Harry M. Stuart  


Thinking at dawn by Harry M. Stuart

May 2020 - Thinking at dawn

About the Image(s)

We were waiting for the start of our osprey shoot in central Florida. I guess one of our party was thinking about whether he should go or not (my interpretation.)
Canon 70D, 1/80 sec, ISO 500, f5.


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11 comments posted

Martin Newland   Martin Newland
I really like the composition. The silhouette of the man lies nicely at the intersection of the "thirds" lines.
The background has a very "painterly" look about it and the treatment rubs out any distracting features that might detract from the silhouette.
There is a story to this image, although I have no idea what an "osprey shoot" is, we can tell from his pose that the man is contemplating something.
A lovely bright image. Well done.   Posted: 05/01/2020 23:42:19

Beverly Caine   Beverly Caine
(Groups 48 & 80)
Visiting from 48 & 80
Love this image. The composition and contrast of the silhouette against the orange sky are outstanding.

And, Martin, Ospreys are birds native to Florida and an Osprey shoot is when a group of photographers rent boats and go out over the waters they inhabit to photograph the birds. Did it a couple of years ago an if you're up to very early morning shoots, it can be a really fun day.   Posted: 05/02/2020 20:49:19
Martin Newland   Martin Newland
Thanks Beverley. My initial thought was that it might have been like the opening of the duck shooting season that we have here. I can rest easy now! Thank you.
.... and I don't do "very early morning shoots." I value my sleep too much, consequently there are very few, if any, sunrise images in my portfolio.   Posted: 05/02/2020 21:14:28

Beverly Caine   Beverly Caine
(Groups 48 & 80)
A man of my own heart!   Posted: 05/02/2020 21:20:26
Harry M. Stuart   Harry M. Stuart
Thanks, Beverly, for the explanation. It was a late night when I originally posted and not in a mood to elaborate. Martin: Once a year (when there is no Wuhan virus) a group of us, through a camera club in Delray Beach FL, get together to drive 100 miles north to a lake where the Ospreys are known to nest. At dawn we embark on pontoons to get our shots of the birds. Martin - you can now rest.   Posted: 05/03/2020 07:21:16

Shirley Pohlman   Shirley Pohlman
A beautiful silhouette against the morning colors! I imagine that choosing the painterly finish took away from a possible busy background. Is the bridge on a tilt just slightly? No big deal if it is--because only the edge of the monitor showed it. I would like to see an osprey that you might have shot that morning with the sunrise and would love to do that myself.   Posted: 05/03/2020 14:17:07

Brenda Monahan   Brenda Monahan
The colors on this are gorgeous. I'm guessing "painterly" is an option from one of the software programs? Whatever the case, it looks like morning mist encircling the posts of the bridge. The figure on the bridge definitely appears to be contemplating something.   Posted: 05/07/2020 06:22:58
Harry M. Stuart   Harry M. Stuart
Unfortunately, my post-processing took place a while ago and I cannot remember the steps. But I probably used one of the NIK filters to obtain the effect.   Posted: 05/10/2020 11:46:14

Karen Botvin   Karen Botvin
Beautiful silhouetted shot. My eye wants to drift to the light sliver between the piling and the edge of the image on the left side. Perhaps consider a slight crop on that side. I love the painterly touches to the background.   Posted: 05/10/2020 10:22:50

Piers Blackett   Piers Blackett
I like the composition, balance and shades of reds progressing from top to bottom. He seems to be contemplating the stability of the bridge.....great that you completed the shoot without incident!   Posted: 05/11/2020 13:42:03

Hung Phan   Hung Phan
The picture tells a story.I like silhouette.The man is thinking,lean on the bridge ,and his footraises up.The color is nice.   Posted: 05/20/2020 16:00:54