Computer Friends in Sign Language (read on) by Johanne Brunet

Computer Friends in Sign Language (read on) by 

This shot was made for a contest on another web site, with a “Signs” theme.

I wanted to do something different, out of the box.

The idea of making signs to someone crossed my mind, and I searched for a few words on ASLPro , a visual dictionary for the American Sign Language. You can look for the words friend and computer to see what this is all about.

I thought that it would be nice to illustrate what makes a community like this one so great: Computer Friends!

This is a SINGLE SHOT, not a composite of multiple images.

I set the camera on a tripod with the settings described below and a 10-second timer. I used a brooder lamp on one side (45° angle) with three sheets of white paper to diffuse the light. I then stepped in front of a dark background, all dressed in black, and made the signs slowly, stopping from 3 to 6 seconds every now and then to allow the image to expose enough and imprint as clearly as possible.

I converted to B&W in Photoshop and tweaked levels, curves and contrast a bit.

It’s not a sharp image, and I don’t think that this could have been possible because it’s very hard to remain utterly still for 6 seconds. This one is the best of the 25 shots I made.

Focal length 35 mm
Aperture f/18
Shutter 20 sec.

Shot in manual mode with a 10-sec. timer
Nikon D60
AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f3.5-5.6G VR

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  • Clare Forder
    Clare Forderover 5 years ago

    Very cool Johanne – and creative too!! Good idea :)

  • Thank you Clare! Glad that you like it! :-)

    – Johanne Brunet

  • George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)
    George Parapad...over 5 years ago

    What a superb and creative idea! Excellent image and even more impressive that you managed to do this in the camera rather than PhotoShop! Amazing sense of movement, but also sadness (don’t ask me why sadness, I don’t know…). Well done Johanne!

  • Thank you so much for this great compliment and for the fav, George! I do understand your feeling of sadness, although I can’t put it in words either… Must be because this image speaks of communication and friendship, but in the context of being deprived of hearing, something imoprtant and beautiful.

    – Johanne Brunet

  • Ursula Rodgers
    Ursula Rodgersover 5 years ago

    Jo, you clever clogs you! This is excellent my friend. Love the concept and I think you pulled it off beautifully :)

  • Thank you Ursula! It’s always highly flattering when you pull out that clever clogs bit and it never fails to make me smile. Thank you for your support and for the fav too! :-)

    – Johanne Brunet

  • BGlatzeder
    BGlatzederover 5 years ago

    nice one, Johanne :-)

  • Thank you Barbara! I appreciate your comment and the fav too! :-)

    – Johanne Brunet

  • A.M. Ruttle
    A.M. Ruttleover 5 years ago

    This is SO incredibly cool, Johanne! Beautifully conceived and executed; thanks for mentioning the details as I probably would have plagued you for more info! Well done, and nice “thinking outside the box”!!!

  • Thank you so much for this great compliment, I really appreciate it! :-)

    – Johanne Brunet

  • robpixaday
    robpixadayover 5 years ago

    Wonderful experiment!!!!!!

  • Thank you so much for this enthousiastic comment! LOL!

    – Johanne Brunet

  • Andrew Woodman
    Andrew Woodmanover 5 years ago


  • Thank you! :-)

    – Johanne Brunet

  • ventiCappuccino
    ventiCappuccinoover 4 years ago

    I came across to your photo. I am Deaf myself and I am interested to learn about the second part of your photo. The first sign as in ‘friends’, it looks perfect. But the second sign “computer”, it is just so wrong. It doesn’t make any sense – more of flying hands, pretty much. It should be more of “c” – hard to describe this – this way. Do you understand what I am saying, no?

  • I do understand what you mean. :-) In this photo, I wanted to show the movement which is part of this sign. Please refer to this site ASLPro, locate and click on the letter “C” in the main dictionary to the left, then scroll down in the “Choices” box until you find the word “Computer”. This will display the little video, and you will see what I was aiming to represent.

    I think that there are different kinds of sign languages so this one might be unfamiliar to you. In any case, thank you for taking the time to comment.

    – Johanne Brunet

  • photographerbox
    photographerboxabout 1 month ago

    really lovely, can you try one in auslan? different sign language please

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