The camera never lies… Or does it !?!?…

Check-Mate…

Well it has been SUCH a long time since I’ve done one of these mini-me clone shots, but my daughters recent request of me to teach her how to play chess inspired me to get a wee bit creative again… and here’s the result…

Btw…. I know she’s only 10, and has only played about 4 games in total… EVER… but she’s not beaten me yet… My longest winning streak to date… lol… ;)

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24 responses

  1. aswirly

    Cuuuuuuute! So your mini is good at chess huh? It looks like he’s cheating telling that horsie (I mean, knight, sorry) where to go. Very nice Funkster. You really look like you are apart of the scene and the reflections / shadows are perfect.

    July 17, 2010 at 1:00 am

    • Horsie !!… Lol… Thanks A… Well he might cheat just a tiny bit I guess, but then that’s allowed in Chess isn’t it ???… Or at least it is when I’m playing my daughter… Shhhhh…Don’t tell anyone… ;)

      July 17, 2010 at 1:15 am

  2. Nice one Brian. You’ve got a very interesting chess board. I will show this one to my husband.
    Do enjoy your weekend ;)

    July 17, 2010 at 1:55 am

    • Thanks Attiev… Yeah it is quite interesting isn’t it… and I “acquired” for free too, which makes it all the better… :)

      July 18, 2010 at 9:09 am

  3. Wow nice work. Very good on the shadows of you on the chess board.

    July 17, 2010 at 8:38 am

    • Thanks Martin… The shadows are always a bit of a challenge, especially on a reflective surface…

      July 18, 2010 at 9:10 am

  4. Wow, great clone shot. That’s an interesting chess set and you look like you fit in perfectly. Nice work.

    July 17, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    • Thanks Mike… With the dragons etc you can imagine my daughter loves this set….

      July 18, 2010 at 9:14 am

  5. You are just unbelievably good in your processing. Amazing! That is so cool! I can’t even figure out how to put my portrait of Teddy on to a nicer background without it looking like a child cut him out of a magazine!

    July 17, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    • Thanks so much K.. This was actually quite a rushed shot, and processed real quick too if I’m honest… as I got bored part way through.. lol.. They’re not too difficult though in all honesty, so long as you’re comfortable with layers and layer masks… You should give it a try… :)

      July 18, 2010 at 9:27 am

      • I’m so NOT comfortable with layers and masks. I only have Photoshop Elements, not the full blown Photoshop, and I still have difficulty making heads or tails of it. I use Scott Kelby’s book about PSE to guide me through some of the basics, but I think you need a deeper understanding to pull off the things you do!

        July 18, 2010 at 2:54 pm

        • Well I’m sure you can pretty much do the same things in Elements… and as with your new DSLR, it’s all possible with a bit of learning, and most importantly a lot of playing… :)

          July 18, 2010 at 6:57 pm

  6. Wow, Brian! This is my first introduction to your mini and it is fantastic! VERY convincing so THAT means VERY well done!

    Cool chess set and I like the fact that you are trying to coax the knight into place, just like a real horse might react!

    July 18, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    • Ahhh yes, I guess you have missed all the early ones eh… Guess I’ll have to do a few more so you can catch up a bit… Thanks Tracy, glad you like it… :)

      July 18, 2010 at 6:59 pm

  7. absurdoldbird

    I like that you’ve given yourself a shadow and some reflected light! This is so often missed out of digital additions. Nice!
    (Though, would be fun if you’d do one in which you’re on the back of one of the Knights!)

    The only time I ever won at chess was when I was a teenager and playing against my uncle. How did I win? He fell asleep!

    July 18, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    • Thanks so much Val… I’m glad you picked up on the shadow work, as they’re usually the hardest to make natural…. and LOL.. Well I don’t think it will be very long before my daughters beating me, then I might need to resort to some underhanded distraction techniques… ;)

      July 19, 2010 at 11:04 pm

  8. This is great! Love the chess set, too. Your shadows are a lot better than mine. I am so out of practice. (And I’m so old I remember doing drop shadows from scratch.) Wonderful processing!

    July 19, 2010 at 7:25 am

    • Hahaha… What do you mean you’re so old you remember doing them from scratch… I STILL do my shadows from scratch…. What does that make me !?!?…. LOL…. Thanks so much Avital… :)

      July 19, 2010 at 11:12 pm

  9. That is a great shot, I love the creativity, it so cool :)

    July 20, 2010 at 2:57 am

    • Thanks Consuelo… Have to admit they’re fun to do, but digging any creative ideas out is the tricky part for me… lol…

      July 20, 2010 at 10:01 pm

  10. JJ

    You clever thang you! Wish I could do stuff like this!!!

    July 22, 2010 at 10:20 am

    • Cheers Jayne… Anything’s possible dontchaknow… even learning how to play chess properly… so they tell me… lol..

      July 22, 2010 at 7:03 pm

  11. haha those mini-me clones are fab…nicely done sir. I’ve not played chess in eons so I’ll be no competition!

    July 28, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    • Cheers Brian… Yeah they’re pretty cool to do, and not anywhere near as difficult as people may think… Cr*p what am I saying !!… lol… They’re virtually impossible to do is what I meant to say… LOL…

      August 1, 2010 at 11:50 pm

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