Checkmate?

I didn’t do this on purpose, but it seems as though I’ve completely bookended my trip with the first two photos I’m posting. Yesterday’s image was the first frame I took on the beach, and today’s HDR is the third to last set of brackets I shot before leaving Mexico.

This chess set is in the lobby of the Excellence Riviera Cancun where we spent our honeymoon. As soon as I walked in on the first day and saw these large table boards with the huge carved wooden playing pieces, I knew I had to get a shot of them before I left. I also knew I would be throwing on my 50mm to get some super shallow depth of field and some nice bokeh on some of those playing pieces. I don’t usually choose to go with an angled frame, but I thought it would work nicely here, and I wasn’t disappointed.

Canon EOS 50D, Canon EF 50mm f/1.4, 50mm, F 1.4, ISO 100, 3 Handheld Exposures

Oscar Navarro - December 22, 2010 - 7:17 am

No yet!!! hahaha Great Shot Buddy.. 🙂

Scott Frederick - December 22, 2010 - 7:20 am

Love this shot. Could be use for advertising, etc.

Eric Leslie - December 22, 2010 - 7:21 am

Love this composition and dof. Works very well!

Steve Beal - December 22, 2010 - 7:39 am

Love that f/1.4 and your choice of diagonal framing… Great shot Heath!

John Sotiriou - December 22, 2010 - 7:41 am

Heath,
Did you have any time for honeymooning? Your new bride is a keeper. Mine would probably have made me leave my camera at home! 🙂
I love this shot! The angle makes it! Great job, and congratulations.
John

Tanya - December 22, 2010 - 8:14 am

Lovely shot buddy!

Jesse - December 22, 2010 - 8:50 am

Pretty pretty bokeh indeed. Nice job hand holding an odd angle shot like this, very cool!

Tobias George - December 22, 2010 - 8:53 am

This is excellent. Great angle and bokeh!

Heath O'Fee - December 23, 2010 - 6:53 am

Thanks for the kind words, everyone!

John: She is definitely a keeper…and don’t worry, my camera spent most of the honeymoon safely tucked away in my bag 😉