The Puzzler #2

© Dennis Gay

The Puzzler #2

Uploaded: January 21, 2011


Deep in concentration a puzzled puzzler ruminates over the clues in the Sunday Whopper Crossword.

This concentrated candid photograph was made at The Coffee Club in the Port Central Shopping Centre in the CBD of Port Macquarie, NSW, Australia.

Canon EOS 40D & Canon 28-135 USM IS Lens: RAW, f/4.5 @ 1/60sec, 60mm, ISO 100, -1 1/3 EV, Hand held.
Lightroom 2.2 & Photoshop CS3.


Exif: F Number: 4.5, Exposure Bias Value: -1.33, ExposureTime: 1/60 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 100, White balance: Manual white balance, FocalLength: 60.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 40D


Dennis Gay January 21, 2011

THE MAKING OF 'The Puzzler #2':

It was Boxing Day and a few Port Macquarie Panthers Camera Club friends and I met up for coffee, lunch and chat after a lovely Christmas Day.
The gentleman exercising his brain muscles had been there long before we arrived and was totally engrossed in the puzzle. At times he struck this 'thinking pose' and I was determined to catch him in the act. Not as easy as it sounds.
One of us struck up a conversation with the man and it appears he was not only a dedicated crossword puzzler but also a conversationalist as he talked and talked and talked for quite a while. I was on my second mug of coffee before he went back to the puzzle and I was able to make this shot.
We were out on a balcony under cover and the day was very grey but the natural light was just perfect for this candid.


Dennis #1346191

Lonnie M. Scott level-classic January 21, 2011

Patience is one of the must haves for a good photographer especially in photojournalism where you cant just walk up and pose your subject. This image is about as good as it gets. Sharp..composition..and most of all it has story telling quality. Very nicely done Dennis!!!!! #9183093

Carla Capra level-classic January 21, 2011

As always, Dennis, you have presented a wonderful image that allows the viewer to imagine what the man is thinking/doing. Your b/w are very color correct, to my eye. The position of the mans arms, head, neck and back create a wonderful leading line for my eyes to follow. Keeping me contained and in the image.
Wonderful work.
;) CC #9183686

Chris N. Sweet January 21, 2011

This is a great image, what I personally like best about it is the exposure, more to the point the fact that you stopped down by 1 1/3 of a stop, making a conscious decision on what you wanted to achieve, and in my opinion you got it spot on. Super. #9184138

Dennis Gay January 21, 2011

Welcome to The Coffee Club *LONNIE*, *CARLA* & *CHRIS*! Take your seats, get your cameras ready and I'll order the coffees.

My mega Aussie thanks to you all for such a fabulously inspiring collective feedback on my puzzled puzzler.

GB all.
Dennis #9184459

Dennis Gay January 24, 2011

A thumpin' big Aussie THANK YOU to the Editor for awarding my perplexed puzzler a PICK!

D! #9191237

Lydia Williams level-deluxe February 10, 2011

You have had some awesome shots in that coffee shop...Very well caught! Congratulations, Dennis! #9226329

Merna L. Nobile February 10, 2011

Black and White, Bright Colors, Full Frame or Cropped, it does not matter. You’re a winner! CONGRATULATIONS, Merna #9226984

Carla Capra level-classic February 10, 2011

Dennis, I'm so happy for you and sending you warm congratulations on your Finalist.
;) CC #9227378

Dennis Gay February 10, 2011

Carumba Senor Editor!!!!!

Muchos, muchos gracias for elevating my puzzler to FINALIST status.

Dennis #9228319

Dennis Gay February 10, 2011

Roll Out the Barrells *LYDIA*, *MERNA* & *CARLA*!!!

Oodles 'n' oodles of sincere Aussie thanks to you all for your extremely uplfiting congratz, great wraps and inspiring and continuing support.

Dennis #9228337

Karen Celella level-deluxe February 10, 2011

Congratulations on your fabulous finalist, Dennis. #9228622

Dennis Gay February 10, 2011

By Crikey *KAREN*!

Great to see you at The Coffee Club getting a caffeine fix and a bit of candid shootin'.
Maaaaany thanks indeedy for your enthusiatic and uplifting congratz for the Finalist award and the great wrap.

Dennis #9229073

Patrick Rouzes level-classic February 13, 2011

Congratulations on this exceptional finalist, Dennis! WTG! #9237775

Dennis Gay February 14, 2011

Oh Yea! Oh Yea! Oh Yea! *PATRICK*!

Great to see you drop by The Coffee Club and leave your most uplifting, inspiring and supportive congratz, "exceptional" wrap and prestigious WTG Award.

Dennis #9239042

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