The view south towards Tadham Moor 1

The view south towards Tadham Moor; 30 Oct 2014.

Jack’s Drove makes off southwards towards Tadham Moor, with a water-filled ditch, a rhyne, showing palely to its right.  Flat, wet, frequently windswept and often bleak countryside – unembellished, certainly nor prettified, but, above all, real.

And a dark and grainy representation, quite far from reality, but looking at this landscape in a sparse, hard and gaunt way that appeals to me.

An enlargement of a tiny section of a frame, with the 12.1 MP D700 working at its limits – further enlargements would soon start to show the individual pixels.  With 3x the number of pixels, the D800 would have been more suitable.

D700 with 12-24 Sigma at 13mm; 800 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Low Key 2 preset.

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. dini says:

    great atmosphere!!!


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Thank you very much, dini, glad you like it! Tell me, are you the same lady that used to blog sometime back, and whose blog I used to follow? Adrian


      • dini says:

        I only change my hair look Adrian 🙂 🙂 🙂
        I am very happy to see you again!!!with the kids ,the job and all the housework its difficult…but I miss photography and blogging!!I think from now on I will see you more often!


        • Adrian Lewis says:

          Ah it is you, dini – good! I look forward to hearing from you more! I don’t know if I’m still following your blog – if not, I will do so. Sometime soon, I’m going to put out a Talking Images post about pursuing our dreams – if photography and blogging are part of your dreams, you should pursue them! Good luck, and good to hear from you! Adrian


  2. Malin H says:

    Who cares about reality? 😉
    I also love the fateful feeling!


  3. drawandshoot says:

    Oh yes, lovely and moody.


  4. Carrie says:

    I love this! You sure make me want to put the Somerset Levels on my bucket list. I really love the processing on this image. I learned a lot from your “don’t shy away from dark space” post last week. I have found myself adding darkness and enjoying it as must as the light parts of my images. Thank you for the nudge into the dark 🙂

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Yes …. Carrie … Carrie … come to the Dark Side .. it is your destiny! … haha, I love Star Wars! 🙂

      But I am glad that I’ve nudged you towards darker pictures – I’m glad the “oomph” post was useful. There’s a wealth of beauty in darker images.

      The Somerset Levels you might find a bit of a let down. My photos make them look more mysterious etc than they often are – I mostly visit a rather unkempt area of bare farmland, really its just rough, wet pasture – but I love being there, and maybe this shows through somewhat in my pictures. Thank you for your good words! Adrian


      • Carrie says:

        🙂 My boys LOVE Star Wars too, how can you not! I really do like the added effect of darkness in an image. I see that so often in your images, it was great to have it easily spelled out for me.
        I am sure it is the enjoyment you are feeling that comes through in your images. I really enjoy your images from there, you find a beautiful way of telling their story!


  5. I love your dark mysterious and beautiful.


  6. paula graham says:

    Lovely, very moody and suitable for our deluges just now.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Thanks, Paula! Yes, our deluges just now – the Daily Express is apparently forecasting three months of rain and flood chaos, but then this type of weather catastrophe is what the DE seems to specialise / revel in – and no, I don’t read it or any other newspaper comes to that! But, anyway, the Levels don’t need a repeat of last winter. Let’s hope. Adrian


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