Backlit plaster balustrade in a restaurant; Newquay, Cornwall; 13 Sept 2011.

We were having lunch – my snout was squarely in the trough –  when a burst of sunlight opened up this scene right beside our table.  The long end of a short zoom was just enough to capture these repeating patterns, fading off into a distance which is actually only a few feet away, beside the next table in the room. 

Altering the orientation of the image gives the impression of lighting pouring up from below.  The colours are minimal, but they certainly give this shot an edge over monochrome versions.

D700 with 24-120 Nikkor at 120mm; 1600 ISO; image horizontally flipped and then rotated 90 degrees clockwise.

UPDATE: looking at this anew, after several years, I’m struck by those long dark curves coming in from the left.  They rise very gently – less is more! – as they move across the frame, after which they peak, falter – and descend abruptly into the image’s far more active right third.

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. bluebrightly says:

    Upending again – no, sidelining! 🙂 Great idea, beautiful image.


  2. Meanderer says:

    Clever shot, Adrian; love it!


  3. LensScaper says:

    What a difference rotating an image makes. It has the ‘recession’ that one finds occasionally in landscapes – a great repeating pattern. And it’s also a good example of an image where a small amount of colour is disproportionately important. It’s the sort of image that would tempt one to convert to B&W, but realize (hopefully) how much is lost in the conversion. That’s such a simple but so very effective image, Adrian.

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Thank you, Andy, that’s very good to hear! And I agree about the “landscape recession”, and about the subtle colour too – being me, I did try a black and white version, but it was certainly lacking. Thank you again. Adrian


  4. paula graham says:

    Amazing, well seen and well shot…’s all on one’s doorstep!


  5. Sallyann says:

    I’ve somehow mislaid the auto rotate, so I was able to see your picture in its original position without craning my neck at weird angles.
    Pretty banister rail. But no where near as much fun as the row of ladies in long skirts with tight waists you have laid out on a backlit floor, feet hidden out of view to the left, and to the right.. a little more of each lady as you look to the distance until eventually you see the furthest away is wearing a hat. 🙂

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Hahaha! I always love your fresh input on things, Hallysann, it positively DOES ME GOOD!!! 😀

      But if you’re right about the tight waists, then without speculating too deeply on the origins of all the other various bulges (ohhh!) that these ladies display (this being, after all, a very wholesome and wholemeal blog – with plenty of roughage, you know!), then the bulges above those strangulated waists do hint at rather a great fondness for All Things Culinary! And, furthermore, there is the hint also that maybe I’m being usurped (tho I was alright last time I looked), such that this may soon be FATwoman Photos – that dreadful prospect is but a “wo” away!!! 🙂

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      • Sallyann says:

        And don’t forget the hat on the furthest lady. You should always smile at a hat. 🙂


        • Adrian Lewis says:

          I should always smile at a hat?! The world takes another surreal lurch … I can’t help thinking that I’ve missed out on so much in my life … that I’m eternally grateful for not having encountered … I mean, the screaming stopped … I thought about you … and the screaming started all over again …

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