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Amanda, commenting on a previous shot, said that I "... do some of the freakiest, most beautiful portraits" – I hope she feels the same about this one. It isn't quite what I was after as there's a little too much motion blur, but I'm pleased with how it turned out. As with yesterday's shot this was taken with my camera sitting on our glass-topped lounge table. So the 1/6 second shutter speed wasn't a problem in terms of camera shake, but our daughter didn't really stay still for quite long enough. Fortunately, she didn't move her hands, so the shot has some central clarity.

And I did say that I was going to continue reviewing some of the lower rated blogs at photoblogs.org but I'm going to give it a rest for a while after today. Not because I don't want to do it, but because I'd rather do it properly and don't have the time at the moment. All that said I do want to mention russcam, Russ Campbell's photoblog. Russ is a photographer based in Waltham, Massachusetts and takes some of the most breathtakingly simple, 'clean' shots that I've ever seen. I've struggled to describe his images when I've left comments on his site so I'll just give you a few examples and you can look for yourselves – Play (for Photo Friday), The Order, Shooting the Fuller, and Morning (again, for Photo Friday).

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4x3 + children [portraits]
comment by Rool at 12:28 AM (GMT) on 1 June, 2004

I rather like this one from the 2 serie, even if the reflection theme in the 2 is greatly used (my english sucks)...

And thanks for the russcam link, these pictures are awesome indeed...

comment by Fitz at 01:07 AM (GMT) on 1 June, 2004

This is a truly stunning image. Magnificent.

comment by nantel at 01:32 AM (GMT) on 1 June, 2004

Superb! It's so hard to get them to keep still.

comment by E. M. at 01:33 AM (GMT) on 1 June, 2004

Sparkling effort! I'm sure it is just my paranoia showing...but, is she giving me "the finger"? :)

comment by Cameron at 01:44 AM (GMT) on 1 June, 2004

Brilliant shot, the central clarity of the hands makes a fine focus for the subject and the blur of movement at the edges creates a wonderful natural vignetting that enhances the composition IMHO, I love the sepia tone too. Thanlks for the links to russcam, I really enjoyed looking there.

comment by Mando Gomez at 05:52 AM (GMT) on 1 June, 2004

Simply beautiful!

comment by Jasmin at 10:29 AM (GMT) on 1 June, 2004

That fact that it is slightly out of focus gives it a more nostalgic feel, coupled with the sepia tone. If my dad had taken such "arty" shots of me when I was younger, I would be absolutely thrilled now to review them. :)

comment by Ryan at 12:15 PM (GMT) on 1 June, 2004

The hands are tack sharp, the sepia works,(is it better sepia than b&w?), dude this image is great! everything about it!

comment by amanda at 12:23 PM (GMT) on 1 June, 2004

Here I am thinking "Now he knows I will comment on this one" and here I come and read you saying just that! lol

Its brilliant. I could write poetry about how stunningly beautiful this portrait is.
It almost makes me want to have gorgeous looking babies just so I can photograph them...
ok maybe not ;)

This photograph almost brings a tear to my eye.

comment by RainKing at 12:36 PM (GMT) on 1 June, 2004

That's such a beautiful portrait.

I love the softness of the picture, and the tonality is wonderful.

Btw, I can't open any of the links to russcam. I get "You don't have permission to access /photoblog/ on this server." Oh well.


comment by mosca at 01:08 PM (GMT) on 1 June, 2004

I do not speak quite English (I even speak it very badly) but I want to say I like very much this photograph. Cheer !

comment by Tudy at 02:59 PM (GMT) on 1 June, 2004

Gorgeous.. just too perfect for words. Congrats on your noteworthy too.!! Yea!

comment by Jay at 05:19 PM (GMT) on 1 June, 2004

Just beautiful.


comment by Jason Wall at 07:39 PM (GMT) on 1 June, 2004

Portaits of children always evoke a powerful feeling for me. The innocence of youth seems all the more precious given the biting reality of today's world.

The speia tones compliment the somewhat meloncholly look of the photo with the way the child seems to be relfecting, with is emphasised with the childs reflection in the glass.


comment by AGK at 09:52 PM (GMT) on 1 June, 2004

I think it's a wonderful shot! Great tones...

comment by Phil at 11:12 PM (GMT) on 1 June, 2004

Another fantastic shot.

Another idea for a photo for the future. Keep up the good work! ; )

comment by heather at 11:18 PM (GMT) on 1 June, 2004

so beautiful.

comment by djn1 at 12:02 AM (GMT) on 2 June, 2004

Thanks everyone.

E.M.: no, she hasn't learnt that one yet ;-)

Ryan: I tried this one in black and white, but it looked rather cold, so I went for the sepia instead.

comment by Tom B at 05:08 AM (GMT) on 2 June, 2004

Dave, what a tender and loving shot. The portraits you post are very non-traditional and I just love them. Very inspirational. Thanks.

comment by myla at 07:06 AM (GMT) on 2 June, 2004

How cute is this shot? "I'm not tired!" =)

This makes you wonder what she was thinking about while she was contemplating her reflection. Beautiful.