I might have created a new kind of food photography. 4TH PHOTO ADDED

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I've never seen photos of food being used as checkers and that includes when I asked Mr. Google to find them for me.

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Photo #1
The strong lines in the game board aren't straight because it's a really cheap board that doesn't lay flat.
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Photo #2
When a checker (also called a man) gets to the far row of the board, it can be crowned a king. A king is indicated by two stacked checkers.
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Photo #3
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Photo #4

The starting position of all red pieces when playing the Coast-to-Coast version of checkers.
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Setup for Photo #1
The background is black velvet. The device with red-orange trim at the top right corner of the game board is a flashlight. It is lighting the three blackberries in the rear row of the board to separate them from the background. 25 focus-bracketed images at Nikon step size 3 stacked in Helicon Focus at default settings.
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Setup for Photos #2, #3 and #4

Photos #2 and #3: The background is black velvet. The tall bright device on the left side of the game board is a piece of translucent vellum. (Any diffusion material could have been used.) Placing a bit of distance between it and the lamp on the left created, in effect, a larger light source that lit the subjects with much more flattering light than if I had lit them directly only with the lamp. The white thing on the right is a reflector that lifted the shadows on the right side of the subjects.

Photo #4: Same as photos #2 and #3 except the white reflector on the right was not used and that 25 focus-bracketed images at Nikon step size 3 were stacked in Helicon Focus at default settings.
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I like the composition and lighting of #4. However, the raspberries lost their "raspberry" color... LOL!
 

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