The Somerset Riviera
Looking out onto the foreshore at Burnham-On-Sea; 5 Nov 2014.

The division of Burnham’s beach, launching boats from a small jetty out of sight on the left, and bathing in the sea – in the none too clear waters of the Bristol Channel – on the right. 

Or then again this might be an invasion by Space Aliens.

And notice my use of “foreshore”, as opposed to “golden sands” for example.  Well, OK, Burnham, just like Weston-super-Mare, has some nice sand at the top of the beach, but venture any distance down these shores and you’re soon into glutinous, Bristol Channel mud – from the clutches of which quite a few holidaymakers, with or without their vehicles, have to be rescued every summer.  That’s why it looks a little bleak out beyond these signs – well OK, it was November after all.

And seeing the sea at all is often quite a feat, as these shallow shores have the second highest tidal range in the world, second only to the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia – so that the Bristol Channel retreats to a faint line on the far horizon, but can then come back in again at a rate that is unnerving – and especially so if you happen to be stuck out there, up to your waist, in all that mud!

D700 with 70-300 Nikkor at 220mm; 400 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Low Key 2 preset and selectively restoring colour.

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. Meanderer says:

    I LOVE this, Adrian. The colour on those posts really does pop against the mono background. The lighting on the posts has the look of details in an Edward Hopper. Really nice.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Hopper eh? – wow, you do me proud, M, thank you! A full quality jpeg will be lurching your way, as Americans will put it, “momentarily”, if not sooner, i.e. by Last Class Post. A


  2. They sure want to make that Lauching/Bathing clear 😉
    Cool shot, A. 50 shades of grey.
    xxx ATP


  3. Sallyann says:

    Alien invasion.?…
    Green? Blue? Or even red maybe? But I’m sorry, I just can’t see any alien with any street cred at all in yellow… Or ORANGE!!!
    On another note though, Burnham sounds a lot like Penarth…. where only the visitors venture into the water. 🙂


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Well let’s just hope that any alien hordes up there, thinking about invading – if only to get their hands on our blogs – don’t take the hint and see yellow and orange as this winter’s fashionable hues! But, let’s get this straight, you wouldn’t be at all phased by a horde of (rather muddy) satsumas ravening up the beach … ???? …. but then I suppose we could always numb or divert them by introducing them to bingo … or soaps …

      You may well be right about Penarth. Burnham is cheap and cheerful, a little, uncomplicated sort of place – but nowhere up the Severn Estuary can really be though of as prime bathing. I hope you’re fine this dark morning, Hallysann! A 🙂


  4. Malin H says:

    I’ll go for the invasion by aliens… 😉
    Lovely image – surreal!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. sheldonk2014 says:

    This is a great image the color just pops with the b/w. Great finishing work. I really like the time you took to example the camera you used and the lenses. It’s always been my philosophy that you can’t keep what you know unless you give of what you know or share to keep what you have learned.
    Thank you again as always The Professional Cannon


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Sheldon, I’m glad you like the image – thanks! And glad the camera info is useful, it seems to me that it helps complete the presentation of an image – and since these details are part of any digital image, they’re easy to find >>> gone are the days of lots of settings and gear details taken down in little notebooks! And I agree, its always good to pass on details of technique, to inform others. Thanks again. Adrian


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