Ian Chantler  

Alone with your thoughts by Ian Chantler

June 2021 - Alone with your thoughts

About the Image(s)

n March this year we had 4 days of terrifically stormy weather aligned with spring tides the wind rarely dropping below 40mph and at high tide anywhere between 50 - 60mph, on the third day I went down to try and shoot some of the waves breaking over the slipways at a very safe distance may I add I have lived on the river all my life and totally respect it, walking back home I saw this gentleman just staring at the sea lost in his own world with his thoughts and just thought it symbolised the stormy past 12 months we had all endured I had to take this at a massive high shutter speed and from a very low angle to try and stop camera shake the wind in excess of 45mph heavy drizzle and spray and very poor lighting didn't pay it much attention at first but it has so grown on me as a symbol of the past year.

How I did it

Camera Canon EOS 5D Mk III lens EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM f8 1/1600s ISO 1200 focal length 70mm RAW image was opened in photoshop and basic adjustments made, cropped from the bottom contrast adjusted and sharpened using a high pass filter and a 2px stroke added.

11 comments posted

Paul Roth   Paul Roth
A very interesting image Ian. I do sense the solitude in the photo. Considering the conditions you took the image, you did very well. I believe your image would benefit by having the halos. removed.   Posted: 06/12/2021 19:28:00

Ella Schreiber   Ella Schreiber
Hi Ian:... When I saw your image... "A penny for your thoughts" jumped into my head. Looking at the rough weather, I wonder what this gent was thinking. Obviously he was well dressed for the occasion. To my eye the sky and background are a bit flat... If this were my image, I might add a bit of fog effect to really put the background in it's place since there is no detail in the sky anyhow..which would make the background visible, but, make the gent stand out a bit more... Who knows... it might just work!???   Posted: 06/12/2021 20:52:49
Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
As always Ella thanks for your thoughts very much appreciated.   Posted: 06/13/2021 13:33:45

Michael Nath   Michael Nath
An interesting image Ian. Foul weather does present some challenges but your image is clean and to the point. My personal taste prefers a darker background where the containers and cranes are located. I used NIK SEP2 to brush in just those areas. Just a thought for you to consider. It does reveal a halo around the persons head though (I rushed the brushwork). As my father spent 20 years in the navy, this reminds me of many views of the ships in port during bad weather. Well done.   Posted: 06/13/2021 17:35:18
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Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Michael many thanks Michael will give that a go.   Posted: 06/14/2021 16:24:58

Peter Clark   Peter Clark
Ian - a well spotted image in which I like the way in which the guy's legs are mirrored by those of the cranes. Whilst appreciating that this was a grab shot I think that had you moved a little to the right his head would have been in the space between the cranes. That said you have captured the feeling of the day admirably.   Posted: 06/14/2021 05:03:31

Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Many thanks Peter I was crouched very tight to the left side of a large litter bin to try and get some protection I did try the right side of the bin but I was exposed in the full force of the wind and rapidly headed back around to the safer side.   Posted: 06/14/2021 16:27:51

John Gilkerson   John Gilkerson
Ian well done for braving the elements!
I live close to the North Sea so I know just how challenging things can be.

Your image tells us about the location and the weather and the loonies who go to such places!

Usually when, at the coast, I have given up and decided to head home, there is always at least one mad person out there fishing!   Posted: 06/16/2021 07:51:49
Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Hi John
in my case a loonie with a camera but I am so fortunate that I live only 5 minutes from a hot shower and a kettle for a warming cuppa and with this wind behind me only 3 minutes from home.   Posted: 06/16/2021 16:08:01

Ed Ries
Hello Ian. Your title helps put the image in to a meaningful context. Although even without the title one cannot help but wonder what the person is thinking about. I think you have successfully captured what the scene invoked in you. I think Ella's fog suggestion might be fun to play with.   Posted: 06/16/2021 15:03:56

Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Hi Ed
I will certainly look at what you and Ella suggested.
Seconds after I had taken the image and was securing my camera in my bag there was a shout of Daddy from behind me and I turned to see the mans daughter and his wife coming towards him with a large Thermos of coffee he turned to greet them with a big smile.   Posted: 06/16/2021 16:12:31


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