jmmaddox
jmmaddox

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Color Explorer Photo ContestTop 10 class
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Visualize Beginnings Photo ContestTop 10 class
Visualize Beginnings Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
The Family Moment Photo ContestTop 10 class
The Family Moment Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
artFix Exhibition ProjectTop 10 class
artFix Exhibition ProjectTop 10 class week 1
Monochrome Masters ProjectTop 10 class
Monochrome Masters ProjectTop 10 class week 1
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Special Moments Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
ViewBug Photography Awards 2018Top 10 class
ViewBug Photography Awards 2018Top 10 class week 2
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The Lifestyle ProjectTop 10 class week 1
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World Photography Day Photo Contest 2018Top 10 class week 1
Covers Photo Contest Vol 47Top 30 class
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15 Comments | Report
shellandshilo
 
shellandshilo June 04, 2018
Most precious moment in a persons life have a blessed wonderful life little one a photo for family to treaure
SuzieQ63
 
SuzieQ63 June 04, 2018
This is a wonderful photo of a brand new life, stunning.
francescabullet PRO+
 
francescabullet June 04, 2018
Wow! Magnificent shot! My compliments
pedroblanco
 
pedroblanco July 02, 2018
Outrageous photo
An incredibly moving piece!
Charli36535 PRO
 
Charli36535 July 02, 2018
No words ❤️
Annie_McFar
 
Annie_McFar July 08, 2018
Congratulations!
BethAnne
 
BethAnne July 08, 2018
Stunning!
MikeBoyle PRO+
 
MikeBoyle July 08, 2018
Congratulations on your amazing photo
Nice...very nice
Kakko08
 
Kakko08 July 08, 2018
Great! Cannot get any better. Congratulations
JayneBug PRO+
 
JayneBug July 08, 2018
Outstanding! Rare capture. Congratulations.
gsanchez
 
gsanchez July 08, 2018
Congrats, sweet tender moment.
NHampton
 
NHampton September 02, 2018
Geez. All was well we pray! Goodness.......
Nlcarnes62
 
Nlcarnes62 August 21, 2019
I rarley comment. This is awesome!
bobtoye Platinum
 
bobtoye December 25, 2019
Absolutely stunning treatment of an iconic moment. . . The black and white, the negative space, the image really conveys the moment.
CynKllr613 PRO+
 
CynKllr613 May 22, 2020
Breathtaking shot

Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken in a hospital operating theatre at the birth of my son. The obstetrician encouraged me to bring in a camera (she said camera phone but I stick to my moto that phones aren't cameras). This photo was about five seconds after my son was born. For the first few seconds he was calm then started to cry. Hasn't stopped since....
Time
I can tell you the exact day and time but it isn't really relevant in this context.
Lighting
Obviously I had no control on the lighting and wasn't allowed a flash. The theatre was reasonably well lit with a spotlight on the operating site. This gave a challenge to not over-expose the child's skin which was being illuminated by a bright spotlight just overhead. I brought down the exposure to avoid over-exposing the subject which made the rest of the room seem dark in comparison. This vignetting effect was enhanced in Lightroom.
Equipment
Canon bridge camera SX50. No flash allowed. No tripod (resting on an ECG monitor).
Inspiration
No explanation required. I had a shot like this in my mind before going into the theatre.
Editing
Post-processing - black & white, bring down the highlights, marginally increase the shadows, a bit of clarity and sharpening. Vertical gradient vignettes at either side of the subject.
In my camera bag
Canon bridge camera SX50. The sensor isn't any better than a standard compact camera but it has a decent lens (albeit with limited aperture limits) and can take RAW files. A full frame DSLR would be nice one day.
Feedback
It will take 9 month of preparation, at least 18 years of aftercare and cost about >£100k. Consider that carefully if doing it just for the photo. If you do however find yourself in that situation, don't use a camera phone and be careful not to overexpose the subject. Underexposing the shot also allows a low ISO value even though the photo is being taken indoors without a tripod.

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