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I almost didn't make this week's Photo Friday challenge – Mother – as I left it until yesterday evening to get around to actually shooting something relevant, mostly because I assumed that I'd be able to take something of my wife and our daughters at any point during the week. But it almost didn't work out. This is one of about 20 shots of my wife and our youngest (she's almost 18 months now) and it's the only one that comes close to capturing something of what I was after – the rest were quite atrocious.

Actually, this is version two of this shot. My original idea (unusually) involved producing a high-key image with a much tighter crop, and I really liked the result, … but my wife hated it. And after wandering around the house mumbling about the injustice of it all, and that I couldn't possibly miss a Photo Friday, and any number of other spurious arguments, I'm quite glad she objected as I think this is a much stronger shot than my original attempt.

So, after rather too much angst for my taste, here's Photo Friday entry #40 ;-)

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Canon G5
7.14pm on 29/7/04
aperture priority
4x3 + photo friday [noteworthy] + children [portraits] + people [portraiture]
comment by Miles at 01:29 AM (GMT) on 30 July, 2004

All your efforts were well worth it, a lovely moment!

comment by Maxine at 01:54 AM (GMT) on 30 July, 2004

Lovely skin contrast and gosh look at that baby gazing mum-soul. Well done!

comment by Tristan at 02:17 AM (GMT) on 30 July, 2004

Nice shot. I like the (skin-)tones. The framing is quite nice, and I like the noses ;)


comment by Emily at 03:42 AM (GMT) on 30 July, 2004

this is such a beautiful photograph. i especially like the contrast of their skin.
a wealth of meaning in this. great work.

comment by jude at 04:31 AM (GMT) on 30 July, 2004

i think you have a great sweetie! i am a photo student (an old one, second career) and i love your site totally.

comment by myla at 05:48 AM (GMT) on 30 July, 2004

Absolutely beautiful. =)

comment by 'Pong at 05:51 AM (GMT) on 30 July, 2004

Lovely and warmed image. The lighting is superb. The tight compostion creates close relationship between the mother and her child. Great pic!

comment by Rodrigo Gůmez at 07:46 AM (GMT) on 30 July, 2004

Love the sepia toning!

The textures of the skin, both of your wife and your daughter are just great! Excellent photo!

comment by RainKing at 10:38 AM (GMT) on 30 July, 2004

That's a beautiful moment. Well composed, and really like the sepia tone.

comment by Tudy at 12:13 PM (GMT) on 30 July, 2004

Truely beautiful photo.

comment by mark at 02:48 PM (GMT) on 30 July, 2004

Beautiful shot! Did you use internal G5 flash?

Have you ever thought of submitting at dpchallenge.com? I have submitted for the last 5 or 6 challenges and is really a great site to get comments and votes for your shots. Its a great photo community website.

comment by Medya Ghazi at 04:37 PM (GMT) on 30 July, 2004

your photo is so so so so beutyfull . I wish i was as good as you in taking photos .

I feel shame to ask this , but i have to
"can you plz give your template to me ? (is it in MT oR GM oR Blogger ?)"

Thanks in advance .

My old blog : Medya-photos.blogspot.com
the one that I am creating : photos.medyadaily.com


comment by Jason Wall at 05:59 PM (GMT) on 30 July, 2004

Photographers have at their disposal a couple of basic tools. The use of perspective to alter the normal perception of a scene or object, and the arrangement and tonal depth of light.

Without going through all your photos to survery them, just from what I remember seeing on your posts the last several months, it feels like you specifically shoot with an emphasis on either perspective or light.

This one's color and tonal depth are striking. My favorite compositions fall into the light painting category, for example:

A lot of these are monochromatic, which I find telling. The few that are of color tend to have a limited color palette. The simple reason for this, I think, is because fewer colors allow us to focus on the tonal range, the photo graph, if you will. It also simplifies the subject, isolating a specific feeling or notion.

It is the isolation that I think endears this approach to me most. The revealing of something basic, something you can savor without the distractions of a complicated circumstance.

I hope I haven't sounded pretentious.

Excellent shot, kudos.

comment by emarquetti at 06:51 PM (GMT) on 30 July, 2004

Ahhh! It make me fell my infancy. (Saudades!!!)

comment by tiffany at 08:17 PM (GMT) on 30 July, 2004

Fantastic shot - I love love the color tint!
My bebe is almost 18 months too. Isn't it the funnest age? :-)


comment by John Washington at 09:55 PM (GMT) on 30 July, 2004

Great shot, this just about sums up life through a child and a parents eyes. fantastic

comment by kane at 10:26 PM (GMT) on 30 July, 2004

A sweet moment captured! I love the tone here, as it seems to add to the softness.

comment by djn1 at 11:37 PM (GMT) on 30 July, 2004

Thanks everyone.

Mark: no, I didnít use the internal flash, itís crap (mostly). I have an external 420EX which, in this instance, was bounced off the ceiling. As for dpchallenge.com: Iím not sure I have the time to participate in anything else at the moment. I have visited a few times, and do think that their more critical commentary might be useful, but I just havenít got around to doing anything about it.

Medya: err, ... let me think about it ... no. If you're stuck with your html or css drop me a line, but no, you can't have my templates.

Jason: yes, I suppose I do tend to concentrate on one or the other (light or perspective). And it's interesting that you selected the monochrome (or reduced palette) shots as your favourites as they're probably the furthest away from what seems to have become the chromasia trademark; i.e. hyper-real/saturated stuff. I'll be interested to hear what you make of tomorrow's shot.

comment by ian at 03:48 PM (GMT) on 31 July, 2004

awww, so cute.

comment by Gil at 12:30 PM (GMT) on 4 August, 2004

Congratulations! although you must be used to this. Regardless of noteworthy, you've produced a wonderful image that you can be proud of for the rest of your lives. Simply wonderful.


comment by Carla J. Patterson at 09:25 PM (GMT) on 4 August, 2004

Great shot - good in sepia - and the expressions on their faces are priceless.

comment by Bananas! at 08:36 PM (GMT) on 6 August, 2004

I only see beautiful and well-deserved noteworthies this time!

This is so precious David!