Thursday, January 05, 2006

01-05 Nikki 2

When my body is mine
In three months' time,
When my body is (again) mine
And I can eat what I please
I'll consume pate and tripe
Drink white wine and Red Stripe
And eat mounds of soft cheese.
--Taken off the web, somewhere.

Rough day. Spent 2 hours with my jaw open at the dentist, and took a shot of him after he was done mucking about with the damaged molar. I was going to load that up for today's filing. But when I sat down to process it, I just ran out of gas and didn't want to continue. Maybe it was the residual memory of his stainless steel pick digging through the hole in my mouth, maybe it was the fact that there was no anesthetic used...whatever.

So set up the tripod and took this shot of Nikki. She's now on week 30, and the bub is kicking up a storm. A soccer player in the making, perhaps. Nikki is a dreamer who rarely realizes that she's such a dream herself.

This is a more aggressive processing job than I usually prefer. But maybe the gentleness of the subject matter(s) could make up for the angst.
Canon 20D
Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L
2 sec at f/10, ISO-400


Blogger TonyV said...

The processing is good because it almost creates a 'frame' that forces the focus onto her.

6/1/06 01:20  
Blogger Artyste said...

Personally, I think a strong contrast Black and White or duotone would have worked better here.. the coloring along the edges of her skin put me off a little bit. An extremely strong composition, which is very sweet and emotive. I'm sure you have your reasons for the coloring, but was just letting you know how it looked to me.

6/1/06 02:04  
Blogger pidge said...

An excellent capture, but I agree with Artyste about B&W are a duotone.

Hope your mouth feels better, and I'm looking forward to the shots of your new baby :)

6/1/06 02:19  
Blogger Nordia said...

I like the saturation of colour which makes her almost not seem real, as if you blink and she's gone. I think the composition is strong and it's a great subject mattr. Congratulations on the baby.

6/1/06 03:36  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

love the pic. reminds me how beautiful and wonderful being pregnant is, totally sublime.

6/1/06 06:24  
Blogger jenesis said...

I don't think there is anything more beautiful than a woman with child (although I didn't feel that way about myself with either of mine) :-). And such lovely words you shower her with. My best wishes on your little ones impending arrival. :-)

6/1/06 06:50  
Blogger Chuck (Hye5) said...

Nicely captured. I agree that it is a bit too contrasty for my taste, particularly on a maternity portrait, where a softer feel is usually applied.

6/1/06 08:53  

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