Allermoor Drove
Allermoor Drove, and the view southeast towards Tadham Moor, on the Somerset Levels south of Wedmore; 30 Oct 2014.

On the left, up on Tealham Moor, Allermoor Drove, stony and with many puddles, makes off eastwards towards Aller Moor.

In the distance, the flats and few trees of Tadham Moor.

And on the right, the pale surface – mottled by water weeds – of one of the water-filled ditches, the rhynes, that border these ever damp pastures.

In graphic terms, the track (the drove), the rhyne and the sky make a pale triangle that contains the near blackness of the dark pastures.  And there is a prominent patch of tall, pale grasses where the apex of this triangle meets the intersection of the track and the rhyne.

The lens is an extreme wide angle, and this has the effect of making the rough and stony track seem almost to be disappearing under our feet.  And because this extreme lens is being pointed slightly downwards rather than being held horizontally, the trees on the horizon are distorted – on the left they lean to the left and vice versa, while straight ahead they are vertical.

The use of pure blacks in images was discussed here.

D700 with Sigma 12-24 at 12mm; 800 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the High Contrast Smooth 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. Malin H says:

    This is a stunning image, Adrian.
    Superb!!! And I just have to share this;

    “The Road Not Taken”

    ‘Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
    And sorry I could not travel both
    And be one traveler, long I stood
    And looked down one as far as I could
    To where it bent in the undergrowth;

    Then took the other, as just as fair,
    And having perhaps the better claim,
    Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
    Though as for that the passing there
    Had worn them really about the same,

    And both that morning equally lay
    In leaves no step had trodden black.
    Oh, I kept the first for another day!
    Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
    I doubted if I should ever come back.

    I shall be telling this with a sigh
    Somewhere ages and ages hence:
    Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
    I took the one less traveled by,
    And that has made all the difference.’

    (Robert Frost)


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Malin, thank you very much – and thank you for this poem too – taking the less used path has made all the difference – there’s certainly a message there. And Robert Frost – I only know of him in words from Simon and Garfunkle:

      “And you read your Emily Dickenson and I my Robert Frost,
      and we mark our place with bookmarkers and measure what we’ve lost.”

      Interesting thought – are we the richer or the poorer for having read something? Richer I imagine in that we have absorbed those words and their meanings and nuances – but poorer because we are therefore left with less to discover.

      My friend, you make me think about things that I would not otherwise contemplate. Thank you. Adrian

      Liked by 1 person

  2. drawandshoot says:

    Gorgeous, Adrian. A fascinating composition.


  3. bananabatman says:

    A great shot, and description Adrian.


  4. paula graham says:

    Wow, well seen, I love the Triangle and the processing , as usual. Super


  5. Fabulous made better by the narrator. 🙂


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