Thursday, January 21, 2010

Meet Ryan.

I'd like to introduce Ryan Daniel Morris, all 6 pounds and 15 ounces of him. Ryan made his entrance to the outside world at 5:27 PM last evening. Mother and baby are doing fine.

Don't know much about his personality, as yet, but he seems to be fairly mellow and as curious about the world as a guy less than 24 hours old can be. This isn't the "sweetest" baby photo a grandfather could lead off with. For some reason it's the photo that appeals to me the most. It's like Ryan is torn between wanting to go back to sleep and keeping an eye on what I'm doing with the camera.

As babies do, Ryan finally succumbed to the Sandman's persuasion. Nothing like Mama's warm lap and Homer Simpson to conk a baby out!

Anyway, since I mentioned the coming event several times, I figured I'd put a few photos up and do a bit of showing off. There's a photo floating around of me holding Ryan, but I'm sparing you my face. The baby's cuter!

The birthing center room was a hard place to take photographs in. There are some weirdly yellowish colored incandescent lights in the room. Any adjustments I did to the white balance made everything turn towards the cold side of the color spectrum. In other words, it all came out looking blue. I shot in raw so eventually I can go back and do some fancy editing. To complicate the exposure issue, one whole wall of the room is open glass and the sun was streaming in. I ended up spot metering on Ryan while letting the window light overexpose. Like the photo below.

Mostly we were busy fussing over the baby so I was content getting a few decent shots with the G11. I probably could have done a bit more with a bounce flash, but decided to let it go for now. These are enough for memories. I'm hoping for a lot of time to concentrate on baby pictures coming up! My daugher's going back to work in 6 weeks and Katie will be watching Ryan a few days a week. Okay, me, too! How fun.

I know everybody says this, but you do forget how small these things are. Our baby is turning 22 in a few months. It's been a bit since we held a new one. The hands and arms remember what to do without any trouble. What an awesome experience holding Ryan for the first time!

We've already had to make a couple of prints for Katie to show around. That's a sweet advantage of digital photography. No line or waiting on Computer 2!

Miles and smiles,



Arizona Harley Dude said...

Congratulations Grandpa!!!!

You are getting ready to discover exactly what an obsession really is now. Best wishes to Gramdma and parents as well.

Richard Machida said...

Congratulations to parents and grandparents!

Now, time to put all that photography practice to work.

Charlie6 said...

Congrats Irondad!

Got your motorcycle rigged up yet to hold a baby seat?

Of course, you'll have to get him appropriately sized atgatt gear!

best wishes to all...

Mike said...

Congratulations to all! Nice images. It was nice you weren't in Arizona too. Not that there's anything wrong with Arizona. :)

bluekat said...

Awesome! What a sweet, sweet boy! Easy to forget over the years how tiny and precious they are. Congratulations and best wishes to to your family!


Anonymous said...

Congrats Iron Paw Paw!

Lucky said...


So... have you got Ryan a helmet yet?

bobskoot said...


Congratulations to all the parents. This is the start of a baby Blog, with a few dabbles into Photography and with luck a pix of a bike or two

too bad the small FJR is too small

bobskoot: wet coast scootin

David said...

Congrats to Mom, Dad, and Grandparents. While it may be a bit premature, it's never too early to start planning for the young'uns future ride. Check out

And it's even a "Green" electric ride. :)

Dave T.

SheRidesABeemer said...

Life it Good! Congrats

SonjaM said...

Congrats! All the best to the family. What a cute little guy.

Chuck Pefley said...

Isn't it just amazing to see the original miniaturization model? It's a fantastic experience seeing those tiny fingers and toes!! Congratulations to you all! Thanks for the photos -:)

Krysta in MKE said...

Welcome, Ryan, and congrat's to the family.
He's cute, of course. All babies are. It keeps you from killing them when they wake you up for the umpteenth time that night...

Jack Riepe said...

Dear IronDad (Dan):

There is nothing that compares with the joy of a Grand Child. You get to play with them, pretend with them, laugh with them, chaee them, capture them, run from them, tickle them, and feed them ice cream -- just before sending them home with their parents.

It is the best of any world.

Congratulations to you, your wife, and the baby's parents.

Fondest regards,
Jack • reep • Toad
Twisted Roads

irondad said...

I sincerely appreciate everyone's comments and well wishes. Sorry for the group reply but my plate has been a bit full lately.

Ryan's daddy is a bike guy at heart so two wheels will be in the little guy's future if he is so inclined.

Take care,


Steve Williams said...

Please accept my belated congratulations on the birth of your grandson.

I think I know why the first picture appeals to you. It's like looking in a mirror. After all, grandfathers are just antique little boys....

Best wishes to you and your family.

Steve Williams
Scooter in the Sticks

Doug C said...

A belated congratulations from Ohio. I was catching up on my reading - too much snow for anything else here - and nabbed this blog entry. Ryan is beautiful. Knowing your propensity to take photos, with Ryan here, you'll need to invest in a bunch more memory cards!