Uploaded: September 06, 2008 04:19:33


This image is of my husband's grandfather who passed away this past May at 96 and our niece when she was under a year old. I submitted this the day after he died. I worked on this some more, and I am resubmitting it into the MT. I am hoping it does better this time, bec. it is one of my favorites. :)

Cropped, added contrast, converted to black and white using B's Vanilla Filter.

My first Saturday, and I am playing in a softball tournament all day today! Our school is in our local Battle of the Businesses - Although I have played all my life, I have NOT in many many months...I am going to be just a little sore tomorrow!!!

Exif: F Number: 9, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/200 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 400, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 80.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XT


MELODIE C. ROBERTS September 06, 2008

You Have a Winner Here.....

Melissa Olsen September 06, 2008

I agree...winner....simply beautiful! #6418655

Melissa G. Meiselman September 06, 2008

This is an incredible photo taken with great lighting, fine detail and terrific composition, Debbra!! This certainly shows a precious connection and is great for the MT!!

Hope you have a great baseball day!! #6418790

Jeanine M. Bailey September 06, 2008

This is certainly MY pic as an MT winner!! One of my faves too!! In fact I NEED this one for Mattie!! :) I think you should add An Everlasting Touch of Love to the title because I think Gramps touched our lives in such a way that will live on for generations to come!!! Okay, made myself cry....can't help it though Gramps was pretty special person!!!

Hope you're winning today!!! :) #6419207

Shari Kelly September 06, 2008


Sherran Andersen level-classic September 06, 2008

No real words to describe a photo as touching as this. Well done Debbra. Sherran #6419494

Amy E. Schneider September 06, 2008

OUT of this WORLD!
Debbra this is amazing...terrific lighting and tones...I LOVE THIS!!!!!
I agree with everyone else you have a win in the bag with this one!!!
Excellent work my friend.
Amy:) #6419563

Jennifer L. Taranto September 06, 2008

W I N N E R !!! love this - love the emotion, love the tones, love your angle, .... everything is Perfect!! #6419801

Shannon D. Miller September 06, 2008

I'm with Jennifer on this one girl! Can you say another WINNER??? This is STUNNING! I am LOVE with this photo! To be honest it makes me want to cry that's how touching and meaningful this photo is! I don't know what else to say, other than it is a thing of beauty! Shannon~ #6420627

Debbra Bailey level-deluxe September 06, 2008

You have all blessed me soooo much by your commets on this image! I was disapointed when it did not get an EP last time, but I am even happier with it after the additional editing. Thank you ALL for you kind and encouraging words!!! #6421211

Chastity Abbott September 07, 2008

I love images that are "real", this brought tears to my eyes...I love it!
I would love to see it again! WTG! #6423524

September 07, 2008

What a keepsake this is -- and perfect for this month's them. I hope it wins. :) #6424439

Amber J. Skene September 07, 2008

Just perfect in every way Deb. Gorgeous tones, fantasic comp, lighting, and POV. And so touching. A great MT entry. #6424795

Holly Hitchcock September 07, 2008

FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! #6424856

Amber J. Skene October 22, 2008

Congrats on your finalist!!! #6639538

Michelle L. Frick October 22, 2008

Congratulations Debbra! I'm so happy for you - this is a beautiful memory! #6639741

Angie Sidles level-classic October 22, 2008

Big Congrats on this beautiful finalist Debbra! SO deserving!! :) #6640195

Jeanine M. Bailey October 23, 2008

YEAH!!!!!!!!! I'm SOOOOOO EXCITED!!!!!!!!! You have to send this to LB to see!!!!!! :) WTG!!! CONGRATS!!!!!!! #6643640

Terri L. Scribner October 23, 2008

Congratulations! This is a priceless capture and a winner for sure! #6643648

M.Christine Duncan October 23, 2008

Debbra, such a moving and honoring image... congrats on it's finalist win!!! Stunning work my friend! Blessings! #6644805

Vladan D. Djordjevic October 23, 2008

Congratulations on this beautiful finalist, Debbra! An amazing image! #6644897

Amy E. Schneider October 23, 2008

Yeah for you Deb! I love this portrait, I'm so glad it is going further in the contest for you.
Amy:) #6644970

Max Aureli October 23, 2008

Great composition and congratulations for your Finalist, Debbra!!! #6645849

Shannon D. Miller October 23, 2008

YUP!!! I knew we would see this one again girl it truly has WINNER written all over it!!! CONGRATUALTIONS!!! Shannon~ #6646022

Eugenio Diaz October 23, 2008

Congratulations on a beautiful and well deserved finalist #6648414

Shari Kelly October 23, 2008


I am smiling a huge smile for you...
I love this image---reminds me of the CREATION image..have you ever seen it...
I knew this would make it---HOPE TO SEE A WINNER---LOOOOOOOOVE IT!!! Shari #6649533

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic October 23, 2008

Wow.. this is an awesome Finalist. Congrats.

UB. #6649773

KARU WIJESUNDARA. A.N.P.A.S. October 24, 2008


KARU. #6652934

Amber J. Skene October 24, 2008

Congrats on your winner! #6653911

Agnes Fegan level-deluxe October 24, 2008

Beautiful ... congratulations on your winning photo !!! #6654010

Michelle L. Frick October 24, 2008

Congratulations on going gold Debbra - this is such a beautiful tribute!! #6654029

Cyn Valentine October 24, 2008

Beautiful winner Debra..congratulations!! #6654073

Rakesh Syal level-classic October 24, 2008

Heartiest congratulations on this amazing win, my friend! #6654283

Amy E. Schneider October 24, 2008

Yeah for gold!!!!
Way to go Deb you deserve it this is a great photograph...Congrats my friend.
Amy:) #6654393

Shannon D. Miller October 24, 2008

I knew we would see this amazing photo again girl! CONGRATULATIONS!!! On this amazing win and most deserving win! Shannon~ #6654421

Shari Kelly October 24, 2008

S:o)M:o)I:o)L:o)I:o)N:o)G:o)...hey do you see me smiling...


Lisa J. Boulden level-classic October 24, 2008

Huge congratulations on your new GOLD badge!!!
Smiles, Lisa #6654478

Elida Gutierrez October 24, 2008



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Vladan D. Djordjevic October 24, 2008

congrats on your gorgeous win!!!


Jeanine M. Bailey October 24, 2008

YEA! YEA! YEA! YEA! YOU KNOW I'M HAPPY ABOUT THIS WINNING!!!!!!!! CONGRATS!!!!! :):):):):):) #6655121

Sam Britt October 24, 2008

Congratulations on this second place win, Debbra! #6655222

Colette M. Metcalf October 24, 2008

Congratulations!!!! #6655346

Daniella Puente October 24, 2008

BIG CONGRATS on this wonderful and priceless favorite of you and many more Debbra!!!!!!!!! GREAT WINNER :)))))) #6655910

Carmody Baker October 24, 2008

I love this. Great Job!!!
Carmody #6656010

Debbra Bailey level-deluxe October 24, 2008

Thank you ALL for your encouraging comments, your thoughts, your congrats... I appreciate them all! You are all so inspiring! #6656046

Sherran Andersen level-classic October 24, 2008

Congrats on your win Debbra... one of my favourites. Sherran #6656164

frank w. degenhardt October 24, 2008

Debbra- A fitting tribute to your husbands grandfather. I know he would be proud. I am to of your work. Congratulations my friend. Enjoy and savor the moment. #6656403

Max Aureli October 25, 2008

Congratulations for this Winner Debbra!!! #6657586

Terri L. Scribner October 25, 2008

Told you this was a WINNER! #6657743

Holly Hitchcock October 25, 2008

Not surprising, Debbra. I LOVED this when I first saw it!!! Congratulations!! #6657943

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic October 25, 2008

WTG. Congrats. on striking GOLD.

UB. #6659046

M.Christine Duncan October 25, 2008

YEEEEEESSSS! Congrats Debbra on this wonderful win... I had no doubts m'dear! #6659191

Donna La Mattino Pagakis October 25, 2008

Congratulations on your win Debbra, how sweet! #6660699

Denny E. Barnes level-deluxe October 26, 2008

Congratulations on your winning GOLD, Debbra! It's well deserved!! #6664287

Dominick M. Dimacale level-addict October 27, 2008

Congratulations Debbra on your Win.

Dominick #6665517

Debbra Bailey level-deluxe October 27, 2008

Thank you to everyone for their congrats! I am so thankful for all of the encouraing, kind and talented friends I have made on Betterphoto! #6666310

Rick Clark October 27, 2008

Debbra - What a wonderful family image, well done! #6669257

Debbra Bailey level-deluxe October 27, 2008

Thank you Rick! #6669459

Ron Evans level-deluxe October 29, 2008

I'm not the most emotional person but this is truly gripping. It cuts to the core and I think it's one of the best examples in this genre I've seen. I am particularly drawn to the texture and grit of the grandfather's hand. It tells a story, or allows for me to develop one on my own which is truly special. Wonderful capture and congrats! #6679947

Ron Roberts November 07, 2008


Debbra Bailey level-deluxe November 15, 2008

Thank you Ron and Ron! I really appreciate your comments! #6759613

Dr. Harmeet Singh November 15, 2008

Very beautiful image and dedication..This really deserved to be a winner.Congratulations.. #6760527

Maria A. Gonzalez November 16, 2008

Wonderful moment you capture here.This image has a lot of feelings to it.The old and the young,the size difference,all around a wonderful photo and intimate moment.Congratulations Debbra. #6761490

Denise M. Snyder November 22, 2008

Debbra... I was just looking at your gallery and this amazing image just jumped out at me... congrats on this most deserving winner... what a touching, wonderful image this is... definitely going into my favs! #6789894

Laura E. Swan level-classic January 30, 2009

This is better than great. We will see this again!!! -Laura #7107267

Rod Partington February 08, 2009

Fantastic picture here,Debbra! Congrats on the awards,totally deserves it! You really have some awesome images in your gallery! #7142321

Esther R. Tinz April 03, 2009

Came across this image while checking out your gallery - beautiful - just beautiful! #7368473

Shelia Earl level-deluxe March 17, 2010


I just saw the photo that was on SnapShot and went to your site to see your other work. This is the most beautiful photo! It tells such a story. Even though you won months ago, I could not help but write and tell you how much I love this photo.

Shelia Earl #8461282

Debbra Bailey level-deluxe September 07, 2012

OK, I am so cheating on this month's challenge! This is by far my favorite image of hands :) It is my now deceased Grandfather in law (My husband's, mom's dad) and Bean's daughter Mattie when she was very little. Gramps was a Nascar driver and a bus mechanic, and I just love the deep dark wrinkles on his skin :) #10312979

Jeff E Jensen September 07, 2012

Well, I'll allow it cause it is freakin fantastic! #10313036

Michael Kelly level-deluxe September 07, 2012

Such a powerful image. Well done! #10313068

Teresa H. Hunt September 07, 2012

Deb, this is an amazing image!! I love it :) #10313406

Beth Spencer September 07, 2012

Amazing!! I love it!! #10313596

Anthony L. Mancuso September 07, 2012

That is an amazing shot Deb...congrats on the well deserved gold...that must have been an oversight that it didn't get an EP the first time you entered it.. #10313609

Dale Hardin September 07, 2012

Simply wonderful Deb. A true winner, and a welcome and winning entry for the challenge. #10313688

Rita K. Connell level-classic September 08, 2012

totally awesome debra, well deserve of the gold indeed. I hope your sister or brother has this hanging in their home. #10314696

lisa anderson September 08, 2012

Beautiful shot :) #10314765

Debbie E. Payne September 09, 2012

It's already been said. A very compelling and emotional image. A very deserving image as well as perfect for the challenge. #10315752

Peter W. Marks September 10, 2012

No words for this one Debbra. Way too thought provoking. #10316859

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