The Queen Stands Above the Others
I got the idea for an image like this from one on 500px a few years ago, but sadly the URL I'd saved wasn't good anymore. The general idea of that image was that of a fallen king with the other side's queen standing, so to speak, triumphantly in victory. Another idea with the composition of the image was to capture a look across the chessboard rather than from above. It just so happened that as I waited for a plane flight out of this airport in Bentonville, Arkansas (XNA), that they just happened to have a large size chessboard with pieces. With a few hours to spare, I set up and moved the chess pieces around...but not in a complete random order but as if someone might have played a game...with the queen standing above all others.
For composing the image, I opened up on the aperture so that only the main pieces directly to my front were in a good focus. The far-off portions of the airport lobby (which I couldn't really seemed avoid) were hidden by being slightly out of focus.