There has always been moments in our lives when we felt all alone and everything seems to be working against us. We all have been there, regardless of what the odds are, we pull it off every time. And turning back, we would nothing but be surprised on the very thought of how we surpassed all these!
Getting into the details of the making of this picture, my all time favorite Tabletop photography lens is the Nikon 55mm f3.5 micro-nikkor. However, in this case I used a special one, the Carl Zeiss Jena Flektogon 20mm f4.0, also known as the "Zebra" lens. This lens is best known for its capability to do architectural photography and has zero distortion. But that's not the reason that I picked this lens for this particular project. I needed a really wide lens to have my subject (pawn) dominantly big at the same time including into frame the whole of the other side chess pieces. The Zebra's close focusing capability is amazing that I could really get close and shoot. Adding wide and close focusing, I had a winner here.
Lighting, as I planned, was a simple one with just one light. I used a silver umbrella for this shoot as I needed a bit of contrast than a shoot-through umbrella. But after the test shot I was surprised to see a hard shadow for the pawn and that too against the lighting direction I had set up. This was a happy accident that I liked and decided to keep. The shadow was from the flash head directly lighting the pawn. So in a way I ended up achieving two lights with one flash, one directly from the flash head on the pawn providing a bit of back lighting and a shadow, and the light from the silver umbrella.