The Awkward Hand is what I call this photograph. This was a great location for a shoot. This shot was taken at the Point Loma Nazarene University Amphitheater. The columns reminds me of Greek architecture. Taylor was posing behind the column. I asked if she could get her hidden hand in the shot. When I seen the picture, it looked very awkward. Loved the expression on her face… so I tried to save it.

Have you ever asked a model to do something and it just doesn’t work?  I should have just asked her to move in front of the column, but I wasn’t thinking.  I had a lot of pictures of Taylor standing behind this column, so I chose the one where she awkwardly moved hear hand so I could see it… because I asked her to.   Not much I could do, but have fun with Photoshop and remove her hand, and retain the natural folds of her dress.  I could have avoided the trouble, but it’s things like that I have fun with in post process editing.

Point Loma Nazarene University Amphitheater San Diego
Point Loma Nazarene University Amphitheater San Diego

Gear and Settings:

Sony A7riii
Sony 24-70mm G Master f/2.8 @ 35mm
1/160 s
ISO 100
Edited in Lightroom and Photoshop


What I learned and what I would do differently?

What I learned from this shot is to ask my models to step in front of objects that make them look like they are missing body parts. Saved the picture through post processing, but I could have got a better shot if she was standing forward of the column.  I’ll ask again, have you ever asked a model to do something and it just doesn’t work?   Let me know in the comments.