FANTASY: crowding around something suddenly revealed, glowing and unknown; something subconsciously desired perhaps, albeit with deep feelings of awe and uncertainty.

REALITY: the largest of the Hazel trees in our garden, in autumn, with some dying leaves still attached and many more forming a carpet on the ground.

This picture requires some explanation – maybe that’s what my American safari clients of long ago used to term “great British understatement”!   This image started out life as a full colour shot of the Hazel in our garden, in autumn, with blurring caused by slow, vertical movement of the camera during the 2.5 second exposure.  Post-capture, it was taken into black and white using SEP2, and converted to a negative image.  Then colour was selectively restored to the negative image.

The Hazel’s many narrow and straight trunks can be seen shooting up through the centre of the shot.  Because this is a negative image, the shadows between the trunks are now light rather than dark.  The restored colour of the shadows, which I’m at a loss to explain, is pale yellow.

This was autumn and although most of the tree’s leaves were carpeting the ground around it, a reasonable number were still attached.  These still hanging leaves were pale green, which became black in the negative view, and the slow vertical panning of the camera elongated these black shapes slightly – and these are the larger “heads” in the encircling crowd.  The smaller “heads” are pale fallen leaves.

As soon as this image started to materialise, it reminded me of the scenario in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey, where the primitive humans approach The Monolith.

D800 with 12-24 Sigma at 24mm; 50 ISO; vertical panning of camera during exposure; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Negative preset and selectively reintroducing colour.

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. Malin H says:

    I really like the FANTASY… As always.
    A secret, a beautiful secret…

    I hope you’re fine, my friend and have a great week!


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Yes, a beautiful secret, certainly. Thank you! I have your email re receiving my assignment image – thanks! Looking forward to seeing the result!

      A very good week to you too! Hugs from me! Adrian 🙂


  2. Bottom left. A man in a hat and black trench coat walking away from what appears to be a huge explosion. He must have set that off otherwise how could he walk so nonchalantly.
    Cool stuff, A.


  3. Meanderer says:

    Love this – it has fired my imagination! Reminds me of a scene from ‘Close Encounters ….’. Or perhaps it is our inner universal spirit guiding us …….. waking us up to the madness of the world. We have all seen the light. Or – perhaps not 😉


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Yes, I can see Close Encounters and our inner spirit – glad it gets to you, thanks! But universal illumination? Not in our lifetimes. And, besides, must put a new battery in this torch … 😉


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