MENDIP HILLS 23 – TREES BESIDE A LAKE (MONO + COLOUR)

 

 

trees beside a lake on the Mendip Hills

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Low trees beside the marshy lake on the Priddy Mineries Reserve, near Priddy village; 16 June 2014.

On seeing this scene, I very much liked the sunlit pale yellow-greens of the young leaves, and here I’ve tried to portray that, while relegating everything else in the frame to a vague impression.  My previous two posts also portray plants, but in a style quite different to this.  Both were in black and white, but whereas one is a straight portraitthe other is much rougher and more rugged and “in your face”.  

The tops of the low plants that currently cover most of the lake’s open water are in the foreground, below the trees.  A hillside rises behind the trees.

D700 with 70-300 Nikkor at 300mm; 400 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Soft Orange preset and selectively restoring colour.
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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.

8 Responses to MENDIP HILLS 23 – TREES BESIDE A LAKE (MONO + COLOUR)

  1. Sonali Dalal says:

    Soft orange preset? Never heard of it! Beautiful processing.

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Glad you like the shot, Sonali! The soft orange preset is not one of the presets that comes with SEP2, its one of the presets that you can download from the internet after you have SEP2 up and running. Adrian

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  2. LensScaper says:

    Love those colours – we only see colour like this early in the summer. It all ends up looking tired and homogenous later on. A clever treatment, Adrian

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Andy, thank you very much – and I know just what you mean re “tired and homogenous later on”, its a real shame – just like the birds, great blasts of song in spring and early summer and then it all fizzles out, but that’s the march of life. Only this morning I was feeling nostalgic for the cool, misty mornings of autumn – they’ll be here soon enough! Thanks again. Adrian

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  3. Meanderer says:

    Beautiful. I like this very very much. It’s a pencil drawing with watercolour. Lovely.

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      M, in view of your partiality for plants and landscapes, I’m particularly glad you like this – and also that you consider it unphotolike. I sometimes wonder if my pictures are getting too confected or elaborate these days but I do like re-introducing colour to mono images, to produce unphotolike effects. Thanks again. Adrian

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  4. I really like this – it almost reminds me an old hand coloured image, possibly helped along by the use of the vignette. Nice 🙂

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Yes, something old and hand-coloured, that was the sort of look I was aiming for – SEP2’s pale vignette is very useful in something like this. Thanks for your good words, Lisa! Adrian 🙂

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