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Old Mar 14, 2011, 6:16 PM   #1
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Experimenting with B&W and cropping.
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Old Mar 19, 2011, 8:51 AM   #2
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My first attempt at cropping and converting to B&W. Would appreciate any ideas, comments.
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Old Mar 19, 2011, 10:55 AM   #3
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I think it is excellent. The one thing that strikes me as worth trying to work on is the contrast between the top of the hand and the instrument body that is just above it. If you could introduce just a hint of shadow along the edge of the skin, it would allow better definition of the lines there.
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I see what you mean. I'll give it a shot.

Many thanks!
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I like the skin tones, the softness, the vignette. I'm not keen on the hands in relation to the uke. In your composition the uke is almost a background object.

I've never shot a hands or hands-and-object photo because I've never found a sufficiently compelling subject, so my opinion might not be worth squat. For me there has to be one of three things going on in the subject and thus in the photo: 1) A pair of hands that tell a story all by themselves, 2) The relationship between hands and object tells a story, or occasionally 3) Hands that are so aesthetically pleasing the photo can stand alone on that merit. I don't see any of the three in your photo.
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Thanks for the great critique. I really like your "3 things approach" to the composition and will take it onboard.

My approach to this photo was driven by a very limited audience. The hands belong to a church minister who is holding a Uke he received from his wife as a gift; thus his hands were the primary subject wth the Uke as secondary. After taking this shot, I decided to do a series of photo's along the concept of "acoustic hands". As I proceed with this project, I'll keep "3 things" in mind.

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