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Thanks for all the comments on yesterday's entry: Gollum, myself and the Incredible Hulk were very pleased by your response ;-)

As for today: here's something a little gentler, in both tone and sentiment :-)

Oh, and don't anyone tell me that I cropped it a bit too tight at the top - I know.

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4.05pm on 11/4/06
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3x2 + children [portraits]
comment by sistereden at 08:58 PM (GMT) on 11 April, 2006

Just wonderful, part of my dream.

comment by ps at 09:04 PM (GMT) on 11 April, 2006

hmm, macro lens... nice :)

comment by Kyle A.M. at 09:18 PM (GMT) on 11 April, 2006

To continue in my Lord of the Rings commenting theme from yesterday, this is surely 'one pic to soothe them all'.

and if not...'in the darkness bind them' :P

I love the choice of focus for this shallow DOF shot. It brings one right in to the dreamworld (s)he is surely inhabiting...er...which child is this now?

comment by Jamie at 09:24 PM (GMT) on 11 April, 2006

This is lovely. Very serene and calm.

I noticed that todays shot was a little later than usual. I bet you made her stay up until she fell asleep.. all in the name of photography though.. :)

comment by djn1 at 09:32 PM (GMT) on 11 April, 2006

Kyle: this is Harmony - she was three in February.

Jamie: no, this was taken this afternoon when she had a nap :-)

comment by EssPea Photography at 09:34 PM (GMT) on 11 April, 2006

The selectiong of focus is excellent. The sharp area on the blanket is a perfect frame for the soft sleeping face.

comment by Erik at 09:36 PM (GMT) on 11 April, 2006

Nice photo with the focus like that. Great shot.

comment by Johan at 09:37 PM (GMT) on 11 April, 2006

Lovley photo. Strange part is that i enjoy the small one on the top of this comment page more than the original...
I really like the softness and tenderness of this one.
Makes me feel safe; there's nothing in the world that can harm me...

comment by djn1 at 09:40 PM (GMT) on 11 April, 2006

EssPea: not that in matters, but the area in focus is a jumper rather than a blanket.

Johan: yes, I know exactly what you mean.

comment by Benjamin Riley at 09:45 PM (GMT) on 11 April, 2006

this is a great change from yesterday's post. I like a narrow DOF but I think it would have been a little more pleasing if her face was just a little less out of focus. Overall a great photo.

comment by flying cow at 09:57 PM (GMT) on 11 April, 2006

gentler indeed. would have preferred the shot to be a bit more in focus though.
how come there are barely any piccy's of the boy on chromasia?

comment by joe_ob at 10:11 PM (GMT) on 11 April, 2006

I like this one a lot more than yesterday's, a lovely shot. Well done. Looking forward to seeing the others.

comment by micki at 10:56 PM (GMT) on 11 April, 2006

A most tender shot, just lovely!

comment by alan at 10:57 PM (GMT) on 11 April, 2006

David - this is just an outstanding and beautiful example of your unique photographic vision. As I view your posts from day to day, some I like, some I love, some... ehh. Looking through the different types of posts, your portraiture is just stunning and I think is becoming my personal favorite. This image and the one of Rhowan back in February (just two examples) are just beautiful. It never hurts to have beautiful subjects either!

comment by Fellow Eskimo at 11:43 PM (GMT) on 11 April, 2006

I like this much better than yesterdays.

comment by Jonathan Fleck at 11:46 PM (GMT) on 11 April, 2006

I do like the softness of this photo. It gives the subject an air of innocence. Liked both today's and yesterday's for different reasons, am looking forward to seeing the others.

comment by Jeff C. at 02:12 AM (GMT) on 12 April, 2006

I think it would be fabulous as part of an ad for blankets. As a pretty portrait of a sleeping child, this isn't how I would shoot it.

comment by Claudi at 03:36 AM (GMT) on 12 April, 2006

It is superb, very original portrait. I like a lot the black lines from her eyelashes.
By the way this is my favorite photoblog not so much for the photos (which are amazing) but more because you interact a lot with us (visitors), replying, explaining the shots, giving some details of your technique. Also the people that visit chromasia really make the end of my the day. What interesting discussions come across these comments. Thanks a lot.

comment by christophe at 04:04 AM (GMT) on 12 April, 2006

Very nice, I like the focus and the composition, keeping the face blurry is a great idea



comment by Lynn at 05:02 AM (GMT) on 12 April, 2006

I don't understand why you haven't gained more comments for this one. Personally, I think it's beautiful.

comment by Geoff at 07:31 AM (GMT) on 12 April, 2006

Lovely shot. I restrained myself from posting at all yesterday, as I had nothing whatsoever positive to say about that effort, but this is a totally different kettle of fish now isn't it.

I would have liked muted colour instead of total desaturation however. Did you try that?

comment by Molly at 07:41 AM (GMT) on 12 April, 2006

I love all the different levels of softness here: soft chenille knitting... soft focus... soft skin... soft sleep... soft breathing. etc.
It's calm

comment by Jennifer at 07:47 AM (GMT) on 12 April, 2006

Lovely - good choice of focus - I would never of thought of doing that.

comment by Phil at 08:11 AM (GMT) on 12 April, 2006

Absolutely beautiful shot, the shallow DOF works amazingly well.

comment by Gifry at 09:17 AM (GMT) on 12 April, 2006

Beautiful. I love this pic!

comment by baghi at 09:45 AM (GMT) on 12 April, 2006

nice photo. but.. don't your kinds get crazy when you use the flash while they are sleeping? ;))

comment by eterisk at 10:58 AM (GMT) on 12 April, 2006

When looking at this peaceful picture I realize that it is much better if you take a step back and see it from a distance. I like the dreamy feeling.

comment by Alex at 12:16 PM (GMT) on 12 April, 2006

Great- I like this one.
Sorry what I said yesterday... this one just so much better. The focus choice is innovatibe, lends itself to the subject. Personally I would have gone for a warmer tone, but I do definitely like this one.


comment by patrick at 12:26 PM (GMT) on 12 April, 2006

this one touch me specially as I am grandfather now, and the baby has two weeks...
Perhaps one day I will be able to capture him so well...

comment by Bertie at 12:43 PM (GMT) on 12 April, 2006

Wow! Great picture David.

comment by Chara at 02:38 PM (GMT) on 12 April, 2006

i was wondering what kind of dream does a baby have, we dream of the world everyday, but they don't know too much of this world...

a lovely pic, of course...:-)

comment by Peter at 03:18 PM (GMT) on 12 April, 2006

awesome perpespective, the unsharpness of the kid's face is superb!

comment by bruno at 05:44 PM (GMT) on 12 April, 2006

oh,so cute, i love photos of the children when they sleep. beautiful shot :)

comment by Tom B at 07:03 PM (GMT) on 12 April, 2006

Fantastic David.

comment by mooch at 07:26 PM (GMT) on 12 April, 2006

This works. Lovely shallow depth of field. The detail on the clothing is lovely. Just very gentle.

comment by djn1 at 10:46 PM (GMT) on 12 April, 2006

Thanks everyone, I was pleased with this one too.

comment by prasoon at 04:11 PM (GMT) on 15 April, 2006

so cute...
i actually feel like sleeping and from the photo, it all seems warm !!

comment by m at 07:30 PM (GMT) on 17 April, 2006

love it

comment by mihai at 09:19 AM (GMT) on 22 May, 2006

very nice, the soft and blur worked like magic.