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Newborn Hand/Finger

 
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Sep 29, 2012 16:40 |  #1

Took this picture in the delivery room a few days ago, I like it but I am thinking there is somewhere to improve. Thanks for looking

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Sep 30, 2012 08:28 |  #2

Best to post a color version and see if anyone can improve your conversion if you like B&W.
But I think the hand is too prominent, I'd crop some off the left.


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Sep 30, 2012 12:07 |  #3

I"m finding it a bit disconcerting, for lack of a better word. The hand is out of proportion to the image and oddly shaped. At first glance, I'm seeing a toothless serpent coming out of the water, and attacking a screaming and terrified baby by squeezing his hand. How's that for dramatic? I have a very fertile imagination and it gets away from me at times, but the point is this: I know the INTENTION of the photograph. It was to show the loving connection between the adult and the newborn and juxtapose the adult hand with that of the tiny newborn. My brain isn't seeing it like that though.


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Sep 30, 2012 15:47 |  #4

suecassidy wrote in post #15061146 (external link)
I"m finding it a bit disconcerting, for lack of a better word. The hand is out of proportion to the image and oddly shaped. At first glance, I'm seeing a toothless serpent coming out of the water, and attacking a screaming and terrified baby by squeezing his hand. How's that for dramatic? I have a very fertile imagination and it gets away from me at times, but the point is this: I know the INTENTION of the photograph. It was to show the loving connection between the adult and the newborn and juxtapose the adult hand with that of the tiny newborn. My brain isn't seeing it like that though.

Evidently our brains work a lot alike (something you should be concerned about) because I agree with you. It was my first thought.

Perhaps let the baby's hand just rest on the adult hand or even grip the adult finger would produce more of what you are looking for.


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Sep 30, 2012 15:54 as a reply to  @ Titus213's post |  #5

Using a 50mm lens on a close-up shot is asking for distortion as happened here, note the oversized hands. Use a longer lens, over 85mm. ;)


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