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Why would you put a very cute baby in a mailbox?



Well the answer is, you wouldn’t of course. This is a composite, of a baby in a mailbox. Why composite them you ask? Because this is my cheeky version of an Anne Geddes image. So sue me, its not quite as cute, or heartwarming, or just so precious you want to immediately run out and buy a child sized egg to stick you newborn in. My version is non of those things. Its quite amusing, a little chilly, and a little cute.

If i was better at this sort of thing the baby would have been sleeping, just as cute as can be, probably sticking out of a perfectly wrapped present, bound for Christmas cheer, recently delivered my a happy postal worker.

However i am not so good at unbearably cute. So you get a baby, on a cold winter evening, looking a little apprehensive because someone just put her in the mailbox.

Maybe this will only be amusing to me, and actualy i am fine with that, but i think there may be some othere folks out there who are not all that in love with babies in vegetable pods or giant uninhabited egg shells.

Its a light one this week, but i hope you enjoyed the image and the ramblings. I just got off a 15 hour flight from Dubai, so forgive me if this weeks discussion is a little short and a little loopy. oh, and i have nothing against Anne Geddes, she is a fantastic photographer. Thanks and i’ll see you next week.

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The holidays can be a fun time of year.


Food, parties, family, and good photo opportunities. Family and friends gather together, and because you have spent the last decade or more with a camera in your hands, and in their face, they are very comfortable and quite willing to act completely natural. In these conditions sometimes there are some great shots to be had.

This particular one was so classic to me. A little girl playing with a music box with a ballerina on it reminds me of so many scenes in so many movies it is hard to even remember what scenes go in which movies. In most of those movies the music box was ceramic not plastic and didn’t have interchangeable figurines, but the concept is the same.

I have gotten several comments on the light falling the subject in this image. For this I can take no credit. That fantastic soft, but not that soft, light is coming from indirect sunlight coming through white lace curtains. I would have never thought of lace as a great diffuser, but in this case, with the already indirect sunlight it was just about perfect.

As you can see I desaturated the color quite a bit. I think it gives the image a more old school look. It helps express the iconic nature of the action in spite of the plastic hinges and obviously rubber figures. I also darkened the blacks both to give the image more drama and to help hide some of the stuff in the background.

One thing I like about this photo, that you would never know unless I told you, is that there is a lot of other stuff going on in the room. Its a holiday party and there are people snacking, chatting, laughing and generally making allot of noise and motion. But not in this frame. This moment looks snatched right out of an empty Victorian house, the only sound the melody of the music box. But, as with so many things in life, it is all about context.

I think the context of this image is very important. This image works on an entirely different level if you also picture the controlled holiday chaos taking place just outside the frame. This little girl is an oasis of calm happiness amid a sea of joy. I think that is what i’m going to name this image “Amid a Sea of Joy”

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