My first time on deck the river cruise liner, I came face to face with these rather large chess pieces. I was immediately reminded of Lewis Carrol's children's, fantasy novel, 'Alice Through the Looking Glass', which is strongly influenced by the game of chess.
For those who have never read the book, and it's still fun to read as an adult, I will add a link here which gives an overview of chess in the novel.
I would imagine the set would have been a magnet for children, as the pieces would have been awe inspiring by their size. Sadly there were no child passengers to get that thrill. Still, some adults did try their skill, not, perhaps, with the same sense of gay abandonment that a child would have, but still a little awed.
Thanks for your interest, Bev :-)
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timecapturer (49288) 2013-07-12 6:54
I struggle with desktop chess, not sure how I would cope with these big pieces. Must be fun though and your perspective and POV here really emphasises the size. Hope you weren't painting the roses red and shouting "off with his head!" Intriguing and original imagery!
Have a good weekend - Brian.
Noel_Byrne (28158) 2013-07-12 7:18
You chose a great viewpoint to show these off, even though there is no reference point, we can still see that these pieces are huge! I have to wonder how heavy they are and if chess has finally become a way of keeping fit :) Exercise the mind and body together. I love that you included the blurred background too which gives great extra color in the scene.
Check. I mean cheers...
ikeharel (65121) 2013-07-12 7:32
Nicely spotted, Beverly, and the skewed angel upon work well on pic. space.
Green contrast to marvelous white and the black's. I believe if you had a chance you'd take this from a ladder - to have more of town's view far back.
Have a nice weekend,
saxo042 (37730) 2013-07-12 7:41
You must have had a very pleasant cruise here, how far up the river Rhine could you go? A fine motive here, with an eyecatching touch of red. I like yor link too, I read that book already as a child.
snunney (92440) 2013-07-12 8:15
I think this giant chess set in Basel figure in a Len Deighton or John Le Carré novel, not sure which one. Great capture this using a low point of view. An image with superb clarity and depth of field. Sorry, no smileys left:-(
Nicou (133302) 2013-07-12 8:33
quelle vue sur ces poins sueprbe ce blanc et ceux en noir il fait être fort pour les soulever un très beau jeu les échecs sueprbe vue.
Bravo et amitié
danos (92502) 2013-07-12 8:51
nice the close up view of the huge chess pieces to create an excellent optical effect.The brilliant light enhance the vivid colours with the clarity of the photo to be superb.
Have a good weekend,Danos
bukitgolfb301 (38496) 2013-07-12 16:23
Hello dear Beverley
You appraoch usual objects from unusual unique appraoch of low and wide angle.
So well considerd framework and very vivid color allocation, great shot!
Tight framework via sharp and clear image indeed.
Thanks a lot and have a good weekend! Takero
chrisvek (7001) 2013-07-12 16:35
Very nice and wonderful photo.Great contrasts and very good amount of saturation.Excellent Framework too.Very well done.
All the best
delpeoples (56002) 2013-07-12 20:35
What a sight! You're right, it takes me right back through the looking glass! What a strange place to see giant chess pieces. Your low pov and excellent depth of field have worked a treat. The colours have been beautifully rendered too.
Thanks for sharing, have a great weekend
jcpix (13846) 2013-07-13 15:24
Thank you for the wishes regarding my first year mark on TE, much appreciated!
Quite an interesting visual you've composed here, in fact, a bit of an illusion. I couldn't decide if this was a macro type of shot, or a wider view!? The sense of scale is deceptive...or maybe my eyes are just tired? :) No matter, it's a neat image with so much detail and light that shows it off in fine style. The point of view gives us a great look at these pieces and also allows for some of the surrounding background.
Great use of the black & white for a color photo! :) Hope you're having a nice weekend. Take care.
Best regards from the States,
macjake (63128) 2013-07-15 16:34
so where did you visit on this cruise? I've never been on a cruise before...yeah its a bit sad that no children will be allowed to play with these...but I'd give it a try :)
There's still a kid inside me :)
cute and funny shot
mjw364 (2) 2013-07-16 3:04
Well composed shot of this huge chess set! What I like though is how you have controlled DOF here since it makes this look like a miniature chess set!
photoray (13725) 2013-07-17 12:13
Good positioning to fantasize the mind and eyes on size relationships. I was not sure if the view was upclose of a normal size game, or as reported, huge pieces.
Would like to have been there, especially since I "minored" in chess at college or at least it seemed that way spending most lunch periods playing chess.
Nicely presented and composed,
ACL1978 (7511) 2013-07-22 6:50
Hi Bev - that's quite a set! You really have to think carefully about each move - lot of exertion required to make it! The DOF here is excellent, muting a noisy BG so we can focus on the chess pieces themselves, and I love the angle with the bit of green below. Maybe a human element would better the sense of scale, but the railing and life preserver do that just fine as well. Thanks!
frunchy (1517) 2013-07-30 11:44
i like the composition a lot! The figures growing in size from left to right look attractive and the slightly blurry Background helps to Focus on the front figures.
Karolina999 (2128) 2015-07-17 0:47
Fine title, fine picture, nice light and bright, superb colors. Good work. Cheers!
- Copyright: Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) (34655)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-06-29
- Categories: Humorous
- Camera: Nikon D-300, NIKKOR AF-S 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G ED DX
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- Date Submitted: 2013-07-12 6:41