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Capture the moment - a wonderful newborn image

by David Peterson 2 comments

I received a wonderful photo a few days ago from a reader, Roger Urquhart. Here's his comment:

My daughter has just given me my first grandchild and i had my camera there and started clicking immediately I've attached a photo that i took within seconds of him being born and i am so proud of, it made my daughter cry. I really would like a honest opinion as the family and i are seriously biased and we only see what we want to see.

Roger was kind enough to give me some background on the image:

Setup for the shot was a choice to use Manual shooting mode because I was in a hospital and didn't want to use flash or possibly not allowed to use flash. Camera is a D700 with a Nikon 50mm f1.4 prime lens and I used auto ISO with a range from 200 unto 6400 and the shot came out at ISO 900 @ 125/s f1.4. I used the in camera light meter to set up the shot prior to baby arriving David, I forgot the terms you used but I knew when baby arrived I only had a small window to grab the shot so pre focusing made it a case of click And quick capture.

Here were the comments I sent back:

Honestly, it's great! Your choice of a wide open aperture (F1.6) meant Mum was out of focus, but that's exactly what you want from a photo like this. The newborn baby is in crisp focus, and that draws our eye to the baby. Exactly what we want!

I can see you've sharpened the image slightly too, which mostly works. I can see some sharpening artefacts near the border between mum's hand and the background on the right of the image. If you're going to blow up the image for a canvas print, I'd dial back the sharpening first.

Finally, changing the shot to Black and White adds a timeless flavor to the photo. Again it works wonderfully.

Well done Roger. A great new grandchild and a perfect image to remember the event.

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  1. Capt: Julian R Marriott says:

    Ooops, Sorry David I misread the article, I thought it was your Grandchild. My apologies.

  2. Capt: Julian R Marriott says:

    Hi David,
    I would like to say that the B/W Shot of your first Grandchild is absolutely superb. I think shooting in B/W gives a photo much more Character, and seems to bring the picture alive. One word springs to mind, STUNNING.
    Congratulations David on your first grandchild, and may I take this oppurtunity to thank you for the fantastic tips, they have certainly changed my outlook on taking photo's. Thank you.

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