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I had a couple of shots that I was considering putting up earlier today, but the more I looked at them the less I liked them. So, I decided to go with this one instead (taken last night before I went to bed). It's shot through what amounts to a large crystal ball (about four inches in diameter) that's part of an instrument for tracking the sun's path (I think). I came across it in a colleagues office and thought I'd borrow it on the basis that it might make for a few interesting shots. This one though doesn't really use it to its best advantage; i.e. it's not overly clear how this shot was taken (and my wife thinks it just looks as though our youngest daughter has a deformed head – which she doesn't). I have a few ideas for some shots that I'll probably put up later in the week that will give you a better sense of what this 'device' is like.

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11.53pm on 5/6/04
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4x3 + children [portraits]
comment by Jessyel Ty Gonzalez at 09:49 AM (GMT) on 6 June, 2004

Beautiful as always. I like the glow, yet still having a bit of grain in there. Wonderful...

comment by Ryan at 01:43 PM (GMT) on 6 June, 2004

Hey man, haven't you learned yet? The wife is uasually right in design issues. My Fiance tells me something about a photo, or if I let her style something, shes uasually right. I see her point on this photo, sorry to pick sides :)

comment by amanda at 02:06 PM (GMT) on 6 June, 2004

I thought it was pretty obvious you had shot her through something.
I thought it was a crystal.
You have angels as babies.
Look at those eye lashes!

comment by Lane at 05:26 PM (GMT) on 6 June, 2004

It looks a lot like the effect with a soft focus lens with a vasolined filter or a macro. It's very nice and warm. The softness and glow makes your daughter look like she is in dreamland.

To me it looks like the top of her head is covered, not deformed. Very nice.

comment by myla at 09:29 PM (GMT) on 6 June, 2004

Beautiful -- love those lips :) I'm looking forward to seeing what other photographic magic you come up with this week!

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comment by Jason Wall at 07:41 PM (GMT) on 7 June, 2004

Of all the photos you have posted, that I have seen, this one is my favorite. The soft focus lends itself to the intimacy of the portrait, and to the nature of the subject. The slightly desaturated color tones make the scene especially poignant. Her face is priceless. This could easily be on the cover of a hallmark card.

comment by ps at 04:36 PM (GMT) on 8 June, 2004

this experiment certainly created a very dreamy and magical photograph. job well done!

comment by tiffany at 06:04 AM (GMT) on 14 June, 2004

It looks like she's inside a water droplet. Very beautiful and surreal.

comment by Christine at 12:44 AM (GMT) on 17 November, 2005

This is a beautiful picture.