Because this photo is approaching letterbox format, it can’t be shown at any great size on this blog >>> therefore, if you get into my blog, I think its better viewed by clicking onto it, when it will open in a separate window.  There is a lot of detail to see.

This small and distant figure is momentarily posed part way up this great diagonal sweep of stairs.  In front of her is a considerable drop into deep water, while behind her is the sheer face of a high masonry wall.  Perched up the air like this – on a stairway to heaven??? – and with this fleeting pose, she was quite striking.

Where was this?  Well we were walking along the sea front in Penzance, Cornwall, heading out towards the fishing port of Newlyn.  She appeared unexpectedly on our right, starring fixedly in our direction – starring back above our heads it seemed.  She was smoking a cigarette, holding it down and away from her, and firing quickly I caught the momentary pose.

X-T1 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 305mm (equiv); 400 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2; beside the dry dock on the sea front at Penzance, Cornwall; 22 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. krikitarts says:

    The keyboard similarity was the first thing I noticed, too.


  2. LensScaper says:

    What an important role that shadow plays in the success of the image. Great shot, Adrian.


  3. paula graham says:

    indeed, piano keys come to mind! Interesting photo, interesting colour palette too. Very pleasing.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Thanks – the colours come from SEP2 toning – I think its the 3rd tone down, the tones’ drop down list starts with no tone, then there’s a ?pinkish/mauvish split tone, and its the next tone down after that – I like it very much and have often used it, usually as its default, but sometimes using it as a split tone. xxx


  4. Meanderer says:

    It’s amazing the steps one has to go to in order to have a fag: boom boom 🙂

    Seriously though, as another commenter has said, it reminds me of a miniature person standing on sloping piano keys! She seems to be looking directly at you, also.

    Great shot, my friend; well seen!


  5. I know what you mean! The names vs. the url address is the difference…..


  6. This photo drew me in immediately. I suppose, because I play, it looks like a keyboard to me! The lady is standing on the black keys…
    Great post!


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