Theme: In Deep Thought

Capture a photo of a subject that demonstrates "deep thought", contemplation, intense musing, etc. The subject may be a person or animal, even an inanimate object, so long as the key concept of deep thought is the central focus of the photograph.


  1. The subject of the photo must be in, or appear to be in, deep thought
  2. Should be a portrait shot of a person, people, or pets/animals
    • Self portraits are allowed
    • Inanimate objects or trees may qualify, but only if they depict deep thought
    • An example might be the contorted silhouette of a tree that emulates a person in deep thought
    • Another example might be a statue, small, large, even huge, that depicts deep thought
  3. The object of the subject's thought can be anything
    • i.e. Another person
    • i.e. The sky
    • i.e. The relationship between being and time, wherein each reciprocally determines the other, yet the former cannot be addressed temporally, nor can the the latter be expressed as a being.
    • i.e. Chocolate-pecan pie

This theme was suggested by Aquarius_Girl.

Voting Rules

  • View the submissions sorted by active to give every submitter a fair chance
  • Vote up as many images as you like
  • Please, up votes only! Do NOT vote down your competitors! If you don't like an image, don't vote
  • Voting closes on May 24, 2021 at 12:01 AM UTC (00:01 UTC if you prefer a 24-hour time). The winner will be chosen based on votes at that time.

Submission Rules

  1. One photo submission per answer. Up to three (3) entries allowed.
  2. Post only photos taken by yourself or the person with you.
  3. All entries should include:
    • a title for the photo
    • a location and date, if known
    • camera, lens, and exposure settings, if known
    • any other explanatory notes, comments, etc., that you want to include (completely optional)
  4. The submitted image must conform to this site's content license, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 (CC BY-SA 4.0) with attribution required.
  5. Do not use this as a forum for photo critique. Use chat instead, or ask a new question about your image.

Next Contest

Suggest a theme by writing a new answer at the Photo of the Week Theme Ideas thread. Please make sure to check the PotW theme ideas Archive first, to make sure you aren't recycling a theme.

The highest-voted theme will be the next theme.

Good luck!


Should I Stay or Should I Fold Now?

Should I Stay or Should I Fold Now?

One of a group of elderly women playing cards in the park on a beautiful spring day. Wasn't close enough to see what game they were playing. Taken during a street photography trip to Columbus Park, New York, NY.

Nikon D700 with a Nikkor 80-400mm and 2x teleconverter at 700mm.
ISO 800; 1/500s; f/5
Captured 2015-05-23


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"I wonder what that squirrel is up to..."

A shot taken on one of our first lockdown walks in 2020. Kaylee is lying on a fallen over tree, procrastinating.

Location: Black hill near Dundee, Scotland

Date: 2020-03-30

Camera: Panasonic DC-GX9, 12-60@60mm, f/5.6, 1/200 sec, iso 200


Who are you looking at?  Who are you looking at

lumix Panasonic gx80,
Vario PZ 14-42 lens
ISO 200


Furrowed brow

2021-05-15, a German kitchen

Sony DSC-R1, f=58mm (135 eq), f:6.3 Furrowed brow


Am I Next?

Los Gatos, CA, March 10th 2021

iPhone 7+

(gelatin is usually made of pigs and cows)

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  • For an iphone, that's a pretty good photo.
    – 10 Rep
    May 12 at 18:54

Goldfinch Glare

Shoreline Park, Mountain View, March 3rd 2021

Nikon D500 with Sigma 150-600

ISO 898, f/7.1, 1/2000

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Is he coming in for a kiss?

Picture taken in Kosamphi Forest Park, Maha Sarakham, Thailand on April 8th, 2021. Photo taken with my Sony RX10M3 at f/4, shutter time 1/160s at 51.14mm and ISO250.

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What do you mean, "the zoo has switched to buffet-style dining"?

Picture taken in Safari World, Bangkok, Thailand on April 13th, 2021. Photo taken with my Sony RX10M3 at f/4, shutter time 1/50s at 146.76mm and ISO125.

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Title: Foreboding Camera: Canon Powershot A2300 Date: October 3, 2019 Location: New Hampshire, Steam railway Settings: f/5. Focal length 14.715 mm enter image description here

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