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bubbly-stare: falling sleepily out of focus
bubbly-stare: falling sleepily out of focus

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Bubbles (Basic Editing III)
Collection: my life stuff
Camera: Nikon D70
Lens: Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D
Location: My studio (
Date: Sep 15, 2005
Aperture: f1.4
ISO: 250
Shutter: 1/80
Galleries: Candid, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Sep 16, 2005

this is my 5-month old daughter just a fraction away from falling asleep. She smiles ALL the time ... I decided to use a non-smiling image as to not distract from the bubble subject -- and because this is when she was very cooperative (91% asleep). Used 50mm with f1.4 for very shallow DOF ... I made minor adjustments to color balance, sharpened, and cropped. As usual there was luck involved -- the bubbly reflections in the eyes!

Place: 125 out of 240
Avg (all users): 4.9691
Avg (commenters): 5.8889
Avg (participants): 4.7174
Avg (non-participants): 5.0854
Views since voting: 1302
Views during voting: 375
Votes: 291
Comments: 14
Favorites: 0

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11/19/2007 09:46:55 PM
I was going to say that I'm amazed that this didn't win the Posthumous or the OOBIE (or the Metatate)but I guess it was entered before they were given out. This is a very creative shot that slipped through the DPC cracks. Creative shots have a reputation for finding the cracks. Although you did all you could to explain yourself in the title, it seems most people missed the bokeh part. Great shot.

Message edited by author 2007-11-19 21:55:16.
11/15/2007 05:25:20 PM
The eye bubbles didn't stand a chance. We have the dribble in immaculate focus! Plus you went to an extreme to make this difference by shooting F1.4. I like the image but the bubbles, especially from the mouth don't mean the same thing for me, as for you. ;)
I assume that you shot a version with the eyes in perfect focus and the reflections of bubbles there suffered. If not, you missed the shot you were looking for. It sure looks like she is in an altered state. One might even say meditating. :) Cute baby.
09/28/2005 10:10:13 AM
Man, I really thought the bubbles in the eyes would get a better reaction! ... I'm pretty sure no one will ever read this so here goes ... this photo rules!: focus, bokeh, blur, illusion, beauty, a captured moment, detail, fit the challenge ... Thanks for the 6-10 scores .. those were correct ... especially the 10's!!!!

Message edited by author 2006-02-27 14:07:07.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/27/2005 05:58:17 AM
does not tell me anything
09/26/2005 10:52:49 AM
Awwwww. . . THAT is CUTE!!!!!
09/25/2005 10:31:48 AM
what happened to her eyes?
09/25/2005 08:47:06 AM
nice tight crop for this portrait. why not better focus on your subject though?
09/24/2005 12:34:23 AM
keep your focus
09/24/2005 12:32:34 AM
cute picture,,, would've liked to see the eyes more in focus,,, but you may have been trying for that,,, good luck
09/23/2005 01:46:08 PM
falling out of focus, yes very true.
in any photo of a face, the eyes are critical, so they must be in focus.
09/22/2005 12:06:35 AM
09/21/2005 04:22:21 PM
I would like to see both eyes in focus.
09/21/2005 03:37:01 PM
Love the shot - not mad about the title - a bit too wordy for my taste. Those baby bubbles are darling. Love the sweet expression of innocence. It seems just slightly out of focus to me but the overall composition is good.
09/21/2005 09:08:32 AM
What a cute little drooler! There's bubbles in the baby's eyes too!
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