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Camera: Kodak DX6490
Galleries: Portraiture, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Jul 25, 2005

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Comments: 12
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This was taken the day after bringing home my son who was 5 weeks premature. I had him relaxed (briefly) and managed to compose this shot very quickly by holding him in front of a floor lamp... My wife snapped the photo (poor focus)... Due to the lack of preparation there was a fair amount of post processing. Grain was added and the image softened to help disguise the poor focus.

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11/23/2005 01:16:14 AM
My son was 5 weeks early also and in intensive care for 18 days, now he is 12 and growing tall/wild. I love this picture. It brings back emotions. I like the poem that Robert wrote too, I may write one also, just to remember my son and the things we went through. Thanks
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11/22/2005 03:34:06 PM
Poem by Robert Ward


I cradled you in my palm at your frail birth
and prayed for God to keep me safe from harm,
that I might shelter you for all your years:
as my hand then, soon my encircling arm.

I studied your eyes. A tender philosophy
was there, already there, waiting for you to teach:
how in the smallest speck of sand there hangs
the world entire in everything the each.

My son, my love, let me propose this trade:
I pledge my strength to you, for all my days,
if you will lend me yours, that as you grow
I may relearn from you my childish grace.


Thank you so much bear_music!
09/03/2005 12:09:27 PM
The post processing made this timeless. Your son looks like he is really comtemplating his life in the new world of air and light. Composition, the wavy line created by your hand and forearm is a strong element that allows the eye to flow over the picture. The only thing I'd change is the tiny bit of diaper that is shown. I think cloning it out would help the overall composition. Even as it is, I would buy a print of it. Offered as a Katrina print I'd purchase the largest size.
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07/26/2005 10:50:52 AM
Wonderful subject. I like the processing and the light. I do also think the composition could be improved..... either by going close-up on the hand and face, or, reducing the number of "cut-off" things. A square crop on the little guy's expression might work well.
Hope that's useful.

:) Paula
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07/26/2005 02:14:50 AM
Now that's what I really do call a precious moment. Very special photo which, with the way his head fits into the palm of your hand, shows just how tiny and vulnerable he is. Wonderful.
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07/26/2005 02:09:29 AM
he is so cute. Yes, it is a tad out of focus but the meaning and the ring is great.
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07/25/2005 09:33:10 PM
Awesome! I love it. The poor little guy looks worn out. :)
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07/25/2005 08:59:01 PM
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07/25/2005 08:59:00 PM
Powerful shot. Not sure if I like the grain or not. I'd probably have to see it both ways. I think more or less of the other hand would be better, but this is a great shot.
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07/25/2005 08:58:08 PM
The wedding ring is a nice detail. Shines like his eyes.
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07/25/2005 08:52:47 PM
Wow! This brings back some memories! I like the shot. Not sure I'm a huge fan of the overall composition, but I can't really put my finger on the "why". I like the graininess.
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07/25/2005 08:26:37 PM
This is a grainy shot, and focus isn't perfectly sharp and I don't care at all..it is wonderful!!! Love the look in his/her eye..maybe try cropping back (left side) hand out?
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