Model Bio: This is a photograph of Susan, a long time friend and avid crafter of all things knitted or sewn. Some practical items such as clothes and some beautifully decorative such as cross stitchings to mark special occasions or major family events.
Although we had planned this some time ago and despite meeting up for numerous social occasions for one reason or another it took a long time to for us to have all the elements in one place. It should also be noted that Susan is particularly averse to having her photograph taken and only agreed to the shoot because it would only feature her hands. Susan runs a craft business in Cricklade, Wiltshire details at Cricklade Crafts.
I find the concept of knitting intriguing because the process from start to finish requires so many steps to produce an item from the raw material through to the finished item. It seems fairly logical that early man would wear animal skins to keep warm in this case sheep but who then thought of making wool and then using wool for knitting together a garment, there seems no logical development route for this process to have developed and additionally the skills were distributed over many people – the shepherd, the shearer, the spinner and the knitter.
Location : My Home on Fri 6th March 2015
Equipment and settings : Canon 5D Mk III, EF 24-70 L , ISO 400 at F2.8 and 1/60th of a second.
Photography and Post Processing : Taken in natural light, Susan knits anywhere any time and as mentioned Susan doesn’t like cameras so to relax her we chatted as friends and then when she was comfortable I took some images choosing this one because I feel it captures her in the act of knitting in the most natural way.
Using Photoshop the layer was duplicated and a high pass filter applied with a setting of around 10 pixels, the filter was erased from all but the bare flesh areas of the hands and arms and blending mode changed to overlay. Images is then flattened and de-saturated with magenta boosted to enhance contrast and brightness / contrast also tweaked. The image was straightened and cropped and the image resized and a border added for presentation.
Evaluation. I think the result is a pleasing image that complements the series of images I have created. I like the emphasis on the hands and the contrast between these light areas of the image against the dark background of the garment being produced and the subjects clothing.