head ... that was not a slight crop, but appears to be intentional, deliberate not cropped due to accidental and poor framing. It is an expression of your intent.  A slight cropping of the head would appear to be accidental and sloppy.  So too with the tilt ... My rule is when one shoots outside the box of normal composition, make sure the viewer understands that the composition/settings were intentional and an expression of the photog's vision. To my eye, your tilt is in that gray area between intentional and accidental. 

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1 year 1 month ago #631225 by NewavaMike

GaryA wrote: To my eye, your tilt is in that gray area between intentional and accidental. 


Now why do I love that so much ?  The viewer cannot decide between two resting places.  That gray area seems to me to be more valuable real estate than any of the other two possibilities.  It causes tension in the viewer.  Emotion maybe ? 

And I'm not saying I planned any of this.  It just came out this way :) 


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1 year 1 month ago #631227 by NewavaMike
Here's a cropped and straightened version.  
I can't say it's better.  Just different.  



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1 year 1 month ago #631228 by Nikon Shooter

NewavaMike wrote: I can't say it's better.  Just different.


You can't? … well, I will.

When looking at a picture, one read the story as well
as the disturbing elements in the said picture. I think
this later version is better because no disturbances
are left, only the story! :P

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1 year 1 month ago - 1 year 1 month ago #631232 by NewavaMike
Yes, you are right.  And I agree which is I suppose, why I worked it to the cropped ending above.  
Still, there is something I love about seeing a wide view shot.  It's sort of like a "back up shot" but it's still in the picture. (instead of cropped out ).  
 
I like the expanded board play on the right.  That's where his eye is and that's also where a white queen is stationed. He is black and cannot move without giving her deep consideration. Cropping out the person sitting over there in black seemed like it had value.  On the left side that brilliant light with no lampshade on it is inflicting damage to the shot also with it's overpowering whiteness.  

Then again, these things almost seem to have a place in my thinking. This battle and game is a struggle between to colors.  Black and white, each with it's general or commanding officer.  The brilliance of that white light in one corner, and the blackness of the sweater wearer on the right is like the second ring in the pattern of the  black vs. white event happening here.  


I didn't plan it, I only saw the spark in the shot.  Still learning here 




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1 year 1 month ago #631241 by GaryA
Mike ... be careful not to over-think the image. I was taught that there is little difference between a photograph and the written word, they are both forms of communications.  Don’t let the story get sidetracked down a rabbit hole, be careful of the sidebars.  A photo is a thousand words, not a trilogy of books.  Remember “KISS”, is your best friend.  I truly, truly appreciate all the subtle nuances you see ... but more often than not in communications, a hammer works better than needlepoint., a headline better than a poem.  You think like an artist ... a poet.  God Bless you.

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1 year 1 month ago #631242 by GaryA
PS-  I like both images, the wide provides a global view of the board ... the plumbed image zero’s you into the action ... the meat of the photo.  Try giving the wide shot a bit more tilt ...

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1 year 1 month ago #631392 by garyrhook
Actually, after seeing the square crop, I think you've not gone far enough. A portrait orientation that focuses on the him and the board (those two lines, for example) is all you need here.

But that's just me.


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