Cold and Lonely  

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Uploaded: 02/18/12 8:40 PM GMT
Cold and Lonely
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Westbrook, Connecticut, USA. At Middle Beach, this lone gull was standing at water's edge, while each tidal wave rolled past him. If he only had more than a bird brain, he might have moved. (Of course, I write this knowing that I sat on a low rock seawall in the cold to take this photo. If I only had more than...) Enjoy!


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02/18/12 9:11 PM GMT
A nicely composed scene and capture, Thad. A good DoF in the photo.
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Life’s disappointments are harder to take when you don’t know any swear words. — Bill Watterson
02/18/12 10:04 PM GMT
I agree that it is a very well composed scene and a very emotional capture as well.
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02/18/12 10:32 PM GMT
Well composed and balanced.
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. . . "What a desolate place would be a world without a flower! It would be a face without a smile, a feast without a welcome." A.J. Balfour
02/18/12 11:05 PM GMT
If you would have sat in the sand rather than the rock seawall to take this picture, Thad, you could have left more of an impression on the beach. lol.

I find this to be an excellent composition, Thad with the contrasting of the elements and of the colors. And, of course the brilliant diagonal.
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02/19/12 12:35 AM GMT
Such is the life of a lonely undercover Seagull, Thad.
I hope you didn't blow his cover.
Good shot.


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People are like cameras--sometimes they lose focus.
02/19/12 12:46 AM GMT
And just look at those match sticks legs - must be freezing !!!! My poor baby birdie!
Even my dog would display a kind of compassion... [*LOL*]
Yours SAM
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With all my love and respect, Marzena
02/19/12 1:29 AM GMT
the awareness of a huge universe....I very much like the composition; and, the message is subtle but very powerful....thanks.....
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02/19/12 2:41 AM GMT
He looks so cold!!! So clear and so sweet!!!!
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02/19/12 3:11 AM GMT
Brrr! I get cold just looking at him.

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02/19/12 5:58 AM GMT
One thing I've learned, Thad, is that I cannot possibly begin to keep up with my comments when most of my Caedes friends are in the Cadre and posting two shots. Of your two gull postings, I picked this one.

He does look cold, but I suspect that he's doing pretty well. I've never encountered too many gulls that weren't smart and tough. I think this guy is doing fine.

The composition is what caught my eye. The gull is the center of attention and perfectly placed. Excellent DoF and subdued colors really make this one a keeper. I have a 300mm telephoto lens and have not yet been able to shoot any wildlife that is so clearly defined. Either my dog costume is scaring away the gulls or I need a larger lens or need to start carrying my tripod.
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I may be schizophrenic, but at least I have each other.
02/19/12 6:12 AM GMT
I so love to walk on the ocean front. The warm weather is coming and I hope to enjoy it soon. Going to the cape in March, in fact. Haven't been there is a few years.
I love that you got down low for this one and the sea and sand look great.
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02/19/12 7:46 AM GMT
Composition is simple, but very effective to my eye!...

The other gulls mum musta chased him eh!..
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02/19/12 8:27 AM GMT
Well composed a has a well lets say a mood to it nice capture.

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The reason why the sun sets in the evening is because it wants to see the sunrise in the morning. I rise in the morning because I want to see them both. RvdB
02/19/12 9:27 AM GMT
He/she does look pitiable. Good shot of the sea/gull.
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Smooth seas do not make skilful sailors.
02/19/12 4:29 PM GMT
The gull is used to the cold. Your title must be referring to you then! Excellent shot again, Thad.
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02/19/12 4:48 PM GMT
Always love the bird shots, Thad. A fine capture! You probably have what I call the NFL lense (like the sports photographers use)
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I Love Cloudy Days
02/19/12 5:04 PM GMT
Nicely done Thad, I bet the weather bothered you more than it did the gull. :) Tigs♥ =^..^=
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Nature in all her glory is my uplift on life and so is my love of photography. sandi ♪ ♫
02/19/12 6:30 PM GMT
A Wonderful photo,Thad..with Lovely composition.
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02/20/12 7:13 PM GMT
Marvelous composition, love the action of the water and the look on the gulls face. I'm with Cindy, I love walking along the waterfronts with the waves coming in
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