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    My new nephew was born Sunday morning and I had a great time photographing the celebration later that day in the hospital room. I can't understand for the life of me how the parents look so good on only one hour's sleep the previous night and, of course, considering that the mother had gaven birth (at nearly 44 years old).

    For those interested in the technical stuff, I used a speed light mounted on the camera and pointed toward the white ceiling. I usually attach a device to the speed light that directs some of the light forward but not this time for two reasons: The adjustable part of the mother's hospital bed and the baby's bassinet were positioned relative to the ceiling so no harsh shadows would be produced under the chin, nose and in the eye sockets. Even though the infant's eyes remained closed the entire time we were there, I didn't want to shine a small light source directly into such young eyes that are still developing. The speed light was in manual mode and I adjusted its exposure compensation to achieve the desired histogram.

    I feel compelled to go on record that I don't consider myself a portrait photographer and that these photos prove it; they rank in my mind only as nice, family mementos. The only reason I'm posting them is that some very nice people made a point of asking to see them.


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    Congratulations Unky Mike!

    These definitely have the Awww Factor!

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    A lovely record of a beautiful event.

    I love the yawning baby!

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    Wonderful stuff, Mike. Congratulation to all conncerned.

    One question - Is this the effect you have on all your models!?


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    Lovely pics, Mike, of a very nice family. When I started to photograph the infancy shots of my 2 granddaughters, I realized that their skin is so blotchy, uneven and red that I ended up converting most of them to B&W, and tended to prefer for most shots. You might have some fun with that.

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    Congratulations Mike! Lovely photos that will no doubt be cherished forever.... Beautiful!

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    Thanks to everyone!

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    Is this the effect you have on all your models!?
    Not just my models, Donald. Also my friends.

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    Congratulations to the proud Mom and Dad.
    To Uncle Mike too!

    Nice technical description about your speedlight/ bounce and setup.
    And nice results too!


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    Great shots Mike... I am sure that the parents will cherish these images!

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    Congratulations. I think on the first picture you really captured "mom" love.

    When are you going to get him his first camera so that he can join you on your photo trips?

    karm

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    Congratulations, Mike, and well done on the photos. It occurs to me that the 3rd one might be paired with "Twinkle Toes" for posterity.

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    A great big "thank you" to everyone except Karm, whose suggestion about getting the kid a camera will only worsen my propensity for busting my photography budget.

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    Wonderful photos, Mike. Congrats to the whole family.

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    Nice portraits.

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    Lovely photos, congratulations and to the proud parents.
    Yet another excuse to crack a bottle of vino tinto!

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    Continued thanks to everyone!

    Quote Originally Posted by Mito View Post
    Yet another excuse to crack a bottle of vino tinto!
    It's hot in my area, so we opened a very refreshing bottle of Albariño from Rias Baixas. Surely that makes you happy.

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    Wow ! FIrst of all i would like t say " Congrats for sweet baby " and to become parents of beautiful baby.
    I really love all baby pictures that you have shared.

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    Thank you, Jacob!

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    Nice series, Mike! I like the lighting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Buckley View Post
    It's hot in my area, so we opened a very refreshing bottle of Albariño from Rias Baixas. Surely that makes you happy.
    That makes me very happy in every sense of the word! Wines from Peñedes are worth exploring, or even drinking.

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