“Sharing tales of those we’ve lost is how we keep from really losing them.” ― Mitch Albom
One of the treasures my father left me is this beautiful chess set. As a child I used to look at them closely, admiring the fine details of this cast iron, the white players nickel plated and the black being copper plated, chess set.
I have no idea where he got them, only that he brought the set with him from Germany when he immigrated. In my imagination, they came from some old castle or a grand house where nobles used to play with them. An unlikely source, but part of the childhood memory.
Given the marvelous details, I thought they might make a nice subject to document with a photo. It’s also a chance to play with macros settings and lighting some more.
Nikon D800 Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro @90mm 1.0 sec, f/29.0, ISO 200
If you ever get the chance to go to Carmel, take it. This is a beautiful coastal town full of Spanish charm, art shops, beaches, and eateries. I enjoyed the architecture, which is a real mix of some pretty eclectic styles.
When I look at a scene like this I often wonder “How old is this?”. “Is it a reproduction, meant to look old?”. This post and wrought iron railing seemed genuinely old. I wonder if it was part of the original building or if the owner bought it somewhere to achieve a certain ‘look’.
In any case. it was a very unique detail and I was happy to be able to keep the memory to reflect on later.