A gang of my friends are participating in a weekly photography exercise, shooting images according to a theme. This week’s theme was “Hands”.
Finding time during the week to take creative pictures ended up being way more challenging than I’d planned (I’m actually late submitting this), because I’m a natural-light guy and it’s getting dark before I get home from work. I rushed out to Parliament hill Friday night after work to snap a few shots of the clock face (HANDS! Get it?!) but it had already turned dark by 5:45 and consequently, shooting with a long telephoto lens, I managed to only get blurry shots. 🙁 So lame. The peace tower clock is lovely, though, and it would have been nice to get the shot. Ah well.
So it was back to the drawing board – it was clear that I was going to have to set something up.
As I was doing the dishes Saturday night, finally my bolt of lightning hit. I’ve been doing a lot of swimming (and dishes) lately and really dig the weird translucent matte look of my skin when I’m in the water, so I put together an impromptu underwater set in my basement. Here’s the setup:
I sat a clear juice jug across two 2x4s with a fluorescent light between them, and the contrast between the light and the dark was enough to blacken out my basement without a black sheet or towel behind it.
I snapped off about 30 macro shots, and I think this one’s my favourite. I noticed that the longer I kept my hand in the water, the more bubbles formed on my skin’s surface – getting up close it kindof reminds me of those shots of the bubble-filled glass I took earlier in the year. Be sure to click it so you can see it full-size – this one’s all about the little details.
My own critique: There’s some blue fringing along the top of the knuckles I’m not happy with. That’s a technical issue I could try to fix in photoshop but I’m too lazy. Colourwise, I dig the pink and greens, and I’m really happy with the almost creepy flatness of my skin texture and colour – aesthetically it came out almost exactly as I imagined it.
Creatively… I considered holding some watercolour paint in my fist to make smoky swirls around my hand, but the tank was just too small to get a decent cloud of paint. I also thought about thrashing my hand around to get some crazy bubbles, but didn’t want to electrocute myself in the process, so I’ll have to settle with a soaked fist for now. I have an aquarium I’ve been meaning to shoot something like this in, so I might set up something more elaborate (and safer) for the next try. 🙂