Stuck With the Seagulls For the Holidays

I was planning to go home for a week to see my family over the Christmas holidays.  Unfortunately I had the bad timing of getting very ill the night before I was scheduled to fly home.  So, I stayed here in New York City in a bit of a melancholy mood.   I woke up one morning before sunrise feeling especially glum.  So I decided to take my camera and walk across the street to the park, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, to see if I could lift my spirits.  Even if I didn’t find anything to shoot or I shoot things that I may not have an actual use for as an image, the act of getting out with my camera and exercising my eye is often helpful.   As it was, I was attracted to a colony of gulls that had gathered around a couple of large shallow puddles of water created from a recent rain.  The sun had just cleared the horizon and began to peak out of a low-lying cloud, giving the birds a beautiful soft edge of warm light around their bodies.  I was trying to find an interesting angle and composition.  How visually interesting can I make a scene of a bunch of gulls standing around?  Luckily I had the light on my side.  It occurred to me to lay on the ground at the same height as the gulls and see how that looked.  I used a very shallow depth of field, and ended up with a few shots that I liked, and have settled on sharing this one.  I like how the flare works to lead your eye to a single bird, which luckily also happens to be in focus. So, my spirits were lifted that morning.   Thank you, gulls.

 

A ground level shot of seagulls gathering around a shallow pool of water on a cold winter morning in December. (Robert Englebright)

A ground level shot of seagulls gathering around a shallow pool of water on a cold winter morning in December. (Robert Englebright)

 

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