Weekly Photo Challenge: HANDS & another one: SUMMER

This past Friday brought me two photo challenges or better said pressures. I have been trying to take photos of hands with my new Canon PowerShot G1 x but the results are so disappointing (sometimes working under pressure can be counter productive). Still asย  I am not the one to pass on a challenge I dug up some old photos that can account for both hands and summer.

Some might argue that hands are not instrumental in the one of me in a Nike shirt, but I say hell yes. Just takes an attentive eye to notice all the hands in the photo and most of all to give credit to the one pressingย the shutter button.




65 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: HANDS & another one: SUMMER

  1. Excellent idea, two challenges in one. Brilliant!!!
    You look lost in thought in the last one, but my eye is drawn to the kids in the background as well, with their outstretched hands. Perfect for this week.


    • Thanks Jeff… the only thing that makes me look kind of “smart” today is to serve both challengers with one post…. Otherwise, completely useless here as I did not even press the shutter button for any of these….


    • And I don’t mean to be ungrateful, I really believe your judgement and if you say the pic is perfect for the challenge I do believe you. I whish I had been behind the camera instead of before it .. that’s all.


      • I didn’t take it as you being ungrateful, and I know exactly how you feel about wanting to be the person behind the camera instead of in front of it. At least it is you that is in the photos, and since your blog isn’t strictly a photo blog, I still think they are great for the challenges. They give people another slice of your life. Nice.


        • ๐Ÿ™‚ I am glad you feel this way Jeff and that you get me :): Tell me something please…are the other two photos in this post visible? The two with hubby? I am asking cause people are only commenting on this one with me in the foreground :S


          • Yes they are, and very nice shots of the two of you. The first one of your husband is going to drive me nuts though. He looks like an actor, but I can’t think of the name and it’s going to bug the heck out of me until I figure out who I think he looks like.

            The reason I commented on the last one was that the first two are nice shots of the two of you, possibly on vacation?, but the last, you and your “lost in thought” look, and especially the children in the background, make an outstanding, story telling photo.


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  4. It’s always fun but slightly frustrating trying to get to know a new camera, isn’t it? And the best way to learn is to make mistakes – so consider every disappointing shot as one shot closer to a kick ass shot ๐Ÿ™‚ I really enjoyed these photos, and like Jeff, love that you combined both challenges into once clever series with lots of hands and a real summer feel. Where was the second one taken? The scenery looks spectacular. And yes, I love that last one, it is incredibly evocative. xxx Ailsa


    • You are right Ailsa… and sometimes it can be less fun and more frustration depending on the mood and the day ;). I am a total beginner used to small compacts and automode and till now I was happy with just chosing a frame and snapping,but now I wanted more and am not ready yet :D. Working under pressure sometimes can yield good results as I hope it did with my journey and unfocused themes, but this hand thing got me really frustrated…. I had two models, made one really tired and upset (hubby) and made a friend of mine get out of the house at minutes notice, made her run to catch the last rays of sun, made her pose, do gestures with her hands and all the time she craved for an ice cream which she never got :D. Finally, I got tired, peeved and I left her in the city and came back home. Well, maybe I should make this blog a babbling blog instead of posting pics ;). Now, to answer your question, all three pics were taken in the same region which is the peninsula of Istria in the western part of Croatia, very close to Italy :).
      Thank you for your support Ailsa. I just need to train my patience.


      • One of my favourite quotes comes from a playwright called Sam Beckett. “Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” It’s something I do every day – makes you a better photographer. ๐Ÿ™‚ Next time, take the pressure off, have ice cream with your friend and try photographing a spontaneous moment, you might surprise yourself, and take the pressure off at the same time. If you want a really good exercise in patience, try photographing wildlife – it is perfectly possible to sit for an entire day trying to get a shot and come away with nothing. It teaches you a lot about watching behaviours, and about being in the moment without expecting results. Sometimes, you can learn more by not getting a photo. ๐Ÿ™‚

        Istria looks like a very beautiful part of the world, I am adding it to my ever-increasing list of places to visit! xxx


        • Do pigeons on my balcony count as wildlife? If so, I am on top of it :D. Anyway I am not a photographer, or a photographer wannabe nor I will ever be. I thought this was going to be fun. I have to reconsider having a blog here in the first place.


        • If I may chime in.
          Ailsa, you hit the nail right on the head with your take on wildlife. I don’t know how many times I’ve gotten all camo’d up, gotten out in the woods at some ungodly hour, waited for hours, only to have my intended subject pull a no show! Or even worse, have the light go to hell and have the animal within my sights and still not get the shot.

          Landscapes can be the same way. I’ve been to the Pondicherry National Wildlife Refuge in northern New Hampshire four times now to get the perfect late day light on the Presidential Range. I still don’t have the photo I want! But I won’t give up.


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    • Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚ Which one did you struggle with? Hands or summer? Here I did “two in one” :D. I have seen your street market submission ๐Ÿ™‚ I had to pass on that one.


      • Sorry I should have been more clear. I struggled with the hands challenge. I don’t usually focus on hands and try to keep them out of the photos.


        • I get it… I was not happy with the theme myself and it made me even upset at some point not being able to produce pictures of hands for the challenge (not for the lack of trying though) and finally I had to upload pictures taken by my husband ๐Ÿ˜€ and I felt like a cheat, but at least it is about me and my life… We should not feel bad if we can’t respond to each challenge… We can always come up with a third one!!!


  14. I agree with you, Paula. A shot exclusively or considerably about peoples hands doesn’t have to literally be an image of just their hands. As you’ve done, especially with you’re Nike portrait, you can show more of the person while it’s what their hands are doing; how they affect the shot, that draws attention to them and he;ps to tell the story.


      • Took me a while to find it. My email had another melt-down where I had every email I’ve deleted over the last few days, re-delivered. So I had to go in a delete everything. I remember you had added a song that you wanted me to hear, but for the life of me couldn’t remember where. On the plus side, I got to listen to a lot of your music again last night trying to find it ๐Ÿ˜€

        After rereading some posts, I was reminded of why I followed you in the first place. Good writing, good pics, what’s not to like?


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