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Peaceful Slumber

Peaceful Slumber
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Copyright: Trudy Wiebe (teamill) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1499 W: 271 N: 1908] (10985)
Genre: People
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2008-08-31
Categories: Friends/Family
Camera: Nikon Coolpix P80
Exposure: f/4, 1/30 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Friday Theme 2009/12/04 Sleeping or Asleep [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-12-04 4:51
Viewed: 1456
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is my precious great-nephew Brennan, taken when he was only a few months old (he's about 17 months old now). This is Brennan's mommy!
It always amazes me how babies can sleep through anything. Here he was catching a little nap on my sisters leather sofa.
Only natural light from several large windows in the room.
I considered cloning out the little shadow of his profile, but then decided to leave it, as it would have messed with the texture of the leather in the sofa.

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Oh dear, this is super cute Trudy. I searched for a good time to participate in this week's theme but felt lazy processing a possible entry. Your pp treatment and b&w rendition made Brennan angelic (is cherubic the more appropriate word?). An image to keep forever. Best regards.

  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2009-12-04 5:12]

ohhh, lovely capture !
I have a lot of pictures of my Toma sleeping.
They are simply adorable, aren't they ?


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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2953 W: 139 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2009-12-04 5:24]

Hi Trudy,
A fabulous contribution to the Theme....this cute grand-nephew of yours is just beautiful!
Great lighting and accurate sharpness.
Nice PP work to produce such a soft and tender B&W presentation with all the lovely grey tones.
I like the black BG with the shadow of the baby's face.
Well seen and very neatly presented.

Francis Xavier

Hello Trudy, This is so nice! The light is soft and nicely filtered. Indeed as Conejo200 wrote, it give it an angelic feel. My compliments

Wow...this is simply beautiful B&W Portraiture Trudy. Love the sharpness and light here with a great and accurate exposure of the baby's beautiful face and clothing. I think the decision to leave in the shadow on the leather was the correct one as it gives this image that true depth and rare character! Lovely post and TFS!



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  • Jan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 451 W: 139 N: 813] (5358)
  • [2009-12-04 6:30]

"Wat een schatje!" This means: How cute! These babies are so relax in there sleep!! Hmmm...lovely!!
Good choice for B&W.
Good shot,Trudy!


And that was a great choice! Love the lighting in this pic. as well as your contrasts. Adorable!

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  • Dot Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1583 W: 40 N: 3488] (13942)
  • [2009-12-04 7:00]

HI Trudy
Innocence portrayed at its best.
I like the shadow of his profile, and turning the shot to monochrome was a good choice, no distractions from the color of blanket or jammies.
A sweet little angel that you captured well.

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  • werdir Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1416 W: 147 N: 2654] (11957)
  • [2009-12-04 7:29]

Hi Trudy,

A beautiful shot of your great-nephew and excellent contribution to the theme. The lighting is very good and I'm glad that you didn't clone out his shadow, it's a nice element of the photo.

Warm regards,

Hello Trudy,

Yes, a very peaceful sleep!
The shot is very well composed across the frame with the seam on his pyjamas emerging from the corner.
The shot has just enough sharpness; too much and it would have made the face hard.
I think you were right to leave the shadow, as you say, it reveals the texture of sofa and it helps give added depth.

I'm sure your neice will have a framed copy of this!
I wish I had had a relative that was interested in photography when my children were small!

Have a good w/e,
Bev :-)

Aww grt shot Trudy ,Brennan looks gorgeuss
tfs bryan

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3204 W: 262 N: 7964] (34497)
  • [2009-12-04 12:06]

Hi Trudy
I searched through my baby asleep photos too, and nearly posted a similar one.
What a precious little fellow - so calm and peaceful and quiet...
Well captured, and the lighting is good. Wouldn't you like to be able to sleep as easily as him?

Glad you didn't remove the shadow of his profile - it's a delightful detail, very real and natural.

From that slight frown on his face, it's not the most untroubled sleep, but dammit he's gonna sleep!!

Nice work

Very cute
Wonderful photo for the theme
Thanks for Joining the theme

Boa noite Trudy
I remember Carmen...Brennan is very very lovely face. He has the good "things" of babies. You captured really well and the B/W is so good. LovelY!!!The shadow in the wall is fantastic.
Have a good WE

Hey Trudy , you kept that one for yourself for too long ! Ha , he's a handsome little boy , well he must be running around the house like Speedy Gonzales at 17 months , OH he's so serene in this shot ,well aren't babies immensely photogenic at this age , oh ya ! The natural light falls and plays softly on his tender skin and the B&W is a good choice here too , not too contrasty , just fine i think . Brennan has a lovely mom and she's expecting a second one , just marvellous ! You've got an excellent entry for today's theme ,congrats and thank you for sharing this little one with us my friend ,i look forward to seeing more of him .
Buenas noches amiga,

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2009-12-05 3:11]

Hi Trudy

The sleeping baby looks positively angelic. I know from experience, that this can change in a flash, when they awake, when they can scream demonically! Good tonal range & dof, with excellent sharpness & graphism. Tfs!

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 301 N: 3060] (26902)
  • [2009-12-05 7:44]

Hello Trudy, a very nice portait of this little angel, love the B&W on this one, great entry for the theme, thanks!


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  • psyce Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 265 W: 25 N: 207] (2856)
  • [2009-12-05 8:26]

a very simple but very effective photo... a peaceful and wonderful composition... love the moment you captured here... TFS

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2009-12-05 8:37]


Grandiose image, ce enfant qui dort, dans es re^ve, quelle innocence, doucuer dans l'image, il est bien heurues dans ces rêve, un rêve ton iamge.

Bravo et amitié


Hi, Trudy -
Missed this one - I love the sweetness and peace conveyed here. Great idea to use b&w - it gives the image a classic feel. Nice soft lighting and sharp details. Glad you left the shadow - it's a nice authentic touch. Very nice addition to the Friday theme. Well done!

Hi, Trudy,
that sure is a sweet one... the light and contrast is just excellent, nice close crop and a really great angle. B&W was a good choice and I love all the delicate detail. I think his little profile shadow is wonderful. That is sooo sweet. Well done and a great addition to the theme. Many thanks and hope you are well!!

  • CMJC Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 154 W: 193 N: 124] (1187)
  • [2009-12-08 6:33]

well and nice choice in BW
one of the peacefull live from kids!

ciao Trudy..
I love this kind of portrait!
you have taken a delicate image.. full of tenderness.. and in a moment of sweetness..
good the choise of the b&w.. also good the managing of contrast and light!
my congratulation for this capture and for your wonderful nephew!

Ciao Trudy

What a beautiful portrait of this little angel!
The B & W was well done and this impeccable!
So soft, so sweet. so smooth
This is splendid for look at.
Congratulations, beautiful presentation!


HI Trudy...this is a beautiful picture of a peaceful baby..nice work.


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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2009-12-26 12:33]

Hi Trudy,
My grandmother's heart is touched by this beautiful portrait of your lovely Brennan!
This is very good B&W photo with a good light and interesting shadows. Bravo! Annie

We are at the dawn of a new year.
That all obstacles to change in ways that lead us to love.
Nous sommes à l'aube d'une nouvelle année.
Que tous les obstacles se changent en chemins nous menant à l'amour.
Bonne et heureuse année 2010

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  • glint Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 593 W: 3 N: 545] (3785)
  • [2010-01-10 11:05]

hello Trudy,
this really is a nice portarit of this cute little dsrling chap.You have worked well with the natural light to capture a natural likeness.Looks good in b & w too.

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