SOMERSET LEVELS 139 – JACK’S DROVE (MONO)

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The single tracked and tarmaced, Jack’s Drove, two or three feet above the floods, runs northwards across Tadham and Tealham Moors, south of Wedmore; 7 Feb 2014.

Here is the recent extensive flooding of the Levels, which was nowhere near as severe in this area as further to the south.  Jack’s Drove is tarmaced and single tracked; when vehicles meet, one has to pull over to let the other pass.  These droves were originally laid out between the fields to allow farmers and their livestock to access their pastures without crossing those of anyone else.  Most of these droves are still unmetalled.

In the background, most of the moor is underwater.  In the right foreground, the water-filled ditch bordering the road is just starting to overflow onto the adjacent farmland.  Two trees grow beside the drove, probably planted here to strengthen the drove’s banks and to help show the road’s course during floods.

Using Silver Efex Pro 2, the image has been given the look of a Tin Type,  a type of photograph common in the 1860s and 1870s.

D800 with 70-300 Nikkor at 70mm; 400 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Tin Type preset.
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About Adrian Lewis
Photographer working in monochrome, colour and combinations of the two - with a great liking for all sorts of images, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous in my photography, trying new ideas and working in many genres. And I'm fond of Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.

18 Responses to SOMERSET LEVELS 139 – JACK’S DROVE (MONO)

  1. Meanderer says:

    Wonderfully atmospheric and melancholic.

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  2. You know I love these types of shots. Love it, A. I’m going to copy and paste into my own little album! 😉

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      I’m pleased you like it, my friend. If the file size is not prohibitive, I’ll email you a jpeg, right now. Enjoy the rest of Saturday. I’, about to sit down with a beer and Amateur Photographer magazine. A xxx is not so good as a xxxx

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  3. krikitarts says:

    My first thought was that you had overdone the tintype effect, but after reading your excellent commentary, it is totally appropriate to provide the mood that you envisioned when you made the original image. I wish your beloved land- and waterscapes a healthy recovery from these hopefully-transient travails.

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  4. icastel says:

    Loving this image, Adrian. Very nice lines and that Tin Type finish was a great choice! It creates a very nice atmosphere.

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  5. lifelifedeathdeath says:

    beautiful!!

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  6. Tina Dunks says:

    Love the mood…..

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  7. Leanne Cole says:

    Great treatment of the image Adrian, I love how you have done and the tintype feel is certainly there.

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  8. This is superb! I have used Silver Efex Pro 2 before but rarely ‘do’ b/w…I like the tin type affect…this is excellent.

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  9. Sad to see such flooding in this area…but I like this photo…very graphic with the bare trees and rippled water reflecting the light. I like the dark processing too…very effective, creating mood and atmosphere

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