SOMERSET LEVELS 141 – DEATHTRAP, OR GALAXY? (MONO + COLOUR)

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Early morning on Tealham Moor, in a ditch beside the bridge over the North Drain; 10 Apr 2014.

A glorious morning on the Tadham and Tealham Moors; cool at first, certainly, but later with bright sunshine and rolling, mesmerising banks of mist.  The road northwards across Tealham Moor is closed further up, and so even less traffic than usual – and swans on the North Drain, Skylarks chorusing wildly overhead, and sentinel Buzzards, silent and austere on fence posts.

I’ve taken this image into black and white using SEP2, and significantly darkened the web’s surroundings, to emphasise its structure.  Then colour has been restored to the Stinging Nettles and other vegetation under and to the lower right of the web, and a little brightness restored there too, so that the brightly glowing web seems to be casting a little light on the plants around it.  The surrounding plants are fairly haphazard in structure, and to me that single, dimly seen nettle leaf, at about 5pm to the web’s “clockface”, anchors things a little.

Looking at it and ignoring its context, it reminds me of some vast structure way out there in space.  But the reality of course is that its a deathtrap.

D700 with 70-300 Nikkor at 300mm; 200 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Film Noir 1 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.

29 Responses to SOMERSET LEVELS 141 – DEATHTRAP, OR GALAXY? (MONO + COLOUR)

  1. Kathy says:

    Thank you for popping over to my blog yesterday. You’ve certainly got some amazing images on yours – I’ll enjoy looking through them.

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      My pleasure, Kathy – that shot of frozen flowers is very striking – and I’ve just visited your blog again now – you certainly have an eye for an image. I especially like the dogs on the farm, and ESPECIALLY the one with snow on his face! I love that sort of dog – I lived with a shepherd and his wife many years ago, and the sheep dogs were wonderful.

      Thanks you for your kind comments about my pictures, I appreciate them! Adrian 🙂

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  2. Malin H says:

    Oh yes… I like this one very much!

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  3. Helen Cherry says:

    Oh yes.. I like this very much indeed.. the light at 5p.m reminds me of the spider, which is waht I thought it was for a moment.. great shot !

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  4. Meanderer says:

    I love the way you’ve emphasised and illuminated it with the processing. It has reminded me of walking into ‘invisible’ webs at face height; shudder …..

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Glad you like it, M! Illuminating the web was facilitated by the fact that its dewy strands were by some margin the palest things in the image, so that I could exclude them from a general darkening of things. Spiders arouse strong emotions, don’t they? I’m certainly not at ease with them either. I hope things are going well for you. A 🙂

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      • Meanderer says:

        I don’t mind spiders. I don’t shriek when I see them, but I don’t like the idea of one crawling on me; particularly my face 🙂

        I’m fine, thank you. How about you? I read in your reply to Dave on your next post that you are considering teaching at U3A. Wonderful! You will be a hit, I am sure!

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        • Adrian Lewis says:

          I’m doing ok, thanks. I went through a low patch in January – mentally and physically – but I’ve improved very much since then, and am enjoying my “permanent holiday” very much. I feel much more at one with it all now.

          I’m thinking about the U3A thing – a small group looking at geology – “from the cosmos inwards to the Earth and on inwards” – might be both enjoyable and rewarding.

          And today I had an offer of employment!!! >>> helping Adult Social Services change over to a new client database. But while I’m very willing to talk through ways, means and issues, I’m certainly not up for the vast pressure and stress that the project would undoubtedly spawn!!!

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          • Meanderer says:

            I’m pleased you’re feeling better. January is such a difficult month with the lack of light and so on. Spring is so rejuvenating. Sounds like you might be very busy, though, in the near future! I think the U3A thing sounds exciting. If it was me I would grab it with both hands!

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            • Adrian Lewis says:

              Thanks for your good thoughts, my friend. I was at a social gathering with U3A “activists” yesterday, and we discussed the geology thing – and I don’t think its going to be anything serious and involved – indeed it doesn’t sound like much effort at all, which is fine.

              It may start by people (+ me) handing around specimens (rocks, minerals, fossils) and me talking about them. I’ll probably give it a go and see what its like, and who knows where it might lead – at some stage, the news might feature me + a U3A group being blown off the top of an erupting Andean volcano!!! 🙂

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              • Meanderer says:

                I have a feeling this is going to be perfect for you. There’s the social aspect which you enjoy, and also the fact that you are good at – and enjoy – explaining things and teaching. I can see you holding classes in geology, photography, computing, and birding – to name a few 🙂

                I also love the U3A participants being regarded as ‘activists’ 🙂

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                • Adrian Lewis says:

                  Well, yesterday U3A went up a gear for me! I attended an art appreciation group in south Bristol, that goes to see all sorts of art exhibitions etc in the city, and in Bath too. We looked at an exhibition of photography, painting and sculpture and, having said I’m into photography, I was asked to comment on the images, and this seemed to be well received. The down side is that the group’s leader for the past two years, who used to be an art teacher, is leaving, but another very capable person has taken her place, and I’m certainly going to attend future sessions – such a stimulating group of people >>> wonderful! A

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  5. You’ve outdone yourself, sir. Fabulous.
    I see my little charge in your sidebar. 🙂

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  6. krikitarts says:

    Your choice to leave the orb colorless renders this particularly effective, making it look–indeed–other-worldly. It kind of gives me the shivers and a part of my imagination pictures a wicked little stainless-steel spider lurking just out of sight…

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Thanks, Gary, I knew you’d be up on this one – and you’ve lost me already >>> the orb is the web, right? I’m glad you like the shot! Adrian

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      • krikitarts says:

        Quite right. Spiders that spin classic webs like yours are categorized as orb-weavers, Others build sheet webs, cob webs, funnel-webs, and so on–and some (the active hunters) don’t weave any web at all, though they all can spin a drag line to anchor them to safety. Sorry ;if I lost you, and hopefully it was only briefly!

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  7. bananabatman says:

    Clever and successful processing here Adrian. I would never have thought of a spider’s web as a light source, but you are right, it does look like that. 🙂

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