We recently took a short holiday near Perranporth, in Cornwall, under a scheme run by The Sun newspaper.  These “Sun holidays” are very cheap – it cost us £70 (including all-we-could-eat power) for four nights’ self-catering.  And self-catering suits us, we like to be free to do whatever we want whenever we want – the thought of having to organise ourselves around set mealtimes is a vast turn off!

We have been on many of these holidays – and have found that the accommodation can vary from excellent to, well, in a very few cases, quite appalling.  Mostly these breaks are in caravans, but in this case we had a very comfortable, two-storey chalet, in fact it was more like a small, semi-detached house.

I enjoy lounging around in holiday chalets and caravans.  Its a wonderful opportunity to sprawl back in comfort and enjoy the moment – and also a good chance to watch how the light interacts with things as the sun moves across the sky.  This is the first in a short series of such photos from this chalet.

Here, with lighting from the left, a chair at the bottom of the stairs throws its shadow onto a rough wall.  The woodwork at upper left is part of the banister of the narrow stairway.

This photo is something of a departure for me as its one of the few times that I’ve used my 50mm lens: most of my images use focal lengths far above or below this “standard” lens, which roughly approximates to human eyes’ field of vision.  I ought to use this lens more often.  It has a very useful maximum aperture of f1.4 and so is good in low light situations, and using the D800 in DX format, when focal lengths are magnified by 1.5, I end up with a very useful – inspiring, even – 75mm f1.4 chunk of glass.

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D800 with 50mm Nikkor; 3200 ISO; Color Efex Pro 4; 11 Apr 2016.

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:

    Very nice study, Adrian; conjures up all sorts of thoughts and feelings.


  2. bluebrightly says:

    So much is conveyed in this still life – really nice. Glad the little holiday worked out – sounds like it was quite a deal.


  3. An interesting giant shadow, bud. I’m looking forward to more from this mini vacation. It sounds like you had time for relaxing, capturing some different stuff, eating, and no doubt, drinking. Cheers. (Of should I say Chairs! Ooooooh that was bad!) XXX ATP XXX


  4. marvellous composition


  5. athyfoto says:

    Really nice study, I can almost hear the ticking of the hall clock and the creaking of wood from nowhere in particular. Love it.


  6. Just superb, love the texture and lighting. ☺


  7. paula graham says:

    An interesting study! and sure you have to take pot luck!


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Paula, thank you! The pot luck aspect is starting to loom larger as we get older – but then again, should the accommodation be really dreadful, we can always storm the site’s Reception – in one of the worst cases, the items we complained about covered a whole sheet of A4! A


  8. I never tested chalets


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