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Friday, 16 October 2009


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Okay, enough with the gear.

You should sponsor a contest called "Really bad pictures of your kids." It'd be tough to do, I think. You get daddy (or mommy) and the kids in a shot, and it's gonna be pretty good, like this one. Even when you don't know the people, you can feel the pull of the photo. If that were me as daddy, I'd take it any day over a bushel of Ansels.

Congratulations to you and your wife Jim. Now prepare for the greatest ride of your life.


Yes, this is why they invented cameras: so we could see ourselves with our eyes closed.

As generations of snapshooters know, they succeeded all too well.

Take thousands of pictures, you will treasure even the bad ones because they grow up faster than you can imagine. It seems like tough going, but savour it because it's gone in a flash.

Photography and life are very similar. There are different scenarios in life. Some of the scenarios are like theatre, where people are the actors, and some of the scenarios are real life without theatre, like in that picture. In photography some photographs are fashion photographs and some are captions of real life. Which is better?

Best wishes to Jim and his family, I'm going to be a dad for the first time in February, and I'm really looking forward to my "moment like this".

A useful reminder to us gear-heads that for probably 99 percent of pictures taken today, people's reaction to them and appreciation of them has nothing to do with whether its from a Beyer array or a Foveon sensor, whether a highlight is blown or if the white balance is spot on, whether its 2 or 20 megapixel sensor, or if there are some JPEG artifacts, or if it was shot in RAW, or if there's a little too much sharpening or not quite enough dynamic range... etc etc.

truly heart warming picture.

That is such a touching picture, we feel all the emotion... absolutely beautiful.

Jim, Congrats. This photo brings a tear to my eyes and is a great reminder of why we photograph.

I was fortunate to be present at the birth of all three of my children. Got to deliver second daughter. Melissa presented textbook, the head crowned, the shoulders rotated and with the next push she slithered out. Just can hardly imagine that shes now a 30 year old newlywed(well 2 years). I love all three of the kids but that middle child really is special.

Jim, you got that one right! Congratulations...and best of luck :-)

Am I the only one who downloaded the photo to look at the EXIF data? ;)

Anyway, very nice post and congratulations to the new daddy!

Now that's "random excellence".

Congrats to all.


"Am I the only one who downloaded the photo to look at the EXIF data?"

I did too. It's an Oly E3. The best camera is the one you have with you.

Am I the only one feeling uncomfortable looking at this photo? I would hate the idea thousends of nameless people staring at me during a special moment of intimacy like this. If this was the only reason why they invented cameras, I probably would not own one.

What a wonderful picture! It takes me back twenty four years to the day I got hold my son for the first time.
There are moments in each life to treasure. This image captures such a time beautifully.
I got a lesson on great moments this weekend from my mother in law. We had a family gathering so my wife and I picked up her mom and went to my son's home to get his family into the motorcade to cousin Dwaynes house.
Before leaving my sons home grandma Ethel picked up her six month old great grandson, Dex and said "I'm just so glad to be alive today!"
She is 89, legally blind, has a bum ticker, has been a widow for the last five years and one smile from the little guy and all of that just dissolves.
Maybe we should all go dig out an "I'm just so glad to be alive today!" frame.
Mr Tiemann already has his.

why did they invent photography

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