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A black and white self portrait after a hard days work.

A black and white self portrait after a hard days work.
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Honorable Mention in Monochrome Symmetry Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Black And White Compositions Photo Contest Vol 4
Contest Finalist in Shooting Hands Photo Contest
Peer Award
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Top Ranks

Capture Hands Photo ContestTop 10 rank
Capture Hands Photo ContestTop 10 rank week 1
Monochrome Symmetry Photo ContestTop 10 rank
Monochrome Symmetry Photo ContestTop 10 rank week 1
Picturing Hands Photo ContestTop 10 rank
Picturing Hands Photo ContestTop 10 rank week 1
The Swag ProjectTop 10 rank
The Swag ProjectTop 10 rank week 1
Black And White Compositions Photo Contest Vol 4Top 10 rank
Black And White Compositions Photo Contest Vol 4Top 10 rank week 2
Black And White Compositions Photo Contest Vol 4Top 20 rank week 1
Underexposure Photo ContestTop 10 rank
Underexposure Photo ContestTop 10 rank week 1
Shooting Hands Photo ContestTop 10 rank
Shooting Hands Photo ContestTop 10 rank week 1
Monthly Pro Photo Contest Vol 42Top 10 rank
Monthly Pro Photo Contest Vol 42Top 10 rank week 1
13 Comments |
Jdean80 Platinum
 
Jdean80 January 15, 2022
Congratulations on winning honorable mention in the monochrome symmetry contest! Amazing shot!!
DAsEye Platinum
 
DAsEye January 15, 2022
A superb shot, really makes you think
suzielucio_0776
 
suzielucio_0776 January 20, 2022
Amazing
kc_shutterbug
 
kc_shutterbug January 24, 2022
I love, love, love this shot. Well done!
richardwangel
 
richardwangel January 25, 2022
Mycket bra fångat, en arbetares händer
Pesdapics Ultimate
 
Pesdapics January 25, 2022
a very powerful image
christinecilialacorte Platinum
 
christinecilialacorte January 30, 2022
great close up shot
Creule Ultimate
 
Creule February 15, 2022
Fantastic lighting and composition, the texture is stunning.
philden
 
philden February 17, 2022
Awesome!
Tallboyz
 
Tallboyz June 12, 2022
Beautiful!
Emgee1118
 
Emgee1118 June 13, 2022
amazing
Candice Stolen Moments
 
Candice Stolen Moments June 26, 2022
beautiful
paulcao
 
paulcao July 05, 2022
Very beautiful!
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Behind The Lens

Location

I'd been working on my LandRover engine that day and I decided not to wash my hands before I shot the image to give it that 'working hands' look. I had already planned the shot but it was only after working that day that I had the idea of shooting with unwashed hands to give the image a 'grunge' feel.

Time

Evening in my house.

Lighting

Simple and cheap LED lights on mini tripods.

Equipment

Nikon D800E, Nikon 24-70mm and some small LED lights to cast the shadows.

Inspiration

I had the idea for shooting something different for the 'Hands' competition but I had to overcome the obvious hurdle of how to shoot my own fingers. As you can see from the positioning, the camera had to be in front of me and because of the time needed to cross my hands and get into position the shot was not easy. In the end I did a couple of 'focus' shots and then got my wife to operate the camera.

Editing

I used LightRoom to increase the contrast and sharpen the focus a little.

In my camera bag

Nikon D800E, 14-24mm, 24-70mm and 70-200mm (the holy trinity) along with a Nikon 105mm macro.

Feedback

The competition title was hands and I simply sat and thought about how I could perhaps shoot my own hands but in a slightly different way. After a couple f minutes of looking at my hands and placing them in differing positions I came up with the composition as seen in the photo. The challenge then was how to operate the camera with my own hands in the shot.

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