Matthew Harker Metcalf was born July 24, 2007, at 3:56am, at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, DC.

This blog runs on WordPress, using the Nishita theme (very slightly modified) and the PhotoQ plugin.

Inspired by the Trixie Picture of the Day.

All the camera equipment I use has since been discontinued.

Since January 2008, most of the photographs on this site have been taken with a Nikon D200 DSLR, mostly with the AF-S 18-135 DX standard kit zoom lens. I also occasionally use a Nikon 50/1.4 lens–mostly for indoor available-light shots. Most importantly, nearly all of the indoor shots are taken with the assistance of a Nikon Speedlight SB-800 flash. I bounce the light off the ceiling, which gives soft, broad, even light, with no red-eye.

Prior to January 2008, the photos were taken with a Nikon Coolpix 8400 camera, equipped with the same flash. With a very wide wide-angle, it was great for landscapes, but it couldn’t reliably focus on Matthew’s eyes indoors.

I do crop the pictures, often heavily. At present, I use GraphicConverter for nearly all my photo processing. Aside from cropping, the only photo editing I do are global changes: adjusting Levels and Curves, and sharpening.

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