Word Press Weekly Photo Challenge: Hands

by Rick Diffley on May 21, 2012

How Did I Do This?

This week’s Word Press Weekly Photo Challenge is “hands.” With these challenges I like to venture out and try to produce an image that is different from what you may expect to see and what has already been captured.  Plus, it keeps me sharp trying something new that I’ve not shot before.

Here’s how I shot this image of my hands tossing a basketball in the air…

  1. Shot inside my garage. The background was the white painted garage wall.
  2. My Nikon D300 was on a tripod in manual mode and shot at: f/16 with a shutter speed of 0.3 second.
  3. I set the timer on my camera to 5 seconds. Pressed the shutter button, waited ’till just the right time and tossed the basketball into the air. To get this final image took about eight tries.

Post processing included using Flypaper Textures “Swans Way” background to have an added twist to the final image (-:  You can learn more about how to use textured backgrounds here: Textured Background Tutorial.

Thank you for stopping by. I always welcome comments and critiques.


{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

The Retiring Sort May 21, 2012 at 9:06 AM

It ws worth the 8 tries – I love it!


Rick Diffley May 21, 2012 at 3:16 PM

It was great to have you stop by and leave a comment. It was a fun project and I’m happy you enjoyed the image.


Pierre May 21, 2012 at 10:08 AM

And the ball is even rotating ;-) Well done and a special thanks for the “how-to”!


Rick Diffley May 21, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Hi Pierre!

>> And the ball is even rotating.

It took four tries before I realized I should have the label on the basket ball visible to provide some contrast. Also, the to make easier to track the slight ball movement that took place.

Thank you your comment!


Cindy Taylor May 21, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Wow, that’s fantastic!! And only 8 tries? It would probably take me 100 :)


Rick Diffley May 21, 2012 at 3:26 PM

Cindy – When I started I was wondering how many tries it would take to get the shot I wanted. Thank you for your “wow.”


Patti Kuche May 21, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Rick, I always appreciate the effort you put into these challenges. The results are stunning and your tutorials always give me something to take away and try, thank you!

Great hand shot, even the writing on the basketball seems to be in it’s proper place!


Rick Diffley May 21, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Hi Patti and thank you for the acknowledgement!

There was a little more behind the scene work. I wanted just the right amount of arms and hands showing. The ball could only top out at the right height. After the 4th try I thought I should have the basket ball letter show for contrast. I wanted just the right shutter speed. It was fun!

Thanks again!


Miz Roket May 21, 2012 at 10:53 PM

Another great one!


Rick Diffley May 22, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Thanks. It was fun (-: Glad you enjoyed it.


Jo Bryant May 21, 2012 at 11:14 PM

It is wonderful Rick how you push yourself and share what you do here so that others can benefit…I really like this image a lot.


Rick Diffley May 22, 2012 at 7:46 AM

Thanks for the nice compliment Jo!

Liked your colorizing image of the hands holding the yellow flower!!


Anne Freeman May 22, 2012 at 3:17 PM

Rick – enjoyed the image and your explanation. That photo is neat!



Rick Diffley May 22, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Anne – Thank you for being here and enjoying the image.


milkayphoto May 23, 2012 at 5:21 AM

Neat idea and well executed!


Rick Diffley May 23, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Thanks! Loved your recent bird images! Great captures and good control of the background.


Martin May 24, 2012 at 10:39 AM

Nice idea and holding the ball so the makers name is to the for was a key part of adding interest to the photo.


Veronika Hjorth May 24, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Very interesting picture. , and thank´s for the tutorial


Rick Diffley May 24, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Thank you for visiting and leaving a comment.


Misky June 9, 2012 at 1:55 PM

I’m thinking that I should invest in a tripod. Maybe Santa will bring me one.


Rick Diffley June 10, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Tripods are pretty essential. Be sure to do some research before you make a purchase.


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