Model Bio: This is a photograph of Jim Edwards, my brother. He is a vegetarian of many years standing, primarily based on his opposition to factory farming methods and the suffering endured by animals for the benefit of humans. Additionally he is keenly aware of “green” issues and concerned about related issues such as food miles e.g. the nonsense whereby we as a nation transport carrots from Poland when they could perfectly well be grown here albeit at a marginally higher price. As a by product he has developed a keen interest in growing his own vegetables. Its a family joke that when he moved house a couple of years ago he didn’t buy a house he bought a large garden that happened to have a house nearby 🙂 Now the garden is well established he grows year round produce for the table much to the enjoyment of friends, family and himself.
Location : Jim’s garden Aylesbury 9th of November 2014.
Equipment and settings : Canon 5D Mk III, EF 24-70 L , ISO 200 at F8 and 1/80th of a second.
Photography and Post Processing : Taken in natural light on a bright sunny day a shady spot was selected to remove any harsh shadows / blown highlights from the image. Jim was in his gardening clothes and it was the deliberate intention to capture the grubby fingers to indicate active work.
Taken relatively close up even at f8 will produce a relatively shallow depth of field, the point of focus are the finger tips and the focus recedes to softness to the shirt in the background. With onions and fingers the main point of interest central in the image I decided a square format best suited this image. Accordingly the image was cropped, converted to black and white in Photoshop, with the magenta channel boosted to improve contrast. Contrast and brightness were also adjusted to further emphasise and enhance the detail in the fingers. The images was then resized and a border added for use in this blog using the free FastStone image viewing software which has excellent batch processing tools.
Evaluation. Overall I think this image works well to illustrate the pride of someone who grows his own food and the effort – represented by the dirty fingers (literally to get “your hands dirty” ) – needed to achieve the desired outcome. Technically I am pleased with the result as the image works as planned with the deliberately soft focus background complementing the main point of interest in the foreground.