<a href="#" title="Let’s Look Back - Article on chrisburnell.com" class="article-link">
  <img src="https://picsum.photos/600/400" alt="">
  <span class="article-title">Hover me!</span>
  <time class="article-date">( ・∀・ )Yeah!</time>
</a>
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body {
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}

.article-link {
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  color: white;
  width: 425px;
  height: 255px;
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  top: 50%;
  left: 50%;
  overflow: hidden;
  font: 600 16px/2em sans-serif;
  text-decoration: none;
  text-shadow: 0 0.1em 0.25em rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.5);
  border-radius: .375em;
  transform: translateX(-50%) translateY(-50%);
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.article-link img {
  position: absolute;
  top: 50%;
  left: 50%;
   transform: translateX(-50%) translateY(-50%) scale(0.85);
  transition: all .3s ease;
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.article-link:hover img, .article-link:focus img {
 transform: translateX(-50%) translateY(-50%);
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.article-title,
.article-date {
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.article-title {
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.article-date {
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  transition: all .3s ease;
}
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  opacity: 1;
  transform: translateX(-50%) translateY(calc(-50% + .8em));
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