Photographer Ed Scott focuses on art in nature

Edward Scott adjusts his photo of a female painted bunting, “Hard to Get,” that hangs in his family room.

Sometimes Ed Scott’s search for the perfect photo lay in the wilds. Others in his backyard or on a city’s park bench.

Getting to that spot in nature can be the biggest challenge. Not which gear to choose or which lens, but getting motivated to get out during the golden hours of photography.

"You have to get up early or stay out late. A lot of times, you have to get up before the sun rises and hike in the dark to get to a good location," said Scott, a digital photographer who lives in Cocoa.

"Some of the best light is in some of the worst weather."

Digital photographer Jerry Hanzl has high praise for Scott’s "amazing" bird photography.

"He’s really playing and working with light more than any photographer I know. He has a way of handling light like it looks like he’s working in a studio. But he’s really outside in his backyard," Hanzl said.

Scott’s handling of light was influenced by studying Renaissance painters and by examining what some of the best photographers have done.

That attention to light is evident in his photograph, "Life Struggle," that hangs in the Art Gallery of Viera in The Avenue. The photograph was published online on, which Scott says publishes only world-class fine-art photography. 

Scott shot this photo of a great blue heron fishing at about 9 a.m. at the Viera Wetlands. The angle of the sun was perfect — there was zero wind and the water was like glass.

He drove up in his truck, saw the battle for life and death, stopped the truck and parked it at water’s edge.

"I wasn’t there for more than a couple of minutes. I got lucky," Scott said. "I knew the light was good. I knew the wind was good and I knew which direction to shoot in."

"So, it wasn’t all luck," he acknowledges.

Some of his photo shoots are the results of annual trips he takes with his wife, Jane. Scott said his goal is to return with at least "one photo that is worth putting in a gallery. I’m very particular about what I put out to the public."