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Challenge: Free Study IX (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Sony DSC-F717
Location: Ohio
Date: Nov 17, 2005
Aperture: 2.2
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/40
Galleries: Emotive, Food and Drink
Date Uploaded: Nov 19, 2005

Out of all the photos I took this month, this is the one that moves me. I hope it gets an emotional response from others as well. Since I know the mom and baby, it's hard to tell if the photo itself has any emotional impact.

EDIT AFTER CHALLENGE: Apparently it didn't carry much emotional or photographic impact. Thanks for those who left nice comments, but I wish I had also received some comments to let me know why this scored so low.

In any case, I liked it so that's what got entered.

Levels, bw conversion, darkened background, slight burn tool on cap, resize, usm, border.

Statistics
Place: 240 out of 519
Avg (all users): 5.5704
Avg (commenters): 7.2500
Avg (participants): 5.4901
Avg (non-participants): 5.7867
Views since voting: 1004
Views during voting: 414
Votes: 277
Comments: 20
Favorites: 1 (view)


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05/23/2007 09:49:15 PM
Originally posted by eschelar:

uhm. Food and drink category? I sure hope not! :)


hehe...took me a minute to figure out what the heck you were talking about. Not sure how I messed that one up.
05/23/2007 05:20:45 AM
uhm. Food and drink category? I sure hope not! :)
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01/24/2007 09:54:41 PM
Again this is just perfect, and I love this image so very much.

We are about to become first time grandparents, so this image means such a lot to me personally, and I hope to take one similar of our grandchild, when our precious bundle arrives.
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01/02/2006 05:51:11 PM
I think maybe a smidge more contrast would have helped. The light is too harsh and blanches out the lighter areas a bit too much. Although it's a newborn, the blanket kind of kills it for me. Maybe a tight crop with just the baby's face and hand with part of the mom's would still convey the message but rid it of some of the busy blanket distraction.

Really is sweet and nothing beats a newborn babe to warm your heart. Congrats to the new mother!!!

Message edited by author 2006-01-02 17:51:45.
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01/02/2006 05:26:10 PM
Beautiful shot! Lovely composition - perfect crop. The lighting is a tad harsh though - the glare is a bit of a distraction to me (just a little). Otherwise, super job.
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12/10/2005 01:20:43 AM
I totally agree with megatherian.
Furthermore, I find the black background too harsh, and the blanket is just plain ugly :-(
I like the composition, but too many elements in this photo are too harsh to complement a newborn. I gave it a 5.
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12/10/2005 12:52:55 AM
Hi, I did not vote, but this is lovely. I think though it hits the b&w overkill, natural soft baby skin would have added much to this picture. I also agree with an earlier cooment that having the photographer higher may have added better dimension as well.
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12/09/2005 11:54:10 PM
I didn't vote I guess just so busy lately. I thinking it's very moving picture and I agree. Lighting is excellent.
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12/08/2005 10:53:58 PM
I gave you an 8 because I am a sucker for beautiful babies. The composition was very lovely and I think if this had a softer warmer feel it would be a sure 10 from me.
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12/08/2005 10:37:39 PM
It is a special photo. To any woman who has had a child. And this time of year when we celebrate Christs birth.

The only thing I feel it needed was a new baby blanket 'less wooly buggerish'. And bump the contrast a tad. Otherwise a wonderful first portrait.
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12/08/2005 10:32:55 PM
Well the baby is very cute and delicate.

I gave it a 4 though. Some of the things that caught me were:
It's pretty high contrast. With it being so starkly white and black it makes the image seem colder overall. With greater tonal range and smooth grays I believe it would have felt warmer.

I'm not sure if you removed the background but the area of the hat over his head looks blurred or smoothed or something. There's a loss of detail on that edge.

The thumb also has an odd slight focus issue, perhaps a motion blur? Overall the rest of the image is very crisp and clear - perhaps a little too crisp in spots. With the lint and textures of the blanket especially by his mouth it seemed almost gritty and harsh where I'd expect softness in a picture like this. Again the contrast didn't help with this either.

And lastly is the shininess around his eye I found distracting a bit. That is a very tiny baby so I understand it's natural so not a huge deal, but thought I'd point it out since it did stand out to me.

Compositionally I think it's pretty nice, the hand does a very good job of conveying the scale of the tiny baby. I think it would have been better if you were a little higher looking more down at the baby though. It would have just furthered the feeling of small delicate size in the picture.
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12/08/2005 09:53:38 PM
Very new child indeed. I'd say maybe the shot needs a little Gaussian Blur to it to give a very warm surreal atmosphere.
I wish I could tell you exactly the pin pointing area to where it gives you that little exta "umph" and wow factor to make it to a 7. There's an atmosphere missing to the shot. I don't know what it is.

Personally, if this were to be framed, I'd say not those huge gigantic portrait frames, but rather a small 6 by 4 frame will do.
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12/08/2005 01:20:47 PM
precious!
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12/08/2005 01:19:49 PM
I love it Judy! Moves me. But I am on the verge of getting one of those babies myself! (hee hee "one of those babies")

Be proud of it - it's wonderful!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/07/2005 09:23:20 PM
oh man..sooo sweet..you'll be keeping this one forever..excellent work..
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12/05/2005 07:33:51 AM
this image is every parents dream, wonderful warm dewey feeling all over when I look at this.
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12/04/2005 02:08:51 AM
Sweet precious early life! You must be proud!
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12/02/2005 04:23:52 PM
So delicate. Good luck.
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12/02/2005 09:19:39 AM
pretty
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12/02/2005 02:34:45 AM
too precious for words. Please tell me this will be framed on the parents' wall. It's beautiful.
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