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It's been a worrying few days.

Libby went back to the UK on Thursday and was quite unwell when she left. I was worried about her, but not unduly concerned as I knew she'd be able to have a good rest when she got back to our house in the UK. I thought she'd probably have a couple of rough days, but then bounce back.

Unfortunately though, by the time she got there she was a lot worse, and ended up in hospital a few hours later. I couldn't speak to her on Friday or Saturday, but did ring the hospital who told me that although she had a chest infection and her asthma was playing up, she was "comfortable". Not especially informative, but nothing to cause immediate alarm.

Anyway, after finally managing to speak to her yesterday it turns out that she was a lot more poorly than I realised. She has pneumonia and has been hooked up to various antibiotic IVs and oxygen since she got there on Thursday. Fortunately she's a lot better now – fingers crossed she stays that way – but I wish I was there. There are many benefits to living in both Bulgaria and the UK, but being separated at a time like this isn't one of them.

Anyway, I was going to post a different shot today, but this is Libby's favourite of the ones I have left from my recent travels, so I thought I'd post this instead. And in case you're wondering: it's a sculpture on Fleetwood promenade, called Welcome Home. According to the plaque it "was erected as a tribute to the families of Fleetwood fishermen who have, down the years, shared the dangers and uncertainties of the industry. Around this spot families have gathered for generations to 'welcome home' their menfolk from the sea. Welcome Home is provided by Fisherman's Friend with the assistence of Wyre Borough Council. It was designed and sculpted by Anita Lafford."

Anyway, Libby isn't home yet – either to our house in the UK or Bulgaria – but I'm sure she'll be there soon.

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comment by Tim Pursall at 09:54 AM (GMT) on 21 February, 2011

Hi David. Took out that lifetime sub! Learning loads! Sorry to hear about your wife. Hope she is home soon. Great image. Regards.

comment by Matteo at 09:58 AM (GMT) on 21 February, 2011

Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Libby :)

comment by Pau Blasi at 10:56 AM (GMT) on 21 February, 2011

Lovely clouds. Best wishes for Libby :)

comment by Ian Mylam at 11:09 AM (GMT) on 21 February, 2011

David, best wishes to Libby on a rapid recovery.

A quick question relating to your exposure bias of -1/3, which you presumably did to render the sculptures as near silhouettes and saturate the sky colour. Given that maximum image quality in digital capture is attained by 'exposing to the right' of the histogram, is there a good reason why you wouldn't apply zero exposure compensation at the time of image capture (or even a positive bias) to maximise quality, and simply pull back the exposure in post to achieve the same final exposure with reduced noise? This is something I have often wondered about, as I have seen other experienced photographers underexpose at the time of capture as well, rather than decreasing exposure in post-production.

comment by Luisa at 11:11 AM (GMT) on 21 February, 2011

I have always wondered why you are living in Bulgaria, I know this is a very personal decision and I'm sorry to be curious. I know the country and I can't find any benefit. My best wishes to Libby.

comment by Ian Mylam at 11:50 AM (GMT) on 21 February, 2011

David, I meant to add to my previous comment: Perhaps it was simply that the evaluative metering mode was being fooled by the dark subject and consequently you were applying negative EV to prevent the sky blowing out...

comment by LightningPaul at 01:01 PM (GMT) on 21 February, 2011

Very nice image. I love how you popped up the colors.
I wish your wife all the best.

comment by Evan Gearing at 01:24 PM (GMT) on 21 February, 2011

Very nice shot David and I hope Libby is well soon and back to you and your family.

comment by Carlos Garcia at 01:33 PM (GMT) on 21 February, 2011

Beautiful image David. So glad to hear that Libby is getting better. You guys both need a vacation :)

comment by Jacques Bron at 02:01 PM (GMT) on 21 February, 2011

Best wishes for Libby.
It's funny how this entry has something reminding me this one I posted three weeks ago: http://photoblog.jacquesbron.com/entry/i-feel-like-dancing
But your subject is much more serious than mine! :-)

comment by Christopher at 03:55 PM (GMT) on 21 February, 2011

Sorry to hear about Libby's illness--very tough being apart when something like this happens. Lovely image you've posted for her; I hope it puts a smile on her face. Cheers!

comment by djn1 at 12:37 PM (GMT) on 24 February, 2011

Thanks everyone, and Libby's now a lot better, which is a big relief.

Ian: yes, in this case it was to ensure that I didn't lose any of the highlight detail. That said, the metered exposure would have been OK too, in this instance at least.

comment by Antony ThePhotographer at 04:41 AM (GMT) on 25 February, 2011

Love the darkness and shadows you brought into the clouds.

comment by jane at 09:20 AM (GMT) on 25 February, 2011

so glad you used it and that Libby likes it...and how it transpired to be so pertinent....poor Libby...get well soon xxxx