I’m looking up the busy main street of Penzance.  The pavement is set up above the road, up to the right, and the line of stylish black bollards at upper right support railings that prevent carefree shoppers from plunging down onto the hard ground below and spoiling their consumerist frenzies.  The road is on the left, and those wishing to cross it must first descend these little flights of steps to get down to road level.

The picture looks rugged, and I’ve used SEP2 to intentionally emphasise this, darkening the image somewhat and raising contrast.  And it is rugged – the pavement, the flights of steps and all of the cobbles along the road’s edge are made of very hard and rough, local granite.  To me, this is a scene with character, far removed from our usual bland, plastic and glass high streets.

Click onto the image to open a larger version in a separate window – recommended.

X-T1 with  55-200 Fujinon lens at 305mm; 200 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2; 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. Meanderer says:

    Lovely and gritty, Adrian!


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      That’s what I was aiming at, lots of roughness, after taking the shot had to dash into Boots for a hand cream top up. Apologies for my late replies, but we’re just back from another trip to that part of the world. A 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  2. LensScaper says:

    Nice composition with the blurred echo in the distance. And I love the processing.


  3. Sallyann says:

    It almost feels like stepping back in time. 😊
    And of course my imagination never needs much prompting to smell the sea air and hear the seagulls. 😊


  4. paula graham says:

    indeed, it is far removed from your everyday High St. Unusual and artistic angle.


  5. Amazing work with grey shades


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