Deep inside of me, I know that I am a King!

by Chris Renk May. 13, 2020 421 views
Chess Board Composition - featuring the subject "proportion".

Chess Board Composition - featuring the subject "proportion".

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Day 38 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

After the weather was persistently bad, I continued to concentrate on motifs for the exhibition "Proportions".

For quite some time now, I had a composition of a chess piece and a shadow cast in mind.

Here I also wanted to emphasize the difference in size between the pawns and the king's shadow.

It was not easy to make the shot. Mainly to work out the outline of the shadow costs me a lot of headaches. But in the end, it was worth it not to give up and finish the shot.

Let me know if you want to know how I created the shot!

Have fun guessing!

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Berckmans Peter 5 months, 1 week ago

Great work. Would be nice to see the setup;

5 months, 1 week ago Edited
Chris Renk Replied to Berckmans Peter 5 months, 1 week ago

Peter, I responded to a similar question from Antonio!

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Camellia Staab 5 months, 1 week ago

Love the shot and was going to ask you how you did it, but read your response to Antonio. This is something I think I need to try as well. Very nice capture and thank you for sharing the set up smile

5 months, 1 week ago Edited
Antonio Gil 5 months, 1 week ago

Love the creativity of this image and its symbolism. Would love to know how did you do it.

5 months, 1 week ago Edited
Chris Renk Replied to Antonio Gil 5 months, 1 week ago

Hi Antonio,

the image is a combination of two exposures, one with the King to capture his shadow, one with the farmer. For the background, I used a foam board and clued a  printed concrete image on it. Looks really realistic! 

For the Shadow, I illuminated the King with a Litra LED torch which I placed directly on the chessboard to get a low angle. For the image with Farmer, I used ambient light from a window, coming from the right side of the chess board.

For the setup, I placed both chess figures at the same time on the board and moving the LED light around until I found the right angle for the shadow. 

Then I took an image with the King and then with the Farmer. Afterwards, I blended both images in Photoshop with a minimum of efforts together.

Next time I will try to use the Multiple exposure function of my D850 to create it. 

Best regards, Chris

5 months, 1 week ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Chris Renk 5 months, 1 week ago

Thank you so much for the reply Chris

5 months, 1 week ago Edited
G B 5 months, 1 week ago

what an awesome shot! especially in B&w! For some reason it reminds me of the old B&w dracula silent movies...

5 months, 1 week ago Edited
Chris Renk Replied to G B 5 months, 1 week ago

I was astonished by myself, what light a little Litra Torch can produce! Many thanks for your kind comments!

5 months, 1 week ago Edited
Sherry Hill 5 months, 1 week ago

Very creative..

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