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    For my Mother: This was taken February 22, 2015, two days before she passed away. I find this unutterably beautiful, more beautiful than any photograph I've ever taken - a memorial, and to honor all the gifts she gave me in this lifetime. She was punning and making jokes right up until she lost consciousness a few days earlier. I've never seen someone with more strength of will, or who in the face of cancer and dementia, maintained such an incredible sense of humor until the very end of life.
    WHAT MAKES THIS PHOTO GREAT?
    Composition 16
    Lighting 11
    Creativity 8
    Story 20

    This is a beautiful honoring of this photographer's mother. You can feel the love and respect here in the color and closeness, in the rendering of her delicate skin. She seems asleep. How brave of this person to record this moment.

    Lynn Johnson
    National Geographic Photographer
    Photo Details
    Date Taken: Feb 22, 2015
    Date Uploaded: Feb 28, 2015
    Location: Portland, Oregon, United States
    Camera: Canon EOS REBEL T4i
    Focal Length: 135 mm
    Shutter Speed: 1/13 sec
    Aperture: f/5.6
    ISO: 6400
    Copyright: © Rory Sagner
    Categories: People, Portraits
    Assignments: When Death Comes, Transitions: As The World Turns