Jude, over at Travel Words, has challenged us in February to focus on photography involving patterns. This last week in February she has asked us to use pattern as background for a more substantial subject. The challenge in composing the shot, of course, is to let the patterned background enhance the photo, rather than compete with it or overshadow it. Below is a photo of a friend knitting. I wanted to focus on her hands, with her shirt as the background pattern.


Posted for Jude’s 2020 Photo Challenge #8: February’s theme / technique: Being Creative with Patterns. 

11 thoughts on “Hands”

      1. Thanks! I’ve been avoiding people photography for ages. People sometimes ask me if I photograph people, and my response is, “Oh goodness no. I don’t begin to know how to do that.” But then the photography class that I’m taking had some assignments in which we were required to photograph people, so then I was stuck with no way out of it. I had to take lots of photos in the learning process, let me tell you! And I still don’t know if I can do it reliably under varying conditions. But at least now I’ve gotten a start and am not afraid of doing it anymore. 😄

      2. I’m glad I’m not alone! I do want to learn, photography is my hobby, and a slow learning process. I am in no rush. But, I look at other people’s photos for ideas 🙂

      3. That’s actually one of the things they tell you in photography class: look, look, look at other photographers’ work. Learn what you like, what you don’t like, get new ideas, look for styles, angels, composition that would not have occurred to you. Check out photographers’ book from the library, go to exhibits, etc. I know I have learned a huge amount in the last year just from following other photographers here on WordPress. 🙂

    1. Thanks Tish! I’ve been struggling as well. I finally realized that the subject had to be something *completely* different: different color, different texture, different lighting, different catefgory (vegetation with an animal in front…..), different everything. And I took A LOT of photos before I found what would work. Even after I came up wit the idea of hands, I had to experiment with the camera settings to get it right. Fortunately for growing my skill set, some of the homework from the photography class I’m taking required taking photos of people, which has a whole set of challenges I had been reluctant to explore on my own.

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