View through our windscreen on a rainy day; Membury Services, on the M4 in Berkshire; 1 June 2016.

Off eastwards to Berkshire to see a friend, with a (now habitual) stop in a motorway services for sustenance en route.  It was a wet morning and, quite by chance, we parked opposite a red car.  I blinked my way out of “driving mode”, looked around and this filled the view out in front of us.

This is very far from the first picture I’ve ever taken through a wet window, and I’m sure very far from the last too.  For me, blur and softness have their place in images, wall to wall sharpness is not the be all and end all of things.  Interestingly, this week’s edition of Amateur Photographer magazine (23 July 2016) is devoted to Sharpness, the Editor kicking things off with “Today’s photographers are obsessed with sharpness in a way that we never used to be.”.  And he’s right.  But, for me, its always the content of an image that comes first, and the technicalities second.  However next week’s AP issue is all about blur – so that’s alright then!

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D700 with 24-120 Nikkor at 95mm; 800 ISO; Color Efex Pro 4.

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:

    Love this, Adrian – the blurry red, blue, and whites work wonderfully! I can see why it caught your eye.

    Have had a Summer – and Spring – travelling around house-hunting and visiting family, and must say that service stations seem to have improved quite a bit. There’s one on the motorway up towards Gloucester which is different to the others – based around local farm produce and crafts. As you walk in, you’re greeted with freshly baked bread and other goodies! Makes travelling a bit less arduous.


  2. LensScaper says:

    Great shot, Adrian. An image is never far away


  3. bluebrightly says:

    A happy one. Everything – blurred or sharp or even in between – has its place.


  4. This is wonderful. Thank you Adrian.


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