Thatched roof at Westhay, on the Somerset Levels


The thatched roof of a reproduction Iron Age hut at the former Willows Garden Centre, near Westhay; 28 May 2006.

Filling the frame with a subject is often good.  And adding a distinct focal point to such compositions, especially if they are filled with a repeating pattern, can be useful.  There is no distinct focal point here, but maybe we can count the well seen and sharply focused area of thatch at and just below the photo’s centre.  And the close-in use of the fisheye has made that area of thatch bulge out to greet us.

F6 with 15mm Sigma fisheye; Fuji Velvia 100 colour slide rated at 125 ISO; can’t recall anything about the mono processing, except that it has a pale vignette!




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.

11 Responses to SOMERSET LEVELS 170 – THATCH (MONO)

  1. Meanderer says:

    Interesting! It reminds me of one of the early Dr Who monsters 🙂

    Struggling with this heat. It’s lovely to have sunshine and warmth but these high temps are difficult for me. Hope you’re good, and keeping cool.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      What do you mean, Dr Who monster??? Oh right, the picture, the picture … not me … then …

      Yes, I’m struggling with the heat too – my answer is to stay mostly indoors and relax – with (for me!) weak cider … the stuff in those plastic bottles – oh spare me the plastic bottles! … at any other time of year at least – … and fridge cold (apologies for the profanity!, bit like saying I’m into daytime TV, or teleshopping ….).

      Well, be grateful you don’t have to go into work in all this – huge bonus!!! Enjoy it, madam!!!!!



  2. Great abstract, I like the use of the fish eye and the vignette to emphasise the ‘bulge’ 🙂


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Hi Lisa! I’m glad it appeals to you – thank you! We are hot and humid here at the moment, and although it is good to see the summer, I could wish it wasn’t quite so muggy! Adrian


  3. Awesome! That lens fall-off really accentuates the fish-eye bulge 🙂


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