FANTASY: silhouettes – a plant and a fence –  against a cloudy, moonlit sky.

REALITY: a rotated photograph of reflections in water, at the Magic Carpark on Tadham Moor, on the Somerset Levels; 31 Mar 2014.

I’m a huge fan of Vincent van Gogh’s paintings and the “sky” here (which is actually the underexposed surface of water) reminds me a little of his skies, in The Starry Night, for example.  And then to Don McLean’s “Vincent” – “Starry, starry night,  paint your palette blue and grey …”.

D800 with 70-300 Nikkor at 92mm; 3200 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Architectural preset, with selective restoration of colour; rotated by 180 degrees.

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.


  1. Starry starry night and Van Gogh. Two favorites.
    “Look out on a summer’s day
    With eyes that know the darkness in my soul”

    Photo is a keeper. 🙂


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Happy to present favourites and also favorites (which my civilised spellchecker objects to), and happy its a Keeper, and hoping any darkness in your soul is only dawn’s twilight.

      And since we both like Vincent and “Vincent”, maybe we should be a singing duet. I can see us now, OneGem and Fatso, and we could hire ourselves out for bespoke concerts, although we’d have to make clear from the outset that they would in fact be besung, or at least bemoaned, and our logo would come straight out of Ghostbusters … “No job is too big, no fee is too big …” …

      I’m about to order a substantial consignment of world class beers from a specialist seller … and so to the serious business of the day … mostly Belgian (naturally), but also two from here, and even Anchor Porter from ATP.

      Look after yourself, you! xxx


  2. Sallyann says:

    Very very nice.
    As always when you rotate the picture I like to take a second look, the right way up. unfortunately I’m looking at this on my phone and the screen auto-rotates. have you ever tried drinking water from the wrong side of the glass in an attempt to cure hiccups?
    (if not, then you should try it sometime, it’s hilarious) if you have, then you have some idea of the lengths I went to to see the original shot. 😀


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Sallyann, thank you very much, I’m glad you like it >>> for once its not one of my darker than dark, gloomy shots! Good as a dose of salts, no doubt! 🙂

      So, phone Won, Hallysann Lost >>> you should have collared a passerby – a genteel old lady would have been just the ticket – and then have had her hold the phone while you stood on your head (ouch!) to see the unrotated view. Banging the phone on the ground might also have helped …. 🙂 ….

      No, I never have tried that glass trick, I’m sure I wouldn’t manage to drink any! Thanks for outwitting technology to see my picture!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂


      • Sallyann says:

        Please try the water drinking… stand with the glass in front of you (less than full for safety sake) then lean over until your mouth touches the far side of the glass, then tip the glass slowly and lean further until you can take a sip. 😀


  3. Meanderer says:

    Beautiful and moody. I love the way the silhouettes against that lovely deep blue patterned sky are framed by the wavy black border.

    Yes – I can see Mr Van Gogh too. Wonderful!


  4. casblomberg says:

    Great photo! I love the effect the water ripples give, it’s a surreal feeling. I think of texture, and structure, but also of how life has the ability to fade away with the ripples, and sometimes, not be phased by them.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      I’d never thought of that, ripples dying and life with them, but by no means always. This afternoon I’ve been thinking of a bird flying up into darkness; the bird has disappeared from me but I know that heart still beats.

      Thanks for your thoughts and appreciation, Cas. Adrian


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  6. Geoff says:

    Beautifully put Adrian
    I love the colour and saturation that shooting by moonlight provides.


  7. karijeppesen says:

    …you know I love this, Adrian…and Vincent van Gogh and the song… (…morning smile for you…)


  8. Sonali Dalal says:

    Vincent Van Gogh , my favourite too. 🙂

    And this one is one amazing tribute to it!


  9. Malin H says:

    Hi Adrian 🙂
    I love this and I think I’ll go for the fantasy version (as always). A fantastic image, I really love the feeling in this one. A magical feeling.

    I don’t have internet connection in my computer, so I’m sitting here with my ipad. I hope you’re fine, my friend. I was dreaming about you the other night, that we met IRL and we were out photographing together. 🙂


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Yes, fantasy as always for you >>> good for you! And I can understand your mention of magical – it seems that way to me too. Thank you!

      Its good you’re dreaming about me – or was it a nightmare??? 😉 – but what is IRL? Wait a minute, this aged and alcohol-soaked mind has suddenly started down, or rather up, >>> “In Real Life”???????????????? I have also thought about us out photographing together.

      Hope your Ipad does the job! And that you’re fine! Adrian 🙂


      • Malin H says:

        And now I’m on the laptop… A friend of mine is gonna fix my internet connection (but until then I have the ipad and the laptop), so therefore a very low activity in comments and likes.

        Yes, your alcohol-soaked brain guessed right! :)) In real life.

        Not a nightmare haha… it was quite fun actually. And quite calm too.

        And yes, I’m fine. Very fine and I feel really good about life at the moment. My health are getting better, so therefore I feel very positive.


  10. Sue Vincent says:

    A favourite painting and a favourite song… and I can see exactly what you mean, Adrian.


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