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Fresh mind
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Copyright: Tjutjut Bramantoro (tjutjut) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1674 W: 84 N: 3397] (16220)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-24
Categories: Daily Life
Camera: Nikon D300, AF-S VR Nikon 105mm f/2.8 Macro
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/250 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Chess and Checkers [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-23 15:49
Viewed: 3220
Points: 120
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
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Again, too early in the office . . .
Waiting for the sunrise, and arrange this chess board . .
This one is always available on my guest table . .

A challenge to refresh my mind in the morning or when the work is too hectic . . .

No crop, no image adjustment . . just add frame and resize . .

I am not a good chess player, but I love to challenge my mind and mental . . and control emotion with someone who plays in fast mode . .

What a lovely day! . .

Thank you for viewing it . .
Have a wonderful day . .


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  • Niva Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1121 W: 2 N: 877] (11866)
  • [2008-01-23 15:55]

Hello Tjuttjut
A nice presentation! I liked it!
Clean and bright!
Brazilian greetings, from Recife,

Hi Tjutjut :)

Hey ! Wonderful idea ! Excellent shot ... very fresh :)
You should arrive early every morning ... you have perfect idea ! Nice light, soft blue-green-white colours ... good effects on pieces, bravo !
Best wishes my dear friend
Marylou ;)

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  • WMcK Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 663 W: 11 N: 1718] (6837)
  • [2008-01-23 16:10]

Wow Tujutjut.. wow. this is just awesome. The light and detail are simply amazing. I just love it. Excellent!

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  • Kiwis Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 0 N: 189] (13118)
  • [2008-01-23 16:13]

Hi Tjutjut,
Wow! Great composition and excellent idea for your subject. I like the effect of the light and the shadow. Well captured and presented.

interesting and well taken Tjutjut!! i like this precise forms.. light and sight are so clear.. i like the opacity and the little reflex on the table!! excellent shot to remember how is important to train the mind!! well done!
ciao Marco

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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2008-01-23 16:27]

Hi Tjutjut,
I envy people who show such creativity and effectiveness early the morning. You have all my admiration!
This picture is a good study on light and exposure! The blurred background works nicely with reflection. Excellent monochrom under this soft light, Very well done! Annie

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  • c_rapp Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 933 W: 14 N: 1331] (7535)
  • [2008-01-23 16:40]

Beautifully taken a wonderful pov love how the bg ones are focused and not the fg. Makes it interesting. TFS

Chess is a favorite pastime of mine. Your picture is very nice in its simplicity! Well done!

Intriguing shot mate. Good use of the shallow depth of field, good placement of subject and excellent light.

  • iimanyus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 149 W: 59 N: 87] (1783)
  • [2008-01-23 18:57]

Hello Tjutjut
Simple image but very beautiful with a nice lighting and the shadow
Nice framing and good composition
Well done


my favorite piece. great presentation and composition.


Hi Tjutjut...nice perspective and sharpness. Well composed.


hi Tjutjut,

nice composition.
well focused row of coins with nice reflections and soft colors.
nicely framed and presented.
treat to watch.

I really like the idea and the exposure is perfect, but I find the shallow DOF distracting.

I think it would work much better if the point of focus was in the front, not the back or if the DOF was deeper.


mmm... aga janggal dengan DOF yang terbalik,
tapi cukup keren sih, terutama warna dan penyinaran, mungkin memang natural shot tapi hasilnya baik dan menarik,
refleksi di kacajuga bagus dan jelas, walaupun terkesan aga sedikit keras.

very well done mas, udah harus masuk shot studio nih sepertinya.


hi tjutjut, the backlighting works very well here, excellent composiiton and depth of field, well done, thanks, scott

Salam Bro Tjutjut

Nice shots especially the arrangement of this chess...the planning and compositions is very fantastic.... nice POV

Amri HMS

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2008-01-24 1:33]

Hi Tjutjut

Interesting repetition of geometric patterns & shapes in the chessboard, with a good reflection. Superb sharpness & framing. Tfs! Bagus!

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  • yanm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 818 W: 84 N: 1189] (10601)
  • [2008-01-24 1:35]

Caturnya cantik :).... btw aku lebih suka kalau yang focus yang di depan Pak. Kecuali untuk tiga object yang berturut2 maka kita bisa membuat focus yang ditengah, atau yang diujung dsb. Juga sedikit kurang enak dengan cahaya dari tengah atas :)


sangat menawan, Tjut. objek kaca yang mungil & refleksi cahaya yang bagus. papan catur kayaknya terapung. dof cukup sempurna.


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  • juyona Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2585 W: 1 N: 425] (10173)
  • [2008-01-24 3:51]

Hola amigo,
Magnífica foto y detalles,
excelente trabajo...
original ambiente,

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  • trekks Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1995 W: 141 N: 3390] (13665)
  • [2008-01-24 4:14]

Wonderful focus technique, Tjutjut, to have a row of sharpness (the good guys!) and another row of enemies. Very fine shot for this pov.

I like the lighting and BG. Well done.

TFS, bill

waw ini crystal ka bro Tjutjut? cantiknya chess set ne.. aku tak pandai langsung main ne.. huhu.. apa pon bro nice shot and close up. lovely colours, etc.


*tak la hujan sangat.. selang seli dalam seminggu..

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2572 W: 237 N: 6132] (24044)
  • [2008-01-24 6:28]

I really like the idea and the way you have handled the light, but I think I would have used a far higher f stop (and slower speed) to get more of the board in focus.
Great work

hello tjutjut!
excellent photo, wonderful sharpness, composition and idea.
i like it.

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  • boonie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1234 W: 64 N: 1548] (7842)
  • [2008-01-24 12:03]

Another exceptional image with your new D300. Glass on Glass. Like your choice of DOF on the image and the reflections.


Hola Tjutjut ,

Fantástica fotografía con esos reflejos y esa nitidez, me gusta mucho esta hermosa composición. muy buen trabajo amigo.



Hello Tjutjut.
Yes a good thing to have that near you when you have to refresh your mind.
Perfectly composed and presented.
Regards from Jan

Hello Tjutjut,
My favorite game well laid on that table. Beautiful pieces challenging the mind of the braves. Nice soft display with good refection. I like it and very well done.



p/s: How coincidental about that no crop issue. I just posted one with no crop and mentioned in my notes too.

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  • timtim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 934 W: 105 N: 608] (10187)
  • [2008-01-25 2:06]

great shot nice DOF and light

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  • AJ786 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 743 W: 57 N: 1045] (6681)
  • [2008-01-25 3:56]

Hi my friend,

Ohh i love chess...This is one of my favourite game just to pass the time if i have someone to play with..hehehe..i have the exact set that bang Tjutjut post kat TL.

Good POV and DOF bro, well composed and presented.



Presentasi yang menakjubkan, Tjutjut. Teknik fokus begini sangat mengkagumkan saya. Saya belum punya peluang untuk mendalaminya. Shot Tjutjut ini pasti jadi inspirasi saya untuk mengujudkan suasana yang indah dan menarik sepertinya.

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  • milas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2841 W: 398 N: 3076] (34114)
  • [2008-01-25 6:30]

Merhaba myfriend Dear Tjutjut;
nice comp...and shot..superb colors and detail...bravo..selamlar

Wow!! Awesome chess board, first of all. Really great DOF, lighting, colors, and note.
Great work Tjutjut!

Hello Tjuttjut
Great idea with A nice presentation.
Sah_Mat :)You do a good job. Congratulations.
Well done my friend.TFS

Hello Tjutjut,

What an original idea for a posting!
I like the way you have focussed on the back army of chessmen! The refection in the glass adds a lovely interesting dimension!
Very sensitively framed!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)
Many thanks for your kind feedback on 'Rocks - Lindisfarne'.

Hi dear friend,
wonderful way to start your day :)
and to welcome your guest too.
Lovely tones of blue and light in it.
So simple and yet so beautiful.
Have a lovely WE.

Hi Tjutjut, beautiful! Well done, a glass chess game on a glass table (I guess) and a nice diffuse light reflection.
I agree that if the dof was larger, it would enhance the image.

Great work!

Take care, Yan :)

Hi Tjutjut,
Fine art,very nice photo,congratulation.
Best regards,

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  • Hitbit Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 417 W: 159 N: 451] (5918)
  • [2008-01-25 23:50]

Like the way you played with the depth of field, it makes a great shot with the mirror you placed it on Tjutjut sharp and a good comp, well done.

Grtz Pim

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  • ayse51 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2092 W: 144 N: 2110] (27563)
  • [2008-01-26 0:40]

Hi Tjutjut,
beautiful dance of light and shadow.Beautiful framing as always.TFS.Necla

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  • jone Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2365 W: 178 N: 0] (32781)
  • [2008-01-26 1:02]

Hi Tjutjut dear friend ;)
nice and pleasent photo...TFS
Have a nice WE,
J ;)

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  • Tomek Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1264 W: 44 N: 3160] (18766)
  • [2008-01-26 8:15]

Absolutely great composition - I like DOF and your idea:)
Bravo Tjutjut:)
Greetings - Tom

Hola amigo.
Excelente imagen con una calidad muy buena.
Estupendo comentario.
Tampoco soy bueno jugando al ajedrez...suelo pensar mucho las cosas, pero en este juego y otros no pierdo mucho tiempo.
Un cordial saludo, JL.

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  • korbee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1483 W: 0 N: 1852] (14495)
  • [2008-01-26 9:20]

Very good compo. and depth,the reflection is superbe!

Hello Tjutjut,
Again at office, naughty boy ;-) Seriously you offer us another original and great photo !!!
Congratulations for your talent,

A very nice study in tones and light here Tjutjut! LOVE the smoothness of this shot, very interesting DOF! I love it!

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  • lopa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1077 W: 239 N: 849] (8975)
  • [2008-01-27 23:31]

Hi Tjutjut ,
Amazing chessboard presentation. Nice shot with well composition and nice idea,well done!!
Best Wishes

Salam Bro,
Pengambaran yang baik sekali dengan pengunaan dof hadapan dan belakang...wah ini catur mahal ni..bro senang main catul ya..saya juga senang mainnya bro..nanti2 boleh main sama2 ya..Anyway ini foto very excellent!!Shot yang sangat baik bro..gua percaya ma D300 bro..gua mesti dapatkannya satu..


besok bro..:)

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  • eosnut Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 647 W: 285 N: 2085] (13374)
  • [2008-01-28 23:37]

Hi Tjutjut,
Beautiful chess set, and a nice capture, The crystal chessmen are so sharp, (and CLEAR) LOL.
Well done,

Hello Tjutjut
Simple and very nice idea.
I like the reflection and frames.

regards Aga

Excellent montage à l'aspect ésthétique indéniable.
Bonne journée.

very good presentation tjutjut..
nicve colors too
very amazing POV

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  • moli Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1398 W: 269 N: 2111] (13209)
  • [2008-01-29 14:01]

Hello Tjutjut.
Very interesting composition and well presented. good point of view and detalis. I like reflection on the glass as well.
My compliments,.
Janek Kloss

Hello Tjutjut.
This is excellent work. I love the focus and narrow DOF. Great reflections and perfect light. Really good work.

Hello Tjutjut,
Somehow miseed this photo.
Beautiful crystal chess baord. I like playing chess..and not a champian, and like you said good to challange the mind.
Nice light and composition. TFS

Hello my friend Tjutjut

I adore this game,
and he is more exciting and good of playing, when the pieces are beautiful and of acrylic.
Beautiful chess board.
The light to the bottom, the colors and reflexes are wonderful.


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  • inaam Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1816 W: 39 N: 465] (4859)
  • [2008-01-31 8:27]

Hello Tjutjut,

Your idea is mind blowing in this attractive composition. They way you have emphesised on the crystal peieces and the sandblassted pieces are in blur is an innovative presentation. A fantastic shot my friend, well done.

Thanks for sharing this image.

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  • MLINES Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1350 W: 102 N: 1081] (9125)
  • [2008-02-04 13:34]

Hi Tjutjut. You are taking some beaut photos with your new camera. This is an excellent POV of an everyday subject, but with your care and providing an interesting frame it becomes like a work of art. TFS. Murray.

splendide composition avec une jolie réflection
j'aime le flou sur les premiers pions
excellentes couleurs monochromes


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  • rebel Gold Star Critiquer [C: 229 W: 65 N: 1] (141)
  • [2008-02-23 4:09]

From c2 to c4 - move ahead

a classic suject, but a nice representation, no surprise a lot of people love it

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