SOMERSET LEVELS 175 – MUDBANKS AT THE MOUTH OF THE RIVER BRUE, WITH THE TIDE FALLING (MONO)

 

 

The mouth of the River Brue, with the tide falling
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Mudbanks at the mouth of the River Brue, as the tide starts to recede; 11 Sept 2014.

We were down in Burnham-On-Sea yesterday, enjoying September’s warm breezes and sunshine – and also the fact that the tide was sufficiently in to cover the vast expanses of dark mud for which this Bristol Channel coast is renowned.  We walked down to the southern end of the esplanade and, as always, it was peaceful and we were virtually alone.

And there in front of us the glutinous banks of mud at the mouth of the River Brue were just emerging as the tide started to fall.  A couple of sticks had been thrust into the soft mud – the taller one with something bright red on its tip – presumably to aid local sailors in their navigation of these shallow but opaque waters.  The Brue is the main river in the areas of the Somerset Levels that I frequent, the country around Godney, Westhay, Tadham and Tealham.

Beyond the mudbank furthest from us is a wide expanse of water which is the mouth of the much larger River Parrett, which flows down through Bridgwater to find the sea.  And the opposite side of this wide estuary is just visible near the top of the frame.  Not far beyond that distant shore, old rocks rise up to the surface – and the Somerset Levels’ flat expanses are brought to an abrupt end.

This is a Minimalist image, showing a real scene but with greatly reduced amounts of information.  There are, for example, almost no details in either the waters’ surface, or the countryside behind that far off shore.  To me, this picture is calming and relaxing.

D800 with 70-300 Nikkor at 300mm; 200 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Antique Portrait 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.

6 Responses to SOMERSET LEVELS 175 – MUDBANKS AT THE MOUTH OF THE RIVER BRUE, WITH THE TIDE FALLING (MONO)

  1. Meanderer says:

    Love the minimalism. Looks a bit like a copper etching. Very nice!

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  2. Adrian Lewis says:

    Of course I’m not offended – but if you want to make such images then pale vignettes are useful for murkiness – dare I suggest the Silver Efex Pro 2 software, although I’m sure vignettes are elsewhere too. Adrian

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  3. bananabatman says:

    I like it Adrian, and I think the ‘murky monochrome’, if that description doesn’t offend you, suits the subject of the mud flats very well. I need to work at trying to ‘see’ this sort of image myself, but I probably never will. So then, I rely on you to provide them. Dave.

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