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Shooting Antiquity

Mikko Saari
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I met the guys for a game of Antiquity today. Of course I snapped some photos, too... Antiquity is such an easy game to shoot, lots of small details on the board. Of course, it's very easy to get very boring photos of the game.

The trick is to figure out an interesting composition on the board, and not just a random bunch of chits and cubes.

It was easy to take the photos. Lots of light around, so no need for flash or high ISO values. I could keep the aperture moderate to avoid too shallow depth of field.

So, here are my picks:

On the left, we have what felt to me an obvious vertical alignment photo. Actually, I shot it horizontal, but when I edited the photo in Aperture, I figured this part would make a nice composition. That's why you always shoot maximum size - leaves more room for cropping. Even cropped that much it's still a 8-megapixel photo.

In any case, the depth of field is pretty nice in that photo I think, and the way the red is kind of reaching towards the black gives the composition some sense.

On right, there's a nice little detail shot. Again, a fairly tight crop of the original. A small detail, the cube and the fish chit, which stands out from the red cubes, pollution chits and the red city.

Hope you like these photos and most of all, find them interesting!
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