Stills V3

October 10, 2008

Rain on the Upper Deck

Filed under: Christina — Christina @ 04:33

The Pier, St. Petersburg, Florida



  1. A magic moment, two birds in flight and one sheltering from the rain. The muted colours and wet reflection add to the atmosphere (wet!). For me and Nora a memorable image albeit untypical of the weather!

    Comment by Rex — October 10, 2008 @ 12:19

  2. That pigeon looks as though it is getting soggy even as it flies! An interesting POV that makes one want to get to the railing to examine the cityscape more closely. I imagine that on a drier occasion these tables must be fully occupied given the view that is afforded.

    The mix of chairs gives food for thought – plastic ones for rainy days? The chair in front of the high rise looks as though it has wood rot at the bottom of one leg: an interesting comparison with the building work by the crane, perhaps halted as the realtors scrabble for cover! Or maybe Florida is booming!

    Comment by John Ellis — October 11, 2008 @ 07:05

  3. John — not that it matters much, but these are not pigeons, but crows. At a larger size water drops on the flying bird’s back can be seen.

    I would not say Florida is booming these days — more likely about to go bust. However, a number of building projects were started a few years back and some continue — others are stalled or abandoned.

    Comment by Christina — October 12, 2008 @ 03:35

  4. That ‘flying’ crow is almost angelic in both form and its apparent ability to defy gravity. Given the strength of that single item in this photograph the rest is not too important for me as to what it actually is versus the importance of the photographic relevance it plays in this picture.

    Comment by akikana — October 13, 2008 @ 00:24

  5. At first I thought that the bird behind bars was a weak point, but I’ve got used to that. I think the thing which troubles me is, in fact, the angel. Although I know from my own bird photography that birds do look like that I want this particular bird to be more birdlike in this photo.

    Oh, and although this isn’t your usual colour palette Christina, I’m glad to see that the world arranged a nice set of compatible colours for you nonetheless. How do you do it…..

    Comment by Colin — October 13, 2008 @ 02:27

  6. Hmm…my bird/angel recognition just took a hit! I think that the crows around our place are bigger and more menacing! I gave up on angels about 45 years ago so that thought hadn’t crossed my mind!

    Comment by John Ellis — October 13, 2008 @ 06:46

  7. I wondered on first looking at this who the new photographer in the group was. As Colin said, this isn’t your usual palette, but it’s also much more geometric than I’m used to seeing from you. That said, it all works well.

    FWIW, I like the crow caged in by the bench legs. It provides a nice contrast to the flying one.

    Comment by matt — October 13, 2008 @ 12:38

  8. Matt — I’m taking your first sentence as a compliment. Sometimes (and due to some influence from the rest of you on Stills) I try to take photos that aren’t necessarily in my “style”. ;-)

    Comment by Christina — October 14, 2008 @ 15:17

  9. Because I have come to this late, most of my impressions have already been well-articulated. Wonderful atmosphere. The colors and textures are effective and the three-character bird story adds another level of interest.

    Comment by Anita Jesse — October 15, 2008 @ 18:23

  10. the bird is great right where it is, well caught. i do not mind that the bird is not angelic, I see it is a bird.
    The wet pavement with the mirrored bars is wonderful and without this and the mirrored sky it may not have worked so well.

    Comment by Robert Hoehne — October 17, 2008 @ 10:42

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