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Challenge: Free Study 2008-07 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3
Location: Mayo Clinic's NICU, Rochester MN
Date: Jul 1, 2008
Aperture: F3.3
ISO: 1250
Shutter: 1/10
Galleries: Emotive, Candid
Date Uploaded: Jul 28, 2008

This shot was very grainy, but of all the pictures I took on this day, this one really stood out to me. It expresses so many feelings. You can see in her face her exaustion, her relief that her baby is OK, her concerns for the future, the stress of having plans changed... I had to use a lot of sharpen, blur, sharpen, blur some more, etc. to try to get the graininess out, which ended up giving it a watercolor look that probably won't go over very well.

Anyway - this is my first granddaughter, born 8 weeks early on June 28. She left the NICU on July 24 and is now doing well at home.


Thank you everyone for the great comments - they more than made up for the low score, and I learned how to set my ISO on my camera! This is still my favorite challenge entry.

Gabby is home and healthy and a joy! You will be seeing more pictures of her!

Place: 482 out of 524
Avg (all users): 4.7778
Avg (commenters): 5.4615
Avg (participants): 4.7500
Avg (non-participants): 4.8649
Views since voting: 926
Views during voting: 316
Votes: 153
Comments: 15
Favorites: 3 (view)

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08/08/2008 01:01:31 AM
From an image quality point of view, this is a poor photo and was destined to get creamed in a free study.

From an emotional impact point of view, this is one of the strongest images I have seen on this site. The look in her eyes, I can't even describe how I interpret it. You really, really caught an exceptional moment in time.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/07/2008 10:07:13 PM
....at least she is able to hold her.
08/07/2008 07:37:51 PM
More than a thousand words here. Strong composition, critical moment, brave entry. 10.
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08/07/2008 12:05:35 AM
wow, technically not a perfect image, but what a powerful one!
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08/06/2008 10:24:09 AM
First I'm going to say this is a touching/powerful image -
now i'm going to critique it on what I see outside of being a mother myself -- the border in my opinion destracts from the subjects; (there is already a really lot of white
I do wish the child was in focus as well but obviously the title makes the woman the subject (tho i think it could also mean the child, overwhelmed by entry into the world/and all those tubes/etc..) -- I wish the woman was more in focus/sharper but I'm guessing this is not done for effect? her eyes are very full of expression and are a powerful drawing point in the image-- overall its a nice capture -- I hope the little one is doing well & look forward to future shots of these two in other challenges!
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08/05/2008 06:55:17 AM
i'm a bit touched with this photo. gorgeous eyes! too much noise for my taste tho. was this shot with high iso?
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08/04/2008 05:27:30 PM
The post processing takes away from the impact of the subject matter.
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08/02/2008 09:56:28 AM
not very sharp.
08/01/2008 08:16:12 PM
I'm not a fan of the processing used here, but there is such strong emotion at play, and the title is so apt, that I am voting this highly. Her expression says so so much to me.....I well remember that phase in our own lives too. Just look after them both, very well. Great photo.
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08/01/2008 04:28:18 PM
how sad...the quality looks a bit too low but the subject matter is powerful
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08/01/2008 03:55:15 PM
Wow, I almost didn't see the little baby. Emotional.
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08/01/2008 06:22:08 AM
not sure if it was processed to look that way but it looks like a video frame capture
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08/01/2008 04:00:30 AM
How early was the baby? My daughter was born 7 weeks premature and didn't have her lungs fully developed yet. She was on CPAP at first. It's something that is hard to go through, she was our first and we had no clue there was any complications until she came early.
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08/01/2008 02:52:20 AM
wow...very sad...the image is strong and emotive, but the quality lets it down...the graininess doesn't help it, and the vignetted border kinda kills it with distraction...perhaps if the border was different??? 5
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08/01/2008 12:40:34 AM
wow, look at that baby. I almost missed the baby here though. She does look overwhelmed, nice capture on her expression.
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