Heading west in filthy weather over North Moor, on the Somerset Levels southwest of Wells; 27 Oct 2011.

Damp and murk on the Somerset Levels: strong winds, rain cascading from dense, dark overcast, and puddles building up along on the roadside –  a mile or so ahead, the road is completely awash.

I hope this photo conveys some of the wildness of that dark morning.  I’m safe and dry in the car of course, and the illuminated dials on the dashboard convey something of being on the inside, looking out.  The two dark, antenna-like structures protruding from the bottom of the windscreen (roughly on either side of the road as we look at them) are the bases of the frantically flailing wipers, and the headlights are on full beam to light more of the scene.

Two technical points.  The astonishing D700 is working at 25,600 ISO – how I love the abilities of this truly gutsy camera!  And, although the wideangle is wide open at f4 (and 1/20th second), the 16mm focal length still provides sufficient depth of field the render both the dashboard and the road reasonably sharp.

D700 with 16-35 Nikkor at 16mm; 25,600 ISO; converted to mono in Silver Efex Pro 2.


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:

    Really love the atmosphere in this one, Adrian. It reminded me of the song ‘Rider on the Storm’ by the Doors and these lyrics: ‘There’s a killer on the road; his brain is squirming like a toad’. 🙂


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Glad you like this, M, and love the bit about the brain – I mean, well, you know, I’ll take any compliments I can get! 😉 To quote one of my role models, dear Mr H Simpson – “DOH!!!”.

      I suppose a thing that has really helped my photography whether using SLRs or DSLRs is that they allow me to see (more or less) exactly what the camera is seeing, so that the framing and focusing for shots like this are much simplified. And now, with the advent of larger and better electronic viewfinders, the effects of exposure are added too – things are getting easier and easier! (And of course there’s Live View, but that just doesn’t shake my tree) 🙂


  2. I love this image Adrian! Awesome!


  3. Malin H says:

    A scary feeling in this one… 🙂


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      You are right to be frightened, Oh Nordic Lady … because this is not some warm and homely woodland … like the taiga … because, out there … in the darkness … amongst those furiously thrashing bushes and trees … you might walk into …. ME!!!!!!!!!!!! .. 😦 …

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  4. What an absolutely fabulous shot!


  5. paula graham says:

    Amazing what can be achieved. I do like the photo lots.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Good, thanks, Paula, glad you like it – I’m pretty sure your D3 will get up to 25,000 ISO too – have you ever tried it? The results are of course noisy / grainy, but noise can be reduced or you can just go with it – it tends to look good in mono. A


  6. sheldonk2014 says:

    I love car photos there perspective is always interesting. The lite, the shadowing. It all makes for a very interesting shot.


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