Weekly Photo Challenge: Hands

By Vladimir Brezina

This week’s Photo Challenge is Hands.

It’s all about the hands!  (Well, and a few other body parts…) Here’s Joe the Guide (guess which one he is) showing a bunch of newbies the proper forward stroke.

It’s amazing how expressive the hands are, and how much we are drawn to look to them for clues—especially after we’ve cut off the heads!

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68 responses to “Weekly Photo Challenge: Hands

  1. Yes, Vladimir, once decapitated, the hands lead the communications :).

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  3. Good photos — extreme cropping to get right to the point!

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  4. oh-oh. Somebody’s bottom is just about to be whacked, and he/she is clueless. ;-)

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  5. What a great idea to chop off the heads! :D

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  6. Northern Narratives

    Great photos.

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  7. Excellent interpretation of this week’s challenge!!

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  8. Very good choices for this challenge! :)

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    • Thanks, reb! I think I did OK, considering I don’t often do portraits and such. I have plenty of shots of people, and they do (mostly) have hands, but the hands are not usually the prime focus—unless I make it so after the fact!

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  10. Joe would have to be the one using appropriate sun protection!
    Cheers for the pingback :)

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  13. You’ve shared photos of strong, powerful hands indeed. Very cute when you cut off the heads – hands do communicate a great deal. :)

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  14. Love it, Vlad, especially the cropped photos, they really illustrate how evocative hands can be. The top photo looks like an awful lot of fun. This is the point where I admit I’ve never actually been in a kayak. But I’ve done canoeing. Does that count? :)

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      • I’ll take it. :) So how different is kayaking? I mean, are we talking skiing vs snowboarding? (For the record, I’m in the snowboarding camp) ;-)

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        • Different boats and skills, but mainly different kinds of water.

          Canoes developed for long-distance transport on inland waterways, and they are pretty good at that, easier than kayaks to load and unload—important if there are multiple portages between chains of lakes, for example—and carrying greater loads. Kayaks developed for hunting on the sea.

          You wouldn’t choose a canoe for rough open water, or extreme whitewater. (Although there are canoes that do both, those tend to be specialized designs, in some ways more like kayaks.) Basically, since kayaks are closed, they do much better when there is going to be a lot of water washing over the boat and likelihood of capsize.

          Can’t relate that to the difference between skiing and snowboarding, since I haven’t done any snowboarding. More like cross-country vs. downhill skiing, perhaps?

          In Britain, of course, people say “canoe” to mean kayak, and a canoe is a “Canadian canoe”…

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        • Oh, and kayaking is easier for a beginner. To go any distance, you do need to develop some technique, and of course you need skills for more difficult water, but on calm water it’s much easier to make a kayak go straight than a single-person canoe, which will go around in circles until you do develop some technique…

          In fact, beginning kayaking is so easy that it’s also easy to get into trouble. Especially on the sea, it’s easy just to get in and set off, and then notice the water doing something you hadn’t anticipated…

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      • Wait, I had no idea that our canoe is your kayak, I just went and looked at Canadian canoes versus kayaks and guess what? I have kayaked, I just thought I was canoeing. Sweet. I feel like I belong to a new club now. Hurrah!

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  15. Great entries Vlad!
    ‘Especially after you have cut off the heads’ So true! What is everyone doing in the last one?

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    • It was a tour of the reef at low tide, looking at all the colorful tropical creatures in the tide pools, in Belize. The complete photo is here (move backward and forward in the album to see some of the reef sights).

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  17. Lovely selections… :-)

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  18. Good activity and healthy :P

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  20. I really like how you have captured the many ways people have their hands while contemplating an object – beautiful.

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  21. These are all GREAT Vlad! The crop on the last two is perfect!

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  22. Cool all of them!

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  23. Thanks for the pingback Mr. Brezina

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  24. I really like the idea of the teacher showing the students the right technique. And yes, the pictures are quite different when you cut off the heads. :-) Good job with the cropping. The last one is excellent!

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  25. great entry for this week’s challenge… if I have to guess, Joe is the one with the hat… :)

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  26. Love your entries – especially the ones where hands are placed near bodies while listening. Our hands tell a lot with body language.

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  28. “Off with their heads” ;) Love your novel take on the theme. Excellent hand pics.

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