ARCHIVE 93 – MEADOW WITH WILDFLOWERS (MONO)

 

 

Meadow with wildflowers
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Meadow with wildflowers beside North Chine Drove, southeast of Wedmore, on the Somerset Levels; 27 Jul 2011.

The uncut grass with its abundance of tall yellow wildflowers first caught my eye and, and I was looking at how it might best be photographed when the sun broke through the clouds, producing this beautiful (and very lucky) shaft of light across the scene.

The photo is in three layers.  In the foreground there are more of the yellow flowers, but in the shade and unfocused.  Above this, the shaft of sunlight cuts across the shot, illuminating both the tall grasses and another grove of the wildflowers.  Finally, the third and upper layer contains the trees and bushes behind the field which (luckily again) are partly caught by the sun’s rays, so that this background is not wholly dark.

D700 with 70-300 Nikkor at 300mm; 400 ISO; converted to monochrome, and slightly tinted very pale yellow, with Silver Efex Pro.

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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.

30 Responses to ARCHIVE 93 – MEADOW WITH WILDFLOWERS (MONO)

  1. Sonali Dalal says:

    Fantastic processing here!! love that tint of Yellow. Makes it so special.

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  2. LensScaper says:

    Good example of layering. There’s always good quality light when you shoot towards it. You see images that are just invisible when the clouds turn the light out.

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      I like “when the clouds turn the light out”, very well put. That happened to me recently – I had something sunlit and good in the viewfinder and was actually just starting to squeeze the shutter release when – literally in an instant – all was reduced to total, grey mundanity. And shooting towards the light – I agree entirely. Thanks, Andy! Adrian

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  3. Meanderer says:

    This is lovely, Adrian; the light is beautiful. Although monochrome, one can almost see the colours; the mind fills them in.

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Thank you very much, my friend, much appreciated. And now I’m all behind (must be the tight jeans) with blog emails and so I must get over there and and and and COMMUNICATE!!!!!!!!! And my daughter had a second daughter yesterday – so granps is granps yet again!!! What a prolific b*****d one is!!! 🙂

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  4. Dawnasong says:

    Absolutely beautiful!

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Dawna, thank you very much! And, like some others talking here and elsewhere, you don’t yearn for this in colour, do you? I mean, you’re not a Closet Colourist or anything like that, are you??? I hope your week is a good one! Adrian

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      • Dawnasong says:

        No color needed, the impression is left to a softness of imagination. Your photo creates a moment of ponder…
        Very serene.
        Sincerely,
        Dawnasong

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        • Adrian Lewis says:

          Thank you! Its always good to talk to people and to hear thoughts – as I say here, hearing from others is one of the great pleasures I find in blogging – and I particularly like your phrases “softness of imagination”, and “moment of ponder” – thank you for these! Adrian

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  5. Beautiful, Adrian. I love the black and white with this scene.

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  6. Sallyann says:

    But where is the yellow?!

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Oh you’re not the first – here and elsewhere – to want the yellow! Perhaps its been – and I’ve always wanted to use this word – expunged!!!

      I know, I know, my dark self has surfaced again, and I know equally that there’s not a hope in hell, or any other make believe place for that matter, of bringing you over to the Dark Side but … (deep, echoing voice) … “Hallysann … Hallysann .. it is your destiny …”

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      • Sallyann says:

        Expunged?!? … wiped away with a sponge??
        As for the dark side, it calls but I’m holding onto the light by the skin of my teeth and they’re pretty strong considering the amount of metal they have in them. 🙂

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        • Adrian Lewis says:

          LOL!!!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 And thanks for the details of your dentistry – do you set off airport alarms, by the way? …. just asking …… and are you barred from Metal Detectorists’ Conventions? … I mean … I’m out there in a field … thinking I’m onto limitless wealth … and it turns out to be you … behind a bush …

          And not sure I fancy much for brekkers now … and certainly not anything iron-rich … 😉

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  7. krikitarts says:

    Now, this one I’d really like to see in color, Adrian!

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Arrrrggghhhhh!!!! … I mean …. oh good!!!! This is an old shot (although only 2011), the original file of which must reside on a disused computer, and on an old backup somewhere – so I probably won’t dig it out, although there has been another request for colour – and another still to be posted! 🙂

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  8. Oh I like this photo. I’m off to email in about it. 🙂

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  9. Malin H says:

    Yes! I really love this…

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Malin, I’m glad that you do – many thanks! I’m still puzzling over your “My roots” assignment – but maybe its one of those things that best comes from a snap decision rather than prolonged mind churning – I’ll think of something! Adrian 🙂

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