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The southern slopes of the Polden Hills and, below them, the waterlogged flatlands of the Levels – the northern edges of Walton Moor;  13 Jan 2016.

I’m standing up on Walton Hill, looking southeastwards along the Poldens’ southern flanks.  There are farms, houses and bright pools of water, and someone is stoking a smoky bonfire.

As soon as I saw that smoke I imagined it paler than reality, amidst darker shades.  And I’ve made those shades much darker, darker than you may feel comfortable with in fact – and perhaps a feeling of discomfort is intended here.  Perhaps I see that billowing smoke is the sole living and bright thing in an otherwise sombre and deadened world – maybe a world at dusk, maybe something going deeper (or should that be, darker?) than that. 

D800 with 70-300 Nikkor at 300mm; 160  ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Antique Portrait preset and adding a tone.


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. fantastic view (enlarged) with the smoke! Perfect in those dark tones. Such a mood!


  2. paula graham says:

    Very impressive, haunting stuff, love it!


  3. lyart says:

    this is great, it’s been a long time since I last saw a landscape as interesting as this one.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Thank you very much, its very good to hear that. I try to be adventurous with my images, but really did wonder whether many people would like this >>> blogging is such a good means of putting things out there and seeing what others think. Thank you again. A

      Liked by 1 person

  4. bananabatman says:

    Dramatic image Adrian. The darkness works for me. Dave.


  5. Mathias LK says:

    Beautiful; very much like how a painter may have chosen to emphasise the stillness, lights and shades. Wonderful depth; it never seems to end.


  6. sevenroses says:

    very engrossing. even your chosen pics of other people are gorgeous, opening new worlds


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Daksha, thank you very much! And if the images that I show from others’ blogs open new worlds for you, that’s especially pleasing – the more images we see, the more visually aware we become – which is certainly good for our photography, our visual ideas. Adrian 🙂


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