Short Title: "Mom!"

© Stephen D. Swihart

Short Title:  "Mom!"

Uploaded: August 02, 2007


Longer Title: "Mom. Do you have to do this now and in public!?" "Yes. See that man with the short neck; he wants to take your picture!"


Dominick M. Dimacale level-addict August 02, 2007

Lovely image and composition here Stephen...Dominick #704432

Emily E. Bem August 02, 2007

WINNER! :)))))) #4590682

Joan Kocak August 02, 2007

AWESOME image Stephen!!! #4590743

Anna Diederich August 02, 2007

Awesome shot Stephen! #4591029

Aleksandra Miesak August 02, 2007

WOW this is amazing! #4591081

Kay E. Mahoney level-classic August 02, 2007

Beautiful, Stephen. Looks like a winner. #4593433

Cheryl E. Molennor August 02, 2007

Definately a winner! #4593503

Colette M. Metcalf August 02, 2007

WOW!!!! #4593973

Sharon F. Morris August 04, 2007

Great capture :-) #4601927

Cheryl Schneider August 05, 2007

VERY nice! #4604207

Vicki L. Filippin August 18, 2007

Is that the natural background? #4666214

Deborah K. Kelroy August 25, 2007

I love the composition of the interaction of the giraffes, Stephen!

I am somewhat distracted from the focus of the giraffes by the busy background. Had you given any thought to making it more simple or subdued? I would love to see a photo like that to be able to really zero in on the giraffes and the design of the artwork they are already wearing. Let me know if you produce another version. I would love to see it!

Great catch! Deborah #4697146

Erin Tyler September 21, 2007

Stunning capture! Congrats! #4821461

Candy Avera September 21, 2007

Love this! Congratulations! #4822924

Cyn Valentine level-classic September 21, 2007

Congratulations Stephen!! #4823333

Jeff Robinson level-deluxe September 22, 2007

Congrats Stephen on your outstanding Finalist! Jeff #4826560

Kay E. Mahoney level-classic September 23, 2007

Congratulations on your adorable finalist. Good luck in the next round. #4832382

October 06, 2007

Umm, haven't we seen this picture before somewhere? I know I have... #4891055

Denise Denomy November 07, 2007

FANTASTIC! Congratulations! You deserve accolades! (ignore Elizabeth's slight) #5038192

Mary K. Robison November 07, 2007

I love the image, especially how the baby's horns/knobs are tilted together ~ Congratulations on your POTD/ finalist, Stephen! #5038194

Janine Russell level-deluxe November 07, 2007

Stephen, wonderful capture; big congratulations on your POTD and finalist. #5038209

She-She Killough November 07, 2007

I love the short title longer title! LOL boy does that really say what this image says!! Doesn't matter if Michaels sells a giraffe pic that just means yours is good too. I do think the background might be a tad distracting as
Deborah mentioned nevertheless the capture is Awesome and you so nailed the title! Congrats on POTD too Steven! #5038295

ronda chatelle level-classic November 07, 2007

Congratulations Stephen on your POTD! Was this a photo of a photo with added effects? I am confused by Elizabeth's comment and post? Beautiful photo! #5038327

Wendy S. Mogul November 07, 2007

Congrats and thanks for making me smile this morning! I love this very sweet photo! Very well done! #5038479

Judyann Plante November 07, 2007

Stephen, Congratulations on this outstanding finalist and POTD!

Judyann <>< #5038483

Joy Rector November 07, 2007

congrats on the POTD #5038517

Michelle Alton November 07, 2007

One of the most endearing animal pics I've ever seen! Perfectly executed.
Deserves to be a WINNER!! #5038596

Sheila Faryna level-addict November 07, 2007

Just beautiful Stephen!!! Congrats on the POTD :-) #5038702

Josselyne Klecanda November 07, 2007

Oh! that is great. Congrats #5038814

Laura Clay-Ballard November 07, 2007

beautiful! congrats! #5038831

Stephen D. Swihart November 07, 2007

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! I had no idea this was a Photo of the Day winner. Well, that helps to make my day as well.

Beautiful blessings to each of you!!!

Steve #5038954

James Kirk November 07, 2007

This is a nice image. I would agree the background is distracting. I would also believe this background was added after the fact considering the direction and color temperature of the light on the giraffes is significantly different from what a sunset/sunrise would provide. The mood of the image is great though. The expression on the face of the calf does capture the imagination. Arguably the color temperature variation makes you stop and take a look. This could be a good thing. #5038991

Autum Rhoades November 07, 2007

Stephen, this rocks! Fantastic work on this! Congrats on your finalist/POTD! Wonderful work! #5039050

Lisa A. Car November 07, 2007

Very Nice! #5039070

November 07, 2007

This is just too cute!
Thanks! #5039309

Daniella Puente November 07, 2007

Congrats Stephen this is an amazing photo composition!!!! great PODT. #5039534

Vikram Jamwal November 07, 2007

Very nice pic Stephen, congrats on POTD!!! #5039685

Cheryl Meisel November 07, 2007

Ahhhhh what a sweet beautiful capture!
BIG CONGRATS on your wins with this!
Cherylm #5039725

David Collins November 07, 2007

Congratulations Stephen on your POTD and in capturing such a beautiful display of love between animals. #5039969

Dianna Hauf November 07, 2007

Wonderful and delightful image Stephen! Congratualtions on not only the finalist but you POTD!!! #5040097

Nancy Donnell November 07, 2007

Big congratulations, Stephen! #5040254

RC Fritz November 07, 2007

Congratulations on your Finalist and POTD! #5040278

Giordano November 07, 2007


the moment you caught is awesome, but, I'm sorry but the light on the giraffe doesn't match the background and the image look fake.


Giordano November 07, 2007

Take a look at Jim Zuckerman blog (September 16, 2007).


Lee Anne French November 07, 2007

Stephen - Everything about this photo ROCKS. Fabulous capture, stunning clarity and background, fitting (and hilarious!) title. Thanks for starting my morning with a smile!

- Lee Anne #5040316

Songbird Cline level-classic November 07, 2007

Where did you take this photo?? Its awesome as you already know... very well done! I wouls just like to know where this is... a zoo? #5040372

Colleen Farrell November 07, 2007

Terrific image, wonderful short and long title! Congratulations on your finalist and POTD! #5040449

Aggie Villanueva November 07, 2007

Stephen, this is one of the most loving animal captures I've ever seen. Congratulations. #5040451

Milan Banik November 07, 2007

wonderful mother shot,congrates. #5040537

Jillian Danielson November 07, 2007

I love it!!!!!! The colors are gorgeous and its absolutely adorable! Congrats!!! #5040546

Cyn Valentine level-classic November 07, 2007

Congratulations on this great POTD Stephen!! #5040549

Judy A. Lawhon November 07, 2007

Beautiful image of this Mother and baby....congrats on POTD....well deserved, Stephen!! #5040558

Sunny Jewell November 07, 2007

So Cool! I love meaningful shots. Love the colors. Glad I got to see your gallery. #5040626

November 07, 2007

The mood, the color, and your description are all wonderful. I love to read descriptions of photos. It takes me to the heart and humor of the photographer. Congratulation!! #5040657

Nancy (Peaches) Harker November 07, 2007

AWSOME capture girl! LOVE this. It is such a sweet capture!
BIG congrats on your finalist and POTD! #5040880

Mary Clarke November 07, 2007

Congratulations on POTD Stephen, wonderful image #5041024

Joan E. Herwig November 07, 2007

I love this image Stephen! In fact, the unusual background is one of the things that made me take a serious look at it, because it does not look like the typical "ZOO SHOT." I am most intrigued by the photo & wonder where did you take it & how? It is terrific & well worthy of recognition!

Stephen D. Swihart November 07, 2007

Today is my first son's birthday, but I feel like I have received many more presents than him. Thank you for your overflowing kindness. Normally, I respond to each email I get, but this day please accept my deepest appreciation in this short note!

Blessings to all of you.

Steve #5041943

Cheryl E. Molennor November 07, 2007

What an incredible shot. Congratulations #5041958

Patricia Ronan November 07, 2007

Great image! Congrats on your POTD:) #5041985

November 07, 2007

WOW! Great picture!!!
That would be a great gift to give my mother. Are you selling?

Shirley A. Kinney November 07, 2007

Stephen, what a touching image. This just shows us that motherly love comes with all species. Contrats on your finalist and photo of the day. #5042370

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-deluxe November 08, 2007

Glorious interaction, great timing!! Congratulations on your potd and finalist wins Stephen! #5045884

Toni Riggs November 08, 2007

Congrats! This is a beautiful image. I love the long title :) #5046492

Joyce ONeil January 09, 2008

Awesome! #5314590

Carolyn M. DAlessandro March 12, 2008

Well Stephen, What can I say that has not been said already... I just have to tell you that your are "King of the Cats"...and this image is with the help of your title is absolutely awesome too. You have an amazing talent and I am thrilled I ran across your photos. Thank you for your vision, your creativity and for sharing so we can enjoy and get insprired. Carolyn #5634899

Sandy Powers November 10, 2008

Ohmygoodness! I am totally in awe of this photo! I'm glad it won Photo of the Day. And finalist. But I have to say that this photo not winning first or Grand Prize takes a bit of credibility away from the judging in my opnion. It's going straight to my favorites so I can come see it often :)


Connie S. Gentz January 02, 2009

Stephen, this picture made me smile.
Your caption is perfect.
I just love everything about this, the composition, lighting, etc.
Great job! Keep up the wonderful works of art and letting your creativity shine so that all can enjoy! : )

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-deluxe September 24, 2009

Congratulations on a beautiful finalist and POTD! An inspirational and captivating wildlife scene!!!!

I don't know how I missed this image Stephen!! I get the POTD newsletters and this one never came.

Outstanding work!

Donna #7979892

Shelly A. Van Camp level-classic November 22, 2009

A beautiful image and colors.....Nice one, Stephen! #8152480

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