Weekly # 617 - Hands Competition

Competition Details
Closing Date: 19/05/2019
Judge: Noelcmn

A bit stumped for a theme for this week's challenge, so going for something I hope is easy enough. Hands are beautiful parts of the human anatomy, and besides being the most useful of our bodies, they often define who we are and what we are able to do. This challenge is to capture hands, in any form, busy with whatever. Romantics will go for lovers holding hands, gardeners for, well gardening exercises, and then there is good old hands at work. Music offers opportunities, and so does sport, not forgetting modern technology. You may even opt for a sculpture, or some creative use of hands and shadows which will take you back to the days of your youth .
Usual rules apply:
1. Only Pentax cameras and acceptable clones.
2.The winner is expected to set, judge and preferably offer some comments/critiques of submissions.
3. You are free to use images from your archives, or take something new.
4. The challenge closes on Sunday 19 May 2019 at midnight BST.

I look forward to your submissions.
Competition Entries


Link Posted 20/05/2019 - 09:55
Thank you all that entered the challenge, I am gratified with the submissions, and despite the low number of entries, it’s a delightful bunch of images to judge.

JAK-Space time rift – Wonderful image, full of hands doing all kinds of different things. The selective colour works very well. Excellent DOF and a great story line to boot! Just love the top note of juxtaposition in this image.

Perspicador-Cat Protection – LOL! Good for a laugh, especially after spending a few useless hours at the local traffic Dept to renew my Drivers Licence. Love that expression of the woman, as if she is seeing a monster not realising the “danger” behind her. Lovely detailed shot with good colours too! I’d guess at 300mm, options for avoiding cutting off the left side is not likely.

Davidwozhere-Potting on – excellent documentary shot, complete with dirt on the fingers, detail is excellent, and the evident harsh light very well handled. vid_joyce? Googled that, but no luck. I keep thinking this is just the shot for a gardening magazine. Hope your seedling has grown to maturity.

Retsoor-Cutting the cake- Beautiful, enviable shot, which any aspiring wedding photographer will appreciate. I have done a few weddings in my lifetime, and have tried this a few times, unsuccessful I may add. I would hazard a guess that this was outdoors, the light is wonderful. Vignetting is a rather disputable technique among the photographers I know, and I gather rarely used, here it is employed to great effect. The details and colour are also spot on. Dare I say, one that will hit a chord of cognisance and memory with most viewers. Also, like the “mystery” to it.

NigelK-Pull- When I saw this the first time, I said, “what a wonderful bit of texture”. That usually lends itself well to high contrast B/W low key photography, of which this is a fine example. Amazing details in this image. Gotta love the range of tones in this and the distinct note of drama.

Noelm- Hands of a Goth- Another wonderful example of a textured shot, full of detail, and a wonderful composition. Natural “selective” colouring, giving it a two-tone complimentary colours is noteworthy. Great shot!

And onto the winners

1st NigelK- Dramatic B/W.
2nd JAK- Space time rift-Great story
3rd Cutting the cake- All round pleasing shot that I am sure the happy couple will be more than happy with.

HC’s to the rest.


Link Posted 20/05/2019 - 10:19
Thank you Noelcmn for my top spot. Congratulations to my fellow podium places and all who entered. I'm a bit surprised at the low number of entries but an enjoyable and wonderfully varied selection.


Link Posted 20/05/2019 - 11:02
Thank you Noelcmn for the competition, judging and second place. Well done to Nigel for the win., a well found super image and to everyone else who entered. I'm also surprised as to how few entries there were.
John K
Link Posted 20/05/2019 - 19:43
Congratulations to Nigel and JAK -two great photos. Thanks also to Noelcmn for the competition and 3rd place with some nice comments. The main photographer was only booked for the wedding and left after the ceremony and traditional photos. I was asked to take some during the speeches and cutting the cake later on. I was glad I wasn't doing the whole wedding.


Link Posted 21/05/2019 - 02:07
As soon as I saw that one from Nigel - winner! Well done.
You Googled 'David Joyce'? There are millions of us !! (One even wrote a book about Container Gardening: link ).
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Last Edited by davidwozhere on 21/05/2019 - 02:14
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