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Caught off guard: Safe & mighty chipper.

Posted by
Abena (Illinois, United States) on 19 March 2013 in People & Portrait.

Look who I found on my bed! I always feel like it's "violating" someones privacy taking images of them sleeping :) Anyway, in that moment when I took this image of this lil man here, I hoped for him to grow up always striving to be a better person. And that separations and other things that somehow always seem to get in the way won't affect him negatively.

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Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

The protective penguin will take care of him. Neat shot.

19 Mar 2013 5:36am

@Steve Rice: Lovely said Steve ! Yes indeed !

Mooie from Vancouver, Canada

He sure looks peaceful here :-)
And seems like he's lucky enough to have a protective penguin and more looking out for him

19 Mar 2013 5:42am

@Mooie: True :) & yes he definitely is ! ^I think, if I were to get a pet, it'd be a penguin :-)

rem_la from Villiers, France

c'est joliment composé

19 Mar 2013 6:29am

@rem_la: Merci beaucoup !

omid from mashhad, Iran

:) very nice!
Beautiful focus!

19 Mar 2013 7:05am

@omid: Thanks Omid :)

Basile Pesso from Paris, France

Very soft focus for this beautiful face.

19 Mar 2013 8:29am

@Basile Pesso: Thanks Basile!

Navin Harish from Noida, India

Nice shot. great use of dof

19 Mar 2013 8:55am

@Navin Harish: Thanks a lot!

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

great DOF ! a lot of softness and sweetness in this picture, and something not far from the childhood, the innocence in the sleep !

19 Mar 2013 10:09am

@Anna.C: Thank you Anna ! And yes indeed, there's something so innocent in the way a child sleeps, its ever so peaceful.

Martine from bousval, Belgium

TRès belle ta photo!!!! j'adore++++

19 Mar 2013 11:14am

@Martine: Tres content que tu aimes, merci beaucoup Martine ! (Vic. Catalonia) from CAT. New European State, Poland

The penguin watching anything or anyone disturb your sleep.
A sweet image. Excellent focus control.
Have a nice day !

19 Mar 2013 11:45am (Vic. Catalonia): Oh yes, this beautiful penguin has also been protecting my finger for some time now, thanks ! And have an excellent Sunday !

Mariana Maoduš from Waterloo, Canada

very sweet image !

19 Mar 2013 11:48am

@Mariana Maoduš: There is something really cute about children sleeping, thank you!

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

Softness everywhere, here.

19 Mar 2013 12:02pm

@Gérard Beullac: Yes indeed, gladly that comes out, thank you Gérard!

Sharon Pleasants from Monroe, Louisiana, United States

A precious portrait!

19 Mar 2013 1:23pm

@Sharon Pleasants: It really is, thank you Sharon!

Jules from Drayton, United Kingdom

superb composition

19 Mar 2013 1:26pm

@Jules: Thanks Jules !

Dimitrios from ATHENS, Greece


19 Mar 2013 2:52pm

@Dimitrios: I'm glad you like ! And thanks for the "MM!"

Lena from San Francisco, United States

Sweet dream...lovely shot...:-)

19 Mar 2013 3:28pm

@Lena: sweet dreams indeed :) Thank you Lena !

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

A wonderfully intimate and heartwarming shot Abena! ;-)

19 Mar 2013 6:18pm

@Eric Cousineau: Thanks a lot Eric ! And I'm happy feeling comes through with this one :)

christine from Schoten, Belgium

Lovely image and nices wishes. I wish him also a lot of fun and laughter.

19 Mar 2013 6:18pm

@christine: Oh yes, I forgot to include laughter ! Thank you Christine ! And thanks for reading the text below :)

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

A peaceful image with a little friend to protect him as he sleeps.

19 Mar 2013 6:37pm

@Ruthiebear: A little penguin friend, I should give the penguin a name :) Thank you Ruthiebear !

RBL from Oxford, United States

Great focus and frame ~ sweet dreams!

19 Mar 2013 6:52pm

@RBL: Sweet dreams and a lovely penguin to go with, I wonder what he was dreaming about :) Thanks !

franz from Baden, Austria

commendable sentiments to go with this lovingly candid shot ... with a sweet little penguing to watch over the unsuspecting sleeper ... ;-)

19 Mar 2013 7:14pm

@franz: Thanks a lot Franz ! And for reading through as well. Oh yes, this little penguin is always watching over someone, if not him, me ! :)

Photographs by M.E. from San Francisco, United States

beautiful, loving image! the 'penguin' is a welcome addition to this picture as it even made it more 'homey'! 5 stars!

19 Mar 2013 7:52pm

@Photographs by M.E.: I really liked the feel of it but thought it slightly boring so pulled the penguin off my finger and it added some nice homely depth ! Thanks a lot for that great review !

Mohammad/N from shiraz, Iran

so nice frame
great shot

19 Mar 2013 8:07pm

@Mohammad/N: Thanks !

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

This is such a loving, gentle image ... I wish him health & happiness!

19 Mar 2013 9:01pm

@Judy aka L@dybug: And thanks for those beautiful wishes ! Thank you and for reading these texts below too :)

Rick from Toronto, Canada

A very unique and affecting photo, Abena ! Well seen and captured.

19 Mar 2013 9:25pm

@Rick: I guess Pingu the penguin ring also adds to it, fantastically said and thanks Rick !

curieuzeneuzemosterdpot from somewhere between viewer and subject, Belgium

beautiful DOF, abena!

sweet dreams .. ;-))

19 Mar 2013 10:59pm

@curieuzeneuzemosterdpot: Sweet dreams to him, thank you Curie ! :)

Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

Because of the focus on the ring and the soft pink colors it looks as if prince charming is sleeping there. Hope he feels better soon!

20 Mar 2013 4:01am

@Monique: It kind of does, doesn't it!? I hope so too, thank you!

Regina G. Santaella from Cancún, Mexico

This is so peaceful. Looks like the penguin is protecting him, or as if it were chasing away unpleasant dreams. I love it :)

20 Mar 2013 4:38am

@Regina G. Santaella: Like a dream catcher ! I saw him lying on the bed and thought he looked so sweet, I'm glad you like it, thank you Regina !

L'angevine from Angers, France

je m'attendais à une demande en mariage....

20 Mar 2013 8:23am

@L'angevine: comme un prince charmant!

Eric C. from Un peu partout, France

Well done !

20 Mar 2013 1:26pm

@Eric C.: Thanks !

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

A cute image. placid dreams in a sleeping face ... and the guard in the foreground ... I'm excited! A hug Abena

20 Mar 2013 1:29pm

@Adela Fonts: The world of dreams and hope, the guard in the front stays on my finger a lot of the time ! Thank you Adela, hugs !

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Une belle bague et la personnage qui dort paisiblement merveilleux.

20 Mar 2013 3:26pm

@Nicou: La bague s'appelle "Pingu!" Merci Nicou !

Irene from L C, France

So sweet, so beautiful...

20 Mar 2013 5:26pm

@Irene: Thank you for those lovely words !

Jeremy from Ridgedale, United States

The penguin's a great touch! It really expresses the soft emotions I feel about the sleeping face.

22 Mar 2013 5:07am

@Jeremy: It does, doesn't it!? I love penguins and am happy it added to the image. At first I thought the scene was pretty boring so I spent about 30seconds thinking of what to add depth or interest to it, finally I ended up pulling that off my finger and snapping away !

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