Dogwood 52: Assignment #22 "Hands"

Some friends and I are doing the Dogwood 52 Week photography challenge. We submit a photo each week on a given "assignment" along with commentary and discussion. This week's assignment was:

[Portrait] Hands: Usually the face is the strongest element in the frame; with the hands being second. Make the hands the most important element in your image this week.

The submissions follow in order submitted along with the photographer's commentary. We'll add other commentary and critique from the group as it comes in.


See attached. This was from the SF science march over the weekend. There were countless signs with great (and terrible) puns that people were holding. I focused on the hands this time, and I think they can tell a story by themselves.


I thought this would be easier to frame, but it turns out walls and holds get in the way a lot. I've been going to this tiny local gym since January, and they just replaced half of their holds with brand new stuff so now my hands are getting torn up. Time to train some more.


Ah, hah. This one was definitely a bit of a cop-out. Here I am, reaching for the sky! I guess? The most fun part of this was the editing in post where I used a nice trick of converting to black and white and mapping blues to very dark colors. Instant super-dramatic skies!



If you can believe it the majority of this shoot was done in a Zaxby's parking lot on our way home from a quick weekend vacation.  I've been studying a lot of natural light photography techniques lately and I decided to use our hands shoot to test them out.  This shoot was a combination of elegant lens flare, shooting with the proper settings to get the cigarette smoke to illuminate and of course where to put the sun to capture different effects.