The chess board was installed in Hyde Park in 1972 (History). The board is located at the northern end near St James station. When I worked in the city I used to wonder over and watch during lunch hour. Generally people, I think, consider it slow game so I thought I’d try to capture some action by blurring the movement with a variable neutral density filter fitted to the camera’s lens.

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Camera Fuji X-E1
Lens XF23mmF1.4 R
ISO 200
Focal Length 23.0 mm (35.0 mm in 35mm)
Aperture f/4
Exposure Time 1/6 second
Date Taken 2013-12-13 at 10:27 am

In The Bag

Gear, everyone always asks what your shooting with. It only matters when it’s relevant to what you intend to do with your images. It is important to know how to use your equipment, and shoot regularly. As Dorothea Lange said “A Camera is a tool for learning how to see without a camera”. All of our resources need to work together to make a photograph that holds interest. Arnold Newman summed it up as “Visual ideas combined with technology combined with personal interpretation equals photography. Each must hold it’s own; if it doesn’t, the thing collapses.”

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