Thursday, October 25, 2012

Fourth Floor, NICU, UCI Medical Center

My wife pointed out this great view from the 4th floor at UCI Medical Center a couple weeks ago. I took these photos through a dual pane window without a tripod after sunset.  Impossible, you say? My technique was to place the front of the lens hood securely against the glass to anchor the camera (kind of a make-shift tripod, I guess) and to reduce glare off the glass.  The sky and clouds were so incredible that evening... so linking to Skywatch Friday.  Click on the link to check out great skies from around the world!
1/15 second exposure, f 3.2, ISO 800
Corner of Chapman and The City Drive in Orange, CA
You may be wondering why I was (and have been) hanging out in the NICU at UCI? Well, let me introduce you to my granddaughter (my first grandchild): beautiful Lillian! She got off to a rough start and had to spend the first 4 weeks in the hospital, but we have her home now and we feel so incredibly fortunate to have a healthy granddaughter after everything she has been through!

Happy skywatching, and have a great weekend!

33 comments:

  1. Big congrats, Lillian is so sweet and healthy. Pleased all is well now. your sky photos are amazing too! Enjoy time with your new grand baby - I'm sure your wife is too.

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  2. I thought those night shots were beautiful till I saw that amazing face!!!

    Best wishes little one, with Aloha from Honolulu
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  3. The sky is beautiful over Orange County but not nearly as beautiful as your new Grand daughter! Congratulations all around and glad she is doing well now.
    Welcome to the world Lillian!

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  4. May she sleep long, restful sleeps!

    The "press the lens onto the window" is a pretty good one!

    Nice pictures.

    Stewart M - Australia

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  5. Beautiful pictures...gorgeous Grand daughter! Many blessings on each one of you!

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  6. Nice pics. Great Grand daughter and also an eye for a good photo opportunity outside. Like them

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  7. What can nature be so beautiful!
    Amazing shots!

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  8. Beautiful shots, and congratulations on your granddaughter. I think she is a keeper.

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  9. I think that extraordinary skies just follow you everywhere you go, probably because they know you're able to capture their beauty and that you'll share them with the world!

    And speaking of the world - a warm welcome to it, Lillian! Wishing you a happy life full of laughter, adventure, and beautiful skies! (How long do you have to wait before you buy Lillian her first camera?) :-)

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  10. That is a great view of the skyscape, but those last ones are the best view ever. Congratulations and best wishes for a happy, healthy little bundle.

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  11. Congrats! She is BEAUTIFUL! Our first (grandson) is 3 now and he runs around spewing out complete sentences (mostly orders!)...You will have SO much fun with her and I'm sure you will share your desert adventures with her!
    ~~Cheryl Ann~~

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  12. Your grand daughter is a beauty! Love that sky shot too.

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  13. Congratulations on your beautiful new granddaughter! What a beauty already. The sky shots are amazing. Your determination to stabilize your camera and get the shots is commendable. :)

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  14. How can you even see the sky, for looking at your new little angel!!!

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  15. What stunning skies!! And congratulations on the birth of your first grand daughter.

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  16. Your new granddaughter is beautiful, congrats to the whole family! :)

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  17. Oh sweet Lillian! My grandson, Caden, was born 9 weeks early and was in NICU a month. He's visiting me today - a rambunctious (and smart) 5 year old. Congratulations!

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  18. oh, sweet baby girl! congratulations to you and your family!

    the sky pics are beautiful, too, of course. :)

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  19. Great shots! And congratulations, your granddaughter is very cute.

    Irene

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  20. Oh my goodness- she is precious! Cool shots too!

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  21. The skies are extra beautiful but nothing can match Lillian's beauty. Congrats to all involved!!! MB

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  22. She's a cutie pie. And the photos are incredible. Will remember the technique.

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  23. Beautiful captures! Happy sky watching.

    Skywatch

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  24. Lillian is beautiful, and I'm happy to hear that she is now doing fine. Your sky photos are beautifully dramatic. Thanks for passing along your technique.

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  25. Congratulations on a beautiful new granddaughter. I'll have to remember your tip for taking a picture through a glass window. And thanks for stopping by and commenting on my Skywatch rainbow post. - Margy

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  26. Congrats on your new granddaughter, she is precious! So glad she is Ok now. Lovely sky captures. Have a great weekend!

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  27. She's so precious! Congratulations G'pa! Great night shot, love those city lights!

    I was at the Aquarium for photographers' Night (exclusive) after dark, and they sell those rubber hoods, I thought you might be interested.

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  28. Congratulations! She is a beautiful baby and I'm glad to hear she is home now. The sky outside th hospital was gorgeous!

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  29. I'm scrolling backwards through your posts. And that skyview through the top floor window is incredible. But more importantly is that baby and mom and everyone are fine after a rough start. Glad you and Grandma were there for support.

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