A Very Special Present: Capturing Belly's Growth


As soon I knew my wife was pregnant I thought I had to do something special for her… for them!
A diamond ring? Nooo! Something more special. What about taking pictures? Could be nice. A video? Much better!

So I worked on it. The situation was: she was 5 weeks pregnant. A normal pregnancy lasts for 40 weeks. If I wanted to take a picture a week I needed 36 pictures, so a regular film would be perfect. Then I had to choose a camera. I thought my Smena 8M would do the job, as she had never failed before. Then, the film. I wanted b&w. I thought that taking pictures at home would need a very fast film. Ilford Delta 3200 offered what I need.

Every week I had to take one picture. She must be in the same position, same clothes. The camera should use the same settings, and obviously being in the same position. So I put the Smena on a tripod, focused her, and I made some marks on the floor, in order to remember their position. I started on week 5. Every Sunday night we did the same ritual. As she put on the same clothes, I put the camera on the same position. Don’t move! click!

The belly was growing, and film was ending. The baby came 4 weeks earlier! She was born on a Sunday, so that day I couldn’t take a picture.

I still had 3 pictures to take, so the following weeks, every Sunday night, they were in position, until the film was finished.

Then came the post processing. I sent the film to a professional lab. Asked for a contact sheet and high resolution scanning of it.

At home, when mother and baby were resting, I took frame by frame, and with the help of a morphing software I found on the net, I made the film.

Mercè&Juno from jordi dalmau on Vimeo.

Well, that was my present for them. Hope you enjoyed it!

written by minicooper on 2010-11-02 #lifestyle #smena #filming #morphing #b-w


  1. kvboyle
    kvboyle ·

    Congratulations!!! And what a great idea...a lovely present!

  2. stouf
    stouf ·

    Beautiful !!! And Congratulations !

  3. mikahsupageek
    mikahsupageek ·

    congratulations and what a lovely way of capturing the beauty of life !

  4. hanspan
    hanspan ·

    Gorgeous. Although the thought of beng pregnant scares me...

  5. adi_totp
    adi_totp ·

    Love :)

  6. takezzo
    takezzo ·

    i've been trying to convince my wife and she keeps refusing ;-)

  7. paper_doll
    paper_doll ·

    awww you look lovely :)

  8. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    that's for sure a beautiful idea and present!

  9. disdis
    disdis ·

    I would like to see a stop motion of this.... I've seen one made by a Vitorian Photographer Josean Pablos and the results were really great....

  10. singleelderly
    singleelderly ·

    Great Present!

  11. niki-tzi
    niki-tzi ·

    congratulations... so cute and lovely...

  12. j_robert
    j_robert ·

    haha amazing! such a personal and fantastic observation of life in Muybridge fashion

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