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A few days ago Maxinne said that she "... would love to see how your new baby and wife are looking at the moment", so I thought I'd try a few portraits today with my homemade tilt/shift lens. Unfortunately though, my wife isn't too impressed with this one – she's not a great fan of such minimal depth of field – but I quite like it. As always, let me know what you think.

As for the lens: if anyone's interested I put up some details here:


Update: after putting this one up I thought it would be a good entry for this week's Photo Friday challenge, Rest.

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12.03pm on 17/4/05
Canon 20D
homemade T/S 80mm f/2.8
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C1 Pro
3x2 + people [portraiture] + photo friday
comment by owen at 07:55 PM (GMT) on 17 April, 2005

I love minimal depth of field. It really puts the emphasis on 'the bump'. lovely tones in this one too.

comment by chrism at 08:05 PM (GMT) on 17 April, 2005

Yes, this is a bit special. I took many of my wife but never really got it right. Like the lens 'hack' I bought a lens baby a couple weeks back (the easier option, but maybe not as high quality as you say), and have had lots of fun with it.

comment by Jay at 09:23 PM (GMT) on 17 April, 2005

I wonder...what camera did you use take those photos of your camera and your custom lens?

comment by djn1 at 09:34 PM (GMT) on 17 April, 2005

owen: thanks.

chrism: I won a LensBaby in the Photobloggies but haven't received it yet. As best I can tell it's effect is a little different in that it introduces a 'sweet spot' of focus whereas this lens alters the plane of focus; i.e. the LensBaby is probably a bit more radical in effect.

Jay: they were taken with my G5.

comment by picturegrl at 10:17 PM (GMT) on 17 April, 2005

Lovely, really. I think this is the perfect effect for this type of shot, and I love the tender way she is cradling her stomach. Was she asleep, or did you pose her?

comment by Fellow Eskimo at 10:18 PM (GMT) on 17 April, 2005

Very intresting! When you said bellows the other day, I thought you were playing around with a large format something or other, guess not. The photo fits the theme well!

comment by Maxine at 11:28 PM (GMT) on 17 April, 2005

WOW...Many many thanks! Its is just a superb photo Dave! Love the way you framed the "baby" and it is just amazing how sexy your wife can be in any kind of situation! Beautiful colours, composition, mood! Congratulations to you two :)

comment by Smallest Photo at 02:03 AM (GMT) on 18 April, 2005

I think it's truly a beautiful photograph. It's sure to be a favorite of hers in years to come if it's not now.

comment by patrick at 02:37 AM (GMT) on 18 April, 2005

dave, that worked out very nicely, perhaps not stellar tonalities, but still very handsom. and i can certainly relate to the situation, my wife is a couple of weeks off...



comment by your_waitress at 07:02 AM (GMT) on 18 April, 2005

i think this is just beautiful and perfect as is. love the emphasis on the protected babe and the rich tones. one of my new faves of yours.

comment by richy at 12:25 PM (GMT) on 18 April, 2005

Hey, nice one.
My second boy was born on Thursday. Takuma.

comment by Andreas B. Amble at 01:32 PM (GMT) on 18 April, 2005

Another one hah? hehe
Productive, thatīs what you are, in many terms it looks like :)
Love the pic, gentle, loving and right to the point.

Congratulation, to the both of you!

comment by Vivien at 01:42 PM (GMT) on 18 April, 2005

How many kids do you have? And is your wife really pregnant?
If she is, congratulations, too ;)

comment by btezra at 02:52 PM (GMT) on 18 April, 2005

~I have noticed that not everyone is on board w/ such minial DoF, but that's the beauty of photography, not everything appeals to everyone...me, I/eye love the DoF here, really gives me the viewer a focal point to fixate on, the one you intended me to focus on~

comment by Garth at 05:12 PM (GMT) on 18 April, 2005

This is a gorgeous shot. Great stuff

comment by paul at 06:04 PM (GMT) on 18 April, 2005

great capture david, agree with btezra. Its a lovely shot, I like the protective reassuring hands.

comment by Matt at 07:41 PM (GMT) on 18 April, 2005

Great focus on the stomach. I like it.

comment by Adriana at 07:59 PM (GMT) on 18 April, 2005

Lovely. I Think your baby will be big, loved, and protected, this is a good example of it. The soft sepia tone, your wife's hands surrounding the baby and her reasting position creates a warm atmosphere. Congratulations again. :)

comment by jamie at 08:01 PM (GMT) on 18 April, 2005

I absolutely LOVE this shot. I wish I would have taken shots like this while I was PG, but never thought of it. I also really like the tones. It's soft. Quite lovely.

comment by Raffi at 08:36 PM (GMT) on 18 April, 2005

Such a relaxing picture.

comment by Jeff Clement at 08:59 PM (GMT) on 18 April, 2005

Beautiful photo. The warm tones are great and I think it captures the moment very well. Congrats to you and your wife!

comment by Shane at 09:36 PM (GMT) on 18 April, 2005

Nice Picture. my wife is in about the same shape as yours. Good luck with everything.

comment by djn1 at 11:08 PM (GMT) on 18 April, 2005

Thanks everyone.

picturegrl: neither, she was just resting.

Maxine: you're welcome :-)

Richy: congratulations :-)

Vivien: four who live with us, two who don't, and yes, she's really pregnant.

comment by kate at 12:56 AM (GMT) on 19 April, 2005

so natural. truly in the moment. seems like only yesterday we received your wonderful news and look how far along things are. :)

comment by djn1 at 12:59 AM (GMT) on 19 April, 2005

Kate: T-17 weeks and counting :-)

comment by Don Colin at 01:16 AM (GMT) on 19 April, 2005

Nicely done.

comment by Gill at 11:16 AM (GMT) on 19 April, 2005

Dave, I often look in but I never feel qualified to comment. However, I can't resist commenting on this one! It's one of the best photos I've ever seen. I love it.

comment by tiffany at 05:18 PM (GMT) on 22 April, 2005

Hi Dave. I took a little break from the internet and oh it feels so good to be back. I really missed your photos and the interesting dialog you always incite. This photo seemed perfect for my first comment... I'm 15 weeks now and stuck on bedrest. This photo looks exactly like I feel right now.

Do you know the gender? We found out by accident last week that we're having another boy.

Sorry, okay now I'm just chatting in your blog comments. :-) This is a fantastic shot, although there's something about it that looks uncomfortable rather than sweet. Maybe I'm just projecting LOL. I really like your selective focus images though - it's a nice effect and you use it well.

comment by djn1 at 09:19 PM (GMT) on 22 April, 2005

tiffany: thanks. We don't know what ours is going to be but we have a 32 week scan coming up (in about seven or eight weeks) so we may well find out then. Hope you feel better soon.