Erik Rosengren, FPSA, PPSA  

Myakka Park Paddler by Erik Rosengren, FPSA, PPSA

July 2021 - Myakka Park Paddler

About the Image(s)

How I did it—On April 8th my friends and I drove to Myakka State Park, about 2 1/4 Hrs. South of my home. Most of the park was drenched in light fog. As I approached the water I noticed a husband and wife paddling together in their separate boats with a Spoonbill flying by. That image was made however when the wife veered off, I liked the angle, paddle reflection and the distant shore ingulfed in light fog. My tools for the day were Olympus EM1-Mark 111 body. Lens Zuiko Pro f 2.8 40-150mm, fitted with a 2X extender, shot off hand.
Auto ISO, f8, 110 mm @ 400th of a second. We, in Florida, are so fortunate to have access to so many Parks and species of birds.

11 comments posted

Isaac Vaisman M.D.   Isaac Vaisman M.D.
Erik, this images gives the feeling of tranquility and silence away from the everyday madness. The fog gives the sense of mystery to the image as well. The yellow kayak stands out in the image and the paddler is wearing a hat full of feathers, and an interesting shirt with a logo displaying a hand holding a snake. His gesture indicates active movement. Image is sharp and the background is not distracting.   Posted: 07/05/2021 21:01:22

Guy Davies   Guy Davies
Erik, the image is sharp and clear with exceellent quality and super light. I also like the raised paddle and the reflections in the calm water. The image does say 'serenity'. If you have another image with more open space round the lone paddler, it would say 'solitude' as well.   Posted: 07/07/2021 07:35:07
Erik Rosengren   Erik Rosengren
The un-cropped image has plenty of open space and "solitude" is very appropriate for this image.   Posted: 07/10/2021 19:36:12
Erik Rosengren   Erik Rosengren
Guy and members, attached is another image of both subjects and the Roseate Spoonbill in flight.   Posted: 07/19/2021 11:04:44
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Erik Rosengren   Erik Rosengren
Guy and members, attached is another image of both subjects and the Roseate Spoonbill in flight.   Posted: 07/19/2021 11:04:46

Gary Butler   Gary Butler
Erik, when I enlarged this picture on my monitor it became obvious to me that you the fine details of the paddler and the kayak extremely well - very, very sharp. For me I love the way this contrasts with the softness and the "swirl" of the reflection in the water. I think that you have done a good job also with the Contrast as the back of the kayak is not too bright to cause any distraction and the left side is still bright enough to see all the details.

You obviously are a very accomplished photographer so I am curious and hope you can help me learn. If you intended to enter this image in a PSA Exhibition would have left the background shoreline in the image? If this is cropped would you have included more of the shore in the background? Or would you have eliminated it entirely? Thanks for any feedback you can give me.   Posted: 07/11/2021 10:57:57
Erik Rosengren   Erik Rosengren
It would submitted as is as. The beautiful light in the foreground should compliment the early foggy morning background. As Ian suggested, the shoreline "adds distance and scale"   Posted: 07/19/2021 11:17:00
Guy Davies   Guy Davies
I agree with Erik and Ian. I would leave it as it is.   Posted: 07/20/2021 05:28:29

Vella Kendall   Vella Kendall
Interesting question from Gary. You were able to capture the light on the paddle and kayak very well. I tried to see what it would like cropped from the top but not sure. The main subject stands out more but the reflections from the trees could be distracting.   Posted: 07/11/2021 21:28:41
Erik Rosengren   Erik Rosengren
In my opinion, the shoreline and reflections offer tranquility and add to the image.   Posted: 07/19/2021 11:21:46

Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Hi Erik
The first thing that struck me my friend when I read your write up was how you even noticed the boats when there was a spoonbill flying about.
Erik as already said fabulous image the early morning lighting on the main subject is to die for the reflection of the paddle matches the logo on the ladies jacket the inclusion of the far bank gives not only a stop but adds distance and scale.
This is the sort of image that would grace National Geographic.   Posted: 07/14/2021 16:14:41


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