A lorry draws to a halt outside a building that has doors with blue glass panels within white frames.  There is a delivery to make.

Because it is partly blocking the road, the lorry driver switches on the vehicle’s orange hazard warning lights, one of which reflects in the blue glass.

The camera focuses on the brightest orange reflection.  This reflection is sharper than the rest of the image and, desperately recalling my secondary school physics from half a century ago, I think this is because reflections are at the same distance behind the reflecting surface as the object being reflected is in front of the reflective surface. 

And you thought this was going to be an easy read …

The winking hazard light was about 10 feet away from the door, which would mean that its reflection was about that distance behind the door.  The 305mm telephoto was close in to the door, and it had its aperture wide open, which would have produced a very narrow depth of focus.  The door’s white panels, 10 feet or so nearer to the camera than the point of focus, were thus substantially out of focus – the image, apart from the orange light’s brightest reflection, looks diffuse and cloudy.

This picture is abstract and Minimalist, and it has virtually no post-capture processing – the X-T1’s Multi-zone metering usually produces accurate exposures.

X-T1 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 305mm (equiv), used wide open at f4.8; 3200 ISO; Marsh Street, central Bristol; 9 Sept 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:

    Wonderful, Adrian. So minimal and easy on the eye. Lovely stuff!

    Have you been watching the BBC4 programmes on conceptual art? I watched the first one this week, not expecting to be riveted by it, but it was fascinating. Haven’t watched the one about the pile of bricks yet.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Glad you like it, my friend. No, I haven’t seen the BBC4 programs, I seem to miss a lot of good TV – but we get Sky Arts on cable, and that’s had one or two good items. But I think BBC4 is absolutely great – oh that more TV could be like that. When I started getting into modern art, 10 or more years back, I looked at a lot of conceptual art – and especially liked the pile of bricks – I might actually have seen it, in Tate Modern – again years back – time flies!


      • Meanderer says:

        Time does indeed fly. A couple of weeks ago I twice bumped into a woman I used to work with and we were both astounded that it was nine years ago. It only seemed like a couple of years: scary stuff. It was lovely that our conversation was so easy and familiar – even after all that time.


  2. krikitarts says:

    Your three reflections make me think of eyes looking toward the other side of the image. Neat abstract!


  3. Beautiful work! I really like it!


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