MENDIP HILLS 22 – SILVER BIRCH (MONO)

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Silver BirchΒ along Eastwater Lane, east of Priddy; 4 Feb 2014.

D800 with 80-400 Nikkor at 400mm; 400 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Dramatic 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.

33 Responses to MENDIP HILLS 22 – SILVER BIRCH (MONO)

  1. Sallyann says:

    Ahh, the famous stockings of Pippi Longstockings. πŸ˜€

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Pippi … ??? … You Know Who is commenting and the world takes another surreal lurch as in “L-U-R-R-R-C-H”! Thanks for the tilt!!!

      OK, so thanks to google I now know about Ms Longstockings, and have become a little more worldly and wise. This blogging, its the intellectual stimulus that surprises me ….

      And you’d better communicate with Meanderer, as she was on about tights and thighs, so you two obviously share a vision. πŸ˜‰

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      • Meanderer says:

        πŸ™‚ You didn’t know about our double act as tights and legs fetishists, I take it.

        Trouble’s afoot. We’re outed now.

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        • Adrian Lewis says:

          Don’t you mean trouble’s aleg, or do you worship feet too or, rather, since there’s two of you, four? I’m sure you two could do a wonderfully moving pantomime horse, its such a pleasure to know real artistes …

          And I’ve always found that when someone tells me they’re a fetishist, I end up with pointillisms of saliva spotting my glasses and dewlap πŸ˜€

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          • Meanderer says:

            That sounds mildly disturbing but, as artistes who usually go out on a limb, we’ll toe the line and stop any knee-jerk reactions. Our achilles heel has always been our biped deviance.

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  2. Malin H says:

    What can I say… I think you already know how Ifeel for this one… Beautiful, my friend.

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  3. Meanderer says:

    That’s a pair of thighs in fancy tights! Love it πŸ™‚

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      PLEASE!!! >>> this is a wholesome, wholehearted, wholemeal blog, wholegrain and with lots of fibre! And, before you say it, no it can’t be a selfie because I only wear fishnets … which does of course transport me at lightspeed to Judge Dread’s “I’m going home to take the wife’s tights off, they’re making my legs itch” …

      Glad you love it! πŸ˜€

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  4. OMG! A close up of zebra legs!! Leave it to you, A. Fabulous!! πŸ˜€

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  5. Carrie says:

    Gorgeous Adrian! As you know, I am so partial to trees, from any angle. I really love this!

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Hi Carrie, good to hear from you! I’m pleased you like the image – to be honest, it was one that I was uncertain of, but I usually put such unsures onto the blog to see what people think.

      Am still receiving hints about giving the geology course – and saw a dreadfully presented but still interesting documentary on the geological history of Africa (on BBC4) last night. It talked about the early history of the Earth, with cratons being brought together to form Gondwanaland and Pangea etc, and now a mantle plume under Africa’s rift valley, which will eventually break up the continent. And the sodium carbonate volcano – (???spelling) Oldoinyo Lengai. Fascinating stuff!

      Thank you again. Adrian

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      • Carrie says:

        I am always curious if other subjects are so poorly presented. Geology isn’t all that complicated, in my opinion, and yet, it feels like a real rarity to watch something geologically accurate.
        Africa’s rift Valley is quite a phenomenon! Our Earth is memorizing to me πŸ™‚

        I love that you offer your unsure photographs on the blog, that sets you apart for sure. I can’t image what your “Yes’s” look like. I always learn a lot from you. Thanks!

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        • Adrian Lewis says:

          In this programme the geological facts were ok – and of course its not straightforward to present stuff like that to a non-specialist audience – geology doesn’t seem complicated to you because you’re familiar with it. But the presenter (a Scottish Geology Professor, no less!) had rather a gee-whizz approach, always tending to sensationalise things, and there was lots of rapid jumping about between camera angles along with speeded up film sequences – all the real TV mass market dribble, which leaves me both cold and intensely annoyed!

          Yes, I believe in getting the uncertains out there >>> maybe I’m too old and ugly to bother about criticism! (Please don’t agree! πŸ˜€ ). But also I create my images for me, they’re what I like, and I certainly don’t want to go down the road of creating what I think the viewers of my blog like.

          It really makes me feel good to hear that you learn from me – thank you, it really gives me a boost! Adrian

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          • Carrie says:

            You hit it on the head, Adrian. Gee-whizz approach, especially from a professor and the attempt at the “end of the world” WOW factor is just terrible.

            My husband was actually featured on a weather channel episode about volcanoes, namely Long Valley Caldera and said it was quite an experience filming that. The folks behind the camera are in no way scientists or even understanding the basic subject they are filming…that translates to wrong and sensationalized t.v. Although, I will say, it is still entertaining and the scenery is usually spectacular! And, the hardest part about geology is that what you are talking about happened in the past or will happen in the future, very little is a present moment event. So, it does take a creative brain to think beyond what they see in a given moment.

            Oh and love your attitude, yes, I agree, no need to worry about viewers, creativity is personal πŸ™‚

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            • Adrian Lewis says:

              Yes, that’s exactly it – compared to geological time, our lives are less than the flicker of an eyelid, and hence the great bulk of geology is either in the past or the future – and it can be hard for an unknowing mind to get a grip on such abstract phenomena.

              And yes, creativity is personal. When we create something, anything, we make known or give others a little piece of ourselves – “Right now, today, this is a bit of me, this is what I’m thinking, this is what I like”. Its nice if our creations reach out to others too >>> but the worst thing is not criticism, its …. indifference!!!!!!! A πŸ™‚

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  6. Nice shot. I find that trees often make interesting subjects.

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Thanks, Justin! Yes, trees are definitely worth photographing – there are currently two images of pollarded willows in my “Recent Posts” list, and Malin Helleso often portrays them in her WordPress blog. Adrian

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  7. Very nice and unusual image, MM πŸ€

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