Split trunk of an ancient willow on the Somerset Levels

Another view of an ancient, pollarded willow by the side of Godney Road, west of Batch Farm; 29 May 2014.

This is a second view of the tree characterised as a laughing old lady, hereBut in this instance I’m presenting this creature in its correct orientation, and not making any attempt to make it look like anything but a tree.

Instead, this is an exercise in restraint – just as when, in that wonderful time when I helped person an office, I was able to inform an Important Someone who was looking for my boss that he was currently tied up with the auditor.   And, while that golden time is with me for a moment,  I remember us setting up a spreadsheet to record how many times daily our boss walked out of his office, looked harassed, and walked back in again.  Halcyon days …

Anyway.  Anyway.  Often when selectively restoring colour to a black and white image, I heave the slider all the way over and am in danger of producing what that glorious song terms a “technicolor yawn”.  But here the colours are muted.  The ancient tree is not too far off what it should be colourwise, but the leaves to the right are pale and with low colour saturation.  To the left of the tree there is almost no colour at all.  And thanks to the wideangle lens, the view stretches off across a grassy field to some other low trees, which are no more than faint impressions on the horizon.

This is a Minimalist image, perhaps – not in terms of actual content as it contains masses of intricate detail – but, rather,  in terms of its portrayal of colour.  What do you think?

Another image in this series, along with information on pollarding, is here.

D700 with 16-35 Nikkor at 16mm; 800 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Triste 1 preset and restoring 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. Meanderer says:

    I think this is beautiful. The colours work extremely well with the subject; a wonderful choice.

    Your comments about high jinks in the office reminded me of my first office job in the days before computers – although there was a computer involved somewhere as I worked on those huge green and white computer data sheets. My adding machine with the tally roll used to break every other week and I was banned from bringing in cake on a Friday. Ah: wonderful 🙂


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Once again, due to the plants and scenery that you specialise in photographing, I’m especially glad that you like this and that you like it so much – thank you! And once again it was something of an experiment, going out on a limb a bit (no pun intended!).

      Haha, office life, eh? Oh god, what rubbish we have had to go through! And imagine being banned from bringing in cake on Fridays – wow there are some sad people about! ;-D

      Thanks again! A


  2. karijeppesen says:

    Looking at this, my thoughts goes for the book “The wind in the willows” from Kenneth Grahame – that I have near me since I was a little girl… (…smiling so much…)
    …It brings me back…
    Thank you, Adrian!

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Now this is a great coincidence, Kari, as I too have a copy of Wind In The Willows, that I have had near me since I was a little (and podgy, even then) boy! It is a treasured book, and I have read it very many times, including recently. I derive a great sense of happiness and wellbeing from it. 🙂 🙂 🙂

      I am extremely glad to have brought this memory back to you – I’m smiling!!! Adrian


      • karijeppesen says:

        I am so glad too, Adrian… and I think I should read it again!!… (…smiling again, and oh, so much!!…)


        • Adrian Lewis says:

          Yes, you definitely should read it again. There are some people who never read a book more than once, my daughter is one, but I read enjoyable books time and time again and, as well as always enjoying them, nearly always find something that I hadn’t spotted or appreciated before.

          But with a book like WitW, well such books are truly magical and, really, they can’t be read too often – I prescribe it to you, in regular doses, for the rest of your life – and you should trust me, because I’m a doctor!!!!!! ;-D A


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