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Mother's hands

By mule  
I have no way of knowing if this pic is any good as it's a pic of my baby daughter (Katie Louise born 17/02/2004) just an hour and a half old in her mother's arms so have lost all critical judgement.

Anyway, do please let me know what you think, I won't be offended, I'm happy to accept my photography sucks...

Tags: Portraits and people

Voters: vfr400, geegee, Nyx and 4 more

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Nyx 19 533
22 Feb 2004 9:01AM
I like this a lot.Normally you see pics like this of just the baby but i think its a lovely touch to include the parents hands.It makes it more intimate i think.Thats my impression anyway,well done Smile

Oh and congrats Grin
mule 18 68
22 Feb 2004 9:25AM
Thanks Michelle Grin
vfr400 20 886
22 Feb 2004 3:43PM
a lovely photo inclusion of the mothers hands gives it a sence of scale.
PS how are you getting on with the E1?
mule 18 68
22 Feb 2004 4:17PM
Thanks Chris.

Getting on really well with the E-1. I do find it necessary to shoot RAW in some light to get the white balance right, but otherwise what comes out of the camera is pretty much spot on. I love the AF+MF mode which allows you to manually fine tune the focus after the auto-focus has done its stuff - very useful! The shooting speed is really good, with pretty fast transfer times to CF card even in TIFF or RAW mode. It's really solidly built and handling is excellent.

Got to save up to get a telephoto and macro lens now though - they're not exactly cheap, but my impression is that the build quality and results are excellent.

Battery life is very good, even when using the LCD for playback pretty often. Even so, a spare battery is essential and the batteries are not cheap - but they are good.

My main criticism would be of the Olympus Viewer software which is not fast at RAW processing. I have a P4 2.6GHz with 1GB of RAM and every change takes a second or two to update which, when scrolling through the exposure compensation or white balance sliders, is pretty painful. For this reason I've been shooting RAW + JPEG so that if what comes out of the camera is good enough then I only need to go to the RAW if I want a TIFF for printing or want to over/under saturate the colours. If I knew an extra GB of RAM would solve this then I'd shell out, but I can't be sure it'll fix the problem - anyone else experienced this problem and found a fix?

I guess Adobe will get around to producing a RAW processor plugin for Photoshop which also might fix this issue. Anyone know?


geegee 18 29 England
22 Feb 2004 4:40PM
That is beautiful Sam. It's one you will treasure in the years to come. Click.

mule 18 68
22 Feb 2004 4:42PM
Thanks George.
vfr400 20 886
22 Feb 2004 6:24PM
Thanks for the info Sam, much better to get a users opinion.
wilko 18 5
22 Feb 2004 9:59PM
Congrats Sam, I guess we will be seeing a few more of these from now on! (Pictures that is!)

mule 18 68
22 Feb 2004 10:11PM
Thanks Paul. I'll try not to bore you all as much with my baby pics as I have with my sunsets!
paul_indigo 18 259 United Kingdom
23 Feb 2004 12:46AM
Hi Sam, congrats. Interesting to see this. I've also got a newborn baby shot in my portfolio so was drawn to this. Like the sense of scale between the mothers hands and the babies. Have you got any others with more of the Katie's hands showing? Anyway its a simple and lovely shot with lots of emotion.

mule 18 68
23 Feb 2004 11:36AM
Thanks Paul. I have hundreds of other shots of Katie, but this is the one I like best as I felt Rachel's hands framed the shot nicely. She wriggles so much though that anything posed is a waste of time so most are just snapshots only suitable for family viewing. I have a couple of mother and baby sleeping which I may upload in a few days time.

All the best,

23 Feb 2004 1:20PM
well done... and congratulations on the birth of your baby... we look forward to many more portraits over the coming months... Excellent Shot..
mule 18 68
23 Feb 2004 2:10PM
Thanks Richard.
Mavis 20 143 2 England
24 Feb 2004 7:10PM
Where would we be without hands? Such useful articles that we take for granted . It is very good to see these hands while so young and beautiful .Will be nice to see a larger hand of the Mother and the tiny baby one . This is a beautiful composition and I congratulate you on having such a lovely , healthy looking daughter .Nice too in B/W. click .
mule 18 68
24 Feb 2004 7:16PM
Thanks Mavis. I'll work on a hands only shot.
tartanlady 18 58 Scotland
26 Feb 2004 11:20AM
Congratulations...Katie Louise is a beauty, this is an image to treasure. The b&W works well, the protecting hands of her mother make up a very pleasing shot.
mule 18 68
26 Feb 2004 2:41PM
Thank you Louise. I've had it printed at 10"*8" to be framed and put on the wall.
daffydill56 18 190 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2004 8:11PM
Aaaw, nothing more touching than motherly love. I just love this image, and I am sure you will treasure it on your wall always..

mule 18 68
27 Feb 2004 9:36PM
Thanks Fran

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