Reflections in the river beside Ashmoor Drove, Ash Moor, southwest of Wells, on the Somerset Levels; 7 Apr 2007..

When it comes to radically altering a picture to reflect a vision in my mind, I’m right in there with monochrome images every time.  And, indeed, being already one step removed from reality, mono positively invites further distortion – there are times when presenting a mono photo just as the camera recorded it seems rather a shame, even a waste maybe!

But, when faced with a colour image I’m usually far more conservative, feeling perhaps that presenting colour images with distorted colours is somehow cheap, gimmicky and unreal . . . .  I don’t get out much, you understand . . . . .

But I see plenty of examples of false colours on other blogs and I think its time to give this a try.  Good assistance is right to hand.  I rave on about mono manipulation in Silver Efex Pro 2 and that’s certainly for real, but I also have Alien Skin’s Exposure 2, which has a positive wealth of false colour filters, for both colour and mono images.

So, here are the reflections of two trees in a river,  that on the right being a pollarded Willow – the meaning of which is explained here.  I’ve scanned the colour transparency, taken it into Exposure 2 and given it a faded look, darkening it and making it more yellowed.  I am of course taking an easy option here, because this image is already trending towards abstraction, so that altering its colours does not have the marked effect that it would with a colour image of straight reality.  Still, I like it – what do you think?

F6 with 24-85 Nikkor at 80mm; Fuji Sensia 100 colour slide rated at 125 ISO; taken into mono via Alien Skin’s Exposure 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. Sallyann says:

    I like it too, although to me the trees are now gone, but instead there’s a nice intricate pattern of lines for your eyes to wander around, and a relaxing colour to wander into too. 🙂


  2. It’s a fun thing to do with monochrome- as you probably see on my blog too!! Well done!! I like it.


  3. paula graham says:

    Well, yes, It is nice to join the others sometimes…I must confess, I quite like these effect and yet I rarely use them…. This is a good instance to have a go your case.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      This is an Archive shot of course, first posted sometime back, and despite what I say here I haven’t got into this genre very much since then, save for some cyanotypes and copper tones with mono shots. But I like to “spread through the genres” a bit, and I feel that I ought to try out other things – but as my wife so dauntingly puts it … well we’ll see …..

      Thanks for your good thoughts! A


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