Hedgecoe Hand Project

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  1. jcdeboever

    jcdeboever TPF Supporters Supporting Member

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    Goal was to find a subject and focus on that image to produce a dramatic composition. I chose hands and decided to capture working hands. I produced them in camera raw conversion to a custom Acros, emphasis on contrast and detail. I was inspired by @Gary A.'s contrasty street images during his film journalist era and @Derrel's direction to pickup the 70's hedgecoe books. All images were created with a Fujifilm X-Pro 2, 60mm 2.4 macro. Comments and improvements welcomed. What I learned is it is very difficult to wrap your mind into a human part and try to represent it beautifully.

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    6. Man that hands were attached to
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    7. Lady weaving the old fashion way.
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    Nice work.
     
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    Thanks bud, that means a lot coming from you.
     
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    Um, why? You are way beyond what I can do.

    I also like the subject -- I had a lathe. I want one when we gety a olace with the room for it.
     
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    Because you are talented and do a lot around here. That one is running off a hit and miss motor.
     
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    Thank you.

    When I look at 2 and 5, I think about all of the things that those hands have crafted.
     
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    Yup. He built his house and barn. One of the few old barns that hasn't caved in. He is a little different (but nice) and I haven't got up the courage to ask him if I could shoot on his property. He has a lot of neat buildings and stuff.
     
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    Overall nice set, but for me #5 captures the essence of the project.
     
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    Thanks my brother. I agree. The linseed oil soaked hands amplify his hands and craftsmanship.
     
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    Done a lot of turnings over the years, individual pieces and furniture parts, never did much with linseed oil, just didn't like it. Primarily use lacquer on larger pieces so I can tint it for a more even color in the wood, or if I really want a hand rubbed look on smaller pieces and carvings I'll use this Briwax International, Inc
     
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    Yup, that Briwax is an excellent product. You can do some super finishing with it. Pretty specialized but very effective with the proper application and methods.
     
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    Very nice. I have a real soft spot for lathes, though most of my turning was done on a 1970s Hardinge metal lathe that was a real pleasure to use.
     
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